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Toronto Food Guide

_W7C7633 Toronto, Canada

This has been a long time coming. I have been dying to share our Toronto food guide with you all for an embarrassingly long period of time, and the day has finally come. No really, we started shooting these in like April. Why has it taken so long to make its way to your pupils you ask? Because I have OCD, life is full of plans you don’t make, and the internet is a cruel place that doesn’t back up your shit. I yay! I feel like I say this about every city, but the true excitement behind visiting our anglo neighbours in their business capital, truly relies on eating at the places below. Some have been favourites since before people knew who Drake was…so believe me when I say they are tried and true. Others are new favourites we discovered during our last visit and decided to include. There are tons of place in the 416 (that’s what cool people call it right?) I still really want to get to, but for now here are our top places to gain those 5 or 6 weekend trip pounds, and feel justified and good about it.

Feel free share where you love to eat, by sending us an email with your favourite spots! We’ll try and check them out the next time we’re in your neck of the woods!

Best Mall Meal

Jamie’s Italian (3401 Dufferin – $$$) – This is the new kid I was talking to you about, and though we were reluctant, he sure didn’t disappoint. Being that Jamie Oliver is my husband’s lover of sorts, Peter was like Disney World excited about trying this place. We had visited a Jamie restaurant in London during Fashion Week and didn’t have the greatest experience, so we were so happy my husband’s husband was somewhat vindicated though this dining experience. Also Jamie’s Italian is in a mall, Yorkdale to be exact, and I love malls. Like, I get really excited about going to them. Makes me feel like I’m on a date in a teen movie from the late 90s-early 2000s. Wow…how did I get here. The food was amazing, but don’t trust my weird tangent, just look at the photos below!


Crab & Avocado Bruschetta -Anything on toast is my favourite.


Arancini Margherita – If they’re on the menu, I always order the balls, preferably deep fried.


Aperol Spritz – Also known as the cause of my summertime hangovers.


Porcini Fettuccine – I respect Jamie Oliver, because like me, he believes bread crumbs can go on top of everything.


Polenta Chips – A lovely light side to go with your carbs. No really get them with anything, they’re like crack.

Best Breakfast and Bakery…by far.

Bar Buca (75 Portland  – $$$) – I once claimed the Tigelle at Bar Buca was the best thing I had ever eaten. Considering how slutty I have been with that concept since we started CC eats, those words may have lost a little impact, but trust me when I say they are no less truthful. You don’t understand the menu? Doesn’t matter, trust me when I say there are no wrong answers when it comes to ordering. It’s not like you are lacking visuals, as when you walk into the place, the display of drool worth Nutella and dulce de leche pastries will have your heart skippin’ all kinds of beats.


My standard pose when I walk into any restaurant.


Red wine for breaky sounds like a perfectly legitimate lifestyle choice.


My husband’s fancy latte – A breakfast staple.


Cornetto Con Nutella – Makes all the chocolate croissant you’ve ever had look like a bunch of basic bitches.


Cannoli Siciliani and his friends – How many can you eat without dying of a sugar high…I’ve made it to 3…we try not to speak of that day.


Uova Al Pomodoro & Uova Strapazzate – Or as I like to call them, “eggy goodness”.


Cicchetti Tasting  You see that cute little pink guy at the bottom…that’s my lover Tigelle.

Best Meat Lovers Brunch

Barque Smokehouse (299 Roncesvalles -$$$) – I once chipped a tooth from passionately eating ribs at this place, and continued to eat them with not one moment of hesitation …need I say more. Brunch, lunch, dinner, if you are in Toronto and do not belong to the vegetarian clan you’ve got to eat here. Every dish is indecently seasoned with the most glorious meat rubs, and well…I just started tearing up thinking about them. Nothing I can say or show you can do Barque justice, so just go will you?


Perhaps the best hangover cure there ever was.


Dark Beer – Or as Peter tenderly nicknamed it, “hair of the dog”.


Smoked Duck Pancakes with Blueberry Compote and whipped Chèvre – Sweet and savoury.


Candied Bacon – No joke, this was my order that day.


Fried Eggs with Chipotle BBQ Pork Hash, Candied bacon, and Toast – This classic has never looked so good.


Lemon Pepper Rub Bay Back Ribs – These are the culprits I was referring to….and boy are they worth the chip.

Best Carbs, Drinks, Cured Meats, Atmosphere…you get the picture 

Buca (604 King W -$$$) – Buca was my first food romance in Toronto. I will always remember falling in love with not only the city, but its food while sitting on their patio one summer. Every bite feels carefully prepared and authentic, and I will never be able to say enough good things about every paste and carne on the menu. This could be due to the fact that their menu reads like a curated list of everything I love to eat and drink. If you haven’t noticed, Italian food seems to be a bit of a fave, and Buca gives the whole culinary genre a serious run for it’s money.


Heavens gates on King Street…always a delightful sighting.


Salumi & Formaggi Board – The meats are UNBELIEVABLE, but you see those pillows of goodness they call Gnocco Fritto, they are the ones I have dirty dreams about.


Vino, Bellini or Aperol Spritz? 


Nodini – Or garlic knots, as us dirty food lovers like to refer to them.


Scialatielli Alle Cozze – Mussels and breadcrumbs on fresh pasta…need I say more?


Bigoli – You come to Buca you order the Bigoli. That’s an order btw.


Buca Di Beppo Tiramisu – We claimed to be painfully full, yet all fought over it.

