Halloween Intel #3: Nut-Free, Milk-Free, Wheat-Free Candy Corn

Yet another delicious and allergy-friendly candy corn find! Coastal Bay Confections has got your back this Halloween with a-maize-ing candy corn that is produced in a Tree Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Milk-Free, and Wheat-Free facility! Pick yours up today!

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Halloween Intel #2: Nut-Free Cookie Decorating Kits

Ready to get spooky this Halloween season? Looking for the perfect activity to do with your friends and family? How about a cooking decorating party?

Bakery Bling’s Designer Cookie Kits are just what you need!

These Nut-Free kits have everything you need from cookies and icing to decorating accessories and more! These fun kits are a must for your Halloween party and they have tons of options…

 

Witch One will you pick?

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Haunted Houses!

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Pumpkins!

 


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Halloween Intel #1: Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Dye-Free Candy Corn!

Candy Corn… the Kernel of Truth!

Not all candy is created equal – capitalizing on nostalgia, and enticing us with its yellow, orange, and white face, candy corn comes with a promise of a creamy, sweet, buttery taste that melts in your mouth! Unparalleled, it’s taste and smell target the senses.

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YUMEARTH makes a Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Dye-Free version of this “Confectioners Cornucopia.” Start building up your stash today!

 


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ENATYE ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT

Washington, D.C. is home to the largest population of Ethiopians outside of Ethiopia.

At Enatye Ethiopian Restaurant allow your taste buds to enwrap in an expert melding of flavors. Upon arrival I asked the server if they use tree nuts in their cuisine. I was thrilled to hear that none of their entrées had any nuts.

I ordered the Doro Wat (chicken stew) and Yebeg Alecha Wot (lamb Curry).

When our food came the Injera lay sprawling on a round metal tray. Stews were spooned over it. The focal point of the table was the Injera, a dusky, crepe with tiny sinkholes – much like a thin kerchief, with a sepia tinge of an old photograph. Varied textures of the meats, the rugged earthiness of the cooked vegetables and the novelty spongy flat bread made our mouths water.

As I delved into this exotic cuisine tearing off strips of injera to scoop them up, a welcome heat of the magical mélange of flavors announced itself in every dish.

Chicken drumsticks simmered in ginger, garlic, turmeric and exotic spices came with a hard-boiled egg. The lamb it seemed was left to loll in a creamy and meaty sauce and deliver a gentle, lulling warmth. Nothing on my Injera existed in isolation; the flavors were meant to be interposed.

At the end of the meal — arguably the best part, when all that’s left is injera soaked with the runoff of sauces — the bread still has structure and holds together.

The ingredients are simple, yet it will make a meal like none other. And best of all it was NUT FREE!!

 


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DISCLAIMER: As always, be sure to talk to restaurant staff in person to communicate your allergies to the restaurant staff to the extent that YOU are comfortable with the way they are handled. For guidance in this matter we recommend our App, AllergySmartz.

From Being Different to Becoming Unique

The international diversity of metropolitan cities make them a mecca of culinary innovation. The combination of a dynamic food scene and a preference of most to dine extempore often poses a huge challenge for teenagers with food allergies.

Every time friends decide to delve into exotic cuisine, it is a recurring dichotomy, between a premonition and the hankering to blend in.

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Dining out with food allergies, in new settings seems like solving a jigsaw puzzle which is laid out differently every time. In managing my tree nut allergy, I have learned and grown from my countless interactions and dealings with situations and people.

I have learned to be gracious without trying to please. The feedback of my own actions as they form a loop in my brain have taught me traits that have positively impacted me in more ways than one. Advocating for myself and working against the odds has made each circumstance an opportunity to learn and teach.

I am a “people person”.

When I was fifteen and learning to navigate the social world without my parents accompanying me, I found myself arriving at friends’ sweet sixteen parties with sweaty palms and a racing heart. As I went through my sophomore year I began to reflect. After careful rumination, I was convinced that the anxiety was purely associated with the uncertainty around the food. The primary goal of parties is to socialize!  What every host or hostess most desires are gracious, vibrant, and lively party guests.

Convincing people about the severity of food allergies isn’t easy. In their defense, most people at best have only encountered finicky eaters or those with religious restrictions. So, the fact that even trace amounts of an allergen can be deadly if consumed directly or through cross contamination, seems illusory to them. I have learned to share perspectives, clarify  preconceived notions, and if we still disagree be able to appreciate others’ viewpoints, knowing that pleasing others should not impact my decisions.

Dealing with my allergies has taught me decisiveness and that if one is reluctant to assert viewpoints you are bound to miss out on opportunities and amazing experiences.

Obtaining allergy information is imperative to minimize the risk of a reaction. While to an onlooker it may seem like sweating the small stuff, it was necessary I do so, and has taught me to be detail oriented. Each time I successfully assert with grace and grit that ‘I can’t eat nuts!’ it is empowering – an affirmation of my willpower and determination.

The character, strength, inner security, and unique interpersonal skills I have learned have had a very positive influence on me. As I burnished latent potential, it helped me rise in ways I could never have imagined!

Managing food allergies is a work in progress. I could never have imagined that saying “NO” would be so empowering!

Exploring a Unique Perspective: Non-Allergic Siblings

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a non-allergic sibling? We teamed up with Allergy Girl Eats to explore this perspective!

Check out the article!

 


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