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StoryBook Dining Artist Point Gluten free Dairy Free

StoryBook Dining Artist Point Gluten free 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 […]

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, there were 2 of us and we went with the all you can enjoy breakfast. Mickey waffles, eggs, sausages and bacon. Good breakfast fare. The staff here is always fun and friendly, and we enjoy the antics at other tables (though we didn’t need catsup, ourselves).

We were served only a few Mickey waffles and no syrup was brought out, so we did have to request more, and this can take extra time depending on how busy the server is. I have noticed this seems to be a trend when ordering gluten free dairy free that the minimum amount of food has been coming out, and for 2 adults, we can guess that 3 Mickey waffles (as the star of the show) may not cut it, but the server did bring out more of what we asked for and we enjoyed our meal.

I can definitely recommend this stop for a fun, yummy breakfast or dinner. I prefer to come when I have time to enjoy looking around rather than before rushing to the park. I do miss Artist Point! It was one of our family favorite getaways from the hustle bustle!

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 […]

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 had to try it at least once!

Cooke’s of Dublin didn’t have long lines to order, but the wait was quite long. Even though there was only 1 person ahead of me to order, I waited about 30 minutes. There were many larger orders ahead of mine. That being said, I got a beautiful piece of white fish breaded in a rice flour champagne mixture, eliminating the gluten and dairy. The result was fantastic! The texture on this fish was near perfection. My only complaint was the overall flavor being quite bland. I recommend LOTS of lemon and salt with this fish.

The fries are fine. I am not excited over fries on a good day, and couldn’t get too worked up about them here, but the choices for those with gluten and dairy allergies are amazing. Most of the menu could be made safely, and they even had these giant cookies labeled gluten free!

I didn’t try the cookie, but I do recommend a stop at Cooke’s of Dublin. While we couldn’t find a table, we did notice many nice outdoor tables with heat lamps. This would be a lovely space to stop and enjoy a counter service meal at Disney Springs. I’m glad I tried something new!

gluten free cookie disney springs
This cookie is bigger than my hand!

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 […]

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 of cheese can be made dairy free by ordering without cheese.Pork taco frontera cocina disney gluten free

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!  Pork taco frontera cocina disney gluten free

 

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 […]

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

dole whip with rum

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!

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 […]

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.

Allergen Menu Artist Palate Saratoga Springs Resort Disney

I noticed on this trip that rather than have a chef come out at each meal, Disney has prepared menus for allergies at the restaurants and they like to have the server help guide you through the menu and offer the chef only if needed. So, I only saw a chef once on this trip, which is very different than previous trips. There are pluses and minuses to this change, which I’ll go into later, but for now, the breakfast…

The Bounty Platter had eggs, bacon, sausage, and Mickey Waffles! I was pretty excited to try it. The results…the eggs were delicious, but hit and miss each day. The sausage was also delicious. I didn’t eat the bacon, but it looked fine. The waffles, however, were a major disappointment. Now, I have been cooking gluten free dairy free for 10+ years and I can make a half dozen different recipes of waffles that are better than these!? I don’t get it?! The inside has the bizarre texture that is somehow elastic and raw like all at the same time. Gross. I passed on these. My teen ate them, smothered in syrup, and didn’t seem to mind, but I prefer a closer to waffle texture, so that was the last time I ordered those.

gluten free dairy free snacks

When using the dining plan, you have a meal and a snack included. The store had plenty of gluten free dairy free snacks available, as you can see here.  BUT this is where I get grumpy again. All the brownies and cookies have dairy! In 2007-2009, Disney provided French Meadow Bakery cookies and brownies that were gluten AND dairy free. Before that, they had some products that were both gluten and dairy free by Divvie’s. Now, if you are unfortunate enough to have a gluten AND dairy allergy…you get Enjoy Life Foods. Blah. The most blah of all gluten free dairy free options. I’m glad they exist, but they are so boring!!! I can bake SO much better at home, and there are so many other companies out there that do much better as well. Considering the AMAZING desserts my group ate all week, I was disappointed with my ongoing deluge of Enjoy Life Food cookies, overly sweet chocolates, and toffuti/rice dream.  The allergies ARE an important part of why we traveled to Disney in the first place, so I hope they can turn that around a little bit, moving forward. Still, you can see they had the usual chips, popcorns, food bars, plus granolas, nuts, and fruits. You won’t go hungry!

disney flourless chocolate cakeNow my kid, who is not allergic to dairy, got an omelette with seasoned potatoes and a flourless chocolate cake as her snack side item. Um, that looks a LOT better than an enjoy life food cookie (grumble grumble). It was a much loved dessert for breakfast and the rest of the breakfast food was considered good and as expected. All in all, we enjoyed the ease of ordering and quick service here. The staff at the registers were all very helpful and friendly in explaining how the Disney dining plan worked, as well. I recommend it!

