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.
The latest episode is up on soundcloud! Click here
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.
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.
One thing I don’t recall noticing from last trip is that some said “Allergy-friendly menus available upon request” which could mean vegetarian.
Here’s a link to the latest podcast episode on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/vegdisneypodcast/universal-orlando-trip-labor-day-weekend-2016 If you’re like me and would rather download, try this site: http://scdownloader.net/
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.
Here are all the things we talked about on episode 2 of the Veg Disney podcast. Link to the podcast page: https://soundcloud.com/vegdisneypodcast/vegdisney-03132016-post-trip-round-up
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).
Pepper Market – Mickey Waffles with potatoes
Gaston’s Tavern – Warm Cinnamon Roll (not so warm and stale)
Columbia Harbour House – Lighthouse sandwiches with chips and chocolate cake
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)
Pepper Market – Mickey waffles with potatoes
France Pavilion – Les 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)
Pepper Market – Cheese Empanada (Crisp Tortilla filled with Monterey Jack Cheese, topped with Queso Fresco and Tomatillo Salsa)
Pepper Market – Mickey Waffles with eggs and potatoes
Mr. Kamal’s (between Asia & Africa) – Falafel – with tzatziki, Samosa – with mango salsa
Harambe Fruit Market – Mickey Pretzel
Mexico Pavilion – La 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)
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
Pepper Market – Egg & Cheese sandwich with hashed browns
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 World – Electric Umbrella – Veggie Naan Wich (Broccoli Slaw, Edamame, and Tofu Wasabi Dressing with choice of Grapes or French Fries), Strawberry Cheesecake
Pepper Market – Egg & Cheese sandwich with hashed browns
The Land – Sunshine 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)
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)
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: http://ieatfood.net/2008/11/11/vegan-spam/ complete with Spamalot photos! (A favorite!)
The recipe (in case that site disappears before we do…)