Food wish list: Blue Bayou

So I’ve decided to wait until next year to hit Disney World (when all their new attractions open). This year I’m doing everything I can to save for a trip to Disneyland instead. I’ve been once before, but they’ve opened new attractions since then. I really want to go on “The Little Mermaid” and the “Alice in Wonderland” rides. Then of course there are the classics, like “The Haunted Mansion,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.”

Yet, the one feature of Disneyland that keeps pulling me in is the Blue Bayou restaurant. I’ve never been before, but from the pictures the inside looks so fabulous. It’s designed to look like a bayou (naturally), but they also have all these whimsical lights that look like fireflies. It just looks magical. You can sorta get an idea from this picture.

Originally found on fandisney.com

Then of course there is the scrummy Cajun food. There’s one sandwich in the slideshow that makes my mouth water every time I see it! Let’s hope they offer gluten-free options! If not, this may be my one exception (on our last night of course- don’t want to be sick at Disney).

 

 

Foodie wish list: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The first time I ever went to Disney World, this is how the castle looked! Picture originally from http://themeparkcanuck.com/2011/10/01/walt-disney-world-celebrates-its-40th-birthday/

As I mentioned, I’ve been on a little bit of a Disney kick this week. I’ve download so many Disney songs that I’ve been blasting on my way to and from work. I’m sure when they see me singing at the top of my lungs, the drivers beside me are thinking “what is wrong with that girl?” I haven’t been to Disney since. . . well, I think 2004 (maybe 2005). So I’m getting a little eager to go. When I heard they offer a yearly International Food and Wine Festival, my newly found culinary side went crazy!

Just look at what the event offers:

  • International kiosks featuring tasty tapas and refreshing beverages
  • Cooking demonstrations and dining events—including experiences with celebrity chefs!
  • Mixology classes and wine tastings
  • Live musical performances by popular hit-makers

(info from http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/special-events/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/)

I’m not so excited about the live performances, but I love the idea of trying food from the different countries and watching the cooking demonstrations. Disney and food? Could it be any better? I’m going to be working extra hard to earn some bonuses this year. If I’m lucky, I maybe able to go for this year’s festival. Honestly, chances are slim, but I’d like to believe it could happen. If not this fall, it’s definitely going on my foodie wish list.

What types of foodie wish lists do you have? Where/what are you longing to go/experience.

Disney Crazed!

Sorry I’ve been quiet for a few days. I just started a new job on Monday and have been working the usual 9-5 shift. Combine that with rush-hour traffic and the fact I currently live 45 minutes from work, when I get home I just pass out on the couch! I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but since times are hard, hubby and I have been living with my parents. This week, my mum has kindly offered to cook while I get used to my schedule – I know, I’m very lucky! As such, there won’t be any recipe posts until the weekend, but with my love of blogging I couldn’t stop posting for a week!

For the last few days I’ve been hit by the Disney bug. It could be because Robert took me on a date to see “Beauty and the Beast” or it could just be because Disney is wonderful! Either way, I’ve been a little obsessed. In honor of my current mood, I thought I’d share the cupcakes I made for a friend’s bridal shower.

The cupcakes themselves were just chocolate and vanilla. The icing was vanilla buttercream dyed with blue food colouring (since they were having a boy). The ears were pretty simple, although I did get help as I’d never worked with fondant before.

Here are the basic steps:

Either dye fondant with black food colouring or purchase black fondant from Michael’s.

Roll the fondant out, and using a small bottle cap, cut out circles for the ears.

Unless you are putting out the cupcakes that day, leave the ears to harden a little before putting them in the icing. Actually, even if you are preparing them that day, I’d still leave a little time for the ears to dry. If you put all the ears on right away, there is a good chance they will fold over.

When hardened, place carefully on either side of the icing. Even after they’ve dried, they will still be a little soft, so don’t push too hard when adding them to your cupcakes.

VOILA! Mickey Mouse ears!

I was so excited with the way these turned out. Not only were the cupcakes moist and fluffy, but everything went together nicely. I didn’t have any disasters in the kitchen and the mom-to-be (as of yesterday, new mother) loved them. In the end, that’s what mattered the most.