MidAtlantic Wine & Food Festival

You all know I love and good Wine & Food Festival.  When I heard about the MidAtlantic Wine & Food Festival I was intrigued, because it’s not all that far from Philly. It’s just a quick jaunt down I-95 into Delaware.

I was pleasantly surprised at just how many things are going on during the Festival! There are a couple really cool events that I think look really interesting! If I had to pick four events that I’d want to go to, they would be:

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The Cupcakery at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

So when I was in Las Vegas I had to check out at least one cupcake joint. We were staying at the MGM Grand and I saw that there was a cupcake place called The Cupcakery in the Monte Carlo. That Casino wasn’t too far away from where we were going that night so we decided to check it out. You know I’m always down to try out a cupcake. Since it wasn’t Mr. Curly Fry and I taste testing cupcakes, my friend and I only got two. Yes, I was sad about that but my friend isn’t into cupcakes like I am.

I have to say that I wasn’t really all that impressed with the choices of flavors. I thought for “…the best little cupcakes in Vegas!” that they didn’t have enough of a selection. Now, we went on a Monday evening, so maybe they sold out of a lot of flavors? I don’t know. Maybe I should give them the benefit of the doubt? So I guess I wasn’t too bummed to only try two flavors since there really weren’t all that many that I wanted to try. [Read more…]

Viva Las Vegas!

So you may have noticed that I wasn’t around much last week. I was just in Vegas for a little bit of a getaway. I have to say it was so nice to get away, and I had the opportunity to sit at the pool with some cocktails as well as try out some wonderful restaurants. It’s funny though – we decided to go in April because it’s usually not that hot. We wanted to be able to enjoy the pool and be outside without sweating. Well what do you know? It was like 100 degrees almost every day that we were there. No joke. But we still had a blast.

Can’t really complain about this view at dinner…

While drinking this at The Sugar Factory

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Cupcakes from The Boardwalk Bakery [Walt Disney World]

So as you know, I was in Disney World last week for Food Blog Forum (you can read my trip report here).  I had an amazing time and I was on a mission to try some different flavors of cupcakes while I was there. In lieu of getting dessert after our dinner at the Kona Cafe, we decided to go on a mission for some cupcakes at the Boardwalk Bakery.

I really had high hopes for these cupcakes since after all, it’s a bakery. Aly from Cooking In Stilettos was my partner-in-crime for this Cupcake Mission. We had to take the monorail from the Polynesian to Magic Kingdom, and then a bus from Magic Kindgom to The Boardwalk. This was my first time checking out the Boardwalk property and I have to say it was pretty nice! Check out a view from there:

There weren’t that many flavors of cupcakes to choose from. There were only three total. They had the Oreo Bon Bon Cupcake,  Coffee Mocha Cupcake and an Orange Creamsicle type cupcake. I decided to get the first two.

I tasted the Oreo Bon Bon Cupcake first since I LOVE Oreos. As you can see from the picture, it looked a little rough. It wasn’t really in perfect condition when I got it, and me transporting it didn’t help matters. But I have to give a shout out to one of the bus drivers. He picked us up from the Boardwalk and was en route to the Magic Kingdom, but he dropped us off at our resort (The Polynesian). That was so nice of him and he didn’t need to do that at all. So I hope something wonderful happens to him because he deserves it. He definitely made it easier on us by doing that. And for that, I thank him.

So back to the cupcakes. The chocolate cupcake wasn’t moist at all.  It was quite crumbly and dry. There was a cookies & cream type filling that was just okay. I love the idea, but the flavors just weren’t there. It made the middle of the cupcake a bit moister than the rest of it. The frosting disappointed me the most though. It was more like a whipped topping than a buttercream. And we all know that I’m not a fan of that whipped stuff. So needless to say I didn’t waste any more calories on this cupcake. It was disappointing though since it looked like it would taste good.

So after tasting the Oreo one, I definitely didn’t have high hopes for the Coffee Mocha Cupcake. And it’s a good thing I didn’t because it was more of the same stuff….that whipped crap. The cupcake was average, nothing to write home (or blog) about, really. It also had a filling, but I didn’t care for it much. It tasted very similar to the whipped icing on top.

I have to say that the Bakery really let me down. I was expecting a lot more of them and they just didn’t deliver. But I didn’t give up. I didn’t let these cupcakes keep me from trying out more cupcakes in Disney World. You’ll be surprised to find out who had one of the best cupcakes that I tried!  Stay tuned!

A Magical Experience ~ Food Blog Forum Orlando [Walt Disney World]

So I had the amazing opportunity to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for Food Blog Forum Orlando. I felt so lucky to be one of the food bloggers to attend. It was truly a Magical Experience. I can’t even put into words how much I appreciate all of the hard work that everyone put into this event. It was a really special event.

I learned so much from so many talented people. Everyone was so willing to help others and I loved seeing that. A special thanks to Disney World, Whole Foods, Julie of The Little Kitchen (who did such a wonderful job organizing!), Steamy Kitchen (Jaden & Scott), White On Rice Couple (Diane & Todd) and to all of the  sponsors (OXO, KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Land ‘O Lakes, Bob’s Red Mill, Spice Islands, Goo Goo Clusters, King Arthur Flour, Scharffen Berger, and anyone else I forgot). The Door Prizes were totally crazy and everyone was so generous! I mean seriously, TWO APPLIANCES as well as countless KitchenAid Mixers, LeCreuset Dutch Ovens, and many other prizes. But they weren’t even the highlight of the weekend.  All of the information that we all went home with was the main prize. And that’s a fact.

The accommodations were spectacular, the 4 day park hoppers were generous, the food was delectable and the people there were just plain remarkable. I could go on and on about this past weekend and ramble on for hours, but I’d rather show you how magnificent it was in pictures. Because I had so much fun trying to capture these wonderful moments on camera ~ even if it was an iPhone camera!

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My room at the Polynesian

A beautiful view from the Grand Floridian

Another stunning view

Succulent Shrimp

Macaroni & Cheese with Lobster & Pancetta – absolutely to die for!

Desserts – Chocolate Creme Brulee, Cake Pop,
Chocolate Mousse type dessert

Taste of Disney Lunch Menu

Olive Oil-infused Chocolate Truffle Mousse with Sea Salt Caramel

Peruvian Chocolate Cylinder with St. Germain Glaze

OXO supplied Assorted Sea Salt Caramels from
Good Karmal – Seriously the BEST! I’m enrolling
myself in a 12 step program ASAP.

Magic Kingdom

Whole Foods Brunch Menu

Candy Coated Mickey Apples!

Pineapple Teriyaki Steak from Kona Cafe

Kona Cool Sundown

Town Square Theater in Magic Kingdom

Monorail at the Polynesian

Frozen Margarita from Hollywood Studios

My favorite ride ~ Tower of Terror

Pop Century – My home for the 2nd part of my trip

Monorail – Photo taken from bench outside of the Coral Reef Restaurant

Superfruit Sangria from Coral Reef

Baileys and Jack Daniel’s Mousse from Coral Reef

Boat outside of Magic Kingdom

Captain Hook at Epcot

I had these on my AirTran flight and they are my favorite now!
I ordered some from Amazon when I got home.

All of the information that I learned there was priceless. I don’t think I can thank everyone enough for allowing me to be part of this event. There are so many talented food writers and photographers out there and I’m so proud to be a part of that.

I was on a mission for Cupcakes when I was there, and you will get to read about that in another post! Because it wouldn’t be a trip without a Cupcake!

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