Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 27, 2013

Great news for those of you heading to Disney World during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this year!!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Angel Food Cake with Macerated Berries

The Festival has more for us Disney Food Fans than it ever had before! Twelve food marketplaces will be debuting this year, featuring fun tapas-sized eats like you’d find at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Be sure to check out this post for the Flower and Garden Festival menu, food photos, marketplace themes, and more!

Disney Dining News

The latest scoop on Disney food…

We’ve got additional food news, including Wine Dinner at Artist Point, restaurant closures, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

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!

Via Twitter, @tforrester shares these comments: “this breakfast panini @ Sunshine Seasons is 1 of my favorite things”.

Breakfast Panini

DFB Reader Ros sent us this cupcake alert – a Minnie Mouse cupcake shirt!

Minnie Cupcake Shirt

Coming Soon…!!

We know that lots of you have been eagerly awaiting our 2013 Edition of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, and we’re excited to say it’s COMING SOON! This week, in fact!!

We’ve been working hard on this edition all year, and it’s our biggest and best, yet! This e-Book features:

  • over 400 pages of up-to-date, critical information about Disney Dining;
  • more full color photos;
  • widely expanded restaurant reviews for every single Disney restaurant, kiosk, bar, and lounge on property;
  • specific details and advice on dining planning;
  • and lots more.

Expect the Grand Launch — along with a great discount and some awesome e-Book bundle deals — to come your way later this week!

On to the Round-Up

Mickey Fix highlights a Storm Trooper M&M candy dispenser.

DisZine announces a Super Bowl Party at Splitsville in Downtown Disney Orlando.

WESH shares budgeting tips for Disney dining. Courtesy of the DFB!

AllEars shares food, fun, and family at ‘Ohana in the Polynesian Resort.

Gorillas Don’t Blog shares circa 1996 photos from the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland.

Conde Nast Traveler discovers the Dole Whip!

OC Weekly stops by Disneyland’s Earl of Sandwich.

Have a great Sunday! See ya tomorrow!

 

Review: The NEW Sunday Brunch at Raglan Road Pub in Disney World

Sweet news out of Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant!

We were thrilled late last year to bring you the news that they would begin serving Sunday brunch after the new year. After all, we here at Disney Food Blog have enjoyed both lunch and dinner at the authentic Irish pub immensely.

Later in the week, we will be bringing you more exciting news from Raglan Road about another fun meal option for Sunday dinner. But today, we’re excited to bring you the first look at all the delicious dishes we sampled at a recent media event celebrating the launch of The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere here is lots of fun. The pub really is an “Irish” Pub: some of the features were actually built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando for assembly.

Raglan Road -- Outside

The hostess stand is directly before you as you enter, and to the left, you’ll spy the pub patio, a great place to people watch during the mild Florida winter — or anytime of the year.

Entrance Foyer

You’ll want to check out the gift shop as well during your visit. Here you’ll find a wonderful stock of Raglan Road merchandise, but you’ll also find items that celebrate Ireland.

I keep promising myself that I’ll buy some of the beautiful sterling silver jewelry one of these days!

Gift Shop

There’s a reason that Raglan Road appears to be so authentic — it is. The bars and much of the interior woodwork came from churches and pubs in Ireland. The beautiful bars are more than 100 years old!

One of the Two Bars

The small platform in the center of the room becomes a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 9, 2012

I had a great time reporting live from Walt Disney World this past week. Are you ready to dig into all the new treats in New Fantasyland?

New Fantasyland

Disney Dining News

Here’s some of the tempting Disney Dining news this week…

  • New Fantasyland is now open in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom! Check out some of the fun eats and treats you can find this weekend!
  • Starbucks will debut in Disneyland Park in 2013 at the Market House on Main Street USA.
  • Splitsville will open in Orlando’s Downtown Disney on December 19th. Stay tuned for a review of the food this week!
  • Raglan Road in Disney World’s Downtown Disney announces a new Celtic Brunch, holiday meals, and more!
  • Tables in Wonderland, the Disney World dining discount program, has increased its price in 2012.

We’ve got additional food news, including Tables in Wonderland December Event at The Wave, 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 in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

On a recent trip to the Disneyland Resort, Disney Dad Bernie Edwards saw these gorgeous candy canes at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure. While they’re likely not THE candy canes, they’re still a fabulous holiday treat!

Trolley Treats Candy Canes

Venessa/neomi_buttons exclaims “Making A.J. proud during Food and Wine Festival!!” with a tray for “teeny foods”.

Food and Wine Tray

DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012 e-Book

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On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for GrownUps takes date night to Disney’s Yacht Club resort.

