What a beautiful setting for a meal! We sat outside on the water for a lovely evening meal in March. The Boathouse is owned by my husbands hands down favorite restaurant in Chicago, Gibsons. Going into the Boathouse with that in mind is not a […]
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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!
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 […]
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 recommendation of our server. Our server insisted we must try the bread service, even the gluten free version, as it is a house specialty. I was skeptical as I am not that impressed with the gluten free bread products in Disney, but this was quite good. The texture was thin and flat, not thick or puffy, but the flavor was nutty and nice. The different sauces to dip were all very good as well and it was fun to try. I don’t think I’ll do that again, as I already had too much food, but it was good to do once!
The server advised us as to what was dairy free and gluten free on the menu and the dining plan included a nice sampler option where I chose a shrimp dish, an aloo gobi style dish, and a third which I forget. These are served with rice. The spicy shrimp was my favorite by a long shot! One of the dishes was packed too full of soy beans and that over took all flavors, but the spicy shrimp was so delicious, I would go back and order that without hesitation.
The server brought out a layered mousse that was said to be gluten free (this surprised me, based on the photo) but not dairy free. For myself, I had mango sorbet and berries. Surprisingly, this is the most thoughtful presentation of sorbet on our trip and the berries were a nice touch. Everyone enjoyed the meal and I can, once again, recommend making the trip to Animal Kingdom Lodge to enjoy Sanaa!
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 […]
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 without requiring complicated customization, so we ordered from the low allergen menu at the same time as the rest of our group. The low allergen menu has the dessert options listed, but not the drinks, so that was always little scramble while we figured out what fun beverages we wanted at the start.
Our server brought us gluten free rolls while the rest of the party received bread. We were served our own olive oil and herb mix without the cheese. This was very nice, as it is often overlooked. The bread was nothing exciting. It was not warm, it was not particularly good nor was the texture appealing. I am not sure what brand this is, but if I had to guess, I would say EnerG? Now, years back, Disney used to carry French Meadow Bakery Italian Rolls and those were by far the best gluten free dairy free bread rolls I have ever tasted! I would love it if they would bring back an option like that. Even Canyon Bakehouse has a better roll! This is not exciting and got left on the table. My daughter can eat dairy so she had a caprese salad, which was fine. Nothing noteworthy. It was 1 slice smaller than the server described, so she received 3 slices of tomatoes instead of 4. Not much of an appetizer to share.
The dinner was very good. I had a gluten free noodle dish with shrimp and veggies, and I requested just an olive oil sauce rather than the suggested marinara. It was very good and I quite enjoyed it!
My daughter ordered the steak with potatoes and veggies and she also enjoyed her dish. No rave reviews, but she said it was good.
We were on the dining plan, so although everyone was pretty full, we ordered dessert. Look at this beautiful gluten free option that works for those who can eat dairy! And notice that cup of plain Toffutti in the front of the second picture? That is how they do ALL dairy free gluten free desserts in Disney World these days. The most exciting offering I get is a choice between vanilla or chocolate dairy free ice cream. No syrup, no toppings, just plain. Sometimes the only option was a cup of fruit. This is a pretty big step back from what Disney used to offer the dairy free crowd. We had wonderful gluten free dairy free brownies from French Meadow and their giant delicious cookies! Some chefs would bake Bob Red Mill brownies as well, such as Crystal Palace. And many chefs would warm the pre packaged brownies before serving and top with some syrups or decorations. This is so plain and it lacks the attention or effort that previous options entailed. Still, I like Tofutti and I had at least 1 option here, so that was a bonus.
Overall, this is a good choice for the gluten free dairy free crowd.
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 […]
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, I was definitely missing that flavor and came up with this recipe that is a healthy daily treat to take me back to a warm day at Disney Springs. My version does not include sugar, and it adds in protein rich almond flour to make it a more suitable option for breakfast or snack mid day. For park days, I will be happy to splurge on some of the treats from McKenna’s Bakery, though! Enjoy.
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 Cup Bob Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour mix
- 1 Cup almond flour
- 1/8 Cup flaxseed, ground
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 Cup Swerve Erythritol sweetener
- 1/2 Cup avocado oil or coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 Cup walnuts – optional
- 1/2 Cup Lily’s dark chocolate chips, sweetened with erythritol and stevia
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 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 […]
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 this one was. It was a layer of caramel on apple with white chocolate and chocolate decor. It was not dairy free, but it was gluten free. 3 of our group shared this, and they reported it as being very good!
Dinner at Ariel’s Grotto was a treat for us, and it was my favorite low allergen dining spot of the trip. The children enjoyed a starter of fruit, jello and optional cheese as well as salad.
For the adults there was a tier of appetizers to choose from. While the standard seafood was not gluten free, the chef offered to make anything I wanted gluten free and dairy free. I only opted for the salad, olives, and tomatoes for appetizer. They were quite good. The yellow tomatoes were very sweet and tender and the salad had a wonderful dressing. I very much enjoyed the variety of olives to sample
While the others in our party were served warm bread, we were not offered a bread option. I asked our waiter if they had gluten free rolls and olive oil and they did. They were brought to us, promptly. As it was a chilly evening, my daughter appreciated the warm gluten free rolls.
