Review: Shangri-La Berry Freeze at Animal Kingdom’s Upcountry Beverages

How often do you find yourself in the shade of the mammoth Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and think: “Gosh, a tasty beverage would sure hit the spot right now.”

Upcountry's Shangri-La Berry Freeze at Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you’re anything like me, that happens pretty often, actually! Ever on my quest to try everything in all the parks, today I’m heading back to Upcountry Beverages in search of refreshment.

Atmosphere

Haven’t heard of Upcountry Beverages? It’s on that trek between Harambe Village in Africa and Anandapur in Asia. You’ll find Upcountry situated just outside of the Flights of Wonder attraction.

Sign at Animal Kingdom's Upcountry

The cute little kiosk has a sort of rustic Asian theme happening, so it’s the perfect decor for blending into this area — the Africa-Asia crossroads.

Upcountry Kiosk at Disney's Animal Kingdom

There’s no real seating right next to the kiosk, but you’ll find [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Strawberry Soup from Disney World’s 1900 Park Fare

Some dishes are the stuff of Disney legends.

If friends tell you they’re dining in at ‘Ohana, for instance, the first words out of my mouth are “save room for dessert! You’ve gotta try the bread pudding!”

The same certainly goes for 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

While our experiences here have been varied, many readers love the place! And one dish I agree is outstanding is the cold Strawberry Soup.

Creamy, sweet, and beautifully bright pink, the soup beckons to you, and you just know you must try it. Of course, it’s hard to describe this. I’m usually not a fan of cold soup, but I couldn’t get enough of this one!

The enormous bowl of bright red strawberries, to be used as a garnish, sweetens the deal.

Strawberry Soup on 1900 Park Fare's Buffet

The first time I tried the soup, I knew that [Read more…]

Snack Series: Rice Cream at Epcot’s Norway

On this glorious Friday, I thought we’d highlight another beloved snack in Epcot’s Norway — the Rice Cream!

Sadly, I haven’t had this treat for AGES, so I was excited to have the chance to CHOMP on this while I was doing research in December for The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks e-Book! You can find it at Norway’s Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe!

Norway's Rice Cream in Epcot

Rice Cream is probably not as popular as the school bread we featured a couple of weeks ago, but it’s definitely in the running for one of the most classic Epcot snacks around.

This not-too-sweet delight consists of a light rice cream pudding topped with [Read more…]

Snack Series: Coppa Delizia from Italy’s Gelato Stand in Epcot

Over the past few years, Italy has become one of my favorite countries in Epcot. They have the best pizza in Disney World, a little tiny canal to remind me of wandering around Venice, a fun mask painter, and, of course, gelato.

View from Italy

The little gelato stand in Italy is easy to walk by without noticing. It looks like several other plain kiosks in Epcot — the ones that sell coffee and those ubiquitous cookies and pastries (which aren’t bad, but they don’t hold a candle to what I’m about to show you).

But when you get a little closer and check out the menu, you’ll notice that you’re in for a little surprise. When I stopped by this kiosk recently, I had no intention of getting any gelato. But as soon as I saw those gelato “creations” in the middle, I knew I had no choice! It was on! You can’t call something a “creation” and think I’m gonna just walk on by! ;-)

Italy's Gelato Menu - click image for larger version

I was stuck between the Amicizia and the Delizia, but ended up going for the latter — I loved the idea of cookies and cream gelato with strawberry sauce!

Gelato Selections

This incredibly rich, shareable treat has three scoops of gelato: cookies and cream — which reminds me of one of my favorite flavors from my Italy backpacking days: stracciatella, Fior di Latte — which is a milk-flavored gelato (thanks for setting me straight on this one, J Hayes!), and strawberry!

This is all topped with a thick strawberry sauce, a pile of whipped cream, and whole strawberries! And it looks a little something like this! [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: January 2012 Special Event

Tables in Wonderland has announced a special event for January 2012!

The Wave . . . of American Flavor’s Discovery Dinner

Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Meet at The Wave… of American Flavor’s Main Podium
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Schedule: 6:30 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Dress Code: Casual Evening Attire
Cost: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity

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The Wave…of American Flavors Discovery Dinners continue in January by celebrating the Central Florida Strawberry season. The Farmer/Chef dinner will feature Lott Farms located just west of Plant City, Florida. Mike’s great strawberries are sold under the Classic label through C&D Produce Distributors.

Menu

Reception in The Wave . . . of American Flavors Lounge
Thompson Farm Pulled Pork Slider with Plant City Barbeque Sauce and Cypress Grove Sheep’s Milk Cheese
Strawberry Tea Poached Beef Short Rib with [Read more…]