News: Peaches and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich Debuts at L’artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion

More seasonal creations out of of L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France!

You know the drill… just think of the Pumpkin SpicePeppermint, and Strawberries and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches (not to mention the red, white, and blue version of the Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich that makes its way around in time for Bastille Day in July) that ring in the flavors — and even colors — of the corresponding holiday or season.

And with (technically) two months of summer left, it’s a great time to enjoy the new Peaches & Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich that just hit the scene.

Housemade Vanilla Ice Cream tucked into a peach macaron…

Peach Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Peach Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Now that doesn’t sound like a bad way to celebrate all that’s left of summer at all, does it? [Read more…]

Epcot’s L’Artisan des Glaces Celebrates its Second Anniversary with New Flavors and Sundaes!

Happy Second Anniversary, L’Artisan des Glaces!

From the moment the doors opened two years ago in the former spot of Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavilion, it was clear L’Artisan des Glaces was not your typical ice cream stop.

The Boulangerie relocated to a larger space, and L’Artisan des Glaces began to carve its own unique niche in the Disney dining scene almost immediately upon its debut.

So, what made the arrival of this little shop so special?

First of all, every single one of the 16 flavors of ice cream and sorbet was — and still is — made in-house.

L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France Pavilion

L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion

Opening Day L'Artisan des Glaces Flavors

Opening Day L’Artisan des Glaces Flavors

L'artisan des Glaces ice cream case

L’artisan des Glaces ice cream case

And second? The shop began to introduce some incredible and unique ice cream confections that we’d never seen the likes of before in Walt Disney World!

As we wish L’Artisan a huge Happy Birthday and Bon Anniversaire, we wanted to take a peek at just a few of these creations that are now a part of the eating scene in Epcot!

Ice Cream Martinis

Thanks to the addition of L’Artisan, Epcot guests 21 and over suddenly had the option of pairing their ice cream flavor of choice with…BOOZE! Grand Marnier, Clement Rhum from Martinique, or Whipped Cream flavored Vodka could be added to create their own gorgeous Ice Cream Martini.

Ice Cream Martini from L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France Pavilion

Ice Cream Martini

Between this and the rich, creamy homemade ice cream, L’Artisan started earning its terrific reputation from the get-go. Refusing, however, to rest on their laurels, the ice cream artists have continued to change things up and crank out surprises year-round.

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches

Additional treats began to appear later in 2013, starting with the Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. This decadent snack is a scoop of chocolate ice cream sandwiched inside a large, crisp-on-the-outside, chewy on the inside chocolate macaron cookie.

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

While you can still get the Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream sandwich any time of year, new versions of this treat began [Read more…]

Spotted: New Macaron Merchandise in Epcot’s France Pavilion

So, remember last fall, when we scoped out the Macaron-themed merchandise in Epcot’s France Pavilion? Well, there are some new macaron souvenirs dedicated to this classic French cookie. So, if you’re not able to pop into Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie or enjoy the latest macaron filled with house made ice cream at L’artisan des Glaces,  these finds will still help you proclaim your love for these colorful and tasty treats!

Macarons from Les Halles

Macarons from Les Halles

Box of Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

Box of Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

Simultaneously celebrating macarons and Epcot’s World Showcase (specifically the France Pavilion), as well as the Main Mouse, this line differs from the previous by featuring more animated graphics in pastels.

Macaron merchandise display

Macaron merchandise display

Another difference is the location. The previous collection had a display in the merchandise area connected to Les Halles. The new collection can be found at L’Esprit de la Provence shop, just to the right as you enter the back of the pavilion.

L'Esprit de la Provence

L’Esprit de la Provence

The girls and women’s shirts feature a simple “I Love Paris” sentiment.

I Love Paris t-shirt

I Love Paris t-shirt

I Love Paris t-shirt

I Love Paris t-shirt

I Love Paris design

I Love Paris design

“Bon appétit!” is the phrase that graces the apron, keychain, coasters, and [Read more…]

Sneak Peek! Ice Pop Frozen Cocktail Coming to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

It is less than one month until Epcot officially welcomes Spring with the 2015 Flower & Garden Festival beginning on March 4, 2015!

Disney Food Blog Epcot Flower and Garden Festival (2)

Even among all the gorgeous topiaries and fun Garden Rocks Concert Series, what we at the DFB look forward to most is the Outdoor Kitchens. They’re similar to the Marketplace Booths at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, offering plates and sips in appetizer portions allowing you to sample a wide variety of flavors throughout your World Showcase stroll.

And today, thanks to the twitter feed of L’artisan des Glaces, we’ve got a glimpse of a new offering coming to the Outdoor Kitchen in France: the Ice Pop Frozen Cocktail!

Ice Pop Frozen Cocktail © L'artisan des Glaces

Ice Pop Frozen Cocktail © L’artisan des Glaces

It’s Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, vodka, and iced tea. While [Read more…]

News! Strawberries and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich Debuts in Epcot’s France

We love seeing all the beautiful and delicious ways that L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion celebrates the changing seasons!

