Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 9, 2012

Cheers to food and beverage news from Gaston’s Tavern (finally)! With the announcement of the signature brew and those gooey cinnamon rolls, I’m looking forward to stopping by with friends. Care to join me?!

LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern

Disney Food News

Read on for yummy restaurant and food news from Disney!

  • Disney will release new collector’s pins with the opening of Be our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern!
  • Gaston’s Tavern at the Magic Kingdom will offer the non-alcoholic LeFou’s Brew along with signature cinnamon rolls!
  • Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a new menu with Buffalo chicken nuggets; and ABC Commissary has changed up their offerings as well. (More on that soon!)

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, new menu at ABC Commissary, Margarita/Tequila Flight Promo at La Hacienda and San Angel Inn, new drinks at Animal Kingdom, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Update — Lunch With John Lasseter

A new signature event has been added to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival line-up. On October 19, Citricos will host a lunch perfect for Pixar fans at 12:30 for $130.

John Lasseter and his wife Nancy will present their California wines at this event. Chef Philip Ponticelli will pair Lasseter wines with seasonal cuisine.

A DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to Disney by the Numbers for reviewing our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and start planning.

Don’t forget our great DFB Deals of the Week on this Guide (get $3 off this week)!

DFB Podcast Episode 8 and 9 Now Available


We’re pleased to announce that the eighth and ninth episodes of our podcast have been released! In these episodes we’re chatting about Best Breakfasts in Disney, and the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Head over to DFBPodcast.com for the details… . And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups looks at a new food truck – The Tailgate Grill – at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Walt Disney World.

Cookie Madness bakes up some BoardWalk Brownies!

Cake Wrecks looks at Darth Vader cakes that have definitely gone to the Dark Side.

The Walt Disney World Restaurant Tour takes us to Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Orlando.

Main Street Gazette cooks up a 50’s Prime Time Cafe recipe – Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie!

Daveland dines at the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure. Gorgeous pictures!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World toasts La Cava’s third birthday!

Review: Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Now with New Menu AND Buffalo Nuggets!)

Time to head to one of my favorite counter service spots in Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Backlot Express! And there’s a brand new menu in place! We’ve have more for you on that in just a few paragraphs. But first, let’s take a look around…

Atmosphere

From the name alone, you can quickly deduce that this counter service mainstay is, in fact, located in the Backlot area of the theme park. (I know. What would you do without me?)

To locate it, head straight back and to the left as you enter the park. You’ll know you’re getting close when you pass the Sounds Dangerous and Star Tours attractions.

The premise here is that you’ve wandered into a functioning part of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios backlot, where they store all of the props, paint all the sets, fashion all of the haywire stunt gear, and fix all of the machinery needed to put on the show. It’s a glorified warehouse…but that “glorified” part is where Disney’s imagineers shine.

Outside View

As you head in to order you’ll walk past the outdoor seating area, which is nicely shaded. You begin to feel the vibe of the place even here, with mismatched patio chairs and interesting outdoor props, like giant plaster statues, and classic automobiles.

Shaded Seating Area

It’s completely fascinating to wander around and through this huge spot. Imagineers have created the theme to feel as if you’re about to run into someone who’s working on a film while you’re there. There are all kinds of props everywhere, even hanging above you.

Dragon Prop - You Never Know What You Might Find Here!

You’ll also see lots of [Read more…]

Where in the World are these Ice Cream Sundae Props?

So, I just noticed these clever (and HUGE) props on my last visit to Disney World. Just goes to show that no matter how many times you’ve been there, there’s still something left to discover!

You get 6,000 Disney Food Blog Points* if you can guess what park these are in. You get 12,000 Disney Food Blog Points* if you can tell me what Disney attraction is right next to [Read more…]

Review: Snacks at Epcot’s Kabuki Cafe

Ya know those times when you’re just strolling through Epcot and you really need some Miso soup…like, stat?

No?

Well, if you did, this would be the place for you, my friend.

Epcot's Kabuki Cafe

Epcot’s Kabuki Cafe is a quick service kiosk offering varied menu items, from sweet to savory. Located in the Japan pavilion, it replaced the wildly popular Kaki-Gori Stand when it opened. But Kaki-Gori fans can be assured that the sweet, chilly treat is still available here.

The menu varies based on the season — when it’s busy in Walt Disney World, you’ll find a larger variety of savory food offerings. Otherwise, there are just a few items to choose from…

Menu - Click to Enlarge

As you probably know, I love Kaki-Gori, the shave-ice-and-fruit-syrup treat that resembles a sno-cone…without the cone part.

All of the flavors are still here, and so are the [Read more…]

Review: Black Forest Cake Roulade at Epcot’s Sommerfest

I’ve always spied the desserts at Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany with envy. Apple Strudel, Bavarian cheesecake, and…Black Forest Cake Roulade! For any cherry and chocolate lover (like yours truly), this was a must-try…

Atmosphere

Located just off to the side of Germany’s picturesque cobblestone town square, Sommerfest has all the look and feel of a 16th century German town. You will feel like you’ve left Florida behind as you walk among the buildings, smell the sausages and sauerkraut, and hear the polka music wafting in.

