Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 8, 2012

Marathon Weekend Race Cupcakes

Congratulations to the all of the runners that participated (and may still be participating!) in this year’s WDW Marathon Weekend!

If you’re in Disney World now, stop by the Main Street Bakery to pick up one of these colorful cupcakes celebrating the races. There are versions for the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, and the Goofy challenge! Yum!

Now, if you’re home and not in Disney World — like me — here’s a bit more about what happened at the Happiest Places on Earth last week!

The Latest Disney Food News

  • We bid farewell to Disneyland’s Blue Ribbon Bakery on Thursday, making way for…
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery!! This brand new bakery is now open on Disneyland’s Main Street.

    Jolly Holiday Entrance

    Click the link to see a bazillion photos and reviews of both breakfast and lunch!

  • Disney World’s Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is officially closed for refurb through March 27th.
  • Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe closed January 5th for renovations. When the restaurant re-opens this summer, guests can enjoy new indoor seating…and FRENCH FRIES! We’ll have a post coming up soon…
  • Disneyland celebrated Three Kings Day with fun entertainment and Latin American menu items.

For more sweet and savory food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

On to the Round-Up!

A Wedding Cake Blog showcases an Alice in Wonderland cake that is absolutely gorgeous!

The Orange County Register News celebrates Chef Oscar Martinez, who was awarded a 55-years of service award. Stop by and see Oscar at the Jolly Holiday Bakery right now (he’ll return to the Carnation Cafe when it re-opens). Congratulations, Oscar!

Eating (and drinking) around the World features Cabanas’ Strawberry Margarita from the Modern Mixology seminar at the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. (I can attest — it was delicious!)

PassPorter Moms Podcast graciously had me on to discuss the 2012 Disney Dining Plan. Listen to a discussion on the changes to the plan this year as well as the pros and cons of purchasing the DDP! (DFB Editor Kim highly recommends listening to this fun podcast! :D)

Main St. Gazette pays a visit to the Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

AllEars.net finds a jolly good time at Epcot’s Rose & Crown!

Stuff from the Park goes back to 1956 to show us the Chicken of the Sea pirate ship and a vintage popcorn cart.

WDW Swan & Dolphin Offer Pre-Race Menus During Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

It’s that time of year again! Runners and racers are prepping for the Disney World Marathon and Half-Marathon! For many runners, prepping = carbs, and the Disney World Swan and Dolphin have you covered this year!

The resorts’ restaurants will offer special Pre-Race meals this weekend for Disney Marathon and Half-Marathon runners. These meals will help you load up on carbs the evening before each race!

bluezoo seating

Participating Restaurants

Todd English’s bluezoo
Picabu Buffeteria
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Garden Grove

Here are a few of the menu items to expect, along with nutrition information so you can hit your maximum pre-race numbers!!

Todd English’s bluezoo
Roasted Chicken Penne
Whole wheat penne pasta, charred broccolini, tomato, roasted garlic, focaccia breadcrumbs, olive oil
Carbohydrates….54.2g
Calories….439.5
Protein….19.45g
Fat….14.35g
Reservations are recommended!

Picabu Buffeteria
Baked Ziti Bolognaise, Mozzarella Cheese
Carbohydrates…….24.96g
Calories…..268.5
Protein…….18.42g
Fat…….10.73g

Il Mulino
Parpadelle Pasta and Chicken Ragout, Crushed [Read more…]

Disney Food Year in Review: 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! 2011 was a big year for food in Disney parks and resorts, and when there are this many changes it can be helpful to recap — especially if you’re headed to a Disney park or resort soon!

So come with us as we walk through 2011 and a few of those newsworthy highlights! What’s your favorite Disney Food news from 2011?? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

2011 Disney Food Year in Review

Check below to see 2011 updates from Disney World, Disneyland, and other Disney destinations as well as our additions and changes here on the Disney Food Blog!

Walt Disney World Year In Review

Restaurant Openings and Renovations
Although they haven’t enjoyed as many full-blown restaurant openings as they did in 2009 and 2010, Disney World has definitely had its share of restaurant renovations and updates.

Tortuga Tavern in the Magic Kingdom replaced the (also Pirate-themed) El Pirata y El Perico. Serving much the same menu, including Mexican and Tex-Mex options, Tortuga also added some fun and whimsical decor so that you don’t forget that you’re in Disney World.

Also in the Magic Kingdom, we saw Storybook Treats and Cheshire Cafe develop from their former counterparts.

The AMC Fork and Screen Theater opened in Downtown Disney in 2011, so you can save time by doing dinner and a movie together, then heading back out into the parks! Nothing like some serious multi-tasking in the World!

Katsura Grill replaced Yakitori House in Epcot’s Japan late in 2011. Much of the same food is offered, but you will find a slightly more “clean lines” layout and a few additional classic Japanese menu items.

