FYI: The Nutella Waffle Sandwich at Magic Kingdom Is Still Stupid Good.

We’re talkin’ WAFFLES, y’all.

And if we’re talkin’ waffles, more often than not we’re also talkin’ about Sleepy Hollow Refreshments.

You see, long before Chicken and Waffles starting popping up pretty much everywhere in Disney World from Backlot Express to the Fantasy Fare Food Truck (even the Polynesian’s Captain Cook’s had an unexpected take on them for a time), Sleepy Hollow understood the Power of the Waffle. While specific waffle items have come and gone from the menu, this location is currently home to its original Big Three: the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich, a Breakfast Waffle (currently served with egg and cheese), and the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Chocolate-Hazlenut Spread… which we all simply refer to as the “Nutella Waffle Sandwich. Oh, yeah, and it’s got Fruit, too.”

Or maybe that’s just me?

Anyway, we’re revisiting the Nutella Waffle Sandwich today because… well, frankly because I wanted one on my last trip! And I thought I’d share it again today with you. After all, even though the Nutella Waffle never left the Sleepy Hollow menu, that doesn’t mean things here can’t change (Case in Point: the return of the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich after it was taken off the menu for a while — though good news: the price on the item has actually gone down, making it a better value). Anyway, I placed my order… [Read more…]

Must-Eat Snacks at The Mara in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Now Including JUNGLE JUICE SLUSH!)

Boy, do I have a fun list for you today!

We’re taking on a few Must-Eat Snacks at The Mara in Animal Kingdom Lodge! This counter service restaurant serves up several classic dishes as you might expect (like Chicken Breast Nuggets and Burgers). But in keeping with the wonderfully immersive theming of the Lodge, you’ll also find unique African-inspired dishes like the tasty African Potjie Stew and Soups of the Day (I love it when the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup comes up on the rotation!).

Even in addition to some of those items, though, there are still a few nearly-unique-to-Mara finds (you’ll see what I mean by that soon) that aren’t necessarily African-inspired, but equally as tasty. And those land on our Mara Must-Eat Snacks list! Plus, they are all available for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan!

So let’s start with with a VERY special item that just made its Mara debut!

Frozen Jungle Juice

Oh, joy!! We feared we’d lost the Jungle Juice Slushy for good when it disappeared from the menu at Animal Kingdom’s Mahindi, but a few weeks ago it made a surprise return. Better yet, it’s now available in TWO spots, since it’s at The Mara now, too!

The Mara Frozen Beverages

The Mara Frozen Beverages

Even though it’s called the Jungle Juice Frozen Beverage, it’s still that same awesome mix of Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava juices that is also known as POG Juice or Liliko’i Juice for breakfast in the Polynesian’s ‘Ohana and Kona Cafe.

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DFB Video: The NEW Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Happy Monday! We’re back in Walt Disney World today, bringing you another tasty DFB Video. This time, we’re checking out all that’s awesome about the newly refurbished Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

Campfire Cupcake

Campfire Cupcake

Roaring Fork has been a longtime favorite for guests staying at Wilderness Lodge — or even folks who stay elsewhere and trek over to take advantage of the counter service spot’s specialties.

Unfortunately, favorites like Mickey Waffles with Specialty Toppings are no longer available. Still, we found plenty to love on the menu reboot, both for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. [Read more…]

Review: Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs

Time to head to Disney Springs! We’ve enjoyed some quality meals in Walt Disney World recently. And tonight, we’re spending the evening at one of the resort’s more high profile spots — Morimoto Asia.

The Pan Asian restaurant numbered among the first new restaurants that opened as Downtown Disney became Disney Springs. We tried it on the very first day it opened and found some dishes that were truly noteworthy. But dining here is not for the budget seeker. It can get pricey, fast.

But it’s also worth noting that Morimoto Asia continues to surprise us with expanded and special offerings. Since it opened, they’ve introduced a Late Night Menu of special drinks and small plates. And the Dim Sum Brunch is one of Morimoto Asia’s greatest values, and something pretty unique in Walt Disney World.

Guests who aren’t looking for a sit-down dining experience can also indulge in some of the restaurant’s specialties at the counter service spot, Morimoto Asia Street Food. But if you are set on experiencing table service, keep in mind that MA is once again participating in Orlando Magical Dining Month, during which you can get three courses for $35! (See the full list of participating Disney Restaurants here.)

The restaurant’s alluring atmosphere and huge menu of tempting dishes was hard to resist for long. And since we believe in visiting a spot again and again to ensure we can still recommend it, I felt that it was time to take in another full-on Morimoto Asia meal. Join me to see how the restaurant is faring two years in.

Atmosphere

Morimoto is located in The Landing at Disney Springs. If you’re trying to get your bearings, head past Sprinkles from the Lime Garage and you’ll find it across from Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Morimoto Asia

Entrance

Its signage as the former Disney Springs Bottling Company warehouse makes it easy to spot from a distance. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: ULTIMATE Disney Ice Cream Sundaes You’ve GOTTA Try!

