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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Lunch at Crystal Palace with mulitple food allergies

Posted on : 27-11-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Beth, whose daughter is allergic to dairy, egg, tree nuts, sesame, fish, and mustard.

Disney World's Crystal Palace with peanut and tree nut allergiesWe had lunch at the Crystal Palace and had a wonderful experience. My daughter has multiple food allergies – and she was only 3 at the time – so finding something for her to eat is never easy. We let the server know about her allergies, and very soon thereafter, the chef came to our table to show me what was safe at the buffet. There were a few options, but of course she wanted something they didn’t have, a hot dog with french fries. The chef immediately told me that was not a problem at all; he would just ask the nearest restaurant with those items to send them over. He said they did that all the time and was happy to do so for us.

We didn’t wait long at all, and she especially didn’t notice the wait because she was hugging all the characters. They brought her two hot dogs and a huge pile of french fries with a side of fruit. She was happy, and we all had a great time.

Recommend Crystal Palace for dairy, egg, tree nuts, sesame, fish, mustard food allergies?: Yes

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Disneyland with multiple food allergies

Posted on : 23-06-2015 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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Our good friend, and frequent contributor, Jennifer shares her experiences at Disneyland on her latest trip in February 2015. She and her Mum have multiple food allergies and severe intolerances.

Dietary Restrictions:
Jennifer – anaphylaxis to tree nuts and peanuts; severe dairy intolerance; vegan preference
Pat (my Mum) – anaphylaxis to sesame, peanuts, and peaches
Kyle: vegetarian/vegan preference

The bad news: Unfortunately, the ice cream shops and coffee shop are now contracted out to private companies and no longer offer allergy-friendly options. We were unable to find dairy-free ice cream for Kyle or safe cookies for me. 🙁

Tip: Order safe treats delivered to your hotel (the day or two before you arrive) and bring some with you into the parks each day. They sell fresh fruit at many carts throughout both parks – a safe snack. Or, there’s a Walmart close to the park that you can stop at for snacks to bring into the parks with you – we had bananas and apples, mostly because I am unfamiliar with what other snack items would be safe in America.

The good news: We had a reaction-free holiday at Disney! (Except one runny nose incident due to my own error – I didn’t realize a salad came with cheese on top, and didn’t mention the intolerance, so I picked around the cheese and still ended up with a horrible runny nose. We still don’t know if it’s an allergy or not but I avoid it either way.)

Food Allergy Reviews

WestJet (airline) – The travel agent marked my allergies on my ticket when booking our flights. Before boarding, I was paged to the gate to confirm my allergens and they made sure I had my auto injectors on my person. On the plane, the flight attendants asked me again to confirm my allergens, that I had my autoinjectors, and then asked whether I wanted a buffer zone or full plane announcement made. (On the flight home I was only given the option of a full plane announcement.) Announcements were made and all was good.

The Pizza Press (a restaurant just outside Disneyland in the Carousel Inn and Suites, on South Harbor Boulevard) – $10 for a pizza with unlimited toppings. All of their ingredients are fresh and prepared on site. The crusts do not have dairy. The pesto does not have nuts. They do not use any nuts, peanuts, or sesame on site. They change (latex) gloves between each order and will use both fresh toppings and supplies if you mention dairy intolerance. The staff were extremely allergy aware and fantastic! The pizza was pretty good too. (Those with anaphylaxis to dairy should use their own judgement as cross contact in a pizza shop is pretty high.)

Plaza Inn (character breakfast, Disneyland) – The chef came out to take orders for those with allergies. The selection was fairly limited but the chef brought out plates heaped with safe foods: Mickey waffles (contain dairy), bacon, sausage, fruit, potatoes, tomatoes. (Alas, their regular waffles contain dairy and their gluten-free waffles are made with a mix that may contain tree nuts and sesame.) Characters were abundant: Minnie, Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Max, Fairy Godmother, Hook, Rafiki. We had reservations for as soon as the restaurant opened for Early Magic Hour. Our 4-day park hopper included an early magic hour morning but we did not have to use it for this morning as those with breakfast reservations have a special entrance to the park. This let us use our early morning another day. Be sure to use the breakfast entrance if you have reservations! This is a very good option if you wish to visit characters without waiting in queues, as the characters come to you, interact with you, and you can have your photos taken (with your own camera).

