A little Disney at home? Why not! Did you really have to ask? No. Welcome to the first of many Disney at home recipes from your favorites bloggers. Who also love cooking. Today, we’re talking Tipsy Ducks In Love recipe. Ok, you caught us, you caught the DVC Duo. Two points if you got the Ron White reference. This is not cooking, but let’s be honest ever great meal starts off with a cocktail! Let’s get to it, Tipsy Ducks In Love recipe here we come!
Tipsy Ducks In Love Recipe
Located at the Joy of Tea kiosk in Epcot’s China Pavilion you’ll find our drink of the day, the Tipsy Ducks In Love. The caffeinated adult beverage was added to the menu in 2012 and has been a staple ever since. Here is the DVC Duo’s Disney at Home Tipsy Ducks In Love Recipe!
3/4 of a cup of brewed chilled coffee
1/3 of a cup of brewed chilled black tea
1/4 of milk
1.5 ounces of Bourbon
3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup
Brew and chill both the coffee and black tea. Fill a cocktail shaker a third full with ice cubes. Add the brewed and chilled coffee. Next, add the brewed and chilled black tea. Followed by milk, bourbon, and chocolate syrup. Shake for 30 seconds or until the shaker is too cold to hold. Served over ice and top with whipped cream.
There is more than one way to shake things up. With this cocktail feel free to make the following substitutions as you see fit.
Cold Brew Coffee For The Store
Your Favorite Unsweetened Ice Tea
Non-Dairy Whipped Cream
More or Less Chocolate Syrup (up to 5 tablespoons)
Non-Alcoholic By Removing The Bourbon
One of the ways we like to “mix” up by using coconut/almond milk. We’ve found it adds a unique twist. Alright, after all this shaking it looks like our drink is ready. Time to enjoy!
Could we even say better than all the rest? The Kona Cafe breakfast could be the most well-known breakfast at all of Walt Disney World. Followed closes by the Be Our Guest breakfast at the Magic Kingdom. What can we say the Beast knows how to host. Anyways, let’s get back on track as we’re here to chat about the Kona Cafe breakfast. Who else woke up hungry? Bring on the food!
No one wants to start the day-off hangry. Today we’re skipping over the basics around Kona Cafe and heading right to the good stuff. The Kona Cafe breakfast. For a full breakdown of the restaurant take a gander at our previous article. It’s got all the good stuff. Outside of the food of course!
Passholder Insights: One of the things we like to do is rope drop the Magic Kingdom and look to have breakfast at Kona Cafe around 10:30 am. We call that a win-win!
Breakfast Is Served
We know what you’ll are thinking. Here comes the Tonga Toast review. Don’t get us wrong, Tonga Toast is fantastic, it’s never a bad decision. What’s not to like, it’s French Toast rolled in cinnamon sugar then stuffed with bananas (fosters-style). We taste the sugar on our lips just writing this article. This sweet treat is perfect for anyone who enjoys the sweeter side of breakfast.
For our Kona Cafe breakfast review, we’re going a different direction. Some may say the path less traveled. We’re trying the other items on the menu. Yes, there are other items beyond the infamous Tonga Toast. The Hawaiian inspired menu is serving up a variety of unique breakfast items. First and foremost is the traditional Loco Moco. The more savory breakfast item has white rice topped with a grilled hamburger patty, then drenched in a chorizo gravy, and finished with tomato salsa and two eggs any style. You had us at chorizo gravy. This hearty breakfast item is all about the rich, creamy, slightly spicy flavors of the chorizo gravy. If you’re looking for an authentic taste with a spin, of the Hawaiian island we highly recommend this variation of the Loco Moco.
Further down the Kona Cafe breakfast menu, you’ll find the Seven Seas Samoan. The concept of the dish is a less carb centric variation of a benedict. Two poached eggs sit atop a pulled pork and turkey hash then drizzled with a citrus Hollandaise Sauce and served along with a mustard green salad. This is a dish you don’t want to share, it’s that good. Within the tender, juicy pulled pork you can taste the tropical flavors of the banana leaves used to slowly roast it. What truly caught our attention is the citrus Hollandaise with its subtle orange and pineapple sweetness. It’s not enough to pull away from the dish, but you definitely know it’s there. This dish is a DVC Duo all-time favorite and something we recommend from anyone who enjoys benedicts.
