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Thrilled to share my Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip with you today!
It’s no secret that Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are two of my very favorite places to vacation to. I was over the moon excited to have a Food Blogger #DeliciousDisney adventure at the Walt Disney World Resort this month. Disney is just one of those magical places, no matter how old you are, you can have the time of your life. I felt so fortunate to spend the weekend with 7 of my food blogging sisters. We stayed at the lovely Boardwalk Inn, just walking distance away from Epcot. We had a whirlwind of a weekend that I can’t wait to share with you. Huge thanks to American Tourister for our new luggage. Love my Tangerine iLite Max!
Most of us flew in a day early for our event, so that first thing Thursday morning we could spend the day at Magic Kingdom. Is there anywhere else more magical? Love it here so much.
Dying over this one. Hey Tinkerbell!
Fall/Halloween Time at Magic Kingdom is absolutely beautiful. The decorations are warm and the sweet little pumpkin Mickey wreaths are the cutest.
Every angle of the Cinderella Castle is just perfect. Love strolling by and of course snapping pictures 🙂
As food bloggers do, it was off to find some of our favorite Disney food!! First up was the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Sleepy Hollow. Yah, it was amazing.
After we rode Pirates of the Caribbean we made our way to the Dole Whips! The Dole Whip Float is my absolute favorite. When it’s hot at the parks, there’s nothing better.
A few more rides like Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight and “it’s a small world” then it was time for some treats at Gaston’s Tavern. Giant cinnamon rolls, chocolate croissants and Gaston’s Brew were some of the things we shared. All fantastic 🙂 Right around lunchtime we made our way to Epcot!
Half of us were headed to Mission Space and half on our way to Italy!
We grabbed a reservation at Via Napoli for lunch. Their pizza is some of my favorite pizza ever. This Classic Margherita is AMAZING.
We shared this gorgeous White Pizza too.
Flying Fish images via Disney
After we explored Epcot for a few hours, we made our way back to our rooms at the Boardwalk Inn and got ready for one of the most beautiful dinner experiences. We enjoyed the newly renovated Flying Fish located on Disney’s Boardwalk. Every single dish that was brought out, was so carefully prepared and unmistakably delicious. I ordered the Wagyu Filet Mignon and let me tell you, it was one of the best I’ve had. The appetizers blew me away as well. Don’t miss the Blue Crab Bisque , Yellowfin Tuna, Wild Gulf Shrimp and Kurobuta Pork Belly. Be sure to get your reservations when visiting the parks. Flying Fish is a must.
Friday morning, we had the pleasure of having breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant located in Magic Kingdom. I had lunch reservations a couple years ago (this photo from last trip) and was so excited to enjoy breakfast in this magical Beauty and The Beast themed restaurant. You really feel like you are walking into Beast’s enchanted castle. The detail is simply a must-see. Breakfast and lunch are served quick service style and dinner is an unforgettable sit down style.
As you walk in, you are greeted by friendly Cast Members who guide you in the right direction. Beast’s Castle details are so GRAND and remarkably stunning. Take a good look around during your visit.
For breakfast and lunch you walk up to a computer like touch screen and select your meal choices. You go find your own table and your server magically finds you!
There are three different dining rooms to choose from. Each absolutely beautiful. I really love The Castle Gallery, with Belle and Beast dancing in the center of the room with the most beautiful art work on the walls to enjoy. Each room has a different theme such as Beast’s West Wing, which is a dark dining room with dramatic ripped curtains and be sure to watch the painting on the wall and the rose. The Grand Ballroom has dramatic high, domed ceiling, chandeliers and beautiful murals on the ceiling.
I ordered the Croque Madame and a Croissant Donut on the side…no calories at Disney right? Ha! We also shared pastries and of course the Master’s Cupcake with the ever so delicious “Grey Stuff” topping. What a breakfast! It really was all amazing.
Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train is a favorite. Love this!
Later in the afternoon we made our way to Hollywood Studios. We went straight to Hollywood’s Tower of Terror. Complete terror, but I love it!
More fun treats! This is the Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie from Beverly Sunset that knocked my socks off. That cream cheese filling, so good.
This chocolate filled Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls Cafe was my favorite. Talk about a treat!
How adorable are all of our cupcakes?! Hollywood Studios has some fun treats.
It was off to dinner at Animal Kingdom’s newest restaurant called Tiffins. This experience blew me away! We started with drinks and gorgeous appetizers at The Nomad Lounge.
