Monday, February 27, 2012

Pretty in Pink

For this Monday's cupcake, we're monorailin' it over to Epcot...


See the army of rental strollers waiting near the entrance, behind the branches


I love the view from the monorail!


TEST TRACK BABY!


But let's get to Epcot already!!


The flowers at Epcot are SO pretty!  Florida is very odd...it skips winter entirely and crams fall and spring into one month: at the beginning of February some of the trees finally lost their leaves and it felt a bit like fall.  Now there's a smell of spring in the air, new green leaves are coming out, and there are flowers everywhere!  But then at Epcot it's not so surprising, the Flower and Garden Festival starts March 8th!


Monorail Peach!

Now today's cupcake is going to be rather pink as well...to get there we're going to turn our steps to the Land, or more specifically, to the bakery counter in the Seasons quick service...


There have been some super impressive new delicacies popping up at this place...

 

In the case on the left: yogurt panna cotta, new york cheesecake with berries, creme brulee, chocolate mousse cake, key lime pie, and strawberry shortcake.  In the pic on the right: lemon poppyseed muffins and some amazing-looking SMORES brownies!  There was also a banana cake that looked really good.


I am definitely visiting this bakery case again (probably on a Sunday 'cause it's lent and I gave up chocolate :( ).  ANYway, back to the cupcakes...


It was a tough choice.  Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake v. Guava Cream Cheese Cupcake.  Both sound amazing, but on that day I was in the mood for PINK...


So I went with the chocolate raspberry. :)


The chocolate shavings were DELISH!!  And the pink icing was also light and fruity and divine.


It seems like there must be an unwritten law that all Disney cupcakes must be HUGE and have fillings.  This one had some raspberry jam, it was very nice.


I sat down at one of those booths, looking up at the pretty ribbons gracing the ceiling...


...and also listening to the music.  Do you know they play clips from the Sense and Sensibility soundtrack?  A little Jane Austen in Epcot, love it!


YUM.


As is oft the case, I just could NOT finish it.  But I have devised the perfect device for carrying around cupcake leftovers...


Yes, it is a plain and humble kiddie cup.  By the time you've finished half the cupcake, chances are what you've got left is all smashed up anyway.  So take off the wrapper and throw it away, put the remains in the cup and eat with a spoon as you walk along.  Delish.

Even if you have a whole cupcake, a paper cup isn't a bad carrying receptacle if you have nothing else available.  You can get one of the tall cups, carefully place the cupcake in, and then cut or tear the side when you're ready to eat it, then the icing will still be nice and (hopefully) in one piece.

Clearly I think about cupcakes WAY too much.


Hope it was a magical Monday! :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Where the Puffins Roost



You guys know your WDW! I'm going to have to come up with some trickier photos. :)


The snowflake windows are indeed on one of the houses in the Norway pavilion!


I love Epcot's Norway.  It's the perfect mix of charming and rustic -- it feels like a fairytale, but it's based on a real place!  I would love to be able to go to Norway someday, but I've heard it's really expensive and who knows if I'll ever really make the trip -- but for now, it's fun to be able to escape to the frigid North right in the middle of Florida. :)

 

I wish doors and houses were still painted bright, cheerful colors like this.  I especially love that door...it looks like something Kirsten the American Girl doll would have in her collection, lol!


We have the Puffin's Nook and the Fjording.  Disney always comes up with the BEST names for shops!


Did you know: Mat og Konfekt means "Food and Confectionery" in Norwegian.  Ironically this was not on the window of the Kringla bakery though.


Not sure how many sweets are in the Puffin's Roost and Fjording (though they do have a selection of Norwegian candy bars), but there are plenty of sweet smells! 


Laila: essence of Norway.  It is my goal to buy a bottle of this perfume someday.  In any case, I always stop in for a spritz whenever I'm in Epcot!


 I also love the blue walls in the laila room...and when you stop to look at the pictures on the blue walls, they're pretty neat too!  This one is of some vikings (I'm guessing) on horses.


My absolute *favorite* photographs are the ones of Norwegian girl skiers.  They went down the black diamond runs in SKIRTS.  I think that is just AWESOME.


 Moving from the Laila room to the toy room...


These guys are SOOOO cute!


I almost came home with a little moose.  But I was strong and resisted.


A very international Mickey antenna topper.  I may have to switch this one out with my princess mickey head!


I love how the inside of the Puffin's Roost feels like it could be some really cool little kid's play room.  That kid must really love toy baby seals though, cause his toy chest is FULL of them.


