Feb 06

Favorite Restaurant Series Continues with 1900 Park Fare

The Favorite Restaurant Series continues…..Melissa brings us her favorite, 1900 Park Fare.  Thanks Melissa for sharing your favorite.

When you think of fairy tales and some day meeting Prince Charming you also think of Cinderella but there are 2 places on Walt Disney world property that could help bring this real life fairy tale to a night you will never forget! My favorite Disney restaurant happens to be located In the most beautiful Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!  Yes, I’m talking 1900 Park Fare, where you can experience both dinner and breakfast but with different characters!.

In the morning, at 1900 Park Fare it’s called the Supercalifragilstic breakfast with some of your favorite Disney characters like Alice and Mad Hatter to Mary Poppins and much more!.

The real magic happens at night with the Cinderella Happily Ever After Dinner.  Once you arrive you will check in and they will give you a pager and then you will have your photo taken in front of Cinderella’s Castle backdrop.

The food at night is a wide selection for both kids and adults anywhere from prime rib to macaroni and cheese with chicken nuggets and the best part is actually getting to see a Disney Magic moment happen!!

Who doesn’t dream of meeting Prince Charming if you’re a girl?!?!  And for all you fellows……

1900 Park1900 Park1Cinderella awaits you! You also get to meet the stepmother and both stepsisters!! Now keep in mind they do make their rounds to everyone so you will get plenty of time with each character. And did I mention they share a special dance!?!.

Now your probably asking yourself what are the differences in breakfast pricing and dinner pricing well, here’s your pricing..

Adult price range 28.60$-30.00$
Child (ages 3-9) price range: $12.77-$15.88

Adult price range: $38.33-$44.50;
Child (ages 3-9) price range: $19.16-$21.29

But this buffet has a never ending food bar with amazing desserts and don’t forget to dress up your little girls and men in their princess attire!!!

My name is Melissa and I am 27 and an avid Disney fan.  I have a premium pass and I stay on Disney property every month and it never gets old.  I love Disney and everything that comes with it.

Feb 04

Portobello Cooking Class

Laurie entered and won a free cooking class at Portobello’s and shares her experience.

Carnevale del Veneto was presented on January 31st by Tony and Cathy Mantuano at Portobello. I was blessed to get a free admission to this yummy repast!

I was heartily welcomed when I entered the villa Portobello. I was sent to Joe at the bar, who was giving event attendees Jeio Prosecco and peach Bellinis. I had iced tea and ended up with one sweet and one regular. Waiters walked around with pesto pizza and clams casino pizza. We were seated in a semi-private room with paper over white table clothes. In all, I could have had 4 slices of pizza and 2 – 3 glasses of wine. Chef Tony ran a well paced demonstration and answered questions. Everything used common ingredients and was rather easy to make. Cathy showed us how to make squid ink pasta.

I am not a fan of raw meat. The second course was carpaccio di manzo which is thinly sliced raw beef eye of round topped with arugula salad and parmigiano reggiano cheese. The salad had tiny thin celery slices and a lemon and olive oil vinaigrette. The carpaccio was excellent for raw beef, but I rather have it cooked and spiced up. I would love the arugula salad as an appetizer as it was so light and refreshing. The cheese was not too strong. The wine pairing was Valpolicella, La Sallette, which is a ruby red blend of corvina, rondinella, and Sangiovese.

I watched Cathy make black pasta, as Tony explained some awesome tips such as always use boiling water for pasta; freezing pasta is best done by laying out the pasta in desired shapes in pans, then storing the frozen shaped pasta. I was served thick rice penne pasta that was perfect. They used lobster stock, lemon butter, rock shrimp sautéed in olive oil, thinly sliced garlic, and roasted tomatoes for a delicious, light sauce. This sauce is best on thin pasta such as angel hair.

I am disgusted by raw alcohol so I tasted and decided not to eat the next dish, that the others loved. They used chicken broth, butter, finely chopped shallots, rice, a gallon of wine so it seemed, parmigiano reggiano cheese and pepper. It was a brown soupy rice dish. Sorry but I tired hard. The wine pairing was Soave Classico, Suavia that is a blend of garganega and Trebbiano di Soave.