One of my favorite stories from Tiffins are the little tags that hang from the ceiling at the bar. Travelers get to write stories about their favorite travel stories and hang them for all to read.
There are three beautiful dining rooms to enjoy with so many beautiful things to look at on the walls.
This dining room has the most beautifully detailed tiki’s in the center of the room.
Ordered a lovely curry soup to start, the halibut for dinner and gorgeous dessert. The entire experience was so memorable. I look forward to taking my family in the future.
After dinner, we went over Magic Kingdom for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This is a special event during Halloween Time that requires a separate ticket. What a night. Having only done Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, this was such a memorable night taking in all of the excitement. So many things to do and see. The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Show was too fun!
Loved Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. This was truly a magical night!
During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you can find special Halloween Time treats only available during the party. Of course we hunted down about every one. Great night!
The next morning it was off to breakfast at Trattoria al Forno located on Disney’s Boardwalk. I ordered the Pouched Eggs which is served over top soft polenta and topped with a red sauce. This might be one of my favorite breakfast dishes to date. We shared quite a few dishes and I’m telling you everything was beautiful and delicious. Yes, we had to try the French fries at breakfast, lol! They were so crunchy yet tender, I’m still dreaming about them. Loved this dining experience.
While at Disney, you get matching shirts with your friends right? Ha! Couldn’t resist getting a group shot of our cute matching Mickey Mouse tees.
With very full bellies, we made our way to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival.
We were invited into the media area where the chef’s were preparing different dishes representing different countries. Everything was gorgeous and from the bites I sampled, absolutely delicious. You could really spend a whole day at Epcot sampling your way through each country. Share with a friend for sure. Lots of great food to try! The festival runs from September 14-November 14th 2016. What a great time to visit the parks. For a full list of menu items from each Marketplace click HERE.
Chef Morimoto, talked to us in the Media room. He even sang a little song. My husband and I watched Iron Chef faithfully for years. Too fun, seeing him in person.
After the Food & Wine Festival, we had to ride the very popular Frozen Ever After. Here we are on our boat 🙂
On our way back to our rooms, we had to try Ample Hills Creamery on Disney’s Boardwalk. That Gooey Buttercake Ice Cream was out of control amazing….and how cute is the chocolate chip cookie cone?
The Boardwalk Bakery next door to Ample Hills Creamery had this adorable Mickey Oreo Cupcake. Cuteness overload!
Our last dinner together was spent at Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia. Can you even believe Chef Morimoto was hanging out at his restaurant?! He came over for a picture with us. We were dying, ha! He really is the sweetest. The giant appetizer tower, sushi rolls, the ramen and our gorgeous private dining room made for an unforgettable evening. This is a really gorgeous restaurant to visit. Loved our last dinner together.
On our last morning, we walked over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort for breakfast. We were treated to Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Cafe. What a fun Character breakfast! We got pictures with each Disney Character dressed in the cutest beach wear. They were dancing and having a great time with the guests. Would absolutely take my family back here!
After breakfast, we checked out of our rooms, got our luggage squared away and made our way to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This park is so gorgeous with it’s lush green trees all around the walkways. I really love it here.
As you walk through Animal Kingdom’s entrance and head towards Kilimanjaro Safari, you’ll see this very grand Tree of Life in the center of the park. It really is a sight to see. The details on the trunk are spectacular.
Mickey Pretzel, one last Dole Whip, a ride on Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari, then it was on our way back home! This was a weekend I will never forget. So many adventures with the best of memories. Nothing like a Disney vacation, can’t wait to plan my next visit! Be sure to follow our adventure on Instagram under #DeliciousDisney.
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Walt Disney World Resort. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.
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Thrilled to share the fun I had on my Las Vegas Girl’s Weekend!
Amanda, Shelly and I got to stay at the lovely Delano Hotel above Mandalay Bay. There’s no casino or smoky lobby. It’s amazing for those who aren’t big gamblers and have a hard time dealing with smoky hotels. So nice! The rooms were spacious, clean and the bed was soft and cozy. Will definitely stay at Delano again. Be sure to check them out!
Our first morning, we ventured off of the strip to breakfast at Skinnyfats. They have a healthy side menu and a “happy” side, lol! I loved this place. We might have ordered everything off of the “happy” side. Oops. The Churro Nutella French toast, top left photo was amazing. Actually everything we ordered was great. Fun place to try if you are visiting. It was only about 10 minutes from the strip at the most.
