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Gluten Free Dairy Free Lunches

Gluten Free Dairy Free Lunches

Here is a quick look into Bean’s lunch bag on any given day. Hopefully you can get some ideas for something new to add to your gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free lunchbox! Look for thermal lunchboxes or bags that are lead free and contain…

Raglan Road gluten and dairy free

Raglan Road gluten and dairy free

We wondered into Raglan Road, thinking we were going their counter service Dublin counter part, and ordered their gluten free fish and chips. I was so surprised that they were not the same? The fish breading was different. Not necessarily better or worse, but different.…

The Edison Gluten Free Dairy Free Disney Springs

The Edison Gluten Free Dairy Free Disney Springs

The Edison gluten free dessert
The theme of this restaurant intrigued us with their flapper style costumes and steam punk decor on the water at Disney Springs. It is easy to get last minute reservations, so we stopped in. For our gluten free dairy free meal, we had salads. Burgers would have been an option, but no one was that hungry. I did ask for my salad to come with dressing on the side, and they tossed it anyway, so it was overly dressed to my preference, but otherwise nice enough. The dessert was lacking in fun. As a banana split, they do offer dairy free sorbets, however, they left all sauces off this, so you can see what it is. Now, when you compare this with the over top brilliant dessert for the gluten eaters, you’ll see it’s a bit sorrowful. Still, they had options. The service was scattered, though friendly. A photographer (not Disney employee) came around and took our picture, and then sold us a copy, which was nice, but odd. All in all, I would not likely go back unless I was very hungry and it was only quick option, or if I was craving a burger.
StoryBook Dining Artist Point Gluten free Dairy Free

StoryBook Dining Artist Point Gluten free Dairy Free

We had such a fun night at the Artist Point Storybook Dining character meal with Snow White, the Evil Queen, Dopey and Grumpy. We have been to the old Artist Point several times in the past and it was a quiet retreat from the hustle…

Sanaa Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge gluten free dairy free dinner

Sanaa Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge gluten free dairy free dinner

We keep going back here! It has become one of my favorites, for sure. Even though it was a cold night to go out and see the animals, they were incredibly active and I have never witnessed giraffes running so much before! It was amazing…

Whispering Canyon Cafe Breakfast gluten free dairy free disney

Whispering Canyon Cafe Breakfast gluten free dairy free disney

It has been several years since we stopped in for breakfast, but this seemed a great time to visit with family and enjoy the beautiful views in and around the resort at Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World.

For the gluten free dairy free crowd, there were 2 of us and we went with the all you can enjoy breakfast. Mickey waffles, eggs, sausages and bacon. Good breakfast fare. The staff here is always fun and friendly, and we enjoy the antics at other tables (though we didn’t need catsup, ourselves).

We were served only a few Mickey waffles and no syrup was brought out, so we did have to request more, and this can take extra time depending on how busy the server is. I have noticed this seems to be a trend when ordering gluten free dairy free that the minimum amount of food has been coming out, and for 2 adults, we can guess that 3 Mickey waffles (as the star of the show) may not cut it, but the server did bring out more of what we asked for and we enjoyed our meal.

I can definitely recommend this stop for a fun, yummy breakfast or dinner. I prefer to come when I have time to enjoy looking around rather than before rushing to the park. I do miss Artist Point! It was one of our family favorite getaways from the hustle bustle!

Mizner’s Lounge Desserts gluten and dairy free at the Grand Floridian

Mizner’s Lounge Desserts gluten and dairy free at the Grand Floridian

We stopped in at the second floor Mizner’s Lounge to enjoy some of the live old timey music and to enjoy whatever treat we could find on a beautiful day. They had a delightful raspberry sorbet option that was both dairy free and gluten free.…

The Boathouse gluten free dairy free

The Boathouse gluten free dairy free

What a beautiful setting for a meal! We sat outside on the water for a lovely evening meal in March. The Boathouse is owned by my husbands hands down favorite restaurant in Chicago, Gibsons. Going into the Boathouse with that in mind is not a…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake gluten free dairy free Erin McKenna’s Disney

