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Tasty Tuesday – 24 Layer Chocolate Cake at Steakhouse 55

September 29, 2015

Disneyland’s 24 Layer Chocolate Cake

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

 

As promised, on my trip to Disneyland and the D23 Expo in August, I went to the Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55 to try out their famous 24 Layer Chocolate Cake.  When I mentioned to the hostess that I was only there for the dessert, she recommended that I order it in the Steakhouse 55 Lounge.  I did not know I could do that, so I was very happy to learn something new.

 

Steakhouse 55 Lounge Menu Cover

 

It took about 10 minutes for my slice of cake to be delivered after I placed the order.  It was well worth the wait.

First, please note that this cake is so tall they had to prop it up with a chocolate “twig.”  They also placed some pieces of some kind of toffee or nut brittle underneath the cake.  I suppose these helped balance it on the plate somehow.  (They were all tasty, by the way.)

 

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

 

The second thing to note is the scoop of ice cream.  I was somewhat surprised by the flavor — it was a combination of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet, which combined to give a gourmet version of the orange creamsicle flavor.  This turned out to be a excellent choice as it allowed you to refresh your palate while still providing a great compliment to the deep and multi-dimensional chocolate flavors in the cake.

 

I know there are some who might prefer to eat the 24 layer chocolate cake accompanied by a glass of milk.  It’s been years since I drank any type of milk other than raw milk, and I wasn’t about to ruin my experience by attempting to drink the 2% milk they serve here.  (2% milk tastes like chalk-water to me.)  And, for the record, I think the ice cream they served with the cake is a better choice than even a glass of raw milk.

 

The cake itself was truly incredible.  The chocolate sponge cake layers were perfectly moist and delicious.  The dark chocolate ganache icing was perfect, and each layer of filling was amazing by itself — 75% dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and Nutella.  But the combination of all of the layers together just blew me away!  Anyone who knows me knows I love desserts, and especially chocolate desserts.  The 24 layer chocolate cake at Steakhouse 55 easily jumped to the number three spot on my list of top five chocolate cakes.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

 

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

 

Given the size of this cake, I would probably recommend splitting it between two or three people.  As there are very few people I am willing to share a dessert with, I decided to eat the 24 layer chocolate cake on my own. Sadly, I am not as young as I once was and I’m embarrassed to admit I could not finish the entire slice of cake.

 

24 Layer Chocolate Cake

Tasty Tuesday – Watermelon Delight at Spice Road Table

January 20, 2015

Spice Road Table Sign

 

I have a confession to make.  I love interesting new drinks that are brightly colored and come in fancy glasses.  Yet I am constantly disappointed when I go to restaurants because, almost everywhere, the drinks that look neat and have fun names all contain alcohol.  This is a problem because I don’t drink alcohol.

Yet, I never give up hope.  My eyes are always open, looking for that rare gem of a beverage with a detailed description and designated with (non-alcoholic) next to it.  They exist in spades on Disney Cruise Line ships.  (There are so many, I even wrote an article about them for the Disney Food Blog a few years ago.)  But in Walt Disney World, they are harder to come by.

Now my friends know how I am about this, so I was excited when John Saccheri mentioned there was a drink I had to try over at Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot.  He couldn’t remember the name of it, but he said, “If you like watermelon, you’re going to love it.”

I made my way to Spice Road Table at the next opportunity and headed straight for the bar to look over the drinks.  There it was — Watermelon Delight!

Spice Road Table Bar Menu

The description intrigued me:  Watermelon, Cranberry Juice, and Orange water.  Was that supposed to mean watermelon juice, or did they just blend watermelon in with the cranberry juice and orange water?  And what the heck is orange water, anyway?  While I still don’t know the answers to these questions, but I ordered the drink.

Watermelon Delight

It looks kind of plain in that plastic cup, but let me tell you — it was a really good drink.  It tasted like I was drinking a sweet, cold, flavorful watermelon.  I really loved the drink.  I could easily see this being a favorite, especially on a hot Florida afternoon.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t very impressed with the price.  While I certainly don’t mind paying $5.99 for a good drink, seeing the Watermelon Delight right there next to $9.99 alcoholic drinks made me wonder whether the price for orange water is as high as the price of  vodka or rum.

Tasty Tuesday – Herb-Crusted Lamb

November 11, 2014

On the Disney Dream, one of the Adult Exclusive restaurants is Remy, located on Deck 12, Aft.  It is generally agreed that dining at Remy is the best dining experience on board, Remy features spectacular ocean views and is the perfect romantic setting for dinner, and the food is superior by anyone’s standards.

 

Dining at Remy on the Disney Dream - Herb Crusted Lamb

 

Featured here is the Herb-Crusted Lamb (Agneau Fermier, Herbes if you prefer your French menus in French).  I really don’t know what else to say about it, except that it tastes as good as it looks.

 

Would you like to enjoy a spectacular meal at Remy?  Click here for a free quote on your next Disney Cruise!