Passholder Insights: For more benedict options, you’ll want to head over to the Grand Floridian Cafe for their bunch.
Yes, it is simply the best! For us, Kona Cafe breakfast is our favorite at Walt Disney World. With their unique takes on Hawaiian classics and spins on your favorite breakfast items, there is something everyone. Oh, we almost forgot the best part, the coffee! The Kona coffee press pot is the best coffee you’ll find at Walt Disney World. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any of the dishes. With that said, we better eat before we get hangry!
Abra, Abra, Abracadabar! Yeah, we had to go there. What can we say, we’re just a bunch of jokers. Ok, that’s enough Steve Miller references for one article. Or is it? Back on topic. Hidden in plain sight is a Disney lounge mixing up a variety of classic cocktails that guests keep making disappear. Let’s head over to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, to see if Abracadabar is magical!
Let’s take a stroll. A stroll down the Disney Boardwalk, where you’ll find Abracadabar. Located between two of our favorite dining spots at Walt Disney World, Flying Fish, and Trattoria al Forno, is a magic-themed lounge. The backstory is that it’s a lounge where magicians come to hang out after a long hard day of sawing people in half and making things disappear. Magicians gotta unwide too!
The dark, cozy, lounge offers a variety of seating options from the bar to high tops and even a couch or two. Dibs on the couch! Additionally, you’ll find outdoor patio seating. What makes the Abracadabar a unique experience is all the nods to the magical craft of yesteryear. It’s like you’re stepping back into the 1920’s.
Passholder Insights: Abracadabar serves as the lounge to the two adjoining restaurants, Flying Fish, and Trattoria al Forno.
Why We’re Here!
The backbone of Abracadabar is the handcrafted cocktails. Themed around magicians, you’ll find concoctions inspired by the magical arts like the Parlor Trick or one of Nate’s favorite the Black Manhattan. By far the most famous cocktail is The Conjurita. This cocktail is more than just a tasty margarita. Served tableside The Conjurita is a “magic trick” as well as a drink. No spoilers here, you’ll have to order the drink to see the show. If you enjoy a less sweet, classic preparation of a margarita, then you’ll want to give this a try.
From top to bottom, there are no bad cocktails at Abracadabar. It’s a tough job but we’re more than happy to be the cocktail tasters. Beyond the specialty drinks, the lounge offers a variety of classic cocktails including the best sazeracs at Walt Disney World. It gets two thumbs up from Serena. It’s on par with the sazeracs you’ll find in New Orleans.
Passholder Insights: If you’re bourbon fan keep an eye out for the different Disney blends. Disney has partnered with a few different distillers to make bourbons you can only get at Walt Disney World.
Nothing goes better with a cocktail than an app! Recently, Abracadabar started offering a variety of light bites to the menu. Sharing the same kitchen as Trattoria al Forna, the light bite menu includes Italian inspired snacks. A couple of our favorites are the calamari and flatbreads. Calamari in general can be hit or miss, where sometimes it’s not crispy and more greasy. This is not that type of calamari. It was perfectly crispy, not overcooked, and had very clean flavors.
The standout snacks are the flatbreads. Wood-fried to perfection. There are two options to choose from, a simple margarita and a seasonal offering. You can’t go wrong with either. They are perfect for sharing or we’ve been known to make into dinner.
Passholder Insights: A great alternative to enjoying your drink within the lounge, is to ask for it to-go and wander around the Boardwalk area.
Hidden gem! Abracadabar is one of our favorite Disney lounges. They make some of the best classic cocktails at Walt Disney World. Any time we’re at either Epcot or Hollywood Studios and looking for a break from the parks we’ll usually stop in here. If you’re looking for a well-crafted cocktail we definitely recommend checking it out. No trick here!
It’s a return of the puns! Whether it’s the Jungle Cruise or the Queen of Hearts, the Magic Kingdom is filled with head-related humor. Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is no different. It is the home to the infamous Headless Horseman cheesecake from Mickey’s Not So Scary that Nate is still talking about. How is that dessert gluten-free?! Mind-blowing. Back on point, we’re here to answer the hard-hitting question about Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. Is the chicken and waffle sandwich worthing “trading” your head for?
