Review: Disney’s Aulani Loco Mocos

I’m back from my first visit to Hawaii with, of course, a visit to Aulani, Disney’s outpost in the Aloha state. Since it was my first visit, I was particularly excited to explore Hawaii’s unique culture.

Aulani View

Aulani View

During our initial morning on site, we chose to have breakfast at Ama Ama, the more upscale of the resort’s table service restaurants.

Ama Ama breakfast menu.

Ama Ama breakfast menu.

The rest of the family chose to eat traditional American style food: pancakes, scrambled eggs, and French toast (can I call French toast American? :-)). But I chatted with the server, a native Hawaiian, and asked what the most traditional local dish was. She responded, “Loco Moco,” and told me that the Ama Ama version was excellent. So Loco Moco it was!

For those of you not in the know, a Loco Moco consists of rice, topped by a hamburger patty, topped by a fried egg, topped by a brown, usually onion or mushroom based, gravy.

Here’s the Ama Ama Loco Moco. (Try saying that five times fast.)


I loved the way the semi-cooked yolk and gravy oozed into [Read more…]

Review: Cabana Eats at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawai’i

I’m back from a recent trip to Aulani, Disney’s vacation outpost in Hawaii. I am already itching to return – that place was magnifico!

Part of what made it even more over-the-top great was that we had access to a private poolside cabana. Score!

Our cabana!

Our cabana!

We had comfy reserved chairs, a fan, a stereo, a TV (’cause hubby wanted to check in on the football games between swims), water bottles, a constant supply of fresh towels, a mini fridge, and of course, an ever-attentive attendant to keep us supplied with drinks and snacks. Naturally, it’s that drinks and snacks part I want to talk about.

We arrived at the cabana at about 9:30, after a big character buffet breakfast, so we weren’t immediately ready to eat. And then magically, as if Mickey himself knew the peckishness was imminent, a complimentary fruit plate arrived.


Check out all the tropically goodness: orange, mango, grapes, papaya, dragon fruit, starfruit, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, passion fruit, pineapple, edible orchids, and [Read more…]

Shave Ice + T-Shirt at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawai’i!

Ah… couldn’t you use a trip to Hawai’i right about now?? Yeah. Me, too.

Well, today we’re gonna come pretty close by venturing virtually to Hawai’i courtesy of my awesome friend Eric! It’s time to talk shave ice at Disney’s Aulani Resort!

Eric recently spent a vacation at Aulani on Oahu, and indulged in this yummo shaved ice with condensed milk and ice cream! The syrups are pineapple and cherry flavored…

Shaved ice.

He also sent over a pic of a fun Disney food-themed shirt found at Aulani! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Kalua Pork Sliders

Many a wish came true when the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth menus were announced this year with the popular Kalua Pork Slider back at the Hawaii kiosk!

Once the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins on September 28th, you’ll be able to down as many of these as your wristlet gift card can handle!

Hawaii Booth at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

But in the meantime — and while we’re counting down to this year’s festival — we’ve got the recipe for what’s officially called “Kalua Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise!” Who’s ready for dinner? ;-)

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts soon, and you know our advice: plan, plan, plan. Check out our preview of the Festival, including World Showcase booth menus food photos here!

Want to get even more information? Take advantage of our Grand Launch sale on the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Details here!

Kalua Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

Makes approximately 15 Sliders
Kalua Pork Ingredients:
1 (4-pound) boneless pork shoulder (also called boneless pork butt)
1 large organic banana leaf, cut in half widthwise (optional)
Coarse salt and freshly ground [Read more…]

Guest Review: Epcot Food and “More Than Just” Wine Festival

As we all gear up for the 2012 Food and Wine Festival, welcome Heather Jones with a fun exploration through last year’s events!

I was so excited to experience the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for the first time. But I was thinking that Disney might be doing the festival a disservice by calling it “Food and Wine,” because there are so many more drink choices than just wine.

Don’t get me wrong I love a nice chilled Chardonnay or a spicy Shiraz. But there’s also a huge variety of beer, cocktails, and sake to be had as well. I guess they can’t call it the “Food and Booze Festival.” That wouldn’t sound very Disney!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Signage

Beer Review

Let’s start with some beer, shall we? Our first stop was the brand new Hawaii booth for the Kalua Pork Slider and the Tuna Poke along with a Kona Longboard and a Pipeline beer.

Kalua Pork Slider

Tuna Poke

The Pipeline is dark and flavorful porter (I just love a dark beer!) and the Longboard is a tasty, light lager that paired well with the Poke.

Kona Long board and Pipeline Beer

Another favorite beer for me was the [Read more…]

Guest Review: ‘Ama ‘Ama Lunch at Disney’s Aulani Resort

Aloha to guest author Anderson Dun! A native of Hawai’i currently living in Arizona, he brings us a delicious review of ‘Ama ‘Ama at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawai’i. Let’s hear it from an expert!

While I didn’t have a chance to stay there, I just knew that I had to visit the Disney resort and have a meal there during my trip home to Hawai’i. I thought about eating at Makahiki buffet, but after reading some good reviews of lunch at ‘Ama ‘Ama, I decided to try it out.