After some fun shopping we ventured off of the strip again to this SoHo Sushi Burrito shop. Look at all of that sushi!! So colorful and pretty.
Another off of the strip MUST visit is “Perfect Scoop.” Homemade Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches. Not kidding, this was amazing! This is the cookie monster macaron and ice cream. Mmmm 🙂
Later that evening we were back on the strip to Serendipity 3. Most of you know Serendipity in NYC, the location in Las Vegas is huge compared to the NYC one. I enjoy both, but it’s nice having some walk space here in Vegas. Their menus are different as well. Look at all of these goodies!!
Got tickets to see Michael Jackson One at Mandalay Bay Friday night. We loved it! Great music, dancing and Cirque acts.
Saturday morning we took off to downtown Las Vegas where the original casinos started out. Super cute area. The Donut Bar….AMAZING. Make sure you stop here while visiting. About a 15 minute Taxi or Uber drive and you get these gorgeous donuts 🙂 The Churro Donut Ice Cream Cone is unbelievable.
After some shopping we had lunch later that afternoon at a gorgeous restaurant in Bellagio Hotel that overlooks the fountains called LAGO. Everything was stunning. The bright restaurant, tables by the windows to enjoy the water show and the beautifully prepared food.
A girl’s weekend isn’t complete without a spa afternoon right? We made our way to Mandalay Bays beautiful spa for some much needed massages. Loved this!!
A lovely dinner with a view! Dinner at Rivea was so much fun overlooking the strip. We had drinks at Skyfall Lounge with the same gorgeous views. My Raspberry Basil Lemonade was fantastic for those of you who don’t drink.
We had a few places to squeeze in before heading to the airport. First up was Salted Malted off of the strip. This was about a 30 minute drive from the strip, but oh my goodness definitely worth it. A cute retired couple own the shop and make delicious breakfast sandwiches on homemade biscuits not to mention their array of desserts. This churro ice cream sandwich was a favorite of the morning 🙂 They even have a “Dole Whip” machine. I sampled it and it tastes EXACTLY like the ones from Disneyland. Pretty cool.
So excited to share my stay at The Magnolia House in Texas from a couple months ago. What a dream!
Left Top Row: Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, Sarah of Pretty Providence, Me, Kristen of Six Sister’s Stuff, Kristyn of Lil Luna, Jennifer of Tater Tots and Jello.
Left Bottom Row: Kelli of Lolly Jane and Kristen of Capturing Joy.
Had the best weekend with these talented ladies. We were lucky enough to be able to stay in The Magnolia House which is next to impossible to get a reservation. I soaked in every second in this beautiful home and weekend!
If you are a Fixer Upper fan, you know that Joanna Gaines has impeccable taste. There was no detail left undone.
This little sitting area was near the front door. Love!
Charming little living room area. I need to find this chandelier 🙂
This bathroom was so gorgeous. I’ve got to get this tile, so pretty!
Bathtub area on the first floor.
This reading nook on the first floor was one of my favorites, perfect.
The kitchen was lovely. They had pastries for us in the morning we heated up in the oven.
The dining room table perfectly set.
The kitchen shelves, love this look.
Here’s the other side across from the sink.
How dreamy is this bedroom?! I got to sleep in this one.
A corner in the dreamy bedroom 🙂
The upstairs bedroom. Can you even handle this canopy bed?!
One of the corners in a downstairs bedroom.
We were all so excited to go shopping at Magnolia Market. If you’ve been to Disneyland on it’s busiest day, times that by two and that’s what it was like inside, lol! Not even kidding. It was hard to even shop there were so many people around. I still had fun, but good grief there were zillions of people!
On the rooftop of the Market. We were lucky enough to get a private tour and got to check out the view from the rooftop. This is such a great place for families. Wish it were closer to AZ!
Rooftop picture with my girls 🙂
Picture of the giant Silos from the rooftop.
More rooftop pics.
Inside of the market. I really enjoyed the goodies for sale. It was just so frustrating because I had no room to ship anything. Oh well, it was fun to window shop 🙂
We also got to meet this adorable couple that owns this Pokey-O Cookie Truck. These ice cream cookie sandwiches were a highlight of the trip for sure!
Snickerdoodle Cookies with Butterfinger Ice Cream. Whoa!!!
Another highlight was getting to meet Clint and his wife at their shop. Harper and Co. Great times!
So grateful I got to spend time with these ladies at the Magnolia House.
