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.

Aulani review with multiple food allergies

Posted on : 21-11-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Quick Review, Review

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Jennifer and Kyle at Aulani with food allergies

Special diets: allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, potato, wheat, and sorghum; dairy intolerance; vegan preference

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

AULANI, in general: The food at Aulani is simple, based mostly on Hawaiian and Japanese cuisine.  There are only two small table service restaurants.  As such, options here can be somewhat limited, depending on your allergies.  For picky eaters and people with long allergy and special diet lists like mine, there aren’t many options, but the chefs are fantastic at coming up with creative menus and new ideas to provide safe and pleasing meals.  The chefs provide the same high-end allergy service you expect from Disney, though they have fewer ingredients to work with.  We were very satisfied with the food service, overall.

The chefs circulate between both restaurants, so you will begin to see familiar faces in both places if you go back often. We had one particular (and very good) chef three times: once at Makahiki and twice at ‘AMA’AMA.

The main gift shop sells a small selection of ‘Snacks with Character’, which are allergy-friendly treats, but not all top-10-free.  Some were Enjoy Life treats.  Be sure to check the labels on every item, every time!

The chef we spoke with before our visit told us that the only safe places for me to eat would be Makahiki, ‘AMA’AMA, and the shave ice stand.  The quick service locations and luau wouldn’t be able to accommodate my allergy list.

Studio rooms have a kitchenette that is great for preparing simple meals.  You can also request a rice cooker to use in your room.  For the two of us, this combination of microwave, fridge, and rice cooker, with a heavy dose of creativity, kept us well fed outside of our dining reservations. Villas have a full kitchen with range.  Grocery stores are within a five minute drive to Kapolei: Costco, Walmart, Target, and Down to Earth natural food store (with plenty of allergy-friendly brands) are all there – plus more, I’m sure.

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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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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Be Our Guest dining with a peanut and tree nut allergy

Posted on : 10-09-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Katie, is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

Be Our Guest restaurantI had an awesome experience here! I went for the quick service lunch, and ordered the carved turkey sandwich. I ensured that the cast member was aware of my allergies, as you should as well, should you dine here, as the food may come out before you meet the server, which is what happened to me.

I also had ordered a masters cupcake. A leader and the server brought out my food, and the only difference in the food from the non allergy food was the cupcake didn’t have the pearl type decorations on top, and the sandwich wasn’t served on the baguette. Instead of the baguette I got two sandwiches on a different bread.

Very good experience!

Recommend Be Our Guest for a peanut or tree nut allergy?: Yes

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Be Our Guest restaurant multiple food allergy review

Posted on : 12-07-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Taylor, who is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, dairy, and soy.

Be Our Guest dining with food allergiesI was very excited to dine at Be Our Guest, as this restaurant wasn’t open yet when I was last in Disney. Unfortunately, due to my allergies, I was too scared about eating at a QS restaurant so I opted to dine here for dinner early one evening.

The chef came out, per my request, and went over my options. For appetizer, I decided on the onion soup without cheese or croutons (Chef seemed somewhat unsure, so I just opted out). It was very delicious! It reminded me of the onion soup I used to eat back in the day, pre-allergy. For dinner, I opted for the skirt steak with roasted fingerling potatoes. It was very delicious and flavorful!

Unfortunately, my dessert options were limited to sorbet, enjoy life cookies (just the boring chocolate chip ones), and rice dream. I wasn’t too fond of any of the options, so I took the cookies for the go.

Overall, it was a very delicious meal and I most certainly will be back!

Recommend Be Our Guest for peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, dairy, and soy food allergies?: Yes

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Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue with multiple food allergies

Posted on : 08-07-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Taylor, who is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, dairy, and soy.

Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue with multiple food allergiesAlthough I am usually very apprehensive with pre-fixe menus given my allergies, I decided to give Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue a try since it got great reviews. When my waiter got to the table, I immediately informed him of my food allergies and he called over Chef TJ. Chef TJ made me a modified version of the what was served to everyone else (fried chicken, ribs (no sauce), corn, and baked potato). For dessert, chef TJ made me one of his special concoctions. I was literally stuffed from dinner so I didn’t eat much of the dessert. Overall, this was an amazing experience. Disney is truly a magic place, especially for those with food allergies!

Recommend Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue for peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, dairy, and soy.?: Yes

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Food allergy-free breakfast and lunch at Everything Pop

Posted on : 15-03-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Review

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We stayed at the Pop Century during our trip in February. On the morning we were planning to visit Hollywood Studios, we grabbed a quick breakfast at Everything Pop, the quick service restaurant. We asked for a chef over by the grill area and, a few minutes later, we met Chef Jesus. Charlotte told him about her dairy, peanut and tree nut allergies, and requested bacon, scrambled eggs, and pancakes. Chef Jesus said it was no problem, then gave us a pager and a payment slip. This gave me time to get something for myself, then make our way over to the cashier and find a table. As we sat down, our pager went off and we met Chef Jesus back at the kitchen. Charlotte loved the breakfast, eating most of it. Then we took off to Hollywood Studios in time for the gate opening and flew over to sign up for the Jedi training.

On our final day at Disney World, we decided to stop into Everything Pop for one more safe meal before hitting the road. Following the same steps to request a chef, we met Chef Heather. This time, after explain her food allergies, she requested grilled chicken and fries. And Chef Heather delivered! Charlotte said it was one of the best meals she had on this trip. Afterwards, she had a few small cupcakes from Erin McKenna’s Bakery, which is also available at Everything Pop!