And starting TODAY, they’re offering another Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich to entice us in for a visit.

Strawberries and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

If you don’t call Florida home, then you may not be aware that January ushers in a very important and exciting time: it’s the beginning of Florida Strawberry Season!

You’ll find bumper crops of strawberries in Florida markets this time of year. And if you visit Disney World from January to May, you’ll probably notice lots of strawberries on the menus in your favorite restaurants.

But surely, L’Artisan des Glaces is offering one of the most enticing examples of a strawberry special in all the World — the Strawberries and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich.

Strawberries and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Strawberries and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

To make the sweet little treat, they layer scoops of the housemade Vanilla Ice Cream and Strawberry Sorbet between layers of pink Strawberry Macarons. Looks awesome, right?

If you love strawberries as much as we do, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this latest L’Artisan des Glaces seasonal creation.

But hurry — they’re [Read more…]

Fun Find: Macaron Merch in Epcot’s France Pavilion

We’re big fans of Macarons around here. These wonderful little pastries are so, so addictive; and recently they’ve started popping up in Disneyland and Disney World, including Patisserie Boulangerie Les Halles.

Box of Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

Box of Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream and Sorbet Shop next door even features an Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich made with them!

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream
Sandwich from L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream and Sorbet Shop

And judging from your comments, you love them, too! So Disney’s giving guests even more opportunity to show their Macaron Fandom with Macaron Merch in the gift shop right outside of Les Halles!

Macaron-Themed Merchandise in Epcot’s France Pavilion

These are perfect for pastry lovers…

Macaron Merch Display in Epcot's France Pavilion!

Macaron Merch Display in Epcot’s France Pavilion!

Leaning Tower of Macarons T Shirt

Leaning Tower of Macarons T Shirt

The little [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: French Regional Lunch

Bonjour! We are taking a tour today of the Culinary Capital of the World — France — as we continue to gear up for the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Okay…well, that may be a little overkill. But there’s no denying that French food is something special.

food and wine festival logo

And we were very glad to hear that French Regional Lunches — aka Frunches — would return once more as part of the festival’s line up of Special Events last year after taking a hiatus in 2012.

And they are back again in 2014! Woo!!!

As we prepare for this year’s festival to kick off on September 19, let’s sit down to a French Regional Lunch from 2013.

Join me, won’t you?

Atmosphere

They’ve made the entrance door a little less secret-looking, but the entrance to Monsieur Paul is still a bit on the understated side. Head for Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie and L’Artisan des Glaces, but make a sharp left at the awning. And you’ve arrived!

Monsieur Paul Entrance

Monsieur Paul Entrance

Step inside and you’re greeted by a small waiting area and this elegant winding staircase that takes you up to the second-floor restaurant. (There’s also an elevator if you prefer.)

Staircase in lobby leading up to restaurant Monsieur Paul

That Gorgeous Staircase!

Monsieur Paul is normally only open for dinner service, so it’s a real treat to enjoy lunch here in the recently renovated dining room. During the day, the natural light flooding through the uncovered windows lightens up the formal setting considerably. It’s a nice combination.

There is no assigned seating, so arrive early if you have your heart set on a certain area of the restaurant. Tables are set close together, so it pays to be of a social frame of mind. :-) Most of the time, people respect it if you would rather not chat with strangers. Don’t let this aspect of the experience keep you away. (And, honestly, after the fourth glass of wine, nobody’s a stranger anymore.)

Atmosphere and Seating Arrangement

Atmosphere and Seating Arrangement

You’ll notice in the photo above that there is a “host” for the luncheon. That’s because each luncheon is themed to a different region of France, and wines are paired to complement the flavors of each dish. A principle from a winery will guide you through each course and pairing.

And speaking of wine, there will be lots of it. My advice? Pace yourself. ;-)

Table Setting with Wine Glasses

Table Setting with Wine Glasses

I’m excited to show you the menu — let’s get started.

French Regional Lunch at Monsieur Paul

To me, the most interesting part of the French Regional Lunches is that they are just that — about different regions. Each week, they highlight a different region in France. During my luncheon, we were headed to Bordeaux!

Menu for the French Regional Lunch -- Click to Enlarge

Menu for the French Regional Lunch — Click to Enlarge

Our first wine was poured quickly after we were seated. The light-bodied Château Bonnet White Bordeaux was the perfect aperitif wine. It was excellent to sip on its own, but the crisp finish also paired well with our beginning dish, which was very rich.

Chateau Bonnet White Bordeaux

Château Bonnet White Bordeaux

Speaking of, our lunch began with an Amuse Bouche. The creamy dish reminded me of a savory creme brulee, if that makes any sense. No sweetness, but the same rich consistency, with the earthiness of mushrooms.

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche

The peppery Arugula on top contrasted nicely with the creamy custard in the small starter. It certainly did its work — we were excited to see what would be next.

Amuse Bouche -- Inside

Amuse Bouche — Inside

Fresh Demi Baguettes arrived to the table next, baked in the ovens of Les Halles below. I’m a big ol’ fan of bread fresh from the oven, and they do it perfectly here.

