Review: New Sake Mists at Kabuki Cafe in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

We’re coming to you today from Kabuki Cafe!

This pretty but understated snack stand in Epcot’s beautiful Japan Pavilion is easy to pass by, unless you know about Kakigori — the Japanese Shaved Ice that is Kabuki Cafe’s star treat (it’s also a spot to grab a super quick Sushi snack for your Showcase stroll).

Fans of Kakigori know that the Shaved Ice typically comes in your choice of fruit flavors like Strawberry, Melon, Cherry, or Tangerine (or you can try ‘em all with the Rainbow option). You can get it with or without the Sweet Milk Topping, but that’s about the only twist available to this classic icy cold snack.

Until now… thanks to the addition of Sake Mists to the menu!

Kabuki Cafe

Kabuki Cafe

Unlike the regular Kakigori, these drinks — as you’ve likely deduced from the name — are for adults only. They pair the Shaved Ice with alcohol, and Blood Orange, Chocolate Cherry, and Coffee are your flavor choices. [Read more…]

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News! Details on Booths, Menus, Special Events, Booking Dates, and More

We are so excited to be sharing with you LIVE today from Walt Disney World some great new details for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Note that all information is subject to change.

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Below, you’ll find:

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page for ALL updates at any time.

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Information

We’ve got a few Festival Booth MENU ITEMS, my friends!! See our list below, and be sure to check out our 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Page for updated menus, food photos, and more as the Festival gets closer!

OFFICIAL 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths!
The following booths have been confirmed as officially returning in 2016: [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Apple Ice Wine Mixology Seminar

There are so many events to enjoy at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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We can’t wait to learn more about the Special Events that will be offered this year. We hope food and wine pairings like the French Family Meal Traditions will be back. And we’re excited to see Party for the Senses and the Rockin’ Burger Block Party return as well.

But some of our favorite events of the festival are Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, which take place at the Festival Center throughout the day.

In years past, guest could choose from Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars at three different times each day, while Mixology Seminars take place once each evening.

This year, we welcome a new experience — the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops. While we’re anxious for more details about this offering, we do know that the experience will give guests the opportunity to learn lots of different skills from pros across the culinary field!

I always think that the best way to look forward to what’s coming is to check out some of our favorite events from last year’s festival. So today, we’re sharing a Mixology Demonstration featuring one of my favorites — Ice Wine!

Ready to Plan for Your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Trip?

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

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Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Order your 2016 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2015 edition for FREE to get started on planning right away! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% off the cover price!

Low Cost Mixology Demonstration — Apple Ice Wine

We arrived a little late for the Mixology Demonstration. Here’s a TIP: don’t do that. Our lunch at Le Cellier had run longer than we expected, and so we high-tailed it to the Festival Center.

Information Desk at Festival Center

Information Desk at Festival Center

When we got there, we found that they had basically sold our spots! Fortunately, the cast members found a few extra seats and place settings, so we were set up and ready to go in short order. [Read more…]

News! Cast of ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival PLUS Menu Updates!

It’s here, Guys!

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Today we’re bringing you the very latest news about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The festival, which stretches to a full two months this year, will run from September 14-November 14 this Fall.

We can’t wait for the beginning of this year’s festival! With so much delicious food to eat and great drinks to try, it’s the highlight of the DFB year!

While we are eagerly awaiting the full lineup of Eat to the Beat Concerts, Menus and Booths, Special Events, and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, the event is now definitely starting to take shape!

There’s some HUGE news to share with you today, so let’s get right to it!

ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns to Broadcast from Epcot and Make Appearances

We’ve been wondering, and now we know for sure — the cast of ABC TV’s The Chew is definitely returning for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! [Read more…]

Review: Outer Rim Lounge at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

It’s time to head over to the Outer Rim Lounge for a classic Disney Cocktail!

The Outer Rim is your main, standalone watering hole at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. While there are also lounges at both of the Contemporary’s table service restaurants — The Wave and California Grill — this is the spot to go to when you’re meeting friends, or just taking a load off.

Since this is in a busy part of the hotel, you often see people hanging out here just to take a breather or to wait for someone. It’s a popular stop on the famous Monorail Crawl!

There are some serious ways that Outer Rim differs, however, from its counterparts located on the Monorail Crawl Line. We’ll take a look at those in a minute. But first, let’s have a look around.

Atmosphere

Heading to the Outer Rim? Then you’ll want to take the elevator or escalator to the fourth floor Grand Canyon Councourse.

Yes. You've Arrived.

Yes. You’ve Arrived.

You won’t have any trouble finding the Outer Rim. While one end of the Councourse is given over to retail shops, the other end houses Contempo Cafe and Chef Mickey’s. Outer Rim is located directly across from Contempo Cafe, and is completely open to the rest of the concourse. [Read more…]

Full Review: Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Welcome Travelers, to the Nomad Lounge, a place to share stories about travel and adventure.”

