A Must-eat List for My Return to Disney Springs


Throughout the temporary closure of the Walt Disney World Resort, I've been slobbering at the idea of getting back to Disney Springs and the parks. Getting to step foot back into those magical places will be something that I won't take lightly. That being said, now that I'm faced with the opportunity to return to Disney Springs as it reopens on Wednesday the 20th, I'm hesitant. And, like I said on last week's DIS Unplugged, I won't be there on reopening day. I want to wait just a bit more. For now. Ask me next week, and I may be ready to head back over there. Even though I won't be there on Wednesday, I am making a list of things I'd like to do once I'm back at the Springs, and I'm wondering if any of my food-related activities are on your must-eat list, too.

I have something to confess. I've never eaten at Homecomin'. There, I said it. (pauses for deep, cleansing breath) I know it seems that everyone and their great aunt Susie has enjoyed a meal at Chef Art Smith's establishment, and they loved it, but I just haven't made it there yet. One of the first things that I want to do once they reopen and I'm ready to venture forth will be to stop by for a meal. Hummingbird Cake is a time-honored family tradition on my husband's side of the family, and I even made one for my mom-in-law's birthday last fall, so I feel that I simply must try Chef Art Smith's version. It'd be rude of me if I didn't, right?

I also want to try a decadent dessert from Amorette's Patisserie. I've wandered in there to gather info for work and to drool at the edible art on display, but I've never plunked down the 8 or 9 dollars to buy one of my own. That'll change once I return. I'll start with one of their smaller treats and graduate to their petit cakes. First things first. Sweets: I'm coming for you. Get ready.

While this list could be a series of columns all on its own (and I'm not saying I won't revisit this list and share more of my must-dos in the days ahead), I'll keep today's installment short. My last must-do for now is a return to The Ganachery for another house-made s'more. Please tell me you've done this. If you haven't, please tell me you will. And then tell me what you thought. Holy. Cow. This is a s'more like you've never had. Plus, no camping or fire building or schlepping of s'more-making supplies is required.

The menu at The Ganachery is subject to change, but if they're making s'mores the day that you're visiting, even if you're not buying one that day, swing in and watch the process. The s'more is right around $8, and is worth every penny. It's made with rich Ganachery chocolate and a huge house-made marshmallow, and the whole gooey, melty, chocolatey thing is made right before your very eyes. And they put a confectioners sugar Mickey head on top. What's better than that? It's a perfect, splurge-worthy treat.

That's my list for today. What are you looking forward to enjoying the next time that you visit Disney Springs? What would you recommend that I add to my list? Please let me know in the comments section below. Thanks!

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