Thursday, June 29, 2017

Gluten Free in Chicago

Last weekend, we stayed two nights at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel.  We loved the location, and would stay there again, even though we had some issues with our room the first night.  Somehow, we were assigned to a room with one king and no sofa bed for four people, and we discovered this when we arrived at 11:00 at night.  We ended up receiving a discount on our stay, and spent the night in a beautiful club level room with incredible views the second night.  My daughters have decided we need to get club level rooms from now on....yikes!


I spent some time researching gluten free options in Chicago on other blogs, and asked my blog readers for advice.  One place that was consistently recommended was Do-Rite Donuts, which has several locations in Chicago.  I pre-ordered my donuts online a couple of days ahead of time, and my husband walked to their Randolph Street location to pick them up when we woke up.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Mara - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

We have eaten at The Mara, a quick service restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, several times in the past year, because we have stayed at the resort twice.  Even if you are staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village instead of Jambo House, it is a short walk to The Mara, which features African and American cuisine.


Two weeks ago, we had dinner at The Mara the night we arrived at Disney World.  The chef I spoke to seemed willing to make me almost anything on the regular menu, but I chose to modify a dish on the allergy-friendly menu.  Be sure to ask about the soups, because the carrot and the butternut squash soups were both gluten free our first night at Jambo House.  I have eaten both soups at neighboring Boma, and they are delicious.  I am also a fan of the African Potjie, which used to be called African Stew.  You can read about it in my previous review of The Mara here.


Terra Treats - Disney's Animal Kingdom

The allergy kiosk has undergone many changes since it first opened at Disney's Animal Kingdom three years ago.  The location has moved, and the name has changed several times, and now Terra Treats is no longer an allergy kiosk, though it does still offer gluten free snacks and drinks.



When we stopped by last week, the cast member I spoke to told me that everything offered at Terra Treats is still gluten free, including the buffalo chicken wings, hummus with vegetables, and the fresh fruit cup.


Yak & Yeti Restaurant - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Last week, my daughters and I had lunch at Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Yak & Yeti, which serves Pan-Asian cuisine,  is a Landry's table service restaurant, just like Rainforest CafeT-Rex and Bubba Gump.



Because they are not Disney owned and operated, Yak & Yeti does not have an allergy-friendly menu, but very quickly, a chef came out to our table to speak to me.  On our previous visit, which you can read about here, I was impressed by all the gluten free options the chef offered me, and I loved the chicken tikka masala I ordered.  This dish is still on the menu, but I did not ask the chef I spoke to last week whether it was gluten free, because I wanted to try something new.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory - Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter

My daughters and I visited Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter three times on our recent trip to Disney World.  Next summer, we plan on staying there, so we have easier access to one of our favorite quick service restaurants at Disney.


I love the Mardi Gras theming at Sassagoula, though it has been a bit toned down since its renovation last year.  My favorite part is the colorful glass beads and bottles hanging from the ceiling.  The space is open and bright, and I especially like the bamboo bowls they are using instead of paper plates.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Sanaa Dinner - Kidani Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas

On our recent trip to Disney World, my daughters and I had dinner twice at Sanaa, a table service restaurant at Kidani Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas.  Sanaa features African cooking with Indian flavors, and is one of our favorite restaurants at Disney.



The first time we dined at Sanaa, we met Sarah from Gluten-Free & Dairy Free at WDW.  You can read her dinner review here.  Sanaa's allergy-friendly menu has plenty of gluten free options to choose from, and I always suggest looking at their regular menu too, because most of their dishes are gluten free, or can be modified to be gluten free.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Trattoria al Forno Dinner - Disney's BoardWalk

Last week, my daughters and I had dinner at Trattoria al Forno on Disney's BoardWalk, which is a short walk from the back entrance of Epcot.



Trattoria al Forno has been one of our favorite Disney restaurants for breakfast and dinner since it opened,  I am excited to try their new Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast when we return in November.  You can read a guest review on my blog here.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tiffins - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Last week, we had dinner at Tiffins, a signature dining restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Tiffins is located right outside the entrance to Pandora - The World of Avatar.


The theme of Tiffins is travel, and it features a globetrotting menu of international cuisine.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trattoria al Forno Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast - Disney's BoardWalk

Earlier this year, the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast with characters from Tangled and The Little Mermaid was introduced at Trattoria al Forno, a table service restaurant on Disney's BoardWalk.



The Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast includes a plate of pastries for everyone to share, a choice of one starter, and a choice of one entree.  Typically, Disney will substitute Udi's muffins or Kinnikinnick donuts for gluten-filled pastries, but Trattoria al Forno has fresh baked muffins and scones that look incredible.


