New Menu Items at Flo’s V8 Cafe at California Adventure

While we have our fair share of food news here on the East Coast at WDW Resort, some changes are making their way to Flo’s V8 Cafe at California Adventure. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the restaurant sees a few new additions to the menu, with some old favorites remaining or seeing a slight revamp.

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New items include BBQ Pork Ribs which features with House-made Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce served with Mashed Potatoes and Signature Cole Slaw (this dish replaces the former Pork Loin). While it’s noted the dish is served with mashed potatoes and slaw, the picture shows Mac & Cheese as opposed to the potatoes. My understanding is you are able to substitute the  sides you want.

The Roast Beef and Cheddar is served on a Garlic-Chive Bun and is topped with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish Aïoli. Slaw comes on the side. The Turkey Dip is served on a Potato Ginder Roll, topped with Provolone Cheese and served with Turkey Au Jus and “Radiator” Pasta Salad. Also known for their dessert pies, a Coconut Cream Pie has been added to the lineup. In addition to Racer 5 Pale Ale IPA, you’ll also find Grand Am Beer on draft.

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Remaining on the menu are the Spit-fired Rotisserie Quarter Chicken Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables as well as the Veggie-Tater Bake, which features Bulgur Wheat, Roasted Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes topped with Cheddar Cheese served with fresh Fruit. Those wanting to recreate the dish at home can find the recipe here. The Citrus Turkey Salad sees some changes, now featuring Mixed Greens, Carrots, Cucumbers and Yellow Peppers with a Citrus-Tarragon Dressing and served with a Garlic Chive Roll.

For our West Coast readers and those visiting California Adventure soon, let us know what you think of the changes. Is Flo’s V8 Cafe one of your favorite quick service stops in the park?

Electric Umbrella’s French Dip Burger & Menu Update

We’re all friends here, right? Right. So it’s safe to say Disney burgers aren’t the brightest star in the sky. Once in a while, you’ll get a surprise hidden gem. But “acceptable” is pretty good in the grand scheme of things, unfortunately. That being said, Electric Umbrella, located in Future World at Epcot, recently had a menu update. The former Macaroni & Cheese Burger, which I can proudly say I never reviewed, has been replaced by a French Dip Burger. Some other items have changed as well, and vegetarians may (or may not) want to brace themselves, because there is something on the menu for them that ISN’T a veggie burger.

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But first, the burger. The French Dip Burger gets rid of that grainy mac & cheese and instead adds Brisket, Crispy Onions, and Muenster Cheese to their 1/3lb Angus Burger. The burger comes with grapes or fries, but chances are you won’t be asked and will receive fries. Side note: They don’t have RFID soda here yet, so you can refill to your heart’s content.

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Mouse Bites for September 14, 2014

50s-prime-time-cafe-tune-in-lounge-fried-herb-and-garlic-cheese-2Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese from Tune-In Lounge/50’s Prime Time Cafe

What a week! We got some Hollywood Studios time in and visited Tune-In Lounge, Writer’s Stop, and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater!  Trattoria al Forno released some details on the attire to be worn by Cast Members, giving us a glimpse of the decor of the restaurant. Over at Disneyland, Trader Sam’s will be hosting a Mahaloween Luau. We added some Star Wars in our diet with R2-D2 Rebel Raspberry Sours. Big River will be hosting their annual Oktoberfest Tapping Party on the 19th. Finally, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival-goers will want to give the Food & Wine Tracker a go on their iPhones (non-iOS-ers can utilize a web version!).

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Nick & Nora of Extra WDW Magic visit bluezoo during Magical Dining Month.

sanaa-indian-style-bread-serviceSanaa’s Bread Service

Ryan at Main Street Gazette takes a look at Sanaa.

