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Where to find allergen-free treats along the Peninsula

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

It’s tough to be a parent with a child who has food allergies and special dietary restrictions. You’re constantly asking questions and on the lookout for the best – and sometimes only – place in town to find sweet snacks for your kids. When you’re out and about, you find yourself bombarding cupcakeries and dessert shops with questions in an effort to keep your little ones safe – or you avoid these shops altogether. In an effort to make outings easier, we’ve compiled a fairly comprehensive list of local places to find tasty treats along the Peninsula, and broken them down by allergy or dietary needs. 

Gluten-Free

Zest Bakery (1224 Arroyo Avenue, San Carlos)
Zest Bakery is quite the find. It’s a dedicated gluten-free bakery where no gluten ever comes into contact with the shop or equipment. Here you can find muffins, loaves of bread, donuts, cookies, brownies, cakes, scones, cheesecake, quiche, ravioli, pizza, sandwich rolls, breads and cakes for all occasions.

Sprinkles Cupcakes (Stanford Shopping Center, 393 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto)
The original cupcakery, Sprinkles keeps its daily menu stocked with a gluten-free red velvet and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. There’s also a sugar-free red velvet (not gluten-free) available.

Kara’s Cupcakes (855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto)
Kara’s, a Bay Area chain of cupcake locations, definitely understand its gluten-free audience. Among its offerings (not every cupcake will be available every day), Kara’s makes a gluten-free chocolate coconut, vanilla coconut, chocolate velvet, sweet vanilla and flourless chocolate.

Racarons (Online with local pickup in the Mountain View Area)
Yes, it’s online, but it’s nice to know that almost all macarons, from Racarons or not, are gluten-free and made with almond flour. Racarons has a lengthy list of 19 macaron flavors (only one contains gluten) plus additional seasonal offerings.

Cream (440 University Ave, Palo A lot and 134 South B Street, San Mateo)
The ice cream sandwich: yummy, refreshing and hard to find for those who can’t tolerate gluten. Enter Cream, which has a gluten-free chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and white chocolate fudge cookie on its menu.

Calafia Café and Market A Go-Go (855 El Camino Real, Suite 130, Palo Alto)
Isn’t it the worst when you sit down at a restaurant or pick up meal and are forced to skip dessert because of its lack of gluten-free options? Calafia has a gluten-free rosemary crème brulee, banana split, ice cream trilogy and chia seed parfait (raw, with no sugar added). Although a couple of offerings might be for a more sophisticated palate, it would be rare for a toddler to pass up a banana split or ice cream.

LYFE Kitchen (167 North Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto)
LYFE locations keep popping up around the Bay.   When you go, make sure you order the chocolate or banana coconut budino if you’re staying away from gluten.

Prolific Oven (550 Waverly Street, Palo Alto)
Prolific oven offers gluten-free chocolate verrines and a blueberry cream cake.

Chilly and Munch (2101 Showers Dr., Mountain View)
We had to add shaved snow, even though it’s logical to assume ice and syrup are gluten-free, but all flavors and toppings except Oreo and brownie are free of gluten.

True Food Kitchen (180 El Camino Real Suite 1140)
For the adventurous eater, True Food has a squash pie, chia seed pudding, apple goji crisp, flourless chocolate cake and lemon ginger frozen yogurt – all gluten-free.

Fraiche Frozen Yogurt (200 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto)
Fraiche has healthy, gluten-free smoothies available.

Sibby’s Cupcakery (Online orders - minimum one dozen – delivery throughout the bay Tuesday-Saturday, or place and order for pickup at 716 South Railroad Ave, San Mateo)
Sibby’s has a variety of gluten-free cupcakes available - butter cup, choco choco, chocolate and cream, chocolate coconut cream, dulce de leche, latte love, MMM good mocha and old-fashioned birthday cake.

Veggie Grill (565 San Antonio Road #26, Mountain View)
While everything on the menu is vegan, the pudding parfait can be made gluten-free if ordered without the cookie crumbles.

Bonus: Gluten-free Bread

Ducks & Dragons Bakery (Online orders – pickup at the College of San Mateo Farmers’ Market on Saturdays)
Sure, it’s online only, but a dedicated gluten-free bakery offering bagels, flourless soft baguettes, flourless rolls, flourless pizza crust and sandwich bread is hard to find.

Nut-Free

Sibby’s Cupcakery (Online orders - minimum one dozen – delivery throughout the bay Tuesday-Saturday, or place and order for pickup, 716 South Railroad Ave, San Mateo)
Sibby’s, which has gluten-free choices (perfect for those who are gluten- AND nut-free), is a dedicated nut-free bakery!!!! Everything here is safe to eat.

LYFE Kitchen (167 North Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto)
LYFE serves a nut-free chocolate chip cookie.

