What’s Brewing?? Joffrey’s News

Some really exciting news coming from our friends over at Joffrey’s coffee and tea company.  Let’s see what is brewing….

Joffrey’s News

 

Opening in March 2017, guests at Magic Kingdom® Park will soon be able to enjoy Joffrey’s coffees, teas and delicious treats at the new Joffrey’s Revive Coffee kiosk near Space Mountain in Tomorrowland.

 

Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk will offer a beverage exclusive to Magic Kingdom Park: the More S’mores Latte. Delight the kid inside with a cup of Joffrey’s artisan roasted espresso, mixed with rich chocolate sauce, sweet marshmallow syrup and topped with whipped cream, graham cracker sprinkles and fluffy marshmallows. This crave-able beverage is available hot or iced to satisfy every coffee lover with a sweet tooth.

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JOFFREY’S IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE ALTO MAYO PERU PROTECTED FOREST PROJECT

 

Joffrey’s is proud to work with Disney and their partner, Conservation International to support the Alto Mayo Protected Forest Project in Peru. This endeavor promotes sustainable coffee growing and trains local coffee farmers in alternative farming techniques that help protect forests, improve productivity, coffee bean quality and promote economic growth in the region. To assist in this initiative, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.’s® Roastmaster met with the members of the Cooperativa De Servicios Multiples Bosque Del Alto Mayo (Alto Mayo Co-op) and worked to trade directly with this group of producers who are not only farming sustainably, but are certified Organic and Fair Trade as well.

 

Joffrey’s is proud to be able to support their efforts to farm sustainably. It is with sincere gratification and pleasure that we are now able to share this exquisite coffee with guests at select restaurants at Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort; from farm to table, you can share in our success of support for this great project and know that with each sip you are making an impact.

 

Now, Disney Guests can enjoy the very coffee that’s changing the lives of these farmers. Initially, the coffee will be served in the following restaurants, and then it will be available in restaurants that serve press pot coffee:

 

Walt Disney World Resort:

Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Le Cellier at Epcot, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Flying Fish Café, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Citricos and Narcoossee’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Artist Point, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

 

Disneyland Resort:

Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney California Adventure Park, Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Steakhouse 55, Disneyland

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You can also order some of this amazing coffee for the comfort of your own own home.    Peru Alto Mayo organic & fair trade

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YOU COULD WIN A WALT DISNEY WORLD® VACATION FROM JOFFREY’S COFFEE & TEA COMPANY.

There’s a place where moments take on extra magic. They happen every second of every minute of every day. Moments both big and little that will never, ever be forgotten. Want to go? Enter Joffrey’s Coffee to Castle Sweepstakes and you could win a Walt Disney World® vacation from Joffrey’s, the Official Specialty Coffee of Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort and Disney Vacation Club.

Simply click here for a chance to enter:  Joffrey’s coffee to castle contest

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So that’s whats brewing with our friends from Joffrey’s coffee and tea company

Sit back relax and enjoy a flavor for every Disney memory.   Imagination by the cup

 

Tea Time

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With romance in the air this week, where can one go that is a little different and romantic at the same time?

Afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian may hit the spot, a spot of tea that is.

You can step through time and experience a traditional British tea service.

Per the Disney website: Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room

Within the walls of the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, prepare to treat yourself to a rare and unforgettable event as you indulge in the relaxing ambiance of an era long since passed.

Tour the globe as you sip from a collection of international teas—including Mrs. Potts Tea for your little ones—all while indulging in a delightful selection of sandwiches, scones, pastries and other delicacies.

Turn back the hands of the clock for this delicate and delectable treat, 7 days a week. Located on the first floor of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room takes place daily at the following times:

  • 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Tuesday and Thursday

Ranging in prices from $35 to a tea service for two priced at $175 there is something for everyone’s budget.  Enjoy finger sandwiches, tarts, scones and jams, desserts and of course a wide selection of teas in this multi course service.   If you so choose you can even add some champagne to this service.

There is also Mrs. Potts tea service for children ages 3-9 for $20

If you are looking to get away and do something outside of the parks that possibly won’t break the bank this might be your ticket to romance.  Take some time out of a busy and hectic vacation to sit and relax.  Sip some tea, put the cell phones away, and just talk to those that mean the most to you.

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I am personally a coffee guy, but you can get some great teas and coffees over at Joffrey’s coffee and tea company.

 

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Garden Rocks Series Invades Epcot!

