Disney World Food…for MEN?

Erin Foster is the Disney Food for Families columnist and a behind-the-scenes guru here at Disney Food Blog! Check out more of her posts here.

Not long ago, AJ wrote a post about the classic Japanese snack, Pocky, found in the Japan pavilion at Epcot.

The one tidbit of information in this post that got the most comments was the mention that among the multitude of Pocky flavors is Men’s Pocky. That’s right — Pocky, FOR MEN.

While Men’s Pocky is a product of Japanese culture primarily, this discussion got me wondering if there were any other “male-specific” foods sold at Walt Disney World.

The only other official “men’s” food I could come up with were menu items at the Garden View Lounge at the Grand Floridian:

  • The Gentleman’s Tea Platter: duck & cherry terrine, chicken & pork roulade, and country pate with a side of English Blue Stilton cheese), and
  • The Prince Edward’s Tea: the same as the Gentleman’s tea, but with the addition of scones, Devonshire cream, and a glass of port.

I’m guessing that there are special offerings for men so that the gents who get dragged to tea by their lady friends can still have their man cards intact. :-)

Real men need special food to save them from the terror of the crustless sandwich at the Garden View Tea Room.

For those masculine types that want their foods to proclaim their Royal man status, there is no shortage of [Read more…]

Review: Tokyo Dining in Epcot’s Japan

Craving sushi or just need a relaxed and elegant spot for lunch or dinner? It’s time to book Tokyo Dining!

Although we have recommended Tokyo Dining a number of times as a decent spot for catching Illuminations, I’ve never posted my own review of this restaurant. So we made it a priority to head over and dig in — for the sake of the blog. ;-)

This spot is located on the second floor of the Mitsukoshi Department Store building in Epcot’s Japan, adjacent to the Hibachi-style Japanese steakhouse, Teppan Edo.

And while we know it’s a terrific place to stop by for sushi (and it’s rarely crowded), they’ve got plenty on the menu for non-seafood palates as well. Let’s take a look!


Like a growing number of World Showcase restaurants, Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo now have an outdoor check-in area for busy days. On our visit, it wasn’t that crowded; so the cast member told us to head on upstairs to check in.

Check-in Desk Outside Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining

We were met by two very gracious Japanese cast members, signed in, and directed to wait in the lobby of the two restaurants.

The quiet, sleek, and spacious waiting area is a welcome respite from the relative activity of the theme parks. It’s very restful.

Waiting Area

Once your name is called to be seated, you’ll be directed to one of two main dining rooms at Tokyo Dining.

The first room features an on-stage sushi kitchen, where you can watch chefs as they prepare dishes for guests.

Additional Seating and Open Sushi Kitchen

The other dining room features some seriously cool indirect lighting, plus plenty of natural lighting and panoramic views of World Showcase.

Here’s a weird tip: the tables by the windows have super cushy padded chairs, while the others are less comfortable. Just an FYI…and one good reason to request a seat by the window.

Another good reason? Illuminations. Yep; you really can see the fireworks from here (albeit they can be slightly obstructed by trees or people standing on the balcony outside).

Dining Room Seating

We were here during the day, however, so I was happy to take in the views from my cushy window seat. ;-)

View From Dining Room

We had lots of items to choose from, so after taking in our surroundings, it was time to settle down and decide [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 16, 2012

Well, my friends, I hope you’re all WAY ahead of me when it comes to holiday shopping and wrapping! We’ve only got about a week and a day left, so I’m scrambling.

But that’s no reason to skip celebrating the latest Disney Food News this week! :-)

Splitsville in Downtown Disney

Disney Dining News

Here’s some of the tempting Disney Dining news this week…

We’ve got additional food news, including an upcoming renovation at the BoardWalk Bakery and ESPN Club, Breakfast Option at Tomorrowland Cafe, Frozen Sangria at Epcot’s Ice Cream Kiosks, DVC Member Gatherings with refreshments, new menu at Artist’s Palette at Saratoga Springs, restaurant updates at Disney’s Vero Beach and Disneyland, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Facebook Friend Emily James sent in this fun picture – ice cream treats, anyone?!

Ice Cream Treats

Chad Iannacone shares this fascinating find! He says “BottleCan! This is a clear can shaped bottle with a metal can top.. crazy! At China market in Epcot.” I saw these when I was in Epcot, too — plenty of flavors to choose from!

Is it a bottle or a can in Epcot's China?

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On to the Round-Up

Mickey Fix showcases some Star Wars Cookie Cutters — perfect for your cooking baking this season!

Bedfordshire On Sunday claims that Wells and Young Double Chocolate Stout will be sold throughout Walt Disney World soon (and that it will replace Guinness!).

Orlando Sentinel features Orlando restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Main Street Gazette takes a look at the stuffed sandwiches at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner!

