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 Post subject: which store?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:05 pm 
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Hi,
I'm a dutch mama and we will be on vacation in Canada for a month. My son (4 years old) is allergic for a lot of things en is depended on save food. We can't bring food for a month with us :? but we have to know in what kind of shops we have to go. We need soya milk (here we have it in all kinds of tastes, and also soya cream to cook with, and soyayoghurt , soya icecream, etc.) And bread without nuts, peanut, seeds (especialy sesame) and a lot of other things.
We are travelling via Vancouver, Calgary, Jasper national park en back to Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
What are the (kind of) shops we have to go to and do they have internet sites?

thanks a lot!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:25 pm 
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Hi Dutchmama -

Take a look around the Shopping forum as well as the Sesame seed allergies forum and maybe the Egg and dairy allergies forum and you will see some products that should be safe.

It depends on what allergens you are avoiding what kind of advice people will give.

For soy, there are a number of soy milks available here in Canada. For other soy products, Tofutti is a brand that many people use - http://www.tofutti.com/ - for soy cream cheese and soy sour cream.

A friend of mine is a big fan of Sodelicious soy ice cream - http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/pro ... cious.html - which also has a very good allergen management program, documented at http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/hea ... rgies.html .

If you are avoiding dairy it's challenging to find truly dairy-free soy cheese - but there is a safe brand that some of us have found - see http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... hp?t=2173& for some info. Make sure you don't buy soy cheeses with casein in them, as that is a dairy protein.

People out west (BC and Alberta) may have some good suggestions for stores that you can target. I don't live out there so I can't help much on that subject!

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:26 pm 
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Hi,

Most regular grocery stores sell soy milk. Since we can eat dairy I've never really looked to see if they have the other products. There are some bread companies that have peanut/nut free plants. Avoiding seeds is not as easy. I have found some safe brands, but I'm in Toronto, so they would be different on the west coast.

Hope you enjoy your visit to Canada. :)

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3 sons each with at least one of the following allergies: peniciilin, sulfa-based antibiotic, latex, insect bites/stings


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:33 pm 
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Location: Winnipeg
When we lived in Calgary, we shopped a lot at Amaranth Whole Foods Market - http://www.amaranthfoods.ca .

And a little bit at Community Natural Foods - http://www.communitynaturalfoods.com .

Enjoy your trip!

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*Son, 23 months old
*Hubby: allergic to cats and trees (non-specified types)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:56 pm 
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Location: Thornhill
Hi,
We're from the Toronto area but spend a few weeks each year out west. I can't talk to Alberta but can mention about Vancouver.
Vancouver has a Whole Foods store, which carries a lot of specialty and high end items. I have found a few things there that my daughter can have. Here's a link to their website, so you can investigate a bit: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com With a sesame allergy, stay FAR away from their prepared food section.
They also have another natural / local food store that is quite good called Capers and it has at least two locations that I have been to. Again, watch the prepared food section, since sesame is such a favourite garnish and oil. http://www.capersmarkets.com

I've been to a few of the Islands off the coast. Think small. Even in Tofino you will basically have one co-op food store. You won't have a problem with things like in season fresh produce (or fish if it isn't an allergen) but don't count on accessible packaged foods. You may want to cart any basics (noodles, soya products) with you to the Island so that you can rely on having them.

Another thing, if you are doing the ferry from Vancouver to the Island, there is food served on the ferry. And kids. So, depending on your / family sensitivity, you will likely want to travel with wipes. I would also recommend that you book your ferry tickets in advance (I believe there is an additional fee), as the wait can be LONG. So also ensure you have a good deal of safe foods with you for the wait.

Breads are going to be tough - most of them will have at least a risk of sesame cross contamination.

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daughter: ana for egg, sesame, dairy, pistachio/cashew/hazelnut. on contact. allergic+ to soy protein isolate, environmental allergies (e.g. dogs, dust mites). asthma. eczema.
son: peanuts, tree-nuts, OAS, environmental allergies. asthma.


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 Post subject: what stores - Victoria
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:58 am 
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I forgot to say that I haven't been to Victoria - they MAY have good stores. You might want to try to find someone who can talk about that.
Here's their tourism site: http://www.tourismvictoria.com/

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daughter: ana for egg, sesame, dairy, pistachio/cashew/hazelnut. on contact. allergic+ to soy protein isolate, environmental allergies (e.g. dogs, dust mites). asthma. eczema.
son: peanuts, tree-nuts, OAS, environmental allergies. asthma.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:53 pm 
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Dutch mama,
I live in Edmonton Alberta and find that Save On Foods carries the bes selection of soy products, yogurt, cheese (without casien), and sour cream and cream cheese.
Save On is a big chain store so you shouldn't have too much difficulty finding one.
Good Luck
Stephanie

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