Dining in Disneyland: Gingerbread House Workshop at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

After a super successful Haunted House Building Workshop with my family in October, I knew that we’d be back in December for the Gingerbread House Workshop…

Note: If you are in the Disneyland area, you still have time to register for the December 17th & 18th (THIS WEEKEND) Gingerbread House Workshops. Call Bruno Duarte asap at 714.776.5200 from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. These workshops WILL SELL OUT.

Gingerbread House Workshop Information

Since this was not our first gingerbread rodeo, we were overly prepared for this workshop (after being under prepared at Halloween).  I had stocked up on supplies from Michael’s Arts & Crafts as well as Target. We knew going in that we were going to be making a serious masterpiece!

Some of our "extra" supplies!

Atmosphere and Haunted House Prep

Arriving right on time, we had just a few minutes to get organized and check out the set up. The room was once again arranged with large tables and reserved seating. We also had fun jingle bell necklaces waiting for us on our chairs!

Gingerbread House Workshop Seating

Ralph Brennan Jingle Bell Necklace

Our place settings included the Gingerbread House pieces and a gingerbread man, tree, and snowman along with a bag of white frosting. Cups of candy included [Read more…]

Boardwalk Pizza Window Now Accepting Disney Dining Plan Credits

Next time you’re strolling by the Boardwalk pizza window at Disney World, feel free to stop by for a meal using your Disney Dining Plan credits!

Pizza Window

Here’s the breakdown…

One Quick-Service Credit
You can get: 1 slice of pizza and 1 soft drink, plus 1 dessert

Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Two Quick-Service Credits
You can get: 1 whole pizza and 2 soft drinks, plus 2 desserts

Dine at nearby outdoor tables or get your Boardwalk meal to go.

Let us know if you’ll use your dining credits at the Boardwalk Pizza Window! We want to hear your comments — chime in below!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 2, 2011

Hooray! Today begins WDW Foodie Fest 2011, our annual Disney Food Blog meet-up!

For those of you in Walt Disney World, we hope to see you at Ariel’s Restaurant at Disney’s Beach Club Resort today between 11am-1pm. Our meet-up is free and we can’t wait to meet you.

For more details about WDW Foodie Fest, check out www.WDWFoodieFest.com.

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest in the Disney Food World this week…

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Reviews

More great reviews for our newest DFB Mini-Guide! We hope this book is helping lots of folks who are visiting the festival this weekend! Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book today!

Samland Disney recently reviewed the guide; here’s an excerpt:
Bottom line. If you are going to the Food and Wine Festival in 2011 then you should have already purchased this e-book. If not, but are a big fan of the event, you may want to consider buying it as it is one of the most comprehensive summaries of the festival with lots of photos.

Read the full review here! You can also see Sam’s review on MiceChat.com!

Here’s what Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups has to say:
I missed a lot of the festival last year trying to tackle it without a plan. Not this year though; I’ve downloaded the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to my iPhone and all the information I need will be right at my fingertips throughout vacation.

Read the full review here!

On to the Round-Up!

A Wedding Cake Blog features a Mickey and Minnie pumpkin cake topper. Fall cuteness!

Yesterland.com has his first Food & Wine Festival overview up!

Main Street Gazette reviews the new Columbia Harbour House menu!

AllEars.net Has gathered photos of Festival Merchandise as well! A cute Chef Goofy big fig is in the mix!

Karen and Mike Westfall posted a pic of their new little girl’s very first Dole Whip! I couldn’t help but post that!

First Dole Whip

Dining in Disneyland: Halloween at Marceline’s Confectionery

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers shares pics of Halloween decor and treats in Downtown Disney’s Marceline’s Confectionery!

I’ve been known to stop by Marceline’s in Downtown Disney on a regular basis.  OK, truth be told, I pretty much stop there every single time I visit the Disneyland Resort.  Anyhow, on my last trip, Marceline’s had transformed into a mini Halloween wonderland and I thought you might like to see my favorite shop all dressed up for the spooky season.

I love that Marceline’s changes out their decor seasonally.  Here you see some fun jars filled with decorative colored glass “candies.”  I did ask, none of the display candies are real…

Halloween "Garland"

I love the attention to detail here, even the garland has pumpkins in it!

Giant Sparkly Pumpkin with its Skeleton & Witch Buddies

Pumpkins, Cats & Spiders, Oh My!

Every top shelf in Marceline's is Decorated Seasonally

Now, on to some special Halloween treats & merchandise that Marceline’s is offering this year! A couple of things that we haven’t seen much before are these candy-corn filled Mickey heads and candy corn-flavored jelly bellies.

Candy Corn Filled Mickey Heads

Seasonal Candy Corn Flavored Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

And a few of our Halloween favorites return this year, like the [Read more…]

The Case of the Disappearing Cupcakes

UPDATE: On our recent October 2011 trip to Animal Kingdom, we saw the cupcakes alive and well at Kusafiri Bakery! Just be sure to visit at 11:30 to ensure that you snag your sweet! ;-)

A reader (thanks Christa!) sent me an email yesterday asking about the cupcakes at Kusafiri Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom…or the lack thereof!

