Nutless Me in New Orleans - Day 3

The Perfect Dining Experience

Hey, whenever we recommend a product or restaurant, it’s still up to you to make sure that they are safe for you or whoever it is with a peanut or tree nut allergy. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions, okie-dokie?

There are times that everything just comes together perfectly when eating out with a food allergy. We were fortunate enough to have one of those experiences at the Daisy Dukes Express restaurant here in New Orleans. The staff was extra friendly and assured us that they would everything would be prepared in a safe manner for someone with a peanut allergy. Then, the food was incredibly good. We didn’t have to worry about the use of peanut oil (I know, I know, you may never have to worry about it) since everything we were getting would be fried in butter. Yuuuuuuummm.

In some reviews of the place, it appears to be a favorite hangout after a night of drinking for some groups so you may get some interesting folks there in the early morning.

Like I say in the disclaimer, do your own research in terms of safety, but we had a top-notch experience at Daisy Dukes in New Orleans.

Daisy Dukes Website

Nutless Me in New Orleans - Day 2 Part 2

The Beignets are Safe! The Beignets are Safe!

Hey, whenever we recommend a product or restaurant, it’s still up to you to make sure that they are safe for you or whoever it is with a peanut or tree nut allergy. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions, okie-dokie?

In researching safe places to eat on this trip, multiple forum users have reported that the world-famous Cafe Du Monde has responded to their email inquiries stating that their operation is completely free of peanuts and tree nuts. They really only make beignets (a small pastry covered in 14 pounds of powdered sugar) and coffee. If you have concerns, I strongly suggest that you go the email route ahead of your visit since the servers, many of whom have a language barrier, are insanely busy moving the thousands upon thousands of tourists through the tightly packed collection of tables.

We have thus far had about six beignets each without a reaction so we will likely only eat beignets for the remainder of our trip.

SunButter Sunflower Butter

Hey, whenever we recommend a product or restaurant, it’s still up to you to make sure that they are safe for you or whoever it is with a peanut or tree nut allergy. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions, okie-dokie?

I used to love peanut butter. I even tried to keep a stash of peanut butter cups for an afternoon treat. Peanut butter and natural fruit spread sandwiches were my go-to when I didn’t feel like going to the store. Now that the house is peanut and nut-free, it was an adjustment to say the least.

Then, I found out about this sunflower butter stuff that is really, really good. In fact, I like it more than I’ve ever liked peanut butter. If only we can convince Hershey’s to create a sunflower butter cup, all would be good in the universe.

I’ve only ever tried the SunButter brand below. I know that Trader Joe’s is supposed to have their own brand, but our local store doesn’t carry it.

Nutless Me in New Orleans - Day 2

This Was Me Today

We were out on the town using the New Orleans streetcars so we ended up way outside of the French Quarter when it was time to eat. While in a beautiful neighborhood full of unique little coffee shops and restaurants, we were in the position where we didn’t have a listing of “safe” restaurants from which we could choose. We walk into a coffee shop - you know the ones - where hipster looking young people are very slowly sipping the house coffee but are mainly there because they don’t want to pay for Internet in their own apartments because they don’t want to have to explain to their loud-music-playing-cereal-stealing-semi-retired-while-still-in-their-20s roommates that they won’t be sharing the wi-fi password. Yeah, I’m stereotyping.

The shop, which shall remain nameless, was genuinely concerned about the allergy but didn’t feel comfortable because of the shared surfaces and the fact that the bread comes from a fancy-schmancy artisan bakery and they don’t know enough about their practices. Darn it. I’m sure that we’re all familiar with that answer. We were able to get a bowl of fruit and the potato salad and a mocha which apparently just came out of a box and they add whip cream to it.

I know perfectly well that the universe does not revolve around us. Peanut and nut allergies are becoming more common and I’m sure that coffee shops and restaurants will catch on to the fact that providing a safe environment is a business opportunity.

Image from Flickr user Dwayne Madden. Creative Common License

AllerMates Allergy Alert Wristbands

From the packaging: Perfect for school, daycare, camp, sleepovers, and more…

Yeah, I’m kind of on the fence about these, but I have the links below so that you can decide for yourselves. Reading through the comments on Amazon, people seem to love these things for their kids just to be extra sure that parents, teachers, and staff know about a child’s food allergy. I didn’t really see any negative comments about having their children wear these or any about schools requiring them, so I can only assume that they are providing parents with a sense of comfort when their children are away from them and out into this nutty world.


Nutless Me in New Orleans - Day 1 Part 2

Our Second New Orleans Dining Experience

Hey, whenever we recommend a product or restaurant, it’s still up to you to make sure that they are safe for you or whoever it is with a peanut or tree nut allergy. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions, okie-dokie?

We came across the same problem as with our first dining experience but it was much worse. There was the cruise ship in port, people here for another cruise that leaves tomorrow, people who just came for the weekend usually wearing a veil and holding a large colorful drink while being following by a group of women wearing matching t-shirts that said stuff like “She’s gettin’ hitched!”, and the 20,000 or so people here for the Rock n Roll Marathon happening tomorrow. Good gosh.

We looked inside of the Bubba Gump restaurant and saw that it didn’t look busy at all during the peak dinner time so we went in. We were only one of three tables being used in the dining area of the chain restaurant. Weird. What says Louisiana more than the authentic Cajun cuisine of a movie-based theme restaurant that started in Monterey, California?

Here’s the thing: I’m really easy to please. I don’t seek out the best burger in the country since I think that In-N-Out Burger makes a pretty darn good one. When people ask me who I think the best Doctor is in the rebooted Doctor Who, I always say it’s a tie between 10, 11, and 12 because they’re all fantastic. When asked about Star Wars Episode One, I say that it had its good parts. Get the picture?

To focus on the good, our waiter was a really nice guy who handled all of the questions we had about nuts being used in the dishes and the handling of food. He even asked the cooks when he didn’t know the answers. My shrimp and grits also turned out really well. Other than that, the experience was not so good. There was a lot of confusion in seating us in an empty restaurant from someone who didn’t seem to want to be there. We had the “Stop, Forrest, Stop” license plate up for a really long time before someone showed up to take our order in a restaurant with only three tables being used. Our waiter was told someone else was taking care of us but that person disappeared and never returned. I suspect the Death Eaters from the Harry Potter books which, incidentally, I thought were all equally brilliant with no faults whatsoever. Also, a family-friendly international chain restaurant that doesn’t have an allergen menu on their website? C’mon, Forrest, c’mon.

To focus back on the good, no reactions happened and the walk there and back was nice. We’ll try for a non-chain tomorrow.

Image from Flickr user Daniel Torres Bonatto. Creative Common License

The Princess and the Peanut Allergy

The Princess and the Peanut Allergy

Official Description: Regina is busy preparing for her birthday party, but then she discovers that her friend Paula can’t go anywhere near the cake because she has a peanut allergy. Regina soon comes up with a plan that will please everyone. Full color.

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