News and Review! Holiday Menu Items at Earl of Sandwich

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… I love being on the Earl of Sandwich email list. Not only do you get a free sandwich for your birthday month (which I just redeemed!) but you also get emails letting you know about seasonal specials.

When this one recently arrived, I got pretty excited!

Holiday eats have descended upon Earl of Sandwiches across the country, and I headed into our local Disneyland store to check ‘em out! Note that these are also available at the Walt Disney World Earl of Sandwich!

Holiday Turkey Sandwich

We all know that the Holiday Turkey Sandwich is here to stay as it became a permanent menu item last year. And even though it’s always there, I still get super excited whenever I get a chance to have one.

Piled high with turkey, stuffing, gravy & cranberry sauce, this sandwich is comfort food at its best.  A hand held Thanksgiving meal, the Holiday Turkey Sandwich is toasted to perfection and really can not be beat.

Holiday Turkey Sandwich

Holiday Ham Sandwich

New to the holiday sandwich family this year is the Holiday Ham Sandwich.

With heaps of ham, fresh pineapple rings & a holiday apple glaze type sauce, this sandwich is sure to be a huge hit.  Served warm and toasted just like all of its Earl relatives, the flavors in this new sandwich really pop.

In my opinion, you can’t really go wrong with a pineapple/ham partnership.

Holiday Ham Sandwich

Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint Brownies have also made a comeback.  They taste just as great as they did when they made their debut last year. Chocolate goodness sprinkled with [Read more…]

Guest Review: Truckeria Rolling Tacos Food Truck in Downtown Disney Orlando

More about food trucks in Downtown Disney!!

We recently mentioned the Taco Food Truck in Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World resort. And today, we’re welcoming Kaitlyn Smith with a mini-guest review!

The taco truck is a fun alternative for fast food while hanging out in Downtown Disney.

Taco Truck!

And this one, featuring Mexican-themed goodies has rolled right in!

Tacos Truck.

The menu features steak, chicken, and fish tacos priced individually for $3, or three tacos for $7. Beverages include soda and water for $3, or beer for $6. Chips and Salsa are $2.

Truckeria Tacos Menu

I stopped by the Truckeria food truck in Downtown Disney and sampled all the items on the menu. The two [Read more…]

NEWS! Downtown Disney Foodtopia Coming This October!

Welp, Downtown Disney Orlando has added another awesome food-focused piece of news to the Food Trucks and Disney Springs Restaurants!

Throughout October, eight Downtown Disney restaurants will feature 3-course dinners at bargain prices at the NEW Downtown Disney Foodtopia event!

Menus

Three full courses and a non-alcoholic beverage are included! Let’s take a look at some of the menus…

Paradiso 37: Choose from blackened mahi sliders, a hearty beef burrito, or chicken enchiladas paired with a starter and dessert.

Paradiso 37 Chocolate Stack Dessert

Planet Hollywood: Entree options are Celebrity BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, lasagna, or Southwest Salad.

Wolfgang Puck Café: Start with garlic and white bean hummus, a Caesar salad, or butternut squash soup. Entrees include pesto chicken, crispy pork loin, or spaghetti Bolognese. Desserts are key lime pie, carrot cake, or a brownie sundae. See our Wolfgang Puck Cafe dinner review here!

Carrot Cake at Wolfgang Puck!

Splitsville: Choose from eight appetizers and 10 entrées, with a brownie and ice cream for dessert.

Splitsville -- Outside View

Fulton’s Crab House: Shrimp cocktail, steamed clams and mussels, or jumbo lump crab cake to start; a whole Rhode Island lobster, cioppino, or filet mignon for an entrée, and a Tollhouse Cookie sundae, key lime pie, or root beer float for dessert.

Details

Dates and Times:
October 1 – 31; 5:30-7:30PM

Cost:
Prices do not include tax and gratuity.
$30: Bongos Cuban Café, House of Blues, Paradiso 37, Planet Hollywood, Portobello, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 15, 2013

Great news!!! Disneyland Corn Dogs — those hand-dipped gems on a stick — are coming to Walt Disney World via a themed food truck!

Disneyland Hand-Dipped Corn Dog

There are lots more yummy eats (BUTTER CHICKEN!) rolling into Downtown Disney, too.

And, let’s not forget about other new treats found recently, including cupcakes, Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast, and more!

If you’re not hungry yet, read on!

Disney Food News

Lots of great food news reading from Disney this week!

