Tuesday, 28 June 2016

D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs



I had the chance to check out D-luxe Burger in Disney Springs this past visit and I will tell you I really enjoyed this little burger joint.


This is a counter service (quick service) restaurant and does accept the Dining Plan.


Bonus tip: you can also get the gelato shakes there as a snack which is a great buy considering its 7.00


Upon entering there was no line whatsoever; however, by the end of our meal the line was out the door.


The prices are a bit high at first look; however, it is so worth it. Disney describes this place as, “eclectically comfortable Florida ranch-inspired,” and I understand why. It is themed very comfy cozy and home style as an old farm ranch would be. The seating is a mix of booths and bar stools. The best part of the seating is that they have usb outlets for you to charge your phone.

I ordered the Southern Classic Burger which came with a fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and bacon and was 12.99.
 My husband ordered the El Diablo Burger which was a signature blend patty, with deep fried banana peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and chipotle mayonnaise. Jenna order the classic kids burger with fry's and it also came with carrot sticks and small danimals smoothie.


Sorry this picture did not turn out as I hoped it would.


These burgers were huge, we split all of them and were very full. My Southern burger was very juicy and filling. The pimento cheese was creamy and the fried green tomato was good; however, not my favorite fried green tomato I owe that to my Granma.

Joe's burger was a bit spicy but not too hot and the deep fried banana peppers were crazy good. Jenna's classic cheese burger was pretty good. All the buns were nice and shiny and super enjoyable.

Now on to those fry's. The fry's are very nice, with that home-style taste with just the right amount of salt, and lets not forgot about the amazing sauces.

I have heard about those sauces from a friend and so decided to try every single one. In the picture above we have garlic ranch, horseradish, chipotle mayonnaise, 3 mustard and honey, buffalo blue cheese and curry ketchup and of course ketchup and my daughters fav ketchup and mayonnaise.

The sauces were very good and we even tried them with the carrot sticks. My favorites were the horseradish and the curry ketchup.

We also split a Vanilla Gelato Shake which was 7.00 but you could also add alcohol for a couple bucks more.

I really liked this place. I like the décor, I liked the seating and the price wasn't too bad. Our bill was 33.00 and that is in Disney. Best part: The food. The food was really good.

If you get a chance to try out D-Luxe burger in Disney Springs do it, seriously. You will probably really enjoy it as well.
Thank you for reading.





Dining a Sanaa Kidani Village

On the bottom floor of Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village is a mystical restaurant known as Sanaa. Sanaa in Swahili means, "Work of Art".


This is one of Disney's most beautiful restaurants. The restaurant boast of slow-roasted cooking methods and tandoori oven cooking. Its cuisine consists of African and Indian cuisine.


I decided to take my family to Sanaa and since we were staying at Kidani we simply took the elevator to the first floor. Once off the elevator we were met with beautiful works of art.





I checked us in and received a pager. The seating was very lovely as well, as we sat and waited for the pager to let us know it was time to go to our table.
We did not have to wait long as we were paged less than 10 minutes after checking in. We had a table next to the window and I highly recommend requesting a table next to the window especially if it is day time. You can see the Animals right from your table. The restaurant has a very nice ambiance with several beautiful lights. In the middle of the restaurant is a beautiful Acacia tree with holes through out which represents the Giraffe's eating spots.

We started with: Indian Style Bread Service - Choice of 3 breads and 3 accompaniments $11.49; get all 9 accompaniments for $13.99;
Breads - Naan, Garlic Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kulcha, Papadum
Accompaniments - Red Chile Sambal, Cucumber Raita, Coriander Chutney, Mango Chutney, Coconut Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Spicy Jalapeno-lime pickle, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Tamarind Chutney
$11.49 / $13.99
This was amazing. My favorites sauces were the Cucumber Raita and the Mango Chutney. The bread service was plentiful and very tasty giving each person a wide variety of taste from mild to very hot.

Next up was the Sample of Salad Trio:  Three salads: Chickpeas with Cucumber and Tomato; Watermelon, Cucumber and Fennel; Nigerian root vegetable and citrus $7.49
This was very refreshing. My favorite was the Nigerian root vegetable and citrus, it was sweet and sour. The watermelon, cucumber and fennel was nice as well as the chickpeas with cukes and tomatoes.

I ordered the soup of the day which was a creamy tomatoe with what looked like croutons but actually was chunks of cheese, another amazing dish. So good.


Moving along to our entree's my husband and I both ordered the same thing.
Traditional Sosatie - Braai Lamb with Apricots, butternut squash, bacon, cashews, and goat cheese $21.99

I loved this entrée. I love goat cheese so I requested a bit extra and it came with a lot. The meat was so tender and juicy and the apricots and squash had a nice flavor. The best part of this entrée for me was the bacon, goat cheese and cashews on the bed of green. It was so good and my husband also loved this dish.
My daughter order the Potjie Inspired - choice of two served with basmati rice or five-grain pilaf: butter chicken; spicy durban shrimp; chickpea wat; tomato spiced eggs; paneer tikka; cilantro-coconut milk seasoned vegetables; goan seafood curry; braised beef; lentil dhal; roasted okra, cashew and tomato stew; $25.49 except Jenna order potatoes instead of the rice.
She really enjoyed the braised beef and the potatoes as well as the butter chicken. In her exact words, Delicious.
By this time we were very full; however, we wanted to try the deserts for this review of course:)

We tried the Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse - Kenya Coffee and Caramel $5.99 with a pot of Press Pot Coffee - Kenyan AA $6.79



The coffee was rich and flavorful, very nice addition to our meal. The dessert was magnificent. The chocolate moose was very nice and creamy.

