Satu’li Canteen – Avatar Land – Animal Kingdom Theme Park WDW

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so much to do and so little time. But, we were able to get in a special sneak peak at the new Avatar Land in Animal Kingdom Theme Park, thanks to our Annual Passes.  I reserved space for a preview when they announced it back at the end of March.
I was really looking forward to trying the new Satu’li Canteen, the quick service location that is in Avatar Land.  I had watched a trip report last week and the person was saying that they thought the food was top notch.
Satu'li Canteen Chicken Bowl

Satu’li Canteen Chicken Bowl

We got to eat at Satu’li Canteen today. We didn’t order a lot of different items or desserts. It was way too hot out for sweets.  I ordered a chicken meal with rice, I tried the onion chimichurri sauce an my husband had the black bean vinaigrette. My husband tried the “green beer”. We ordered from the build you own bowl menu, you pick a protein, a base, then a sauce. The base could be like quinoa, rice, salad, or potato.
Satu'li Canteen Chicken Bowl

Satu’li Canteen Chicken Bowl

I thought the food was very good, especially for quick service. It was nice to have a meal that seemed healthy, grilled meat, brown rice, and some veg and sauce for flavor. My husband said the black bean sauce tasted a little tangy, probably the vinegar, maybe it was meant to pair well with the salad base.  Portion was decent, it was enough to fill up from my completely empty stomach. I hadn’t eaten all day and I was hungry.  The fountain drinks were refillable, there were no annoying RFID chips in the paper cups, which was nice. I like to combine two drinks together, like lemonade and soda or vitamin water.  Price for two meals, one 22 oz. beer, and one fountain drink was about $38 and change. No discounts available right now for passholders, TiW, or DVC.
Satu'li Canteen Green Beer

Satu’li Canteen Green Beer – Hawkes’ Grog Ale

The restaurant was interesting, a mixture of “alien” technology and primitive and natural design, there was a lot to look, it was a nice cool relaxing space. It was like a cafeteria, you get your food on trays and take them to your table. The plates they were using were nicer than typical paper plates, these were stylish plastic bowls that seemed like washable dishware.  The had metal utensils rather than plastic as well, a nice touch.
I can imagine how busy it is going to be after the main opening. Today the canteen filled up a lot after about 6:30 pm. There was outside seating as well.

Sanaa Restaurant – Walt Disney World Orlando, FL

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Sanaa Lounge Appetizers

Sanaa Lounge Appetizers

Sanaa Lounge, Kidani Village Resort / Animal Kingdom Lodge, Walt Disney World

Bread Service, 5 Traditional Naan Bread with 3 dips (cucumber raita – yogurt and cucumber, mango chutney, and hummus) & Samosas – Spiced Peas and Potato in a bread dough with tamarind sauce, mango chutney and shredded vegetables

We love ordering the bread service at Sanaa, it is one of the most popular things on their menu.  We usually order all traditional naan bread, but they offer 5 different ones (I believe one of them is very spicy) and if you do not specify which ones, they bring out one of each. You get to choose your dips as well, we choose three of the most mild ones they have, each of the ones we get are delicious.

The lounge at Sanaa is small, they don’t take reservations in the lounge – which is good because most of the time you need a reservation for the restaurant, but here you can come in and get service as long as you can catch a table. There is some seating at the bar, then two 4 top half booths, and a long table – I think an 8 top.  Good news, you can order anything off Sanaa’s full menu at the lounge, and they also have special appetizers like the Samosas available here as well.

Biryani with Shrimp

Biryani with Shrimp

We ordered a Biryani with Shrimp to share, it was so good. I’ve ordered it before and loved it.

They have great coffee and have a full bar, plus some specialty drinks only found at this restaurant. For anyone who likes adventurous eating, you definitely should try Sanaa.  It is one of our favorite places at Disney.

 

 

Where I get my Disney Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Bun fix…

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Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Buns

Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Buns

Mmm Cinnamon Buns…

The Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Bun is a sore spot for some folks, specifically where the two worlds of Cinnamon Bun aficionados and die hard Disney fans collide. I’d draw a Venn diagram but I’m sure you got the picture. It might be a small portion of people but you’ll come across one eventually – like me!  Frankly, I would have thought there would be more die hard CB fans (I call them CBs for short), after all you’ve got your Dole Whip people, your Turkey Leg people, Churro people, and Mickey Ice Cream people, etc.

