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The Disney Food Blog has released recipes for colorful cocktail recipes inspired by Anna, Elsa, and more
Do you want to build some cocktails?
What’s the best way to celebrate being young at heart as an adult Disney fan? Why, with Disney-inspired cocktails, of course! After the major success of the Disney Food Blog’s first installation of Disney-themed cocktails, the bloggers have curated a second collection of color-coordinated, gorgeous cocktails inspired by Disney heroes and villains.
The cocktails were created by Cocktails by Cody and feature alcoholic versions of your favorite animated characters like “The Coldfront,” an icy-white and blue-layered drink that includes White Chocolate Liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps, Milk, and Malibu, inspired by Queen Elsa. Many of the drinks seemed to be influenced by magical Disney color schemes like the Hades Hatred, which uses black vodka and the stark blue hpnotiq liquor, and matches the Hercules villain’s flaming-blue hair.
We were most intrigued by the Fairy Dust (a nod to everyone’s favorite pixie, Tinkerbell), made with honey vodka, Triple Sec, and cider, as well as the Mad Tea (the perfect beverage for an unbirthday party), made with green tea, citrus, mint, and gin.
The Ultimate List of Disney Instagram Accounts to Follow!
Whether you’re snapping selfies, scrolling for inspiration, drooling over food pics, or playing filter games obsessively, Instagram and Disney go together like corn dogs and queso!
Photo: Shared by Jeff Vahle via Instagram (@jeffvahle)
If you’re looking for ideas, news, or entertainment, we’ve got you covered with this ULTIMATE list of Disney Instagram accounts to follow!
Now, when it comes to Disney Instagram accounts, there’s a wide variety of options out there, each serving a different purpose. Like, if your main interest is gazing at Disney Funnel Cakes, following a Disney pianist may not be what you’re looking for!
Funnel Cake from Sleepy Hollow
Thus, we’ve divvied our must-follow list into different categories to help whittle down your options and provide an overview of these accounts!
Для показа рекламных объявлений Etsy по интересам используются технические решения сторонних компаний.
Мы привлекаем к этому партнеров по маркетингу и рекламе (которые могут располагать собранной ими самими информацией). Отказ не означает прекращения демонстрации рекламы Etsy или изменений в алгоритмах персонализации Etsy, но может привести к тому, что реклама будет повторяться чаще и станет менее актуальной. Подробнее в нашей Политике в отношении файлов Cookie и схожих технологий.
Deconstructing the Dish: ‘Ohana Stir Fried Noodles at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
As an antidote to the almost global quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Theme Park Professor, a website devoted to trip planning, travel, and all the ephemera of the Disney parks (along with less thorough sections devoted to other Florida parks, Universal Studios and SeaWorld) launched a “Disney at home” series devoted to bringing the magic of the parks into the home. The archive directs website browsers to virtual rides, fireworks, lesson plans to occupy the kiddos, and most interestingly (to me anyway), recipes for various park favorites. Beset by uncertainty and cabin fever, those hankering for “a taste of the magic” can occupy their time attempting to make a homemade Dole Whip (perhaps a more attainable version than Dole’s DIY version that doesn’t really work) or School Bread.
Recently, the recipes have taken a more tropical dimension, with the site featuring recipes for Tonga Toast and Macadamia Nut Pancakes, culminating with various dishes at ‘Ohana, the most famous and popular restaurant at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The restaurant features all you can eat dishes along with character experiences, allowing children (and children at heart) to meet and interact with Mickey Mouse and Lilo and Stitch in an “island chic” atmosphere. ‘Ohana remains a popular restaurant destination, one to book with an advanced dining reservation, due to the characters, the atmosphere (the sense that you are on a Hawaiian or tropical island vacation within your vacation to Orlando Florida), and the food itself, with outlets and establishments devoted to covering Disney raving about the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding, Honey Cilantro Wings, and the Stir Fried Noodles.
