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First Look! France Kiosk Updates Escargot and More at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The France pavilion in Epcot has been churning out some incredible new additions to the disney food arena over the past few years. From chocolate macaron ice cream sandwiches to ice cream martinis, frangipane and brioche ice cream sandwiches, there’s always more to sample in this corner of World Showcase.

The true flavor of France!

The true flavor of France!

And they’re not stopping for a second when it comes to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival menu! We’re excited to share exclusively with our readers the first photos of some brand new dishes coming to the France Kiosk this year — including a new take on escargot…

France Marketplace Booth

France Marketplace Booth

Epcot France 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu

The Epcot France Kiosk menu this year offers some guest favorites, and a few twists on old standbys.

Tartelette aux escargots: Escargot tart with garlic, spinach, bacon and parmesan
Gratin de crozet de savoie: Wheat pasta gratin with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese
Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes
Crème brûlée caramel fleur de sel: Sea salt caramel crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar

The Tartelette aux Escargots is shaking up the tried and true France menu. For years, guests could expect and anticipate their snails tucked inside little buttery-garlicky rolls, like this:

Escargots Persillade en Brioche in France

Escargots Persillade en Brioche in France

But this year, a Tartlette featuring spinach, garlic, bacon and parmesan will serve as the escargot dish on the menu! Taste testers have Continue reading →

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Greece and Puerto Rico

We are just a couple of weeks from the start of the most wonderful time of the year! The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival gets underway on September 19!

food and wine festival logo

Today, we’re bringing you another preview of some of the Marketplace Booths that will be featured at this year’s festival.

It’s hard to figure out just which one of the more than 25 kiosks is our favorite. We love trying returning classics and brand new dishes every year.

Come check out what’s new and what’s returning at the Greece and Puerto Rico Marketplace Booths.

Greece Marketplace Booth

Night and day, it’s never surprising to see loooooong lines at the Greece Marketplace Booth. This exotic spot has been a favorite for as long as it’s been around.

Greece Marketplace Booth

Greece Marketplace Booth

But a few years back, it cemented its claim to fame when they introduced a simple dish — Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey. It’s a favorite, and it’s returning again this year.

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Greece Booth Menu

  • Vegetarian Moussaka
  • Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten free)
  • Chicken gyro with tzatziki Sauce
  • Spanakopita
  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
  • Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
  • Alpha Estate Axia Syrah-Xinomavro
  • Tzatziki Martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur

Throughout the Food and Wine Festival, we continue to see a commitment on Disney’s part to offer inventive and delicious vegetarian dishes. Brand new for 2014, the Greece Marketplace will offer a classic dish – Moussaka! But this version is vegetarian, made with soy as a meat replacement. We tried it at the Food and Wine Festival Preview dinner, and it won rave reviews.

Vegetarian Moussaka

Vegetarian Moussaka

The dish was surprisingly hearty and full of bold flavor.

But our real reason for trip after trip to the Greece Booth is the super simple  Continue reading →

Disneyland DIY Recipe: Red’s Apple Freeze From the Cozy Cone Motel

It’s September! Yay for cooler temperatures, right??

Well…maybe not quite yet. But we’re all dreaming of Fall flavors, even if the mercury is still registering in the 80/90 (or higher) range.

If I were in Disney California Adventure, I’d just mosey on over to Cozy Cone Motel and grab a cold one at Cone Number 4. :-)

Cozy Cone Motel!

Cozy Cone Motel!

Nah. I’m not talking about that kinda cold one. I have something even better! (Well. I think so, anyway.) It’s Red’s Apple Freeze to the Rescue!

LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern (topped with Passion fruit and Mango foam)

Red’s Apple Freeze…or LeFou’s Brew — Whichever Your Prefer!

But since I am not, in fact, anywhere near Disneyland (sigh), I’ll have to make do and make my own. And we can SO do that.

It looks a little like beer, doesn’t it? But this is a frosty beverage even the littlest in your company can enjoy. This concoction combines sweet and tart — no-sugar-added frozen apple juice flavored slightly with marshmallow, and topped by a creamy, passion-fruit froth. Yep. It sounds weird. But it works!

