Jiko Wanyama Safari with tree nuts

Posted on : 01-07-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Jack, whose daughter is allergic to cashews.

My wife, daughter and I had signed up for the afternoon Wanyama Safari. I specifically registered with Disney and at every restaurant, my daughter’s cashew allergy. Every place was awesome with one absolute MAJOR exception. This was Jiko. Before our trip I called and registered the fact that my daughter had a cashew allergy. I called the morning of our Safari and reminded them of my daughter’s allergy. I was assured that there would be no problem. Because of our other positive experiences with Disney being very good about allergies, I was lulled into a sense of security. As it happened, there was only one other couple that had signed up for the safari. I again, reminded the young lady who greeted us about my daughter’s cashew allergy.

Before the safari they set up a buffet of various finger foods. As is protocol for our family, I went in to the room where the food was presented to check it out. Sure enough there was a bowl of cashews set out. I was shocked by this. I am not exaggerating the redundancy of my checking in with Disney staff about my daughter’s allergy. We had a very near disaster on our hands. We brought this up to the staff and they did nothing. They did not even remove the cashews.

What really surprised me is the fact that I did not receive a response from Disney when I wrote to them about this issue. I do not expect Disney to change everything to suit a person with a cashew allergy. What I have a problem with is assuring me that I would
not have to worry when I did have to worry.

Recommend Jiko for tree nut free?: No

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Sanaa dining with dairy and egg allergies

Posted on : 02-07-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg. Read her full Disney World food allergy trip report here.

Sanaa dining with food allergiesThe kids loved this restaurant.  We ordered the allergy safe Naan and three dips including the hummus which our daughter ate with a spoon.  She loved the bread, we were okay with the bread (I personally would have preferred the regular Naan, but we wanted to keep things inclusive for the table.  For allergy free Naan it was delish!  A treat for gluten free folks for sure!

Our daughter really wanted curried lentils but they were not on the allergy kids menu.  No problem at all for her.  The chef was happy to make her the fish and give her sides of lentils and Israeli couscous. Kids were not a fan of the mango sorbet here (too sweet compared to what they are used to at home), but they picked it from a few options..so that was not for lack of choice.

Overall our daughter loved her meal here-she said it was her favourite non character meal.  We had a great window table.

Read the full Disney World food allergy trip report here.

Recommend Sanaa for dairy and egg free?: Yes

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Sanaa food allergy quick review

Posted on : 02-04-2014 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Dan, whose mate is allergic to tree nuts.

Dining tree nut free at Sanaa in Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeFor day three of my recent Disney trip, I convinced my companion to try eating at Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort. Given that he doesn’t like Indian food, this one was a challenge for both of us.

First up, I have to give major props to the chef who helped us here. I believe her name was Carroll. She was very sweet and understanding, considering that I was very high maintainance about my food.

One thing that I immediately liked about this restaurant is that they have special menus designed for nut allergy guests, showing what one can eat, while omitting everything else.

Indian food in restaurants scares me, because I know they often use nuts as thickeners, and because some of the ingredients are unfamiliar to me. I went with the safe option – tandoori chicken.

Though I was still armed with a boatload of questions. The chef presented me with a full list of all of the ingredients in the dish, and even checked some bottles to better answer my questions.

One ingredient that I was nervous about was Tanzanian olive oil. I’ve read some stories about olive oil being occasionally diluted with hazelnut nut oil overseas, so I had some worries with that item. The chef was very understanding and ended up making a special version of tandoori chicken for me using the ingredients that I was comfortable with.

The dish was very tasty, and in particular, the rice that came with it was amazing (I want their recipe for basmati rice!)

For dessert, there were three safe options – bamboo rice pudding, margo sorbet, and a fruit kulfi. They were also open to me getting the chai cream as well, though its not on the dessert menu proper (but part of a trio dish).

In the end, I opted to not eat dessert (I was full and didn’t really feel like experimenting any more for one night).

Also of note – my companion was able to get an Indian spice-free meal. He got the steak (minus the chutney it comes with) and potatoes. They
were really great about accommodating his culinary preferences as well.

Recommend for tree nuts: Yes

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Boma food allergy quick review

Posted on : 30-01-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Sheri, who is allergic to peanuts, cashews and pistachios.

Food allergy free dining at BomaThe chef came out and went over everything at the buffet that had nuts or peanuts in it, so my husband or I did not take anything with nuts. Then asked my son what his favorite foods were and told him that he would make him anything he wanted. They brought him chicken fingers, mac and cheese, fries and veggies. All prepared safe and separate. It was so great that they gave him a variety of things and made him feel like he was eating at the “buffet”, too! Then they made him a safe very special dessert!!

Recommend for peanuts, cashews and pistachios: Yes

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