Portobello food allergy review

Posted on : 04-04-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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Food allergy free dining at Portobello

This food allergy review was provided by Laurie, who is sensitive to gluten and soy.

The red tiled roof on the stone siding on the tower looks more like a high end Southern California home than an Italian restaurant. I drove my mobility scooter through the double doors thanks to an employee opening the door. After being warmly greeted by the staff I took in the lobby’s decor. Along the wall are cases with various platters and other service pieces. I was quickly seated in the main dining area. I like that the lights are dim but still bright enough to read the menu and see the Italian theme. Finally I see an Italian theme of brick arches, electric candle wall sconces, bric brac, and wooden partitions that divide the restaurant into more private seating areas with tablecloth covered tables that have paper covering. Guests who want privacy should tell their seater that they need privacy before being seated.

I was told that the chef would be out shortly so I headed to the beautiful bathroom with hot and cold water faucets. It is nice to see marble and hot water in a bathroom. I came back to find Orlando the chef waiting for me. He walked me through the menu and around my restrictions of no wheat/gluten and no soy. I was not going to do the Tuscan bean soup because I am not a fan of bean soup. The waitress brought out an orange bowl of soup with a small slice of cheese. This is one of the best soups I have ever. There were good pungent notes of herbs and tomatoes, tiny bits of ground meat, ground beans, white cheese to sooth the mildly spicy burn of the soup, onion bits, and carrot bits. The dish can be made free of most top allergies. I like best that the beans were smashed to bits thus not overpowering this hearty homestyle soup. Next came a cart with a big white porcelain charger with a cute little cast iron pan. The waitress set the pan on fire then she squeezed lemon juice on the pan then served me the Shrimp Sambuca. In the pan was tender small potato wheels topped garlic and 4 perfectly cooked shrimp. The dish was baked in a wood oven. I loved the potatoes that tasted like home fries and that the shrimp were veined with tails on. Another perfect dish suggested by the chef.

Finally comes the star dishes. I chose the Penne Bolognose in an orange tomato basil sauce using rice penne pasta. The bowl was huge and filled with rice pasta cooked perfectly then topped with Bolognose sauce and fresh parmesan cheese. This is a huge bowl of pasta. It is hard to make a large serving of rice pasta perfectly but this is something I would go back again to eat. The sauce is similar to Mario Batali type of sauce with a bright orange hue that for some folks may seem strange. The meatballs were a good size but did not have onion bits and it seems that even the little bits of meat was just that, meat. It is a hearty dish that is very mild in spices and nuance.

I like to take home food for breakfast the next day so I ordered the duck leg This is not presented as duck confit but more of a roast that is braised apple cider and dried cherries for over 3 hours. The slow cooking imparts subtle flavors to the duck leg that actually is the thigh and leg not just a drumstick. It reminds me of the carnitas and carne asada that are slow roasted. The meat left me wanting a few more orders. Being a whole thigh and leg meant some skin and fat that I did not eat. I took this home for midnight snack. The duck was so flavorful yet I could not name one note other than cherry sauce and duck, it was a medley of herbs and spices that made for a harmonic entree, OMG this was AWESOME!! The polenta is good but it is not as fine grained as at The Wave. There are kernels of corn that added a nice change in the mouth feel that one gets from nonstop polenta. The one major flaw was that the polenta was sitting under grease dripping duck leg and a pool of cherry whatever sauce. Some people love potatoes or polenta under their meat to sop up the meat juices but the pool of sauce was soaking into the polenta. I think if I ordered this again I would order the polenta on the side.

The grand finale was a Panna Cotta that hit me with pure cream smoothness and a POW of vanilla, the berries and sauce are delicious alone but here they are kazoo players playing in the philharmonic. The service was spotless and the table was kept free of dirty dishes while the tea glass was kept filled. They brought out the bill and took my Tables in Wonderland card. I loved Orlando and the staff that made this one of my more memorable meals. Orlando and the Portobello staff can handle most dietary requests. There is an outdoor dining area and staff will try hard to meet special requests such as a semi-private area for an autistic guest or a table for a guest in a wheelchair. There is an outdoor patio for watching the DTD waterfront comings and goings.

Recommend for gluten and soy: Yes

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Biergarten Restaurant gluten free quick review

Posted on : 03-04-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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Food allergies at Biergarten Restaurant

This quick review was provided by Bill, whose wife has Celiac disorder.

Once again, we talked to our waitress and the chef came out and took my wife to the buffet tables and explained all that she could eat. Great experience, we will go back on our next trip. Thanks for the good time Disney!

Recommend for gluten free: Yes

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Olivia’s Cafe in Old Key West Resort – food allergy quick review

Posted on : 03-04-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Bill, whose wife has Celiac disorder.