 

Tasty Tuesday – Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie

October 14, 2014

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie

 

The next time you’re in Epcot, head on over to the Germany Pavilion and stop by Karamell-Kuche.  One of my favorite treats is the Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie, and I almost didn’t buy it.  Actually, when I had planned that particular Disney vacation, I had an entire list of items I wanted to try at Karamell-Kuche, and that cookie was not on the list.  But as I was looking at the case, something about it appealed to me, and I ordered it.

I made an excellent choice.  These massive cookies are moist and chewy, and the homemade caramel drizzled on top accentuated the apple and combined with the oatmeal in a way that made my mouth happy.  Just one warning: The cookies are stored in a refrigerated case, and it tastes better after the caramel gets warmed up by the Florida heat and becomes nice and soft and gooey.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014

September 30, 2014

The entrance to Epcot during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014

 

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the yearly food-fest that draws huge crowds consisting of both Disney lovers and food lovers!  I’m here with Disney Vacation Planning Advice for attending the Festival.

 

If you’re looking for loads of pictures of the mouth-watering food, you’ll want to head on over to this review on OurFloridaProject.  You’ll find prices, reviews of the different booths, tastings, and seminars. Just make sure you don’t drool all over your keyboard looking at the pictures.

 

My advice is going to be pretty simple, and practical:

 

1. Avoid the Food & Wine Festival on Weekends!  Not only is the Festival usually much more crowded on weekends, but the likelihood of encountering drunken idiots who are trying to drink around the World Showcase increases exponentially.  In addition to raucous behavior which parents do not want their children to witness, these besotted Guests have been known to leave puddles of vomit in public areas.  While there are plenty of Guests who are able to drink around the world and maintain a reasonable level of sobriety, it just isn’t worth going on weekends.  There’s nothing that puts a damper on your magical Disney Vacation like having some drunken woman in her mid forties mistake you for Ray Romano and insist on showing you the tattoo of Donald Duck on her inner thigh.

 

2.  Have a budget.  If you’re on a Disney Dining Plan decide how many Snack credits you’re going to use at the Festival.  If you’re paying out of pocket, get one of the re-loadable Disney Gift Cards and only spend a pre-set amount.  (Those cards also come with a wristband attached so you can conveniently pay for your purchases without reaching into your wallet.)  Failing to have a budget is a sure way to spend a whole lot more money than you wanted to, and you do not want your Disney souvenir to be five or ten extra lbs around your midsection.

 

3. Don’t forget about the seminars, demonstrations, and the Eat to the Beat Concert series.  There is a lot of focus on the food available for purchase, but the seminars, etc., can really be the highlights of your trip and are usually well worth the money.  Admittedly, this usually involves planning ahead, but I’m sure you know someone who is an expert at planning Disney Vacations if you don’t want to plan yourself.

 

4.  Expect to eat on your feet.  There aren’t very many places to sit and eat the food you purchase.  It’s so bad that people have been known to use the top of garbage cans as makeshift tables.  I mean, if you have to eat on top of a garbage can, Disney World is probably the best (cleanest) place to do it, but still… it’s gross.

 

That’s my advice, short & sweet.

A collage of pictures from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014

Tasty Tuesday – Biergarten Restaurant Review

September 9, 2014

Biergarten Sign

Biergarten Restaurant Review by Guest Blogger Jenn Paul-Koch

Whether you’re a Disney veteran or going on your very first trip, food can be a big part of the fun. In our case, we are Disney veterans and all around food lovers!  Planning our Disney meals is something we talk about throughout the year and ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation) day is like Christmas morning to me!   Being able to snag a reservation at one of our favorite spots is like opening up the present you wanted all year!

 

We are a family who loves traditions, and food is no exception.  On our annual trip to Walt Disney World we have a first night tradition of eating dinner at Biergarten in Germany at Epcot.  While I am usually one to avoid buffets, Biergarten offers more than your typical meats and sweets, and has something for everyone to enjoy!

 

Biergarten is designed to look like a Village in Germany.  When you walk in, you will be transported to a whole new world.  As with everything else, Disney has done their homework, and you feel like you are actually in Germany . Their attention to detail is delightful. Even the wait staff is from Germany!

Biergarten interior
 

Once your name is called you will be seated. Be warned though, you are not seated alone. You are seated at long tables with other people. This is something I did not know the first time I went and I was initially turned off. Why would I want to sit with strangers on MY vacation?

 

I quickly got over this when we met some pretty great people! However, I have also been seated with people who have flat out ignored us.  We try to be engaging and friendly! If we get the “leave me alone vibe,” we do so.  But I think it’s fun to spark a conversation; you never know who you might meet!  If you choose to eat here, don’t be shy.

 

In case you need something to make you a little less shy, you can grab yourself a BIG LITER (or half) of beer! We drive to Florida from Pennsylvania, and this is a nice treat for my husband!  I don’t know much about beer, but I do know that he is pleased with the selection year after year!