For dinner, the children both had the tri tip steak and mashed potatoes. These were gluten free, but not dairy free. The chef assured me she could make anything dairy free if I wanted it, but she recommended the rice instead of potatoes. I opted for the sustainable fish of the day, which was a wonderful choice.
The children liked their steak and potatoes and I LOVED my fish. It was cooked with a wonderful, subtle flavor. It was not overwhelmed by oil or seasoning, yet it delivered a nice taste. The fish was tender, flaky, and perfectly cooked. The vegetables served alongside included squash on the grill and a pineapple red pepper salad in addition to wild rice. While I love all of these dishes, I was not able to eat this much food in one setting. I focused on the fish, and much of the rest had to be forfeited for this trip. I was left craving this fish for the next week!
The chef was very friendly and kind here, and I would highly recommend this restaurant to those with allergies. My suggestion would be to speak up for what you would like, however, as we would not have received all aspects of our meal had we not asked for them.
For dessert, we only had one option. It was a bit odd, but actually quite refreshing and nice. We had a blood orange sorbet with berries. It was a tad too bitter to eat the whole thing, but one bite of sorbet with a bite of berries was a nice combination.
We ordered room service from the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel. They brought gluten free dairy free eggs and potatoes with peppers. The potatoes were delicious. We enjoyed these with tea and honey.
A different morning we ordered breakfast from the Disneyland Hotel Steakhouse 55. The atmosphere in this hotel was great. It was a calm retreat from the standard Disney dining. I opted for a simple breakfast of tea and frozen gluten free dairy free waffles. They offered to jazz these up a bit, but I was not in the mood for much more than a plain waffle. The rest of the group ordered omelets.
In addition to these dining options we also ate at the following venues:
House of Blues in Downtown Disney. Here my daughter had a gluten free burger, gluten free fries, pickle, tomato, lettuce, and no bun. I had a pork sandwich and coleslaw. I didn’t ask if the pork sauce was dairy free and or gluten free and I did end up feeling quite sick after this meal. It was the only meal that upset my stomach on the trip. My daughter was fine with her meal, but we made a point to make sure hers was gluten free.
We had a quick service lunch at Troubador Inn in the Disneyland Park. We had baked potatoes and brats with saurkraut. The only guaranteed gluten free item was the baked potato, so that is what my daughter had. She loves baked potatoes, so she was content with this. I got a banana to go alongside as well as sliced apples.
Three members of our group ate at the Wine Country Trattoria in the California Adventure Park where they served gluten free pasta. I was not present for this meal, but I was told that is was good, not great.
The Surf’s Up quick service restaurant was our late lunch stop one day. It is located inside the Paradise Pier Hotel. At our lunch time, late afternoon, they were not interested in doing gluten free fries or looking for gluten free buns, but they were able to do a cobb salad (so so) and a burger without bun. The server was friendly, but the selection was very limited.
We enjoyed a free meal, courtesy of booking through Costco, at Goofy’s Kitchen. This is a character dinner. We have never been to a character meal with SO MANY characters. It was Pluto, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Aladdin, and Minnie! They had plenty of gluten free and dairy free foods to choose from on the buffet and the chef offered to make us gluten free pasta if we’d like it. We didn’t feel the need with all the other choices available. While they did not have a dairy free ice cream, they did have a gluten free dairy free brownie that they brought out at the end of the meal. It was my daughter’s birthday, so we were happy about that. The disappointment was that it tasted terrible. Despite the fact that it was our only dessert on the trip, save for the slightly bitter sorbet, we both took one bite and left it on the table. Disneyland California could benefit from some pointers on serving those with allergies from Disney World in Florida. We didn’t encounter any establishment to have rice or soy milk on hand, or rice or soy ice cream. The selection was surprisingly limited. We stopped at two ice cream shops and were told there was nothing dairy free, unlike the main ice cream shops in Walt Disney World.
Our final shopping for food took the place of fruit from the fresh fruit stands in each park. Here we found pineapple, banana, apple, pickles, and mango in addition to a few other snack offerings. I really enjoyed this as an alternative to chips or nuts throughout the day.
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 the buffet. Great choices for vegetarians as well as the carnivores in the group. While the chef walked us through to show us what we could eat, and offered us to cook eggs without dairy, I was kind of surprised that they didn’t offer to bring a pastry or make a pancake or waffle, but knowing that these options are available, I just asked and they provided both! So, we loved our food and we really loved the interactions with the fun characters. This was a huge hit and I look forward to going back! They also brought me dairy free milk for my coffee, but the only issue was that they brought it in the same container as the regular cream and they left both on the table. I didn’t realize, and poured some by accident, took a drink and quickly realized what it was and spit it out! Thankfully I was able to taste the difference before it hit my tummy! But really, I highly recommend this fun breakfast experience.