Multi-Allergy with ASD dining reviews Aug 2012

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  1. clanmcculloch

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    My family has a lot of special needs that make dining interesting to say the least. We've got lots of allergies between the group of us plus DH is a type 2 diabetic (who cheats frequently) and DD14 has Asperger Syndrome which is a high functioning form of autism. In addition, we brought DD12s BFF with us but luckily she doesnt have any dietary restrictions and is a very adventurous eater so shes super easy.

    Here's our lists of allergies.
    DD14: gluten, milk, eggs, citrus (citric acid is ok), yeast, msg, peanuts (minor - cross contamination not a concern)
    DD11: milk, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, citrus (citric acid is ok), peanuts (minor - cross contamination not a concern), sesame, blueberry, cranberry, raw carrots, raw fruit skins besides grapes, lima beans, hops, soy products other than Tofutti and Follow Your Heart (soys not the problem but we havent identified what ingredient in Silk and other soy products cause Oral Allergy Syndrome)
    Me: gluten, milk, peanuts (minor - cross contamination not a concern)

    At most of the CS locations I forgot to take pictures. Sorry about that. I'll try to remember what we had and what the environment and experience was like.

    Here's where we ate. These are not in order based on when we dined or how I'll be posting them. I'll come back and update this first post with which post number goes with which review as I get them done.
    Trail's End breakfast post #4
    Trail's End lunch post #2
    Trail's End dinner to go post #6
    Hoop De Doo Review post #7
    Whispering Canyon Cafe lunch post #18
    The Plaza Restaurant lunch post #3
    Columbia Harbour House lunch
    Le Cellier lunch post #10
    Sunshine Seasons lunch post #19
    Liberty Inn lunch
    Mama Melrose FDP post #22
    Flame Tree BBQ lunch
    Landscape of Flavors (AoA) breakfast, lunch and dinner post #26
     
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    Trail's End lunch

    We arrived at WDW on August 13, 2012 and after checking into our cabin at FW we knew we needed to eat so we hopped in our golf cart and headed over to Trail’s End for lunch. I hadn’t booked an ADR because I wasn’t sure just what time we’d be done checking in but I had let the chef with whom I’d been working know that we’d likely be by for lunch after checking in.

    We walked up to the podium and we were seated right away. The restaurant was pretty empty (as in maybe 2 other tables with anybody seated) so it was nice and quiet which is perfect after the craziness of travelling. This also makes it easy to talk to chefs and servers and it allowed our kids to be able to go look around at some of the décor without disturbing anybody (we never let our kids get up from the table to wander around restaurants but since the place was empty and they only went to areas without a single person seated and they were quiet we allowed it). The atmosphere was wonderful and perfect for our Aspie to decompress after a travel morning where we were up so early.

    Our server was wonderful. She engaged each person individually and had the patience of a saint with DD14’s endless questions about her home country of Russia. She remembered us (more accurately, DD14) and came over to chat the next time we came in even though she wasn’t our server that time (separate review as that was breakfast).

    I was bummed that there really aren't drink options for the girls. The soy milk has been replaced with Kikkomman which has gluten (I knew about this ahead of time so it wasn't a shock), DD12 is very fussy about her brands of rice milk, they can't drink anything with citrus in it and they don't like carbonation (sensory issues) so that leaves apple juice and water. I should be used to this by now but the soy milk change does still bum me out. It's a good thing they like water. If we were using a dining plan it would sure stink though.

    The chef came out after a few minutes and started discussing what we’d like to eat with us. The menu really doesn’t have options that are safe for the 3 of us with allergies but I knew the chef would be able to figure something out. To my surprise, the chef offered to try making fried chicken. Say what?!?!?! I couldn’t believe it. The chef I had spoken with had said this wasn’t possible so I wasn’t about to ask but the chef heard DD14 say that she was upset that BFF and DH were going to get fried chicken and she couldn’t have any so he offered. YAY!! He did say that he had never tried making it before so he wasn’t positive how it would turn out but that he’d try. Good enough for us! He warned us that it would take a while since he was making it from scratch but that was ok. Of course DD12 and I also ordered it. The allergy waffle maker was already turned off so we couldn’t get the chicken & waffle meal but he made fries for us.

    He did make it clear that the only reason he could make the chicken was that it was still the very beginning of lunch so he had a fryer that still hadn’t had anything else cooked in it yet and the oil had just been changed. Any later in the day and the fryer wouldn’t be safe. Boy were we lucky.

    The only negative I have to say is that DH’s and BFF’s food came out quite a bit before the rest of our food. Usually chefs try to send the allergy food out very close to the regular stuff but this time DH and BFF were almost done eating before the allergy food came out. This was really rough on DD14 as her general coping skills tank as she gets hungry and she was already having a bit of an off day since it was a travel day.

    The chef finally brought out the smaller pieces of chicken and fries so that we could get started while waiting for the bigger ones to cook. Each of us got one of these plates.
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    Maybe 5 minutes later he brought out this plate for the three of us.
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    The breading was crispy and had a great texture. He used both gluten free flour and corn meal to get the texture and he mentioned he made sure to include some herbs (rosemary and maybe oregano if I remember correctly which I likely don’t). YUMMY!!!!!

    I knew that the one chef had ordered in a couple loaves of cornbread from Babycakes for us but this chef wasn’t comfortable bringing it out because he didn’t personally know the ingredients and if it was safe so he didn’t want to take chances. That was fine; we were stuffed and actually got 2 of the breasts in a to-go box to eat as leftovers back in the cabin. It did reheat nicely in the oven (I don’t like microwaved fried chicken).

    The restaurant remained fairly empty the entire time we were there and the muted tones and cozy atmosphere were excellent for DD14. I’m not sure that I’d schlep over there if we weren’t staying there but if we ever stay at FW again, we’ll DEFINITELY eat at TE again.
     
