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Where to find it – Blue Bayou Restaurant, New Orleans Square – Disneyland
What is it – A turkey, ham, and swiss cheese sandwich, lightly battered and fried to a golden brown.
Why you want it – Salty and Sweet and just melts in your mouth.
Photo Credit – Andy Castro via Flickr
Crème brulee is the kind of dessert that is pure comfort food that’s right at home in a more sophisticated restaurant. It’s really just pudding that’s been given the grown-up treatment: Cream instead of milk, cooked on the stove then baked in a water bath, and covered with crackly burnt sugar. Despite its rather fancy pedigree, it’s actually quite easy to make, requiring only that you be able to temper the eggs, which is as simple as whisking warmed eggs into hot cream, and use a small torch to burn the sugar. In fact, it started out as dorm food in England, where students would make it on hotplates. Because there are only a handful of ingredients, it’s important to use the best you can find so that the flavor you’re trying to highlight, usually vanilla, stands out in the best possible way.
Baking is my hobby, so I’m pretty particular about desserts. At a lot of restaurants, I don’t even bother ordering dessert because I know they won’t be that good, however I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how good desserts are at Disney table service restaurants. Even at the buffets, I was blown away by the choices; the dessert at Boma would have been at home at a signature restaurant and the choices at Crystal Palace were a terrific surprise after the food portion of our meal, which was good but not especially remarkable.
Because it’s such a popular choice, you’ll find crème brulee on a number of menus at Disney World and despite feeding thousands of people a day, it will more than likely be good crème brulee. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find bad crème brulee anywhere on Disney property; I haven’t yet. I tend to order it quite often, and as a result, have tried it at a number of Disney restaurants. Here are my top three in no particular order:
- The crème brulee at Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney was a real surprise. WPE is one of my favorite counter service places to eat. I love the sandwiches, pasta and rotisserie chicken. Even the kid’s pizza is good. But the crème brulee was the real surprise. Made with real vanilla beans, it had a nice full flavor and creamy texture that belied the fact that it’s served in what’s essentialy a fast food setting. The real shocker was that it was only $5. Truthfully, it was as good as the crème brulee I’ve had at signature restaurants. WPE is on the dining plan and is one of your best uses of your table service credits, so by all means, make the trip to Downtown Disney and enjoy.
- Narcoossee’s is a great restaurant for a celebration. With a view of Seven Seas Lagoon and the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, it’s a date night kind of place, but it’s still casual enough that you won’t feel uncomfortable if you’ve just come from one of the parks. Narcoossee’s generally focuses on Florida seafood, so you expect to find some form of Key Lime pie on the menu; after all, it’s practically the state dessert. The problem with Key Lime pie served outside of someone’s home is that it’s usually bad, either too sweet or too tart, and covered with canned whipped cream that tastes like a chemistry experiment. Because of this, I stopped ordering it when I go out to eat, however, I made an exception for the key lime crème brulee at Narcoossee’s and I’m glad I did. It’s really excellent. This dessert is sometimes paired with a coconut creme brulee which is also good, but the Key Lime flavor is the clear winner. The flavor is fresh and clean. It’s not like the pie, exactly, but you’ll catch hints of that familiar key lime flavor. I might even like it better than Key Lime pie.
- Okay, I know I said that these were my favorite three were in no particular order, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be the Butterscotch Crème Brulee at California Grill, my absolute favorite Disney restaurant. It comes with two small loaves of banana bread. They’re good and look cute on the plate, but they’re more of an afterthought. There’s also a few slices of bananas that have been given the “brulee” treatment and are surprisingly good, warm and then crunchy at the same time. The crème brulee itself is a step above its plain vanilla cousin. It’s got a deep flavor that isn’t overpowering; it’s more just layered and rich, like the butterscotch pudding you remember as a kid, only so much better. Try it and you’ll be converted. It’s not on the menu all the time, unfortunately, but when it is, it’s a favorite.
So how about you? Do you have a favorite creme brulee at Disney World?
San Antonio tomato grower Radio Disney on a new marketing campaign that will offer consumers free digital music downloads with the purchase of NatureSweet Cherub bite-sized tomatoes.Ltd. is teaming up with
Financial terms of the campaign were not disclosed.
Desert Glory grows and packages sweet Cherub tomatoes in a re-sealable fruit-bowl container under the brand name NatureSweet Tomatoes. Cherubs are twice as sweet as the average tomatoes and are being marketed as a healthy snack for children. Radio Disney reaches a nationwide audience of 22.2 million listeners, mostly children and tweens. Packages will carry a code that parents can use to download music. Radio Disney will promote NatureSweet on its stations and Web site (RadioDisney.com).
