Top 5 things to eat around the world at EPCOT!

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By Lisa P.

The great thing about EPCOT is that you can try food from all over the world without leaving Florida! There are many options, but here are my top 5.Epcot Paris, Epcot France

1)Escargot in France…Yes, I know they are snails, but you don’t need to tell your kids that! You can get these buttery morsels at Les Chefs De France at lunch or dinner. My favorite time to try them is during the food and wine fest, they have a stand that comes with 3 escargot in their own little bread bowl, they are wonderful!

2)Seafood Bastilla in Morocco. Restaurant Marrakesh offers these thin pastries in both chicken and seafood. Both are great, but I favor the seafood. They offer these in both an appetizer portion and full meal. The great thing about restaurant Marrakesh is that they don’t fill up too fast, so we can often stop in there for a quick appetizer portion.

3)Tilapia al Huitlacoche at San Angel Inn Restaurante in Mexico. This is a delicious dish served at dinner at the table restaurant in Mexico. It is seared tilapia over poblano rice with a corn mushroom sauce, it is a must try!

4)Wood fired pizza from Via Napoli in Italy. If you are looking for some good pizza while at Disney, then Via Napoli is the place for you! All of their pizzas are wood fired, and the selection of toppings is wonderful! I love the chicken sausage with onions and mushrooms, but you can mix and match any of the 15 toppings to find your favorite!

Epcot Le Cellier, Epcot Le Cellier sign, Epcot Le Cellier menu, Epcot Le Cellier prices5)Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at Le Cellier. This cheesy dish can only be found at Le Cellier in Canada. If you are lucky enough to be at EPCOT during the food and wine festival you can get it there as well. This soup is wonderful, and this coming from someone who asks for less cheese on everything, not more! It is the perfect mix, and is made with Moosehead beer and bacon, need I say more?

I hope you enjoyed seeing what my top dishes are from around the world! Hopefully you will get to try some on your next vacation!

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I am a huge Disney fan and have been going since before I could walk. I love going every year and always trying at least one new thing! Going to Disney is always a great girl’s only trip for my Mom and I, and we love every minute of it!
I am also an avid runner and have done several half marathons and am training for a full, I will be doing the Expedition Everest Challenge in May and the Dopey Challenge in January. I will also be making my first trip to Disneyland in 2014 for the Dumbo Challenge and to get the Coast to Coast Medal. I can’t wait until I move to Florida so that I can do all the Run Disney events at WDW!

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Top Five Reasons I Love “Be Our Guest” Restaurant……..

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By Teri S.

Top Five Reasons I Love “Be Our Guest” Restaurant……..beourguest Be Our Guest Bridge

Picture a beautiful castle atop a mountain in the distance. A bridge over a mote leading you to a huge double hung wooden door. You are greeted by a servant carrying beautiful candelabra who hands you the candelabra and leads you toward the door. He knocks and you begin your experience in a beautiful entryway. To the right you see a huge chair – could this be where the “Beast” resides???? You walk into the most beautiful dining area you have ever seen…. Huge chandeliers….. Clanging dishes…. A wall of windows where outside it is snowing!!! If you are lucky enough you are lead into a side chamber… this is the Beast’s west wing – the décor dark and eerie – tattered curtains hang from the windows and from the ceiling…. The Enchanted Rose encased in glass is prominent in the room…. Then you realize this is the Beast’s private area… as you dine HE makes an appearance to welcome his guests with a bow. After the most amazing meal you have ever enjoyed you are summoned to meet the Beast himself who is gracious and accommodating.

1.. Very Enchantingbeourguestrosewindow

2.. A Complete Dining Experience

3.. Excellent Fare

4.. Beautiful Surroundings

5… The Perfect Spot for that special occasion

Teri doo - good oneTeri Scavette lives in Runnemede NJ. She and her husband, Dan, own and operate a window treatment business. Teri is a vereran of four Disney cruises and over 70 trips to WDW. “I so look forward to each trip more than the last. Why do I love Disney?

Quite simply…Being there and making so many happy treasured memories with my family just makes my heart smile!”

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Favorite Table Service Restaurants at WDW!

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I posed the question to the Mouze Kateerz Staff, “What table service restaurant could you eat at 4 times on a 7 day vacation?”. Here are their answers.

Teresa Scavette: That is an easy question for me!! My upmost favorite dining spot is….. Tutta Italia in EPCOT. If it were up to me I would eat there each and every night of my time at Disney! The atmosphere, food and service = outstanding!! AND…. I always feel at home while dining there – just like being at my Nana’s on Sunday afternoons back in the day!!!! Ciao!!

