Meet Our Vendors! >> YoDish

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

Travel… Dining out…Can be someone with food allergies’ worst nightmare. Chances are, you’re in this boat, and you’re well aware that dining out on a restricted diet can result in great success or fast failure. Thankfully… there’s an app for that (we had to say it!) YoDish is a fast and fun way to share food allergy, gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan dining experiences and read reviews by others to help you make plans–even at Disney World! Here’s a little bit more about the brains behind the operation:



1. Inquiring minds want to know — how did you come up with the name YoDish?

I wish I could say that it just came to me, but it wasn’t nearly that easy.  My wife and I spent tons of time brainstorming for a name, and we previously launched a website called Allergen Menu and eventually the app with the name Noshed It.  We quickly discovered that most people were not familiar with the word Nosh, which means to eat or snack, and everyone struggled with the pronunciation, most going with “No Shed It” – it was a disaster.

Ultimately, we ran a naming contest on crowdSPRING and received well over a 1,000 ideas.  It was awesome!  One of the ideas was YoDish, which had everything we were looking for in a name.  We loved how several relevant meanings could be read into the name.  The one I identify with the most is YoDish being a mashup of Your Dish since we help you find the dishes that work for you.  My wife thought using “Yo” made it fun and catchy.  In fact, she kind of wishes she could change her handle from “AllergenMenuMom” to “YoMama”.


2. Tell us more about what made you want to create this App.

When our first daughter was about nine months old, she was diagnosed food allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts.  The adjustment involved in keeping her safe was incredibly overwhelming for my wife and I, with dining out being just one of many challenges we faced.

I love to eat out, and I love to travel, but I believe dining out is far more significant than just a form of entertainment.  Dining out is frequently a stage for developing new relationships, whether they be social or business related.  I am looking forward to traveling as a family, and I don’t want my children to be hampered in any way from pursuing their dreams or excelling in any career they choose.

Since beginning our journey with food restrictions, our third child has also been diagnosed with a food allergy, and my wife has gone gluten free in an effort to manage migraine headaches and GI issues.  We need YoDish now more than ever, and we are constantly working to improve it.

3. What’s the craziest/funniest/most memorable comment you’ve read or heard from a YoDish user?

For me, the most memorable comments from users are the stories where a server or chef goes out of their way to create an incredible dining experience for someone with special dietary needs.  Celebrating those heroes is what YoDish is all about.

4. YoDish shares so many special diets dining reviews from the Walt Disney World Resort. If you had to pick a place to eat based on reviews which restaurant would you go to and why?

If I could go today, I would pick Kouzzina because I love Greek and Mediterranean cooking.  In particular, Kouzzina’s veg-heavy samplers look amazing.  Given that Kouzzina is closing, and I won’t be in Orlando until November, though, I will be sure to visit Sanaa.  There are so many incredible-looking Sanaa dishes in the app that I may not be able to limit myself to only one.  I know without question that I will order the Indian Style Bread Service.

5. We love how easy YoDish is to use when we visit Disney! Tell us, are there any new exciting updates to YoDish on the horizon?

I can’t tell you how excited I am about our upcoming release of YoDish 2.0 because we are adding features that we really wanted to have when using it ourselves.  Among the changes will be an increase in the number of dishes as well as the ability to interact with other users regarding dishes and reviews.  Our goal with YoDish is to revolutionize dining out with specialty diets by building an app so easy and fun to use that folks can’t help but join the moment.

Visit YoDish:

Twitter: @yodish_app
App Store: iTunes

Disney Do’s for those who love to relax

Blogger Street Team member Samantha Riley shares with us her thoughts on visiting Disney World and her Disney Do’s while taking it easy around the parks. Her blog Simply Samantha is what she calls her “little space on the internet I can call home”, and shares recipes, reviews, and more. For all food references, please double check ingredient lists, allergy binders, and speak to the Chefs to ensure they are safe for your dietary needs.

For Valentine’s Day this year. My husband surprised me with purchasing us Disney Passholder Tickets for the both of us for the year. My family has owned passes for years–basically since we’ve lived in Florida (which is has now been 10 years). However, due to money things and life changes, I couldn’t pay for my own ticket for the past 2 years. So, I missed out on going on the Disney trips with my family.

