I was first going to tie in all my meals to my overall 2012 Disney Princess Half Marathon trip report, but I was so amazed at how well I was able to eat and how knowledgeable the chefs were about my multiple allergies that the food deserved a entry of it's own.
When we arrived on Thursday we went to Portobello in Downtown Disney via boat from Riverside. We happened to be there the same time a winner of some cooking show, could be Top Chef, was also dining. As I looked over the menu there was really no main entrees that stuck out at me so I started to look for things I could eat to prepare to discuss when the chef arrived. When the chef came to our table she was very helpful and as they mainly serve pasta, she kindly brought me a box to look at the ingredients. As soon as I saw it was Barilla brand I knew it was out due to toe corney vitamins added so we made a lovely dish out of fresh gulf shrimp and portobello mushrooms sautéed in EVOO. A glass of Italian Pinot Gris an we were off to a good start!
The next stop was dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywoods Studios. We were wisked away from the crowds into the private VIP Bamboo Room. Why? I have no clue but enjoyed having a room for just us four. The waiter brought me a cool iPad with an app to select my allergies. Since I have so many, it did not work that well for me and I knew I wanted filet and mushrooms anyways. Delicious!
For breakfast on Friday am I just had some of Nana's yummy muffins she made for me before the trip. Lunch on Friday took us to the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort where I feasted on Ahi Tuna and some baked sweet potato fries which were a nice surprise. The chef commented that I even noted bananas on foods to avoid with corn due to gassing. He said not many people realized that.
Dinner on Friday was at Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Resort. I was too starving to take a picture before I dived in but got to enjoy another Filet accompanied by butternut squash.
Saturday breakfast an lunch was good I brought. We ran the 5k in the early and and truthfully we were just all too tired to make it to Downtown Disney again for lunch so Hubby and kids just used the counter service at Riverside.
Dinner on Saturday was another story. We dined at Narcosees at the Grand Floridian where I stuffed myself on a pre-race filet and a wonderful melody of wild mushrooms an EVOO.
Sunday I was up at 3am to get to the starting corrals so I snacked on muffins again and the big surprise came after my 13.1 mile run. We had reservations at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot. This was a princess character breakfast. I need to make it clear that Pea does not like princesses, lol but this was booked as a convenience to have a meal with my family after my run. When we walked in I discovered it was a buffet an just kind of accepted I will just eat the food I had with me.
The chef came out and was very committed to get me a huge and safe meal after my accomplishment. Wow! I ended up with scrambled eggs sautéed in EVOO with onions and fresh potatoes and onions also sautéed. He also made me a huge plate of fresh fruit that I just devoured. I was craving some for the past few days before.
I skipped lunch due to the huge breakfast and napped instead. Our celebration dinner was at the Coral Reef in Epcot. I enjoyed wild salmon and butternut squash.
Monday we ate at Fultons Crab House where I had Ahi Tuna and green beans.
I can not say thank you enough to all of the chefs that made my trip so wonderful. It just goes to show that with proper planning (I brought a list of all my allergies and things I avoids due to them such as salt, seasonings, etc and contacted Disney Special Diets a month in advance) and open communication with the well trained and knowledgable chefs of Disney people with severe allergies can eat well when traveling. I highly recommend Disney for this reason.