ShannAn Sykes Wright: Whispering Canyon Cafe! Ketchup and the entertainment Mama's Panna Cotta, Tiramisu flavored custard with lady fingers in a cappuccino sauce.

Lisa Petrarca: Les Chefs De France, love the escargot and can’t get any of it around me. Would also consider Restaurant Marrakesh, they have some great meals there and I could try something different every time!

Melissa Rhodes:  That is a tough one. As much as I love Les Chefs de France and Restaurant Marrakesh also, I am thinking my answer will be Boma. I type this as I just came home from eating dinner there and I will be back for breakfast tomorrow morning. So there are two of the four in a week and when we did 2 weeks this winter, we ate dinner there 4 times for dinner and 2 times for breakfast. We love exotic new cuisines and with Boma there is something for everyone in the family and since they rotate the main entrees and soups – you won’t be eating the same thing twice. The soup bar alone is enough to make me want to eat there every night! Oh and did I mention the two famous Boma words: zebra domes!

Mike Ellis: Nothing compares to the Garden Grill Restaurant at EPCOT. I love the fresh food, the rotating restaurant, and the characters! That is my “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner” Pick!

Amanda Casey: I’d say Pepper Market at Coronado Springs. It counts as a quick service but you they refill your drinks for you at your table. I could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there for my entire trip and be just fine. Mickey waffles, cinnamon french toast, biscuits and gravy YUM…. Orrrr Nachos, burritos, quesadillas or even the staple cheeseburger

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Are you daring enough to try the Kitchen Sink?

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By Frances

When asking a non Disney addict, “Would you like to share a kitchen sink with me?”, the answer will probably be a strange look. Seriously who in their right mind would eat something called a place that you wash babies in when they are covered in spaghetti! Well, my family absolutely ate the Kitchen Sink that can be found at Beaches & Cream restaurant located at the Disney’s Beach Club Resort. And none of us regret it!

What is the Kitchen Sink?Ice cream sundae, Disney dessert, cost of the Kitchen Sink, menu for Beaches and Cream soda shop

8 scoops of ice cream — including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip

Angel Food Cake

Bundt Cake,

Brownies

Oreos

Milky Way Candy bar pieces

Peanut Butter

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Strawberry, Butterscotch, and Caramel sauces

Bananas

Cherries

Sprinkles

And a whole can of whipped cream.

When you order it, they turn on the emergency lights and make a huge announcement to the room! It’s awesome!

At close to $25, it’s an expensive dessert. But divide it wit a few friends and the memory is worth every penny.

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Table Service Restaurants that Don’t Rank High at Disney World

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By Frances

The Walt Disney World Resort has  an amazing selection of table service/sit down restaurants. When you have that many great restaurants, there will be a few that don’t rank as high.

Here is a summary of the most commented restaurants that our readers think you can skip and why:

Chef Mickey ~ Contemporary Resort: It’s more nostalgic than amazing. It was one of the first character meals but their are so many more to choose from that are less noisy and have a better selection of food. The fact that it’s convenient to the Magic Kingdom and the monorail also adds to it’s popularity.Mama Melroses's sign

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant ~ Magic Kingdom: It’s an ok Italian eatery. Typical spaghetti and meatball menu. Many people said that it wasn’t allergy friendly. If you want to see a parade without waiting on the curb, you can dine on the patio at Tony’s and see the parade.

The Plaza ~ Magic Kingdom: There isn’t anything special about it than you can usually get a table when no other reservations are available. “More of a counter service meal but had to sacrifice a table service.” ~ MendiandNick Stone

Mama Melrose ~ Disney’s Hollywood Studios: It compares to the Olive Garden. Ok Italian food. The best part of the restaurant are it’s Fantastimic packages.

Coral Reef ~ EPCOT: It’s a Red Lobster with a great view.

Yak & Yeti ~ Disney’s Animal Kingdom : The food was bland. It wasn’t worth a table service credit for something that you can get as take out at home.

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Quick Service Restaurants to Avoid

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By Frances

There are lots of choices to choose from for Quick Service meals at the Walt Disney World. There are several good ones and their are a few that Mouze Kateerz readers try to avoid.