(And yes…you Walt Disney World Lovers…feel free to call it Le Fou’s Brew and dream that you’re in Gaston’s Tavern if you’d like. Same difference. :-) )

Wanna know how to make it at home? Give this handy recipe a go!

Red’s Apple Freeze

Makes 3-4 Servings

Foam Topping Ingredients:
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream, cold
4 tablespoons Mango Nectar/Juice
4 tablespoons Passionfruit Juice
3 tablespoons Sugar

Apple Slush Ingredients:

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Review: Fruit Plate with Honey Yogurt at Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Trying to get your recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies while touring the parks?

We’re spotlighting something that can help… with half of that goal, anyway ;)! We’re visiting Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Fruit Plate with Honey Yogurt.

Flame Tree Barbecue is known for its hearty offerings with a menu focused on barbecue, naturally. Featured items include Ribs & Chicken and Pork Sandwiches. And ever since Trilo-Bites changed its menu, Flame Tree is THE place in Animal Kingdom to grab a Jumbo Turkey Leg. So the Fruit Plate stands out by being unique among the barbecue offerings.

We’ve always liked the Fresh Fruit Salad that you can find at Tamu Tamu Refreshments and Bradley Falls during the warmer months – so much so that we’ve yet to give the Flame Tree Fruit Plate its due. Let’s have a look!

Flame Tree Barbecue sign

Flame Tree Barbecue sign

The menu description says “Seasonal Fruit served with Honey Yogurt.” For my visit, the fruits served happened to match the picture on the menu: honeydew, watermelon, grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, and orange.

Flame Tree Menu

Flame Tree Menu

While it doesn’t have the same visual impact as the Fresh Fruit Salad, it’s not bad in its own right!

Fruit Plate

Fruit Plate

Fruit Plate

Fruit Plate

Fruit Plate close-up

Fruit Plate close-up

It’s just a Continue reading →

News! Halloween Treats Return to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Ready for Fall?

candy corn cone

It may be 100 degrees where you are (it certainly still is here!), but we’ll soon be picking out our costumes for another fun Halloween experience at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (yep — the first night of this yearly event was Sept. 1st)!

And with fun character interactions, the Boo-to-You Parade (complete with Headless Horseman), the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular, and lots of trick or treating, there’s never a dull moment!

But save a little room for some extra special treats. Because throughout Magic Kingdom, you’ll want to take advantage of snacks and goodies that are exclusive to the party!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Snacks and Treats

Cupcakes, Ice Cream, or Spooky Sips? Whichever you prefer, you’re sure to find something to tempt you at the party this year!

And as is often the case, we’re gonna start with the Cupcake Lineup! This Candy Corn Cupcake is awesome, and we can’t wait to dive in.

Candy Corn Cupcake at Main Street Bakery

Candy Corn Cupcake at Main Street Bakery

But if you like your cupcake a little more, say, undead, there’s a Mummy version, too! Check out those eery eyes!

Mummy Cupcake

Mummy Cupcake

Find both — and it gives me great joy to write this — at the Main Street Bakery!

In New Fantasyland, stop by Gaston’s Tavern for this spirited Ghost Cupcake. The cute little Fondant Ghost is suspended on a top of fluffy Marshmallow Frosting dusted with Chocolate Crumbs.

Ghost Cupcake!

Whooooooo…Ghost Cupcake!

But you know where I’ll be — at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor scoring one of my favorite treats — a Hand Made Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich!

We Love Special Holiday- Themed Goodies!

Hand Made Ice Cream Cookie Sammy Dressed Up for the Holidays

The Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundae combines freshly-baked waffles with soft-serve ice cream. And they smell incredible! This is definitely one we’ll be enjoying again this year.

Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundae

Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundae

Storybook Treats always features seasonally-colored Soft Serve. Expect to see the Candy Corn Cone back once more. And there’s an extra treat inside the Cone — it’s filled with Continue reading →

What’s New Around Disney World: September 4th, 2014

We’re staring down the last of the dog days of summer as Disney World gears up for Fall… Join us on a tour around all four east coast Parks as we check out What’s New!

MAGIC KINGDOM

Fall Fun

With September upon us everyone is anticipating autumn and special seasonal events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (currently underway) and the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (more on that a little later in the post :). So it’s not surprising to see Magic Kingdom all decked out for the occasion!

