Food Truck Festival Coming to Myrtle Beach on April 1

Food Truck Festival Myrtle BeachOfficials with the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and the City of Myrtle Beach have announced a food truck festival that will be coming this April.

I have to admit, I love a meal from a food truck! For some reason a good food truck offers something that tastes so much better. Most food trucks have a theme or offer one specialty, so getting the chance to move from truck to truck during this festival is a food truck lovers heaven!

In a recent news release, officials said they were excited to bring a festival aimed to “tempt everyone’s taste buds” to the area.

“Food trucks are the latest culinary craze and growing in popularity, so add that to the beautiful backdrop of our Boardwalk, and we feel this is a recipe for success that everyone downtown can benefit from,” said Lauren Clever with the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation.

Officials said the event will also feature live entertainment, beer and wine, kid’s activities, and vendors ranging from arts and crafts to businesses and non-profits. Non-mobile restaurant vendors will also be on site.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will take place on the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place between 8th and 9th Avenues North in the Oceanfront Boardwalk District of Myrtle Beach.

The event will be free to attend.

In October, the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival will return for a second year and will be 2 days this year. The second day will include a car show, live music entertainment and kid friendly activities. This festival will also be free to attend.




5 Top Sweets at Epcot

Originally published on Destinations in Florida Travel Blog by Veronica on August 17, 2016

Top Sweets Epcot

To select just five of the best sweet treats in Epcot is no easy feat.  It took me days – literally, days, to get my list from over 40 treats down to five. And I’m still heartbroken that I can’t add them all.

These may not be on your top sweet treat list – but these definitely should be on your “I gotta’ try these the next time I’m in Disney” list.

1. Fresh Berry Cream Puff: You can get this sweet, light and fluffy treat from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion.  Personally, I can spend quite a bit of time in this bakery. Everything looks, smells and tastes delicious!! You can’t go wrong!

Top Sweets Epcot

2. Salted Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookie: It likes a salted caramel brownie…. just divine!  Try it at Karamell Kuche in the Germany Pavilion

3. Mini-Churros with Caramel Sauce: Warm, sugary, cinnamony delights with warm caramel sauce… Need I say more?  Find these nuggets of happiness at La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion.

4. Strawberries and Cream Macaroon : A simply delicious strawberry macaroon with the perfect amount of vanilla and strawberry ice cream in the middle.  Just enough sweetness, but not too much. Found at L’Artisan Des Glaces in the France Pavilion. 

Unfortunately, I can’t end the list with “Every sweet treat you can find in Epcot” so, I will end it with my personal favorite of all time…

Top Sweets Epcot

5. Funnel Cake with Ice Cream: Funnel cake is my all-time favorite.  But when I found out I could have my funnel cake and ice cream too…. even better! 

What is your favorite sweet treat at Epcot? 




Pete’s Dragon Opens Today! Check Out These Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes

Pete's Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes

The most magical movie of the year, PETE’S DRAGON is finally opening in theaters everywhere TODAY! August 12th! This is one of the best family movies of the year and equally perfect for kids and adults alike!

 

Check out these Pete’s Dragon Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes!

“Bryce Dallas How-To” with Bryce Dallas Howard – Dragon Cupcakes!

Pete's Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes

 

 

“Bryce Dallas How-To” with Bryce Dallas Howard – Dragon Cat Costume!

 

Like PETE’S DRAGON on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyPetesDragon

Follow PETE’S DRAGON on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneypetes

Follow PETE’S DRAGON on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/disneypetesdragon/  

Visit Disney Animation on Tumblr: http://disneyanimation.tumblr.com/

Visit the official PETE’S DRAGON website here: http://movies.disney.com/petes-dragon-2016

And don’t forget your Disneybound outfit when you hit the theaters this weekend!

Petes Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes




Foodie Friday: Frose’ (Frozen Rose’)

Frose Frozen Rose
Photo Credit: Alex Lau

Choose a full-flavored, full-bodied, dark-colored rosé for freezing. It will lose some of its color and will be somewhat diluted after freezing and blending; you want something that can hold its own.

Ingredients

SERVINGS: MAKES 4–6 (depending on how much you share and how big of a glass you make for yourself!)

  • 1 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Merlot rosé)
  • ½ cup sugar (I used sugar substitute)
  • 8 ounces strawberries, hulled, quartered
  • ounces fresh lemon juice

Preparation

  • Pour rosé into a 13×9″ pan and freeze until almost solid (it won’t completely solidify due to the alcohol), at least 6 hours.
  • In the meantime, bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
  • Scrape rosé into a blender. Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth. Transfer blender jar to freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 25–35 minutes.
  • Blend again until frosé is slushy. Divide among glasses.
  • Do Ahead: Rosé can be frozen 1 week ahead.
  • Recipe by Rick Martinez
  • Photograph by Alex Lau
 CHEERS! A great cocktail for a warm evening sitting on the porch swing!



Foodie Friday: Dole Whip Cake ~ Easy to Make!

dole whip cake

I love to share Dole Whip recipes! I have previously shared with you all some great recipes for Dole Whip Cupcakes and Dole Whip Smoothies with Rum (my favorite!). When I saw the recipe from Dole.com for a Dole Whip Cake, I couldn’t wait to give it a try!

This is a really really moist cake with a great pineapple flavor. Does it taste like Dole Whip? Well, sort of. Honestly, I like this cake more then I like Dole Whip since I’m not really a huge Dole Whip fan. I am, as you know, a HUGE fan of Dole Whip with rum at Epcot!

INGREDIENTS:

1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple
1 box (2-layer) white cake mix
1 cup plus 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1-3/4 cup sugar divided
3/4 plus pinch teaspoon salt, divided
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1-1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, divided
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1 can (6 oz) DOLE Pineapple Juice (I used store brand)
1 cup whole milk (I used 2% milk)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed
1/2 cup boiling water
1 box (4 servings) pineapple flavored gelatin (I had a difficult time finding this. Finally found at Bi-Lo
1/2 cup cold water
1-1/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325°F.  Spray two (9-inch) round baking pans with cooking spray and line with parchment or wax paper.

Press crushed pineapple through a sieve to drain well, reserving the juice.  Juice should measure about 1-1/3 cups.  Set aside.  Add pineapple to food processor and process until pureed.  Set aside.

Combine cake mix, 1 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.  Whisk to combine.  Add egg whites, oil, 1 cup yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, reserved juice, and half of the reserved pineapple puree.  Mix with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.

Divide batter between prepared baking pans.  Bake for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Meanwhile, heat pineapple juice to boil and add gelatin.  Stir until completely dissolved.  Add cold water and stir to combine.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Fold in remaining 1/2 cup yogurt and whipped topping until well blended.  Cover and chill until set, about 1 hour.

Combine remaining 5 tablespoons flour, 1 cup sugar, and milk in a small sauce pan.  Whisk until smooth.  Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a simmer.  Continue to cook and whisk for 3 minutes, until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, pinch of salt, and butter one cube at a time, ensuring frosting is smooth.  Fold in remaining pineapple puree. 

Spread filling over bottom layer of cake.  Top with second layer.  Spread frosting over cake.  Chill cake for at least an hour before serving.

Bon Appetit!