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Mini Bucket List of Tasty Treats

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One thing I love to do when planning my next Walt Disney World vacation is to come up with a list of all of the different food and drinks I would like to try on our next trip. It very rarely happens that I can cross them all off and some stay on my list over the course of several trips. There are just so many food locations and so many interesting choices that it seems impossible to try them all. And sometimes it doesn’t always quite make it into our plan or budget. I listen to a lot of different podcasts from week to week, I read a lot of different Disney related blogs, and any time someone mentions a new or interesting food, drink or experience, I immediately plug it into my notes app on my phone. Call it my mini bucket list if you will. My mini bucket list of tasty treats.

It is things like this that help me keep the dream alive while I sit here not so patiently waiting for my next vacation. *sigh*

-Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow: Truth be told, I just need to visit Sleepy Hollow in general. In fact, I am ashamed to call myself a Walt Disney World fan when I have never even stopped here. Those waffle sandwiches are calling my name too!
-Lapu Lapu at the Tambu Lounge: My friends at the Enchanted Tiki Talk podcast talk about this drink all the time, and I want to know and understand what they are talking about. I want to feel like we are still friends and that I can hang! Now with the addition of Trader Sams, I need to make the Polynesian a priority.
-Truffle Mac n Cheese Hot Dog at Fairfax Fare: Truffle was all I really needed to hear in order to be convinced. It seems I’m always searching to find something good to eat while at the Studios. I plan to give this bad boy a try!
-Sugar Cane Mojito at Dawa Bar: Safari Mike from Jambo Everyone is a big fan. And I’m a big fan of him, so I would imagine I will be a big fan of this. That is, if I can bring myself to not order my signature drink, the margarita!
-Cronut at the Refreshment Port: Located right as you enter the World Showcase in Epcot and head towards Canada, I have always just walked past this place completely oblivious. Then I hear all these rave reviews about this croissant donut, or what they call the cronut. I will not walk past this place again, I can promise you that.
-School Bread at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe: I don’t even like coconut but I am probably going to need to get this. Because apparently you aren’t a Disney fan unless you’ve tried School Bread.
-Roasted Pork Shank at Gaston’s Tavern: It’s been too busy inside Gaston’s Tavern the last few times we have been by there. But the pork shank has been on my list for a long time.
-Tamarind Margarita at La Cava: La Cava is pretty much my favorite place in Epcot and I’ve experienced maybe one too many margaritas there. But my love of the Blood Orange margarita makes me think I might also love this one.

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When in France…drink champagne!

-Cream Cheese Pretzel at Fife and Drum: A pretzel…with cream cheese…sounds like my kind of snack.
-Sliced Beef Brisket at Tortuga Tavern: This menu is completely new as of like yesterday and if Tortuga Tavern is open on our next trip, this will be our lunch destination for sure!

Are any of these items on your mini bucket list of tasty treats to try?

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Take a Break at La Cava de Tequila

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It was just recently that I had my first experience visiting La Cava de Tequila, a quaint little tequila bar inside of the Mexico pavilion at Epcot. And after visiting, I definitely had to wonder what had taken me so long! I now call this place a hidden gem of Walt Disney World and make sure that I mention it to all of my clients as a “must do” especially if the bar/lounge experience is of interest to them. Although the location is not exactly hidden, it is very easy to walk right past this bar when wandering through the Mexico pavilion and never even know that it was there. There is some great shopping inside, a boat ride with the Three Cabelleros, and a dimly lit intimate restaurant experience so it is hard to believe there could be more to do.

My drink of choice has always been the wonderful delicious amazing margarita. So it was only fitting that I needed to cross this off my Disney bucket list as soon as possible. And cross it off, I did! Not only did I manage to get there and try one of their delicious specialty margaritas, I got to try five different specialty margaritas! Slow down, before you stage an intervention, I did not drink all five and it wasn’t in one setting. My family and I were able to make it to La Cava twice during our trip (and got a seat both times). Each adult in my party made sure to order a different flavor both times so we could then in turn taste the different flavors.

So if are you wondering if a $14 margarita is any better than a margarita from Applebees for $5? The answer is an enormous …. HECK YES!!!!!
Ok so yes I agree, these margaritas are a tad overpriced so it certainly deters you from heavy alcohol consumption. And it’s difficult to justify it when you can get a frozen one outside for considerably less. But I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed every single one that we tried, and the atmosphere just could not be beat. If you can get a table, order some queso or chips and salsa and take a break from the crowds and the heat, it can be a really great memory on your already memory-filled magical vacation. Now that I am in on the secret, I will be returning on each and every trip. I liked it that much.So if you are looking for suggestions and an idea of their offerings, here are the drinks that we tried and my ranking from 1 to 5 in terms of my favorites (1 being my favorite, 5 being my least favorite).

1. Blood Orange – El Mayor premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, sweet-tart mix of blood orange juice and hibiscus syrup, topped with wild berry foam served on the rocks with hibiscus Himalayan salt rim

2. Wild Passion Fruit – 100% Agave Tequila Reposado, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar and fresh lime juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim

3. Cucumber – El Mayor premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, caramelized pineapple juice, fresh basil, cucumber and agave nectar, served on the rocks with a cactus-lemongrass Himalayan salt rim

4. Pineapple – 100% Agave Tequila Reposado, ginger liqueur, caramelized pineapple nectar, fresh lime juice and agave nectar, served on the rocks with a cactus-lemongrass Himalayan salt rim

5. Avocado – El Mayor premium silver Tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim

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Cucumber Margarita pictured

The Blood Orange was hands down my favorite and just delicious. The addition of the wildberry/mango foam gave it such a unique taste and the salt used on each drink really makes a difference as well. At first glance at the menu I wasn’t so sure about the salt, but it had a hot spice to it that really gave a nice kick to the flavors. I contemplated asking for regular salt because I honestly thought I would hate it. I loved it and could not get enough. Cucumber was middle of the road for me. It had more of a refreshing taste than the others and I think the oddness of the flavor choice makes it a must try. Pineapple and Avocado were last for me. Pineapple only because although delicious, I feel I have had drinks of similar taste before at other places and for the price it was not really worth it. Lastly Avocado due mainly to the fact that it was frozen and not on the rocks. I need my margaritas on the rocks! But again, how many places do you go and see an Avocado margarita on the menu? It almost makes it a must try!

La Cava de Tequila is a must do for all Walt Disney World fans, especially those who like to drink tequila. Margaritas are not even the half of it! The bar offers over 200 different tequilas, Mexican beer and wine, and you can even order a tequila flight if tequila tasting is your thing. I can’t be more thrilled that I finally got to experience it after years of traveling to the World. The snacks, drinks, and cozy atmosphere make it such a fun way to get away from the crowds and heat and have a little relaxation.
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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!

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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.

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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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