Milestones’ extraordinary care and attention to food allergies allows me to eat out without worry

Last night we finished work and decided we were going to go out for dinner. Now, with severe food allergies I’ve always recommended calling the restaurant ahead of time, when you make your reservation. Last night we went to a restaurant we trust; Milestones. We went to the Victoria, British Columbia location.

We have been to Milestones in Victoria a few times now and have also been to several different locations in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto. I feel very safe at Milestones, even with my long list of allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, legumes (beans and peas) as well as gluten and dairy intolerances. Being a chain restaurant, with numerous locations across Canada, they need to have policies in place to ensure that people can eat safely and trust the restaurant. Every time I have eaten at Milestones, I am always so grateful that every staff member genuinely cares and understands that my order, and by consequence, my meal is prepared with utmost care and attention to avoid any cross-contamination. They check-in several times to make sure I am ok, that the meal is to my expectations and that I know that they have taken every possible step they can to make my meal as safe as it can be.

Last night was no exception to that rule; as our waiter, Kyle W. took very good care of me to make sure I would have a safe dinner out. He checked in numerous times to make sure everything was ok and I was not having any reactions or worries about my food. He genuinely cared and wanted to be sur we had a nice evening out, without incident.

I had one of the two meals I always have, because it is delicious and I know it is safe and easy to make safely. When eating out, what I have learned over the years is that simpler is safer. When you have allergies and are eating out, keep it simple. With my allergies, I always keep it to meat and veggies. At Milestones, I keep dinner to either steak, baked potatoes and vegetables, or a nice salad with salmon, avocado, strawberries. On my salad I keep it simple; balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

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Dinner was delicious and it meant I didnt have to cook. I don’t eat out very often, however when I do, it is to have a nice evening with friends and family, and not have to cook. Yes I want tasty food, but I always keep it simple, because I like seeing exactly what I am eating. Knowing every ingredient in my meal. It means that I can eat without any stress. Milestones has always gone out of their way to bring me a well balance meal. When I am hungry, I’ll get a baked potato on the side of my salad and that is enough for me.

When looking to eat out, the first restaurant I will look up is Milestones, because I know without a doubt in my mind that they will go above and beyond to make me a safe meal.

Have you ever been to Milestones restaurants? Which locations have you been to? What was your experience like and would you recommend Milestones for others with severe food allergies?

Newly Diagnosed?

Have you been recently diagnosed with allergies and/or asthma? Not quite certain what your next steps should be? Maybe you have been tested for gluten, or an entire panel of the common allergens. Perhaps you have been to an asthma clinic, to seek help as you are having difficulty breathing. Depending on how knowledgeable you are about allergies or asthma prior to diagnosis, you may leave the appointment feeling worried and stressed, or somewhat calm and collected.

Nowadays there is a lot more awareness out there than there used to be. More people are willing to speak up and share their experiences and lessons learned. There are support groups online where there are discussions being had about everything from grocery shopping with allergies, to eating out with allergies, to social events with allergies. And with a little investigation, you may very well find a group in your own city. If you are found to have a severe allergy, fear may be the first thing on your mind. Speaking with someone who has lived with a life-threatening allergy for a while is always a great way to lessen some of the fear, because sometimes family and friends can be extremely supportive, however they may not be able to relate the same.

Asthma. have you been to see a specialist because you have been feeling wheezy or have a tight chest? Were you diagnosed with asthma? Sometimes one can feel a little “in the dark” about treatment and lifestyle when they are first diagnosed. If you have been struggling with coughing and wheezing for some time, a diagnosis may be relieving, as your allergist or doctor will be providing you with an “action plan”. I know for me, it is always more comforting to know there is a treatment plan in place and a backup plan if that treatment is not working as effectively.

How did you feel when you were first diagnosed with allergies, or asthma? Were you concerned, relieved, upset?