Cinderella's Castle

Nut-Free Magic Kingdom, Disneyworld!

I was ecstatic to discover that Disneyworld is amazing for allergies. Going on vacation and being on edge and afraid to eat is a horrible feeling. There is always new and interesting food (and sweets) that I want to try; especially at theme parks. But more often than not eating is out of the question when you’re deathly allergic. Below is my Disneyworld Magic Kingdom, Florida food journey.

But before I do anything I need tea (Disneyworld Starbucks). So happy Starbucks has introduced coconut milk!

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Cinderella’s Royal TableBreakfast at Cinderella's Table

A few days prior to our visit we went online to get restaurant reservations to discover you apparently have to book these things 180 days in advance (WHAT?!). Luckily we arrive early the Monday morning and there is room at Cinderella’s Castle (we are her special guests). It was the most expensive and magical breakfast I’ve ever had. When you enter the castle you first meet Cinderella; later they usher you upstairs for breakfast.

First of all, the restaurant has an allergy specific menu. Hallelujah! They start breakfast with a tray of pastries, some are Mickey-shaped of course, and I can actually eat them! Do you know how rare that is? I could have just kept eating the pastries, but it came with a full bacon and eggs breakfast as well. You also had coffee/tea and a goblet of juice. The food was actually great and a higher quality than I expected (especially the pastries) and the service was incredible. They were extremely aware of allergies and very attentive.

Cinderella's Breakfast Allergy-Friendly Menu

Nut-free Disneyworld pastries

During breakfast four other princesses circulate and greet you; and they NEVER break character. Totally worth the money!

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Breakfast at Cinderella's Castle

Gaston’s TavernGaston's Cinnamon Bun
I have a cinnamon bun obsession. So when I was researching Magic Kingdom and saw a picture of one at Gaston’s Tavern, I prayed I could eat it. Unlike Cinderella’s Royal Table, Gaston’s is a counter service place, so it isn’t a sit down restaurant. It is dimly lit; but you can sit in Gaston’s chair.

When I enquired about the cinnamon bun the server was kind enough to search through the ingredient binder for me…and I could eat it! Oh happy day! This was the biggest cinnamon bun I’ve ever seen; look at it, it is as big as my head. It is a twist on the classic cinnamon bun; there is a caramel syrup throughout it. T and I liked them so much we also took one each to go (bows head in shame).

Mickey StrawT is getting grumpy so we get a drink at the Starlight Cafe. A safe icy drink, complete with Mickey straw.

Tony’s Town Square
By 6:00 p.m. we just wanted to get dinner reservations anywhere. The only sit-down spot available was Tony’s Town Square (the Lady & the Tramp restaurant) at 8:30 p.m. Sadly we missed the parade because we were eating. Like Cinderella’s Castle they had a special allergy-friendly menu. Italian is my favourite food so this was a perfect ending. I got spaghetti and meat balls, so the meal was fairly ordinary, but still good. But, drum roll please….this restaurant serves WINE!Disneyworld Allergy-Friendly menu

Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs

I’m already dreaming of my next Disney adventure. Where did you eat at Disneyworld, any recommendations for my next trip?

Disneyworld Outfit

It was a challenge to find a Disney outfit that was both cute and functional. Considering this day lasted from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. it needed to be comfortable. I chose a stretchy frilly top (it’s super old) and one of my favourite flower skirts. The skirt is girly and has pockets! See how I dressed it up more in the post Afternoon Tea – Flower Skirt.

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The first thing I did when I entered Magic Kingdom was search for the perfect hair accessory. I tried on many ears; but none were right. I found this tiara at the real jewelry store. And yes, it is normal for a 30-something year old woman to run around Disneyworld all day wearing a tiara. With this piece my outfit was complete.

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Apparently Disney has a dapper day (oh how I wish I lived closer to attend), and many staff asked if I went to that day. I’ll take the compliments. Overall the outfit held up well and I wasn’t too uncomfortable, except the flats destroyed my feet by the end of the day. But I guess that is to be expected after running around like a six year old on sugar for 10 + hours.