Pre-Lunch Visit to Off the Hook Pool Bar

When we first arrived at 11:10 AM, my mom and I were told that they were closed and didn’t have any openings until 12:45 PM. I was a bit surprised, but we took the time to wander about the resort.

The first thing we did was head next door to the Off the Hook Pool Bar. The pool bar is right next to the restaurant and offers food and drinks, but of course, we were [Read more…]

Guest Review: Aulani Eats and Off-Site Treats

in front of the Lava Shack

Join us in welcoming guest author Beth Osborn with a tour of Eats at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa in Oahu. We’ve also got some great tips about eating at non-Disney spots around the resort! Brace yourselves — there’s Dole Whip, Shave Ice, Plate Lunch, and more — ahead! Don’t forget to check out Aulani restaurant info and menus here.

Arriving to Aulani on October 15, my husband Kev and I selected familiar WDW items — refillable mugs! We purchased purple and blue refillable mugs, which have an Aulani design that matches the beige wallpaper in the halls of the hotel. Red and green options were also available.

Even though the mugs are more expensive at Aulani, we felt we got our money’s worth at $18.99 each over the week we were there.

‘Ama ‘Ama Restaurant at Aulani

We had dinner at Ama Ama — Kev’s salt crusted fish was like nothing we’d ever seen before, with a completely removable crust. He said it was very moist.

Salt Encrusted Fish from Ama Ama

I had the French Maui onion soup and a tomato and cheese salad (two appetizers instead of an entree). Both were excellent.

French Onion Soup and the Tomato Salad from Ama Ama

Makahiki Restaurant and Rip Swirl at Aulani

We had a character breakfast at Makahiki with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy. I wasn’t as excited about the buffet as some at Disney World, but I did enjoy the [Read more…]

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Prices and Vegetarian Info Starting to Appear

Great news on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival front!

We’re thrilled to see the Marketplace booth menus (with prices!) being posted on the actual booths! Not all of the menus are posted, yet, but we found a few to share with you today! Here’s an example of what the menus look like when they’re posted on the booths.

2011 Hawaii booth menu

Hawaii World Showcase Booth Menu 2011

These menus fill in the gaps about prices for the booth items, what’s vegetarian, and what items you’ll be able to purchase with snack credits this year! Now, you’ll know how much to budget for sipping and eating around World Showcase.

Updated Booth Menus with 2011 Pricing

The following booth menus have been posted in the World Showcase so far this year. Click on the links to see the full menu with pricing, vegetarian items, and snack credit listings.

South Korea

To see all of the marketplace booths being offered at this year’s festival, go to our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menus Page.

Watch for more updates this week as we track down the latest Food and Wine news, and see our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival pages for all of the details and latest news!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 18, 2011

2011 Hawaii Booth

We’re counting the days until the Epcot Food and Wine Festival officially opens!

Come see us at WDW Foodie Fest at the Beach Club on October 2nd between 11am-1pm!

Latest Disney Food News

WDW Foodie Fest — Two Weeks Away!

Do you enjoy food? Meeting with other Disney Food Fans? Scavenger hunts? Games? Stop by our WDW Foodie Fest events happening throughout the week from October 2-8!

Our Main Event, open to everyone, FREE, and serving Mickey Bars and other snacks, happens on October 2, 2011! See the schedule of events here!

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Reviews

We’re honored that our newest Mini-Guide is getting such positive reviews! Thanks to Magical Kingdoms for this quote!

Whether you’ve visited the Food and Wine Festival before or not, you’ll find useful information in this mini guide. …[The] format means it’s perfect for reading on the go, and taking with you to the parks for instant reference whilst at the Food & Wine Festival. …The guide is simply bursting with information and tips to help you get the most from the Food & Wine Festival.

Read the full review here! Thanks again to Magical Kingdoms!

And Now…On to the Round-Up!

WDW for Grown-ups asked their readers to chime in on their “can’t miss” Disney restaurants! Is yours included??

A Wedding Cake Blog gives us a dose of adorableness with this Mickie and Minnie cake topper!

Disney Hipster Blog inspires a new way to drink around World Showcase — introducing the Epcot Shandy!

Main Street Gazette does an awesome and thorough review of the Liberty Inn vegetable burger! Looks yum.

Epcyclopedia notes that Splitsville, the new bowling/dining/entertainment center in Downtown Disney, will begin construction soon!

Daydreaming Disney! shares how her WDW food passion was inspired by the Disney Food Blog! (Thanks, Emma!)

Disney Parks Blog highlights a new dining experience at House of Blues in Disneyland!

First Look: New Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths Are Up

The International Marketplace booths are being installed around World Showcase for the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

We’re adding the new booth photos to our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus pages as we get photos of them, so feel free to check them out while you’re planning your culinary trip around the World Showcase!

This Year’s New World Showcase Booths


The Portugal booth is the place to go for calamari this year; and don’t forget that there will be a wine bar right next door to this booth!

I love the tiled sign!

2011 Portugal Booth


Aloha! No plans to see Aulani any time soon? Then stop by the Hawaii booth in Epcot for Tuna Poke! Note the thatched roof and lava-rock walls on [Read more…]