Denver and Food Allergies

by | Apr 23, 2020 | Blog

How does Denver handle food allergies? In a word, beautifully! Denver has quickly become one of my favorite places. No, I am not a smoker! I just love the ambiance, the scenery, the food, and the people. Naturally, this trip took place when it was still safe to travel, pre- covid19.

The People

Aside from the air being so fresh (great for environmental allergies), so are the Denverites. The highly educated population leaves the mind wanting more. I had some great conversations discussing everything from food to politics. Oftentimes, it is the locals that can make or break a trip. An added bonus for us is the fact that my stepson and daughter-in-law live there. My stepson brought us on a marvelous site seeing tour of the city.

The Tour

He showed us the downtown district while giving us an in-depth background of its history. Denver has done a great job with preserving the old feel of the city while incorporating new structures throughout.

He took us on what I would call “Marijuana row” which is the street where there are more retail marijuana stores than there are traffic lights. It was something to see. Along with this, he showed us some great eateries. Whether or not it is a myth, that where there is marijuana there is an abundance of good food, I did not care! I was going to take advantage of the situation. We went to some of the most decadent restaurants as well as some of the trendiest dives.

Restaurants included

  • The Universal – where we had a fabulous brunch. Check out this mimosa!
  • Mercantile Dining – where I ate a very creative salad while meeting up with an old friend.
  • Fruition – This is where we spent New Year’s Eve. We had a six-course meal that was delicious. They catered to my food allergies nicely. All my dishes were allergy friendly, which for me means no eggs, no soy, do sesame, no garlic, no pork, no chicken, no nuts, no dairy, no shellfish, and no gluten. Not an easy feat! It did not throw them a bit! All dishes were paired superbly with an appropriate wine.
  • Voodoo Donuts – By no means did I expect to be able to eat anything here. Instead I just went to drool. Mr. Allergic Traveler had this beauty! I later found out that they do offer egg free donuts. Ah well! I will have to try them time!

What else to do?

Aside from eating and site seeing, we had hoped to go to the Monet exhibit but unfortunately it was sold out. Instead, we spent the day at the spa. We visited the 5 Star Salt Caves where we enjoyed a nice detox foot bath. It was much needed with all the food we had consumed. If you have never done a foot bath, it is quite relaxing. You soak your feet in water and the toxins in your body come out. Depending on your level of healthiness the water will change colors from green, to brown and possibly even black. For our next visit, I would like to spend time in the salt caves. The effects of these are similar to being at the ocean.

Have you been to Denver? What did you do? What are your must- sees? I am looking forward to going back once we are permitted to travel again.

Author: Tarah Jakubiak

After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 25 countries and 34 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.