2014-flower-garden-hanami-japanese-popped-rice-cake2014’s Flower & Garden Coverage

It almost feels like the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival just ended, but Amanda of Disney Every Day has the scoop on 2015’s dates!

riverside-mill-muffuletta-flatbread-1Riverside Mill’s odd Muffuletta Flatbread

Gluten Free diners can enjoy WDW a little bit easier with the addition of Gluten Free-specific menus on property. Sarah of Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW has the menus from Kona Cafe and ABC Commissary.  She also has a review from Riverside Mill Food Court at Port Orleans Riverside.

Thank you for stopping by, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Plan Your Food & Wine Festival with Dave’s Food and Wine Tracker

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins in ONE WEEK, and David Kennedy of disneypodcast.net wants to make your experience at the Festival a little bit easier to navigate. He’s created the Food and Wine Tracker app for iOS (iPhone), and it’s available for FREE.

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Dave decided to create the app per a friends suggestion to make an app that makes the event a bit more social. Whether you’re at the festival or just seeing what’s happening, you can see which dishes are trending and what’s getting good reviews. Did you try a dish? You can give it a thumbs up or down, write a review, or rate it on a 5-star scale. There’s also an option to Tweet about it, and it uses #EpcotFoodAndWine as the hashtag so you can see what others are tweeting about during the Festival. For those without iOS, there is a basic web version here you can access in your phone, tablet, or computer’s browser.

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Big River Grille & Brewing Works’ 2014 Oktoberfest Tapping Party

Put  down your Pumpkin Spiced Everything and raise your glasses! It’s time for Big River Grille & Brewing Works’ Oktoberfest Tapping Party! The party will be held Friday, September 19th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Big River located at the BoardWalk Inn.

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There will be $2 bratwurst sandwiches and hot pretzels, as well as $3 Oktoberfest Bier in the Bier Garden. There will be music and a giveaway with proceeds benefiting Give Kids the World.

While I’m not sure this is still the case (as it was when I attempted to go a few years ago), the food, beverages, and raffle tickets in the Bier Garden, which is set up outside on the boardwalk, are cash only. Hopefully they’ve enhanced their technology over the years. Also, get there early, as the limited seating fills up quickly, and people like to save WAY more seats than the number of people in their group that is present. They also don’t like to share… We’ll just grab a glass inside the restaurant sometime. :)

Lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

While counter service is not what many would consider top-notch at Hollywood Studios, their table service restaurants are some of my favorites when it comes to fun theming. The Sci-Fi Dine-In theater is one of my favorite places in the park for atmosphere, transporting guests to a drive-in movie playing old sci-fi film clips and cartoons on the big screen.

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My friend Jen and I managed to score a car seat for two without a reservation, and we were so happy to be able to get in when the Disney app showed no availability for us. Unless you get one of the “umbrella” tables in the back of the restaurant, there is only a glow from the light tucked into the seat in front of you. This makes for not-so-fantastic pics, even with a decent camera, so I apologize (I won’t use flash in consideration of other diners, though I did quickly use the flashlight on my iPhone to grab one quick pic of my dish).

Jen ordered the Salmon BLT, which Matt had on our last visit. The sandwich is served on a crusty French Roll with Arugula, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Bacon, Red Onion, and Chili-Chive Aioli. She noted that the salmon wasn’t overly-fishy, and there was a good balance with the other elements of the sandwich, with the exceptions of the red onion. She said they were a bit overpowering.

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Star Wars R2-D2 Rebel Raspberry Sours

It’s been a few years since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, and we Disney fans are no stranger to finding Star Wars merchandise in the parks. This series of candy isn’t new to the market, nor is it exclusive to Disney, but I thought it would be a fun review and bring a little more Star Wars to the blog, which, in our nearly 3.5 year history, only first did this past summer with the Yoda Cupcake sold during Star Wars Weekends!

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Now, I can’t say I’m a Star Wars megafan or anything (I’m more into Indy and Labyrinth), but I did enjoy the movies – it’s been a while since I’ve seen them, though. I can say that I have a soft spot for R2-D2, so a little tin of him filled with candies was an easy choice to add to my shopping basket.

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