As someone with an interest in all things Disney and all things food, I find the series intriguing, especially as a brief mental escape from a global pandemic. I have previously made the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding, flambe and all, and found the dessert delicious but one that’s quite dense and definitely should only be eaten sparingly. The noodles intrigued me as well, being someone that enjoys stir fried noodles along with expanding my culinary repertoire. However, the recipe inspired both curiosity and concern, not so much with the degree of difficulty, but the choice of ingredients and the representation of cuisine of the Pacific Islands.
Shredded Red and Green Cabbage
- 2 cups of brown sugar
- 1 and 3/4 cups of soy sauce
- 3/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
- 1 and 1/4 tbsp garlic
- 1 and 1/4 tbsp ginger
- 2 and 1/4 tsp cornstarch
- 4 tbsp pineapple juice
Now, all of these ingredients sound delicious and for the most part work well together, the recipe is largely noodles stir fried in teriyaki sauce with cabbage thrown in. Moreover, the cuisine of the Pacific Islands is certainly influenced by local ingredients, such as coconuts and tropical fruits along with Asian culinary customs. The initial voyagers to the islands came from the Asian continent and brought their crops and livestock along with their cuisine, while more modern movement due to labor demands (especially sugar and pineapple plantations in Hawaii) fostered even greater contact and acculturation. The noodles at ‘Ohana reflect these patterns, resulting in an Asian dish influenced by the islands through the addition of pineapple.
At least, this is how the ingredients work in theory, a nominal representation of authenticity and diversity within the American icon that is Disney World. In reality, however, the components of the noodles reflect a lack of understanding of the cuisine of the Pacific Islands, the addition of pineapple juice equating the fruit as inherently “tropical” and essentializing the pan-Polynesian setting in a way to be eagerly consumed, metaphorically and literally, by the American public.
Asian and Asian inspired dishes can be readily found in the Pacific Islands, particularly in Hawaii due to the large Asian population living there. Furthermore, teriyaki sauce is not only common but beloved in the Hawaiian Islands, with the famous “Huli chicken” marinated and basted with a sauce combining elements of barbecue sauce and teriyaki. And, of course, pineapples are common to the Pacific Islands and consumed by the people living there, just not as the component of a sauce. Typically, tropical fruits are consumed as is, highlighting sweetness and freshness without adulterating, save for maybe a pinch of salt. Coconuts and coconut milk are integral for desserts, but pineapples are enjoyed as fresh fruit. Pineapples and pineapple juice as an ingredient is largely a Western imposition, to imbue a particular dish or cocktail as inherently “tropical” or “from the islands” with the addition of the yellow fruit.
This is not the first time the Disney Parks produced, marketing, and sold a pineapple flavored offering to convey the aura of a tropical vacation. But, the scrumptious, artificially flavored Dole Whip doesn’t attempt to impart a sense of authenticity, as if one was consuming the cuisine of the islands themselves. The Dole Whip is a soft serve like creation composed of natural and artificial flavors, resembling ice cream but tasting like fruit, something easily accessible and clearly recognized as American . The noodles at ‘Ohana, by contrast, are one facet of Disney’s Polynesian Resort, the hotel defining itself in the setting, iconography, and culture of the Pacific Islands. What results is a Disney-fied interpretation and representation of the Pacific Islands, what Henry A. Giroux calls “an ideologically loaded fantasy.” This fantasy ranges from the name of the resort itself (“Polynesian” a term that translates to “many islands”) to the tiki imagery to the food.
“But,” you may ask, “aren’t chefs allowed to change, adapt, and update recipes? Isn’t the addition of pineapple juice a celebration of the ingredients of the islands?” And yes, people can offer their own interpretations of a given dish, demonstrating creativity or deconstructing to its bare essences to say something about food and taste. But, however, this isn’t what’s happening with ‘Ohana noodles. Instead, this takes the broad strokes of the food and culinary customs of the Pacific Islands and adds pineapple juice to communicate the tropical nature of the dish, essentializing cuisine to a simple equation of “add pineapples and stir.”