Pineapple Upside Down Cake gluten free dairy free Erin McKenna’s Disney

Well, what ever you can think of, they are baking it at Erin McKenna’s without gluten, without dairy! This pineapple upside down cake is a huge serving of traditional sweetness that will transport you back to Grandma’s kitchen. Texture is gooey, cakey, and delightful and the pineapple has the perfect caramelized sweetness.  While this dessert is a little too sweet for me, it is done perfectly and I dare say can pass as a non gluten free dairy free version. Enjoy!

Early Fall at Erin McKenna’s Bakery Disney Springs Gluten Free Vegan

Early Fall at Erin McKenna’s Bakery Disney Springs Gluten Free Vegan

 Ready for a tour of Erin McKenna’s last summer early fall options? We stopped in mid September on a hot day, and both chocolate and vanilla soft serve options were available, which was a treat. In addition, they already had pumpkin spice cupcakes available, which…

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC-Gluten Free, Vegan Ice Cream

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC-Gluten Free, Vegan Ice Cream

A nice September stop at Erin McKenna’s Bakery in Disney Springs delivered a delightful and very hard to find treat…vegan soft serve ice cream with caramel sauce! This is the best option for dairy free ice cream, and the toppings are just such a treat.…

Daily Poutine Disney Springs

Daily Poutine Disney Springs

Ok, so Canadian fries with meat and sauces on them? Hmmm…That just isn’t barking up the right tree for me, but my 17 year old was excited to try it! While I don’t eat dairy or gluten, the teen only avoids gluten, so this dish was ordered with the cheese, but modified to exclue the gravy.  The result? She was not overly impressed. I suspect the sauce and the toppings are really what bring it together and when you take away the sauce, it is just fries with some stuff thrown on top. So, this is not a repeat for us.

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

As we sat in Disney Springs, enjoying a sunny and productive morning and wrapping up a snacking lunch, we noticed the Amorette’s Patisserie building. While the kids finished their lunches, my husband and I went in to check it out. I did not expect to…

Fish and Chips Gluten Free Dairy Free Cooke’s of Dublin Disney Springs

Fish and Chips Gluten Free Dairy Free Cooke’s of Dublin Disney Springs

Well, it may be a case of invasion of the body snatchers because I voluntarily ordered fried food!!! This is a shocking new development, but when I saw this walk up counter service option that was gluten free and dairy free at Disney Springs, I…

The Polite Pig gluten free dairy free lunch

The Polite Pig gluten free dairy free lunch

As we were still making our way around Disney Springs for gluten free dairy free snacks, we decided to try the Polite Pig. We noticed this restaurant as it was located just outside the lime parking garage, and we walked by it on our start to explore Disney Springs. I happened to see someone eating a salad that looked too lovely to pass by, so that is what I ordered. The salad was a meal on it’s own, loaded with protein from bacon, eggs, and roasted corn. The mix was very good, easy to enjoy, and the service at this walk up to order type diner was still wonderful. People came to check on us at the table and see if we needed anything at all. It was a lovely spot for a quick lunch. While I didn’t try the BBQ, I can recommend the salad as a great gluten free dairy free option!

Erin McKenna’s Bakery Cookie’s and Brownies gluten free dairy free

Erin McKenna’s Bakery Cookie’s and Brownies gluten free dairy free

Of course if we are tasting our way around Disney Spring, stops at Erin McKenna’s were a given. I was looking forward to the delightful dairy free ice cream! The texture was unique and soft serve and yum! Disappointment set in when they didn’t have…

Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Gluten Free Dairy Free CS

Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Gluten Free Dairy Free CS

As part of our adventure to eat our way around the new Disney Springs via quick service, we made a stop at Frontera Cocina for gluten free tacos. The one that is dairy free with red onions was the pork taco. The one with dusting…

Paradiso 37 Disney Springs Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free Options

Paradiso 37 Disney Springs Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free Options

On our first night in town, we checked for last minute reservations and found that Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs was open. My oldest loves all Mexican foods, and the youngest likes Asian and American foods. The menu looked like it would hold something for everyone, so we went ahead.

