The Best Use of Cream Cheese Icing Ever

I have a new favorite breakfast.

Hilton Bonnet Creek's MUSE Cinnamon Rolls

These — four of them — were delivered to our room on a recent PR trip to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. My husband and I just stared at them; we rarely eat pastry for breakfast, and there was no way we could down four of them. But there was warm cream cheese icing dripping off the rolls, so we had to at least split one.

The other side ;)

Fast forward to two hours later…there was about a third of a roll left.

As it turns out, these aren’t your average cinnamon rolls: [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminar Review: Chefs Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey

OK. Not really. But I did spend an hour with them. And about 50 other people! ;-)

That’s right, I pulled myself out of bed the day the Epcot Food and Wine Festival low-cost seminars went on sale and booked this one first! I’m a huge fan of Chef Gerhard’s and couldn’t wait to see what he and wife Chef Lisa Bailey would prepare! I knew they owned and operated d Bar Desserts in Denver, so I was assuming it’d be something delicious and sweet!

Dessert Sandwich Situation
After taking my seat in the seminar I was excited to read that we’d be watching Keegan and Lisa create a “Dessert Sandwich Situation.” What’s that? A combination of brioche, vanilla butter, raspberry compote, chocolate ganache, and almond ice milk. Sounds pretty [Read more…]

Mixology and Beer Seminar Details: Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is coming up at the end of this week, and we’re excited to bring you the final post in our series of sneak peeks into the event!

We’ve already discussed some tasting booth menus and details as well as more sneak peeks from the tasting booths, and two weeks ago we highlighted the details behind this weekend’s Champagne and Sake Seminars! Today, we’re taking a look at the Classic’s Mixology and Beer Seminars!

Don’t forget, due to the popularity of the seminars, the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic has added a new seminar! Vino of Veneto will showcase some Italian wines like you’ve never seen before! Call 407-934-1609 to book!

smoking White Sangria at bluezoo


Learn the science behind our mixologists’ methods as we play with aromas, temperature and texture. We apply the same concepts as some of the world’s most innovative chefs — Ferran Adria, Jose Andres, and Thomas Keller — to create our unconventional libations. We’ll balance out your experience in this course with tasty treats from our bluezoo chefs’ culinary laboratory. Impress guests at your next social gathering with these clever cocktail tips!
Instructors: Douglas Draper, Todd English’s bluezoo Manager, Christopher Windus, Todd English’s bluezoo Executive Chef

Let me just say one thing to start this off — those of you in the Mixology seminar are going to have a blast! I got [Read more…]

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Pictures: Mexico, Singapore, and South Africa Booths

After a wonderful WDW Foodie Fest today, I was inspired to keep going on our tour around the World Showcase Booths here at the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! As always, if you want to see full coverage of each booth — including food pictures, menus, and pricing — check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Just click on any booth name for detailed information — they’re being updated daily.

Mexico is a strong booth this year. A long menu, some great variety, and large portions make this spot a meal in itself. They’ve also got a fun frozen non-alcoholic drink that we loved. You can see more pictures, the full menu, and prices on our Mexico Booth Page!

Taco de Chilorio

Tamal de Pollo

More pics after the jump [Read more…]

WDW Foodie Fest Report!

Here’s our initial sign-in from the incredible WDW Foodie Fest — the Disney Food Blog’s first meet-up event!

We’ll be back soon with photos, reports, and more, but I wanted to quickly thank everyone who volunteered at and attended the event! What a fantastic day at Disney World.

(Sunday Round-Up will return next week…)

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Pictures: Belgium, South Korea, Charcuterie and Cheese Booths

Here’s your first peek at the food from the brand new Belgium, South Korea, and Charcuterie and Cheese Booths at the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Belgium Booth
The Belgium booth has waffles, mussels with garlic and cream, and some great drinks available. Here’s the full Belgium Booth Menu and Photos Page with the full menu, pricing, and more photos.

mussles with garlic and cream

more pics after the jump… [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 26, 2010

Coming to you LIVE from Walt Disney World, here’s this week’s Disney Food Post Round-Up!


First, two reminders for this week:

  1. The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is beginning on October 1st (that’s Friday!). Here’s our quick-click guide that includes menus, photos (even pics of the food you can get THIS YEAR!), and more:
    2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Guide and Map
    International Marketplace Booths & Menus
    Free & Low-Cost Attractions and Demos
    Special and Signature Attractions
    Eat to the Beat! Concerts
  2. The WDW Foodie Fest is happening one week from today! On Sunday, October 3rd, we’ll hold our first ever Disney Food Blog meet-up! Come find us at Ariel’s in the Beach Club Resort between 11am-2pm. Scavenger Hunt through the Food and Wine Festival starts at 11! Read more and register at the WDW Foodie Fest Website!

This Week’s News

MNSSHP Wicked Witch Cupcake

A few news items this week, coupled with some great new stuff I’ve found at WDW:


And now, on to the round-up:

Tim Rogerson, the Disney artist extraordinaire (whom we interviewed HERE!), has a cool new time-lapse video of his 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival signature artwork!

2719 Hyperion takes us to the original Captain Cook’s Hideaway.

Frugal Dinks brings us their review of Epcot’s La Hacienda de San Angel Restaurant.

The Disney Chick makes sunflower seed bread from Epcot’s Garden Grill!

