Swiss Chalet Allergy Guide

This week, more rotisserie chicken was on my dine out menu. Seems like I am on a chicken kick these last two blog posts.

We were so busy at work last week that we didn’t have time to break for lunch. So we decided to order in and work through lunch. There are limited delivery options available where my office is located so it came down to the usual fast food options, pizza delivery,  sub sandwich take out, or Swiss Chalet.  Unfortunately we are not blessed with stellar food delivery options in the neighbourhood.   If we had gone for pizza or sub sandwiches I would have been completely out of luck.  Too great an allergy risk.  I mean how do you make a pizza dairy free? Its *meant* to have cheese on it…its a pizza after all.

In the end, we decided on Swiss Chalet.  So off to the website I went to check out what I could  eat. I’ve eaten at Swiss Chalet before and I knew that the rotisserie chicken should be allergy safe for me.  But I was very impressed with their website and how they provide a search function that allows you to search by common allergens* .  You simply use their Allergy Guide to pick the food ingredients/items that you are allergic to and the search engine lists every item on their menu that is free of those allergens.  Pure genius.  Other restaurants could learn something from Swiss Chalet!

I was surprised at how many things were actually dairy-egg-nut free on their menu.  Forty-five items, including a dessert (apple pie), the baked So my options were not only limited to the roast chicken! Regardless of the list of safe items, I decided on the quarter rotisserie chicken, with fries, a whole grain bread roll and Swiss Chalet gravy…yes…all dairy-egg-nut free, even the roll.  because once in a while who doesn’t like to indulge?

Swiss Chalet might be a good option for families that have kids with allergies.  The Allergy Guide certainly takes away some of the dine-out anxiety that is a serious concern for parents with allergic kids.

*The list of allergens listed in the Swiss Chalet Allergy Guide :peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, soy,sulphites, sesame, gluten, fish.


Chicken @ Homer St. Cafe

Homer Street Cafe and BarOn my list of newer places to dine out at, Homer Street Cafe and Bar has been at the top.  Ever since they opened I’ve been wanting to go, but never seemed to get myself organized enough to go.  A couple of weeks ago I finally got the chance! The restaurant is so well done, when you walk in, the decor of the restaurant is inviting and makes you want to sit down and stay awhile.  In the past, I’ve been to many beautifully designed restaurants, only to be disappointed by the food that didn’t live up to the ambiance. So I was a bit wary.

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Food Allergy Infographic..and mustard?

Allerject sent out a newsletter item the other week that included stats about food allergies in Canada. Did you know that mustard is one of the top 10 food allergens?  I had no idea!  I guessed most of the other 9, since I am allergic to 4 out of the 10.  But, I had no idea that mustard was on the list.  Good to know

And on a positive note, overall I am only allergic to 4 out of the 10 food allergens, 40%!   Although I would lump nuts and peanuts into the same bucket, but that’s splitting hairs I guess.  Sounds better in the context of 40% allergic, instead of being 100% allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts.  See,  there is always a positive perspective…

Along with that they also include information on how to identify the symptoms of anaphylaxis, and what to do when faced with these symptoms.

Check out the infographic that I have included below, from the Allerject Website, or visit the website directly (Allerject).


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Date with a Little Bird

Little Bird Bistro

Little Bird Bistro, Portland Oregon

Part II of the Portland posts is a bit late in coming, but I guess it’s better late than never.  My only excuse for not posting sooner is that I’ve been out enjoying the spectacular summer we’ve had in Vancouver.

So what about the food?

I’ll start by saying that Little Bird Bistro is a must if you visit Portland.  Not because it is the sister restaurant to the famous and highly lauded Le Pigeon, but because it is a relaxed bistro style restaurant with delicious food and great service. Continue reading

Allergy Fix?

Would you like to know more about allergies?

A recent episode on CBC’s The Nature of Things that I thought I would share. It discusses the increase of allergies in children as well as the work Allergists are doing to help understand allergies and ways of managing them.   I was really fascinated by some of the studies…such as.. worms? Um…no thanks, I think I prefer to live with my allergies.

In all seriousness though, if you have an hour,  check out this episode of The Nature of Things.  It is very informative and its great that they are studying this and finding a way to fix it. It probably won’t happen in time for me, but its good that allergic kids in the future will hopefully have a better life.

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Breakfast with Bacon @ Nel Centro

Just like the food options in Portland are diverse, so is the shopping. From the fancy luxury shops to the outlet mall and everything in between.   I had made a list of the shops that I wanted to visit, but we just didn’t have time to check them all out, 3 days is just not enough!  It wash quite shocking to me that I did not purchase a single thing at Nordstrom.  I was fully expecting to find at least a pair of shoes there, but I was disappointed by the selection.  The downtown Portland Nordstrom store didn’t have much of a selection compared to other Norstrom stores I’ve been to in Seattle and California.

Portland Part 2: Breakfast with Bacon

Nel Centro

Nel Centro, Portland Oregon

The first order of business the next day was brekkie.  Off we went to Nel Centro.  Recommended by my friend, they last time they visited Portland, apparently they dined at Nel Centro more than once, so how coulld we go wrong?

My single most common breakfast order is bacon and some form of hashbrown potato. I know, this is not an exciting combination, to anyone else but me. So my apologies if this is boring, but I can’t resist. Continue reading