The DFB Bi-Coastal Disney Grilled Cheese Crawl!!!!!!

If you haven’t heard the big news, I’m here to deliver it: April is Grilled Cheese Month. And that, my friends, is a food holiday that we can totally get behind.

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Because we know of a BUNCH of seriously worthy grilled cheese choices in the Disney parks and resorts that we can’t wait to tell you about!

And if you love what you see here, be sure to check out our 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, which includes tons of bonus features, like fun food crawls throughout Walt Disney World!

Now pack your bags and your stretchy pants, cause it’s time to head to both coasts to partake in the Disney Food Blog Grilled Cheese Crawl!

(Should there be Rocky music playing here or something? I feel like there should be.)

Who’s coming with? Let’s go!

Our first stop: Walt Disney World! 

Pimento Grilled Cheese, Planet Hollywood Observatory

If you were there with us when Planet Hollywood Observatory opened (or actually, reopened) its doors earlier this year, then you know that we weren’t all that impressed with most of what we tried. But there was one standout: the Pimento Grilled Cheese.

Pimento Grilled Cheese -- Up Close

Pimento Grilled Cheese — Up Close

The triple decker sandwich is two meals in one. First, you have a fairly traditional Grilled Cheese, spiced up with the addition of Pimento Cheese. But then, the second story involved super cheesy Mac and Cheese layered between crunchy Grilled Bread. Yep, that’s A Layer of Carbs on Top of More Carbs. And we are completely fine with that. [Read more…]

Review: Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure

During my recent visit to Disneyland, I decided it was time to check in once more with one of my favorite counter service spots, Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure.

The restaurant is located on Pacific Wharf (natch), and features a San Francisco signature item — Boudin Bakery’s famous Sourdough Bread – made in the bakery next door!

Pacific Wharf Cafe

Pacific Wharf Cafe

I really love the food here, and I’m especially partial to their hearty Soups served in Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowls.

On this visit, I figured it was time to introduce you to a few new flavors, though. So come with us as we explore some of Pacific Wharf’s other must-have menu items!

Atmosphere

If you’ve spent any time on Cannery Row in Monterey, then Pacific Wharf Cafe will look familiar to you in terms of style. The restaurant is actually owned and operated by San Fran’s Boudin Bakery, a landmark of the city, dating back to 1849.

If you’d like to know more about the bread making process or the history of Boudin Bakery, be sure to take The Bakery Tour, which you’ll find just next door. (Yep — that bread baking smell isn’t piped in! They really really really bake fresh bread for the parks here every day!!! SO GOOD!)

Wall Decor

Wall Decor

Inside, the counter service stop is fairly straightforward in design. Warm wood paneling covers the walls, and exposed duct work echoes the industrial feel of the space. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Disneyland Secret Menu Items

I recently returned from Disneyland, where Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers and I had the pleasure of being speakers at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival! And we had so much fun sharing our tips on Secret Menu Items in Disneyland that we had to share all about it in our latest DFB Video!

Secret Disneyland Menu Item: Macaroni and Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl!

Secret Disneyland Menu Item: Macaroni and Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl!

We love allllll Disney food, obvi. But there’s something really awesome about those secret menu items that you’ve gotta know about to get.

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Review: Cookies and Cream Cupcake at Candy Counters in Disney World and Disneyland

Our Disneyland Correspondent Heather Sievers (you know her because she’s always Dining in Disneyland — and dining so well!) is more than up to the task of checking out new goodies. And this one happens to be on BOTH coasts right now!

In addition to hanging out with yours truly at the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, and trying out ALL. THE. THINGS at the Red Rose Taverne (which has temporarily taken over Village Haus to commemorate the release of Beauty and the Beast), she’s still keeping up with the regular stomping grounds, too. And that includes stops like the Candy Palace.

The Candy Palace

The Candy Palace

Because there’s still nothing like a classic Mickey cupcake. And Heather picked up this Cookies and Cream Mickey Cupcake recently. [Read more…]

News and Review: Pineapple Cotton Candy at Disneyland’s California Adventure

You know how we feel about Dole Whip. It’s a love/love relationship. And Dole Whip loves us back by being so delicious.

So we were pretty excited when we discovered Pineapple-Flavored Cotton Candy at Disney California Adventure while there for the DCA Food and Wine Festival. (You’ll recognize Pineapple-Flavored Cotton Candy by the white and pale yellow stripes.)

Disneyland's Dole Whip Cotton Candy

Disneyland’s Pineapple Cotton Candy

Of course, like any cotton candy, it’s just sweet. Super sweet. But this version also has a bit of a pineapple flavor.

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Best and Worst of the Fest: What to Eat (and What to Skip) at the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

Greetings from sunny California! We’re coming to you from Disneyland where the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is in full swing!

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Has Begun!

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Has Begun!

And the Festival is running EVERYDAY this year. So that means you’ve got from now through April 16th to try your top picks at this year’s FOURTEEN Festival Marketplace Booths.

To help you make your list, I’ve tackled each and every food item at ALL of them. Well, with the help of our Dining in Disneyland columnist and best west coast dine-around pal, Heather Sievers, of course!

Click here to check out photos AND prices of ALL the food at the Festival! (Allergy-Friendly Menus, Too!)

Overall, we found the food to be fantastic. It was much better than last year, and much MUCH better than Festival of Holidays. They’re thinking outside of the box and experimenting a little with flavors, and I commend that. [Read more…]

2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Is HERE! See ALL of the the Food Photos!

We are bringing you LIVE coverage from the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival all weekend long!

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Has Begun!

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Has Begun!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the very latest updates!

Yesterday, DFB’s own AJ and Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather were busy completing an extra delicious day of eating and drinking their way through every single dish and special drink at this year’s Festival. [Read more…]

COME SEE US at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival!

Yay! The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival officially starts TOMORROW! Mark you calendar for March 10-April 16, 2017. That’s six full weeks of daily delicious food and drink!

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The event, which celebrates the bounty and flavor of California, is one of our favorite Disneyland Festivals. There is so much to do and see, with Marketplace Booths, Special Events, and Culinary and Beverage Demonstrations and Seminars. [Read more…]

Enter to Win a Disney Prize Package During DFB’s Mickey March Giveaways!

There’s SO much happening at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this Spring, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

In honor of the two Disney Festivals starting in March — DCA Food and Wine Festival and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival —  we’re doing Mickey March Giveaways for BOTH coasts!

During the WHOLE month of March, you can enter to win

a Walt Disney World Prize Pack OR a Disneyland Prize Pack

with #DisneyFoodBlogMickeyMarch!

Enjoy a Mickey Rice Krispy Treat on Main Street USA!

Enjoy a Mickey Rice Krispy Treat on Main Street USA!

How to Enter:

It’s super easy! To enter to win, simply post a picture of yourself reading Disney Food Blog! Post on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #DisneyFoodBlogMickeyMarch, and you’ll be entered to win! You can even enter daily if you’d like!

Prize packs will include fun goodies DIRECTLY from Disneyland or Disney World, including snacks, souvenirs, and some super special items, too! [Read more…]

News: FULL BOOTH MENUS for 2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!

It’s coming back VERY soon… bigger and better than ever! We’re talking about the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival!

DCA Food and Wine Booth Menus are HERE!

DCA Food and Wine Booth Menus are HERE!

And WE’VE GOT THE MENUS!!

Click here to see the FULL Menus and lots of FOOD PHOTOS for all of the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival booths!

Running DAILY this year from March 10 through April 16th, the Festival expands in a major way over last year’s eight Marketplace booths with a whopping FOURTEEN!

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