FoodBev.com reports that Ready Pac Foods has joined a partnership with Feeding America around their new Disney-themed Cool Cuts salads and mini-meals.

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups hangs out at the Laguna Bar at Coronado Springs Resort.

Disney Parks Blog makes tamales – a Christmas Eve tradition for many families.

News! Tables in Wonderland Membership Price Increase

Tables in Wonderland, the Walt Disney World discount dining program, just got costlier! Prices were raised by $25 this week to $125 for Florida Residents and $100 for Annual/Seasonal Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

Tables in Wonderland Membership Card

The membership provides a 20% discount on food and beverages (including alcohol) at most restaurants and lounges in Walt Disney World parks and hotels.

Worth The Price?

Even with the price increase, I still think this is a great deal. With 20% off of most of your dining costs in Disney World, the card quickly pays for itself if you dine table-service often, and if you visit Disney World regularly.

Also, the card can be used at several counter service locations as well; check TablesinWonderland.com for an updated list of participating locations.

Note the addition of new restaurants such as Landscape of Flavors Food Court at the Art of Animation Resort and Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. Be Our Guest Restaurant, however, only [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Maple Crème Brûlée from Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse

I’ve tried a lot of Disney Crème Brûlée, and this one is definitely near the top of the list!

Time to head over to Epcot and into fan (and DFB!) favorite Le Cellier Steakhouse for today’s Disney recipe!

The Maple Crème Brûlée here has got to be one of the most-often ordered desserts on the menu, and it’s very clear why! The super creamy custard has exactly the right amount of sweet maple flavor — and it’s perfect for the holidays!

So while we can’t provide a Moosehead or a serenade by Off Kilter to complete the virtual trip to Epcot’s Canada Pavilion, this decadent dessert will go a long way to putting a smile on your face!

Maple Crème Brûlée from Epcot's Le Cellier Steakhouse

Maple Crème Brûlée

Serves 6
2 3/4 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
9 egg yolks [Read more…]

Coming Soon! The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays, 2012!

Wishing for the best holiday trip ever at Walt Disney World? Done!

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Whether you want to avoid the crowds, choose meals that are perfect for your family, discover the best gingerbread displays, attend seasonal special events, or visit with Santa, The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays, 2012, will help you pick and choose the perfect plans.

And this time, we’re not just talking about food. While there will be plenty of holiday-specific food and dining information, we’re also including extensive Disney holiday activity and event information — and even a monthly schedule of events for the winter holidays. This is the perfect way to prep for your holiday Disney vacation this year…or get a jump on the game for next year!

Sneak Peek!

With well over 100 pages of information and photos (actually, at last edit it was more like 150+ pages!), you’ll get all [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 4, 2012


It's Delicious!

We have our first (say first, because I know there will be many more!) review from the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World!! (Plus, we have a LUNCH review coming up tomorrow!)

We also announced a Tables in Wonderland event that provides members with reservations to this New Fantasyland venue!

Disney Food News

Catch up on the latest!

We’ve got additional food news (including a new limited-time menu at the Polynesian’s Spirit of Aloha, Splitsville menu detail, Earl of Sandwich opening at Downtown Disney Anaheim, Zombie souvenir mugs at Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel, Jazz Soundtrack from Carthay Circle Restaurant, New Menu at Disneyland’s French Market Restaurant, Colette champagne cocktail recipe from Disney Cruise Line’s Remy, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds!

Katie M. Kuhn sent us a tantalizing photo of pumpkin cheesecake from Sunshine Seasons in Epcot. She said it was great!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Buck Rockman shared this picture  of the specialty items from Gaston’s Tavern via facebook! Thanks Buck!

Gaston's Tavern

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is still going strong, and we’re updating our coverage daily with World Showcase booth and special event reviews, new photos, and other Festival updates!

Cheese Facts from the Food and Wine Festival!

Here’s some of the latest…

Find all of the latest Epcot Food and Wine Festival News and Reviews here, and stay tuned for our take on several seminars and events around the festival.

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World For Grown Ups visits the pool bar, Muddy Rivers, at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

WildernessLodgeSite.com travels to Trail’s End at the Fort Wilderness resort.

Daveland shares lunch at the Carthay Circle Restaurant during the Disneyland Half-Marathon weekend.

Yesterland looks at buildings that inspired the architecture of some restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

LA Times looks at an effort to remove characters from Disney candy.

Main Street Gazette makes the Pear Streusel Pudding Cake recipe from the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW is hosting a private IllumiNations Dessert Party on Saturday, December 15 at Rue De Paris in Epcot’s France Pavilion from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. All items served will be free of gluten/wheat, dairy/milk/casein, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, corn, fish and shellfish.

Disney Parks Blog shares a recipe for Colette Champagne Cocktail at the Disney Cruise Line’s Remy restaurant.

