Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: Make Your Own Custom DFB Food and Wine Fest Tray!

If you’ve visited the Epcot Food and Wine Festival before, then you know what a hassle it can be to get from Marketplace Booth to a Table (or Trash Can Top or Bench or Wall) without spilling your dishes and drinks.

That’s why one of my best tips for you is to bring your own tray to make the journey easier!

Yep — we know they sell these little jobbies…

Food and Wine Fest Tasting Plate

Food and Wine Fest Tasting Plate From a While Back

But to be honest, that’s just not enough real estate when you’re sampling more than one dish…plus drinks.

Any tray will do, of course. But why not take the opportunity to show your team spirit with a Disney Food Blog Customized Food and Wine Festival Tray?

Your Very Own DFB Food and Wine Festival Tray!

Whaaaaaa?! So how do you set about making this marvelous thing? It’s easy! First, grab a DFB Food and Wine Festival Tray Sticker, like so:

DFB bumper sticker-001

THEN, acquire a basic cafeteria tray (we won’t ask any questions how you go about it) and slap the sticker on the tray. DONE. [Read more…]

Review: La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

Recently, I met some friends for a cozy dinner at La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.

My last visit to La Hacienda proved to be just about the best yet. While my earliest visits to the dinner-only restaurant were largely hit and miss, my experiences during the last couple of years have been very positive.

But you never know when things can shift and change. After all, this is Disney World — not exactly known for being consistent when it comes to dining quality. And La Hacienda is pricey. Does it continue to be worth it?

Let’s head in for dinner and you can see for yourself.

Atmosphere

We arrived on time for our 6:30 advance dining reservation and checked in. We requested a window side table, and they were happy to accommodate us. It only took a little longer to be seated.

Hacienda-sign

La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

If you haven’t been inside La Hacienda before, be sure to take a look around during your visit, and review the back story. In a nutshell, the restaurant is supposed to be the rambling home of an artistic family, and they’ve opened it up to guests. Seating is a mixture of booths and table/chair combos, all of which are comfortable and inviting. [Read more…]

News: Great Irish Hooley, Plus New Menu Options at Raglan Road in Disney Springs

The construction walls are finally (mostly) down at Disney Springs — WOO! So what better way to celebrate all of that wonderful parking and those beautiful vistas than by partying Labor Day Weekend away!

To that end, we’re sharing with you today that Orlando’s only Boutique Irish Festival is back this year, and it’s bigger than ever!

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs will host their Fifth Annual Great Irish Hooley this Labor Day Weekend. The four-day party, named for a traditional Irish social celebration, kicks off at noon on Friday, September 2, and runs late into the evening Monday, September 5. The event features the very best of Irish Music, Dancing, Food, and Drink. And best of all — there will be NO COVER CHARGE for the entire family-friendly event!

Check out all of the details below — you aren’t going to want to miss it!

Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

Tri Wishes Grand Irish Red and a Rack of Heaven

Food-lovers and craft beer fans are sure to love this part of the Hooley! [Read more…]

Review: Creamsicle Float and Nutella Brownie Sundae at Vivoli il Gelato in Disney Springs

Boy, oh boy… do we ever have a treat for you today!

Actually, make that TWO treats. Because when we saw a sign at Vivoli il Gelato for the new Creamsicle Float and Nutella Brownie Sundae, it was a no-brainer to to get them both.

Vivoli il Gelato celebrated its one year anniversary in The Landing of Disney Springs in June. Since its arrival last summer, we’ve gained so many new eateries all over Disney Springs that it’s been difficult to have a chance to revisit some of the additions that joined the scene waaaaay back in the day — as in, 2015 ;) . But there is still so much to discover about these relatively new spots that we’re excited to step back into Vivoli il Gelato — the second storefront for the family-run gelato shop based in Florence, Italy.

Here’s the shop (it can be hard to spot, so just head towards the higher profile landmark of The Boathouse, look across the street, and Voila!)…

Vivoli il Gelato

Vivoli il Gelato

And here’s that sign we mentioned for the two new creations: The Nutella Brownie Sundae and the Creamsicle Float! [Read more…]

Review: New Kobe Beef Entrees at Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We’re traveling to Animal Kingdom’s Asia to show off a couple new items on the Yak & Yeti (Anandapur) Local Food Cafes menu!