Magic Kingdom autumn decorations

Magic Kingdom autumn decorations

(Love seeing this sign pop up Continue reading →

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There is so much to keep on top of when it comes to planning your next Disney vacation. Stay up to date with ever-changing Disney Food Happenings by subscribing to the Disney Food Blog Newsletter!

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We know that you work hard and save hard for your Disney visits! With that in mind, we fill each issue of our newsletter with invaluable resources. Whether you’re spending the day or the next two weeks at Disney, we pack in all latest news and exclusive articles to make planning a breeze.

And even if your trip isn’t around the corner, there are lots of extras, like Disney Recipes to bring the magic home.

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Review: Lemon Blast Cupcake at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons

You know how we love our big, over-the-top cupcakes here at the DFB.

We take ‘em filled with cream cheese, topped with Darth Vader, sprinkled with edible glitter, and any and all combinations of the above!

Cupcakes tend to take some of the top spots in any Disney World bakery case, so typically they aren’t remotely hard to spot.

But there is a little cupcake gem that really hasn’t received its proper due… The Lemon Blast Cupcake can only be found in the Sunshine Seasons bakery case in Epcot’s Future World, and more often than not, it’s hidden on the bottom shelf, well below the croissants, cookies, and muffins.

Here is a small batch, just waiting to be discovered like the “Charlie in the Box” on the Island of Misfit Toys…

Lemon Blast cupcake on the bottom of the case

Lemon Blast cupcake on the very bottom of the case

(By the way, the Lemon Blast Cupcake is $4.49 and a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.)

One of our rad readers (thanks, Jessica!) reminded us of this one, and it’s high time to give the Lemon Blast Cupcake a little DFB love!

Aside from the zig-zaggy, criss-cross-y pattern of lemon (!) drizzled over the top, the rest of the cupcake is pretty basic… or so it seems. Vanilla frosting covers a yellow cupcake base.

Lemon Blast Cupcake

Lemon Blast Cupcake

Frosting and lemon closeup

Frosting and lemon closeup

Before we find out what’s inside, take a look at this…

Lemon Cupcake Topping

Lemon Cupcake Topping

Weird, right? The piped lemon gel topping is a little stringy and a little sticky. So be warned. ;-) I’m not sure how I feel about it. Physically it’s kind of gross, but it tasted fine. So, there ya go.

So what is inside, anyway? A Continue reading →

Fun Find: Macaron Merch in Epcot’s France Pavilion

We’re big fans of Macarons around here. These wonderful little pastries are so, so addictive; and recently they’ve started popping up in Disneyland and Disney World, including Patisserie Boulangerie Les Halles.

Box of Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

Box of Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream and Sorbet Shop next door even features an Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich made with them!

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream
Sandwich from L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream and Sorbet Shop

And judging from your comments, you love them, too! So Disney’s giving guests even more opportunity to show their Macaron Fandom with Macaron Merch in the gift shop right outside of Les Halles!

Macaron-Themed Merchandise in Epcot’s France Pavilion

These are perfect for pastry lovers…

Macaron Merch Display in Epcot's France Pavilion!

Macaron Merch Display in Epcot’s France Pavilion!

Leaning Tower of Macarons T Shirt

Leaning Tower of Macarons T Shirt

The little Continue reading →

Review: New Breakfast Items at Animal Kingdom’s Pizzafari and Dawa Bar

I think the start of the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is something pretty special.

Since the entryway intentionally helps you meander a bit through the tree-lined pathways, there is an air of peacefulness about it you just don’t find in the other parks. And If you do find yourself here in the early morning hours, you’ll need sustenance to help energize you for a full day of touring.

New Breakfast Menu at Pizzafari

Pizzafari in Discovery Island (heading on the pathway towards Africa) is one of the only places that offers a hot breakfast in the park. In the past (and as recently as our last visit in June), we were unimpressed — to say the least — with Pizzafari’s breakfast options.

But the morning menu recently underwent a refresh, so we were interested to give the new offerings a try.

Pizzafari sign

Pizzafari sign

Atmosphere

Yes, we’re here to check out the new menu. But it’s practically impossible to walk into Pizzafari and not take some time immediately to notice and enjoy the brightly colored artwork that covers pretty much every inch of the place!  Below are just a few of my favorite Continue reading →