I have eaten in a lot of Disney's sit down restaurants and I can tell you IMHO this was one of the very best. From the very moment you sit down you realize this is going to be a gorgeous experience. Rather its you and your partner on a romantic date or your entire family you are sure to have a wonderful time at Sanaa.

To me having a nice sit down meal with your family is price-less but if you must know I paid roughly 125.00 with a 25.00 tip bringing my total to 150.00. Its not a meal I would have ever day; however for a nice occasion it is perfect.

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

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Friday, 24 June 2016

#DaDbonus In which our Heroes cheer up Great Britain with a tune from friend of the show Brian Marriott


Our good friend Brian Marriott has written this short tune for Dis After Dark & today, the most Historic Day in Great Britains modern History, he's let the tune run free in all your ears.  It's called Dis After Dark & trust me, its as infectious as "It's a Small World"  Please go & check out Brian's work on the link below

 

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Florida for first timers - mini blog series - Where to stay part 1




I’ve split this into two blogs as it’s quite a lot to take in, the next part will be up later this week.

Deciding where to stay is the first step when I’m planning my holiday/ vacation.
Generally I spend time looking at reviews, reading forums and most recently, watching resort tours on YouTube.
Where you decide to stay depends entirely on the type of holiday you’re wanting to have.
Over the years I’ve stayed all over.. International Drive + area, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista, onsite at Universal, Villas and Hotels. I’ve stayed in amazing places…..and some not so amazing.
But each of them have been very different.


 I’ll give a description and some benefits about each of the areas you can stay in :) (you can also stay a little further away from the parks if that’s what you’d like but for right now I’m going to focus on the areas that I’ve stayed in)

A few questions to ask yourself, to find out where is best for you are …  is this going to be somewhere that I will just be sleeping ? Will elaborate theming make my holiday feel more special ? How close to the parks do I want to be ? How will I get to the parks ? Do I want my own private space? How many people are travelling with me?

I’ll start with International Drive.



To disney - 20 minutes
to Universal - 5-10 minutes
To SeaWorld - 10 minutes

 This is probably the number one area for tourists to stay. This is due to it’s affordability and close proximity to most of Orlando’s attractions. This area is very geared towards tourists and is lined with gift shops, restaurants and smaller attractions such as the infamous Wonderworks (upside down house) and the Orlando Eye.

The further north on International Drive you stay, the closer you are to Universal Studios, Wet n Wild and the Premium Outlets International Drive.

The further south you stay, the closer you are to the Orlando Eye, Pointe Orlando, Sea World and Disney.

Personally, I prefer to stay to the south side of International Drive and even just off of International Drive on Universal Boulevard… close to the Convention Center. This is purely because I find that it’s quieter. My personal favourite hotel in the International Drive area is the Hampton Inn near the convention center. This backs on to Bahama Breeze ( I 100% recommend this fabulous Caribbean restaurant - but be prepared as it can get very busy) and is a two minute walk to Pointe Orlando.


Other affordable and popular hotels on International Drive are

The Rosen Plaza
The Springhill Suites

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a short list, check out Trip Advisor, forums and Facebook groups for reviews and trip reports.

Most hotels on International Drive will offer shuttles to the parks. Some are free and some you’ll pay for, you can also take full advantage of the I-ride trolley and Lynx buses (which I’ll go into in more detail on my “getting around” blog)





Next up... Kissimmee / Lake Buena Vista and Villas. 



Kissimmee - (dependant on area)
to disney - 15/ 20 minutes
to Seaworld - 20/ 30 minutes
to Universal Studios - 20 / 30 minutes

Lake Buena Vista
to Disney - 10 minutes

to Seaworld - 20 minutes
to Universal Studios - 20 minutes



With each of these destinations just a short distance away from the attractions, they make the perfect place to stay. Not only is there plenty of choice with hotels, each area offers a huge array of fantastic villas, which are ideal for larger families or getting that “home away from home” feel.

A favourite Lake Buena vista hotel is the Wyndham Bonnet Creek resort which is located just behind Disney’s Caribbean beach resort and is just a couple of minutes drive to Disney Springs (it's like staying onsite...without actually staying onsite !) it also hosts fantastic views of Epcot.

Whilst some of the hotels in these areas may offer shuttles to the parks, I would recommend hiring a car. 


Villas.

With so many villas to choose from, where do you start ?

A good idea is to start with location, how far are you wanting to travel?
I use  Orlando Villas which gives information on each of the villa communities.

Next, what does your group want from the villa ?  How many bedrooms ? Would you like a pool ? Gated community ?
Finding the perfect villa for you will take a bit of searching, there are plenty of websites and forums offering villa rentals and advice.