Best Brunch With the Fam

Collette Grand Café (550 Wellington – $$$$) – The words “It’s a buffet man” and this time honoured food binging tradition have always held a special place in my heart. This is not your regular all you can eat experience, this my friends, is one sophisticated affair, with all the bells a whistles and fancy food items you always wished you could eat in embarrassingly large quantities. The decor, is adorably french and will probably reawaken the young Juicy Couture touting lass inside of you, to feel like Eloise again. This place was made for special occasions, or if you’re me, a simple hungry Sunday.


Dessert Bar – I like to sit near the sweet side, to keep intruders at bay.


Supa Kawaii!


Charcuteries and Cheese selection – I mean…


Sandwich Bar – Had to include this after that Joey/Friends reference.


Salmon Wellington – Flaky crusts always get me into trouble. 


My appetizer…they don’t call it all you can eat for nothin’!

Best Buns Hun

Momofuku Noodle Bar (190 University – $$) – Momofuku is the shit. I considered ending the restaurant’s intro at that, but I felt it deserved more acclaim. Get a couple buns, some noodles, and hit up the Milk bar on your way out, and you will have yourself a culinary food experience you’ll never forget….well that, and a really cute food baby belly. The Very Extremely Spicy Noodle happens to be my personal favourite, but you absolutely MUST ingest their fried chicken. You have to call 24 hours in advance for that bad boy, but if you know what’s good for you, you’ll have no problem setting and iPhone alarm and be extra punctual.


You can’t do Momofuku without visiting the Milk Bar fridge.


BBQ Pork Buns – Who knew I’d ever LOVE anything steamed.


Momofuku Ramen – Peter’s pick.


Noodle party with my besties.


Front row seats, and the least comfortable stools ever willingly sat on in the history of mankind. The food is worth the sacrifice.


Save room for dessert, or like us, make rations for winter.

Best For Romancin’…(if your date is into watching you stuff your face that is)

Sotto Sotto (120 Avenue – $$$$) – This is the first restaurant I ever had the pleasure of dining at in Toronto, and the one I always wish to visit again. There is something nostalgically beautiful, and almost old world about Sotto Sotto. Well that and the atmosphere is romantic and boisterous, and the authentic Italian fair is out of this world. I haven’t even gotten to my closing argument…Drake loves it. BAM! Bet you’re making a reservation right now aren’t you?


The new location. 




Prosciutto di…whatever the fuck its good I’m eating it.


Pappardelle Dei Castello – You get pasta!…


Bolognese Mamma Laura – …and you get pasta!…


Spaghetti Carbonara – EVERYONE GETS PASTA!!!

Best for Lazy Days

Snakes & Lattes (600 Bloor W – $$) – I am not usually into hanging out at coffee shops, but when my best buddy told me there was a place where they served Nutella lattes, and you had access to a curated selection of board games, I was in! I’m into doing things with friends that involve junk food, competition and no physical activity, so I believe I have found my perfect match with this one. The menu includes anything from baked goods, to mac and cheese or salad if you’re into that sort of thing. More importantly you can choose between a selection of snack bowls, (nutty, chippy, or gummy) and that’s really where the party’s at.


Good times ahead…oh Hay best friend.


Plan to spend the afternoon.


We went the gummy route! Beer for the boys…


…Nutella Lattes for the girls – We played Disney Trivia…must you really ask who won?

Peter’s Coffee Pick

Thor Espresso (35 Bathurst – $$) – If any of you know me, you know that I have been referred to as Thor before, I even went as far as to dress up as him for Halloween one year. Anyway, an espresso bar with the name Thor? Talk about a home run.


They know how to make coffee too.




Scones galore. Good thing Claude didn’t come in with me…


Wow. Just, Wow.


Perfect for the road back to Montreal…

$$$ Legend   $-“That was so inexpensive!”    $$-“That wasn’t too bad.”    $$$- “Well that’s a little pricey.”     $$$$- “We were planning on selling our first born anyway, right!”

Disneyland Food Guide

_W7C6947 Disneyland Resort, California

Disneyland…The most magical place on earth, the OG of all Disney theme parks, the kingdom my buddy Walt dreamed into reality. I’m not usually big on cheesiness, but this place gives me all kinds of feels, plus the owner’s a mouse, so I guess cheese is pretty appropriate…*ba dum tsh*! Walking into the gates and experiencing the original Main Street USA, knowing not only that Walt Disney had a hand in creating and perfecting everything in sight, but he strolled down this very street in his bathrobe before park opening, enjoying his coffee. Disneyland wasn’t only his pride and joy, it was his home. That kids, for a Disney geek like me, is so very special.

Being that Disneyland is on the West Coast, we don’t get to visit Sleeping Beauty’s castle as much as I’d like (which would be everyday), so when we’re in her neck of the woods, we don’t skip a ride, a parade, but most of all, a meal. We never miss the opportunity to eat something we don’t have back “home” in Walt Disney World, and neither should you! This is why we created another comprehensive guide, to the best way to get your bloat on in Mickey’s primary residence. I think Florida is probably more of a vacation home for him, don’t you think? Disneyland Park also turned 60 years young recently, so it’s a great time to come see all the special celebrations that have been put into place to commemorate the magical occasion…let me tell you, old gal looks good for her age.

Please share where you love to eat, by sending us an email with your favourite spots! We’ll try and check them out the next time we’re in your hood!