We started with an appetizer of fried plantains, shrimp, and pico. It was said to be safe for our allergies. My oldest didn’t try it, and I was not impressed with this dish. It was ok, but not fresh or rich in flavor. 

The kids loved the salsa and chips, and ended up eating every bit of that. I was not a big fan of their salsa. It had a sweetness to it that my savory taste buds were just not craving.

I opted for a grilled chicken sandwich on a gluten free bun, which is a rare meal item for me, and fries (also rare for me!) The results…not delightful! The chicken was pinkish and tough at the same time AND lacking in flavor. All in all, this was not a repeat meal for me.

Having said that, the gluten free enchiladas (which were not dairy free, as you can see by the cheese) were my daughter’s favorite meal of the trip!

ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY NYC DISNEY SNACK DESSERT

ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY NYC DISNEY SNACK DESSERT

Back for more! I am quite spoiled by my local Chicago Swirlz gluten free dairy free cupcakes. Their cookie dough variety is the best. Additionally, I make very good chocolate gluten free dairy free cupcakes at home, so in order for me to get excited…

Piña Colada gluten and dairy free with Raspberry Sauce

Piña Colada gluten and dairy free with Raspberry Sauce

While at our Saratoga Springs Resort, we had a time period where we had to wait for a leak in our room to be fixed up. While waiting, we sat by the pool and ordered some non alchoholic drinks. The bartender told us that the Piña…

1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast gluten free dairy free

1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast gluten free dairy free


chart allergens

I have mentioned that Disney was trying very hard to avoid bringing a chef to the table and, for the most part, it was working well. There were a few times during our trip that the servers were not aware of the full options and the experience at 1900 Park Fare was one of those times. First, though we had a reservation, I had to wait in an awkward slow and long ling to check in. This took approximately 20 minutes, and made little sense to me as there were 3 staff members doing nothing behind the only 1 staff member checking people in.

If you plan to do something after this meal, give yourself at least 2 hours for the experience!

Once checked in, I was handed this chart and told to review so that we could choose our low allergen options. Um…really? I need a desk to sit down and study this thing! And there is more on the back. After looking at this for a moment, I tucked it away deciding that was not incredibly helpful.

Once we were finally inside (another 10 minutes after check in), our server was rushed. She told everyone to go get food, including those with allergies and she instructed us to use the chart if we had any questions. She was about to sprint away when I stopped her and asked for some rice or soy milk to use with my coffee. I am pretty sure she rolled her eyes at me. It was a bizarre encounter. She obviously did not want to deal with allergy requests. I also asked her to bring a chef to the table, and here is why. The server said my options were on the buffet and identifiable by the chart. I know that is not true and that there are other options to help expand our breakfast experience such as donuts, low allergen milk, low allergen pancakes. We have dined here many times and the server was not prepared or willing to suggest any of those for us. She was happy with us fuddling through with a complicated chart and a buffet that was ripe with cross contamination. In this way, Disney has gone downhill in an effort to streamline a system. The problem is that this system is what had previously set them apart from everyone else and put Disney Dining in a class of their own. Now, you are back to fighting for yourself in an attempt to get a fair option from servers who may or may not have a clue about what is happening in the kitchen.

The woman brought out my soy or rice milk in a container that looks exactly like the container for the regular milk and I made that mistake the last time we were here, so I moved them far apart on the table instead of side by side. I mentioned it to her and she sharply told me they were different. Ok. So far I am not in love with this server and while I may sound rather picky, keep in mind how much our party of 8 is spending on a breakfast here and how limited my options would be if I didn’t make a few requests, and it may make more sense.