Top of the list:

Magic Kingdom: Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and CafeEpcot Mission Space

EPCOT: The Electric Umbrella

Hollywood Studios: Pizza Planet

Animal Kingdom: No one mentioned a bad place to eat at Animal Kingdom

Downtown Disney: No one mentioned a bad place to eat at Downtown Disney

Here is the complete list of comments:

Melissa H: Pizza Planet. The kids love it for the Pizza and the arcades. It’s very loud and the pizza is school cafeteria quality. I always end up spending more money on arcades than I budgeted as well.

Rebecca F: l I just had a HORRIBLE experience at Cosmic Ray’s in MK…won’t be going back there any time soon.

Epcot - Electric Umbrella

DeAnna Taylor Welch Pinocchio’s in MK & Epcot’s Electric Umbrella – not fond of their new menus. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Amanda R: Pizza Planet. I realize that you are going for the experience, but I thought the food was horrible

Jaime H: I had a bad experience at Cosmic Ray’s too. I’d probably give it another chance someday, but in no means dying to go back!

Emily J: Pecos bill yuck!

Tara D: ABC Commissary at the Studios. You’ve been warned …

Sarah S: Electric Umbrella…cause it’s gross.

Jessica C:  Pizza Planet!! So greeeasy! (And there’s no claw!)

Noreen A: Electric Umbrella, ABC Commissary and the Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort. Honestly, the ONLY quick service I like at DHS is Starring Rolls.

Jay G.” I enjoyed the salmon entree at the Commissary (miss the Cuban sammich though), and the worst part of Cosmic Ray’s is that its usually stuffed to the gills, but I think the food is pretty okay … but Electric Umbrella, ugh, walk a little further to the Land and get good food.

Tara D: Yes! How could I have forgotten about the Electric Umbrella?!? Total Ick Fest.hollywood studios mann chinese theater

Jo K: I try to avoid the fish place(I can’t remember its’ name) in England at Epcot. That is some nasty, greasy fish! yuckkkkkkk

Lydia H: I usually like the burgers at Cosmic Ray’s okay and really enjoyed the grilled/roasted chicken plate there (the one w/the green beans and mashed taters)…..but had the WORST chili-cheese hotdog of my life EVER there. I mean, it’s a HOTDOG….how the heck did they manage to mess it up so badly?!? Ugh. Lol. :X And, oh yeah….we were not particularily impressed with the lunch and dinner food at Pop Century’s food court after some horrid “Beef Brocolli” and an odd tasting pasta dish our first day. Breakfast was fine….everything else we ate elsewhere at WDW from then on….

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Needing A Disney Snack?

When I feel like I need a Disney minute, I start thinking of some of my favorite things. Today I need a Disney snack. Please enjoy our pictures.

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Top reasons that you need to try Kona Café for lunch

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Top reasons that you need to try Kona Café for lunch

By Lisa P.

If you are like me, then you already know that Kona Café in the Polynesian resort is the place to go for a great breakfast (Tonga Toast anyone?) What I didn’t know however, was how great their lunch is as well. Here are the top 3 reasons that you need to try it!

Delicious offerings that you can’t find anywhere else.

We were on our way to the Magic Kingdom and really wanted something different for lunch than the usual offering that they have at MK. Since we wanted to stop at the Poly for a Lapu Lapu anyway, we decided to try Kona. We were not disappointed by the offerings.

My Dad is a big burger lover, so he was anxious to try the Kona Surf and Turf Burger Deluxe ($15.49). It is an Angus burger topped with spicy shrimp and garlic aioli. I don’t eat burgers very often, and after trying a bite it was a good thing he was not sitting next to me or I would have stolen it! I ordered the fish tacos ($14.99) and they were delicious. They had huge pices of tilapia in them, and with blacked seasoning on them they easily became my new favorite fish taco. My Mom decided to give the Ahi Tuna Sandwich ($13.49) a try, and again it was great. Served rare on pineapple bread it was the perfect combination! There was not a part of the meal that we did not enjoy.

Kona cafe burger

You can get the same drinks there that you can get at the Tambu Lounge.

We originally went to the Poly to try the infamous Lapu Lapu, how after so many trips we had never tried this I still don’t know! When we got there Tambu wasn’t quite ready to open, but the bartender told us that we can get the same thing at Kona. This drink did not disappoint! It is a combination of Myers’s Dark rum and tropical fruit juices served in a pineapple topped with 151 ($13.25) This is a great drink to share, or if you would rather keep it to yourself then 1 is enough! They also served Kona Fire rock and Kona Longboard beers that can’t be found other places on property.

The service and location are great!

