Hi, my name is Kathleen. I’m a Toronto-based writer, a foodie, and most recently, a mom.
Before I had even met my baby boy, I dreamed of the day we’d enjoy “Foodie Fundays” together. I imagined we’d spend Sunday afternoons—just the two of us, trying out new and delicious restaurants in the city.
That dream died the day he was diagnosed with several food allergies (peanut, tree nut, egg) followed by more months later (sesame, soy, sunflower). Not only that, but something as simple as running into a cafe in between errands became a scary, stress-filled event. Was I putting my child in danger by simply walking into a coffee shop? Needless to say, I was devastated.
It took a few months before it hit me: It didn’t have to be this bad. 1 in 5 children have a food allergy, so I knew there’d be a community of like-minded parents wanting the same (safe) experiences for themselves and their children.
I decided then and there what my mission would be: to help parents of children with food allergies find allergen-free or allergy-friendly restaurants, bars and cafes in Toronto—and to let them know which spots should come with an allergy alert!
If you’ve found my site, you’re probably one of those struggling foodies or families. I sincerely hope this guide makes your allergy journey a little bit easier. And, if you have an eating spot you’d like to add to the guide, please get in touch and I’ll make sure to include it.