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Mmm Cinnamon Buns…
The Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Bun is a sore spot for some folks, specifically where the two worlds of Cinnamon Bun aficionados and die hard Disney fans collide. I’d draw a Venn diagram but I’m sure you got the picture. It might be a small portion of people but you’ll come across one eventually – like me! Frankly, I would have thought there would be more die hard CB fans (I call them CBs for short), after all you’ve got your Dole Whip people, your Turkey Leg people, Churro people, and Mickey Ice Cream people, etc.
My point in posting today is that I have finally found a cinnamon bun that rivals the Main Street Bakery’s CB. No, it isn’t the one at Gaston’s – which is wretched and dry (plus it is maple – ew). I’ve found what I was looking for at an Amish Bakery in Sarasota, and it was someplace we’ve been going to for years. The place is called Der Dutchman and it’s a bit of a drive. They are popular place in the local area, they have a full service restaurant and buffet, plus a huge gift shop and bakery.
Der Dutchman is making cinnamon buns with both maple and vanilla glaze, and they are making them in various shapes and sizes. They offer them in 2 pack large rectangle (most similar to the Main Street original in size and shape), and a 4 pack large round, and 6 pack small, all with various icing. Some packs are all maple, or all vanilla, and some have both. Their prices are great too. But the best thing about them is that they got the consistency right. I like to heat up my CB in the microwave for about 30 seconds to get the bun warmed up and icing slightly melted. For those who LOVE icing, those who always wanted extra icing, the good news is that Der Dutchman really slathers it on thick, there is so much icing you probably can’t even finish it. My trick is to heat it, let the extra icing roll off, and then eat it. Whatever rolls off I leave on my plate, I can’t even finish it.
If you are making a drive all the way to Sarasota, FL, be sure to call them first to see if they have it, because they often sell out of product. I’ve also been told they don’t hold product for people.
P.S. They also make the best chocolate cake ever.
Here is the information for Der Dutchman (it’s actually just down the street from Yoder’s which was featured on Man v. Food)
3713 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL 34232
Restaurant & Bakery, Nov–Apr
Summer Hours, May – Oct
Chuy’s Tex Mex Restaurant
Three locations in Orlando, Florida (and many throughout the US)
Chuy’s Tres Leches Cake is worth the trip. I love this dessert. It’s huge, big enough for two to share. It might look heavy, but it tastes light and refreshing. I’ve had tres leches from a few other places, but none compare to Chuy’s.
Cost: roughly $7 plus tax and tip.
Practically everything on Chuy’s menu is great, my only complaint is that I can’t handle spicy food the way I used to and I can’t eat spicy food later at night.
We just tried Morimoto Asia and I wanted to do a short review.
Atmosphere. While the place was nice and new, I liked some aspects of the modern design, but not others. There is an industrial feel to it that makes me feel uncomfortable. We had to dine in the bar area because it was too late for regular dinner. Their bar area isn’t designed well, most of the seating is on small hard wood stools around small high top tables, the stool was uncomfortable and slightly unstable, considering they just opened the restaurant in the last couple months, those chairs shouldn’t feel rickety. The late night menu consisted of sushi and appetizers mostly.
Prices. Some of the pricing is downright shocking. There are things on the menu for crazy/stupid high prices. Alcohol was definitely overpriced. This is not a place I would want to go to order sushi dinner and sake. A three ounce pour of sake was $12?! Most house sake is usually in the $10 for about 8 ounces. So at that price $12 for 3 ounces which is $4/ounce, 8 ounces would be comparable to $32. That is just outright ridiculous. We can easily go through 4 (10 oz.) bottles of sake at dinner with friends, so at a reasonable place also on Disney property that would be $40 (and our local place only charges $7.50 per 8 ounce carafe), at Morimoto Asia that would be $128 equivalently. They are pricing their sake like it’s hard liquor. No thanks. We asked if there was a house sake, and the waitress said that was the house brand. In other words, I won’t be having sake with sushi here, and that is pretty lame.
Food. Chicken Dumplings – skip it, for $10 for 4 dumplings, it wasn’t worth it. I’d guess it was the same for the pork or vegetable dumplings as well. The dipping sauce was tangy, I think it was a combination of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. These dumplings seemed like what I can buy at my local Asian Grocery, which I have made at home in a steamer basket at had similar results. I was hoping these would have been something more special. We like the chicken potstickers at Nine Dragons in Epcot better.
