The Laughing Seed: Asheville, North Carolina

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So if you happen to read my blog posts on the daily, then you know that I recently took a super cool road trip with my super cool friend mckenzie to super cool places.

And one of those super cool places happened to be Asheville, North Carolina.

Where they had this super cool restaurant called The Laughing Seed.

Needless to say, it was super cool.

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The Laughing Seed stuck out to us after our friend, Jodie, recommended it when she found out we were going to Asheville (Btdubs, she’s literally been telling us to go to Asheville for years, so we were very excited when we finally got the chance to go!).

The Laughing Seed is a vegetarian restaurant with tons of vegan options. We knew that would be right up our alley, and so we decided to try their Sunday brunch before we got back out on the open road.

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Crossroads : Los Angeles, California

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About a month ago, my parents and I went to Los Angeles for a big event to kick off my dad’s new project with Usher. That’s right, the singer Usher. I’m so proud of my dad and all he’s accomplished, and my mom and I were extremely excited to be sharing that experience with my dad.

(and to meet Usher, of course.)

If you know me, you know that my major guilty pleasure is reading celebrity gossip. I stick to the people I trust, i.e. People and Just Jared. And recently, they had been posting a lot about Emily Deschanel (Bones, my favorite!) and Beyonce, and some other people going to this upscale vegan restaurant called Crossroads.

So when my dad asked where I wanted to go while we were in LA, I suggested we branch out a little and try this place.

Obviously, eating at a vegan restaurant is like heaven for me. Not having to worry about ordering, and being able to order literally anything off the menu is perfection. I also wanted to go because I really wanted to write about it for all of you. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but was able to take a few pictures of the food with my phone. It was incredible.

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Stuffed French Toast Sticks + Arizona Pictures

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Heyooo from the Grand Canyon!

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I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that my family and I (and Vivian’s family) are super duper world travelers. Like, we travel a lot.

We love it, we live for it, and this time we are on a school trip in Arizona!!! We started the trip in Pheonix, then Flagstaff, Page, now we’re at the Grand Canyon, and tomorrow we leave for Sedona. It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s also been a blast! I will be sharing some pictures down below, but first let’s talk about the real highlight for this post… these cute adorable easy to eat fun stuffed french toast sticks.

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The Disney Experience with an Allergy: Magic Kingdom

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This is the 4th post in our 4 part series about Disney World, meaning it will be our last. (for now!) Sigh.

I’ve had such a great time sharing all the pictures and great places we ate at while in Disney with all of you, and I can’t wait for you to go to Disney yourself and enjoy the parks with an allergy. It’s a truly wonderful experience, and I enjoyed every minute of our trip!

You can read about eating with an allergy at Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom here.

Like I said in our previous post, the Disney cast members, chefs, and anyone who works for Disney World does an excellent job of being well informed about our allergy and taking all the precautions necessary to allow Viv and me to enjoy our trip to the fullest without any worries of a reaction. I even think I forgot that I had an allergy a few times, and for someone who deals with an allergy, you know that we never get a break from checking every little thing that we eat, so it was very nice!

I recommend making reservations for everywhere you’d like to eat because it gives the restaurant time to prepare for your arrival. And, when you are going to a restaurant with special requests it’s courteous to let the establishment know ahead of time, but I also just showed up at a few places (especially for lunch) and the service was the same. I also emailed Disney at special.diets@disneyworld.com a few days before our trip (they ask you to email them at least two weeks ahead of when you are going if you have multiple allergies or more than one person in your party with allergies) and they emailed me an awesome list of most of the restaurants and parks on property and what they might have that is dairy-free. It was the perfect go-to when deciding where to eat and I often referred to it when ordering dessert. If I knew that a restaurant had Enjoy Life cookies on the list, then I would specifically ask for them for dessert.

In this post, I am writing about the quintessential Disney World theme park: Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom isn’t a food centered park. I wouldn’t really make dinner reservations there, but it’s a nice place to grab a quick lunch or snack while riding the rides. Because that’s what this park is about: the rides. My favorites include- the big three; Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain. It’s A Small World, Winnie the Pooh, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean. I can’t wait for the new Dwarf Mine Train Roller Coaster to open!

