Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gluten Free in Bologna and Venice

After spending 7 nights in Rome, and 5 nights in Florence, we headed to Venice, with a quick stop in Bologna for lunch and some sightseeing.  

In Bologna, we had lunch at Fiordaliso, a 100% gluten free restaurant, pizzeria, coffee bar, and confectionery. I posted all menu photos from Fiordaliso in my Facebook group Gluten Free Italy.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Gluten Free in Tuscany - Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa

During our trip to Italy in June, we stayed in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Our Airbnb in Florence was located in the heart of the city, and had this amazing view of the Duomo from its rooftop terrace.

After dropping off our bags, we headed to Starbene Gold Gluten Free, which was about a 10 minute walk from our Airbnb.  Starbene has almost 20 locations in Italy, which you can view on their website.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gluten Free in Rome

Yesterday, we returned from our trip to Italy. We spent 7 nights in Rome, 5 nights in Florence, 3 nights in Venice, and one night at the Rome Marriott Park Hotel near Fiumicino Airport outside of Rome. As far as food goes, our trip to Italy was completely stress free for me. I easily found safe places to eat in all the cities we visited, thanks to other gluten free bloggers, the Find Me Gluten Free app, and the AIC (Italian Celiac Association) website and app.

 All of the restaurants I dined at were either 100% gluten free, or were accredited by the AIC, with the exception of one gelato shop we visited in San Gimignano on a day trip from Florence.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Gluten Free at Yosemite National Park

Over Mother's Day weekend, we visited Yosemite National Park for the first time.

Saturday morning, we ate an early breakfast at home, then drove to The Majestic Yosemite Hotel to have lunch.  We arrived an hour earlier than expected, but were disappointed that we were not seated until the time of our reservation, even though they seemed to have a lot of open tables.  While we waited, we walked around the hotel, and bought some cherries at the candy shop, which had a nice selection of gluten free snacks and sweets to choose from.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nomad Lounge Honey-Glazed Coriander-Spiced Pork Ribs

Nomad Lounge has become our favorite restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Even before they added their amazing gluten free churros to their menu, we loved to stop in for small plates and drinks.

The honey-glazed coriander-spiced pork ribs at Nomad Lounge are some of the best ribs I have ever had, so over Thanksgiving Break, I asked our server if the chefs could share the recipe with me.  She told me that they did not have a printed recipe, but she makes them at home all the time, so I quickly wrote down the ingredients she listed, and directions for cooking the ribs.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Spyglass Grill - Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Spyglass Grill is a new quick service restaurant at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort featuring American food with a Caribbean twist. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Carthay Circle Restaurant - World of Color Dining Package

Over Christmas Break, we had lunch at Carthay Circle, a signature dining restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park.

Our lunch was booked as part of a World of Color Dining Package, so we had a three-course special menu to choose starters, entrees, and desserts from.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lemon Scone Recipe - Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

When we lived in Orlando, we loved going to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

One of my favorite gluten free items at the outdoor kitchens is the lemon scone, which is available this year at the Cider House in the United Kingdom Pavilion.  It is also a dessert option at Rose & Crown, but their menu has it listed as a no sugar added dessert.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Gluten Free at the Disneyland Hotel

Over Christmas Break, we spent 6 nights at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.  I booked our stay with Dana Zificsak, a fellow celiac, from Magical Moments Vacations.  Dana told me that the Disneyland Hotel is her favorite of the Disneyland Resort Hotels, and I can definitely see why after staying there.

Our room was large, the beds were comfortable, and the headboard, with its fireworks and music, was magical.  We also loved the location of the Disneyland Hotel, which is right next to Downtown Disney, and a short walk to both theme parks.  As far as dining goes, there are several options to choose from at the Disneyland Hotel.  I have heard that Goofy's Kitchen does a great job with special diets, but my daughters are not a fan of character meals, and we seldom dine at restaurants with buffets anymore, because we have to pay adult prices for our twins, who don't eat enough food to justify it at age 12.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Storytellers Cafe - Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Over Christmas Break, we spent a week at Disneyland Resort in California.  On New Year's Day, I was concerned about how crowded the theme parks would be, so I made dinner reservations at Storytellers Cafe at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

I was excited to try it after reading my friend Sarah's recent lunch review on her blog Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Gluten Free in Temecula, California

Over Christmas Break, we spent two nights in Temecula, California visiting with family before heading to Disneyland.  When I posted on Instagram that we were on our way to Temecula, gfmealsbymorgan gave me several restaurant suggestions, including E.A.T. - Extraordinary Artisan Table.