Maple Popcorn - Disney's Magic Kingdom

I keep a list of foods and restaurants that I want to try or dine at again at Disney World, and the maple popcorn in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom was near the top of my list for our most recent trip.


You can find the cart that sells the maple popcorn near the walkway that leads to Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.  If you are interested, it is available in a refillable souvenir bucket.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Garden Grill Breakfast - Epcot

This morning, my daughters and I had breakfast at The Garden Grill in The Land Pavilion at Epcot.


Four years ago, we had dinner at The Garden Grill, but did not enjoy it enough to return.  You can read my dinner review here.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen - Magic Kingdom

Yesterday, my daughters and I had lunch at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, the Jungle Cruise themed restaurant in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom.



Skipper Canteen, which is staffed by the crew of the fun loving Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd., features Asian, South American, and African cuisine.  The chefs at Skipper Canteen have put together an impressive allergy-friendly menu.  It lists options for people with gluten/wheat, milk, egg, soy, fish/shellfish, and peanut/tree nut allergies.  If gluten/wheat is listed under a dish on the menu, it is safe to eat.  On a previous visit, a chef told me that they only use gluten free tamari soy sauce in the restaurant, which shows Disney's commitment to serving people with special diets.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Satu'li Canteen - Disney's Animal Kingdom

We arrived in Orlando last night, and our first stop today was Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


We managed to get to the park when it opened at 8:00, and headed straight to Satu'li Canteen, Pandora's fast casual restaurant, for breakfast.  The theming is that long ago it was an RDA mess hall, but now Na'vi art and cultural items adorn this dining facility.  There were only a few other diners in Satu'li Canteen when it opened, because everyone else was rushing to wait in line for Avatar Flight of Passage or Na'vi River Journey.  We did ride Na'vi River Journey after breakfast, and only had to wait about an hour, but Avatar Flight of Passage had over a three hour wait when we checked, so that will have to wait for another day.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Zuvii Pancake and Waffle Mix

This morning, we made banana pancakes with Zuvii Pancake and Waffle Mix.  The mix contains organic white rice flour, Zuvii organic banana flour, organic potato starch, organic cane sugar, baking powder (potato starch, cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate), sea salt, baking soda, xanthan gum, and organic cinnamon.  It is packaged in a facility that processes soy, tree nuts, and dairy.


We made a double recipe, whisking together 2 cups of Zuvii mix, 2 1/2 cups of lowfat milk, 2 large eggs, and 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil.  We had a lot of pancakes left over, but froze them for future meals.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Gluten Free in San Francisco

Since moving to California last July, we have been to San Francisco four times.  It is an hour and a half from where we live, so it makes for a fun day trip.


We always eat breakfast at Mariposa's San Francisco Ferry Building Bakeshop, which you can read about here.  Last weekend, my husband and I split a Pain au Chocolat and an apple turnover, my new favorite pastry at Mariposa.  When we lived in Orlando, I used to order the Pain au Chocolat online.  Mariposa does ship a selection of their baked goods, but they are best fresh from one of their bakeshops.


Monday, May 29, 2017

The Greater Knead Bagels & Bagel Chips

Three years ago, I discovered Sweet Note gluten free New York style bagels, the best bagels I have had since my celiac diagnosis.  Sweet Note is now known as The Greater Knead, and recently started making gluten free bagel chips, so I decided it was time to write a new review of their amazing products.


The Greater Knead makes three types of bagel chips - plain, everything, and cinnamon raisin. The first time I ordered them online, I chose the 3 variety chip cups, so I could try them all.  All products from The Greater Knead are made in a dedicated facility, and are free of the top 12 common allergens - wheat (gluten), dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, corn, sesame, mustard and oats.  They are also non-GMO.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Rigatoni Carbonara with Pancetta & Peas

Since school started, we have been eating dinner during the work week at our school's Cafe, but lately, Friday has become pasta night at our house.


My favorite brand of gluten free dry pasta is Le Veneziane, which you can read about here.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium - Universal CityWalk

I was surprised when my friend Debbie, a fellow celiac and Disney lover, messaged me earlier this week that she had a new favorite restaurant in Orlando, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.


The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium opened on Universal CityWalk after we moved to California, so I have not had a chance to try it yet.  In my private Facebook group, Gluten Free in Orlando, I have read some mixed reviews, but Debbie had a great experience.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Copita Tequileria y Comida - Sausalito, California

On our drive to Napa over Easter break, we stopped in Sausalito, which is across the bay from San Francisco.


