Category Archives: Good Eats
New eats and treats are making their way through the menus in the Magic Kingdom.
In the eats department
- Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland) is serving 1/3 pound angus burger, beef salad, vegetable sandwich, turkey sandwich, deluxe chili dog and gelato.
- Columbia Inn Harbor House (Liberty Square) is offering baked salmon with couscous, lobster roll, broccoli peppercorn salad and steamed fresh broccoli.
- Also changing, the price of soda (a.k.a. “pop” for those of us from the mid-west) has increased from $2.19 to $2.59 and from $2.49 to $2.89.
In the treats department
- The Frontierland Pretzel Wagon (between Pecos Bill Cafe and the Diamond Horseshoe) is now test driving the Mickey pretzel, which is popular in the Disneyland parks. Cheese and chocolate dipping sauces are available for your pretzel for an additional cost.
It’s nice to see Disney expanding the menus at quick service restaurants but there are some old favorites I’d love to see come back on the menu…mainly the ham sandwich at Columbia Inn Harbor House…it was topped with that delicious broccoli slaw…those were the days!
What menu item/snack do you miss the most?
- Guest Review: New Columbia Harbour House Menu in Magic Kingdom (disneyfoodblog.com)
- The Most Talked-About Treat at Disney Parks (chipandco.com)
One of my favorite table service restaurants is Boma – Flavors of Africa, which can be found at my favorite resort, the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Breakfast here is standard fare, but dinner time comes alive with a traditional African buffet that is full of authentic flavors and tempting varieties. To me, the dark wood and low lighting of the Animal Kingdom Lodge is so inviting and comfortable. I love the ambiance as well as the food, service and unique Disney style found here.
Boma is a non-character dining experience but you are free to explore to the savannah viewing area outside the main lobby either before or after dinner and see some beautiful animals typical to the African region. Boma and Jiko share a common area, so it can get a little crowded at check-in but they seem to have the system down and will offer you a pager to carry with you while you explore or have a seat, if available.
Once you are seated, your server will soon arrive to take your drink orders and explain how the buffet works. I always drink the Jungle Juice as it is super refreshing and tasty. The server will explain that the buffet is broken into pods: soups, salads, breads and hummus, meats – you get the idea, and there are many choices at each pod. There is a section which contains normal, American foods for the less-adventurous kids, but they are also welcome to try some new things in a nonthreatening atmosphere as the foods at Boma are not extremely exotic nor strange.
Please note that I have found that the buffet menu changes but the foods are always delicious.
A special note for anyone with food allergies: the ingredient lists of the food items are not displayed and several items, such as the salmon, contain nuts so please request a walk-through with the chef when you get there if you have allergies. They are happy to assist and we want you to be safe rather than sorry.
Oh, did you say dessert? One of my favorite WDW desserts of all time is Zebra Domes. I absolutely never turn them down. The Boma also serves warm desserts, such as a wonderful Banana and Butterscotch Pudding and a Fruit Cobbler.
Both the food quality and service are exceptional at this table service restaurant in my opinion. If you are staying at the AKL or just looking for a great dining experience, you will not be disappointed. Being a Texan, we fell in love with the Pork Ribs and delicious sauces. I asked the waiter if I could have the recipes and, true to Disney form, they were happy to accommodate. They took my name and address and within a week I was mailed the recipes on beautiful stationery. Because I love sharing, here they are. Enjoy!
3 pounds Baby Back Ribs
1 quart White Vinegar
½ cup Fresh Ginger, chopped
3 T. Kosher Salt
Favorite BBQ Sauce
In a large pan, add the first four ingredients to 1 gallon of water. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and let simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from the water and cool.
Put on the grill and barbecue with your favorite BBQ sauce.
Yield: 2 servings
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Soy Sauce, low sodium
½ cup Water
3 T. Garlic Bulbs, peeled and chopped
1 T. Ginger Root, peeled and chopped
½ bunch Scallions, white only
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a non-reactive pot (non aluminum pot) and reduce to simmer until thick. Strain and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Boma Mustard Sauce
Yield: 1 ½ quarts
1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce*
1 T. Coleman Mustard (dry)
1 cup Brown Sugar
½ can or 3 oz. Chipotle Pepper
1 ½ cups Dijon Mustard
1 ½ cups Honey
In a blender or food processor, place the chipotle pepper and teriyaki sauce. Puree until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to puree until smooth. Stop and check flavors.
* Teriyaki Sauce can be a store bought brand.
