Disney World

Review: Character Breakfast at Disney’s ‘Ohana

Ohana signAfter all of the times I’ve been to Walt Disney World since I was a kid, I had never been to the Polynesian Resort near Magic Kingdom until our last visit. One of the original resorts that opened back in 1971, the resort’s 11 longhouses (named after island nations like Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga and Tahiti) sit on the scenic shores of Seven Seas Lagoon with white sandy beaches.

We decided to visit the Polynesian for a character breakfast at the resort’s ‘Ohana (which means family, if you’ve seen “Lilo and Stitch”), and is one of the most popular spots for kids of all ages to have some quality one-on-one time with Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch.

Let’s take a closer look at the raucous family experience at ‘Ohana…

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Disney World

Review: The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The savannah at Animal Kingdom LodgeEditor’s Note: This post is featured as part of the Disney Blog Carnival No. 43. Check it out for more posts on all things Disney!

A stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort is a pure adventure as we found out on our most recent vacation. The sprawling hotel is full of amenities and jaw-dropping vistas of the resort’s own savanna. Waking up from a room here, is like waking up in the middle of Africa. You can find a giraffe outside your patio one morning and a herd of zebras on the next.

Animal Kingdom Lodge has several different spots to satiate those elephant-sized hunger pangs you work up after walking in the parks all day. There are the three sit-down restaurants – Jiko, Boma and Sanaa – plus the quick service eatery, The Mara.

Let’s take a closer look today at The Mara…

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Disney, Disney World, Foodie Destination

Bring the Taste of Disney home

Disney is bringing foodies more multimedia of their restaurants, recipes and other culinary treats through a video series called “Taste of Disney.”

Join food writer Pam Brandon and her daughter, Katie, as they explore places like Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and the annual Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. You can also find recipes for Disney-inspired treats such as Cheshire Cat cupcakes or a gingerbread house a la Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Check out more of the fun (and food) on Disney’s website.

Pam is the author of one of my favorite cookbooks – “Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs.” You may remember it from this Key Lime Pie recipe I did last year from Olivia’s at the Old Key West Resort.

Food - General

Top 10 Fictional Foodies of All-Time

SF Weekly posted a list of the Top 10 foodies from TV and movies this week. On the list are Augustus Gloop from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Remy from Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille and Liz Lemon from NBC’s “30 Rock.”

See the rest of the list here.

While I love the Gene Wilder version of “Willy Wonka” and “Ratatouille” is one of my favorite Disney-Pixar-animated flicks, I feel this list is missing some of the greatest fictional foodies. Here are some more to consider:

Hannibal Lecter
He scared legions of people away from fava beans and a nice chianti in 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs,” but Sir Anthony Hopkins portrayal of Hannibal Lecter is one that is deep in our memories and in our stomachs.

Vianne from “Chocolat”
The 2000 Oscar-nominated “Chocolat” with Juliette Binoche as “Vianne,” is one of those quintessential films about food that goes deep into your mind and soul with an almost poetic look at chocolate and sweets.

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Cuisine - Desserts, Disney World

[Video] Inside Karamell-Küche at Epcot

The great peeps at Disney Parks on YouTube have posted this video of the sweet treats you can get at Karamell-Küche. This new shop is at the German pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. Karamell-Küche means “caramel kitchen” in German, and this little spot churns out Werther caramel-covered apples, marshmallows, strawberries and more!

Take a peek inside: