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

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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?



What I Ate at Disney World: Part 1


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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