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The Disney Experience with an Allergy: Animal Kingdom

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I know, totes adorbs ;)

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This is the 3rd post in our 4 part series about DISNEY WORLD! What? Ahh! Yeah. I know.

During our trip to Disney, we wanted to share with all of you some of our favorite places to eat, tips for Disney Dining, and the overall experience of being at the Most Magical Place on Earth with an allergy!!

You can read our first two post here: Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Like I said in our previous post, the Disney cast members, chefs, and anyone who works for Disney World does an excellent job of being well informed about our allergy and taking all the precautions necessary to allow Viv and me to enjoy our trip to the fullest without any worries of a reaction. I even think I forgot that I had an allergy a few times, and for someone who deals with an allergy, you know that we never get a break from checking every little thing that we eat, so it was very nice!

I recommend making reservations for everywhere you’d like to eat because it gives the restaurant time to prepare for your arrival. And, when you are going to a restaurant with special requests it’s courteous to let the establishment know ahead of time, but I also just showed up at a few places (especially for lunch) and the service was the same. I also emailed Disney at special.diets@disneyworld.com a few days before our trip (they ask you to email them at least two weeks ahead of when you are going if you have multiple allergies or more than one person in your party with allergies) and they emailed me an awesome list of most of the restaurants and parks on property and what they might have that is dairy-free. It was the perfect go-to when deciding where to eat and I often referred to it when ordering dessert. If I knew that a restaurant had Enjoy Life cookies on the list, then I would specifically ask for them for dessert.

In this post, I am writing about the lovely Animal Kingdom! We actually stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House, yo.) so this is a two parter – Animal Kingdom Lodge and Animal Kingdom. Hold your horses (even though there are no horses at either of these lovely places, but there are zebras. They’re like horses, right?), and get ready to learn all about eating at the newest park and hotel in Disney!

My personal favorite rides at Animal Kingdom are Mt. Everest (Duh, I’m so adventurous. Not.), the Dinosaur Ride, and Primevil Whirl (wouldn’t do it after lunch though.)

And make sure to get fast passes for Kilimanjaro Safari, the best!

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The Disney Experience with an Allergy: Hollywood Studios

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I mean, is she the cutest or what?

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Vivian and I are in Disney World with our families for a week-long vacation! While we are here, we are writing about some of our favorite places to eat, tips when dining in Disney, and the overall experience of being at the Most Magical Place on Earth with an allergy!

This is part 2 of a 4 part post series all about Disney, Disney, Disney! Read our first post about Epcot here.

Like I said in our previous post, the Disney cast members, chefs, and anyone who works for Disney World does an excellent job of being well informed about our allergy and taking all the precautions necessary to allow Viv and me to enjoy our trip to the fullest without any worries of a reaction. I even think I forgot that I had an allergy a few times, and for someone who deals with an allergy, you know that we never get a break from checking every little thing that we eat, so it was very nice!

I recommend making reservations for everywhere you’d like to eat because it gives the restaurant time to prepare for your arrival. And, when you are going to a restaurant with special requests it’s courteous to let the establishment know ahead of time, but I also just showed up at a few places (especially for lunch) and the service was the same. I also emailed Disney at special.diets@disneyworld.com a few days before our trip (they ask you to email them at least two weeks ahead of when you are going if you have multiple allergies or more than one person in your party with allergies) and they emailed me an awesome list of most of the restaurants and parks on property and what they might have that is dairy-free. It was the perfect go-to when deciding where to eat and I often referred to it when ordering dessert. If I knew that a restaurant had Enjoy Life cookies on the list, then I would specifically ask for them for dessert.

In this blog post, we have decided to share our experience at Hollywood Studios (or MGM, as I will always call it in my heart). This is the movie park, centered around all the big Hollywood films, and also home to two of Disney’s biggest thrill-seeking rides: Rock N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.

My personal favorite things to do at this park are The Great Movie Ride, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream exhibit, and Lights, Motors, Action!

