What I Ate at Disney World: Part 2

Here is the eagerly awaited second part of what I ate at Disney World!

Honeymoon Food #8

(Clockwise from top left)

Yak and Yeti– (First two images) Seared miso salmon with coconut-ginger rice, baby boy choy and shiitake mushroom stir-fry; Wonton soup

Dockside Diner– Min’s breakfast burrito with tater tots- unfortunately breakfast is only served there occasionally and so I cannot find this exact burrito on the menu anymore, but I remember that it had egg whites and pico de Gallo in it, and was really good!

The Hollywood Brown Derby– (Last three images) Famous Cobb salad-Finely Chopped Greens, Turkey Breast, Bacon, Egg, Tomatoes, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Avocado, Chives, and Cobb Dressing; Derby cocktail with souvenir glow cube; Complementary mini champagne for our Honeymoon 🙂

Honeymoon Food #9

Morimoto Asia– (First three images) Tonkotsu Ramen-rich pork broth, egg noodles, roasted pork, woodear mushroom, pickled ginger; shumai- pork, shrimp and mushroom; spicy tuna and spicy salmon sushi rolls

Katsura Grill– (images four and five) Shrimp and chicken teriyaki; Spicy sushi roll

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth- China – Black pepper shrimp with garlic noodles

Honeymoon Food #10

Karamell-Küche in Germany at Epcot- Rice crispy treat with chocolate and caramel

L’Artisan des Glaces– Caramel fleur de sel ice cream

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth- France- La Passion Martini Slush

Coral Reef Restaurant– Shrimp and grits- Sautéed Shrimp, Cheddar Grits, Local Corn Succotash, Andouille Sausage, Creole Spice Emulsion

Main Street Bakery– Cinnamon roll (Halloween version)

Aloha Isle– Dole Whip

Honeymoon Food #11

Be Our Guest Restaurant– (First three images) Cheese plate; Sautéed shrimp and scallops- with Lobster, Mushrooms, and Seasonal Vegetables in a creamy Lobster Sauce over Pappardelle pasta; The “Grey Stuff” and lemon meringue cupcake

Pongu Pongu– Night Blossom-Mixture of Limeade with Apple and Desert Pear flavors topped with Passion Fruit Boba Balls

Tusker House– (Last two images) Selection of food from all-you-can eat buffet

Honeymoon Food #12

Grand Floridian Cafe– Brioche French Toast with Madagascar Vanilla Bean-Butter with Bacon

Electric Umbrella– (Second and third images) Three-cheese flatbread; Energy salad with roasted chicken- Fresh greens topped with Roasted Chicken, Seasonal Fruit (we omitted the fruit) and Feta Cheese

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’– Art’s Famous Fried Chicken-Buttermilk-brined for 24 hours then perfectly fried and served with creamy mashed potatoes, a cheddar drop biscuit and love

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths-

Africa- Berbere-Style Beef Tenderloin tips with onions, jalapeños, tomato and pap

Hops & Barley- New England Lobster Roll

Honeymoon Food #15

The Lunching Pad– Pepper jack warm stuffed pretzel

Gaston’s Tavern– (Images two and three) Chocolate croissant; Warm cinnamon roll

Columbia Harbour House – (Images four and five) Shrimp Mac and cheese; Boston cream pie

Tony’s Town Square– Shrimp scampi

Honeymoon Food #13

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe– Troll horn

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth- Active Eats- Loaded Mac ‘n’ cheese with pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions

Restaurant Marrakesh– (Images three and four) Moroccan coffee; Couscous with chicken

Cheshire Cafe– Cheshire Cat tail

Trilo-Bites– Buffalo chicken chips

Disney World Food Wrap-Up

As you can see, we really spoiled ourselves in terms of food on our Honeymoon! We knew that this really would be a once in a lifetime trip, and so made many reservations that we would normally forgo for eating mainly at quick-service places. Way before we left for our honeymoon, I made a list of all the restaurants we wanted to try, and I am happy to say we were able to eat at most of them, but there are sooooo many options for food at Disney, that we just scratched the surface of all the possible places to eat. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites from our trip!