We loved E.A.T. so much, we actually stopped there three times in two days.  The first morning for breakfast, I asked our server the usual round of questions I ask at restaurants, to best insure that my food is safe from cross contamination.  They take all the right precautions at E.A.T., and they have plenty of great gluten free options to choose from.  Paleo and vegan options are available as well.

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe - Disneyland Park

Over Christmas Break, we spent six nights at Disneyland Resort.  The best breakfast I  had during out stay was at Carnation Cafe, which you can read about here.

For my gluten-eating family, finding a quick breakfast is easy, but for me, it can be more of a challenge.  On our last full day, after riding Peter Pan right after rope drop, I went in search of a quick service restaurant to have breakfast.  I considered Galactic Grill, but we were closer to the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, so I stopped in to ask about gluten free options.  The chef I spoke to said he could make me a breakfast sandwich with a gluten free bun substituted for the croissant.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Gluten Free Snacks and Treats at Disneyland Resort

Over Christmas Break, we spent six nights at Disneyland Resort.  We arrived New Year's Eve, and stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, which I highly recommend.  Our 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets definitely came in handy this year when it came to snacking at the theme parks, because we had the flexibility to visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in the same day, which we often did just for the food.

Gluten free desserts are harder to come by at Disneyland than Disney World.  Two of my favorite options are the Neapolitan milkshakes at Flo's V8 Cafe, which you can read about here, and Pineapple Dole Whip with Tajin from the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland at Disneyland Park.  Pineapple Dole Whip, which is gluten free and dairy free, is also available at the Coffee House at Disneyland Hotel.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Flo's V8 Cafe - Disney California Adventure Park

On our recent trip to Disneyland, I stopped at Flo's V8 Cafe, a quick service restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park.

I have never actually eaten a meal at Flo's V8 Cafe, but I love to order their milkshakes.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tortilla Jo's - Disneyland Resort

Over Christmas Break, we had lunch and dinner at Tortilla Jo's in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

Tortilla Jo's, which is owned and operated by the Patina Group, has become my favorite table service restaurant at Disneyland, because of their great food, great drinks, and great service.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Blue Bayou Restaurant - Disneyland Park

Over Christmas Break, we had dinner at Blue Bayou Restaurant, a table service restaurant in New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park.

Blue Bayou features Creole and Cajun cuisine, and you get to dine in the perpetual twilight of the bayou overlooking Pirates of the Caribbean.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cafe Orleans - Disneyland Park

Over Christmas Break, we had lunch at Cafe Orleans, a table service restaurant in Disneyland Park.  I have to admit that I was a bit anxious going into this dining experience for a variety of reasons.

Fantasmic! On The Go Package at Hungry Bear Restaurant - Disneyland Park

Over Christmas Break, we spent six nights at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.  Last year, we stayed off property, but this year, I decided to splurge on everything.  We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, which we all loved, bought 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets, purchased Disney MaxPass every day, which allows you to get fastpasses and free photo downloads in your Disneyland app, and we booked dining packages for World of Color and Fantasmic.

Fantasmic dining packages are available for two table service restaurants, Blue Bayou Restaurant and River Belle Terrace, where you get a 3-course meal, but I was concerned that my daughters would not be able to eat that much food, so I chose the Fantasmic! On The Go Package at Hungry Bear Restaurant, a quick service restaurant at Disneyland Park.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Grand Floridian Cafe - Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Over Thanksgiving Break, we had breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe, a table service restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

The Grand Floridian Cafe used to be one of our favorite restaurants at Disney World, but after a few not so great experiences with food and service, we did not return for a while.  Their allergy-friendly menu had a mix of breakfast and lunch items to choose from when we dined there.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Carnation Cafe - Disneyland Park

On New Year's Day, we had breakfast at Carnation Cafe on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Park.  I made advance dining reservations for 10:20, so we could ride some of our favorite attractions before the park got too crowded.

Gluten-friendly breakfast options include the pancake breakfast, Classic Eggs Benedict, Oscar's Choice: All-American Breakfast, Mickey-shaped waffles, ham and cheese omelet, spinach and tomato egg white frittata, and sides of hickory-smoked bacon, sausage links, and seasonal fruit. My friend Sarah from Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW recently tried the Oscar's Choice, which you can read about here.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Fatamorgana Gelato - Los Angeles, California

On our drive home from Disneyland yesterday, we stopped at Fatamorgana Gelato in Studio City.

The founder of Fatamorgana Gelato has celiac disease, so everything in the shop is 100% gluten free.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Smokejumpers Grill - Disney California Adventure Park

Earlier today, we had lunch at Smokejumpers Grill, a quick service restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park.

I never order hamburgers at quick service restaurants at Disney World or Disneyland, but I had heard that Smokejumpers Grill makes an amazing gluten free hamburger, so I decided to give it a try.