News! Chef Kevin Dundon from Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road Stars In New Cooking Show

Raglan Road fans will want to tune in to the new PBS Cooking Show, Modern Irish Food, starring Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon!

Yup! This Disney Chef has his own TV show! Awesome! Who says Disney World is just burgers and ice cream?

In case you haven’t been there, dining at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney Orlando is a consistently yummo experience. On the menu — contemporary Irish dishes such as Dalkey Duo Sausages, Bangers and Booz with Guinness Stew and Mashed potatoes, and Keen Eye for Shepherd’s Pie! Plus the best soups in the whole wide world.

AND — Kevin Dundon was my very first interview waaaaay back when I started DFB in 2009. He was so kind and generous with his time; a true blue kind of guy. So let’s support his superstardom and tune in!

Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food Show will air in Central Florida and on PBS stations across the United States. It’s been picked up by Create TV (part of the PBS family) for February 2014. Episodes will air at 2PM Saturdays on WUCF-TV in Central Florida through December 21, 2013.

With award-winning chef Kevin Dundon at the helm, this new television series will focus on Irish cuisine made with local herbs and veggies. Just like at Raglan Road, Dundon gives viewers a modern look at traditional Irish dishes.

Based on his new cookbook, Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food, the series will culminate with a “Christmas Made Easy” segment.

The show was filmed at Dundon’s four-star Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Cookery School and Spa, in Ireland. Check your local listings as episodes began airing October 26 in the Orlando area.

Kevin Dundon

Upcoming episodes include:

Nov. 16 – Fish, Hunt and Harvest: Kevin prepares smoked mackerel with a black currant Jus. Also: Skeaghanore duck breast with black cherries, pickled wild mushrooms, sautéed garlic potatoes and to finish, a spiced apple with Killowen yogurt.

Nov. 23 – Birds, Bass and Berries: Kevin creates a woodpigeon salad; whole roasted sea bass in a sea salt crust; crushed baby potatoes; and a sea vegetable salad. Finally, a fresh and tasty elderflower and gooseberry layered “fool” dessert.

Nov. 30 – Comfort Foods: Kevin presents [Read more…]

DIY Disney Recipe: Elderflower Cocktail

If you spend any time checking out the menus of Disney restaurants, you’ll notice that St. Germain Liqueur is popping up a lot these days!

And with good reason! St. Germain is a French liqueur that’s made from elderflowers. The delicate, sweet taste is very unique and seems to be taking Disney World by storm.

Elderflower Cocktail with Pansy Garnish at Raglan Road

We’ve recently had Elderflower Cocktails at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival (where it’s made with elderflower syrup) as well as for brunch at Raglan Road.

With flavors that remind me of grapefruit and honey, this liqueur makes for a lovely warm weather cocktail. So for a recent family gathering, we decided to give it a try!

St. Germain Cocktail, Three Ways

We opted for the small, 50 ml bottles of liqueur. Actually, the store was out of the larger bottles, or that’s the way that we would have gone! A little pricey, but sooo worth it.

The bottles [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 25, 2013

We’re finally in the know about the California Grill opening date!

New sushi options at California Grill!

Get ready to make your Advance Dining Reservations beginning August 26 (tomorrow!) for the restaurant’s September 9th opening date (and beyond)! We can’t wait to see the results of the restaurant’s renovations as well as sample new menu items!

Also, if your resort’s food court is an important element to your Disney World vacation, please review the news on the temporary closing of the All-Star Sports End Zone food court.

Don’t miss this week’s news. Time to catch up on your reading…

Disney Food News

Interesting and delicious news this week!

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 The Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney Orlando, Food of Life Event at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 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!

In our Reader Finds showcase this week — two new dessert options from Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom! Thanks to Reader Kaitlyn for sending in these gorgeous photos!

The first is a trio — a warm pecan cake with caramel sauce, a triple chocolate mousse, and a meyer lemon tart.

Dessert Trio at Cinderella's Royal Table!

And check out a new signature dessert: [Read more…]

Guest Review: Culinary Demos at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s time to start getting excited about the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Today, we’re whetting your whistle as guest reviewer @MealTrip joins us with mini-reviews from four culinary demos presented at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Read on and learn what to expect this year at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival culinary demos.

The Culinary Demonstrations held at the Festival Welcome Center (the old Wonders of Life Pavilion), provide a great gateway for those looking into any of the extra “pay to attend” events at the Food and Wine Festival. At $12 to $15 per person, per seminar, they really are one of the best values at the festival.

Festival Center - Outside View

A representative from the winery, a chef, and an interviewer are present during the experience to talk about the wine you’re sampling, and actually prepare a version of the dish in an on-stage kitchen. In most cases, there’s also time to get a few questions from the audience answered. (Okay, again for the realists out there, there’s a much larger kitchen behind the kitchen on stage, where your food is being prepared at the same time.)

