Friday, November 17, 2017

BREAKING NEWS!!!! 2018 Festival of the Arts Booth Menus!!!!


Heeeeeey, Disney Foodies!!!


     I know I just brought you the announcement of the Festival of the Holidays Booth Menus a few days ago, but GUESS WHAT??????  I'm back with the 2018 Festival of the Arts Booth Menus!!!! Yup, with back to back festivals at Epcot, we have back to back menu announcements too, so let's get to it!

     The sophomore year of the Festival of the Arts will run from January 12th - February 19th, 2018, but unlike last year's Festival, which only ran on the weekends, this year's event will run daily, due to it's incredible popularity in it's kick off year. For those of you who did not get to experience it in 2017, this Festival celebrates the arts, including performing arts, (Broadway performances), visual arts, (art displays and demonstrations), and culinary arts, (food booths a la Food and Wine Festival). Of course, because this is an ART festival, all of the dishes are served with visual presentation at the forefront of the chef's mind. Everything was gorgeous AND delicious last year and I'm sure this year will be even better! Let's see which favorites are returning, and which new dishes we can look forward to! (In the menus below, the items that I have highlighted in color are new for 2018!)


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The Deconstructed Dish




Food:
  • Atypical BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam and Soft Poached Egg
  • Irregular Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil
Reuben

Pork Belly
Beverages:
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Bourbon Cream, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (non-alcoholic)
  • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington
  • Pop-Artsicle: Red, White and Blue Frozen Slushy (non-alcoholic)
Deconstructed Breakfast
Pop-Artsicle


Cuisine Classique



Food:
  • Red Wine Braised Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic
  • Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Saint-Honore Tart: Caramel Cream Tart with Caramel Glaze topped with Cream Puffs


Short Rib

Chocolate Chip Cookie
Beverages:
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chico, CA
  • Bell’s Two Hearted American-style India Pale Ale Kalamazoo, MI
  • Duck Rabbit Milk Stout Farmville, NC
  • Beer Braising Flight
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series Logrono, Spain

The Artist's Table



Food:
  • Roasted Pork Roulade with Butternut Squash Purée, Marble Potatoes and Baby Carrots with a Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (GF)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie


Pork Roulade

Scallop with Chorizo
Beverages:
  • Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, Milk, Dark (non-alcoholic)
  • Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate: Dark Chocolate with Chambord
  • Perla Santa Coffee-flavored Wine
Sipping Chocolate Flight



The Painter's Palate






Pop Eats


Food:
  • Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate (V)
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)

Frangipane Cake

Pop 't Art
Beverages:
  • Cloudem Sparkling Wine
  • Cloudem Sparkling Wine in a Souvenir Glass
  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail

Decadent Delights

Food:
  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Salted Caramel and Maple Meringue with Coconut
  • Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar, Flavored Merengue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce
  • S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Purple Sweet Potato Pie (2018's version will be mousse)

S'Mores Tart

Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar
Beverages:
  • Ferreira 10 Year Old Port
  • 3 Daughters Strawberry Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, England
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight


The Masterpiece Kitchen


Food:
  • Charcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats, Nueske’s Smoked Beef and Cheese
  • Smoked Salmon Tartare, Caviar, Crisp Lavash and Traditional Accompaniments
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (V)
  • Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Sauce and Gold Leaf from our Master Pastry Chef

Charcuterie

Mushroom Risotto

Triple Chocolate Mousse
Beverages:
  • Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne
  • Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé
  • Silverado Vineyards Chardonnay


Additional Festival Locations


Fife & Drum 
Food:
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
Takumi Table – Japan Pavilion 
Food:
  • Chirashi Sushi and Haupia Pearl: Salmon, Tuna and Yuzu Miso with Coconut Tapioca Pudding
  • Taiyaki: Stuffed Japanese Pastry with Sesame Cream and Raspberry Sauce
Beverages:
  • Calpico Yogurt Strawberry Swirl Sake
  • Masu Sake in a Personalized Wooden Cup
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company 
Beverages:
 