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    The Plaza Restaurant lunch

    We ate at the Plaza Restaurant for lunch on Tuesday August 14. Our ADR was at 12:15 which is later than we normally eat at home so we had gotten a snack earlier to make sure that DD14 could handle waiting. Sometimes the Plaza will have waits to be seated and because of our allergies we know to expect further waits once we’re seated but it’s all good since at least we know we’ll eat well and safely. We arrived around 12:10 which was a 10 minutes later than I had wanted to arrive since I wanted to run to get Princess FPs while everybody waited to be seated. They were turning away walk-ups when we checked in. We were handed our pager and we were told it would a very short wait. I went to get the FPs anyway though I definitely walked with purpose as the phrase goes. Everybody was waiting outside with the buzzer when I returned but it did go off within maybe 2 minutes of me getting back with the FPs (note that we did get Dumbo FPs with the princess ones; yes this is turning into a bit of a regular TR LOL). Before we checked in I did ask if anybody had to use the restrooms (nobody did) because there aren’t any inside the restaurant. If you need a restroom, you have to go outside to the ones between the restaurant and the noodle station.

    The Plaza is very brightly decorated with lots of sun coming in the big windows that line one side of the restaurant. DD14 doesn’t like direct sunlight in her eyes (it’s cause meltdowns) but these windows are fine as the sunlight is all indirect. We were seated in the side area that’s actually got windows on two sides. Its’ wonderful in there and there are only 3 other tables in the area which is perfect. It’s small but with all that light and the brightness, it doesn’t feel confined or constricted. There’s also much less chance of any meltdowns disrupting anybody which is a bonus (we didn’t have any meltdowns but I’m trying to describe what I can think of as considerations for others with autism). We’ve been seated in the main room and here and I think I now love this area so much more. It’s quieter, tables feel more separated and there’s a lot less activity going on, though you do see out the window which may be distracting to others. Our table had me facing directly towards the castle and the kids with the booth had their backs to it. I got to watch some of the floats from the parade going by. The parade was not disruptive. Outside the music is way too loud for DD14 (heck, it’s too loud for me) but inside we didn’t even notice it.

    When we were seated we asked if Cousin Ken was working. Cousin Ken is the chef who has taken care of us the previous times we ate at the Plaza. The hostess said that he is and that she’d let him know that we were asking about him. Yay! We call him Cousin Ken because that’s what he told us to call him the first time we met him. He said that he’ll be spending so much time with us that he’ll feel like family. He really is great! Our pasty white family has a cuddly teddy bear like black cousin. We adore Cousin Ken. Side note: I don’t know that he typically comes out to tables any longer as I saw 2 other chefs, one of whom we had been previously introduced to by him, helping others but I think because we asked for him he came out. Anyway, when he came out to see us which was pretty quickly, he remembered all of us by name and had the biggest smile on his face.

    OK, I think I’m boring you all now so I’ll get to the food. LOL

    One thing we love about the Plaza is the ice cream products. When you’ve got milk allergies, this is huge. Everybody ordered milk shakes except me who ordered a root beer float. DD12 never finished her milkshakes so I know I’ll get some anyway. Yeah, I’m sneaky like that. LOL Sorry but I forgot to take the pictures until we already dug into the drinks. Note the metal containers in the pictures. Those were half full of more milkshake. That’s a lot of milkshake.

    DD12’s chocolate milkshake
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    DD14’s vanilla milkshake
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    My root beer float
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    The Plaza is a difficult restaurant entrée-wise for DD14 because she can’t eat any of the breads at WDW and it’s primarily a sandwich restaurant. Last time we ate here, Cousin Ken just made her an order of french fries with a dish of sautéed mushrooms. Yes other things were available but it’s what she wanted. This time she decided to go for the tuna salad with the side of mushrooms. The regular tuna salad isn’t safe for her (I think it was due to lemon juice; I’ve had it as-is no problem but she can’t have it) so he opened some fresh tuna and made her up her own personal tuna salad and a nice serving of sautéed mushrooms (she already ate half the mushrooms before I took the picture).
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    DD12 noticed the meatloaf. It’s not gluten free as there’s oatmeal in it but she can eat gluten so not a problem. She loves meatloaf so she asked for that. She couldn’t eat the standard sides that come with it if I recall so she chose plain corn and a dish of grapes instead.
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    Knowing that I really wanted dessert and that I usually fill up too much on my meals here, I decided to just get a side salad with the famous strawberry vinaigrette. It was definitely enough considering that I also had that float plus half of DD12’s milkshake. That vinaigrette is delicious. Cousin Ken offered to get me more cucumber but this was plenty.
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    So, do you think it was worthwhile not ordering a full meal for myself so that I’d have room for dessert? You be the judge.
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    This was the first banana split my kids have ever eaten. It was DELICIOUS!!!!!

    Here’s the after image.
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    Yeah, I think we liked it.

    Overall, service was probably the best we’ve had here. The last time we ate hear, our server disappeared and Cousin Ken took care of us entirely. When I say disappeared, I mean I had to flag down another server to get our bill as we hadn’t seen ours in at least half an hour (no water refills or anything) only to find out that our server had left and this other server had to track down our bill. This time though our server came and kidded around with us and Cousin Ken and she did take care of DH and BFF as well as our waters as well as clearing our table and just making us feel welcome. It’s got to be weird being a server who takes care of our table since they’re so limited in what they can actually do as the chef has to take our order and relay the info to her and then even bring out our food but this server definitely had the balance figured out perfectly.

    You know, two of the other 3 tables in our little area also had people with allergies. I wonder if they’re trying to keep us together to make things easier for the chefs or if it was just a coincidence?

    We’ve got the dining plan for our next trip. I’m trying to figure out how the heck we’re supposed to finish 4 of these along with ice cream laden drinks and entrees. Maybe we’ll need to pay for this ADR OOP (we typically want more ADRs than we have credits anyway when we use dining plans). This has become a bit of a must-do ADR for us. For the price, we really don’t spend much more here than we do eating at Cosmic Ray’s and here we get full service and better food.
     
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    Trail's End breakfast

    We ate at Trail’s End for breakfast on Wednesday August 15. We were staying at Fort Wilderness so it was as easy as hopping on our golf cart to get there. I hadn’t booked an ADR as I didn’t know what time we’d feel like leaving the cabin on a break day but I had spoken with a chef in advance so I knew they were aware that we were coming and I knew that some goodies had been ordered for us (the chef who takes care of allergies for HDDR also takes care of TE so we chatted about both when we were discussing my HDDR ADR; review on that coming soon). I can’t remember what time it was that we pulled up at TE but I’m thinking maybe 8:30ish. Once again the place was empty making the atmosphere very similar to lunch a few days earlier. Instead of being seated in the middle like last time, we were off to the side about as far away from the buffet as you can get. That’s really not far at all and it was no big deal for DH and BFF to go get their food but it definitely meant quieter as well as less chance of being bumped during a buffet time of day. Score one for the hostess.

