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The Honeymoon, Day 5

24 Aug

If you’ve missed any of the other honeymoon re-cap posts, you may find them here (day 1), here (day 2), here (day 3), & here (day 4)!

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For our last full day in Disney, we decided to take it easy & visit Downtown Disney for a little shopping. It was a nice way to end the vacation!

Display in front of the Lego store!Eventually, we stopped somewhere for lunch. I believe I got some sort of wrap (I can’t remember anymore), but I was really excited to try a cupcake from Babycakes NYC (they had a tiny bakery area set up in the place where we ate).

Babycakes NYC cupcakes are refined sugar-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, vegan cupcakes! While I’m not vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, I’ve still heard of these cupcakes before & was excited to give them a try! I went with the red velvet:

Babycakes Red velvet

It was good, but I could sort of taste that this was a “healthified” cupcake. That didn’t stop me from eating every last bite though! 😉

After our walk around Downtown Disney, we ended up returning to our hotel & lounging around & napping! (Napping is the best, isn’t it?) I did not want to get up, but our dinner reservation at California Grill was calling our names!

California Grill is located on the 15th floor of the Contemporary Resort & has really awesome views of the Magic Kingdom. There was actually a storm rolling in the night of our reservation & we could actually watch it progress closer & closer as we were eating our dinner!

I went with the scallops for my entree:

ScallopsI ate every last scallop, but not too much of the vegetables underneath. They had absorbed a lot of oil & I just wasn’t feelin’ it!

For dessert, I ordered some sort of banana caramel deliciousness!

Dessert  Afterwards, Chris & I spent a few minutes on the observation deck, & snapped a few pictures of the Disney property below:

Magic Kingdom Space Mountain Disney

Ferry boat Cinderella's castle

The following morning, it was time to head back home to PA! We had a wonderful time & a great honeymoon!

Heading home   Lucky for me, as our plane was landing in Philly, I was able to snap a few pics of Citizens Bank Park (go Phils)! 🙂

Home sweet home!   Phillies!

Do you enjoy traveling? I enjoy getting away, but I’m always happy to come home again!

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The Honeymoon, Day 4

22 Aug

Before we get into the honeymoon, I have to wish my little pug, Stewie, a happy adoptive birthday! I picked him up from the shelter 2 years ago today & he’s been my little buddy ever since. 🙂

SAMSUNG            The “Birthday” Boy!

You can read more about Stewie’s story here!

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If you’ve missed any of the other Honeymoon re-cap posts, you may find them below:

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Chris & I decided to double-up on the fourth day of our honeymoon, visiting both Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios.

Animal Kingdom Hollywood Studios

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The first thing we did upon arriving at Animal Kingdom was the safari ride!

Harambe Wildlife Reserve We saw tons of different animals & lots of pictures were taken. (Chris & I are big animal people, so we loved this!)

Zebra Rhino Hippos

Giraffes   Up close!

Really close! Elephants Elephant

Next, we headed to a part of the park where you could actually pet & interact with different animals. They advertised this to be more than it was; it was actually just a petting zoo!

Notice anything unusual about this guys coat? 😉

Mickey ears!

Chris

Eventually, we headed to Hollywood Studios in search of lunch!

It was so hot this day. I told Chris that at one point, I felt like if I didn’t get in some AC I was just going to start freaking out! He’s so patient with me; he works outside in the heat & humidity daily so I know he was thinking “Oh please…” but he humored me & we headed to an indoor dining option ASAP. I didn’t take any pictures, because I’m pretty sure I just got a sandwich & fries & do you really need to see that again? 😉

We walked around Hollywood Studios for the rest of the afternoon & checked out some of the scenery & rides.

Hollywood Studios Hollywood Studios Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Hollywood Studios After a lot of walking (& sweating!) we headed to our dinner reservation at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano inside the park.

Of course, the meal started with bread (this time with some oil for dipping)!

Bread & oil For dinner, I chose a margherita pizza; it was delish!

Pizza I can’t remember exactly what this dessert was, but Chris & I both ordered it & I’m pretty sure I cleaned my plate; surprise, surprise.

Dessert Chris & I both really enjoyed this meal & the atmosphere of the restaurant. Most of the places we ate throughout the week were really loud (of course they were crowded) but this place was a little more quaint & “homey.”

