Friday, April 18, 2014

Favorite Food Friday! 2012 Food and Wine CHEESE!!!

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the dour Disney Day by Day!

Ahhhh, the Cheese booth.  This was one of the last ones we hit.  When we got there, the fondue wasn't ready.  It was our last time at the festival and I HAD to try everything!  One of the cast members told me that she'd come find me when it was there.  We hung around and enjoyed the rest of the offerings.  I checked back in twice and finally the fondue was ready!  Check back in next week to find out whether it was worth the wait


This is the other offering we had first: the Trio of Artisan Cheese

This one was my FAVORITE.  Beecher's Flagship Reserve cheddar with a drizzle of honey.  Salty and sweet.  YUM.


The La Bonne Vie Goat Brie with (cherry?) chutney was okay.


The Rogue River Creamery Echo Mountain Blue Cheese with a toasted cracker was also pretty good.




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Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Food Friday! 2012 Food and Wine Argentina Booth

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the deluxe Disney Day by Day!

Continuing on in our 2012 tour of the Food and Wine Booths, the Argentina booth had some yummy offerings.  I would have had more of both!  But the skewer was my favorite (and I'm not even super into beef).  The texture was good, I loved the chimichurri sauce, and the boniato puree was smooth and creamy.

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée

Beef Empanada





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Friday, April 4, 2014

Favorite Food Friday! 2012 Food and Wine Caribbean Booth!

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by thdefinite Disney Day by Day!

Returning to my October 2012 Food and Wine/Halloween trip, today we are visiting the Caribbean booth!  Neither of the offerings were particularly mind-blowing to us but they weren't terrible either.  Definitely don't need to repeat these though.

Jerk Spiced Chicken Drumstick with Mango Chutney

Ropa Vieja with Cilantro Rice




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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Vintage Disneyana - Polynesian Pizza!

Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by the featured Focused on the Magic!  This week's theme is retro Disney!



My mom found this in her attic the other day.  Back in 1989 you could apparently order special pizza delivery at the Polynesian! The Poly has always been our home resort and I LOVE finding vintage stuff from there.  It takes me right back to my childhood trips.  :)






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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Let's Pretend...

I've been thinking about doing this for a while and frankly, I might.  So let's pretend I take a quick (long weekendy) trip to Disney World and do NOT go into the parks.  I have a lot of stuff I always mean to do outside of the parks but I never get around to it because the parks are so compelling when you have tickets.

SO, what if I flew down for a long weekend, stayed at the Poly, and did NOT buy park tickets.  What would I do?

Activities:
- Miniature golf at both locations (I've done Fantasia Gardens before but not the other one) (but would it be weird to do this on a solo trip?)
- There's some kind of key you can get at the Grand Floridian I hear?
- The ladybug release/parasol parade at the Grand Floridian
- check out Jellyrolls

Restaurants (of course there will be a TON of eating):

- Narcoosees
- Citricos for arrancini and dessert
- GF Cafe for tea, strawberries and cream.
- Victoria and Alberts?  Probably not.

- Artist's Point- Whispering Canyon (but would this be weird to do on a solo trip?)

- The Wave for breakfast (breakfast potatoes, cheesy grits, sweet potato pancakes, Key lime eggs bennies, multigrain Mickey waffles? Oh my!)

- Sanaa for butter chicken

- Boardwalk bakery for pull-apart brioche, blackberry macaron, and the chocolate Mickey/Minnie tart

- Hoop De Doo Review

- Raglan Road

What would you do?  Give me tips and ideas in the comments!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Disney News from Non-Disney Sources *Updated 4.23.14

Here is a post I plan to update periodically.  Of course if you're reading my little ole blog, I'm SURE you read the bigger ones and get most of your Disney news from the Disney community at large.  I thought it might be nice to see what the "outside world" is reporting in terms of Disney news.  I have a feeling this will mostly come from New York Magazine's Culture Vulture blog since that's my main non-Disney entertainment news source.  But you know, whatever.  I don't expect this post will get much traffic anyway.  :)

Andy Serkis to Direct the WB's Live-Action Jungle Book Movie (but we have Idris Elba in OURS so Disney wins) (3.21.14)

Review of Aladdin the Musical (light on story?  That's not very Disney-like!) (3.21.14)

Of course there's a ton of Disney character's in this pop culture Noah's Arc (which characters can you spot?) (3.28.14)

How Disney helped a family dealing with autism. (4.1.14)

I don't always love Hello Giggles but this breakdown of Beauty and the Beast is pretty great.  Point 4 is my main problem with a lot of the Disney movies! 

