Epcot Food & Wine vegan recipe posted on Disney Parks blog

Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew

Disney parks blog shared a recipe to this delicious looking spicy, vegan Ethiopian stew!  Click the link below for their recipe.  I will have to see if I can make this in my Instant pot since we won’t make it to Epcot Food & Wine to try it there.

Disney Transport

When we go to Disney we use Disney transport the entire time.  Even when we drove down and had a car I think we only used that to get to restaurants off property.

When I heard about the express transportation, at a decent price, I was ready!  I still have a million questions to bog down some poor castmember with once we’re there, but this post on wdwforgrownups was informative.  Click here: Guest Review: Express Transportation At Walt Disney World Parks

Currently we have the required park hopper tickets and I was wanting to get the express transportation.  I was also considering upgrading our tickets to annual passes since I wanted to get memory maker (photo pass) and a reason to return to the parks later in the year.  I heard on some podcast that if you have an annual pass you have to pay the daily rate for the express transportation, which at that point isn’t a good deal.

Quick dining menu browsing time

This trip we opted for the Quick service plan for less cost and ease of use.  Actually we opted for it last trip, but got upgraded, which we’d have taken if offered.  I’m going to break these down by locations and list what is available, looks appealing and came up as taking the dining plan.

Click here for the spreadsheet

One thing I don’t recall noticing from last trip is that some said “Allergy-friendly menus available upon request” which could mean vegetarian.

55 days until our trip!

It had been over a month since I ran at all and months since I ran more than a 5k, but I’m supposed to run a half marathon on our trip sooooo I’m back at it. It’s almost like starting over right now. I ran about a 5k (walk/run) last night and less the night before. I’m at the super exhausted stage of training. I get home, shower, eat and go to bed.
Now onto Disney stuff, I heard they changed the Disney Dining plan for quick service to remove the desserts that came with meals and add one snack.  So you lose two items and gain one that you can choose later. I suppose you’re getting less, but I think it’s still a better deal for Shawn and I. I’d rather choose a snack later than get a tiny cake.
We splurged for this trip and have a reservation to go to a Star Wars fireworks dessert party.  We often don’t stay for fireworks, so this will be fun!

We ate Bob Marley’s Natty Dreads

Natty Dread Vegetable Patties – Two housemade pastries filled with sweet potatoes, red beans, spinach, carrots, onions, coconut milk. Yucca fries, smoky ketchup $9.95

We were hungry for dinner early on Saturday afternoon with lots of sunny, sweaty park walking behind us. Bob Marley: A Tribute to Freedom on the Universal Studios CityWalk was just opening for dinner and after a few minutes of waiting around we were finally able to get a seat “inside”. The interior is much bigger than the tiny reception kiosk and walk-up bar let on. It’s also an open air venue with a stage so it was still pretty warm inside as we were sat out of the range of the wall mounted air conditioners.

Having already had one mediocre veggie burger earlier that day I was excited to try something different. But I really didn’t know what to expect from the description above and kept picturing a veggie burger with no bun. Was this some kind of carb thing? Was Bob Marley really into carb counting?


Nevertheless, we ordered it and were repeatedly surprised as we dug into our meal. Oh, Pastries! I completely missed that descriptor and was happy to see the sour yellow, half-moon shaped pockets dusted with spices and piping hot. The mix of veggies inside and the crispy edges of the pastry made for a great taste. Crunchy, sweet, savory and a little spicy all at once. We pretty much devoured them but did take time to try a few of the hot sauces on the table. One hot, one smoky, they were both nice but covered up the subtle spices of the patties.


The thick triangular Yucca fries were also hot, crispy and tasty but I think they’re a little confused on the spelling. Yucca is a fruit-bearing shrub while Yuca are potato-like tubers. We were definitely not eating a shrub and the taste was potato-y with a slightly mooshier consistency. The perfect vehicle for the smoky-hot ketchup.

I joked on Sunday that we should just go back to Bob Marley’s but truth be told, I wasn’t kidding. It was a tasty and filing meal especially for a single person. Unique flavors and ingredients have kept it on my mind and I think it was my favorite meal of the whole trip.

Food we ate, the post trip round up

Here are all the things we talked about on episode 2 of the Veg Disney podcast. Link to the podcast page:

Day 1

Disney Springs
Cookes of Dublin – Garlic and Parmesan skinny chips
Raglan Road – Raglan Risotto (Garden pea risotto, aged pecorino, buffalo mozzarella & tender pea tendrils.), Tart Art (Asparagus & goat’s cheese tart with garden peas, leeks & lemon oil dressed arugula), Au Gratin Potatoes.  We shared Chocolate Heaven (Flourless chocolate cake, fresh berries, chocolate ganache with whipped cream).