Not to be confused with the Yak & Yeti Table Service restaurant next door, Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes is a Quick Service option for adventurers on the go! Some items — though not the ones we’re checking out today — are even served in the most adorable Chinese food carry-out boxes.

As expected with Animal Kingdom, the restaurant is beautifully themed. This Indian market blends in perfectly next to the Maharajah Jungle Trek with advertisements for “local” companies, fruit stands, and a cool assortment of seating options.

The first thing you’ll likely see are the long lines, but as the arrow on the sign suggests, there’s plenty of room around the corner!

Local Food Cafes sign

Local Food Cafes sign

So don’t let this deter you… [Read more…]

Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Grown-Up Frozen Drinks You’ve Gotta Try!

The countdown is ON!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Official Disney

We are just WEEKS away from the beginning of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — and I know you’re as excited as we are!!

While we love Special Events and the Festival Seminars and Demonstrations, our favorite way to spend a Food and Wine Festival Day is Eating — and Drinking — Our Way Around the World at the Marketplace Booths.

And while the plethora of beer and wine choices are always awesome, we have a soft spot for the inventive and delicious Grown Up Slushies that the drink team comes up with! We love these so much that they’ve made it #OnTheList as some of our favorite must-have Disney treats.

This year, we’ve already spied several that we think you MUST try if you haven’t already. But we’ve also seen a couple new options that we’re anxious to sample ASAP! And then there are a few old favorites that deserve your time and attention if you get around to them.

Let’s head out for some refreshment, adult-style, with All the Frozen Grown Up Drinks Ya Gotta Try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

La Passion Martini Slush and Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop at the France Booth

If you plan to make a serious study of Grown Up Slushies in Epcot, then the France Pavilion has to be the first stop on your list. While the Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Slushies are perennial favorites available year around, there’s always something special to try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

This year, the La Passion Martini Slush, a vibrant red mix of Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice returns once more.

La Passion Martini Slush

La Passion Martini Slush

In recent years, France has given us another delightful twist on a childhood favorite: Frozen Grown Up Push Pops! [Read more…]

Review: NEW VERSION Mickey S’more in Disneyland

Remember the return of the Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich I happened upon at Pooh Corner in Disneyland recently? If not, take a moment to click this link and gaze upon the wonder of it, then meet me right back here.

Okay, ready? Now, right next to it in the bakery case was another chocolate-covered treat: the Mickey S’more.

Peanut Butter Sandwich and Mickey S'more in Pooh Corner case

Peanut Butter Sandwich and Mickey S’more in Pooh Corner case

And just like its neighbor, the Peanut Butter Sandwich, after being discontinued for a few months, the S’more has received a bit of a makeover. [Read more…]

News: Joffrey’s Coffee Adds “Le Cellier Blend” to Its Disney Collection

We have a little news that might brighten your day if Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion is a favorite stop of yours. Joffrey’s has added Le Cellier Blend to its Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffees Collection!

Le Cellier Steakhouse -- Outside View

Pretend You’re Here! — With Le Cellier Blend from Joffrey’s

Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company, based in Tampa, is the official specialty coffee provider for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Vacation Club resorts. In addition to the tempting coffee kiosks that they run throughout the Parks and Resorts, they also have a whole Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection. You can purchase the coffee blends within Disney Resorts or from the comfort of your own home via Joffrey’s website. [Read more…]

Review: Sausage and Cheddar-Stuffed Pretzel at Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

Anybody remember the Ham and Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel that debuted in the Magic Kingdom in January?

It’s had a few homes there, including its original location of The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland, and it was also spotted at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland.

Most recently, it popped up again in Hollywood Studios at a relatively new snack cart right near Toy Story Midway Mania.

Well, on our last trip to Magic Kingdom, we found a new version of the stuffed pretzel at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments: the Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel.

We thought we’d grab one to see how it differs from its Ham and Cheese counterpart.

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel

Let’s start with the obvious difference: this one features sausage instead of ham ;) . (I know. Who would have guessed?!) And, of course, cheddar cheese instead of Swiss. Sesame seeds are the main topper with this one, and just like the ham version, it’s served warm. The general setup makes me think of the ol’ Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner. [Read more…]