    Once again the only drinks my kids could have was apple juice and water so they both got both while I got coffee and OJ.

    The chef again came out pretty quickly and escorted us over to the buffet to discuss what kinds of options we might have. It’s probably one of the smaller breakfast buffets around WDW but it sure looked good with a few options I don’t recall seeing elsewhere (those western eggs benedict looked amazing). We walk through and I got a bit concerned that there wouldn’t be much for DD14. We purposely don’t book many if any breakfast ADRs in our trips because when you can’t have gluten, milk or eggs, there aren’t a lot of breakfast foods left even at WDW where there are more food options than anywhere else.

    The chefs came through.

    The started out by bringing us a plate of Babycakes donuts. The chef I had spoken with by phone had arranged for these for us. These donuts are GOOOOOOD. The first plate he brought out had a variety of 5 different donuts but I forgot to take a picture until we ate several already. But, here’s what I did remember to photograph.
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    In all, I think there was chocolate glazed, chocolate cake, maple glazed and some kind of graham type crumble. All good. The chef did bring out another plate of 4 as well. We polished them all of because they were SO good. I think the donuts are the best thing they make at Babycakes and I’ve read others make the same comment.

    Along with the donuts came a big plate of bacon. We also ordered refills on that. Yeah, we’re clearly a healthy eating family; bacon and donuts were the most eaten foods. LOL I do want to mention that this isn’t the same thin tasteless bacon found everywhere else. This is thicker cut and meatier and tastes better.
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    Then the chef brought out the majority of the rest of our food. Mickey waffles with real maple syrup, grapes (my kids don’t like melon and that’s the only other fruit they had that they could eat) and some really tasty hash browns. We can’t eat the normal hash brown casserole thingy (yeah, that’s the name LOL) so he prepared this instead. I think there was fresh onion and garlic cooked into it and the outside had a beautiful crispy crusty layer on both sides.
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    When the chef brought this out, we got talking and he asked if we’d be interested in the eggs benedict. I was shocked that this was an option. He said of course it was, well for me and DD12 anyway. DD14 only could have eaten the pulled pork and nothing else but DD12 and I could eat variations of it. Their eggs benedict has a distinctively western flare, using pulled pork instead of back bacon (I refuse to call it Canadian bacon since it’s not called that in Canada; yeah I’m obnoxious that way). Delicious! DD12 didn’t like that the egg yolk was runny because she generally doesn’t like runny yolks but overall even she thought it was good and I think even ate half of hers. The picture really doesn’t do it justice but it’s what I have. The bun is half an Udi’s hamburger bun. I polished mine off and I might have even had some of DD12’s.
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    I didn’t take any pictures, but the chef also brought out some sliced smoked salmon for DD14. She had never tried it but loves salmon sushi and sashimi and decided that this looks similar and wanted to try it. She really enjoyed it so I think I’m going to have to start sharing with her when I buy some for myself (darn it).

    We were so stuffed after this meal. DH and BFF did also really enjoy their meals though everybody was already annoyed with me over pictures so I ended up only taking pictures of allergy food.

    Our server was very good this time as well. She chatted with the kids and got them both to show her how they were doing a trick with their spoons (I taught them how to make it look like you’re bending your spoon when you’re not because I figured it would help with the waits for food; it did). She kept our drinks filled and us happy. Our server from lunch a few days earlier came over to chat with the girls as well. Everybody was so friendly. I’m sure that it helps that the place was dead so they had the time.

    If we stay at FW again, we’ll definitely be back. No matter how good I wouldn’t deal with Disney transportation to get here (but I don’t do that for any resort restaurant so that’s not a reflection on TE). But, we REALLY enjoyed this meal.
     
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    I just realized that I forgot to mention in the Plaza review that the milkshakes were made with Tofutti ice cream and Pacific rice milk and the banana split was made with Tofutti ice cream as well. The hot fudge had to be replaced with regular chocolate sauce and we couldn't have nuts or whipped cream but I think the rest of the toppings were pretty standard. Also, the tuna salad served didn't have any mayo (DD14 can't have eggs and eggs are a main ingredient in mayo). I don't remember what was used but it was good tuna salad.
     
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    Trail’s End to go for dinner

    I’m not going to go into any kind of notes about autism since we got the food to go and ate back in our cabin. We did bring the kids with us for the ride on the golf cart but we were given a buzzer that we were told would work all the way over to the playground and the gift shop (they said not to go in but that the range would work over to the building). This gave us lots of room to be able to move around and handle any issues that might arise so no autism issues or considerations needed.

    On to the food part. Sorry, no pictures in this one. We only got food from the to go counter this one time.

    Like any CS location, you walk up to the front and mention you have allergies. Being a resort (sort of) CS location and being attached to a TS restaurant (as in there’s only a rope separating them), a chef comes out rather than a manager like you’d get in the parks.

    Having had the friend chicken at lunch a few days earlier I figured I’d ask if it was at all possible to get fried chicken for dinner. I expected the answer to be no based on what the chef had said the other day but I figured if I didn’t ask then it was definitely a no. Well, the answer was no. Having spoken ahead of time with a chef I knew that they would have allergy chicken tenders available but I noticed that the menu showed chicken wings and we love wings (eat them baked in our oven at least once every two weeks) so I asked about them. They use just plain old unprocessed, unmarinated, unbreaded wings (just chicken) that they deep fry and toss in sauce. He couldn’t do them deep fried because he didn’t have a fryer in which to cook them. He did say he could bake them but couldn’t be sure if they’d crisp up or not. At home they crisp up so I figured we’d go with that. I ordered 3 orders figuring we’d eat leftovers in our room other days.