  • Themed food trucks will roll into Downtown Disney starting this Fall!
  • Disneyland’s Club 33 will be renovated in 2014. There are lots of changes in store for this historic space. Will Club 33 expand to Walt Disney World?
  • Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast is now being served at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Check out our review of the Guava Pocket and Peanut Butter Brownie options at the renovated Fountain View Cafe/Starbucks in Epcot!
  • Two new cupcakes were spotted recently at the Contempo Cafe in Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Starring Rolls Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Look for the Chocolate Cherry Cupcake and Root Beer Cupcake on your next visit!
  • Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany pavilion is now serving three new menu items — Curry Wurst, Leberkase (German Meatloaf) Reuben, and Nudel Gratin!

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including a Chips & Slices Now Open at Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, Magic Kingdom’s Disney Chefs at Inaugural Edible Orlando – Field to Feast Event, New Menu Item at La Cantina de San Angel, Halloween Cake Pops at Sweet Spells in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland’s Market House Starbucks Opening Soon, New Menu at Disneyland’s Rancho del Zocalo, and more.

DFB Reader Finds

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

This week, DFB Reader (and guest author!) Katie shares pictures of Disney cupcakes — Minnie Mouse Cupcake and PB&J Cupcake — from Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort.

Minnie Mouse Cupcake

PB&J Cupcake

We love cupcakes; thanks for sharing your treats with us! Check out MORE Disney cupcakes here!

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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix entices us to make our own Disney recipes in this gorgeous Mickey Mouse Casserole Dish. Mac ‘n’ Cheese? Yes, please!

Mickey Mouse Casserole Dish

Gorillas Don’t Blog reminisces about the seating area at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship in Disneyland!

Wicked Local celebrates the return of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival!

Quasi-Everything creates a rum drink inspired by Monsters Inc!

Studios Central shares Halloween Halloween Cake Pops from Sweet Spells!

Main Street Gazette reviews BoardWalk Bakery’s No-Sugar Added Mango Vanilla Panna Cotta!

AllEars interviews California Grill’s Chef Brian Piasecki.

Dining in Disneyland: Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Downtown Disney

Cruising Downtown Disney, heading back to our car to go home, a cart that I had never seen before caught my eye.  Old West Cinnamon Rolls? Hello!

Old West Cinnamon Rolls Downtown Disney

According to my 12 year old son, I stopped in my tracks “to get the breaking news.” Yes, he was making fun of me; and he did a whole running commentary while I stopped to get the scoop on this new-ish spot in Downtown Disney. After that nonsense, which was actually quite hilarious, he’s lucky that I still shared my cinnamon roll with him!

Atmosphere

Located right next to the Pin Traders store, Old West Cinnamon Rolls has apparently been there for about 6 or so weeks. I obviously don’t cruise Downtown Disney enough to let this place exist for so long without knowing about it. Going to have to change that I guess, because the cinnamon rolls here are amazing.

Inspiration...

The plastic cinnamon roll display (which reminded me of the gelato stand nearby) gives you inspiration to choose the cinnamon roll that’s right for you!

After quizzing the poor guy working at the stand I learned that the cinnamon rolls are a “design your own” situation. The menu consists of a base price of $4.75 for a plain cinnamon roll (and by plain they mean NO frosting). Additional toppings are $1.00, so you can build the designer cinnamon roll of your dreams. Toppings include [Read more…]

Review: Downtown Disney’s Italian Ice Stand and NEW! Taco Truck

It’s time to take a quick trip to Downtown Disney in Disney World to check out a great way to cool your jets while you’re in Orlando this Summer!

Downtown Disney Italian Ice Stand

You may walk right past this kiosk in Downtown Disney, but it’s worth stopping during those hot Florida days! The Italian Ice stand is located near the middle of Downtown Disney’s West Side between the Characters in Flight Attraction and the bridge to Pleasure Island.

Italian Ice!

They offer six different flavors of Italian ice in three different sizes. Don’t you just love when a treat is fat free AND delicious?!

Italian Ice Menu.

On our visit, we sampled the Tie Dye, which was a mixture of three different flavors — Blue Raspberry, Lemonade, and Lime.

Italian Ice Tubs.

Not only was this very pretty — the ice had [Read more…]

Chili “Cone” Queso Now Available in Walt Disney World

It’s become more and more commonplace for Disney parks to introduce similar new food items on BOTH coasts — case in point: Red’s Apple Freeze at Cozy Cone Motel and Le Fou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern.

And it’s happened again now that Disney World’s Downtown Disney is serving another big Disneyland hitChili Cone Queso!

WDWDowntown tweeted about the new menu items today

Introduced first at the Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land at its landmark opening in 2012, the Chili Cone Queso — along with other savory food-in-a-cone options — has been delighting Disneyland Resort visitors.

Once they order the Chili Cone Queso, diners discover a meaty chili topped with shredded cheese and corn chips all tucked into a hand-held, thick bread cone.

