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A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music & More

A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music & More

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is taking place right now in Florida.  Hot Hubby and I have plans to attend later this year.  We love the creativity, tastes and smells of EPCOT during this event.  I have always loved to eat, but preparing it is another matter.

I have never been a great cook…make that good cook…better say tolerable cook.   So it is a good thing that Hot Hubby doesn’t like to eat.  It makes us the perfect pair.

I once had a discussion with a great cook, who said, “If you can read, you can cook.”  I disagree completely.  I own and have read multiple cookbooks.   I gather all of the ingredients, I measure everything carefully and I get to that dreaded phrase, “season to taste.”   If  I knew how this was supposed to taste, why would I need a cookbook?  It doesn’t tell you with what to season.  So I end up throwing in all of the spices I own, and it tastes awful.

I am a practical person and I hate recipes that call for part of something.  I once tried to make Orange chicken from a recipe that called for half a can of orange concentrateorange chicken.   But what am I supposed to do with the other half?  Not wanting to be wasteful, I just added the whole thing…..not a good idea.  My kids still talk about how awful that chicken was.

Maybe because I am such a horrible cook, it lets me appreciate when I eat something spectacular.  I love the creativity and presentation of the food at Disney.  It always inspires me to want to try harder when I get home.  I just have to make sure I have the fire department on speed dial for my next attempt.foodandwine image

Snow White -Love or Hate her?

Snow White -Love or Hate her?

I have never really bonded with Snow White.  I just can’t relate to a girl who sees a house of 7 men and says, “I can cook for you and clean for you and make your house a home.”  I can’t cook and I only clean when throwing a party.  Hot Hubby, on the other hand, loves Snow White and sees a philanthropist who wants to serve others.

Recently, I have begun to feel like Snow White, so I can like her a little more.  When Hot Hubby moved in, he brought a beautiful cat named Tiger.  Tiger has lived in rural Nevada his entire life and now resides in a neighborhood of Phoenix.  In his new home, Tiger has a doggy door, so he can come and go as he wants.

Living up to his name, Tiger is a hunter and a very good one.  Tiger hunts for lizards, rabbits, birds, and mice.  At first, he brought them home and ate them in the living room.  It was messy, but tolerable.  Then he showed some mice the doggy door, so they came in and made a home.  Tiger noticed that I was not feeding Hot Hubby, so he started bringing home live snakes and rabbits trying to train Hot Hubby to hunt.

Now I am living in Snow White’s cabin in the woods.   Wild animals are running around my home.  Snow White is teaching me to love my situation, sing a happy song and hopefully train the animals to clean my house.   I will let you know how that goes.snow white

Adulting at Disneyland

Adulting at Disneyland

One of my favorite parts about being a grownup is that I can eat good food.  I don’t know about you, but I get so tired of hamburgers, spaghetti & meatballs and french fries.  I am not a health nut and I do sample occasionally from the above assortment.  But the best part about Disneyland are the grown up restaurants.

Now if you have young children, please skip these establishments.  These are the places where I sit with Hot Hubby, away from the noise and the crowds.  And I will give you dirty looks if you bring a child and they don’t behave.  Children love Goofy’s Kitchen and belong there.

Our favorite adulting is done at Carthay Circle in California Adventure.  Carthay Circle Restaurant occupies the 2nd floor of a detailed reproduction of the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre.  In 1937, Disney’s first feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered there.  The restaurant has hundreds of pictures from that evening and takes you back to a slower pace.  Downstairs, there is a gorgeous bar and waiting area.  But upstairs is the place to be.

I always begin my visit with a walk upstairs to the bathroom.  The wooden paneling, the full length doors on the stalls, the luxury helps my heart beat slower.   Once the my smile has returned, I head downstairs to let the staff know we am here for our reservation.

After a few minutes of hand holding in a corner with Hot Hubby, we are whisked upstairs to begin our immersion.   Upstairs is a quiet respite from the real world.  The waiters are attentive, the food is delicious and the pace is leisurely.

We always start with the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits.   Can you imagine how good it is to have cheese, bacon, jalapeno all baked into a biscuit?  It is heaven on earth!  We have tried a variety of dinners and each features an amazing assortment of tastes that tickle your tongue and leaving you wishing for cooking lessons.   The menu changes seasonally, so it is always a new experience.

Next time you head to Disneyland and want a little luxury….try Carthay Circle.  Your taste buds and your Hot Hubby will thank you!Hot Hubby in carthay circle

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

I am so excited to be going to Disney World in Florida for 7 days in November.  But after the excitement, comes the planning.  I have already made my dining reservations, which you can do 180 days before your trip.

Next step, planning your Fast Pass selections, which you can do 60 days before your trip.  First, I have been researching and have determined which rides I want at each park and I wrote about that in a previous post.   Second, now I need to pick a day for each park, so I can choose the correct ride on the correct day.  It wouldn’t ruin my trip to just wing it, but this is my first trip with my new Bonus children (Hot Hubby’s children) and I am trying to look good….ha ha.

There are Four Parks.  During our visit , Epcot has the Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Marathon and the Very Merry Christmas Party is going on at Disney  World.  These are definitely something to notice and schedule around.  The Food & Wine Festival will be fun, but will make Epcot very crowded on the weekend.   Very Merry Christmas party closes Disney World early and requires a separate ticket, so we will avoid that area, except for the day we have tickets!

We are traveling with little ones, so we will plan to be at the park early, leave after lunch for nap time (not sure who will need this most the kids, or Hot Hubby).  Then return to the park for late afternoon fun.

