Pictorial Review: Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Today we are sharing a pictorial review of the new Victoria and Albert’s Ten Course Tasting Experience from guest photographer, Tom Welsh. Thanks, Tom!

Let’s take a closer look at a Chef’s Ten Course Tasting experience at Victoria and Albert’s. This award-winning restaurant at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort exudes elegance and is helmed by James Beard Award-nominee (again in 2016!) Chef Scott Hunnel.

We took the monorail over to the Grand Floridian Resort for our dinner at Victoria and Albert’s. Viviana and Sharon greeted us at the door with hugs for all. Sharon introduced her associate for the evening, Anita. We also met Elizabeth, the harpist. We selected the Chef’s Ten Course Tasting Menu with the recommended wine pairings. First came a lovely fruit punch with a little vodka.

The Amuse-Bouche was a Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Siberian Caviar and Tattinger Brut “La Francaise.”

Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Siberian Caviar

Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Siberian Caviar

The nine courses that followed were: (2) Roulade of Smoked Salmon and Alaskan King Crab with Chateau Rahoul Blanc, Graves 2011.

Smoked Salmon and Alaskan Crab

Smoked Salmon and Alaskan Crab

(3) Alaskan Sablefish with Baby Bok Choy and Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley 2013.

Alaskan Sablefish

Alaskan Sablefish

(4) Scottish Langoustine with Nage Crema and Hanzell “Sebella” Chardonnay, Sonoma 2013.

Scottish Langoustine

Scottish Langoustine

(5) Truffled Bell & Evans Chicken with Hedgehogs (mushrooms) and Copain “Les Voisins” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2011.

Truffled Chicken

Truffled Chicken

(6) Berkshire “Porchetta”, Sherry Vinaigrette and Arboldea Carmenere, Colchagua Valley 2009.

Berkshire "Porchetta"

Berkshire “Porchetta”

(7) Australian Kobe-Style Beef with Comte Potato Gnocchi and Chateau Rauzan-Segla “Segla,” Margaux 2008.

Australian Kobe-Style Beef

Australian Kobe-Style Beef

(8) Selection of Cheese from the Trolley with Quinta Do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010.

Selection of Cheese

Selection of Cheese

(9) Green Apple Mousse with Sour Cream Ice Cream.

Green Apple Mousse

Green Apple Mousse

(10) Peruvian Chocolate Crunch.

Peruvian Chocolate Crunch

Peruvian Chocolate Crunch

We each had a pot: coffee for Lyd and tea for me.

Vacuum Coffee Pot at Victoria and Albert's

Vacuum Coffee Pot at Victoria and Albert’s

Thanks for sharing your meal with us, Tom!

Is Victoria and Albert’s on your Disney Food bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.

Rumor: Is Star Wars Ice Cream Coming to Disney World’s BoardWalk?

Well, if you’re bummed that Seashore Sweets has closed, removing your option for ice cream on Disney’s BoardWalk in Walt Disney World, then you may want to pay attention to this… umm, scoop.

Seashore Sweets

Seashore Sweets

According to the folks at wdwmagic.com, it seems that Ample Hills Creamery products might be served in a new ice cream shop coming to the former location of the ESPN Club Arcade (the ESPN Club is still open, but the arcade section has been closed). [Read more…]

Review: Specialty Waffles at Roaring Fork in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

We’re starting the day with waffles, waffles, and MORE waffles at the Roaring Fork!

Oh, and did I mention they’re MICKEY WAFFLES?

Now, we’re no strangers to Roaring Fork, the Counter Service restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Typically, though, we’re taking a look at their bakery case, which is known for adding some terrific cupcakes to the Disney Cupcake realm. Through the years, those have included the Carrot Cake Cupcake, the Chocolate Caramel Cupcake, and the S’mores Cupcake. And the Magic Cookie Bar, while not a cupcake, is certainly no slouch of a dessert.

But Roaring Fork has another claim to fame, thanks to a selection of Mickey Waffles available throughout the morning. And though they aren’t technically desserts like their bakery case counterparts (Captain Obvious says “You’re welcome” for pointing that out ;-D), each of the three selections offer, in their own ways, a decadent start to your day at Disney World.

So get ready to step in with me and say “Good morning!” to the Roaring Fork!

