Disney Food Pics of the Week: Desserts I’d Love To Try

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 are three desserts I’d love to try!

Here’s a gorgeous shot of the Warm Chocolate Espresso Tart at Disney California Adventure’s Wine Country Trattoria. Photographer: Kirsten Marie

warm chocolate espresso tart at Wine Country Trattoria

This Chai Cream dessert at Sanaa has been called addictive! Photographer: [Read more…]

Guest Review: Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbour House

Thanks to Bill Iadonisi for this guest review of a favorite Magic Kingdom counter-service eatery — Columbia Harbour House! Take it away, Bill!

With 98 restaurants on property and counting, Walt Disney World is a food connoisseur’s Mecca. With offerings from German, American, Asian, Haute Cuisine, Bistro and everything in between, there is something for every discriminating palate. Even guests with any food allergies can be accommodated. But an important part of the food scene in Disney is the counter-service or “quick service” restaurants. They are vital for two main reasons: Time and Money. But mention quick-service and most conjure up the universal burger, french fries, chicken fingers and Mac and cheese. Yes, there are restaurants that do serve up these perennial favorites, but there are many wonderful alternatives with the [Read more…]

“You Won’t Believe This!” Snack: Giant Gummy Bear

OK, I think it’s part of my job to keep you guys updated on fun and delicious Disney foods that you can find in Disney Parks and Resorts. This is why I’m always showcasing things like the butterfinger cupcake, that incredible Earl of Sandwich brownie frosting sandwich of wonderfulness, and plastic cheese.

But sometimes, a food makes it into the list of “You Won’t Believe This!” Snacks not because it’s heaven on Earth to eat, but because it strikes just the right combination of creepy, alien, and partly-delicious/partly-gross to be outrageous. Today, that’s the Giant Gummy Bear.

Introduction to the Giant Gummy Bear
That’s right. These are gummy bears that are big enough to sit on their own bums.

We’ve talked about gummies at Disney Parks before, but these are another thing entirely. At 4 inches tall and over [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 17, 2010

Woo hoo! Just wanted to remind everyone before we start the round-up: We were finally able to announce the winners of the WDW Foodie Fest Scavenger Hunt! (And thank the volunteers and sponsors as well!)

Thanks to all 300+ (!!) folks who came to celebrate with us at the 2010 WDW Foodie Fest! Stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog Newsletter, and Disney Food Blog on twitter and facebook for details about the 2011 WDW Foodie Fest. It will be held in the beginning of October 2011, and there may be some surprises in store… ;-)

Now, on to the Round-Up!

StitchKingdom reports on Day 1 of D23’s Sip and Stroll event in Epcot, including Dave Smith’s retirement dinner!

DisZine has a great review of Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort! Check out that Key Lime Tart!

Epcot Crowd at Wine and Dine Half Marathon After-Party

Touring Plans‘ blogger Caroline Baggerly recaps and shares her opinion on her experience running the brand new Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, which took place in Walt Disney World on October 2nd as part of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival opening weekend.

Disney Every Day has some great photos from a trip around the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

BritMick has a fun review of Kouzzina by Cat Cora!

Eating (And Drinking) Around the World has an awesome review of the Beer and Sake seminars at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic from last weekend. Check it out!

Wine-Oh Of The Year offers a trip report of their visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival — with special attention paid to the wine, of course.

Everything WDW has a great review of Epcot’s Via Napoli.

Main Street Gazette reviews the Singapore Booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Eating Around WDW shares a review of Sci-Fi Dine-in at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

HeatherW.com is back with some more great Disney Food scrapbooking layouts! Here’s Main Street Bakery and Birthday at Chef Mickey’s!

Mousekefoodie discusses Kimonos at the Swan.

Armchair Imagineers have a very cool review of their visit to the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic as well!

Finally, thanks again to StitchKingdom for sharing the links to the third and fourth parts of the Disneyland Paris Mickey Cookie Decorating Competition!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures: Puerto Rico, Hops & Barley, Poland Booths

It’s time for more 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth food pictures! As always, if you want to see full coverage of each booth — including food pictures, menus, and pricing — check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Just click on any booth Country name for detailed information — they’re being updated as new photos come in.

Puerto Rico
I’m pretty sure Puerto Rico was my husband’s favorite booth, and in spite of the slight cilantro taste to the soup, it was one of my favorites as well! The incredible medianoche sandwich was a surprising winner — savory, warm, and just perfect for a midnight kitchen raid! ;-) And the asopao de pollo had some serious flavor going on! It was a huge portion, and delicious.

