Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 8, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day! We hope all our mom readers enjoy being pampered with brunch, lunch, dinner, and/or tea celebrations.

In Disney Food news this week:

DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Testimonial

For a quick spotlight on the Disney Food Blog’s DFB Guide this week, but I’d like to share a testimonial written by one of my favorite people (and probably yours as well!), Lou Mongello, the rockstar behind WDWRadio:

There is nothing else so well-written, comprehensive and FUN about Walt Disney World dining! You offer practical advice and examples that are beneficial to the first-time guest and seasoned Disney veteran. From the breakdown of the restaurants by location, price, cuisine and your personal recommendations (all of which I found myself agreeing with!!), to the “overlooked” dining experiences, I found the book valuable, interesting and truly fun to read from beginning to end. The time and money that people will save alone is worth the price of the book! I highly recommend the DFB Guide to any and every Walt Disney World guest!

Thanks to Lou for that great recommendation! If you’d like to purchase your copy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, click here!

And now, on to the round-up!

disZine tells where you can get your Pirate’s Booty snacks!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups lists their top five Disney World hotel quick-service dininglocations.

ImagiNerding takes us back in time to a Walt Disney World Recipe Index circa 1921-2004. I NEED THIS BOOK!

A Wedding Cake Blog features the royal jewels – all sparkly and sugary – at the WDW Swan and Dolphin!

Eating (and Drinking) around the World shares his take on Boma’s Coconut Curried Chicken Stew.

Main Street Gazette looks at tasty, savory options including specialty hot dogs in WDW.

The World of Deej heads over to Disney World’s Citricos!

Guest Review: Victoria and Albert’s Chef’s Table

Thanks to Sarah McGovern for this incredibly intimate review of the Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s. Located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, this restaurant offers award-winning five-star dining! Savor the review slowly and do not skip ahead to the desserts!! (Well, you can if you want, but then come back to the beginning :-D)

Our first visit to Victoria & Albert’s was during our September 2009 honeymoon. My husband Barry and I are self-proclaimed foodies and this meal was going to be the icing on the cake of our week-long Deluxe Dining Plan extravaganza. It did not disappoint. We were blown away by every aspect of our 2 ½ hour meal. So when planning our next trip to Walt Disney World for our 1 year anniversary, we asked ourselves how we were going to top our last dining experience? The Chef’s Table of course!

My Dad and Step-mom, who share in our passion for food, joined us on this trip, and I was fortunate enough to secure a reservation for the last day of our trip. We arrived just before 5 pm on the day and waited in the atrium outside of the restaurant to be escorted to our table. We were dressed to the nines and ready for our 4 hour meal!

The hostess came out to greet us and led us into the very quiet and formal dining room. We then entered a completely different environment…the kitchen. It was loud and full of excitement. There is so much energy in a professional kitchen. We were shown to our table, which was right there in the center of it all!

Chef's Table with a kitchen view!

Chef Scott Hunnel graciously introduced himself…how exciting! Here is a world-renowned chef preparing and presenting every course of our dinner. Simply amazing. We shared a champagne toast with Chef Hunnel and discussed any dietary [Read more…]

Disney Food for Families: Learning Opportunities for the Budding Chef

Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster captures some great ways to encourage your kids’ love of cooking!

Obviously one of the many reasons that families find Disney destinations to be such compelling vacation spots is that the parks and resorts are fully prepared to accommodate the interests of children. At various points, all of my girls have been captivated with the idea of becoming a chef (well, at least until they began to realize that kitchens have to be cleaned after they are used).

Disney does a wonderful job of indulging the interests of the budding chef by allowing children, and their parents, plentiful opportunities to observe and interact with the real-life culinary craftspeople that make the food magic happen.

Where to Learn from the Masters: Sweets

Our favorite Walt Disney World venue for chef interaction is at Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney. On one recent trip, my girls and I spent over an hour standing at the candy prep counter there watching a cast member make pan after pan of swoon-inducing fudge.

Fudge in the pan

Fudge prep at Goofy's Candy Company

We have found that the cast members there are particularly gracious in taking the time to explain to curious bystanders exactly what they are doing, and why. We’ve even been offered small tasting spoonfuls of warm fudge batter to better assess the product as it transforms from [Read more…]

News: New Dining Plan Options and Chef Hunnel Named James Beard Semi-Finalist

A couple of pieces of fun food news for you today!