The overhaul in Japan also included the addition of the Kabuki Cafe, which is basically a more formal Kaki Gori stand also serving a seasonal menu of Japanese snacks like Miso Soup, Sushi, and Edamame.

Japanese Pancake from Katsura Grill

Right between the two new spots? An outdoor Sake bar! We can highly recommend the lime sake cocktail!

Also in Epcot, the always-popular Le Cellier Steakhouse turned its dinner meal into a signature dining option in March, making this meal 2 credits on the Disney Dining Plan. Le Cellier is still a tough ticket to get, so I think the hope that this price increase would lessen demand for reservations might be dashed. It’s still a popular spot for both lunch and dinner.

Over in Animal Kingdom, the guest-favorite Tusker House Character breakfast has expanded to include a new character lunch as well! This has brought positive response from Disney character meal fans!

And Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has introduced a brand new dining experience in 2011! Dine with an Animal Specialist at Sanaa offers guests [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 1, 2012

Complimentary Champagne Toast at Victoria and Albert's Chef's Table

Happy New Year, everyone!! We hope your year is filled with delicious treats and lovely toasts, but most of all, we hope your year has a little Disney in it!

To start things out right, here’s a recap of the Disney Food news that’s been happening over the past week while we were all stuffing ourselves with fudge, cookies, and egg nog (oh, wait, that was just me?). ;-) Believe it or not, there were a LOT of developments last week!

Brand New Disney Food News

For more delicious food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis! And don’t forget to follow along on our 2011 Holiday Dining page!

On to the Round-Up!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups hangs out at the Dawa Bar in the Animal Kingdom. Sigh — so relaxing!! One of my favorite places!

Tokyo Disneyland Club 33 Pins!

RocketNews24 shares six reasons Tokyo Disneyland’s secret restaurant Club 33 is awesome! I’m LOVING the pics in this one!

SamLand Disney takes a power lunch at The Brown Derby restaurant. Check out the vintage phones!

Gorillas Don’t Blog shares a vintage Disneyland photo of the Red Wagon Inn, Walt’s personal favorite restaurant in 1955.

AllEars.net celebrated 15 great years at the beginning of December, and did so with some delicious Disney food.

Main St. Gazette celebrates the season with some Pumpkin Fudge! Great pic, Ryan!

Disney Parks Blog shared recipes for two of Trader Sam’s holiday cocktails! If you can’t make it to Disneyland, make one at home!

Walt Disney World New Year’s Eve Dining and Special Events

Ringing in New Year 2012 from Walt Disney World? It’s going to be a memorable night! Call 407-WDW-DINE for holiday dining information and reservations! Here are some of your options for dining on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day:

Disney Resorts and Event Spaces

Boardwalk
Atlantic Dance Hall
Dance into the New Year at Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk
8 p.m. to 2 a.m., ages 21 and up.

Video DJ Tony Zapulla will play hits on the main dance floor. Beverages will be for sale from three different bars. There will be limited viewing of Epcot’s fireworks.

$37 (gratuity not included) for access to the main floor of the Dance Hall.
$80 for a VIP ticket that allows guests entrance to a private 2nd floor area with guaranteed seating and access to a private upstairs balcony for “limited” viewing of the fireworks. In addition, you’ll be able to indulge at a Dessert Station and private VIP bar. Cocktail service will also be offered.

Dress Attire: Business Casual or Formal

Parking:
Parking passes for the self parking lot will be given with advance purchases. Parking not guaranteed to be available for same day purchase.
Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey’s (New Year’s Day brunch)
California Grill will host an evening of elegance!
$550 per person.

View of Castle from our California Grill Table

Entertainment will include casino-style games, live music and Disney characters. Enjooy food stations and beverages while watching [Read more…]

News! Todd English’s bluezoo Unveils an Interactive Bar Menu!

Fun news for you today! Todd English’s bluezoo now has an interactive, electronic bar menu!

Courtesy of our good friend (and Disney World aficionado) Lori Wagner, we’ve got some great photos of the exciting new addition to this Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort restaurant with AAA Four Diamond acclaim.

bluezoo has long been known for its bar. Its unique and inventive cocktails have kept guests coming back for years! Now they’ve added another reason to visit — a cool new interactive menu! The menu is attached to the bar table, so guests can easily browse through and make their choices.

bluezoo Electronic Bar Menu

The interactive menu is much like the ones you’ll see at several of the counter-service locations in Disney’s theme parks. You’ll start out choosing a category — Bar snacks, wine, cocktails, or beer.

Bar Snacks, Wine, Cocktails and Beer

Once you’ve made that decision, the menu will display more [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 11, 2011

Gluhwein in Epcot's Germany

We’re in Walt Disney World this weekend eating lots of good stuff and capturing tons of great photos to share with you as you plan your upcoming Disney trips, including a new caramel apple margarita, an ice cream cookie sandwich filled with pumpkin ice cream, and even a caramel-fudge-cookie sundae that only costs one Disney Dining Plan snack credit!

