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 […]
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 of a Disney Park day. That is no longer the case. It is packed with families and very busy and fun! The characters were great and the servers friendly.
I was worried that we wouldn’t have good options here for gluten free dairy free, but it worked out. I would do one thing differently, though, if I went back. I would request the chef come to the table because my daughter was shorted some options available to her as an attempt from the kitchen to make it quick and easy by combining our allergies, even though she had more selection available. I think that would have been eliminated if we talked to the chef up front.
Appetizers were modified and for dairy free gluten free that meant the following:
The shrimp was unseasoned with a radish type vegetable. It was nice. The broth was not good. I love mushrooms, but this was very lacking without the cream base that was added. If you can have dairy, I am certain this would be much better! For my daughter, who was only modified for a gluten allergy, hers had a cream component that did look nicer. The third item was some sort of meatloaf that had a spice I couldn’t pin point. Almost a fennel flavor, which I really enjoyed. My daughter didn’t care for it. All in all, I liked trying the new flavors, which were almost “woodsy” and fit with the theme of the character meal.
For entree, we ordered 2 different items. The chicken was gluten free and dairy free and had a nice sauce, was cooked well, and filling. Nothing too exciting, but prepared well.
For the gluten free only entree, mashed potatoes were included instead of the whole potatoes shown above. My daughter ordered the prime rib dish and enjoyed it.
For me, the WINNER was having some unique dessert options, which is unheard of with a gluten free dairy free allergy. They brought out 3 items that were just to my taste, though my daughter was disappointed with the options when compared to the standard desserts that looked much more fun.
The gooseberry crisp tastes EXACTLY like my grandmother’s rhubarb crisp, so that nostalgia took me right there. The little truffle was a rich chocolate brownie, very dense. I loved it. The cup of pudding seemed to be a simple chia seed pudding, which is something I make from time to time, but never expected to find at a restaurant! For me, these were great. Again, for my teen, they were not up to her hopes and I am certain she would have been happier with ice cream and a gluten free piece of cake, but that being said, it was fun to try new things.
The last dessert was listed as gluten free, but the server didn’t bring any for my daughter, which she was sad to miss out on. They were just red chocolate hearts, pictured below.
Presentation was lacking a bit here! LOL
So, if you like to be a bit adventurous and like earthy spicy flavors, I can recommend this, but I do think talking to the chef would be helpful. I did reach out to allergy email in advance, but they gave me a generic unhelpful auto reply.
All in all, a very fun night that we will remember and if you have someone in your group who CAN eat gluten, my other daughter reports that the spatzle was great!
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 […]
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, […]
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. It did require that they get that item from the restaurant, but they likely did that for the other desserts, as well. The second item we ordered a creme brulee that was gluten free, but not dairy free. This was a great space to stop and enjoy an elegant dessert. The sorbet was far superior to the other sorbets we tried on our trip, which made it worth the stop, for sure.
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 […]
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. […]
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 find anything in particular at a Patisserie that would work for our allergies, but it’s always fun to see the beautiful design work!
As I made my way down the row of stunning treats, I noticed macaroons, which are typically gluten free, and sometimes dairy free (depending on the filling) and then I saw these show stopping little chocolate gluten free truffle looking treats. The gold foil is the finishing touch that made my decision for me! I had to get one for the kiddo (who is gluten free, but not dairy free). These desserts generally do have dairy, so I didn’t even ask about that, but only bought for the kids to share, knowing it was gluten free, not dairy free, and stunning!
Of course, the kids loved this rich chocolate treat. I didn’t want to be left out of the fun, so I asked about their slushie drinks and verified that the rose hibiscus lemonade was, indeed, a dairy free gluten free option. I ordered that lovely pink beverage and we made our way back outside.
Now, a slushie drink on a hot day at Disney cannot be beat, but this particular drink is not one I would re order. It was so bitter that it was not very enjoyable, and that coming from someone who generally does not use sugar at home (I use stevia and erythritol, or go without). While this drink wasn’t very tasty, I would try a different flavor. I believe that they had a mango flavor as well, so that would be worth a shot!
Speaking of “shot”, they do offer alcoholic drinks with sparkling wine mixed into the slushie, but it was a little early for me to try that one. I am sure it would be a fun treat, however!
