Left my heart in Disney
We are back from what was our 4th Disney cruise and 3rd visit to Walt Disney World. We are serious Disney people. What’s not to love when you’re surrounded by whimsical magic 24/7? We are already set for our 5th Disney cruise which will be winter of next year. Some one win me the lotto so I can quit my job and go on a permanent vacation!
I know. Every one’s dream come true.
Gastricaly, it was also amazing.
We took the red eye from SEA to MCO (that’s Orlando) and arrived in FL at 6am. That’s early, and our flight was hellacious as there was a screaming baby nearly the whole way. I also suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome and I had myself some very uncomfortable moments. After arriving at MCO and getting our rental car we headed to Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, a restaurant I found on Yelp several weeks before we left for our trip. I love french toast and theirs was good!
After breakfast we drove down to Coco Beach and hung out at the Ron Jon Surf Shop. Once we had killed enough time we traveled to Port Canaveral, returned our car, and hit the shuttle to the Disney cruise terminal. The rest is already a bit of a blur, but here are a few food highlights!
This was a fantastic salad with peppered goat cheese and a raspberry salad dressing. I tried to find peppered goat cheese at my local grocery store but (shock) they didn’t have any. I did buy some goat cheese and I’m going to see if I can’t melt it just enough to roll it in freshly ground black pepper. Can’t wait to try!
Creme brule is my favorite dessert. It’s like Disney *knows*.
Isaac and I experienced brunch at Paolo for the first time. For those that have never done a Disney cruise, there are adult only areas of the ship, including some restaurants. The Dream, which is the boat we were on for this trip, has 2 adults only restaurants; Paolo (Italian fare) and Remy (French). This pizza was really, really good.
Isaac and I debated a bunch over what is, and what is not, a hidden Mickey. I don’t think this was very “hidden”. Still, I really enjoy touches like this.
The Disney Dream spent a day in Nassau, The Bahamas, and we got off and did some walking around. These are conch fritters. My stomach wasn’t feeling too hot and so Isaac had these all to himself. He also got himself a Bahamian beer.
After our cruise we went to Walt Disney World for 6 nights. We dined at the Be Our Guest restaurant, which just opened in New Fantasyland this past November. I had to ask for “the Grey Stuff” but they obliged. They wouldn’t say what it is but it was sweet, and yummy.
We ate at another new (newly renovated, I think) restaurant in the Italy Pavilion of the World Showcase at Epcot called Tutto Italia. I looked to Yelp to see what people were liking here and went with the lasagna. Glad I did.
Naturally we ended that meal with a cannoli. Love the stencil!
On our very last day in Orlando we visited the Polynesian Resort for the first time. We had lunch at Captain Cook’s where Isaac got this amazing Pork Nachos. I was jealous. And we came home and I tried to recreate it. It was good, but not the same.
Believe it or not, this was the very first time I ever had a Dole Whip. I went with the vanilla/pineapple swirl. I didn’t bother weighing myself before the trip and won’t do so now but you can bet there’s evidence I enjoyed my vacation!