Food and Fun In Orlando

Where can you find food and fun in Orlando? I will give you one hint: Disney. I'm terrible with hints, aren't I? Let's just get right to it because you want these details. It is October and while the rest of the country is knee deep in fall leaves, boot shopping and possibly scraping of windshields (unbelievable!), in Florida it means a few different things. Let me 'splain.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

If you're reading this instead of getting your ticket, I don't know what to tell you. Maybe next year? Listen. To. Me. Now. You have like 3 days MAX remaining for this most awesomest, fantabulous Halloweeniest party ever. I'm going to tell you all right now (don't tell the Frog Princess) that every time I go to this party, I feel like I am done with Halloween. Like done. Because it can't be beat. Real Halloween cannot beat the Halloween Party. Let me just mention that it's the ONLY time of the year where adults are allowed to dress up. Check out the "If Princess Leia ever came to Disney with her kids, this is totally what she would rock" outfit.

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

My level of excitement about this festival is about a 13 on a scale of 1 - 5. Where do I begin? Oh yeah, the food! Let's list my favorite 3, 5, 7 dishes*:

Australia: Grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp with pineapple, peppers, onions, and snap peas.

AUS_Spicy_Shrimp

Brazil: Escondidinho de carne, “Little Hidden One”: layered meat pie with mashed yucca.

Dominican Republic: Pretty much, the entire menu because YASSSS!

  • Lechón asado: Roasted pork with mangú, pickled red onion and avocado
  • Soufflé de yuca: Yuca soufflé topped with griddled cheese
  • Pescado con coco: Seared grouper, pigeon peas and rice with coconut sauce
  • Caramel flan with rum-roasted pineapple

Souffle de Yuca with Grilled Cheese

Caramel Flan with Rum Roasted Pineapples

Farm Fresh Market: Loaded mac ‘n’ cheese with Nueske's® pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions. Because who needs anything else for dinner?!

Loaded mac ‘n’ cheese

Patagonia: Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri. Y'all, this salmon was everything I ever hoped a salmon would be. And the chimichurri sauce? Help me Geezus I need more!

Patagonia Salmo

Oh and let's talk about the Chew Lab. It has me trying to find liquid nitrogen on the internets so I can recreate this little number (but only in the middle of the night when I can't just drive over and grab some of these. I introduce you to liquid nitro chocolate almond truffle with warm whiskey caramel. Read it again, go ahead. I'll wait!

Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle

And the wine? I mean, if the food looks like this then, you know. Wine flights, beer flights, Mami flig...okay, you get the drift.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Oh wait! There's more! Eat to the Beat concerts left and right. Yes, baybee! You can get your groove on while getting your grub on. You're welcome!

I love that we have more time to hang out at Epcot so, give me a call when you're on your way there, mmmkay?! This is definitely a perfect Mami's Day Out.

 

MNSSHP_TMNT_Princess*These are my favorites because they have made it to my mouth prior to my stomach punking out on me and wanting no more food. I will keep adding to this list as long as I can try new things before I get full.

Disclosure: I attended a Media Preview for the Food and Wine Festival. That being said, I am also an annual passholder. Why you ask? Because I can't miss the awesome. All thoughts, opinions and return trips, are purely my own.

Living the Magic: Dining at Walt Disney World

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and full bellies are purely my own. I recall fondly the days when we'd pack a bag of snacks and water and trek to the parks as a family. The last time we did that was for Mom's swearing in ceremony at Epcot. It was such a cool experience! Afterward, we celebrated with food from around the world and of course, the obligatory turkey leg.

These days, when the Frog Princess and I head to the park we go expecting adventures both outside and inside of our bellies.

It's always a treat to take a break from all of the fun and take in some yummy nutrients that'll help keep our energy up for the rest of the day.

Meeting the Characters

If you recall, we had a fantastic time when we took the Frog Princess to Tusker House Restaurant for her 3rd birthday. Not only was the food delicious but we got to hangout with some very special characters! You can't beat that. Having a buffet meant that I could taste all that my heart desired which is usually what my belly likes best.

Healthy Snacks

"Mami, is this healfy?" This is a question I hear a lot from the girl (also: not a typo. She says it with an F and it's too adorable for me to correct). It's hard to teach good eating habits when donuts and brownies are in this world. At Anaheim Produce, we get our fruits and veggies and our favorite: frozen lemonade! I usually have 3 sips before a certain someone snags it from me.

Dining at a Resort

One of my favorite spots to hit while at the Walt Disney World Resorts Is Disney's Art of Animation. You guise! This place is soooo cool.

I can't draw or paint but in there I feel like I could paint the Tower of Pizza. Well, maybe. I can certainly eat a tower of pizza at Landscape of Flavors. Surrounded by art, motion and color, I always feel re-energized and ready to paint the town red when I leave there.

Castle Dining

Of course, when we are at the Magic Kingdom® Park, the absolute must-eat place is Be Our Guest Restaurant. With 3 rooms to dine in: The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing & The Castle Gallery, no wonder everyone rushes to the Beast's castle for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I tell folks all the time that Walt Disney World has dining options for every taste bud and every budget.

The big tip for me with dining: if you're staying at any of the Walt Disney World resorts, be sure to take a look at the dining plans and select one that will work for you and your family. It makes things easier while you're busy living the magic!

Did you miss any parts of this series? Lucky for you, I have a list!