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


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!


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…]

Guest Review: Lunch at Via Napoli in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Today, we’re traveling to Epcot’s Italy Pavilion for lunch at Via Napoli in this guest review by Julie B.!

Buongiorni a tutti! I want to tell you about one of my favorite places for lunch in all of Disney World: Via Napoli, located in the Italy pavilion of World Showcase.

Via Napoli is a relatively recent addition to the dining options of Epcot (and part of a major restaurant overhaul in Italy’s pavilion over the past few years).

This pizzeria doesn’t disappoint when enlightening diners with the true wonders of Neapolitan pizza.

Via Napoli!


The first thing you should know about Via Napoli is that it’s huge, and I mean HUGE! When you walk into the main dining room you’ll notice that it’s very wide but also features sky-high ceilings. This does create a lot of echoing, so Via Napoli is not the best place to come for an intimate meal (but it’s great if you’ve got kids who need to blow off some steam).

The large dining room.

A benefit of those high ceilings is that they have large windows and allow the room to be bathed in natural light. It’s one of the main reasons I love to dine here for lunch instead of dinner.

Another one of my favorite parts of the restaurant’s large size is the center table that stretches across the whole room. If you’re seated at this table, you’ll be [Read more…]

New! Le Cellier Light-Up Menus in Disney World!

OK, I gotta tell you about this! We heard about another interesting update to the Le Cellier menus in Disney World’s Epcot and had to check it out!

We reported recently on the fact that Le Cellier has now gone to an all-day menu — but guests will have another surprise to explore when they arrive!

Here’s the new light-up menu!

This is a great option for darker restaurants like Le Cellier — the perfect way to see your menu with out eye strain. The menu itself is lit from behind! Here’s the menu — dark — just as you’re opening it…

…and here it is as it lights up automatically when you open it all the [Read more…]

News! Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Booths Are Arriving (And the Menu Has Been Updated)!

Epcot is starting to bloom for this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, which will be held March 6-May 19th! And we’ve UPDATED OUR FULL MENU!!!

And we’ve just updated our FULL Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menu available at this year’s festival.

Don’t forget to check out the FOOD PHOTOS featuring some of the goodies that can be found at the TWELVE specialty food marketplaces this year!

The Epcot Flower and Garden festival menu items are sure to be crowd-pleasers, and we’re excited to see the food booths and topiaries already popping up around the Showcase…

2013 Cinderella Topiary at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Many of these booths — OK, ALL of the booths — are going to look very familiar to those of us who attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

In Mexico, we’re headed for a margarita along with some yummy tacos. What will you try? The Jardin De Fiestas Mexico booth will offer: Crab Tostadas with Chipotle Aioli and Valentina Salsa: Pork Tacos served over flour tortilla and topped with Cactus leaves, Tamarind and [Read more…]