Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant/Dining Help Thread

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Plasticletters, May 24, 2010.

  1. Vegcentric

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    I have a sort of vegan blog, but it's my personal blog as well (which is cool that everyone checks out). I post recipes that I've enjoyed quite frequently @ www.heart1lly.com.

    Also, I just came over here to point out how pleasantly surprised I am by how many vegans there actually are, now. the And vegetarians, too. I remember when I was vegetarian, even on the internet I wouldn't come across another veggie. Mostly if people found out, I'd get mocked. Now we have a thread for vegetarian and vegan in Walt Disney World and look at the turn out! It's like some sort of revolution, haha.
     
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  3. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

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    Thanks, those are all some of my favorites anyway, but I've never tried their vegetarian options. I'm excited to now! :goodvibes

    Also, should I just stay away from any gelatin type dessert? I'm assuming none of them are vegetarian.
     
  4. Plasticletters

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    Anything that looks like "Jello" is probably not going to be vegetarian. Vegetarian "Jello" (made with pectin instead of gelatin) isn't something commonly served.

    Also, to answer one of your earlier questions, from what I have heard EVERYTHING at Nine Dragons in China at Epcot is either cooked in chicken broth or has meat in it. The same is allegedly true of their counter service food (even the rolls).

    To help you out a bit (since I know it can be confusing being a beginning vegetarian) here are a few things with gelatin in them that people don't commonly think to even check on...

    Marshmallows and anything with marshmallow in it (unless you get the kinds labelled "vegan". You eat fish, so marshmallows labeled "kosher" would be alright for you too as they are made from fish gelatin. Marshmallow Fluff is also vegetarian, but not vegan as it is made with egg whites. There are vegan versions of all this stuff but they are not readily available at most restaurants and certainly not theme parks)
    Skittles (the "crazy cores" variety has switched over to become vegetarian and they seem to be in the process of switching over the other flavors as well, but check out the packages. Usually unless you get the "crazy core" variety it will have gelatin)
    Starburst
    Gummy Bears
    Gummy Peach Rings
    Gummy Lifesavers
    ok...really anything with "gummy" in the name

    Here are a few things with lard (that's right...straight up lard) in them that people don't think to check

    Refried Beans (always ask when ordering mexican food. If they say their beans are "traditional" or "authentic" it means they are cooked in lard. Spanish rice is also commonly cooked in chicken broth so always ask about that too)
    Potato Chips/Fried Snacks (this is a weird one, but there are several brands of potato chips that have lard in them)
    Some desert creams/whips

    hope that all helped a bit.
     
  5. punkin712

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    To add to Plasticletters' list of weird/unexpected things that contain gelatin:

    --sour cream (some do, some don't)
    --yogurt (some Dannon and most Yoplait contain gelatin)
    --cheesecake (this is hit-or-miss...if it isn't baked, it probably contains gelatin, if it's baked and contains sour cream, the sour cream might contain gelatin)
    --Planter's sunflower seeds (I have no idea why)
    --smoothies (goes back to the yogurt - the new ones at McDonald's use yogurt that contains gelatin)
    --mousse
    --whipped cream (sometimes restaurants add gelatin as a stabilizer)

    Also, anything that lists cochineal or carmine as an ingredient (it's a red coloring that's used in stuff like juice, yogurt, etc.) might be an issue depending on where you draw the line. The color comes from ground beetle shells.

    And most fast food potato products (french fries, hash browns, etc.) are coated with beef flavoring - in additional to possible cross-contamination with nonvegetarian food items.

    It's really all about reading labels and knowing what to watch out for.
     
  6. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

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    Thanks for those lists. I knew about marshmallows, but not the rest. It's amazing how much stuff they put in food that makes it not all right to eat. And I'm glad to know I can eat kosher gelatin, which should include a few more things in my diet.
     
  7. MelanieC

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    DHS vegan update:

    Starring Rolls got rid of the veggie sandwich because the tortilla would get too soggy. The now have veggie sushi that is pre-made and you get chips and dessert on the meal plan. I didn't get this, but next week I'm going to see if I can get the candy apple for a dessert.

    They don't take the snack credit at the villains in vogue candy shop.

    I got to Backlot express today and it was closed because the gas stoves weren't working. When I talked to the girl who was telling everyone this and told her I didn't know where else to eat. She took me inside to talk to a manager and he told me they sell the exact same sandwich at Studio catering. Do we went over there and the sandwhich is now made with an asiago cheese bread. They were able to switch to a wheat ciabiata bread they have. They also got rid of the blackbean salad
    They said they don't have a dedicated fryer for the fries. They offered me carrots or apple slices instead
    The also have the gluten free enjoy life cookies.

    For dinner we went to Backlot express. The also changed the bread and no blackbean salad. They have a dedicated allergy fryer. They also have the gluten free allergy free enjoy life chocolate chip cookies.
     
