Disney Cruise Review: High Tea at Palo

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers brings us on Board the Disney Magic’s Mediterranean Cruise for High Tea at Palo!

Although this was my third Disney Cruise, my husband and I had never had a chance to dine at The Disney Cruise Line’s upscale (and kid-free) Palo. We’d heard amazing things, but were always so happy with our dining room experiences that we never strayed from our nightly servers.  I now ask myself, “What the heck were we thinking?!?”

Palo is an Adult Exclusive Restaurant Located on Deck 10 Aft

On this last cruise, an 11-day Mediterranean Cruise, we had not one, not two, but three chances to visit Palo; and honestly, I wish we had made even more reservations than that.  Each visit was for a different meal.  We tried the brunch (amazing), we tried the dinner (amazing), and we also visited the High Tea. This was my first “fancy” official type high tea and I will tell you this: high tea at Palo would be hard to top.

High Tea Place Setting

High tea is offered on sea days only and reservations are a must. It takes place at 3:00pm and will set you back a mere [Read more…]

Disney Cruise Line: Backstage in the Kitchen!

Disney Food Blog Editor Kim L. reports on some of the behind-the-scenes magic you may never see on the Disney Cruise Line!

On one of my Disney voyages, I had the opportunity to tour the Kitchen Galley aboard the Disney Magic. During this behind-the-scenes sneak peek at culinary magic, I gained even more respect for the dining staff — they make it possible for passengers to dine (around the clock) on delicious cuisine.

Directory of Restaurants - click image for larger version

Disney Cruise Line Backstage Food FAQs

Let’s take a look at how food is prepared — in massive quantities — on the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic Ship!

How do things work in the Galley?
This particular galley anchored between Lumiere’s and Parrot Cay restaurants has a serving team of 225 people.

Among this large staff, there are 7 Chefs de Cuisine, 120 Cooks, 50 Galley Stewards (they keep the prep areas clean), and a 6 person team in the Dish Cleaning area. Plus, a Fish Prep Room is downstairs. Three section heads oversee each area including Veggie, Fish, Meat, and Sauce Prep Stations. While guests are on Castaway Cay, there is a 10:30 a.m. inspection by the Captain.

And I feel [Read more…]

Disney Cruise Review: Mojito Seminar Aboard the Disney Magic

Our Dining in Disneyland columnist, Heather Sievers, is morphing into a Cruise columnist today! Check out this awesome Mojito Seminar!!

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to get in some adult beverage time on your Disney Cruise? Go to a drink seminar! On our recent 11-day Mediterranean cruise we learned that there is no need to pay $10 for 1 mojito when you can pay $15 for four or more!

Being our third Disney Cruise, you’d think we would have heard about these special seminars, but, alas we had not…until our lovely concierge, Lynda, asked us if we liked mojitos.  Sure, we’ll check that out! Here’s how it works: Sign up, show up, drink up.

Specs

The seminars take place during the day in one of the ship’s restaurants. Ours was in Animator’s Palate.

Animator's Palate

There were probably about 30-40 people in the seminar. The event was set up with about 4 tables with 8-10 chairs each, which all faced our “instructor.”

This is how you do it!

When we sat at our spots, we saw that everything was right and ready for our lesson!

Mojito Supplies!

The seminar included learning how to make four different types of mojitos. Each glass was [Read more…]

Reader Favorites: Disney Bed Time Snacks

We asked for your fave on-the-go breakfast options and received great suggestions. So we next wondered what snacks help you sleep after a fabulous vacation day!

DFB readers and Facebook Friends shared their Disney bedtime snacks via the Disney Food Blog Facebook page.

Gasparilla Bakery

Bedtime snacks that received the most shout-outs were Mickey Rice Krispie Treats, Popcorn and large bakery-style cookies. Honorable mentions go to Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches and Mickey Ice Cream Bars.

Mickey Rice Krispie Treat

According to our readers, you won’t be the only vacationer grabbing one of these chewy, gooey [Read more…]

Disney Dream Recipe: Smoked Bison from Remy

We’re still covering our visit on the January Christening Cruise, which we like to refer to as our Disney Dream Dine Around! And today I’ve got a recipe from the Disney Dream to share with adventurous chefs!

Smoked Bison at Remy

Where to Find It

At Remy aboard the Disney Dream, diners may want to enjoy this appetizer from the tasting or a la carte menu. In this French-inspired restaurant, at least you can pronounce the name of this selection! ;-)

Remy is located on Deck 12 and is an adults-only restaurant that surpasses the luxury of the adjacent Palo. This is one of the finest dining experiences at sea!

How to Make It

OK, so this recipe is probably a bit too involved for me to try, but some of you adventurous chefs out there should be able to find the substitutes and give it a go! Let us know how it works out!

Smoked Bison with Melted Fennel and Leeks, Hearts of Palm Salad and Blood Orange-Tangerine Vinaigrette
Serves 8 as an appetizer

Bison Ingredients
1 pound buffalo tenderloin
3 tablespoons fennel pollen
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper

For the bison: [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 10, 2011

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta Five Cheese Ravioli

We have two very exciting events coming up soon here on the Disney Food Blog!

First, you’ll be able to purchase tickets for the 2011 WDW Foodie Fest Snack Attack event this week. Second, we’re just about ready to publish our very first DFB Mini-Guide! Stay tuned for details! In the meantime…

Disney Food News

Check out some of the latest news in the Disney food world!

Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Review by AllEars.net

Thanks to AllEars.net blogger Alice McNutt Miller for a fantastic review of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book! Here’s a bit of what she has to say:

I found that while the guide is focused on dining, the advice, tools and tips on budgeting and planning—including choosing resorts and vacation package types—will help the reader plan his or her entire Walt Disney World vacation.

