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Friday Feast: New Lunch Menu at the Green Cabin Room

I’ve spent the past week at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort having what was probably the best vacation I’ve ever been on.  It was our 2nd annual Disney Beach House vacation full of fun adventures, some sun, great friends, laughs and good food.  That’s what life is all about right?

Green-Cabin-Room

One of my favorite places to eat while at the resort is The Green Cabin Room.  The food is pretty good, but it’s this view that makes it one of my favorite locations. Stunning…

Green-Cabin-Room-View

We had eaten there on our last visit (read my review here) and gotten a few appetizers to share with the group.  My friend Rick had mentioned that they recently changed the menu, so B and I decided to check it out for lunch.  Here’s the new menu:

Green-Cabin-Room-Menu1

Green-Cabin-Room-Menu2

The draft beer selection is pretty limited there with Miller Light and Yuengling being the only two options.  I went with the Yuengling and a glass of water.  Check out the paper straws they use here, just like the ones at Animal Kingdom.  Conservation is huge at this resort and I like that!

Green-Cabin-Room-Drinks

I had been craving a turkey club sandwich that day and was beside myself with excitement when I saw it on the menu.  YES PLEASE!  B decided to go with the Fish & Chips which I was happy about because that would’ve been my next choice.  I opted for the House-made Kettle Chips with my sandwich and also ate B’s Crunchy Slaw…win-win.

Green-Cabin-Room-Turkey-Club

Green-Cabin-Room-Fish&Chips

That is one good Turkey Club!!  I highly recommend it and I even went back the next day for another one! B liked his Fish & Chips, but thought the breading was too thick.  It was actually still a bit raw in some parts, but the fish was cooked through and tasted great.

I really like the changes they made to the menu, but the one thing I was disappointed they took off were the Crispy Pork Wings.  I was looking forward to trying those.  No matter what the menu is, I will always eat there or at least have a cocktail when I’m at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Have you eaten at The Green Cabin Room?   What do you think?

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? 

 

Friday Feast: Jiko

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I’ve visited Jiko a few times over the years, but I have recently discovered a love for this restaurant. Not only is it located at one of my favorite hotels, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, but the food is just beyond amazing. B and I ate here once and he wasn’t as big a fan as I was, so who better to bring back for an amazing meal than your best girlfriend. Enter Amanda….my foodie partner in crime! We had 2 amazing meals here this year and now Jiko is our favorite dining location in Walt Disney World. In fact, Amanda is celebrating her Mom’s birthday there tonight…Happy Birthday Mom!

Partners in Crime :)

Partners in Food Crime 🙂

Our favorite place to eat at Jiko is the Chef’s Counter. There are six seats here that overlook their partial show kitchen where they make all of the appetizers. This includes the flatbreads which are cooked one of the super hot brick ovens. The ovens get up to 685 degrees and only take 5 minutes to cook the flatbreads! The chefs (most of them) are very friendly and happy to answer any of your questions. If you’re a foodie, this is a great place to become more immersed in your meal.

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Chef’s Counter!

00 Jiko_FlatbreadsSo let’s dive in! Many are hesitant about dining at Jiko because of the “exotic” cuisine. But in reality, it’s not all that exotic and just purely delicious. Here are some of the menu options:

Jiko Apps

Jiko Apps

Jiko Soups & Entrees

Jiko Soups & Entrees

Ok, some of the ingredients might be strange and unusual, but just give it a chance. How can you go wrong with this amazing bread and butter to start?! There are two kinds of bread, honey wheat and rye focaccia with flax seeds, and the butter is a sundried tomato butter combined with cilantro, turmeric and ginger. Yes, it’s amazingly delicious. Oh and if you have an egg sensitivity like I do, let them know and they will separate the bread for you…pretty cool!

Honey Wheat Bread includes eggs

Honey Wheat Bread
includes eggs

Rye Bread egg-free

Rye Focaccia
egg-free

On both visits, Amanda and I split the same appetizers. After having the Grilled Wild Boar Tenderloin for the first time, I’ve pretty much been dreaming about it ever since. The meat is insanely tender, the pap (a traditional African corn porridge) is amazingly creamy and the spices are insane. This tiny little appetizer packs a flavorful punch!

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Amanda and I are cheese addicts…if there’s a cheese plate on the menu, we’re getting it! Jiko has a great one with some interesting accouterments, including a date and mango jam, ground pumpkin seeds, plum gelee and a honey crisp.

Cheese Plate

Cheese Plate

08 Jiko_Cheese MenuMouth watering yet? Let’s move on to the entrees. The most famous entree at Jiko is their Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon. When the restaurant first opened, it came with an amazing Mac & Cheese. The menu was changed to the current Spoonbread Souffle, which I’m sure is good, but no comparison to the Mac & Cheese. Good news, you can still request it and the kitchen is happy to oblige!