Where Is It?
Liberty Square. Where else would you find the Headless Horseman? After walking down Main Street USA, you‘ll want to ver to the left of Cinderella’s Castle. Off to your right when entering Liberty Square is Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. If you look to the left you’ll Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. The entrance for the quick-serve location is off to the side of the ordering window.
Passholder Insights: Liberty Square is a great place to get up close and personal for the afternoon parade and special parades at the different holiday parties.
Sit or Walk?
Should you stay or should you go? After picking up your Sleepy Hollow Refreshments chicken and waffle sandwich, the choice is yours. If you’re like us and are looking to knock out a few more rides on Big Thunder Mountain, grab go is the way to do it. However, if you’re looking to pull up a seat and enjoy your meal, Sleepy Hollow Treats has a dining area. The outdoor usually shaded area can be a challenge to find a table. If the area is full, we like to head further into Liberty Square and pull a seat in the market area.
Passholder Insights: Directly across from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is a fantastic spot to grab a picture of the castle. Usually, you’ll find a Disney Photopass Photographer in the area as well.
Let’s bite into our chicken and waffle sandwich review. If Sleepy Hollow is known for anything it is this sandwich. Labeled as the best snack credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, the question is does the taste live up to the hype? The sandwich consists of a waffle, fried chicken that’s coated in a sweet-spicy sauce then topped with coleslaw. From a size perspective, it’s definitely large enough to split as a snack or even serve as lunch for an individual.
Taste time! First and foremost is the waffle. It all starts with the waffle, which is on point. The waffle is not sweet at all, it’s more savory in taste and not the same batter as the famous Mickey waffles. For us, this was the best part of the sandwich. On to the chicken, the fried chicken is cooked well, not greasy, not overcooked, yet pretty crispy. We would have liked the chicken to have a little more crunch to balance out the softer texture of the waffle.
Where the sandwich could be improved for us is in two areas, the sauce and the slaw. For the sauce, we would have liked to see something with a little more spice, some along the lines of spicy honey. We found the sauce to be just middle of the road for flavor. When it comes to the slaw, it felt a little out of place, as the mayo-based slaw was not very flavorful and was a similar texture to everything else. We like the idea of having slaw as part of the sandwich, but what we would like more is a vinegar slaw with a fresher crunchy vegetable feel.
Passholder Insights: The chicken and waffle sandwich comes with chips. You are able to order it without chips for a lower price point.
Middle of the road. Overall the chicken and waffle sandwich from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is a good amount of food. It’s great for refueling either as a shared snack or lunch. For us, a few tweaks to the sandwich could really make it a standout at the Magic Kingdom. It may not be our first choice at the park, but we would definitely have it again. We’ll we made through our food review and we still have our head. We call that a success!
Don’t call it a comeback! After the success of our Food and Wine Foodie Awards, we’re back for our Festival of the Arts food review. We had an artastic trip around the world, tasted most everything the culinary arts had to offer. What dishes earned the coveted DVC Duo Foodie Awards? Let’s grab our napkin and appetite and get to tasting!
What’s an award show without a jaw-dropping monologue? We’re not sure, but we’re about to find out. How we could ever attempt to follow the great monologue from comedy legends, Chris Rock and Steve Martin at this year’s Oscars? Exactly, we cannot. We’ll save our words for describing the artistic bites we sampled for our Festival of the Arts food review. With that, monologue complete, mic drop, and on with the show!
Passholder Insights: We headed over to the festival in the early afternoon most days to create our own tasting menu for lunch.
Kicking-off our Foodie Awards is the prize for the most surprising dish. We excited to announce that the awards goes to the L’Arte di Mangiare booth for their Pollo ala Pirandello. By no means is the Italy booth new to the Festival of the Arts or any of the Epcot festivals. However, over the years the food at the booth has been average. Nothing bad, but nothing that made us crave it later in the day.
