Babycakes Vegan Cupcakes Now Available in Orlando’s Downtown Disney

This Fall Disneyland gets a cupcake stand, and so does Disney World!

Along with Pollo Campero and Fresh Apeel, Babycakes NYC Bakery opened up in the Downtown Disney Marketplace this week!

This bakery, featuring gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, vegan, agave-sweetened, and kosher products (among others) is an ideal place to finish off a meal and a great place to cater to special diets. Check out the menu from the shop’s NYC location to get an idea of what they’ll be offering.

Thanks to @PlazaandMainSt for this pic from the new bakery: a chocolate cupcake top: $2

Chocolate Cupcake Top

New Epcot Coffee Kiosk and Snack Stand Opens By Monorail

Yowza!! Thanks to Amanda Tinney, who writes Disney Every Day, for sending along these photos of the brand new snack and coffee stand outside of Epcot.

New Epcot Snack Stand and Coffee Kiosk

This is located next to the monorail station outside of the main entrance of Future World. I love the EPCOT Center-esque fonts and [Read more…]

Review: Epcot’s Via Napoli

Alrighty, folks, settle in — this is gonna be a long one! I very happily stuffed my face at Via Napoli twice on my last Orlando trip, and I’m pleased to share all the news on what has become one of my favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World!

Atmosphere

Located in Epcot’s Italy pavilion (walk straight to the back; you can’t miss it), this massive, airplane-hanger-of-a-room is cavernous, but beautiful and filled with light, hustle, bustle, and the most amazing smells.

Via Napoli Dining Room

Artisan tiles dot the floor; whimsical chandeliers hang like ornaments throughout the restaurant; chipping frescoes give depth to the walls; and old-fashioned travel-themed artwork reminds you of all the places in Italy you haven’t been. The warm, neutral colors with pops of [Read more…]

Food Network’s “24-Hour Restaurant Battle” Casting in Orlando This Weekend

24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Food Network’s successful competition reality series, is currently casting for its second season and is holding an open casting call in Orlando on Sunday November 14, 2010.

We are looking for charismatic and outgoing two person teams with pre-existing relationships, who have always dreamed of running their own restaurant. Applicants may have lots of restaurant experience, no restaurant experience, or some combination of both. One member of the team will run the “back of the house” and one member will run the “front of the house”. As a team they must have the skills to open and run their own restaurant!

Specs
Sunday, November 14, 2010
10am-1pm
Holiday Inn Orlando
5905 Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

Please click on the following flyer for [Read more…]

Holiday and Christmas Treats in Disney World

Yep — Christmas has come to Disney World! It showed up around Wednesday of last week and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing!

Lucky for you and me, my Mom and Dad are in Disney World this week and I’ve been getting a steady feed of photos sent to the coffer each day!

Candy Cane Garden next to City Hall and the Firehouse

So here are some of the Christmas- and holiday-themed goodies you can enjoy in Walt Disney World this season. (By they way, this is by no means an extensive list; I’ll be heading to WDW in early December to capture even more holiday snacks on camera as they come available. I can’t wait to see what Karamell Kuche will do…)

First off, everyone’s favorite holiday treat — pumpkin fudge!! They found this at the Confectionery on Main Street in Magic Kingdom.

Pumpkin Fudge

And a yummy-looking seasonal muffin from Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Dad says its [Read more…]

New Restaurants on Track in Disney California Adventure

As part of Disneyland Resort’s ginormous expansion and refurb of Disney’s California Adventure, the park is welcoming several new restaurants to the mix!

Paradise Pier

At Paradise Pier, you’ll soon find Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and the Paradise Garden Grill taking up residence. You can see the concept art for the new restaurants here! Clearly Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy are very excited, as indicated by these fun construction walls set up in DCA (thanks to our Disneyland Correspondent, Heather Sievers, for the pics!).

Cars Land

And over in Cars Land, we’ll find three new spots to munch: The Cozy Cone Motel will sell “cone” themed goodies, Fillmore’s Taste-In will sell “natural snacks and drinks,” and Flo’s V8 Cafe will serve diner food inspired by the restaurants found along Route 66. The OC Register published an awesome map of the space recently, and they have more Cars Land info here.