But life is now back to normal, and my husband and I can now enjoy going to Disney on our own or with the family.

Now that I am older, I tend to enjoy Disney just a tad differently than I used to as a child. I like just walking around, drinking a cool iced coffee or frozen lemonade with my husband. The hubster and I (mostly me) even enjoy the nice slow rides like “Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid” and “The Seas with Nemo and Friends“, because we can just sit back and relax. And most times when we go as a family, my mom and I like to sit and people watch while my dad, sister, and husband run off to ride rides.

Below are some Disney Do’s for those that want to just sit back, relax and enjoy the Disney atmosphere with your significant other or family member.

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Random Acts of Magic Mondays: Win the chance to do a Random Act with Bee Nut Free!

Last week we introduced to you Random Acts of Magic Mondays? We started it off with 1/2 price tickets and it was a huge success. Ready for round 2?

Just a reminder, from 12am EST to 11:59 EST on Mondays, we are sprinkling some magical fun for 24 hours. From freebies to giveaways to discounts or all sizes (and something for everyone) you won’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned to our Monday blog post, and our Facebook, and Twitter page to find out what we’ll be adding Magic to each week!

Bee Nut Free, one of our vendors,  is giving YOU the chance to perform your own Random Act of Magic this Monday!

Here’s how it works:

Enter to win the chance to pay it forward with a bit of magic by clicking on our Rafflecopter giveaway link here. The more categories you can enter in the Rafflecopter, the odds will increase for your chance to give! This unique Random Act of Magic Monday puts the giving in your hands! You can brighten someone’s day when they receive a variety package from Bee Nut Free.

Five winners will be chosen. When the winners are chosen, we’ll put you in contact with the folks at Bee Nut Free and you’ll tell them who you are sending the surprise gift pack to. They’ll receive a fun variety pack of goodies at their door soon after (so make sure you have the address on hand of who you’d like to give it to!)

Don’t forget, this closes at 11:59EST tonight!

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Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Off-site or On-site?

Last Friday we talked about our travel planning and group rates available through our travel partner, but we also wanted to provide you with a few more details on staying off-site versus on-site for the weekend of the convention (or your trip surrounding it!)

Here are our top pros and cons to consider when you’re choosing where to stay.

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Event Updates: Speakers, Agenda, Contests, and more!

Phew! A lot of magic has been going on behind the scene here at Food Allergy & Celiac Convention headquarters.

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The Disney magic has been coming in full force, and here are some updates that we’re excited to share!

The Event

Check out our Event and Travel drop-down boxes for the latest updates on what’s going on at the FACCWDW on November 22nd. A basic agenda has been set down in order for you to secure your travel plans, and will be updated soon with details on where to go and what times. We’ve also dished on some of the details of the day and things you absolutely won’t want to miss, in addition to all of the vendors who will be highlighting their products (you can check them out here, but visit often — we’re updating it daily!). And speaking of travel plans, don’t forget we have group rates and discounts available, along with personalized trip planning from the FACCWDW team.

We’ve announced our first round of speakers and are still accepting applications for a short while. So far, you’ll see some familiar names and highlights from our vendors and demo’ers who have culinary expertise. We’re about to announce the Disney Chefs who you’ll be seeing, as well as our exciting keynote speaker! If you think you’d be a good fit to present, it’s not only open to professionals, but creatives full of unique ideas and great public speaking skills. Applications are available on that page.

Oh, and Extra Magic. We cannot forget about that! (Ahem, nondairy ice cream buffet? We’re in!)

Getting Involved

The best way to get involved is, well, come to the event! We want to celebrate awareness of food allergies and celiac disease with you and have a load of fun doing it. But if you want to take it a step further, you’re welcome to join us on the planning and preparation fun. We’re looking for pre-, and during event volunteers. You can sign up here. If you have a blog, the Blogger Street Team might be something you’d love! See if you’re a right fit here.

Following Along

We update our blog as regularly as possible with tips, event highlights, contests, and more! Every Friday we post about Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet in our Friday Trip Planning series. Each Wednesday, we post a fun Q&A with one of our vendors dubbed Meet Our Vendors. We get guest posts from our Blogger Street Team, and on Monday we launched Random Acts of Magic Mondays. Along with Promotions and Contests, and lots of other fun, you won’t want to miss out. Subscribe here!


