Spotted: New Food Items Available in Epcot’s Canada and UK Pavilions

One of my favorite activities in Walt Disney World is to wander around the World Showcase and check out what’s new.

While I always love old favorites, like Pocky and my beloved Fruit Gums, it’s definitely fun to stumble across a brand new display and get all excited about what I find. New or new-to-me — it’s all good!

Dueling Earths in the World Showcase

On a recent trip that just happened to coincide with the holidays, I found several fun new snack items that I wanted to show you. I’m thinking Picnic Around the World! Who’s with me?

Canada Pavilion

O, Canada! You can always surprise me.

We will keep dreaming of the day that you come into your own, but in the meantime, I’m going to grab some Covered Bridge Potato Chips and snack away. I’ll have one Ketchup-Flavored and one Sweet Potato, please! Oh, and a Montreal Steak Seasoning, too! (Ok. I’ll share a few.)

Chips from Epcot's Canada Pavilion

These are definitely going on our World Showcase picnic!

It is interesting to note that all of the snacks I found in the Canada Pavilion shops, such as chips and maple sugar candies, are pretty pricey. They’re especially expensive compared to the treats in other lands. Hmmm…

UK Pavilion

Being an obsessive tea drinker, I’m all about The Tea Caddy in the UK Pavilion. But another great thing about this shop: you can find lots of different candies and snacks here as well.

On the wall across from the register, we found another entry into the potato chip category: Yorkshire Crisps. These would def satisfy my crunchy-salty craving right now.

Yorkshire Crisps

And just in case you’re caught [Read more…]

News! Epcot France Ice Cream and Sorbet Shop, L’Artisan des Glaces, Opens in June!

DFB Readers will remember when we broke the news waaaay back in August 2012 that a new ice cream parlor was coming to Epcot’s France! Well now we have even more info on this!

L’Artisan des Glaces will be opening its doors in mid-June. This “artisan ice cream and sorbet shop” will feature 16 flavors of creamy, chilly goodness — and all flavors will be made in-house with fresh ingredients!

Even better — if you’re “Drinking Around the World,” be sure to ask for your sorbet or ice cream with [Read more…]

Confirmed! Spice Road Table Restaurant To Open in Epcot’s Morocco!

Many of you will remember when in 2012 Disney Food Blog shared exclusive details about a new restaurant coming to Epcot’s Morocco pavilion in Walt Disney World! Yesterday, Disney confirmed that the restaurant will be opening in 2013!

The name has changed since we reported the story, but the details have not! Here’s a recap of what you can expect at the new waterfront restaurant — Spice Road Table — in Epcot later this year…

Morocco Pavilion Waterfront along World Showcase Lagoon Will Soon Be Home to a New Restaurant

Spice Road Table Restaurant

Please note that these are exclusive details from the operator of Disney World’s Morocco pavilion restaurants about the restaurant!

Breaking ground this year, the Spice Road Table Restaurant will join Restaurant Marrakesh and Tangierine Cafe to offer authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine in one of Epcot’s most exotic pavilions.

The new restaurant will combine 120 outdoor terrace seats with 60 indoor seats to offer guests a new option for dining in the World Showcase (and another amazing view of Epcot’s Illuminations fireworks show).

Looks Like Spice Road Table Guests Would Have a Great View of Illuminations

Spice Road Table Menu

The food and drink offerings were described to me as a “Food and Wine Festival all year round.” The menu will include [Read more…]

Fun Find: Limited Edition Beer Steins in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

Time for another fun tour of the awesomeness that is Epcot’s World Showcase! I like shopping there almost as much as riding Soarin’! Today, we’re checking out more fun finds at one of my favorite stops on the trip around the World — the Germany Pavilion.

Limited Edition Beer Steins

As I headed back through the shops in Germany, I didn’t have to go very far before I found two different limited edition Disney and Epcot Beer Steins.

Front and Back of First Stein

Resplendent in the colors of the German flag, the first stein depicts Disney characters against the background of the Germany Pavilion itself!

The design includes Mickey, Donald, and Goofy all dressed in lederhosen and playing instruments. The image is straight out of Oktoberfest!

Close Up of Mickey on First Stein

Check out Donald’s cheeks! I didn’t know ducks HAD cheeks.

Close Up of Donald on First Stein

The second stein features [Read more…]

Private Epcot Illuminations Dessert Party: More Tickets Available!

Great news for those headed to Disney World soon! Due to popular demand, we’ve added another block of tickets for our DFB SNACK ATTACK Private Illuminations Dessert Party in Epcot on April 8th, 2013! Scroll down and click the ticket button to snag your tix today! :-)

About Snack Attack

Snack Attack is a private, VIP Dessert Party during Epcot’s Fireworks show — IllumiNations! It features an all-you-care-to-eat menu full of our favorite Walt Disney World snacks — all in one place AND an incredible, private view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot! Click here to read more about this event!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

The massive snack buffet features classic Disney Food Blog favorites including…

Eats from the October 2012 Snack Attack!

