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Podcast: Universal Orlando trip Labor day weekend 2016

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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/

We ate Bob Marley’s Natty Dreads

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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?

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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.

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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: https://soundcloud.com/vegdisneypodcast/vegdisney-03132016-post-trip-round-up

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

Epcot
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

Epcot
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)

Epcot
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

Epcot
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)

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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…)

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ADRs

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Here’s a list of the ADRs (and some of their options) we have coming up that I mentioned in episode 1 of the podcast.

  1. Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant
    • Tart Art
      Asparagus & goat’s cheese tart with garden peas, leeks & lemon oil dressed arugula
    • Raglan Risotto
      Garden pea risotto, aged pecorino, buffalo mozzarella & tender pea tendrils. Add chicken or shrimp
  2. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
    • 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
  3. Restaurant Marrakesh
    • Couscous with Vegetables The National Moroccan dish – Steamed Tiny Semolina Pasta with Steamed Vegetables
    • Goat Cheese with Crispy Bread for Two
      Mixture of Cheese and Kalamata Olives served with Tabouleh, Red Pepper Sauce, and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
    • Moroccan Salad Combination For Two
      Green Pepper and Tomato, Marinated Olives, Carrots, Potatoes, and Cucumber Salad
  4. Tusker House
    • So many things!!!!!
  5. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
    • Lasagne Verde white lasagna, spinach, parmesan, ricotta, besciamella
    • Piatti Alla Parmigiana – Tortino di Melanzane
      traditional preparation with eggplant, tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes
    • Build your own pizza and veg pizzas
  6. The Wave… of American Flavors
    • Curry Vegetarian Stew
      with Butternut Squash, Asparagus, Pink Lady Apples, Fire Roasted Peppers, and Jade Rice

Hungry now!!

Almost time for our trip! Let’s talk about it!

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Shawn and I are days away from our first trip to Disney World since 2011!  We recorded our first VegDisney podcast episode discussing our ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservation) and the quick service items that sound worth checking out.

This podcast happened because I was listening to a different Disney podcast and when a “strict vegetarian” wrote in for quick service suggestions, the info was not helpful and even wrong (“You must try the turkey sandwich”).  I understand that for non-veg people, it’s really confusing what vegetarian and vegan means, so I forgive them.   I left the gym that day inspired, especially after searching for a veg Disney podcast returned no results.

**I forgot to mention that I only went through restaurants that take the Disney Dining Plan, since we are using that!**

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