Mouse Bites for February 27, 2015

 the-mara-bobotie-2Bobotie Platter from The Mara

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a busy week here at the blog, especially with a lot of food news coming your way! The biggest news? The menus for the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival were released! I’m so excited for the festival to begin. Fingers crossed that this gloomy weather we’ve been having gets out and stays out by opening day! :) Some of the items were were eating this week included the Bobotie Platter from The Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Masitas de Puerco – Cuban Mojo Marinated Fried Pork Bites – from Bongos Cuban Cafe Express at Downtown Disney West Side.

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In other news, there are new beverages & chef demos at the Epcot F&G Festival. A spring menu is debuting at Raglan Road. Two Downtown Disney Food Trucks to will be receiving new menus. St. Patrick’s Day Gourmet Apple coming to Disneyland Resort is coming to Disneyland Resort, as some fund St. Patrick’s day merchandise will be available on both coasts. Finally, a Cinderella Souvenir Popcorn Bucket is coming soon to Hollywood Studios and will make its way to Disneyland Resort later this spring.

Our friends have been up to some culinary adventures as well!

gasparilla-grill-and-games-great-gaspy-burgerGasparilla Grill and Games’ Grand Gaspy Burger

Josh of Easy WDW has a fantastic review from the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and shares photos of many dishes from several of the resort’s restaurants and his thoughts on them.

old-key-west-goods-food-to-go-caribbean-jerk-chicken-pitaGood’s Food to Go’s Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pita

Sarah of Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW stops by Good’s Food to Go at Old Key West for some of her favorite allergy-friendly chicken tenders and fries.

wolfgang-puck-express-bacon-wrapped-meatloafBacon Wrapped Meatloaf at Wolfgang Puck Express 

Alexis of Gluten Free in Orlando visits Downtown Disney to check out the new Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC and stops by Wolfgang Puck Express.

The Master's CupcakeThe Master’s Cupcake featuring The Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest

Melissa of Rolling with the Magic shares her tips for dining at Be Our Guest during lunch.

Thank your for visiting and we’ll keep you posted on any Disney food news that comes our way over the weekend. Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!

Lunch at Bongos Cuban Café Express

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While enjoying some of the nice weather we’ve been experiencing here in Central Florida, I took advantage of it and did some walking around Downtown Disney. Knowing the lunch hour was drawing near, I decided to stop by Bongos Cuban Café Express on the West Side to get some food to bring home to share with Matt. I placed an order for the Masitas de Puerco, or Cuban Mojo Marinated Fried Pork Bites.

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Cinderella Souvenir Popcorn Bucket Coming Soon

With Disney’s live-action film “Cinderella” being released in March, it’s only reasonable the princess be honored with her own popcorn bucket!

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According to the Disney Parks Blog, you’ll be able to find this souvenir soon at Hollywood Studios at WDW, and it will be released at Disneyland Resort later this spring.

Menus for the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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The menus for the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival have been released (as well as the full Festival Guide – click here for the PDF)! As we have been for the past two years, we are very excited for the start of this festival – be sure to click on the kiosk names to read last year’s reviews. There are 14 kiosks, with three being Joffrey’s Coffee stands. We’ll start at Showcase Plaza and work our way counterclockwise (heading toward the Mexico pavilion). Let’s take a look!

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Urban Farm Eats

  • Kale Salad
  • Quinoa Vegetable “naanwich”
  • Ghost Pepper dusted Tilapia (2014’s above)
  • Cucumber Lemon Spa Water with a sprig of fresh Mint
  • Hess Shirtail Creek Vineyard, Chardonnay
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
  • Urban Mary
  • Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider

Pineapple Promenade

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  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve with Sammy’s Beach Bar Red Head Macadamia Nut Flavored Rum or Parrot Bay Coconut Rum (2013’s above)
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade
  • Berry Tea Cocktail with Twinings Cold-Brewed Mixed Berry Tea
  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • Ace Pineapple Hard Cider

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St. Patrick’s Day Gourmet Apple Coming to Disneyland Resort

Coming March 1st at the Disneyland Resort is this cute St. Patrick’s Day-inspired Gourmet Apple, as reported by the Disney Parks Blog. The apple is dipped in caramel and milk chocolate before being decorated with green sanding sugar and yellow jelly beans, adorned by marshmallow hat.

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Being reintroduced is the Gourmet Apple of the Month, the Triple Chocolate Gourmet Apple, which is dipped in caramel, milk chocolate, rolled in both semi-sweet and white chocolate before being drizzled with milk, dark, and white chocolate. The blog notes that this apple has been a fan favorite for the past two years. These apples can be found at Candy Palace on Main Street, USA, in Disneyland, at Trolley Treats in California Adventure, and at Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. The plush featured in the photo above, as well as a Jessica Rabbit St. Patrick’s Day pin (see on the Disney Parks Blog), will be available at the resorts on both coasts.

Downtown Disney Food Trucks to Get New Menu Items

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Superstar Catering and Fantasy Fare Food Trucks at Downtown Disney are slated to receive revamped menus, as reported by the Disney Parks Blog.

downtown-disney-superstar-catering-truckSuperstar Catering is themed after Hollywood Studios

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Superstar Catering’s brand-new menu will feature a Pork Shank (above) served with Gruyere Macaroni and Cheese, Sausage and Caramelized Onion Flatbread (below), and ‘A Taste of Hollywood Studios,’ (below) which will feature the BLT Soup from Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant and the Famous Cobb Salad and with Mini Grapefruit Cake from The Hollywood Brown Derby.

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Spring Menu Debuts at Raglan Road

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The Disney Parks Blog was able to get a taste of the new dishes and craft cocktails debuting at Raglan Road. The Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch, which runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, starts with a complimentary Suave Smoothie, a seasonal drink with fresh fruit and honey yogurt.

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On the menu is a Pork Hash Tagged (above) – a potato hash with crispy braised pork belly, fried eggs, and a dollop of shallot puree. The Ellis Isle Steak ‘n Eggs features a grilled New York strip steak, roast potatoes, and poached eggs that have been fried and battered. Lighter fare includes Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes (below) with Smoked Salmon on top of thin Potato Cakes, which are made with mashed potatoes and topped with Crème Fraiche and a Caper Dill Vinaigrette. Also available is an Irish Farmhouse Cheese Platter.

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