Tag: dairy free
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…
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 to see this beauty just beyond the window.
Sanaa has quickly risen to the top for experience due to the amazing resort beauty and the wonderful food options for those with allergies. The spicy shrimp dish is so good! I have never had anything like it. While the gluten free naan is more like a tortilla (a dense one) it is still a great vehicle to use for tasting the amazing sauces and dips. All, but one, were gluten free and dairy free. We have such a fun time whenever we come here, it is truly a treat. I highly recommend it!
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,…
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 the pineapple has the perfect caramelized sweetness. While this dessert is a little too sweet for me, it is done perfectly and I dare say can pass as a non gluten free dairy free version. Enjoy!
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.…
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 was ordered with the cheese, but modified to exclue the gravy. The result? She was not overly impressed. I suspect the sauce and the toppings are really what bring it together and when you take away the sauce, it is just fries with some stuff thrown on top. So, this is not a repeat for us.
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…
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 to explore Disney Springs. I happened to see someone eating a salad that looked too lovely to pass by, so that is what I ordered. The salad was a meal on it’s own, loaded with protein from bacon, eggs, and roasted corn. The mix was very good, easy to enjoy, and the service at this walk up to order type diner was still wonderful. People came to check on us at the table and see if we needed anything at all. It was a lovely spot for a quick lunch. While I didn’t try the BBQ, I can recommend the salad as a great gluten free dairy free option!
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 everyone, so we went ahead.
We started with an appetizer of fried plantains, shrimp, and pico. It was said to be safe for our allergies. My oldest didn’t try it, and I was not impressed with this dish. It was ok, but not fresh or rich in flavor.
The kids loved the salsa and chips, and ended up eating every bit of that. I was not a big fan of their salsa. It had a sweetness to it that my savory taste buds were just not craving.
I opted for a grilled chicken sandwich on a gluten free bun, which is a rare meal item for me, and fries (also rare for me!) The results…not delightful! The chicken was pinkish and tough at the same time AND lacking in flavor. All in all, this was not a repeat meal for me.
Having said that, the gluten free enchiladas (which were not dairy free, as you can see by the cheese) were my daughter’s favorite meal of the trip!
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…
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…
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.
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 options for heating or cooling storage areas within. These lively lunchboxes are sure to please.
Bean is loving salads for her lunches right now, which is really easy on me! I just get her a mixture of organic veggies and fruits, add a protein and serve a treat along side. Here you see a homemade gluten free brownie. She opts to skip salad dressing. Some days we add popcorn or gluten free bread with earth balance and jam.
Here is one of Bella’s lunches. She saw another child with a meat stick, and she asked me if I could get her one. So, off to the store I went. I found a clearly labeled “gluten free” turkey meat stick made in our neighboring state. I would look for gluten free, as well as MSG free, natural meat sticks from health markets. Served with this meat stick are some organic yellow carrots (for fun), apples, a nut flour brownie slice, and organic cherry applesauce.
Jambalaya, and other curry, stir fry, or rice based mixtures will travel great in the thermos. This recipe uses a variety of meats, vegetables, herbs, broth and rice. This is a wonderful choice to make for a meal, and use left over for lunches. Recipe found here.
Spaghetti soup is one of Bean’s favorite lunches. It is a hearty mixture of vegetables, pasture raised beef, spices, and tomatoes. Recipe found here.
One of Bean’s favorite lunches: This is a La Tortilla Factory gluten free Teff shell. I warm it briefly and then spread vegenaise on the entire inner surface while warm. This prevents the shell from breaking when rolled. Then I loaded this one with spinach and gluten free Hormel Natural Choice turkey. Sometimes I put the tomatoes inside the wrap, but this time they are served on the side (easier to eat). Also served with fresh oranges and an EnjoyLifeFoods Cocoa Loco Bar. Water to drink.
We have more options available for additions to lunches than we did 5+ years ago. This lunch includes a fresh fajita salad, utilizing leftovers from the night prior. Bean likes cabbage and cilantro in place of lettuce, but you can use whatever you like! Sides include carrots, Pirate Booty, all natural fruit roll up and Honest Kids juice.
Sushi is a fun and easy to pack option served great with a variety of sides, as well!
A traditional lunch of peanut butter and jam with carrots, oranges, cookie and juice. The bread is Breads From Anna’s yeast free mix made with Flax as egg replacer. The cookie is from a Gluten Free Pantry Mix. This lunch was a hit with Bean.
Sneaking in the fruit! Here I blended organic oranges with a bit of Rice Dream Vanilla ice cream and West Soy brand Rice Milk. This drink contains one large orange. Also served with a Breads From Anna Pumpkin muffin, bacon, Laura’s Choice cookie (see baking page), and fresh beans.
A Tuna salad with dill on Anna’s Yeast Free bread with EnviroKidz gluten free animal crackers, a tangerine cup and chips (these are corn chips, but quinoa, rice, and potato are other options for the occassional chip snack).
One of Bean’s favorite lunches is pasta salad with peas. We use Veganaise for our dressing, but that does contain some soy oil. There are other options for homemade as well as commercial dressings that avoid soy. Served with salted tomatoes, apple, and Laura’s Choice cookies.
Is there a kid who doesn’t like Franks and Beans? We use dairy, soy, gluten free hot dogs and beans. Banana and parboiled broccoli followed up with a chocolate chip cookie for dessert.
Bean’s favorite vegetable and chicken stock soup with EnerG crackers, tangerines, cookie, and finger sandwiches.
Gluten free Spaghetti with red sauce kept warm in the thermos served with green beans, apple, and a chocolate brownie treat (Gifts From Nature Flour mix and recipe).
So this may not look great, but it is one of Bean’s favorites. She ate every bite. This is our taco salad. The butter leaf lettuce has Veganaise on it (contains soy, you could use the cashew yogurt recipe from our 2 week challenge in place of the veganaise). She puts her corn chips on top (millet flat bread, quinoa chips, or a non grain such as avocado would all be good subs for corn chips). Finally, she pours her pasture raised ground beef and tomato mixture on top. Taco Salad. Certified gltuen free oatmeal cookie by Gifts From Nature, and banana.
Breakfast anyone? Bean can eat eggs, so here we have eggs kept warm in the thermos served with bacon, fresch mangos, and a Breads From Anna pumpkin muffin. If you can’t use eggs, a nut yogurt would be a good protein source to add to this meal.
Gluten and dairy free hot dogs in the thermos served with corn on the cob, oranges, pineapple, and two Laura’s Choice cookies with certified gluten free oats from Gifts of Nature.