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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Food Blog Forum ~ Orlando [March 2012]

My day just got a little bit brighter. As you probably know, I love Disney World. It’s so much fun to go there and act like a little kid. I haven’t been there since 2009 though. This past weekend I signed up to go to the Food Blog Forum in Orlando, FL.  Walt Disney World is the Hosting Sponsor, so you know  it’s going to be an amazing event!  I can’t wait to learn a lot of useful information there so that I can make my blog better.

Check out the details from the web site…

Food Blog Business | Food Styling & Photography | Food Blog Design | Food Writing

Food Blog Forum Orlando is a full-day seminar on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Epcot Center, designed specifically for food bloggers.

We’ll be covering the most relevant topics for food bloggers, including food styling and photography, photo editing, recipe writing and development, food blog design and social media.

In addition to the information and skills you’ll be able to immediately implement, we’ll have several networking and social opportunities throughout the weekend.

Schedule

Friday, March 16, 2012
Friday Evening – Welcome Reception at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa sponsored by Walt Disney World

Saturday, March 17, 2012
8:00am-4:30pm
Coffee and continental breakfast provided by Walt Disney World

Food Photography & Styling: Sharing your food story through your creative voice
Diane Cu & Todd Porter
Everyone has a unique food story to share through images. Crafting your visual voice and sharing your authentic story in compelling food images is what makes your unique style stand out. Learn how to define your own food photography style and food storytelling. Elements of lighting, composition, style, basic propping, editing and story will be discussed to help you make your best photographs. Be inspired to craft images that are original, fresh, authentic and uniquely you.

PRspectives
Jaden Hair, Rachel Barbarotta, Arianna Bastianini, Tom Smith
A lesson in PR 101, from various perspectives. This panel brings together bloggers, brands and PR professionals to give you an inside look into the process of working with brands and forming relationships that can benefit both the bloggers and companies they work with.

How to Write Bigger, Better, More Badass Food Posts
David Leite
In this solo panel, learn what it takes to write the kind of posts that move people to leave comments as well as to forward, tweet, stumble, and Facebook the hell out of them. Not to mention getting awards and recognition. Use David’s checklist to evaluate how successful your posts are and how to improve them.

From Hobby to Professional: Taking your Blog to the Next Level
Dawn Viola
Do you want to take your food blog from hobby to professional? Food writer and research chef, Dawn Viola, will show you how to develop your unique food writing niche, find your blogging voice and harness free marketing tools to establish yourself as a professional writer.

LUNCH

A (Healthful) Taste of Disney! Sponsored by Walt Disney World

Experts Round Table

Dive deeper into the topics that interest you most. We’ll have our speakers and other experts available to you during a series of four 30-minute “speed-networking” sessions. Ask questions and get advice from our experts in a more personal setting. Explore topics such as Social Media, Technology and Design, Photography & Styling Live Demonstration, Basic Photo Editing and File Management, Pitching to Editors, Writing Cookbook Proposals, Recipe Development, The Business of Blogging and more.

Closing Party

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Sponsored by Walt Disney World
Private dessert party at Epcot Center with front row viewing of Illuminations

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Brunch At Whole Foods Market Orlando

Does this look amazing or what??!

Are any of my fellow food bloggers going? If so, let me know in the comments! I’d love to meet!

Home Sweet Home

We’re home from our vacation, and I’m back to work – It was so nice to go away, but it was also nice to come home! It was SO HOT down there. That’s the one thing I wasn’t a fan of. The heat. And humidity.

I’ll be posting some highlights from our trip in a bit. I have so much to get caught up on here at work first. It was so nice having yesterday off so that I could sleep in, grocery shop, etc.

Until I return, I’ll leave you with this…

(Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake — vanilla cake with a gooey toffee filling and caramel sauce topped with vanilla ice cream from Liberty Tree Tavern – SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!)

Can I Upgrade You?

ONE DAY!

And I haven’t done a thing yet! Oops. Laundry is not done. Suitcases are not out yet. Nothing is set aside. Nothing is packed.

Thank goodness I’m working from home today.

And as if I didn’t have enough to do, when I went and got my hair done yesterday I left my coat there. So now I have to go back and pick it up around lunch time.

I just checked us in for our flight tomorrow bright & early. I also upgraded us to Business Class…but I’m not telling Carlos. It’ll be a surprise! I’m so ready for this vacation. Please cross your fingers it’s not too hot. The Mister doesn’t like hot weather. LOL! Maybe I’ll get a chance or two to upload some fun pics while we’re there. Stay tuned!