These are the words that welcome you to the Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But even before reading that sentence, you can already tell you’ve entered into a place celebrating the “concept of being transformed by adventure.”

So pack your own sense of adventure as we do some exploring of this brand new space that just joined the scene on May 27th — the very same day that the park itself stayed open well into the night for the first time! Of course, it’s not the only new offering in the park that has found the need to expand food options as well as entertainment in light of the new all-day schedule.

But I do think you’re about to see why it’s become an immediate favorite to many guests already. Step in with me, fellow travelers…

Atmosphere

Nomad Lounge is housed in the same structure as Tiffins — Animal Kingdom’s first Signature Restaurant.

Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge

It’s located in Discovery Island (just head around the corner from Pizzafari to find the building). [Read more…]

News: Today is the Final Day of Operation for Epcot’s Mexico Margarita Stand

It’s the end of an era! My friends, today, May 31st, is your LAST CHANCE to raise a glass full of Frozen Margarita from the Margarita Stand in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.

Margarita Stand

Margarita Stand

For years, this spot located outside the Pavilion’s pyramid structure has served up Lime, Strawberry, and Mango Frozen Margaritas to thirsty guests. (Including the potent multi-colored Fiesta margarita!)

However, La Cava del Tequila has announced via their Twitter account that the location will be closing, and today is its last day.  [Read more…]

News: Flying Fish and the NEW AbracadaBar Lounge Open in Late Summer

I’m already excited for one of my very favorite Disney World restaurants — the Flying Fish — to reopen from its current major refurbishment.

And now, we have more details regarding what some of the changes will be when this signature restaurant makes its debut as the Flying Fish (nope — “Cafe” will not be in the name moving forward).

Flying Fish

But first, let’s take a glimpse at concept art for the updated interior of the restaurant, which will have a new kitchen and dining room (as well as new options for private dining).

The chandelier you see on top of the artwork “mimics a school of flying fish swimming overhead,” and golden-winged room panels are also being added to the main dining room. Looks like quite a change from the previous decor — a whimsical celebration of life on a turn-of-the-century Boardwalk! In fact, is anyone else getting a kind of Bluezoo vibe from this?

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©Disney

Chef Tim Majoras — who will be leading the Flying Fish team (of which he’s been a member since 2011) shared a glimpse of what to expect from the refreshed menu. New among the starters will be a Seared Yellow Fin Tuna served with compressed watermelon, avocado slices, crisp radishes, and pickled daikon complete with a small edible viola flower and drizzle of blood orange oil. [Read more…]

Best of the Fest: What to Eat at the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

There’s a lot to love about Epcot during just about every season. With the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the Fall, and Holidays Around the World celebrating Winter holidays, this has truly become a festival Park!

But Spring in the park is especially beautiful as the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival gets going. (I know. It doesn’t feel like Spring everywhere. But trust me. It does in Florida.)

Flower and Garden Festival

The Flower and Garden Festival, which runs through May 30, opened last week, and we were there for the very first day! After an afternoon of Eating and Drinking Around the World, we came away with pictures of all of the dishes — and more than a few new favorites! Today, we’d like to share with you our Best of the Fest — our top picks from the new dishes that you can enjoy when you visit this year’s Festival.

Jerk-spice Grouper (or Chicken) from La Isla Fresca

La Isla Fresca debuted at the 2016 Flower and Garden Festival, and it brings with it the fresh flavors of the Caribbean. Everything that we tasted here was a winner!

La Isla Fresca Dishes

La Isla Fresca Dishes

But we especially liked the option to choose between Jerked Grouper or Chicken (although we went for both! :-D) But seriously — not everyone is a fish lover, and not all folks eat chicken. So having a dish where you can decide, but still enjoy the flavors, is a great idea! [Read more…]

Review: Territory Coffee Company (Territory Lounge) in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

These days, lots of Disney World guests make a beeline for the nearest Starbucks on property to get their morning caffeine fix.

Epcot’s Fountain View, Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery, Animal Kingdom’s Creature Comforts, and the Trolley Car Cafe at Hollywood Studios are understandably popular spots — especially in the early morning park hours.

But if you’re someone who stumbles to the coffeemaker first thing in the morning before you can form a complete sentence [sits at computer, points to self] and you happen to have a stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in your future, you might be interested to learn about Territory Coffee Company.

You may already be familiar with the Territory Lounge in Wilderness Lodge. It’s one of our absolute favorite Disney bars thanks to some really great noshes and cozy atmosphere.

Territory Lounge

Territory Lounge

But with a typical opening time of 4:30 pm, this beautiful space sat empty most of the day until last summer, when the Territory Coffee Company opened for what was originally a test run. [Read more…]