Disneyland Find: Diamond Celebration Mine Car Chili Cheese Fries at Hungry Bear Restaurant

It’s not everyday we get to report to you from Disneyland — but we sure wish it was!

Recently, Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers found herself in Critter Country at Hungry Bear Restaurant. In this leafy back corner of the park, she soon realized it was just the right time for a snack. Or maybe that realization happened because she saw THIS.

Diamond Celebration Mine Car Bucket

Diamond Celebration Mine Car Bucket

I mean, a Diamond Celebration Mine Car Bucket filled with anything would be pretty special. I’m thinking popcorn, ice cream (for a crowd?), or maybe even cotton candy would fit the bill nicely. After all, this looks an awful lot like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Popcorn Bucket that we showed you once upon a time. [Read more…]

Review: New Menu Items at Starring Rolls Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Quiet on the set! There are some new lunch items available at Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that we have to share!

Starring Rolls is a tiny cafe on the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard — doesn’t that location just scream show business? I usually swing by to check out its collection of sweet treats and pretty pastries, but the often-overlooked lunch options are worth a shot! Soups, salads, and sandwiches are the stars of the show at lunch time, and we suggest finishing off lunch with one of our all-time favorites, the Napoleon.

Ready?

Starring Rolls Cafe on Sunset Boulevard

Starring Rolls Cafe on Sunset Boulevard

And, ACTION!

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Review: New Arrivals at La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

Who’s up for an adventure? Because we’ve certainly got one for you!

I know we can all agree on one thing: there is nowhere better to grab a Margarita than La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.

The staff there is warm and friendly. The surroundings are beautiful and cozy (and cool!!). And the handcrafted margaritas are some of the best, most interesting versions of this beloved cocktail that you can get anywhere. And if you’ve tried to indulge in a visit here, then you know this for sure: La Cava is always PACKED.

But here’s the thing. La Cava isn’t satisfied to leave things the way they are. They’re always developing the next hot trend, the next new thing.

And today, we’re going to talk about something that would be adventurous anywhere. But when you put it within the framework of a Disney Park?

Salts and Pineapple Margarita

Salts and Pineapple Margarita

Amazing.

Time to check out La Cava’s newest offerings — Rim Salts in a variety of over the top combinations, new Margaritas, new spirits, and more. Ready? Here we go! [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: S.E.A. Shu Mai from The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen

The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen opened in late 2015 in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, serving up exotic dishes and Jungle Cruise Skipper humor on the side!

One of the fan-favorite items on the menu is the S.E.A. Shu Mai, described as “legendary” dumplings that were also apparently a favorite of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.). And now we’re able to re-create these delicious dumplings at home!

S.E.A. Shu Mai Dumpling

S.E.A. Shu Mai Dumpling

You’ll need a meat grinder or food processor for this recipe but the combining of the meat looks to be the most time-consuming part of the recipe! [Read more…]

Review: New Snacks at Liberty Inn in Epcot’s World Showcase

While we count down to all the delicious snacks at this fall’s Food and Wine Festival, Liberty Inn at Epcot’s World Showcase has a couple new things to try!

Liberty Inn is located in Epcot’s World Showcase, which is basically a buffet of international treats! With all the available options, you might be tempted to skip over colonial fare here. However, Liberty Inn is a solid choice for a quick-service meal with picky eaters — getting a decent New York Strip Steak for less than $12 doesn’t hurt either.

Liberty Inn is attached to the impressive American Adventure building with indoor and outdoor seating. If you find yourself wandering the World Showcase without an advance dining reservation, this could be the perfect way to beat the heat!

After your meal, step next door to watch the talented a cappella group, Voices of Liberty perform!

Liberty Inn sign

Liberty Inn sign

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Review: New Menu at Tomorrowland Terrace in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

We’re excited to bring you new menu items at an open-every-once-in-a-while favorite — Tomorrowland Terrace at Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

This counter-service restaurant is open seasonally during the busiest times, so you might not have eaten here; but we’re sure you’ve passed by it on your shortcut from Main Street to Tomorrowland!

We love this outdoor restaurant for its ample, covered seating and menu that can please any crowd. The menu has always been a mixture of hard-to-find counter-service dishes (like pasta!) and classic American items that will make even the pickiest eaters happy.

Sadly, the pasta is gone, but we’re happy to report that the new items keep the balance of ordinary and out of this world!

Entering Tomorrowland Terrace!