Fresh Baguette

Fresh Baguette

Our next wine was poured in anticipation of our first course. I thought the Château Bonnet Rosé was the perfect segue from the light white we started with into the heavier dishes that would be coming.

Chateau Bonnet Rose

Château Bonnet Rosé

Our first course, Cassolette d’Escargot Cauderanaise — Escargot Cassolette with Bacon — was a twist on a classic. While [Read more…]

Review: NEW Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France

Being that it’s July – the month we celebrate America’s independence – it’s not surprising to find a little extra red, white, and blue around Disney World these days.

Fife and Drum Corps at the American Adventure Pavilion

Fife and Drum Corps at the American Adventure Pavilion

Fourth of July decorations at the American Adventure Pavilion

Fourth of July decorations at the American Adventure Pavilion

Red, White, and Blue flowers at the American Adventure Pavilion

Red, White, and Blue flowers at the American Adventure Pavilion

All-American Mickey!

All-American Mickey!

Of course, Americans aren’t the only ones who claim these colors in their flag. Among others, our friends in France do, too!

French flags

French flags

Still, you don’t really expect to see these colors incorporated together in your food, which is why I was so surprised to spot the new Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion, sporting the colors of the French flag!

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich sign

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich sign

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches in case

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches in case

I have to applaud the creativity of the chefs who came up with this treat. Check out the incredibly vivid red and blue making up each side of the macaron!

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich blue side up

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich red side up

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich blue side up

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich blue side up

Of course, those colors may make you question the flavor of the macaron surrounding the ice cream – it’s vanilla. Essentially, this is the vanilla version of this treat’s counterpart, the Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. In fact, the vanilla version comes to you in that same French “newspaper” wrapping.

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich in French "newspaper"

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich in French “newspaper”

If you’ve enjoyed the housemade ice cream at L’Artisan des Glaces, then you know how very creamy, dense, and decadent it is, and this is certainly true of the rich vanilla ice cream in the center of this sandwich.

Vanilla ice cream in center

Vanilla ice cream in center

The vanilla macaron surrounding the ice cream differs from the one surrounding the chocolate version in that [Read more…]

Review: A Lunch Stop at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France

Time to head to my favorite French bakery this side of Paris — Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie! (I know we’ve been here a lot lately, but there’s SO much to tell you about!)

The bakery relocated to the back of Epcot’s France Pavilion last year, and gained quite a bit of real estate in the process. And it’s a good thing — because it has continued to grow in popularity through the years.

Anyway, I sampled a pastry there last Fall that I’ve returned for time and time again…and it’s finally time to tell you about it! At first glance you might be unimpressed…but ohmigosh as soon as you try it you’ll be a convert! Let’s goooooo!

Atmosphere

If you haven’t meandered through the France Pavilion lately, you should! There have been some interesting changes to this corner of World Showcase.

Les Halles

Les Halles

The area that formerly housed the Boulangerie Patisserie is now L’Artisan des Glaces, home of some of the best ice cream you’ll taste in Walt Disney World.

And the back of the France Pavilion now houses Les Halles.

Les Halles

Les Halles

The move greatly expanded the ordering area, giving guests a little elbow room. But the cases are still mirror images of one another — pick either the right or the left, and you’ll see the same offerings.

Ordering Area

Ordering Area

One of the most popular things about the move has been the addition of some indoor seating. It’s not much and it’s usually hard to find a table on a busy day, though. Fortunately, you can still head back outside to dine at one of the small cafe tables in the open air, Paris-style. :-)

Les Halles Seating

Les Halles Seating

There are menu boards above that give you the rundown on what’s available. But the cool thing about Les Halles is that you can [Read more…]

Review: The New Café Glacé at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion

The creative minds behind the dishes coming out of L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion are at it again!

L'Artisan des Glaces Sign

Home to Ice Cream Martinis, Pressed Brioche Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches, L’Artisans has introduced another cold treat that’s perfect for the rising temps: the Café Glacé, an Iced Cappuccino with ice cream and whipped cream!

Cafe Glace Sign

Cafe Glace Sign

With the exception of the Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich (since there is no improving upon chocolate and chocolate ;) ), some of the fun behind the treats at L’Artisans is that they are customizable with your choice of 16 flavors of house-made ice cream and sorbet.

List of 16 Flavors

List of 16 Flavors

The same is true of the Café Glacé: pretty much the only dilemma here is picking your flavor. Even after I had placed my order and paid, I still wasn’t sure which scoop of ice cream to choose.

Ice Creams and Sorbets

Ice Creams and Sorbets

It was a tough call considering the options of White Chocolate Coconut and Hazelnut, but ultimately I went with the Caramel fleur del sel (salted caramel).

Cafe Glace

Cafe Glace

Caramel ice cream layered between coffee and whipped cream

Caramel ice cream layered between coffee and whipped cream

While the base of this beverage makes it what it is, you can’t ignore the [Read more…]