All Festival specialty drinks served hot or cold.
  • Canada: Night Sky Latte: A delicious shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with Creamy Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, topped with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream
  • Disney Traders: Cinnamon Sensation: A shot of Italian Espresso mixed with RumChata and Cinnamon Whiskey, blended with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream
  • Future World East: Painted Lady Latte: A shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with rich Baileys Espresso Créme Liqueur, topped with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream
  • The American Adventure: Dreamy Bourbon: A shot of Italian Espresso mixed with Bourbon Whiskey Cream Liqueur, blended with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream
El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) 
Food:
  • Mixiote de Cordero: Wrapped Slow Braised Lamb marinated in Tres Chiles Paste and Spices
  • Tacos de Puerco: Two Corn Tortillas with Slow-roasted Pork Shoulder marinated in Ancho Paste, served with Sweet Plantain Purée and garnished with Pea Tendrils
  • Atole de Fresa and Mexican Concha Bread: Warm Strawberry Drink served with Mexican Concha Bread
Beverages:
  • Frida Guava Margarita
  • Diego Passion Margarita on the rocks
  • Allende Craft Mexican Golden Ale
Croissant Doughnut
Refreshment Outpost 
Food:
  • Chilled Shrimp, Quinoa, Layered Vegetables, Spiced Yogurt and Red Pepper Coulis
Refreshment Port 
Food:
  • Croissant Doughnut filled with Pastry Cream and topped with Colored Pearls


The Painted Panda – China 
Food:
  • Coconut Panda Rice Cake
  • Crispy Fried Shrimp in a Wonton Chip Lotus Flower
  • Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling, garnished with Toasted Coconut
Beverages:
  • M.S.G.: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry Syrup and Ginger Ale
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Red, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple
  • Strawberry Bubble Tea (non-alcoholic)
L’Art du Cuisine Francaise – France 
Food:
  • Rillettes du Mans, Cornichons, Carré du Boulanger: House-made Pork Rillettes, Cornichons and House-made Bread
  • Saumon en Croute Façon Paul Bocuse: Salmon in a Puff Pastry Crust, Paul Bocuse-style, with Spinach and Beurre Blanc Sauce
  • Le Coucher de Soleil: Sunset Mango and Raspberry Cake
Beverages:
  • Frosé: Frozen Côtes de Provence Rosé Wine with Grey Goose Vodka and Peach Purée
  • L’Or par Edmond Thery: French Sparkling Chardonnay
  • Alsace, Pinot Blanc, Reserve 2015, Gustave Lorentz
  • Bordeaux, Château Tour de Granins, Grand Poujeaux, Moulis en Medoc 2015
Mosaic Canteen – Morocco 
Food:
  • Hummus Trifle: Layered Hummus topped with Spiced Beef, Pine Nuts and Dry Cherries, served with Pita Chips
  • Mediterranean Flat Bread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese
  • Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough coated with Honey, Rosewater and Sesame Seeds
Beverages:
  • Embrace the Arak: Massaya Arak, Grapefruit Juice and Grenadine
  • Tarima Red, Alicante, Spain
  • Casa Beer
L’Arte di Mangiare – Italy 
Food:
  • Involtini di Salmone al Basilico, Piso Venere, Salsa Romesco: Basil-scented Salmon Roulade, Purple Rice and Romesco Sauce
  • Sformato di Melanzane e Pomodori, Mozzarella Fior di Latte: Tomato and Eggplant Terrine, Fior di Latte Mozzarella
  • Crema Fitta, Pesche e Rucola Pesto, Ciliege di Amarasca: Cream Fritters, Peach and Arugula Pesto and Amarena Cherries
Beverages:
  • Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée and Prosecco
  • Vodka Rossini: Vodka, Strawberry Purée and Prosecco
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Pinot Grigio, Bosco del Merlo
  • Merlot, Montegrande
  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
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     So????? What do you think? What sounds the best to YOU???? Will you be joining me at the 2018 Festival of the Arts? I hope so! Get planning now! The agents at Kingdom Konsultants Travel are more than happy to help you plan the perfect getaway to enjoy this breathtaking festival! 
     Until next time, Disney Peeps, have a magical week!!!
                                                                                                         - Jenn (aka Tink)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BRAND NEW! Christmas Tree Trail and More at Disney Springs!