Mama Melrose'sOnly one more re-cap to go!

What’s your favorite Italian meal?

The Honeymoon, Day 3

20 Aug

If you’ve missed any of my other Honeymoon re-caps you can find day 1 here, & day 2 here!

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For our second full day, we decided to head to Epcot.

Epcot Yes, I actually took this picture; I was pretty pleased with myself. 😉

The weather had improved since the previous day, & instead of getting rained on, we got hit with intense humidity. We both decided we’d take that over the constant rain though! 🙂

We spent our morning hitting up a few rides, & taking a walk around the World Showcase.

Looking in to the World Showcase Eventually, we worked up an appetite for lunch. I went with a turkey sandwich on some delicious, toasty, bread, which came with potato salad. I ate most of the sandwich & only a little of the salad. The salad was good, but very oily.

SAMSUNG            That little piece of heaven in the corner was some sort of s’mores dessert; it was awesome!

We spent the majority of our afternoon waiting in line for a relatively-new ride called Soarin’. From the Disney website

“Soarin’ is a multi-sensory attraction for big kids, teens and adults in Epcot theme park that simulates a peaceful hang-gliding flight over the Golden State of California.

Fasten your seat belt on the multi-passenger glider and be lifted 40 feet into the air….

Special cameras on airplanes and helicopters captured many of the shots and the glider moves the same way the aircraft did, so you really feel like you’re flying as you glide over such awe-inspiring vistas and landmarks as :

  • San Francisco
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Redwood Creek
  • Napa Valley
  • Monterey
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Camarillo
  • Anaza-Borrego Desert State Park
  • San Diego
  • Malibu
  • Los Angeles

Feel the wind in your hair. The air fills with the scent of orange groves, evergreens and the sea breeze. Your feet dangle free. Dip down so close to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, you think your toes will get wet. Then return to the sky and continue on Soarin’ to a fantastic finale where fireworks burst into sensational colors around you.”

It was pretty cool, but it couldn’t have lasted more than 4 minutes & we waited for over an hour. Oh well, I guess that’s what we expected when we decided to go to Disney during the summer. 😉

Soon enough, dinner time rolled around & we headed to our reservation at the Coral Reef Restaurant. We were lucky enough to be seated right by the “tank” & we got to watch all sorts of aquatic life as we dined.

Turtle Shark Fish

For my entree, I ordered the lobster ravioli, which was pretty tasty!

Lobster ravioliDessert was a molten chocolate cake that came with raspberry sorbet.

Dessert  The waiter made sure to include special pieces of chocolate that said “Congratulations” on them! How fun!

Congratulations Another day was in the books, & it was time for us to head back to our hotel. Before turning in for the evening, we snapped a few pictures when we got back to the resort!

Port Orleans      Chris & I

What’s the best trip you’ve ever been on?

The Honeymoon, Day 2

18 Aug

If you missed the re-cap of Day 1, you may find it —> here!

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Our first full day in Disney, we decided to visit Magic Kingdom. Well, our first full day there also happened to be the one day where it rained – the entire day! Oh, except for when we were leaving the park; then it cleared up! 😉

Anyway, because of the bad weather, I don’t have too many pictures. I had a small backpack on & the backpack was underneath a poncho, so getting my camera out to take pictures (in the pouring rain!) was certainly not an easy task!

Not too long after arriving in the park, we were on the hunt for lunch. (We headed into the parks in late-morning/early-afternoon to avoid the crowds!) We found somewhere that looked like it would provide good food & shelter from the rain, so we headed inside!

I got a BBQ pork sandwich, that came with a side of fries. Well actually, I could have chosen apple slices, but… I didn’t! Chris & I joked by the end of the week that we never ate so many fries & pieces of bread as we did on this vacation!

LunchLunch was good, but the real star of the show was dessert! That was another thing Chris & I consumed in copious amounts – dessert! Most times it came with our meals, & who were we to reject what was ours?

I went with the carrot cake & can honestly say that I wasn’t expecting much. This was a “cafeteria-type” place, so I figured it would just be so-so.