Tokyo Dining Epcot Dinner

Tokyo Dining Epcot Dinner

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 […]

Disney Resorts

Disney Resorts

Some of our favorite gluten free dairy free meals have been enjoyed at the resorts of Walt Disney World. Here is an assortment for you to peruse!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

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

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 […]

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 an early lunch, at opening, and sat on the outdoor boat section which provided a beautiful view of the water and the car boats launching next door. I ordered the BLT  on a gluten free Udi’s style pizza crust and my child ordered the sliders. I LOVED my shrimp dish with delightful pesto style sauce. So good! A little difficult to eat with the crust, but worth the effort as it was such a treat. It was my favorite meal of the trip. My kids both had the burgers and neither of them were very excited about them. They ate them, but didn’t love it. But the thing that they all loved was the view and the theme. It’s a great lunch spot!

hanger bar disney springs gluten free dairy free lunch

The Plaza Dinner

The Plaza Dinner

Our first ever visit to the Plaza on Main Street started off with a bit of frustration. The staff who handled check in that day didn’t seem well trained as to what they were doing and there was an excessive amount of confusion. This was […]

The Writer’s Stop Dessert

The Writer’s Stop Dessert

I ducked in to grab my husband a coffee while he rode Star Tours for the 3rd time, with the kids. I asked if they had anything gluten free this time, and they did. They had a Mickey Mouse shaped macaroon in bright green or […]

Main Street Bakery

Main Street Bakery

I’m sure you’re wondering how we could possibly eat more food, but while waiting for the parade, I ran and got root beer floats from the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor. We love these toffuti root beer floats and they are a bit of a tradition on our Magic Kingdom visits. It is probably the only time I actually eat a root beer float, so it was quite the treat.

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 […]

Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest

 Well, we braved the pre order option and used the filters to choose our Wheat Free Dairy free foods. We found out that if you do this, a chef will not be offered. They will just let you seat yourself and your food comes out. We were OK with this, but if you don’t think you’ll like that option, then you probably shouldn’t pre-order. We found the system a little confusing because no one explained how it would work (no one said, go get a drink, or we’ll find you, or you’ve already paid).  But I was able to ask a very friendly cast member and we figured it out.

My husband was not excited about the system of ordering and he was already determined to dislike the meal. To his surprise it was his favorite of the trip. My daughter agreed that the pork roast was delicious! She absolutely loved her lunch and she proclaimed the green beans and potatoes were also very tasty.  I chose the quinoa cake and salad, because I knew I would want a lighter lunch option.  It was also quite good, but I only ate about half of it after such a huge breakfast. I was grateful I ordered light. The quinoa cake was well seasoned and the beat cubes on top were delightful. The olives chopped into the salad greens were a nice touch.

Now, my daughter has always wanted to try a French Onion Soup, but we have never found one gluten free and dairy free. When you order the soup with the wheat filter, it gives you the option to eat the French Onion Soup without the bread crumb and cheese topping. This was confirmed on our receipt, so when I saw all the cheese, I sent it back. They brought out a second batch without any cheese and they explained that they did make it gluten free, but they left the safe cheese on for my daughter.  It was not clearly labeled this way in ordering, so that was a bit confusing, and she ended up eating the cheese free version (which her tummy appreciated). She loved it, and she was so happy to have tried French Onion Soup, at last.

 The soup and entree were the stars of the show. My daughter was disappointed with the gluten free cream puff.  She said the dough was very hard (rock like) and that the lemon filling was incredibly tart, which she did not enjoy. As it turns out, a scoop of rice dream would have been a better choice for her, but it was fun to try something new.  I ordered the only dairy free option I could find, which was a sorbet. I chose the lemon sorbet, but it was bitterly tart. I ate a little, but left the rest behind. While Be Our Guest has mastered the lunch entrees, they have a room for improvement in the world of gluten free dairy free dessert offerings. We are still disappointed that the French Meadow Bakery items are no longer offered on property, or the babycakes (Erin McKenna)  in a restaurant like this. I did ask, via email, the Special Diet department if there were any other options for us, but they did not get back with an answer. So, this is what it is. We didn’t walk away hungry and we had a wonderful, and quick, lunch experience.