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Whispering Canyon Cafe Breakfast gluten free dairy free disney

Whispering Canyon Cafe Breakfast gluten free dairy free disney

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, […]

The Boathouse gluten free dairy free

The Boathouse gluten free dairy free

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 […]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake gluten free dairy free Erin McKenna’s Disney

Pineapple Upside Down Cake gluten free dairy free Erin McKenna’s Disney

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!

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

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 […]

Fish and Chips Gluten Free Dairy Free Cooke’s of Dublin Disney Springs

Fish and Chips Gluten Free Dairy Free Cooke’s of Dublin Disney Springs

Well, it may be a case of invasion of the body snatchers because I voluntarily ordered fried food!!! This is a shocking new development, but when I saw this walk up counter service option that was gluten free and dairy free at Disney Springs, I […]

The Polite Pig gluten free dairy free lunch

The Polite Pig gluten free dairy free lunch

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!

Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Gluten Free Dairy Free CS

Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Gluten Free Dairy Free CS

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 […]

Paradiso 37 Disney Springs Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free Options

Paradiso 37 Disney Springs Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free Options

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 […]

Piña Colada gluten and dairy free with Raspberry Sauce

Piña Colada gluten and dairy free with Raspberry Sauce

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 colada was always a great dairy free choice (also gluten free). I am not sure if that is the case that it will ALWAYS be dairy free, but I was glad this one was because it was delicious! The raspberry swirl really made this drink and we used our snack credits to enjoy them. While I doubt I’ll go back to SSR, I would certainly grab one of these if I did wind up back there!

1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast gluten free dairy free

1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast gluten free dairy free

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 […]

Dole Whip gluten free dairy free

Dole Whip gluten free dairy free

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 […]

Sanaa Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free

Sanaa Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free

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!

sanaa gluten free dinner

Garden Grill Breakfast gluten free dairy free

Garden Grill Breakfast gluten free dairy free

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 […]

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

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 […]

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinner

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinner

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.

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano gluten free dinner

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC Disney Snack Dessert

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC Disney Snack Dessert

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 […]

Saratoga Springs Resort Artist Palate Breakfast

Saratoga Springs Resort Artist Palate Breakfast

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 […]

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 prior reservations for breakfast.

Upon being seated, our experience was negative all the way around. First, the server was very sweet, but she took it upon herself to start discussing our gluten and dairy allergies and telling us what we can and can’t eat. She didn’t know what she was talking about, however, which was bizarre. Normally a chef comes out, which we did ask for after that strange interaction.

grand floridian cafe gluten free dairy free breakfast

Next, the wait was SO SO SLOW! I couldn’t understand it as I knew there was a huge buffet next door and I could see the restaurant was not even close to busy. We waited. And waited. And waited!

So, we were already over it when our food arrived. My teen’s steak looked like a burnt puck and I was told it tasted about the same. She asked for med rare, but got scorched. Then, to make matters even more disappointing, all the food was only so so.  At the price point these meals are set, I expected to be delighted with every bite. Instead I was longing for a local diner or to be back home where I could prepare a better meal for a fraction of the price. We had an additional meal, not pictured. My youngest ordered the eggs Benedict because she loved the ones she had next door the day prior, but these were vastly different and drowning in sauce to the extent that she could taste nothing else. She didn’t care for her dish, either. This was a total disappointment and the next time I am looking for breakfast near the Grand Floridian, it will be at 1900 Park Fare, for certain.

grand floridian cafe gluten free dairy free breakfast

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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.

 

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!

Erin McKenna’s Baby Cakes Bakery Disney

Erin McKenna’s Baby Cakes Bakery Disney

  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 […]

Erin McKenna’s Baby Cakes Bakery Disney

Erin McKenna’s Baby Cakes Bakery Disney

  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 […]

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review Dinner

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review Dinner

We LOVED the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review at Fort Wilderness.  The chef gave us most of the same food options as everyone else.  They had corn bread, and we did not (they did have gluten free corn bread, but not dairy free).

They gave us salad, beans, ribs and baked potato.  They offered to make us grilled chicken, but we passed. There was plenty of food. I was disappointed with the dessert, once again. It was  raspberry sorbet.  I don’t really like raspberry sorbet, in the first place, but it was this, or fruit. Yay!

 They could add some chocolate and fresh berries and make it LOOK pleasant.  Oh well.  I was not impressed with the food flavors, but it was a great dinner show.  We enjoyed it immensely.  I just thought the beans and ribs were so so. Every other place I’ve had ribs have had a better sauce, but it was fine. I recommend going to see the show!