Around Disney, May 2012

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In addition to my amazing vegetarian meal at Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion, we saw, ate and drank some other great things.

  • While in Epcot, we walked around enjoying the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. We saw plants, flowers and produce from around the world, flower sculptures, a butterfly garden and lawn ornaments and accessories.
  • At La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion we had a passion fruit margarita. Already fans of this bar, I’ve seen the menu enough to realize they are always rotating margarita flavors and coming up with unique combinations. It was a refreshing treat on a hot day.
  • No stop at Disney is complete until we have been to Babycakes. And I may have had one of my favorite bakery items yet. The chocolate cupcake with mint frosting was amazing, with the cupcake being dense and not overly sweet.
  • We checked out Animal Kingdom, the first time for both of us. And when Bill spotted the jalapeno cheese stuffed pretzel, we had to stop and try it. Chewy pretzel, gooey cheese and a hit of spice!

What is your favorite thing to do at Disney?

Friday links

  • Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. Did you check out my beergarita (yum!) or, if you want to stay away from the cerveza, learn how to master the margarita, including variations, different types of ingredients and even a playlist.
  • It’s hard to keep up with all the food trends. If you are confused about the terms I say or what you are reading on these links, check out Demystifying Food Terms and Trends. It is a list of popular topics in the news now (pink slime; gluten; and the difference between vegan, pescatarian and vegetarian, to name a few) with links to the answers.
  • Secrets to a Better, Smarter Workout is an interesting read, especially if you read my posts as I get into running and are inspired. These are quick facts and myths about working out, many that I have learned while getting into fitness. And running and working out is way easier and more enjoyable than I imagined. Have you tried to get into running but hate it? How to love running.
  • The World’s 50 Best Restaurants were named this week. Have you been to any of them? I have not 🙁  but I’ve heard great things about many of the top restaurants.

And if you have made it this far, congrats, I give you Lewis Black’s report on Artisanal Foods that ran on The Daily Show this week, telling where your food really comes from. Very funny, but NSFW.


Beer-garita me!

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo, and I’m sharing a twist on the classic margarita: a beergarita! And being the professional and thoughtful food blogger that I am, I have tried it and am sharing the recipe before the big day so you can get your supplies, make your drink and be sipping it while everyone else is at the liquor store this weekend.

The beergarita is a tasty drink that will sneak up on you if you aren’t careful, and it’s easier to make than any marg I’ve made. This recipe makes 6 glasses.



In a pitcher, pour in one frozen container limeade, 2 light Mexican beers (12 ounces each) and 8 ounces tequila. Stir and pour into glasses garnished with a salt rim (if desired) and lime wedge. Sit back and enjoy.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Weekend at Disney World

Living in south Florida, I try to take advantage of all the state has to offer. But one place I haven’t spent much time is Disney. Since we were already planning to meet friends from the north there, we decided to take advantage of Florida resident discounts. We got a ticket that would allow us to park hop that we can use again in the future.

It was a pretty quick tour, but in a day and a half we hit Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios and a quick stop at Downtown Disney. It was a quick overview of all the parks, but we plan to spend more time in the future checking them all out.

I didn’t really take many pictures, but created memories with friends who have spent a lot of time at Disney. They knew the ins and outs and how to make the most of our limited time, where to stop for food and drink  and tips for using our passes in the future.

We went to Epcot, where I had various drinks around the world, including a michelada in Mexico made with Tecate, tomato juice, salt and a lime; sake in Japan; and an Oktoberfest beer in Germany. I spotted frozen drinks I hope to try when it’s warmer (it was a cool, rainy day).

From bottom: michelada, blood orange margarita, tequila flight, margarita flight

We went to a sit-down hibachi restaurant in Japan and, when told I was vegetarian, two people (including the manager) came over to ask what I do and do not eat and make sure I was comfortable. I was really impressed by that, and that fact alone makes me willing to spend the time and money at a restaurant with table service at Disney in the future.

One of our final stops was to Downtown Disney to Babycakes, a vegan bakery I love. This is my second time at Babycakes, the first was in Rockaway Beach, New York, at their summer shop.

Love the look of this box!

I’m not a huge doughnut fan, but I saw the cookie-topped doughnut so I gave it a try, and couldn’t pass up a lemon cupcake. The food is so good and it’s great knowing it is all free of animals (and other things for those with allergies).

From top left: Cookie doughnut, lemon cupcake, toasted coconut doughnut

Where is your favorite place to eat or drink at Disney? Since we don’t know the area well and will be back, I would love to know the can’t-miss spots!