The below is from an Allergic Girl blog reader and food allergy mom doing her due diligence before a trip to Paris with her food allergic child and not turning up a whole lot.
"We are on our way to Paris this summer. I have a 7 year old with severe tree nut, peanut, sesame, lentil and chickpea allergies. We will have cards printed from SelectWisely. In addition, I would love to connect with allergy groups in France (if that even exists) to help us with finding accommodating restaurants, bakeries and the like. I have already done an extensive internet search but turned up very, very little. Any other ideas?"
Here were my first thoughts:
-When I travel to Paris, I rent a small apartment with a kitchenette and do a lot of food shopping myself. It's really the best way if you can manage it as the grocery stores and open markets are wonderful! [NB: she wrote to say they are doing exactly that.]
-The tips in this Conde Nast Traveler interview will give you some more pointers [just substitute France for Thailand].
-David Lebovitz has some great general Frenchy tips.
-Also David has some gluten-free dining suggestions, which won't necessarily help with peanut and tree nut allergies but it may be a place to start.
Are you in Paris or have you been recently and ate somewhere wonderful? Do you have any other Frenchy dining suggestions? If yes, please post them here for all of us!