All three Avatar sequels are underway?  I wonder what other boring stories will be rehashed now that Pocahontas/Fern Gully is out of the way.

Welp, there's gonna be an It's A Small World movie.  Wake me when the People Mover movie gets greenlighted (greenlit?)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kill/Marry/Refurb Blog Hop: The Muppets!!

I'm joining the mysterious Mouse on the Mind and heavenly This Happy Place Blog for the Kill/Refurb/Marry blog hop!  This week's theme is The Muppets.  

Kill:  Lew Zealand.  Throwing fish at people is disgusting.  (My 6 year old self would want to kill Janice - I wasn't really into the dippy hippie schtick back then).


Refurb: Animal.  I feel he might benefit from a stint in Betty Ford or at least some serious therapy?  


Marry:  Miss Piggy (or Kermit since I personally identify with Miss Piggy).  She is not everyone's favorite, I know.  BUT I LOVE HER.  She is PINK!  She is GLAMOROUS!  She is into fashion!  She is a woman who knows what she wants.  We are one, Miss Piggy and I.  So if that means marry Kermit (who actually I think is kind of a milquetoast, too boring and bland for the fabulous Miss P), then so be it.


ACTUALLY, I might want to be Miss Piggy but marry THIS MAGNIFICENT CREATURE.  (No, not Leo Sayer.  The stunning beauty at 1:20).

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Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: CANDY

Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by the fizzy Focused on the Magic!  I'm continuing my recap of my mother/sister October 2012 trip.  You can find earlier posts here and here and here and here and here and here!

Not to brag, but here is the cache of candy we collected at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Nailed it.



I honestly would have eaten most of it (and it did become my plane snacks), but I had to save stomach room for all the Disney food I was going to eat on this trip!



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Friday, March 14, 2014

Kill/Marry/Refurb: World Showcase Counter Service!

I'm joining the miraculous Mouse on the Mind and hilarious This Happy Place Blog for the Kill/Refurb/Marryblog hop!  This week's theme is World Showcase Counter Service.  Leggo!

Kill:  Yorkshire County Fish Shop.  Actually, instead of killing the actual shop, can we just kill the birds that VICIOUSLY ATTACK me every time I try to eat near there?  I don't need another Tippi Hedren moment, no matter how pretty those Hitchcock blondes are.  Please, someone, grab a bb gun, slingshot, anything.  Murder those suckers. 


If you don't feel like committing avian murder (avianicide?), kill the Liberty Inn.  Don't we have enough boring old burger/fries/chicken nugget places already?  Enough.  


Refurb:  Canada.  "Refurb what?" you may be asking.  EXACTLY MY POINT.  Refurb that store that no one goes into because it requires climbing stairs and we are all fat American tourists.  Turn it into a place to buy food (and NOT those lame-o prepackaged, buy-them-at-the-supermarket-when-you-get-home-instead snacks they currently offer) and I have a sneaking suspicion we will be more inclined to climb those stairs.  You could even charge outrageous prices for some cheddar cheese soup and pretzel bread to go.  You KNOW we're dumb enough to fall for it, Disney.


Marry:  I love Kringla, but I think everyone is going to want to marry it.  I love the Tangerine Cafe too, but I don't think we're a good fit for long term cohabitation.  So I'm going to propose three-way marriage to L'Artisan Des Glaces and Karamel Kuche.  Just think of the adorable (and sweet) babies we'd have together!!  


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How to eat like a Disney guest in New York City

As you may have figured out by now, I live in the New York City area.  I suspect that NYC has the highest concentration of Disney restaurants that are not actually in Disney World.  So if you're missing your favorite dish from Orlando and you happen to be in New York, you still might be able to get it (or a close approximation of it).  Let me take you on a brief tour....

If you love Baby Cakes in Downtown Disney, you can always try the original Baby Cakes on the Lower East Side.  Here is Part IV of my epic taste test.

