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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
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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.

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…

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…

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 we can get in and out quickly then go look around.

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…

Hanger Bar Disney Springs Lunch

Hanger Bar Disney Springs Lunch

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…

The Plaza Dinner

The Plaza Dinner

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

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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.

Crystal Palace Breakfast

Crystal Palace Breakfast

We had another delightful morning meal at Crystal at Palace this spring. It is always a family favorite. This time around, my daughter said “Mom, I would really LOVE it if the chef could make me a crepe. Do you think they can do that…

Boma Dinner Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma Dinner Animal Kingdom Lodge

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…

Bongos Disney Springs Dinner

Bongos Disney Springs Dinner

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!

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Epcot

Epcot

The gluten and dairy free food we have enjoyed at Epcot

Sci Fi Diner Dinner

Sci Fi Diner Dinner

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!

The Writer’s Stop Dessert

The Writer’s Stop Dessert

I ducked in to grab my husband a coffee while he rode Star Tours for the 3rd time, with the kids. I asked if they had anything gluten free this time, and they did. They had a Mickey Mouse shaped macaroon in bright green or…

Main Street Bakery

Main Street Bakery

I’m sure you’re wondering how we could possibly eat more food, but while waiting for the parade, I ran and got root beer floats from the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor. We love these toffuti root beer floats and they are a bit of a…

Crystal Palace Breakfast

Crystal Palace Breakfast

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 Crystal Palace, gluten free, dairy free, Disney, breakfasttrip, 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!

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Pepper Market Breakfast and Dinner CSR

Pepper Market Breakfast and Dinner CSR

One morning, we stopped at Pepper Market for a late breakfast while visiting with family. I find that it is much easier to order here than it used to be now that they have done away with the paper system that was oddly confusing. I…

Maya Grill Coronado Springs Resort Dinner

Maya Grill Coronado Springs Resort Dinner

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…

Coronado Springs Pool Bar Pepper Market

Coronado Springs Pool Bar Pepper Market

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.

 

Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest

 Well, we braved the pre order option and used the filters to choose our Wheat Free Dairy free foods. We found out that if you do this, a chef will not be offered. They will just let you seat yourself and your food comes out.…

Sci-Fi Diner Dinner

Sci-Fi Diner Dinner

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…

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Gluten and dairy free food we have enjoyed at the Animal Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World.

Kona Breakfast Polynesian Resort

Kona Breakfast Polynesian Resort

We decided to give the Kona Cafe another try, but this time, for breakfast. We had a large group of 12, so finding a non character non buffet option took priority.  Our seating was great, and we had a fabulous time as well as wonderful…

Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge Dinner

Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge Dinner

Above is a salad sampler to share.  We loved thew watermelon salad with fennel as well as the chick pea salad in the middle.  The one on the far end was not gluten free, but they did have other gluten free and dairy free options.…

Whispering Canyon Cafe Wilderness Lodge Breakfast

Whispering Canyon Cafe Wilderness Lodge Breakfast

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!