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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:12 pm 
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Hi Everyone,

Our family is taking our first family vacation out of Canada since we discovered our daughter's nut allergy :) . But I'm actually quite nervous. We will be driving there so I will be taking snacks and food in a cooler for the road trip.

I know that Disney is very good with allergies but we are not planning on going there. We have rented a home for our stay and the plan is to buy our food and cook it at home and if able to on a couple of nights go out for a family dinner. But my question is how difficult is it to find products that are "safe" in grocery stores like breads, cookies etc. also any allergy aware restaurants? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:48 pm 
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We have the same concern for a summer trip. I posted this Are there American Dare, Old Dutch or Chapmans or ??? http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4333 which has some replies.

I have been going online to the grocery stores where we are going to see if I can find items. If we can't find safe products then we may be making our own bread.[/url]

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:15 pm 
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I am sure you will be able to find safe food in the grocery stores, but you may not find the same favorites. I highly recommend you take any special foods (cookies, bread, cereial, snacks, etc) with you in case you can't find the same ones. You are allowed to bring almost any dried goods into the US, but there are restrictions on meat, fruit and veggies. See this link for some info on what you can bring into the USA:

http://help.cbp.gov/cgi-bin/customs.cfg ... p_faqid=82

As for eating out, we usually avoid it if possible, but if you do, I recommend smaller, rather than big restaurants and simple foods (no sauces). call ahead and ask to speak to the manager and ask how they handle allergies to see if you will be comfortable going there.

Have extra epi-pens and know where the nearest hospitals are. Take care and I am sure you will have fun.

Scott

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:47 pm 
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Thank you so much for the advice, very much appreciated!!!! :D

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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 5:31 am 
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Hi Carla

I live in the UK and like you find I have become comfortable in my local knowledge. However we are due to holiday in Orlando Florida in July. We did look at going to europe but as my foreign lanuages are not up to much I always feel safer visiting english speaking countries where we can read labels and ask questions. We also rent a villa so I can cook if things get too difficult.

I have e-mailed my favourite restaurants, Red Lobster, Outback Steakhouse and a local one on highway 27 and asked them in advance for details of their menus. So far only the Red Lobster have replied and they want me to decide in advance what I might like to eat and they are going to reseach it for me. And there is always McDonalds.

From what I understand both USA and Canada have very similar labelling laws to Europe detailing the most common major allergens so I feel quite safe.

Hope you have a fun time.

Lulu

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