Review: Troubadour Tavern in Disneyland Park

Helllllloooooo from Disneyland and the Troubadour Tavern!

Troubadour Tavern

Troubadour Tavern

This hidden gem is a great place to grab a very quick bite in Disneyland. It’s tiny and doesn’t have much seating, but there are a couple of menu items worth getting, and you may even see a show! More on that later… .


In case you’re not sure where Troubadour Tavern is located (it’s kind of hidden, and many folks would walk right by), you’ll find it toward [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Kefta From the Morocco Booth

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is coming up quickly!

food and wine festival logo

And one of my favorite ways to prep for the Festival is to make some of my favorite dishes from the Marketplace Booths. My family has been having a ton of fun trying new variations on burgers this Summer — and I think this Kefta from the Morocco Marketplace Booth is the perfect one to try next.

While the flavor is exotic, there’s nothing here that you can’t find in your local grocery! And if you, like AJ, despise the Cilantro that the recipe calls for, just double up on the Parsley.

I’m sharing this with you, and then I’m heading [Read more…]

Disney Dining Tips: What to Expect on Peak Booking Days

Are you excited to book your Low-Cost Seminars and Demos or Special Events for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

OF COURSE you are!! You know who else is excited?

Buddy Valastro Demo at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Buddy Valastro Demo at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Lots and lots (and LOTS) of other people. ;)

Booking for Special Events and Demos and Seminars for the Festival will open to the general public on July 30th at 7 am this year, and the popularity of these events makes that date into something we call a Peak Booking Day — a day when you never quite know what to expect, because the phone lines and online booking engines are often jammed with folks trying to nab their top choices.

"Thank you for calling..."

Get ready to dial!

Of course, sought-after bookings aren’t unique to the Food and Wine Festival. Just ask anyone who’s ever tried to [Read more…]

Review: Stage Door Cafe in Disneyland

Are you ready to mosey on up to the Stage Door Cafe in Disneyland’s Frontierland?

Stage Door Cafe

Located around the corner — at the Stage Door, of course — of the [Read more…]

Review: Bongos Cuban Café Express

When you’re strolling through Downtown Disney, you really can’t miss Bongos Cuban Café.

The white building is huge, and takes up a hefty bit of space on the West Side, directly opposite Splitsville Luxury Lanes and right next to Exposition Park (home base for the Disney Food Trucks).

And, of course, part of the building is actually structured as an ENORMOUS PINEAPPLE. So that helps raise the profile a bit, too.

What’s harder to find – and indeed, most guests walk right by – is Bongos Cuban Café Express (sometimes referred to as the Bongos Walk-up Window). And it just so happens to be a great place to sit for a spell and grab a quick meal or snack.

The window is tucked into the left side (if you’re facing Bongos). So now that you know it’s there, let’s take a quick glance around!


“Express” is part of the name for a reason — the setting [Read more…]

Review: Tandoori Shrimp at the Namaste Cafe Disney Food Truck

Funny how quickly things can change ‘round these parts…

Not all that long ago (a little more than a year-and-a-half, to be specific), the four Disney Food Trucks were THE newest thing on the dining scene in Downtown Disney. But with all the dining additions to the ever-transforming, will-one-of-these-days-be Disney Springs over the past year, it’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to check out what’s changed at the Trucks!

So our stop today is Namaste Cafe (most often found in Exposition Park on the West Side), the truck inspired by dishes typically served at Animal Kingdom as well as Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The menu continues to feature the Naan and Samosa Dipping Safari, Butter Chicken, and Lamb Kefta (a version of which was originally part of the Superstar Catering Food Truck menu inspired by Hollywood Studios, but I think it’s a more natural fit at Namaste).

Namaste Café Food Truck

Namaste Café Food Truck

In more recent months, Tandoori Shrimp has [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Summertime S’mores Treats Hit the Disneyland Resort

In the midst of the big Disneyland 60th Celebration, we keep getting surprised with so many fun treats!  On July 1st, the Disneyland Resort introduced a line of S’mores treats that are not to be missed.  There are 4 fantastic new items that include a S’mores Marshmallow Wand, a S’mores Gourmet Caramel Apple, S’mores Bark, & a S’mores Rice Krispy Treat.

Marceline's in Downtown DIsney

Marceline’s in Downtown Disney

On a recent trip to Downtown Disney, I visited Marceline’s and [Read more…]

Review: Mocha Brownie Cupcake at Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC in Downtown Disney

It was just this past February when many Disney World guests celebrated the opening of Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC  in The Landing of Disney World’s Disney Springs area.

For those who had missed the presence of BabyCakes in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace since its previous location  closed to accommodate construction in March 2014, the new storefront was a welcome re-addition.

While the name has changed, the focus on vegan (dairy-free, egg-free), soy-free, and gluten-free baked goods remains the same, making it a great destination for many Disney World guests on special diets.

Though I’m not on a special diet myself, I sometimes find myself stopping by Erin McKenna’s when I’m at Downtown Disney, anyway. I’ve found that I’ve come to enjoy several of the treats (I can’t walk by without at least entertaining the notion of picking up a slice of Lemon Teacake), and I can never resist any bakery case full o’ cupcakes.

Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC indoor sign

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC indoor sign



Just a reminder, though, that the updated location has been able to expand its selection, and offers [Read more…]

Updated Animal Kingdom Counter Service Options — Including the Reopened Flame Tree Barbecue!

It’s been a long time coming, but Flame Tree Barbecue is back open for business at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

As you may remember (or perhaps experienced if you’ve paid a visit to Animal Kingdom since New Year’s), Flame Tree Barbecue closed for refurbishment on January 5th. Since it is arguably the most popular Counter Service spot at Animal Kingdom, measures were taken to ensure guests could still enjoy a few Flame Tree dishes at alternate locations even while it was closed. This ended up being a very good thing, since the refurbishment — originally slated for an early April reopening — was extended into May… aaaaand then into June… when it finally reopened on the 30th of the June.

So, today we’re going to visit all of the counter service spots affected by the refurb (Flame Tree Barbecue itself and the alternate food locations) to see how things have shaped up. Because, you see, Flame Tree Barbecue isn’t the only place that received a bit of makeover (heads up: the Allergy-Friendly Kiosk has a new location!). But since Flame Tree Barbecue IS the main topic, why don’t we just start there?

Flame Tree Barbecue

Welcome back, Flame Tree Barbecue!

Flame Tree Barbecue atmosphere

Flame Tree Barbecue atmosphere

It has returned with its signature bright colors, lovely seating areas and [Read more…]

2016 Disney Dining Plan Changes and Updates

Details for the 2016 Disney Dining Plans have been announced and changes went into effect for ALL plans as of May 31, 2015.

Take a look at the 2016 Disney Dining Plans

Take a look at the 2016 Disney Dining Plans

Let’s take a quick look at Magic Your Way Packages and then delve into the changes to the Disney Dining Plans.

Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining

To take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan (DDP), you’ll need to book a Walt Disney World vacation package and then add on the DDP. Many guests find this to be a convenient way to budget for participating Disney World restaurants. In addition to staying at a Walt Disney World resort, you’ll also need to [Read more…]