The Bacardi Torched Frozen Cherry Colada was incredible. Creamy, cool, sweet, and just enough tang to keep you interested. It is one of my favorite items in the festival! You can see more pictures, the full menu, and prices on our Puerto Rico Booth Page!

Asopao de Pollo (Chicken Soup with Rice)

medianoche sandwich

Bacardi Frozen Torched Cherry Colada

Hops & Barley
Slightly new this year at Hops & Barley is the pecan bread pudding. While there was something similar served at the New Orleans booth last year, this fit the bill as a sweet, thoroughly [Read more…]

Announcing the DisMarks Disney Blog Carnival, 11th Edition!

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The Eleventh Edition of the Disney Blog Carnival was published on Tuesday! It’s a compendium of dozens of articles about my favorite subject: Disney, so head over to the site, support your favorite (and some new!) Disney bloggers, and get updated on the latest Disney news.

Topics this week include opinions about the new Let the Memories Begin campaign at Disney parks, a primer on signature dining options in Disney World, a debate on whether Fastpass should be unlimited, a look at Frontierland Station, and lots more!

The Disney Blog Carnival has dozens of articles about Disney from your favorite new and veteran Disney bloggers — can’t wait to hear what you think!

While you’re at DisMarks, stick around and vote for your favorite promoted and upcoming stories and links! Found a great Disney website or blog post? Submit it to DisMarks and share it with other Disney fans!

Now, just in case you weren’t sure… [Read more…]

Fun Gifts For the Disney Grillmaster

These can be found at shops throughout Walt Disney World and are perfect for the grillmaster in your life!

First, a fun grill tools set — notice the hidden Mickey in the spatula?

Mickey Mouse Grillmaster Tools

And here are some great spices, seasonings, and sauces to sample! Oh Boy, That’s Good Dry Meat Rub; Oh Boy, That’s Good Chicken Dry Chicken Rub; and Sweet-As-Minnie Barbecue [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminar Review: Chefs Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey

OK. Not really. But I did spend an hour with them. And about 50 other people! ;-)

That’s right, I pulled myself out of bed the day the Epcot Food and Wine Festival low-cost seminars went on sale and booked this one first! I’m a huge fan of Chef Gerhard’s and couldn’t wait to see what he and wife Chef Lisa Bailey would prepare! I knew they owned and operated d Bar Desserts in Denver, so I was assuming it’d be something delicious and sweet!

Dessert Sandwich Situation
After taking my seat in the seminar I was excited to read that we’d be watching Keegan and Lisa create a “Dessert Sandwich Situation.” What’s that? A combination of brioche, vanilla butter, raspberry compote, chocolate ganache, and almond ice milk. Sounds pretty [Read more…]

Even MORE Halloween Treats in Disney Parks…

Disney Parks keep treating us to more fun Halloween sweets! Here are a few more we found since our previous Disney Parks Halloween Cupcakes post and More Disney Parks Halloween Treats post:

Disneyland recently introduced this very cool Jack Skellington caramel apple:

Jack Skellington Apple in Disneyland

I saw these adorable ghost cupcakes in the Main Street Confectionery in Disney World:

Ghost Cupcakes

Here’s a fun chocolate mousse treat you can get in Disney’s Animal [Read more…]

Disneyland’s World of Color Picnic Review: The All American Picnic

This summer, Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort premiered its new nighttime spectacular — World of Color. Because they knew demand for viewing would be high, they also announced World of Color Dining Packages and World of Color Picnics that guests could book ahead of time to lock in their viewing spot!

Heather Sievers, the multi-talented inventor of Time Out Spots AND our Disneyland correspondent and food expert, got the chance to try out the World of Color picnic recently! Here’s her review…

Since we like to explore all Disney dining options, and my family had already done the World of Color Premium Dining at Ariel’s Grotto, our next step was to check out the World of Color Picnic Meals.

Picnic Specifics
I have to say for the price, you really can not go wrong. Picnic meals can be ordered one to 30 days in advance. You must order them online and then pick up your “voucher” at the main entrance ticket booths. Meals are just $12.99 for annual pass holders and $14.99 without a pass (still a bargain!) and must be picked up just around the corner from the Wine Country Trattoria. There are a handful of options, but in our case, we ordered “All Americans” all around.

World of Color Picnic Options -- Click for Larger Version

The “All American” Picnic includes:
Cold-honey stung fried chicken
Green and red cabbage cole slaw with apple cider dressing
Old fashioned potato salad with [Read more…]