IMG_1297 (1) Disneyland

Not unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort consists of more than one theme park, two to be exact. The first, and most iconic by a landslide would of course be Disneyland itself. This is where you can spot Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, ride Pirates of Caribbean, and visit all those nostalgia filled lands you dreamed of as a toddler…or I did anyway. The food is also in the same realm. All the “classic” snacks, we went over in our WDW food guide, originated in this very park. From Churros, to Mickey Premium Bars, and Turkey Legs, this place has got you covered.  That being said there are also a couple of jems, that only live in this magical kingdom, and are definitely worth the trip over. Let’s get to the food shall we…

Best Sugar High Before Noon

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café (Disneyland Park -$$) – This guy is a bit of a new hangout for us in the AM as we used to be Starbucks people, but the pastries and creative goodies here, made it worth the switch. They have every food group you would ever need, from white sugar…to brown sugar…to refined sugar, and the diabetes comes free! All jokes aside all the baked goods are delicious, and if like me, you like your breakfast more on the sweet side, or just sweets in general, this place will resonate with you. They do have savoury options, but who’s really looking at that, when I can have a macaroon shaped like the Matterhorn you know?


The husband always tells me to make sure my meals colourful, so I opted for brown, beige, and white! Three colours is good right?


Chocolate Brownie – Why have a brown square, when your brownie could look like that…


Flourless Chocolate Cake maybe? I dunno it sounded healthy so I stopped paying attention.


Matterhorn Macaroon – Kinda like having your cake and eating it too!..You know, because you can enjoy the view of the mama Matterhorn while eating your baby Matterhorn… 

Best Atmosphere

Blue Bayou (Disneyland Park -$$$$) – “Throw me a roll”…these are the infamous words you will hear time and time again if you sit at a table near the water at Blue Bayou. You see, the restaurant is located in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, where boats float by throughout your fancy dinner, and sometimes the passengers can get a little hungry. Believe it or not some dinners comply, which makes for some pretty happy ride goers. The atmosphere and decor of Blue Bayou is probably the most beautiful and  immersive in all of Disneyland. Channeling New Orleans vibes with overhead strings of colorful balloon lanterns, which are essential as no matter the time of day, every meal takes place in perpetual twilight in this bayou adjacent eatery. Also crickets chirp, frogs croak and fireflies wink…sounds weird, but trust me, it creates a sexy swamp vibe. Nothing like bug noises to get the appetite going. All kidding aside, it’s all kinds of charming, and the creole food is stupid yummy. I’ll stop now, because I’m pretty sure I had you at bug noises and bread rolls didn’t I?

Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya- Hers


Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb – His


Crème Brûlée – Hers again…


Strawberry Rhubarb Gallette – Still for me…


Meyer Lemon Crème Brûlée Tart – Yup mine too…I have a problem.

Best Second Dinner

Little Red Wagon (Disneyland Park -$) – Now this is an iconic little stand. The lines are long, and these glorified Pogos are worth the wait. We always make sure to grab at least one each time were travel to Disneyland, even if it means stuffing one down on our last night, post dinner binge sesh. For classic Disney food, making space is necessary. You’ll never have a corndog quite as perfect as this one. Man I’m hungry now…

Top right corner of Main Street, you can’t miss it. Seriously, it’ll be the one with the kilometre long line. 


In a perfect world, everything would come with a side of chips…

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California Adventure

California Adventure park is one of a kind. No, but like literally though, there’s only one in the world and it’s right across the way from Disneyland. It happens to be one of our favourite hangouts when visiting Mickey’s homeland, not only for the thrill rides like Tower of Terror and California Screaming, the desert landscape of Cars Land, and mind blowing nighttime spectaculars like The World of Colour,  but we actually do most of our eating (and day drinking) here! Because of the close proximity to Disneyland park, we tend to cross over for a bit of an intermission, and enjoy some adult beverages…and trust me, there’s nothing like sitting out on a terrace on a hot Disney day!

Best Day Drinking…or Night Drinking Really

Cove Bar (California Adventure -$$$) – This place is the best, and it everyone knows it. I’m talking a constant 30 minute wait from 11:00 AM to park close. Because Disneyland is a dry park, the notion of a watering hole overlooking Paradise Bay, with tropical drinks in tow, just across the way is probably what makes this place so enticing. Well, it’s enough for me to keep coming back anyway! Besides a secret menu of themed dranks, and delicious bar bites, are what make Disney the kind of place any grown up can enjoy. Did I just call myself a grown up…ew.


The gates to day drank heaven.


Margaritas are perfect for sweaty days. 


The most magical place in all of Disneyland resort.


The Fun Wheel – Looks like windex and taste delicious.

Best for Wining and Dining

Wine Country Trattoria (California Adventure -$$$) – Before the Cove Bar we used to make our way here for almost if not every lunch. The Wine Country Trattoria, channels Napa Valley’s passion for wine and fresh seasonal fare while dining alfresco on their mediterranean terrace. After we ran our Disneyland Half Marathon last year we walked over, ordered a bottle of wine, ate some pasta and had ourselves a merry day. They also play a constant loop of ridiculously relaxing string music, that will make you feel super sophisticated, and make you shimmy your shoulders to the beat uncontrollably…or is that just me?


Nothing like some antipasti in fake wine country. 


Did someone forget this was a WINE based establishment? What can I say some days are just made for margaritas you know?


Fritto Misto – Because I will literally eat anything deep fried…


Rustic Bruschetta – or anything on bread for that matter… 

Best in all the Land

Cathay Circle (California Adventure -$$$$) – This is where you come to revisit Hollywood’s golden age, and have a fancy and delicious meal. The restaurant is located in a detailed reproduction of the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre, where Walt’s first full length animated motion picture, Snow White, first premiered in 1937. The downstairs lounge is great to sit down for a bite, or experience their impressive cocktail and wine list, while the restaurant upstairs showcases seasonal dishes that always make for a fun surprise everytime we visit. Because of Carthay’s alternating menu,  I always negotiate with Peter to try and order everything I’d want to taste as it may not be there the next time we visit. Yes, this makes for an intense food baby for the rest of the night, but those binge eating memories will last a lifetime!


