The Allergy Free Wife's Bite-Sized Guide: Tofino, Canada

The Allergy Free Wife's Bite-Sized Guide: Tofino, Canada

Every year on our wedding anniversary my husband and I take a trip to celebrate. The parameters for the trip this year included nature, beautiful, and temperate weather. As I began to research locations I realized that temperate weather would be tough to find in August, when most of the world is hot, hot hot! I was feeling pretty discouraged until I had a lightbulb moment: Canada! It offered all the elements we wanted, and is clean, safe, and easy to get to. We settled on flying into Vancouver from NYC, spending a few days in the city,  then heading out onto a side trip to beautiful Tofino, British Columbia. Read on to discover my favorite dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free spots in Tofino!

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The Allergy Free Wife Investigates: EpiPen Price Hikes

The Allergy Free Wife Investigates: EpiPen Price Hikes

There's a hot button issue that's been discussed in the food allergy community for years, but is finally beginning to become a more main stream topic of conversation: the rising cost of EpiPens. We're not talking a small increase here, since Mylan acquired the EpiPen in 2007 the price has risen over 400%. With little changes to the actual design or formula of the medication, many people are upset (myself included) that Mylan is taking advantage of those who require the drug to save their life after the ingestion of allergens.

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The Allergy Free Wife's Bite-Sized Guide: Brighton, England

The Allergy Free Wife's Bite-Sized Guide: Brighton, England

Often referred to as London by the sea, Brighton is a colorful, creative seaside town located just an hour from London by train. Filled with shops, bars, restaurants, and teeny tiny lanes to get lost in, Brighton is one of my favorite places in England not just because of the beautiful sea, but also because of the incredibly high number of gluten-free restaurants that can be found on every corner. I visited Brighton for a quick day-trip during my time in the United Kingdom earlier this summer, and sampled some of the best gluten-free, nut-free restaurants and cafes in the area. Read on for my bite-sized allergy-free guide to Brighton, England.

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Allergy-Free Ice Cream!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Allergy-Free Ice Cream!

One of the most common questions I see in the nut allergy community is "where can I find nut-free ice cream?!?" Here's the answer: A La Mode Shoppe in NYC, a 100% nut-free ice cream shop with dairy-free and gluten-free options as well! A haven for those with food allergies, A La Mode Shoppe was opened by husband and wife team Sandy & Marc Roth with the hopes of creating a destination where everyone, even those with food allergies, could enjoy their small batch 100% nut-free ice cream made in-house, with toppings sourced from Vermont Nut Free and American Sprinkle Company. I chatted with owner Sandy Roth about how A La Mode Shoppe got started, her favorite flavor combo, how they keep a dedicated nut-free facility, the future of their business, and more!

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National Rice Pudding Day, Allergy Free Wife Style

National Rice Pudding Day, Allergy Free Wife Style

Of all the puddings in the world, the variety that has won my heart is rice pudding. After transitioning into a gluten-free diet, I discovered an even deeper love for this sweet treat which is naturally gluten-free, and nut-free! As today is National Rice Pudding Day I wanted to share a few of my favorite rice pudding recipes from around the internet, including some crazy variations on the traditional recipe (hint: pumpkin, black rice, chocolate, and more!) Served hot or cold, plain or with toppings, flavored or classic, rice pudding is one of life's greatest treasures that also happens to be gluten-free, nut-free, and can be easily made dairy-free. Enjoy!

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What We're Meant to Eat...

What We're Meant to Eat...

My daily rule of thumb is to always make sure that I pack allergy-free high protein snacks. Sometimes this can be difficult as most protein bars contain dairy and nuts, both of which are ingredients I avoid. Cue my excitement to discover Caveman Foods, which are are paleo-inspired dairy-free, peanut-free, soy-free, gluten-free snacks. I got a chance to speak with the founder of Caveman Foods, Chris Running, about what inspired him to start Caveman Foods, his hope for the company in the future, tips for being paleo, and more!

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fonuts: Don't Call it a Doughnut

fonuts: Don't Call it a Doughnut

I have a new obsession and its name is fonut. fonuts was opened in 2011 as the brainchild of LA's most celebrated pastry chef, Waylynn Lucas, and gluten-free baking wiz Nancy Truman, with a goal of elevating the coffee and doughnut experience into tastier and healthier realms. Baked and/or steamed and never fried, fonuts replicate the donut taste you know and love, but give it a modern spin, with many gluten-free and vegan options. 

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Gluten-Free Summer Meal Swaps

Gluten-Free Summer Meal Swaps

Summertime is synonymous with sunshine, backyards, beaches, and BBQ. As I find most gluten-free buns tasteless and unappealing, I typically eat my grilled veggie dogs sans bun, which has been fine, but I always feel like I'm missing out on the whole dog + bun + toppings experience. That's why I was so excited to see that Canyon Gluten-Free Bakehouse who I've written about before just re-released their hot dog buns, which are not only gluten-free, but ALSO nut-free! 

iven that National Hot Dog Day falls this week on July 23rd, and I felt inspired to create my own Allergy Free Wife spin on the typical hot dog meal, replacing the hot dog with a fire-roasted fuji apple chicken sausage, trading in a traditional wheat bun for a gluten-free variety made with whole grains, and swapping out fries for baked lentil chips. A healthier, gluten-free version of the summertime favorite if you will!

