Showing posts with label France. Show all posts
Showing posts with label France. Show all posts

Monday, August 13, 2012

Les Chefs de France - a restaurant review

While we love getting pastries in France, we also very much like going to the table service restaurant - Les Chefs de France (I think it might have something to do with my children's obsession with escargots).  Today's review is written by my good friend Shannon.  Last August, Shannon was part of TWO girls trips to Disney (one of which was with yours truly - and if you haven't done a girls/adults only trip - I can't recommend it enough!) - and she has graciously agreed to share some of her thoughts from the trip.  Look for more reviews from Shannon after she comes home from her next trip this October when she'll be celebrating her and her husband Shane's 15th anniversary - and celebrating yet another adults only trip!

Last September, I had lunch at Les Chefs de France during a "girls only" trip to Disney World!  Along for this trip was my mom; my sister, Heather; and my friend, Helen.  This was the first time any of us had dined at Les Chefs, and we were really looking forward to the meal.

Our Advanced Dining Reservation was for 1:10 p.m., but we checked in at 1:00 and were taken right to our table.  I wish I had taken a few photos of the restaurant's interior, because I think it is just beautiful.  Within a minute or so after being seated, our waitress came to take our drink orders and drop off a warm baguette and butter:

It didn't take us long to decide what I wanted to eat: I ordered the Prix Fixe 3-Course Lunch.  I had my choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert.

For the first course, I had the choice of lobster bisque or soupe a l'oignon gratin… I went with the onion soup: 

The soup was superb… and the bowl was huge!  I could have easily made a meal out of just the soup and the baguette.

I chose the baked macaroni and cheese for my entree:

Another huge and delicious portion!  After the soup and bread, I was already getting a little full… I think I only managed to eat half of my entree, and that's because I knew dessert was still to come!

While we were eating our entrees, our table had a visit from Remy!  We all loved the interaction with Remy and his handler, Armand.  They even sang "Joyeux Anniversaire" to my mom (who was celebrating her birthday on our trip!)

After our visit with Remy, it was time for dessert.  My choice was the profiteroles, puff pastry with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce:

I was very pleased with my dessert.  The only negative I had about the profiteroles is that the chocolate was bittersweet… I would have liked it better had it been milk chocolate.

Les Chefs de France was très bonne!  The service was great... our waitress was a total sweetheart. Every dish was délicieux and the portions were plentiful! There are several dishes on the menu that sound yummy… I would love to come back for lunch at Les Chefs sometime to give them a try. And the interaction with Armand and Remy was so fun! I definitely recommend lunch at Les Chefs!
Thanks again to Shannon for sharing!  So...what about you?  Do you have a favorite French food?  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Serveur Amusant show in Epcot's France

I have heard many times from friends and clients that they are not sure that Epcot will appeal to their kids.  That it has too much emphasis on education.  And that they skip most of the world showcase because only two of the countries have rides.  But I want to make it one of my missions to convince you that Epcot and in particular the world showcase is not to be missed.  I've told you about things to do in one of our favorite countries - Japan (trying on Kimonos and seeing Miyuki), about the beauty of Canada, and today I want to tell you about one of the shows in France - Serveur Amusant.

The show happens in front of Les Chefs de France restaurant - be sure to get a times guide when you first enter the park so that you can see all the times it's performed during the day - and find one that will work for your touring plan.

In this show, two waiters (who never speak) do a balancing act with bottles of champagne and chairs.  It's pretty amazing to see.

We start with a table and the handing off of the bottles:

Then the bottles are placed, and he begins to stack the chairs:

And perhaps an acrobatic feat is thrown in as well:

Then, the stack of chairs gets higher and higher:

And then, the Pièce de résistance:

Amazing and completely entertaining for the entire family. about you?  Have you seen Serveur Amusant?  Do you have a favorite world showcase show?


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boulangerie Patisserie (aka the Bakery in France): a review

When we go to Epcot, our favorite thing to do is not to ride rides.  Or meet characters.  Or try on kimonos.  Our favorite thing to do is to eat.  And one of our favorite places to stop is at the Boulangerie Patisserie (or as we call it, the bakery in France).  This gem is behind the main restaurant (Les Chefs de France) and next to the movie - "Impressions de France" (now, y'all be sure to say it with your finest southern accent!).

The bakery itself is rather small - you walk through - and there is only room for a single file line - with bakery cases on either side - both sides of the cases are the same.  You'll have a lovely French person to take your order and then you'll pay at the end of the line.  They do have a few main course items that are outstanding - quiche, a toasted ham and cheese (it's fabulous!) - and something else that I cannot recall. 

But.  We come for the desserts.  Let me explain my philosophy on desserts.  It's rather simple.  Chocolate is dessert.  Fruit is not dessert.  No matter how much sugar you use to dress it up, fruit is not dessert.  However.  And this is a big however.  My favorite dessert at the bakery is the Strawberry Tart.  I know.  I am a contradiction.  But.  There it is.

Isn't it gorgeous?  Beautiful glazed strawberries.  Over a pudding type filling.  In a shortbread crust.  You have to be uncouth and eat it with your hands.  And then be sure to send me an email to thank me for sending you there.

Another fabulous thing about coming to the bakery is to make everyone in your group get a different pastry so that you can try them all (while continuing to take big bites of your strawberry tart):

There is creme brulee

Chocolate cake

Some sort of almond croissant

An apple tart

The absolutely amazing, coming in second place after the Strawberry Tart - the Napoleon

And tied with the Napoleon is the Sacristain (it's a pastry with a slim vanilla filling, chocolate chips and a sugar glaze - kinda like a souped up chocolate croissant and lots, lots better)

Seating for this restaurant is very limited.  There are a few tables just outside, there are a few tables in the back of the (air conditioned!) gift shop right at the exit of the bakery.  And there are a number of benches where you could take your pastries all around the France pavilion.  But...there are some exciting changes coming - the bakery is going to have a massive expansion - including the addition of a second story (yippee for more seating!) and a 3000 square foot kitchen so that they can prepare fresh bread and sandwiches all day.  The expansion does not have a date yet - but I am excited for it to happen.

So...what about you?  Which pastry do you want to have?