Here is my plan:

Sunday – Animal Kingdom – 9 am – 7 pm  start small and build up

Monday – Hollywood Studios – 9 am – 8 pm

Tuesday – Magic Kingdom 9am – 9 pm Late start to see Fantasmic

Wednesday –  Epcot – Princess dinner reservations

Thursday – Magic Kingdom – Very Merry Christmas Party

Friday – Magic Kingdom

I probably need to put a day off in there, but what should I move?  I am too excited to think about a day at the pool instead of a day with MICKEY!  Maybe if I just put two late start days into the schedule, I won’t be totally exhausted by Saturday…..but if I am….i can sleep at home!

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Do you have a Disney Visa?

Do you have a Disney Visa?

My mailbox is full of credit card offers and promises of 50,000 rewards for this or discounts for that.  And I admit, I have multiple cards that I use for different reasons.  I use one card for the travel points.  I gave my kids a different card for emergencies.  But my secret favorite is my Disney Visa.

I don’t put much on it, mainly my Disney trips.  And I earn a few dollars a year as a reward, that I can then spend at Disneyland.  But the main reason that I have the card is for the Cardmember-exclusive Character Experiences in Disneyland.  I can’t tell you how many vacations we have taken and I am not in a single photo.  But not anymore!  I check the website before every trip, and then I drag my family to the Character Experi

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Recently it was to meet Darth Vader in the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland.  I had a hard time smiling, because Darth Vader was so scary. And Cardmembers get to download all of the pictures for Free.  Here is one of the pics that Hot Hubby and I took.  Aren’t they fun!

Hot Hubby in Disneyland

Hot Hubby in Disneyland

Whew!  We visited Disneyland together for the first time and it was a huge success.  I think this is the true test of a relationship.  If you like Disneyland together, you will stay together for ever.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

For our first visit, I wanted Hot Hubby to ride all of my favorite rides, but take in some of his favorite also.  We started by going left when we entered the gates.  So we hit Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean.  Hot Hubby was one of the first visitors to ride Pirates when it opened, so it holds a special place in his heart.

Next we got a fast pass for The Haunted Mansion and rode Splash Mountain and Winnie the Pooh. On Splash Mountain, we rode with a man and his daughter who made our souvenir picture really funny.  We got totally soaked, but Hot Hubby was a good sport, reason number 589 why I love this man.   There is a lot of construction in this area and I can’t wait to see Star Wars Land!   Then we ran back to The Haunted Mansion and made it just in time for our fast pass.  Hot Hubby is in good shape and never tired, which is reason number 590.

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Enjoying(?) Splash Mountain with Hot Hubby

Our next adventure was Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is so fun since the makeover.  It was so much fun and so non-crowded that we rode it twice.  I love the goat at the top who is chewing on a stick of dynamite.  Hot Hubby liked the rattlesnake, but he sees those at home, so maybe it is the familiarity?

Our next stop was Fantasyland.  We whizzed through London with Peter Pan, escaped the Evil Queen with Snow White and barely survived Mr Toad’s Wild Ride.  Alice was too long a line, but we Tea Cupped until we might puke.  As always, we ended Fantasyland with the Carousel.

We headed over the Matterhorn for fast passes and rode It’s a Small World, twice because Hot Hubby enjoyed it so much.  There were two laughing hyenas that I have not noticed before, but they were especially funny today.  So we had to ride it twice to laugh again.

Mickey Toon Town was next and Go  Coaster and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  This one is a family favorite, because my daughter is named Jessica after Jessica Rabbit.  So we always take a picture next to Jessica’s stage door, as a trip memento.  I have pictures of our family at every stage of life, by that Stage Door.

Whew!  I have so much to share, but I am running out of time.   Join me again and I will finish the day.   Thanks for stopping by!

Walt Disney World Autographs

I heard that my cousin was planning a trip to Disney World to see my favorite Mouse.  She had already ordered your park hopper tickets and was staying in the Contemporary Hotel.  Love that hotel, because the monorail makes it so easy to get to the Magic Kingdom.  She had gotten her magic bands and ordered your fast passes and making restaurant reservations.  Here is the advice I provided about autographs:
In the contemporary hotel lobby, is our favorite restaurant.  Chef Mickey.  It just started serving lunch also.  This restaurant serves great kid, friendly meals, mac & cheese, peanut butter and jelly pizza, chicken nuggets, while also serving Prime Rib, caesar salad, baked potatoes, and yummy adult food.  In addition, they have 6-8 characters who stop by your table and take pictures, sign autographs or just talk.  We usually schedule this early in our trip, so the pressure is off for getting so many autographs.  Also, while you are waiting for your table, they will take a picture of the entire family with a character.  Just remember to give them your phone or camera, and they will take a great picture for free.
We have tried a multitude of different signing options, autograph books, t-shirts, pillowcases and tote bags.  Our two favorites are the plain while pillowcases and the plain white book bags.  I carried an assortment of colored permanent markers and had each character sign with a different color.  Then the kids can take their bags to and from school and remember the trip for a long time.  The pillowcase was good for remembering, but they didn’t get to show their friends as much.  Do not recommend the t-shirt idea, because the characters have to get too close to sign them and the ink goes away quickly after 5-10 washes.
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Don’t try to do everything. You will go back.  Oh yea, I forgot that they have a place, Fantasy Faire or something like that has a bunch of princesses in one place for autographs.  So you can knock them out with one time in line and get back to Dumbo.
 Thought you would enjoy.  What are your tips for autographs?