While it is recommended that you reserve a spot early (booking begins on August 13th for everyone; August 9th for Tables in Wonderland and DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Annual Passholders), you can also check in at the Festival Center when the park opens to see what’s still available for the day.

Demo and Seminar Check In

On to the fun stuff, a recap of a few events from the first week of the 2012 festival…

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Culinary Demonstration

Details: Chef Cat Cora from Kouzzina – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Dish: Seared Shrimp with Spiced Hummus and Peppedew Relish. Wine: Brampton UnWooded Chardonnay.

We’ll start our little recap with the Iron Chef herself, Cat Cora.

Chef Cat Cora.

Chef Cora’s dish was [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 9, 2013

Disney parks are heating up for summer and we’re all about preparation here at DFB!!

A classic Mickey Premium Bar is sure to cool you down...

If you’re headed to Orlando or Anaheim in the next few months, be sure to have these awesome Disney ice cold snacks on your list of must-eats!

They’ll keep you calm, cool, and collected for another round on Toy Story Midway Mania for sure.

Disney Food News

Take a bite out of this week’s food news from Disney!

  • There’s a new self-service iced coffee option at Captain Cook’s Snack Company in Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
  • Check out the review of the new Chicken Provencal dish at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom!

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 N’Awlins Brunch Fest at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, World of Color Picnic Meals Discontinued at Disneyland, Raglan Road receives award, New Sandwich at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, and Jiko announced South African winemakers dinner.

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!

We love it when readers spot new menu items or new-to-us food! Reader Tomara sent us news of a Chicken Deluxe Sandwich at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in the Magic Kingdom. This sandwich replaces the Chicken Wrap.

Deluxe Chicken Sandwich!

Facebook friend Cindy shared a bit of Hawai’i with us. “I recently returned from a great trip to Disney Aulani. I love your cupcake reports and wanted to let you know they are not to be missed in Hawaii. Here is a photo of the Pineapple Macadamia Nut cupcake. Enjoy!”

Pineapple Macadamia Nut Cupcake!

Have you spotted an interesting Disney food related item? Don’t forget to share it with us!

Coming Soon! The DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Snacks!

With over 250 pages of delicious snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Snacks will be the third — and long-awaited — book in our DFB Guide Snacks Series! It will be released VERY soon…but I wanted to share a little sneak peek for you!

As always, you can look forward to an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 200 delicious snacks that you can savor at the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks in the Walt Disney World resort. (And that’s just so far…we’re not finished with the guide yet, so there may MANY more than 200 featured by the time we’re done!)

Watch for our grand launch of the DFB Mini-Guide to Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Snacks — Coming Soon! 

And, in the meantime, head on over to the DFBStore.com to get some great deals on our best-selling Disney Dining Guidebooks, like the DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks and the DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks!

Check out how you can have the best Disney vacation ever…and pay even less!

On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix is running an awesome contest for just a few more days! Enter for free to win a $50 Disney Gift Card!

Staten the Facts dines at Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Orlando Sentinel shares how Disney Chefs have helped to create healthy school lunches at Orange County schools.

NASDAQ reports that Montalvo Tequila has secured placement in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion.

Merryweather’s Cottage shares instructions for a Do-It-Yourself Disney travel mug made from a park map! Love this!

Disney Parks Blog shares 50’s Prime Time Cafe wallpaper for download.

Main Street Gazette stops by the BoardWalk Bakery for a cheesecake brownie.

AKL Resort highlights the new lunch options at Sanaa.

News from Raglan Road! Mother’s Day Brunch and New Wine List

There’s more great news coming from Raglan Road in Walt Disney World! Let’s check out the latest news coming from one of our favorite Downtown Disney restaurants…

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch

On Mother’s Day, May 12, treat your mom to Sunday Brunch!

The Full Irish Breakfast will feature sausage, black and white pudding, bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms, and fried eggs with potato “roasties.” Or dig into a smoked salmon omelette, pancakes with crème fraiche, maple syrup and berry compote, and Chef Dundon’s “Host the Roast” family dining experience.

Pancakes at Raglan Road Brunch!

See the full brunch menu here.

Entertainment by Irish house band Creel and performances by the Raglan Road Irish Dancers make this a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 17, 2013

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I hope you’re having an awesome celebration (and, just so you know, hanging out and eating cake would be a perfectly acceptable “celebration” as far as I’m concerned) and enjoying your green-tinted holiday!