Review: New Lunch Menu at Whispering Canyon Cafe in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

For years, the Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge has been known for bottomless milkshakes, all-you-can-eat skillets, and a rowdy atmosphere due to the fun antics of the servers.

And with a pretty drastic menu overhaul last month, I was eager to try some of the new dishes on the now skillet-less lunch menu!


Whispering Canyon Cafe is located just off of the lobby in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge resort. This is the Wilderness Lodge’s moderately priced restaurant, and it’s definitely got a lot of personality!

Honestly, the fact that the restaurant is open to the lobby has pretty much required a noise ordinance to be placed due to the raucous (though good-natured) behavior that has characterized the restaurant in the past.

Reflecting the Cowboy-and-Indian days of the old West, just about anything goes here. From hobby-horse races around the restaurant to servers interrupting cell phone calls, and pledges to “never, EVER go to Universal Studios,” Whispering Canyon has always been a laugh and a half.

warning sign - click image for larger version

naughty people riding hobby horses

In my own experience at WCC, I’ve been brought a bucket of Diet Coke after asking for too many refills…and after drinking it all, I received my very own “fastpass to the bathroom” from my server! ;-)

However, recently the antics have been toned down a bit. Keep in mind that lunchtime guests seem to have a much quieter experience than breakfast or [Read more…]

A Disney World Foodie Meets Disneyland!

Erin Foster is the Disney Food for Families columnist and a behind-the-scenes guru here at Disney Food Blog! Check out more of her posts here.

I’ve been averaging five or six Walt Disney World visits each year for the past five years. And mostly what I do when I’m at Walt Disney World is eat, no joke.

I am intimately familiar with the ins and out of Disney World dining and can recite the menus of some of my favorite restaurants by heart. Hey, it’s a skill that may come in handy some day. :-)

But I recently found myself in unfamiliar Disney dining territory while on a brief visit to Disneyland in California. I had been there only once before, many (many, many, many) years ago. With just two days on my own, I decided to experience the parks like the newbie that I am, without a plan or preparation. Well, I did ask Disney Food Blog fearless leader AJ for a wee bit of advice, but I’ll get to that later.

So, without further ado, here, in no particular order, are my Walt Disney World foodie veteran observations about the dining situation at Disneyland.

Churros are everywhere.

While of course you can find churros at Walt Disney World, there are usually only a few locations at each park that sell them.

At Disneyland, everywhere I turned there was a churro sales stand or someone walking along nibbling on a churro.

A Barvarian cream churro at Disneyland.

I want an umbrella too!

I am all about the Dole Whip Float at Walt Disney World. But guess what, at Disneyland, they serve this nectar with maraschino cherries and a little paper umbrella.

I feel robbed. I think Disney owes me at least three or four bottles of cherries that I’ve missed out on over the years.

Such a pretty Dole Whip Float at Disneyland.

3-D ice cream menus rock.

Instead of printed menu signage at the ice cream carts, Disneyland has 3-D plastic models of the ice cream at their carts. For some reason this made me want a Mickey bar even more than [Read more…]

Review: Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort has long been one of my favorite counter service locations.

The yummo Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Cook’s delicious cupcakes are a great reason to visit!

UPDATE: Dole Whip is no longer being served at Captain Cook’s, is no longer self-serve, and is no longer available 24 hours a day. You’ll now find Dole Whip at the Pineapple Lanai in Disney’s Polynesian Village in addition to Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom. You can also find Dole Whip available intermittently at Animal Kingdom’s Tamu Tamu Refreshments, and at Epcot during some special events. On the upside, you can also get a Dole Whip Float at Pineapple Lanai!

But the best part? The 24-hour access to Dole Whips is truly epic. (Note, they DO clean the Dole Whip machine for a few hours in the middle of the night once a week, so Avoid. That. Night.)

On a recent Disney World visit, I headed back to Captain Cook’s to try another fan favorite – the Pork Sandwich. That day I found a few more surprises waiting for me, and I can’t wait to tell you about them…


Hidden toward the back of the resort on the first floor, it can be difficult to find Captain Cook’s. But forge ahead, my friends. It’s worth it. ;-)

Outside View

The restaurant is small, but well-organized. There are several different seating areas, so if the first one is full, just head to the next one to find a table.

Indoor Seating

Seating is both indoors and outdoors here, and you’ll find plenty of four-top square tables with padded chairs. Huge banana leaves and a woven motif dress the standard restaurant tables up a bit.

Along the wall, you’ll also find mixed seating with a couple of booth options. Windows along one wall let in plenty of light and also give you a view of the outdoor seating area.

Indoor Seating with a View

Outdoor tables and chairs are in close proximity to both the restaurant and the pool. With the big umbrellas and lush landscape, this is a terrific place to sit on those [Read more…]