Thursday, November 2, 2017

Food and Wine Festival:Active Eats Booth

Another good food item from last year returned this year at the Active Eats booth, a new booth, but featuring some of the foods from last year. I really enjoyed the Loaded Mac' N cheese from last year, so I purchased it again.

 This is called Loaded Mac n' Cheese with Nueske's pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions. This is adult mac n' cheese. It is really good, and has a little spice to it. I really enjoyed this dish. You get a nice helping too. It costs 4.75 and is DDP snack eligible.

 Next we purchased the Roasted Verlasso Salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri. Hubby loved this dish, I am not a big fish fan, but he said this was his favorite thing he ate at the Festival. He said the salmon was cooked perfectly, and the quinoa was excellent. This dish, again a nice helping, was 5.50 and DDP snack eligible.

This booth is located in Future World West.

                                                    Loaded Mac n' Cheese

                                                     Roasted Verlasso Salmon

Friday, October 27, 2017

Food and Wine Festival: Ireland

The Ireland booth is located near United Kingdom in Epcot. I was really excited to get to try the Twinings  Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel shake. This is a non alcohol drink and was amazing. It had the basic chai taste which to me tasted like fall, especially with the caramel added to it. They also had an alcoholic version of it with vodka, but we kept it alcohol free. This was an amazing tea concoction with milk added and some 'nilla wafers on top. This costs 4.75 and is DDP snack eligible.

 While in line hubby saw they had Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish cream liquor custard. This was amazing, from the spongy outside to the warm ooey gooey inside it just melted in your mouth as you bit into it. My favorite dessert item at the festival. This item costs 4.00 and is DDP snack eligible.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Food and Wine : The Cheese Studio

The Cheese Studio is located in Future World West, They have so many booths this year in this same location which was nice to just hop from one to the next.

 At this booth I purchased the Braised Beef Stroganoff  with tiny egg noodles, wild mushroom and boursin garlic and fine herbs cheese sauce. This dish was pretty good, I really enjoyed it, and it was a large helping. I loved how unique the tiny egg noodles were. This dish costs 5.00 and is DDP snack eligible.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Food and Wine Festival: The Light Lab

 Another new area to Food and Wine was the Light Lab, this is located in Future World West inside the building behind Club Cool.   As you walk in there is a bar type area set up with couches, a table and chairs and it is air conditioned which was amazing on a hot day!

 The Light Lab is a little further into the building separated by a small corridor. As you enter,  there is a night club feel with glowing neon colors. You'll be greeted by "scientists" in lab coats. We only got a drink here.  There is only one food item on the menu that glows, the glonut.   The cups all glowed and the atmosphere was fun. We purchased the RGB: Citrus Apple Freeze,which was refreshing though not as slushy as I had hoped. It tasted kind of like apple, it was just ok. The cost for this was $3.75







Food and Wine Festival: Flavors from Fire Booth

    I was super excited this year to see a new food booth and to see one of my favorite items from last year return. The booth area is really neat, if you haven't had a chance to experience it. On the side of the booth was a  fire sculpture made from what looked like bronze. The area had some neat sections to eat. I loved not having to resort to standing over  a trash can to enjoy my food.

 So, to eat we tried the piggy wings. This was roasted pork wings with Korean BBQ sauce and sesame seeds. These taste amazing. They had to be the best thing we ate at the festival. I wish they sold them by the dozen! The wings were $4.50 and dip snack eligible.

 The second item we purchased from the booth was the smoked corn beef with warm crispy potatoes, pickled onions and blonde ale beer fondue. For my taste, this was way too salty and I did not enjoy it at all but the hubby did finish it. This dish was $5.00 and dip snack eligible.




                                          The Piggy Wings




                                          Smoked Corned Beef

                                           You can find this booth in Future World West.

Foodie Friday- The Ganachery: S’more

On my most recent trip in Disney Springs I had to go to the Ganachery to get this s’more !

