Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It's Magical Dining Month!!!


Hey there, Disney Guys and Gals!

     It's Tink, here to share with you an awesome tip for dining in the Orlando area in September! I bet you haven't heard about this amazing, delicious celebration, which is usually not known to tourists and Guests, (and sometimes not even to locals). Every Fall, Visit Orlando hosts Magical Dining Month, offering amazing dining deals and discounts at over 100 local eateries. And this year, there are even some Disney restaurants included! Let's check it out!

     Magical Dining Month just kicked off, on August 25th, and runs through October 1st. During
 that period, the participating restaurants will offer diners the opportunity to enjoy a multi-course dinner, for the jaw-droppingly low price of $35 per person! Now, we're not talking places to eat like TGI Fridays or Applebees. We are talking about gorgeous Italian restaurants like Ravello at the Four Seasons and Christini's on Restaurant Row, high-end steakhouses like Ruth Chris's and STK and yes, even Disney and Universal restaurants. This can equate to MASSIVE savings! Allow me to show you an example:

     Paddlefish at Disney Springs has a Magic Dining menu. Here's an example of how the cost breaks down...

               Regular Menu: Side Wheatberry Salad       $11.00
                                          Fish and Chips                     $28.00
                                          Carrot Cake                         $10.00
                                        -----------------------------------------------
                                                                                        $49.00

               Magic Dining Menu:   same items                $35.00

     That's a $14 savings! (And an excuse to get dessert! I mean, it comes WITH the meal, right?) Wanna see another one?

     Here's Tood English's BlueZoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin...


               Regular Menu: New England Clam Chowder       $12.00
                                          Simply Fish                                     $36.00
                                          Chocolate Banana Molten Cake   $13.50
                                        --------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                   $61.50

               Magic Dining Menu:   same items                           $35.00

     A $26.50 savings on fantastic food? Yes, please! And each restaurant's menu gives you at least two choices in each course, so you're bound to be able to put together a meal that you will love! Sound good? Now all you have to do is figure out where you want to eat, and make a reservation! Let's look at your choices, shall we? For the moment, I'm only going to detail the on-property options, but know that there are restaurants participating all over Orlando, including in the Dr. Phillips area, International Drive, Downtown Orlando and Winter Park. For the full list of restaurants, along with detailed menus, visit hwww.visitorlando.com/magicaldining, but here are your Disney area choices....

Boatwrights Dining Hall 
at Port Orleans French Quarter
Choice of Appetizers
Amelia’s Salad
fresh greens, seasonal ingredients, and house vinaigrette

Mardi Gras Fritters
house-made pimiento cheese fritters with pepper jelly

Crawfish Bisque
traditional-style bisque with crawfish tails, a touch of sherry, finished with crème fraîche

Choice of Entrèes
Jackson Square Etouffee
crawfish simmered in rich seafood sauce over rice

Chicken and Dumplings
pan-seared chicken breast, hand-rolled potato dumplings, mixed vegetables, and cream sauce

General Fulton’s Prime Rib
slow-roasted prime rib with our specialty crafted chicory-coffee blend, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and horseradish cream

Choice of Desserts
Crème Brûlée

Seasonal Sorbet

Bourbon Street Pecan Pie
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Grand Floridian Cafe 
at The Grand Floridian Resort

Choice of Appetizers
Seasonal Citrus and Cucumber Salad
organic baby lettuce, orange, cucumber, pomegranate, sunflower seeds, and coriander vinaigrette

Caramelized Onion Soup Gratinee
traditional French onion soup

Old South Chicken Wings
crispy-fried and spun with Key lime-datil pepper sauce

Choice of Entrèes
Grilled Pork Chop
10-oz pork chop, boursin cheese-potato croquette, and roasted baby carrots with peppercorn cream sauce and onion jam

Miso-Glazed Salmon
lemon sticky rice, French beans, wasabi peas, and ginger-soy vinaigrette

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast
buttery mashed potatoes, green beans and mushroom chicken jus

Choice of Desserts
Small Desserts
(Select Two)

Mocha Pot de Crème
coffee-flavored custard and whipped cream

Wild Strawberry Cheesecake

Fresh Berry Tart
layer of almond cake topped with seasonal berries and apricot glaze

Chocolate Timbale
chocolate gateaux with bittersweet chocolate mousse
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Il Mulino 
at The Walt Disney World Swan