Day 2

Coronado Springs
Pepper Market – Mickey Waffles with potatoes

Magic Kingdom
Gaston’s Tavern – Warm Cinnamon Roll (not so warm and stale)
Columbia Harbour House
– Lighthouse sandwiches with chips and chocolate cake

Hollywood Studios
Sci-Fi Dine In – Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie (with fresh Vegetables, Black Beans, and Chipotle Peppers blended to replicate the Pie Mom used to make, topped with Mashed Potatoes and Cheddar Cheese), Southwest Vegetarian Burger (Black Bean and Vegetable Patty topped with a warm House-made Tomato Jam, Arugula, fresh Tomatoes, and Avocado Mayonnaise on a Toasted Bun with choice of Cucumber Salad or Sweet Potato Fries), Warm Glazed Doughnut (with Cinnamon Apples and topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce), Hot Fudge Sundae (Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream, and a Cherry)


Day 3

Coronado Springs
Pepper Market – Mickey waffles with potatoes

France PavilionLes Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie – Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate Croissant)
Morocco Pavilion – Tangierine Café – Vegetarian Platter (Hummus, Tabouleh, Lentils, Falafel and Marinated Olives with fresh Moroccan Bread)
Norway Pavilion – Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe – Lefse (Potato Flatbread rolled with a Sweet Cinnamon Butter)

Coronado Springs
Pepper Market – Cheese Empanada (Crisp Tortilla filled with Monterey Jack Cheese, topped with Queso Fresco and Tomatillo Salsa)

Day 4

Coronado Springs
Pepper Market – Mickey Waffles with eggs and potatoes

Animal Kingdom
Mr. Kamal’s (between Asia & Africa) – Falafel – with tzatziki, Samosa – with mango salsa
Harambe Fruit Market – Mickey Pretzel

Mexico PavilionLa Cantina de San Angel – Lime on the rocks with salt, Guacamole with Totopos (Fresh-made Gucamole with Tortilla Chips)

Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Pineapple Lanai – Dole Whip® Soft-serve Swirl (Pineapple swirled with Vanilla)

Coronado Springs
Siestas Cantina – Caprese Roll (Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Vinaigrette on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll), potato chips with BBQ sauce we ate later in our room

Day 5

Coronado Springs
Pepper Market – Egg & Cheese sandwich with hashed browns

Magic Kingdom
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen – Schweitzer Slush (Frozen Apple Juice and Passion Fruit topped with Bursting Green Apple Boba Balls. First concocted by the noted explorer and humanitarian, Dr. Albert Slush), Rice Noodle Bowl with Tofu (Pho Broth served with Jalapeños with mix of fresh Herbs), Curried Vegetable Crew Stew (served with Roasted Acorn Squash, Lentils, and Sautéed Collard Greens), Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream (Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream), Kungaloosh! (An African-inspired Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Bananas served with Cashew-Caramel Ice Cream topped with Coffee Dust)

Future WorldElectric Umbrella – Veggie Naan Wich (Broccoli Slaw, Edamame, and Tofu Wasabi Dressing with choice of Grapes or French Fries), Strawberry Cheesecake

Day 6

Coronado Springs
Pepper Market – Egg & Cheese sandwich with hashed browns

The LandSunshine Seasons – Vegan Korma with Gardein® Meatless Chik’n with Jasmine Rice, Whoopie Pie

Disney’s Contemporary Resort
The Wave… of American Flavors – (ask for the vegetarian menu) Pan Seared tofu with cilantro pesto and succotash (Which Shawn was able to get without the corn), Curry Vegetarian Stew with jasmine rice (I was given mixed wild rice instead, but it was still good), American Flavors Flight (Coconut Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit Drizzle and Passion Fruit Boba, S’more Graham Cracker Cake with House-made Toasted Smokey Marshmallow, Gluten-Friendly Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Mousse and Rum-roasted Pineapple), Chocolate Flight (German Chocolate Cake with Salted-Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Ganache, and Toasted Coconut, Chocolate Crème Brûlée with fresh Raspberries, The Wave Chocolate Brownie with White Chocolate Ice Cream and Godiva Chocolate Sauce)

Day 7

Coronado Springs
Cafe Rix – Cheese danish and orange juice (we were leaving too early to eat, so we got some items the day before to munch on)

Spam? (Veg not Disney)


I was looking up a possibly different place Shawn & I could grab breakfast in the morning (Saturday). I saw a local place that had a photo that said “we have Spam and Eggs!” I hadn’t thought about spam since I watched Oktapbang Koyangi  (옥탑방 고양이) when they are eating a fake or Korean knock off that I thought was called “zipam”, but now I can’t find anything when I google that. I had a vague memory flood me of back when I ate meat and longer ago when I ate spam.  It was salty and not meat like which at the time was disgusting, but currently I think would be great.  I don’t like my fake meats to taste too close to meats anymore.  I googled to see if anyone sells a vegetarian/vegan spam, but alas they do not.  There are, however, some recipes!  I don’t know that I will bother, but I will keep an eye out for premade.

Recipe here: complete with Spamalot photos!  (A favorite!)

The recipe (in case that site disappears before we do…)

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