We showcased a few St. Paddy’s Day treats that have popped up in Disney World yesterday, and we can’t wait to hear about everything you’re finding as well. Also, DisneyStore.com is having a sitewide sale TODAY ONLY! Use code “green” at the check-out for 17% off. Seems like a good day for shopping… ;-)

But, in the meantime, let’s head out to explore a bit of the Disney Food News that’s been in the headlines this week!

Disney Food News

Find out what’s been happening this week in the world of Disney Food!

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, Extra Dates for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, 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! This week we have some goodies that our readers sent in from home!

First up, Erin at OPKitchen sent us these friendly faces. She exclaimed, “we came as close as we could!” Looks great to me!!

Homemade Mickey Waffles!

Check out this classic original Mickey Waffle maker in the original box! Wow! Sent in by Tiffany L. — thanks for sharing! Let us know how they turn out!

Classic Mickey waffle maker!

Headed to Disney World in 2013?

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This must-have guide has over 400 pages of experience-based advice and information as well as hundreds of full-color photos. It’s perfect for long-time Disney World fans AND those headed to the parks for the first time this year!

Don’t get stranded without a plan. Pick up your copy for $4 off using code 2013 TODAY! With a 30-day money-back guarantee, you’ve got nothing to lose. :-)

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Want even more savings? Bundle three of our time-tested guides into one purchase to get even more great Disney Dining information and photos. With our popular DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle, you’ll get our DFB Guide 2013 Edition along with our DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks AND our DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks for a significant discount!

“Let the Memories Begin!”

Save TODAY at DisneyStore.com!

DisneyStore.com is having a sitewide sale today! Take 17% off sitewide with code GREEN! :-) Here are a few fun treats you can indulge in for a discount today ONLY!

Start your summer fun early with these re-useable Mickey Mouse ice cubes!

Bring some Disney magic to game night with this Disney Monopoly Edition!

Click here to see more fun goodies for sale today only!

On to the Round-Up!

Orlando Sentinel highlights the career of Sushi Chef Yoshi Cabral from the California Grill. Happy retirement!

Disneyland News talks with the Carthay Circle Restaurant’s Executive Chef Andrew Sutton!

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Ever After Blog highlights alternative wedding desserts – it’s not just about cake anymore!

Candy Industry shares that Jelly Belly has partnered with Disney.

AllEars reviews the Grand Floridian’s Citricos restaurant.

Main Street Gazette gives a little redemption to Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney World.

Disney Every Day reviews menu items at Splitsville in Downtown Disney Orlando.

Have a great week, everyone!

Get Your Green On!! St. Patrick’s Day Events at Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road

I had an AWESOME time when I headed to Raglan Road in Downtown Disney for St. Paddy’s Day a couple of years ago, and since then the celebration has only gotten bigger and better!!

THIS year, Raglan Road is making plans for their four-day (!!!!) festival from March 14 – 17, featuring music, dancing, awesome food, and Irish traditions.

Festival Details

Get your green on! Guests can participate in festivities March 14 and 15 from 6 p.m. until 1:15 a.m. and March 16 and 17 from noon until 1:15 a.m.

On Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Saturday, a cover charge of $5 will apply to each guest 18 and over; on Sunday, the cover charge is $10. Reservations can be booked on March 14 by 407-938-0300.

Top musicians and dancers will be performing on multiple stages creating a fun festival atmosphere, and there will be PLENTY of eats and suds to make your week even better! Let’s start with the good stuff…

Food and Beverages

With a selection of beers and authentic cuisine by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, the “Mighty Festival” is not-to-be-missed!

Lunch Demonstration

In a mighty culinary experience, Master Chef Kevin Dundon and Michelin star Chef Derry Clarke will showcase a lunch demonstration on Wednesday, March 13th, at 1PM. Cost is $55 per person with wine pairings; $45 without wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity. Tables in Wonderland Members will receive a 20% off discount!

Lunch Demo!

I can’t wait to see how that Poached Pear is!!

Poached Pear with Creme Brulee Foam and Beetroot Macaroon

A Tale Of Two Chefs: Signature Dining Experience

And on Thursday, March 14th, at 6:30PM, Chefs Kevin Dundon and Derry Clarke will present a culinary extravaganza! Cost is $105 per person plus tax and gratuity. Tables in Wonderland Members will receive a 20% discount!

A Tale Of Two Chefs!

Check out the goodies — Rack of Spring Lamb and Braised Cottage Lamb Pie, Farm Fresh Vegetables with Twice-Cooked Roast Potato!

Rack of Spring Lamb and Braised Cottage Lamb Pie, Farm Fresh Vegetables with Twice-Cooked Roast Potato

Call 407-938-0800 to book culinary events. Check out www.raglanroad.com for upcoming details.

