Friday, February 12, 2016

Photos Around World Showcase: African Outpost

   Despite wanting to post photos exclusively from our most recent cruise/wdw trip we're going to continue our winter series.  As our photo trip around Epcot's World Showcase continues we find ourself in the African Outpost.  

   I know what you're thinking.  The african outpost is a waste of space/not worth even visiting in photos. And a year ago I would have agreed with you.  But I have recently become enamored with the Frozen Elephant...a concoction of frozen coca cola, and Amarula cream liquor.  This thing is awesome and worth stopping by the outpost. 

   The "pavilion" also has plenty of fun props to take photos with.  If you're like me, you have an on hand photographer to take care of you...despite them constantly protesting. 

   You may also remember that I'm a pretty big fan of Village Traders, the tiny shop at the outpost.  This place has great theming, and is often times the dumping ground for discounted merchandise.

   Hope you are enjoying our sloooooow trip around World Showcase.  It is definitely helping me get through the colder days of winter in the north east.  We will pick back up next week in lovely Germany!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vintage Hermes Scarves On The Disney Fantasy?

   The artwork on the Disney Fantasy is pretty amazing.  Throughout the corridors, stairwells, and venues there is plenty to look at.  The majority of the artwork is Disney concept art, with plenty of very impressive pieces. However, every once in a while the artwork reflects the overall art nouveau design of the ship...

   Enchanted Garden is one of three rotational dining restaurants and is located in the lower depths of the ship on deck two.  It is basically a dungeon down here.  The ceilings are low, its dim...but HECK the artwork is on point. 

   Flanking the walls leading up to the restaurant are framed vintage Hermes scarves.  These scarves are gorgeous and each one incorporates the colors of the foyer, and the art nouveau style of the ship. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Star Wars Day At Sea Vegetarian Dinner On The Disney Fantasy

   Our recent cruise on the Disney Fantasy included one of eight Star Wars Day At Sea days.  We had booked this cruise prior to the announcement of the inclusion of the Star Wars day...and were neither perturbed or particularly excited about the idea.  We like Star Wars, but the idea was just meh to us.      The day included special shows, fireworks, meet and greets, and plenty of themed food.  As a part of your regular rotational dining schedule, there was a special menu that accompanied all three main dining rooms.

   We are very conflicted about Disney Cruise Line food.  There are instances where it is very good (Palo/Remy), instances where it is good in a bad for you way (Cabanas), and then there are the three main dining rooms...where the good dishes are very few and far between.  This was also the case for this special themed menu. 
   A little info:  This menu is available in all three main dining rooms on the night of Star Wars Day At Sea, and does not vary from restaurant to restaurant.   And though it was fun and ridiculous, the only real theming came in the names of the dishes themselves.   Adam and I ordered everything vegetarian on the menu...lets dive it. 

   Our appetizers were the Padme Amidala Souffle (above) and the Lars Homestead Garden Salad (below).  First of all, why the hell do these have to have Star Wars themed names?  They didn't even try to theme these dishes in the slightest.   
   Adam would be quick to point out that the "souffle" was in fact a chewy corn cake, and rather disgusting.  I understand that in a large capacity dining room like this that a souffle would be hard to pull off.  HOWEVER, they would be much better off just calling it something else, instead of trying to sound fancy.  THIS THING WASN'T A SOUFFLE.
   The salad was totally fine, and did have raisins and cashews which I liked a lot, and was a decent change of pace from the salads we have had on the ship previously.  And bonus! They remembered to dress the salad! 

   Now for the surprise! A dish I actually really enjoyed.  For my entree I ordered the Obi-Wan Shroom Steak.  Again, I think the name is really stupid, and a desperate attempt to theme a meal.  But this was a really decent option amidst all the heavier meat dishes.  Described as portobello mushroom katsu on sticky rice with curry and green onions.  The mushrooms were breaded in panko and fried, and had a wonderful crunch to them, and were very lightly seasoned.  Luckily the curry was full of flavor, and was neither Indian or Thai style curry, but actually closer to a Chinese curry in taste.  I really enjoyed this dish a lot. 

   Adam got the Stormtrooper Flatbread.  Which came with caramelized onion, brie, walnuts, peaches, and spinach, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic, and topped with arugula.  I was lucky enough not to sample this atrocity...but Adam said it tasted like "a bad cracker with half cooked fruit on it."  Disney has a pretty bad track record with this style of flatbread, and I'm not all that shocked at the execution of this.

   A bright side of the meal were the yummy and ridiculous desserts.  Adam ordered the Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Sundae, and I got the Princess Leia's Warm Apricot Pudding.  I know that sounds like a joke, but that is ACTUALLY WHAT ITS CALLED.

   The sundae consisted of vanilla and dulce de leche ice cream with caramel corn and whipped cream.  Adam really loved this dessert. I mean, how could they go wrong with this? The idea of putting caramel corn on a sundae is borderline genius. 
   While my dessert was very basic, and merely ok, I did enjoy the fact that it was actually themed to the namesake character.  Using the crisps as a nod to Princess Leia's signature hairstyle was a great way to incorporate the theme. 

   Overall this was an entirely forgettable meal, and ranks snuggly among the other rotational dining menus we have had.  They are all very boring, and exceedingly bland.  Luckily the mushroom dish saved this one for me, so our Star Wars Day At Sea meal wasn't a complete wash.  But I still recommend either Palo of Remy over the rotational restaurants any day of the week. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Finding Nemo Mosaics In Cabanas On The Disney Fantasy

   The very first (real) blog post after a vacation is always the hardest to instigate.  Out of all of the 1,500 photos and videos which beg to be posted first?!?! What seems the most important of all?!?  Well friends, the answer was given shortly after snapping the below photo. 

   Getting Adam to pose for a photo is like pulling when he VOLUNTEERED to pose next to the Cabanas mosaic, I knew he was on to something.  I think he felt compelled by the flat-fish guy...they do have a striking resemblance 

   Cabannas, the buffet on The Disney Fantasy, has a vague Finding Nemo theme to it.  This includes a rather impressive mosaic on either side, near the elevators.  This terrific piece of craftsmanship includes all of your favorite characters, and delivers a bright punch of color to the utilitarian space.  Mind you that this is all you need, considering your view is a near panorama of the ocean. Yeah, its pretty awesome.