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We Are Traveling To France And Italy This Summer With Our TN Allergic 14 Year Old. Any Advice?

We Are Traveling To France And Italy This Summer With Our TN Allergic 14 Year Old. Any Advice?

We are making laminated cards in French and Italian to show waiters and store proprietors and to explain this is life or death-Allergic specifically to Cashew and pistachios and pink peppercorn.

A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I'm sorry but I just now found your message from a couple months ago! We had a fabulous time and were able to allow our daughter to eat at most every restaurant we visited! We always asked before we were seated if they could accommodate our daughter's allergen needs. Only a couple flat out said NO and that they were uncomfortable with it. To which we voiced our gratefulness for their honesty up front! One cute little place in Florence actually had me go into their tiny little kitchen with them and boil water etc for her food. They weren't comfortable with cooking her food at first. So we boiled water to add to her freeze dried meal we carried with us 'just in case'. Throughout the meal, the owner came out and asked more questions about what she needed. He was so interested and so wanted to be able to feed her SAFELY! He gave her boiled eggs and made her plain white rice. Later he said if we were coming back, he would be comfortable with cooking her some salmon and white rice so she could eat with her family! We did return there a couple times as they were so wonderful-as was the food! We experienced this throughout Italy-we mostly went to small mom and pop off the beaten path places and they really went out of their way to keep her safe. And if we found a really good/safe place we usually returned at least once before we moved on to the next city. Once such place was literally right outside our apartment building door! It was amazing! We took tons of pics of her with food, haha! We hardly had to use the food we packed with us. Just snacks for the day to have on hand. She didn't ever have any pastries or ice cream. But we did purchase individually packed ice cream at a couple groceries and kept in our fridge in a couple apartments we had. So she had her safe desserts frequently.
We used a food/language card I had put together before the trip. They were translated for me into Italian and French. Each family member carried one so if we separated during the day for any reason, she could still eat! I also had them laminated. The owner/chefs really appreciated them and it really helped clarify our safety needs. Everyone also carried a set of epi pens for her as well.
With all the reading and planning and thinking ahead, we really feel like we had all our bases covered before we left, but were still nervous about what we might encounter. Now, we are eager to venture out more! It went so well!! I think one of the great things is that the places were generally owner/family operated and the ingredients were almost all natural.
Best of all, our daughter was able to see and do so much and now she knows she can be safe most anywhere she decides to travel if she does a little prep work ahead.
I will check out your new site and see what, if anything, I can add. Thank you again for all your advice and help beforehand! I needed all the encouragement, advice, and support I could get!
Kim

posted about 4 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

EU is 14 different allergies, on the menu or board. but may not be displayed in english. The cards work very well, as do the language apps on mobile phones. We get cards for restaurants, and to ask for ambulances and medical help. We have used these cards in Italy, France and Spain. Have a fab time!

posted almost 5 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

There are proteins in some products call casin? May need to spell check that, but I now butter for instance has it. Im not sure what else might have it. I gather cheese, yogert would be the obvious. I have a hard time remembering.
Google food containing casin. Lol, right after you spell check it. sorry

posted almost 5 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I think all restraunts must display the main 12 allergent foods on each item on the menu. In ireland this is compulsery.
Hope this helps

posted almost 5 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

Hi, how did your experience traveling to France and Italy go? I recently launched a website for allergy travellers, which would have come in handy for you before your travels. The website is based on traveler reviews of how good a country is with food allergies. I would love to hear about your experience and if you could review the countries you went to. The site is www.allergytravels.com. Cheers!

posted over 4 years ago
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