Music and Dance

Each day over 35 musicians and dancers will perform! Headliners include the most successful U2 tribute show in the world, Elevation!

Elevation Lead Singer on stage at Raglan Road

Plus The Willis Clan, Girsa, Three Dollar Band, Creel, Johnny Snags Norton, and Justin Murphy.

The line-up of Irish band performances will begin with a festival preview March 8-10 by The Willis Clan. Mark your calendars for these performances:

  • The seven full-time champion Raglan Road Dancers will perform daily.
  • Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast, will lead Irish Dance Workshops Friday through Sunday.
  • Distinguished Dublin-born multi-instrumentalist Declan Masterson, recent touring musical director of Riverdance, will lead Irish Music Workshops.
  • Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music and structured set-dancing event on Saturday, including guest participation.
  • “The Electric Ceili,” will bring a host of Irish musicians and dancers on the Waterfront Stage on Sunday evening.
  • Performances by Raglan Road house band Creel, The Willis Clan, Girsa, Three Dollar Band, and Johnny & Justin.
  • World-famous U2 tribute band Elevation will be playing Saturday and Sunday.

Other Activities

Guests can also enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, competitions, giveaways and St. Patrick’s Day memorabilia.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Raglan Road!

It’s truly an incredible atmosphere and a fun experience for everyone, young and old!! Head out to RR for a rockin’ St. Paddy’s day!

Have you attended an event at Raglan Road? Let us know in the comments below!

Disney Springs Rumor! New Restaurants Planned for Disney World’s Downtown Disney

You’ve probably heard the rumors brewing, but this is the first time that we’ve heard details about changes that may be planned for Downtown Disney Orlando!! Please note that all of this is subject to change (and probably WILL!).

Disney World's Downtown Disney

What’s the Latest?

Along with a new name (Disney Springs), parking garage (thank goodness!), and the re-imagining of Planet Hollywood, new restaurants and shops are now being named in these rumors!

A new “district,” which is being called the Town Center, may part of the proposed plan. Pleasure Island could be known as The Landing, and the Marketplace may return to its roots — The Village Marketplace. Only the West Side area would retain its current label in this structure.

Part of the remodel could bring a two-story entertainment area similar to City Walk at Universal Studios.

Possible New Restaurants?

This photo from Save Pleasure Island showcases a few possible options.

Possible Restaurants for Downtown Disney Orlando!

We can’t wait for more details to emerge, but of course we’re pretty excited about the possible addition of a Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, which we LOVE in Disneyland.

We'd love to see Trader Sam's in Disney World

Here a few other options that are apparently on the block for Disney World’s “Disney Springs:”

  • Planet Hollywood would become The Observatory.
  • Disney Character Dining (TBD)
  • Disney Burger (TBD)
  • Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
  • Wine Bar (TBD)
  • The Edison
  • Disney Bakery (TBD)
  • Food Truck
  • Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
  • Italian Restaurant (TBD)
  • Argo Tea
  • [Read more…]

Best Disney World Restaurants for Fish Fry

With Lent on the horizon — and with a few questions from readers recently about where to get a great fish fry in Disney World — I knew that now would be the perfect time to check out the best places to find that golden battered goodness at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Let’s check out some of the best fried fish in Disney World

Best Disney World Restaurants for a Fish Fry

United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot

You can’t go wrong for fish and chips in the delicacy’s home pavilion in Epcot.

Fish and Chips from Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Whether you take a load off at the Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room or grab some fried food to go from Yorkshire County Fish Shop, you’re in for a mild but authentic taste of one of England’s best exports.

While you’re there, enjoy a beer and a performance by The British Revolution or the Pub’s Hat Lady.

Cookes of Dublin and Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

If you find yourself in need of a fish fix while you’re “Downtown,” head over to the Pleasure Island District for two authentic and delicious options. The One & One at Cookes of Dublin is one of our favorites on property.

Cooked to order and served piping hot, the fish is flaky and tender.

Fish and Chips from Cooke’s of Dublin

But if you have the time for a slower meal, you may want to consider the famous beer battered fish and chips on the lunch menu at Raglan Road Irish Pub right next door.

Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom

Here in Liberty Square, you can enjoy a counter service battered fish basket with broccoli, apples, or French fries at Columbia Harbour House counter service restaurant. The proportion of breading to fish is perfect, and the fish isn’t too oily.

Fried Chicken and Fish at Columbia Harbour House

Fried Chicken and Fish at Columbia Harbour House (photo from Kelly Amey via the DFB Flickr Group) 

Citricos at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

For a slightly more upscale take on the English classic, take a monorail ride to the Grand Floridian and pull up a chair at Citricos. There, you should order the melt-in-your-mouth pan-fried Florida black grouper, which gets [Read more…]