Disney Fantasy Christening Gala – Part 2 The Food!


Yes, there has been a ton of coverage of the Disney Fantasy Christening Celebration from March 1, 2012. It was a star-studded evening, and the Fantasy is an amazingly beautiful ship. In fact, you can read my coverage here, in Part 1.

But I haven’t seen much about the food. And that’s a shame, because the food was VERY good. And as any cruiser knows, half of the fun of cruising is eating. (At least, that’s what I’ve been told.)  So here you go – a recap of what we ate, and how it was.

First up, we had a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail reception. Sorry for the blurry pics – I was juggling my purse, camera and champagne, while attempting to tweet live on my iPhone and taste the food. I could have used another three hands.

The highlight for me of the cocktail reception was the venison. It was lovely and medium rare. I think I ate four or five…

Venison on root veg puree with berry gelee

Smoked salmon with cream cheese and caviar


After the evening’s amazing entertainment (have you read Part 1?), we moved into the Royal Court restaurant for dinner. Royal Court is a lovely space, with decor inspired by Disney Princesses and their Princes. The place setting set the tone:

Royal Court Place Setting

Then the bread was delivered – warm herbed brioche, with olive spread. The spread was a little too mild for my taste, but the bread was very nice.

Herbed brioche with olive spread

Next up, a trio of appetizers.. The menu descriptions were: (1 from Animator’s Palate) Smoked Salmon Tartare, Capers, Onions, and Micro Greens topped with American Black Caviar (2 from Royal Court) Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp, White and Green Asparagus, Micro Greens, and Lemon Dill Dressing with Horseradish Cream, and (3 from Enchanted Garden) Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower with Crispy Noodles and Wasabi Dressing

Appetizer Trio

All three were very nicely done. I think my favorite was the lobster and shrimp, probably because I hadn’t had it already in the form of an hors d’oeuvre. Besides, I like how the asparagus is like a little arrow.

Moving on to the entrees, there was again a selection from three of the restaurants. Our table tried four of the five options – all but the vegan.

First, from Enchanted Garden, the Pan-Seared Sea Bass with a Mushroom Herb Risotto, sweet Onion Marmalade and garnished with a Potato Crisp.

Pan-Seared Sea Bass

The fish had a really nice seared crust, and the risotto was delicious. I’m not sure the textures were totally right together, and the risotto was a little thicker than I like, but that’s just splitting hairs.

I had the Crispy Roasted Duck Breast with braised Napa Cabbage, Potato Cake, and Pomegranate Jus from Animator’s Palate.

Crispy Duck from Animator's Palette

The duck was just fine, and I certainly ate it all! But it was a little overcooked, and just sort of boring. I loved the braised cabbage, though. Could have eaten a whole bowlful.

From Palo, one of the adult-only restaurants on the Fantasy (and the only one I didn’t get to tour), there was an Oregano and Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb with Sangiovese roasted Shallots, Olive Oil, baked Roma Tomatoes, Potato Torta and Herb Jus. My dining companion had this, and said it was absolutely delicious. Truth be told, I was sort of taking one for the team by ordering the duck, just to make sure we had a good selection of the food. But man, I really wanted this lamb.

Rack of Lamb from Palo

Finally, it wouldn’t be a cruise without surf and turf. It came in the form of the Royal Court Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Tail with sauteed Snow Peas and Marquis Potatoes with Cognac reduction. It looked divine, and my dining companions really enjoyed it.

Angus Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Tail

Moving on to dessert, again there were a trio from three restaurants. (1 from Animator’s Palate) Mini Lava Cake (2 from Royal Court) Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee and (3 from Enchanted Garden) Celebration Cake.

Dessert Trio

Frankly, this was the least-successful course. The two cakes were OK (but very boring), and the creme brulee was just not the right texture. The custard was not as soft as it should be, and the crust not as hard. It’s tough to do creme brulee properly at a large scale, particularly with such small cups. I don’t think they should have attempted it.

HOWEVER, here is where the Disney Fantasy service kicked in. Our table of Disney experts from Magic Carpet Travel Service asked our wonderful server if they had Mickey Bars. His answer? “Of course! How many would you like?” Oh, six please!

Disney service at its finest

The other tables were jealous. Mickey Bars suddenly began appearing at neighboring tables, to the delight of all.

Mickey Bars all in a row

So were we done eating? Nah. We headed to the Europa club district for the after-party, and found treats there as well. I hope these are still around for the regular cruise, and not just for the christening party. The salted caramel truffles were delish!

Treats at Europa

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Salted caramel truffle

I can’t wait to go back.

5 Must-Eat Treats at EPCOT World Showcase


So you’re strolling through the World Showcase in EPCOT, possibly sipping some adult beverages along the way. Which snacks are worth your calories and taste buds as you tour the World? I’ll count down my 5 favorites, though I’m sure I’m forgetting something…

5. French Fries in the American Pavilion

French Fries at American Pavilion - EPCOT

French Fries at American Pavilion - EPCOT

I know, fries may seem a little boring. But I’m very picky about fries, and these are pretty darned good, especially when you’re walking from the direction of Germany with a beer in your hand. They’re hot, crispy, salty, and good dipped in honey mustard. Also good with frozen Coke, which can be had at the American Pavilion. (Like how I got an extra snack in there?)

4. Chocolate/caramel-dipped strawberry from Karamell-Kuche in the German Pavilion

Chocolate Caramel Strawberry Karamell-Kuche Germany EPCOT

Chocolate Caramel Strawberry at Karamell-Kuche Germany - EPCOT

This needs no explanation. Werther’s caramel, milk chocolate, big ripe strawberry.

3. Kaki-Gori with cream, Japan Pavilion

Kaki-Gori, Japan Pavilion, EPCOT

Kaki-Gori, Japan Pavilion, EPCOT

This is one of the most refreshing, delicious things you can eat on a hot Florida day. If you’re from Louisiana or Mississippi, you may recognize this – it’s the closest I’ve had to a snowball outside of Louisiana. The ice is shaved very fine and soft, with delicious, high-quality fruit syrup, with or without cream. Oddly, this is the orange flavor. It’s very red. And very good.

2. School Bread, Kringla Bakeri og Cafe in the Norway Pavilion

School Bread, Kringla Bakeri og Cafe, Norway in EPCOT

School Bread, Kringla Bakeri og Cafe, Norway in EPCOT

Ahhhh….school bread. It has a cult-like following, and with good reason. So what is it? Imagine a raised yeast doughnut with no hole, filled with vanilla pastry cream, and topped with icing and toasted coconut. Perfection in its simplicity.

And MouseChow’s favorite World Showcase snack is…..{drumroll please}…

1. Scotch egg at Rose and Crown Pub, UK Pavilion

Scotch egg, Rose and Crown Pub, UK Pavilion - EPCOT

Scotch egg, Rose and Crown Pub, UK Pavilion - EPCOT

Wow, my arteries are hardening just thinking about this scrumminess. The Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, and deep fried. It’s served with fried bread, mustard sauce, and a small green lightly-dressed salad. The sausage is very nicely spiced, and it’s all a bit salty, greasy, and exactly perfect with a pint of Bass ale.

It sure was hard to narrow this list down to 5! I can think of several I left out that could easily have made it, and I’m sure you can too. So what did I miss? Feel free to discuss while I sit here in the corner with my Scotch egg.