“People actually order that?” I asked my friend. Since I never order any desserts when I go out to dinner, I forget that many people actually do! I work at an Italian restaurant once a week, and when people are done with their meal, I have to remind myself to ask them if they want any dessert. I find that I am always shocked when people actually order something. Food allergies and dessert don’t typically complement each other!
They may not have been the exact same recipe, or taste quite as good as I remember the ones I used to eat tasting, but they were still delicious and my only safe option.
Another place that I visited was the old bakery in the town that I went to elementary and middle school in. My mom became friendly with the owner and staff at the bakery, and they could always tell us every ingredient and make sure food was cross-contamination free. It was wonderful because it was a place that didn’t have many items with nuts, and they were always extremely helpful and accommodating. I could eat focaccia bread, cupcakes, cookies, and cakes without worrying. Going there was always a special treat because I knew I could eat safely. It has been years since then and the ownership has changed. I couldn’t eat anything there anymore. I’m glad that when I was younger, I was lucky enough to find a place like that.
My last reminiscent excursion was a visit to the ice cream stand from my childhood. I would always get a chocolate and vanilla swirl with rainbow sprinkles. This is the ONLY place I was ever able to have the sprinkles. They would take sprinkles just for me from a new box that hadn’t been used before. That way, there was no concern for cross-contamination. It was quite a treat!
Looking back, I feel lucky to have had all these places that catered to my allergic needs! It was not a common request and finding people who were understanding was never easy. A tip for parents: It is important to find special places like these where your child can safely enjoy foods that they may not normally be able to take a risk on. These places are becoming a bit more common to find and forming relationships with people there is a huge help!