Greetings, Disney Fans and Holiday Decor Lovers!

     Just this past weekend, my family and I stopped by Disney Springs to check out the holiday decorations and this year's all new Christmas Tree Trail! Last year the Trail was a brand new offering and after much success, it has been brought back this year, and then some! This year's Trail is bigger and better, includes snowfall and is now home to Santa's chalet! So allow me to take you on a bit of a photo safari, through Disney Springs, to check out it's holiday makeover! Let's go...

     We started our afternoon down in the West Side, where there was not only holiday decor, but also a celebration for Disney's upcoming release, 'Coco'!


Flags celebrating 'Coco'! 

These poinsettias are so vibrant! 

Most of the stores have garland and wreaths.
So pretty!
Cool steampunk-looking reindeer
     In what used to be the "Pleasure Island" area, (and what I will probably always refer to that area as), there's SO much construction going on! Between the work on the Edison and the new Wine Bar, there's lots of construction walls up, but no shortage of decorations, either!

The Boathouse has their own version of "snowmen".

Paradiso all decked out

Construction is coming along on Wine Bar George, but I somehow DON'T
think it's opening in 2017, as the sign says. 

Hangar Bar's decorations are, of course, aviation themed. 
     At this point, we had been at Disney Springs for almost an hour and my 5 year old hadn't yet had a 'treat', so we had to head for Goofy's Candy Company next! So much amazing stuff to choose from...

Goofy is feeling festive!

What'll it be? Caramel apple, Rice Krispie Treat, cupcake, cookie, scone???

Even MORE choices!
     There are so many charming details in the old "Marketplace" area, including these beauties...



How does this store smell SO good ALL THE TIME????


Even the carousel horses were in the holiday spirit!



Holiday margaritas, anyone?


These guys are super cute, but super weird. Reindeer made of peanuts, Cheerios,
walnuts and pasta???
     Since we now found ourselves behind the Days of Christmas store, we went ahead and explored the Christmas Tree Trail starting there. For those of you that did not get a chance to see it last year, the trail is a walking path full of holiday trees, themed to various Disney characters or movies. You can enter from either behind the Christmas store, or from between Once Upon a Toy and Earl of Sandwich, though I think it's more set up to be started in the latter of the two locations. The Trail is lit up at night and always features intermittent "snow" showers. There are Photopass photographers at some of the more popular trees, to snap pictures that actually have ALL of your family members in them. There's also a snack and merchandise stand in the middle, (of course), and brand new this year, it's also where you'll be able to meet the big man himself. Santa's Chalet is a meet and greet area where you DON'T have to wait in line! They use a system much like FastPass, so that you can enjoy the Trail and other offerings at Disney Springs, and return to the Chalet when it is your turn, and have a minimal wait time. Pretty sweet way to do it!



     The Christmas Tree Trail itself is really cute! Here are pics of all of the trees, along with some fun things to look for! 



The Princess Tree

Alice In Wonderland Tree: Look for mushrooms, Cheshire Cat's smile,
a giant pocket watch, white roses painted red, tea cups, keys and Hatter's hat!

Mary Poppins Tree: Look for daisies and cherries, chimney brooms,
penguins, Jane and Michael's kite, Mary;'s umbrella, carousel horses and robins. 

Mulan Tree: Look for cherry blossoms, dragon kites, lanterns,
fans, KriKi's cage and the Emperor's medallion. 

