Aulani ‘Ama’Ama food allergy review

Posted on : 12-12-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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Aulani 'Ama'Ama breakfast Mickey waffles

This is a more formal table service restaurant, with a dress code.  We ate here several times throughout our trip and experienced excellent allergy service from the chefs.  My allergies were noted on every reservation, they put a bright red ‘ALLERGY’ stamp on our reservation ticket when we arrived, and the chefs took my orders on their little yellow special diets notepads and pink allergy tickets.

This quick review was provided by Jennifer, who is allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, potato, wheat, and sorghum, is dairy intolerant and has a vegan preference.

My meals usually had allergy flags in it when it came out and the server would then recite what the dish was and my allergy list (or most of it) before placing the food in front of me.  One server even had a son with multiple food allergies, including potato, and we chatted for a bit about food allergies.  Everyone was very quick to check ingredients if I had any questions (like the thinly shaved radish that looked like cheese on my salad one day.)

Breakfast: They have a dedicated Mickey waffle maker here, just like at Makahiki, with the same waffle mix.  Since that’s my favourite breakfast at Disney, why try anything else?  (Nothing else looked safe or interesting, anyway.)  After the chef brought out photos of the waffle mix ingredients for me to check, and confirmed everything, I had a large plate of waffles, warmed maple syrup, and a side plate of fruit for breakfast.Food allergy friend lunch at Disney Aulani  Yum!  The chef at Makahiki had a better presentation for breakfast, but that is likely due to that particular chef being more creative than the one I had at ‘AMA’AMA that morning.
Lunch: We had two lunches here.  They have both an allergy menu and a vegetarian menu you can have on request.  Upon speaking with the chef, we were able to make options on the vegetarian menu safe for my allergies.  Both days I opted for a salad and a pan-fried tofu dish, though different variations each day.  They don’t have beans in either kitchen… so tofu it was.  No safe desserts except fruit, which we skipped in favour if shave ice later in the afternoon.

Aulani 'Ama'Ama pan fried tofu lunch

Dinner: We actually canceled another lunch reservation to eat a second dinner here.  This is a beautiful location to watch the sunset over the beach whilst you dine.  The dress code and atmosphere are a little more refined at dinner time, which we appreciated.  After all, we never eat out at home (due to allergies) and don’t get to dress up often outside of vacation.  They have both a vegetarian and allergy menu at dinner as well.  The chefs again were able to make something from the vegetarian menu safe for me.  One night it was a stir-fried vegetable dish and the other was a quinoa salad.  I loved their salads and papaya seed vinaigrette – which was good on salad, vegetables, and tofu.  The only safe dessert option was fruit, and we usually skipped it for a treat in our room instead.Disney Aulani 'Ama'Ama quinoa salad

Disney Aulani food allergy friendly dinner options

Aulani Makahiki food allergy review

Posted on : 12-12-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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Mickey waffles at Aulani Makahiki

This is the buffet-style restaurant, often used for character meals. We dined here for one character breakfast and one character dinner. We enjoyed the story and theming of dinner, even without kids. Uncle told the story of the Menehune, mythical creatures that build things at night and also create mischief. The breakfast seemed really random and loud for us, but Aunty was engaging the younger kids often, so it may have been more fun for kids than adults alone. Each meal had one character greeting at the entrance and three or four characters wandering around to meet guests.
This quick review was provided by Jennifer, who is allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, potato, wheat, and sorghum, is dairy intolerant and has a vegan preference.
Our two most memorable meals were at this restaurant, actually. Whether that was because the kitchen had more resources or we just lucked out with exceptional chefs, I don’t know; likely a little of both.
Per usual, we spoke with the chefs on arrival.  Never was I told to look at the buffet, though one chef mentioned they didn’t use any peanuts or tree nuts at the breakfast buffet.  (I didn’t ask about traces since it didn’t apply to me.  And I would never recommend anyone with food allergies eat from a buffet, regardless.)  My allergies were noted on every reservation, they put a bright red ‘ALLERGY’ stamp on our reservation ticket when we arrived, and the chefs took my orders on their little yellow special diets notepads and pink allergy tickets.  My meals usually came out with allergy toothpicks in it.