Since we don’t get to talk about Tomorrowland Terrace often, let’s explore the location a little more…

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Summer is HERE — Join the DFB Newsletter to Stay Up to Date on Disney Food News for Your Trip!

Summer is here, and there is SO much coming into the world of Disney Food!

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Can you believe all that’s happening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? We are so excited about all of the new counter service eats and snacks that seem to be popping up daily! Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge, Animal Kingdom’s first foray into signature dining, will open soon. And with the beginning of Rivers of Light (and the rumor of Dinner Packages), we know that there’s plenty of new stuff to come in the next couple of months.

In addition, Disney Springs continues to be a hotbed of activity — Cupcake ATM, anyone??? And we’re watching everyday for updates to Star Wars and Toy Story Lands at Hollywood Studios.

It’s a lot to keep straight!! So aren’t you glad we’re here to bring you all the Disney Food News First? ;-)

But AJ — I read Disney Food Blog daily. Do I really need to subscribe, too?

For sure! Here’s why: there’s SO much happening at Disney. And sometimes, especially when it comes to breaking news like Free Dining Offers or Brand New Restaurants or Special Events, it’s important to get the news as soon as possible. And that’s where the DFB Newsletter comes in. [Read more…]

Review: Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless in Disney Springs

Frontera Cocina is the latest Table Service addition to the Disney Springs dining scene!

Frontera Cocina is headed by Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless. It’s located in the Town Center of Disney Springs, which still has a few eateries on the way throughout the summer; among them, Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine and Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza.

Chef Bayless may be best known as the host of the PBS show “Mexico—One Plate at a Time” (though he has received numerous accolades throughout his career), and Frontera Cocina likewise showcases authentic Mexican cuisine.

You’ll find Frontera Cocina right across from Sprinkles (though, since Sprinkles is still new itself, more familiar landmarks are seen just across the walking bridge — spots like Raglan Road and Morimoto Asia).

Frontera Cocina

Frontera Cocina

Now that we know where it is, let’s step inside… [Read more…]

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Happy Fourth of July, Everyone!

We know that you’re busy — hopefully having a totally chill day. ;-D But we know you’re all dreaming of being at Disney today! And you know what? “If you can dream it, you can do it!!!” And what better way to “start doing” than by getting a leg up on planning your next Disney trip?

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New Soarin’ Treats Debut at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons

We were so excited to fly at the newly debuted Soarin’ Around the World at Epcot!

Soarin' Around the World at Epcot

Soarin’ Around the World at Epcot

But the accompanying news out of Sunshine Seasons next door to Soarin’ is fun as well!

Sunshine Seasons at The Land pavilion in Epcot

Sunshine Seasons

This favorite Counter Service spot is welcoming back its headliner attraction with a couple of special treats to mark the occasion.

Welcome back, Soarin'!

Welcome back, Soarin’!

We spotted the Soarin’ Orange Cupcake when the attraction reopened in mid-May (it was open for about a month in its classic version before the new film hit the scene). The little chocolate Soarin’ sign has been removed, but it’s still called the Soarin’ Cupcake, and features the flavor that I think we all most associate with the ride from when it was Soarin’ Over California (albeit, just via fragrance in the previous version’s Orange Grove scene): ORANGE!

Soarin' Orange Cupcake

Soarin’ Orange Cupcake

The flavor profile is simple: a vanilla cupcake topped with buttercream icing, with a small amount of orange-flavored filling inside. My favorite detail might be the sky blue part of the frosting, also appropriate for the attraction, with its sugar crystals adding a bit of crunch to an otherwise basic cupcake.

Inside the Soarin' Cupcake

Inside the Soarin’ Cupcake

The white chocolate Soarin’ logo now appears on the newer addition to the bakery case: the Soarin’ Panna Cotta!

Soarin' Panna Cotta

Soarin’ Panna Cotta

Orange is again the featured flavor topping a layer of rich and creamy (and not overly sweet) vanilla bean. A thin bottom layer of cake completes the dessert.

Soarin' Panna Cotta

Soarin’ Panna Cotta

Soarin' Panna Cotta

Soarin’ Panna Cotta

We’re not sure how long these snacks will be around, so grab ‘em while you can. And be sure to say hello again to THIS guy while you’re at it!

Welcome back, Patrick!

Welcome back, Patrick!

Hey, Patrick, ol’ pal… it’s great to have ya back! As always, thanks for SOARIN’ with us here at the DFB!

Are you excited for the return of Soarin’? Please let us know with a comment!