PhotoPass+ – Absolutely recommend this!! We had 400+ photos in only 4 days. Order this online ahead of you trip (minimum 14 days before) to receive all of your character meal photos, ride photos, photographer photos, and stock photos on CD for $65 (I think). Best deal ever! If you wait until you get to the park, this same package is $100. Still worth it, but pre-ordering offers HUGE savings. (The character breakfast photos alone were $35, or free when included with the photo package.) We had our character breakfast on the first morning we were in the parks, when the photo shop was closed. The photographer at the restaurant was able to activate our PhotoPass+ package and give us our card to use for our stay. You can also merge PhotoPass cards together onto your PhotoPass+ account, so if your group separates you can still have all your photos together. DEFINITELY get this package, and do so 14+ days ahead of your trip!!

Allergy ingredient binders: Just like WDW, all food locations have binders with ingredients. Quick service locations can call a chef to answer any questions you may have (if one is not already on site.)

Cotton candy and turkey legs were safe for peanut and sesame allergies. (I was too anxious to try the cotton candy so I didn’t ask if it was safe for tree nuts or dairy, and I was assured the only two ingredients were sugar and food dye, but not sure about cross-contact risk.)

River Belle Terrace (Fantasmic! dinner package, Disneyland) – Per usual, the chef came to our table to discuss the menu options that would be safe for allergies. The food was just okay – similar to quick service food quality. The dining room was VERY noisy due to poor acoustics. It was difficult to enjoy a quiet meal there. The FastPass tickets for Fantastic! were well worth it, as the dining package guests have a reserved area front and centre with an amazing amount of room. We stretched out and had plenty of room to watch the show with clear line of sight. The best way to watch Fantastic!, for sure.

Blue Bayou (inside the Pirates of Caribbean ride, Disneyland) – Again, the chef came out to discuss our options. The food quality was excellent. The marinated mushroom with cous cous was safe for all allergens and special diets in our group. The bread was safe for sesame and peanut allergies – a rare treat for my mother!

Wine Country Trattoria (California Adventure) – We mentioned allergies and were immediately given allergy menus, listing the dishes that are safe for various allergens. Chef Sean came out to talk to us and review menu items, including some that weren’t on the safe list but turned out to be safe if the bread was left off (for instance). He spent a long time at our table and mentioned how he and another chef were in charge of menu development and stressed over the allergy menu, wondering whether it would be helpful and insisting that people with allergies talk to the chef, even after reviewing the menu in case something had changed. The chefs make allergy meals themselves and take extra care to prevent cross-contact with allergens. Chef Sean was amazing and the food we had was incredible!

Rancho Del Zocalo (quick service, Disneyland) – Hurray for Mexican food! Upon mentioning food allergies, the greeter went to get the chef for us to discuss safe options and make our meals. She was careful to review all the ingredients in each dish to make sure we were satisfied with what we ordered. The chef made our meals herself, the portions were very large, and the food was very good. I highly recommend this restaurant for guests with special diets – as well as the Mexican quick service restaurant in California Adventure. (We dined there several times on a previous trip.)

Steakhouse 55 (fine dining, table service, Disneyland Hotel) – Breakfast here is very reasonably priced, the portions are satisfying, and the service was impeccable! Once again, the chef came to our table to discuss the many options available. The chef and server came out several times to confirm every ingredient, verify preferences, and customize our order to meet every need and request. I highly recommend dining here for breakfast. We’ll definitely dine here on our next trip – frequently, if time permits.

Tip (not really a tip, but more of a critical instruction to follow to keep your sanity): GET TO THE PARK EARLY!!!! I know that’s a given with any Disney park, but the entrance area at Disneyland is really crowded from opening time until about two hours later. As in extremely crowded parking lot of people. It’s mad really. Just arrive 15-20 minutes before park opening and you’ll walk right in with little to no queue. (Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to get through bag check.) The entrance area is shared between the two parks, so it’s twice the amount of people in one small area that turns into a zoo of really long queues. No thanks.

Jennifer also recently visited Disney World and reviewed restaurants there, too. You may also want to read Jennifer’s Disney Cruise food allergy tips and her latest Disney Dream food allergy review, too.

Hollywood & Vine food allergy quick review

Posted on : 29-05-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Misc, Review

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This quick review was provided by Larry, whose son is allergic to milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, and sesame.

Hollywood & Vine with food allergiesI’m very surprised to read the review submitted by Gretchen about this restaurant. We were there back in November 2012 and my son is allergic to milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame. The chef made my son fresh pancakes and waffles, bacon, and fresh fruit. Maybe it all depends on what chef is on duty? Surprising because we’ve eaten at 10-15 different restaurants at Disney and none of them ever offered us
frozen waffles.