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Meet Our Vendors! >> Goody Good Stuff

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

Oh, candy. You love it or… you love it. Thank goodness Goody Good Stuff exists… and that they’ll be at the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, too.  Goody Good Stuff is a natural gummy candy range that’s loaded with classic favourites, like Summer Peaches and Cheery Cherries. Because they are made with bio-gum, as opposed to gelatine, they’re enjoyable for those who are vegetarian and vegan, too.

We wanted to know more about their goodies (pun intended), and, of course, we’ll always share it with you. Here’s what they’re telling us:

1. What’s the craziest/funniest/most memorable time you’ve experienced with a Goody Good Stuff fan?

We had a fan make us a giant Goody Good Stuff Tree!

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2. If you could create a Goody Good Stuff gummy candy flavor inspired by a Disney park or attraction, what would it be?

At Goody Good Stuff we love the Magic of Disney and the experiences it creates for all that visit – so we would love to make some gummy wands with powdered glitter sugar magic dust that kids could dip the wands in and create a little magic of their own!

3. You must love working in a candy factory. What’s something totally unexpected that we’d never guess about working at Goody Good Stuff?

All the team members get a voice in what we create – every Friday we all sit together and have an ideas hour where everyone has an equal voice!

4. Your gummy candies are the perfect topping for a non-dairy ice cream sundae! If you could create the ultimate sundae, what toppings would be on it?

Our perfect sundae would be with fresh blueberries, meringue crumbs and our delicious strawberry & cream gummies.

5. We know there are more ideas brewing over there! Can you give us a sneak peek of what’s coming up soon?

Goody Good stuff is developing more super sour ranges including the new Sour Cherries and Super Sour bears.

Visit Goody Good Stuff:

Twitter: @GoodyGoodStuff

Visiting Disney World as an Empty Nester

Blogger Street Team member Mikki Clagett  shares with us her thoughts on visiting Disney World as an empty nester. Her website The Not So Perfect Housewife highlights her adventures in cooking and Disney, and as a Florida resident, she visits the magic frequently with her husband! 

What Can Empty Nesters Do at Disney World? A LOT!

When people find out that my husband and I have Annual Passes at Disney World and that we are empty nesters, the first question they ask is “Well, what do you do there without kids?”

Our answer..

We do A LOT! And love every minute of it.

Yes, Disney World is a magical place for families, but it can also be a GREAT place to spend time as a couple/empty nesters. You’ll have time to relax, maybe people watch, or even act like a kid yourself and not have to worry about ‘embarrassing’ anyone. There are lots and lots of ideas and fun things that we have found to do, but today I’d love to share with you some of the things the hubster and I enjoy doing at Disney World just the two of us.

Snack Around the World – EPCOT

Eating at Epcot can get quite expensive, but we have found that ‘snacking’ around the World Showcase can not only be cost effective, but you can also try some different items you may not have tried before.

We usually start off in Mexico at the La Cantina de San Angel. An order of Guacamole con Totopos is a perfect portion to get us started. Split a soda or a Dos Equis and you’re good to go.

From there we will take our time just enjoying the sites and people and maybe choose to stop in China, Morocco, or even America to add to our meal for the day/night. A snack in one place, a drink in another. Each country has something to try and even though we’ve been there over 100 times, I don’t think we’ve hit tried everything yet.

For less than a sit down meal at one of the restaurants in Epcot, you can dine around the world and have tried many different cuisines.

Pin Trade – Any of the Parks and Downtown Disney

We started pin trading when our girls were little, but my husband still really enjoys this.

Now we are no way like the ‘professional’ traders that have the portfolios and set up at the pin trading stations, but we do have fun picking a ‘theme’ or collection and try finding those as we go.

You can purchase big lots of Disney pins off of eBay at a great price and use those pins to trade for the ones you really want.

And if you do a little research, you can find out where some of the secret pin trading places are in the parks. I had NO idea that there were places like this till someone told my husband. That added just even more magic to the trading.