1900 Park Fare gluten free pancake  The chef who came to our table was very nice and we knew what we wanted so we didn’t need to waste her time. I just let her know we would be delighted with gluten free pancakes for the teen and safe eggs that were dairy free as well as a gluten free donut for myself. Easy! They brought out those items for us and we managed a few things from the buffet that looked to be safe from spills of cheese and sour cream.  As the breakfast potatoes were not available this trip and had been replaced with tator tots (that is an odd one!) she also offered to bring out gluten free dairy free hashbrowns, which was very nice.

The servings for these items can be very small as this is a buffet and they imagine you will be eating many things off the buffet, so I make a point to ask for a full serving of pancakes as this is primarily all that my older one eats here. That works out well. My point, as you can see, is that you just have to ask and advocate for yourself as they will not be doing it for you in the same way that they used to. If you are not used to the old system, this will not be of issue, but you also may not know that you can ask for options that your server may not be aware of, such as those mentioned here and in other recent posts.

If  you are comfortable asking for what you need, you will be delighted with the options (except for desserts…which have dwindled for those who cannot eat dairy or gluten). And, as always, the chefs are wonderfully helpful if you get the opportunity to talk to them. Our server continued to be rude and rushed throughout our meal and I was annoyed at her ability to detract from our happy day, but I also know this is rare at Disney as most Cast Members are amazing and we paid and moved along. 

aliceThe character interactions were fun and the Mad Hatter stole the show! That tiny image is one of me with Alice during our breakfast where we just happened to be thinking along the same lines of fashion! The Tigger and photographer on the exit were great, too. You’ll always have fun with the characters at 1900 Park Fare!

Dole Whip gluten free dairy free

Dole Whip gluten free dairy free

I finally had a Dole Whip! After so many years of hearing that they are, in fact, dairy free, I took the plunge and tested the waters during a Thanksgiving Day visit to the Animal Kingdom Park. As it was a holiday celebration, I opted…

Sanaa Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free

Sanaa Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free

We enjoyed our Sanaa dinner so much on previous visit that we had to do this again! This is a wonderful treat on the dining plan as we were able to try so many great foods. We did pay the extra for bread service, per…

Garden Grill Breakfast gluten free dairy free

Garden Grill Breakfast gluten free dairy free

We arrived for an early morning (pre park opening) breakfast at Garden Grill so that we could eat and then ride Soarin’ without fighting the crowds. This part of our plan worked out wonderfully and it was worth the meal just for the sake of riding Soarin’ so easily.

The server was on board with the hurry and get on Soarin’ agenda and he rushed along some initial food platters.

Our server told us he could do our platter gluten free dairy free. Now, this is where I get a little grumbly, the gluten free dairy free group was not offered a replacement of any type for the dishes of warm gooey cinnamon rolls on the table. That looked like the yummiest part of breakfast! I asked if they had any gluten free donuts, and he said they did not and that the only thing they did have was a gluten free muffin. So, upon my request, he brought us two Udi’s blueberry muffins. Not my favorite, but it’s something! The point is that if you are ordering a meal that is missing an entire section due to allergy, Disney usually CAN fill in that missing slot with something else, but odds are you will have to ask them, and most likely, ask the chef. I have found that while the servers are very well intentioned, they often don’t know all the options in the kitchen. The new focus is for the server to handle the allergy, so again, you will have to be your own advocate and with some of the servers, that felt challenging as they were very rushed with us. I noticed this especially at buffets and family style dining.

That said, I loved the sausage and my teen loved the bacon and waffles. I asked for more eggs and they brought us a ridiculous amount. They did bring a nice salsa, house made, but no breakfast potatoes to put it on. I am not a fan of tater tots for breakfast. Those didn’t get touched. The coffee was quite good!

