A lot of people ask me where they should eat out when visiting Disneyland in Southern California.
With 3 of us having severe food allergies, it gets tricky. We have been to several restaurants, and many are located near Disneyland. It's always best to ask for the Manager at a restaurant when you arrive and let them know you or your child has severe food allergies. Most of the time I have been greeted by friendly managers that want to help. Since allergies vary, (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, etc.) be sure to call the restaurant ahead of time and talk to the manager about the allergies and if they can accommodate.
Below are some restaurants that I would recommend.
- Outback Steak House
- Claim Jumper
- McCormick and Schmit
- Storytellers Cafe
- Blue Bayou
- Mimi's Cafe
- Red Robin
- Ruby's Diner
- Maggianos Cucina
- Cucamonga Mexican Grill
- Tortilla Joes
- Cabos Mexican Grill
Disneyland has several restaurants onsite that cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions. Checkout this list: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/special-dietary-requests/
Blue Bayou and Storytellers Cafe are the best at catering to food allergies and they are both located in Disneyland.
We can also deliver a cake or goodies to your hotel or home. Order online at http://www.sensitivesweets.com/order_online.html or call (714)968-9169.
My youngest son Bradley has severe food allergies, and unfortunately he inherited it from me. I'm anaphylactic to tree nuts, allergic to eggs, peanuts, barley, and melon. I have gone into shock twice with almonds and pistachios. I used to eat nuts all of the time. My entire life I had eczema, but I thought I could eat anything. After I graduated from college, my sensitivities became worse. When I went into shock, I had about 20 minutes before losing oxygen. I can clearly recall the swelling in my throat, and my desperation to get air. Fortunately I was administered a steroid both times which instantly saved my life. When my son Bradley was born, he seemed fine until he was about 3 months old, then his eczema got worse. At almost a year old we had him properly tested and the doctor warned us that he was allergic to several foods, but we didn't realize he was anaphylactic. He went into shock after eating ONE piece of mac-n-cheese he got from his older brother. I didn't have an epi-pen junior, only my adult pen....so I gave him Benadryl. Please do not make that mistake...apparently they can relapse after several hours. So the best course is to have TWO epic-pens handy if you suspect your child has allergies. Even a bee sting can send a child into shock. Please check with your doctor and read this informative info on epicene anaphylaxis action plan.
We just opened our 2nd Sensitive Sweets bakery in San Clemente! Located at 362 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente. (949) 388-5764. Hours are: T-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun and Mon. Our Fountain Valley bakery is open on Mondays. See you soon!
Spices can reduce inflammation for some with autoimmune disorders. For our son Bradley (who has severe food allergies and asthma) we use a small amount of Turmeric, Cinnamon and Ginger in his meals. Be sure to talk to your doctor before using. The following two quotes come from webmd.com
"Turmeric is a plant. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems. Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eyeinfections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.”
Ginger is an herb. The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a spice and also as a medicine. It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nauseacaused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used forchest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.”
Join Sensitive Sweets at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) on Sunday May 4th from 10am till 3pm for a terrific family event. To help the ENC raise money, we have donated hundreds of Gluten-free, Allergy-friendly cupcakes and brownies. There will be lots of eco-friendly crafts, art work, and reptiles on exhibit. My boys love the beautiful butterfly exhibit. For more info check out encenter.org Hope you can make it!
We will have lots of samples at the the Pamper Me Fabulous Event on Saturday 11am-5pm. Its located at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach Resort and Spa 21500 Pacific Coast Highway. Should be fun!
California Senator Bob Huff is proposing an important bill (SB 1266) that if passed, would require epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in all public schools in California.
Though the food allergy epidemic continues to grow, very few schools stock epinephrine despite the passage of a law in 2001 allowing them to do so. Approximately 25% of epinephrine administrations occurring at school are given to students with previously unknown food allergies. The passage of SB 1266 will help schools meet the needs of the growing number of food-allergic students and will save lives.
We urge you to join us in making this lifesaving bill a reality.
To add your voice, please email this letter in support of SB 1266 to Senator Huff’s legislative aide Heidi Hannaman no later than March 14, 2014.
Simply sign your name in the email provided and cc your local senator and assemblyperson (find yours here). You can also download the letter of support and fax it to Heidi Hannaman at (916) 651-4929.
Currently, only five states (Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada and Virginia) require their schools to stock undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors. Since passing this law, Nevada has already saved the lives of two of its students.