If you love Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney, you can hit up Earl of Sandwich in Midtown West.  Here is a post on one of my visits, with links to prior visits!

If you love schoolbread from Kringla Bakeri in Epcot, you can check out Bakeri in Brooklyn.  Here is my recap of their schoolbread!  If you're just in it for the name, there's always Shoolbred's pub in the East Village.

If you love Shula's at the WDW Dolphin resort, you can make a reservation for Shula's in Midtown West.

What Disney eateries have you found in New York?  Or in your own hometown?

Favorite Food Friday: Earl of Sandwich Caribbean Jerk

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the devilish Disney Day by Day!

You guys may remember my first Earl of Sandwich review of the Full Montagu and the Original 1762 (and the Coronet Cakes): here.  

Well when Sarah of the Eating WDW blog started participating in the Eat Each Sandwich challenge, I knew I had to join in as well!  I also reviewed the Chicken Chipotle Avocado Sandwich (and their chocolate chip cookie), the All American Sandwich (plus oatmeal mini cookies), and the Earl Club Sandwich (plus chocolate and vanilla cupcakes)! 


I also managed to squeeze in the Holiday Turkey Sandwich before I changed jobs and was no longer a mere 10 minute walk from the sole Earl of Sandwich in my area.  And the Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich and the Italian!






This time I tried the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich on wheat.  I feel like I might prefer their wheat to their white bread maybe?  Even though the bread looks burnt - it was just that the wheat is dark and toasted.  

As usual with Earl (at least the one I go to on 53rd and 6th), the sandwich was oversauced.  Do they do this because they think they can get away with extra sauce due to the bread being toasted?  I don't know.  But I'm considering asking for light sauce or sauce on the side next time. 

The chicken tasted processed.  Like those Perdue Short Cuts packs you get at the supermarket.  And despite what looked like a lot of peppers bringing some color and spice to the sandwich, they didn't provide much kick.  I could barely taste the "jerk" and there was almost no heat at all.




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Friday, March 7, 2014

Favorite Food Friday Citrus Swirl!

Welcome back to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the deleterious Disney Day by Day!

My very first Citrus Swirl!  Magic Kingdom, October, 2012:







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Friday, February 28, 2014

Favorite Food Friday: Mickey Cake Pop

Welcome back to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the drafty Disney Day by Day!

Guys, I don't know if you know this about me, but I LOOOOVE cake.   It is my absolute favorite food.  So of course, the new Mickey cake pops were on my list of things to try during my mother/sister October 2012 trip.




  

Here we have the white chocolate/red velvet variety.  It was fudgy which I love, but the flavor was only okay.  I'm not a fan of wax I mean white chocolate. 





As an aside, can we all agree that red velvet's only real use is as a vehicle for cream cheese frosting?



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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Would You Rather...

Alright.  Normally I'd put this in the upper left corner of the blog.  Riiight about
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But it's too long to fit and SUCH a good question I think it deserves a full blog post.  SO, post your answers in the comments below!!

WOULD YOU RATHER.....

A) stay in your favorite WDW deluxe resort for free but be prohibited from eating any and all Disney food including counter service, sit downs, snacks, even the popcorn carts and Starbucks.  (You can bring your food, have groceries delivered from off property, or eat off property only.)

OR

B) eat wherever you want on property (any and all WDW food locations including restaurants, counter services, snack carts, etc.) completely for free and without those pesky "free" dining plan restrictions (e.g. you can eat at sit down restaurants five times a day or have seven snacks per day, every day if you wanted to), but you'd have to stay at your least favorite WDW resort the entire trip?


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sorry It's Not Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop: Boo to You Parade!

Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by the ferocious Focused on the Magic!  I'm continuing my recap of my mother/sister October 2012 trip.  You can find earlier posts here and here and here.

It was our first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and I had heard amazing things about the Boo to You Parade (and one of my friends used to be a shovel-dancer in the parade)!  I made sure to get a premium seat in Liberty Square.  





I love these ghostly dancers!







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Friday, February 21, 2014

Favorite Food Friday: Food and Wine 2012 Dessert Booth!



Welcome back to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the democratic Disney Day by Day!