Speaking of upcoming trips, here’s a bit of Disney food news to keep you in the loop!

Weekly Disney Food News

Want more news? Stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis! And don’t forget to follow along on our 2011 Holiday Dining page!

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Our popular Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and new DFB Dining Adventures e-Books have been very popular, and now there’s a way for you to give them as gifts to your friends and family!

Using our new Disney Food Blog e-Book Gift Certificates, you can instantly give all of this great dining info and advice to your favorite Disney fan, and it’s EASY! Get all of the details — and great holiday discounts — at http://dfbguide.com/giftcertificates!

Don’t let your friends and family go to Disney World unprepared. Get a DFB Gift Certificate for your favorite Disney fan today!

On to the Round-Up!

WDW For Grown-Ups takes a look at Adult-Friendly Character Meals! Great idea!!

WESH.com names Top 5 Holiday Food Picks at Walt Disney World — written by yours truly!

Goofy at Cape May Cafe -- an Adult-Friendly character meal!

Daveland Blog reminisces about a long-lost Disneyland coffee shop.

DisMarks has another great Disney Blog Carnival this week with lots of fun Disney food articles!

Stuff from the Park travels back in time to take a look at a 1970s menu from the American Egg House at Disneyland.

MiceChat.com reviews dining with diabetes aboard the Disney Dream.

BabyCakes NYC Blog shares the news that Downtown Disney’s Babycakes Bakery will now fulfill vegan and gluten-free cake orders for Disney World resort guests!

Main St. Gazette checks out the scene at Epcot’s Sommerfest! Happy Birthday, Ryan!!

Disney Weddings Blog highlights a new trend — mashed potato bars!

Fun, Food-Filled Holiday Activities at the WDW Swan and Dolphin Resort

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin celebrate the season with fun activities! From now through December 23rd, the resorts will offer a complete calendar of festivities, including some fun food-focused activities and displays!

Holiday Calendar - click image for larger version

Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop
Call Room Service to have milk and cookies delivered during the classic holiday movies that run from 8:30-10 p.m. in your room!

Elf Tuck-In
On Christmas Eve, Santa’s Elves will tuck you in, read a story, and provide milk and cookies too! This package includes a plush toy, Santa’s Magic Key (for Santa to leave presents on Christmas Eve!), and a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 27, 2011

Turkey Leg Treat

We hope everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving!

Now it’s time to look toward the rest of the holiday season with all of its sugary treats and savory meals!

Latest Disney Food News

After a relaxing holiday, we’ll get you caught up on the latest info!

Check out our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Dining Adventures e-Book Now Available

We’ve had lots of reader requests for pre-planned dining strategies that can be dropped right into your Disney World vacation plans, and we thought that was a pretty good idea, too! So we took it one step further and added some extra FUN!!

Our very first DFB Dining Adventures e-Book is now available! Use code “adventure” at check-out for $2 off!

And we’ve made your holiday gift-giving even easier by creating Disney Food Blog e-Book Gift Certificates! Don’t forget to use code “holiday” at check-out for some great discounts!

On to the Round-Up!

Road Trips for Beer has one of the best posts we’ve seen this week! An awesome perspective on “What Beers Would the Muppets Drink”!!! Find out how they match muppets to brews!

DisneyContemporary.com features the Bay Lake Tower Villa Kitchens – with a complete list of cookware!

Gastropod Travels reviews the Palo Champagne Brunch aboard the Disney Dream. Cheers!

Main Street Gazette peruses one of our fave vintage cookbooks – Cooking with Mickey around our World.

Eating (and Drinking) around the World makes an Epcot Food and Wine Festival dish – Singapore Shrimp Cakes!

990square reviews dining aboard the Disney Dream.

A Taste of Wonderland dines with a special diet at Citricos at the Grand Floridian. See the gluten-free delights!

WDW Swan and Dolphin Recipe: Pumpkin Biscuits with Spiced Candied Walnuts

Looking for a new recipe for your Holiday menu? The WDW Swan and Dolphin shared this recipe for Pumpkin Biscuits with Spiced Candied Walnuts. :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Biscuits with Spiced Candied Walnuts

Ingredients for Pumpkin Biscuits

2 Cups Butter
3 ½ Cups Bread Flour
3 Cups Cake Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Cup Baking Powder
4 Cups Buttermilk
4 Large Eggs
1 ¼ Cups Pumpkin Puree
1/3 Cup Molasses
12 Oz Chopped Spiced Candied Walnuts

Mix all dry ingredients together with butter until it forms a cornmeal like texture. Put your hand in the mix and squeeze, if it forms into a ball then it is done. Add in the [Read more…]