See her full review here!

You can get your copy of the DFB Guide here!

On to the Round-Up!

Thanks to the WDW Today Podcast for the chance to answer listener dining questions with Matt and Len. Listen here! And be sure to tune in on July 31st for the WDW Today Live Show with yours truly!

Team Tizzel reviews each individual course of a visit to the Victoria and Albert’s Chef’s Table with some fantastic photos! As an aside, Holly and Dave are raising money for the fight against Breast Cancer via Team AllEars!

Disneyland Compendium considers the start of Mickey Mouse pancakes. (Thanks to George Taylor for the heads up.)

Yesterland covers a few of the restaurants that are in Ko Olina, the town surrounding Disney’s new Aulani Resort in Hawaii.

Main Street Gazette heads to Epcot’s Lotus Blossom Cafe!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World gives us a wrap-up of his weekend eats around Disney World, including yummy trips to Captain Cook’s, Artist Point, and Trail’s End!

Babes in Disneyland reviews the brand new Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure.

Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Restaurants and Dining Options

We had a great time sailing on the Disney Dream and doing a thorough Dine Around in January 2011. During that sailing, DFB researched (um, okay, ate) our way through the bountiful offerings on this all-you-can-eat cruise.

Disney’s next cruise ship, the Fantasy, is set to sail its maiden voyage in March of 2012. The 2,500 passenger ship will be identical in size and layout to the Disney Dream, although the two will not be exactly the same. Let’s review the venues for food and beverages on the Fantasy!

Main Dining

On board the Disney Fantasy guests will have many options when it comes to dining. They can of course choose to follow the rotational dining schedule that is set before departure, or opt out on certain nights to enjoy restaurants like Cabanas, Palo, and Remy.

The main dining options on the Disney Fantasy will be similar to those offered on the Disney Dream; the main changes will include a new show that will be offered at Animator’s Palate, a entirely new them for the adults-only district on the ship, and design changes for some of the other restaurants.

Animator’s Palate
Animator’s Palate is one of the main dining experiences on all three existing Disney ships, and the Fantasy will be no exception. However on the Fantasy, guests will experience the all new “Animation Magic” show starring none other than Mickey Mouse.

Animator's Palate

Diners will be treated to a truly magical experience led by Sorcerer Mickey. Watch as the characters on the wall move from black and white to color, and experience the Beauty and the Beast classic “Be Our Guest” in a whole new [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 3, 2011

Happy July 4th weekend! We hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful weekend no matter where you are! Be safe, and if you’re in a Disney park or resort and eating something wonderful, let us know!

Also, here’s a fun tip for this weekend: Disney Food Blog t-shirts are 17.76% off through Monday over at the Disney Food Blog Store! Just use code: LANDOFTHETEE at check-out! :-)

One of our personal favorites is that I <3 Mickey Bars shirt to the right, but there are plenty of styles that will fit everyone’s taste, including Disney Food Blog logo shirts.

Latest Disney Food News

Check out the latest!

I also want to let you know that our very first Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide is right around the corner! It should be available very soon, so stay tuned!

Until then, if you don’t already have a copy of our 250-page Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book, you can get yours right here! Click the link for reviews, testimonials, sample pages, Bonus gifts, and more!

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News

We have continuously updated, in-depth coverage of the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here! This week, Raglan Road announced its Signature Dinner, which will take place on October 18th!

Now, On to the Round-Up!

WDW for Grown-Ups discusses healthy eating options at WDW.

Stuff From the Park shows us Mickey next to a Pepsi machine!

AKL Resort has recommendations for Animal Kingdom Lodge drinks.

Main Street Gazette takes us to Pleasure Island and reviews Raglan Road.

It’s A Dramaful Life gives us a personal look at the Dine With An Imagineer program including the menu and keepsake gifts.

Disney Parks Blog highlights an exclusive bottle of Cognac delivered to the Disney Dream via limo!

DisneyTouristBlog offers a glimpse of Club 33, complete with his outstanding brand of photography.

Touring Plans demonstrates how you can stop for breakfast and still stick to a good touring plan!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July, all!

Guest Review: Palo Brunch on the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Welcome guest author Vikki Hurley-Schubert with a review of brunch at Palo on the Disney Wonder (Alaska Style)!

Vikki and her husband with friends!

Brunch at Palo is a must-do for us when onboard any one of the Disney Cruise Line ships. So, we were excited for our brunch while aboard the inaugural Alaskan cruise earlier this month and delighted in every morsel we tasted.

The highlight of the meal for me was the strawberry soup – I must confess, I did have two – one during brunch and one for dessert! It was a fragrant, rich, bright strawberry flavor and a rich magenta color with a minty background. It wasn’t too creamy or watery either – it tasted like fresh picked strawberries!

Strawberry Soup

Before our entrees arrived, we hit the tables of seafood, cheeses and fruit. The shrimp were cooked perfectly as were the crab legs. My husband loved the salmon, salmon mousse and cheeses. The asparagus wrapped in prosciutto were [Read more…]

Review: Cabanas on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

On the Disney Dream Cruise Ship, Disney Cruise Line’s newest vessel, Cabanas is the breezy buffet that’s accessible to guests all day long. Stop here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack no matter what schedule you’re on!

Atmosphere

Guests enter the restaurant through a striped canvas bedecked foyer — just like you’re entering your very own cabana!

Entrance

You might even see a few of your favorite friends from Finding Nemo here! Check out these gorgeous mosaic tile murals that decorate the space. And watch out for these guys…

Mine! Mine!

Cabanas availability offers a great opportunity for dining (especially if you happen to miss your set dinner time or would like an early breakfast), and offers some [Read more…]