Table Service– I think Ron and I both agree that our favorite table service meals were at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort, and Tiffins at the Animal Kingdom.

The overall experience at ‘Ohana  was just incredible. We got to sit right next to the window looking out over the water and could see the castle at the Magic Kingdom in the distance. We also were able to see part of the “Electrical Water Pageant” on the Seven Seas Lagoon. The food was also awesome, and there was so much of it, I would definitely recommend going there with a big appetite- I wish I had been able to eat more than I did because they really will bring as much to your table as you want. Everything was good- Ron even liked the pineapple-coconut bread, which was shocking because he doesn’t like pineapple or coconut. The dumplings were awesome, and all the skewers- wow. The bread pudding for dessert though was one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. I was so full by that point, but I just couldn’t stop eating it.

Tiffins is definitely a restaurant for a special occasion. It was by far the most expensive meal we ate, but the food was incredible. It was one of those restaurants that can make anything taste amazing. Ron ordered the Duo of Venison- Ethiopian Coffee Butter-infused Venison Loin, Boerewors, Soubise, Chakalaka, Tamarind Barbecue, Leek Ash. He was a little unsure of how he would like it, because of all the “fancy” sounding accompaniments for the venison, but he ended up loving it all. My swordfish was awesome, but the forbidden rice underneath was my favorite part of the dish.  The interior of the restaurant is also very interesting, with very unique artwork and a theme of travels around Africa and Asia throughout the restaurant.

Quick Service- Ron’s favorite quick service restaurant is the Columbia Harbour House. It’s a nice relaxing place, with lots of indoor seating, to take a break, and eat some comforting food. The second floor of the restaurant is really the best place to sit in my opinion, as you get a great view of Liberty Square. It kind of feels like being at home in Connecticut, but better because you are on vacation, haha. The shrimp Mac and cheese was very cheesy and filling, and we got a complementary Boston cream pie for dessert. So nice! My favorite quick service restaurant that we ate at, by far, on this trip was the new restaurant in the Pandora section of Animal Kingdom, Satu’li Canteen. In this restaurant you get to customize your meal by picking a protein, then a base, and a sauce.  The wood fired chicken bowl that I got, with mixed whole grains and rice, and a chimichurri sauce, was reasonably priced, healthy, very generously portioned, and so so good. We also tried the cheeseburger steamed pods on a different day, which were unique and tasty. I wanted to try so many more combinations on the menu, such as the vegetable steamed curry pods, the sustainable fish bowl, and I really have to go back to try the desserts as well- I think if it had been up to me alone, we would have eaten here every time we visited the Animal Kingdom on our trip.

Snacks- I think the favorite snack for both me and Ron, was the Pepper Jack cheese stuffed pretzel at The Lunching Pad… who can go wrong with cheese and carbs, right? We also love the buffalo chicken chips from Trilo-Bites! I enjoyed the cinnamon bun from Main Street Bakery as well.

Breakfast- Ron and I didn’t eat many formal breakfasts on our trip, but we are in agreement the the Grand Floridian Cafe was our favorite of those breakfasts. From the sophisticated atmosphere of the Grand Floridian, to the view of the gardens from the cafe, to the amazing food, this was one we would love to go back to. Ron had the steak and eggs- Sirloin Steak with Cheesy-Hash Brown Casserole, Two Eggs-Any Style, and Chimichurri Sauce, which he loved, and I had the French toast, which was probably the best French toast I’ve had in my life- three words- vanilla bean butter- so yum!

Dessert- When I asked Ron what his favorite dessert from our trip was he said that he was always too full from our previous meals to be able to adequately judge, haha. He had ice cream from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor one day which he really enjoyed though, and we both enjoyed the ice cream sundae that we got from the Ghirardelli ice cream and chocolate shop!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival- I think we did a pretty good job of trying out a bunch of food booths from the food and wine festival, although I really wish we could have tried them all… we really needed to stay a month, haha.  I think the stand-outs that we had included the Irish cheddar cheese dip with brown bread from Ireland, and the loaded Mac and cheese from Active Eats. I also loved the fresh potato pancake with smoked salmon from Scotland… I really want to recreate that one! I did pick up the Food and Wine Festival Cookbook while we were there, so hopefully I will be cooking up a bunch of the dishes offered at the festival in the future… I’m sure I’ll feature some here!