Gluten-free dining at Olivia's Cafe in Disney's Old Key West resortMy wife has Celiac disorder and thus must have a gluten free menu. The service staff at Olivia’s could not have been any more helpful.The chef on each of our visits made a visit to our table and explained her options. Each of our meals brought tears to Maryann’s eyes as she had foods such as pancakes and waffles. Gluten-free Sandwich rolls were also part of her lunch menu. Keep up the great work Olivia’s we will be back soon! Thanks for making our vacation special!

Recommend for gluten free: 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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Flame Tree BBQ gluten free guest review

Posted on : 16-01-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Heather, who is allergic to gluten.

Flame Tree BBQ with a food allergyWe loved our dinner at Flame Tree. We informed the cashier of our gluten allergy and she immediately sent over the manager. The manager was friendly and immediately brought out the ingredient book. My husband and youngest son are on a strict gluten free diet due to Celiac Disease. My husband ordered the ribs and beans and he ordered the gluten free brownie (OMG brand) for dessert. They gave my son a plate of Grilled Chicken. He was given two chicken legs, a package of grapes and allergy safe French fries that were cooked in a dedicated gluten free fryer. He had the gluten free chocolate chip cookie (Enjoy Life Foods brand) for dessert. It was a delicious meal, and one we look forward to again.

Recommend for gluten: Yes

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Disneyland – Wine Country Trattoria food allergy review

Posted on : 26-08-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Mariah, who is allergic to beef, yeast, shellfish, wheat, egg yolk, and pasteurized milk.

Disneyland's Wine Country Trattoria

Chef Frances Vogt is amazing! I always enjoy having her create something new for me to enjoy everytime I’m at the Disneyland Resort. She makes it fun and is able to create new things off menu to work around all my allergies and sensitivities.

Recommend for beef, yeast, shellfish, wheat, egg yolk and/or pasteurized milk: Yes

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Disney Cruise with a food allergy-free cake

Posted on : 13-08-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Fun

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We have a tradition of buying our daughter a dairy free cake when we go to Disney World. We usually have it delivered to one of the dining events, like Cinderella’s Round Table or 1900 Park Fare. And we have it delivered early in our trip, so she can snack on it throughout the trip.

Fortunately, we can have one delivered while we’re on our Disney Cruise, too. They’re not cheap at $49. But it really adds to the experience, since it’s not often she has a dairy-free cake that wasn’t prepared by Mom. They’re also available gluten-free, nut-free and sugar-free, too.

Order a food allergy free cake for your Disney Cruise

The information, including the order form, is here: http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/planning-center/gifts-and-amenities/

We’re looking forward to trying this. If you’ve ever had the DCL dairy-free cake, or any of the other cakes, let us know what you thought, in the comments, below.

Chefs de France with gluten and soy

Posted on : 06-08-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Ann, who is allergic to gluten and soy, and has a vegetarian diet.

Before we we were diagnosed with being gluten and soy sensitive, we enjoyed many a meal at Les Chefs de France. Unfortunately, this most recent experience in September 2011 was the worst allergy experience I have ever had on WDW Property.

The chef was less-than-happy to come out to talk to us about our needs. He turned his nose up to our allergies and said “well, I’ll just make you a plate of sauteed vegetables”. Ok, that sounds great, we love vegetables!! The waitress brought out some Ener-G rolls, hot and wonderful, with real butter. Chefs de France gluten and soy free plateThey tied us over until we got our meal. What we were served was a blob of spinach, half of a boiled peeled potato, half of a boiled tomato, and some green beans. No salt, no pepper, no oil, no nothing. And we were charged almost $20 per person for this.

Unfortunately, we will not be going back, and I’m saddened to say that I have heard others with equally bad allergy experiences at this restaurant. I called Disney and complained about our experience, and the Cast Member I talked to couldn’t believe it, and apologized for our poor experience, but was grateful that I took the time to share my concerns.

Recommend for gluten and soy: No

Disneyland Rancho del Zocalo review

Posted on : 23-03-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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We are so excited to have Karen provide this guest review of her gluten free dining experiences at Disneyland.

The Happiest Place on Earth just got a little happier, because Disneyland serves gluten free food! It’s true! At Rancho del Zocalo, a quaint Spanish-style restaurant near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, I spoke with the chef, and she instructed the cooking staff how to prepare my gluten free meal. I enjoyed an enchilada for the first time in a long time! Delicioso!

Gluten free at Rancho del Zocalo in DisneylandMexican food isn’t the only thing that’s gluten free at Disneyland, though. Apparently, they offer gluten free pizza at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland and many other items throughout the park! In fact, I ordered an ice cream at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street, U.S.A., and the staff turned into the enchanted servants from Beauty and the Beast, washing ice cream scoops and opening new tubs of “non contaminated” ice cream to ensure a gluten free experience!

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor - gluten freeNow, if only New Orleans Square could come up with a gluten free sourdough bowl with gluten free clam chowder, it really would be the place where dreams come true!=)

For more gluten free tidbits by Karen Pickrell, visit kareninreallife.com!=)

 


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