    It took a good half hour for them to cook. The chef had warned us of this and having cooked them at home I expected that anyway. At home I actually cook them for an hour to get them nice and crispy so I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out after only half an hour. The chef had tossed them in oil with some herbs to try to get a bit of a crisp and some flavour to them. They did taste good but they weren’t crispy. That was fine as long as they tasted good. Crispy would have been better but we’re not fussy. The chef also gave us a big tray of celery. I think there would have also been carrots but with DD12 having raw carrots listed, I think he opted to just stick with celery.

    None of the sauces were safe for me and the girls so the chef put sauces (one of each) plus some dressing for the celery in cups on the side in a separate bag for DH. He also ordered a cobbler which went in that same bag of non-allergy stuff.

    They were even better when reheated in the oven the next day. I don’t know if they would reheat as well in the microwave but they were good in the oven.
     
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    Hoop Dee Doo Review

    We’ve been to HDDR 2 times before this. The first time we sat in category 2 and the second in category 3. We enjoyed both locations but this was the first time we went without a dining plan so I figured we should try category 1. It’s not much more expensive and I figured it would be nice to have a different experience. I’ll discuss my opinion of the different locations at the end since they’re not specific to this experience.

    We were staying at FW so this was a perfect opportunity go to HDDR again. I chose a resort day for this because I know that DD14 can only handle so much activity/excitement in a single day so this seemed like the perfect strategy. It certainly did add to the whole “resort day” concept. We went to the first show on Wednesday August 15, 2012. I always try to stick as close to our regular meal times as possible at WDW because I know she starts completely melting down if she gets over hungry, especially if her schedule’s off so the 5:00 show was our best option. We had already gotten our tickets a few days earlier. A CM on the DIS had once explained the table numbering system and I was looking at our table number and got excited thinking that we might be right up against the stage. How cool would that be? I booked the ADR maybe 3.5 - 4 months before the trip so I never expected this since they seat based on when you book. FYI: The first digit is the row number of your table and the second digit is the table number going left to right as you face the stage if I still remember correctly.

    We arrived around 4:40 to check in for the picture. They changed the picture location since last time. Instead of being by the barrel with podium across from the entrance they now do the picture right up against the porch/entrance to Pioneer Hall. It just isn’t quite as cute though it still was decent (yes I bought the picture but my CD hasn’t arrived yet; maybe I’ll remember to come back and add it when the CD arrives). The picture felt very rushed and DD14 was getting confused about where she was supposed to stand and where she was supposed to put her things down so she started getting upset. When I got her to focus on me and let me tell her exactly what to do with her things and where to stand she quickly regained her composure and was fine. After the picture was taken we then were directed to another line forming behind the stairs on the other side of the porch (in front of the ticket window). No big deal other than the fact that we were in the blazing sun in August. It was only another maybe 5 minutes before they started loading people in so no big deal.

    We get up to the front and hand our ticket to the next hostess. She showed us to the table right against the stage next to the pianist. Woo Hoo!! We sit down and there’s already bread and salad on the table. I notice the salad has stuff the 3 of us can’t eat but I also notice that there are distinctly different corn breads on the table. Interesting. I knew that the chef I spoke with before our trip had said he ordered a couple of loaves of cornbread for our stay so I was excited. I waited for him to come out to confirm which was for the 3 of us and then we devoured it. Soooooo good…… Serviced with Earth Balance margarine of course. The picture doesn’t show it (we dug in before pulling out the camera) but it was a half loaf which filled the tray. We did get the other half after.
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    The server asked for our drink orders. The girls again only had the option of water or apple juice, but I had an additional option this time over the usual Coke. I was assured that they carry Redbridge beer so I had to ask for one since beer’s included. It’s the same brand I drink at home on the rare occasion that I drink beer so I know I like it. Somehow it tasted even better at WDW. Funny how that happens. I ended up drinking only 2 though our server definitely tried to talk me into more (I’m such a lightweight that I could feel 2 even on a full stomach).
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    I can’t remember if the chef came out before or after this but he did come out pretty early. Finally I was getting to meet the chef I had spoken with. He was really nice. He had ribs and baked chicken cooking for us and the beans were safe as-is and he wanted to make sure that we were ok with plain corn (well, we could load it with Earth Balance) and baked potatoes. Sounded really good to us.

    I do remember that when our server returned after I spoke with the chef he looked at the table and asked if we had wanted salad for those of us with allergies because he saw that the chef hadn’t brought us any. What an attentive waiter. Usually servers don’t really take much notice of what those of us with allergies have and don’t have. Nice! Anyway, I figured we would have more than enough food and I could see having him go get salad for me at that point (I knew the girls didn’t want it).

    All of this was happening before the show started. It really was all very efficient. During this time, the pianist came out and started playing and DD14 who was seated closest to him (literally if she had have scooted her chair back any farther she would have bumped the piano) enjoyed talking with him a bit.

    The kids loved being up against the stage. The performers engaged them directly a few times and even commented out loud to each other during the show about something DD14 said (you should have seen how excited she was over that). If you don’t like being noticed or acknowledged then this isn’t the place for you. Every stage side table was acknowledged for something during the show. DD14 loves being the center of attention when she’s trying to be (she was) but I would definitely be nervous about being here if she was melting down for some reason as acknowledging her then makes meltdowns worse. This day she was in a great mood and I’m glad we did HDDR on a down day so that she could really enjoy it, as could the rest of us.

    Our food was brought out by the chef around the same time as everybody else’s. Having been before, I could have sworn that they used to serve the first bucket with a loud clang onto guests’ metal plates as part of one of the songs but that didn’t happen this time. Am I imagining that this used to happen? I could have sworn it did because DD14 got very upset the first time as she has auditory sensory issues and can’t handle sudden unexpected loud noises and that’s exactly what it was. Anyway, that didn’t happen this time so no concern. It did feel to me like something was missing but I very quickly got over it. Nobody else at our table commented.

    Oh, yeah, the food. I’m sure you want more pictures by now. I’m so wordy.
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    Everything was tasty and cooked well. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture but the baked potatoes are covered in rock salt which is my preferred way of doing them and DD14 loves them that way too. DD12 won’t eat baked potatoes no matter how they’re done. I thought he brought some ribs with and some without sauce but I don’t see that in the picture (my kids prefer without but I prefer with though I will eat and enjoy them without as well). Note that this was another picture taken after we already dug in so it is possible there were some with sauce. I really can’t remember. For all I know, maybe we couldn’t even have them with sauce. Boy, my memory’s not what it used to be.

