Review: Breakfast at Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

We are kicking off this week right with one of my favorite breakfasts in all of the Disney Food Universe — Kona Cafe!

This mainstay of Walt Disney World flies under the radar quite a lot of the time. If you don’t know better, you’ll probably write it off as just a garden variety hotel lobby restaurant, good for grabbing a bite before you move onto bigger things.

For me — and for many Disney fans in the know — it’s a destination.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a look around, then dive right into the eats.

Atmosphere

If it’s been a while since your last visit to the Polynesian, then you’re in for a bit of a surprise. The hotel, one of Disney World’s original resorts, recently underwent a huge renovation.

The work not only added many new enhancements, like Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and the Pineapple Lanai (your home for Dole Whip at the Poly). But it also transformed areas like the hotel’s lobby. While I miss the sound of the old waterfall, I think this assortment of glass float lights is a nice, new focal point.

Kona Cafe

Newly Renovated Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

Still, for better or for worse, Kona Cafe has remained largely unchanged. Located off of the second floor atrium, it still appears to be a rather ho-hum restaurant. [Read more…]

News! Tables in Wonderland 3rd Annual Field to Feast Dinner, and Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine

Today, we have a couple of fun dining events to tell you about!

Third Annual Field to Feast Dinner

For the third year in a row, the chefs of Walt Disney World and Edible Orlando Magazine are partnering for a great cause.

The 3rd Annual Field to Feast Dinner will take place next month at Long & Scott Farms!

3rd Annual Field to Feast Dinner Logo 2016

WHERE: Long and Scott Farms, Mt. Dora, Florida
WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 4:30 — 8:00 PM
PRICE: $195 per person (excluding tax)

Check-in will begin at 4:30 PM and will include a welcome cocktail. Culinary Stations will then be open 5:00-8:00 PM.

The event will feature dishes using locally sourced ingredients created by some of Disney World’s top chefs, along with expertly paired beverages. The list of chefs that are scheduled to appear includes: [Read more…]

Fun Find: Star Wars Dark Chocolate Bar at The Ganachery in Disney Springs

When The Ganachery – Disney’s own specialty chocolate shop – opened nearly one month ago in Disney Springs, it was impossible not to notice that this little chocolate boutique had a unique vibe all its own. (Take a full tour of the spot here!)

The Ganachery sign

The Ganachery sign

With specially-trained Cast Members (Chocolatiers) serving sixteen unique flavors of ganache, it’s clear that The Ganachery aims to offer a higher-end experience that isn’t replicated in other sweet stops around Disney World. [Read more…]

News: Wine & Canvas Class Coming to Wolfgang Puck Café in Disney Springs

Calling all artists… who also love cocktails! :)

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Wolfgang Puck Café in Disney Springs is hosting the Orlando branch of Wine & Canvas: a company that offers painting lessons within a party setting at bars and restaurants.

Aspiring painters attending the event at Wolfgang Puck Café will work on a piece entitled “Moon Sail,” and the price per seat to attend is $25.00.

According the to the Wine & Canvas website, upon your arrival “All of your supplies are waiting to create your masterpiece, including an apron to keep your clothes clean. Our talented local artists will instruct the featured artwork step-by-step while you relax, sip and paint along!”

Wolfgang Puck Cafe

Wolfgang Puck Cafe

By the way, though the company’s tagline is “The Painting Class with Cocktails,” consuming alcohol is by no means a requirement ;). Though guests are welcome to purchase cocktails off the Wolfgang Puck Cafe menu (not included within the admission fee for the event), anyone looking to try their hand at painting can join in, even if your beverage of choice is non-alcoholic. That said, Wine & Canvas is an adults-only event. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from the Australia Booth

We’re in “WE CAN’T WAIT” mode when it comes to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and we’re already talking about it and planning for it!

Food and Wine 2015 Info Graphic Square URL

But since we can’t be there right now, it’s fun to cook up some of our favorite dishes at home! Lamb chops might not be an everyday kind of meal around your house – it certainly isn’t in the regular rotation at our house – but these Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies make a nice weekend dinner for the family.

Or maybe you’re planning a casual dinner party for friends – these would be the perfect main dish!

These aren’t too fancy or labor-intensive when it comes to grilling lamb chops – which is one of the reasons we love this recipe. It really is quick and easy, and since it’s one of the most beloved dishes at the Food and Wine Festival, we’re pretty sure it’ll be a winner at your house, too.

And the “potato crunchies” – well, that’s just a fancy name for crushed salt and vinegar potato chips! It doesn’t get easier than that!

