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 […]
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 of cheese can be made dairy free by ordering without cheese.
The review is that they are good, fine, but not as good as our favorite tacos back in Chicago.
The Guacamole and chips were a hit and were quickly gobbled down. The staff was very friendly!
While the burger place and pizza place had lines that looked to be 30 minutes long, you could walk up to the quick service window and order with 1 or 0 people in front of you. I wonder if shoppers don’t realize they can order there? I don’t know. If you need something quick, this was a great option!
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 […]
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 […]
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 the experience at 1900 Park Fare was one of those times. First, though we had a reservation, I had to wait in an awkward slow and long ling to check in. This took approximately 20 minutes, and made little sense to me as there were 3 staff members doing nothing behind the only 1 staff member checking people in.
If you plan to do something after this meal, give yourself at least 2 hours for the experience!
Once checked in, I was handed this chart and told to review so that we could choose our low allergen options. Um…really? I need a desk to sit down and study this thing! And there is more on the back. After looking at this for a moment, I tucked it away deciding that was not incredibly helpful.
Once we were finally inside (another 10 minutes after check in), our server was rushed. She told everyone to go get food, including those with allergies and she instructed us to use the chart if we had any questions. She was about to sprint away when I stopped her and asked for some rice or soy milk to use with my coffee. I am pretty sure she rolled her eyes at me. It was a bizarre encounter. She obviously did not want to deal with allergy requests. I also asked her to bring a chef to the table, and here is why. The server said my options were on the buffet and identifiable by the chart. I know that is not true and that there are other options to help expand our breakfast experience such as donuts, low allergen milk, low allergen pancakes. We have dined here many times and the server was not prepared or willing to suggest any of those for us. She was happy with us fuddling through with a complicated chart and a buffet that was ripe with cross contamination. In this way, Disney has gone downhill in an effort to streamline a system. The problem is that this system is what had previously set them apart from everyone else and put Disney Dining in a class of their own. Now, you are back to fighting for yourself in an attempt to get a fair option from servers who may or may not have a clue about what is happening in the kitchen.
The woman brought out my soy or rice milk in a container that looks exactly like the container for the regular milk and I made that mistake the last time we were here, so I moved them far apart on the table instead of side by side. I mentioned it to her and she sharply told me they were different. Ok. So far I am not in love with this server and while I may sound rather picky, keep in mind how much our party of 8 is spending on a breakfast here and how limited my options would be if I didn’t make a few requests, and it may make more sense.
The chef who came to our table was very nice and we knew what we wanted so we didn’t need to waste her time. I just let her know we would be delighted with gluten free pancakes for the teen and safe eggs that were dairy free as well as a gluten free donut for myself. Easy! They brought out those items for us and we managed a few things from the buffet that looked to be safe from spills of cheese and sour cream. As the breakfast potatoes were not available this trip and had been replaced with tator tots (that is an odd one!) she also offered to bring out gluten free dairy free hashbrowns, which was very nice.
The servings for these items can be very small as this is a buffet and they imagine you will be eating many things off the buffet, so I make a point to ask for a full serving of pancakes as this is primarily all that my older one eats here. That works out well. My point, as you can see, is that you just have to ask and advocate for yourself as they will not be doing it for you in the same way that they used to. If you are not used to the old system, this will not be of issue, but you also may not know that you can ask for options that your server may not be aware of, such as those mentioned here and in other recent posts.
If you are comfortable asking for what you need, you will be delighted with the options (except for desserts…which have dwindled for those who cannot eat dairy or gluten). And, as always, the chefs are wonderfully helpful if you get the opportunity to talk to them. Our server continued to be rude and rushed throughout our meal and I was annoyed at her ability to detract from our happy day, but I also know this is rare at Disney as most Cast Members are amazing and we paid and moved along.
The character interactions were fun and the Mad Hatter stole the show! That tiny image is one of me with Alice during our breakfast where we just happened to be thinking along the same lines of fashion! The Tigger and photographer on the exit were great, too. You’ll always have fun with the characters at 1900 Park Fare!
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 riding Soarin’ so easily.
The server was on board with the hurry and get on Soarin’ agenda and he rushed along some initial food platters.
