Bakeries pose challenges for food allergic people. Even if the delicious looking chocolate cupcake in the case doesn’t have nuts in it, the pastry next to it might be covered in peanuts. Since most bakery items are premade in areas where nuts are also handled, I have abstained from eating at bakeries since my diagnosis at age six. It’s much easier to find prepackaged items that are nut free, but I never encountered a bakery where I could eat everything until recently.
A couple years ago I heard about a nut free bakery in New York City called Eleni’s. My family stopped by while we were vacationing in the city, and never wanted to leave. It was such a magical feeling to know that I could eat anything in the bakery without worrying about my allergies. I ate several cupcakes at the bakery and bought some to go. Eleni’s also sells cookies at their only location in NYC’s Chelsea Market and the cookies are carried by other stores around the US (I have found them at stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls). The crispy cookies come in many different types (my favorite being the chocolate chip ones), and I always have a box of them on hand. I have been to NYC a couple more times since, and I am always sure to pick up a few cupcakes.
I thought that if NYC had a nut free bakery, Washington DC might have one too. It does- Dog Tag Bakery is a nut free bakery located in Georgetown that benefits veterans by giving them work experience and guidance. The bakery has a case full of delicious fresh pastries as well as cookies and brownies, and it sells bakery items online as well. The interior of the bakery is cute as can be; it’s decorated with red, white and blue and houses its own dog tag engraver.
So, next time you’re traveling somewhere, look up allergy friendly bakeries. You never know what you might find!