 The store is kind of small, however the smell in here makes up for it. You will see lots of chocolate items in a glass case but my only want was this s’more! I asked if they still had it and the cast member let me know it was still available. I was given a card and  told to place it on the glass window so the people behind the glass could make my s’more for me. Yes, I got to watch them make it  right before my very eyes.

 I watched as they torched my huge marshmallow and place  it between the soft graham crackers and then dust it with  mickey shaped powdered sugar on top.
     
     There is seating right in front of the store. The s’more was nice and warm and so amazing. The graham cracker was not the crunchy stuff we eat around the campfire but a soft almost bread like cracker with the huge toasted marshmallow and ooey gooey chocolate. I was so happy I purchased this. It is worth a walk to Disney Springs. This cost  $8.00 and worth every penny.

 Your gonna wanna grab a few napkins cause it can be messy. Your gonna love it!!!






Friday, July 21, 2017

Foodie Friday: The Polite Pig Disney Springs

      I know I get excited about food all too much, but when I saw the Polite Pig opening in Disney

Springs, I could not wait to try it out.  I  love BBQ, especially Disney BBQ.  The Polite Pig did not

disappoint!

 The Polite Pig is located right next to the lime garage. Once you enter, you will see an outdoor

seating area and the neatest indoor/outdoor bar. To place your order, go up to the from, then you are

given  pager like device and choose your own seat.

   When  your food is ready it is brought to you at your table.The dining area is nice and big and can

fit around 200 people inside.The feel is very industrial and rustic inside.



 Onto the food...

I like to call this upscale BBQ,as the choices are what we know as typical BBQ food,but with a twist.

 I chose the Southern Pig, this is pulled pork with mayo and mustard sauce on a bun with slaw and a pickle spear.

It was really delicious. The only bad thing here is that the sides don't come with the sandwiches. They

are discounted at $4.00 each. This meal cost $12.00

Our next choice were the St.Louis Ribs that came with slaw, roll and one side (we got sweet potato tots).

The ribs were really good, hubby did not care for the slaw and the sweet potato tots were just some

tots with cheese on top. This meal was more expensive, as expected at  $19.99

Next my daughter got a kids meal which was macaroni and cheese which came with carrot sticks and

apple juice. Basically your standard kids meal for Disney.
I tried her mac n cheese and it was very good!! She loved it too, it was more like gourmet mac and

cheese, not the box orange stuff you can get other places. The carrots were so fresh, and that dipping

sauce tasted like herbs,i t was very good.This meal was $9.00

   The soda choices here are a company called Blue Bird. One of my favorites is the orange

mango.They are all made with cane sugar which is so awesome because I can not have fake sugars.

The soda is clear and the taste is phenomenal.

 This is a wonderful addition to Disney Springs. It is different and the flavors are not like other places

found in Disney. I liked this meal better taste wise than Flame Tree in Animal Kingdom, however the

price is a little high for me so this won't be an every trip meal.

 This place is on the Disney Dining Plan and is one credit for quick serve. Check times guides for

hours.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Satu'li Canteen Review

I knew as soon as I saw pictures of Satu'li Canteen I had to try the food. It looked different and amazing.

 We waited till later in the evening to eat,since they were very busy around dinner time.We always eat at off times for meals so it was no big deal.

 We got in with just a few minute wait and got our food. To my surprise the food is served in real bowls, and you get real silverware, no plastic here!

 We got our food and sat down. There is seating indoors and out which is nice, but it was just too warm and we needed some air conditioning, so we sat inside. The atmosphere is very calming, lots of browns and tans and some neat items hanging all over the place from the ceiling.

 On to the food. I ordered Cheeseburger steamed pods, which looked like something I have gotten in China, which was cool.

