Alice and the Hatter - A Free-For-all and a Gluten Free Taste of Wonderland!

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  1. alicehatter

    alicehatter Living in Wonderland, Married to the Mad Hatter, w

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    Why, Hello There!

    "We're all Mad Here," as the Cheshire Cat might say. I'm Amanda, and my husband (who will be commenting off and on) is Jeremy.

    How do you do?

    We've had quite a few tumbles into Disney World during our three years of marriage, trying to go and see and do as often as possible! We're both major foodies, and I wasn't about to let a little allergy get in the way of all the amazing flavors in the World!

    I've written a dining review in the past, but I was Vegan at the time...now, I'm only gluten free and can literally Taste my way through Wonderland!

    Here's a picture of us at Jeremy's 30th birthday party - it was a surprise costumed event!

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    I can't wait to begin,
    To have all of you chime in,
    Let's continue this Enchanted Conversation!
     
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  3. gardengirl628

    gardengirl628 Help, help, a Herrible Hoffalump!

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    Count me in!!!
     
  4. nickymaria

    nickymaria Mouseketeer

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    Love your intro, can't wait to read the rest!!
     
  5. alicehatter

    alicehatter Living in Wonderland, Married to the Mad Hatter, w

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    Oh, I'm so glad you are both interested!
     
  6. wilma-bride

    wilma-bride <<This space intentionally blank>> Moderator

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    I'm in for this one - that is a great photo of the two of you, by the way :thumbsup2
     
  7. alicehatter

    alicehatter Living in Wonderland, Married to the Mad Hatter, w

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    We arrived at the Beach Club by way of Magical Express, and took in our surroundings a bit before heading to our lunch reservation in Epcot. We have always stayed at Boardwalk in the past, but wanted to branch out (albeit slightly) this time around - for experience sake, if nothing else. Now that we've done it, I can honestly say I much prefer the Boardwalk! But the Beach Club was still a fantastic location and had a nice ambiance, which adds to just about anything!

    With that bit of background information out of the way, I will get on to the good stuff - food!

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    Isn't Canada simply charming? There was little doubt that we would be eating at Le Cellier during this trip. Neither of us had ever been, and we wanted to try something new (do you sense a theme? The entire holiday was centered on trying things we have never done in Disney before!). Now that Le Cellier is Signature for dinnertime dining, we opted to really start the vacation off with a bang and go to a steak house for our arrival day lunch. Luckily, we were quite famished by the time bags were hoisted to our room, and airplane clothing was changed to park attire.

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    After our pupils focused on the dim surroundings of the cavernous space, we found the restaurant to be absolutely lovely. It seems to be one of the best themed restaurants in Disney, quite simply because it really has the feel of a steak house to it - almost identical to the Nashville Ruth's Cris, in fact (That's where our home is, in case you were wondering at that random tidbit of information).

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    My Mad Hatter was simply dying of thirst, and decided to quench it by ordering a Strawberry Smoothie.

    We looked over the menu, and as both of us were very hungry (but neither could make up our mind) we decided to try a few different things and share. I think I'm correct in assuming that most couples who love food do the exact same! After talking with the chef about my gluten issues, we settled on our selections. Please allow me to apologize in advance for any blurry photos in this particular instance - it was very dark and my camera failed to cooperate!

    For appetizers, Jeremy went with the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, not only because everyone surrounding our table had ordered it, but also because he had heard me talk about how much everyone on the DisBoards raves about it! Understandably, this was accompanied by a Pretzel Bread Stick.

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    I chose to go with the Tomato Stack. The waitress highly recommended it, and I figured with all the food to come, this would be a nice intro to the meal. And it was - fantastic! The vinaigrette and and copious amounts of Blue Cheese made it heavenly.

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    After we had greedily gobbled up this start to our feast (with the Mad Hatter sopping up every remaining drop of the soup with his bread), our entree orders were placed.

    There really wasn't much debate over which menu items to select. It was understood that one of us would be ordering the Le Cellier Mushroom Filet. Can you guess who that gorgeous steak was placed in front of? Jeremy - that's correct. Since you seem to be so good at guessing games, perhaps you could tell me Why a Raven is Like a Writing Desk?

