Food editors and bloggers are well-respected in the food allergy community. They help us create tasty allergen-free meals for our families and provide helpful tips and ideas about successfully living with food allergies. The AllergyEats team was curious to know where food-allergic food editors and bloggers eat when they’re not in the kitchen – what types of restaurants do they prefer, how do they communicate to restaurant staff about their food allergies, etc.?
In the coming months, we’ll feature interviews with foodies who have dietary restrictions to get their thoughts on dining out successfully with food allergies and intolerances. Our first interview is with Alisa Fleming, a dairy-allergic writer and blogger, Founder of GoDairyFree.org – a site that receives more than 2.5 million visitors and 6 million page views per year, Senior Editor at Allergic Living magazine and Author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living.
What are your food allergies/restrictions?
My only tight restriction is dairy. I was born with a milk allergy. It lessened in severity over time, and now I seem to have a severe eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) condition (I can’t be tested for this, as it is too risky to add dairy back into my diet enough to test). However, in my household, we also have gluten-free and a few other dietary restrictions, as well.
Where do you like to eat out? Which restaurants do you visit regularly?
I adore Asian food. We go out to a Vietnamese restaurant almost weekly, and also like to hit up Japanese and Thai on occasion. Though these aren’t necessarily feasible for nut allergies, they offer so many options for dairy-free and even gluten-free. My husband and I also love good street tacos, but they are often elusive! When traveling, we veer toward the familiar: BJ’s Brewhouse and P.F. Chang’s are two that we seek out often.