Great chefs at Aulani - food allergy knowledgeable

Character Breakfast: The chef asked me what I wanted to eat for breakfast, and what I normally eat at home.  Originally, I said I eat oatmeal for breakfast at home, and the chef said he could make me some… but then I mentioned how most traditional oatmeal isn’t safe due to traces of wheat.  I was initially uncomfortable with this chef as a result of that confusion, which I partially caused, but the situation quickly turned around when I mentioned Mickey waffles and fruit and he came back with photos of all the ingredients and told me how they are made in a dedicated waffle maker, in a dedicated area of the kitchen to prevent cross-contact.  Even the fruit for my meal was prepared separately and fresh to ensure it was safe.  The waffles came with powdered sugar, small sealed jars of pure maple syrup, and a heaping plate of tropical fruits.  The chef cleared all ingredients with me before placing the order.  The waffles were the best I’ve ever had and the fruit was fresh and flavourful.
At the end of breakfast, when I could barely eat another bite, the chef came out with a beautiful anniversary ‘cake’ made from fruit.  He said that because I couldn’t have the normal anniversary cake that he wanted to do something special, and fruit was the only guaranteed safe option.  The ‘cake’ was like a piece of art… I didn’t want to eat it… but I did.  Well, part of it; I was too full to eat it all.  My husband got the regular anniversary chocolate mousse/lava cake.

Food allergy-free dessert at Aulani Makahiki

Character Dinner: Again, the chef came out to ask what I wanted to eat.  I had spoken with this chef before and he already knew my preferences, but he wanted to make something different.  He asked if coconut was safe for me, which it is (in most cases), and made a light and flavourful tofu and vegetable dish with a coconut-lime-ginger dressing.  I should have asked for the coconut sauce recipe – it was that good.  I also had salad and a tropical fruit bowl for dessert.  Again, the chef mentioned how my meal would be made by him in fresh pans with fresh utensils to make sure it was safe and free from cross contact.  That reassurance and attention to detail is much appreciated.

The Polite Pig allergy menu – Disney Springs

Posted on : 17-07-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Quick Review, Review

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The Polite Pig is a quick service BBQ restaurant in Disney Springs. Along with a great section of BBQ, sauces and beer, they have a food allergy menu.

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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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Dole Whip! Dairy-free and available in many places

Posted on : 12-03-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Fun, News

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Dole Whip - Not dairy-freeOne of the most popular treats at Disney World is the Dole Whip soft serve. A few years ago, we posted about the change in formula, making it dairy-free, but with a cross-contamination risk. However, a couple of years ago, Disney World made the pineapple soft serve the exclusive offering at Aloha Isle, then made the Dole Whip available in several other locations. So, we thought it was time for an update, since our previous posts are still top pages on our website.

While the Dole Whip is now free of most of the top 8 food allergens, it does contain coconut oil and carries a warning for tree nuts. Check ingredients at the Precision Foods website and also, verify with the Cast Member and ask to see the ingredients in their Food Allergy Book.

Where to find Dole Whip at Disney World

Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom at Aloha Isle. However, Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace swapped places, due to the demand of the Dole Whip. Aloha Isle is now located near the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and the Tiki Room.

Dole Whip at Animal Kingdom

In Animal Kingdom, in Africa at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. Here, you’ll find the classic Dole Whip and two varieties with rum.
Check out the Tamu Tamu menu

Dole Whip at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

At Disney’s Polynesian Resort, at the Pineapple Lanai on the way to the pool. Keep in mind, the Dole Whip served here includes the vanilla flavor, which opens up the possibility for cross-contamination. However, make the Cast Member aware of your allergy and they will take extra caution to avoid cross-contamination. If the Cast Member is unsure, ask for a manager. We found out that some Cast Members haven’t taken the training for food allergies. Those that have, are able to serve it safely, reducing the chances of cross-contamination. 

Pineapple Lanai menu

Dole Whips at Captain Cooks are self-serveYou can also find a Dole Whip dispenser in Captain Cooks, the quick service restaurant. It’s a self service dispenser, so there could be a cross-contamination risk from other patrons.

Also, around the corner at the outdoor Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar, you can find Dole Whips with rum, again.

Dole Whip at Disney Springs

Update! You can now get Dole Whip at Marketplace Snacks. Be aware, the dispenser also has the vanilla soft serve. So, there is a cross-contamination possibility. We spoke to the Cast Member who informed us that they do not follow the same process as the Pinapple Lenai, and sometimes switch the mixers containing the pineapple and vanilla mixes.  Maybe this will change in the future. 

Dole Whip in Disney Springs

Dole Whip at Epcot

Occasionally, you can find Dole Whip at Epcot during festivals, like the Food and Wine Festival, at a kiosk near Canada.

If you spot a Dole Whip at some other location, please let us know!