Furthermore, the fact that this occurs within the context of cultural appropriation, taking elements from the islands and the people living there and rendering them in a way for a disconnected American public to enjoy, complicates this process. While claiming to celebrate the culture and the cuisine of the Pacific Islands, the Polynesian Resort is one component of the moneymaking apparatus for the Walt Disney Company, the latter looking to profit off of representation and diversity. What results, in the case of this noodle dish, as a misunderstanding and simplification of cuisine and culture as part of appropriation and commodification.
Virtual Game Night Themes
1) Virtual Casino Night
Flashing lights, high-stakes, and maybe even a little glitter will transport guests to Las Vegas for one night only.
Why we love this: It makes virtual game night guests forget they’re stuck at home as they enjoy that classic “night out” feeling in an online casino environment.
2) Virtual Trivia – Jeopardy Style
Everyone must answer trivia in the form of a question and compete to do the best Alex Trebek impersonation.
Why we love this: This is Jeopardy! Need we say more?
3) Virtual Summer Camp
It’s time for s’mores, ghosts stories, classic pranks, and perky counselors. Get some customized camp t-shirts from Swag.com and, of course, pick out a mix of exciting and embarrassing virtual games for your campers. (We’ve got plenty of ideas above.)
Why we love this: Just thinking about summer camp produces waves of healthy nostalgia.
4) Virtual Dinner Party
Brush up on your table manners. Select the classiest piece of classically classical music you can find. This virtual game night theme encourages guests to show up dressed for dinner, and we mean the kind of “dressed” that doesn’t end at putting on big-kid pants.
Why we love this: This sophisticated theme provides plenty of opportunities for those dinner-party conversations we all miss so much.
5) Virtual Luau
Wear a necklace of flowers. Drink out of a coconut. Maybe even bust out that grass skirt if you’re feeling adventurous.
Why we love this: This isn’t just a virtual game night theme it’s a mini-vacation to a place where you want to drink the sunsets and swim in crystal blue waters all night long.
6) Virtual Music Festival
All you really need to have a music festival is good music, and we’re sure you have that part covered. Find the best Zoom chat background you can get your hands on. Dig out those outfits you bought for the fest that never happened last spring. It’s time to let your hair down with your closest friends.
Why we love this: Music is powerful. It can transport you to different places, call up old memories, and uplift your spirits. A music festival theme can turn your virtual game night into the refreshing evening everyone has been craving.
7) Virtual Disney Night
Disney decorations, Disney costumes, Disney snacks, and the list goes on and on. Basically, just make sure you and your guests are as Disney-fied as possible. You can even identify the biggest Disney fan (as measured by streaming activity) by playing a version of Bingo where the squares are Disney+ shows.
Why we love this: Lighthearted fun, upbeat songs, and happy endings are never a bad idea. A virtual game night themed around these concepts will leave guests feeling just a little happier ever after.
Hi – The picture you pointed out Lightning McQueen in seems to have other “weenies” on it too. Look under the building on the right. Do you see a face? Is it Pluto, Donald or someone else? Look at the right side of the face – there is a vintage car grill with a headlight mounted on either side of it. The one nearest you looks attached to the face’s mouth, turning the mouth into the front fender of a 1930’s-40’s car. At the bottom from left towards center, it looks like back plates from Stegasaurus. In the center, the arches in the viaducts remind me of the “face” grills on the boilers in the Tower of Terror queue.
I’m beginning to think there are more “weenies” hidden in there, you just need to change the viewing angle to see them.
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Disney Dining – An Ode to Filth
Hi there readers! This is Gary and Mike from the Por Favor Podcast. Lisa has been kind enough to give us some space on her wonderful blog. After much consideration, we figured we should talk about what we know best. Filth.
For anyone not familiar with our podcast (we have literally dozen’s of listeners!) we endearingly refer to most food as filth. At least most food that we eat. That’s mostly because we eat generally filthy offerings, especially at Walt Disney World.
A perfect example of filth would be a burger from Pecos Bills with all the fixings. Apple slices would not be considered filth. I think you get the basic idea.
