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Tot w/ FOOD ALLERGIES-- Bakery recs??

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Caroline0906 Sep 19, 2007 03:20 AM

Hello, My toddler is allergic to a number of things (milk, eggs, nuts). I have never given him a bakery treat because, even if I can avoid those ingredients, I am always worried about cross contamination. A vegan or Kosher bakery would be a good start, but we still have the concern with the nuts if they don't specifically cater to those with allergies by using separate equipment or not using nuts on the premises. I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a bakery that is sensitive to those with food allergies. We are in West Roxbury. We would love to find a place in Boston/Newton/Brookline. But, any leads will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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  1. Joanie RE: Caroline0906 Sep 19, 2007 05:46 AM

    The Harvest in Central Sq. has a number of vegan things. Don't think the JP one carries nearly as much in the way of baked goods. What horrible allergies to have. I bet if you called Petsi Pies in Somerville, they might have something or make something. Not your best location tho.

    1. galleygirl RE: Caroline0906 Sep 19, 2007 05:50 AM

      wholeFoods....

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        apfood RE: Caroline0906 Sep 19, 2007 07:16 AM

        As a mom and a sweet addict, I sympathize with you. A mom (of an allergic kid) on another board I belong to recommends http://www.bodavibakers.com/ in Newton Centre. They are a completely nut free facility, and are allergy aware. I have not been myself so can't vouch for quality, but it's definitely worth a try.

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          makonna RE: Caroline0906 Sep 19, 2007 07:17 AM

          Not in MA, but here you can mail order, and this place works hard to limit the cross contamination. When my MIL had gone there, they even spent the time discussing what ingredients went into each of their products. So you can look into this
          http://www.babycakesnyc.com/

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            ginnyhw RE: Caroline0906 Sep 19, 2007 08:21 AM

            Ming Tsai is very vocal about food allergies as (one of his kids has several) and on his website there is the following link http://www.ming.com/faan/
            This might be a good resource for you. Good luck.

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              tschuetz RE: Caroline0906 Sep 19, 2007 10:11 AM

              Hi, we are in W. Roxbury too and my son (who is now 2.9) was allergic to milk and eggs up until recently as well! It is next to impossible to find a bakery that does not use eggs, however, any Jewish bakery will not use milk. There is a bakery right on Putterham Square (in South Brookline) that does make milk-free cakes.

              Or... try the store brand Cherrybrook Kitchen (http://www.cherrybrookkitchen.com/) they make allergin free cake, cookie and icing mixes. I used them for my son's first b-day cake. Also, the store brad Enjoy Life (http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/) offers several cookies, bars and cereals that are allergin free (including nuts). My son STILL eats these for breakfast every day. Both Roche Bros and Shaws carries them.

              I have heard of a totally vegan bakery... I think somewhere on the Cambridge side. I believe it may be an Indian bakery... many Indians are vegans. Try doing some searches on that.

              Good luck and I feel your pain!

              Tammy
              http://bostonfoodandwhine.blogspot.com/

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                kyky RE: tschuetz Jan 28, 2008 06:23 AM

                I have a soon to be 2 year old that is allergic to milk and casein. Do you happen to know the name of the bakery on Putterham Square in South Brookline) that makes milk free cakes? I am not familiar with Brookline. My son's birthday is Sunday. Your assistance would be appreciated.

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                  Chris VR RE: kyky Jan 28, 2008 06:54 AM

                  Is that Cheryl Ann's? That sounds like the right location.

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                  1010 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA

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                    kyky RE: Chris VR Jan 28, 2008 09:43 AM

                    Thank you. Calling them right now.:)

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                amsnv RE: Caroline0906 Sep 19, 2007 09:31 PM

                I am not sure how close this is to your location, but a friend who lives in Boston, who has two kids with dairy, egg, and nut allergies, was eager to try out this Vegan house of pizza and subs - http://www.scallywaggles.com/.

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                  Caroline0906 RE: Caroline0906 Sep 20, 2007 10:39 AM

                  THANKS EVERYONE!!!! I really appreciate the ideas. I'm not worried about cross contamination with eggs, but I am with nuts because of the nature of the allergy, so I will definitely try the nut-free places you recommended!

                  Thanks again.

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                    cheesehead in recovery RE: Caroline0906 Jan 28, 2008 11:15 AM

                    Bodavi is parve and nut free - someone in my office is allergic, and he will eat Bodavi.

                    Personally, i find the breads and pastries bland and dry, but if you've got a kid who can't eat cookies or bread.... your options are really limited, and must do what is safe!

                    Also, check out butcherie in brookline -- i'm sure they have some products that fit the bill.

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