Carrot cakeWell, I was wrong! The cake was good, but the frosting was amazing! I am a frosting girl & like the really sugary stuff & this was just perfect. 🙂

We spent the afternoon waiting in line for a few rides, & we even rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in what proved to be the heaviest rain of the day!

big-thunder-mountain-railroad(source)  

It had actually cleared up for a little & as soon as we got in line for this ride it started raining. Then it proceeded to rain harder & harder the whole hour we were waiting. When it was finally our turn, the car that held the previous riders was soaked! I had to keep my eyes closed the entire time to make sure my contacts didn’t slip out, Chris & I both ended up with puddles in our poncho-covered laps, & my hair was so soaked it looked like I just got out of the shower! But, we had fun & were laughing the entire time! 🙂

Eventually, we dried off & headed to our dinner at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. I started with some bread:

Bread Followed up by my entree of chicken parm:

SAMSUNG            And ending with dessert, which was some sort of lemon cake:

CakeAll of the food was good, but nothing too out-of-this world! We ate at a lot of places, & while none of our meals were bad, this probably wasn’t at the top of my favorites.

After dinner, we checked out a couple of shops, finally rode Space Mountain (it had been down earlier in the day) & finally decided to take our water-logged selves back to the hotel!

If you’ve ever been to Disney/Magic Kingdom, what’s your favorite ride? I love Space Mountain (even though I usually am not a fan of roller-coasters). And how cute is Peter Pan’s Flight?! 

The Honeymoon, Day 1

16 Aug

Early on the Monday morning following our wedding, we headed out from Philadelphia to our honeymoon in Disney World!

We arrived in Florida at around 10:30AM, & headed off to our resort, Port Orleans Riverside. We were able to check-in right away, & headed off to check out our room. The hotel property was absolutely gorgeous!

Port Orleans     Port Orleans

We didn’t spend too much time hanging around the hotel; we had a very important appointment to get to! I had (secretly!) scheduled a couple’s massage for Chris & I at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Grand Floridian     Grand Floridian

We headed to the Grand Floridian, & decided to grab some lunch before our massages. We ate at a “quick service” restaurant, Gasparilla Grill & Games. The name makes it sound sort of silly, but Chris & I both really enjoyed our meals here!

I had a turkey BLT, which came with chips & a side salad of tomatoes & mozzarella (loved that!).

Turkey BLT Side salad

For dessert, I devoured a giant cookie, while Chris had a German-chocolate cupcake!

Cookie monster! Chris & cupcake

After lunch, we headed off to our massages.

Massage time!        Chris had never had a professional massage before & I hadn’t for a long time. It felt good to be able to relax after the stress leading up to the wedding!

On our way back from our massages, I snapped a few more pictures. The grounds of the Grand Floridian were beautiful!

View from the Grand Floridian       Chris

When we got back to our hotel, it was practically time to get ready for dinner, so we did just that! Our reservation was at Fulton’s Crab House in Downtown Disney. We decided to take a boat over from our hotel. While we waited for the boat, we snapped a few pictures:

Me!  Our resort

Mr. & Mrs.

Taking the boat ended up being a bad idea; I continued to feel like I was swaying on the boat throughout our entire dinner! I’m not a happy camper when something puts a damper on meal time! 😉

Anyway, we started with some bread; a buttered roll as well as a piece of lavash with some of Fulton’s own crab boursin (which I now have the recipe for & hope to make soon!).

Carbs! For my entree, I ordered the tuna steak which was good, not great. I gave Chris a few bites & he really liked it, but I thought it was way too salty! Maybe it was the “sea sickness” talking? It didn’t matter though; we were excited to be on our honeymoon! 🙂

So-so entree Chris & I headed back to the hotel room after dinner; it looked like a nasty storm was brewing, so we wrapped things up rather abruptly at Fulton’s! We had been up since 3:00AM that morning & had an exciting day at Magic Kingdom coming up next…

What’s your favorite kind of seafood? I love lobster! Scallops are a close second!

The Honeymoon

12 Jul

The Monday following our wedding, Chris & I are heading off to…

Cinderella's castle (source)

Disney World!

So before I get into the details, I guess I should preface this by saying Chris & I are not beach people, which most people find totally weird! Chris works outdoors, so sitting outside for hours is really the last thing he finds enjoyable in his free time, & I’m paler than pale, so baking away in the sun (or smothering myself with sunscreen every 20 minutes) isn’t my cup of tea either! I know we are definitely the minority, & I hope I didn’t lose any readers revealing this questionable character trait! 😉

We originally planned to go to Napa, but of course traveling from coast to coast & staying in California was not the most cost-effective option. We did look into a few tropical locales, but realized that just isn’t what we would enjoy.

