Review: Lemon Berry Mousse Cake at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons sure is putting the emphasis on seasons these days.

We took major notice two years ago when the Warm Peanut Butter Brownie came straight from nowhere to completely wow us. In the time it took us to fall smack dab in love, we also found out it was a “seasonal” item, which may or may not be there on the next visit.

Of course, we’ve seen plenty of seasonally rotating options in the practically famous Sunshine Seasons bakery case. Now, here’s why you need to keep an eye out: some seasonal items are labeled as such. Take, for instance, the Warm Apple Crisp, which was simply labeled “Seasonal Dessert” in the case. Others, though, just seem to appear with the change of… well, the seasons!

And the Lemon Berry Mousse Cake, which we’re sharing with you today, heralds the fruity flavors of spring and summer in a somewhat unexpected fashion.

Even tucked in among longtime crowd favorites like the Carrot Cake Cupcake, Key Lime Tart, and the Mickey Whoopie Pie, the Lemon Berry Mousse Cake still manages to stand out thanks to its unique appearance comprised of deep purple mousse and yellow cake with a whipped cream garnish.

Sunshine Seasons Lemon Berry Mousse

Sunshine Seasons Lemon Berry Mousse

Sold. Because how could we not at least try a layer cake that looks as unique as this? [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: Should I Bring My Kids to the Festival?

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the event that Disney World Food Lovers — us included! — wait for all year long! And it will be here before you know it!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Summer is a busy time here at DFB, as we’re on the lookout for all of the latest festival news. And this year promises to be the biggest one yet, spanning 75 days, and even reaching into August. We can’t wait!

And I know you can’t either. But we gotta. ;-)  So in the meantime, we’ve set out to offer you some super helpful tips as you gear up for another memorable Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

They come from the DFB Guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival e-book. This year’s guide is available for pre-order ahead of the festival. And when you pre-order your 2017 guide, you’ll receive the 2016 guide as an immediate download for FREE, so you can get started with your planning right away!

Today’s question comes courtesy of the guide’s helpful Frequently Asked Questions section.

Should I Bring My Kids to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

Want to know the short answer? We say: Yes!

But why? Well…lots of reasons!

There’s still morning in Future World! Don’t forget — first and foremost, Epcot is still a theme park. Listen, I know that they’ve gone a little bonkers with the whole festival thing (not that we mind at all), but at the end of the day — or rather, at the beginning — Epcot is still a park with cool rides and educational attractions.

Mission Space

Mission Space

Don’t forget to spend some time exploring and reacquainting yourself with Soarin’, Test Track, Mission Space, and more. [Read more…]

New! Chocolate Caramel Swirl at Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany

Karamell-Küche has been churning out ooey, gooey caramel treats in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion since it opened nearly SEVEN years ago.

(I started this blog just over 8 years ago, by the way. Time sure flies when you’re eating your way around Walt Disney World!)

Anyway, it’s all in the name: it’s the Caramel Kitchen, brought to us by Werther’s Caramel. It’s for those of us — and there are those of us ;) — who adore all things caramel maaaaybe even a bit more than the other candy darling: CHOCOLATE.

Now, that’s not to say that Karamell-Küche doesn’t have a few things in that golden bakery case for chocoholics. Not at all. You’ll find chocolate poured over a Caramel Apple, covering a caramel square, or topping Mickey’s ears on a Krispie Treat.

And now there’s one more that the chocolate lovers — and caramel lovers, of course! — can add to the list to try.

It’s the new Chocolate Caramel Swirl. 

Karamell Kuche Chocolate Swirl

Karamell Kuche Chocolate Caramel Swirl

Everything you need to know is found in the first glance: it’s a thick cut swirl of chocolate and caramel, finished with chocolate sprinkles surrounding the outer layer. Well, there is one more thing you’d probably like to know: the Chocolate Caramel Swirl comes in at $4.49 or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Margaritas Coming to Choza de Margarita in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

We are anxiously awaiting word on the opening date for Choza de Margarita in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion!

@chozamargarita Twitter

@chozamargarita Twitter

Originally announced as Choza Tequila, this upcoming outdoor tequileria and margarita bar will also serve tacos, empanadas, chips, and fresh guacamole.

Choza de Margarita construction

Choza de Margarita construction

Though we are still looking forward to information on when this spot will be open for thirsty passersby in World Showcase (it was originally slated for early 2017), we do have some intel regarding something VERY important.

MARGARITAS.

Thanks to the La Cava del Tequila Twitter account AND the new Choza de Margarita Twitter account, we’ve been able to sneak a peek at a few of the offerings on the way.  [Read more…]

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News! More Eat to the Beat Concert Series Acts

The news about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival continues to trickle in. We are keeping our ears to the ground to bring you all of the news as soon as we get it!

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While we await pieces of information like more details about the 35 booths celebrating 35 years of Epcot and when The Chew might be in town this year, we’re also keeping an eye on just which acts we can expect to see for Eat to the Beat.

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series takes place nearly every night of the festival. Shows are scheduled three times each evening, so you’re guaranteed to be able to catch your favorite acts, even if you have special events or low cost demonstrations or seminars booked.