These are Bao buns, which taste like extra soft bread buns stuffed with ground meat, ketchup, mustard, pickle and cheese. They were amazing. The crunchy vegetable slaw was good, but what made it even better was the boba balls. Normally you would get these in tea in China, but to see these balls in food just was amazing. The slaw and the boba popping in your mouth; the tastes just gave your mouth an explosion of goodness. Then the vegetable chips just finished it off with the nice saltiness after the sweet flavors of the slaw and boba. This, by far, was one of the best meals I have eaten at a park in Disney. The cost was $10.99

Next on the list was the Slow Roasted grilled beef bowl, which is nice because you get get to choose what you want to go with it. Hubby chose the sweet potato hash and creamy herb sauce. You can choose the base and sauce that you want.


I tasted this meal too and again, nothing short of amazing. The beef was cut so thin and perfect.The hash was amazing, the slaw and the boba, again so yummy!!! The cost was $12.99

 Ready for dessert! I knew after seeing pictures of this item that I had to have it.


It is called Blueberry cream cheese mousse, and it was amazing. I tried it together and then each color by themselves, and you want to eat the blue and yellow with the red sauce, which is passion fruit. The flavors go together so well, it's an amazing taste experience. The little kiss looking thing on top is meringue ,the yellow I think was lemon, and the blue part was blueberry. The white piece hanging off the side was white chocolate.


The blue on the outside was almost like a soft shell that held in the blueberry goodness.The cost of this wonderfully awesome dessert was $5.29

Last but not least was the drink. We chose to go with the Pandoran sunrise. It looked so refreshing and sounded pretty good. Basically it was melon flavored powerade with some tropical juices thrown in.

The cost of this drink was $4.49 and for a small 12 oz cup. I feel the price was kind of steep, but the drink was really good.

 My Satu'li Canteen experience as a whole was nothing short of amazing, I can not wait to go back and try some other things out.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Flight of Passage experience in Pandora Animal Kingdom

I was so excited, yet nervous of the Flight of Passage ride in Pandora. Not because I was scared, but
because of all the people saying how they didn't fit on the ride.  I am a Pooh size gal, and that "walk of shame" is not the most fun thing to partake in. I know the feeling all too well having visited other
theme parks.

 I will start from the beginning. Disney has put a test seat out in front of the line queue for testing the seat out. The seat is a very weird shape, you hop on a motorcycle looking seat, it reminded me of those motorcycle games you play in the arcade. The one thing I did not like was the placement of this this tester seat. It is put out in the middle of the area in front of the ride, which is where people tend to sit. So kids of course think its something to play on and I had to wait a good 10 minutes for the kids to get off so I could try the seat out. Now I did see a cast member is sometimes standing there, so maybe they just left for a few minutes, I am not sure. I decided after my hubby telling me I would be fine to just go for it, so I got in line.

 The wait time was 110 minutes at that time and we wanted to go on so badly, and because we hadn't been able to get fast passes we were willing to stand in line. The line queue starts you outside, goes up and around near the top of the mountain and you enter a cave, which was really cool. It had paintings inside of it so it gave you something to look at. After many winding turns in the cave you get to piece together the paintings and start to understand the relationship of the Banshee to the Na'vi. At least that is what I took from it.





 After the caverns you enter a room which takes on an industrial feel, and you just feel like you're in another world after a toxic mess happened.



 Then you find yourself in the bioluminescent forest, which was nice to see after the last room. Next you find yourself in a research area where you find the neatest life sizes murals of the Banshee and Na'vi on the wall. It gives you a sense of there size.





 The line keeps going and you're now in a laboratory. It's really neat how it wraps around the
line and gives you so much to look at while waiting. You get to the point where you will see a life
sized Avatar floating in water. The sight of this is just amazing when you see the actual size of these
creatures.The realness of seeing this was nothing short of breathtaking. He looked so real, it was hard to move away. I found myself just staring. Many others were taking pictures and videos, but
I didn't want to move.




 Next you are moving through what, to me, looked like a subway tunnel, but it was a long hallway. Almost there....

 Next you were taken to a room where it is explained about how you will be linking to an avatar. After that you're in another room where you are broken up into groups. Finally 16 people in line are then again broken into 8 per room.

 You then are handed your flight glasses, and told to store all our gear (sunglasses, bags, purses, etc) on the back wall. It has little areas that you place all your items in to keep them safe.