My point in posting today is that I have finally found a cinnamon bun that rivals the Main Street Bakery’s CB.  No, it isn’t the one at Gaston’s – which is wretched and dry (plus it is maple – ew). I’ve found what I was looking for at an Amish Bakery in Sarasota, and it was someplace we’ve been going to for years. The place is called Der Dutchman and it’s a bit of a drive. They are popular place in the local area, they have a full service restaurant and buffet, plus a huge gift shop and bakery.

Der Dutchman is making cinnamon buns with both maple and vanilla glaze, and they are making them in various shapes and sizes. They offer them in 2 pack large rectangle (most similar to the Main Street original in size and shape), and a 4 pack large round, and 6 pack small, all with various icing. Some packs are all maple, or all vanilla, and some have both.  Their prices are great too. But the best thing about them is that they got the consistency right.  I like to heat up my CB in the microwave for about 30 seconds to get the bun warmed up and icing slightly melted.  For those who LOVE icing, those who always wanted extra icing, the good news is that Der Dutchman really slathers it on thick, there is so much icing you probably can’t even finish it.  My trick is to heat it, let the extra icing roll off, and then eat it. Whatever rolls off I leave on my plate, I can’t even finish it.

If you are making a drive all the way to Sarasota, FL, be sure to call them first to see if they have it, because they often sell out of product. I’ve also been told they don’t hold product for people.

P.S. They also make the best chocolate cake ever.

Here is the information for Der Dutchman (it’s actually just down the street from Yoder’s which was featured on Man v. Food)

ADDRESS

3713 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-955-8007

HOURS

Restaurant & Bakery, Nov–Apr
Monday–Thursday: 6am–8pm
Friday–Saturday: 6am–9pm

Summer Hours, May – Oct
Monday–Saturday: 7am–8pm

 

Pandora – World of Avatar Annual Passholder Preview May 2017

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Special Event - Annual Passholder Preview of Avatar Land

Special Event – Annual Passholder Preview of Avatar Land (Artwork courtesy of Disney)

Disney is hosting a Preview of Avatar land in Animal Kingdom for Annual Passholders.You must have valid theme park admission to be eligible, so Epcot after 4pm passholders for instance would not be eligible.

There were 4 dates available, May 15, 16, 17 and May 22. There were 3 time slots per day, each time slot is 2 hours. Times were 12 noon to 2pm, 3 pm to 5pm, or 6pm to 8pm.

There are limited spaces available and registration has already begun.

Follow this link:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/passholder-program/verify/?CMP=EMC-WDWFY17Q2PHPANDORAEM0001&awc=2632_1490369714_cdbd64508b81c4d8e794893cb5e8529e&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Skimlinks&utm_campaign=Editorial+Content

Good Luck!

Chuy’s Tres Leches Cake

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Chuy's Tres Leches Cake

Chuy’s Tres Leches Cake

Chuy’s Tex Mex Restaurant

Three locations in Orlando, Florida (and many throughout the US)

Chuy’s Tres Leches Cake is worth the trip. I love this dessert. It’s huge, big enough for two to share. It might look heavy, but it tastes light and refreshing.  I’ve had tres leches from a few other places, but none compare to Chuy’s.

Cost: roughly $7 plus tax and tip.

Practically everything on Chuy’s menu is great, my only complaint is that I can’t handle spicy food the way I used to and I can’t eat spicy food later at night.

Nomad Lounge – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge is a brand new lounge located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. It is situated in the same building as Tiffins which is also new.  Tiffins is one of Disney’s ‘signature’ restaurants – the designation denotes it is one of their highest level of food and service that they offer.  There are roughly 15 signature restaurants at Walt Disney World.  The Nomad Lounge offers high end nibbles and refreshments.

The Nomad Lounge had an Adventurer’s Club type atmosphere, rich colors, dark woods, and unique decor gives it a British Colonial feel, slightly exotic – but also luxurious. It is open seating, both indoor or outdoor. I’m sure the outdoor seating will be very nice once the weather cools off, right now there are too many mosquitoes.

We ordered the vegetarian summer rolls and the cheese board.

Vegetarian Summer Rolls

Vegetarian Summer Rolls $7

These were really delicious, but very hard to eat. When they cut them in half like this, they are hard to hold together, they just want to fall apart. The outer wrapper is very chewy, be careful eating it.  This was slightly spicy, the ponzu sauce was really complementary.

