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Friday Feast: Lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant

To say that this restaurant was on the highly anticipated list of places to visit is an understatement.  Ever since the menu was released, I was chomping at the bit to have lunch at the Be Our Guest Restaurant.  Why lunch?  Well there is one menu item that was calling my name and it seriously lived up to all my expectations!

But before we go there, let’s start from the beginning.  Look at the amazing theming at the entrance of the restaurant…

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When dining for lunch, you are sent to the left of the entrance on on a queue to place your order.  While waiting, you are surrounded by various suits of armor who are having a candid conversation 🙂  Make sure to keep you ears open!

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Hidden Mickey!

Hidden Mickey!

There are digital menus all in the entrance way so you can make  figure out what you want before entering the ordering area…obviously I have cupcakes on the mind…

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When you come to the ordering area, the host explains the RFID Rose you will get after placing your order and directs you to the next available kiosk.

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The “rose” is a sort of tracking device that you place on your table that allows the servers to find you and deliver your meal…super cool technology!!  When I visited, it was still soon after the restaurant opened so they had cast members assisting with the ordering process.  It was fairly simple to understand so I’m not sure how necessary this was…

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After placing our order, we wer directed to find a table in one of the three dining rooms and place our rose in the center of the table.  The first room you enter is the Ballroom which is expansive and elegant.

Ballroom

Ballroom

To the right of the Ballroom is the Rose Gallery.  This area was actually closed when I was there for “technical difficulties” but I was snuck my way in to snap a photo 🙂

The Rose Gallery Gorgeous!

The Rose Gallery
Gorgeous!

But my favorite room has to be The West Wing!  It’s dark, mysterious and has everything that embodies Beauty and the Beast.

The West Wing

The West Wing

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Sadly there was no room in the West Wind so we found a table in the Ballroom, placed our rose in the center of the table and waited for our food to arrive.

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I think my favorite thing about the restaurant (well besides the food) is is how the food arrives!  The servers bring it out on on these fabulously old fashioned rolling carts.  It just fits perfectly within the theming of the restaurant.

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So now onto the food…my favorite part!  I’m going to start with the quick service dish to top all quick service dishes: Braised Pork.  YUM!  This is served with veggies, mashed potatoes and bacon…how can you go wrong with that?!  Honestly, this is one of the best dishes I’ve had on WDW property, and you know how I love to eat!!

Braised Pork

I was with a group of about 8 other people so I got to see many of the other dishes they had to offer…they all looked delicious!!

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Quinoa Salad

Vegetable Quiche

Vegetable Quiche

Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcake

But seriously…don’t waste your time on anything else.  Just order the Braised Pork and come back to thank me later….it’s SO good.

Overall, I love the restaurant and can’t wait to go back!  Next time, I hope to have dinner there so I can finally have a glass of wine in the Magic Kingdom!

Have you eaten at Be Our Guest Restaurant?  What’s your favorite dish? 

 

CSA Saturday: Week 8

Well it has been a great week of meals from the farm!  I really dove into last week’s basket and got a little creative.

Last week I mentioned that I was going to try some peanutty noodles with the bok choy I had.  I wasn’t in a noodle mood, so I found this recipe for stir fry with peanut sauce over rice and it was really good!  I used chicken, bok choy, red bell pepper, onions and carrots in the stir fry and added some red chili flakes to the sauce for heat.  I also added some lime juice for a little tang because peanut sauces can be a little heavy, then served everything over short grain brown rice.  It was really good, but only if you’re a peanut fan.  Barry didn’t even go near it…more for me!  Sadly, I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture.

Next up, a Quinoa, Corn and Mint Salad!  I found this recipe on Pinterest (follow my boards!) this week and had to make it.  It was so good that I literally did a happy food dance when I tasted it!  The salad has a lemon vinaigrette that is so fresh and summery, and is the perfect complement to the corn and herbs.  I used chives instead of scallions because that was what is in my garden, but I’m glad I did because the onion flavor was much milder.  I served this with spice rubbed grilled chicken and some sliced avocado…YUM!  Try this recipe..NOW!

Quinoa, Corn & Mind Salad

Salad with Spice Rubbed Grilled Chicken

And the last dish I’ll share is a succotash of fava beans, corn and carrots from my garden.  This was very tedious to make since there was a lot of veggie prep, but it was totally worth it.  I mixed in some chopped thyme and oregano from my garden as well to brighten it up a bit.  It was a great side for some BBQ chicken.

Fava Bean, Corn & Carrot Succotash with BBQ Grilled Chicken

Let’s move on to this week’s basket, shall we?  Once again, I received MORE than five items!  Granted half of the items I can’t eat, but I got more corn, some beautiful beets, carrots and broccoli rabe…woohoo!

Yellow Squash, Corn, Broccoli Rabe, Pickling Cucumbers, Beets, White Carrots & Zucchini

I haven’t made pizza in a while, so maybe a chicken sausage and broccoli rabe pizza for dinner tonight.  The corn looks much better this week (last week’s was a bit small), so I’ll probably just eat it right off the cob…sweet and delicious.  And for the beets and carrots, roasted as usual…my favorite preparation.

I picked up some tomatoes from the farm, the first of the season!  They’re small, but I’ll take them.  I also grabbed more of the local mozz which will go well on my pizza and just plain with the tomaters.  Oh man do I love summer!

What would you make with this basket?