Known as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage" • I never thought I'd make it here. Especially because of my food allergies. But if there's a will, there's a way! And my way was packing enough food to last me 2 months abroad. All of my food. Blog post to come soon ☺️
Ariella is a California native and world traveler with severe food allergies. She never lets her allergies hold her back as she lives by the phrase, "We can go anywhere and do anything with food allergies."
Which allergens are you managing?
I'm allergic to peanuts, nuts, non-baked eggs, and soy. Soy is a weird one for me though because I can have most soy products, but not soy milk or tofu.
All-time favorite restaurant in an exotic location?
Sister Srey Cafe in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I swear I visited this restaurant five times in three days. They were incredibly allergy friendly and delicious!
What 3 food items do you always pack with you?
I ALWAYS carry tuna packets with me. I know it's a little weird, but it's instant protein, lightweight, and easy to eat. Plus, I love tuna. I also carry Nutrigrain bars (blueberry is where it's at), and if I'm doing a local trip or am able to make a cheese sandwich, I'll bring a few of those along.
Grocery shopping: online or in-store?
Store only! BUT I have gone into a store (a recent-ish trip to REI comes to mind) and read the ingredients, then went home to order the food online. I did that with Mountain House camping meals so I could take them to India with me.
Salty or sweet?
Salty. I'm not that into sweets. Probably because I grew up allergic to all parts of the egg (that allergy has changed as I've gotten older though), peanuts, and nuts — so I was never really able to have desserts.
Cook or bake?
Cook, for sure.
Tell us something about you that isn’t in your bio.
Though I boast this image of a fearless woman who can conquer anything with my allergies, I'm still scared in some situations — which is totally normal! For example, when I was traveling by bus in India, I noticed people were snacking on peanuts all around me, then throwing the shells on the floor of the bus where I had put my bag for a split second. Nothing happened because I was super cautious with what I touched and where I put my feet and bag, but I was extremely scared the entire 3-hour bus ride.
Favorite feed to follow?
Kortney is, first of all, just an awesome woman — completely inspirational with her allergies and what she's accomplished. She is also extremely talented, and her food always looks incredible!