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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 […]

Early Fall at Erin McKenna’s Bakery Disney Springs Gluten Free Vegan

Early Fall at Erin McKenna’s Bakery Disney Springs Gluten Free Vegan

 Ready for a tour of Erin McKenna’s last summer early fall options?

We stopped in mid September on a hot day, and both chocolate and vanilla soft serve options were available, which was a treat. In addition, they already had pumpkin spice cupcakes available, which were flying off the shelves! Everyone was ready to get their first taste of gluten free dairy free fall! In addition to the usual cupcake and brownie delights, you can see an adorable cross hatch pie design cupcake with a berry topping and a wonderfully fun chocolate chip cupcake with a cookie topper! That may be my favorite.

On the top shelf were a variety of sandwich cookies, and so far, the chocolate chip sandwhich cookie with a mock cream cheese frosting is the best! Though each I have sampled has been delightful, there is something wonderful about both texture and flavor and this one is a hit among the non gluten free dairy free members in the family as well.

As we moved along to the counter, there are even more treats lined up including the doughnuts, the sweet baked breads, pineapple upside downcake and more. Of these, I was not overly impressed with the cinnamon rolls or the doughnuts in the past, but their brownie cupcake is quite good, especially the mint and or mocha varieties. I may be a bit pickier as I bake quite a bit at home, and can make tastier cupcakes, but I am always impressed with the soft serve, brownies, cookies, and the specialty items that they keep coming up with!  On a hot day like the one we just experienced, it was wonderful to stop in and receive these items served nice and cold, perfect to help us get them back to the hotel before they melt in the sun! Next up I’ll give some more photos and reviews of 4 treats we sampled from this selection. If you try the pumpkin, I’d love to hear about it! Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC-Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC-Gluten Free, Vegan Ice Cream

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC-Gluten Free, Vegan Ice Cream

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. […]

Daily Poutine Disney Springs

Daily Poutine Disney Springs

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 […]

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

Amorette's Patisserie

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!

Amorette's Patisserie Gluten free desserts

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!

Amorette's Patisserie Gluten free dairy free desserts

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!

Amorette's Patisserie Gluten free dairy free desserts

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 […]

Erin McKenna’s Bakery Cookie’s and Brownies gluten free dairy free

Erin McKenna’s Bakery Cookie’s and Brownies gluten free dairy free

Of course if we are tasting our way around Disney Spring, stops at Erin McKenna’s were a given. I was looking forward to the delightful dairy free ice cream! The texture was unique and soft serve and yum! Disappointment set in when they didn’t have ice cream on week days! NO! So, what to try? I am not a huge fan of their donuts or cupcakes. I do like their brownies, but wasn’t in a brownie mood, so I tried the cookie. I got a dipped cookie and a sandwich cookie. The sandwich cookie was two large cookies smashed together by a thick layer of mock cream cheese type frosting. It

brownie gluten free dairy free disney Erin Mckenna

was amazing! Again, the textures are so good here! It is tricky with gluten free dairy free baking to pull of that chocolate chip cookies chew, but they have mastered it. No one will know this is a gluten free dairy free cookie! I even loved the frosting filling with it’s hint of sourness, which was likely a coconut product that I was tasting. What a fun combination and a definite repeat for future visit!

Kiddo got the mocha brownie, which is always a nice treat.

The verdict is that you can’t go wrong with a stop at Erin McKenna’s gluten free dairy free soy free bakery. I always find something new to try! They even had pineapple upside down cake, but I just wasn’t hungry enough to commit to that this trip. Maybe next time!

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 […]

ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY NYC DISNEY SNACK DESSERT

ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY NYC DISNEY SNACK DESSERT

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!

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 […]

Erin Mckenna inspired Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe GF CF

Erin Mckenna inspired Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe GF CF

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, […]

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

Gluten free and dairy free dining experiences over the years at Downtown Disney and now Disney Springs.

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 […]

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!

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 […]

Raglan Road Disney Springs Lunch

Raglan Road Disney Springs Lunch

No reservation needed, we were able to stop in for lunch. While they did not have a gluten free menu, they did have gluten free fish and chips on their menu. We did not order this, and instead I ordered a safe meal of boiled potatoes, steamed broccoli, and chicken. Once again, the chefs were hesitant to send out aioli that was meant to come with the chicken. Though aioli is typically dairy free, they were unsure and they brought a pesto sauce instead. The pesto was a simple oil and basil blend that worked nicely. My daughter ordered her usual, which is a gluten free burger and vegetables. We all enjoyed our meal.