November 2014 monthly round up

The past month was super busy here at Disney in your Day!  Thanks to a trip to the World in early October, I had a ton of content to write about for the blog.  Plus, in my personal life I am performing in the musical Sweeney Todd, which just opened in mid-October and runs for four weekends!  So it’s been pretty non-stop for me.

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There are lots of exciting things I’ve written about from my past trip, including the Food and Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and the Tower of Terror 10 miler.  But there’s also more things to come that I experienced: the expo for the race, the Villains Bash, and staying the Villas at the Grand Floridian, just to name a few!

I’ve started race training for the Glass Slipper Challenge, so those updates will be coming.  And a new restaurant tournament will be up shortly!

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2014

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This year was my very first time attending the Food and Wine festival, and I was so excited!  I didn’t get to try as much as I would have liked, but hopefully there will be future trips.  Due to being sick for half a day that I was planning for F&W, I also lost a little time.  But I still wanted to share with you all the things that I did try and what I thought of them.

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Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies – $6.25

Yum!  Everything about this dish was delicious.  The lamb was cooked well, and I loved the mint pesto (that might have been the best part).  The potato crunchies also added the perfect level of crunch and texture.  Definitely one of my top dishes from the festival!

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Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream – $3.50

This was the perfect dessert treat.  The waffle was very warm and right out of the waffle maker.  I loved the berries and whipped cream too.  Relatively simple, but very good!

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Food and Wine Booths

I’m excited about this Kill, Refurb, Marry because I just came back from visiting Food and Wine for the first time!  I didn’t get to try as much as I was hoping due to a couple of things, including getting sick during my trip and being mostly on my own for Food and Wine, so I didn’t have someone to share things with for a lot of it.  My stomach can only hold so much!  I’m sure that my Kill, Marry, Refurbs might be different if I had tried everything, but from what I experienced here were my choices:

Kill – Africa

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When I made my master list of everything I would want to try and Food and Wine if I had an unlimited budget and stomach, there were only three booths that held no appeal to me whatsoever.  Those were New Zealand, Africa, and the Refreshment Port (hardly even a “booth” since it’s there all the time).  When I went back and looked at the menus again, Africa is the one that I really don’t think I would enjoy.  There are two food items, which contain mushrooms and/or onions, both of which I hate.  Even walking past the booth it did not smell appealing.  And there were a few drinks, none of which seemed special.  Africa could have some great flavors, but maybe it needs to be more focused.  Kill Africa and give us a Madagascar booth, or a South Africa booth, instead of lumping a whole bunch of countries into one booth.

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October 2014 monthly round up

Woohoo, October!  You know what that means?  It means I’m going to Disney World!  When I come back I’ll have tons of stuff to blog about – the Halloween Party, Food and Wine, and Tower of Terror 10 miler.  I’ll also be there for the last day Maelstrom is open.  What are you most interested in hearing about when I get back?

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Since the Tower of Terror 10 miler is this weekend, my countdown and training is done!   But I’ll only have a week or two before I start training for the Glass Slipper Challenge, which I’m a bit nervous about – first of all for running in the winter and second of all because it’s a 10k on Saturday and a half marathon (my first) on Sunday.  We’ll see how it goes!  I also took part in a Tower of Terror 10 miler Virtual Blog Hop, so if you’re looking for info on the race there are lots of great blog posts there!

As I mentioned above, I’ll be coming back with plenty to write about from my travels.  Plus I’m hoping to get out some fall/Halloween posts in October.   If you have ideas or want to contribute, please email me at disneyinyourday@gmail.com!

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Planning for the Food and Wine Festival

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When you experience a great blog, it’s worth mentioning.  So I have to give a shout out to one of the absolute best Disney resources I’ve ever found (if you’re into dining) – the Disney Food Blog!  I’ll be experiencing the Food and Wine Festival for the first time soon, and this has been an invaluable resource.

Their information on the 2014 Food and Wine Festival includes complete menus with prices, as well as pictures of almost every time available.  There’s also a copy of the map so you know where all of the booths are located.  I had a blast going through all of these, and I came up with a list of everything I want to try.  Goodness knows I won’t get to all of it, but at least I’ll be prepared!

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When I made my list, I literally just put down anything that seemed appealing to me.  This would be in the ideal world, where I have an unlimited stomach and budget 😉  Then I went through it and highlighted the items that were my “must try” items.  That way I’ll know what I want to try, and if I’m still hungry and have money left over I’ll also know my backup items.

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September 2014 monthly round up

Happy September!  It’s one of my favorite months of the year.  To start things off it’s my anniversary (we will be celebrating 3 years on the 3rd!), and it’s also one of my favorite times of year to visit Disney World.  We went for our honeymoon and it was so empty we hardly had to wait for anything.

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I just recently started re-watching all of the Disney animated features, in order.  I’ll be posting some thoughts on each one (Snow White is already up!).  So look for one of those to come every 1-2 weeks.  The Tower of Terror 10 miler looms ever closer, as does my trip to Disney.  It will be a trip of many firsts – first 10 mile race, first time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and first time at Food and Wine!  I can’t wait!  Finally, I would love to finish our restaurant bracket with the signature resort restaurants.  I think this will be a toughie because there are so many fantastic ones out there.  I’ll be interested to see the results!

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September Monthly Roundup

Hello everyone, and welcome to September!  For me it’s a great month.  I love when the weather cools down a little, and our anniversary is tomorrow so that’s always a good time to celebrate.  Plus, if you’re visiting Disney it’s a great time of year to go!  We went in September two years ago for our honeymoon and loved it.  The parks were empty and no lines for anything.  Hope your September will be magical!

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Lots of exciting news for the blog!  First of all, we just finished our first giveaway.  Congratulations to Monique Brown Phelps for winning!  I hope you enjoy your prize!  And for everyone else, don’t fret, because there will definitely be more giveaways to come.  I have a few pretty exciting ones lined up, so stayed tuned!

A lot of you mentioned that you like seeing craft projects and recipes, so expect a lot more of those posts.  I’ll also be keeping you up to date with theme park news and sharing theme park related posts, including planning tips and visiting Disney on a budget.  I have some friends in the parks right now or visiting soon that are going to share their thoughts on Magic Bands, so if you’re curious about that then we’ll have some info to share.  And now that the fall season is starting I also want to share seasonally related things.  Have any photos of Disney themed autumn decor?  Send them to disneyinyourday@gmail.com if you’d like to be featured!

Finally, I have a really exciting project I’m working on that I plan to get up the first week of October.  It’s something for the holiday season and I think you all will love it!  I can’t reveal anything yet, but I can’t tell you how excited I am about it!  So for those of you that like crafts, Christmas, and giveaways, this new project/column will debut in October!

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