We are at the height of the summer heat, and that can mean only one thing: Ice Cream Time is All the Time. So in today’s DFB Video we’re getting down to the serious business of ULTIMATE Disney Ice Cream Sundaes You’ve GOTTA Try!

The Kitchen Sinks

The Kitchen Sinks

There is so much Ice Cream Sundae Wonder to enjoy at Disney. Like, food fantasy level stuff. Ranging from the classic Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream to the Earthquake at Ghirardelli to the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Sundae at Ample Hills Creamery — every day should be an ice cream day at Disney. [Read more…]

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Active Eats and Flavors from Fire

We’re counting down the days until the start of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival – which, by the way, is August 31 this year!

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic

As part of our countdown to the Food and Wine Festival, we’re making a list of all the things we MUST eat and that list includes items from two of the new booths this year – Active Eats and Flavors from Fire.

This year’s Festival features 35 Marketplace booths in celebration of Epcot’s 35th anniversary, including several that are returning from hiatus, and five that are brand new for this year, including the two we’re showcasing today.

Let’s check out what you’ll find at Active Eats and Flavors from Fire!

Active Eats

Active Eats brings back a few favorites from previous Epcot Food and Wine Festivals including a favorite here at the DFB – Loaded Mac and Cheese with bacon and green onions.

Food:

  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions
  • Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (GF)
  • Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake and Tortilla Streusel

Beverages:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Cucumber & Lemon Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Washington
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

We’re so happy the Loaded Mac and Cheese is back this year! Be sure to budget for two helpings of this! This one was relocated from Farm Fresh to Active Eats this year.

Loaded mac and cheese with Nueske's pepper bacon cheddar cheese peppers and green onions

Loaded mac and cheese with Nueske’s pepper bacon cheddar cheese peppers and green onions

The Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri is also on the menu this year, relocated from the Patagonia booth. [Read more…]

News and Review: Pretzels at Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad — Our Favorites are BACK!

We talk a lot about pretzels here at the DFB — because we pretty much love all of them. Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pretzels? Love. Authentic German pretzels in World Showcase? Uh-huh. Pretzel Roll Breadsticks at Le Cellier? Yaaaass x 5000!

So when we heard that the Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel (which they’re now calling the Pepper Jack pretzel) we’ve loved for years (and which has always been available in Disneyland) was staging a comeback, we got twisted up in a whole bunch of excitement. So you know we had to get over to the Lunching Pad ASAP to tear off a piece of that.

The Lunching Pad is located at the base of the Astro Orbiter adjacent to the Tomorrowland stroller parking — so beware that this area can get super crowded at times. But it’s worth it to pick your way through the chaos because the Lunching Pad serves up some great classic theme park grub. We particularly enjoy a good Hot Dog or Frozen Carbonated Beverages. Yum!

But on this visit, we just wanted pretzels. All. The. Pretzels.

Lunching Pad Menu

Lunching Pad Menu

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Review: The NEW Mint Julep at Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar

The Mint Julep Bar located in New Orleans Square is essentially a must-do for every Disneyland guest. You’ll find it tucked into the patio area of French Market Restaurant and right next to the New Orleans Square train station.

Mint Julep Bar

Mint Julep Bar

It’s almost all in the name here. [Read more…]

News: “The Triple Play” One Day Only Special at Casey’s Corner July 19

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for all year…

TOMORROW — July 19th — is NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY!!!

Okay, so maybe you didn’t even know that was, like, a thing. But the crew at Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom sure knows, because Casey’s is synonymous with one thing and one thing only: HOT DOGS!

So, how is Casey’s marking the occasion? By serving up “The Triple Play”!

For ONE DAY ONLY, guests can take their place in the batting order (the lines ;) ) at Casey’s to order a shareable trio of Casey’s famous all-beef hot dogs: the Macaroni and Cheese Dog, the Buffalo Chicken Dog, and the Chili-Cheese Dog.

©Disney

©Disney

This offering is in addition to the recent arrival of Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs in the Magic Kingdom, found at Sleepy Hollow. If you’re celebrating the Big Day in a different park ;-D, your Hot Dog stops include (but aren’t limited to) Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in Hollywood Studios and Refreshment Cool Post in Epcot. But don’t forget that Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus boasts a Premium Toppings Bar to top your hot dog, so right after Casey’s, Restaurantosaurus tops our list.

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New DFB Video: Sneak Peek at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

It’s been a whirlwind week as we learned so much about just what we can expect during the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! We now have full Booths and Menus, all of the Special Events, and more!

So today, we’re sharing with you a very first look at some of the fantastic dishes that you can expect this year as you Dine Around the World. It’s all part of our latest DFB Video!

Flavors from Fire Smoked Corned Beef

Flavors from Fire Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes

It’s our favorite Disney Food Time of the Year, with so much great food and drink to look forward to enjoying. This year the festival booths expand to 35 in honor of Epcot’s 35 anniversary. [Read more…]