 You then mount the bike (link chair), and pull yourself up. There restraints will go up behind your
back. This is where, if you are pooh sized, you're gonna wanna pull yourself all the way up as far as you can and arch your back as far as you can. Then the leg restraints go up. They kind of sit behind your calves. I myself had plenty of room in the calf area, but let's just say I had no breathing room in the tummy area.

I was just so happy to fit on, I didn't care about breathing.

 So, glasses on I am ready to go! You will start to feel the animal breath, which is the weirdest thing to feel. The screen in front of you is kind of close, and looks 4k and 3-d. The best way I can describe
this ride is if you took Soarin' and Star Tours, and they had a baby, this would be it. The feeling you have flying on the Banshee is nothing like I have ever experienced,you will feel every twist and turn,even doing a barrel roll at one point.The wind,the water, the smells,yes, this ride has smells!!! The feeling of flying is so smooth, it was so real, you're gonna wanna hang on to the the handles.You go through the mountains of Pandora, the ocean, and finally the beautiful world of Pandora. You get to see Na'vi and other creatures, especially one very large one in the ocean then in the end where you safely land on a perch and the ride is over.

 It was nothing short of amazing. When the ride ended, I didn't want to leave. I literally cried, it was
that amazing!!!

 The only downfall to this experience is certain people of size at this time will not be able to
experience it. I am hoping Disney has some kind of plans for making this ride easy for all to ride,
because I would want everyone to experience the awesomeness of it all. So, for those of you planning on going on the ride, just go for it! I didn't think I would fit, but I did, and I am so happy I chose to go on instead of sitting this one out. Best of luck to ya'll.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flower and Garden Festival Bauernmarkt

We stopped at the Bauernmarkt Farmer's Market located in Germany. This is always one of my favorite stops as it is the place for my favorite beer. We ordered 2 items from this menu.The Potato Pancakes and Warm Cheese Strudel.


The potato pancakes were pretty amazing. They had house made apple sauce on top of them; ,you can see the thickness of it. Always a favorite of mine. Cost 3.75 DDP snack eligible is listed as vegetarian.


 Next was the Warm cheese strudel with mixed berries. The strudel itself was really good, but I did not enjoy the sauce that the berries were in. I still ate the strudel though, and hubby finished the rest. Cost was 4.00 and is DDP snack eligible


Flower and Garden Festival The Smokehouse

We stopped at the Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews. This is always like your typical barbecue foods, but with a kick. This booth is located in the American Adventure area.

We picked up 3 items at this booth, and they were pretty amazing.


First up is the Pulled Pig slider, I get this every year, but this year it was much better than previous years. There was added coleslaw on the top which added a nice crunch to the slider. Cost was 6.00 and is DDP eligible.


Next up was my husband's favorite, the Beef Brisket with burnt ends hash with white cheddar fondue and pickled jalapeno peppers. Just a tad spicy, but that was really good. Cost was 6.25 and is DDP eligible.


The last thing we ordered was the Warm Chocolate Cake with  bourbon-salted caramel sauce and spiced pecans. This cake was really good. I am not a fan of spicy things and the pecans were very spicy for me, but I scraped them off and still enjoyed the ooey-gooey cake. Cost was 3.75 DDP eligible, and is listed as vegetarian.


Flower and Garden Festival Urban Farm Eats

The first booth we stopped at was Urban Farm Eats. It is located in the Showcase Plaza in Epcot. We got 2 food items from here. The Watermelon Salad, and the Seared Pork Tenderloin.

 The watermelon salad appealed to me,as I have never eaten a watermelon salad before,so I was feeling adventurous and tried it,I am so glad I did. The Watermelon Salad has fresh pickled onions, baby arugula, feta and a balsamic reduction, and of course watermelon.The ingredients in this just marry together so perfectly, it was probably the best thing I tried. This dish is listed as gluten free and vegetarian. Cost of this salad was 4.00 and DDP snack eligible.