So that about wraps up our trip… just looking at all this good food is making my stomach growl. Time for a second Honeymoon?

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Weekly Recipe Round-Up #2

This was one of those weeks where I had a plan in place for meals I was going to make, including tacos! … and then life got in the way, specifically a bug that I picked up from work. I won’t go into details, haha, but suffice it to say that I ended up making far fewer meals than I had intended. Despite being derailed, I still managed to make a delicious chili, a healthy soup for lunch throughout the week, a lazy pasta dish, and today I used up some very very over-ripe bananas, so at least the whole week wasn’t a loss!

 

This white bean chicken chili is from Shutterbean, and is one of my favorite chili recipes. It is perfect for a weeknight, because once it’s prepped, it only takes about half an hour to cook! It’s also pretty healthy, and I always love recipes that I’m able to customize with toppings. Here I added cheddar cheese, jalapeños and avocado, and I served cheddar bay biscuits on the side (not pictured), but other topping ideas include scallions, pickled jalapeños, cilantro, corn chips, tortilla chips, and/or sour cream.

For lunch I made the Hearty Lentil Minestrone that I posted about earlier in the week. It definitely lived up to the “hearty” in its name, keeping me full for hours!

For my lazy pasta dish, I cooked some shrimp, just simply seasoned with salt and pepper, added it to warmed up pasta sauce (use whatever you like)- I used Rao’s fra diavolo sauce, and then added that to some cooked spaghetti. Super lazy, but yummy!

Finally, with the super ripe bananas, I made a simple banana bread recipe. I admit that I didn’t follow the instructions to a tee- instead of creaming the butter and sugar together, I melted the butter first because my butter was still rock solid. I basically just mixed all the wet ingredients together, combined the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and then added them to the wet. Very good, but not my favorite banana bread that I’ve ever made- here are some links to ones I’ve tried and liked better:

Banana Bread from the Moosewood Cookbook

Crackly Banana Bread from Smitten Kitchen

Maple Olive Oil Banana Bread from Shutterbean

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread from Lovin’ From the Oven

See you next week with another round-up!

 

What I Ate at Disney World: Part 1

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So while I was away from this old blog, I got married!! Woohoo! We went on a fabulous and fun two week trip to Disney World for our honeymoon- riding all (well, most) of the rides, visiting all the parks, and eating all the food. It was so much fun and so delicious! I’ve been wanting to put together a post about all of the food we ate while we were there, but because we ate so much I am going to split this up into two posts. We were lucky to go during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, which meant that there were even more delicious food options than normal. I would say that all of our meals ranged from good to great, minus a grisly steak that my husband Ron had, but I guess that can happen anywhere. We ate at many of the table service restaurants, as well as quick service places, and food stands. I would probably have gained 100 pounds if it wasn’t for all the walking we did as well. We averaged about 7-9 miles of walking a day- so it was not a lazy vacation by any means, but it was relaxing in that we got to worry about only ourselves for two weeks… it’s not often that we get to do that! So without further ado, here’s everything (well, most everything), I ate at Disney World, continuing in Part 2, coming soon.  At the end of the second post, I’ll highlight a few of my favorite meals that we had!

Honeymoon Food #1

(Clockwise from top left)

Earl of Sandwich– The Earl’s Club- Turkey, bacon, Swiss, Roma Tomato and sandwich sauce

Casey’s Corner– Corn dog nuggets

Pinocchio Village Haus– BBQ chicken flatbread

T-REX Restaurant– Jamaican Rundown- chicken, andouille sausage, tr-color peppers, carrots, island coconut broth, served over white rice

Ample Hills Creamery– Chocolate milk and cookies ice cream

Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop– Chrissy Field’s Cookie Bit Sundae-Vanilla Ice Cream  (We got chocolate and cookies and cream ice cream instead of vanilla) nestled between Cookies ‘N Cream Ice Cream and smothered with homemade Hot Fudge. Topped with Whipped Cream, Colossal Ghirardelli® Chocolate Chip Cookie crumbles, and two Ghirardelli® Milk Chocolate Caramel minis.