Recommend for milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, and sesame : Maybe

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ABC Commissary food allergy quick review

Posted on : 06-02-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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Dining at the ABC Commissary with food allergies

This quick review was provided by Meaghan, who is allergic to tree nuts, peanuts and sesame.

We ate here for lunch with our 2 allergic children. Spoke to a manager who was FANTASTIC! He prepared the kid’s meals. They were not so healthy (hah!) but they were safe 🙂

I was also very happy to find he Food allergy dining at the ABC Commissaryswapped out some of the sides for “Enjoy Life” brand cookies and grapes. SO GREAT they have these packaged items because most of the Disney packaged items are not safe.

Recommend for tree nuts, peanuts and sesame: Yes

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Everything Pop Dining multiple food allergy quick review

Posted on : 21-01-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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Dining at Everything Pop with multiple food allergies

This quick review was provided by Jaime, whose son is allergic to:barley, beef, tree nuts (cashews, almonds, etc), chicken, sweet potatoes, pork, soy, oat, milk, wheat, carrot, peanut, squash, turkey, sunflower, coconut, mustard, onion, seseme seed, lemon, and mushroom

My Mom and I took my son to stay at Pop Century when he was 4-yrs-old in Aug. 2011. We were there 4 nights on the dining plan. The chef called me several times before our trip to plan for my son who has over 20 allergies. Due to all of his allergies, there really isn’t much on most of the kid’s menus that he can eat safely. All the hotdogs, pizza, chicken, hamburgers, mac & cheese, pb&J are unsafe for him.

My son loved watermelon, so the chef ordered a watermelon for him to have during our stay. He used 3 out of the 4 quick service and most of his snack credits there. We are not early risers most days, so I decided that the best thing to do would go by Pop dining on our way to the bus and get his lunch to go. The chef prepared shrimp, watermelon, and allowed him to get Divvies popcorn as his dessert. He also got an orange juice as his drink. My son loved the Divvies popcorn so much that he choose that as most of his snack credits too. We are both sad that Divvies is no longer at WDW. I loved the plastic to-go plates the chef sent the food to-go in because they are reuseable. The chef was great to my son and he loved the food at Pop.

Recommend for multiple food allergies: Yes

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Cape May Cafe Clambake multiple food allergy quick review

Posted on : 20-01-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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Dining at Cape May with food allergies

This quick review was provided by Jaime, whose son has 20 food allergies: barley, beef, tree nuts (cashews, almonds, etc), chicken, sweet potatoes, pork, soy, oat, milk, wheat, carrot, peanut, squash, turkey, sunflower, coconut, mustard, onion, seseme seed, lemon, and mushroom

My son was 4-years-old when we ate there in Aug. 2011 at Cape May on the dining plan. He has over 20 allergies, but he can eat seafood.

The chef called me several times before our trip to plan for him. He wanted to make sure that my son had plenty of safe foods to eat that he would love. The chef offered to make a special rice milk flan for dessert.

We arrived before our ADR time, and waited for a few minutes before we were taken to a table. There was a tv with classic Disney cartoons on in the lobby while we waited. The table had paper on it, and my son loved being able to color on it while he waited for his food. The chef came to the table and walked me around the buffet to get some ideas of what he could prepare safely for my son. He brought him some fresh fish and veggies. My son ate over a bucket of clams and some crab legs too. He ate more there than any where else at Disney. I loved the crab legs, friend shrimp, red potatoes, Oreo Bon Bon, and Key Lime Tarts.

If you aren’t a seafood lover there is still plenty of food to enjoy like barbeque pork ribs, marinated roast chicken, pasta, mac and cheese, and beef tips. We all loved it so much that we are going back this summer!

Recommend for multiple food allergies: Yes

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Multiple food allergy vacation to Disney World – Guest Post

Posted on : 20-07-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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We are very fortunate to have a guest post by Kimberly, The Food Allergy Mom, about her recent trip to Disney. We are thrilled to share another family’s experience with food allergies at Disney. Thank you Kimberly, for this new perspective!

This summer my family and I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the very first time.  Now I know one family’s summer vacation isn’t all that remarkable in and of itself.  But, for this food allergy family, enjoying a summer vacation without having to pack any food is no small thing.  It’s HUGE!

