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 […]
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 […]
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 colada was always a great dairy free choice (also gluten free). I am not sure if that is the case that it will ALWAYS be dairy free, but I was glad this one was because it was delicious! The raspberry swirl really made this drink and we used our snack credits to enjoy them. While I doubt I’ll go back to SSR, I would certainly grab one of these if I did wind up back there!
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 […]
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 recommendation of our server. Our server insisted we must try the bread service, even the gluten free version, as it is a house specialty. I was skeptical as I am not that impressed with the gluten free bread products in Disney, but this was quite good. The texture was thin and flat, not thick or puffy, but the flavor was nutty and nice. The different sauces to dip were all very good as well and it was fun to try. I don’t think I’ll do that again, as I already had too much food, but it was good to do once!
The server advised us as to what was dairy free and gluten free on the menu and the dining plan included a nice sampler option where I chose a shrimp dish, an aloo gobi style dish, and a third which I forget. These are served with rice. The spicy shrimp was my favorite by a long shot! One of the dishes was packed too full of soy beans and that over took all flavors, but the spicy shrimp was so delicious, I would go back and order that without hesitation.
The server brought out a layered mousse that was said to be gluten free (this surprised me, based on the photo) but not dairy free. For myself, I had mango sorbet and berries. Surprisingly, this is the most thoughtful presentation of sorbet on our trip and the berries were a nice touch. Everyone enjoyed the meal and I can, once again, recommend making the trip to Animal Kingdom Lodge to enjoy Sanaa!
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 […]
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 […]
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 without requiring complicated customization, so we ordered from the low allergen menu at the same time as the rest of our group. The low allergen menu has the dessert options listed, but not the drinks, so that was always little scramble while we figured out what fun beverages we wanted at the start.
Our server brought us gluten free rolls while the rest of the party received bread. We were served our own olive oil and herb mix without the cheese. This was very nice, as it is often overlooked. The bread was nothing exciting. It was not warm, it was not particularly good nor was the texture appealing. I am not sure what brand this is, but if I had to guess, I would say EnerG? Now, years back, Disney used to carry French Meadow Bakery Italian Rolls and those were by far the best gluten free dairy free bread rolls I have ever tasted! I would love it if they would bring back an option like that. Even Canyon Bakehouse has a better roll! This is not exciting and got left on the table. My daughter can eat dairy so she had a caprese salad, which was fine. Nothing noteworthy. It was 1 slice smaller than the server described, so she received 3 slices of tomatoes instead of 4. Not much of an appetizer to share.
The dinner was very good. I had a gluten free noodle dish with shrimp and veggies, and I requested just an olive oil sauce rather than the suggested marinara. It was very good and I quite enjoyed it!
My daughter ordered the steak with potatoes and veggies and she also enjoyed her dish. No rave reviews, but she said it was good.
We were on the dining plan, so although everyone was pretty full, we ordered dessert. Look at this beautiful gluten free option that works for those who can eat dairy! And notice that cup of plain Toffutti in the front of the second picture? That is how they do ALL dairy free gluten free desserts in Disney World these days. The most exciting offering I get is a choice between vanilla or chocolate dairy free ice cream. No syrup, no toppings, just plain. Sometimes the only option was a cup of fruit. This is a pretty big step back from what Disney used to offer the dairy free crowd. We had wonderful gluten free dairy free brownies from French Meadow and their giant delicious cookies! Some chefs would bake Bob Red Mill brownies as well, such as Crystal Palace. And many chefs would warm the pre packaged brownies before serving and top with some syrups or decorations. This is so plain and it lacks the attention or effort that previous options entailed. Still, I like Tofutti and I had at least 1 option here, so that was a bonus.
Overall, this is a good choice for the gluten free dairy free crowd.
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 […]
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 was Disney during Thanksgiving week, after all.
Our servers were very friendly and helpful. On the dining plan, they advised we choose two of the gluten free sushi rolls as our entree, and miso soup for an alternative to the dessert as they did not have a gluten free dairy free dessert option. I was pleased with that, as a warm bowl of soup sounded quite nice. A bottle of gluten free soy sauce was brought to the table.
The miso soup was fine, the tea was nice, and the dinner was fun and enjoyable. The sushi tasted the same as the quick service option in Epcot, but with many more choices. If you love sushi, I recommend this. The dinner did take a VERY long time, and I had forgotten how sprawling Disney Dining can be. I was getting a little anxious to leave when the staff came out with a candle in a cup of fruit singing a happy birthday song in Japanese. That was very sweet and we all enjoyed ourselves quite a bit.
There was only one area where I was confused and that was in paying the bill. With the dining plan and a party of 8, I am used to tip being included, but it appeared they did not include the tip. I went ahead and added the recommended amount, but later when looking closer, I believe they did include the tip in the first place and I double tipped. Oh well, good karma will hopefully come back. They were very busy and working hard, so it is not a waste. I found the receipt there didn’t match what every other dining establishment gave us while we were in Disney, so just look carefully at those numbers and enjoy some sushi!
