Saturday, February 4, 2012

Gluten Free at the Zoo? Not so much...

Today we spent the day at the Toronto Zoo.  Although some exhibits weren't open due to the cold, my son had a great time checking out the animals.  We saw the new polar bear cub, which was really, really, cute. 

From an entertaining the kiddies standpoint, the zoo is always a hit. 

However, when it comes to food, for those with food allergies or intolerances, it's another story altogether.

First, although it was a busy Saturday at the zoo, only 2 cafes and 1 beaver tail stand were open.  Trying to find a warm place to sit and buy some food was extremely difficult, requiring us to double back and cover ground we'd already seen, passing several closed food places along the way.  It was really inconvenient.

Second, once we did find one of the 2 places that serves a variety of food (since beaver tails are deep fried dough, which, are obviously off limits), the only options were burgers, pizza and salad.  And they were out of salad.  Maybe some of the other food places have some options, but since so little was open, it's besides the point. 

It wasn't a huge deal for us because we always bring food for our son wherever we go.  However, for one of the largest tourist attractions in the city of Toronto that attracts several million visitors per year, I would hope that there would at least be a few options for those with dietary restrictions. 

Just a friendly suggestion.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for this. We will be headed there in the fall. A heads up is nice.