Scotch Flight – Flights are a Disney must do!


Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits – They’re stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon, and Jalapeños, so you can call them crack for short.


Braised Lamb Cavatelli – Because carbs are my friend.


Grilled Angus Beef Barbacoa – Because Peter always needs to get the meatiest thing on the menu.


Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream Cake – Some people like chocolate, some like vanilla, but to answer Craig David’s age old question, my “flava” is cookies and cream. 

Best Place to Tell the Diet to Suck it

Clarabelle’s Ice Cream (California Adventure -$$) – This place gives the phrase everything but the kitchen sink, a whole new meaning. At Clarabelle’s you can grab a classic cone, customize you own ice cream bar, or my personal favourite dairy porn, the kitchen sink. One scoop of vanilla, one scoop chocolate ice cream with hot fudge, whipped cream, chocolate chips, cherry, waffle cup, and a chocolate dipped banana…are you salivating yet?  You can mix and match your sundae, and fill you sink with all your favourite flavours. Peter does recommend that you don’t attempt to finish it on your own, as he might have, and…let’s just say it was a bit excessive.


Clarabelle is a Cow btw…just putting the pieces together for you…


The Oswald Sundae – Down to get in these pants…

$$$ Legend   $-Donald cheap  $$-Pluto raisonnable  $$$-Getting Goofy after this bill  $$$$- Mickey now has all my money

Los Angeles Food Guide

IMG_0659 Los Angeles, California

LA is probably one of my favourite cities in the world. I was once a toddler with movie star aspirations, who dreamt of residing in the city of angels. Because of this, when we started visiting Lalaland I was a little apprehensive that, like many of the stars among it, it wouldn’t live up to expectations. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. As much as I complain that LA is well…so LA, I really starting enjoying the small stuff that makes it the magical place it is. That smoggy dusk light when driving down Sunset, those ever-present promotional billboards, the aesthetically mesmerizing stores on Melrose, those casual coffee run-ins with people you’ve admired your entire life, the proximity to Disneyland, and of course the reason why were all here today, the food! LA is the city I look most forward to eating in, not only because there are always trendy new spots where the food is amazing and you’re likely to bump into someone from the cast of Friends, but because my top three restaurants in the entire world live right here. I know I say favourite a lot, but like actually though, these food havens are serious last meal material. It’s a good thing I guess, because I die and go to heaven after every binge sesh that occurs when visiting these locations! BAM WHAT! Now that I’ve I made it cheesy, let’s get to the food.

Feel free share where you love to eat, by sending us an email with your favourite spots! We’ll try and check them out the next time we’re in your neck of the woods!

Best Fancy Lunch

Spago (176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills -$$$$) – I first fell in love with Wolfgang and his Spago restaurants, not in LA, but in Maui. What brought me to their LA location you ask? A craving for his illusive Spicy Tuna Cone, which I considered flying to Hawaii to devour just one last time. Though not on the menu, these little bad boys are served all year ’round as a special, which came as a huge relief after I read the menu the first time we visited and they were nowhere to be found. Don’t worry, I didn’t cause too big of a scene, just a couple of happy tears. As I said, this is a fancy lunch, which calls for fancy beer, fancy burgers, served on fancy white tablecloths. If you are lucky you will bump into our buddy Puck (ya, we call him Puck, cuz were close like that) when you come visit his signature restaurant.


If you are smart you will always say yes, and ask for one of each when bread service comes. If you are REALLY smart you will repeat this order everytime that bread plate becomes empty. 


Estrella Damm Inedit – The only Beer delectable enough to drink in a wine glass.


Don’t fack with my cones, I don’t share.


Wienerschnitzel – German chef, German classic.


Because Peter always gets the burger.

Best Pasta I’ve EVER Had

Osteria Mozza (6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles -$$$$) – I consider myself well traveled or wtv. I have tried my favourite foods, in their native countries and have totally enjoyed them, but no pasta I ever tasted in Italy has come close to Nancy Silverton’s Cacio e Pepe. I made incredibly audible noises when I had my first bite, and had the same reaction when I had the first taste of my second portion. Even considered thirds believe it or not. The Orecchiette is also not one to be fucked with, so I recommend doing a pasta tasting, and sharing as many different noodle dishes as you can ingest. This ranks as my third fave restaurant on the planet, and I bet if you try it, it’ll make your list too!


Who knew heaven’s gates were on Melrose.


We never turn down a beautiful plate of Charcuterie, or a mediocre one for that matter.


Pasta Cacio E Pepe – All I care about in life is this pasta and like 3 people.


Orecchiette with sausage & Swiss chard – Trust me, it’s life changing.

Best Brunch

Gjelina (1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice -$$$) – This is where cool kids eat. They are smart, they are cool, and they know what is good for them, so they come to Gjelina. On the wonderfully granola, bohemian boulevard that is Abbot Kinney, it is a great place to get somewhat out of the city and enjoy Venice in all it’s glory. I have eaten here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you honestly cannot go wrong, but because bitches love brunch, I’m gonna talk brunch. It is unconventional and creative, just like I like it. The menu is full of little wonders both sweet and savoury, so make sure to bring friends to share, and always and I mean ALWAYS order a side of bacon.


Who’s that fox in the denim culottes on the left over there! She looks driven and like she knows where she’s going in life.