This post is going to be a big one.  I am a HUGE sweets person.  And I have very specific opinions of desserts (e.g. anything with fruit in it does not count as dessert, cake >>>> pie, etc.).  So I was very excited to try the offerings at the desserts and champagne booth!
We tried all three of the offerings.  None were particularly mindblowing to me (the chocolate would have been but for the other stuff in it), but they were all sweet and creamy and crunchy and yum.

First up, we have the lemon custard verrine with blueberry compote.  For a "dessert" that is primarily fruit, it was pretty good!  Creamy and sweet and tangy from the lemon.





Next up was probably our least favorite: yogurt panna cotta with orange cake, raspberries and pomegranate.  Again, too much fruit, not enough dessert.  And especially not enough cake!


Next, the one I was most excited for: the dark chocolate mousse (chocolate!  mousse!) with salted caramel (caramel!!!) and....chili (womp womp!).  Without the chili (and the white chocolate garnish - blech!), I would have eaten a large soup bowl worth of this stuff.  But the kick from the chili really ruined the delectable, indulgence of the chocolate and caramel for me. 




We also tried the frozen Nesquik - it was refreshing.  I would have liked it to be more chocolaty, but Nesquik was always going to be a "chocolate-lite" in flavor.  





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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! Sleepy Hollow Treats

Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by the fearsome Focused on the Magic!  This week I'm actually on-theme!  The week's theme is T and my T is Treats! :D

Today I present you with some treats from Sleepy Hollow, which we (read: I) absolutely DEVOURED during our sister/mother October 2012 trip.  

Ta da!!!!  A Nutella waffle with fruit.   It was hard to eat and the fruit  got in the way of the Nutella (isn't that always the case?), but I'm not sorry I ate it.




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Friday, February 14, 2014

Favorite Food Friday: Earl of Sandwich Italian

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the daffy Disney Day by Day!

You guys may remember my first Earl of Sandwich review of the Full Montagu and the Original 1762 (and the Coronet Cakes): here.  

Well when Sarah of the Eating WDW blog started participating in the Eat Each Sandwich challenge, I knew I had to join in as well!  I also reviewed the Chicken Chipotle Avocado Sandwich (and their chocolate chip coookie), the All American Sandwich (plus oatmeal mini cookies), and the Earl Club Sandwich (plus chocolate and vanilla cupcakes)! 


I also managed to squeeze in the Holiday Turkey Sandwich before I changed jobs and was no longer a mere 10 minute walk from the sole Earl of Sandwich in my area.  And the Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich here!



Well I happened to be in the neighborhood again on Martin Luther King day so I HAD to try out the Italian Sandwich.  It was a little on the salty side, and I maybe should have selected wheat bread instead of white to stand up to the ingredients.  But it was still pretty good.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kill/Marry/Refurb: Live Performances in the Parks

I'm joining the marvelous Mouse on the Mind for the Kill/Marry/Refurb blog hop!  This week's theme is Live Performances in the Parks!  I assume that for this hop, there must be live actors in the traditional sense (sorry Country Bears); somehow I managed to focus solely on live MUSICAL performances.  I guess that's a bit hard to avoid in Disney.  Here we go!

Marry: Voyage of the Little Mermaid.  This is sheer nostalgia.  I LOVE the dated lasers!  I LOVE the refreshing water curtain!  I remember loving these as a kid.  We've been together for 20 years, VotLM and I, and I don't mind that you are aging and no one else loves you.  I'm ready to walk down that aisle.

Refurb: Finding Nemo - The Musical.  This show is clearly the best one in the park.  It comes the closest to that "Broadway quality" so many Disney fans think they understand.  (P.S. if you think any Disney Park show other than possibly this one approaches Broadway quality, I invite you to join me at an actual Broadway show so you can see the difference).  So why am I refurbing it?  Because the area right outside the show building ALWAYS SMELLS.  It smells of garbage or sewage or something and it's gross.  Can we please fix this?

Torture, then Murder and Bury in a Shallow Grave: Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage.  I seriously cringe every time someone describes this as Broadway quality.  It is barely 7th grade play quality.  Feel free to peruse my scathing review here.  (Let's not even discuss the blanket dancing).

I refuse to acknowledge the existence of Lights, Motors, Action. 

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