Eating out can be quite a production with food allergies. By the time the research is done, the menu is checked, the manager is called, the chef is alerted - we’re not hungry any more!
“It’s too much work, let’s just have spaghetti at home!”
In the grand scheme of things, we’ve often wondered if the risk of eating out - outweighs the benefit of providing a “normal” eating experience for our son.
He had a reaction at a fast food restaurant when he was four and I remember thinking, “Was that hamburger really worth his life?” Maybe that’s a little dramatic, I tend to be sometimes, but the question still weighs heavily on my mind, “How important is it to eat out?”
While the jury is still out on this one, what we never thought we would be able to do is go to a bakery. The cross contamination risk of all those sticky ingredients sends me over the edge!! That’s why when I Googled “Food Allergy Bakery Florida” I was floored that I found a food allergy friendly bakery near our home.
Their tag line is “Gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, corn-free, soy-free, nut-free, worry-free dedicated facility”
Cue the music - My son, staring into the camera with a smitten look on his face (which is also covered in frosting and ginger)!
We traveled to this bakery, which is located in Oviedo Florida, after speaking with Sheila Sollie on the phone. She assured us that the information on the internet was correct, it is a nut free bakery.
We tentatively set out on our journey expecting the worst but hoping for the best.
The store is located in a somewhat commercial area so the ambiance was a little less then what we expected. But as I’m always telling my son, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts!” This sentiment held true once again.
After meeting with Laura Costanzo, the other owner of the bakery, we tried a few of their treats. They were delicious! We were so pleased with the texture and taste of all the foods we tried. We munched on Vanilla Cream Pies, Chipless Wonder Cookies, Chocolate Wafer Cookies, Sugar Cookies, and Gingerbread Cookies. Yes, we all had bellyaches, but it was worth it!
More good news... Liberty Bakery products can be found at Whole Foods, they ship to anywhere in the US and they are reasonably priced (see Cost of Food Allergies)!!
It was a very “normal” dining experience to go to the bakery and buy some treats. The jury would have reached a decision by now about eating out v. the risk if other establishments were as dedicated to food safety as Liberty Bakery!
(FYI - we do not receive any money or gifts for adding links or writing reviews about products. We do this for our son, for your children and for you. Because we wanted to do something positive to help food allergic families!)