The not so usual suspects


Lemon Buckwheat Ricotta Pancakes, Crème Fraîche & Blueberry – I mean whattttt!


Duck Confit Potato Hash, Sunny Duck Egg, and Grainy Mustard – Because mama always orders the hash.

Best Sushi Outside of Japan (or is it?)

Matsuhisa (129 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles -$$$$) – As I said “well traveled”, yada yada yada, but Matsuhisa restaurant, serves the best sushi I’ve ever had, even having eaten (unusual amounts of it) in Japan. Being Nobu aficionados, we have a strong affection for his first restaurant, (not counting his real first endeavour in Alaska that lit on fire) and I stand by the statement that it is also his best one. Nobu may have decor and ambiance, but Matsuhisa’s authentic, beautifully crafted fish on rice will make you fall in love with sushi all over again. Sit at the bar if you know what’s good for you, order your favourite sashimi, handrolls, and nigiri, and always make sure to have the chef make you his personal favourite. The rice is always perfect temperature, the accoutrements are always perfectly paired, and the fish well, it melts in your mouth like buttah. This location is also where I met my stomach’s soulmate, Mr. Nobu Matsuhisa for the very first time. Somehow everytime we walk back into his establishment, he still remembers these two Swedish looking motherfuckers from Canada, and greets us like old friends. This amongst a million other reasons, is why this little joint is my second favourite restaurant in the world, and why Nobu will always be the #1 chef in my heart.


OK, there’s two set of heaven’s gates in LA, this one is on La Cienega.


My drink of choice at Nobu is flavoured sake! Here they serve a tasting flight that really gives you the full experience, and a lovely little buzz might I add.


Iwashi – This has become my favourite fish to order since a chef once recommended it as his favourite. I ain’t gonna tell ya’ what it is, but you should try it!


Stupid delicious


There is a right and wrong way to make a handroll, and this is definitely the right way. Don’t you be makin’ me cones of fish!


Once you are too full to ingest anything else make sure to order the shaved ice, goes down like water…get it…cuz it’s ice!

Best Place for Romance and to Bump into Rihanna

Giorgio Baldi (114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica -$$$$) – I love Rihanna, you love Rihanna, the whole WORLD loves Rihanna, but I can say I love Rihanna even more now that I know she knows good food! Giorgio Baldi, is a great reason to visit Santa Monica and be all kind of romantic with your special someone. It’s dark, it’s intimate, and it is BLOW YOUR MIND DELICIOUS. BadGalRiri may have been the reason we first visited this authentic Italian cookery, but we definitely have come back for the food. Always ask for the corner table, always order the specials, always trust your Italian waiter, and always cuddle your way through dinner. I say this because god knows, after that meal, you’ll be too stuffed for any other kind of romancing…


Did we rip off our wedding logo after this? I didn’t realize it then but…


I know a thing or two about balls, and these my friends are great ones.


Tortelli di Zucca – Homemade ravioli filled with pumpkin in a butter and sage sauce. Because everyone needs a like something sweet in their savoury.


Ricciarelle al Tartufo – Homemade short pappardelle in a white truffle sauce. Great if like me, you like a little pasta with your sauce.


I don’t do coffee, but I do do Tiramisu.

Best Burger, Fries, and Transcending Life Experiences

In-N-Out ( Multiple Locations -$) – Everyone remembers the first time they had In-N-Out. That first time you caved into the hype, and finally tried something Animal Style to know what everyone had been fussing over. Believe it or not, it’s never a disappointment. I am going on record to say not only does In-N-Out serve the world’s best tasting burger, but it serves my favourite meal in the world. Unpretentious, delicious, and if they served booze, I’m pretty sure I’d never go anywhere else. Sure, I mean everyone has got their own tastes, but for me, it doesn’t get any better than the perfect cheeseburger, with a side of them polarizing cardboard fries that I dig oh so much.


As tears of joy stream down my face.


I have considered moving to the West Coast with weekly In-N-Out visits as my only incentive.


Zee Cheese Fries, with their neighbours, the ever illusive Animal Style fries.


I’m a singly patty kinda lady, but I hear their Double Double is something worth trying or wtv.


List of  preparations to try: Mustard Fried, Protein Style, Animal Style, The Flying Dutchman, 3×3, 4×4, and Double Meat. Don’t fuck around, gotta catch them all!

Peter’s Coffee PickS (that’s right, he has two!)

Coolest Coffee

Deus Ex Machina Emporium of Post Modern Activities  (1001 Venice Blvd, Venice -$$) – If you are like me, and all things petrol based make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up, then Deus’ Venice location is a must see. Not only will you be served a great coffee, and a wonderful selection of motorcycle surf culture lifestyle goods, but chances are you’ll see a sick line up of bikes, if not a couple air cooled beauties as well.


The place is as cool as the people who visit it.


Latte + good bread. Life is simple.


Great decor, cool people and great coffee.

Hottest Coffee

Alfred {Coffee + Kitchen} ( 8428 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles -$$) – Contrasting to the type of folk you’ll see in Venice, this place is where all the really “cool” people hang. Social media stars, people working on their techy business stuff etc. Good news, coffee is awesome (like their other locations) and if, like my wife, your wanting to see all the beautiful boutiques in LA, this street hosts some of “the most aesthetically pleasing retail locations of life” apparently.


Where the cool kids sit.


Simply great coffee.


Because it wouldn’t be LA without the green juice.


and coconuts?


The not so healthy, but super delicious.


Morning necessities.

