Disney World “Just the New Stuff” Snack Crawl — Epcot Edition!

What? You’ve recovered from the DFB Grilled Cheese Crawl, and you’re ready for another one? We are right there with ya!

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So today, we’re heading to the Mecca of Diverse Disney food options, Epcot!

There are literally hundreds of delicious dishes and tempting snacks to be savored throughout the park. And that makes sense, since World Showcase immerses you into the cultures of eleven different countries.

In one day, you can enjoy pastries from France, sushi from Japan, a jumbo pretzel from Germany, schoolbread from Norway — and so much more!

But then, there’s Future World, too. Home to great little kiosks featuring flavored popcorns as well as one of our favorite counter service spots, Sunshine Seasons, there’s plenty to enjoy there as well.

We all have our favorites, but it’s also fun to check out the NEW stuff! And so today, that’s what we’re doing. Let’s head into Epcot and arrange the day around trying brand new (or in some cases, returning items) in our DFB “Just the New Stuff” Crawl, Epcot Edition!

And if you love this crawl, be sure to check out our DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle, which you can enjoy for an unbelievable 30% off the already discounted price with code BUNDLE17 at DFBStore.com!

I hope you came hungry. Let’s go!

Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding, Sunshine Seasons

To kick our day off right, we should start with a good breakfast. Sure, you could grab a bowl of cereal at the resort or head to Starbucks for a muffin, but I say let’s check out Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion for their Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding.

Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding at Sunshine Seasons

Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding at Sunshine Seasons

Is it breakfast, or is it dessert? Who cares? Because this is vacation, and you NEED to have this rich, delicious dish to jump start your day. (Oh, and to answer the question, clearly, this is breakfast. I mean, who eats bacon with dessert? ;-)  )

Battered Banger and Chips, Rose and Crown Pub

We’re still sighing and lamenting the disappearance of our favorite pub grub from days gone by, the English Bulldog, at Rose and Crown Pub. But they’ve gone a LONG way to make up for it with this brand new offering, the Battered Banger and Chips.

Rose and Crown Battered Banger and Chips

Rose and Crown Battered Banger and Chips

Battered. Sausage. Because you guys KNOW how I feel about hand dipped corn dogs. Well, this is just as amazing, and I enjoyed every crunchy, salty bite. It’s perfect beside a pint, and makes for an excellent lunch as we explore all the tempting new snacks in Epcot.

Sake Mist, Kabuki Cafe

I don’t know about you, but after a decadent breakfast and a hefty lunch, I’m ready for something cool and refreshing. And the Sake Mist at Kabuki Cafe in the Japan Pavilion fit the bill perfectly — and just happens to be our next crawl stop.

Blood Orange and Chocolate Cherry Sake Mists

Blood Orange and Chocolate Cherry Sake Mists

We’ve loved the kakigori at this spot for ages! But can it be made even better? Yes. Yes it can. By adding  sake, of course!

This is a great antidote to the Florida heat, and we especially love that it builds on a beloved Epcot snack. If you like sake, or kakigori, or BOTH — you’re gonna love this grown up version of a snow cone (except, the best snow cone ever).

Warm Peach Cobbler, Liberty Inn

After you finish up your sake mist, it’s on to The American Adventure Pavilion, where we make not one, but two stops!

First, I think it’s time for a little dessert, and so we’re stopping by Liberty Inn for Warm Peach Cobbler.

Warm Peach Cobbler at  Liberty Inn

Warm Peach Cobbler at Liberty Inn

While this dessert isn’t technically new — long time readers will remember it from a few years back when we shared it before — it has been on hiatus for a bit. And since I’m a big fan of the Crumble School of Cobbler Making (as opposed to cake or biscuit topping), this one scores big points with me.

Besides, it’s filled with fruit — and that makes it practically healthy. Right?

Hard Orange Soda Float, Fife & Drum Tavern

But we’re not quite finished in The American Adventure Pavilion. I’m feeling a little thirsty again, and I hope you are too, because it’s time to stop by the Fife & Drum Tavern for a Hard Orange Soda Float, which joins the hard root beer float on the menu.

Hard Orange Soda Float from Fife and Drum Tavern

Hard Orange Soda Float from Fife and Drum Tavern

Made with creamy soft serve ice cream and Henry’s Hard Orange Soda, this creamsicle-esque treat is a wonderful way to get your daily serving of ice cream and soda-pop in while on vacation. (That’s a thing. Right?)

Salted Caramel Cupcake, Karamell-Küche

As we continue to walk World Showcase Promenade, our next stop is Karamell-Küche in the Germany Pavilion.