As you know from our Disney cupcake crawl, there are some pretty fantastic cupcakes and a great brownie in the Animal Kingdom (Zebra Cupcake, paw print brownie, White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake). But the recent change in menus at the parks has shown that Disney is no longer guaranteeing the cupcakes’ existence at Kusafiri. :-(

Zebra Cupcake

That said, we have heard from some readers (Thanks Diane R. and Kristin W.!) that the cupcakes are available occasionally, but that they’re not around every single day as they had been before. There are also reports that [Read more…]

Disney Food for Families: Condiments Make the World Go Round

Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster knows what’s important for her family when it comes to Disney counter-service…

It’s a rare child that doesn’t feel passionate about condiments. Here are a few of the examples you might have heard from your kids… “I won’t let any type of sauce touch my food.” Or,“I’ll eat anything, as long as it’s covered in ketchup.” “Hot sauce is heavenly.” “Relish looks like alien slime.” “Plastic cheese makes everything better.” “Salsa, not ketchup.” “Mustard, not salsa.” “French fries are fine, but only if dipped in maple syrup.”

Yep, condiments are the weird and wonderful place where kiddie crazy food idiosyncrasies come out to play. Luckily, Disney has the condiment basics covered at most places.

You guys know AJ can't live without her plastic cheese

At any of the counter service restaurants where burger/dog/nugget staples are served, you’ll find traditional accompaniments like ketchup and mustard. And while they may not be out on the table, you can ask for these items at nearly all of the table service restaurants on property. But if you keep your eyes open, you’ll find many more options available.

So, if your child, or you, will ONLY eat food covered in soy sauce (hey, it happens), I’ll tell you where you’ll be able to get your fix.

Topping Bars

A few Disney counter service restaurants, such as Cosmic Ray’s and Tortuga Tavern in the Magic Kingdom, offer what Disney calls a “toppings bar.” This is code for a salad-bar-like spread of fresh fixin’ add-ons.

Tortuga Tavern toppings

Once you get your burger (at Cosmic Ray’s) or taco salad (at Tortuga Tavern), you can head over to the toppings bar to get unlimited embellishments to enhance your entree. The toppings typically include items like [Read more…]

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival to Debut Chocolate Seminars

I had the (very much appreciated) opportunity to speak this evening with Marianne Hunnel, Area Manager, Event Content Development for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. In addition to learning lots of fun facts about the Festival — including how much year-round hard work goes into making it happen — I heard a few fun tidbits about the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival that I can’t wait to share with you!

I’ll be writing up the interview to post tomorrow, but this particular detail was too much fun to keep to myself! On three select Sundays during the festival, guests will have the opportunity to attend a Chocolate Discoveries Seminar!

Patterned after the popular Food and Wine Festival Cheese Seminars, Chocolate Discoveries will allow guests to first sample four different chocolates in their natural bar form while a presenter discusses the flavor variations.

Then, guests will have the opportunity to taste a savory dish made with chocolate, desserts made with chocolate, and even chocolate-inspired wine and cocktails!

Sounds like this seminar was made for me! We’ll keep you updated on the details. Booking is available on August 16th, online and by calling 407-WDW-FEST.

As always, all events are subject to change (especially when they haven’t been officially announced yet!)

For more information on the festival, keep an eye on our continuously updated 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page.

Snack Series: Tomato Basil Soup at Pinocchio Village Haus

I’m a soup-lover from way back, and one of my favorites has always been tomato basil. So when I was on a recent research trip at the Magic Kingdom, I was very excited to find tomato basil soup listed on the menu at Pinocchio Village Haus!

Soup is a great snack — cheap, filling, and usually carrying fewer calories and fat than other snacks at the Kingdom.

But, at the time, I thought to myself — how good could it be? I’ve had exceptional tomato basil soup, but I’ve also had plenty of versions that don’t come close to making the cut.

Pinocchio Village Haus menu

Without too many expectations, I found a seat upstairs at the Village Haus and dug in — and it was amazing! I’m not kidding you. I don’t recommend something to you if I don’t love it, and I’m telling you this soup is gorgeous. Savory, buttery, creamy, and very flavorful. Usually when I’m researching, my companions and I split it and I only take a few bites, but I’m pretty sure I commandeered this cup of soup and just about ate the whole thing!

Tomato Basil Soup at Pinocchio Village Haus

So, just a quick post to let you know, if you like soup as much [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Steak

Thanks to all who have contributed their photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! Keep sending them along! This week, the Disney Food Pics of the Week feature mouth-watering steaks!

The Chili-rubbed Flat Iron Steak at The Wave has big flavor!
Photographer: Morgan & Jeff Rooks

Chili-rubbed Flat Iron Steak

Now this is a salad! The Grilled Sirloin Salad at Le Cellier is another reason to get a [Read more…]

Breakfast at the Bakery…the Main Street Bakery

As you know, I think that anything cinnamon roll related in Disney parks and resorts is a breakfast of champions. So when I was headed to the Magic Kingdom to meet a friend at the Main Street Bakery for breakfast recently, I decided I’d get a cinnamon roll.

Main Street Bakery Window in Magic Kingdom

When I arrived a bit early, I took my time scoping out the goodies available, which included these beauties:

Main Street Bakery Pastries

…and realized that I haven’t really done a review of the Bakery, per say. It was part of the bakery throw down (speaking of, head over to that post to see lots of pics of atmosphere at the Bakery), of course, but as for really digging into the food options there, it’s been a while! So I took advantage of the situation.

I suppose it should have been a warning when the cast member at the check-out counter started pulling out the take-out containers, but when I got over to my table, I had this:

Breakfast at the Bakery

I got some pretty weird looks from folks, but I’m pretty used to that by now. ;-) And don’t worry, I took the food I didn’t eat back to the hotel room. And I subsequently found out that a cinnamon roll from the Bakery tastes surprisingly good even [Read more…]