Also, the kid that owns this toy room would have a GIANT troll statue.  But think of all the viking helmets and toy shields and swords that he (or she) could have epic battles with his friends with!

(ok, I'll stop pretending the Puffin's Roost is a kid's play room.  But seriously, if I ever marry some rich Norwegian business tycoon, I would totally build my kids a play cottage themed after this, lol!)


And I would buy my daughter a pink tractor.  Because who WOULDN'T want a pink tractor?


You know that room with the expensive stuff that everyone rushes through when exiting from Maelstrom?  Well I actually stopped to look around it!  There are some really cool viking ships hidden in plain sight...


I also discovered a little cookbook section I had never noticed before...


They even had a few mini books with Norwegian recipes!  But I have to say, they've got nothing on my favorite Norwegian chef, Andreas Viestad.  He stars in this show my family loves called New Scandinavian Cooking.  Most places he goes, he constructs his kitchen outdoors, like on Norwegian cliffs and next to fjords.  Another time he's cooking moose (I know!) and he carries a moose head on the train all the way across Europe.  It's basically an awesome show, I wish they'd bring Andreas to Epcot, or at least carry his cook book there!


Back outside...don't know if you can tell, but those people behind the fence are waiting for Maelstrom.  I had been thinking of riding, but it was too long, so I took a few more pictures instead...


Oh Kringla, how I love you!


The logo for the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is a pretzel wearing a crown.  Can we just take a second to appreciate how cool that is? :)


Another awesome feature of the Norway pavilion and inspiration for home/architectural decor: a roof covered in grass and flowers.  So pretty.


More lovely gardens outside Akershus.  But then a castle needs some pretty grounds, doesn't it? :)



It's not a proper post without a snobby shadow pic! ;)  Hope it's a magical day!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Frosted Windowpanes...

Can you guess where in the 'World' these cute frosted snowflake windows are at?


Later this week I'm going to do a full post with more fun photos and details from this particularly pretty corner of WDW, but until then, happy guessing!

p.s. great job with the last Wednesday trivia!  that palm tree corner is indeed in Adventureland, right next to the Aladdin and Jasmine meet and greet area.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentine's at the Magic Kingdom

Last week, on Valentine's Day, I took a ferryboat over to the Magic Kingdom...

  


The ground by the Ferryboat launch was covered in colored chalk doodles...I think they do this in the morning when people are waiting for the first ferry to depart, fun!


I do love that view of the castle across the water, that you only get when taking the ferry!

I had one paticular goal, and one paticular destination that day.  The destination: the Main St. Bakery.  The goal: try a special Valentine's Day cupcake!

Sadly my Prince Charming still hasn't shown up, so there's no fella to buy me flowers or cards (or, for that matter, cupcakes!), but I still love Valentine's Day.  It's an excuse to fit as much pink into one day as you possibly can, and I love the color pink.  So I totally loved these cupcakes I had spotted at MSB earlier in the week...


Not only were they pink, but they had princesses!  I was hoping to find them at the Bakery on Valentine's itself, but I came over a little later in the afternoon -- so there was a bit of a worry that they might be sold out already.

I hastened down Main Street to the bakery (the outside of which, by the way, is under construction currently, which I am not a fan of.  They've even covered up the awning, so it blocks the view of the castle a bit.  But ANYway...).  Into the bakery, and as I was winding through the line I caught a glimpse of the case: there was no pink in sight.

It never hurts to ask, however, so I inquired of the cast member and was delighted when she pulled a beautiful pink cupcake out of the refrigerator!


They didn't have the princess cupcakes, but the little heart balloons were adorable...and they were plastic, so I could keep them!  It's always fun when you get an unexpected extra that you can keep. :)


I took my cupcake down to the pretty yellow tables by the rose garden...


The view was gorgeous, but sadly it's a smoking area down there.  So I moved up to a similar table, right up by the Plaza restaurant.


It had a really lovely table too!  And the heart-shaped chairs were perfect for the day. :)



I had such a lovely afternoon, just sitting and writing letters and snacking on my cupcake!


I watched the castle show go at least twice, lol!  I love the music for it though. :)


The cupcakes were ordinary red velvet but quite tasty!


They were filming a commercial on one of the rose garden lawns...you know that lawn where they always show families blissfully meeting characters with no wait and no crowds in the ads.  I walked by later on and the scene they were filming was a cast member admitting guests to some sort of event.  I asked and was told it's a commercial for the dessert party...it'll be fun to see it when they use the footage!


The evening was positively glorious.  It was so lovely just to sit and admire the castle.


Happy Monday, and Happy Belated Valentine's Day!


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