Chilly and Munch (2101 Showers Dr., Mountain View)
Although almonds are a topping option and the Atari, coco banana and rocky road combos contain nuts, everything else on the shaved ice menu is nut-free.

Dairy-Free/Vegan

Sprinkles Cupcakes (Stanford Shopping Center, 393 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto)
Vegan cupcakes! Sprinkles always offers a vegan red velvet, so anyone who can’t have eggs or dairy has at least one option here (the red velvet also comes in sugar-free and gluten-free versions, but neither is suitable for vegans or anyone unable to have dairy)

Cream (440 University Ave, Palo A lot and 134 South B Street, San Mateo)
There’s nothing better than cold ice cream on a hot day – unless you have a dairy allergy or intolerance. Cream has a vegan chocolate banana bliss, fudging awesome and oatmeal e crazy ice cream, and a soy mint chocolate chip and blueberry ice cream available.

Calafia Café and Market A Go-Go (855 El Camino Real, Suite 130, Palo Alto)
Vegan banana split! Hooray! If you aren’t feeling sundae-y, the ice cream trilogy and chia seed parfait (raw, with no added sugar) are also a safe bet (and all are gluten-free).

Tin Pot Cremery (855 El Camino Real #121, Palo Alto and 201 First Street, Los Altos)
Tin Pot has a vegan mint truffle ice cream on its menu.

LYFE Kitchen (167 North Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto)
There’s only one dessert available for the dairy-free/vegan crowd here, but try the vegan chocolate chip cookie if you have egg or dairy allergies.

Veggie Grill (565 San Antonio Road #26, Mountain View)
Everything on the menu is vegan, so the desserts are safe for anyone with dairy or egg allergies and they have an amazing vegan carrot cake, in addition to a chocolate chip cookie and chocolate pudding parfait, and other seasonal vegan dessert offerings

True Food Kitchen (180 El Camino Real Suite 1140(
Try the squash pie, chia seed pudding and apple goji crisp – all safe for egg and dairy intolerance (and gluten-free).

Fraiche Frozen Yogurt (200 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto)
There’s both dairy and sugar-free smoothies available on Fraiche’s menu.

Pinkberry (Stanford Shopping Center, 680 Stanford Shopping Center Suite 14, Palo Alto)
Seasonally, Pinkberry has dairy-free options, but daily, the Palo Alto location serves a dairy-free coconut milk coconut flavor.

Raw Daddy’s (Palo Alto Farmers’ Market, Sundays 9am-1pm - California Ave at El Camino Real - Palo Alto)
Everything on Raw Daddy’s menu is vegan so grab a dairy-free cone and fill it with ingredients like raw almond butter, agave nectar, cinnamon cashew yogurt and coconut oil. There’s also a dairy-free chocolate haystack dessert.

Creamistry (164 University Ave., Palo Alto)
I scream, you scream, we all scream for non-dairy ice cream! Creamistry has non-dairy, water based sorbets in blood orange, green apple, mango, pineapple and pink grapefruit, and a non-dairy, coconut based, vegan ice cream base available.

Chilly and Munch (2101 Showers Dr., Mountain View)
Everything on the menu but the vanilla flavor and the condensed milk and black sesame condensed milk drizzle are vegan/dairy-free.

Smitten Ice Cream (4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos)
Yet another dairy-free/vegan frozen treat on the Peninsula! Smitten offers a Vairhona fudge and a caramel pop.

As with everything, check websites or make a phone call prior to arrival. In any case, we hope this helps when you’re out and about with your children and their friends.

Did we forget anywhere? Let us know in the comments

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Medicine: Introduce Food Allergens Early

Posted By Communications Manager, Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2017

According to new guidelines from the National Institutes of Health, an expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) suggests that parents introduce peanut-containing foods to infants prior to their first birthday.

As peanut allergies continue to be a growing health problem, the new recommendations provide three guidelines for introducing peanuts based on their risk of developing a peanut allergy. It is recommended to introduce peanuts to the highest risk group – those with severe eczema, egg allergy or both – as early as four to six months. For infants with mild or moderate eczema, the recommendations are that peanut-containing foods be introduced around six months of age. The third group, those without eczema or any food allergies can be given peanut-containing foods freely. Solids should be introduced prior to peanuts and parents should always consult their pediatrician for more information.

“Living with peanut allergy requires constant vigilance. Preventing the development of peanut allergy will improve and save lives and lower health care costs,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “We expect that widespread implementation of these guidelines by health care providers will prevent the development of peanut allergy in many susceptible children and ultimately reduce the prevalence of peanut allergy in the United States.”

Emerging data has suggested peanut allergies can be prevented by the early introduction of peanut-containing foods. The new guidelines can be viewed in full here

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