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Friday Feast: Pre-Race Fuel at WDW

One of the questions I get asked most often is “Where is the best place to eat before a runDisney race at Walt Disney World?”  This is such a difficult question and something I struggle with before every race.  Luckily, WDW has a TON of dining options, so there is generally something for everyone.

Here are a few of the places I have dined at before runDisney events…the good, bad and meh.

Via Napoli

Chicken Parmesan at Via Napoli

Chicken Parmesan at Via Napoli

Italian food always seems to be the go to meal before races, probably because of the abundance of pasta for carb-loading.  So before my first half marathon (Princess 2012), that’s exactly what I decided on and headed to Via Napoli.  I really wanted Chicken Parmesan (one of my favorite pre-race meals anywhere!) which is what I ordered.  At Via Napoli, this comes with roasted potatoes, but I wanted some pasta.  The waiter would not make the substitution, saying that the chef absolutely refuses.  Really?  In Disney?  Interesting…

So I settled for the potatoes, which were good but just didn’t hit the spot.  Also, the restaurant is very loud and busy so I didn’t enjoy the overall experience for before a race.  You can read my full review here.

San Angel Inn

Enchiladas Verde De Pollo at San Angel Inn

Enchiladas Verde De Pollo at San Angel Inn

I had a late lunch here before the 2013 WDW Marathon to fuel up for those long 26.2 miles.  I LOVE Mexican food and while it might not be good for some before a race, it’s perfect for me.  Well as long as it’s something mild and not too acidic.  The enchiladas at San Angel Inn are just perfect.  Corn tortillas, rice and beans for carbs and tons of chicken for protein.  Unfortunately, I had to pass on having a yummy margarita, but there’s always next time…

Maya Grill

Grande Taco Platter at Maya Grill

Grande Taco Platter at Maya Grill

Oh look…more Mexican food!  Maya Grill is an absolute hidden gem at WDW.  Fantastic food, fun entertainment and it’s pretty easy to get a reservation.  Before the 2013 Princess Half Marathon, my fellow Mexican food lover Amanda and I headed to Maya Grill to fuel up with some of our friends.  We shared a giant bowl of guacamole to start, which was some of the best guac I’ve ever had, and I ordered the Grande Taco Platter for my entree.  I got a combination of beef, shrimp and chicken tacos, and the beef tacos were by far the best.  The shrimp and chicken were just meh.  It came with a generous portion of rice, beans and corn pudding.  Overall, it was amazing and great fuel for the race!

Kouzzina

Turkey-Sweet Potato Hash at Kouzzina

Turkey-Sweet Potato Hash at Kouzzina

It’s no secret that I LOVE Kouzzina breakfast, so it probably comes as no surprise that this is my go to place for meals before any of the night races at WDW.  Before both the 2012 Tower of Terror 10-Miler and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, I had a late breakfast (around 10:00 am) at Kouzzina.  Before I found out about my egg sensitivity, my favorite dish was the Turkey-Sweet Potato Hash, which is topped with a perfectly poached egg and arugula.  Drooooooolllll.  Perfect fuel for a night race!!

Since both those races, I have taken tests that have shown that I have a severe sensitivity to eggs.  Booooooo!!!  But guess what??  I found out from Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free in WDW that Kouzzina has some of the best allergen free waffles around.  And YES they do!!  Get these bad boys with a side of that delicious sweet potato hash and you are good to go.  You know where I’ll be for all the WDW races this fall.  You can read my full review of all the allergen free options here.

Allergen Free Waffles & Chicken Sausage at Kouzzina

Allergen Free Waffles & Chicken Sausage at Kouzzina

Landscape of Flavors

Mango, Blueberry, Banana Smoothie at Landscape of Flavors

Mango, Blueberry, Banana Smoothie at Landscape of Flavors

There are so many options at Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, but my favorite pre-race option is their smoothie bar.  I drink a smoothie everyday for breakfast to get me going, so this was a seriously awesome find for me in WDW.  The only bad thing is that they wouldn’t add any spinach from the salad bar in the next station…come on!!  But even without the spinach, the mango, blueberry and banana smoothie I had was delicious and a wonderful snack before the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

ESPN Zone

Championship Chicken Sandwich at ESPN Zone

Championship Chicken Sandwich at ESPN Zone

If you’re staying at the Boardwalk, this is an easy option to get a good meal.  Before the 2012 Wine & Dine Half Marathon, I ate here and ordered the Champion Chicken Sandwich without the bun.  I also got the sun-dried tomato pesto and goat cheese on the side so I could limit my intake of that.  The chicken was very good and the dish was a nice combination of protein and carbs for the race.  I just wish they had sweet potato fries!