If booking through a travel agent, you can opt for a named villa, or for your villa to be allocated to you on arrival. If opting for an AOA,  when you arrive at the airport you’ll be told where your villa is (this tends to be the cheaper option. Occasionally, travel agents may tell you where your Villa is before you arrive).

If you are planning on booking a Villa DIY, it’s important that you read reviews, have contact with the villa owners and ensure that you have read and understand the terms of your villa rental. Most Villa owners / management companies will be more than willing to answer your questions or concerns. 


Next up is Where to stay part 2 - Onsite at Disney / Onsite at Universal Orlando


Happy planning, Amanda x

Sunday, 19 June 2016

#DaDpubsnack08 in which our Hereos announce The Ultimate Resort GRAND FINAL & Universal Orlando's Ultimate Resort between Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Universal's Loews Royal Pacific, Universal's Loews Portofino Bay, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach & Univers


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Friday, 17 June 2016

#UaDs1e2 In which our Heroes give Amanda a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood


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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Florida for first timers - mini blog series - When to visit Florida








Everyone has their own personal preference for when they like to Visit Florida.
Personally, after trying different times, I decided that I prefer September / October time. This is because it’s not too hot for me, it tends to be quieter as most children have gone back to school and of course my favourite reason …. it’s Halloween season !

But of course, what’s right for me, won’t be right for everybody. It can be difficult to take children out of school (and of course, some UK schools now fine parents for taking their children out during term time)
You may prefer it to be hotter, you may want to celebrate your birthday/ anniversary etc.. or you may want to attend a different seasonal event.


Here’s some things to bear in mind when deciding on which time of year to visit.
  • The week around Christmas and new year tends to be the busiest time in the parks.
              This is followed by Easter / Spring Break and the summer holidays / summer break.
  • June / July/ August are both the hottest and rainiest months to visit. (remember to pack your sun cream AND a poncho)
  • Parks are open until later in the summer. (which means you can pop back to the hotel during the busy afternoons for a dip in the pool and head back to the park in the evening )
  • September - mid December along with Mid January - mid March tend to be the quietest months to visit (also the cheapest as it is off peak season)
  • National holidays in America = busy park. Check the dates of these and bear them in mind when planning your trip.
  • No kids ? Visit during term time.

If this is going to be your "once in a lifetime" trip and you’re unsure of when to go (and are flexible with your annual leave) it may be a good idea to plan your trip around an annual event.
No matter which season you visit Florida, there’s always plenty of events going on in the parks. I’ve broken some of them up into months. The exact dates of these events vary year on year so it’s always worth checking the dates on the park websites. (Also, bear in mind that a lot of these events require separate tickets)

I’ll go into these in detail in my upcoming annual events blog.

January
Real music concert series -  Busch Gardens
Wild days - Seaworld
A celebration of Harry Potter - Universal Studios / Islands of Adventure

February
Mardi Gras - Universal Studios
Bands, brew & BBQ - Seaworld

March
Flower and Garden Festival - Epcot
Mardi Gras - Universal Studios
Food and wine festival & concerts  - Busch Gardens
Bands, brew & BBQ - Seaward 

April
Flower and Garden Festival - Epcot
Mardi Gras - Universal Studios
Viva la musica - Seaworld
Food and wine festival & concerts - Busch Gardens

May
Flower and Garden Festival - Epcot
Viva la music - Seaworld

June
Sounds like Summer - concerts  - Epcot
Summer nights at Seaworld - Seaworld
Sumer nights - Busch Gardens

July
Sounds like Summer - concert festival  - Epcot 
Summer nights at Seaworld - Seaworld
Summer nights - Busch Gardens

August
Summer nights at Seaworld - Seaworld
Summer nights - Busch Gardens

September
Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party - Magic Kingdom
Food & Wine festival - Epcot
Rock the universe - Universal Studios
Halloween horror nights- Universal Studios
Howl-O-Scream - Busch Gardens

October
Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party - Magic Kingdom
Food & wine festival - Epcot
Seaword’s Halloween spooktacular - Seaworld
Halloween horror nights - Universal Studios
Howl-O-Scream - Busch Gardens

November
Food & Wine festival - Epcot
Mickey’s very merry Christmas Party - Magic Kingdom
Holidays around the world / candlelight processional - Epcot
Seaworld’s Christmas celebration - Seaworld
Christmas Town - Busch Gardens
Holidays at Universal - Universal Studios

December
Mickey’s very merry Christmas party - Magic Kingdom
Holidays around the world / candlelight processional - Epcot
Seaworld’s Christmas celebration - Seaworld
Christmas Town - Busch Gardens
Eve - Universal Studios
New years eve - Seaworld
New years eve - Busch Gardens
Holidays at Universal - Universal Studios
Grinchmas - Islands of Adventure


As you can see, there’s always plenty going on.

I’d love to hear about your favourite time to visit ! Let me know in the comments or head over to the Dis After Dark Facebook page Here
or my personal Facebook page Here


Happy planning ! Amanda x


Missed the introduction blog ? - check it out here

Up next - Where to stay (part  - I-drive, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista and Villas)