Honeymoon Food #2

(Clockwise from top left)

Be Our Guest Restaurant(First three images) French dip sandwich with pommes frites; French onion soup; chocolate cream puff

Satu’li Canteen– Chopped wood-grilled chicken bowl with crunchy vegetable slaw and boba balls, over mixed whole grains and rice, with a charred onion chimichurri sauce

Tiffins– (Last two images) Selection of artisanal cheeses; Grilled swordfish with forbidden rice, Tsukemono, Trumpet Royale, and Carrot-Coconut Puree

Honeymoon Food #3

(Clockwise from top left)

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths (First 5 images)

France– Warm goat cheese pudding with spinach

The Cheese Studio– Braised beef “stroganoff” with tiny egg noodles, wild mushroom, and Boursin garlic and fine herbs cheese sauce

Canada– “Le Cellier” Wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle-butter sauce

Scotland– Fresh potato pancake with Scottish smoked salmon and herbed sour cream

Ireland– Warm Irish cheddar cheese and stout dip with Irish brown bread

Caribbean beach breakfast buffet– Mickey waffle(!), cheesy hash brown casserole, sausage, bacon, biscuit, scrambled eggs with peppers and onions

Honeymoon Food #4

(Clockwise from top left)

San Angel Inn Restaurante– (First three images) Queso Fundido- melted cheese with chorizo, poblano peppers and onions; Chips and Salsa; Tacos de Carne- Grilled sirloin, black beans and poblano peppers served with guacamole and corn tortillas

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe– School bread- sweet cardamom bun filled with vanilla creme custard, topped with glazed and toasted coconut

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant– (Last two images) Boneless chicken wings with chipotle barbecue sauce; half a beef and blue burger (Signature Blend of Beef on a Brioche Roll, topped with Blue Cheese, Onion Marmalade, Bacon, Lettuce, and Gourmet Tomato) and half a reuben (Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, and Thousand Island Dressing on Marble Rye Bread) with a pickle spear and fries

Honeymoon Food #5

Ohana– (Whole collage) ‘Ohana is served family style, meaning you get platters of all the options delivered to your table and you can eat as much as you want! The meal includes pineapple-coconut bread, mixed greens salad with Lilikoi salad dressing, pork dumplings tossed in a garlic-ginger sauce, honey-coriander chicken wings, skewers of sweet and sour chicken, spicy grilled shrimp, and Szechuan sirloin steak, noodles in a teriyaki sauce and stir-fried vegetables. For dessert, you are served ‘Ohana bread pudding a la mode topped with caramel sauce and bananas. I also had a drink called the “Island Sunset”

Honeymoon Food #6

(Clockwise from top left)

The Wave… of American Flavors– Breakfast buffet (egg white frittata, bacon, sausage, cheesy grits, hash brown casserole, Mickey waffle)

Frontera Cocina– (Second two images) Guacamole and chips verde-Roasted poblanos, roasted tomatillo, toasted pepitas, cilantro, and onions; Red Chile chicken enchiladas-Just-made corn tortillas, chipotle chicken filling, guajillo chile sauce, Queso Chihuahua, crispy onions, black beans

Sprinkles Bakery– Black and white cupcake and Black velvet cupcake

Sa’tuli Canteen– Cheeseburger steamed pods

Restaurantosaurus– Grilled chicken BLT sandwich with fries

Honeymoon Food #7

(Clockwise from top left)

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen– Nile Nellie’s noodle bowl with chicken- rice noodles in broth served with jalapeños and fresh herbs

Cinderella’s Royal Table– (next four images) Castle salad- mixed greens with Asparagus, Nueske’s Applewood-smoked Bacon, Pickled Pearl Onions, Marinated Tomatoes, and Poached Egg in a Bacon Vinaigrette; Pan-seared chicken served over creamy Goat Cheese Polenta and Baby Rainbow Carrots with a Madeira Mushroom Reduction; The Clock Strikes Twelve- Dark Chocolate Mousse with a Dark Chocolate Ganache served with a Raspberry Coulis; Special honeymoon cupcake 🙂

Aloha Isle– (special treat for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party) Chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo panna cotta and a white chocolate Haunted Mansion-inspired portrait

PART 2!