Sommerfest in Epcot's Germany Pavilion

There are a few tables inside, but this is a great spot to grab a bite and eat outside al fresco style.

Eats

Sommerfest really is a hidden gem among the counter service options in World Showcase. You can choose from a couple of sausages (Bratwurst or Frankfurther), both served German-style with sauerkraut. And those lovely hand-twisted pretzels (NOT the same as the other Disney soft pretzels, mind you) is also an option.

But today was the day I was finally going to indulge in that Black Forest Cake Roulade I’d been eying for a year or so.

Sommerfest Menu - Click to Enlarge

A rolled cake, sandwiched together with whipped cream around a cherry compote, and then covered in chocolate flakes. You totally want to dig in, right?


Black Forest Cake Roulade

The outside was coated with [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 3, 2012

Beast Castle

Some great new information from the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival was announced this week, and we’ve also got some fun news from the Animal Kingdom!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest happening in the Disney Food World this week!

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, Disney California Adventure’s Ghirardelli Soda Fountain, and more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

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On To The Round-Up

WDW for Grown-Ups takes us to Enoteca Castello in Epcot’s Italy!

AllEars.Net reports on a new champagne lunch at Remy being offered on a trial basis aboard the Disney Fantasy.

DisneyContemporary.com shares a recipe for The Wave’s Passion Fruit Mojito. Thirst-quenching!

Main St. Gazette features the Teriyaki Chicken Nuggets found at the Friar’s Nook in the Magic Kingdom.

What I Gather shows how to dine with a paleo diet at Walt Disney World.

MiceChat shares some interesting food and beverage displays around the Magic Kingdom.

DisneyParks Blog rounds up fun at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree!

On The Go In MCO tours the menus and shares food pics from the Art of Animation Resort’s Landscape of Flavors food court.

Just a Spoonful of Sugar reviews a recipe for La Salade de Maison served at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 27, 2012

Hand Dipped Ice Cream Bars at Clarabelle's Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure

We’re so excited for the latest Disney Food News, and for the news we KNOW is coming!!

Can’t wait to share some great info with you this week; but in the meantime, check out the great news we heard about last week — including a sneak peek at the sweet treats that will be offered at Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street when it opens June 15th!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest happening in the Disney Food World this week!

  • The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will end on November 12 (not the 11th!), according to the latest schedule. We’ll watch for further updates!
  • A new Vegan Marketplace will debut at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World this year!
  • Enter to win great prizes in our new DFB Guide Contest! Details here…
  • Buena Vista Street will open in Disney California Adventure with lots of new shops, including some sweet treats at Clarabelle’s Ice Cream and Trolley Treats!
  • The Mad T Party debuted in Disney California Adventure on May 25th. We’ll have a review on the DFB soon!
  • The construction walls are officially down on Carthay Circle Theater in Disney California Adventure!

We’ve got more food news (including a NEW food tent at Typhoon Lagoon) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Podcast Episode 4 Now Available

We’re pleased to announce that the fourth episode of our brand new podcast has been released! You can catch it over on itunes, stitcher, or on DFBPodcast.com!

In this episode of the Disney Food Blog’s DFB Podcast, we cover the latest Disney Food News, discuss some Disney restaurants with exceptional atmosphere and themeing, answer a few reader questions, and reveal the answer to our controversial Episode 3 trivia question (as well as give you a brand new trivia question)!

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

On To The Round-Up

StudiosCentral.com names the top five pool bars at Disney World!

DisneyContemporary.com visits the Outer Rim for a cocktail.

Main Street Gazette has some pub grub at Rose & Crown.

WESH takes you on several Downtown Disney date night options – great for any budget! And, written by yours truly. ;-)

Mouse on the Mind shares breakfast at an unexpected location – Pizzafari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Etsy sells Disney Parks Treats Inspired Printable Art Designs. Adorable 8×10 designs ready to customize for WDW and Disneyland fans!

Stuff From The Park shares a vintage menu from Disneyland’s Red Wagon Inn.

Disney Parks Blog gives us a peak at new cocktail glasses at Disneyland Hotel’s Trader Sam’s!

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New DFB Store Site Now Open!

We’re thrilled to announce the grand launch of our DFB Store, featuring our critically-acclaimed line of Disney Dining Planning e-Books.

We’ve expanded on the Disney food topics that we all love (yep, that includes snacks!) into comprehensive e-Books that specialize in the subjects that YOU wanted to know more about. :)

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Review: Chocolate Caramel Grapes at Karamell-Küche

Epcot's Karamel Kuche Caramel Shop

Time to take a look at another new treat available at one of my very favorite spots in Epcot, Karamell-Küche!

If you aren’t familiar with this little gem in the German Pavilion of World Showcase, you should get to know it. Soon. Seriously. All manner of buttery, caramelly, chocolate-dipped goodness here leaves me a happy, happy girl.

We recently told you about a new addition to the Karamell-Küche lineup: the Caramel Corn Cupcake. Today, we are trying a second new offering: Chocolate and Caramel Covered Grapes. Fruit! Healthy! Hallelujah!

Chocolate Caramel Grapes

I know. They’re a little…different. But I am all about telling you the latest and greatest, so try them I did.

The fresh, red grapes are skewered, then [Read more…]