As part of this multi-faceted marketing campaign, Desert Glory will sponsor an interactive talent contest and events in 18 markets throughout the country to give away NatureSweet product samples. Some of these top markets include Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The company will also support Radio Disney’s programming feature, “N.B.T.: Making It Big.” N.B.T. stands for Next Big Thing and Radio Disney is searching for the next kid singing sensation. Finalists could land a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
As part of the NatureSweet online talent contest, children aged 6 to 16 will be asked to submit videos showcasing their natural talents inspired by the Cherub tomatoes. Beginning April 18, participants will upload their video entries to the NatureSweet Cherubs Web site (www.cherubstomatoes.com) with a chance to win a trip for four to Los Angeles to attend Radio Disney’s Allstar Weekend for N.B.T. Visitors to the site can also vote on their favorite kid performers.
As a product of a Catholic school education, I am familiar with the confessional, a place where faults and misdeeds are acknowledged and counsel and absolution is given. And don’t forget the dispensation of a healthy dose of penance, of course.
On a recent Friday, the Disney community began bearing its soul on Twitter after KidaniKatie asked, “What #Disney ride haven’t you been on or what famous Disney ride don’t you like? #confessFriday” The result…hours of entertainment and the feeling that you are not alone. Not every seasoned Disney fan has been on Splash Mountain or Tower of Terror and dare I say it, not everyone loves Fantasmic! or The Main Street Electrical Parade.
Katie inspired me to look deep within and confess my Walt Disney World food sins. Right here, right now. There are some Walt Disney World foods that are practically revered in Disney circles. And yet, I have not had them.
Forgive me, for I have never had a Dole Whip.
Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom is the place to get this snack that Disney guests wax poetic about. What is a Dole Whip? Pineapple Soft Serve ice cream. Enough said. If you’re interested in dusting off the ice cream maker and whipping up a batch, the mix can be found here.
I confess Tonga Toast has never touched these lips.
Perhaps it is because I am not a breakfast lover but you don’t have to love the most important meal of the day to enjoy this legendary fried french toast stuffed with bananas and topped with cinnamon sugar from Kona Café in The Polynesian Resort. To make it at home, try it out here.
I regret that I have never had the School Bread.
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, the bakery in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion is famous for this sweet confection. Why have I waited so long to enjoy this pastry that is filled with sweet vanilla custard and dipped in not only powdered sugar glaze, but also shredded coconut? AJ from the Disney Food Blog has the recipe.
So, how do I call myself a Disney fan and yet I have not had these delectable Disney treats? It’s simple, some of the Disney magic would be lost for me if I had gone on every ride, seen every attraction, eaten at every Disney restaurant, and sampled every Disney snack. I like having a perpetual Disney must-do list, a list that will thankfully never be empty. With this list, I can dream of another trip where I’ll add new experiences to old favorites and create unforgettable Disney memories.
What’s my penance, you may ask? I’m afraid I must take as many Disney trips as necessary to rectify the situation.
What are your Walt Disney World food confessions? I cannot offer absolution but I can say you’ll feel better after you confess your Disney Food transgressions. I know I do.
Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe.
Photo Credits: Hello Sandy, EmilyGracey, and chadandjen07 via flickr.
WISHES DESSERT PARTY RETURNS. Make your reservation for this exclusive party that resumes Sunday, March 28, at Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom. For $25.99, $13.99 ages 3 to 9, you can settle in an hour before the Wishes nighttime spectacular and enjoy all the sweets you care to eat with coffee, tea and other beverages. And plenty of fantastic viewing spots for the fireworks. Call 407-WDW-DINE and pick a date except for April 23, 24 and 30 and May 1 when the party is on hold for Grad Nite in the Magic Kingdom. (Magic Kingdom admission is required.) If you show up without a reservation, you can try to reserve a spot – but we recommend calling ahead. Even guests with sugar-free diets can enjoy this sweet ending – just ask a cast member for assistance.
FRIES ARE BACK AT STUDIO CATERING COMPANY! As much as we love to eat healthfully, French fries just taste better when we’re indulging on vacation. And fries are back on the all-new menu at Studio Catering Company (just past Toy Story Mania) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. OK, healthful options abound, like a veggie sandwich and a grilled turkey club, but we splurged for the new buffalo chicken sandwich and give it high marks too. For kids, pb&j sammies are tops. Best of all, you can grab a cocktail a refreshing margarita (5 kinds) or piña colada at the adjacent cocktail bar. Now that’s vacation.
NEW EVENING HOURS FOR ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS GRILL. With 15 screens for keeping tabs on sports action, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill is the perfect place for a quick supper — anything from a pastrami on rye with a cold brew to a Greek salad with a glass of Chardonnay. New hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Monday (with daytime hours to support sports activities). And buses now run to the complex from Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Guests can redeem a quick-service Disney Dining Plan coupon for both meals and snacks.