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!) Upon arriving home, […]
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 […]
Mama Della’s at the Portofino Universal Hotel
The Portofino has plenty of fine dining options. I loved the singers that went from table to table in this restaurant. They came to our table twice, and their voices were smooth as silk. I would have been happy to have them with our party for the evening. We asked for gluten free pasta dishes that were not on the menu, with dairy free options. The results were not as good as the gluten free dairy free pasta at Bice or at Yacht Club. It was good, but not fantastic. The ingredients lacked a blending or finesse, but the restaurant is willing and able to create gluten free and dairy free options, so it is good to give it a try. We did not receive gluten free bread here, but we didn’t ask for it. There is a chance it is available. All in all, we had a very nice meal experience with pleasant service and enjoyable entertainment.
We found plenty of gluten free and dairy free breakfast options and easy seating at Trattoria Del Porto. While the normal breakfast option is a buffet, they do have a menu that can be ordered from. For cross contamination concerns, you can order the buffet with an allergy, and have your food prepared safely in the back. Our server brought out omelette and hash browns with gluten free toast for my daughter. She can eat dairy, so she had cheese and a mango smoothie, which she very much enjoyed.
One morning, I had smoked salmon, gluten free toast, fresh squeezed orange juice with tomatoes and eggs. This was very refreshing. Another morning, we had gluten free “buttermilk” pancakes. They were able to make the pancakes gluten free and dairy free (I had mine without whipped cream). These pancakes were very fluffy and very yummy. The serving was enormous. We were not able to eat them all, but it was still a treat that we enjoyed. They also had gluten free muffins on their buffet, but I did not try them. The orange juice is fresh squeezed and so nice.
We had a nice family meal at the Bice restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Portofino hotel at Universal Orlando. We had no trouble ordering gluten free, here. The servers were incredibly attentive and they brought out gluten free bread and safe dipping options. My daughter had potatoes, chard, and steak. She loved the steak, though she was not a huge fan of the vegetables.
I had requested an item that was not on the menu. I asked if they could make me a pasta with gluten free pasta and dairy free sauce. I asked for something with greens, tomatoes, olives, olive oil and garlic, and they brought me a delicious pasta dish that rivaled the yummy dishes I received from the Yacht Club Disney resort in previous visits. This was filling, so I didn’t have room for dessert. My daughter did opt to eat the gluten free, but not dairy free, creme brulee and raspberry sorbet. She loved the creme brulee, of course. The sorbet was a pale competitor to the crunchy and creamy dessert she enjoyed. This was one of my favorite meals of the trip. The piano played and our family had a very enjoyable visit while dining.
We had another extravagant meal at The Palm inside the Hardrock Universal hotel. Really, the thing to order at The Palm is the steak. Their steaks are always tender and delicious. My daughter ate the steak and a gluten free french onion soup. She says it is her favorite soup, so that was a treat. I ordered the salmon with mango salsa and asparagus without the butter sauce. This was good, but not the star of the show. I highly advise ordering the steak if you are enjoying a dinner at The Palm. The service is always wonderful here, and the atmosphere is a lot of fun for family gatherings.
As a nice cool treat on a 100 degree day at the pool, we stopped into Emack and Bolio’s for a cold treat. My daughter ate a gluten free (not dairy free) ice cream. The last time we were here, they had a flavor labeled gluten free, but they didn’t this time. Instead, we asked to see the container. We verified that there was not gluten in the ingredients. There is no guarantee of cross contamination safety here, so you take your chances with that. My treat was an ice cream float, but without dairy or gluten. I asked for the dairy free raspberry sorbet in gingerale and it was remarkably refreshing and fresh. I’ve been craving this raspberry sorbet ever since.
We enjoyed another delicious breakfast at The Kitchen. I only wanted simple eggs and bacon with their fresh squeezed orange juice, and the chef made this up in the back for me, free of dairy, free of gluten, free of cross contamination. The chef also made an omelette for my daughter. We both ordered gluten free pancakes. For my daughter, one was with chocolate chips. These pancakes were really delicious. I am not normally a fan of pancakes, but I loved how these turned out, and they kick started a pancake craving that followed me back home. The chef did offer to make us anything we wanted from the buffet, but he strongly encouraged us to wait for items to be made rather than eat off the buffet due to cross contamination concerns. The chef even came out and checked on us afterward, and we let him know that the pancakes were a delight. It was another great breakfast at The Kitchen.
For me, the salad is the perfect entree at The Palm inside the Hardrock Hotel. I have ordered it twice, as I am not a big fan of steak, and this is a very filling and delightful salad option that is gluten free and dairy free. The dressing is nice, and not overpowering. I enjoyed it. My daughter had the steak with potatoes and steamed veggies. She said everything was good. We were far too full to consider dessert options.
