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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 […]

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 […]

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

Amorette's Patisserie

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!

Amorette's Patisserie Gluten free desserts

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!

Amorette's Patisserie Gluten free dairy free desserts

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!

Amorette's Patisserie Gluten free dairy free desserts

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 […]

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 ice cream on week days! NO! So, what to try? I am not a huge fan of their donuts or cupcakes. I do like their brownies, but wasn’t in a brownie mood, so I tried the cookie. I got a dipped cookie and a sandwich cookie. The sandwich cookie was two large cookies smashed together by a thick layer of mock cream cheese type frosting. It

brownie gluten free dairy free disney Erin Mckenna

was amazing! Again, the textures are so good here! It is tricky with gluten free dairy free baking to pull of that chocolate chip cookies chew, but they have mastered it. No one will know this is a gluten free dairy free cookie! I even loved the frosting filling with it’s hint of sourness, which was likely a coconut product that I was tasting. What a fun combination and a definite repeat for future visit!

Kiddo got the mocha brownie, which is always a nice treat.

The verdict is that you can’t go wrong with a stop at Erin McKenna’s gluten free dairy free soy free bakery. I always find something new to try! They even had pineapple upside down cake, but I just wasn’t hungry enough to commit to that this trip. Maybe next time!

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 […]

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 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!

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

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 […]

Dole Whip gluten free dairy free

Dole Whip gluten free dairy free

dole whip with rum

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!

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 […]

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

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 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.Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten free dairy free

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.

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten free dairy free Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten free dairy free

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.

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten free dairy free

Jump over to EasyWDW and find some wonderful photos of the restaurant theme and more reviews from the new menu!

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 about my gluten free baked goods. You see, I have been baking gluten free for over a decade and, not to toot my own […]

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.

Allergen Menu Artist Palate Saratoga Springs Resort Disney

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.

gluten free dairy free snacks

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!

disney flourless chocolate cakeNow 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!

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!) Upon arriving home, […]

Discovery Cove and Seaworld gluten free dairy free

Discovery Cove and Seaworld gluten free dairy free

seaworld discovery cove 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 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.

Aquatica:
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:
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

Discovery Cove:



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.

Universal Orlando Gluten Free Dairy Free Dining

Universal Orlando Gluten Free Dairy Free Dining

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 […]

DisneyLand Gluten free and Dairy free

DisneyLand Gluten free and Dairy free

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 […]

Disney Cruise Gluten free Dairy free dining

Disney Cruise Gluten free Dairy free dining

Disney Wonder Cruise Triton’s Lunch
disney cruise gluten free dairy free

Meals are all included when you are on the ship. We opted to eat lunch here, as it was not at all busy. My appetizer was not what I ordered, but it was fine. Dairy free and gluten free. No problem.

Disney Wonder Cruise Triton’s Lunch

Bean declined the gluten free bun for her burger and fries.

Disney Wonder Cruise Triton’s Lunch

My chicken dish was fine, but bland. After the truly amazing chefs at Disney World, I have been spoiled! The Cruise Line did a great job bringing safe foods, but they were pretty bland and they would have been so much better with a little sauce, spice, or oil blend.

Disney Wonder Cruise Triton’s Lunch

While everyone else had strawberry shortcake and lava cake, our only option was plain rice dream or tofutti. Ok, but I paid extra for some espresso to put on top of mine…for some flavor!

Disney Wonder Cruise Animator’s Palatte Supper

Salad…fine.

Disney Wonder Cruise Animator’s Palatte Supper

Bean enjoyed her steak. Potato could have used something for moisture.



Disney Wonder Cruise Animator’s Palatte Supper

My chicken dish was fine, but again could have used some flavor or sauce.

Disney Wonder Cruise Parrot Cay Supper

Interesting appetizer that worked for our allergies. It was also a little bland, but it was very pretty.

Disney Wonder Cruise Parrot Cay Supper

Bean really enjoyed her steak and the gravy. She doesn’t get a beef gravy very often, so that was a treat for her.

Disney Wonder Cruise Parrot Cay Supper

This chicken meal was better, as the chicken had some spice rub, which I liked.
The breakfasts on the boat were pretty good with plenty of fresh fruit and denver egg mixtures with or without potato.
All in all, Disney World wins for best food for the gluten free dairy free crowd, but there is still AMPLE food to choose from on the cruise
ship. Much more then what I pictured. There are always choices of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, hot dogs and hamburgers without buns, plus drinks. The dinners all have rice dream or tofu ice cream and EnerG rolls (though we did not receive anything to put on our rolls). There was rice milk on the ship, but it was never in a location accessible without putting someone out. The calling and letting them know in advance of our allergies didn’t seem to make much of a difference. The process was still not as smoothly run as it is in Orlando, but they do a better job than most restaurants we have to choose from locally. On the Castaway Cay island, there was chicken, chips, fruit, potato salad and hot dogs to choose from.

Disney Resorts

Disney Resorts

Some of our favorite gluten free dairy free meals have been enjoyed at the resorts of Walt Disney World. Here is an assortment for you to peruse!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

Gluten free and dairy free dining experiences over the years at Downtown Disney and now Disney Springs.

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast

Ok where do I begin? First, we had JUST enjoyed 1900 Park Fare the day prior and it was my new favorite, but I thought my husband may enjoy the non character version so I suggested Grand Floridian Cafe. We had not trouble getting night prior reservations for breakfast.

Upon being seated, our experience was negative all the way around. First, the server was very sweet, but she took it upon herself to start discussing our gluten and dairy allergies and telling us what we can and can’t eat. She didn’t know what she was talking about, however, which was bizarre. Normally a chef comes out, which we did ask for after that strange interaction.

grand floridian cafe gluten free dairy free breakfast

Next, the wait was SO SO SLOW! I couldn’t understand it as I knew there was a huge buffet next door and I could see the restaurant was not even close to busy. We waited. And waited. And waited!

So, we were already over it when our food arrived. My teen’s steak looked like a burnt puck and I was told it tasted about the same. She asked for med rare, but got scorched. Then, to make matters even more disappointing, all the food was only so so.  At the price point these meals are set, I expected to be delighted with every bite. Instead I was longing for a local diner or to be back home where I could prepare a better meal for a fraction of the price. We had an additional meal, not pictured. My youngest ordered the eggs Benedict because she loved the ones she had next door the day prior, but these were vastly different and drowning in sauce to the extent that she could taste nothing else. She didn’t care for her dish, either. This was a total disappointment and the next time I am looking for breakfast near the Grand Floridian, it will be at 1900 Park Fare, for certain.

grand floridian cafe gluten free dairy free breakfast

1900 Park Fare Breakfast Grand Floridian

1900 Park Fare Breakfast Grand Floridian

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 […]

Boma Dinner and Dessert Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma Dinner and Dessert Animal Kingdom Lodge

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 […]

Vivoli il Gelato Disney Springs Dessert

Vivoli il Gelato Disney Springs Dessert

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 beverage poured in. The whip cream seen on top is not dairy free, but ordering without that would be a safe bet. They can clean serving spoons before hand, but there is risk of cross contamination of course. These were incredibly tart for the kids, and they didn’t love them, but it was cold and refreshing while we listened to a high school band play Disney classics by the water. It was a lovely little stop.