My fourth wedding anniversary was a few weeks ago, June 16! I can’t believe I was married four years ago! After our wedding, we honeymooned in Boston, MA. Neither of us had ever been there, and we wanted to go somewhere new. We spent the first half of our trip on a beach outside of the city in Nantasket, and it was 50 degrees! Then, the day we went into Boston proper, they were in the middle of their hottest heat wave in years!
We also chose a major city because there are a lot more food options–or so we thought. Victor and I dreamed about the different places I’d be able to eat, and just tried to improvise the rest. Not a lot of food planning went into the honeymoon because we had just spent six months planning a wedding!
I remember a lot of wandering the city, just hoping to find one place that could feed me! One morning, we woke up and decided to take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, but not only did I get seasick, but after paying an exorbitant amount of money for food, I realized that it was contaminated! I spent the rest of the day curled up in a booth at a coffeeshop.
We were still miserable during the car ride back to our hotel that night, until we saw a large sign for an organic grocery store. Jackpot! I don’t know if I’ve ever been more happy about a grocery store in my entire life. Everything smelled amazing, and I’m pretty sure we bought the entire store.
This trip showed me that having food allergies takes preparation. It is no longer as easy as going into a convenience store and getting a bag of Cheetos and a soda when you want a snack. It doesn’t matter what style of travel you are doing: you have to be ready, because it’s a real downer when you don’t get to enjoy the rest of your vacation because you’re hungry or sick from food allergies.
I know that a lot of people travel because they are “foodies,” and want to experience the food in new locations. For people with food allergies, that isn’t always possible, so make your trip about the location, new adventures, and think about renting a place with a kitchen you can cook in! I know that if I could have a redo of my honeymoon, that is exactly what I’d have done.
Boston has gotten so much better about allergy friendly foods in the last few years, so if you go there now you shouldn’t have as much of a problem, but still prepare. And if you happen to have a kitchen, you can make these amazing parsnip fries on your trip!
- 5 large parsnips
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Wash the parsnips.
- Cut parsnips into strips.
- Toss with the remaining ingredients.
- Bake on a baking sheet for 20 min. Remove from heat, then toss.
- Place parsnips back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
- Top with chopped parsley, cilantro, or sea salt.
- Enjoy with homemade ketchup.