Daveland shares vintage and modern food photos from Disneyland, including Walt with a tuna boat salad.

Main Street Gazette samples gourmet caramels in Disney World.

Disney by Mark takes my advice and dines at Yak ‘n Yeti with a window view of the Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade.

AllEars.Net stops by Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Orlando.

Disney Parks Blog shares a video of Dancing With The Stars pros waltzing inside Be Our Guest. Of course, Belle and the Beast join in!

New Celtic Brunch — and more! — at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road has announced a new Sunday brunch, holiday eats at Christmas, New Year’s Eve fun, and more!

New Raglan Road Celtic Brunch Menu and Hours

Raglan Road is now offering a swanky Celtic Sunday Brunch from 11am until 3pm!

It’s the perfect mix of breakfast and lunch tastes created by Master Chef Kevin Dundon. Brunch menu options will include traditional Full Irish breakfast, Eggs Benedict, Oatmeal, Smoked Salmon Omelet, and much more.

On Sunday afternoon, live entertainment from the Irish Dancers will be featured from Noon until 3:30pm.

Dancing Podium and Live Music Stage

Raglan Road Christmas Menu

For a memorable Christmas day, dine at Raglan Road! The holiday menu will feature a roast turkey dinner.

In addition to a delicious Bunratty Mead glazed turkey, trimmings will include [Read more…]

What’s Your Favorite Disney Burger?

It’s usually my job to smash though the stereotype that theme parks only serve burgers and fries, but today…it’s time to embrace it! We’re going to talk burgers, all! Are ya ready to share your favorites?

It’s time to update our “best burgers in Disney World” list, and we think there are some seriously unexpected meat-and-bun creations that go far beyond what you would expect from a theme park burger. Let’s take a look at some of the most notable in the bunch.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, though! I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments below!

Favorite Disney Burgers

Picnic Burger at Sci-Fi Dine-In

UPDATE: Please note that the Picnic Burger is not currently being served at Sci-Fi-Dine-In Restaurant, but they often feature a specialty burger on the menu in addition to the Build-Your-Own Burger. 

The All American Picnic Burger is a flame-broiled Angus burger patty topped with…wait until you hear this…a grilled hot dog! On top of this, you get sauerkraut, sautéed onions, ketchup, mustard, and a pickle spear! Yep — this one is HUGE…and messy!

Served at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s a picnic on a plate. Go ahead and indulge!

Picnic Burger

Beaches and Cream Burger

The simple Beaches and Cream Burger made our very first “Best Burgers” list way back when, and now their upgraded Bacon and Blue version has made our list again!

Beaches and Cream is your spot for comforting food, including malted milkshakes, chicken noodle soup, awesome ice cream sundaes, and Angus cheeseburgers.

Bacon and Blue Burger at Beaches and Cream

Surf and Surf “Burger” at Landscape of Flavors

This is probably the newest on the list, and hails from Art of Animation Resort’s Landscape of Flavors!

Not technically a burger, the Surf and Surf is actually a Crab Cake topped with fried popcorn shrimp, tomato, lettuce, and Cajun remoulade on a brioche bun. There are plenty of other great burgers to choose from at this new counter-service stop, though, so [Read more…]

Disney Food for Families: Getting Kids to Try New Foods at Walt Disney World

It’s no secret that my daughter Louisa is more than a little produce averse. There was a period of about four years when NO fruit or vegetable crossed her lips, and even now at age 12 she still has to be cajoled into having more than a bite or two of something as innocuous as sweet potato or banana.

Frozen bananas, a gateway fruit.

So you can imagine my surprise when, on a recent trip to the Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti restaurant, she consumed nearly the entire plate of wok-fried green beans we had ordered for the table. It was one of those parenting moments where you hold your breath and move slowly so as to avoid breaking the spell.

Yak & Yeti wok-fried green beans. My hero!

Those Yak & Yeti yummies didn’t turn Louisa into an inveterate bean eater, but she is now occasionally willing to nibble on a tempura string bean if we’re out for Japanese. Based on our prior track record with legumes, I’m going to count that solidly in the win column.

The Theme Park Food Effect

What was it about the Yak & Yeti beans that made Louisa such a fan? Yes, they were quite tasty, and yes, the green part was handily obfuscated by a crunchy, yumtastic fried breading coating; but we had tried similar ploys in the past to no avail. My theory is that the Yak & Yeti beans were flavored by the spice of (cue the orchestra) The Theme Park Food Effect.