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Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon with Mac & Cheese

If you’re a fan of beef, you might also like the Short Ribs. These are perfectly tender, but beware that they are quite spicy. Amanda ordered this on our first visit and while I thought the beef was good, it was a bit too spicy for me.

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Spicy Beef Short Rib

On our second visit, we both went the seafood route at the suggestion of our amazing waiter Hassan (who we had both times!). I was ready to get the Filet Mignon again, but was also intrigued by the Yellow Snapper. And I’m so glad he convinced me to go with that! The Pan-seared Yellow Snapper with Tea-smoked Lentils is beyond amazing. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it was probably the best dish I’ve had in WDW. The sauce is a Citrus-Curry Beurre Blanc and if I could put this on everything I would. Basically, order this dish….

Yellow Snapper

Yellow Snapper

Tea-Smoked Lentils with the Yellow Snapper

Tea-Smoked Lentils with the Yellow Snapper

Sigh…I want that right now. Amanda ordered another delicious seafood dish, West African “Jerked” Scallops. Girl likes the spicy stuff! These were very good and I particularly enjoyed the Coconut Curry Sauce. However the baby carrots were very underdone and hard to eat…boo.

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Jerked Scallops

Well there’s always room for dessert, right? Jiko has a very interesting dessert and after dinner drink menu, and me, I’m more partial to liquid desserts.

Dessert Menu

Dessert Menu

Dessert Cocktail & Coffee Menu

Dessert Cocktail & Coffee Menu

Most of the desserts have eggs, so I steered clear of those. But Amanda raved about both the Coffee Creme Brûlée and the Chocolate Cake. They look delicious!

Kenyan Coffee Creme Brulee

Kenyan Coffee Creme Brûlée

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Cinnamon-Chocolate Flourless Cake

I did try their sorbets, Coconut and I can’t remember the 2nd flavor!, which were quite good. Great egg-free option!

Sorbet

Sorbet

Now the after dinner drinks…I tried both the Zebratini and the Nutty African. YUM! The Zebratini was a bit too sweet for me, but the Nutty African was right up my alley!

Zebratini

Zebratini

Nutty African

Nutty African

Yowza…that’s a good meal! I wish I was there right now! Look how happy I was after my last meal there…

Pure Contentment

Pure Contentment

Have you eaten at Jiko? What is your favorite dish there?

Friday Feast: Kendron Valley Inn

For this long holiday weekend, B and I decided we needed a getaway.  Something close to home, but out of our ordinary routine (aka Disney).  So we decided on a few days in Vermont to check out a few farms on the VT Cheese Trail, eat some great food, RELAX and best of all…play with goats.  More to come on that later 🙂

KVIWe drove up to VT after both taking a half day at work and arrived at the Kendron Valley Inn around 6pm.  OMG this place is so super cute!  More on the hotel later…right now I want to highlight the wonderful dinner we just had!

The restaurant has a dining room and a tavern both serving the same menu.  We decided to go with the more informal tavern for dinner and I’m so glad we did.  It was cozy and perfect!

KVI_TavernCocktails were ordered and we quickly looked over the menu.  A great thing about this restaurant is that they are part of the Vermont Fresh Network, which connects farms and food producers with chefs to provide the freshest food and support local agriculture.  Right up my alley!  B and I were both in the mood for burgers and when I saw that the beef was locally sourced from Boyden Farm here in VT, I was sold!

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Before the burgers, we were given some deliciously warm rolls and we also ordered a few appetizers.  I had the House Cured Gravlax served with leek fritters and horseradish creme fresh…whoa!  This was delicious, but I just wish there was a bit more salmon.  B ordered his favorite New England Clam Chowder and this one didn’t disappoint.  It was rich and thick…perfect for the cold, rainy night.

KVI_RollsKVI_GravloxKVI_ChowderWell that was already a lot of food, but then the monstrous burgers arrived.  I, of course, can’t just get a regular burger.  No, I have to get all that’s coming to me.  Caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, bacon and swiss cheese.  OH YEAH.  Not only was the beef beyond delicious, but he bacon had a very distinct maple flavor that was to die for.  I sure hope that bacon is at breakfast in the morning!!  B wasn’t as adventurous as I and got a burger with cheddar and bacon…at least he got the bacon 🙂

KVI_BurgerI think this is definitely in my top 3 burgers of all time.  And if that wasn’t enough along with the hand cut fries, I decided to get a side of roasted cauliflower.  This was actually really good and was interestingly mixed with lemon and capers.  Unusual combo, but it really worked.