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Who is ready to Rock?  If you are around my age (and I am proud to say I will be 40 in March) then many of the acts coming to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival are right up your alley.  Some songs may have been a guilty pleasure for you while others may have been your anthem for life itself.  Either way, a diverse group of performers are coming and I would love to see them all!

Showtimes for the Garden Rocks Concert Series take place Friday through Monday at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM.

 

March 3-4 -Jon Secada:   “Just Another Day”

March 5-6 -Dennis DeYoung The Music of STYX:   “Mr. Roboto”

March 10-13 -Pointer Sisters:  “I’m So Excited”

*New this Year March 17-18 -Simple Plan:   “Welcome to My Life”

March 19-20 -Plain White T’s:   “Hey There Delilah”

March 24-27 -Night Ranger:  “Sister Christian“

April 7-10 -Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice:  “Spinning Wheel”

April 14-17 -Gin Blossoms:  “Hey Jealousy”

April 21-24 -The Orchestra starring former members of ELO:   “Evil Woman”

*New this year-April 28-29 -Exposé:  “Point of No Return”

* New this year -April 30-May 1 Berlin featuring Terri Nunn:  “Take My Breath Away”

May 5-8 -STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas:   “We Built This City”

May 12-15 -The Guess Who:   “American Woman”

May 19-22 -Herman’s Hermits starring Peter No one:   “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”

May 26-29 -The Spinners:   “Working My Way Back To You”

**Let us know who you want to see the most in the comment section

Rock out while trying some of the many wonderful Joffrey’s coffee selections found throughout the Festival.   If you cant make it down to the festival order some today at Joffrey’s

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What is Joffrey’s brewing at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival?

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Let’s take a look at what Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company has to offer at this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

 

Festival inspired libations will keep you going as you make your way around the festival.

The Lemon Rita:   A frozen lemon-lime delight blended with 1800® Silver Tequila or Grey Goose Vodka®     Some of my favorite flavors all together,  YES please!

The Tiki Torch:  Frozen passion fruit thrills with sweet juicy flavors and a hint of tartness, all blended with Grey Goose Vodka.  Not sure if I will ever be able to let it go!   Get it Frozen…No;  come on now,   ok whatever onto the next drink

Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset:  Layered frozen strawberry and lemonade topped with Grey Goose Vodka.    Could be a perfect ending to an amazing day.  As the sun sets in the background you take one sip and smile!

Spiked Chai Latte:   Iced, frozen or hot chai tea latte with chai spices, creamy vanilla and blended with Bailey’s Irish Crème® or Grey Goose Vodka.   I am partial to the Grey Goose on this one.  Just more up my alley, both are delicious.  Hey why not get both???

If you ask me, and I know you are, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the choices.  There is something for everyone, all different enough to satisfy whatever you are craving.    Take a look around for a Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company kiosk and let me know what you had.   Better yet, tweet us @themickeydudes with a picture and a comment!

For those of you not going down to the festival this year, why not order some great Joffrey’s coffee online at Joffrey’s

 

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2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Menus!

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The annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will be held from March 1- May 29, 2017.  Epcot comes alive with the colors of spring, the smell of amazing food, and the sounds of some good ‘ole rock and roll – this festival is a can’t miss event of every spring season!

 

Each food kiosk has a little something for your dining pleasure.  Just enough to wet the pallet as you move on to the next kiosk to feast on another small plate… and then another… and another and…you get the idea.  Man I am getting hungry just thinking about all the incredible food.  Let’s take a look at the newly released menus.

 

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market  (returning from 2016 Germany Pavilion)

 

Food

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V)
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips (GF)
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries

 

Beverages

  • Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager
  • Beer Flight

 

Cider House  (returning from 2016 UK pavilion)

 

Food

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF)

 

Beverages

  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
  • Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Florida Beer Company, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Strawberry Cider, Wisconsin
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic)

 

 

Florida Fresh  (returning from 2016)

Food

  • Carne Asada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  • Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn , Tomatoes and Cilantro (GF)
  • Florida Larder Board: Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pâté and House-made Pickles
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue

Beverages

  • Key Lime Sparkling Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St Petersburg, FL
  • Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Tampa, FL
  • Mirth and Merriment Golden Ale, Barley Mow Brewing Company, Largo FL
  • Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slush with Tamiami Florida Gin
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slush (Non-alcoholic)
  • Fresh-Squeezed Watermelon Juice (Non-alcoholic)

 

Fleur de Lys (returning from 2016 France pavilion)

 

Food

  • Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne: Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust (V)
  • Poulet aux Écrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf
  • Macaron Chocolat Framboise: Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (GF)