    Anyway, we ate a lot. We could have had more but had no room for it. The chef came out part way through to see how we were doing with our food and seemed to really want to give us more but I hate being wasteful so I wouldn’t let him bring more of anything out.

    When the desserts were brought out, ours took a few more minutes to arrive. The chef brought out Babycakes chocolate cupcakes for us. Yummy!!
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    When he brought these out, he also came out with what looked like a Babycakes grocery bag. In the bag was another full loaf of corn bread plus a box with more cupcakes. I was shocked! He was sending us off with a big goody bag of Babycakes stuff. How amazing is that?

    I thanked him profusely for all that he did for us including the to-go bag as well as all of the prep he did in getting the other chefs ready for us. He was beaming and told us that he really hopes that we’ll be back. We’ll definitely dine there again but the jury’s still out on FW (lots of factors though from an ASD and allergy perspective it’s great overall).

    We really enjoyed our dinner and the show.

    Now on to the discussion of categories.
    Category 1: Being right up at the stage was a lot of fun when DD14’s in a good mood but I’d be worried how she’d handle it in a less than stellar mood. It was a bit disappointing when the performers were out and about among the tables that the view of them didn’t seem to be as good as if we had been in the center. I think I’d prefer farther back in category 1 but this isn’t something that can be controlled other than maybe waiting longer to book (that’s a gamble as you never know if/when they’ll sell out).
    Category 2: Our table I think was the very first category 2 table available. We were ground floor under the balcony at the table closest to the stage (actually the kitchen). We had a great view even though we were off to the side. My concern with category 2 is just how variable the location can be. You can be ground floor or upstairs. Ground floor you can be on the side under the balcony or at the back which I can’t help but wonder about heads obstructing kids’ views probably not but I can’t help but wonder). It’s just so variable. I guess that’s true of any restaurant though. We did like our view and being on the outside did mean we’d have easy access to leave without disrupting others if we had to.
    Category 3: You always know what you’re going to get with this category. I wasn’t sure what I’d think of the view from upstairs but it was really good. The performers do come up so it’s not like you miss out on that when they’re moving around amongst the tables. Because you’re at a long single sided table you don’t need to worry about being bumped or jostled when people pass by. If the show isn’t sold out though, they move people “up” the line so if you book early you may be in one if the upstairs category 2 tables at the back which I wouldn’t like as much.
    Personal Preference: I think that we’ll most likely stick with category 3 most times if we go again though I’ll certainly consider category 1. I doubt I’ll do category 2 again. Even if using the dining plan, knowing that category 2 is a better financial value, I’ll likely still go for category 3.
     
  9. EvangelineG

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    I really appreciate you taking the time to post these detailed allergy reviews. There has been a lot of discussion on these boards recently about allergy needs not being met, and it is nice to hear abut families with multiple allergies still being able to dine at WDW safely. Looking forward to reading your other reviews! :)
     
  10. clanmcculloch

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    It's my pleasure to write up these kinds of reviews. Things like these have helped me so much so I love paying it forward and hopefully helping others. Next installment is coming up shortly.
     
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    LeCellier lunch

    We ate at LeCellier for lunch on Thursday August 16 2012. Our ADR was 12:10 and we arrived around 12:00. The waiting area did have people sitting on all of the benches but they were all quickly seated so we were able to sit down. DD14 was in a very anxious mood and probably should have had a snack a little while earlier as she doesn’t cope well with getting hungry so there was no way she was going to sit with other people on the benches. The waiting area is cool, dim and pretty quiet when there aren’t a lot of guests waiting. Thank goodness. It was only maybe 5 minutes before we were seated. This is DD14’s absolute favourite restaurant at WDW so she was putting forth a lot of effort to remain calm and composed despite being upset only a few minutes before we got to the restaurant (this was the worst stimming we had seen at this point in the trip, much worse than we see at home).

    Our table was in the middle of the restaurant but somehow the restaurant feels divided into smaller areas so it didn’t seem like there was lots of activity constantly around us even though there was. The lighting is dim and the noise seems somehow muffled which I really don’t understand but hey, I’m not complaining since this is what DD14 needs when she’s like this. There’s lots to look around at and her favourite meal will be in front of her shortly.

    It did seem to take a little longer for the chef to come out this time compared to other restaurants but that’s more likely perception rather than reality because of DD14. It was the chef with whom I had exchanged a few emails. I was thrilled to hear that he had made the mango sorbet that we had discussed since more times than not when chefs make these kinds of promises, other than at the resort at which we’re staying for that trip where they seem really good about this, these promises don’t seem to happen. Mango is her absolute favourite fruit so she’s definitely perking up more. One more thing that was exciting was that he remembered that I mentioned DD12’s love of shrimp so he actually took some time to figure out if he could make fried shrimp for her. It took him a few attempts to get it, but he figured out something that would work. YAY!!! This restaurants is one of DD12’s least favourites but it’s DD14’s only request every trip so I do make her come anyway since each person gets to choose at least one favourite each trip. Well, now DD12’s thrilled and I’m blown away that he even tried.

    The chef shortly comes out with some Udi’s dinner rolls for me and DD12. The dinner rolls are dry and taste like whole wheat which is weird since all of their other products carried around WDW are light and fluffy. No margarine that I can recall. DD12 ate one even though she wasn’t thrilled with it but I hardly ate a bite. DD12 was bummed that she couldn’t eat the pretzel bread. It was the potential for cross contamination with nuts I think that made them unsafe.
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    Our food seems to take longer than normal. I know our meals always take a long time and I expect that but this was long even for us. The chef came out after we had been waiting to apologize (see, not just my imagination) but it turned out he was struggling with the shrimp. After the third batch (yes, he was really trying), he couldn’t get them to golden up, he figured because of the gluten free flour (she’s not gluten free but he was using the allergy frier and wasn’t going to put regular flour into that fryer which makes sense). He asked if DD12 wanted to try them anyway and of course she said yes. Our food came out maybe 10 minutes after that. Like usual, I forgot to take pictures until we had already eaten part of our meals.