Much like campers will say that meals eaten on the trail are the BEST, you know that their experience is colored by the fact that their senses are overwhelmed and they’re starving from an [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 20, 2012

R2D2 churros and chocolate at Star Wars Weekends

We’re loving the reports from Star Wars Weekends in Disney World this week, and we can’t wait to share even more from our delicious visit to Disneyland last week!

Let us know what Disney Food updates are tempting you! :-)

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest happening in the Disney Food World this week!

  • Star Wars Weekends have started in Disney World! Check out some of the great Star Wars Themed Treats available!
  • Specialty Dinner Announcements: Downtown Disney Orlando’s Raglan Road has announced a Mid-Summer Feast. And in Downtown Disney Anaheim, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will feature a Beer Dinner.
  • Chocolate Caramel Grapes now available at Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany.

We’ve got more food news (including the re-opening of Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

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On To The Round-Up

WildernessLodgeSite.com suggests planning a date night at the Wilderness Lodge with dinner at the Artist Point!

Daveland shares a rare 1960 photo of the Silver Banjo Restaurant in Disneyland.

Bites on Today discovers beer for Dad at Walt Disney World.

AllEars.net‘s Jack Spence welcomes the return of the Orange Bird at Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Main Street Gazette taste-tests the Chicken Caesar Sandwich at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Disney Diner creates the Main Street Bakery’s Cinnamon Rolls. Yum!

The Actor’s Diet flies to the east coast and indulges at the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

DisneyParks Blog shares the atmosphere music for the new Carthay Circle restaurant at Disney California Adventure!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road Pub

Looking for somewhere in Orlando to get your green on?! Raglan Road Pub in Downtown Disney is putting on some serious green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend!

I was there last year for the festivities, and I can honestly say they’re AWESOME! Here’s the schedule for tonight and tomorrow:

Friday 16th
“Open air performances on our Tonsil Tickler patio from 6pm with the wonderful Murphy’s Law and The Irish Rogues, all the way from Ireland!! Creel performs on our Main Stage from 7pm with special guest appearances!!…. A not to be missed performance!”

Elevation -- U2 Tribute Band

March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day!
“Doors open from 11am with live entertainment from 12pm. Creel and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers will perform throughout the day. Guest musicians all the way from Ireland include Murphy’s Law & The Irish Rogues. Elevation, the worlds best [Read more…]

Risotto Around the World

Ah…time to talk about one of my very favorite side dishes EVER!!! Risotto is often overlooked, but the creamy savory goodness that is risotto could easily take center stage in a dish (and does in some of these highlighted below)! Disney chefs have mastered the art of making this slow-cooked yumminess — rice patiently mixed with flavorful broth — and whether it’s mixed with meat, fish, or vegetables, risotto doubles as as a sophisticated recipe and mouth-watering, comfort food.

I was looking through our Disney Food Blog Flickr group and saw so many gorgeous photos of risotto that I simply had to do a post about this dark horse side dish. (Of course, I’ve added a few of my own photos as well…;-D.)

Let’s take a tour around the world…

Butternut Squash Risotto from Artist Point

This butternut squash risotto topped with pork belly is easily in my “top 5″ risottos in Disney World. Offered at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge, the hint of sweet from the squash and tartness courtesy of the cranberry drizzle create amazing (and memorable!) flavors. Sigh. I miss it.

butternut squash risotto

Dungeness Crab Risotto with Blood Orange Sauce and Pea Shoots; from Artist Point

This ample portion of risotto is mixed handsomely with crab creating a decadent appetizer. (Looks amazing!!!) Dishes at Artist Point tend to change seasonally, yet Dungeness crab seems to be used in many dishes — like these crab cakes we highlighted earlier this week!
(Photographer: Roger Weeks)

Dungeness Crab Risotto

Mushroom “Risotto” (in reality this is white corn, but I love that they made a “risotto” out of it), served along side Seared Bison with, Turnips, Chestnuts, and Pinot Noir Juniper Emulsion; from California Grill

This striking presentation from the California Grill has a slight [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: March 2012 Events

Tables in Wonderland has announced three special events for March 2012 — An Illuminations Dessert Party on St. Patrick’s Day, a specialty Irish lunch at Raglan Road, and a dinner at The Wave!

Illuminations Dessert Party

Location: Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Date: Saturday March 17, 2012 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $55 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

You are invited to a private Tables in Wonderland Dessert Party! Come enjoy a front row presentation of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, while you sample platters of delectable desserts and rich coffees.

Dessert Party - click image for larger version

Dessert Buffet Menu
Trio of Mini Gourmet Doughnuts (!!!!!) with Coffee Gelato
-Tennessee Bourbon Glazed Dark Chocolate Doughnuts
-Carmel Nut Glazed Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts
-Raspberry Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts
-Served with [Read more…]