Category Archives: Drinks

Breakfast at Rainforest Cafe

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This past weekend, I made an early trip to Animal Kingdom and stopped by Rainforest Cafe to try their breakfast. I started with a Jungle Fever – Spicy Bloody Mary Mix (I’m guessing Finest Call brand) and vodka blended with “secret seasonings.” It’s topped with their “famous Kettle Chips,” which I believe are Cape Cod chips.

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The drink was okay with some doctoring – Tabasco, salt, pepper. The glass was rimmed with celery salt, which I used my straw to scrape and stir in. It was one of those “you know what you’re walking into” situations in terms of the cocktail.

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Lunch at The BOATHOUSE

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Over the weekend, Matt and I grabbed lunch with my mom and aunt over at The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs. And with that sentence, I’m now just going to call it The Boathouse. Originally, I wasn’t planning on doing a post and just enjoy the meal, but Matt said a few snaps wouldn’t hurt, so that’s what these pictures are – quick snaps. And not even of everything. Matt and I like trying calamari when we see it on menus, and they do a good job here. I didn’t really care for the sauce, but Matt liked it. There wasn’t really any heat to the calamari itself, but I liked the added fried green onions and Serrano chilies. It’s also pricey for an appetizer at $18 (though everything is pricey here being considered “Signature Dining”), but I felt it was a large portion with plenty to share. Alone it could be a meal, but two shared appetizers for variety would certainly work.

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For his entree, Matt ordered the Steak Sandwich. It’s currently (as of this post) not listed on the Disney menu website, but it is on The Boathouse’s official website. I’m going to think that the official website will/is updated more frequently than Disney’s, so I recommend checking both when making your plans. Anyway, the Steak Sandwich features Arugula, Grilled Beefsteak, Tomato, BOATHOUSE Steak Sauce on Toasted Ciabatta and is served with Fries. Matt had already dug in at this point – there is a second half to this sandwich. You can see some of the steak that fell out. ūüôā

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New Halloween Novelty Items Coming to Disney Parks

Halloween is just around the corner, and the Disney parks are releasing some fun novelty drinkware and popcorn buckets to celebrate, according to the Disney Parks Blog. This Poison Apple Stein will be available with a beverage from several locations at Disneyland, while at WDW, it will be found at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

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The Vampire Mickey Premium Popcorn bucket will be available in early October at popcorn carts throughout Disneyland and WDW.  This year, the Zero Premium Popcorn bucket will feature a glow in the dark Zero and will be available  at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom.

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Reservations Open for Narcoossee‚Äôs Waterfront Brunch

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Reservations are now open for Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch, which will begin service at the Grand Floridian Resort on November 22, according to the Disney Parks Blog. The Sunday morning brunch service will begin with a choice of Champagne, Mimosa, or signature Bloody Mary for adults or a smoothie for kids. The shared pastry basket will feature house-made chocolate and traditional croissants, muffins, Danish, and pecan sticky buns paired with Vermont cultured butter and seasonal jam.

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Two Dining Experiences Coming to Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

With Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land heading to Hollywood Studios in the coming years, we must say goodbye to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. For it’s final year, two dining experiences are being added for guests, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

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Starting September 16, guests will be able to book the Merry & Bright Dessert Party (running Nov. 6-Dec. 30) and the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception (from Jan. 1- 3), which will overlook the Spectacle of Dancing Lights. During the dessert party, guests will enjoy holiday-themed desserts. The dinner reception will feature a selection of small bites including beef, shrimp and turkey, plus wine, beer and specialty beverages. Check DisneyWorld.com (site coming soon as of this post) for full details and to reserve your spot.

20th Anniversary Cookbook Coming to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and this year’s cookbook is celebrating that fact, according to the Disney Parks Blog (be sure to visit the site for the recipe for this year’s¬†Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese from the Farm Fresh Marketplace!).

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This year’s cookbook is going to be heftier than previous recipe collections, as it also includes 50 pages of history, photos, and memories from the past 20 years. Recipes date back to 1996 and feature dishes that represent the festival since then. Epcot Executive Chef Gregg Hannon is bringing back some classic dishes to the menus, including pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese puffs), apple strudel in Germany, spicy chicken sausage with polenta in Canada and the lobster roll at Hops & Barley, all of which will be featured in the book. You’ll also find Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup, Belgian waffles with berry compote, and bo ssam from South Korea.

The festival runs for 53 days, from September 25-November 16, and you can visit Epcotfoodfestival.com for more official information.

Breakfast at Grand Floridian Cafe

Over the holiday weekend, I met up with some friends at Magic Kingdom. I decided to start my day a little earlier, however, and visited the Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast. Since I was about to venture into MK for a few hours, I figured I might as well start my day with a Florida Sunshine. I enjoyed this cocktail on my last breakfast visit here a little over a year ago. It features Peach Schnapps, Chambord, Skyy Vodka, and a splash of Orange and Cranberry Juices.

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I was looking for something substantial since I didn’t have any plans on the agenda for dining while at MK. At the same time, I didn’t want to feel weighed down by too many carbs, so I opted for the Sirloin Steak and Eggs.

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