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    He also ordered the Baked Mac and Cheese, and gobbled it up, as well. Sadly, this was something I couldn't partake of!

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    Even before our arrival, I had wanted to get the Salmon. After pouring over reviews of Le Cellier, this seemed to be an undervalued item that gets overlooked. With my goal of trying new things, I figured it seemed a good option. Let me also say that when we went, this dish was presented as a sandwich and served with Fries and Cole Slaw, as you can see from the photo. Looking over current menus, it seems this may have changed. Nonetheless, the Salmon is still DIVINE. And I didn't even eat it in sandwich form, so I feel I can safely say this is a good pick! The odd photo you see consists of the Salmon Filet and a gluten free bun. I really enjoy the gluten free products at Disney, and this was no exception. The fries - of course - were excellent, but it was the sauce that really stole the show. Doesn't sauce always make anything THAT MUCH BETTER?

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    It was with very full stomachs that we bravely conquered the dessert menu. Le Cellier didn't have that many gluten free options for me, but then again, I wasn't in the mood to eat too much, knowing that the World Showcase awaited me, and with that came Karamell Kuche!!

    Jeremy ordered the Maple Creme Brulee, namely because it was their signature dessert item. He's a fan of anything that resembles pudding, and of course Creme Brulee is something he orders at times. He liked the Maple flavor, but I'm not sure he could say he LOVED it.

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    I was stuck with the Seasonal Sorbet, but this turned out to be amazing! I know the picture is no indication at all, but it was infused with Champagne and was absolutely delicious, refreshing, and just right.

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    In all, everything was absolutely delightful and we will certainly be back. I don't think it will warrant a Signature visit for us, although I can see why some people would want to. The dinner menu is different during the evening hours, and much more specialized with gourmet options and a wider variety of appetizers, entrees and sides.

    If you like, stick around for a sticky sweet review of some of Karamell Kuche's caramel treats!
     
  8. alicehatter

    alicehatter Living in Wonderland, Married to the Mad Hatter, w

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    Thank you so much! We had a blast at that party - would you believe Jeremy has an entire closet dedicated to costumes? Truly mad :goodvibes
     
  9. wilma-bride

    wilma-bride <<This space intentionally blank>> Moderator

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    Great start to your reviews. I really don't think Le Cellier is worthy of the 2 credits needed for dinner now but it is a great option for lunch.

    I might be alone in thinking the sorbet looks lovely - I absolutely adore sorbet (mainly because it is a great dessert option on WW, very low in points :thumbsup2)
     
  10. AMadHatterMyself

    AMadHatterMyself Happily Mad and Married to the Alice of my Life!

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    Yes, I called our lunch experience a steak tea. Why not. A Mad Hatter's tea party needs to be a bit odd, and my experience at Le Cellier was such a joyous occasion that for me it was simply mad!

    I concur with my Alice that the lunch idea was perfect. Being on the dining plan, it is perfect to save two credits because the lunch menu does not count as a signature and you get the same amazing food! Everything about my meal was absolutely fabulous. The waitress was extremely nice, it wasn't as crowded as we thought - maybe because people tend to pass over Canada, but that is a huge mistake! The atmosphere was great (yes after your eyes adjusted to the rabbit hole!) And then the food. The soup is a must have and the mushroom steak is also an absolute must. Once again, being on the dining plan, it is great to pick several and share!

    The trip started off with a fantastic hatting! Can't wait to tell you more!
     
  11. taraplus2

    taraplus2 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the info....We will be going to Disney at the end of the month and my DD (10) requires a gluten free diet. We have a Le Cellier evening reservation.
     
  12. MissTeacher

    MissTeacher Waiting for Prince Charming

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    I'm subbing! Great review of Le Cellier, and what a beautiful picture from the Canada pavilion that is. Keep 'em coming :)
     
  13. alicehatter

    alicehatter Living in Wonderland, Married to the Mad Hatter, w

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    haha I'm glad you thought the picture of the sorbet was a good one - I felt it didn't do the taste justice. I mean, come on - Champagne Sorbet? How can you beat that?!

    Good Luck! Disney takes care of allergies like absolutely no one else. Our spring break is in a few weeks, and we are making a special drive to Orlando from the beach just so that I can have breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and eat their amazing Gluten Free Mickey Waffles! (almost all restaurants have them, FYI!)