Starring Rolls’ Butterfinger Cupcakes

Classic Disney Popcorn

Animal Kingdom Lodge Zebra Domes

Mickey Ice Cream Bars

Norway’s School Bread

Writer’s Stop’s Carrot Cake Cookies

Boardwalk Bakery’s Cheesecake Brownies

Starring Rolls’ Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes

And MORE!

Carrot Cake Cookies from Disney's Hollywood Studios at 2011 Snack Attack

While Snack Attack ticket-holders will certainly appreciate the one-of-a-kind menu, you’ll also be able to relax and enjoy a VIP view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Epcot’s outstanding fireworks spectacular!

How to Buy Tickets

Here are the details! Click the ticket button below [Read more…]

Snack Series: Key Lime Tart at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons

There are plenty of well-loved spots to eat all over Walt Disney World. (Don’t I know it!) But one spot that we love — and you do too, judging from your reviews, emails, and comments — is Sunshine Seasons in Epcot.

So recently, after a trip Soarin’ over California, ;-) I stopped by there for a bite to eat, and found a little snack that I can’t wait to share with you!

If you aren’t familiar with Sunshine Seasons, you need to be! It’s a huge counter service spot located on the first floor within The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. Set up as a food court, there are countless freshly made and interesting food options featured everyday at the various stations, plus many more grab n’ go desserts and snacks.

Epcot's Sunshine Seasons

I’d heard a lot from readers about the Key Lime Tart here, and I was looking forward to trying it. Overall, you’ve got a subtantial graham cracker crust filled with key lime filling and topped with toasted meringue.

Key Lime Tart

When I [Read more…]

NEW! Peach Cobbler at Epcot’s Liberty Inn

There is so much going on with in Epcot right now with incredible food! With the Flower and Garden Festival off to a strong start (don’t forget to read our full review of all of the food here!), I think it’s going to be a great Spring at Disney World!

And now we get to tell you about a brand new dessert offering at Liberty Inn in the America Pavilion — Peach Cobbler! But this isn’t just a random new dessert. This cobbler has a story.

It’s a recipe inspired by Mrs. Fisher’s Cookbook, the first African-American Cookbook, published in 1881. The book is part of the Kinsey Collection, an exhibit celebrating African-American art and history, which recently opened in the America Pavilion in World Showcase.

Sign for Peach Cobbler at the Ordering Area

Love the idea and want to see more recipes? You can actually pick up a copy of the book yourself! But now, onto the Cobbler!

Peach Cobbler

The cobbler is baked into the standard Disney counter service disposable black bowl. A word about cobblers: the term encompasses lots of different styles. Some prefer a crumb topping, while others favor a biscuit. Still others make cobblers that resemble pies with pastry shells top and bottom.

While the book speaks to a pie-like creation, this cobbler falls firmly into the crumble category.

Peach Cobbler

Close up, you can see the crumb topping of butter, flour, sugar, oatmeal, and spices, that bakes together to form a [Read more…]

Review: “Extreme” Japanese Candy in Epcot! (Or, How I Ruined the Hotel Pipes With Pop Rocks)

Just about every veteran Disney World visitor knows to block off at least 30 minutes to wander around the black hole of awesomeness that is Mitsukoshi Department Store in Epcot’s Japan pavilion, right?

Mitsukoshi - Exterior of Store

In addition to everything else under the sun — from plush toys to bamboo to coffee mugs — Mitsukoshi offers a plethora of Japanese packaged food items!

Back in December, our fearless guest author Galloping Gourmand (a.k.a. Eric) wrote up a rad review of some more unique Japanese eats found at the store. And we all love indulging in some Pocky now and again.

But the last time I was there (spending my allotted time wandering through kimonos and Hello Kitty paraphernalia), I picked up a couple of appealing-looking packets of “extreme” candy to sample for you! :-)

Japanese Pop Rocks

The first thing I couldn’t wait to try for this “extreme” candy session was a Japanese version of Pop Rocks!

I originally picked these up to give to Heather‘s kids, but decided that you guys would totally want to experience what would obviously be a truly incredible candy adventure. So I’m doing a review instead. ;-)

Japanese Pop Rocks

For those who haven’t seen Pop Rocks before, they’re basically tiny crystals of candy that have been exposed to carbon dioxide at high pressure and allowed to cool. As a result, when they come into contact with liquid, the carbon dioxide is released making the candy pop and sizzle.

Contrary to popular belief (why?!?), nobody has actually died by eating Pop Rocks and drinking carbonated beverages (I know you were wondering). ;-)

Back of Japanese Pop Rocks

On my excursion, I picked up the Grape version and the Cola version. At least that’s what I understood them to be by looking at the excited pictures on the packets!