The sushi, I would recommend trying a roll or two, they were good. Portion was small-ish, about 6 pieces on most, some were 5 like the Soft Shell Crab roll. Overall the sushi tasted good, fresh. The wasabi seemed stronger than most places. They offer tempura crunch for a $2 up-charge, and they do offer white or brown rice for the roll. We stuck with white. I think I’ll probably go to Tokyo Dining instead since their sushi is just as good, cheaper, and their sake is also better priced. (Plus Epcot has fireworks at night, so that is a bonus.)
Service. Although eager to please, the service was not top notch. There were a lot of mistakes made. Lack of communication or common sense being the main source of all of the problems. Mistakes with sushi presentation, separate orders were just plated all together. Despite the lack of customers at this late hour, our service seemed extremely slow. Our bills were also made out incorrectly, it took 3 times to straighten it out and each time took about 5-10 minutes, and I’m not even sure if the first two tickets were voided properly. I’m going to have to check our credit card, which is a hassle. When a customer has to go through such hassle to get a bill corrected multiple times something isn’t right.
Overall. I would go back again to try a regular dinner service, however I’m my expectations have been considerably lowered, and my overall excitement about eating here is gone. Curiosity satisfied.
February 25, 2016
I had gotten a reservation for the DVC 25th Anniversary Party back at the beginning of February by calling Member Services. Luckily there was still space available at the time and I didn’t have any trouble. Although there was no fee for this event, space was limited.
Event check-in was simple, a section at the front gate was dedicated the Event entry, where they check your credentials and provide each attendee with a special wrist band. Event programs were provided as well, the program just outlined where the character meet and greets were and where the refreshment stands were set up, the location of the dance party, and which rides would be open. Party was scheduled to start at 9:30. Magic Kingdom officially closed at 9:00 pm to regular theme park guests. DVC attendees and their guests could enter as early as 7:00 pm and enjoy the whole park before the party started. Once the party started, Adventureland and Frontierland would be closed.
Magic Kingdom was crowded during the regular park hours, which is completely normal. We headed over to Adventureland, but stopped to watch the Castle projections for 5 minutes, then kept walking towards Pecos Bill’s. I was interested in trying something off the new menu, but the lines at Pecos Bill’s were really long; 4 registers open, but still at least 8 people deep at each line. No thanks. Decided to go to Columbia Harbor House instead. Got there, a few people blocking the entrance just trying to figure out if they were eating there or not, and asking the cast member at the door if they needed a reservation (internal monologue – “pfft, reservations, what are you talking about?!”). WDW must be confusing for newbies. Evasively walked past so they didn’t get in front of me and got in line. I’m grumpy when I’m hungry.
Ordered a Tuna Sandwich with Broccoli – yay! Was excited not to eat fries. Ordered a Clam Chowder to share, husband ordered the Salmon dinner. Went upstairs and got a table in the front section that overlooks Liberty Square. I had to eat very slowly as I have been dealing with tooth pain. Seemed like everyone around was wearing DVC party wrist bands.
Around 9:00 we headed right for The Haunted Mansion, to our surprise the line was already halfway through the graveyard section – this is much longer than we are used to, usually late at night the line is so short. Once we were actually the only two people in the stretching room – that was amazing, I’m going to remember that the rest of my life. We decided to just wait, we got in after 5-6 cycles, seemed like 15-20 minutes. When we left, we headed towards Fantasyland to see what was going on. The lines were long at Peter Pan…
There were some tables set up near the Carousel with loads of people crowding them, these were the refreshment tables and I couldn’t really get a good look at them.
We decided to walk further, we had just ate anyways, and we saw Prince John, Robin Hood, and Friar Tuck! These characters are pretty rare, I have never seen them in the parks before, and we really love that movie, so we got in line. We had to wait about 35 minutes, they had to take a short watering break for about 5 minutes. Overall it wasn’t that bad of a wait, they were really cute. I didn’t get to interact much, just get in place and smile for the camera and done. But, it was fun to watch them. Friar Tuck had been blessing people and making the sign of the cross. Prince John was kissing some hands.
