Monthly Archives: March 2011

Parents picket girl with peanut allergy, ask her to withdraw from school – American Morning – CNN.com Blogs

Parents picket girl with peanut allergy, ask her to withdraw from school – American Morning – CNN.com Blogs.

Oh jeez. Of course they are picketing her, how dare their kids be forced to wash their hands and mouths?

This is a tough one for me. This girl has a right to be able to go to school and learn like everyone else. Her disability does not affect the classroom nearly enough as some disruptive kids with social-related disorders would, but the kids being “forced” or “punished” with washing their hands is just tooooo much.

As a side note, according to school data, the number of kids out sick has definitely declined since this was instituted.

What if this kid was one of these parents’ daughters? They’d have the pleasure of watching their daughter break out in hives, slowly becoming unable to speak, swallow, or even breathe due to the peanut-confronted histamines going crazy inside her.

But unless you really know what serious food allergies can do to a person, it’s easy to assume that this girl’s parents are over-protective and over-reacting.

On the other hand, if your allergies are really that serious, it’s going to be very hard to eliminate all allergy concerns, even with the mandatory hand-washing and mouth-rinsing.

The other sad thing here is this: Growing up as a kid with severe allergies, ALL you want to do is fit in. Having to be restricted, isolated, monitored constantly will make you feel like you will never be the same as other kids. This girl probably isn’t home schooled because her parents wanted to let her play and interact with other children, despite her serious allergies.

But she eats her lunch alone. And the fact that kids and parents are in an uproar about the hand-washing rule, well… she’s probably not the most popular girl in her grade. In fact, I’m fairly sure she gets picked on every day, who knows how badly. If I had a daughter like that, I really don’t know if I’d be able to subject her to such daily torment, even if I wanted her to have the school experience that most other kids have.

Here’s more in-depth stuff on this story:

http://www.clickorlando.com/education/27139755/detail.html

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Flying Saucer

Occasionally, Jeremy wakes up craving pancakes. When that happens, we usually go off to Earwax Cafe for their vegan and non-vegan breakfast items. Earwax recently closed though, for a brief period, and we haven’t been back since it’s re-opened with a new chef and new menu with half the breakfast items.

For a change, we decided to hit up Flying Saucer (Inc?), a casual breakfast spot in Humboldt. Jeremy was very excited because the place has a lot more options with meat than Earwax does. I was excited to try some different vegan pancakes.

Neither of us ended up getting the pancakes. Jeremy jumped on the breakfast burrito and I went for this kale, tofu and sweet potato hash with toast. The hash came out more like a sautee, but whatever, it was good. Flavored very well, not to salty or sweet. The home fries were excellent too. Jeremy said his burrito was good and so were his spiced apples (breakfast side choices are home fries, the apples or an unassuming bowl of mixed greens).

I enjoyed the decor too, exposed duct-work and brick, with a few paintings scattered around. BUT, by far the best part of the meal were the vegan brownies we purchased from the counter. These things are devoid of dairy, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts and GARGANTUAN hunks of deliciousness. Seriously, they are like half a pound. Too much, maybe? I don’t know, I couldn’t stop eating mine. So good.

All in all, this may become our new favorite breakfast place. At the very least, we need to go back and try the pancakes. 😉

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Restaurant sued over food allergy death – chicagotribune.com

Restaurant sued over food allergy death – chicagotribune.com.

The real tragedy here is that this child couldn’t get a shot of epinephrine. How could she have anaphylaxis and not have an epi-pen in her school health plan?? I swear the nurses at my schools had like 5 epi-pens for me.

Ironically, I have a post I’m about to finish writing about how much I love Asian food. What I mean is that I love all Asian food except Chinese.

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Takashi

We went to Takashi for my birthday tonight. Very good! The chef and waitstaff were great with the allergies– actually none of the things I ordered had to be modified in the slightest. It was a nice vibe. Good decor, soft ambient techno jazz oriental streamlined feel and although the tables were close together, that wasn’t necessary a bad thing.

We started with the ceviche, oysters and beef tartare plates, and some ginger lime and honey pomegranate martinis. The ceviche was delicious. I loved the combination of seafood they use, big hunks of squid and shrimp and octopus and slices of scallop. The flavor on the dressing was good, similar to what was on the oysters – julienned vegetables in a citrus vinaigrette. The chef enjoyed the beef tartare with the quail egg on top.

We both ate pretty fast. I don’t know if it’s because we were hungry or because the food was so delicious. I had roasted duck and confit of leg with some similarly citrus-tanged beets, and chef dived into some pheasant with chestnut and mushroom risotto.The portions aren’t that big, but you can always ask for more bread. It’s all tasty.

The proximity of the tables actually led to me overhearing a dude at the table next to us talk about being allergic to tree nuts. For some reason I felt compelled to flash him my epi-pen in benadryl – a moment of empathy and common understanding!

In truth, I went to ER last week. Takashi is a restaurant that naturally has a lot of dairy, egg and nut free dishes, but last week I was honestly just really silly – I went to a bar and grill I’d been to before and did not ask what the pineapple I wanted on top of my burger (ordered with no bun) was grilled in.

I ended up in the ER 30 minutes later.

I’m still pissed about that experience, but I guess any experience you learn from is worth something.  Ambulance rides are expensive though. And sucky. It felt good to eat somewhere that had dishes that were totally fine for me to begin with.

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