 

Artisanal Cheeses

Selection of Artisanal Cheeses $12

The cheese selection was very nice. The chunky yellow one was an aged cow cheese, reminded me of cheddar. The white one on the left was a goat cheese, very mild though which was perfect for my taste, I don’t really like strong goat cheese.  And the white one in the middle back was a tangy blue cheese. A small portion of marcona almonds, toasted bread (very crisp), and a gooseberry for accompaniments.

Kungaloosh Ale

Kungaloosh Ale $8.75

If you are a fan of Sam Adams Winter Lager, you will probably really enjoy this Kungaloosh Spiced Excursion Ale, it has some unique spices and nutty finish. It went really well with the food.

Keep in mind the portion sizes are small, prices are a bit high – this is pretty typical for any of the lounges, especially those adjacent to signature restaurants.  They are taking the Tables In Wonderland card here (20% discount for members – http://www.tablesinwonderland.com).

I’d say the best time to visit the Nomad Lounge would be around the last hour or hour and a half before the park closes. The crowd thinned out the later it got. I’d definitely go back and am also interested in trying Tiffins as well.

 

Resisting Impulse Buying (Disney)

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Disney Dollars (an old $10 Bill)

Disney Dollars

I am usually really good about not spending money, for instance, I don’t have tons of shoes, or designer bags, or fancy clothes. We kept the same TV for about 15 years because it was still “good”, basically a super heavy old-style 32″ Sony that lasted a really really long time. Most people were buying flat-screens back when they used to cost over $2,000. Not me.

My weakness is Disney stuff, I collect Christmas ornaments, kitchen and household items, Tsum Tsums, sometimes Disney pins, etc. Lately, I have just tried really hard to avoid buying anything from the Disney Store. I think what really woke me up, was that I was looking at my online order history,  I saw that I had ordered once a month for about 4 months!!

 

Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar

Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar

The advent calendar took me about 5 years to actually purchase, I didn’t want to spend that much money on it. I eventually got it on sale (25% off).  I usually don’t buy things at full price, and I usually will wait a while before making a purchase.  My main impulse buys are sale items, when something is discounted I tend to allow myself to buy it – justifying it because it has been deeply discounted.  That can add up.

Hallowreath (Halloween Wreath)

Hallowreath (Halloween Wreath)

Now, given that I had ordered about 4 months in a row, what did I have to show for it?  The Tsum Tsums just got stuck in the closet with the rest of the others, the Disney plates and bowls, just got stuck in the kitchen cabinets and aren’t getting used, and the Disney ornaments got put on a small tree in the closet for now.  So, I’m not really even enjoying these items.  I ordered a couple personalized towels, we’ve used those a few times, but all in all, I’m not really in need of anything else – even though I love Disney stuff. I was going gaga over the Alice in Wonderland and Star Wars Tsum Tsums – they were on clearance for $1.99 each, but I didn’t order anything.

It’s been good not spending the money, and it’s been nice not buying more clutter. I’d really like to set up a display area where I can set up my books, videos, DVDs, Disney toys, and items in a fun way, maybe get a corkboard for displaying pins. But for now, I’m going to keep resisting the urge to shop.

 

 

Country Bear Jamboree – Magic Kingdom WDW

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Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree

Just wanted to share a photo I took at the Country Bear Jamboree show.  There is no flash photography allowed, but as you can see you can still get good photos without a flash.

It is a cute show, funny too. The songs are kinda ridiculous, but in a good way. It is really bizarre.  The song “Blood on the Saddle” that Big Al sings is especially odd, it was written by Tex Ritter, who is John Ritter’s father (John Ritter as you probably remember was Jack Tripper from Three’s Company), just a bit of useless trivia.

If you haven’t ever seen the show, you should check it out. This is a short clip of one of the characters.

McDonald Filet-O-Fish Comes with Only a 1/2 Slice of Cheese!

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So, I just discovered that there is only 1/2 a slice of cheese in the Filet-O-Fish sandwich!

I thought it was really weird so I looked it up, and it seems like it’s a legitimate spec.

Of all the photos online you can seem to discern the rectangular corners poking out. I’m just surprised that all across the world, McDonald’s are using 1/2 a slice of cheese on the Fish sandwich.

Anyways, I found this YouTube video of this guy complaining about it, which is kinda funny. I could see Fred Armisen playing this guy on Portlandia. #McDonalds #Filetofish #FredArmisen #Portlandia