The grand finale for me was heaven, because I am gluten and soy free! I received my beloved vanilla and honey panna cotta topped with berry sauce and shaved white chocolate! Cold and smooth with notes of honey and vanilla makes this one of my favorite desserts in the universe! Everyone else was offered fried pizza dough with sugar and zabaglione. Zabaglione are egg yolks, sugar, salt, water, and grappa di moscato mixed in a bowl that sits above, not touching, simmering water then placed finished product in ice bath and stir to cool.  Then add real whipped cream and fold. The pairing was Brut Rosé, Jeio. All wines were from Venice, Italy.

Overall they did extremely well despite no notice of my diet. They were accommodating and had the sommelier restaurant manager and an Italian and American certified sommelier. Wait staff were kept running. The tables were quickly removed of unused table settings. Through the day they were bringing out dishes and bussing tables. Tony, Cathy and others answered questions and made this a fun lesson. I learned how to make several dishes and improve my current pasta dishes. For $50 a person, you receive 7 to 10 glasses of wine, 2 – 4 slices of pizza, carpaccio, pasta, risotto, and dessert.  Bellinis usually sell for $12 minimum in WDW. As one who avoids alcohol, I received what I paid for and fee,l with the cooking class, the value was worth $80 without wine.

I highly RECOMMEND!  Please, try these cooking classes. They are worth the time and money invested. I have happy memories and was filled up with the best Italian food in WDW!


Feb 02

Favorite Restaurant Series – Chef Mickey’s

I wanted to do a Favorite Restaurant Series so I asked for guest bloggers to write about their favorite table service restaurant at Disney World.  First up is Kelli, and one of her favorites is Chef Mickey’s.  See what she has to say about it……

I love Chef Mickey’s.

It honestly may have more to do my memories of the restaurant than the food itself. Nearly 20 years ago, I visited the Chef Mickey’s for the first time as a teenager. Chip ‘n Dale were still greeting guests at that time, and Dale got down on one knee and proposed to me. I will never forget how much I laughed with my family.

When we prepared to take my son to Disney World for the first time in 2012, I knew I wanted to bring him to Chef Mickey’s. My little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fanatic would have the chance to meet The Fab 5 – Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto – all in one place, without waiting in long lines at the parks.
As we walked toward our seats, Mickey was out greeting guests in the dining area. I turned around and snapped this picture of my son, as he walked in the room and spotted his favorite mouse for the first time:

I know that since he was only two years old, he probably won’t remember that trip or that experience. But I will never forget his face when he got up to hug Mickey and the rest of the crew. Chef Mickey’s will always be a priority in my dining plans, because the food is good, the characters are fun and the experience is… magical.

We have been to Chef Mickey’s several times in the past few years, each time enjoying the breakfast buffet. In all honesty, Tusker House has my favorite buffet style food. However, Chef Mickey’s has a few other things going for it. First, it is located in the Contemporary Resort. It is incredibly easy to dine at the restaurant and then head in to the Magic Kingdom on the monorail. And, I like the character interactions better. There are more friends to meet, and when the music starts playing and everyone begins whipping their napkins in the air and dancing… well, it is just a lot of fun.

Like most of the buffets at Disney World, Chef Mickey’s is pricey. Depending on what time of day you go, the experience will run you anywhere from $30-$60 per adult. The restaurant is open for both breakfast and dinner. The food is good. It’s not the most creative meal you’ll have at Disney World, or the best, but you should find something to please everyone in the family on the buffet.

Breakfast offerings include Mickey waffles, various Kellogg’s cereals, a variety of fruit and yogurt, cheesy potatoes, bagels, bacon, sausage, French toast, quiche, eggs and oatmeal. Dinner offerings include chicken, pasta, mixed vegetables, macaroni and cheese, salmon, mashed potatoes, pizza, and an ice cream bar.

It is fairly loud in the restaurant, so it is important to take that into consideration before making your plans.
Have you been to Chef Mickey’s? What are your favorite memories?

Kelli is a stay-at-home mother with two wonderful children. She enjoys reading, crafts, and planning her family’s Walt Disney World vacations!