Now, on to the really fun part. We are going to break-down some of the filthiest foods in Walt Disney World. Some you will have surely heard about, some may be new to you. Each holds a place near and dear to our hearts…and stomaches.
A Dole Whip from Aloha Isle might not be considered by many to fit the definition of filth, as set forth earlier in the article, but if we take into account the fact that Por Favor Gary likes to start his day with a Dole Whip for breakfast, this clearly falls into the filth file.
A pork shank from Gaston’s Tavern is one of the truest forms of filth one can find in the Magic Kingdom. This greasy mass of meat is probably going to slow down your touring plans, but the lethargy is well worth it as you’ll feel a primitive satisfaction as you gnaw the last pieces of pig flesh off the bone in triumph.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Waffle Sandwich
The sweet and spicy chicken and waffle sandwich from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments holds a special place in the pantheon of filth at the Magic Kingdom. There are some who would say that chicken and waffles don’t belong together (stuff that doesn’t go with stuff) and there are others who salivate at the idea of this culinary concoction. However you feel personally about this unique sandwich, you must agree that it is quite filthy.
Jalapeño and Cheese Stuffed Pretzel
The jalapeno and cheese stuffed pretzel from Block and Hans in the American Adventure Pavilion is one of the best hidden secrets at Walt Disney World. This snack has it all. Portability, affordability and of course it’s stuffed full of cheese and jalapenos that define filth. This may be the neatest of the filth we encounter, but don’t let that fool you. This is a must try!
Found at the Rose & Crown Pub, the scotch egg is an instant Por Favor Filth Favorite. Both Mike and Gary have experienced the true filthy beauty of this deep fried, hard boiled egg surrounded in sausage topped with an incredible mustard sauce. If this appetizer wasn’t presented so nicely in the restaurant it might take the cake as filthiest in all of EPCOT, but even in its somewhat refined form, it’s close to tops.
The miniature version of the iconic churro can be found at La Cantina de San Angel, the quick service outside of the Mexico Pavilion. The reason this item has made our list is because of the caramel dipping sauce that accompanies it. These adorable churritos are very tasty on their own, but when utilized properly they become a conveyance system for the caramel. No trip to Walt Disney World would be complete without a churro, so you might as well grab these little beauties and double down with the filthy caramel sauce!
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake
The 50s Prime Time Cafe is well known amongst Disney fans for its kitschy décor and intentionally overbearing waitstaff. It’s also know to have some of the best comfort food on property. However many guests overlook an item on the menu that has earned a spot in any filth lovers heart. A peanut butter and jelly shake may sound off-putting to some, but we say, give it a try and you’ll soon realize why Mike and Gary consider this pure filth in a cup.
Excuse me, did someone take over the reigns on this article? How on earth did a salad make its way into a list of filth? These questions could only be asked by someone who hasn’t experienced the filthy goodness of a Cobb salad from the Hollywood Brown Derby. You know this salad must be mind-blowingly filthy to make it to such rarefied territory. One bite of this salad and you’ll forget you’re actually eating some veggies among the filth.
Ham or Turkey Sandwich
Once again, you may be having double take, but let us explain. The ham and turkey sandwiches from Starring Rolls Cafe are so chock full of deli meat that you can barely unhinge your jaw wide enough to fit all the filth into your maw. There is a token piece of lettuce and a scant offering of tomato on top of this sandwich and the bread is merely there because society hasn’t progressed enough yet to make it acceptable to eat a pound and a half of deli meat by itself in one sitting.
Anything from Flame Tree BBQ
Is this a cop out? Yes. Undoubtedly, but who are we to deprive you of any of the offering from what many consider the best quick-service on property. Mike and Gary can definitively say that this is the filthiest quick-service around. Between the fall-off-the-bone ribs and the best baked beans around, this joint can fling some filth. Do not do yourself a disservice and miss Flame Tree. You can’t go wrong with any of the filth offered.