    The fried rock shrimp with french fries was delicious. It didn’t look nearly as good as it tasted. He did a very good job. They were small shrimp but they were plump and yummy.
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    I got the filet. I can’t have the risotto so he offered some roasted potatoes. I’m not usually that fond of roasted potatoes but OMG these were GOOD. Yes those are mini purple potatoes and there was lots of garlic. I’m of the school of thought that it’s impossible to ever use too much garlic so I thought it was wonderful. The steak was cooked to perfection and the chopped dish of mushrooms (the sauce isn’t safe for me) was also wonderful.
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    DD14 also got the filet with the dish of mushrooms but she chose fries as we (me and the chef) were unable to describe the potatoes in sufficient detail to make her comfortable choosing them. She did try my potatoes and loved them though she also enjoyed the fries. She might get the roasted ones next time. We’ll see. She really enjoyed hers as well and it was also cooked to perfection.
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    The chef of course then came back to discuss dessert. DD14 and I got the mango sorbet. DD12 chose a mixture of the sorbet and Tofutti ice cream. OMG what a delicious combo that turned out to be. It tasted a Creamsicle. The sorbet was delicious. I was so stuffed that I really shouldn’t have ordered dessert but I’m glad I did and I polished off every bite. It wasn’t a sugar free sorbet like many places serve (I don’t like artificial sweeteners). According to the chef, this was only pureed mangos and a simple cane sugar syrup. Yummy and so simple!!
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    DD14’s mood had definitely turned around when her entrée was delivered and by the end of the meal she was in a great mood and wanting to tour some more. I knew better than to go with this as it’s almost a food high with her but I was so glad that she at least was out of her meltdown mode. Whew! I’m not sure what we’ll do next year when it becomes signature all day but I think I need to try to get an ADR booked for December. Note to self: get your itinerary figured out so you can stalk the ADR site to get a LC lunch ADR for an Epcot day.
     
  12. valree

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    Thanks for posting your review! Of all the food you've described so far, the hash browns made me the most hungry! Go figure! I'm used to seeing home fries all the time, that I guess hash browns make me excited!
     
  13. LoKay

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    Thank you so much for posting and I can't wait to read more! Happy to see that some of the chefs are still catering to allergies. Our first trip in 2009 I was dairy free and the second trip in 2010 I was dairy and gluten free. This time I am only gluten free-my body has healed enough from being GF that I can eat dairy again! Both previous times we stayed off site at a friends condo so I was able to cook some meals. This time we are staying at CBR so I'm a little apprehensive.
     
  14. clanmcculloch

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    Only gluten free is still really easy at WDW. The problems that people have been encountering have been mostly in cases of very complicated dietary restrictions. It's tougher for DD14 because with her egg allergy her options at WDW are significantly more limitted than folks who are "only" gluten and milk and nut free (so many of the products at WDW are free of these but not eggs) and for those who have allergies that are not top 8, especially if the allergens are common ingredients in gluten free foods such as rice, tapioca, some kind of legume, etc or else a common spice, then it becomes MUCH more difficult. Corn is still a pretty tough one as well and unfortuntely I think that there's likely a ways to go in education for corn allergies but I feel very lucky that our allergies, while the lists are lengthy, are still not difficult to work with. We can all still eat most proteins (I'm limitted in the type of pig products I eat but I don't bother listing that as an allergy as I do fine as long as I don't choose that as my entree but I can handle small amounts say cooked into beans) and simple starches and some fruits and vegetables so if nothing else I know we always have simple fallbacks. I'm actually shocked at just how far chefs have gone for us this trip. Part of me wonders if how amazing chefs have been is in any way tied to a VERY upset email I had sent to Guest Relations before our February trip or if was in any way tied to glowing emails I had sent to Guest Relations after each trip regarding specific chefs who had gone above and beyond. I'll never really know for sure but boy were we spoiled rotten this trip, beyond anything we had experienced in the past. At least that's how I look at even what I described so far in this review. I would NEVER expect this even going forward. I always go in expecting chefs to be able to give us simple proteins and starches that are on the menu but served without sauces and if anything more happens then it's major pixie dust (I review menus before booking ADRs to make sure that there are simple proteins and starches and vegetables that we can eat if cooked plain).
     
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    Great reviews so far!!!!

    OMG I'm heading to Plaza Restaurant asap for that banana split! That looks amazing!

    Also, I'm so glad to see the reviews of Trail's End--always wanted to try it, and it looks like breakfast and lunch are both great.

    Can't read to read more...especially Landscape of Flavors at AoA. I'm heading to breakfast there in a few weeks! :thumbsup2

    Sounds like you all had a blast!
     
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    I hate to say this but I kept forgetting to take pictures at Landscape of Flavors. I've got a few breakfast pictures and that's it. One thing I do want to mention was that we experience mistakes at breakfast. Lunches and dinners were always perfect and delicious but breakfast had mistakes on more than one occasion. Luckily the mistakes were things that were easy to see (Ener-G bun instead of Udi's when DD12 can't have Ener-G because of an obscure ingredient, premixed fruit instead of fresh berries when DD14 can't have citrus but the premixed is oranges, blueberries & strawberries and regular pepperjack cheese instead of Tofutti; thank goodness there are visible differences between the items so we didn't eat them so nobody got sick but it sure is a good reminder to ALWAYS look over the food and even ask questions when it's handed to you).
     
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    Wow, these are great reviews! Thanks so much for sharing them. I have celiac, and love eating at WDW, but the recent negative dining reviews had me worried.

    And I agree, Babycakes is awesome. I had the donuts and cupcakes the last time I was there. The only issue I had was that the donuts don't really keep well (they crumbled to pieces), but that's pretty common with gluten free baked goods.
     
  18. snorris49

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    No problem! Some reviews would be great, especially the breakfast one! I've only been once and will heading there for breakfast in a few weeks.

    Sorry to hear about the mistakes happening at breakfast. I know I find that QS locations seem to be the ones I find the most mistakes at for breakfast, but it happens everywhere occasionally. Sometimes I think it's a lack of knowledge, especially when it comes to the lesser known allergies, but you would think citrus and cheese sure would be a no-brainer. But maybe that's because I have the dairy allergy, I'm always conscience of it...but still! Thanks for bringing up that point of making sure you always look over the food and ask questions!