  8. MelanieC

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    Oh and every counter service at Disney was super helpful and nice, except for The Mara at AKL. Not that I didn't get helped in the end, bit the people in the back were not the nicest. The girl at the cashier was the one who helped me and she was calling the chef via the wallow talkie, and the chef was very put put with the questions I had and after saying they could make something for me, I told the cashier I had a specific question about the food, the chef yelled over the walkie - Who is asking this, I thought she was talking about me specifically and then the cashier told her who she was and then she got a little nicer. The one guy behind the counter who was mire knowledgable, but still acted put out when I wanted to know what was in the couscous salad. In the end it allworked out though.

    Also I'll post more about Boma. The chef I got have me wrong info and lied to me about something, and seemed so put out by my questions.
     
  9. jandj524

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    Thanks for this information - I'll be traveling there in December with my sister who is a Vegan :goodvibes
     
  10. N.eve

    N.eve Earning My Ears

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    When in December will you be heading down? I'll be at Harry Potter for a day and Disney World for six days in December too. I'll be there the 12 through the 17.
     
  11. hpfan100

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    that's crazy how can falafel not be vegan...what the pete is it then?:rotfl:

    ohhh Mexican food is my favorite I never thought about that.
    hmmm vegan pizza wonder if that is any good I'll check it out and report back

    Thanks for all your tips!
     
  12. hpfan100

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    I ate at Pastamore and it was ok. You can create your own pasta and make it with whatever you want. Also ate salted pretzels which was yummy. There is a Panda Express which may have tofu but that is pretty rare. there are salads at most quick places. popcorn and fruit cups are all over too. Good Luck!
     
  13. hpfan100

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    woohoo veggie revolution
    All I pictured when I read this was people in amour with asparagus spears and sharpened carrot and celery sticks. LOL :lmao: I think I need to get come sleep.
     
  14. jandj524

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    Hi - we will be down there the week before - 12/3 - 12/9. We will be spending 2 days in US and the rest in WDW. Enjoy your trip :goodvibes
     
  15. MelanieC

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    I had the vegan pizza at pizzafari on Thursday, and was really impressed. It was awesome and they even had life is good vegan cookies. I had an awesome meal there
    It even came with a plain salad, although I'm going to get chips this week when I go v
     
  16. MelanieC

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    Another change. This time at MK.

    AT El Pirata y el Perico, they no longer offer tacos. The do offer a vegetarian burrito, but I wasn't sure of the tortilla ingredients (anyone know of which ones I need to look for besides l-lysine? It didnt have l-lysine, but had other dough conditioners. It also had a several words with calcium in the word.

    I also looked at the ingredients for the black beans and rice, but the manager who helped me said they the rice wasn't vegan, something about dairy on the cilantro. He offered to make me vegan nachos, so I decided on that. Tortilla chips, tons of black beans, and a generous helping of blackbean corn salsa (which he promised was vegan).
    I also added lettuce, tomatoes and salsa from the toppings bar. It was supper tasty and they had both divvies and good life ciookies. I think o actually prefer the good life ones, they have a nice molasses flavor, although a slightly grainy texture, but it's not bad at all. The divvies had more actual cookies and both are soft. I have yet to find a counter service at the parks who didn't carry attest the good life ones.
     
  17. ekatiel

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    We're not vegetarian or vegan, but my DS has food allergies, and chef TJ is the BEST!!! Anyone have updates on where he is and his schedule?? I started a thread on the DISabilities board, so maybe someone there will know. I also emailed Brenda Bennett at special diets about it. I'd really, really like to be able to eat at his restaurant when we return to the World in December! --Katie
     
  18. Teresa Pitman

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    If you like vegan food blogs, you might want to follow my daughter's - just search on "vegan cookbook critic" and you'll find it. She does recipe-testing for cookbook authors, reviews cookbooks and enters cooking contests, all with tons of photos and descriptions. (If you go back a few months in the archives, she also has detailed descriptions of our meals from our last Disney trip, too!)

    Teresa
     
  19. disneyfav4ever

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    Those nachos sound awesome!

    I like the princess parfaits she did. I once played around with the idea of doing a seven-course dinner around the princesses, but never did.
     
  20. UncleOrville

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    This thread is great - thank you! :thumbsup2 I haven't had time to read through all of it yet, so forgive me if I've missed this. And thanks all for the great recent vegan and vegetarian dining reviews we've had here lately! :goodvibes

    I'm wondering if there is a place or if we can create a place (either in this thread or in a new thread) where we post photos of vegan and vegetarian meals at the signature restaurants. We're trying to decide between a few signature restaurants for our upcoming trip, and it would be nice to browse through one place to see what people have gotten in the past.

    If a thread/ space like this already exists, it would be great if someone could direct me to it. :goodvibes If not, can we post pictures/ descriptions here? Or let me know if you'd like me to create a separate thread. Thanks! :hug:
     
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