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 […]
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 […]
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 we can get in and out quickly then go look around.
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 […]
Our first ever visit to the Plaza on Main Street started off with a bit of frustration. The staff who handled check in that day
didn’t seem well trained as to what they were doing and there was an excessive amount of confusion. This was unlike what we were used to experiencing at Disney, so we were hesitant, going in. Once chef Ken came out to talk to us, however, all was right with the world. Chef Ken was a charming and helpful cast member who chatted with everyone at the table and discussed how he could make us safe and delicious foods at The Plaza. He even shared some tips he has developed for making gluten free breads taste like normal bread. He was really great. I can’t say enough good things about him.
For our lunch, I opted for the vegetarian sandwich, but because of my dairy allergy, I couldn’t eat all of the main ingredients, so he added some avocado and roasted the veggies, lightly. This was made very well and it’s a nice vegetarian gluten free dairy free option, though not my favorite flavor combination. The fries are made in a dedicated fryer and this restaurant can do a variety of dairy free ice cream options and brownie options. My daughter had a burger with fries and house made chips. She said it was pretty good, but not her favorite burger ever. Chef Ken mastered the gluten free bread, and that was so delicious! If you go to the plaza, I hope you get a chance to meet the chef. He was the real highlight of The Plaza.
My husband has been wanting us to try Bongo’s Cuban restaurant at Downtown Disney, Orlando. We finally found a time to dine there for lunch. To start with, the menu as labeled for gluten free options, which was very convenient. I just asked if they could make the gluten free selection dairy free, and we had no trouble. My daughter ordered the roast pork with steamed vegetables. She was not a huge fan of the pork. It was a touch sweet, which she didn’t care for. The serving sizes, however, were just huge, so I shared mine with her, and I still had more than I could eat.
I ordered a steak dish in a cilantro garlic mojo. It was very good, though not as tender as the other gluten free offering. Both steak dishes were very good. I was a big fan of the sweet plantain. It was not too sweet, and the texture was nice. I look forward to trying those again. The dish was served with black beans and white rice, and the portions were just huge! To drink, I ordered a non alcoholic lemonade with mint. I just loved this drink. It was tart with a hint of effervescence. The muddled mint was fresh and delightful. The menu had several lemonade offerings that are a fresh treat. We enjoyed our meal, and our relaxing and fun environment at Bongos. While it wasn’t my favorite Downtown Disney eatery, it was a definite repeat!
We all love this place! When we came in, they gave us new allergen free menus. One was for gluten free options and the other was for dairy free options. Because I needed both, it was a bit odd and confusing, but the chef came out and apologized and helped us figure out what to order, safely. Also, I noticed some items on the dairy free menu that are gluten free, but they were not listed on the gluten free menu, and that is how we came about the dessert.
Starting with dessert, we asked if the chef could do a warmed gluten free dairy free donut topped with toffutti ice cream. My daughter loved it, and she ate every bite!
For her meal, she had the steak, veggies, and safe gluten free fries. She said the steak was delicious, as were the veggies. So, that was a hit!
I ordered the Salmon BLT again. This time, the gluten free pita was very good and not hard, as it was the last time I ordered it. The sauce was great, the cucumber salad was tasty. It was a very good meal and we all ate too much! The shell they used this time had a sweet type of flavor to it, which made me suspect it to be a Kinnikinnik product, but I didn’t ask.
For dessert, they only offer us plain ice cream (Rice Dream or Toffuti), but when we asked for the warmed donut, they happily obliged. For mine, I asked for a chocolate sauce, which is different than their fudge. Still, it was a treat. I couldn’t eat it all, however. Too much food!
You certainly wouldn’t ever guess it, but in my real life, I am a healthy eater. In Disney World, I consume crazy amounts of food, and what better place for that than the Crystal Palace. The chef came over and showed us what was safe to eat from the buffet (which was quite a bit). There were many gluten free dairy free options. I notice the flavors of potatoes and eggs change from trip to trip, but there are still many choices. Something new for me was the quinoa apple hot cereal. It was … weird. I like quinoa, but this was a bit odd. It was soaking in water, like a water based soup. There was way more water than necessary for the amount of quinoa, which was just strange. The flavor was a little odd, too. It was ok, and if I didn’t have a plate full of delicious alternatives, I could have eaten it. But I let it go in lieu of the monstrous plate of food to the left.
The chef didn’t offer anything else at first, but my daughter asked if he could make pancakes. She loves gluten free pancakes for breakfast here! He said they had Van’s waffles, which we politely declined and he said he would look for a pancake mix. Lucky for us, he found what he needed and he made a double order of chocolate chip gluten free pancakes. A few minutes later he brought us out some donuts, so we were well fed and spoiled with options!
I used the rice milk in my coffee, and we enjoyed our breakfast so much. Also, our server was very nice, and the characters are darling, as ever. This is still my favorite 8am breakfast stop in Walt Disney World!
As I mention below, we were happy to find that the restaurants at Coronado Springs Resort have improved, dramatically, from prior years when it comes to gluten free dairy free food options. We went to the Maya Grill for dinner, and we could easily look […]
During our trip to the Coronado Springs Resort, we decided to give Pepper Market, Maya, and the other eateries of the resort a chance to redeem themselves from past trips. The results? A success! To start with, I noticed that some of the menus posted outside of the Maya restaurant and at the pool bar had meal options labeled with “GF”, which makes it so much easier to know how to order a safe food. This is a HUGE step in the right direction.
The Pepper Market items were not labeled, but we did go directly to any counter that was not too busy and ask if a chef could assist us. I would not ask the people behind the counters if foods are safe, as they will not know and they may give you wrong information. Just ask for the chef from the get go. The Chef told us that the Tortilla Soup was gluten free and dairy free, and it sounded great to me, as I was chilly and worn out from travel. The soup was pretty good. I felt it would have been much better with some fresh cilantro and some corn, but for a cafeteria soup option that was allergy safe, it was nice.
The nachos, pictured above, were from the poolside bar. These are not dairy free, but they could be made dairy free if you like. The bottom of the dish was layered with spicy chili. I did not try these, but the kids enjoyed them until they got to the bottom, which they left behind. We had other meals at CSR during our stay, and I will report those soon. All in all, we were very happy with the improvements they made.
We have never dined here for breakfast, and on our last day of the trip we ate a 10am breakfast. Chef Junior was quite the entertainer, as was our server. I forgot that the restaurant was themed and I don’t want to give away what turned out to be very funny surprises, so I’ll just say it was a fun time, and very loud! We had a blast. The food was good, too. Chef junior made us gluten free dairy free pancakes and all the breakfast goodies featured. We had more than enough to eat! I wasn’t a huge fan of the dinner at Whispering Canyon, but I LOVE the breakfast! Also, they have rice and soy milk available for coffee, if you ask!