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Walt Disney World Food Guide

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Well, this is easy. I mean, lets face it, how many people do you know pretty much live in Disney theme parks. We often get asked,  how we do it, why we like it, and what should a person do when they go. Well that, and if we’re completely insane, as we visit the happiest place on earth what some may consider, a little too often. The answer my friends, would be that I’m crazy about the food…and the drinks of course! Don’t get me wrong, I could ride the Hollywood Tower of Terror until I have a seizure, but riding my favourite attractions, is not what makes me anticipate our next visit. The entire experience is pretty much tailored around food. Reservations are made up to 180 days in advance, and then I sit there and think of what I’m going to order next time we go to Be Our Guest restaurant. Deffs “the grey stuff”…man I can’t wait to go back!

Waking up every morning in Walt Disney’s universe promises a day full of wonder and amazement, and practicing my favourite hobby, eating, is a big part of that. I got a lifetime of knowledge folks, so I guess you can think of this as a Disney food highlight reel with our favourite restaurant pick/picks for each park. I’ve planned these trips once or twice before, so to help you experience all the culinary wonders Disney has to offer, here is the ultimate list of “Walt Disney World Must Eats.” Also in honour of my wholesome happy place, this post will be free of any profanity and butt jokes. You’re welcome.

The Classics


These iconic snacks are the backbone of Disney eats culture, and probably the image that pops into your mind when you think of Disney food. Though they may lean on the sweeter, and greasier side, they are not to be overlooked for healthiness sake as they are a delicious essentials to any Disney trip! These bad boys can be found in almost every park, though some, like the Dole Whip and Corn Dog Nuggets are exclusive to Magic Kingdom, so best plan for a 5000 calorie day when you’re there! These shnacks are the ones you create room for, even when there is literally no way you can eat anymore, because eating a Mickey shaped anything, will always taste a million times better than it does in its original form…

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Mickey Waffles – Part of a not so nutritious breakfast but a staple of character dining buffets.

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Disney’s Hollywood studios is only one of the many locations you can bite into this salty snack/viking meal!

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The Turkey Leg – Not for the faint hearted, and looking a little phallic at the moment. 

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I scream, you scream we all scream for Mickey ice cream.

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This little beauty.

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Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar – Can’t help but crack for this little guy.

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This ultimate Disney classic, can be found exclusively at Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle Refreshments.

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The Dole Whip – It’s alway better with a wittle juice on the bottom.

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The Frontierland Mickey Pretzel & Churros stand – The rootinest tootinest stand in the wild wild west.

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The Churro – Ya…I don’t share this one.

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Corn Dog Nuggets from Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom – This engineered nugget/pogo hybrid is everything.

Magic Kingdom

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That’s right kids, this is the central hub of the happiest place on earth, and where dreams come true. You will find Cinderella Castle, and all of Walt’s classic attractions, including It’s a Small World, The Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Often the most crowded, having a good game plan is important when visiting Magic Kingdom. There are not many sit down restaurants, so reservations are key to have the best possible food experience in the park. Fastpass+ reservations, will also make sure you get to do all your favourite attractions without the wait! We personally love to spend nights in Magic Kingdom, as it is usually stays open late, and after all the kids go to sleep us big kids can take over. Night-time is also when you can see Tinker Bell take flight during their firework show appropriately names “Wishes”, and even witness a classic from before my day with the “Main Street Electrical Parade”. I could ramble on about all my must do’s for every park for ages, but let’s get back to the happiest part of the happiest place on earth…the food.

Be Our Guest Restaurant (Fantasyland-$$) – O.K. for you Disney first timers, they aren’t kidding when they tell you the Magic Kingdom is a dry park…so you best be a fan of Coca Cola products, because that’s the only buzz you’re gonna to be getting in Cinderella’s neck of the woods. However, recently a special exception was made to this rule, in the form of Be Our Guest Restaurant. On this french culinary adventure Lumière invites you to pull up a chair and eat in the Beast’s castle. If you can manage to get a reservation that is. Finding a very decent meal in the Magic Kingdom can be challenging if your a complete food snob like my husband, but even he approves of this place…though he may be a bit bias because of the booze situation.

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Making your way into the Beast’s castle…

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You might recognize this…you know, if you had a childhood or whatever.

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 Enchant Rosé – Adorably themed and exclusive to the Beast’s castle

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Potato Leek Soup – To warm up on those chilly Florida days.

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Roasted Lamb with Herb Goat Cheese Polenta – You think they would judge me if I asked for a full plate of crispy polenta when we go back?

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The Catch du Jour – Just some fresh fesh.

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The main event.

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Try “The Grey Stuff” it’s delicious, don’t believe me ask the dishes! Currently booking a Disney vacation to satisfy that craving.

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You may just bump into this guy on your way out!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hollywood studios

This bad boy used to be my favourite park…however when we started having too much fun drinking and eating around Epcot it became a bit of a toss-up. The attractions here are definitely the best in Walt Disney World. Make sure to get a Fastpass for the Rock N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Toy Story Mania, and visit my boyfriend Indiana Jones while you’re there. Also this will be the home of the new Star Wars themed land everyone and their mom has been freaking out over, so this park might just inch over Epcot as my fave again once that comes into fruition.

Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Boulevard-$$$)– Reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden age, The Hollywood Brown Derby is the last of it’s kind. It is the best sit down meal you will find in the studios, and one of my father’s favourites. The menu is unusually fancy for theme park fair as is their wine list. Due to this, I have made a habit of ordering food off the kids menu, and drinks from the grown ups selection. Trust me when I say, grilled cheese and Crystal are a perfect pairing.