Choice of Appetizers
Arancini
Italian rice balls over spicy marinara sauce

Insalata Caesar
the classic Il Mulino Caesar salad

Insalata Trattoria
organic greens, seasonal vegetables, truffle vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèes
Salmone
broiled salmon, light garlic, olive oil, wild mushrooms,
broccoli rabe

Pollo Piccata
European cut chicken breast, lemon, white wine

Penne Rigate
penne,Il Mulino original marinara, ricotta cheese

Tortellini Alla Panna
meat tortellini, crisp peas, cream sauce

Choice of Desserts
Torta Al Cioccolato
flour-less chocolate cake, whipped cream, zabaglione

Cheesecake Al Italiana
Italian style cheesecake, whipped cream, zabaglione

Tiramisu
layered espresso and coffee liqueur, infused lady fingers, mascarpone cream
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Jiko
at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Choice of Appetizers
Jiko Salads
Epcot land pavilion greens, stone fruit, pistachio halva, grilled halloumi cheese, apricot ginger dressing

Inguday Tibs in Brik
mushroom, spinach, cheese in crispy Tunisian filo, apples, curry vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèes
Bo Kaap Malay Seafood Curry
calamari, red shrimp, mussels, coconut curry sauce, saffron rice

Botswana-style Seswaa Beef Short Rib
cassava-potato purée, sambal, baby carrots, and mushrooms

West African Koki Corn
mushrooms, poblano-tomatillo purée, roasted red pepper sauce

Choice of Desserts
Malva Pudding
melktart ice cream, kataifi, kanu tuile, Cabernet gelée

Safari Sunset
carrot cake, cornbread calamansi, and lemon cremeux, Kenyan coffee streusel, citrus gel, valrhona dulcey mousse, candied carrots
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Morimoto Asia
at Disney Springs


Choice of Appetizers
Black Cod Nanbanzuke
lightly tempura fried black cod marinated with vegetables

Shrimp Yum Woon Sen
poached Key West shrimp, bean thread noodle salad, soy-lime dressing

Beef Bulgogi Tacos
thin sliced beef short ribs, house kim-chi, spicy gochujang sauce

Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll (add $5)
hand chopped big eye tuna, scallion, spicy mayo, sesame, tempura flakes

Choice of Entrèes
Red Miso Glazed Faroe Island Salmon
wok sautéed baby bok choy, Shaoxing gastrique

Morimoto Asia Ebi Chili (Shrimp with Chili Sauce)
stir fried shrimp, vegetable fried rice, slow cooked farm egg

A-5 Wagyu Beef Burger Steak
Szechuan chili sauce, tofu, asparagus

Half Rack Morimoto Spare Ribs (6pc) (add $9)
pork ribs, cilantro, hoisin sweet chili glaze

Choice of Desserts
Green Tea Panna Cotta

Mango Coconut Soup
with fresh local berries

Asian Pear Chocolate Mousse
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Olivia's Cafe
at Old Key West


Choice of Appetizers
Crab Cake
pan-fried and served with avocado purée, house-made roasted pepper rémoulade sauce, and chayote salad

Conch Fritters
with Key lime-mustard and rémoulade

Tomato-Mozzarella Salad
cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh oranges with mixed greens, ciabatta crostini, and balsamic glaze

Choice of Entrèes
Seven Mile Sea Scallops
pan-seared scallops over soft polenta topped with an edamame succotash and tomato vinaigrette

Plantation Key Pork Chop
brined bone-in pork chop glazed with an apple-white balsamic gastrique served with roasted sweet potatoes, apples, onions, Brussels sprouts, and tossed in a bacon vinaigrette

Southernmost Buttermilk Chicken
mashed potatoes, southern gravy, and seasonal vegetable

Choice of Desserts
Key Lime Tart
baked daily and served with mango and raspberry sauce

Banana Bread Pudding Sundae
house-made daily and served warm with bananas foster sauce and vanilla bean ice cream
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Paddlefish
at Disney Springs

Choice of Appetizers
Fried Green Tomatoes
elote, pickled watermelon, queso fresco, remoulade

Green Salad
romaine hearts, cucumber, grape tomato, red onion, yuzu

New England Clam Chowder
bacon, potatoes, cream

Conch Chowder
Bahamian conch, spiced tomato broth

Wheat Berry Salad
farmer’s market vegetables, arugula, lemon vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèes
Fish & Chips
beer battered flounder, sweet potato fries, tartar sauce