 

Beverages

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Kir Pomegranate, Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liquor
  • Brut de Pêche, Natural Peach Sparkling Wine
  • Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blend, C’est La Vie
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664: Fruity White Beer with Citrus Notes

 

 

Hanami (returning from 2016 Japan pavilion)

Food

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (V)
  • Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger
  • Beef Teriyaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger

Beverages

  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Kirin Draft Beer
  • Matcha (Green Tea) Sake Cocktail
  • Amabuki Kurenai Junmai Sake
  • Ozeki Shin Junmai Sake
  • Dasani Water

 

Jardin de Fiestas (returning from 2016 Mexico Pavilion)

 

Food

  • Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef covered with Tomato Sauce and Garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds
  • Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and Garnished with Micro-Cilantro and Edible Flowers
  • Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and Garnished with Orange Zest

Beverages

  • Hibiscus Margarita
  • Elderflower Pineapple Margarita
  • Watermelon White Sangria
  • Pacifico Draft Beer with Kahlua Floater
  • Dasani Water

 

La Isla Fresca (returning from 2016 Showcase Plaza)

Food

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions
  • FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (V)

 

Beverages

  • Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager
  • Frozen Simply Tropical™ Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum
  • Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink (Non-alcoholic)

 

Lotus House (returning from 2016 China pavilion)

Food

  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap
  • Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries (V)
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V)

 

Beverages

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice
  • Dragon Pearl: Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls
  • S.G: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry and Ginger Ale
  • Plum Wine Cooler
  • Tsingtao Beer
  • Dasani Bottled Water

 

Northern Bloom   (new this year  Canada pavilion)

Food

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple wood Smoked Bacon (GF)
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
  • Naomi Bar Trifle

 

Beverages

  • Maple Shake (Non-alcoholic)
  • Maple Shake with Crown Royal
  • Unibroue Maudite
  • Unibroue a Tout Le Monde
  • Unibroue Ephermere

 

 Pineapple Promenade (returning from 2016 Showcase Plaza)

Food

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve (V)

 

Beverages

  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pineapple Mana, Maui Brewing Company, Hawaii
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic)

 

Primavera Kitchen  (returning from 2016 Italy pavilion)

Food

  • Antipasto Misto: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Ciabatta Bread
  • Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Fresh Basil
  • Strawberry Tiramisu: Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Cream and Marinated Strawberries topped with Strawberry Sauce (DDP)

Beverages

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
  • Bellini Sparkling Wine and Peach purée
  • Rossini Sparkling Wine and Marinated strawberries
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa
  • Dasani Water

 

Taste of Marrakesh  (returning from 2016 Morocco pavilion)

Food

  • Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Satueed Onions and Green Peppers
  • Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
  • Baklava (V)

 

Beverages

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
  • White Sangria
  • Guerrouane Red Wine
  • Casa Beer
  • Dasani Water

 

The Berry Basket   (new this year)

Food

  • Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
  • Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spice Pecans (V)
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet/Ice Cream (V)

 

Beverage

  • Founders Raubeaus Pure Raspberry Ale
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato
  • Twinings Berry Cocktail

 

THE SMOKEHOUSE  (returning from 2016 The American Adventure)

Food

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions
  • Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad (GF)
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V)

 

Beverage

  • Zen of Zin Old Vine, California
  • Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • 3 Daughters Phantasmas IPA, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
  • Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic)

 

Urban Farm Eats  (returning from 2016 Showcase Plaza)

Food

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (GF) (V)
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes
  • Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (V)

 

Beverages

  • Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine, France
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon
  • Wildflower Pale Ale, Forbidden Root Brewery, Chicago, IL
  • Urban Mary

 

How does one choose?!?    I say take your time, enjoy the scenery and get a little something from each kiosk.  Be adventurous and take some chances.  With the prices ranging from $3 to $8 it is a great opportunity to try something new, like the seared scallop at Northern Bloom, or maybe an old favorite like the pulled pork slider from the Smokehouse.   No doubt you will fall in love with something as Spring fills the air at The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

 

In my next post we will be looking at what our official coffee  Joffrey’s has to offer at this year’s festival:  Stay Tuned!

https://www.joffreys.com/

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Morimoto Street Food

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As I long for the warm weather and my mind keeps drifting back to Walt Disney World (I know shocking).  I wanted to share some thoughts on Morimoto Street Food in Disney Springs.  Tucked in right next to Morimoto Asia, this little gem packs all the excitement and adventure of Morimotos but in a more relaxed way (for less money of course).