Pollo Campero, Fresh-A-Peel and BabyCakes NYC Now On Disney Dining Plan
These Downtown Disney restaurants share neighborhood space and all have been added to the Disney Dining Plan. The new bakery on the block, BabyCakes NYC, is offering single-serve items as a Disney Dining Plan snack choice. Sick of popcorn? Then, BabyCakes NYC is your new best friend! (We LURVE the frosting-filled cookie sandwiches!)

Babycakes Cookie Sandwich

And here’s another fantastic option – if you purchase a Quick Service meal with your [Read more…]

Disney World and Disneyland Dining for Valentine’s Day

Romance can be found all over Walt Disney World and Disneyland. And at these dining venues, there won’t be a single character in sight! Some restaurants feature special menus for Valentine’s Day.

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Walt Disney World Sweetheart Dinners
These special meals for two are offered all year-long at Walt Disney World, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to splurge on this decadent dining experience.

Enjoy a 3-course, prix-fixe meal that includes an appetizer, entrée and a shared dessert. Toast your love with a selected beverage in etched champagne flutes, then take [Read more…]

Guest Review: Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table

Thanks to Lynleigh Cooper for reviewing her experience at the Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table!

When my uncle first told me he would be taking my cousin and me to the Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s, I was a little apprehensive. My taste buds are certainly not adventurous, and I rarely ever experience “fine dining.” I’m a steak and potatoes kind of girl through and through, and I certainly didn’t want my uncle to pay so much for a meal I would eat very little of. Fortunately, I had nothing to worry about, as The Chef’s Table turned out to be the best dining experience I’ve ever had.

Victoria and Albert's Entrance

The one piece of advice I can give on booking the Chef’s Table is to call right when the lines open 180 days out. Work your other ADRs around this one; don’t lock yourself into one date if possible.

We arrived at about 5:15 to the resort and went directly to check in. (Valet parking is complementary for Chef’s Table guests, so no worries there!) And after being introduced to the maître d’hotel, we were escorted through [Read more…]

Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards Include Several WDW Area Restaurants

For those of you who plan your Walt Disney World vacation around your gastronomical dreams, you may want to take note of the restaurants listed in this year’s 13th Annual Foodie Awards by the Orlando Sentinel.

Readers and critics chose these restaurants for their outstanding cuisine, and with five of the restaurants located within the WDW theme parks, you’ll need park admission and an Advance Dining Reservation to cast your vote for best meal. Check them out here! [Read more…]

Victoria and Albert’s Time Lapse Video

Erin Foster, Disney Food Blog’s Disney Food for Families columnist and Disney World Moms Panelist, put together this v. cool time lapse video of her dinner at Victoria and Albert’s last week! She set the camera to take one photo every 2 minutes seconds. Check it out!

Don’t worry — we’ll have more pics of the dinner soon (in fact, we have 2 V&A posts coming up soon)! Just wanted to give you a “taste!”

2010 DFB Choice Award Winners

Around here, we believe there’s no better restaurant recommendation than the one we get from another Disney fan. So, in our quest to provide the very best information about Disney restaurants, we’ve created the DFB Choice Awards!

Over 500 readers sent in their nominations, and thousands have voted for the top nominees to create this list of [Read more…]

“The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Disney!”: Appetizers & Sides

We’ve just started a fun new series based on the Food Network’s (very cool) show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Due to some keen suggestions from readers, we’re splitting our series up into different sections: breakfast, appetizers & side dishes, snacks, entrees (lunch & dinner), and desserts & drinks.

Today, we’re taking a look at Appetizers and Side Dishes! I’ve done my favorite brand of informal polling (i.e. posted questions on twitter and facebook ;) ) to find out others’ experiences of the “Best Thing They Ever Ate” as far as appetizers and side dishes at Disney.

Soups

Soups were by far the #1 mentioned appetizer/side when I reached out to facebook and twitter folks for their favorites.

Portobello Soup at Artist Point

  • Most beloved are the soups found at Boma in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. These vary every day, but the varieties specifically mentioned by readers as the Best Thing They Ever Ate! were: Mushroom Soup, Mulligatawny Soup, and Butternut Squash Soup. (Personally, the chicken corn chowder is my favorite!).
  • Of course, you can’t post a series like this without a few votes for Le Cellier Steakhouse‘s famous Cheddar Cheese Soup! This comes heartily recommended by Disney Food Blog readers — and yours truly, of course!
  • The Grand Floridian also racked up a couple of votes from our readers! The cashew cream soup from Victoria and Albert’s comes was noted, as was the cheesy tomato soup at the Grand Floridian Cafe (yum — doesn’t that sound good?!?).
  • Finally, that delicious Mushroom-Soup-That-Doesn’t-Taste-Like-Mushrooms was voted [Read more…]