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.
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.
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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)
3713 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL 34232
Restaurant & Bakery, Nov–Apr
Summer Hours, May – Oct
Tucked inside Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness, you will find Crockett’s Tavern. It’s a small bar that serves beer, wine, mixed drinks, as well as some food. It is strictly bar seating, there are roughly 8 seats available if my memory serves. Their menu is limited, but it is a satisfying nonetheless. We enjoy their pizza and chicken wings, and we’ll come here just for pizza and beer sometimes. They are open until about 10 pm each night. For Disney food their prices are pretty good, a large cheese pizza is about $15 before tax and tip.
The pizza itself has a thick crust, the dough is slightly biscuit-y, the sauce and cheese is good, and it’s really filling. I can usually only eat two slices. Their chicken wings are huge, they don’t separate the pieces, so you have a wing/leg combo. Their blue cheese is really good. I’ve been known to dip my pizza crust (for families with dogs, this is often called a pizza bone) in blue cheese.
Crockett’s Tavern Menu:
Smoke-House Nachos – with Shredded Beef Brisket, House-blended Cheese, Salsa, Pickle Jalapeno, and Chive Sour Cream $11.49
Uncle John’s Taters – A blend of Fried Peppers, Onions, and Potato Skins tossed with Parmesan Cheese, and topped with Chive Sour Cream and Green Onions $11.99
Chicken Wings – with Celery Sticks and Blue Cheese Dressing served with your choice of Buffalo, Garlic-Parmesan, or Honey Barbecue Sauce $9.49
Smoked Cheese-stuffed Jalapeno – Wrapped in Campfire Bacon with Peach-Pepper Jelly $7.99
Cheese Pizza $13.99
Pepperoni Pizza $15.49
There have a couple beers on draft, usually a seasonal Sam Adams and Yuengling, other beers available in the bottle, and a full bar.
If bar food isn’t your thing, Trail’s End offers a full dinner buffet.
The Fort Wilderness settlement area is off the beaten path and surrounded by lovely pine trees. If you are there during the day, you can see some of the ponies over at Triple D Ranch, you can watch fireworks from the lakeside, you can also watch the Electric Water Pageant. There are even wagon rides (I believe adults wagon ride is about $8 each) and carriage rides available (I believe they are $45+).
Do you have a favorite restaurant or bar at Disney? A favorite comfort food?
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Looking for healthier alternatives at Walt Disney World? You can usually find salmon on the menu at most places. At Artist Point a dish like this (below) will run about $40. Unfortunately, the side dish here changes with the seasons, and the bed of greens/arugula wasn’t a great choice for a $40 dinner. Looking back now, we should have asked for an alternative side dish, and I’m sure they would have given a choice of something else.
This meal is from Columbia Harbor House and is about $13, for the price, it’s pretty decent. You can ask for double broccoli if you do not want the couscous, get your extra dose of vitamins!
The salmon from Sunshines Seasons, is also priced about $13, it comes with green beans. The sauce is made from tomato and onion and it went well with the salmon. You could choose to get plain if you prefer. Overall, this was a really nice quick service meal.
This last example is from ABC Commissary. The portion seems a little small on the fish, but the whole salad was filling. I wasn’t hungry after eating the whole thing. Fish was nicely done for quick service. The dressing was a little too tangy. This one cost about $12. As with all Disney menus, you may find they change the menu and switch up the dish. At ABC Commissary they now have an Asian salad with choice of protein, so it’s going to look different than this one here.
(from my disneyforaday.wordpress.com blog)
I recommend trying the quick service meals, as they are portioned decently and priced a lot lower than the table service meals. While they may not be gourmet – they certainly are better than average fried junk food.
February 25, 2016
I had gotten a reservation for the DVC 25th Anniversary Party back at the beginning of February by calling Member Services. Luckily there was still space available at the time and I didn’t have any trouble. Although there was no fee for this event, space was limited.
Event check-in was simple, a section at the front gate was dedicated the Event entry, where they check your credentials and provide each attendee with a special wrist band. Event programs were provided as well, the program just outlined where the character meet and greets were and where the refreshment stands were set up, the location of the dance party, and which rides would be open. Party was scheduled to start at 9:30. Magic Kingdom officially closed at 9:00 pm to regular theme park guests. DVC attendees and their guests could enter as early as 7:00 pm and enjoy the whole park before the party started. Once the party started, Adventureland and Frontierland would be closed.
Magic Kingdom was crowded during the regular park hours, which is completely normal. We headed over to Adventureland, but stopped to watch the Castle projections for 5 minutes, then kept walking towards Pecos Bill’s. I was interested in trying something off the new menu, but the lines at Pecos Bill’s were really long; 4 registers open, but still at least 8 people deep at each line. No thanks. Decided to go to Columbia Harbor House instead. Got there, a few people blocking the entrance just trying to figure out if they were eating there or not, and asking the cast member at the door if they needed a reservation (internal monologue – “pfft, reservations, what are you talking about?!”). WDW must be confusing for newbies. Evasively walked past so they didn’t get in front of me and got in line. I’m grumpy when I’m hungry.
