Smash Kitchen and Bar Restaurant | Markham

We’ve heard great things about this restaurant from friends already so we thought we’d give it a try one weeknight as part of a birthday celebration.  The waiter was very approachable and understanding (he has food allergies as well).  The selection was limited, but he tried to work with us for Kay to have something she’d enjoy.  It came to three choices that are dairy and nut free: 1) Kids Pasta; 2) Kids Smash Burger (bun-less and cheese-less); or 3) BBQ wings (dry, no sauce) from Starters and Sides.  She chose #3 and shared my fries with me.  The portions were pretty decent.

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But what made this one of her favourite restaurants was the surprise dessert at the end: a dairy-free mango gelato.  She was over the moon when it arrived!

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happy-tummy-ometer : 5 out of 5 . For the meal: “I like the wings.  They’re crispy!” For the dessert: “I get dessert too?!!!”

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Corn Salad Recipe

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On the theme of summer recipes, I thought I’d share a dairy-free favourite of mine that we’ve enjoyed long before Kay was born.  It’s great on its own but can also be a dip for tortilla chips!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of cooked corn (from grilled corn on the cob if possible for that extra smoky flavour, yum!)
  2. 1 can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  3. 1 avocado, halved, peeled, pitted and cubed
  4. 1 tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
  5. 1 lime, halved
  6. 2 tbsp olive oil
  7. salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the corn, beans, avocado and tomatoes
  2. In a separate and smaller bowl, squeeze in the juice of the lime into the olive oil, mix and pour over the salad
  3. Salt and pepper to taste
  4. Gently toss the salad
  5. Serve immediately!

‘Ohana | Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney World

We originally weren’t sure about this restaurant since it’s not character dining for dinner but it soon exceeded our expectations on all fronts.  With excellent service and a cheerful staff that’s also receptive to our child’s allergy needs, we felt at ease right away.

We entered when the events for the children began, where they got to sweep coconuts across the restaurant’s floor with brooms and dance to island music.  Soon after, the polynesian food came out.  We received huge helpings of side dishes first, which ties us over between skewers of meat brought around by our server.  Please note, this is a restaurant for meat lovers (my daughter included).  Vegetables are definitely lacking here.

The side dishes of pan-fried dumplings and chicken wings are both dairy and peanut free and very tasty! Kay feasted on this meal alone and really didn’t need to eat anything else.  She also had some skewered chicken and pork but preferred the crispiness of the dumplings to all other foods.

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For dessert hers came out first, which made her feel really special.  It’s also her first ice cream sandwich!  This dairy-free, peanut-free and gluten-free dessert is made with Rice Dream vanilla ice cream and Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies.  It’s as good as it looks, so she gobbled it up really quickly. It’s definitely a memorable night for us.

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happy-tummy-ometer : 5 out of 5 . For the meal: “Mmmm. The ‘dum-pe-lings’ are so crispy and yummy” For the dessert: “Ooh it looks deeelicious! Soo yummy. And I like the raspberries a lot.”

Jasmine Lounge, Fairmont Southampton | Bermuda

We vacationed in Bermuda and wanted to try the Jasmine Lounge at the Fairmont Southampton.  Our experience?  Well, let’s just say we went back twice more!

For our first time, Kay had the chicken fingers.  The waiter verified it with the kitchen before we ordered it since chicken fingers tend to have dairy in them.  The side was fries and a tiny ketchup bottle. The verdict?  No-go for the chicken fingers, unfortunately.  They were too peppery for her.  But the fries and tiny bottle of ketchup were a huge hit!

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happy-tummy-ometer : 3 out of 5 “Chicken is spicy. Fries are crispy and yummy!  The ketchup is sooo cute!”

At our second visit the chef came over to speak with us, which was a nice touch!  We settled on whole-wheat penne with tomato sauce and meatballs.  For the drink, she had a virgin strawberry daiquiri.  She ate the penne but preferred the virgin daiquiri.  For dessert, she had a dairy-free, sugarless banana ice cream with mixed fruit (think frozen mashed banana).  Her eyes lit up when it arrived since this was one of the few times she can enjoy dessert at a restaurant.  Usually I had to bring a small treat for her if we wanted dessert too.

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happy-tummy-ometer : 3 out of 5 “It’s okay. I like your meatballs better, mommy.”

For the third visit, we had the pleasure of talking with the chef again.  We mentioned her disinterest in previous meals so he offered to make her something she would enjoy.  Did he say dairy-free pizza?   This personal pizza had gluten-free dough (which is also dairy and egg-free), tomato sauce, chicken, bacon and basil.  She polished off most of it in addition to her fries.  And for both her drink and dessert, she had the virgin strawberry banana daiquiri – less sweet than the other drink.   Like they always say, third time’s a charm!

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happy-tummy-ometer : 5 out of 5 “Party in my tummy!”

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– Karen