That all changed this year. Their unique spin on the classic chicken parmesan elevated the dish to a new level. The breaded drumstick was stuffed ricotta cheese then dressed with gravy or should we say red sauce (Pomodoro to be exact). We found the breading to be light, not greasy, with enough crunch to get your attention. By stuffing the drumstick with the ricotta it kept the chicken moist and added tons of the richness, and silky smooth creamyness to the fish. Exactly what you’re looking for. So much so you almost didn’t need to Pomodoro sauce.
Who are we kidding, the sauce was fantastic! Yes, we would have enjoyed the dish without it, but it’s what brought the dish together. Many times we find people try to do too much with a red sauce and not let flavors of the tomato speak for themselves. The chef showed great restraint and showcased the true tomato flavor.
Passholder Insights: One of the best views for Epcot’s nightly fireworks show is from the Italy pavilion. Head out toward World Showcase Lagoon and find a spot about 45 minutes prior to showtime.
Next up of our Festival of the Arts food review or better known as the Foodie Awards, is the best menu. We’re talking from top to bottom which booth was knocking it out of the park. Drumroll, please! The award for the best menu goes to….the Deconstructed Booth! Picking a favorite dish from this booth is no easy task. Even for these two foodies.
Ok, you twisted our arm. If we have to pick the best dish, it’s the deconstructed Rueben. This year the chef switched up the presentation and went with a Sauerkraut cake. The cake combined the Sauerkraut with Jarlsberg cheese which was dredged in rye crumbs then deep-fried. Topping the cake is sliced corned beef then the dish is finished with broken thousand island dressing. OMG!! How we were able to share this dish is still a mystery. Upon every bite, we got the tanginess from kraut, the nutty flavors from the swiss cheese, and saltness from corned beef. To think this dish is created at a festival is impressive!
Not to be outshined, you can’t go wrong with the deconstructed BLT or the deconstructed breakfast. For us, the most creative drink at the festival was the deconstructed breakfast with little bites of bacon and cream bourbon. It’s a shake Nate could have everyone morning. Can you say breakfast of champions?
Passholder Insights: One of the less-talked-about food spots at this year’s Festival of the Arts is Refreshment Port with their lobster chips. If you see these on the menu, order them. Trust us.
What’s an award show without a lifetime achievement award? An award show we don’t want to see. For this year’s Festival of the Arts food review, the lifetime achievement award goes to the Painted Panda. Over in Epcot’s China pavilion, you’ll find one of our must stop at booths for every festival. Year after year, the China booth delivers the goods when it comes to festival food.
For this year’s Festival of the Arts, the dish that caught our eye is the Char Sui Pork Bun. You had us at bun. Anytime you see a steam bun on the China booth menu definitely order it. We found the pork to be juicy and tender, there are layers of flavors and depth that begin with the sweetness and then works its way to the rich and earthy levels. What truly stood out was the steamed bao bun, which is light, airy, and perfect for sopping up the sticky Char Sui sauce.
Passholder Insights: You’ll find one of the more unique shops in the back of the China pavilion. We enjoy wandering through the shop and checking out all the different teas and snack options.
The time has come! It’s the moment we’ve been waiting. Which dish will take home our Festival of the Arts food review Foodie Award for the best dish? Surprise! Our favorite dish at this year’s festival is the sushi donut from the Goshiki booth. It’s all about the fish. For us what makes great sushi is the clean flavors from well-prepared fish and perfectly cooked rice. The sushi donut did not disappoint.
From the wide variety of choices that includes, salmon, ahi tuna, shrimp, and cucumber, the sushi donut is both delicious and a great value. Large enough to share, the sushi donut surprised us with the overall quality of the fish. To think they are serving this level of fish, out of a booth, in the warm Florida sun blows our minds. What really put it over the top, is how we could not stop thinking about it the moment after we ate it. A sign of a great dish. You could say we had sushi on the brain!
Passholder Insights: For a truly unique view of Epcot head to the second floor of the pagoda within the Japan pavilion and look out over World Showcase.
Roll credits! That’s a wrap on this year’s Festival of the Arts food review. The Foodie Awards have been handed out and now it’s time to celebrate. From top to bottom at this year’s festival is some of the best dishes, it’s hard to find a bad dish. For those dishes that didn’t win this year, there’s always next year. Until then, we’ll meet you over the Deconstructed Booth, for a breakfast of champions cocktail!