Dawa Bar’s African Bloody Mary

Early last week on the Disney Parks Blog, it was announced that some new Bloody Marys would be joining the mix at Dawa Bar in the Harambe section of Animal Kingdom. This, along with a 9am opening time, made both Matt and I happy campers.

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The selections are as follows, and they used Comic Sans on the menu, so you KNOW they mean business. The Loaded Bloody Mary Mix is Finest Call brand, and features tomato juice, Worcestershire, horseradish, jalapeno puree, and lemon juice (along with a bunch of other stuff in their ingredient list you probably don’t want to know). On a side note, despite the horseradish, which Matt can’t stand, it’s not overly used in this mix, and he’s been fine with the mix in the past. Each cocktail will set you back $9.50.

Discovery Island Bloody Mary: Grey Goose Vodka, Loaded Bloody Mary Mix, Lime Juice, and Olive Juice, garnished with Parsley and a skewer of Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, Basil and Stuffed Olive

Dawa Bloody Mary: Our Signature Bloody Mary. Grey Goose Vodka, Loaded Bloody Mary Mix, Worcestershire Sauce, and Horseradish, garnished with Basil Leaf and a skewer of Truffle and Blue Cheese-stuffed Olive and Prosciutto

Asian Bloody Mary: Grey Goose Vodka, Loaded Bloody Mary Mix, Kim Chee-Sriracha Puree, garnished with Asian Slaw (cucumber, carrot, daikon radish, and Tandoori Shrimp)

African Bloody Mary: Grey Goose Vodka, Loaded Bloody Mary Mix, and Spicy African Berbere Sauce, garnished with Berbere-rubbed Beef Jerky, Celery Stalk, Carrot, and Parsley

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While Matt is particularly interested in both the Asian and African Bloody Marys, he didn’t accompany on my trip to Animal Kingdom to check them out. It sounds like that will be remedied quickly, so we’ll have a few more reviews of the other drinks in the future. For my visit, however, I opted for the African Bloody Mary.

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Lunch at the Refurbished Capt. Cook’s

With major refurbishments occurring at the Polynesian Resort, Capt. Cook’s, the quick service restaurant located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House, reopened late last week. Matt and I stopped in to check it out, and it hasn’t changed substantially, but it certainly is refreshed and brighter.

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Gone are the touch screen ordering kiosks. Instead, you place your order with a Cast Member. You can see their podium toward the middle of the photo below. From here, you receive your order ticket and collect your beverages and other goodies and head to the register. As before, there are places for two Cast Members to ring up your order, and you’ll receive a pager that will buzz when your food is ready.

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As you may have heard, the self-serve Dole Whip machine is gone, but the frozen treat will make its return at the end of August at Pineapple Lanai, a new window that will be located in the courtyard.

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New Limited Time Menu Items at Earl of Sandwich

It looks like we got the Fajita Chicken Sandwich just in time, because Earl of Sandwich has just released their latest round of Limited Time sandwiches. We’re seeing the return of the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, which we tried last year, and features pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and cole slaw. They’re also serving a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, which features their grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, diced celery, and  bleu cheese dressing.

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Grilled Chicken Mac ‘N’ Cheese has also made the menu, which is made with elbow pasta, cheddar cheese, grilled chicken, and panko bread crumbs. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookie. I’m definitely interested in trying the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, just to see how much heat it brings. That cookie might makes it’s way into my order, too. Will you be trying any of the new items?

Golden Oak Outpost’s New Menu Items

Last week, Disney introduced a new menu at Golden Oak Outpost, located next to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom. The new focus of the station is on Waffle Fries, and Sweet Potato Nuggets have been introduced. I stopped by the park to check out some of the new items to share with you.

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The Brown Gravy and Cheese Waffle Fries feature White Cheddar, and these were the fries that stood out to me the most. If I hadn’t been flying solo, I likely would have ordered another variety. The Tex-Mex Waffle Fries sound pretty good, as the relish sounds similar to the Black Bean Salsa they serve at Tortuga Tavern. I’m familiar with the Barbecue Pork and Slaw thanks to Casey’s Corner, and that’s more Matt’s thing anyway. The BLT version looks pretty sad to me with its pale shredded lettuce.

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Mouse Bites for August 17, 2014

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Another week is in the books, and, unfortunately, almost another weekend as well. We paid a visit to Earl of Sandwich for their Limited Time Fajita Chicken Sandwich which came out a few months ago. We made our way to Coronado Springs for Drinks at Laguna Bar and Lunch at Pepper Market. Raglan Road announced their upcoming 3rd Annual ‘Great Irish Hooley.’ Over at Epcot, we enjoyed Lunch at Tokyo DiningNew Items were announced at Golden Oak Outpost in the Magic Kingdom, and we’ll have a review shortly! There was a sneak peek of Villains Unleashed Merchandise, Food & Beverages. We also opened up a bag of Calbee Cheese-Bit for our “Snacks from…” series. Finally, a new Ultimate Day VIP Tour at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival was announced.

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Now let’s see what our friends have been up to! With Food & Wine on our heels, the beers that we’ll see have become popular.

The Beers and Ears crew samples New Belgium Snapshot. I’ll be honest – I’d buy this one just for the awesome label!

Danny of The Hyperion Papers opens up a bottle of Wild Hare Pale Ale.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week, everyone!

Ultimate Day VIP Tour at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Do you have moths flying out of your wallet yet? No? Well a new Epcot International Food & Wine Festival VIP experience has been announced!

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The daylong Ultimate Day VIP Tour at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins at the VIP Lounge within the Festival Center at the Wonder’s Retreat. The tour includes “Champagne, a beverage tasting, six-course tapas-style lunch, wine, private backstage tours, time on some of the most popular Epcot attractions, food and beverage pairings with Disney chefs, VIP seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, reserved seating for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks spectacular and more.” You’ll travel around World Showcase with Disney VIP guides as well, “highlighting special moments not everyone gets to experience.”

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Snacks from Japan: Calbee Cheese-Bit

Our “Snacks from…” series treats you to different snacks found in the World Showcase pavilions at Epcot. Find more reviews here! Continuing our series, we head to Mitsukoshi in the Japan Pavilion!

 Today’s Snack from Japan is Calbee’s Cheese-Bit. Matt and I are both fans of cheese flavored snacks, so he was probably happy to see me come home with these as opposed to some of the seafood flavored items I sometimes buy when I’m at Mitsukoshi. The package boasts that this snack has been part of the Calbee lineup since 1978. It also advertises that it uses three cheeses, which appear to be a cheddar, a brie, and perhaps cheese tara (those stick-like pieces).

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