May 17, 2015

Updates on Disney

Posted in Buffet, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , at 11:26 am by 1ElleofaWoman

I haven’t posted in a while but would like to add some updates based on a recent trip and comment on some announcements made by Disney.

 

Allergy Friendly MenusPancakes and Mickey Waffles

You may have already heard that Disney announced new allergy friendly menus that will roll out in the coming months. Each menu will list the allergen content for each food item, making informed choices easier. In many cases, it will eliminate the need to speak to the chef, which can take a while when the parks are busy.

You can still request to speak to the chef if you feel the need. The menus reflect the most common allergens so if you are dealing with allergies to things other than gluten/wheat, milk, peanut, tree nut and fish, you may want to speak to the chef. You may also want to speak to the chef if you are worried about cross contamination at a buffet and want to request that the chef make something special.

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December 11, 2011

Donald’s Dining Safari Breakfast at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom (Dining at Walt Disney World)

Posted in Buffet, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling at 9:00 am by 1ElleofaWoman

Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House is another breakfast buffet.  Donald and friends are decked out in their safari clothes when they come out to great you. We saw Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey.

The buffet had an eclectic selection of food. Read the rest of this entry »

December 4, 2011

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot (Dining at Walt Disney World)

Posted in Buffet, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , , at 9:00 am by 1ElleofaWoman

Breakfast is served family style at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

 Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, part of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, is one of two places inWDW where your little princess can dine with Disney Princesses.  Each table gets one free picture with Belle, which is a nice perk. The princesses we saw that day were Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty,  Ariel (Little Mermaid) and Cinderella.  Cinderella was a surprise for us because we thought she could only be seen in her castle. For those on the dining plan, the meal is only one sit-down meal credit. (Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom is two.)

Breakfast is served family style and each table is served  eggs, bacon, sausage and a potato dish. Read the rest of this entry »

November 26, 2011

Crystal Palace and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Dining at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom)

Posted in Buffet, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by 1ElleofaWoman

The Crystal Palace

The buffet at the Crystal Palace.

Like many Disney restaurants, the Crystal Palace  in the Magic Kingdom is both a buffet and a character dining experience (Winnie the Pooh and friends). Read the rest of this entry »

November 24, 2011

Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom (Dining at Walt Disney World)

Posted in Buffet, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , , , at 9:00 am by 1ElleofaWoman

The meat, with chutney,stuffing and a vegetable, and gravy

Just in time for Thanksgiving is my review/photo gallery of the Liberty tree tavern, where the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner is served every day. This is a family-style restaurant with a colonial theme. Read the rest of this entry »

November 22, 2011

Chef Mickey’s Restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Dining at Walt Disney World)

Posted in Buffet, Cross Contamination, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , , , , at 8:00 am by 1ElleofaWoman

Chef Mickey’s restaurant is located in Disney’s Contemporary Hotel, just a short monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom. At Chef Mickey’s, you will meet various Disney characters as you dine. We met Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. They serve breakfast and dinner; both are buffets.

Chef Mickey and other characters meet and greet diners.

It is well worth noting that if you are worried about cross-contamination at a buffet, you can ask the chef to make something special. Read the rest of this entry »

November 21, 2011

Pop Century (Dining at Walt Disney World)

Posted in Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , , at 9:00 am by 1ElleofaWoman

Mickey Waffles are available for breakfast all around Disney.

This year, prior to my family’s fourth annual trip to Walt Disney World, I got an idea from Dad. Not my dad, but Dad of Dad’s Guide to WDW. He asked for pictures of food/meals from Disney Parks so he could post them on his site. I thought that would be a good idea for my blog. Since I have already posted several times about Disney, I thought this year I would get more specific and give everyone a visual on what they can expect at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. ****

Fruit is a snack option throughout Walt Disney World.

Fruit is a snack option throughout Walt Disney World.

Disney is the place where dreams come true and there are many reasons everyone likes Disney. Dad’s site has a lot of information about what makes Disney a magical vacation. What also makes it great for me and others dealing with food allergies is the relatively stress-free dining. The chefs are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable and they “get it.” The staff (aka cast members) around Disney World is very helpful as well. Read the rest of this entry »

January 7, 2011

Sad News. . .

Posted in Food Allergy, Restaurants, Schools tagged , , at 4:07 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

Just before Christmas I heard some sad news.  A thirteen-year old girl name Katelyn died from anaphylaxis — which is a severe allergic reaction — after eating Chinese food during a party at her Chicago school.  Katelyn was reportedly allergic to peanuts. The reason this made headlines is because it is a rare occurrence.  But for those whose children suffer from food allergies, the story is still chilling because the possibility of a fatal allergic reaction exists for anyone with a severe food allergy. Studies indicate that food allergy reactions lead to approximately 200,000 emergency room visits each year, including an estimated 90,000 visits for anaphylaxis.

Often the critical difference between life and death depends on how quickly treatment is given. The biggest weapons we have to protect our children are education and vigilance.

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May 18, 2010

Where Dreams Come True for Kids with Food Allergies

Posted in Buffet, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , , , , at 4:10 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

Walt Disney World is a magical place. The best thing about Disney? Stress-free dining.

I have found the chefs and staff at Disney to be very allergy aware.

My husband John, daughter Jessica (who is allergic to peanuts and other legumes) and I first visited Orlando  as a family in November 2008, Read the rest of this entry »

It’s a ‘Loolu’ of a Pizza

Posted in Cross Contamination, Food Allergy, Restaurants tagged , , , at 5:01 am by 1ElleofaWoman

Peanut allergies and pizza – It’s a ‘Loolu’

One day last year, Jess & I went to the movies with my friends and her kids. Afterwards we went to Pizza Loolu, a pizzeria that was in my located in my town in a strip mall that has a high turnover rate.  That location once had a Mexican restaurant, and Pizza Loolu has now been replaced by a Greek restaurant.  But the experience is still worth writing about.

At the time, none of us had eaten there. We ordered a pie and sodas and since Anna paid for the movies, I paid for lunch while she and the kids found a table. After I paid, I realized that I hadn’t asked if they used any peanut oil or peanut butter in the pizza.

I’ve read in a FAAN newsletter that some people put peanut butter in tomato sauce, but I always wondered if that is a regional thing; no restaurateur I have spoken to in New York, New Jersey or even at Disney World has even heard of such a thing. Some chefs seemed insulted when asked. Then, to Jessica’s great disappointment, Pizza Hut changed its sauce which was listed as “may contain peanuts” so we no longer eat there. (But its April 2010 allergen guide doesn’t have the may contain.  I wonder if it is safe again?)

“We don’t use peanut oil but,” the person behind the counter at Pizza Loolu said. He then hemmed and hawed, which is a bad sign, so before he said they had peanut butter pizza on their dessert menu and she should stay away from the dessert bar, I knew I wouldn’t let Jess eat there. Read the rest of this entry »