Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe

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It’s been a good year and a half since I last visited Whispering Canyon Cafe for dinner, so after a day at the Magic Kingdom, we were looking for somewhere to go for dinner. I was able to get a last minute reservation for four at the nearby Whispering Canyon Cafe located in the Wilderness Lodge. My family hadn’t been there in ages, and my youngest sister, from what we could recall, had never been. I warned her about the shenanigans that occur at the restaurant, and our server could read we were just there to be spectators.

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My sister and I weren’t very hungry, so we stuck to the appetizer menu. We started with the Flash Fried Navajo Bread, a dish I wanted to try on my last visit with Matt. The crisp yet chewy dough is served with Citrus-Honey and Tomato Jam, which bring a nice sweet and slightly acidic bite to the bread. My sister and I both liked it, but my mom tried a piece and wasn’t a fan of it’s chewiness. Although, I think because it had been sitting by the time she tried a piece, it was a bit chewier than when it was fresh.

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My sister ordered the Slow-smoked Pulled Pork Spring Rolls which come with a Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce. For $12.49, the portion seems a bit skimpy, but she thought they were good. She offered me a bite to try, and the pork was really smoky. I might have to give these a try at home with some leftover smoked pork we have in the freezer.

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Lunch at Tokyo Dining

Matt and I are fans of sushi, so with my youngest sister in town for a visit, we were both happy that she wanted to eat at Tokyo Dining while at Epcot. After an initial snafu of a screaming-bloody-murder child seated next to us, the manager was swift to apologize when the family was asked to leave (I do believe they had finished their meal and were just “hanging out” at this point). Hey, I get it. It’s Disney and there are kids. But there is a point when EVERYONE in the restaurant is angrily glancing at your table where you *might* want to consider scooping up the little banshee and head out. Just saying. :)

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Matt and I both stuck to sushi, even though I was a big fan of the Bento Box I ordered on my last visit. Matt ordered two rolls: The Philadelphia Roll, which features Salmon, Cream Cheese, Green Onion, and Sesame Seed, and the Volcano Roll, a combination of California Roll with Spicy Chili-Mayonnaise Sauce with Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, Smelt Roe, and Tempura Crunch. The Philadelphia Roll was pretty standard, and while I didn’t have a piece myself, it was “fine.” Personally, I’m not much of a fan of Philadelphia Rolls, and I was a bit surprised Matt ordered it, too.  On a previous visit, he ordered it and said it wasn’t something he’d order again. Go figure!

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The Volcano Roll fared much better, thanks to the kick from the chili-mayonnaise and crunch from the tempura.

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Mouse Bites for January 23, 2015

superstar-catering-food-truck-trattoria-al-forno-beef-and-spinach-meatball-sourdough-bread-bowl-3Beef and Spinach Meatball in a Sourdough Bread Bowl from the Food Truck Takeover

It’s been a bit quiet here at the blog this week due to family being in town and travel, but we definitely have more reviews up our sleeve for you! While the Food Truck Takeover only lasted a few days at Downtown Disney, I managed to stop by and sample one of the dishes Trattoria al Forno was serving up at Superstar Catering.

2014-food-wine-puerto-rico-flancocho-2Puerto Rico’s Flancocho at the 2014 F&W Festival

In food news, Orange County Restaurant Week will run from March 1-7 out in California. On the Disney Dream and Fantasy ships, Remy will offer caviar selections and seasonal truffle menu. Finally, the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival dates have been set! Mark your calendars for September 25th through November 16th, for a total of 53 Days. Which dishes are you hoping will return?

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

flying-fish-cafe-breakfast-frittataBreakfast Fritatta from Trattoria al Forno, served temporarily at Flying Fish Cafe

Sarah of Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW visits Trattoria al Forno for breakfast.

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Estelle at This Happy Place Blog recaps her stay at Art of Animation and takes a quick look at The Drop Off bar.

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!

Superstar Catering’s Food Truck Takeover: Trattoria al Forno

As we reported last week, Superstar Catering, one of the Disney’s four food trucks based at Downtown Disney’s Exposition Park, was host to their first Food Truck Takeover. On Friday, January 16th through Sunday the 18th, Trattoria al Forno was serving up some of the favorite dishes from the restaurant, located at the BoardWalk Inn.

