Gee, darn. I know! ha. So this week's What I Ate Wednesday is more Disney food. Although to be honest, I'll probably be eating eggs and toast for the first few days that we're home, so I'd probably share Disney food this week anyway.
One problem with extending our vacation (aside from the fact that the weather has turned super cold here and we don't have any of our toasty warm New England fall clothes with us) is that it's another 2 days of seemingly unlimited food. I'm getting very scared of what the scale will say when I get home! At least I'm now used to more exercise from all the walking we're doing, so I'll be more likely to increase my exercise at home, and I know I'll be glad to return to my normal diet. Only eating restaurant food gets to me after a few days.
Cherry danish, Clint's choice. This was actually my favorite bun of the whole week! I had my usual decaf coffee with skim (well, 1% at Disney, they don't have skim here) milk and Clint had half a cup of black coffee- very unusual for him, but we couldn't find any tea bags or hot water (the hide the teabags now, I guess people used to swipe them. Not that I ever did, oh no.) As with every Disney bun, we split it.
This particular day, we were late, so Clint grabbed an Irish Coffee as we passed Ireland. It's iced coffee (sweetened and milkified somehow) with potcheen added. Potcheen is apparently some ridiculously strong spirit made from barley and malt (which makes me think beer-like, but Clint says vodka) that you can't actually sell IN Ireland, it's only for export. You can taste that this coffee was alcoholic, but as I never sweeten my coffee, all I could really taste was the sugar. Still tasty, however!
Our lunch reservations were for 2pm, so we had a little second breakfast at noon.
Chicken souvlaki from Greece and a glass of moscofilero. I think I need this pita recipe, my pitas are good but definitely not like these! Also? Clint seems to have a change of heart regarding tzatziki! On one hand, yay! On the other hand... I may have to share my tzatziki in the future :(
We had lunch in France, where I enjoyed a very decadent Croque Monsieur
and Clint had a chicken florentine crepe (mine was better ;) )
I had a bite of my mom's mango sorbet (she dug in before I could photograph! oops)
Then we wandered. Our plan was to do one of the wine seminars, since we'd already done one and really enjoyed it (3 wine samples, probably about 3/4-1oz each, then someone from the winery talks about the wine), so Dad offered to run over to the food fest HQ and buy the tickets, but we did not consider the massive crowds that day, so all the wine seminars for the rest of the day and the next day were already sold out. Oops! So we went to the different countries, watched the France movie, and then once we'd digested lunch, we started in on more food- we'll call it "dinner" but it's a very loose term in this case.
Clint and I split everything, more or less equally.
We skipped dessert at the French restaurant so that we could try the baklava from Morocco. So good! I'm not sure why I spent so many years of my life thinking I didn't like baklava.
I got the malbec because that's kind of a joke at work now- we get a lot of people in asking for malbecs, which, correct me if I'm wrong, don't often come from MA. We just don't have the climate for that varietal. One day a rather rude customer came in looking for a malbec. He grabbed a bottle of Chrystleton, which is elderberry and apple, and totally NOT in any way like a malbec (incidentally, I'm about the only employee that likes the Chrystleton, and now I get made fun of for it. Oh well, more for me!). He harassed many of us (luckily, not me) and everyone was so disgusted we still remember malbec guy. So I felt I should have a malbec.
We missed the wine seminar, but you don't need to sign up for free sampling! We tried Troy & Sons whiskey from Ashville, NC. I tried the normal colored stuff, Clint tried the clear stuff. I don't know the difference between them, but my non-whiskey drinker self could almost drink the whiskey-colored stuff but not the clear stuff.
They've been handing out free Ghirardelli milk chocolate caramel squares at the food fest HQ... so we're averaging one a day (each!).
From China, chicken satay. We were going to skip China and just get the stamp (since I generally don't like Chinese food, except for potstickers, which we had at lunch a few days before), but I saw some guy walking around with this so I wanted to try it. It was good! The chicken was cooked nicely, was not greasy, and the peanut sauce was quite tasty. It came with pickled cucumbers and mango. Of course, this is more Thai than Chinese... oh well.
And now you can see why I'm afraid of the scale! Well, my khaki capris still fit, and they're my big indicator of weight changes. My weight goal is my wedding weight (8lbs to go, as of the day we left for this trip), and I wore these khaki capris that summer, but not the next summer. To balance out all the food, we're walking a lot. I wanted to keep Clint's Nike running app on all day (since our pedometer is broken), but he said it eats up too much battery. On previous trips, we've always taken the boat to Epcot or Hollywood Studios, but this time we walked. It's about 1.5km to Hollywood Studios from our hotel and about the same to The Land, which is where we usually go first thing in Epcot, to ride Soarin'. And it's 1.3 miles around the World Showcase (not counting Futureworld at all) and we did that loop at least 1.5 times each day we went to Epcot, plus all the back and forth to the food fest HQ. Our favorite ride (Soarin'), which we go on twice a day, involves a half mile of walking (a cast member told me that). And that feels like nothing compared to all the other walking, so... again, I really wish our pedometer was working! Or that I could estimate distances better. This is the first year I've chosen to wear my sneakers (the year I had a bad bone bruise and my doctor demanded I wear sneakers doesn't count) most of the time, so my feet don't really hurt- until today, when I agreed to take the boat and had to wait about 15 minutes for it to show up. I'm just walking from now on! I would have been to our destination before the boat even arrived if I'd just walked.
Next week's WIAW will showcase homemade food! I'm already kind of done with restaurant food, I want something I make myself! Something like... fish kibbe from the cookbook above ;)