Ordered a Tuna Sandwich with Broccoli – yay! Was excited not to eat fries. Ordered a Clam Chowder to share, husband ordered the Salmon dinner. Went upstairs and got a table in the front section that overlooks Liberty Square. I had to eat very slowly as I have been dealing with tooth pain. Seemed like everyone around was wearing DVC party wrist bands.
Around 9:00 we headed right for The Haunted Mansion, to our surprise the line was already halfway through the graveyard section – this is much longer than we are used to, usually late at night the line is so short. Once we were actually the only two people in the stretching room – that was amazing, I’m going to remember that the rest of my life. We decided to just wait, we got in after 5-6 cycles, seemed like 15-20 minutes. When we left, we headed towards Fantasyland to see what was going on. The lines were long at Peter Pan…
There were some tables set up near the Carousel with loads of people crowding them, these were the refreshment tables and I couldn’t really get a good look at them.
We decided to walk further, we had just ate anyways, and we saw Prince John, Robin Hood, and Friar Tuck! These characters are pretty rare, I have never seen them in the parks before, and we really love that movie, so we got in line. We had to wait about 35 minutes, they had to take a short watering break for about 5 minutes. Overall it wasn’t that bad of a wait, they were really cute. I didn’t get to interact much, just get in place and smile for the camera and done. But, it was fun to watch them. Friar Tuck had been blessing people and making the sign of the cross. Prince John was kissing some hands.
Next, we walked over to the Be Our Guest area, more refreshment tables with no waiting. There were three kinds of potato chips, Baked Lays, Classic Lays, Miss Vickie’s BBQ Kettle Chips, chocolate chip and sugar cookies. Lemonade and Zephyrhills Water to drink. We helped ourselves to some Baked Lays and drinks and sat down. All the while just thinking about how incredibly cool this was to be there, all these people were DVC members (or guest of DVC members), wow. The weather was a little nippy but not too cold that it was causing any discomfort, we had enough layers on to keep warm.
We wanted to keep walking around and see what else was going on. We headed towards Gaston’s and saw an ice cream cart and the cast member was giving out FREE ice cream?! What?! We walked up to see if that was indeed the case, and sure enough, Free Mickey Bars, Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches, Mango and/or Strawberry bars! Wow. We excitedly asked for two Mickey Bars and then found a nice spot near Ariel’s ride to eat them. Nearby a castmember was giving out DVC 25th Anniversary buttons, so we each got a button, a nice keepsake to add to my button collection.
We then walked towards the Circus area, and saw there were a couple characters, which happened to be Darkwing Duck and Launchpad. Pretty neat, haven’t seen either one of them before in person. We still hadn’t seen the dance party, so we went over to Tomorrowland where the DJ was, and to my surprise I saw Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy! All of them together, that was cool. I took a little video of them dancing.
Over towards Buzz Lightyear’s ride, we spotted Beymax! The line wasn’t very long here. He was so cute, especially when he was walking, he was taking such tiny steps, it was adorable.
We went back around through the center hub and went back to Haunted Mansion and saw the Cadaver Dans! Didn’t even know about them at all! I have never seen them before. When I got home I did some research and found out they only perform during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and they roam around, which is probably why we have never seen them before. Definitely worth watching. Was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at WDW.
We had a little time left before the fireworks at 11:30 pm, so we headed over to the center hub to pick a spot. As you can imagine, although it was still crowded when everyone gathered at the hub, it was a tiny fraction of the amount of people on any given day. We got a really close spot, the closest we’ve ever been! Check out the video of the fireworks here:
After the fireworks there was about 20 minutes left, we headed back to Haunted Mansion, grabbed an ice cream at the nearby cart and wandered around, while we were near the Seven Dwarf Mine Train, I had the urge to get in line, never been on it before! I had to ride solo, since my husband doesn’t like fast rides, plus since neither of us had ridden it, we didn’t know what to expect. So, I would be the one to test it out. With two minutes to midnight, I got in line and in less than 15 minutes got onto the ride. The line queue was really cool, loved the gems. The line queue itself was LONG, REALLY LONG. The ride itself only takes about 2 minutes, and it goes fast – slow – fast – slow. It’s kind of like Big Thunder Mountain, not really scary. I did manage to get video of the ride, but it was so dark you can’t really tell what is going on. It was fun, I got off the ride with a smile on my face. The guy in front of me in the car said that this was his 5th time riding it.
It was an incredible night, my feet are still killing me, we walked a lot, but had a lot of fun. Best part is there will be another party next week, we’re bringing two of our friends, I hope they have a fun time. I’m also curious if the characters will be the same or if they will be different? We’ll see.