I would also recommend getting your food to go if you plan on dining here before a race.  The restaurant is very loud with all of the games going on, so it’s not the best place to relax and get your head together.

In-Room Food

Whole Wheat Bagel Thin, Almond Butter & Banana

Whole Wheat Bagel Thin, Almond Butter & Banana

This combo is my must do meal prior to any race.  Whenever I’m in WDW for a race, I make a point to stop for some bagels, almond butter and bananas.  For me, this is the ideal race fuel…carbs, protein, sugars…perfect.  This combo is also great for staying in a hotel room because nothing needs to be refrigerated.  Trust me on this one…you’ll love it!

Well those are the restaurants I’ve visited so far prior to runDisney events.  What is you’re go to meal before a race?  What is your favorite WDW dining location before a race?

CSA Saturday: Week 16 & Funny Stories

Well, we’re sadly getting near the end of my CSA.  Only 4 weeks left 🙁  Didn’t this just start?!

Funny story about picking up today’s basket.  I wish I didn’t leave my phone in the car because pictures would’ve made a much better post.  As I was putting all my farm goodness into my bags, a couple came up and said…”um, there’s a dead baby possum over there.”  Que???  Over where??  I should probably preface this by saying that the farm where I pick up my basket has a GORGEOUS farm stand and said possum was apparently right in the middle of this.

Gorgeous right?!  Well apparently this little possum was just playing possum (like in my favorite commercial) and once prodded a bit started to move.  The farm owner literally swept him into a box where another girl took him out to the back of the farm.  It was quite funny to watch and in reality baby possum are super cute!  Well, until they show their teeth.

Anyway, let’s look at this week’s basket…

Beets, Cucumber, Apples, Lettuce, Carrots, Plums, Scallions, Tomatoes, Nectarines & Corn

Awesome basket this week!  One of my favorite salads is a green lettuce, shredded carrot and chopped scallion salad with a lemon vinaigrette.  This is so happening this weekend.  Corn and tomatoes…shocker, they will be sides to some grilled chicken.  Even though I always make this meal, the simplicity of it always makes me happy and reminds me of summer.  The fruit will just get snacked on, so that leaves the beets.  I’m getting bored with plain old roasted beets.  Any good recipes out there for something different??

 

CSA Saturday: Week 13

Well, I never got to the tomato soup last week because those tomatoes didn’t make it that long.  B and I ate them over the weekend in numerous salads.  We seem to be completely unable to have fresh tomatoes in the house without eating them right away.  I gues there could be worse things.

Thank you everyone for your ideas for the eggplant.  I decided to grill the eggplant with olive oil and oregano, which has become my new obsession.  It was good right off the grill, but I actually enjoyed it more the next day cold with some grilled chicken and tomatoes.

So now on to this week’s basket…

Savoy Cabbage, Green Bell Peppers, Broccoli Rabe, Green Leaf Lettuce, Cluster Tomatoes, Purple Beets, Green Apples, Peaches

The savoy cabbage is GIANT!  The farm sent this great recipe for Italian Stuffed Savoy Cabbage that I will try.  I’ve never made stuffed cabbage before, but when you add bacon to anything it has to be good 🙂  Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS
1 ½ pounds of Savoy Cabbage
3 carrots
½ large onion
6 slices of bacon (or pancetta),
4 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
Remove eight good looking outer leaves from the cabbage. Blanch them briefly in boiling water and lay on a paper towel to drain.

Chop the remaining cabbage, the carrots and the onion. Fry briefly in the olive oil until wilted but not browned; add the bacon, and season with salt and pepper.Place a well-drained cabbage leaf on a plate or chopping board, fill with 1/8 of the stuffing mix and sprinkle with half a tablespoon of parmesan cheese. Fold the sides towards the middle and roll the leaf up, place with folded side down on a baking sheet. Repeat until the ingredients have been used up. Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan.

Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees

Serves four.

Doesn’t that sound good?!  We’ll see.  Half of the tomatoes and peppers are already gone from last night’s salad and the peaches have been snacked on.  I’d say this basket is going to go pretty fast.

Do you like stuffed cabbage?  Share your recipe!