Chris & I both haven’t been to Disney since our younger years. The last time I was there I was around 11 or 12! So we’re excited to go back again. And really, we are giant kids at heart & can’t wait for the fun!!!

We’ll be staying on the Disney property at the  Port Orleans Resort Riverside resort.

Port Orleans (source)

We decided to purchase the Disney Dining Plan. Even though I was a “kid” the last time I was there, I was still aware of the high cost of food in Disney & the dining plan seemed to make the most sense! We each get one quick-service meal, one snack, & one table-service meal per day, & we’ve already made reservations for all of our table-service meals.

Here’s where we’re headed:

  • Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney

Fulton's Crab House(source)

From the Disney website

“Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney Marketplace serves fresh seafood flown in daily from ports worldwide for your lunch and dinner. Set in an authentic riverboat replica docked right on the waterfront, this restaurant features over 50 fresh seafood selections, as well as a variety of non-seafood specialties.”

  • Tony’s Town Square, Magic Kingdom

Tony's Town Square(source)

From the Disney website

“Tony’s Town Square restaurant serves Italian cuisine that includes pizza, paninis, pastas, and salads, not to mention classic meat and fish dishes. Find all your favorite Italian meals here in this family-friendly restaurant with a wall of windows that provides a peerless view across Main Street U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Theme Park.

Finish your feast with one of Tony’s Town Square desserts such as the tempting tiramisu, the crème brûlée or the spumoni.”

  • Coral Reef, Epcot

Coral Reef(source)

From the Disney website

“Dine on grilled mahi mahi, pan-seared flounder and other seafood favorites, as well as New York strip steak, grilled chicken and vegetable strudel. All the while, look out on the largest inland saltwater environment ever built— containing 85 different species of tropical fish.

Between the delicious food and the extraordinary view, the Coral Reef provides a fascinating and memorable dining experience.”

  • Mama Melrose, Hollywood Studios

Mama Melrose

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From the Disney website

“Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park is a casual and colorful restaurant that offers traditional Italian favorites, many baked in a wood-fired oven.

Mama Melrose’s tempting Italian cuisine includes savory thin crust flatbread pizzas, signature pasta dishes like Chicken alla Parmigiana and wood-grilled fish and steak selections. For a sweet finale, try Mama’s own dessert selections, featuring a flavored panna cotta or spaghetti and meatball cupcake!”

  • California Grill, Contemporary Resort

California Grill

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From the Disney website

“California Grill is a Signature Dining restaurant that serves award-winning gourmet dinners and sweeping views atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Venture into this vibrant and charged atmosphere and watch the creation of culinary masterpieces in the on-stage kitchen.

Choose your view—the shimmering Seven Seas Lagoon, the enchanting Magic Kingdom theme park, the fireworks bursting over Cinderella Castle or, perhaps best of all, each other. Linger over the unforgettable vistas as you taste refined flavors influenced by the cultural melting pot of the American Pacific Coast.

The food is just as spectacular as the view. Inspired by classic cuisines from around the world, yet combined in inventive and delicious new ways, the California Grill’s menu reflects the very best of California Fusion cooking.

While the menu changes regularly to utilize the freshest produce, the superb attention to detail and quality stays the same. You’ll delight in such exquisite dishes as sushi, brick oven-baked flat breads, handmade Sonoma goat cheese ravioli, oak-fired filet of beef with Teriyaki barbeque sauce, oak-fired pork tenderloin and Valrhona chocolate cake; warm chocolate cake with molten center and house-made ice cream. California Grill is also a great choice for diners seeking tasty vegetarian options.”

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We tried to pick a variety of cuisines & atmospheres, & it seems like we’ve accomplished that goal! (I think my mouth actually started watering when compiling this post!) Only 27 more days ‘till the honeymoon! 😀

Questions!!!

1) Do you have any other recommendations for good food in Disney? (The above are only our dinner spots; of course we’ll be eating at many other places as well, so recommendations are much appreciated!)

2) Where did you go on your honeymoon OR where would you like to go someday?