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Useful Information: Airline Chart

Here’s an interesting guide to airlines and their level of allergy-friendliness that I came across today: http://allergicliving.com/?p=3231

I thought this was very informative, since 30,000 feet in the air is not where you want to have an allergic reaction. Personally, I’ve requested a peanut dust allergy notice from Southwest (this requires checking in at the kiosk in-person, so I have to plan ahead and get to the airport earlier), and it is very quick and painless. Show the gate attendant your notice, and you will board with the pre-boarders. No announcement is made over the PA system. I’ve also heard that it is safest to take the first flight, since the cabin has just been cleaned. Overall, I try to fly United because they do not serve any snacks–while the risk remains that passengers will bring on their own nut items, at least one source of risk is removed.

SAN FRANCISCO: Specialty’s

Taste: 5/5

Value: 3/5

Labeling: 5/5

Segregation: 1/5

Nut-free Menu: 2/5

Specialty’s was one of my favorite places for lunch and cookie breaks when I lived in Chicago. Specialty’s has many more locations in San Francisco, with a convenient order-ahead system. The sandwich and salad options often contain either pesto or nuts, but the soup options are usually safe. Specialty’s online ordering system allows you to customize your ingredients, as well as leave notes such as “allergic to nuts.” When I did this at the Chicago location, they switched out the usual poppy seed bread for a ciabatta roll, even though the poppy seed bread didn’t have nuts in it–they’d rather be safe than sorry. Specialty’s cookies are great, but many of the bakery options have nuts so there is a risk of cross-contamination with the serving spatulas, trays, and prep areas.

SAN FRANCISCO: Coffee Bazaar

Taste: 5/5

Value: 3/5

Labeling: 3/5

Segregation: 1/5

Nut-free Menu: 2/5

 

We stopped into Coffee Bazaar in Guerneville for a quick caffeine fix on our way to the Sonoma Coast. The prices were average and it was crowded with locals. After ordering a latte, I noticed that the cafe offers almond milk and soy milk as substitutes. I watched the process and saw that there was no segregation between orders. Regardless of which milk you ordered, everything went into the same cup and used the same frother. Fearing cross contamination, I didn’t have any of the latte but my husband said it was good. The cafe serves food too, but we didn’t try any this time. I don’t think we will be back because of the issue cross contamination risk. 

SAN FRANCISCO: Delica

Taste: 5/5
Value: 2/5
Labeling: 5/5
Segregation: 5/5
Nut-Free Menu: 5/5

Delica is an upscale Japanese deli in the Ferry Building. It rates highly on all factors besides value because even though it’s delicious, it’s expensive! For example, my favorite lunch on the menu is the ginger beef bowl, although I rarely get it because it costs close to ten dollars. The pre-made and deli items are neatly segregated from each other within the glass case, and the ingredients are clearly marked on the signs and online menu.

SAN FRANCISCO: Boccalone

Taste: 5/5
Value: 3/5
Labeling: 5/5
Segregation: 1/5
Nut-Free Menu: 2/5

Boccalone serves pork-based sandwiches and snacks. The muffuletta is the only sandwich on the menu with nuts (pistachios in the mortadella), and the nut ingredient is clearly marked. However, Boccalone receives a low rating because of the high risk of cross contamination. The same slicer is used for the meats. In addition, on my second visit, I was accidentally given the muffuletta instead of the sandwich I ordered. This wouldn’t be a big deal for non-allergy sufferers, but could have been serious if I had taken a bite before inspecting it.