Next, we walked over to the Be Our Guest area, more refreshment tables with no waiting. There were three kinds of potato chips, Baked Lays, Classic Lays, Miss Vickie’s BBQ Kettle Chips, chocolate chip and sugar cookies. Lemonade and Zephyrhills Water to drink. We helped ourselves to some Baked Lays and drinks and sat down. All the while just thinking about how incredibly cool this was to be there, all these people were DVC members (or guest of DVC members), wow. The weather was a little nippy but not too cold that it was causing any discomfort, we had enough layers on to keep warm.
We wanted to keep walking around and see what else was going on. We headed towards Gaston’s and saw an ice cream cart and the cast member was giving out FREE ice cream?! What?! We walked up to see if that was indeed the case, and sure enough, Free Mickey Bars, Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches, Mango and/or Strawberry bars! Wow. We excitedly asked for two Mickey Bars and then found a nice spot near Ariel’s ride to eat them. Nearby a castmember was giving out DVC 25th Anniversary buttons, so we each got a button, a nice keepsake to add to my button collection.
We then walked towards the Circus area, and saw there were a couple characters, which happened to be Darkwing Duck and Launchpad. Pretty neat, haven’t seen either one of them before in person. We still hadn’t seen the dance party, so we went over to Tomorrowland where the DJ was, and to my surprise I saw Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy! All of them together, that was cool. I took a little video of them dancing.
Over towards Buzz Lightyear’s ride, we spotted Beymax! The line wasn’t very long here. He was so cute, especially when he was walking, he was taking such tiny steps, it was adorable.
We went back around through the center hub and went back to Haunted Mansion and saw the Cadaver Dans! Didn’t even know about them at all! I have never seen them before. When I got home I did some research and found out they only perform during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and they roam around, which is probably why we have never seen them before. Definitely worth watching. Was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at WDW.
We had a little time left before the fireworks at 11:30 pm, so we headed over to the center hub to pick a spot. As you can imagine, although it was still crowded when everyone gathered at the hub, it was a tiny fraction of the amount of people on any given day. We got a really close spot, the closest we’ve ever been! Check out the video of the fireworks here:
After the fireworks there was about 20 minutes left, we headed back to Haunted Mansion, grabbed an ice cream at the nearby cart and wandered around, while we were near the Seven Dwarf Mine Train, I had the urge to get in line, never been on it before! I had to ride solo, since my husband doesn’t like fast rides, plus since neither of us had ridden it, we didn’t know what to expect. So, I would be the one to test it out. With two minutes to midnight, I got in line and in less than 15 minutes got onto the ride. The line queue was really cool, loved the gems. The line queue itself was LONG, REALLY LONG. The ride itself only takes about 2 minutes, and it goes fast – slow – fast – slow. It’s kind of like Big Thunder Mountain, not really scary. I did manage to get video of the ride, but it was so dark you can’t really tell what is going on. It was fun, I got off the ride with a smile on my face. The guy in front of me in the car said that this was his 5th time riding it.
It was an incredible night, my feet are still killing me, we walked a lot, but had a lot of fun. Best part is there will be another party next week, we’re bringing two of our friends, I hope they have a fun time. I’m also curious if the characters will be the same or if they will be different? We’ll see.
Thanks for reading, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
The Golden Spoon phenomenon was started by BirdsofPreyDave over on the Disboards forum. He created a full list of Walt Disney World Restaurants where you can eat at, he also added the Epcot Food & Wine and Flower & Garden Booths (if you are so inclined to check those off your list). The “Golden Spoon” is the proverbial achievement for someone who has indeed eaten at every place listed.
This is THE Food Quest for Disney Fans.
I just checked my progress yesterday and took notes of where I’m at.
I’ve eaten at 158 out of 270 restaurants at Walt Disney World (59%)
I’ve eaten at 48 out of 100 quick service/counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World (48%)
I’ve eaten at 53 out of 73 table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World (73%)
I’ve eaten at 8 out of 20 signature restaurants at Walt Disney World (40%)
I’ve eaten at 2 out of 3 dinner show restaurants at Walt Disney World (67%)
I’ve eaten at 0 out of 4 dessert parties at Walt Disney World (0%)
To find out how far you fare, go to the website below and fill our your own check list for your result. If you would like to post your complete results, there is a code generator for the forum, or a simple text version (like mine above) which you can post on your Facebook.