Skirt – Express
Shirt – Costa Blanca (from many years ago)
Flats: H&M
Earrings – Sylvie & Shimmy (local boutique in Parkdale)
Bag: Tokidoki (a souvenir from the trip)

 

Winter Garden Outfit

Whenever I travel I always try to do something cultural. Amidst all my Disney fever and the commercialism of my Florida trip; I decided we were going to an art museum. Unfortunately, the museum was in Winter Park not Winter Garden. It was an understandable GPS error. I knew we were in the wrong place when we ended up in front of someone’s house. However, this little area was quaint and slower-paced than the environments of our other outings; so we explored.

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We had lunch in an empty bar and wandered. The maxi dress was perfect, it is super comfortable and has some edge with the utlra-high slit. The neon pink earrings I made give a fierce pop of colour to this simple outfit. The sandals are Sam Edelman which I got on sale; I love his line! The purse also acts like a wallet and has a rocker edge.

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Wherever I go I try to find boutiques unique to the area; Winter Garden had this tiny, adorable bath shop (Wildflower Beauty). I bought their ‘bath tea’ for my grandma and the scrubber for myself. The bath tea soaks were such a different idea I had to buy some for the cute factor. I felt good to support a local business (the owner’s mom was working in the shop).

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On the drive home I had an intense craving for ice cream and Googled an ice cream parlour near the hotel. Funnily enough we could see this giant ice cream cone from the hotel balcony. I had to go for the photo opp.

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Maxi Dress: Lulu’s
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Made by me
Purse: Jacob (now closed)

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Pink Coat!

I am so ready for spring and bright colours! The first bloom I saw convinced me that Easter was the turning point. Although since then April and May showers have emerged.

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This outfit is colour overload; I love it! I got the galaxy scarf on sale at Club Monaco a few years ago. It is one of my favourite pieces because it is huge, silk and is definitely a statement piece. The orange skirt is actually really comfortable because the fabric is stretchy. I liked it so much that I bought it in two colours; orange and blue (also on sale!)

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And of course Easter PEEPS are my guilty pleasure. Peeps and champagne = happiness.
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Pink Coat: Zara
Orange Skirt: Pink Tartan
Galaxy Scarf: Club Monaco
Shirt: Jacob (still sad it closed)
Pumps: Steve Madden

 

 

Anna Sui T-shirt

 

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You usually won’t find me rocking a t-shirt; they are generally too casual for me. But I bought this Anna Sui shirt when I was in Hong Kong a few years ago. It has a blonde girl playing guitar on it and I thought “This is me on a t-shirt” I always loved this designer’s style; but it’s expensive and hard to find her stuff in Canada.

I dressed up the t-shirt with a pearl necklace I made and a pouffy skirt to make the look more girly and funky. The sock bun has a pop of neon pink extensions which brings out the pink in the shirt and the make-up is nude. I wore this outfit to a friend’s spontaneous house party.
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T-Shirt – Anna Sui
Skirt – Express
Necklace – one of a kind and made by me 🙂
Boots – Le Chateau
Earrings – Kate Spade

 

Blue Lace Dress

Unfortunately I had to work on Saturday; I haven’t done this since my retail days. Yes, it was a reception, but still it was a work event on Saturday! To combat this fact, I made myself happy by dressing up.

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I got this dress for an amazing deal when Fashion Crimes on Queen Street West closed. It is now my go-to office party dress. It feels fancy to me; without being over the top. The peak-a-boo lace details make the dress appropriate for evening without showing too much skin. I love the gold zipper at the back; it gives the elegant lace some edge. I wore gold jewelry to bring out the gold of the zipper. The bracelet is one of my experiments made just for me.

Oh course when I decide to go outside to take a picture it begins to snow; I must have looked insane in my outfit.

