Welcome to those of you joining me from Rolling with the Magic and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
As the Disney Food Blog totes, "food is a theme park." The Disney resorts are known to most as great places for family vacations, but what many don't realize is that there is an abundance of fantastic dining options available, from inside the parks to the adjoining resorts. In my mind, eating a subpar hamburger isn't an option with all of the fanastic options. The best part is that for some of my favorites, you don't even have to enter a theme park. No ticket necessary for this Disney Dream Meal!
Disney Dream Meal - Resort Restaurants!!
Sanaa at Kidani Village, the DVC resort or second building at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, is a fantastic combo of Indian and African cuisine.
One of the must-haves on the menu is the bread service with a variety of accompaniments. This is a great way to test out new flavors and foods that may seem too exotic or scary. You can choose 5 now to really try a potentially new cuisine and distinct African and Indian inspired flavors!
Time to leave Kidani Village and head over to the main house - Jambo House - at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. This buffet became an instant favorite when we visited it in November. There were dozens foods to try - it was hard not to sample everything!
I might even have to go for a second soup with all of the amazing soup options they have (carrot/ginger deliciousness)
The options are so plentiful and the menu
changes daily! Here are some of the possibilities:
I'm going to head back over to Sanaa and check out the sample menus - while you can opt for one entree, I really prefer the mix and match options!
It's actually hard to decide and/or not to order EVERYTHING! The salad sampler is great - I can't get enough roasted beets, as weird as that may be. The butter chicken if fabulous - seriously, even my 4 year old asks for butter chicken on a regular basis.
But, while I'm not a vegetarian, I love having good options - the stewed lentils and paneer tikka are definitely great options! Cheese in tomato sauce? I'm in!
After dinner, head back to Jambo House for a dessert at Jiko. While they bring out cookies to clear the palette at the end of the meal, I can rarely resist a good chocolate dessert after a special meal. Jiko had a clear winner (and honestly, it's only a clear winner over the zebra domes and Kenyan coffee tarts because I don't have a picture of them - those are incredible as well). The One Last Cup - which doesn't appear to be on the menu right now - had a Tanzanian Chocolate Kenyan Coffee Mousse with a warm chocolate dipping sauce. Oh my goodness, so delicious.
One of my all-time favorite Disney restaurants is unfortunately closing at the end of September, 2014. Kouzzina by Cat Cora, located at Disney's Boardwalk, has my favorite soup - Avgolomeno, a traditional Greek chicken and lemon soup with orzo. I have tried copying the recipe at home and ordered it at every Greek restaurant near my house - and none of it comes close. Second on that menu is the Moussaka - a Greek lasagna covered in cheesy bechamel (creamy deliciousness). That's so decadent that I never even consider ordered it when I'm not on vacation, but at Kouzzina, it's phenominal. I am sad that I'll never get to experience it again!
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