Now, it’s time to make California safer for people with food allergies.
Stanford Food Allergy/Sensitivity Center Community Council
I'm a simple cook, that loves to bake. When I get home from work, I want a quick meal for my family. I typically use the crock pot loaded with veggies. I make a lot of sandwiches with our AWESOME gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, Vegan bread. Here are some staples I make each week:
Grilled Cheese Sandwich (My oldest son, Luke's favorite): Two slices of Sensitive Sweets white bread, one slice of Daiya cheddar style slices. This cheese contains coconut...so my youngest can not eat it since he is allergic to this cheese. An alternative is Trader Joes Vegan Mozzarella Style shreds. Its great because there is NO coconut, and NO soy.
Flat Bread Melt (My husbands favorite): Take one 10" Sensitive Sweets Pizza Crust, add Olive Oil to the skillet and cook till lightly browned. In a bowl, mix canned tuna, sliced celery, a few tablespoons of Soy-free Vegenaise, sprinkle paprika, pepper and sea salt. Add this mix to half the pizza crust and fold in half. It makes a terrific Flat Bread Melt. You can also make a chicken salad melt, sloppy joe melt with ground turkey, and a mexican melt with grass fed organic ground beef.
Panini: place buttered (Earths Balance Butter) slices of Sensitive Sweets white bread on the skillet, cook till golden brown. Add GFCF salami, sliced turkey, thinly sliced cucumber, red peppers, fresh spinach leaves, and garden hummus spread. Delicious!
Quick Snack: Toast Sensitive Sweets bread, and spread Daiya Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Style Spread (spread contains coconut), add a few thin cucumber slices. So tasty!!!!
Vegetables and Fruits of the Season
It's tough to get some kids to eat lots of different veggies. BUT, I try to sneak these into our fruit shakes as much as possible. Spinach and squash work the best!
broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, lemons, oranges, parsnips, rutabagas, tangelos, tangerines, turnips
broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, lemons, oranges, parsnips, rutabagas, tangelos, turnips
artichokes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, pineapples, radishes, rutabagas, turnips
artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, pineapples, radishes, rhubarb, spring peas
apricots, artichokes, asparagus, cherries, lettuce, mangoes, okra, pineapples, radishes, rhubarb, spring peas, strawberries, swiss chard, zucchini
apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, corn, kiwi, lettuce, mangoes, peaches, strawberries, swiss chard, watermelon, zucchini
apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, green beans, kiwi, kohlrabi, lettuce, mangoes, okra, peaches, peppers plums, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini
acorn squash, apples, apricots, blueberries, butternut squash, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, green beans, kiwi, kohlrabi, lettuce, mangoes, okra, peaches, peppers plums, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, winter squash, zucchini
acorn squash, apples, beets, butternut squash, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, figs, grapes, green beans, lettuce, mangoes, mushrooms, okra, peppers, persimmons, pomegranates, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tomatoes
acorn squash, apples, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cranberries, grapes, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, persimmons, pomegranates, pumpkins, rutabagas, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnips, winter squash
RonandLisa.com wrote a terrific article about Mosquitos. These annoying little insects carry lots of diseases, and since our kids have allergies, we can't use over the counter products. A lot of our customers here at Sensitive Sweets have the same issues. We want to provide a cleaner environment for our kids but we still need something to protect them from pests.
Here's a great recipe for repellent from Ron and Lisa:
DIY Insect Repellents. There are also some effective, homemade natural solutions to mosquitoes. These can be particularly valuable when you are camping or in other places where oscillating fans are unavailable. For a completely natural insect repellent, Vinegar of the Four Thieves has been a strong, effective insect repellent for centuries! This concoction has not only warded off unwanted insect visitors, but has been known to fight off diseases as well.
You will need:
- a 32 oz bottle of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons each of dried rosemary, sage, lavender, thyme, and mint
- a large jar or spray bottle
To make, combine all the ingredients in a large jar with a screw top lid or a spray bottle. Shake daily for 2-3 weeks. After 2-3 weeks, apply liberally to the skin as needed for insect protection.
Additionally, oil of eucalyptus products may offer longer-lasting protection, studies reveal. Endorsed by the CDC, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (not to be confused with natural lemon eucalyptus oil) offers protection similar to low concentrations of DEET and is available under the Repel brand name. It’s also safe for children older than 3 years but can cause allergic skin reactions.
Thank you Ron & Lisa, we love your advise! Clean, simple, and better for all of us!