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Breville Sous Chef Review

We have taken the plunge and purchased a Breville Sous Chef! Well, we did it a while back, but I’m getting around to posting the review now. You know how that goes… I’ll give you the bottom line first: IT’S AWESOME EPIC AMAZING AND ALL OTHER GOOD THINGS!!! Read More

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Store Grand Opening

LEGO Store Grand Opening in SF

August 28th. It was the day I had looked forward to for ages. No really. Story time! Several years ago, we went to Stone Ridge Mall on the other side of the Bay. It may have been the grand opening. There was a Master Builder event. They were offering items, but we didn’t get anything. I’ll never know if I could have gotten a LEGO Store Set that day. Fast forward to present day, and I learned about the San Francisco store that was opening. I HAD to have a LEGO Store Set. I didn’t want it. I NEEDED it. I will say however, that the set they use to give out was a bit cooler. This one, I love it, but I may make a few changes to it. Read More

A Little Bit of Shopping

Just wanted to share a few things that I saw recently at the store. I did purchase the cassava sweetener to mess around with it when I have a little extra time. I’m very pleased with the ingredients listed on the Jovial products, but they do contain corn. Since we have other mixes that I’ve put together without corn, we won’t be trying this product; mainly because, well, corn.

We’ve been using the Tiger Nut Flour (NOT a nut, a tuber) for a while now, but the Pamela’s is a new product I hadn’t seen before. I’m hoping someone out there will find this useful because I didn’t purchase it since The Papa has a coconut allergy.

Happy shopping everyone!

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Free and Friendly Foods Justin's Product Review

Justin’s Maple Almond Butter Product Review

As you may (or may not know) Kid Three can’t have much cane sugar, and eats as organic as possible. He can’t handle chemicals, colorings, and pesticides. So, to my surprise, I saw this great little product at the store, and thought of him. Mister Low/No Sugar was very happy to give this a try. So, here are his notes, and official review. Full disclosure: we were NOT paid for this, and I did not eat it, but am finessing what Kid Three told me. 🙂

Allergy Status: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan

Note: This product is made in a shared facility with major and less-common allergens, so be sure to call before trying it out. Read More

A Trip to the LEGO Store

I got to take a much *needed* trip to the LEGO store a couple of weeks ago, and took some pics that I simply had to share.

Free and Friendly Foods Trip to the LEGO Store

It’s the expression on his face. Simply priceless.


Free and Friendly Foods Trip to the LEGO Store

THIS was the reason I went in the first place. Best purchase incentive ever.


Free and Friendly Foods Trip to the LEGO Store

It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but the size of the wheel is HUGE. I think it may be bigger than the wheels in the Batman Tumbler set.


Free and Friendly Foods Trip to the LEGO Store

Hope your day is going as well as his is!

Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, part 3

Is it sad that I made a part three of this series mainly so I could go on and on about the Lego Store? Probably, but! This is called Food AND LEGO 🙂 This is part three, and the final installation of the Traveling With Food Allergies series. Have you been able to travel successfully? Tell us about it. We’re always looking for new ideas.

Before I get to LEGO, here are some final thoughts about the trip overall, and some things that I would change, or can suggest, or need to over-suggest.

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Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Traveling Series. This part will cover the night of departure, and the first full day of the trip, and a bit of what the kids did without me.
Part 1  |  Part 3

The Night of Departure
As expected, they didn’t leave on time. I was beyond exhausted, but of course, couldn’t go to sleep because I was trying to get them out of the house. As soon as they were gone I was out.

Meanwhile, in an RV far far away, well, not that far… The Papa and Grandma were driving the 4 kids to an RV park in Morgan Hill, which is south of us, by maybe a couple of hours? Maybe 90 minutes. The idea was that they would skip over all of the morning traffic, and “save” hours of travel time. It worked OK. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Festive Tuna Salad

Festive Tuna Salad Recipe

Did I tell you we sent Kid Two to summer camp? Well, we did, and it worked out so well. He had a blast, met new people, and even met someone who likes to do card tricks like him. He was thrilled. What has that got to do with Festive Tuna Salad? Well, it’s one of the meals I sent with him, and he really enjoyed it.

For quite some time now, I’ve been using Organicville ranch dressing and coleslaw dressings together to make the idea of mayo in his tuna salads, and he’s been OK with that. I was aware of some vegan options, but they were all soy based, and you know how I feel about American soy. So I’m walking through the store a couple of weeks ago (read: perusing Good Eggs from the comfort of home), after my aquafaba discovery, and THIS AMAZING EGG FREE VEGAN MAYO product catches my eye. It says it’s made with aquafaba on the front. I read the label, and no soy! And Kid Two can have it!!! So of course I had to buy some. The Papa was the first to sample the creation, and he said it tasted like the real deal, so much that he couldn’t really tell the difference. Kid Two. OH the joy and that child’s face! Once again, regretting not taking a picture in that moment.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free*, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, Vegan Compatible

For Vegan: Use a vegan, fish free tuna, such as this. However, if you’re avoiding soy, you may not be able to find a safe product.
For Paleo & GAPs: Use a safe mayo such as one of these.
*Cane Sugar Free Note: The Mayo contains a small amount of cane sugar. You will need to use an alternative mayo.

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Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, Part 1

**Part one will be covering all of the planning, and things that happened before departure.
Part 2  |  Part 3

Welcome to the very long write-up about how you and your loved ones CAN go on a vacation. 10 years ago, I don’t know that this would be possible. 20 years ago, depending on the allergy, don’t even think about it. However, we live in a country that’s packed full of Whole Foods Markets, and few other big names (and little ones too) that have made it possible for people with food allergies to travel. Well, that and the internet. That last bit is important because putting in the time to research where you’re going is a big part of all of this. Traveling when you’re dealing a lot of people can be difficult. Traveling with people with multiple severe food allergies can seem near impossible. However, there’s hope. Here’s how we managed to pull it all off. Read More

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