I’ve spent many happy hours at the little shop, which features lots of irresistible treats made with Werther’s Caramel. But recently, I was so happy to see the return of a classic, the Salted Caramel Cupcake!

Salted Caramel Cupcake

Salted Caramel Cupcake at Karamell-Küche

The super dense dark chocolate cake is covered with a crown of caramel buttercream icing that goes right into the middle of the cake. And the salt is mixed into the icing, so you get that killer salty-sweet combo in every bite!

Cinnamon Loaf, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

Next, make your way to another stop that’s become a cult classic, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion.

Norway has seen a lot of changes to highlight its most famous (Disney) duo, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, but we’re happy to report that this tiny counter service spot remains pretty much unchanged (for now, anyway). However, even though they still offer lots of classic items that we’ve grown to love through the years, they’re not afraid to try new things, like the Cinnamon Loaf.

Cinnamon Loaf

Cinnamon Loaf

If you didn’t bring a friend along for this crawl, you’re probably gonna have to get a doggy bag for the leftovers here, because this thing is HUGE. Ask for it to be served warm, and be sure to get a sprinkle of those candied pecans — they come at no extra charge.

Raspberry Lemonade Slush with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Cool Wash

We’ll leave World Showcase behind and travel back into Future World for the last couple of treats on our list. And our first stop is Cool Wash.

Don’t you think it’s about time for another adult beverage? I thought you might. :-) Today, we’re trying one of their newer offerings: Raspberry Lemonade Slush with Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum.

Raspberry Lemonade Slush with Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum at Cool Wash

Raspberry Lemonade Slush with Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum at Cool Wash

The sweet-tart flavors of the berry lemonade meld wonderfully with the vanilla and spice of the rum. You’ll be looking for a hammock and a beach hat as you savor this one.

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake, Sunshine Seasons

For our final stop, we travel back once more to where our day began — Sunshine Seasons. But this time, it really is dessert we’re after. Your final treat on today’s crawl is the Oreo Mickey Cheesecake.

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake

Why? Because we love you! And besides, this one is SO cute, and SO dreamy creamy delicious, that we defy you not to smile the entire time that you’re eating it. And besides, who can resist chilling in the gorgeous Land Atrium while watching the hubbub all around?

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Now, I really wanna hear from you! Will you be taking on the DFB Just the New Stuff Crawl Challenge at Epcot? Leave a comment and tell us how far you get!

News and Rumors: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Schedule To Date

It’s here! Today, we’re sharing with you some of the first big news out for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which runs from September 14 through November 14 this year!

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Ahead of the official announcement, our team has put together a first look at some of the music acts we expect to see during this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series!

If you’re new to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, let’s get you up to speed. :-) One of the most popular events during the event is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. The concerts are performed three times per evening, so you have three opportunities every night to see your favorite acts — at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8:00PM.

In the past, it’s been hard to pin down just what genre they’re courting. :-) But usually, you’ll find acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even the 00s. There’s usually something for just about everyone!

The concerts are included in your Epcot admission. And if you’re not a fan of standing in line, stay tuned to DFB, and we’ll confirm the return of the Eat to the Beat Dining Packages as soon as we can! [Read more…]

Review: New Cookies n’ Cream Funnel Cake in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion

It’s FUNNEL CAKE TIME!!! But this isn’t just any funnel cake… .

Now, as someone who loves a good funnel cake, I have to admit… Disneyland has cornered the market as far as Disney Funnel Cakes go. Stage Door Cafe offers consistently great toppings right down to the signature Whipped Cream Mickey. And the latest Churro Funnel Cake at Hungry Bear Restaurant really upped the ol’ ante.

Disney World, on the other hand, doesn’t have quite the same Funnel Cake game. While you can always grab a Funnel Cake at spots like Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, Oasis Canteen, or the Funnel Cake Kiosk along Disney’s BoardWalk, toppings are typically pretty standard; usually ice cream or often strawberry along with the classic powdered sugar.

The Funnel Cake stop that does change its options from time to time, though, is the Funnel Cake Stand in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion. Double Chocolate Funnel Cakes and Pumpkin Spice have rotated over the past couple years as the seasonal options (and they used to offer a Strawberry a few years back), but even those haven’t seen any further variety for some time.

Until now, that is… because a Cookies n’ Cream Funnel Cake has hit the scene at Epcot’s Funnel Cake Stand!

Funnel Cake Stand in the America Pavilion

Funnel Cakes sign

The standbys remain, of course; you can still grab the standard funnel cake with sugar, or add that big ol’ slab of vanilla ice cream or chocolate sauce as additional toppings. But the new headliner is the Cookies n’ Cream. [Read more…]

Fun Find: Flavored Moonshine in Epcot

You know how I’m always going on and on about the huge variety of food, drinks, and cuisine around Epcot’s World Showcase? I mean, you can find just about anything and everything, which is why I talk about it ALL the time, like it’s my job or something.