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On the menu was a Beef & Spinach Meatball in a Sourdough Bread Bowl ($12.25), Trattoria al Forno Lasagna ($10.75 – and we’ve tested their recipe at home), and Tiramisu ($6.00). Wine was also available for purchase.

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At the restaurant, the meatball is served on top of cannelloni.

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I’m not sure why the decision was made to serve it in the bread bowl from the truck, but I would assume that the bread would be easier to control the quality over cannelloni noodles, as well as allowing for faster service. Regardless of the reason, I was happy with the bread bowl.

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Friday News Follow-Up

Sure, I go and post Mouse Bites this morning and a bunch of food news comes out of the Disney Parks Blog! Go figure. ;) Here’s what you need to know:

Orange County Restaurant Week

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Out in California, Orange County Restaurant Week will run from March 1-7, 2015,  and will feature Disneyland Resort favorites among the 100+ participants. Steakhouse 55 will offer three courses for $50, as well as an optional wine pairing ($35). Here is a look at the menu:

Starter Course
Choose One
HEARTS OF ROMAINE
Castelvetrano Olive /Bacon Lardons / Caesar Dressing
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CHILLED TIGER PRAWNS
Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce / Shallot Mignonette / Lemon Gelée
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CREAMY ONION SOUP
Grilled Onions / California Muenster Cheese Focaccia

Entrée Course
Choose One
GRILLED PETITE FILET MIGNON
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PAN-ROASTED DOUBLE BREAST OF CHICKEN
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SLOW-ROASTED PRIME RIB
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FAVA BEAN & RYE CRUSTED KING SALMON

All Entrées Served with Sautéed French Green Beans and Delmonico Potatoes

Dessert Course
Choose One
VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRULEE
Pear Marmalade / Candied Bacon Madeline / Cranberry Compote
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CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE
Chocolate Sponge Cake / Milk & Dark Chocolate / Nutella

Vegetarian options are available upon request

Representing the Downtown Disney District, you’ll find participants  Naples Ristorante, Tortilla Jo’s, Catal Restaurant and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Reservations can be made by calling (714) 781-3463.

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Mouse Bites for January 16, 2015

yak-and-yeti-local-food-cafes-chicken-curryChicken Curry at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe at Animal Kingdom

Are you ready for the long holiday weekend? I know I am! I know the holidays just happened, but when you jump into the new year full speed ahead after some down time, it can get pretty overwhelming! Yak Yeti Local Food Cafes recently revamped their menu, so we went over to check it out for ourselves.

2014-swan-dolphin-food-wine-classic-shulas-beef-tenderloinShula’s Beef Tenderloin at the Fifth Annual Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

In food news, Cannonballs!, the well-enjoyed meatball sandwich from Earl of Sandwich, has returned for a limited time. Trattoria al Forno will be taking over the Superstar Catering Food Truck at Downtown Disney’s Exposition Park starting today at noon and running through Sunday the 18th. The WDW Swan and Dolphin announced their dates for their Sixth Annual Food & Wine Classic. Finally, check out where you can find Flame Tree Barbecue favorites in Animal Kingdom while the restaurant is under refurbishment. Our friends have been up to some culinary adventures, as well!

The Master's CupcakeThe Master’s Cupcake from Be Our Guest

Ryan at Main Street Gazette tries the Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest.

gasparilla-island-grill-chicken-cordon-bleu-sandwich-closeGasparilla Island Grill’s Chicken Cordon Bleu

Sarah of Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW heads to Gasparilla Island Grill at the Grand Floridian.

2014-food-wine-greece-vegetarian-moussaka-3Vegetarian Moussaka from Greece during the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Adam and Andrew of Disney Hipster Blog tie up some loose ends from their last trip.

roaring-fork-chiliChili from Roaring Fork at Wilderness Lodge

Alexis of Gluten Free in Orlando visits Roaring Fork at Wilderness Lodge.

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!

Guide to Find Flame Tree Barbecue Favorites

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With Flame Tree Barbecue under refurbishment to add more seating, guests will be relieved to know you can still find your favorite dishes in the park! We noticed the changes over the weekend when we visited Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes, and today on the Disney Parks Blog, they are sharing a handy guidaemap!

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The 1/2 Chicken, 1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs, and the Rib & Chicken Combo can be found at Beastly Kiosk and Gardens Kiosk. The Jumbo Turkey Leg can be found at Trilo-Bites (where it’s been served in the past), and the Pork Sandwich can be found at a push-cart near Trilo-Bites.

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