The Muppets Tree: Look for lots of silly faces, Piggy's pearls, stars,
music notes, and Animal's drum set.

Jungle Book Tree: Bananas, coconuts, prickly pears foot prints and paw prints and Kaa slithering around.

Lilo and Stitch Tree: Look for "Ohana", leis, Hawaiian shirts, Elvis records,
Lilo's doll, flip flops, a ukulele and a surfboard.

Peter Pan Tree: Look for pirate swords, Michael's teddy bear, drums,
a pirate ship, mermaids and Peter's hat.

Tangled Tree: Look for flowers, Rapunzel's braid, lanterns, a frying pan,
books and painting supplies.

Dumbo Tree: Look for the pachyderm's trunk and ears, Casey Jr train,
peanuts and popcorn, drums, a giraffe, a lion and a tiger. 

Robin Hood Tree: Look for arrows, targets, bundles of gold, a Wanted poster
and Prince John's crown. 

Villains Tree: Look for spell books, a raven, a magic mirror,
poison apples, Maleficent's horns and Ursula's tentacles.

Fantasia Tree: Look for brooms, a lightning bolt, bubbles, mushrooms,
buckets of water, flamingos, Sorcerer Mickey's hat, and mermaids. 

101 Dalmatians Tree: Look for collars and leashes, Cruella's hand, TVs,
boxes of Kanine Krunchies, dog treats and dalmatian spots. 

Pinocchio Tree: Look for the wishing star, school books, a fiddle,
marionette strings, a pirate ship, Geppetto's raft and Pinocchio's hat. 

Cinderella Tree: Look for a swan, a pumpkin, clocks, a carriage,
trumpets, keys and (of course) the glass slipper.

Snow White Tree: Look for woodland creatures, flowers, poison apples,
a magic mirror, gems, lanterns and mining tools. 

Frozen Tree: Look for ice skates, a reindeer, carrots, snowflakes,
Elsa and lots of ice!

Beauty and the Beast Tree: Look for gears, books, clocks, candles, chandeliers,
paintings, roses, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and Lumiere.

Sleeping Beauty Tree: Look for Maleficent's staff, a sword, spindles,
spinning wheel, balls of thread, butterflies and the fairies' hats. 

Little Mermaid Tree: Look for dinglehoppers, snarfblats, fish, bubbles,
a mirror, Triton's staff, binoculars, a treasure chest and starfish.

Princess and the Frog Tree: Look for Mardi Gras beads, masquerade masks,
magnolias, Tiana and trumpets.

Pluto Tree: Look for dog bowls, leashes, collars, Mickey Waffle dog toy,
a dog house, Mickey ears, and Minnie's bow.

Mickey and Minnie Tree: Look for Minnie's bow, a polka dot poinsettia, Mickey's glove,
Mickey's pants-print bows. 

And finally, the Disney Springs Tree, with a tag for each business housed in the Springs. 

Oh, and we bought this super cute popcorn bucket on the Trail! 

And at the beginning, (or end, in our case), of the trail, you'll see the Marketplace's
regular Christmas Tree.  
      Back in the Town Center section of the Springs, the decor is less Disney and more upscale shopping mall. I mean, personally, I always decorate with chandeliers, but that mights just be me and Disney Springs. (wink) 

Holiday desserts, anyone?

Chandelier decor?

These are SO pretty! I can't wait to see them at night!

The Town Center Christmas tree is HUGE!


I need a crystal-studded reindeer, obviously. 

Massive, hanging poinsettia planters

That's it, guys... I'm getting a crystal-studded reindeer. 
 

We had an awesome time strolling through Disney Springs, and I hope you enjoyed coming along with us! I will be going back soon at night, to check out everything all lit up, so I'm sure there will be more pictures soon, but in the meantime, I hope you have a magical week!!!!

For help planning your Disney holiday getaway, contact my friends at Kingdom Konsultant Travel! They'll take great care of you and make your vacation stress-free and amazing!

- Jenn aka "Tink"
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