Crystal Palace | Magic Kingdom, Disney World

When we stayed at Disney World, we were on a dining plan and actually enjoyed all of our table service meals.  These next posts will be ALL about Disney dining.

We had the character breakfast at Crystal Palace.  We didn’t go there for the food.  We were there to see Winnie the Pooh and friends and to take advantage of the early reservations.  This gave us access to Magic Kingdom before the park opened for great photo opportunities!

The food was mostly standard breakfast buffet fare.  What stood out in my mind were the Mickey waffles and breakfast lasagne (warm trifle cake with fruit and Bavarian cream). Those are must-haves!

For our daughter, we mentioned her allergies to our server and was informed that the manager would come and walk us through what’s safe for her to eat. Service overall was good except for that wait. I think it took 20 minutes before he showed up. By then we’ve already laid out some dry cereal (Fruit Loops) for her to munch on.

Once we’ve discussed her food allergies and what she’s interested in eating, we settled on a bowl of fruit, Van’s Waffles and bacon (her favourite).  It’s too bad Mickey waffles aren’t dairy-free.  I would’ve like for her to try them.

The overall experience was good. Kay’s face lit up like never before with each of the characters. It was only then I truly understood the power and effect of Disney.  It really is a magical place once I saw it through her eyes.

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happy-tummy-ometer : 3.5 out of 5 “Can I have more bacon?”

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Fushimi Authentic Japanese Cuisine | Markham

We went to this Japanese AYCE (all you can eat) restaurant to celebrate a family birthday so it was a large group of people.  Because of the chaos and the AYCE option (they bring the food to you) I was a bit worried about Kay’s food allergies. In the end, she had no allergic reaction to any of the food she had, and she had many!  She enjoyed edamame, egg-less chicken fried rice, chicken teriyaki skewers, beef short ribs and pan fried pork dumplings.  She even asked for another serving of edamame and chicken skewers!  The only bad thing is that none of the desserts were safe for her.  She was too stuffed to eat more anyways so it worked out in the end.  When she enjoys her food, this girl can really eat!

happy-tummy-ometer : 5 out of 5 “More mommy! It’s a party in my tummy!!!”

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!”