Trattoria Del Porto
We are back from another great Florida trip, and I have more reviews for you! First up is the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, which is one of the main 3 Universal on Site hotel options. We had an unplanned dinner at the Trattoria Del Porto. Without knowing anything about the restaurant, we wandered in and we were happy to see that they had a gluten free menu! Wonderful. While the restaurant did offer a gluten free pasta, my daughter opted for a gluten free burger and fruit, while I had a salad. Sorry, no food photos. The food here was good, and the kids had fun with the entertainment provided (a young lady doing face paints and making balloon animals). There are many upsides to dining here. The atmosphere of the hotel courtyard is beyond charming. The downside was that the staff we encountered was not trained well in dealing with allergies or even substitutions in general. Three of our orders came out wrong, with foods either containing gluten, or just the wrong food (not what we ordered). We sent them back and waiting for the correct food. They did make good on getting us fed, but it took a long time, and they did not offer any monetary compensation or future credits to make up for their multiple mistakes. I would not hesitate to try eating here if you are in this area, but ask for a manager or chef, at least. Hopefully you won’t run into any problems.
The Hard Rock Hotel at Universal was another fun place with many dining choices. We ate here several times during our stay. Here are the reviews:
BeachClub Poolside at Hard Rock Hotel:
The last bites pictured above, the poolside servers did offer a gluten free bun, but my daughter declined. They had fruit as the side for her burger. They did forget to bring out the lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles that she asked for, but they got them promptly when we asked again. This was quick and easy when you are at the pool and ready for a bite. I ordered for the kids while they swam and when they were ready, the food arrived just in time. They had salads and nachos on the menu that looked like they would be very good without gluten or dairy, as well.
The Palm is a high end restaurant for special occasions in the Hard Rock Hotel. We dined there in a group. We ordered many vegetables to share, and we were told that all the potato options we ordered were gluten free, as well as the green vegetables we ordered. My daughters split a filet, and asked for it medium. It was slightly overcooked (as were most of the steaks at the table), but otherwise, they did a very good job with our allergy restrictions. I noticed a flourless chocolate cake, but I did not inquire as we were all quite full. I opted for a salad with shrimp, avocado, and a citrus dressing. It was very good and I would choose that as my entree if I were to return to the Palm.
Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk:
We finally made it! It was fun, food was good, and they had a designated gluten free frier, so Bean was happy. Udi’s buns were a nice choice. The nachos were gluten free (not dairy free in background) and really we had a fun time. I had a dairy free jerk chicken with rice and veggies. I liked it quite a bit, and you can see what the kiddo ordered. This was a rare dining experience for us in Universal area…no mistakes! I recommend it.
We are back with a review of 3 days eating gluten free and dairy free in Disneyland California. We hope this information can help you on your travels and/or inspire you in your kitchen! Not all of the amazing caramel apples are gluten free, but […]
This was a last minute choice and we were able to book reservations the night prior without trouble. Our favorite has been Crystal Palace for years and years, but this just may be a new winner! I especially loved the guac and salsa options on the buffet. Great choices for vegetarians as well as the carnivores in the group. While the chef walked us through to show us what we could eat, and offered us to cook eggs without dairy, I was kind of surprised that they didn’t offer to bring a pastry or make a pancake or waffle, but knowing that these options are available, I just asked and they provided both! So, we loved our food and we really loved the interactions with the fun characters. This was a huge hit and I look forward to going back! They also brought me dairy free milk for my coffee, but the only issue was that they brought it in the same container as the regular cream and they left both on the table. I didn’t realize, and poured some by accident, took a drink and quickly realized what it was and spit it out! Thankfully I was able to taste the difference before it hit my tummy! But really, I highly recommend this fun breakfast experience.
Again, I don’t know why I didn’t take meal photos, but there were plenty of safe and enjoyable options for us here. We always like the dessert, which is simple but yummy! This is a great choice for our larger gatherings with little kids because […]
It was a beautiful, but surprisingly hot spring day at Disney Springs. We stopped at Vivoli il Gelato in hopes of something dairy free. They had a special of the day which was a lemon sorbet and strawberry sorbet with a canned sparkling water sweetened […]
I have been looking forward to trying the gluten free food here since it opened, and mainly because I loved the idea of checking out the theme and the details in decoration. I wasn’t disappointed. There was a story on every surface! We went for an early lunch, at opening, and sat on the outdoor boat section which provided a beautiful view of the water and the car boats launching next door. I ordered the BLT on a gluten free Udi’s style pizza crust and my child ordered the sliders. I LOVED my shrimp dish with delightful pesto style sauce. So good! A little difficult to eat with the crust, but worth the effort as it was such a treat. It was my favorite meal of the trip. My kids both had the burgers and neither of them were very excited about them. They ate them, but didn’t love it. But the thing that they all loved was the view and the theme. It’s a great lunch spot!
I am not sure why I didn’t take photos of the main dinner meal, but I LOVED the Boma dinner. We haven’t had dinner here in years, and it was so much better than I remembered. There were many options on the buffet that were gluten free and dairy free, but for me, the highlights were the roasted turkey and the salad with lime cilantro dressing. The true delight, however, was this dessert with toffuti and enjoylife cookies. Individually, I don’t love either product, but put together with a little chocolate, it was like magic. So so good! I had to buy them when I got home and re-create the magic. I highly recommend Boma for dinner, if it fits into your schedule. Our server was great. He even tracked down my favorite tea with honey. What a nice dinner for our group of 10.