 Next was the Seared Pork Tenderloin, It had a beautiful mushroom ragout, spring vegetables and fingerling potatoes in it. It was really good and very tasty. Cost was 6.25 and DDP  snack eligible.


Flower and Garden Festival Cider House

We came up to the Cider House which is located in the United Kingdom of Epcot. Here is where we purchased the best thing I ever had at the festival. The Pear cider-brined shredded corned beef.

 Let me start by saying I do not like corned beef at all, I never have. Even as a kid, my grandma would make it every St. Paddy's Day and I would hate the smell of it cooking. We were going to walk past this booth, but my husband said I am gonna get it, so I said go for it then. I am so glad he did. We almost walked away from the line as the cashier was having issues with the register, but hubby stuck it out and ordered. We finally got our order, got to a table right next to the water and in the shade, and he began eating. He begged me to try it. I was like no thanks, but I caved and gave in and tried it. Have you ever had fireworks go off in your mouth? Well, this was one of those times! Never have I ever tasted something so amazing! The braised cabbage, pears and the Branston dressing all mixed together to create one of the most amazing food experiences I have ever eaten! The portion we got was a nice size too. Cost was 5.50 and is DDP snack eligible.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Once Upon a Cozy: A Review

   **I received free product in order to write this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I got to review one of the cutest hand made acrylic yarn cozies I have ever seen. It is made to remind you of  Mickey Mouse, with its yellow, red, and black colors and white yarn made to look like Mickey's buttons on his pants.

 This cozy is adorable and makes holding your cold or hot cup or mug or even can easier and, well, comfortable. You will love the soft feeling yarn hugging your cup with hand made love.

 I have tried this cozy on everything I could find and it fit on some cans,  mugs, and cups, but it has found its home on my metal cup. It also will fit around small to go cups, small candle jars and throw away cups.

 The cozy is the perfect size for non-handled cups which most of us have. I love being able to grab my to go coffee and adding this beauty on to give it that Disney love, then later on switching over to my metal cup for the rest of the day. I have used this for a while now and she is still holding up very well. The great thing is if it does get dirty, I just toss it in the laundry and hang to dry.

  I love being able to look down at my cup and see that hint of Mickey loving my mug.

 These cozies would make great gifts for any occasion, and would also be the perfect fish extender gift. Once Upon a Cozy also has many other styles to choose from including a Minnie mouse version which pairs with this one.

 Editor's note: We want to thank Once Upon a Cozy for this adorable cozy to review and for being part of Addicted To Mickey's last giveaway "Let's Go Cruisin' ". If you'd like to get your very own Cozy please visit her shop on Etsy here: OnceUponACozy and let her know we sent you.




   **I received free product in order to write this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ivy Trellis Salon - A Princess's Best Kept Secret

Have you ever tried making an appointment for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and it was booked? There is another option for you, the Ivy Trellis Salon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

We had plans to go in December but because of circumstances beyond our control, we had to change our travel
date to February. Since it was a last minute change in travel plans, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boutique was booked. After weeks of calling to check for cancellations, I was getting determined to find something for my daughter. I finally found the hidden secret. I booked the Perfectly Prepared Princess Package at the Ivy Trellis.

As of January 2015, Ivy Trellis Salon has a new Perfectly Prepared Princess Package.(kids ages 4-12) 
** Princess hairdo with a souvenir tiara -- $50.
** Hair-styling plus glow make-up -- $75.
** Hair, makeup and a fancy manicure -- $90.



The Ivy Trellis is such an awesome alternative to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. The hair style is customized to what your little princess wants. I suggest planning your appointment according to your schedule so your princess can enjoy the experience the entire day. 

If you have Magic Maker or Photo Pass, I highly suggest stopping over at the Castle Couture in the Magic Kingdom to have your picture taken in a studio setting. Need Pixie Dust? Ask a Cast Member and they will get out their secret stash that Tinker Bell left behind.

Reservations for the Ivy Trellis Salon can be made in advance by calling 407-WDW-SPAS or ask your Travel Agent for assistance.