 

"Beer"garten

 

Once seated, you are free to roam around and grab whatever delicious food you like! The buffet is all-you-care-to-eat and I find that there is something for everyone. In addition to traditional German foods like Spatzle, Bratwurst, and Pork Schnitzel, you will find other foods like salads, macaroni and cheese, and a carving station with roast beast.  (No, not Belle’s Beast.  Calm down, people!) My personal favorite is the pretzel bread and cheddar cheese soup!  If dessert is more your thing, you will be happy to see items like apple strudel, bavarian cheesecake, puddings, and fresh fruit.

 
BG4BG5Biergarten Food 3
 

What really brings us back year after year is the entertainment! About every hour, a wonderful Oompah band comes out! The floor opens up and everyone is invited to dance. Don’t be shy, this really is great fun! They engage everyone in the restaurant by playing traditional German instruments, singing songs, and performing on things like hand bells. My kids LOVE this, and it is a ton of fun to watch them! For us, this makes our first night back complete!

 
German Man Playing Instrument

 

Riiiicola!

 

Dancing at Biergarten
 

While this may not be a “signature” dining experience, it is still top notch! The food is fresh, the fun is plentiful and so is the beer! I’d recommend this dining experience to both Disney first-timers and Disney veterans. If you’re using a Disney Dining Plan , Biergarten is a great value for food and entertainment at just one table service credit.  If you’re paying out of pocket, this meal will run you about $37.99 per adult and $17.99 per child.  A ½ liter of beer will be $8.00.

 
Biergarten Receipt
 

So if you’ve heard so-so reviews in the past, take some advice from Frozen: Let It Go and give Biergarten another chance! Its not always just about the food.. although the beer, pretzel bread and soup are enough to keep us going! We find it to be one of Disney’s best kept secrets and plan on keeping the tradition going… unless they stop serving beer.

Jenn Paul-Koch is married to her best friend Bob. Together they have 3 wonderful children.  When she’s not busy running her dog-walking business, Merry Pawpins Pet Sitting, she enjoys planning Walt Disney World trips for her family and friends.  Her Disney favorites are Snow White,  Dole Whips, Spectro Magic, California Grill, Haunted Mansion, and Toy Story Midway Mania. 

 

Tasty Tuesday – Mickey-shaped Beignets

July 29, 2014

Mickey-shaped beignets

As an American of Italian descent growing up in New Jersey, I thought that beignets were just another name for zepolle.  Basically, I was right; they’re both just a ball of fried dough topped with powdered sugar.  But at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, these balls of fried dough somehow end up shaped like Mickey Mouse!  Stacked vertically on the plate, and served with two dipping sauces  (vanilla bean and raspberry), these light and puffy treats were delicious!

(A word to the wise: if you have the pleasure of dining at Cafe Orleans, don’t be as foolish as I was.  I had the Pomme Frites for an appetizer, the Monte Cristo Sandwich as an entree, and the Mickey-shaped Beignets for dessert.  All of those are fried.  I love fried food, but by the end of this meal I felt like I had eaten a boulder.)

 

Tasty Tuesday – Vanilla-laced French Toast!

July 22, 2014

Welcome to another Tasty Tuesday!

I will admit that I’m not a big breakfast person when I’m visiting Disney World.  I’d rather consume my calories at other meals.  I can get good pancakes anywhere, you know?  But there are some breakfast dishes in The World that I will make exceptions for.  (And no, Tonga Toast isn’t one of them; I detest bananas!)  At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, there is a subtle and wonderful breakfast dish at the Grand Floridian Cafe.  It is the Vanilla-laced French Toast!  While I don’t care for the title (I associate the word “lace” with “Arsenic and Old.”) I love the french toast itself.  It is made from brioche bread, and has just the right amount of vanilla flavor to it.  Served with a side of bacon (my choice) or sausage, this French toast is one of my favorite breakfast meals at Disney World.

Tasty Tuesday – Desserts at Star Wars Weekends

May 27, 2014

Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios also means desserts themed to Star Wars! Here are three of them:

Yoda Cupcake

 

Blue Milk Milkshake

 

 

Yoda Dessert

 

In case you were wondering, you just saw a chocolate-hazelnut cupcake, a “blue milk” milkshake, and Key Lime Pie.

Tasty Tuesday – Acqua Fresca

May 13, 2014

As anyone who read my guest post on the Disney Food Blog knows, I’m always on the lookout for non-alcoholic specialty drinks.  I found a great one at Epcot’s Via Napoli.

The Acqua Fresca is a “house-made, seasonal fruit juice cooler.”  At the time of my last visit, they had strawberry and blood orange available.

Acqua Fresca Dispensers

 

I’m not a fan of orange-flavored drinks with pizza.  So I chose the strawberry Acqua Fresca.

 

Strawberry Acqua Fresca

 

What did it taste like?  Just imagine drinking a strawberry!  It was very light and refreshing, and had just the right touch of sweetness.

Was it worth the $6 price?   Definitely!  It was a great alternative to a $3 syrupy-sweet fountain soda.  However, I don’t think I’d order more than one during a meal.

If you’ve got the Disney Dining Plan (Free Dining or otherwise), the Acqua Fresca is one of the drinks you can choose.