Oh, wait… it IS my job.

I guess somebody’s gotta do it! ;)

Anyway, I really do mean that you can find everything… and here’s my proof (ha ha — PROOF! I crack me up). Did you know that you can stock up on your supply of Moonshine at Epcot?

Backwoods Moonshine

Backwoods Moonshine

Yep! The Port of Entry and Disney Traders gift shops (those are the two gifts shops at the entrance to World Showcase between the Canada and Mexico Pavilions) carry an assortment of the whiskey beverage.

They’ve actually been available for some time now (and are, of course, being incorporated into many a cocktail around property due to the popularity of moonshine right now), but I only recently paused to take a look at the [Read more…]

Review: Maryland Crab Cakes and Old Bay Fries Liberty Inn, Epcot

Hear Ye, Hear Ye… there have been some recent additions to the menu at everyone’s favorite Publick Dining RoomLiberty Inn, found in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion!

It’s time to strap on your tri-corner hat and buckled shoes (‘cuz I know you’ve got those handy!) and get ready to travel back to colonial times to check out some of the contemporary fare at this Counter Service option.

True, it’s primarily known as a place to grab a quick burger and fries or a hot dog. So it wouldn’t surprise me if you’re tempted to ask, “Why stop at Liberty Inn when there are so many unique options all around World Showcase?”  Well, as mentioned, they’re changing things up a bit, and I must say I’m somewhat intrigued with the direction things are going…

Liberty Inn sign

Liberty Inn sign

Entrance to the Liberty Inn

Entrance to the Liberty Inn

Come on in!

Atmosphere

Even if you’ve never stepped into Liberty Inn (and it’s somewhat easy to miss, blending into the back of the Pavilion), you likely won’t be surprised to know that the atmosphere reflects the colonial era, since that’s the general feel of the rest of the Pavilion. The place where this themeing is most evident is the collection of the thirteen original colony flags lining the brick wall.

Wall of Flags

Wall of Flags

Add a few touches such as candle “lanterns,” and you’re all set for time travel.

Wall lanterns

Wall lanterns

With ample natural light streaming in from the huge windows, white trim, and high ceilings, the indoor seating area always reminds me a little bit of [Read more…]

Holiday Eats! Epcot Celebrates Holidays Around The World

Epcot’s Holidays Around the World offers guests the opportunity to experience holiday traditions from around the globe through music, stories, and (our favorite) cuisine!

So, grab your passport… (yup — they have passports this year!)

Holidays Around the World Passport

…because we’re about to take a trip around the world! Epcot’s World Showcase, that is!

First things first: be sure to pick up a Guide Map at Epcot’s entrance for this experience.

Guide Map Display

Even if you know your way around Epcot, this map — unique to the festivities – shows you which treats are available and where you can find them (it provides times for special holiday performances as well).

Mexico

Let’s take it one country at a time, starting in Mexico, where La Cantina de San Angel is serving Sweet Tamales!

Sweet Tamale

While the corn-based dough in this dish isn’t at all sugary (with just the slightest hint of cinammon spice), the strawberry glaze on top delivers a nice bit of sweetness. The filling is tangy, with a guava puree (and I believe a hint of pineapple, as well).

Center of Sweet Tamale

Holiday Waffles and Drinks at Promenade Refreshments

Now, before we hit the rest of the countries in World Showcase, Promenade Refreshments is offering a few treats exclusive to the holidays, too!

Promenade Refreshments

Promenade Refreshments Holiday Menu

We’ll be back soon with a full review of both waffles and some of that peanut butter hot cocoa, but here’s a pic of the Savory Waffle to whet your whistle!

Savory Holiday Waffle at Promenade Refreshments

Portable holiday dinner!

Rice Cream in Norway

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway has featured a favorite treat for the holidays… [Read more…]

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I’m honored to say that I got the chance to tape another WDWToday show yesterday (You can listen to it over on WDWToday.com)! The show is about healthy eating in Walt Disney World, but somehow we ended up talking about Funnel Cakes — and I quickly realized I’ve never mentioned Funnel Cakes here on the blog.

What’s a theme park food blog without a Funnel Cake post?!

Forgive me for the oversight, and let me appeal to you with a few photos.

Funnel Cakes

Funnel Cake with Powdered Sugar

Funnel Cake with Powdered Sugar

As you can see, funnel cakes are basically a bunch of sweet dough pushed through a funnel and fried into a funny shape in a whole bunch of oil. You can have them plain, covered in [Read more…]