Chili "Cone" Queso

Now, Marketplace Snacks in Downtown Disney Orlando offers the same “cone”-coction along with a Meatball Cone version as well. Some would say that this is just the long-awaited return of the “handwich” to [Read more…]

Review: Cap’n Jack’s at Downtown Disney

It’s time to talk about a restaurant that hasn’t yet been on Disney Food Blog! (GASP!!)

Time to try out lunch at a Cap’n Jack’s! I’ve been to this spot twice now, and even though it will likely disappear at some point in the next few years with the Downtown Disney / Disney Springs renovation, I still need to tell you about it so that you can run over and get in a meal before it’s too late! :-)

Looking every inch the waterside Florida seafood restaurant, Cap’n Jack’s is located at Downtown Disney Marketplace and sits right atop a pier overlooking Village Lake. You’re so close to the water that you’ll feel like you’re floating!

Recently, I stopped into Cap’n Jack’s for lunch with a friend. My previous visit wasn’t great, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Will it be hit or miss? Time to find out!

Atmosphere

If you have ever been to a waterside seafood restaurant in your favorite beach resort town, Cap’n Jack’s will at once seem a bit familiar. Housed next to the Downtown Disney Marina, it’s a classic seafood spot!

Captain Jack's Sign

And that sense of history that you feel isn’t purely Disney magic. This restaurant has actually been around since 1975 when Buena Vista Shopping Center — now Downtown Disney Marketplace — originally opened. In Disney terms, that’s a seriously long time!

Within the restaurant, you’ll find fairly standard seating, low ceilings, and wooden floors. This feels like the family-owned seafood restaurant that you’ve been visiting for years.

Wide View of Seating

One thing you typically won’t find at Cap’n Jack’s is [Read more…]

Updates: Disney Springs Restaurants

As many of you know, Disney made a big announcement this week for Disney World fans — the expansion and renovation of Downtown Disney in Orlando over the next three years!

As we reported earlier, the new (and improved) area will be called Disney Springs, and construction will double the number of shops and restaurants available to Disney guests.

And since we shared the rumors of new Disney Springs Restaurants a couple of weeks ago, even more rumors are starting to come out!

Downtown Disney will become Disney Springs over the next three years

Will Disney Springs See a “Food Truck Row?”

For example, according to Orlando Business Journal and The Daily City, a “Food Truck Row” may be a major possibility during the new Disney Springs renovation of Disney World’s Downtown Disney.

Disney Springs' Town Center will offer one of a kind shopping and dining experiences

Food trucks have been spotted at Downtown Disney and ESPN Wide World of Sports previously, but local Orlando Food Truck experts The Daily City have some interesting details that might back up a “Food Truck Row” at Disney Springs:

…one of the main food truck builders has a supposed mystery client who has rush ordered

[Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 10, 2013

We’ve got some incredible updates for you this week!!!

First up, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has begun in Walt Disney World, and we’ve got an EPIC review of nearly ALL of the food available at the 12 new food and beverage marketplaces! It’s well worth a look! (Plus, who doesn’t want to see that Dole Whip with Spiced Rum?!?!)

Also, some interesting news out of Downtown Disney… . Let’s get started!

Disney Food News

Catch up on the Disney dining news…

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, a Beer Dinner at Flying Fish Cafe, a Gluten Free Award for Walt Disney World, spring candy apples, 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 — or other awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

First up, we shared our recipe for Disney World’s Magic Cookie Bars on the blog last week. Then, via Instagram, krissycakes13 shared a photo of her baking skills! “The Magic Cookie Bars! Mini-Sized!” Great job with the Magic Cookie Bar recipe!!

Homemade Magic Cookie Bars!

Sara Miller sent us this awesome photo of her daughter enjoying a Mickey ice cream bar — and she’s an ears first kind of girl! Yum!!

Enjoying a Mickey Ice Cream Bar!

We love sharing in your Disney food adventures! Thank you!!

On to the Round-Up

Passport 2 Dreams wows us again with an incredible look at a true Disney World food mystery…the the mystery of the Plaza Ice Cream Boat Shuffle.

Celebrate the Tiki Room!

Mickey Fix is ready to celebrate the Enchanted Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary with these awesome Tiki Mugs!

Adventures in Beer shares some mouth-watering pics of the “Drunken Donuts” at Territory Lounge!

WESH highlights awesome desserts found at Walt Disney World. Written by yours truly! ;-)

Changing Latitudesreviews Tutto Gusto in Epcot’s Italy pavilion.

SBWire announces the 3rd Annual Gluten Free Award Winners and Disney World gets top honors for vacation destination!

Main Street Gazette reviews some yummo sliders at River Roost Lounge!

Disney by Mark shares some history of the Harbor Galley in Disneyland.

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