Thursday, August 11, 2016

Food Allergies & Restaurants

Hi ya'll, long time no talk. I feel like I say this often, but it has been hectic over here. Work is flying by, but since I have been gone I have thought of a few things that would make my blog more me.

First things first, I am no longer a student, I think a lot of people have a hard time grasping this concept since I still get a lot of questions asking why I no longer post study photos. My simple answer is because I don't have any to post. I graduated back in January and have been trying/faking this adult thing ever since... so there will be a lot less study posts, but I am still posting some over on my youtube channel, because 19 years of school makes for a lot of tips & tricks!

So, this will be my first post where I incorporate something new to my blog... so let me explain. When I was 10 months old we discovered that I had a severe peanut allergy. In 1991, this was somewhat of an uncommon allergy and made it difficult to eat lunch at school, go to restaurants, and travel. Since then, these places have made great strides in creating a safe environment for those with allergies. As I have gotten older, I have visited many places, and have come across restaurants, airlines, hotels, etc. that are great places for those with allergies and some not so great places. I have decided that I want to share my experiences with you. Even if you don't have an allergy, you will still be able to hear about some great and not so great restaurants/hotels/etc.

Let's get started!

Today, my work had our team retreat where we go to an off site location to talk about our goals and what we want to improve on in the upcoming year. We went to Loews Coronado Bay Resort and sat looking over the bay. Being from San Diego, I was familiar with this location, since my family camped at Silver Strand State Beach for many years and we would ride our bikes around this hotel. Needless to say, it is gorgeous!! It looks over the bay, coronado bridge, and the downtown skyline.

We ended up eating at the Market Cafe, on the first floor. The first thing I always say to my server is "I have a peanut allergy" Sometimes I have to say more to initiate a conversation but most of the time the server is already telling me if I will be safe to eat there or not! The Market Cafe was awesome. She told me that she would tell the chef, and when she came back out a few minutes later after talking to him, she wanted to show me a paper that the restaurant has the server fill out for guests with allergies.  This is major points in my book. Knowing that my order has something specifically stating that this person has a life threatening allergy lets me relax and enjoy my meal. This server even went so far to go and call the bakery where the bread was made to make sure that it was made in a nut-free environment, since I have to be careful with cross contamination. After our breakfast was given to us, the manager came out to make sure everything was going well. It is the little things like this that make my life 10x easier.

We ended up staying at the hotel for a few hours and decided to go back to the same restaurant for lunch since we had such a great experience.

If you are ever in San Diego, make sure you visit Coronado, and look up Loews Coronado Bay Resort, the price was right and the service was amazing, and if you have an allergy they are willing and want to work with you to make sure your experience is pleasant  :) Overall, the food was delicious! I am always on the hunt for the best french toast, and I may have found it.... just go and eat here. You won't regret it!

*TIP: If you know where you will be eating, try and find a menu online. I always look it over, just to see if I notice any red flags. Some restaurants are awesome and will put allergy info on their menu!

Breakfast: Brioche French Toast w/ Mixed Berries & Syrup – $14

Appetizer: Artisinal Cheese – $16

Lunch: Kobe Burger & Fries – $15

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