So what is Street Food Anyways???

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I love how Chef Morimoto described Street Food
With plenty of seating outside to enjoy the beauty of the newly imagined Disney springs, this spot is perfect to just sit back, relax, and get some great food.

 

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The crystal clear water is so peaceful while eating
Now lets look at the menu.

At quick glance, I was excited to try the Bao Tacos that I heard so much about and I had to be adventurous and get the takoyaki.   With the great prices I suggest try something new and different.  Its not going to ‘break the bank’ even if you don’t like it.  You’ve got to wash it all down with the Singapore slush.

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The Verdict:  Delicious! I got the Kalbi Bao Tacos; short rib, kimchi, scallions on a soft steamed bun.  It was fresh and flavorful.  Some people are not kimchi fans, for those people I can say this kimchi was not over-bearing.  It was just right and added a depth of flavor with the perfectly cooked short ribs.  So what about the tokoyaki (octopus)?  This scared me a bit, but as I said, had to be adventurous.  The flavor was quite good but the texture was a little softer than I expected.  It wasn’t bad at all…just different, I was expecting a harder fritter.   Finally, the Singapore Slush, on a warm Florida day this hit the spot perfectly!

One of the best things about the newly imagined Disney Springs are all the new and different food offerings.  Morimoto Street Food didn’t disappoint, it hit the spot and it was adventurous, but not crazy adventurous…it was just right.  The quality of the food, the price, the choices, the view, all add to a great meal. So the next time you are down in the Springs, make sure you check out Morimotos Street Food, you won’t be sorry.

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Joffrey’s News

Great News from Joffrey’s in the newsletter this month!

Lets see what’s brewing…

BREW-TASTIC NEWS JANUARY 2017

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Resolutions, resolutions.  Whatever your plans for success this year, we hope we are a tasty part of your day.  Below please find our latest seasonal coffee, tea and limited time beverages that your fans will love to hear about.  As always, thanks for spreading the Joffrey’s love.

 

NEW!  ANNUAL PASSHOLDERS RECEIVE 20% OFF AT JOFFREY’S KIOSKS:  Beginning January 1, 2017, Joffrey’s will offer Annual Passholders a 20% discount on food and beverages, excluding alcohol. Just show your season pass when paying.

 

NEW! SIGNATURE BEVERAGES AT THE JOFFREY’S KIOSKS IN WALT DISNEY WORLD (January 14-February 20):

 

Cupid’s Kiss Latte:    You won’t forget your first kiss, a rich espresso shot blended with caramel & coconut syrups, dark chocolate and creamy steamed milk.

 

Valentine’s White Mocha:   A dreamy blend of rich espresso, white chocolate syrup, raspberry and creamy steamed milk.

 

Amore Cocoa Latte:   Fall in love with our rich espresso flavored with dark chocolate sauce, light coconut syrup and creamy steamed milk.

 

All available Hot or over ice.  Make it spirited by adding a shot of Bailey’s Irish Crème, Grey Goose Vodka, Kahlua or Jameson Irish Whisky!

 

 

NEW!  DISNEY PARKS & RESORTS SPECIALTY COFFEE K-CUPS®– available end January:

Soon at select deluxe hotels you will find Joffrey’s French Roast Specialty Coffee K-cups in room.  Easy to brew and memorable tastes await.  Once available they will be available for home ordering at Joffreys.com

 

TASTING NOTES:   a blend of our 100% Specialty Grade Arabica Beans dark roasted to a brown so deep it borders on black. Robustly aromatic with hints of caramel and chocolate with a beautifully smoky finish that delightfully lingers.

 

BIG NEWS COMING to MAGIC KINGDOM:  please stay tuned as we unveil exciting offerings at the Magic Kingdom Park

 

VALENTINES FLAVORS OF LOVE GIFT SET:  Available at the end of January, Joffrey’s will offer a great gift set that includes a 1-lb bag of our best selling flavored coffee and 7oz bag of chocolate covered espresso beans all tucked into a cute red gift box.  Set will include Angels Kiss Coffee, Sinful Delight Coffee or Le Cellier Coffee and chocolate espresso bean bundles. Find it at http://www.joffreys.com/gifts-accessories

 

JOFFREY’S LOCATIONS LOCATOR Want to find all the places Joffrey’s is served at the Disney Parks & Resorts, use this handy online locator:  http://www.joffreys.com/disney-locations.aspx

 

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Highway in the sky. Worth it?

