With dinner out, or even order-in, a now less frequent event, I still want to feel like Friday night dinner is a treat. While we'll still be cooking dinner at home, I want to make it at least seem not like everyday fare. St. Lawrence Market is a great starting point. Short ribs available at Whitevens are coated in a Korean 'Maui Sauce.' The counterperson assures me there is no peanut or nut product in the sauce, and pulls the bottled sauce out of the walk-in freezer so I can read the ingredient label myself. Add some steamed edamame and it almost feels like dinner at one of our favourite Korean restaurants. While DJ isn't the biggest meat eater, he loves the ribs!
A blog about how one family is finding safe places to eat out in Toronto
Always do your own research before eating out with a severely allergic child. Call ahead and speak with the restaurant owner or chef, remind the staff once you arrive. Ask once again before you order and when the food arrives. Always carry an epi-pen, medical information and a cell phone. Understand there is always a risk.
Since my 20 month old son was diagnosed with life-threatening peanut allergy, I've become the crazy nut lady!
In Toronto, eating out is almost a sport, and it's one that my husband and I enjoyed frequently, both with and without our tot.
An anaphylatic reaction to a dab of peanut butter smeared on toast pretty much put an end to that. Instantly, we stopped eating out. Even ordering in seemed fraught with stress.
By starting this blog, I'm hoping to find a 'new normal' A way to balance keeping our son safe, while still enjoying all that the city has to offer.