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The Disney Experience with an Allergy: Epcot

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Hiiii from the Most Magical Place on Earth!

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Can’t.breathe. It’s Belle. My favorite princess. Ahhhh… “Little town, it’s a quiet village..”

Vivian and I are here in Disney World with our families for a week-long vacation! We are so excited to be here and can’t wait to share all of our tips, favorite places to go, and overall experiences while eating at the most magical place on earth.

This is part 1 of a 4 part post series about eating at Disney with an allergy! And don’t worry, Disney doesn’t disappoint. I think I even forgot that I had an allergy while I was here because of how well the cast members, chefs, and anyone that works for Disney handles allergies.

What I love most about the Disney dining experience is that the chef or manager of the establishment always comes out and takes your order for your meal and talks to you about all of the options, and they always avoid cross-contamination at all costs and will alert you if any food items might be cross-contaminated.

I recommend making reservations for everywhere you’d like to eat because it gives the restaurant time to prepare for your arrival. And, when you are going to a restaurant with special requests it’s courteous to let the establishment know ahead of time, but I also just showed up at a few places (especially for lunch) and the service was the same. I also emailed Disney at special.diets@disneyworld.com a few days before our trip (they ask you to email them at least two weeks ahead of when you are going if you have multiple allergies or more than one person in your party with allergies) and they emailed me an awesome list of most of the restaurants and parks on property and what they might have that is dairy-free. It was the perfect go-to when deciding where to eat and I often referred to it when ordering dessert. If I knew that a restaurant had Enjoy Life cookies on the list, then I would specifically ask for them for dessert.

In our first blog post, we have decided to share our experience at Epcot. The park that can take you from Mexico to Germany in a matter of minutes by far has the most restaurants on Disney property, so Epcot was where we ate almost all of our dinners.

We dined with fish at Coral Reef Restaurant, ate pizza from Vesuvius at Via Napoli in Italy, visited Belle at Monsieur Paul in France, got henna tattoos at Tangierine Café in Morocco, and so much more!

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Big Bob Gibson’s Incredibly Delicious Chocolate Pie

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Visit Big Bob Gibson in Decatur, Alabama or at their website: www.bigbobgibson.com

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Let’s all be clear on one thing: my grandmother, Grammy as she is known in my family, rocks. She’s so cool, funny, beautiful and just overall amazing. She lived with my parents for a month when I was born to help take care of me, and would drive 13 hours from her home in Moulton, Alabama to South Florida (where we lived until I was ten) twice a month for years. Of course, Abuelo (my Puerto Rican Grandfather, yes, I’m 1/4 Puerto Rican) was there too, but more about him later ;)

Grammy used to hold me for hours as a baby while I cried and cried and cried, and when we discovered it was because of my dairy allergy, she was as relieved as I was. She knew that was the reason (besides just being a baby) that I was so upset all the time my first years of life… because my tummy hurt!

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Maggiano’s: Boston

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My parents started a school a few years ago called Ohana Institute. It’s a pretty amazing 5th-12th grade accredited private school, and you should for sure check it out. www.ohanainstitute.org

I graduated from Ohana two years ago, and work there as a teacher’s assistant now. And Vivian is too young to go to Ohana (yet). But my younger sister, Hannah, and Viv’s two older sisters, Anne Margaret and Evelyn, attend.

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College Eating: Ole Miss

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I had the awesome opportunity to go with my dad to Mississippi for a conference he was doing. I was really, really excited to go because that meant I would see one of my bestest friends, McKenzie!

We have known each other since she was 11 and I was 13. We were homeschooled together and were the first two students at my parent’s school, Ohana Institute. Now McKenzie goes to Ole Miss, and loves it there!

I’m sure many of you have siblings, kids, relatives, or just friends that are in college, and when you visit them, it might be hard to find food to eat while in a new place. So I decided to document my meals at Ole Miss to show you guys some great places you can eat at this college, even with your allergy!

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My cousin, Jordan (who came on the trip with us), and I picked up McKenzie from the student union after her morning math class and headed out to brunch. Our first stop was the BBB – Big Bad Breakfast:

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