We’re still awaiting the full line up — it could be announced any day now — but today, we’re sharing with you a few additional acts that we’ve learned about in recent days!

As always, the information we share is subject to change. For the very latest information on this year’s festival, keep an eye on our main 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page. And for the very latest updates delivered directly to you, subscribe to the DFB Newsletter! [Read more…]

Review: New Jumbo Pretzel in (where else?) Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

If one snack has become associated indelibly with Disney Parks on both the east and west coasts, it’s the Mickey Pretzel. I mean, it’s Mickey-shaped, it’s portable, it’s pretzel. (And now it comes with cheese sauce just about everywhere — so yum!)

But let’s be real: If you want an authentic pretzel experience, where the texture, color, and flavor combine for pretzel perfection, you gotta head over to the Germany Pavilion in World Showcase.

Sommerfest in the Germany Pavilion Outside View

Sommerfest in the Germany Pavilion Outside View

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Spotted: Italia Kitchen Merchandise in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Before a recent visit to Via Napoli in Epcot for a pizza, my husband and I had a few spare minutes before our Advance Dining Reservation. We decided to spend that extra time in La Bottega Italiana, one of the Italy Pavilion’s shops, where I happened upon some fun kitchen gear and other Italia-themed merchandise.

Pasta Mickey Italia Apron

Pasta Mickey Italia Apron

It had been a while since I’d popped in this particular store, so I’m not sure how long these have been around, but what stood out to me right away was this fun apron featuring Mickey formed out of various pasta shapes. [Read more…]

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: How Many Days Should I Budget For the Festival?

You Guys! It’ll be here before we know it!! YEP — I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for August 31-November 13. This year’s festival offers a record 75 days of fantastic eats, drinks, and more!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

Already, we’re starting to get our very first big pieces of news about how this year’s festival will shape up.

We know for sure that there will be 35 booths to celebrate the 35 years of Epcot, and that both India and Spain will return in 2017.

While we await the announcement of the rest of the new booths, we can still start our planning! If you haven’t already done it, this is a great time to preorder the 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We have all the tips, tricks, and strategies that will make this your best fest yet! AND when you preorder the 2017 guide, you get the 2016 guide for free as an immediate download — so you can start your planning now!

In the meantime, we’re sharing some of our best tips for making the most of your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from our guide’s Frequently Asked Questions section. Today’s question is:

How Many Days Should I Budge For The Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

We get this one all the time! And while there’s no right or wrong answer, we definitely have a few things for you to consider as you make your decision.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

If possible, plan for two or more days. See, here’s the thing. For all that we talk about the festival centerpiece — the marketplace booths — there is so much more to do and experience. And it’s not all super pricey. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Disney Character Meal Pros and Cons

We are back with some of our very best kept Disney Dining Secrets. And we want to share them with you!

2017 DFB Guide to WDW Dining Cover March 6 Planning what you’re going to eat and drink at Walt Disney World is no small undertaking. To begin, there are tons of choices. But what if you could make your meal a real multitasker? Say, you could enjoy some terrific eats, and get that shiny new autograph book filled with the names of all of your Disney favorites? Yep, we’re talking Character Meals.

You may think that the character meal experience isn’t for you. But we invite you to take a closer look at these special meals and see for yourself if a Character meal could be right for you.

And if you like what you see here, be sure to check out the brand new, just released 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, Second Edition, where we talk character meals and LOTS more! And for a limited time, you can get it for 20% off with code SAVE2017 at checkout! Here we go!

Are Character Meals One-Size-Fits-All? Why Should I Book One?

You may think that if you’re an adult, single, or have older kids, there’s really no reason to engage in that Disney Rite of Passage, the Character Meal. But we think there’s a place for everyone at the character table, and here’s why.

Eating a big breakfast will fill you up -- and cost less than dining big later in the day!

Safari Mickey

It’s Cool In There, People. I’m not talking, like, rad. I mean literally, it’s cool. Like, air-conditioned. And in our opinion, waiting for characters with the a/c cranked up while noshing on delicious food WAY beats standing out in the hot sun any day. [Read more…]

Review: Warm Peach Cobbler at Liberty Inn in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion

Disney World Counter Service locations typically offer a few standard desserts.

You may be familiar… at places like Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and Pinocchio Village Haus in Magic Kingdom you’ll often find Chocolate Cake on the dessert menu. Over in Hollywood Studios, Fairfax Fare, Backlot Express, and more serve a Chocolate Mousse. Chocolate Mousse is an Animal Kingdom Counter Service dessert staple, too, at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe.

They’re all fine, if not particularly remarkable. (Okay, we DO dig that Chocolate Cake). But there is another Counter Service dessert that you’ll only find in one spot. Oddly, it’s found in a place not exactly known for unique choices: Epcot’s  Liberty Inn, located in the the American Adventure Pavilion.

You know the drill: Liberty Inn is the place to go if you (or your kiddos in tow) want simple classics like Burgers, Chicken Breast Nuggets, and the like — plenty of fried food to fuel your continued continental adventure.

Liberty Inn Sign

Liberty Inn Sign

But we’re here today to put the spotlight once more on an item that is surprisingly unique to Liberty Inn: the Warm Peach Cobbler. [Read more…]