As with most Disney restaurants the service was great. I have always wanted to try the bananas Foster bread pudding that they have at Ohana, but never made it there for dinner. I mentioned this to the server and since they share a kitchen with Ohana he talked to the chef and they were able to make it for me! Another great thing is the location, it is easy to reach by monorail, so if you park at the TTC or take the monorail over from EPCOT like we did it is an easy walk or a quick monorial ride away. You can also walk out to the pool and beach after your meal to take in the beautiful view. It is an overall great experience!

The Kona Café is on the dining plan and is 1 table service meal. They also accept the Tables in Wonderland card and accept ADR’s (Advance Dining Reservations). Some other offerings that they have are:

Appetizers

Grilled Beef Satay Skewers: $9.99

Fried Rock Shrimp: $13.99

Pot Stickers: $ 7.49

Entrees

Island Chicken Sandwich: $13.99

Pan Asian Noodles: $17.99

Barbeque Pork Taco: $11.99

Desserts

White Chocolate Cheesecake: $5.49

Banana-Chocolate Crème Brulee- $5.99

Pineapple Upside Down Cake- $5.99

 

If you are in WDW and are looking for a new place to try with good food, then be sure to add Kona Café to the list!

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Lisa just moved to Nashville, TN, after spending 28 years in Ohio. She has been a huge Disney fan since her parents took her on her first trip at age two. 2. She has been to Disney over 70 times and worked at Blizzard Beach as part of the Disney College Program. She is now working on finding a way to move to FL, so she can be closer to her favorite place on Earth!

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Best Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

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By Frances

There are so many great food choices at the Walt Disney World Resort. You eat everything from a cheeseburger to sushi to a 5 course meal. Here are some of our favorites and why.

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Cosmic Ray’s: Great choices from Burgers, chicken and sandwiches . My husband and I easily share the cheeseburger. There is a topping bar that has lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, sauteed mushrooms and onions, melted cheese and more on it. You can easily make a small side salad with the bar.

Columbia Harbor House: Shrimp Platter has 9 HUGE Shrimp and is yummy. Chicken plates are also available.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Starring Rolls: Great sandwiches. We enjoy the Black Forest Ham Sandwich but also like the healthier option of the whole wheat veggie pita.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Flame Tree Barbeque: If 1/2 a slab of ribs will put a smile on your face, then begin smiling all the way to this place. They have good BBQ including ribs, chicken and pork. My favorite is the BBQ chicken salad. It’s a nice mixed salad topped with BBQ Chicken. YUM!

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Sunshine Seasons: We love to go here when everyone wants something different. They have everything Mongolian Beef, Fresh Soups, Fresh Salads, Fantastic Sandwiches to Grilled Fish or Chicken. My kids also love their Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich to go.

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Wolf Gang Puck Express: Table Service Quality at Quick Service pricing. Does there need to be another reason? :-)

Earl of Sandwich: They have up to 16 sandwiches to choose from. PLUS wraps, soups and salads. They are very reasonably priced. Sandwiches start at $5.99 and are far better than Subway or Blimpie.

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Everything Including the Kitchen Sink

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By Amanda

There are many changes that have gone around Disney World parks, some sanctioned by Disney such as Where’s Perry at Epcot that replaced Kim Possible. Then there are others that guests have come up with like Drinking Around the World at World Showcase. I think my favorite one though is seeing who can eat a Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club Resort.Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, Beaches and Cream menu, Disney kitchen sink

On the particular day that we went, it was my sister and I along with four children all under the age of 9. This was our big thing for this trip to Disney as we had heard so much about the Kitchen Sink. The scenery is quaint and reminds you of Happy Days. We placed our order and proceeded to wait. The girls were giddy as they watched our waitress begin to pile on the ice cream, brownies, sponge cake, ice cream, topping and an entire can of whipped cream! The booth behind us ordered three for their table.

They do it up Disney style, they blinked the lights announcing someone had ordered a Kitchen Sink and it was brought to our table and the three to the table behind us. As you can see from the picture the kids eyes bugged out at the amount of sugar. We had six spoons all digging into the sink and a half our later with our stomach’s stuffed and half the sink left we threw in the napkin on it. The table behind us polished off all three sinks, but I should mention there were six teenagers and they all had hollow legs according to the adult with them.

Beaches and Cream also offers a nice lunch or dinner menu as well as other ice cream parlor favorites: Hot fudge sundae’s, banana splits and even the crazy grilled banana bread and peanut butter. Beaches and Cream is on the Disney Dining Plan, but the Kitchen Sink is not part of the dining plan so you would have to pay $26.99 for the joy of watching your kids bug out with the treat.kitchen sink after

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