Just a couple photos to get you motivated!
I was reading an article online about how it’s much healthier to cook at home than to eat out. I’d agree with that. The article said that most restaurants (this includes fast food and food companies like prepackaged ready made, frozen, etc.) have made it their goal to convince us that they know how to make healthy food for us. That is a bold statement. Are they really convincing us? I guess that is true in a lot of ways, we either believe it is okay, or we just accept it for what it is – a compromise with varying reasons or causes and justifications. The food industry has kept things from us on purpose. I remember before “trans fats” was even a thing, and only recently have we been learning about GMO foods, it’s not that they genetically made a tomato bigger or whatever, it’s that they made the plants resistant to poisons (Round Up, etc.) and then we end up eating poisons.
Why do we go out to eat or buy pre-made food? Lots of reasons, could be because we don’t want to cook, don’t have time to cook, too hungry to cook, we enjoy it and it’s fun, we enjoy food, don’t have to worry about grocery shopping or preparing food or the clean up afterwards, maybe it’s cheaper to eat fast food than to fix dinner, plus we dine out for celebrations, or just out of habit.
Most people I know dine out at least once or twice a week, some of us go out more than that. I usually try to get something healthy-ish. I’m not going out looking to be unhealthy. You see a turkey burger with avocado and you think – hey that sounds healthy, but really the turkey patty has about 50 grams of fat in it because they are using fatty meat, probably all the fatty trimmings and none of the lean portions they use for lunch meat. I heard about how Macaroni Grill was one of the worst places to eat for all the hidden fat in their food. We eat salads at restaurants with dressing, either very fatty dressings, or the “fat free” kind is loaded with sugar or other unwanted ingredients. Just read that McDonald’s new Kale Salad has more calories than a Double Big Mac?!
We can’t really drink diet sodas anymore can we? They have pretty much convinced me that they can cause cancer. I’m using organic stevia now to sweeten my tea, and I’ll drink regular soda if I splurge rather than drink diet. I try to avoid Splenda too, just in case that causes cancer. I overhead a woman speaking with her friend at Chili’s not that long ago, she told her friend that her oncologist told her to stop drinking Crystal Light. Jesus, I used to drink that a lot about 15 years ago. Let me just repeat that, her cancer doctor told her to stop drinking it, that can’t be good – can it?
They add loads of salt to all food! Restaurant food and store bought food, it’s crazy. I took a look at the back of a bag of uncooked raw frozen shrimp we had, and it had something like 700mg of salt per serving?! They flash froze the shrimp in salt water. You can’t even try to cook healthy at home unless you read everything, I won’t be buying that shrimp again. I’d rather add my own salt. And now we have to worry about where our food comes from, Asian shrimp aren’t good for us, they have toxins or are farm raised in sewage water. We don’t eat farm raised Tilapia either.
I think it’s a lot harder to come up with amazing recipes with healthy ingredients. I have a real appreciation for Japanese food, sushi can be very simplistic (if you go simple rolls, not the super fancy creations) and also so delicious! I also like good Mexican food, fresh guacamole, marinated chicken, fresh veggies, and rice. If you have time and the will to do it, you can cook really well for yourself at home. When I buy vegetables, grains, or meat, I try to buy organic and usually lean (except for chicken thighs), wild caught seafood, I’m cooking on a very small scale. I try to cook healthfully, I use olive oil for most everything. We don’t eat red meat. With a full work schedule I can’t always be on point with cooking a healthy meal every day. I can’t imagine what life would be like with a serious health issue, like those with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Celiac’s, or severe food allergies.
It’s just sad. We watch cooking shows on TV, and stars like Paula Deen are cooking up heart attacks in the making. Sure I bet that whatever tastes amazing with a pound of butter and loads of heavy cream in it, but I would never do anything like that at home, I’m not crazy. I don’t butter my bread with thick slabs of butter, and no you aren’t a genius for serving a piece of bread with a thick slab of butter on it to someone. Can she really cook, or is it just all this unhealthy stuff people love like bacon, cheese, and butter making her seem like a genius. Do we need our heads checked to tell us that Paula Deen is using too much butter? They parody her on Saturday Night Live as eating sticks of butter! I’ve got nothing against Paula Deen or any of the TV chefs, I’m mostly concerned about how they portray we should cook for ourselves at home.
