by Angie Carriero
Day 4 of our WDW Trip
It was to our benefit that our stateroom was about 50 steps to the Enchanted Garden breakfast buffet (Oh, and Goncalo, our head waiter was there!) We could actually eat a pretty good amount of food at the buffet, but Goncalo insisted we also let him get something special for us, so he got us gluten-free, vegan pancakes! They use Bob’s Red Mill pancake mix, by the way, because he showed us the mix to make sure it was okay with us before he made it! A very pleasant waitress also got us Silk soymilk for our coffee!
The vegan food they had in the buffet included: nuts, sunflower seeds, and tons of fruit like bananas, strawberries and melons! They also had fried potatoes that we could have and they were quite good! There were also a lot of vegetarian options, like oatmeal and other things that were pre-made with cream, butter, or milk.
Day 2 onboard the Disney Dream was the Richard Sherman event. I’m focusing this post on food-only, but I HAVE to mention this event because it is something Kevin and I will remember for the rest of our lives. I love and appreciate Disney and all of the songwriters and animators and everyone else who puts so much work into the parks and movies so much more because of this experience! Hearing and watching him perform and listening to the stories behind what went into the songs made me happy and sad and both of those emotions created tears!
Back to the food though. The night before, Goncalo took a lunch order for us for another restaurant called the Royal Palace. He told us we could just get the order at the “quick service” location on Deck 11 at Mater’s Grille, but we wanted to sit down for lunch. We actually changed our minds anyway and took the food “to go” and brought it up to the 11th deck! We both got the same thing: a veggie burger with lettuce, onion, tomato, and BBQ sauce on a tapioca roll and french fries! The burgers were actually pretty good because they weren’t trying to be fake meat, they were just being what they were, a mix of veggies and beans in patty form.
Around 5pm was our dinner time and tonight was the Enchanted Garden. We had ordered our food the night before, so the only decision to make was what we wanted to drink!
Appetizers: I got a cucumber roll, which I expected to be like sushi, but it wasn’t. I was a little disappointed when it came out, but it actually ended up being really good. If I could use one word to describe it, it would be “fresh.” It was thinly sliced cucumber wrapped around other veggies, like carrots, and a light dressing was drizzled on top. We also both got small side salads with balsamic vinegar and oil. The salad was really good that night.
Main Course: PIZZA! I couldn’t believe they could make this for us, but they made us individual gluten-free vegan pizzas on the cruise! We both got the same thing, gluten-free crust (which I’m assuming is the Rice flour Pizza Shells that Ener-G makes), pizza sauce, SOY CHEESE (I couldn’t believe they had good soy cheese onboard, or any at all), broccoli, garlic, and spinach on top. We could have gotten any toppings we wanted, but those are what I usually put on my pizza at home. The pizza was so good that we ended up getting it many more times during the vacation, even though we were trying to be different so we could have good things to post on the blog!
Dessert: Our dessert was the same thing as the night before, the gluten-free, vegan brownie with ice cream and chocolate drizzle. It was just as delicious as the one we had the night before!
Our waiter took our order for the next night at the end of our meal, by handing us menus from the restaurant we would be dining in! This process took about 10 minutes!
Stay tuned for next week’s blog post to read about Day 5 of my Disney Trip (aka Day 3 of the WDWRadio Dream Cruise!)
Angie has been a WDW addict since her first visit at age 8, and since then her life has never been the same! She lives in southeastern MA with her boyfriend, Kevin (fellow Disney lover), and their 3 dogs, Flip, Josie, and Hildy, where she is currently training to become a professional dog trainer. Please join Angie every week in “Fish Are Friends, Not Food: Eating Vegan in WDW!” Angie believes that WDW is the most magical place for people with special diets, so, should you have any special diet questions (especially about vegan and gluten-free dining) she’d be happy to help! Angie is also an artist, and you can see her work at www.angiecarreiro.com!