Take A Deep Breath: No Sesame Here


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Jessica Alpert

So many people in my life have food allergies. Sesame. Peanuts. Avocado. Gluten. Some are easier than others to avoid.  And these allergies don’t just cause the sniffles….they make people really, really sick: respiratory distress, cardiac irregularity, skin rashes, gastro breakdowns.   The works.

Whatever it is, it’s L-A-M-E.  For them and for their sympathetic (and social!) family and friends.

In comes a new discovery (at least for moi).  AllergyEats!  Whether your nemesis is soy or shellfish, AllergyEats gives you a way out….and a way in to restaurants who can accomodate your needs.   Just check off your allergies, type in your location, and voila.  AllergyEats also accepts reviews from the allergy-enhanced.  So make sure to share the wisdom. 

Like who knew Cambridge’s Cuchi Cuchi has a gluten-free menu?

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About Jessica Alpert

Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit www.jessicaalpert.com.

One thought on “Take A Deep Breath: No Sesame Here

  1. Paul Antico

    Thank you for the blog entry Jessica. Spreading the word and having users participate by adding new ratings is so important right now in making AllergyEats an indispensible tool for our entire food allergy and intolerance community. Thankfully, Boston is off to an awesome start! That said, EVERY new rating increases the value of AllergyEats, so I hope readers will visit the site and consider participating.

    Thank you again… from all of us.