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Can’t wait!! (And for those who got the pun in the title, my apologies ;-D)

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 7, 2010

Brewer's Collection at Disney's California Food and Wine Festival 2010

Hey all — welcome to the Disney Food Post Round-Up!

The big — and sad — Disney food news this week is about Disneyland’s unfortunate announcement that Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival will be canceled in 2011 and 2012, with no promises that it will return in 2013. You can read my thoughts here.

Also, we’re going into the final week of the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! I hear the lines are getting really long, so plan ahead! You can see all of our coverage here, and World Showcase Booth food photos, menus, and prices here!

Now, on to the round-up!

Yesterland has a photo eulogy for the Disney World Downtown Disney McDonald’s — along with a couple of construction pics from the upcoming Pollo Campero!

Frugal Dinks has a great review of the Food and Sake pairing in Epcot’s Japan at the Food and Wine Festival!

Main Street Gazette has another peek into the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Check out these gorgeous photos (and review) of the United States booth’s incredible heirloom tomato dish.

WDW Today Podcast has a very cool (if I do say so myself…) look at the new restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase…and Karamell Kuche, too!

Mouseplanet has the dish on ordering celebration cakes in Disneyland!!

DisneyGeek has a pic of some Disney-branded potato chips in Disney California Adventure (Disney makes ‘tater chips?)

The Culinary Cellar enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill, with a few extras thrown in!

Disney Parks Blog showcases the Thanksgiving Buffet at Vero Beach Resort, as well as this great video about creating quick, easy, and beautiful caramel ice cream toppers from one of our favorite Chefs — Kevin Dundon (see our interview with Chef Dundon here)!

Remember! The Orlando Food and Wine Festival is November 13-14 — learn more over on Watch Me Eat.

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Pins

Just wanted to share these adorable 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival pins with you guys! First off, Chip and Dale are pretty exhausted after dousing Spaceship Earth in chocolate!

Chip and Dale Conquer a Chocolate Spaceship Earth

Mickey’s dish seems a little [Read more…]

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival Canceled in 2011 and 2012

According to the Disney Parks Blog, Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival will not be held in 2011 and 2012. This decision is due to the significant construction happening in Disney California Adventure over the next two years and the difficulty it presents for an event like the Food & Wine Festival.

This festival, which just celebrated its 5th year in 2010, was much loved by Disneyland devotees and Disney food fans the world over. And after five years of climbing the ranks of American food festivals, bringing some incredible celebrity names to the table, and delivering what I felt was a very special event that only a place like Disneyland could produce (i.e. it was hip), I’m sad to hear that it will be postponed (just postponed, right, Disneyland? I know you didn’t say for sure it was coming back, but it is, right? It is???).

2010 Food and Wine Festival Welcome Center

My feeling when I visited the festival in 2010 was that Disneyland had gained a lot of ground over the past five years and was poised to grow the Food and Wine Festival into an even bigger success. I’m very sorry to hear that the potential is now there to lose ground on the progress and traditions that they’ve made, but I also know that Disneyland clientele will welcome the festival back with open arms if and when it re-appears.

I know I’ll be there.

In the meantime, you can check out our coverage from Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival 2010 here.

Corn Dog Nuggets VS. Egg Rolls: What’s Your Favorite Snack in Animal Kingdom?

UPDATE: Bradley Falls Kiosk has updated its menu!

While walking through the Animal Kingdom in October I came across a couple of new (to me!) snack spots on the path between Asia and Africa!

With one snack spot serving corn dog nuggets and chicken nuggets (well call this “The Nugget Shack”) and the other — directly across the way — countering with a menu of shrimp and pork egg rolls and vegetable egg rolls (I’ve deemed this “The Roll Shack,”) it’s almost like a Food Wars set-up! Corn Dog Nuggets are legendary in WDW; egg rolls are the snack of the future. Which menu will you pick…?

Vote in our nuggets vs. rolls poll below and check out the new menus at the end of the post!

The Nugget Shack

The Roll Shack

Nuggets VS. Rolls!

Corn Dog Nuggets or Egg Rolls: Which Snack Do You Choose?

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Nugget Shack Menu

Roll Shack Menu