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The Derbs

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Flights are another Disney must drink! Triple fisting is always a good call.

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The Cobb Salad – Their classic.

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Wagyu Beef Burger – You want to see Peter smile, put an egg on something. 

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My perfect meal consists of a kids menu Grilled Cheese drowning in a grown up Tomato Soup.

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Margarita flight – Or as I like to call it, dessert.

Animal Kingdom

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Though I wasn’t originally a fan, Animal Kingdom has cooked up some wonderful stuff over the years, including Everest and Dinosaur which are some of my favourite attractions. Their Kilimanjaro Safari expedition is always spectacular, and full of surprises. This place is definitely not a zoo, and my animal friends always look happy to live here. My most recent safari ride included baby giraffes, rhinos, and even some tiny heffalumps! The whole park feels like a mystical jungle, and with the addition of “Avatar land” and their own nighttime spectacular show called “Rivers of Light”, it might just join the running to become our favourite park.

Tusker House (Harambe Village-$$)– There are not many options in Animal Kingdom, so Tusker House’s “African” fair, and character dining experience always makes it an easy choice. Buffets are usually something I stay super far away from if I have a choice in the matter, but meeting Mickey is an absolute must do when visiting Walt Disney World, and this is the best way to do it. Listen, lines to meet characters are always ridiculously long, and besides, I much rather they come bother me for a photo while I’m stuffing my face with Mickey waffles. Here’s a little fat girl tip, if you get a late breakfast reso, and you hang around long enough you get to try out the lunch buffet as well! All you can eat of two different buffet’s folks! You can thank me for those extra pounds later.

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In case you weren’t sure what direction to head in. 

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Best place to have one too many in the Harambe Village.

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Mama likes African beer, let’s be honest mama likes all beer. 

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Because I’m really into samosas.

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Rotisserie chicken – Apparently an African AND Quebecois food staple.

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The boyfriend came by to say hi. We’ve always been a great match because were not afraid to take risks when it comes to fashion. 



Now for the main event. According to Walt Disney, Epcot stands for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.” I prefer to refer to it as my eating and drinking land. No really. All of our Disney meals usually take place in the World Showcase, and the cravings from here are what keep us coming back for more. With pavilions for 11 of my favourite countries, your dining experience is never boring and always delicious. Also the Epcot drinking tour, which I still feel like we invented, is a highlight of all of our trips. In case you didn’t get the gist from the name, it consists of having one specialty drink in every country pavilion, and then usually taking a nap. Good thing we always stay walking distance away, at the Boardwalk Inn, as those would be some rough Disney bus rides home.

Rose & Crown (UK-$$) – A true UK pub in an unusually sunny London. This is the perfect place to grab a pint of your favourite traditional brew. If you’d like to enjoy the food here the restaurant offers a selection of traditional pub fare including pot pies and fish and chips, but let’s be honest, we mostly go for the Guinness.

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Peter literally has a fit if we walk by without going in.

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A proper pour of Guinness.

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I really like Potato Leek soup don’t I?

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Fish and delish.

Le Cellier (Canada-$$$$) – OHHHH CANADA. When I’m homesick, I always love to visit my homeland pavilion for a nice Labatt beer. All kidding aside this is one of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants, and not the easiest to get a reservation for. That’s right folks, us Canadians are real popular. This steakhouse, modeled after a cellar, ergo the name, serves up some meaty classics, that never disappoint.

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The rain poncho everybody! My fave Disney #OOTD.

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Why not pay import fees for a beer you could get at your local dep back home right? It’s all about committing to this immersive experience.

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This bread, namely the pretzel roll, is devastating with maple salted butter, and one of the main attractions here.

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My favourite fancy cold cuts – Charcuterie Platter.

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Salmon – Because Peter is annoying and makes healthy choices. 

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I on the other hand, do not have the same regard for my health. – Poutine (Albeit a tad Americanized, but still delicious!)

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Because Canadian beef is best, and this is a steakhouse after all. 

La Cava del Tequila (Mexico-$) – Orlando is  traditionally hot as hell, so what better way to cool down than with some fantastic AC and drinks. Head into the Mesoamerican pyramid in the Mexican pavilion, to try out my favourite tequila bar. Here, the wonderful bartenders will shake up some wonderfully creative Margaritas, and always card you. Mexico doesn’t mess around with underage drinking.

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Love when Mayan ruins have a great AC system.

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No line means drink time.

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Tequila, tequila, mezcal, repeat!

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Our favourites, the classic for me, and the Jalapeño, for my spicy little husband.

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If like me, you love spoiling your appetite before a meal, grab a seat, and order these tortilla chips. The guac is bar none, and oh that queso! 

Kingla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway-$) – Although the Norway pavilion traditionally gets unfairly ignored by us, there is one thing, that when on the drinking tour with friends, we cannot pass up. This off the menu item is called the Viking shot, and it is probably the worst thing you will ever drink, and I completely recommend it. Like Buckley’s cough syrup, it tastes awful and it works! The premise here, is to take down a shot of this warm herb infused vodka with a stoic face, to prove you are in fact a viking. I’ve seen many a man fail at this, but I have now become a seasoned professional. If you are not a booze drinker, the bakery also offers a number of savoury and desert items, some traditional to Norway. Like this “School Bread”, which is a Epcot classic, but turns out I don’t really like at all.

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Goes down smooth. NOT!

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy-$$)– Another must do for very warm days is to head to the Italian pavilion to the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. Grab a table and order the delightful cheese and charcuterie platter with some Italian wine and beer and maybe a cannoli if you’re feeling crazy. This is one of my absolute favourite locations in in Epcot! Seriously though, ask for some focaccia and olive oil and you are sure to have yourselves a very happy day.