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I’m Back! Weekly Recipe Round-Up #1

Hello readers!

After taking a very long break, I’m really excited to be back! My hope is that I can post here a few times a week… I miss this space, and having a place to share food I’ve been eating, and recipes I’ve been making, as well as randomness from time to time. Despite the fact that I haven’t posted here in years, I still continue to cook up a storm in my kitchen- cooking most nights, and trying new recipes from cookbooks and blogs constantly.

Here are some things I’ve cooked this week:

 

All great meals! The quesadilla was filled with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, onion and pepper jack cheese. Alongside it, we had my favorite Mexican rice from Everyday Annie and Cowboy Beans from Rick Bayless’ excellent cookbook Mexican Everyday! The quesadilla recipe was adapted from Chrissy Teigan’s cookbook Cravings… she has a recipe for “Margarita Chicken Fajitas”, but because Ron is not a fan of fajitas (craziness), I adapted them to become quesadillas.

Next up was another recipe from Everyday Annie (check out her blog if you haven’t yet- it’s excellent!). I made her Thai Chili Glazed Salmon with Rainbow Veggie Fried Rice. So good, and healthy as well with all the veggies that are in it… and super pretty!  I loved the combination of Brussels sprouts, peppers, onions and red cabbage. I would never have thought to add Brussels sprouts to fried rice, but it really works. Next time I make it, I think I’m going to add mushrooms, a hot pepper, and maybe an egg as well. This was also excellent with some sriracha for spiciness!

Thirdly, I made the Chicken Meatball Marsala with Egg Noodles from Deb Perelman over at Smitten Kitchen‘s new cookbook Smitten Kitchen Every Day… as always, her recipes do not disappoint, and I just love her writing style so much! I added mushrooms to the recipe per an idea I got from Tara over at the Smells Like Home blog. She posted a picture of this dish on her Instagram with the mushrooms added, and I just couldn’t help copying her! So good!

So I think I will be posting a weekly round-up of recipes I’ve made during the week as a weekly feature! I will post some of the full recipes (especially if I’ve adapted them from a cookbook), but I will also do round-up posts like this with pictures and links to the sources of the recipes…. I always like to see what others are eating, so I hope you readers do too… and this will be a nice record for me when I’m lacking in inspiration and want to look back at what I’ve made in the past. From time to time I’ve started dinner diaries, but I never seem to be able to keep up, so maybe a visual journal will be better for me!

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Can you believe Christmas is so close? I sure can’t and I feel completely unprepared. The move that we are in the midst of has totally thrown me off this year. We have no tree (boohoo), no decorations, and I’ve barely done any shopping. Next year I intend to make up for this with a giant tree and copious decorations, although maybe not as many as Clark Griswald… The snow this weekend has at least made it look a little more festive outside, and I’ve been watching tons of Christmas movies this weekend to put myself in a holiday spirit, so it’s finally feeling a bit more like Christmas to me!

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Here are some decorations and craft ideas I’ve been eyeing that I’ll be saving for next year when I don’t have an apartment full of boxes and packing supplies to contend with!

Snowy Winter Wreath

via creativegreenliving.com

via bhg.com

Rosemary placecards DIY

via spoonforkbacon.com

Christmas Centerpiece DIY

via justagirlblog.com

Christmas Place Setting

via pinkfrilly.blogspot.it

And I’m loving all these creative ideas for gift-wrapping!

