New DFB Video: Tajin Dole Whip Hack in Disneyland

Today, we’re sharing with you one of our favorite Snack Hacks Tajin Dole Whip – via our DFB YouTube Channel!

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When we heard about this one through the Disney grapevine, we asked our Bestie and Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers to investigate. She headed to Disneyland’s Tiki Juice Bar to check out just how this combo of two wonderful things came to be. [Read more…]

Review: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe at Magic Kingdom

We are heading to one of Walt Disney World’s busiest park counter service locations to see what’s new for lunch — Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Located on the edge of Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland near where it transitions to Fantasyland (it’s just to the right of the castle), Cosmic Ray’s is an excellent bet for finding something to please everyone, especially if your party includes members who are less adventurous in their tastes.

But if you do like more interesting fare, don’t be afraid of this intergalactic hotspot! In addition to tried and true favorites like Chicken Nuggets and Bacon Cheeseburgers, you’ll usually find some outta this world (see what I did there?) options as well.

Besides, Cosmic Ray’s is home to one of Disney’s legendary toppings bars. And you KNOW how much I love a good toppings bar.

Wanna see what I’m talking about? Let’s head in.

Atmosphere

Much like the rest of Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s is at once retro and futuristic — although the retro vibe is more 1980s than anything. Purple, teal, and silver will send you searching for your Swatch Watch.

Cosmic Ray's Sign

Cosmic Ray’s Sign

We’ll get to the ordering set up in just a sec, but first, let’s check out the seating. There’s a reason I want you to see this area first — one of the galaxy’s most famous acts takes center stage while you enjoy your meal. [Read more…]

Review: Dim Sum Brunch and Seasonal Cocktails at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs

Even though Morimoto Asia has only been open for just over a year, in that time it has already debuted a few new offerings.

Since we first took in dinner at this signature restaurant located in The Landing of Disney Springs it has added Morimoto Asia Street Food, a Counter Service spot for casual and quick dining featuring more of Chef Morimoto’s Pan-Asian cuisine. And over the summer we tried the new Late Night menu, which is available starting at 10PM Sundays through Thursdays, and 11PM Fridays and Saturdays.

Now we’re back to check out yet another Morimoto Asia dining opportunity: the new Dim Sum Brunch! Dim Sum is a type of meal very popular in Asian cuisine featuring smaller plates so everyone can enjoy various items in one seating.

Before we dive into what’s on the menu, let’s go over some logistics: the Dim Sum Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30AM to 3:00PM, and the cost is $27.00 per guest. All brunch seating is upstairs at Morimoto Asia (including the 2nd floor outdoor area).

Outdoor Patio on the Second Floor

Outdoor Patio on the Second Floor

Guests ordering Brunch may also order off the regular menu. Also, guests dining at tables downstairs can order off the Brunch menu (though in an a la carte fashion). [Read more…]

New DFB Video: A Tour of the Coca-Cola Rooftop Bar at Disney Springs

We’re high above the rooftops of Disney Springs today, as we bring you another installment in our DFB YouTube Video Series!

Coca-cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar Area

Coca-cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar Area

Since it opened last Summer, the Rooftop Bar at the Coca-Cola Store has become one more place to chill with a cold beverage. And you’ll see that there are a TON to choose from! [Read more…]

Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Pastry Making Workshop

It’s high time for more 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival fun!

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Once again, we’re going beyond the Marketplace Booths for a Special Event that is new to the Festival this year: Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops. Similar to the Festival’s Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars, this new offering takes place daily in the Festival Center. However, the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! sessions offer an interactive element unique to this Special Event where participants can take tips directly from leaders in the culinary industry.

The choice of topics is extensive, ranging from forming sushi rolls to pasta making and vodka tasting to pumpkin decorating (and beyond — check out the full list of options here). We attended The Art of Pastry Making with Erin McKenna.

You might be familiar with Erin McKenna as the founder of Babycakes or the owner of Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC in Disney Springs (or even her shops in New York and Los Angeles). If so, then you know that her focus is on creating tasty vegan and gluten-free goods. Since baking gluten-free items is not something I have previously attempted, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn something new!

So join me in the Chef’s Showcase at the Festival Center to check out this new Special Event!

Food and Wine Festival Center

Food and Wine Festival Center

Long tables are set up in front of the stage so there’s plenty of room for lots of would-be pastry-makers! [Read more…]

2016 Disneyland Candy Cane Dates Announced!

The countdown is ON for a grand Disneyland Holiday tradition! Hand-Crafted Candy Canes are on their way back to Disneyland, and we’ve got all the info for you here… including dates!!

The Hand-made Candy Canes in Disneyland are the stuff of legend, and you can read all about the process of making the candy canes to what it’s like to participate in “the race” by our Disneyland correspondent, Heather Sievers, here!

Hand-Made Candy Canes in Disneyland!

Hand-Made Candy Canes in Disneyland!

For 2016, just like in years past, the making of the Candy Canes will alternate between Candy Palace on Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland and Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Booth

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a great place to sample new and exciting food and drinks from around the world!

Every year at the Food and Wine Festival we find delicious dishes that keep us coming back for more. And since most of the menu items are only available at the Festival, we often find ourselves craving a particular dish in….oh, January. To help curb those cravings we love cooking up some of our favorite dishes at home.

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

Trying out a new recipe is always a fun excuse to have some friends over for a dinner party – think of it as your very own private Food and Wine Festival, without the crowds or the Florida heat and humidity.

Today’s recipe for Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Marketplace booth might look a bit daunting, but don’t let the list of spices for the Berbere Spice Mix deter you. If you aren’t up for that big of a challenge, you can find pre-made spice mix online (but we think homemade is better)! Invite some friends over, pop open a nice bottle of South African wine, and let’s get cooking!

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap

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Serves 4

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New! Exclusive Treats and Complimentary Eats At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And it’s DOUBLY so if you’ve booked your tickets (like I just did!!!!) for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This party is TOPS for ushering in your holiday celebration. It’s not Christmas until we’ve experienced snow on Main Street and watched the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade — complete with Santa himself!

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

And you can’t forget the dazzling lights that turn Cinderella Castle into one of the most beautiful spectacles of the season. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cinderella’s Royal Table Breakfast at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Welcome guest author Sarah Gurung as she shares her character dining experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Yay!!!

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted to plan lots of first experiences for myself and for my family, comprised of my husband and my five-year-old daughter. We booked our trip just before the 180 day mark, and I serendipitously found myself staring at an available Cinderella’s Royal Table breakfast Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) shortly thereafter. I couldn’t pass it up! In fact, over the next few months, I regularly checked back to see if we could get in even earlier when, low and behold, I was able to grab a pre-park opening ADR. Even better!

Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of those Disney World experiences that is truly exquisite. The setting is stunning, the food is delicious, and the entertainment is so fun — for kids of all ages, really.  

Sign outside restaurant

Sign outside restaurant

Atmosphere

Let’s start with the beauty that is the restaurant itself. The check-in desk is toward the back of the castle on the right. This process was efficient, and we were quickly invited into the foyer of the castle for our Cinderella meet-and-greet. We found the foyer to be low lit but plumb full of details: shields, tapestries, and gorgeous lighting.

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New DFB Video: Budgeting Your Time for the Holidays at Walt Disney World

Have you started playing Holiday Tunes in your car yet?? Because Christmas is HERE in Walt Disney World!

Christmas at Epcot

Christmas at Epcot!

And today, we’re celebrating the holidays on our DFB YouTube Channel with our best tips for budgeting your time during the holidays at Walt Disney World. [Read more…]