Cuisine - Desserts, Disney, Disney World, Shopping

A Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Ingredients in the Grand Floridian Gingerbread HouseWalt Disney World’s signature gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a towering achievement. It’s constructed with more than 1,000 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, and tons of Pixie Dust and creativity.

Let’s take a moment – one week from Christmas Day – to take a needed breather from all the wrapping presents, signing cards and other hecticness to look inside this marvel from some of the most talented bakers in the country, if not the world.

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Disney, Disney World, Food - General

A Little Glimpse at Disney World Food

I am currently writing from the line of “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

We’ve been enjoying some great food that when I return you’ll hear all about. In the mean time here are a few quick snapshots so far:

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Breakfast at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Love me some Mickey waffles.

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Cuisine - American, Places - Massachusetts

Review: Tennessee’s Barbecue

Tennessee's Barbecue ExteriorI’m pleased to announce the winner of the latest edition of our “Write the Caption” challenge is Sheri Wagner with “We have to stop meating like this.” Sheri, please email me at christina.relacion@gmail.com so we can arrange how to get you your prize of freshly made baked goods.

Now, you can find that cute piggy and chicken duo from the photo at the Peabody location of Tennessee’s Barbecue located on Route 114.

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Cuisine - Desserts, Foodie Destination, Shopping

Foodie Destination: Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square SignNo trip to San Francisco is complete without taking a few nibbles of chocolate from those chocolate dream-makers at Ghirardelli. However, Ghirardelli isn’t just one store. It’s an entire square just steps from the Bay City’s waterfront, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

I have never been to SF before so when I found I’d have a little free-time after a work conference, I had to make the most of it. Trolley ride, dim sum and a stroll through Chinatown, and a famous Ghirardelli hot fudge sundae straight from the source.

I’m no stranger to Ghirardelli’s decadent treats. I’ve enjoyed their sundaes already at their locations at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World and on the Miracle Mile in Chicago. Ghirardelli’s sundaes are special because theyLombard Street in San Francisco make their own hot fudge and you can select milk or dark chocolate. The result is a dessert that will have you licking up every last morsel of fudgy goodness.

After being coaxed into a little second story restaurant in Chinatown and enjoying a quiet, yet great dim sum meal, I took the old-fashioned cable cars down to the wharf area. Our trip took us past Lombard Street, the famous avenue with eight hairpin turns. The end of the Powell-Hyde Cable Car line is just a short, two-block walk to Ghirardelli Square.

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Cuisine - American, Places - Milwaukee

Yeah, I Ate That Series: The Cyclops

It has been QUITE awhile since I have written a piece for the “Yeah, I Ate That Series.” I was thinking today about one of my favorite over-the-top dishes back in the Milwaukee area.

There is a little diner on North Ave. in Wauwatosa called Daymaker Cafe. Brett and my brother took me for my birthday in 2010 (that was also the same day I tried Pat’s Rib Place the first time – fabulous day overall.)

I’m a huge lover of pancakes – buttermilk, whole wheat, Dutch Babies, crepes – if it’s any type of pancakes, I love it. Plain. And. Simple. (That could also be why I packed on about 30 extra pounds in the past five years, but I digress.)

Daymakers makes The Cyclops. The best way to describe it is like the “Peekhole Sandwich” I wrote about recently on my Mom’s birthday but with a pancake. Make a large pancake, cut a hole in it, stuff it with sausage and egg. Voila! A Cyclops!

Cyclops from Daymakers CafeWhile not everything on the menu is a magical, mythical creature like the Cyclops, they do offer other fabulous offerings. I do remember grabbing plenty of bites of Brett’s “Pretzel-Bread French Toast” that is served with peanut butter syrup.

To learn more about Daymaker Cafe or to view their menu, visit www.daymakercafe.com.

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