Main St Gazette dines at Rose and Crown!

Eating Around the World goes to Biergarten!

Zannaland has a pic of the new Duffy the Bear rice krispie treat!

Disney Parks Blog has an awesome video from Disneyland detailing how they made their Haunted Gingerbread House for this year’s Haunted Mansion overlay!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview Pictures: World Showcase Booths are Up

We’re counting down to the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here on the Disney Food Blog, and I was VERY lucky to receive two sets of photos yesterday of the World Showcase International Marketplace booths! They’ve been placed around the promenade all ready to get spiffed up for the upcoming 45-day event, which begins October 1st. The pics came from the fantastic Mr. Todd Perlmutter, and Mr. Bill Iadonisi, who I hope you’ll be seeing around here more often as a guest restaurant reviewer!

These are the booths where guests will be able to purchase small portions of regional cuisine, so you’ll see that the booths are shaped and themed to fit the country or region they represent!

NEW South Korea booth

NEW Belgium Booth -- still behind bushes

Many of the signs are remainders from last year’s focus on major cities, but the presence of the Mouse Catch booth — which isn’t listed on the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Map — makes me think they’ll be changing out signage a bit in the coming weeks. (A Cheese and Charcuterie booth is scheduled for this year, which is likely what the [Read more…]

Countdown to Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Australia, Brazil, and Canada

The time is upon us again, my friends! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will begin in just a couple of weeks, and I’ve decided to share my excitement by counting down to the Festival with a look at the International Marketplace booths that will be located around the World Showcase Lagoon!

For those who haven’t had the chance to go to the Festival, one of my favorite parts are the dozens of International Marketplaces — little booths, or kiosks, set up that represent a specific country or region. Each booth offers a short menu of tasting plates and drinks from the country or region represented. These tasting items cost anywhere from $2-$7, so they’re a great way to enjoy the Festival without breaking the bank.

Today, I’m going to highlight the representative menus from Australia, Brazil, and Canada!

Grilled Lamb Chop, Red Wine Sauce, Murray River Sea Salt as served at Food and Wine Fest


This year, Australia is highlighting a couple of the same items as they did last year, but they’re also bringing in an interesting dessert! Here’s the full menu for Australia:

  • Seared Barramundi with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes,Arugula, and Lemon Oil
  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Roasted Potato Salad and Red Wine Reduction (photo below from Tables in Wonderland 2010 Food and Wine Festival Preview)
  • Lamington (sponge cake dipped in chocolate)
  • Rosemount Traminer Riesling
  • Marquis Philips, Shiraz
  • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet
  • Nugan Estate Riverina Chardonnay

I can highly recommend the Grilled Lamb Chop — it was one of my favorite festival items last year!

This year, the Australia booth will be located right between Morocco and Japan, right next to the Food and Wine Festival Merchandise tent.

Click here to see our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Australia Booth Page with Photos.

Pork Skewer with Farofa


Brazil returned to the Festival in 2009 with an incredible menu, and they’re bringing most of it back this year! Here’s the full 2010 menu:

  • Grilled Pork Skewer with Farofa
  • Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime
  • Leblon Frozen Caipirinha

I wasn’t too impressed with the grilled pork skewer last year, but heard great things about the shrimp stew!

This year, the Brazil booth is located right at the entrance to the World Showcase Promenade as coming from Future World, directly across the lagoon from the American Adventure pavilion.

Click here to see our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Brazil Booth page with photos.

Polenta and Sausage Appetizer -- as served in the restaurant


Always a favorite booth among Food and Wine Festival guests, Canada offers some dedicated standards (cheddar cheese soup) as well as new favorites (sausage and corn polenta and nanaimo bars). Here’s the full 2010 menu:

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • Maple-Glazed Salmon with Lentil Salad
  • Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta
  • Nanaimo Bar
  • Moosehead Beer
  • Vidal Icewine
  • Chateau De Charmes Riesling
  • St. David’s Bench Vineyard Merlot

I am eagerly awaiting a sample of the nanaimo bars! These decadent goodies aren’t very well known in the states, but they are truly outstanding (assuming they don’t give you a heart attack mid-bite!). The sausage and sweet corn polenta is an exciting prospect as well; it’s a dish I adore at Le Cellier, Epcot’s Canadian table-service restaurant.

Click here to see our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Canada Booth page with photos.

Stay tuned for more booth highlights as we continue to count down to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

To see the rest of the booths, including full menus and photos when available, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace Booth Menus and Photos Guide. For more information on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index.

What booth are you most excited about visiting at this year’s Festival? Let us know in the comments section below!

Disneyland’s Seismic Shakes

An afternoon in Disney California Adventure just calls for a great Disneyland Corn Dog, right? And after that, what other option do you have besides diving immediately into something sweet? We’d been intrigued earlier in the day by the the Sam Andreas Shakes, where the “seismic ice cream” is “delicious to a fault!” (oy.)

Their promise of “extra rich” ice cream and milk shakes won us over, so we headed to the Sam Andreas stand — which happens to be located right across the way from the Farmers Market (we were pretty trapped by the High School Musical parade).

San Andreas Shakes Menu

My husband chose the extra thick Vanilla “After Shake,” while I couldn’t help myself and had to go for the “Bug’s Land Sensation” Shaker o’ Mud (chocolate cookies blended into the shake followed by a gummy [Read more…]