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Sullivan & Bleeker: Decadent Nut-Free Desserts

Sullivan & Bleeker: Decadent Nut-Free Desserts

If there's one thing this world needs, it's more nut-free bakeries. While I'd like them to be gluten-free and nut-free, I have more than enough gluten-free spots to pick from and want my husband to feel the joy of being able to select any item from a bakery display case and feel the security of knowing that it's 100% safe for him to eat.

If only we lived in Canada! Sullivan & Bleeker Baking Co. in Toronto, Canada is 100% nut-free bakery that offers homemade candy, cookies, cupcakes, and jarcakes. All of their products are made with premium ingredients, fresh local dairy, and quality chocolate. I spoke with founder Elyse Wahle about what inspired her to start her own business, the challenges of being a nut-free bakery, how she dreams up new items, and more. 

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Finding a Cure for Food Allergies

Finding a Cure for Food Allergies

When I talk about food allergies to others, a question that comes up again and again is if there's a cure for food allergies. While I wish there was something that my husband could do or take to make his allergies magically disappear, we've come to terms with the reality that his nut allergy will likely be with us for the rest of his life. While we've learned to manage food allergies in our everyday life, I was excited to learn about the non-profit E.A.T. (End Allergies Together), which is the only independent organization solely focused on raising money for a cure. 100% of their focus is on raising money for food allergy research. I was lucky enough to talk with one of the founders of E.A.T, Kim Hall, who decided she wanted a cure NOW, and decided to take action in partnership with Elise Bates, another mother she met in a food allergy support group to make it a reality. 

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The Royal Yacht Britannia: Gluten-Free High Tea

The Royal Yacht Britannia: Gluten-Free High Tea

Have you ever had high tea? It's one of my favorite things to do, ever.  Sadly, most tea shops don't offer many gluten-free options, which means that I've gone quite a long time without having a "proper" high tea experience. During my trip to Edinburgh, Scotland last month my husband and I visited The Royal Yacht Britannia, which is the formal royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II. I was expecting to get a dose of history and see a beautiful yacht, but hadn't realized that the visit would also offer a wonderful allergy-free dining experience. I was pleased to discover that The Royal Yacht Tea Room offered a variety of gluten-free scones, cakes, and a variety of gluten-free soups. Not only would I finally be able to get my high tea fix, but it would be in the nautical residence of the Queen! This discovery was truly the icing on the gluten-free cake!

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Loosing a Little Bit of Wisdom

Loosing a Little Bit of Wisdom

A word to the wise: if you need to get your wisdom teeth removed, don't make my mistake and only remove 50% of them the first time, make sure you get them all out at once! Last month I was informed that even though my top wisdom teeth had come in without issue, they could cause problems down the road and should be removed. Pity party for one? Yes please. Rather than focusing on the negative, I am putting my energy into finding the best allergy-free soft food to eat during my recovery. While an ice cream diet sounds dreamy, I don't think it would be great for my waistline, nor is it very nutritious. Over the weekend I did a grocery run to pick up a few essentials, all of which are gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free. I'm sharing my list of the best soft food that I'll be eating during my recovery. All allergy free of course!

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Been Gluten-ed? Here's my go-to remedy..

Been Gluten-ed? Here's my go-to remedy..

We've all been gluten-ed, even when taking extra caution it unfortunately happens to the best of us. Once the gluten-ing has occurred I have a few favorite remedies that don't cure the symptoms, but do help to make the situation less painful. My go-to combination is ginger tea, hot lemon water, and my new favorite item: tummydrops

tummydrops were developed by Gastroenterologist Dr. Dustin James in partnership with his wife after hearing the frustration his patients expressed to him about the lack of effectiveness of over-the-counter stomach ache remedies. Dr. James was inspired to create a completely natural, non-GMO way for his patients to soothe their tummy upsets, using concentrations of peppermint and ginger oil. After two years of clinical trials, tummy drops received the green light to go to market and are now available in Natural Ginger, Natural Peppermint, Cranberry Cinnamon, Ginger Peach, Fresh Apple Cinnamon, Ginger Pear, and Valencia Orange Ginger flavors. I spoke with Dr. James about the research process behind the ingredients in tummydrops, the physical effects of peppermint and ginger, how the chef series flavors came to be, and more.

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There's More to Baking Than Gluten!

There's More to Baking Than Gluten!

During my trip to the United Kingdom last month I was lucky enough to visit Beyond Bread, which I'd heard was the spot to find the best gluten-free treats in London. I took a look at a few photos on their website and was immediately smitten. GLUTEN-FREE chocolate and cheese danishes? Cupcakes? Cookies? Scones? Bread? Not just one sad loaf of white bread, we're talking all types of bread, made with interesting gluten-free flours, including pumpernickel, sourdough, ciabatta, brioches, and more.

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