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- Disney World Quick Tips – Disney Food for Less (chipandco.com)
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Wilderness Lodge is a popular, deluxe resort at Walt Disney World. Since it opened in 1994, guests have been enjoying this adventurous yet noble resort and all of its offerings. While there is a lot to see, do, and appreciate about Wilderness Lodge, check out my top 5 best things about this fantastic Disney resort!
1. Theme-Part of Wilderness Lodge’s appeal is its Pacific Northwest theme. When you stay or visit Wilderness Lodge, you truly feel as if you have left central Florida for a retreat at one of our nation’s national parks. It’s like two vacations in one! Where else can you experience the wonders of the West in comfort and luxury with a Disney twist!
2. Price-While Wilderness Lodge is a deluxe resort with close proximity to the Magic Kingdom, it typically runs cheaper than the majority of other deluxe resorts. Part of the reason for this is because Wilderness Lodge does not provide monorail transportation and the rooms are smaller in comparison to other deluxe rooms. However, for guests and families on a budget, this resort is a little more economical while still ofering the deluxe experience and its benefits.
3. Dining-Wilderness Lodge offers some great dining options! First of all, there’s the Whispering Canyon Cafe. This table service restaurant is quite an adventure with hilarious waiters, stick horse races around the restaurant, and delicious, hearty homecooked selections! Artist Point is a signature restaurant offering refined, American dishes. Dining here is a luxurious and scrumptious experience; and many consider it a hidden gem in the Disney dining world. Finally, for a quick meal or snack, there’s the Roaring Fork. It’s a mini-food court with seating both indoors and out, great for families on-the-go or on a budget. For more info on Wilderness Lodge dining, check out this post here!
4. Design-Wilderness Lodge was actually designed after the real lodges in the West. The lobby is breathtaking with its giant log columns and beams, 7 story high ceiling, and warm, earthy colors. There’s also a towering fireplace that’s 82 feet tall representing the layers of the Grand Canyon, along with cozy rockers situated nearby. Along with a variety of artwork and historical displays to enjoy, the lobby also holds a bubbling spring that flows under a bridge and out into the resort’s main pool. The rooms here also follow the resort’s design of rugged elegance, as evidenced by the log beds and furniture, rustic light fixtures, and nature inspired artwork.
5. Location-Wilderness Lodge is located on Seven Seas Lagoon, the same lake shared by the Magic Kingdom and other deluxe resorts. The Magic Kingdom is only a short, picturesque boat ride away; and right next door to this resort is Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. You can reach Fort Wilderness by boat or walking trail for more outdoor fun and other dining and entertainment opportunities.
So what do you like about Wilderness Lodge? Comment below and share your experiences!
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On a hot afternoon, nothing is better than a shaved ice, or kakigori, from the little cart in front of the Japan pavilion at Epcot. A brain freeze is inevitable as we slurp the icy, sweet treat.
Now the cart, just reopened this week, has as new name – Kabuki Cafe – and new tastes, the kind of satisfying nibbles you can eat and still stroll. The shaved ice still is there, but now the menu includes edamame (steamed soybeans in the pod) and meal-in-a-bowl miso soup, plus sweet plum wine and sake. And smoothie and ice cream cups join the sweet line-up.
Delicious salty-sweet tastes for munching and strolling World Showcase Lagoon.
Source Disney Parks Blog
Where is it? Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review – Fort Wilderness Campground, Walt Disney World
What is it? Delectably rich Strawberry Shortcake, loaded with strawberries and topped with creamy whipped topping.
Why you want it? It’s yummy deliciousness in a cold metal bowl. It’s been one of my favorite desserts since I was a child. What’s the best thing about it? They sing the “Strawberry Shortcake” song to let you know it’s comin’, and they’ll keep bringin’ ya more until you’re done!
Yield: Approx. ½ Sheet Pan (17″ x 12″)
Yellow Pound Cake
1 ¼ pound Cake Flour
1 ¼ pound Granulated Sugar
¼ ounce Baking Powder
½ ounce Salt
½ pound Shortening
¼ pound Butter
8 ounces Milk
4 ounces Milk
½ ounce Vanilla
(Almond Extract can be substituted for vanilla)
1) Sift and blend all dry ingredients from Step 1 together. Add shortening, butter, milk, and mix 5-7 minutes at low speed.
2) Combine all ingredients from Step 2 together and blend lightly.
3) Add liquid mix from Step 2 to Step 1 in three parts, scraping down bowl between. Bake at 350 degrees until tester inserted into cake comes out clean.
Topping: Add whipped cream and Smucker’s Frozen Strawberries (thawed) to taste.
- Snack Series: Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake at Boardwalk Bakery (disneyfoodblog.com)