Review: San Angel Inn Restaurante

Well, we finally did it. After dreading a trip back to Epcot’s San Angel Inn in the Mexico pavilion due to a couple of bad meals there, we booked an ADR. It was more a “we have to go because I write a food blog” thing than an avid desire to give the restaurant another chance, but…as it turns out…we’d been missing out for far too long.

Atmosphere
Atmosphere has always been the main selling feature of San Angel Inn. Located inside the Epcot Mexico pyramid with seating along the Gran Fiesta Tour river, this restaurant offers a fun ambiance that you just won’t get anywhere else (besides Blue Bayou in Disneyland, maybe!).

Because the Mexico Pavilion’s pyramid is home to the set-up of a Mexican village in the evening, the restaurant is in a perpetual state [Read more…]

Gingerbread Displays In Disney World 2010, Part 1

Gingerbread is elevated to an art form in Disney World during the holiday season — literally. While tasty treats do exist for purchase in Disney World bakeries…

…the real draw is to the incredible displays throughout the theme parks and deluxe resorts! I’m excited to share with you this holiday season the amazing edible holiday artwork that has been built in the parks and resorts by many talented Disney Chefs and Cast Members. You saw a little peek of this last week in our showcase of the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House!

Today, let’s take a look at three of Disney World’s deluxe resorts — Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.

Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort created an incredible gingerbread holiday tree last year, inspired by [Read more…]

Italian Food Stand Opens 12/20 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thanks to Studios Central for this great info!

Apparently the Charcuterie and Cheese booth from the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival has been given a new lease on life! It has now become the “Ristorante Italiano” food kiosk, located in the Disney Hollywood Studios backlot!

Serving food made at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, the kiosk is set to handle overflow crowds expected at DHS during these busy holiday weeks. That said, according to Matt at Studios Central, it might stick around after January 1st if business is booming.

The menu includes Italian favorites, but you’ll have to head over to Studios Central to get the scoop!

Bar du Chocolat at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

This is the kind of news you need to work your plans around…

Waldorf Astoria Bar du Chocolat

A BAR DU CHOCOLAT is happening in Orlando, in the middle of WDW Property, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando!!! That’s right — dozens of different types of chocolate and chocolate things, including pastries, truffles, shooters, and innovations thought up for the first time by Waldorf’s talented pastry Chef Kurtis Baguley and inspired by [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 19, 2010

Chocolate Candy Canes at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney food news! Here we gooooo:

**There’re only three days left to vote in our DFB Choice Awards for your favorite Disney restaurants and foods! By voting, you’re helping other Disney Food Blog readers to plan the best possible dining locations for their trips!**

Also, don’t forget to check out our Disney Food Blog Guide to the Holidays in Disney! Lots of fun info and updates…and more on the way!

Now — on to the Round-Up!!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups shares a list of some great beer stops in Disney World!

Stitch Kingdom shares news of a Disney patent for interactive cakes! Not sure what that means — take a look!

Outside the Berm uncovers a mysterious photo that might shed some light on the beginnings of Holidayland…

Parkeology hones in on an early “interactive element” at a Disney World counter-service restaurant.

Main St Gazette has photos of those brand new hot dogs at Lunching Pad in Disney World!! Which one do you want to try?

Everything WDW reviews Disney World’s Babycakes NYC.

Disney Parks Blog has an incredible series of photos from restaurants in the nearly finished Disney Dream Cruise Ship! Plus — a bonus video!

Reservations For Dine With An Imagineer, Wishes Dessert Party, and More Now Available Online

Great news from the Disney Parks Blog! The online reservations system at DisneyWorld.com is getting better and better, and now you can book some of Disney’s special event meals there, too!

Special Event Dining Reservations

Head over to DisneyWorld.com/dining to book Dine with an Imagineer, the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party (also known to us as the Wishes Dessert Party), Fantasmic Meal Packages, the Chef’s Tasting dinner at Flying Fish, and Candlelight Dinner Packages!

New Year’s Eve Dining Events in Disney World

Time to plan your favorite way to celebrate in style! Disney World is offering some fun, cool, and downright romantic ways to ring in 2011!

Epcot
La Hacienda de San Angel: Enjoy a six-course menu accompanied by live music. Menu includes a margarita, ceviche, Chiles Toreados y Chorizitos, Sope de Chilorio, and cheese empanada with green sauce. Meat and Seafood platters and dessert — a sweet guava tamal — will be included. The new year will be marked by champagne and a Spanish tradition — eating 12 grapes that are said to predict how your upcoming year will play out.

9pm
$199 ($255 with wine and spirits) + tax for adults
$49.95 for kids ages 3-9.
TO BOOK: 407-842-1107 or lahaciendadesanangel@me.com

Bistro de Paris: A New Year’s Eve menu includes smoked salmon with stuffed with crab, horseradish and caviar cream; lobster and vegetable salad or truffle soup; scallops or sea bass; grilled filet of beef or roasted venison. Assiette de dessert de réveillon (that’s [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Cake

Thanks to all who have contributed their photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! Keep sending them along! This week, the Disney Food Pics of the Week feature one of my favorite foods — cake! But you’ll see that there are many different kinds of cake…

A stunning, and unique, view of chocolate cake at Les Chefs de France in Epcot! Photographer: Penglynns

Le Chefs de France Chocolate Cake

I’m so intrigued by this — I wish I could taste it. It looks so moist, and are those chocolate chips? Sweet Potato Cake from CakeLove’s Sweet Sundays demo at the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. [Read more…]

Kouzzina by Cat Cora Unveils Chef’s Table

Editor’s Note: Kouzzina is no longer offering a Chef’s Table option.

This just in from WDW News!

As you know, Kouzzina by Cat Cora on Disney World’s Boardwalk has been closed for a few weeks for refurbishment. Everyone wondered why a restaurant that’s only been open for a year needed refurb, but, here’s a bit of a peek into the mystery!

The restaurant has re-emerged with even more to offer —

  • New exterior signage
  • New “Cat Cora Presence” in the lobby via video monitors that showcase Cat’s views on food and family
  • Cat’s product line is now available for sale in the lobby
  • And “olive oil tasting experience” is now highlighted in the main dining room — with the bread at the meal, servers will offer two varieties of Greek olive oils to taste and compare
  • New artwork, marble finishes, and window treatments have also been added
  • And… a CHEF’S TABLE! The “Coranation Room” has been added at the back of the room with more upscale decor. A Chef’s Table experience will be offered on weekends (upcoming).

You can read our review of Kouzzina here!

Dining in Disneyland: The Race For Hand Made Candy Canes

She gave you the dates of the 2010 Disneyland candy canes, and now she’s back…with the real thing!! Heather Sievers, our Dining in Disneyland guru, reports on the mad rush for canes at Disneyland’s Candy Palace!

Candy Palace Candy Cane Signs

After hearing about Disneyland’s hand made candy canes, I put it on my bucket list. Something I’d have to do at least once in my lifetime. So, why not take care of it now and share it here on the Disney Food Blog?

Let me start by saying that [Read more…]