Monday, June 14, 2010

Great New Eats coming to Walt Disney World Resort

Some of my favorite Orlando experiences revolve around food and the Walt Disney World Resort has more than a few entries on my list. From the posh perfection of Victoria and Albert's to the fixin's bar at the old Pecos Bill's. If you're anything like me, you love Disney for their many dining experiences as much as you do for their rides and shows. So good news! Four cool new dining treats are coming to the Mouse House.

First is Raglan Road, the awesome Irish Pub at Downtown Disney. During the World Cup, Raglan Road will be opening at 10am every day so you can watch the game. While you're watching, you can enjoy a real, full Irish Breakfast - known most often as simply a "full Irish. This is a delicious, carb- and fat-laden heart attack on a plate, and it is worth every calorie (as long as you're not indulging every day!). Two fresh eggs, bangers (Irish sausages), black pudding, grilled tomato, sauteed mushrooms, and rashers of thick, meaty bacon. It's $12 and more than enough to share, so watch the football and dig in.

If the Irish pub is not your thing, but you're still looking to nosh while you watch the soccer action, the ESPN Club serve food from 10:30 a.m. for early games June 11-29 and July 2-3, while the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill will start serving limited breakfast menu at 7am for the REALLY early games. From June 26-July 10, they'll offer a buffet with guaranteed seats to see the games, ending with a special viewing area and full menu on July 11. Call 407-WDW-DINE for more info and reservations. World Cup is a HUGE event, so reservations are always a good idea.

Sweet tooth? Get ready for September, when EPCOT's Germany pavilion will open up its newest shoppe, Karamelle -Kuche. That means Caramel Kitchen and it will be the one-stop sticky shop of your candy-coated dreams. You can indulge in fresh caramel popcorn, caramel apples, caramel-covered strawberries and marshmallows, real Werther's Original Caramels (created by German candy-maker Storck), plus the kind of gourmet caramels, cookies, brownies, fudge and cupcakes you expect from the amazing EPCOT kitchens. Rumor is there will also be special Storck goodies you can't find anywhere else, so if you're a caramel fan, this will be the place for you.

Artist Point at the Disney Wilderness Lodge is one of the best restaurants on property and now it's gotten just a little better. Artist Point has premiered a new, beautiful wooden cordial cart for after-dinner drinks -- they are the only Disney restaurant to offer this rolling luxury. Indulge in a selection of fine brandies, cognacs and cordials, including the top-top-TOP end treat, Louis XIII de Remy Martin. This limited edition cognac routinely fetches thousands of dollar per bottle (only 789 ever made), so if you're willing and able, this is as splashy an after-dinner drink as you can get. If you try it, come back to the blog and tell us what you think!


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