The packets contained the pop rocks crystals as well as little pastel candies. The pastel candies weren’t “poppy,” so I’m guessing there were there for an added sweetness? Upon trying the Pop Rocks, there were just as I’d remembered them from my kid-hood: fun and explosive without too much flavor. ;-)

Close Up Look at Contents of Japanese Pop Rocks Packets

BUT, here’s a word to the wise…

If you do have a packet of Pop Rocks (Japanese or otherwise) that you’re reviewing for a food blog about 5 minutes before you have to be checked out of your hotel room and the housekeeper is knocking on your door telling you she has to get the room ready for the next occupant, do not…I repeat DO NOT [Read more…]

FULL Review: 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Pictures, Booths, Menus, and Prices!

Whew!! We’ve been goin’ all day to report on the brand new food and beverage marketplaces at the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!!

We’ve got ALL the photos and reviews below, but overall — these food booths are a hit! In fact, those festival planners have outdone themselves and have given the Epcot Food and Wine Festival a run for its money!!

Let’s take a look at nearly everything you can try at the Flower and Garden Festival this year…

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food and Beverage Marketplaces

Here are the marketplaces, menus, prices, FOOD PHOTOS, and reviews!!

THE COTTAGE: Savories, Trifles and Tea

– United Kingdom

  • Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream
  • Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney**
  • Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil**
  • Chocolate Trifle
  • Berry Trifle
  • Ginger and Tea Trifle
  • Trio of Trifles
  • Hot Teas (Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Lemon Green Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, Spiced Apple Chai, Pumpkin Chai, Mixed Berry Black Tea, Pomegranate and Raspberry, Camomile Honey & Vanilla, Honeybush, Mandarin and Orange, Pure Peppermint, Lemon & Ginger)
  • Peach Cold Brewed Iced Tea
  • Mixed Berries Cold Brewed Iced Tea
  • Poema Cava Brut Rosé
  • Chilled Rose Blush Lemonade – Non alcoholic

The Cottage UK Booth

The Cottage UK Booth Menu

The Baked Goat’s Brie is good, but doesn’t pack as much of a cheese punch as we wish it did! The Kumquat Chutney is like a tangy marmalade!

Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney

The Biscuit and Salmon is a delicious dish! The tartare is fresh with lemon and dill, and the still-warm biscuit was a nice touch.

Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream

This salad offered very fresh and full-flavored tri-colored tomatoes!

Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil

The trifles are available individually, or as a trio as seen here. Each offers about two bites, and our favorite was the green tea!

Trio of Trifles -- chocolate, berry, and ginger tea

BAUERNMARKT: Farmer’s Market

– Adjacent to Germany

  • Savory Bread Pudding with Spring Peas and Wild Mushroom Ragout
  • German Meatloaf Sandwich with Sweet Mustard and Fried Shallots
  • Potato Pancakes with house made Apple Sauce**
  • Florida Avenue American Wheat Ale
  • Krombacher Hefeweizen
  • Goose Island Brewing Company’s Honker Ale
  • Blue Point’s Toasted Lager
  • Beer Flight
  • Hugo – Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint

Germany Farmers Market Booth

Germany Farmers Market Menu

The meatloaf sandwich is much more of a “ham” loaf, actually! ;-) The breaded shallots are a [Read more…]

Review: Monsieur Paul in Epcot’s France Pavilion

Today, we have a real treat for you!

Monsieur Paul Restauarant in Epcot's France Pavilion

We are heading through the unassuming door and up the fabled staircase above Epcot’s Les Chefs de France to savor a meal at the newly revamped Monsieur Paul Restaurant!

Located in the France Pavilion within Epcot, Monsieur Paul was formerly Bistro de Paris. When the signature restaurant underwent refurbishment last year, it received a new name, honoring the life and legacy of legendary chef and owner Paul Bocuse.

But what else had changed? We were curious as well. And so, armed with a camera, my notebook, and an appetite, I recently made my way through the double doors to bring the story to you.

This is going to be a long one (over 50 photos!!), so settle in for a culinary journey!

Atmosphere

As you poke around the France Pavilion and see glasses of wine and glaces for sale, you’ll encounter this sign letting you know of your (less obvious) dining options.

External Sign Showing France Pavilion Restaurants

And it’s a good thing! Because unless you know it’s there, it would be pretty easy to pass right by the entrance for Monsieur Paul, which is actually tucked back into the pavilion, wrapped behind the more prominent Les Chefs de France.

Monsieur Paul Menu Plaque

With its crisp awning cover and double doors, it blends in as just another part of the authentic themeing in the pavilion — which nearly convinces you that you’re in Paris.

Monsieur Paul -- Outside

Just like high-end restaurants that are hidden to all but those who have been let in on the secret, you won’t see any flashy signs hanging over the door. Instead, you’ll simply catch a glimpse (if you’re really looking for it) of [Read more…]