D-Luxe Burger gluten-free review

Posted on : 06-03-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Bill, whose wife avoids gluten.

My wife has celiac disease, we ate here last week.(Feb 2017) she had her burger with a lettuce wrap. The fries and all the dipping sauces are gf. We had a great meal and the food was delicious and the staff very informed and helpful. Would highly recommend.

Recommend D-Luxe Burger for gluten free?: Yes
 

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Raglan Road at Disney Springs gluten-free review

Posted on : 06-03-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Bill, whose wife avoids gluten.

A quick review is really not sufficient for this venue. My wife has celiac. This is not our first time here but we cannot say enough about our February 2017 visit. My wife was ecstatic to get gluten-free onion rings AND French fries. She got a steak salad that she says was absolutely delicious. Every employee of this restaurant was informed and educated on her needs. Our hostess made sure our waitress Lindsey knew of our needs, she thoroughly went through all of our options. Her manager John also looked in and asked if we wanted a chef to come out. Again not our first time there and knew the chefs are all informed. We give this restaurant 5 chef hats and will go back again. We highly recommend it to anyone.

Oh yeah, the dancers, the musicians, the drinks are all out of this world too!

Thanks for a great night, we are already looking forward to our next visit.

Recommend Bill for gluten free?: Yes

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Wolfgang Puck Cafe gluten-free review

Posted on : 06-03-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Bill, whose wife avoids gluten.

My wife has celiac disease, we ate here last week.(Feb 2017) was rather disappointed with our experience. My wife doesn’t eat fish which makes selections more difficult but the choices for a gluten free diner were really slim (she had the chicken) the staff did not seem to be very educated on our needs and while everything was edible nothing at this restaurant stood out as accommodating. Would not recommend this as a go-to place for dining.

Recommend Wolfgang Puck Cafe for gluten free?: No
 

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La Cantina de San Angel food allergy review

Posted on : 18-02-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Laura, whose daughter is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame.

cantina-san-angelThis is our go-to quick service place at Epcot. The food is exceptional and we have had countless meals here. We mention the girls allergies–peanuts, tree nuts and sesame every time and have been assured there are none of these allergens present.

My daughter is a guacamole addict and she loves to chow down on that with some of their homemade corn chips.

We also love the Chicken Cascabel –a tasty naked bowl of sorts with rice, beans and tasty tender chicken and SAUCE!! It’s always a winner.

A trip doesn’t go by without the Barbacoa Tacos. Can you say WOW? They are the best tacos on property in my opinion and you get a side of rice and beans with a trio of them. Quick, easy and super affordable. A favorite of everyone in our family.

We tend to avoid Mexican restaurants due to the presence of Mole (which is made with peanut butter) but there is no mole here–which makes it an excellent choice.La Cantina de San Angel with peanut, tree nut and sesame food allergies

We have also eaten the cheese empanadas and while they are good they don’t hold a candle to the Cascabel or the tacos. Same for Nachos–good and great to share among a group for a snack but I wouldn’t pass over the two mentioned above for them.

The best part: HOMEMADE CHURROS!! As all allergy parents know, finding safe dessert options are HARD. These are not your standard Disney churros –you get a basket of 6 (I think?) circular churros and a bowl of hot caramel sauce to dip . My girls favorite part of the meal!

We can’t recommend this place enough–it’s our favorite!

Recommend La Cantina de San Angel for peanuts, tree nuts and sesame food allergies?: Yes

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Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater lunch with egg and dairy allergies

Posted on : 20-01-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater with a food allergy

This quick review was provided Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg.

This was my daughter’s favourite meal all week. Chef Jason spoke directly to her and asked her what she wanted to eat. He prepared a gourmet safe burger with toppings of her choice- sautéed onions, pickles, lettuce and ketchup all on a safe bun served with fries and a glowing Ariel lemonade.

The waiter was also happy to serve both of the kids apple slices (listed as a dessert) as a starter, and they brought out a safe chocolate ice-cream sundae. She loved her meal here. There was one minor hiccup here…for some reason a busser/different waiter delivered a bowl of pickles and mayo to the table where she was sitting. Not sure if that is a standard delivery or was a mistake meant for another table, but in the dark it could have easily been missed or mistaken and accidentally consumed by my daughter if she was younger or less aware.

The darkness in this venue and the way the cars are set up (kids in front, parents in back) may be uncomfortable for some allergy parents, as it makes it more challenging to see and inspect the food being delivered and eaten.

Recommend Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater for dairy and egg free?: Yes

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