Cuisine - American, Foodie Firsts, I Ate That Series

Holiday Inn Express Pancake Machine

Pancakes in a MinuteFile this post under weird things I have eaten. What do you get when you cross a conveyor belt with one of the most beloved breakfast foods?

Holiday Inn’s express pancake machine. This counter-top appliance churns out one pancake every 18 seconds. So, how does it work? Well, thanks to a trip to Brattleboro, Vt., for Christmas, I got to see first-hand how this gadget works.

According to Hotel F&B magazine, an industry publication for hoteliers, the flapjack maker was rolled out to all of Holiday Inn Express’s 1,800 North American hotels in early 2011. Each machine comes with bags of premade mix that each make 35 pancakes. The batter drops onto a Teflon-coated belt, which lasts for about 60 bags of batter or approximately 2,100 pancakes. (Wow, that’s a lot of syrup!)

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Cuisine - Desserts, Disney, Disney World, I Ate That Series

Yeah, I Ate That Series: The Chocolate Moose

Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Disney Blog Carnival. Head over there to see more great Disney-related posts and articles.

Tucked away in the Canada pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park is Le Cellier Steakhouse. This primo dining spot is hard to land a reservation at all year.

As you come in from the gardens outside, you’re transported into an old wine cellar decked out in dark woods, stone floors and archways, and minimal lighting.

While the steaks on the menu are aged to perfection (I highly recommend the mushroom filet mignon with mushroom risotto, as well as the Moosehead Beer Cheddar Cheese soup – just be sure to save some of the pretzel breadsticks for dipping), there is one item on the menu that is both fun and tasty.

Chocolate Moose at Le Cellier at EpcotThe Chocolate Moose dessert is chocolate mousse wrapped in toasted chocolate crumbs. Then, it’s decorated with chocolate candies, maple-flavored antlers and a bright red cookie tongue.

Kids and adults both will enjoy this dessert for its creativity and decadence.

If you don’t happen to see it on the menu the day you dine at Le Cellier, don’t be afraid to ask your server if the culinary team might be able to make it.

Want to see the other desserts at Le Cellier? Download the dessert menu.

Food - General, I Ate That Series, Places - Milwaukee

Yeah, I Ate That Series: The German Pancake

Dutch Baby at Original Pancake House

Dutch Baby at Original Pancake House

Call it a German Pancake, a Dutch Baby, or apfelpfannkuchen (I’m guessing that’s German for something?), but whatever you call it, it must include awesome or mind-blowing in the description.

I first came across the Dutch Baby on the menu at The Original Pancake House, a breakfast chain that originates in Oregon. Celebrated chef James Beard (a Portland, Oregon native) named it one of the Top 10 best restaurants in America. According to the restaurant’s website, in 1999 the James Beard Foundation named OPH a regional landmark restaurant.

OPH’s Dutch Baby is an oven-baked delight. But beware, it takes at least 30 minutes for this bountiful goodness to arrive at your table. The main ingredients are eggs, milk, flour, eggs, and some seasonings like vanilla or cinnamon, more eggs and still more eggs. I asked once at OPH how their rendition gets so fluffy and tall. The trick? Using a blender and a bit of their famous pancake batter. The blender aerates the batter creating a fluffy mixture that then bakes in an oven for quite a while. Top it off with some lemon juice and powdered sugar and the result is magic in your mouth.

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Disney, Foodie Firsts, I Ate That Series

Yeah, I Ate That: The turkey leg


Turkey leg wagon at Magic Kingdom.

A turkey leg wagon in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom.


Editor’s note: This post is part of the Disney Blog Carnival. Head over there to see more great Disney-related posts and articles.

There’s a bargain at Walt Disney World. I don’t know how many people indulge in it. But for $5.75 you can get about 5 pounds of succulent, moist turkey. This isn’t your everyday Thanksgiving turkey. This is a brined, salty-to-goodness bird that drips down your chin and arm, and that will have you in a tryptophan coma in a few hours.

Tucked away in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland (also available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios), you can find turkey leg wagons that churn out these gorgeous appendages of meat all day long. Having been to Disney World more times than I can count on all of my fingers and toes, I have only indulged in the turkey leg once.

On my honeymoon (the Disneymoon as we like to call it), dear hubby and I purchased our turkey leg and munched on it proudly. There’s something about chomping on the juicy turkey leg as you’re sitting outside The Country Bear Jamboree and watching throngs of people stroll merrily on their way to ride Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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