What I Got: Taiyaki, OffLimits Zombie With Coconut and Pandan Vegan Ice Cream, Strawberry IceOForm Mochi, Watermelon Refresher, Mickey Mouse Peanut Cookie, Soba Noodle Bowl, German Pretzel, School Bread, Caramelized Apple Ice Cream, Dinner at Tiffins Restaurant
Location: Orlando, Florida (Various Parks)
Taiyaki from Sakiyes – A taiyaki is a Japanese dessert made of Japanese cake in the shape of a fish filled with red bean. The taiyaki from Sakiyes in Disney Springs was a tasty treat. The cake is tender and subtly sweet (it reminded me of a pancake like cake). There is a generous amount of smooth, sweet, earthy red bean inside. They serve the taiyaki with whipped cream and raspberry syrup which was the perfect cool addition for a sunny Florida day.
OffLimits Zombie with Coconut and Pandan Vegan Ice Cream from Salt and Straw – The OffLimits Zombie with Coconut Pandan Vegan Ice Cream is a coconut and muscovado ice cream with pandan swirls and OffLimits brand pandan flavored cereal. The base of the ice cream is creamy and coconutty. The muscovado sugar adds a deep but subtle caramel sweetness to the ice cream. The pandan swirl is gooey and delicious. The flavor of pandan is so interesting and unique. While it hints of vanilla and coconut, there is also a distinct flavor that makes the ice cream truly special. The cereal adds an amazing crunch and some extra pandan flavor. This was the first pandan flavored dessert I have gotten to try, and it was everything I’d hoped for! It has an amazing flavor unlike anything I’ve ever had.
Strawberry IceOForm from Energy Bytes- This strawberry mochi is cut into bite sized pieces and topped with cheesecake foam and graham cracker crumbs. The ice cream inside the mochi is sweet, creamy, and perfectly refreshing. The ricecake outside was not as soft as I had hoped, but the delicious cheesecake foam made up for that. The foam is light and airy with delicious sweet, tangy cheesecake flavor. The graham cracker crumbs bring a nice crunch to contrast the smoother ice cream and foam. This was a great cold treat that was fun and different.
Watermelon Refresher from Energy Bytes- The Watermelon Refresher is a nonalcoholic watermelon frozen drink with yuzu and ginger. It is a great alternative to the overly sweet, artificial slushies that are sold throughout most of Disney. I am usually not a fan of watermelon flavored things, but the Watermelon Refresher has a more genuine watermelon flavor I enjoyed. The yuzu and ginger add a great tang and brightness to the drink. This was a perfectly refreshing, not too sweet drink for a hot day.
Mickey Mouse Peanut Cookie from the Confectionary – The Mickey Mouse Peanut cookie is a giant sugar cookie studded with caramelized peanuts and half dipped in chocolate. As you may have guessed, it’s shaped like Mickey. The cookie is soft and just sweet enough. The peanuts are perfectly crunchy and sweet due to their toffee-like caramelized exterior. My favorite part was the section dipped in chocolate. The milk chocolate melts in your mouth and compliments the cookie and peanuts. If you are a fan of peanuts and chocolate, I’d recommend giving this cookie a try. It is very good!
Soba Noodle Salad Bowl from Fairfax Fare – The Soba Noodle Salad bowl includes chilled soba noodles, edamame, red cabbage, red peppers, shredded carrots, celery, and green onions tossed in Yakisoba sauce and served in a waffle bowl. This bowl is a great light, vegetarian option in Hollywood studios. The soba noodles were tender and the veggies were crunchy and delicious. The Yakisoba sauce coats the salad nicely and has a wonderful savory, salty, and slightly sweet flavor. The waffle bowl is fun because you can eat it along with the noodles. It compliments the noodles with its crunchy texture and subtle sweetness. I would highly recommend getting a bowl from Fairfax Fare if you are eating lunch in Hollywood Studios.
German Pretzel – Pretzels can be found all over Disney, but the best pretzel you can find is in the Germany section of Epcot. These pretzels are gigantic and have better flavor and texture than the smaller Mickey shaped pretzels you can get in the other parks. The German pretzels have the perfect combination of fluffiness and chewiness. If you are in the mood for a pretzel, Germany is the place to get one!
School Bread from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe – School bread is a Norwegian dessert that can be found in the Norway section of Epcot. School bread is made from yeasted dough with a custard filling topped with coconut and icing. It is a super delicious treat. The doughnut-like base is chewy and flavored with spices. The vanilla custard filling is so creamy and smooth. There is a thin layer of icing to stick the coconut on. It melts in your mouth alongside the custard. The coconut compliments the spiced dough and the sweet icing and custard. The school bread is refrigerated, so the custard inside is cool and refreshing. It is a treat you do not want to miss.
Caramelized Apple Ice Cream from L’Artisan des Glaces – This caramelized apple ice cream can be found in the ice cream shop in the French section of epcot. I got my ice cream in a waffle cone. The ice cream is perfectly creamy and with cinnamon and chunks of sweet caramelized apple. The waffle cone was fresh and delicious. If you are looking for good hard ice cream in Epcot, L’Artisan des Glaces is a great choice.
Tiffins Restaurant – Tiffins is a great higher-end dining option in Animal Kingdom that takes reservations. The food is on the expensive side ($$$), but this is the best quality food I’ve yet to have at Disney. They specialize in international cuisine. Their bread service (which must be ordered it is not complementary) is unique and incredibly delicious. It comes with Brazilian cheese bread, Thai milk bread, and Indian Pappadam with three accompanying sauces. I also started with the Honey-Chili Glazed Pork Belly which included a soft-poached egg. It was cooked beautifully, flavorful, and the yolky egg brought it to the next level. The butter chicken is the most juicy chicken I have ever had, and the sauce was amazing. Tiffins is above and beyond the traditional Disney park food. If you want quality food at Disney, this is the place.