    Looking forward to more reviews!!! Bring on the pics! :banana:
     
  19. clanmcculloch

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    Whispering Canyon Cafe lunch

    We ate at Whispering Canyon Café for lunch on Friday August 17 2012 after checking out of Fort Wilderness and before heading over to check in at Art of Animation. I don’t book a lot of ADRs are resorts where we’re not staying because we use Disney transportation exclusively and I know that DD14 will only have so much patience so I figured this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Transportation from FW was really easy as there’s a bus that goes directly from the main bus stop (which was where we had to drop off our golf cart anyway), through the resort then over to WL. It was so easy. We arrived at WL with plenty of time before our ADR and we had a first lunch ADR so it’s not like we could just check in early so we decided to hang out in the lobby. It is such a peaceful lobby and so beautiful while still being rustic. I can definitely see enjoying staying here sometime in the future. To me, it has that same feel as the Polynesian and we love Poly. We didn’t venture anywhere beyond the lobby and gift shop so I really don’t know what the rest was like, but we did find it to be very comfortable. DD14 sat in front of the big fireplace while the rest of us looked around the lobby. There’s something about staring at fire that is just soothing.

    Around 15 minutes before our ADR we walked up to the check-in desk where they took our name, but the restaurant wasn’t open yet so the kids started playing with the Lincoln Logs in the waiting area. It was still pretty quiet and only one other pair of kids came to the table to play until we were told it was our turn to be seated.

    The décor was the same kind of rustic feel with muted tones but it was somehow still bright and airy feeling at the same time, probably because of all the windows plus the fact that the side of the restaurant that faces the lobby is wide open as well. The dining room wasn’t nearly as spacious as I was expecting though I’m really not sure what I was expecting.

    I was very nervous about all of the antics I had heard about at WCC because I wasn’t sure how DD14 would handle them. It seems that everybody was perfectly in tune with who did and who did not want to play. DD14 was at this point pretty grumpy because she needed to eat so everybody left her alone. Phew! DD12 and her BFF on the other hand were fair game and had a blast.

    Our server came by pretty quickly but really couldn’t take drink orders beyond waters and the fairy punch for BFF11. It wasn’t long before the chef came out. He was that same person who had called me at home to discuss our options. On the phone I had a lot of trouble understanding him because he has a VERY heavy French accent. Being a Canadian growing up on the border between Ontario and Quebec I’m used to French accents but France French is very different than Quebec French so I didn’t really catch a lot of what he said on the phone. Anyway, we said our hellos and he went over with me what we had discussed. Luckily, the kids did want the platter, though he had said that he put on some gluten free pasta just in case.

    To drink, the girls and I all wanted the bottomless milkshakes. DD14, being in the mood she was in, couldn’t decide on a milkshake flavour so he offered to bring out samples of all of the drinks. I don’t think he knows the definition of sample. These look like full sized glasses to me. DD12 ordered vanilla and I ordered chocolate figuring that chocolate was the only flavour DD14 hadn’t asked for and the way I looked at it was that if she didn’t like the ones he brought then we could switch. We basically shared. Left to right: chocolate, berry (I think blueberry, blackberry and strawberry but I could be wrong about the mixture), my water glass, mango. Her favourite by far was the mango, but if you recall from LeCellier, mango is an absolute favourite flavour of hers anyway. I have to admit, that mango was YUMMY!! They all were. If I actually had room for a refill I would have ordered the mango. I’m not a huge berry fan to begin with but I did think that one was tasty anyway. I think that’s a vanilla half cut off on the right. I believe he used Tofutti ice cream and Pacific rice milk along with purees of fresh fruits. In case you’re wondering, they don’t use a regular milkshake machine at WCC. Regular milkshakes are premixed and poured out of a machine that’s similar to a soft ice cream machine. The allergy ones are made using a blender. This means there are no cross contamination concerns.
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    After going over all the food with us, he left to get us our corn bread which had be pre-made. I’m getting the impression that this is the standard allergy corn bread at WCC. If you have allergies, this corn bread makes the trip to WCC worthwhile all on its own. OMG!!!!!!!! BEST…CORN…BREAD…EVER!!! Even DH kept wanting ours instead of his. That’s Earth Balance margarine on the side. He told me he uses the Namaste mix and doctors it up. I keep forgetting that he gave me his card so I could email him to get the recipe. I really need to remember to do that.
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    We had a chance to polish off most of the corn bread before the entrée was brought out. Like usual, I didn’t remember to take a picture until after we all dug in. This is how much was left on the platter after we had already served ourselves. Everything was delicious. Yes, that’s real mashed potatoes that are diary free. DD14 is very fussy about mashed potatoes and she loved these. I’m not big on mashed potatoes in general but I did enjoy these ones. We all enjoyed the ribs. I’m the only one who enjoys sausage and they did taste good. The beans were nice but it’s funny, I think I’m more of a canned cheap baked beans kind of girl. These were more like authentic baked beans. How funny is it that we like the cheap stuff? The chicken was tasty and tender as well. Basically, everything was good. The kids couldn’t have any of the BBQ sauce as it’s made using orange juice but I could (it was served in a cup on the side so it wouldn’t accidentally get on any of the food on the platter and it was tasty.
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    While we were eating, the staff was a lot of fun. There was an older woman server taking care of a couple tables near us and she was really into the whole theme of the restaurant but she was getting on DD14’s nerves. Her voice was grating on her. As DD14 ate though she was able to handle more. After a while they started some “pony” races around the restaurant and DD12 and BFF11 got up to join them. The races were really just the kids each grabbing a wooden pony (the kinds that are a horse head on a long stick) and running around the perimeter of the restaurant. DD14 enjoyed watching but didn’t participate. It never got too loud despite the fun. There was also some singing during the course of our meal. A few times the restaurant greeter came by to chat and kid around. One of the times BFF11 pulled on his tie while he was teasing her so that of course became the green light to go ahead and really have fun with her. He went and grabbed what must have been a couple dozen straws and started putting them in her hair. By the time he was done, she looked like Medusa with straws instead of snakes. It was so funny! We were all laughing.