Whenever we try gluten free pastries from normal bakeries, we realize there is a higher risk of cross contamination, which is why Erin Mckenna’s bakery is still our main treat splurge at Disney, but it was fun to try new things on our trip this time around Disney Springs and this dessert was a delight in it’s beauty that could not be passed by!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 about a gluten free cake item, the bar is high. Sadly, Erin McKenna’s cupcakes don’t measure up for my taste preferences, but I do enjoy the brownies with mocha! That being said, the ice cream was the star of the show during this visit. I was so impressed by the vanilla and it’s smooth flavor, not overwhelmingly coconut. Amazing texture! I headed back for more, only to find that they had sold out of vanilla! Sigh. So I reluctantly accepted chocolate, and asked for their vegan caramel topping in addition to a cookie crumb gluten free topping. That was a wonderful treat! I also very much enjoyed the chocolate ice cream. Again, the texture is light and smooth while the flavor is almost delicate! Sweet enough, while delivering the flavors without throwing them in your face. The caramel is the main delight as I never have dairy free caramel! I am not sure how you even make it dairy free, as I have never tried, but what a nice surprise. This will be a repeat stop for me! Caramel vanilla next time 🙂 Enjoy!
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 […]
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 […]
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 for the version with added rum as that sounded like it could be quite a treat. The result? Delightful! I loved the texture of this little pineapple frozen mock ice cream. I loved that it was not overwhelmingly pineapple, either. The rum didn’t seem to add much to this dessert, so next time I would get it without that and just go for the snack credit. But I am happy to have finally tried a Dole Whip!
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 Thanksgiving week!!!
Our host was funny and he got us all laughing right off the bat. We had just finished up our Jungle Cruise adventure before coming to lunch, and we didn’t know the restaurant theme was tied to the ride theme, so that was a cute surprise. When our server came, she explained the low allergen menu and, again, did not suggest a chef to come to the table. She did warn us that there was a confusing component to the menu. They say “For gluten, For Milk, For Peanut” meaning that it is safe to eat if you have those allergies. That could read the opposite, so it was good that she pointed it out to us.
I pretty much never, ever, EVER eat fried chicken with my gluten and dairy allergy combination, so this menu item was a fun thing to try. I also ordered a salad, and I’m glad I did because the veggies served with this large piece of chicken were sparse.
The star of this meal was the beautiful sauce under the chicken. When coupled with each bite, it made a sweet, spicy, lovely mix. I truly enjoyed it. The salad was nothing to write home about. It may look like there is cheese on it, but that is a radish or carrot or other mystery veggie. The disappointment for me was that they brought the salad with my meal. I would have preferred it before hand, otherwise it was fine.
My Eldest ordered the steak dish, which also looked sounded good. It looks like it needs more vegetables, as well, from this photo, but I was told it tasted good, so that is a win. The service was slow, here, and our meal did stretch out for quite some time. Additionally, I have to comment on the low allergen menus…they lack the drink section so it wasn’t until we were leaving that I saw beautiful bubble tea and souvenir mugs! I know my kiddo would have enjoyed that, but it was not presented to us as an option. If you go here, take BOTH menus so you can check that out.
As we were on the dining plan, the dessert was a must try. We were all excited by the stunning images of creative desserts. Why, Disney, was there not a single dessert option for a gluten free dairy free individual on that low allergen menu? Not even a dish of sorbet. And the server said “Sorry, I know you’re here to celebrate your birthday, but we don’t have a dessert for you!”. Great. So, afterward I noticed sorbet on my daughters gluten free rice pudding dish and I wondered why didn’t they just offer me that? The rice pudding was gluten free, though not dairy free. I feel like if I would have asked for the chef, they would have come up with something that the server was not aware of and this is one area where I lost out, repeatedly, during our trip. Instead of wasting my dining plan dessert, I just asked that they apply my salad to that instead. Grumble grumble. BUT all that aside, we all truly enjoyed this meal and we all recommend it if you are not in a hurry and want to laze over a nice meal in a delightfully themed restaurant.
Jump over to EasyWDW and find some wonderful photos of the restaurant theme and more reviews from the new menu!
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 […]
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 trip that rather than have a chef come out at each meal, Disney has prepared menus for allergies at the restaurants and they like to have the server help guide you through the menu and offer the chef only if needed. So, I only saw a chef once on this trip, which is very different than previous trips. There are pluses and minuses to this change, which I’ll go into later, but for now, the breakfast…
The Bounty Platter had eggs, bacon, sausage, and Mickey Waffles! I was pretty excited to try it. The results…the eggs were delicious, but hit and miss each day. The sausage was also delicious. I didn’t eat the bacon, but it looked fine. The waffles, however, were a major disappointment. Now, I have been cooking gluten free dairy free for 10+ years and I can make a half dozen different recipes of waffles that are better than these!? I don’t get it?! The inside has the bizarre texture that is somehow elastic and raw like all at the same time. Gross. I passed on these. My teen ate them, smothered in syrup, and didn’t seem to mind, but I prefer a closer to waffle texture, so that was the last time I ordered those.