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The Golden Spoon phenomenon was started by BirdsofPreyDave over on the Disboards forum. He created a full list of Walt Disney World Restaurants where you can eat at, he also added the Epcot Food & Wine and Flower & Garden Booths (if you are so inclined to check those off your list). The “Golden Spoon” is the proverbial achievement for someone who has indeed eaten at every place listed.
This is THE Food Quest for Disney Fans.
I just checked my progress yesterday and took notes of where I’m at.
I’ve eaten at 158 out of 270 restaurants at Walt Disney World (59%)
I’ve eaten at 48 out of 100 quick service/counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World (48%)
I’ve eaten at 53 out of 73 table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World (73%)
I’ve eaten at 8 out of 20 signature restaurants at Walt Disney World (40%)
I’ve eaten at 2 out of 3 dinner show restaurants at Walt Disney World (67%)
I’ve eaten at 0 out of 4 dessert parties at Walt Disney World (0%)
To find out how far you fare, go to the website below and fill our your own check list for your result. If you would like to post your complete results, there is a code generator for the forum, or a simple text version (like mine above) which you can post on your Facebook.
Just a couple photos to get you motivated!
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Disney Parks and Resorts offer guests some of the most enticing food and drink offerings around. When I think of splurging, it usually is on dessert. A wide assortment of desserts are available, especially if you know where to look.
For instance, one of the most well known desserts that is “Disney famous” are the Zebra Domes over at Animal Kingdom Lodge. These little bite sized domes are full of flavor, a mouthwatering symphony of chocolate, coffee, cream, liqueur, and a bit of sponge cake. These are available at Boma, a buffet restaurant, or at The Mara, a food court, inside Animal Kingdom Lodge. These are definitely worth trying.
Some other well known desserts are the Dole Whip, the classic Mickey Ice Cream, and Candy Apples of many varieties. Plus, the bakery cases at Disney parks are stocked full of most anything you may want. I usually don’t splurge on these types of items although they all look so good.
I do enjoy a freshly made ice cream from L’Artisan des Glaces. They offer changing flavors during the month, you may come in and find something completely new and different that wasn’t there before.
If you are more into savory foods, you can also find some appetizing eats to tempt your taste buds. For foodies, the Epcot Food & Wine festival is a must do, with plenty of booths from around the world to try.
If you happen to miss out on the Food & Wine festival don’t worry, there are plenty of good things to eat all year round. One of my favorites is the Quattro Formaggio pizza from Via Napoli, I consider this an indulgence worth having.
Other foods worth mentioning:
The fish and chip shop in Epcot Britain – a little greasy but worth trying, good for sharing if you don’t want to eat a whole portion.
Sushi and tempura, I absolutely love eating at Toyko Dining.
Many Disney restaurants offer gourmet cheese plates, especially the signature restaurants. I know many people can’t pass up ordering a fine cheese plate. This one from Artist Point was divine, every single cheese was heavenly. And don’t forget to try their Smokey Portobello Mushroom Soup, it’s amazing.
And if good beer, fine wine, or a stiff drink is your particular vice, Disney has that too. At Magic Kingdom you can order an alcoholic beverage at Be Our Guest!
Many of the bars and lounges offer regional specialties or cocktails and most of them offer a selection of fine beer, wine, and spirits. For instance you can get Kona Longboard at the Polynesian, or you can get Unibroues in Epcot at the Canadian pavilion and Le Cellier. Each country in Epcot offers a variety of drinks. You can drink sake in Japan, a huge array of tequilas in Mexico, or Grand Marnier slushies in France.
I can’t say what it my #1 favorite in any category, I really love it all. If you have a favorite food, drink, or dessert, that you must have when you visit Disney Parks or Resorts, please share it in the comments.
Just wanted to share one of my favorite photos of The Pinocchio Village Haus, it’s really pretty at night. The restaurant is a quick service spot that often gets incredibly busy during the day. They serve a few different hot meals, like flatbreads, chicken parm and chicken alfredo. It is a limited menu, but Columbia Harbor House is a short walk away and they have more variety. I think that Pinocchio Village Haus is probably more geared towards the families with little ones since it’s located smack dab in Fantasyland, near Peter Pan and Elsa and Anna – so when a kid has a melt down it’s the closest place to eat.
During busy hours, they have to have a cast member there to direct people to tables, or to prevent non-dining guests from occupying the seating area. But at night, this place closes kinda early and it is empty.
Be sure to look inside the restaurant there are Pinocchio themed murals along the walls, which are very cute.
Many times we’ve grabbed an ice cream cone from Storybook Treats, and head back over to the outdoor patio and sit down and eat while enjoying the view.
This place is great for a quick dessert, they serve brownie or cookie sundaes, or just regular cones. It’s just a walk-up place with a few ordering windows, most of their desserts are about $5. During Halloween they do Candy Corn ice cream!
For quick service food, we will usually eat over at The Columbia Harbor House, sometimes Pecos Bill’s or Cosmic Ray’s. But, one of the things I love about Walt Disney World is trying everything!