Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 16, 2011

Bruce Might Entertain Diners at Animator's Palette on the Disney Dream

Woo-hoo! I’m off to WDW today, everyone! We’re starting the DFB DISNEY DREAM WEEK today, so expect a liberal peppering of cruise-related info as we “sail” through the next few weeks.

I’ll be embarking on (is that how you say it? embarking on? or is it just embarking?) the Disney Dream on Wednesday, but watch our twitter and facebook accounts for updates from WDW over the next three days, too!

Now, here’s the news!

And now, on to the round-up!

Yesterland, one of my favorite Disney sites on the web, is just back from Aulani with gorgeous photos and a back story for the AMA AMA Beachfront Restaurant!

WDW for Grownups details some fun, unique wine experiences in Disney World.

A Wedding Cake Blog does Disney again with a peek at some red velvet wedding cupcakes!

Studios Central reports on dining vegetarian in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Main Street Gazette goes to Babycakes NYC and samples some of the delicious products from this gluten-free bakery in Downtown Disney Orlando!

Hostess Blog has some great pics of an UP themed birthday party, complete with cute foodie favors and a balloon-tastic cake.

The Sacramento Bee ran a story about 5 UC Davis students who created a new snack for Disney called Mickey’s Pocket Pies; check out the recipe here!

Disney Parks Blog lets us know what it’s like to be a sommelier in Disneyland!

Guest Review: Epcot’s Electric Umbrella

Roving reporter Sarah Holodick is back with her review of Epcot’s Electric Umbrella!

While waiting for a culinary demonstration during the Food & Wine Festival, I started to get a little hungry. Yes, I was fully aware of the numerous kiosks stationed all around World Showcase. The truth is, [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland Accepted at Several Quick-Service Spots and Lounges

This update in from DFB columnist Erin Foster, who’s walking the World right now!

Disney World’s Tables in Wonderland discount program (formerly the Disney Dining Experience program) is available to Florida Residents and Annual Passholders for a fee, and offers a 20% discount on food and beverage at select locations.

Tables in Wonderland Membership Card

You can now get your Tables in Wonderland discount at the following quick service locations and lounges. There is no gratuity charged at the quick service restaurants, so the 20% off is pure savings.: [Read more…]

Guest Review: Disneyland’s Golden Vine Winery Port and Bleu Cheese Tasting

Thanks again to Chelsi Murphy, who wrote our great review of the Flying Fish Chef’s Counter, for providing yet another interesting look at a Disney dining experience. This time, she takes us to Golden Vine Winery at Disney’s California Adventure. Take it away, Chelsi!

Golden Vine Winery, the Wine Bar connected to the Wine Country Trattoria at Disney’s California Adventure, is a great place to take a break from a busy day at the parks. My husband and I love to stop by and take a look at their ever changing menu and speak with their knowledgeable staff, a few who came from Mondovi when Robert Mondovi built the original restaurant.

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One of the best ongoing deals the wine bar has to offer is the Port and Bleu Cheese tasting. Price for this is $12.50 plus tax, and you receive 3 one-ounce pours of port paired with 3 different blue cheeses, fruit compote and crackers. They also do the pairing with 3 types of chocolate, but we were told the cheese out sells the chocolate 10 to 1.

Port and Bleu Cheese Tasting

The first Port poured was Sandeman Founders Reserve Ruby Port, paired with Point Rayes Blue Cheese
from California. The Second was 2004 Sandeman Late Bottle Vintage Ruby Port, paired with Maytag Blue Cheese from Iowa. The third pour was Sandeman Tawny, aged 20 years, paired with Gorgonzola Dolce.

Bleu Cheeses and Fruit Compote

Our favorite was the Tawny –- it tasted like butterscotch in the glass! But all three were excellent ports and pairings with the cheese. We also thought that it was an excellent price to get to try three amazing cheeses and a flight of port.

Port Varieties

The Wine Bar opens at 11:30 AM and also has beer and sodas for those who don’t drink wine. The staff is always happy to help you out with any questions you may have if you want to try something new.

New Caramel Apples in Disney Parks

Well, maybe they’re not new to you, but they sure are to me! I found these caramel apples at the Main Street Confectionery in Disney World on a recent visit… . Don’t forget, the cast members will be more than happy to cut these up for you and put them in a small container for easier eating.

Chocolate Oreo Caramel Apple

Just from a commentary standpoint, I think it’s interesting that Disney World has started using this “Fresh” packaging, which we saw first in Disneyland. More evidence that the two parks are merging their product lines even further?

For more info on Disney caramel apples, check out our previous post all about ‘em!

White Chocolate Caramel Apple Pie Apple
We first saw these at Pooh Corner in Disneyland (where they were only $7.95 last April…hmm…), and I was SO excited to [Read more…]

Review: The Fountain at Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Here’s the scenario: you’ve spent the day at the park, you’re exhausted, your kids are exhausted, your spouse is exhausted, you don’t have an ADR, and you’d rather not stand in line at another counter service restaurant. You need comfort food and you need it now.

I’ve got a great answer for you…

Atmosphere
The Fountain at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort brings back memories of your favorite diner. With a bright red stools at the tiled counter, an ice cream freezer flanking one wall, booths in the back, and more milkshakes than you can could possibly drink listed on the menu, this is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and indulge [Read more…]

Announcing: The Disney Dream “Dine Around!”

That’s right! We’re goin’ on the Dream!

UPDATE: Here’s our coverage of the Disney Dream to Date
Disney Dream Cruise Ship Menus
The District on the Disney Dream

  • Review: Cabanas on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship
  • Top Ten Disney Cruise Line Dining Tips
  • Guest Review: Pink on the Disney Dream
  • Disney Dream Guest Review: Non-Alcoholic Specialty Drinks
  • Guest Review: Vegan and Gluten-Free Meal at Remy on the Disney Dream
  • Guest Review: Special Diets Dining Aboard the Disney Dream
  • Disney Dream Recipe: Chocolate Souffle
  • Disney Dream Recipe: Enchanted Garden Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Disney Dream Recipe: Avocado-Citrus Salad
  • Disney Dream Recipe: Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake From Animator’s Palate

  • The Disney Dream is the Disney Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, and Disney Food Blog has been invited to sail on its Christening Cruise next week! I look forward to sharing all the best tidbits with you, from the brand new restaurants and lounges on the ship to the eats on Castaway Cay!

    I even fully expect to take some advice from the DFB facebook fans about their favorite DCL eats! :-)

    What Can You Expect to Hear About?
    There are six main restaurants on the Dream — all of them either brand new to the Disney Cruise Line or newly re-imagined for this particular ship. This includes Remy, the Dream’s second adults-only restaurant, which [Read more…]

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