Pretty wrapping with twine and pine

via odessamaysociety.com

Kraft Paper and Red Ribbon

via Pinterest

Kraft paper and pine

via Pinterest

Gift Wrap

via hgtv.com

DIY Gift Wrap

via the lilypadcottage.blogspot.co.uk

I’ve also been checking out Etsy of course to see what holiday related goods there are to buy out there. Here are just a few of my favorites!

This monogrammed burlap tree skirt:

Burlap Tree Skirt

from The Burlap Cottage (via etsy.com)

This cute “Let it Snow” garland

Let it Snow garland

from Crafty Belles (via etsy.com)

This adorable dachshund Christmas card!

Dachshund card

from Doggy Design (via etsy,com)

This lovely Advent calendar:

Advent calendar

from Good Wishes Quilts (via etsy.com)

This snowflake-adorned pillow:

Snowflake Pillow

from Low Country Home (via etsy.com)

Super Saturday (on a Sunday)

I’ve really been missing Super Saturday, so I thought that even though today is Sunday, I should get one up this week… and since it’s a holiday weekend, today is basically Saturday, right?!

So I am just loving that it’s fall. It is definitely my favorite season. I used to say that spring was my favorite, and while I still love spring, fall has risen above it. I love the chillier temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and of course Halloween…. I absolutely love scary movies, haunted houses, ghost stories, and everything else associated with the holiday.

Here are some Halloween and Fall related things I’ve been loving lately!

Fall Decor

So I love carving pumpkins, but I have been loving these alternatives to the traditional pumpkin carving this year. I still will probably do a couple of traditional ones, but maybe I should get a couple extra and try some of these other ideas out…

Mouse Motel

via marthastewart.com

via realsimple.com

via realsimple.com

 

via mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com

via mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com

via countryliving.com

via countryliving.com

It is my dream to someday have an front porch so that I can create an entryway such as these:

via marthastewart.com

via marthastewart.com

via jollymom.com

via jollymom.com

from hgtv.com

from hgtv.com

via bhg.com

via bhg.com

Here are some other fall decor ideas I am loving!

via revelblog.com

via revelblog.com

via bhg.com

via bhg.com

via laurenconrad.com

via laurenconrad.com

 

via bunchesandbits.blogspot.com

via bunchesandbits.blogspot.com

Oh, and of course there are a million things I want to buy from Etsy…. as usual….

via MoseyRoseDesigns

via MoseyRoseDesigns

via 112FarmhouseLayne

via 112FarmhouseLayne

 

via LonelyHunterHome

via LonelyHunterHome

via TheCountrySignShop

via TheCountrySignShop

 

I’m sure I’ll have even more fall/Halloween related things to share next time. I just can’t get enough.

Vacation Eats: Eating In

Since some of my family (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) were down in Chincoteague vacationing as well, some nights we got together as a family for meals,  and other nights it was just me and my parents. I have to say that I am incredibly lucky to have a lot of great cooks in my family! It was fun to see what everyone made for the family dinners we had, and is was also great to be able to cook for my family. We had some really yummy home-cooked meals that I wanted to share with you.

A yummy spread including a fabulous watermelon-feta salad, roasted vegetables, peach and green bean salad, and really wonderful quiches, including a to-die-for seafood quiche.

Bean and Corn Salad

Bean and Corn Salad (Recipe coming soon!)

Chili Dip

Our favorite chili dip!

Rainbow Tomato Crostini (Recipe coming soon!)

Crab cakes, bean and corn salad, roasted potatoes and more!

Chicken, crab cakes, roasted potatoes, bean and corn salad,and balsamic roasted vegetables (recipe coming soon!)

Corn on the cob, steamed shrimp, roasted veggies, broiled flounder, roasted potatoes.

Shrimp tacos

Steamed clams

Steamed clams

Clam Chowder and corn bread

Cooking crab cakes

Veggie-filled Crab Cakes (Recipe coming soon!)

Crab cakes (Recipe coming soon!)

Dinner

Corn on the Cob, Crab cakes, pesto pasta, salad

Crab Frittata

Crab Frittata (Recipe coming soon!)