My son has allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, and chickpea/garbanzo and I have dermatitis herpetiformis (a form of celiac) and am gluten-free.  Dinner is at our house is a challenge, much less an out of state vacation.  So, I won’t lie…I was a little nervous when my husband suggested we go to Walt Disney World (WDW).

Although I’m an organizer and planner by nature, my hubby steals that title from me when it comes to vacation planning.  He could moonlight as a travel agent and do pretty well for himself.  For this trip he tapped into all the usual resources:  travel guides, http://disneyworld.disney.go.com, http://allears.net, and dozens of other online resources.  Believe it or not, there is even a smart phone app complete with current ride wait times to help you better navigate the park.

Cinderella's Castle at the Magic KingdomFood allergy information for WDW wasn’t as easy to come by with the bulk of our information coming from WDW or online forums (what I would have given to have found Allergy Free Mouse before our trip).  When making our vacation reservations (we stayed at The Wilderness Lodge on park grounds), my husband let them know about our family’s multiple food allergies.  The WDW representative was extremely helpful in connecting us with dining services and was able to email us some basic information about eating inside the park.

Looking through all the information we collected, I was thrilled at the detailed gluten-free menu options available throughout the park and in Downtown Disney.  There is no question I would be eating well!  But I was slightly dismayed at the lack of other allergy specific menu options (think peanut, nut, dairy, and egg free) we were provided with before making the trip.

The only real nod to the other top seven allergens is a catch-all statement that promises WDW dining establishments employ highly trained culinary staff that will be able to provide families with safe meal options.  Now, for most food allergy moms, such a general statement strikes fear in our hearts.  What if we arrive depending on someone else to provide our family with a safe meal and there isn’t one to be had?  What if the restaurant isn’t really all that well versed in food allergies?  What if…what if…what if?

We can’t really help our cynicism, after all it’s what we rely on to protect our family.  With that said, we can’t become paralyzed by fear or rule out family activities just because they will take a great deal of research and planning.

Try this one on for size.  What IF your family has a safe vacation?  What IF your family has the best time ever?  What IF this is the family vacation of a lifetime?

The positive what if’s won me over and we had a fabulous, reaction-free, safe, fun, magical family vacation!  My nerves and skepticism couldn’t have been more misplaced.  When they say Walt Disney World is the happiest place on earth, they aren’t kidding!

We spent two days at the Magic Kingdom eating lunch and dinner on park grounds, a day at Hollywood Studios eating lunch on site, and a day at Epcot where we ate lunch and dinner.  Every single meal we ate accommodated both my son’s allergies and my own.  There was something for everyone…and not just apple slices and a soda.  We are talking gluten-free chicken fingers, peanut/nut/gluten-free brownies, gluten-free pizza, gluten-free hot dogs, peanut/nut-free chicken nuggets, peanut/nut/gluten-free cupcakes, and much much more.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about all of it again!

True to Disney’s word, there were highly trained culinary staff at every dining establishment (snack, counter, and table service).  They were very well versed in food allergies, knew exactly what accommodations needed to be made, and went out of their way to make our meals special.   I hope you’ll stop by The Food Allergy Mom blog (www.thefoodallergymom.wordpress.com) to read more specifics on our amazing dining adventures.

If you’re a family with food allergies and you want to take a magical vacation, Walt Disney World is a great place to start!  I’m so grateful to Allergy Free Mouse for creating such a valuable online resource for food allergy families!

So what are you waiting for?  Pack your bags, sprinkle the family with some pixie dust, and get ready for the time of your life!

Kimberly, The Food Allergy Mom

Kimbery, The Allergy Free Mom, has a wonderful blog dedicated to living a safe and happy allergy-free life. Please take the time to visit her at www.thefoodallergymom.wordpress.com.

 

Other food allergies

Posted on : 02-04-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

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Other food allergies: Corn, Sesame, Potato

For the latest information from Disney about corn-free options, visit this link.

For the latest information from Disney about vegan options, please visit this link.

For the latest information from Disney about kosher options, please visit this link.

These products CONTAIN allergens.

Corn – Breaded Country Fried Chicken Tenderloins, produced by Allergy Free Foods (706) 265-1317 website

Corn – Popcorn

Peanut – Popcorn (produced using peanut oil)

Sesame – Kinnikinnick products

 

These products are FREE of the listed allergens.

Corn – Namaste Pancake and Waffle Mix

Potato – Namaste Pancake and Waffle Mix

Potato – Enjoy Life

Sesame – Enjoy Life

Casein – Enjoy Life