Art Smith's Homecomin' Restaurant at Disney Springs - Review From December 2017

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Art Smith's Homecomin' restaurant opened in 2016 (originally called Art Smith's Homecoming, the name changed early in 2017 to Homecomin'). I have ordered the chicken sandwich here before but not much else - this time we worked with the restaurant for a review. I was really surprised at some of the items on the menu, everything was good but a number of items were real standouts. The hardest thing when going to Art Smith's Homecomin' is trying to create a balance with appetizer, entrees and dessert. For example, Addie Mae's Chicken & Dumpling Soup is creamy, thick and almost enough for me as a meal. So to add on an entree and dessert with that is a lot. While we live here and can take home leftovers, that isn't going to be the case for many guests. Visting with a family or group allows for more sharing. Here is our review, and we will be talking about the restaurant on our next Mousesteps Weekly YouTube Show (I will add that to this article after it posts).

Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends Review During Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort

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I wrote up an article about many of the Christmas activities at Gaylord Palms Resort this season (including ICE!), and one of my favorite aspects of Christmas at Gaylord Palms is Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. Up until 2015, the character breakfast at Villa de Flora was themed to Shrek for a number of years. But with last year's ICE! display being themed to Charlie Brown, the breakfast changed as well. While this year the ICE! theme is Christmas Around the World, breakfast has continued as a Charlie Brown character meal and Linus was added this year. This breakfast is not every day, it runs through January 7th, 2018 on the following dates: from 8am – 10:30am 11/21-11/22; 11/24-11/26; 12/1-12/3; 12/8-12/10; 12/15-1/7. The price is $34 for adults (13+) and $23 for children (ages 4-12).

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Celebrating Eighth Year October 27th - 28th, 2017

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will hold its 8th annual Food & Wine Classic in just over two weeks, from October 27th - 28th, 2017. I posted the press release below from today, this is my favorite food and wine event of the season! And for the first time, last year we had the opportunity to be part of a seminar (our schedule hadn't allowed for it before) and it was fantastic! There was so much information and so many wines in that class to try. Friday and Saturday evenings have different food samples (Shula's is the same, but most everything else is different). You can find menus on the official website - including the Beer Garden, which is an additional upcharge but offers a nice variety of food and beer choices in addition to the regular food, beer and wine!

All photos were provided by the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.

Experience New Tastes in Italy During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2017

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Yesterday was the official kickoff of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - it is earlier than ever this year! We were invited to try some of the new food and drink items in the Italy pavilion. There is not only a Festival kiosk, but new items within the pavilion at the Via Napoli Pizza Window and drinks at the Donkey Cart. Here is a look at items we tried.

Jiko Review for Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month 2017: Special $35 3-Course Menus Available Through October 1st, 2017 at Over 100 Orlando Area Restaurants

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Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month begins on August 25th, 2017 and runs through October 1st. This is the first time that Walt Disney World owned restaurants (and not just participants) have been involved. I was invited to preview the fantastic menu that Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is serving! Magical Dining Month includes prix fixe menus with 3 courses for $35.00. To be able to order an appetizer, entree and dessert at Jiko in particular is an incredible opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a gorgeous resort, my first time visiting was actually before the resort opened to the public (as a Cast Member on a test stay). The restaurants at the resort are all excellent, but Jiko is a Signature Dining location and is the only Signature restaurant at Walt Disney World offering a Magical Dining Month menu.

$1.00 of every meal also goes to charity. This year's recipients are the Freedom Ride and Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. With this being Visit Orlando's 12th year for Magical Dining Month and over 100 restaurants participating, hopefully this will be the best donation year ever.

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