    I had asked the chef on the phone if there would be any desserts that the girls could eat because they’re so limited in dessert options and we were celebrating DD12’s birthday during the trip. He said he’d make sure there was something. YAY! I figured that meant maybe he backed up some brownies or else ordered something from Babycakes. Nope! When he came back out to check on how we were doing with our meal, I asked if there was anything that they could eat and he said he had a surprise waiting for them. Cool! I made sure to tell him that we were getting really full on all of the wonderful food he had already served to us so we really only needed to split a dessert or two for the table. I hate waste (and I was already feeling bad about how much food was still left on the platter). Well, around 10 minutes later out he comes with a 6 inch cake. It was single layer more like a brownie but still, it was a 6 inch cake. WOW! I hadn’t expected that. The flowers were not something you’d want to eat (I think he said they were made with corn starch) but they were pretty. It was basically a brownie that was still very gooey (almost too gooey but that’s more of a preference thing I think) coated with powdered sugar. It was served with a dish of berries on the side as well as a chocolate birthday swirl on the side as the chocolate wasn’t safe so BFF got to eat it. The berries were I think mostly blackberries in a syrup if I remember correctly but I forgot to photograph it. It did taste good though.
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    I think the part the disappointed me about the dessert was that I didn’t order a cake, I just asked IF there would be anything or not. We were charged for a cake. I wasn’t about to argue but it did kind of bug me that it felt kind of like we were forced to take what felt like an upsell. I suppose it could have been that he thought I was asking for a cake since I mentioned her birthday and again, I never commented or argued and just paid for it, but something about it just didn’t feel right. The kids were very happy and it did taste good so that’s really what mattered.

    Overall, we really enjoyed our time at WCC. When I asked everybody what restaurant they wanted as their first choice for our next trip, DD12 said WCC. I’m so bummed about the menu changes though. The lunch I just described will no longer be an option at lunch. We typically prefer big TS lunches and smaller CS meals back at our resort for dinner, if we even have room for dinner. Maybe if I include a MK evening in an upcoming itinerary I can set up an early dinner ADR at WCC followed by heading over to MK for the evening. I’ll have to figure it out. We really did enjoy it here.
     
  20. clanmcculloch

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    Sunshine Seasons lunch

    Sunshine Seasons is our absolute favourite CS restaurants in all of WDW. I just had to say that from the start. We go every trip and will continue to go every trip. LOVE IT!!

    Anyway, we ate lunch at SS on Saturday August 18 2012. We always go for lunch early in order to beat the worst of the crowds and because our usual dining times at home are early. This really helps with DD14’s coping ability.

    We always seem to want the same foods every trip so at least we don’t need to spend time talking over lots of options with the chef but we do still ask for a chef and confirm our options each time. Luckily, very little has changed from trip to trip. There are plenty of other safe options as well, but we know what we like.

    DD12 is more of a drumstick kind of gal rather than a half chicken lover so she gets a drumstick equivalent. Usually she’s given 3 drumsticks but this time she was given 4. I would expect three if you’re asking about this but we certainly weren’t going to complain. There are plenty of safe side dishes but she’s a real lover of white rice so that’s what she chose. Unlike our previous trip, she was given a healthy portion of rice (last time was half this much).
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    DD14 has developed a love of seared tuna steaks. She normally won’t eat much that has spice, but she does love this tuna at SS. Normally this is served with pasta and I’ve heard that you can get gluten free pasta but that you have to wait for it to be cooked and as somebody who uses the same brand at home, I don’t want to encourage her to ask for something that will take at least 20 minutes to cook (assuming they even have a fresh pot of boiling water available, otherwise add the time to get the water boiling) so I’ve never mentioned that option to her. For people who can’t have pasta, they typically suggest a salad which is how the seared tuna used to be served. She only likes salad with creamy dressing which isn’t an option so as another lover of rice, she asks for that. Like DD12, DD14 was given a very healthy serving of rice. The little black cups are filled with San-J gluten free soy sauce/tamari. You do have to ask for it as it’s only accessible to the chefs and isn’t sitting out with the condiments.
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    DD14 developed her love of the seared tuna after having tried mine previously. I get it every trip but I do like the salad. In the past they’ve always served it already tossed but this time the chef served it with the dressing in little cups. I’m thinking that the dressing didn’t taste the same as in the past but maybe it’s just that I got more dressing this time than usual. The salad in the past had been a premixed set of veggies but this time it was the greens with the other veggies separate and placed on top. Anyway, my meal once again did not fail to impress. It’s so tasty. I love that there’s actual spice on the tuna. Most restaurants and pretty much every CS location at WDW seem to underwhelm when it comes to spices but the tuna actually has a bit of bite to it. Obviously not a lot if DD14 will eat it despite her dislike of spicy food but it’s something and the flavour is good which is what’s most important.
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    One more thing that we really like about SS is the desserts. This is the only CS location that I know of where we can get Enjoy Life chocolate bars. The cookies we got all over the place but the chocolate bars seem to be pretty much only here. My kids love these chocolate bars.
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    I will warn you that SS can be loud. Sound seems to echo in that building. Anybody who has ever walked through the Land pavilion has heard it. The tables are also VERY close together. We generally try to get a booth so that DD14 can sit there so that there’s less chance of her being bumped as people squeeze by our table. It can also get very crowded. Eating early does help but it can still be difficult to get a table. Even though no special cooking or prep has to be done on our food here, a chef does still have to get our food from the back so that there’s no cross contamination and that does take longer than just standing in line. We try to wait 5 minutes before non-allergy food is grabbed but sometimes our food still isn’t ready. DH and DD12 head out to pay for that stuff while DD14 sticks by my side and waits with me. At least this means that we have a table by the time the rest of the food is ready. Typically the rest is ready within a couple of minutes but it means that DD14 isn’t dealing with wandering around between those tight tables with us as we try to find a table.
     
  21. nfceagles

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    Thanks for the great reviews. I always look forward to them.

    A couple questions:
    1) The cornbread you got at HDDR and WCC, was it egg-free?
    2) Were the ELF crunchy cookies pretty widely available at QS places? Our last trip, we were missing Divvies and they didn't really have a replacement at most places yet. These are a good choice to accomodate a wide range of allergies.
     

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