Shrimp & Grits
cheddar grits, spicy black pepper butter sauce

Half Chicken
Carolina mop sauce, edamame bacon succotash, pickled watermelon

Pork Chop & Applesauce
house-made applesauce, green beans

Catch of the Day
select one of our chef’s preparations

Bearnaise - béarnaise sauce, whipped potato
Beurre Blanc - white wine-caper butter sauce, whipped potato
Floribbean - Jerk spices, papaya-mango salsa, red skin potato

Choice of Desserts
Carrot Cake
cream cheese mousse

Key Lime Pie
graham cracker, meringue

Strawberry Shortcake
farmer’s market berries, whipped cream
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STK
at Disney Springs


Choice of Appetizers
Little Gem Lettuce Caesar Salad

Key West Pink Shrimp Ceviche
with sweet potato, choclo and aji amarillo

Shaved Brussels
with dried cranberries, pickled onions and red wine dressing

Choice of Entrèes
Petite Filet Mignon
with olive oil crushed potatoes and smoked tomato sauce

Sea Scallops
with carrot butterscotch, pistachio gremolata and brown butter

Pappardelle Pasta with Duck Confit
wild mushrooms and Marsala wine

Choice of Desserts
Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie
with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

Salted Caramel Budino
with vanilla chantilly and white chocolate crunch

Orange Dream Cheesecake
with brûléed oranges and whipped cream
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The Turf Club
at Saratoga Springs
Choice of Appetizers
The Turf Club Grilled Romaine Salad
lightly grilled hearts of romaine, roasted tomatoes, balsamic vinegar glaze, Caesar dressing, and croutons

Classical French Onion Soup
beef broth, julienne onions, Melted Swiss, and Gruyère cheeses with croutons

Choice of Entrèes
Pan Seared Corvina
lemon risotto and garlic-basil cream reduction topped with a fresh tomato relish

Grilled New York Strip Steak
hand-cut rosemary Parmesan fries and béarnaise sauce

Rigatoni Fiesolana with Shrimp
rigatoni pasta, shrimp, creamy tomato sauce with sausage, Portobello mushrooms, Parmesan, and fresh basil

Choice of Desserts
Chocolate-Espresso Torte
with raspberry sauce and vanilla-port wine ice cream

Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
fresh fruit and butter breton crisp
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The Wave
at The Contemporary Resort

Choice of Appetizers
The Turf Club Grilled Romaine Salad
lightly grilled hearts of romaine, roasted tomatoes, balsamic vinegar glaze, Caesar dressing, and croutons

Classical French Onion Soup
beef broth, julienne onions, Melted Swiss, and Gruyère cheeses with croutons

Choice of Entrèes
Pan Seared Corvina
lemon risotto and garlic-basil cream reduction topped with a fresh tomato relish

Grilled New York Strip Steak
hand-cut rosemary Parmesan fries and béarnaise sauce

Rigatoni Fiesolana with Shrimp
rigatoni pasta, shrimp, creamy tomato sauce with sausage, Portobello mushrooms, Parmesan, and fresh basil

Choice of Desserts
Chocolate-Espresso Torte
with raspberry sauce and vanilla-port wine ice cream

Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
fresh fruit and butter breton crisp
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Todd English's BlueZoo
at The Walt Disney World Dolphin

Choice of Appetizers
Caesar Salad
baby romaine, buttered croutons, shaved Reggiano, lemon garlic foam

bluezoo’s New England Style Clam Chowder
light and brothy with salt cured bacon, house-made oyster crackers

Choice of Entrèes
Simply Fish
marble potatoes, piquillo relish, hearts of palm puree, pea tendrils

Steak Frites
hanger steak, truffle puree, salsa verde, shake and bake fries

Chicken Francese
black rice, charred corn, corn silk, caper emulsion, frisee mache

Choice of Desserts
Warm Chocolate Banana Molten Cake
chocolate cream pudding, chocolate sauce, caramelized banana, banana ice cream

Seasonal Sorbet
a trio of refreshing sorbets inspired by the season
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     See anything you like? Good stuff, huh? Looks Deeeeeee-licious to me! If you're interested in making reservations, just contact an agent at Kingdom Konsultants Travel and they'll be sure and make all of your Magical Dining dreams come true! 

     Until next time, have a magical week!!!!


-Jenn aka 'Tink'



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