Happy Veterans Day. Central thanks all of our veterans for their service. Many restaurants around the country are showing their appreciation with special offers for veterans. Take a look at these specials and please feel free to share what specials you find, or what your restaurant will have. Most places will require identification, so be sure to bring it upon going to a restaurant.
Veterans are able to get a free entree all day on November 11.
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
Active duty and veterans are able to get a free lunch entree or a one-topping mini pizza for dinner on November 11.
A free meal (one of six choices) will be available for both active duty and veterans from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. on November 11.
Members of the military can get a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon and Kobe Burgers) on November 11. Dine-in orders only.
A free Grand Slam breakfast will be available for active military and veterans on November 11.
Depending on location, a free or discounted meal will be available for active military and veterans on November 11.
The Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner, which consists of a free meal, will be held at locations all around the country on November 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
All throughout the day on November 11, with a purchase of a beverage active duty and veterans are able to get 10 free wings. Dine-in orders only.
All active duty and veterans can get a free doughnut on November 11.
Upon showing military ID, active duty or veterans can get a free order of Crazy Bread on November 11.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants
The 13th annual Veteran’s Day meal will be held on November 13.
Veterans are able to get a free meal (from a pre-set menu) on November 11. It will include bread sticks and choice of soup or salad.
Active duty and veterans are able to get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke. This offer began on November 7 and concludes on November 11.
All orders placed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on November 11 will make a $1 donation to assist the USO upon using their online ordering app.
At many locations around the country, active duty and veterans can get a free six-inch sub on November 11.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., active duty and veterans can get a free lunch on November 11.
For active duty and veterans, they will have a buy one entree, get another free on November 11.
Can you imagine an elementary school lunch without a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? How about getting on an airplane without getting a tiny bag of nuts? And as if both of those weren’t enough, what if you couldn’t even eat chili to warm you up on a cold fall evening? These are just a few items on the do not eat, touch, etc. list for people suffering from nut allergies. And while it isn’t necessarily the most common item to be allergic to, nut allergies have begun to occur more and more. Robert Wood, MD, director of the division of pediatric allergy and immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore told WebMD, “The number of people with peanut allergies doubled over a recent five-year period, from four in 1,000 people in 1997 to eight in 1,000 in 2002.” This growth may mean more people could potentially suffer from the ill effects of the stray peanut or tree nut, but it also means an increased awareness to the allergy.
What’s the difference between tree nut and peanut allergies?
Often when a person is diagnosed as allergic to peanuts they are also told to avoid tree nuts and vice versa. This is because according to the Food Allergy Initiative, “30-40% of people who have peanut allergy also are allergic to tree nuts.” But what exactly is the difference? The main answer is simply the plant family from which they are produced.
Tree nut allergies are basically nuts grown on trees. The proteins in these nuts are what cause the allergic reaction. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) says that about 1.8 million Americans are allergic to this family of nuts which are also one of the leading causes of death among those with food allergies.
Peanut allergies are caused by a similar protein to that in tree nuts and basically present the same reactions (anything from breaking out in hives to anaphylaxis). The main difference between the two is that a peanut is a member of the legume family along with items like peas and lentils.
What should be avoided?
Since there are so many different types of nuts, it can be difficult to know exactly what to avoid. While it may sound easy at first to just avoid a peanut or an almond there is a lot more to the process. First, for tree nut allergies it’s important to know what qualifies under U.S. law as that particular item which means it must be labeled as containing tree nuts on packaged food items. The Food Allergy Initiative lists the following as being considered tree nuts under U.S. law: almond; Brazil nut; cashew; chestnut; filbert/hazelnut; macadamia nut; pecan; pine nut (pignolia nut); pistachio; walnut. For peanut allergy sufferers the basic peanut is the main culprit to avoid.
But just because you avoid the tree nut or peanut in its most basic state, doesn’t mean that’s the only item to stay away from. Items like barbecue sauce, chili and even spaghetti sauce sometimes use peanut butter or peanut flour as a thickener. NBC Washington also advises to be careful with pancakes, salad dressing, pasta, pie crust and meatless burgers that may contain traces of different types of nuts. When eating out it’s a good idea to also avoid ice-cream parlors (due to shared scoops) and Asian and African restaurants due to the risk of cross-contamination since many of their foods contain different types of nuts. Kids Health even warns to be especially careful when performing some everyday activities due to the possibility of coming in contact with nuts. They list items such as bird seed, hamster food and bedding, cosmetics and even ant traps as items that could cause a reaction due to nut contamination.
What are some alternatives?
Thankfully for allergy sufferers, items containing these products must be marked on the outside of the package as either containing or possibly coming in contact with nuts. This leads to a pretty wide variety of products that are nut-free. PeanutSafeFood.com has a fairly comprehensive list of several products nut-free and non cross-contaminated items including: Sun Chips, Vanilla Wafers cookies, Skittles, Special K Bars, Betty Crocker Angel Food Cake Mix, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Blue Bell Creameries Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream. And if you’re in the market to try some goodies specially made to be peanut-, tree nut-, milk-, and egg-free, check out Divvies. Their facility specializes in making items with minimal cross contamination and as allergen-free as possible. They offer items ranging from gourmet popcorn to cupcakes and even have a cupcake to help you make your own nut free items at home.
Eating Tree Nut and Peanut Free on the Go
Eating nut-free on the go can be a bit more difficult than some allergies due to the ability for small traces to cause big reactions. Just as in our previous dairy-free post, it’s extremely important to be aware of the possibility of cross-contamination. Because reactions can be severe, it’s extremely important that you make servers or your host aware of your allergy ahead of time to prevent any accidents from happening in the kitchen. It’s important to remember that even something as small as not fully sanitizing a knife that has come in contact with a nut can cause a severe reaction. Kids Health advises, “If the manager or owner of a restaurant is uncomfortable about your request for peanut- or nut-free food preparation, don’t eat there.”
In the meantime, if you’re on the go and curious as to where it’s safe to eat, you can rest assured that there are options available. A great site for looking up ingredients and policies at different restaurants prior to visiting is Project Allergy. This site has a plethora of places that are nut-allergy friendly that’s not only includes restaurants, but also lists hotels and airlines as well. Project Allergy restaurant lists include everything from kid-focused places to the family-friendly and just about anything else you might be craving. For the kids, Chuck E. Cheese’s warns against cross-contamination in many birthday and sweets options, but overall could be an option. If you’re looking for family dining Applebee’s can provide around three pages worth of everything from appetizers right down to desserts that are safe to dine on for nut-allergy sufferers. Even theme parks like Holiday World (in Indiana) and Hershey Park (in Pennsylvania) have joined in to help make sure everyone can have a fun getaway without having to worry about a bad allergic reaction.
Delicious Tree Nut and Peanut Free recipes to try at home