Atmosphere

The Roaring Fork naturally echoes the rustic Pacific Northwest vibe of its home, Wilderness Lodge.

Raoring Fork sign

Roaring Fork sign

The decor is so in keeping with the rest of the Lodge that the most surprising thing about Roaring Fork is not so much the ambience, but the size. Just a couple of ordering counters, refrigerators, and a place to refill your Rapid Fill Mugs make up the whole of the place. [Read more…]

Recommended Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Values

We are back with the final installment in our popular series sharing our picks for the Top Value Restaurants when it comes to using your Disney Dining Plan in Walt Disney World.

Disney Food Blog Recommended Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Values

Previously, we shared our recommendations for the Recommended Disney Dining Plan Two-Credit Restaurants as well as our choices for Recommended Disney Dining Plan One-Credit Restaurant Values.

Today, we’re sharing our recommendations for Quick Service Restaurants when you’re using the Disney Dining Plan.

Remember — the name of the game here is finding the restaurants that hit the right balance: they have 1) a high average entree price, but they’re also 2) spots that we here at DFB would recommend.

Why is this important? Because we want to help you maximize those Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credits. Note that we have plenty of our own favorites that don’t make this list because the average price didn’t put them at the top.

Here are our picks for the restaurants that give you the best overall bang for your Disney Dining Plan buck when it comes to quick service credit spots.

Wolfgang Puck Express

Wolfgang Puck Express has been around forever, it seems. But one thing doesn’t change — even after all of these years, it still represents amazing quality and value, whether you’re dining on the DDP or not.

Wolfgang Puck Express Roast Chicken -- One of My All-Time Favorites

Wolfgang Puck Express Roast Chicken — One of My All-Time Favorites

That’s because the food here is easily on par with many table service spots. And when you consider that the average price of an entree here is just over $13, it also makes a lot of sense to spend your DDP credits here. [Read more…]

Review: The King Whoopie Pie at Everything Pop (R.I.P. King Cupcake)

Goodbye, King Cupcake… Hello, King Whoopie Pie!

Yep, you read that correctly. You’d better believe that when we started hearing rumors that our beloved King Cupcake was no longer available at one of our favorite counter service spots, Everything Pop, we buzzed over to Disney’s Pop Century Resort ASAP to scope out the situation.

Much as it breaks my heart to say it… the rumors are true!

It was love at first bite for me with the King Cupcake. What first struck me as an odd flavor combo of peanut butter, banana, and candied bacon (a twist on Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich ingredients, hence the name) quickly became one of my go-to favorites upon trying it. In fact, it was one of the first items I placed on my Disney Food Bucket List.

Everything Pop has not left us entirely without a tribute to Elvis, though.  Allow me to introduce you to the King Cupcake’s official replacement (as it stands for now, anyway): the King Whoopie Pie.

King Whoopie Pie

King Whoopie Pie

Now, you may recall that we were JUST at Everything Pop, checking out the new selection of Mini Tarts. Well, on my recon mission to find out what happen to the King Cupcake, I saw that they had also added the same Whoopie Pies that recently debuted at the Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors. [Read more…]

Review: Cinnamon Roll from Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk Bakery

Today we’re stopping to check out one of my favorite go-to breakfasts when I’m staying in the Epcot Resort Area at Walt Disney World.

I’m talking about the Cinnamon Roll from BoardWalk Bakery!

It’s crazy…this is one of my favorite quick breakfasts when I’m at Disney, and I was just SURE that I had shared it with you on the blog already! But apparently, I was a whole lot of WRONG on that, so let me enchant you with this awesomeness.

You know that this spot, which you’ll find at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, is home to lots and lots of our favorite treats. I can’t resist their Brownies (although they’ve changed a bit through the years), or their Lemon Meringue Tart. And it’s always fun to stop in and see what new Cupcakes I’ll find. Besides, it’s within walking distance of Epcot, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, and Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin, making it a perfect pitstop nearly every time I’m in the World.

And while you won’t go wrong with such breakfast dishes as the Breakfast Waffle Cone or pastries like the Jersey Crumb Cake or Brioche Pull-Apart Loaf, this is the one that I return to again and again.

Because FROSTING!!!!!!!!!!