You got us. This item is no longer offered at Yak and Yeti, but we felt it was still worthy of our praises. Just because something is gone doesn’t mean it hasn’t impacted our lives. And, hey, look at the citrus swirl! It could come back. Anyway, this was one of the original food items that Mike and Gary referred to as filth on the podcast. It’s just a Chinese food take-out style box filled to the brim with filth. Tons of beef, noodles and some veggies to make people feel a little better about themselves. Maybe if this article gets enough traction, we might see this menu item make its triumphant return to Animal Kingdom.
Spice Rubbed Karubi Ribs
It helps having a local as one half of your show, because this filth offering is from the brand new Harambe Market. Por Favor Mike had the difficult task of dragging himself to Animal Kingdom and trying out this new item. It comes with green papaya-carrot slaw and a chickpea, cucumber and tomato salad. In case you weren’t sure, that is considered “stuff that doesn’t go with stuff”. Despite this, it still was able to earn Mike’s seal of approval. Next time you are in Animal Kingdom, check out the new Harambe Market and see which new piece of filth piques your interest!
Welcome to Germany! Home of great food, great drink, and great entertainment! Today, my friends, I am traveling a bit out of my comfort zone to talk about the best Disney drink that I have to have when we eat dinner at Biergarten. That drink (or, if you will, series of drinks) is the German Beer Float. I say that I’m heading out of my comfort zone because, truly, I am rarely an alcohol drinker — and as such, the German Beer Flight is the perfect amount of alcohol for me!
The German Beer Flight has changed since the last time I ate at Biergarten. The last time we ate there was 2013, and if I remember correctly, this was what the Beer Flight consisted of:
- Radeberger Pilsner
- Altenmünster Oktoberfest
- Schöfferhofer Weizen
Each of those four beers consists of a 5 ounce tasting, so in all, you receive 20 ounces of beer. However, since then, the Beer Flight has changed, and now consists of these four beers:
- Altenmünster Oktoberfest – One of the most beautiful regions in Germany is the Allgäu, home of Altenmünster Brewer Beers. Altenmünster is made from rediscovered recipes for connoisseurs, who highly value the use of long-forgotten ingredients creating a full-flavored and timeless beer
- Wursteiner Dunkel – Classic German-style dark pilsner that has a deep chestnut brown hue with a smooth, toasty malt flavor and mocha aromas
- Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen – A top-fermented full-bodied beer with a distictive slightly sweet, floral aroma. Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen is one of Germany’s most well-known wheat beers
- Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen – A unique combination of sparkling smooth hefeweizen with grapefruit juice. Refreshing well-rounded taste with tangy
character and hints of sweetness that is pleasing to the palate. The world’s first unfiltered grapefruit hefeweizen-mix
Still 5 ounce tastings, so that is the same, the price for the current evolution of the Beer Flight is $13. Before, I was a big fan of the Oktoberfest — and since that hasn’t changed, I imagine I will still be a fan of that. Of the four of those, I think the Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen would be the one that I would dislike the most — or perhaps the Dunkel. I’m not one for a dark style beer so that one may be the one I dislike.
If you have a fancy for one of these, you can also order them individually in 1/2 liter servings — the two Hefeweizen varieties are $9.50 each, the Oktoberfest is $8.75, and the Dunkel is $8.25.
For me, though, the real reason I think fondly of the German Beer Flight is because of the memories I have of the last time we ate at Biergarten. That was 2013, it was the first trip to Walt Disney World we had been on since I became a part time travel agent with Pixie Vacations, and the agency was having an agent get together to hang out together and get to know one another. That meal was great because Cindy, Sophie and I joined our dear friends Brenda and Butch for dinner at Biergarten, and in the course of that meal, Sophie and I shared a moment that I likely will be reliving in a different venue in the next 10 years or so. I’ll let the picture speak for itself, though:
So, my friends, this concludes my look at the German Beer Flight, and why this is my choice for the Best Disney Drink. I hope that you have enjoyed my look at the drink, as well as my look at why this one simple drink really does it for me. Until next time, please go out, have a great day, and remember to make it a Disney day no matter where you are! Thanks for stopping by, go check out the rest of the posts below!
