Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hidden Secrets to Disney Dining in pictures

Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California -- have undergone culinary transformations in the last few years, becoming destinations that can be equally beloved by families who need quick value-friendly meals and adults who want extended dinners. Here, Food & Wine names some of Disney World's best-kept food secrets.

Fried-to-Order Franks at the Corn Dog Wagon Anaheim: Main Street USA, Disneyland
Locals have been known to make weekly trips to the theme park just to pick up this cart's hand-dipped, fried-to-order corn dogs. Know that the hot, crispy real thing will erase any pleasure formerly garnered from the prefrozen versions sold at carnivals.

Caramel at Karamell Kuche Orlando: Germany Pavilion, Epcot
The new caramel café in the German Pavilion is fashioned like a Bavarian cottage and sells cupcakes, apples and popcorn all slathered in its namesake. Patrons can snag free samples.

Dole Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar  Anaheim and Orlando: Disneyland Resort, Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Dole Whip is an über-refreshing, frozen pineapple soft-serve that's only available at Disneyland and World, the Dole Plantation in Hawaii and a couple other locations worldwide. Dole-ophiles can spoon tart mouthfuls out of pineapple juice floats.

Mickey-Shaped Melons in Disney Greenhouses  Orlando: The Land Pavilion, Epcot
During the hour-long "Behind the Seeds" tour of the Disney greenhouses, guests are privy to experimental cultivation techniques, and witness trees and vines growing mickey-shaped lemons, watermelons, cucumbers and pumpkins. Diners at the Garden Grill restaurant might later find such cucumbers on their salads.

Wood-Fired Pizza at Via Napoli  Orlando: Italy Pavilion, Epcot
Opened in the summer of 2010, this pizzeria and gelateria serves blood-orange-juice coolers, fried arancini (rice balls) and pizzas pulled from giant wood-burning ovens designed in Naples. The mozzarella is flown in from Italy (as are, often, the servers), and the pies are made in strict adherence to Neapolitan pizza rules, with San Marzano tomatoes and a crisp, charred crust.

Gluten-Free Sweets at Babycakes  Orlando: Downtown Disney Marketplace
This Manhattan bakery became a cult after perfecting cupcakes without gluten or dairy. The dense confections are made with rice or bean flour and sweetened with agave, but even the non-allergy-prone like the pretty pastel frosting and flavors like red velvet, banana-blueberry, lemon and vanilla.

Craft Beer at Big River Grille and Brewing Works  Orlando: Disney's Boardwalk Resort
The only microbrewery on the property, the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Big River Grille has five taps (some seasonally rotating), an outdoor patio, an on-site brewmaster and exhibition brewing rooms. Beer Advocate rates the label's Dunkelweiss a noteworthy B+, but there are pilsners, IPAs and stouts as well.

Neighborhood Coffee Shop at The Writer's Stop  Orlando: Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's version of a bookstore-cum-coffeehouse employs focused baristas and provides shelves of books—plus cozy chairs to read them in (or break for carrot cake). Occasional book signings attract the likes of crime novelist Ridley Pearson.

Hong Kong Fish at Flying Fish  Orlando: Disney's Boardwalk
It's off the menu and has to be ordered at least a day ahead, but the Hong Kong Fish is a terrifically fresh local yellowtail snapper, coated in tempura batter and fried whole. There's even a chef's counter in the kitchen so diners can watch the action.

Ohana's Vegetarian Menu  Orlando: Disney's Polynesian Resort
All Disney restaurants can accommodate vegetarians, but the Polynesia-themed Ohana is the most buzzed-about. When diners call ahead, the chef customizes a menu that might include stir-fried tofu, and house-made baba ghanouj.

Dinner and a Movie at Fork and Screen Orlando: Downtown Disney
Opened in May 2011, AMC's dine-in theater complex, Fork and Screen, takes reservations and waiters deliver cocktails and full courses—like smoked salmon BLTs and chocolate spooncake—to moviegoers in their seats.

Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Orlando: Downtown Disney West Side
Top gospel choirs serenade brunch goers every Sunday at the House of Blues when the buffet is piled with southern favorites like biscuits and gravy, cheesy grits, fried chicken and jambalaya.

For Disney Recipes you can enjoy at home please see "Cooking With Mickey" website at: http://www.cookingwithmickeyblog.com/p/recipes.html

Read & See More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/food-wine/ultimate-disney-world-din_b_2253713.html

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