Pan of Cinnamon Rolls at BoardWalk Bakery

Pan of Cinnamon Rolls at BoardWalk Bakery

As you can see, it’s no slouch when it comes to size, either. But seriously, the real star here is all. That. Frosting. (And it’s Cream Cheese!) [Read more…]

Review: Dinner at The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

It’s been a while since we have taken in dinner at The Wave…of American Flavors. Time to take care of that right now!

The restaurant, located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is truly a hidden gem.

This spot masquerades as an unassuming, run of the mill table-service restaurant, but they approach their menus and food sourcing a lot like the high-end signature restaurants on property do.

It’s well worth a visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; and it’s just a short walk or monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom!

Let’s take a look.

Atmosphere

Have you ever been to The Wave? If not, your first challenge is to find it! Head to the Contemporary Resort. If you’re monorailing over, you’ll land on the Fourth Floor Concourse, so take the escalators or elevator down to the first (ground) floor.

The Contemporary Lobby Level

The Contemporary Lobby Level

The restaurant occupies one back corner of the lobby. Head past the front desk to the right, and you’ll spy it. Look for the sign and the magic lighted tunnel to lead you on your way. :-) [Read more…]

Save Big This Presidents’ Day!

As we mark this Presidents’ Day, many of us are enjoying a wonderful perk — a day to sleep in and enjoy a little break. :-) And if you’re like me, that means one thing on a cold February day…it’s a GREAT time to plan your next Disney trip!

All-American Mickey!

All-American Mickey!

Looking forward to visit during the busy Spring or Summer season? Or do you have your eyes set on a Fall Food and Wine Festival Trip or a Holiday Extravaganza? Whatever you’re dreaming of, one thing’s for sure: you need to make some plans.

Believe it or not, it’s already time to start making those Advance Dining Reservations! And we’re going to help you make sure you choose the best restaurants Disney has to offer. There are hundreds, after all!

We have two great offers for you to choose from! Read on for all the details, but hurry — these savings are only available for a limited time!

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Save On The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2016

Our fully guaranteed, comprehensive e-Book offers more than 530 full-color pages to help you plan your very best Disney World trip ever!

With reviews, tips, expert advice, and hundreds of color photographs, you’ll get the biggest bang for your planning buck! And our handy e-Book format has been completely updated for your 2016 Disney World vacation.

Inside the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2016, you’ll find: [Read more…]

Review: French Toast Bread Pudding at the Beach Club Marketplace

We are back at the Beach Club Marketplace, the Beach Club Resort’s counter service restaurant and merchandise location.

Better known in many ways for being a gift shop, the Marketplace tends to get overlooked in favor of some the more popular spots nearby. After all, when your neighbors include locations like Beaches and Cream, the BoardWalk Bakery, Trattoria al Forno, and The Crew’s Cup Lounge, it can be hard to make a splash. And heck, staying at a resort that practically has its own water park thanks to Stormalong Bay, you can always grab a quick meal at Hurricane Hanna’s without ever leaving the pool area!

But here we are at this unassuming stop tucked in the back of the Marketplace to check it out a little more. The last time we visited the Beach Club Marketplace, it was to grab a late night dinner (well, not counting our annual holiday visit to see the Beach Club’s Gingerbread Carousel). But our more recent stop here was in the A.M. hours. I’d heard something about a French Toast Bread Pudding that seemed pretty fantastic, so over to Beach Club Marketplace I went!

Atmosphere

The Beach Club Marketplace is located by the Beach Club’s courtyard entrance.

Beach Club Marketplace

Beach Club Marketplace

No matter which way you enter, the souvenirs and registers will greet your eyes sooner than the food counter and grab-and-go options, most of which are tucked in the back corner (aside from the dry goods, which have a bit more prominence). [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Dining with a Picky Eater

For many of us, there’s nothing better than planning a trip to Disney. I mean, sure…attractions and cool resorts and stuff. But best of all is the FOOD!

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What happens if you have a super uber picky kiddo (or other member of your party) among your ranks though? It can really rock your trip. But it doesn’t have to!

And that’s why I dedicate a lot of attention to making plans with picky eaters in the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining. This is a great time to pick up your copy of this handy guide because it’s just been completely updated for your 2016 travel plans!! Don’t forget to use code HAPPYPLACE for $4 off the price!

Today, I want to share some of the tips that I’ve scattered through the book on how to deal with the pickiest eaters when you’re in Disney World. Need some help with this subject? Read on! [Read more…]