You can see in the main food photo that they brought a large quantity of those tater tots and small amount of eggs and gluten free waffles for 2 adult eaters. If you are in a hurry for Soarin’ and you notice this, you can always ask for more of whatever item you love right away and they will be happy to help. Enjoy!

eggsGarden Grill Gluten Free Breakfast

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

To start with, this restaurant was a hidden gem…literally! It is tucked back out of a busy pathway and easy to miss, but once inside, I was so surprised to find out this restaurant was pretty huge, beautifully themed, and half empty during the busy…

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinner

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinner

To begin our first meal at Mama Melrose, the server brought us a low allergen meal. This is the new trend to avoid bringing the chef to the table each time, and for this meal it worked out smoothly. There were options we could enjoy…

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC Disney Snack Dessert

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC Disney Snack Dessert

This stop is always a must for me. Gluten free dairy free bakery! YES! However, I must warn you…I’m kind of picky

Erin McKennas NYC Disney Gluten Free

about my gluten free baked goods. You see, I have been baking gluten free for over a decade and, not to toot my own horn, I’m pretty good at it. SO if I am spending my hard earned money on a gluten free dairy free dessert, it at least has to be as appealing as something I make at home. Erin McKenna’s is a mix for me. There are items that are not very good, in my opinion, and then there are amazing items! I fell in LOVE with the chocolate chip banana bread, for example. The cupcakes, however, are just not for me. If I was going for a cupcake, it would definitely be the mocha mint brownie, however. The extra flavors in that are a true treat. Now they deliver dairy free coconut ice cream! I was so pleased to try it. It turns out I could have used a snack credit for this, but it wasn’t visible on the menu, so I didn’t ask. The ice cream was great. Not TOO coconut. Nice texture. The topping I chose was a brownie crumb. That was a little bit of a let down, but still, it’s nice to have something on my vanilla! I really enjoyed the ice cream and I think this is a stand out option for the dairy free crowd.

For the rest, maybe not for me. If you are in Chicago, check out Swirlz Cupcakes. You will NOT be disappointed in their gluten free vegan options! Don’t let this fool you…I’ll be back with another review for McKenna’s before the trip is out!

 

Saratoga Springs Resort Artist Palate Breakfast

Saratoga Springs Resort Artist Palate Breakfast

While staying at the SSR (Saratoga Springs Resort) we stopped in for breakfast with the counter service meal plan at Walt Disney World. For the first meal, I ordered from the low allergen menu, the Bounty Platter without dairy or gluten. I noticed on this…

Tokyo Dining Epcot Dinner

Tokyo Dining Epcot Dinner

We began our reservation by waiting for about 10-15 minutes to be seated for our 6:40pm meal. Once seated, I was surprised how loud and busy the restaurant was. I don’t know why I had the silly notion that it would be zen like! This…

Erin Mckenna inspired Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe GF CF

Erin Mckenna inspired Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe GF CF

I didn’t even realize that I liked banana bread until I tried Erin Mckenna’s chocolate chip banana bread in Disney Springs (pictured below). It was so delicious! Who knew that banana would benefit from chocolate (ok, maybe everyone knew that except me!)erin mckenna banana bread

Upon arriving home, I was definitely missing that flavor and came up with this recipe that is a healthy daily treat to take me back to a warm day at Disney Springs. My version does not include sugar, and it adds in protein rich almond flour to make it a more suitable option for breakfast or snack mid day. For park days, I will be happy to splurge on some of the treats from McKenna’s Bakery, though! Enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 Cup Bob Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour mix
  • 1 Cup almond flour
  • 1/8 Cup flaxseed, ground
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Swerve Erythritol sweetener
  • 1/2 Cup avocado oil or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts – optional
  • 1/2 Cup Lily’s dark chocolate chips, sweetened with erythritol and stevia
Bake at 350 F. Mix ingredients together, well, and bake in two 8 inch bread pans aprox 35-40 minutes or until bounce back slightly in the middle and brown around edges and top.
Discovery Cove and Seaworld gluten free dairy free

Discovery Cove and Seaworld gluten free dairy free

Underwater Grill Seaworld: This restaurant was listed as “Allergy Friendly”. It is also listed as a fine dining option. The server, like many others we encourted, lacked any training on dealing with allergies.  She brought bread to our table.  I asked if they offered a…