Tag Archives: Bloody Mary

Breakfast at Rainforest Cafe

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This past weekend, I made an early trip to Animal Kingdom and stopped by Rainforest Cafe to try their breakfast. I started with a Jungle Fever – Spicy Bloody Mary Mix (I’m guessing Finest Call brand) and vodka blended with “secret seasonings.” It’s topped with their “famous Kettle Chips,” which I believe are Cape Cod chips.

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The drink was okay with some doctoring – Tabasco, salt, pepper. The glass was rimmed with celery salt, which I used my straw to scrape and stir in. It was one of those “you know what you’re walking into” situations in terms of the cocktail.

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Breakfast at Las Ventanas

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Las Ventanas at Coronado Springs has been open a few months over a year now, but it seems like it has been around longer. I’ve visited for breakfast (shortly after its debut) and lunch (about a year ago), and decided to revisit for breakfast as I had been craving poached eggs.

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I started off with a Bloody Mary, and theirs is fairly standard. If the mix was Finest Call, they seemingly added Tabasco to it to kick up the spice a touch. However, I wasn’t coming here seeking a great Bloody Mary – Matt makes those at home. ūüėČ

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For my meal, I ordered the Huevos Divorciados: Two Eggs any style – I ordered soft poached – served on a Cheese Quesadilla with Black Beans topped with Fresh Salsa Roja, Salsa Verde, and Queso Fresco. The dish also came with Potatoes. I had meant to order a side of the Chorizo Sausage Patty, but it completely skipped my mind.

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Breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe

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It’s been nearly four years (!) since Matt and I last had breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge. Since then we’ve visited for dinner (and I even have been a second time with family). I think one of the reasons we haven’t visited in so long is because it’s sort of removed from everything – great for theming, but a bit cumbersome going to or from the parks (if you don’t have/want to use a car).

Anyway, Whispering Canyon Cafe is one of the restaurants that likes to have fun. The waitstaff can be a bit snarky with you as part of the shtick, from making joking comments with other Cast Members to throwing down a big handful of straws when your drinks are delivered. Ask for ketchup, and you shall receive. Kids are brought hobby horses to ride around the restaurant. Heck, a CM even had a couple of adults perform. This is where the table’s coaster comes in handy – yes, we watched from the fence.

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On our last visit, we both ordered the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Breakfast Skillet. This is really a great value at $16.49, and if you have a big appetite, I definitely recommend it. However, we were both looking for something a little bit different after perusing the online menu the previous night.

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Of course, we started with Bloody Marys. These are pretty basic here, likely using the standard Finest Call Bloody Mary Mix. A squeeze of lime and a few dashes of black pepper helped brighten it up a bit. Fortunately, the mix isn’t horseradish-y, which Matt can’t stand, so these were acceptable.

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Drinks at The Dolphin’s Lobby Lounge

Prior to attending the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic this year, Matt and I decided to grab a pre-event drink at the Lobby Lounge. Located on the lobby of the Dolphin resort (on “upper” level if you visit from causeway between the Swan and Dolphin), the bar opens at 3:00pm and is busy serving drinks until 11:00pm. The bar itself is fairly small, and seating for those wanting to settle in to watch a game on the two TVs is in high demand. Prepare to stand if that’s your plan. We barely nabbed some seats shortly after the bar’s opening. If you’re just looking for a seat to relax with a drink, however, there are several bar tables and additional seating on the opposite wall.

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I wasn’t in the mood for cocktails, so I stuck with Racer 5 IPA, which I like to enjoy at Epcot. Note that there are no draft beers here, only bottles and cans. Matt, on the other hand, was a little more interested. He started with the Hickory Dickory Manhattan, which featured Michter’s Rye Whiskey, Hickory Smoke Syrup, Sweet Vermouth, and Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Animal Kingdom Drinks

We’re joining our friends Melissa Sue of Mouse on the Mind and Estelle of This Happy Place Blog for their Kill, Refurb, Marry Blog Hop! Today’s post is all about Animal Kingdom Drinks. When you’re finished here, be sure to visit Mouse on the Mind for posts from more participants sharing their thoughts!

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Kill, Refurb, Marry:

Animal Kingdom Drinks

I will say this one wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be, but won’t be nearly as in depth as my World Showcase Counter Service Kill, Refurb Marry. I’ll give a bit of explanation to each category as we get to them, so let’s just jump right in, shall we?

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Restaurantosaurus-Shrimp-Po-Boy-Meal-and-Safari-AmberSafari Amber at Restaurantosaurus

Safari Amber. It’s not so much that I dislike the beer, and I’ll almost always order it over the Bud Light if I want a draft, but I find it hard to believe this Anheuser-Busch brew is “exclusively for Animal Kingdom.” You can also find it at¬†Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village, as well as Refreshment Outpost at Epcot. Perhaps the name “Safari Amber” is exclusive. Let’s just say I’ve heard enough rumors (on which I won’t elaborate) to be skeptical on this, and I’ll admit I roll my eyes a little when I hear a guest told the story of this brew’s exclusivity, so let’s at least kill the story. Just because you heard it from a CM doesn’t mean it’s true. You know, like reading things on the internet. ūüėČ

sanaa-safari-amberSafari Amber from Sanaa

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RUNNER UP: This¬†‚ÄúSignature‚ÄĚ Bloody Mary Matt got from Tusker House. It was made over at Dawa Bar, and we were pretty much convinced it was simply Finest Call and whatever vodka they had in the well. If you’re going to use Finest Call, at least use their Loaded Bloody Mary Mix they have at Sanaa. Regardless, kill any drink with the words “Signature” and “Finest Call” in the same sentence.

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Lunch at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is one of Matt’s and my favorite places to visit for a consistently delicious meal at Hollywood Studios. We have or favorite entrees there, from which we rarely stray, and this visit was no exception. We do, however, like to give a different appetizer a try (last visit we had their Crispy Calamari).

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Of course, the meal started with a Disney standard bread alongside seasoned olive oil. While not extraordinary, the bread was really hitting the spot (I took a day off from no carbs – only a little over a week until I can indulge again!)!

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After ordering a round of Moretti beers (no new pic – it looks like this beer) and a Bloody Mary (Matt asked for a sample of their mix and it had a good kick to it)…

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…We decided on the Bresaola Salad: Thin-sliced Cured Beef, Fava Beans, Sweet peppers, Olives, Arugula, Basil, Lemon, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Breakfast at Kouzzina

Kouzzina by Cat Cora at BoardWalk Inn is a restaurant at which I’ve only experienced breakfast. While I didn’t review my first visit (where I enjoyed Spinach, Tomato, and Feta Scrambled Eggs along with Sangria and Matt ordered sides and a Bloody Mary), I enjoyed it enough to return before heading to Epcot for the day. The dining room is simple yet elegant, and you can hear the chefs working away in the open kitchen.

Wooden chairs and tables are adorned with no-fuss place settings and condiments.

I decided to order the Breakfast Skillet, which is served with eggs, Pequillo peppers, Nueske’s bacon (the same delicious bacon found at The Wave), onions, and Greek cheese on Sweet potato hash and topped with arugula ($13.99). When the dish came out, I couldn’t believe the size of it! there was easily enough here for two people.

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