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OPI’s Couture de Minnie: Vibrant, Gorgeous and A Moust-Have for Your Collection! #nails
Well, I had the opportunity to try out a couple shades from Disney and OPI’s newest summer collection, the moust-have shades of the summer season–OPI Couture de Minnie!
For someone who adores pinks and reds and all that glitters, not to mention an absolutely die-hard Disney fan, this was the perfect marriage. Not only are the shades girly but, they are also very couture and fabulous for girls and women alike!
The shades that OPI sent over were Innie Minnie Mighty Bow and Minnie Style. Both which go perfectly together. The Innie Minnie Mighty Bow is a vibrant crimson and the Minnie Style has red, pink and white glitter.
The other shades in this collection are Chic from Ears to Tail which is a gorgeous pastel pink, A Definite Moust-Have is a brilliant and bright Fushia which pops with color–this would be my FIRST pick and Magazine Cover Mouse is a bright red with sand-like texture! I would compare it to OPI’s Mariah Carey’s sands.
Bring On the Ears!
Using the Innie Minnie Mighty Bow and Minnie Style, we created a Disney-fied look that is super cute for everyday wear and as geeky as I am, I want to wear this when I head to Disney this year again. You can check out @susana_p for more designs!
Simply, we used the crimson shade on all nails, the Minnie Style glitter on your accent nail and with a dotting tool, use your favorite shade of white for the Mickey Ears.
To see more on this Couture de Minnie’s Collection, go here. You can also see the latest updates over on O.P.I. Canada’s FB and follow @OPI_Products on Twitter for their awesome tweets.
Have you tried Disney and OPI’s Couture de Minnie yet?
Which color would you try?
Let me know, til next time–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.
A DVC Membership Story
Hello everyone my name is Sean Duffy and Lisa was nice enough to allow me to guest blog for you. A little bit about me, I am a father of 2 and husband to a wonderful wife. I am lifelong Disney fan and Co-host of Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast (enchantedtikitalk.com). I am also a DVC Member and that’s what I wanted to write about here.
In June of 2008 we started the process of purchasing DVC via resale. That was the only way we knew we could afford to join DVC. So we initially purchased a 50 point contract at the Wilderness Lodge Villas, which at the time we would get about 4 nights in September (We have since purchased 75 more). On about August 13 rd our closing had finished and we were added to the DVC system which meant we had the ability to book our first trip. We immediately booked our first trip for Sept 10 th and were planning on only spending 4 nights. But Pixie Dust had been sprinkled and we had a bonus of 50 points that had been banked from the previous year. We decided to do 6 nights and spend time there over the weekend which ate up most of our points.
There wasn’t much of a difference for us going from cash paying to DVC rooms. Granted you had to make your own bed and you didn’t get fresh towels everyday but who cares we literally owned a piece of the magic. But the real difference in having DVC was the extra space in our room. We loved having a couch to now relax on after coming back to the room after a long day in the parks. Disney was literally starting to feel more like a vacation home than a hotel room.
That trip Disney started to feel different for us. We were now part of a cult. We had a secret handshake with other DVC Members, oh ok well at least I think there should be one. The things we noticed about being DVC Members was that other guests that were members seemed to be more outgoing and would go out of their way to say hi if you were wearing anything that said DVC. It was starting to feel more like a community than just a place to go on vacation. You immediately have something to relate to with other members. They are more likely to talk about why they became members or where they lived. Everyone had stories to share and they all understood the family memories that had been created in Walt Disney World.
See that’s it, that why I wanted to become a DVC Member. It’s not just about racing to Soarin or getting that highly sought after reservation at Ohana’s. It really is all about the memories that you get to create with your family. I know that my son’s first ride was Peter Pan and my daughter’s was the Little Mermaid or that the first banana that my son ever ate was in Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney World is just the start of our family memories that have yet to happen. But it is DVC that has brought us that ability to have someplace to look forward to year after year and create new magical family memories.
Sean can be found on Twitter @1MinDisneyDream, Facebook here and on YouTube here.