Navigating Allergy Free Dining in Mexico City
I’m very lucky to have a job that allows me to travel quite a bit, both domestically and internationally.Â This week I’m in Mexico City for a whirlwind 48-hours, and during my time here I wanted to make sure I was able to squeeze in a few allergy friendly restaurants I’d found from my research.
When flying, I always make sure to pack protein bars in case I can’t find anything safe to eat at the airport. I typically am able to purchase fruit, but having a protein bar gives me a boost of energy that doesn’t come from just eating an apple! I was pleased to find a dairy free, soy free, gluten free “Power Wrap” from the Jetbox Market at JFK Airport. I’ve never seen these before, and I must say,Â it was quite tasty and full of protein. It had the consistency of a crepe, I also appreciated the cranberry sauce to add a bit of a zing to the turkey.
It’s critical to obtain the translations of the foods you aren’t able to eat in the native language of the country you’re visiting ahead of time (especially if your wifi doesn’t work!),Â as many restaurants don’t offer translated menus. During my time in Mexico City I’ve found that the menus are primarily all in Spanish, and many residents don’t speak any English at all. Having the items I am not able to eat translated into Spanish has been handy, and has helped me to navigate the menu and select an item that is safe for me to eat. My favorite app to use when traveling for food translations is Food Allergy Translate.
With my food translator in hand,Â In between meetings today I walked from the business district to a restaurant that had been recommended by a friend in the hip Condesa neighborhood, Ojo de Agua,Â which serves a variety of egg dishes, sandwiches, salads, and juices.
After showing the waiter my app that outlined about what foods I couldn’t eat, he pointed out safe menu items, and I settled on a seared tuna sandwich with sin glutenÂ bread which was delicious! The sandwich came with an avocado side salad, and was perhaps the best gluten free bread I’ve had a while. Highly recommended! Before venturing to the restaurant,Â I had already researched the menu ahead of time, but it was great to have my selection affirmed by the waiter as being safe for me to eat.
That night for dinner I went with a co-worker to Candela Romero, which is said to be the best Spanish restaurant in Mexico City. There weren’t many gluten free options on the menu, however I was able to order a seafood paella (see above) which was ten times the size of my face! Success!
On the last morning of my trip, I was feeling under the weather and did a quick search for the best juice spots in Mexico City. My go-to whenever I’m fighting a cold is lemon juice, ginger, and pepper. I found Mora Mora, located in the Roma Norte neighborhood. Offering cold pressed juices and acai bowls, I set off in search of a natural remedy for my cold.
I ordered the Limon Partido juice was made from lemon, ginger, and chia seeds soaked in cayenne pepper. It was spicy with a strong kick, but just what I needed! I asked if the aÃ§ai bowls were sin gluten (and showed the app), and was told they were indeed. I decided on the AÃ§aiÂ Especial which was made from almond milk (which is okay for me to have when not traveling with my husband!), aÃ§ai,Â bananas, and granola (more just oats and chia seeds, not the granola we think of in America).
Mexico City is an amazing place with delicious food, however I highly recommend researching the menus of any restaurant you’re interested in visiting ahead of time to ensure there are some safe options before arriving. Also, always have you food allergy translator app handy if you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll need it!