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By the time we were finished with our meals, B and I were ready to roll ourselves out of there, but I had seen something on the dessert menu that really intrigued me and I had to give it a try…the Grown-up Root Beer Float.  How can you pass that up?!?  This float has Saranac Root Beer, local vanilla ice cream from Stafford Organic Creamery and it’s topped with Stoli Vanilla.  YES PLEASE!

KVI_Root Beer FloatThis was beyond amazing!  I can’t remember the last time I had a root beer float.  I felt like a kid again!  B went with chocolate and maple ice cream, also from Stafford Organic Creamery and topped it with caramel sauce.  I have to say, the maple ice cream was very good…one can only hope so when in Vermont 🙂

KVI_Ice CreamWe were both stuffed to the gills and somehow managed to make our way back up to the room.  I still have some serious digesting to do, but I’m fueled up for a fun filled day in the rain, playing with goats!  Stay tuned for that fun 🙂

When is the last time you had a root beer float?? 

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: February 17, 2013

Was this week insanely busy for anyone else?!?  It’s been really nice to relax a bit this weekend to catch up on my blog reading and some projects that I’m working on.  B and I celebrated the end of the week by having a really fun date night on Friday at our favorite restaurant Caseus in New Haven.  Cheese boards, crispy pork belly, peanut butter whipped cream…does it get any better?!?  We always look forward to this indulgence 🙂

Caseus

I also need to briefly talk about the Beyonce documentary that aired on HBO last night.  I’ve never been a huge Beyonce fan.  I’ve appreciated her music, her talent, and all of the silly dances my girlfriends and I have done to Independent Women back in the day.  But damn girl…you are UH-MAZING.  She is inspiring, strong and beautiful – everything we should strive to be.  If I even had a fraction of her strength and drive I could do amazing things…or maybe I do…maybe we all do!!  Who run the world?  GIRLS!

Damn Girl!

Damn Girl!

Seriously…if you get a chance to watch this documentary do it, it’s insanely inspiring.  Speaking of serious girl power, Princess Weekend is coming up!  There was TONS of Princess Half Marathon Weekend info on RAD this week to get you (and me) pumped up.  Get everything you will need to know for the weekend, plus info on the Tower of Terror 10-Miler and a killer chocolate chili recipe!

Now onto some RAD Reads from this week!

Running & Fitness Posts
Running with Sass has some great tips for treadmill running without losing your mind.  I need these because I hate treadmill running!

Mommy Run Fast shares the top 10 things she loves about running, plus a few things her readers love as well.

Journey of a Dreamer is checking in on her CrossFit Endurance Half Marathon Training…I need to seriously pick up this training regimin.

Westford Mommy talks about the importance of sodium while running.  This is something a lot of people overlook.

Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog and Mouse on the Mind did a really fun “joint” post about their ideal girls day in the parks!  Make sure to read both Estelle’s and Melissa’s posts…they both sound super fun to me.

The Disney Hipsters found 4 brilliant covers of my favorite song from my favorite movie, Everybody Wants to Be a Cat from the Aristocats.  I mean really, who wouldn’t want to be a cat??

Food Fitness Fantasy takes a look at Carousel of Progress in how she loves it, it’s perfect, now it needs to change.  Something all of us uber-Disney geeks deal with.

Weekly Review
My wish came true and we did dead lift testing this week in CrossFit.  Um, hello 210# PR!!  I’m beyond excited about this since it’s my first lift over 200#.  It’s kind of hard to believe that I did my first dead lift only 6 months ago.  It was 63# and it was hard!  This is clear proof of what hard work can do and it’s awesome.

I’ve had 2 people tell me that I look like I’ve lost a lot of weight this week, which has been surprising.  I know that my body has been changing, but this is the first time that someone else (2 people!) has noticed it.  The funny thing is that I haven’t actually lost weight, but everything is just tighter…I’ll take that over weight loss any day.

Photo Source

Photo Source

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: 1 hour snow shoveling
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead lifts, hang power cleans & push ups + 1:02 min plank
Wednesday: 33 sec plank (booo)
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Amraps of KB swings, push press, rope slams & db burpees
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 1:06 min plank + 30 air squats & 20 girly pushups

Oh and if I haven’t said it enough, Princess Weekend is THIS WEEK!  It’s the one year anniversary of my first half marathon and I couldn’t be more excited.  This week I announced that I will be having a RAD Princess Meet Up.  It’s part celebration for my one year anniversary, but mainly it’s to get to know all of you who have been so supportive of me this year.  So if you’re in the area, please come hang out at the Margarita Bar in Downtown Disney at noon on Saturday, February 23rd.  You can RSVP here or just show up that day.  The more the merrier!

DTD RAD Meetup

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