    Thanks so much!
     
  14. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    What a great way to start your vacation :)
    Looks like you had a lovely lunch at LC
    Looking forward to reading along!
     
  15. ClareH37

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    i'm in - loving your review so far :)

    i'm also staying at the BC next trip but:goodvibes usually stay at the BWI, i'm also gluten free - spooky lol
     
  16. Chelley00

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    Looking forward to following along since we are planning our first trip since I was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, including gluten. I actually read your last report since I'm egg and dairy free.

    Not sure if you knew but blue cheese is not gluten free. It depends on your sensitivity to it but they grow the mold on bread and it contaminates the cheese.
     
  17. disfencer

    disfencer Earning My Ears

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    What a gorgeous picture, I love the composition!

    The salmon looks delicious. I'm so glad to see a review of the salmon--the fish options tend to get overlooked at Disney, but they're my favorite.

    Also, hello neighbor, from Knoxville! I have a lot of friends in Nashville, and I go over there fairly often. I think I like it more than Knoxville, haha.
     
  18. alicehatter

    alicehatter Living in Wonderland, Married to the Mad Hatter, w

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    Thanks! Yes Le Cellier was certainly a good way to dive into Disney!

    Ok, yes that's very weird! I know you'll have a good time and get to eat many amazing things you usually aren't able to :) Would love to hear what you think of Beach Club compared with Boardwalk!

    Thank you so much for telling me this - the chef mentioned that SOME Blue Cheese has it, but that he wasn't really concerned about it. And I haven't really experienced any symptoms, although I also don't eat that type of cheese very often :confused3

    When is your first trip??
     
  19. alicehatter

    alicehatter Living in Wonderland, Married to the Mad Hatter, w

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    Hello, yourself! I have a few friends around the Knoxville area as well - it's a great college town, as I know you are well aware :goodvibes

    You're right about the seafood dishes at Disney. They are really great, although it seems so many people gravitate towards the meat dishes...including myself at times! This trip I really did eat alot of fish, as you'll soon see!
     
  20. alicehatter

    alicehatter Living in Wonderland, Married to the Mad Hatter, w

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    There is simply nothing like the smell of warm caramel, as I have already mentioned earlier.

    The first day of our Disney visit also coincided with our first tumble into the world of Karamell Kuche. Once we got a whiff, we just couldn't wait to return! Throughout the week, I found myself walking the streets of the World Showcase, bypasses many other temptations, in order to make my way to Germany.

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    What did this storefront contain before it was turned into a sweetshop? My memory blurs a bit, but I think it was a trinket shop that sold tiny porcelain figurines and the like. The food fan within me cried out for joy when I realized a new dining location was replacing that store which involved lots of sugar.

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    The inside is just as authentically Old-World Germany as its exterior facade. Tiled walls, shelves housing earthen vessels (filled with Pooh's honey?), and row after row of colorful confections.

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    With so much to choose from, the Hatter and I found it hard to make a selection. I'm afraid we held up the line somewhat, which had begun to snake its way around the counter and halfway out the door. Yielding to pressure, we hastily made up our minds. But that's not to say that it would be my only taste of what they offered!

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    Isn't Disney wonderful for allowing guests to see the inner-workings of some of their creations? I had to stop and admire the work that went into the making of all these Werther's sweets. Each and every sugary bite is coated in Werther's Caramel, and the German cast members that work at Karamell Kuche seem decidedly happy with their jobs. Who wouldn't love to earn a paycheck from a candy-coated heaven?

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    I was surprised at the number of items that were Gluten free! Chocolate and Caramel covered Strawberries and Apples were among the most beautiful of those selections, as well as many caramel chocolates and other bon bons. The sight of the caramel being poured over the popcorn really got me though, and my first purchase came in a white bag filled to the brim with sticky, popped corn.

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    Jeremy was perhaps just as traditional, selecting a Caramel-coated Chocolate Chip Cookie. He loved it so much, that it was hard to wrestle it away in order to snag a photo!

    Although we did not purchase any cupcakes, I had to leave you with one last shot of the beauty that is Karamell Kuche - enjoy!

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  21. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Oh now I am drooling popcorn::
     

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