Sweet Trolley Bakery

It was a brisk day and the snow was melting. After brunch, my boyfriend, bestie and I walked around the Junction area and what do I spot, but a giant ‘nut-free’ sign in the window. I am attuned to such signs and can always spot them out of the corner of my eye. Sweet Trolley Bakery is right next to Bunners on 3056 Dundas Street West; I’ve never seen two nut-free places right beside one another (it’s like seeing a unicorn)!

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I walk through the store suddenly famished! It’s not glamourous inside; but this likely helps to keep prices down. The prices were reasonable and I think they only take cash.  I was so excited and made such a fuss that the owner let me take a photo with the nut free sign.  I bought an assortment of sweets: rhubarb pie, cupcake, cinnamon bun, cannoli and one of every cookie they make. That’s not too much, right? They are famous for their cinnamon buns; but I preferred the rhubarb pie and cannoli. I don’t think I’ve actually ever eaten a cannoli before; I’ve been missing out!

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I will for sure go back here for special occasions; like birthdays and Tuesdays.

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Note: All allergy sufferers know before you eat you must always ask about ingredients. Please take my reviews as information only; never forget to ask your server about ingredients before you eat. Happy nut-free snacking!

 

Afternoon Tea Flower Skirt

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This afternoon tea outfit was probably a bit too naked for the winter (even with the cardigan). But I adore this flower skirt! The cut of this skirt is perfect for me; I have around three of the same style from Express. I feel like a doll in it and bonus: it has pockets!

The skirt is cute; but comfortable.

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The purple lipstick (from LimeCrime) gives the look a bit of edge and brings out the colour in the skirt. Sheer nylons and a cardigan make this summery skirt more winter appropriate.

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Skirt – Express
Shirt – Jacob Boutique
Cardigan – Jacob Boutique
Pumps – Steve Madden
Earrings – from Sylvie & Shimmy
Bracelet and ring – made by me

Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket

I usually hate Valentine’s day; so for the first Valentine’s Day I was with “T” I decided to make it special and sentimental.

For us, making epic breakfasts and chocolate chip pancakes are a weekly occurrence. The first time I ever cooked for him I made B.L.T’s with microwavable bacon. After that he opened my eyes to the wonders of real bacon. We’ve also now moved on to making pancakes from scratch.

The night before Valentine’s Day I gave him the Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket. The items were personal so adjust for the partner.

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Basket Supplies

  • pancake mix (Bisquick)
  • maple syrup (being Canadian, the real kind of course!)
  • chocolate chips (Chipits are nut-free)
  • love candle because my tough boyfriend loves Bath & Body Works candles
  • heart cookie cutters
  • bacon cookie which matched the bacon card (Drake General Store)
  • ribbon and cellophane for decoration

On Valentine’s day morning I got up early and cooked breakfast – warning do not cook bacon in lingerie. I used the heart cookie cutters to cut the pancakes after they were made. Then I displayed them nicely on a plate with a garnish of fruit and bacon.
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Tartistry

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I have never been a big fan of tarts; they always seemed boring and nut-filled to me. But as I was buying  a mattress I was happy to stumble upon Tartistry . There are not a lot of cute cafes in Etobicoke; yet alone one that can accommodate a nut allergy AND be gluten-free. They aren’t a nut-free facility; but I ate there without a problem.

The shop is a mixture of cafe and antique/knick-knack shop. It is as if your grandma put all of her cherished belongings on the wall – the kitsch and mismatching is a perfect setting! The owner is also a sweetheart.

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The second time I visited Tartistry I planned my perfect high tea outfit to match the decor.

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Outfit
Blouse – Jacob (retails stores are sadly now closed)
Cardigan – Jacob Junior (also closed and bought at a vintage show)
Skirt – Forever21 (it has pockets!)
Fishnets from my collection
Pointed Nude Heels – Call it Spring

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Note: All allergy sufferers know before you eat you must always ask about ingredients. Please take my reviews as information only; never forget to ask your server about ingredients before you eat. Happy nut-free snacking!