Ready to expand your entree range in the kitchen and give your kids potato chips for dinner? Read on! ;-D

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Australia Marketplace Booth
Serves 4

Ingredients:

Mint Pesto with Feta Cheese:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
3/4 cup olive oil, divided
1/4 cup mint leaves, washed and dried
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Lamb Chops:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
4 Australian lamb chops
1/3 cup crushed salt and vinegar potato chips, for garnish

Instructions:

For mint pesto with feta cheese:
1. Place garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup olive oil into a blender or food processor. Blend to a paste.

2. Gradually add mint leaves and pulse until emulsified. Gradually add remaining oil.

3. Adjust seasoning with remaining salt, as needed. Refrigerate until ready to use. Mix in feta just before serving.

For lamb chops:
1. Combine olive oil, pepper, and salt in shallow dish large enough to place the lamb chops in a single layer. Coat both sides of chops with oil.

2. Grill lamb chops, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning once, or until desired doneness.

To serve:
1. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto on each lamb chop. Sprinkle crushed potato chips evenly over each grilled lamb chop.

2. Refrigerate remaining pesto in sealed container.

Start Your Planning Today! The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available for Pre-Order!

DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival sample pages

 

Want even more great tips? This 240+-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. Order your 2016 edition today and get the 2015 edition for FREE, immediately!

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!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a $3 discount!

Be sure to check our main Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page frequently for updates, and also check out Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 for even more information about the festival!

Happy cooking!

Will you be grilling lamb chops for your next family dinner? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Happy New Year! Celebrate with a Special Deal on the DFB Guide 2016 Pre-Order

As we continue the holiday festivities into the weekend, we wanted to take a breather and offer you another great discount on our best, most popular DFB Guide!

We are busy updating our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book for the new year. And there’s no better time to get your copy as we offer this last chance to save with this special offer!

Pre-Order the 2016 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Today for 50% Off!

Want a big discount on our most popular DFB Guide in time for the new year? Or, you know, just ’cause you want to start planning your 2016 Disney trip TODAY? ;-D

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It’s yours! Pre-Order the 2016 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining today and use promo code HAPPYNEWYEAR for 50% off!

We know that when it comes to your Disney trips, planning ahead is practically essential these days. And if you can save time and money in the process — even better!

And that’s why today, when you pre-order the 2016 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining and enter promo code HAPPYNEWYEAR, you’ll save 50% off of the already low cover price!

But the really cool part? You get two books for the price of one! We’ll deliver the 2015 Guide to you immediately, and email you the 2016 Guide as soon as it is available in January. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The Candy Cane Marshmallow Wand

Lately I’ve been a big fan of Disney Marshmallow Wands.  Fresh marshmallows dipped in gooey caramel, covered with chocolate then topped with various items: YUM!

In the past we’ve seen lots of fun marshmallow wands.  Everything from traditional sprinkles, to Reese’s Pieces, s’mores, character themed, and more.  The Candy Cane Marshmallow Wand is currently here for the season, and it’s wonderful!  I recently picked one up to enjoy at home and boy, am I glad I did.

Candy Cane Marshmallow Wand

Candy Cane Marshmallow Wand

The marshmallow is dipped in caramel then dark chocolate….

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Dining in Disneyland: Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast

When I first heard about the new Disneyland Resort Premium Experiences, I thought, “Hmmmm… These could be very interesting and VERY fun!”  So far there have been two offerings, The Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou Dinner and The Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast.

My friend and I recently treated ourselves to the Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast and it was an amazing experience.  My visit took place during the Disney Holidays Season, so the Jungle Cruise was transformed into the Jingle Cruise. Hence, my festive outfit, which you’ll see later.

Jingle Cruise Entrance

Jingle Cruise Entrance

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Last Minute Sale: Save 35% on Gifts for your Favorite Disney Fan

We are winding down prep time. Christmas is just a few short days away! And if you still have shopping to do, we want to help you finish up that list — especially when it comes to friends and family who love Disney + Food!

Today, we are offering not one, but TWO special sales designed just for you Last Minute Shoppers! (Don’t worry…I’m right there with ya!) Take a look at these — you’re not gonna wanna miss them!

Take 35% Off of ALL DFB Gift Certificates!

Today, we’ve got the perfect last minute stocking stuffer — 35% off of ALL of our DFB Guide Gift Certificates! Just use code LASTMINUTE at check out!

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With the purchase of a gift certificate, your friend or loved one will receive special codes to easily redeem all of the included DFB Guide e-Books — and they can start their Disney World trip planning immediately! (And no one will know that you saved money while doing it. ;-D ) [Read more…]

News: Holiday Drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland Hotel

We are bidding you Season’s Greetings from sunny California today! After all, no holiday is complete without a trip to…Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar!

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Right?! I mean, what’s Christmas without a little Aloha! Ahoy! AHA!  Well, even if you can’t make it to Trader Sam’s this Christmas, we can all share in a little holiday cheer explorer-style, thanks to reader Shannon Gourlay, who shared these pics with us on facebook! [Read more…]