We decided to have lunch at Copita Tequileria y Comida, because their lunch and dinner menus are 100% gluten free, and they had great reviews on the Find Me Gluten Free app.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Gluten Free in Napa, California

Over Easter break, we spent three nights in Napa, California.  My husband and I stayed at Inn on Randolph, an amazing 100% gluten free bed and breakfast.  You can read my review here.


If we lived closer to Napa, I would probably eat at C CASA once a week.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inn on Randolph - Napa, California

Over Easter break, we spent three nights at Inn on Randolph, a 100% gluten free bed and breakfast in Napa, California.


Inn on Randolph, a Victorian home dating back to the 1860's, is located in Napa's largest residential historic district, and has 5 cottages and 5 historic inn rooms to choose from.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bi Alimenta Gluten Free Pasta Rustica

A couple of weeks ago, we drove up to San Francisco to meet friends of ours for lunch.  We arrived a couple of hours early so we could have breakfast at Mariposa's Ferry Building Bakeshop.


After breakfast, I purchased two packages of gluten free orecchiette at one of the shops in the Ferry Building.  I was pretty excited, because I loved orecchiette before my celiac diagnosis, and I had never found a gluten free version before.  Bi Alimenta Pasta Rustica contains corn flour, rice flour, water, starch, salt, lactic acid, and sorbic acid.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wholesome Organic DelishFish

I first learned about Wholesome Organic DelishFish from Taylor at GlutenAway, on his Facebook page.


Right away, I ordered 12 snack packs from Amazon.com.  The day they arrived, I opened a pack to sample one fish, but ended up eating the whole bag.  The second time I opened a bag, the same thing happened, so don't say I did not warn you.  They are strangely addictive, which surprised me, because I am not that big of a candy fan, especially when chocolate is not involved.  I love the raspberry flavor, and the texture is great.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

California Burger Co. - Lake Tahoe

Yesterday, we had dinner at California Burger Co. at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe.  This is our second visit to Lake Tahoe since moving to California.


On their regular menu, which you can view here, California Burger Co. has an asterisk next to every menu item that can be made gluten free.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Azul Latin Kitchen - Lake Tahoe

Yesterday, we had lunch at Azul Latin Kitchen at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe.  This is our second visit to Lake Tahoe since moving to California.


Azul Latin Kitchen has a gluten free menu with plenty of options to choose from.


Monday, February 13, 2017

See's Candies

I have loved See's Candies since I was a teenager.  My dad used to bring home a huge box of See's Candies from work around Christmas, and we had so much fun sampling everything.


The past two weekends, we stopped at the See's Candies shop in Capitola, California to do some Valentine's Day shopping.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Maggiano's Little Italy - San Jose, California

Earlier today, we had lunch at Maggiano's Little Italy at Santana Row in San Jose.  Since moving to California six months ago, we have dined at this location four times.  Maggiano's was a favorite of ours when we lived in Orlando too, and you can read my reviews of their International Drive restaurant here.


My daughters and I first dined at the Maggiano's in San Jose a couple of days after we arrived in California, because my husband had a business meeting there.  I love that most servers at Maggiano's ask if anyone has food allergies, and they send a chef to the table to talk to you.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Laili Restaurant - Santa Cruz, California

On Saturday, we had lunch at Laili Restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz.  Laili's cuisine features Mediterranean flavors with an Afghan twist.  This restaurant was recommended to me by the owner of Melinda's Gluten Free, our favorite local gluten free bakery.


Laili Restaurant does not have a gluten free menu, but our server was pretty knowledgeable about gluten free options, and when  she wasn't sure about something, she checked with the kitchen.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Din Tai Fung

The last day of our Christmas Break, we had lunch at Din Tai Fung in Westfield Valley Fair mall in San Jose, California.


At this location, if you want to sit at a table, you have to make a reservation.  Bar seating is available for walk-ups, but our server told us that you could wait several hours to be seated, so I definitely recommend making a reservation if you want to dine at Din Tai Fung.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Gluten Free in Las Vegas

Over Christmas Break, we took a trip to Disneyland and Las Vegas.  This was our very first trip to Vegas, and we decided to stay at The Mirage, which is centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip.  Our room was beautiful, and I thought it was reasonably priced.  My only complaint was the smell of the casino.  I cannot stand cigarette smoke or strong scents, so I had a hard time walking through the casinos to get to restaurants and shows, but other than that, we had a great time on our Vegas trip, and would definitely go back.


One of the best parts about Las Vegas is the food.  We were excited to dine at the restaurants of several celebrity chefs that we watch on the Food Network.