Our server told us he could do our platter gluten free dairy free. Now, this is where I get a little grumbly, the gluten free dairy free group was not offered a replacement of any type for the dishes of warm gooey cinnamon rolls on the table. That looked like the yummiest part of breakfast! I asked if they had any gluten free donuts, and he said they did not and that the only thing they did have was a gluten free muffin. So, upon my request, he brought us two Udi’s blueberry muffins. Not my favorite, but it’s something! The point is that if you are ordering a meal that is missing an entire section due to allergy, Disney usually CAN fill in that missing slot with something else, but odds are you will have to ask them, and most likely, ask the chef. I have found that while the servers are very well intentioned, they often don’t know all the options in the kitchen. The new focus is for the server to handle the allergy, so again, you will have to be your own advocate and with some of the servers, that felt challenging as they were very rushed with us. I noticed this especially at buffets and family style dining.
That said, I loved the sausage and my teen loved the bacon and waffles. I asked for more eggs and they brought us a ridiculous amount. They did bring a nice salsa, house made, but no breakfast potatoes to put it on. I am not a fan of tater tots for breakfast. Those didn’t get touched. The coffee was quite good!
You can see in the main food photo that they brought a large quantity of those tater tots and small amount of eggs and gluten free waffles for 2 adult eaters. If you are in a hurry for Soarin’ and you notice this, you can always ask for more of whatever item you love right away and they will be happy to help. Enjoy!
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 […]
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 horn, I’m pretty good at it. SO if I am spending my hard earned money on a gluten free dairy free dessert, it at least has to be as appealing as something I make at home. Erin McKenna’s is a mix for me. There are items that are not very good, in my opinion, and then there are amazing items! I fell in LOVE with the chocolate chip banana bread, for example. The cupcakes, however, are just not for me. If I was going for a cupcake, it would definitely be the mocha mint brownie, however. The extra flavors in that are a true treat. Now they deliver dairy free coconut ice cream! I was so pleased to try it. It turns out I could have used a snack credit for this, but it wasn’t visible on the menu, so I didn’t ask. The ice cream was great. Not TOO coconut. Nice texture. The topping I chose was a brownie crumb. That was a little bit of a let down, but still, it’s nice to have something on my vanilla! I really enjoyed the ice cream and I think this is a stand out option for the dairy free crowd.
For the rest, maybe not for me. If you are in Chicago, check out Swirlz Cupcakes. You will NOT be disappointed in their gluten free vegan options! Don’t let this fool you…I’ll be back with another review for McKenna’s before the trip is out!
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 […]
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.
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 went to an open window and asked about an option to make a gluten free dairy free pancake. The person at the counter called my request to the kitchen and got it started. My daughter liked her pancakes, and the serving was large. I did ask for adult portion, knowing she loves pancakes.
We wanted to order pizza to the room one night, but for the gluten free girl, we walked to Pepper Market and got an order of tacos on corn shells. To make this dairy free, order without cheese. She really enjoyed it. We did ask for the chef to come out and ensure safety, which went quickly during the evening (not as busy as the morning). They didn’t have a good dessert option to offer with the dining plan, but they had these gluten free Hilltop cookies to try. My daughter didn’t have much to say about the cookies, but she loves tacos and she really enjoyed her 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 […]
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 […]
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 service. The gluten free dairy free waffle was in place of the biscuit that would have come with this meal. I would guess the waffle was made with Bob Red Mill’s gluten free pancake mix because it had that cornmeal taste to it. The chef did a fantastic job with it, however. Unlike our experience at Mara, this waffle was cooked perfectly. The rest of the dish was good, though nothing amazing to report. We received rice milk and earth balance butter along side. The Kona coffee was a treat, as well.
Back again in June 2013 for more goodies! I can’t rave the brownies enough. But my stomach does get a bit mad at me when I eat this two days in a row. Still, what a nice treat option! Attached to the BabyCakes bakery is the Pollo Campano quick service restaurant where you can order rice, salsas, and chicken.
Why does the Coronado Resort have to be my favorite, but the restaurants have to be so TERRIBLE for people with allergies? Well, I gave it another try. I will say the they have improved from a few years ago. The chef, in the morning, made us gluten free pancakes that my daughter did enjoy. We went at opening to minimize confusion and cross contamination. The food was very bland, but safe. We went back for an evening meal and that was awful. The process of finding a chef to help us was ridiculous and while there are many people working, they do not help other stations. It was really unpleasant, as a dining experience. The food was reported to be safe, though I did end up feeling quite ill that evening. I, still, cannot recommend the Pepper Market for a meal if you have allergies, with the exception of going at opening and ordering VERY safe and smart for quick breakfast.