First off, everyone did a great job solving the recipe challenge from two weeks ago!
The answers were the following….
Restaurant 1 = Pinocchio’s Village Haus
Restaurant 2 = Columbia Harbour House
Restaurant 3 = Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
Restaurant 4 = Casey’s Corner
Restaurant 5 = Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Congratulations to Crissy, for solving the challenge correctly and winning the mystery ticket!
Now onto this week’s restaurant. This location is one of my top rated “Disney first timers” spots. In my opinion, it doesn’t necessarily have the best food on property, but it offers an unforgettable experience for families. Chef Mickey’s is on the fourth floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort hotel, a great location to get the full Disney experience. The hotel is within walking distance to Magic Kingdom or you can hop the monorail, which runs directly into the hotel. Chef Mickey’s is an open air setting so you can see the monorail coming in and out of the resort as you eat. The restaurant serves a morning breakfast buffet and then serves again in the evening for a dinner buffet. Let’s not forget to mention the biggest highlight of the restaurant–Mickey and the gang come around in their culinary attire to greet your table as you eat! As a little girl, Chef Mickey’s was one of the first places I ever ate at Disney and I was overjoyed by the character interactions. I also loved the restaurant because I got to pick from many options and got to eat off a special “kids buffet.”
I can’t comment on the breakfast buffet because I have never gotten the chance to try it, but the dinner buffet is perfect for groups with different appetites and tastes. Everyone can pick what they want and can certainly get enough food to satisfy their hunger. Some dishes vary from day to day but normally the the restaurant serves salad, soups, breads, carving station meats, chicken, fish, pastas, potatoes, and vegetables. The kids get a small portion of the buffet that has pizza, mac n cheese, vegetables, and chicken tenders and nuggets. My favorite part of a Chef Mickey’s meal is by far the dessert. There are assorted baked treats and then there is also a sundae bar. Soft-serve ice cream is accompanied by a variety of candies and sauces to top it all off.
As I mentioned before, Chef Mickey’s has pretty good food, but the real gem is the overall experience and immersion into Disney magic. The restaurant provides a fun atmosphere to share memories with family and friends. The price is on the steeper side because it is character, buffet dining, but it is a classic restaurant to try during a first trip to the happiest place on earth!
This week’s recipe is for one of the adorable desserts offered at Chef Mickey’s. Be sure to try this one out! Recipe brought to you by http://www.m.magicalrecipes.net/recipes/chef-mickeys/mickey-mousse-dome-recipe.aspx.
Mickey Mousse Domes
- 2 cups chilled heavy cream
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 package of gelatin, bloomed
- 7 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
- Two Chocolate Coins and Oreo Cookies (for garnish)
- Heat 3/4 cup cream in a 1-quart heavy saucepan until hot.
- Whisk together yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a metal bowl until combined well, then add hot cream and gelatin in a slow stream, whisking until combined.
- Transfer mixture to saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until it registers 160 degrees F on thermometer.
- Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and stir in vanilla.
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in a glass bowl in a microwave at 50 percent power 3 to 5 minutes), stirring frequently.
- Whisk custard into chocolate until smooth, then cool.
- Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks.
- Whisk one fourth of cream into chocolate custard to lighten, then fold in remaining cream gently but thoroughly.
- Spoon mousse into small cups and let set then at the Oreo cookie.
- Once completely set demold and add the two chocolate coins to the top.
Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.