The new Highway in the Sky Dine-Around gives guests priority boarding on the monorail for an unparalleled dining journey around the circuit between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. (credit Disney Parks blog)  But is it worth the 150 dollar price tag?  That is the question.  With all the add-ons being introduced by Disney lately, many people are screaming “enough is enough” and “just another money grab.”  I tend to agree that the add-ons are a little much lately but this one I truly believe is worth it.

Lets break it down:  Stop 1.  The Wave of American Flavors at the Contemporary for a welcome specialty cocktail.  Specialty cocktails at The Wave average $10.55.

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Back onto the Monorail, with priority seating I might add, heading to the Poly for island inspired sips and appetizers.  I went to Kona for these next prices just as a way to compare since it didn’t say specifically where.  Average Kona cocktail is $10.75 and average appetizer $8.99.  As we can see the price is climbing a bit already.

Back onto the Monorail to the flagship resort: The Grand Floridian.  Enjoy an entree and wine pairing at Citricos.  Average price for an entree at Citricos is $40.25 and with a wine pairing add about 10 dollars.  After dinner you will sip sparkling wine and sample artisanal cheese.  Sparkling wine is $11.75 and the Cheese board at Citricos goes for $18.  Lets cut that in half to 9 dollars.

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One more time on the monorail for a trip back to the Contemporary for desert, cordials and coffee in time to see Wishes.  Wishes Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace goes for 40 dollars.

Lets do the math:

$10.55  The Wave

$10.75

$8.99    Kona

$40.25

10.00

$11.75

$9.00     Citricos

$40.00   Dessert Party

$20.00  Valet Parking

Grand Total:  $151.26:   That is taking the averages of what you are getting and not adding gratuity or taxes.  Once you add gratuity, taxes and valet parking you are well over $150 if you were doing this on your own.  For the $150 price tag for this special event that Disney is offering, the gratuity is included but tax is not. Maybe I am just drinking the Disney “Kool-Aid” but to me there is some great value here.  I believe that this experience would be great for an anniversary or birthday for a couple.  I could also see a group of friends getting together to do this.  Maybe a Mickey Dudes meet up??   This experience is being offered Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays  starting December 2.   For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.  If anyone does this let us know how it is.

The Wave! What a hidden gem!

The Wave of American Flavors is a restaurant that I have wanted to try for some time but, for one reason or another, never got around to it.  I have read subpar reviews and I have read some really good reviews.  It was time to see for myself and make up my own mind.  All I can say is:  WOW!!!! Hidden gem award goes to The Wave!  I went this past trip with my wife and 6 year old for breakfast and we all left extremely happy.  The buffet options, the food offerings, the service, the price were all amazing!  Next time you are around and might be heading to the Magic Kingdom in the morning, The Wave is a great place to start your day and then walk on over.  You won’t be sorry , and try the green stuff its delicious!

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Located in the Contemporary
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At $24 for an adult and $13 for a child The Breakfast Buffet is a real hidden gem!
We had to change our reservation on the same day, and that was not a problem at all.  The staff was more than accommodating and incredibly nice.  Our server Michelle may have been one of the nicest Cast Members we have ever had the pleasure to interact.  Inside was elegant and inviting, not overly crowded, and the buffet was set to the back to not be in anyone’s way while dining.

Now onto the food.  Please understand I am no photographer and these were taken with my iPhone.  The pictures do not do the food justice.  Just let me say this: Everything we ate was fresh, hot and delicious!

I absolutely love Eggs Benedict and these were out of sight!!! The key lime hollandaise sauce was so different and so good!   Next to the Mickey Waffles you can see a peek of the sweet potato pancakes (sweet and delicious like dessert for breakfast).

 

Fresh fruit and some grits with Tillamook cheddar and bacon.  Now being from the north I can not get good grits anywhere.  These were some phenomenal grits!unnamed-35

My Full plate, one of many.  I can not say enough good things about The Wave!  Maybe I went in with lower expectations than with other restaurants.  Well those expectations were blown out of the water!  What a great meal all around.  Have any of you gone to The Wave?  What did you think?  Let me know.

Aristocrepes Review

With news that AristoCrepes is going seasonal, Thanks to WDW News Today http://wdwnt.com/blog/2016/10/amorettes-patisserie-now-crepes-new-hours-aristocrepes-going-seasonal-disney-springs/

I felt that it was a good time to give my quick review on it.

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No one really in line!  
We got to Disney Springs on a gorgeous Friday afternoon.  We were hungry and wanted to try something new and different.  AristoCrepes fit the bill perfectly.  It was new, it was different and there was no line…a perfect combo!  We looked over the menu and it was diverse enough for just about anyone.  Savory to Sweet Crepes ranging from 6.99 to 8.99.