Thrilled to share my Mother’s Day Gift Guide with you today! I picked out some adorable gift ideas that any mom or woman in your life will just love!
This Bouquet Oxford Medium Tote from MZ Wallace is a dream! Love the pretty floral print! I have a number of MZ Wallace bags and I have to say they are some of my very favorite bags to carry. These totes make the best carryon bags when traveling. I use them all of the time and how adorable is this floral print?
Adorable little heart necklace for mom.
Love this adorable Mud Pie Sweet Stuff Candy Dish! Mud Pie brand has some of the most adorable kitchen/serving pieces. I am obsessed with them right now.
Cutest night shirt! I always keep in mind these models are usually close to 6ft tall, so it will actually probably hit right above the knee 🙂 Cute!!
Let Them Eat Cake, cake plate. Love this!! Can’t you just pictures a giant piece of cake on this plate? So perfect for a birthday celebration.
The Volcano Candle is always a good gift idea. Smells like a dream! There’s even a lotion now available at Anthropologie, smells just like the candle!
Love these Steve Madden Tassel Sandals. So great for summer.
How cute is this Mother’s Day Book Stand?
Jo Malone Cologne makes such a great gift. The new “Nashi Blossom” is fantastic, perfect for summer that has you smelling like sweet pear and beautiful light florals. It’s great, can’t wait to get my own bottle soon.
If you are a makeup fan, you will appreciate how darling this Burberry blush palette is. Would make a perfect gift.
Another adorable bag idea for Mom. On sale right now via Kate Spade.
Every woman needs a great red lipstick. This red from Chanel “Gabrielle” is my favorite!!
Another winner would be this adorable ice cream wallet from Kate Spade.
….and let’s be honest, I would be over the moon with this pretty little gift card too 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day Shopping!! I might be getting a few of these things for myself, ha!
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Sharing my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her 2016 with you today! Lots of my current favorite things that will make great gifts!
I am obsessed with this Pixel Heart Valentine’s Metro Tote from MZ Wallace. It’s limited edition, so it won’t last for long.
So so cute with the heart and arrow charm too!
My latest perfume love is the new scent by Miu Miu. It is light and so lovely on. It’s not overbearing so it makes a great gift for about any perfume loving lady 🙂 Check it out!
Check out all of the beautiful Stockholm pieces!! I just got the blue and white dishes, they are amazing and so pretty!
How brilliant is this Mason Jar pour spout? It attaches to any regular mouth mason jar. Can’t even wait to get my hands on this. So perfect for salad dressing!
How cute are these heart dishes from Williams Sonoma?! I would surely use these all year round. Too fun!!!
Anthropologie never disappoints. You can always find some unique fun gifts there. Love all of these in the photo above. Starting at the top: Happiness Planner, Lipstick Holder, Dalmation Stapler, Pineapple Pencil Holder, Undersea Trinket Dish, Time Capsule Love Letters.
Hope these ideas help this year! Happy shopping! Be sure to follow me on Snapchat: @picky-palate and Instagram for more fun!
Disclosure: I received product from MZ Wallace, Mason Shaker and Macy’s however thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thrilled to share this MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway with you today! MZ Wallace has quickly become one of my very favorite brands. I even got to go to their shop in Soho, New York last month. So amazing!! Not only super cute but so comfortable to wear with plenty of pockets and room for your things. Take note…sale ends January 17th! Happy Shopping!
Here’s a closer look at the bag. I am in love!! So cute right?
Also on sale until January 17th is this colorful Allegra in Papaya Bedford. LOVE this one!
How pretty is this Chelsea Tote in Pink Lava Bedford?!
How cute is this Blue Orchid Sutton? Also on sale this week!
Here’s the Small Markham in Ash Bedford. Love this color and shape of bag.
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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours! So grateful to share my recipes with all of you, thank you for your continued support. Looking forward to a bright 2016 with all of you!
The Flake Family
So excited to share my favorite bag sale, from MZ Wallace!
Today only, get 40% off select MZ Wallace Metro Totes…they never go on sale! All of the totes going on sale are very colorful and fun, you have to check them out! This cherry one is one of my very favorites. I use it for travel, farmer’s markets and everyday wear. I love how they are so soft and fit everything I need! In fact, I’m packing it for NYC as I type. Can’t wait to take it with me this week on my travels!
So fun hunting for the perfect Christmas gifts for family and friends right now, I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this awesome sale!
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with MZ Wallace. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.