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Another place that Peter will have a hissy fit over, if we don’t make a stop. 

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Who’s that cute lady in the red hat?! She looks so elegant and hungry.

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Bellini – A Claude classic. Referring to herself in the third person is also a Claude classic apparently.

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 Bruschetta di Capri – Sometime if they are on bread, with some olive oil, I’ll eat vegetables. Wait, aren’t tomatoes fruit?

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Peter dreams of this.

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I dream of this.

Germany Bier Stand (Germany-$) – I see a recurring theme here. Do we have a bit of a drinking problem? Maybe, but I’m choosing to ignore it because beer in Gemany is as serious as bread in France. When the Reinheitsgebot (wiki that) governs how beer is made, it is always pure and delicious. Also grab a pretzel because…Why not?

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Danke schön.

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Beer and pretzels are a match made in heaven.

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Don’t mind my bum nail. Prost!

Tepan Edo (Japan-$$$) – Since I was a little girl this Japanese Teppanyaki eatery has always been my absolute favourite restaurant on all of Disney property. The food is absolutely delicious. Must tastes include the shrimp, chicken, scallops, and more recently the wagyu beef. The experience is always wonderFULL and it is usually what we look most forward to when returning to Disney World.

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No really this is in Florida. 

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Asahi – Our favourite. Man I do say that a lot.

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Tori – Hers.

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Hotate – His.

L’Artisan des Glaces (France-$) – The french pavilion offers two wonderful sit down restaurants, but those are not the places where you will find the best bite in all of fake France.  Peter looses his mind over this macaron ice cream sandwich from L’Artisan des Glaces, and again will have a hissy fit if his craving is not attended to.

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Yay!…Another line.

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That’s some fresh waffle right there.

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Peter creeping on this poor woman grabbing her ice cream cone. 

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Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich – Creamy, crunchy, chewy, chocolate!

Disney Springs

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Formerly known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs has been completely revitalized, and though it isn’t considered a theme park, it is still always a must do when visiting my happy place. Themed after turn-of-the century lakeside towns that dotted the Florida landscape, this current construction hub, is nothing but absolutely charming, but lets be honest, the reason I come here is to shop. When we drive from Miami we love to spend our day post checkout, walking around, buying too much merchandise and eating at one of the many fantastic restaurants.

Fulton’s Crabhouse (The Landing-$$$) – This place is a family favourite and has been for as long as I can remember. I’ve only recently become completely obsessed with eating king crab, and this is the perfect place to get my fix. Also, they serve a certain crab dip, that has been known to create a euphoric effect on me. Peter sweetly refers to is as Claude crack.

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I’m on a boat annnndd….

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Mama certainly likes her Margaritas doesn’t she. 

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Breads, dips and the Crab Cake – There it is, to the right, in all of its glory.

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The main event.

Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar (The Landing-$$) – This 1940s airplane hangar turned dive bar, is the ex home of Indiana Jones’ sidekick and pilot friend Jock Lindsey. This place is brand spankin’ new, and we absolutely love the theming. I mean if your as fond of Harrison Ford (unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him) as I am, you can’t pass up any opportunity to enter the world of his most famous character. So cool! Also the menu is incredibly creative and conceptualized as are the drinks!

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So jealous of their uniforms…

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If you feel like exploring, there are tons of Lucas Film and Marvel easter eggs hidden around the bar.

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Cool-headed Monkey – If you are bananas for this mug, you can purchase it and take it home…See what I did there.

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Air Pirate’s Pretzels – Or as I like to call them, PRETGELS!..get it…because they look like bagels. These jokes are getting weak.

Morimoto Asia (The Landing-$$$$) – Another brand new restaurant on the block. If you haven’t noticed by now, Disney loves a good themed establishment, and this is no exception. Modeled after an old bottling company, the decor in this place is absolutely stunning. We’ll probably have to go back a couple more times to get the full menu, but so far, so very very good.

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Pan Asian cuisine is this way folks.

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Duck Ramen- If crab dip is my crack, this is Peter’s. 

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Churro Fondue – Best dessert in all of Disney World. There is Nutella in that little toothpaste tube…need I say more. 

The Ganachery (The Landing-$$) – Fancy sugar highs are a guarantee when visiting  these expert chocolatiers. Selling individual ganache chocolate as well as package bars themed after Disney characters and resorts around the world, I’d be very impressed if anyone walked out of here empty handed. The first time we tried the Disneyland Paris bar, Peter shoved me out of the way and inhaled the salted caramel goodness in about 5 minutes. I convinced him we needed two this time around.

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Hi Peter’s reflection!

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Ganache on ganache on ganache.

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“Distinctively Disney” Chocolate Bars – Our favourite…no really I mean that everytime. 

Peter’s Coffee Pick

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC (The Landing-$) – Disney has recently been infested with Starbucks coffee shops, and I am absolutely thrilled on early theme park mornings, but I decided on something a little more special for my coffee pick this time around. Though it doesn’t fulfill my caffeine quota from an energy standpoint, the Chocolate Mocha Cupcake from Erin McKenna’s, is sweeter then a cup of joe will ever be. This bakery is vegan, kosher, gluten free, etc…and is also insanely tasty.

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There is one reason why we keep coming back here…

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We’ve tried a few, but have one definite favourite.

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This bad boy is getting two pictures because its so good.

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Mocha Brownie Cupcake – We will be meeting again very soon you beautiful thing.

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