Soma is known for their delectable chocolates. We try to make a trip to it every time we’re in the beautiful and historic Distillery District to enjoy their hot chocolate. It’s. To. Die. For.
Did you know they have a dairy-free option for their hot chocolates? They use soy milk instead and it tastes just as good! We didn’t know until very recently, so we indulged in one with Kay. You should’ve seen my heart burst with joy (after being fraught with worry the first few minutes). This was her FIRST hot chocolate outside our home. And so begins the tradition of family hot chocolates every time we go back. Summer season included.
happy-tummy-ometer : 5 out of 5 “Mmmm, it’s yummy. Party in my tummy!!!”
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!!!”
T-Rex Café is a prehistoric-themed restaurant with animatronic dinosaurs. It’s similar to its sister restaurant, Rainforest Café. With imitation lightening and thunder occurring throughout the meal and animatronics “reacting” in response to the changing weather, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart, i.e. our daughter. She’s not fond of the dim lighting and thunderous noises. But when it came to her food, I’d say she was very impressed. We were on the Disney’s meal plan so her entrée, drink and dessert were included. Kay had the Mini Mes-O-Bones from the Kids’ Entrée, which is St. Louis style pork ribs. It’s served with a side of green beans. Kay loves her meat, especially ribs, so that was a no-brainer. One thing I like about Disney restaurants is that most of them try to accommodate people with allergies and/or intolerances. So for her dessert, it was custom version of their Sorbet Sampler: 2 huge scoops of raspberry sorbet. Her eyes grew large when her dessert arrived. Ours did too. We’ve included her hand in the image for reference. happy-tummy-ometer : 5 out of 5 “So yummy mommy! It’s a party in my tummy!!!”
We wanted to try something different for Easter one year and was always curious about Turduckens, a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey. So when Costco offered The Original Turducken, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to try it. A quick email to Echelon Foods/The Original Turducken Inc. for their ingredients list resulted in a same-day reply. Thanks Mike! They are dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and nut-free. We chose the Turducken with Italian sausage (pork) stuffing, which really kicked the taste up a notch. I would say it’s a definite must-try for turkey lovers.
happy-tummy-ometer : 4 out of 5 “Mmmm. Sausage.”
We love pb&j! And with a peanut-allergic child, we needed to find a suitable replacement pronto! Believe all you hear about Wowbutter, the peanut butter replacement. It REALLY does taste the same!!!!
So even though she refuses to try it, at least we can enjoy it in front of her. And so continues our pb&j love-fest.
happy-tummy-ometer : n/a “No it’s okay. I don’t need to try it.”
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!
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.
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!
happy-tummy-ometer : 5 out of 5 “Party in my tummy!”
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