Behind the Scenes Tours – Various Places

Now this is a little pricey, so we don’t do this a lot, but it is definitely worth saving up a little and treating yourself to one of these once and awhile. It’s a great way to learn some secrets of the how Walt Disney World is run or glean some great information from all the experts they have working there.

We’ve done the Keys to the Kingdom (Magic Kingdom) and the Behind the Seeds tour at the Living with the Land, and both of them were so much fun.

I would HIGHLY suggest either one of these.

The next one we are saving up for is the Wild Africa Trek one at Animal Kingdom! That looks like a lot of fun!!

Take a Mini Vacation – Walt Disney World Resorts

Every other year, the hubster and I try to take a little mini vacation (stay-cation since we live in FL) at one of the Moderate resorts. Using discounts for either Florida residents and or Annual Passholders, this can be a rather inexpensive way to escape for a few days.

I try to find the resorts that don’t seem to be packed with kids. Now of course, Disney resorts are all wonderful, but some of them are definitely geared more to Mom and Dad relaxing than the kids having fun.. and that can be a very good thing.

Find a hotel that has some amenities that you would like. A beach, boats, walking paths, or even a really nice pool, and book yourself a little mini vacation.

Disney does ‘relaxing’ well. We have found hammocks and umbrella drinks to be just as much fun as riding Big Thunder mountain railroad!

As I said earlier, there are A LOT of great things that couples and or empty nesters can do at any of the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, these are just a few.

Don’t know where to start? Well, we would just suggest that you be adventurous, try something new. Disney is always changing things up and adding great new items to the make any trip magical. Ask the cast members if they have secrets or ideas for something fun and different to do. You never know what you’ll find.

But above all.. HAVE FUN!!

Random Acts of Magic Mondays: 1/2 price tickets!

Remember on Thursday when we introduced to you Random Acts of Magic Mondays? Well, folks, here’s the first instalment! From 12am EST to 11:59 EST on Mondays, we are sprinkling some magical fun for 24 hours. From freebies to giveaways to discounts or all sizes (and something for everyone) you won’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned to our Monday blog post, and our Facebook, and Twitter page to find out what we’ll be adding Magic to each week!

Need event tickets? Get them for half price Monday, July 21st.

Adults – $5

Kids – $2.50


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Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Group Rates and Disney Promos

We’ve been asked a lot lately about deals that’ll be going on the weekend of the Food Allergy and Celiac Convention, so today’s Friday Trip Planning post is dedicated to just that!

First, we’ve partnered with Destinations in Florida, who is offering Group Rates and room blocks especially for FACCWDW.

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We highly recommend staying on site if you’re travelling in so you have easy access to the convention and the parks, free transportation, safe dining options with trained Disney chefs and kitchens, and, of course, that touch of extra magic. Really… the meals that Disney chefs will create you should be the biggest incentive!

Group rates are available, starting as low as $104.40+ tax at three different levels of resorts. The options include Disney’s Pop Century Resort (Value Resort); Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (Moderate Resort and Host Resort for the convention); Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Deluxe Resort).

Booking with Destinations in Florida also gives you discounts on other perks, including park tickets. Contact them for a free quote and be sure to let them know that you are attending the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention for that extra magic.

Next, Disney is currently having a Free Dining promotion (we wrote about it here). You can get a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets) at most of the Disney Resort hotels. The deal expires mid-September, so be sure to book before then. Destinations in Florida can help you with that, too. Note your arrival date does have to be November 20th — just to keep that in mind.

There’s also the chances you might get a personalized deal from Disney — straight to your inbox! If you create a free account, you might get a PIN code, generally with either Free Dining or a room discount attached. Odds might be in your favor, so go sign up!

And finally, we’ve launched our Personalized Trip Planning to ensure you have the most magical experience possible! Read more about that here.

Just like always, feel free to ask any and all questions by using our Contact Form, emailing us, or commenting below. We’re here to help!

Introducing… Random Acts of Magic Mondays!

Stay tuned to Monday’s blog post, our Facebook, and Twitter page to find out what we’ll be adding Magic to first!

From freebies to giveaways to huge discounts, you won’t want to miss it!

Tell us in the comments… what Random Act of Magic would you most want to see?

We just might make it happen…