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Something for Everyone
We decided on the savory beef crepe with horseradish creme, pickled onions, baby spinach and cheddar cheese.  One word: DELISH!!  Our food came out quick and fresh as it was made right in front of us.  The crepe was warm and the ingredients paired so well together.  The crepe was filling enough but not heavy in any way.  This was truly a delight.

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You mean AristoDelish!
Knowing that AristoCrepes is going seasonal, the ‘no line’ piece does make sense.  What doesn’t make sense is that people are missing out if they are not trying this place!  I cant wait to get there again and try something else off this menu.

Mickeys Not So Scary Review:

 

 

To quote my co host Dave “Meh” that was truly how I felt about my first and probably only Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.   I am going to be the first to say many factors contributed to that feeling, and some were my own fault so I will not put this all on the party.    We arrived from the Poly at promptly 4 pm and were moved over to the right to get into the Magic Kingdom. The line moved fast and there were no issues.  We went in and followed everyone to the special entrance to the right, but missed the big castle reveal down Main Street.  That was a bummer for sure.  Magic Kingdom was packed and I didn’t notice much of a difference when the party officially began after 7.  It was just crowded.  We fought some weather and rain early on and that was fine and expected.

 

The Parade, The Hocus Pocus Show and Fireworks:  The parade….Meh at best, I will admit I am not a parade guy but it was talked about so highly that I think my expectations were tooooooo high.  Hocus Pocus Spooktacular we saw as we were walking out (my 6 year old was tired) seemed fun and all, but Main Street was jammed.  Fireworks…WOW!!!! Those were amazing, watched them from our balcony at the Poly.  I am not sure if we would have had the same feeling about the fireworks from inside the park what an amazing vantage point.

 

Rides:  Lines seemed shorter that is for sure and we walked on a few but not a lot of time to do them (Have to get your spot for the parade after all)

Trick or treating:  Fun aspect and all, but when your 6 year old didn’t think it was all that great and he was getting free candy there is something to that.  Cast members just put candy in bags many just seemed to go through the motion.

 

Final Results:  I liked the aspect of getting in early and not using a full day park ticket for it.  The Decorations were great to see, but only really on Main Street area.  Parade was ok, Fireworks were best I may have ever seen.  If you are going to MNSSHP I think kids need to be a little older so you can space out the whole party.  If I was able to take advantage of the full time I might have thought more than Meh.

B.B. Wolf’s…. You Mean MMM MMM Wolf’s

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No Line…YES!!!!
It was a warm Friday afternoon as Bruce from Albany, an amazing cast member from Saratoga Springs, dropped us at the back entrance of Disney Springs.  We just got in for our long weekend of fun and what a way to start! As we drove through Saratoga Springs (and it is ginormous), Bruce gave us some history of the resort and some info on the weekend festivities.  He went ‘above and beyond’ and it was just another example of why cast members make trips to WDW so magical…but back to the story at hand.  He drops us off at the back of Disney Springs, we cross the bridge and head in.

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Solid Menu With Good Prices

I couldn’t wait to Try B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Company.  It has been on the to-do list since it opened.  No Line in front, PERFECT! I step right up and order my 3 Little Pigs Trio: a Reuben, a Bacon Wrapped with black bean salsa and a Chili and Cheese.  I ordered a Goose Island Beer to wash it down and a Pretzel for the little one.

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3 May Not Be Enough
To say these were delicious is an understatement.   The 3 Little Pigs came out fast, hot and fresh.  All three had a unique flavor.  I absolutely love Rueben’s in general and it was 3rd on the list of my favorites.  Not to knock it in any way,  just the other 2 were better.   The Chili and Cheese was a perfect pair, the chili was a tad spicy but not over the top.  The winner of the three in my opinion was the Bacon Wrapped Sausage and black bean salsa.  It was different and full of flavor.  The salsa was refreshing with the heat form the jalapeno.  Winner, winner Sausage dinner!  The Goose Island paired perfectly with the sampler.

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 Warm and Delicious  
And I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about the pretzel.  My son is a pretzel connoisseur (well for a 6 year old anyways) and he was all smiles while eating this.  It was chewy, warm and delicious.

Do yourself a favor next time you are at Disney Springs, stop by B.B. Wolf’s and get yourself a 3 Little Pigs Trio.  You won’t be sorry!

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3 Little Pigs sampler was AWESOME!