When using the dining plan, you have a meal and a snack included. The store had plenty of gluten free dairy free snacks available, as you can see here. BUT this is where I get grumpy again. All the brownies and cookies have dairy! In 2007-2009, Disney provided French Meadow Bakery cookies and brownies that were gluten AND dairy free. Before that, they had some products that were both gluten and dairy free by Divvie’s. Now, if you are unfortunate enough to have a gluten AND dairy allergy…you get Enjoy Life Foods. Blah. The most blah of all gluten free dairy free options. I’m glad they exist, but they are so boring!!! I can bake SO much better at home, and there are so many other companies out there that do much better as well. Considering the AMAZING desserts my group ate all week, I was disappointed with my ongoing deluge of Enjoy Life Food cookies, overly sweet chocolates, and toffuti/rice dream. The allergies ARE an important part of why we traveled to Disney in the first place, so I hope they can turn that around a little bit, moving forward. Still, you can see they had the usual chips, popcorns, food bars, plus granolas, nuts, and fruits. You won’t go hungry!
Now my kid, who is not allergic to dairy, got an omelette with seasoned potatoes and a flourless chocolate cake as her snack side item. Um, that looks a LOT better than an enjoy life food cookie (grumble grumble). It was a much loved dessert for breakfast and the rest of the breakfast food was considered good and as expected. All in all, we enjoyed the ease of ordering and quick service here. The staff at the registers were all very helpful and friendly in explaining how the Disney dining plan worked, as well. I recommend it!
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 gluten free bread and she said no. I was doubtful that this was the case, so I mentioned that the restaurant is advertised as their “allergy friendly” option. She made a comment that it was regarding nut allergies. Again, this seemed doubtful to me, but I didn’t push it. She must have asked someone, because another girl came out and said they do have gluten free bread (buns) across the street at their sister eatery
, but that they would have to warm them up. Did we want them to do that? Um, yes. That’s why I asked. So, off they went. They didn’t offer an olive oil for the dairy free among us, but I’m sure they would bring it if you asked. My daughter had steak and mashed potatoes. I had a salad. The food was fine, but nothing outstanding. The service was sub par when compared to Disney, but the staff were all friendly. The reason to dine here is really for the view. You have a beautiful shark tank that takes the entire wall of the restaurant, and that view is what made this meal worthwhile.
We went to the Aquatica water park two of the mornings during our trip. You can bring in prepacked snacks such as chips, bars, trail mix. I brought in gluten free bars and chips as well as bottled water. We bought some soda and additional chips while we were there. There was a sit down restaurant, but we didn’t eat a full meal here, so I have no review. I noticed they had frozen fruit bars in strawberry that would likely be gluten and dairy free.
Seaworld had 3 different Gluten Free To Go snack pack options at their shopping stores. They weren’t available everywhere, but we did notice them, so you can ask for help locating. I emailed Seaworld in advance of our trip, and they were unhelpful with any specifics. My questions came back unanswered and I received an auto email response instead.
Gluten Free Discovery Cove , Seaworld, Aquatica – Dairy Free Orlando
You start your day at Discovery Cove with breakfast and lunch as well as snacks. We waited in line, and the chef came out to ensure us that the eggs, ham, and potatoes were all gluten free. We didn’t ask about dairy, this time. We just stuck with the potatoes, ham, and fresh fruits. We noticed some more options as we walked through.
Lunch was a repeat of waiting in a line (longer line this time) and then a chef came out and helped us with safe food options. We then stepped to the side while the chef prepared our food. We had my favorite French Meadow Bakery brownies (I wish Disney still offered these! LOVE Them!) sauteed veggies, tilapia with tomatoes and onions, rice and peas, and a burger with a sad looking gluten free bun. They also offered the Gluten Free to Go allergy box with cookies, sucker, gummies. You could walk up and ask for the snack box any time of day. They also had lays potato chips for snacking and a frozen fruit bar (strawberry) at most drink stands.
Mama Della’s at the Portofino Universal Hotel June 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 […]