I don’t think the restaurants and food makers are really fooling anyone, we know it’s mass produced food. We live in a convenience culture, we want things fast and either don’t have the time or aren’t willing to make the sacrifice to cook at home. There are a few companies that I think are trying to offer better food, like Amy’s, Lundberg Farms, etc.
You just have to read labels and decide. The struggle continues. I’m no fool, I know eating the “Artisan Chicken” Sandwich at McDonald’s isn’t health food. Sometimes you don’t want to eat broccoli everyday. Sometimes we just want something to eat right now or we want our french fries or pie, basically your unhealthy trinity “fatty, carby, and greasy” as we call it. Most of the time eating badly leaves me with mixed feelings, I might have enjoyed it at the time, but most often I regret eating it.
Until restaurants start providing customer with homemade quality food choices, with care taken as to what ingredients are used, we will always be better off cooking for ourselves.
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Disney Parks and Resorts offer guests some of the most enticing food and drink offerings around. When I think of splurging, it usually is on dessert. A wide assortment of desserts are available, especially if you know where to look.
For instance, one of the most well known desserts that is “Disney famous” are the Zebra Domes over at Animal Kingdom Lodge. These little bite sized domes are full of flavor, a mouthwatering symphony of chocolate, coffee, cream, liqueur, and a bit of sponge cake. These are available at Boma, a buffet restaurant, or at The Mara, a food court, inside Animal Kingdom Lodge. These are definitely worth trying.
Some other well known desserts are the Dole Whip, the classic Mickey Ice Cream, and Candy Apples of many varieties. Plus, the bakery cases at Disney parks are stocked full of most anything you may want. I usually don’t splurge on these types of items although they all look so good.
I do enjoy a freshly made ice cream from L’Artisan des Glaces. They offer changing flavors during the month, you may come in and find something completely new and different that wasn’t there before.
If you are more into savory foods, you can also find some appetizing eats to tempt your taste buds. For foodies, the Epcot Food & Wine festival is a must do, with plenty of booths from around the world to try.
If you happen to miss out on the Food & Wine festival don’t worry, there are plenty of good things to eat all year round. One of my favorites is the Quattro Formaggio pizza from Via Napoli, I consider this an indulgence worth having.
Other foods worth mentioning:
The fish and chip shop in Epcot Britain – a little greasy but worth trying, good for sharing if you don’t want to eat a whole portion.
Sushi and tempura, I absolutely love eating at Toyko Dining.
Many Disney restaurants offer gourmet cheese plates, especially the signature restaurants. I know many people can’t pass up ordering a fine cheese plate. This one from Artist Point was divine, every single cheese was heavenly. And don’t forget to try their Smokey Portobello Mushroom Soup, it’s amazing.
And if good beer, fine wine, or a stiff drink is your particular vice, Disney has that too. At Magic Kingdom you can order an alcoholic beverage at Be Our Guest!
Many of the bars and lounges offer regional specialties or cocktails and most of them offer a selection of fine beer, wine, and spirits. For instance you can get Kona Longboard at the Polynesian, or you can get Unibroues in Epcot at the Canadian pavilion and Le Cellier. Each country in Epcot offers a variety of drinks. You can drink sake in Japan, a huge array of tequilas in Mexico, or Grand Marnier slushies in France.
I can’t say what it my #1 favorite in any category, I really love it all. If you have a favorite food, drink, or dessert, that you must have when you visit Disney Parks or Resorts, please share it in the comments.
In the mood for a little bit of everything? Then try the Big Kahuna next time you have breakfast at Kona Cafe located in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. I was very satisfied with the variety, a good amount of protein and carbs to keep your energy up. I loved the pineapples on the pancakes. I usually order the Tonga Toast, but I wanted something more substantial and less sugary.
Big Kahuna – French Toast, Pancakes topped with Pineapple Sauce and Macadamia Nut Butter, Eggs, Home-fried Potatoes, Ham, Bacon, and Sausage $11.99