Lets kick off this this self-isolation with a short, fun blog post to hopefully kick my arse back into blogging my adventures. I’ve been on quite a few since I last wrote something, but the last place I went was on an indulgent Disney World holiday at the end of November. I headed outside of the parks as well (rare) to Daytona beach to spend Thanksgiving… but that’s not what this is about! Here were the 5 best things I ate at Disney World on that trip:
- Bison Burger at Geyser Point (Wilderness Lodge)
Geyser Point is a lounge on the water that transports you to a completely different vibe to the rest of Disney World. The bison burger there has a perfect mix of flavours and textures. It’s my new favourite place at Disney since last time I went and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a break from the parks.
- Paella at Jaleo (Disney Springs)
Jaleo is an upscale restaurant with a bold interior that serves Spanish tapas. I understand in the US tapas is not as prevalent as in England, mainly because Spain is one of the nation’s favourite holiday destinations. So Spanish cuisine is having a bit of a moment in the US and Disney World has opened two tapas restaurants in the last few years. I came to Jaleo during happy hour for a late lunch, which was a very economical way of eating this great food without paying a hefty price tag. The paella was one of the best I’ve ever had.
- Hush Puppy Benedict with Potato Gratin Mash at Homecomin’ (Disney Springs)
I ate this twice, once with a reservation and the second time sitting at the bar as a walk-in. If you can’t get a reservation, I had great luck at the beginning of brunch service from going to the desk. In fact, I was the only person at the bar for a while and it didn’t get completely full the entire time I was there. This was a perfect, incredibly filling breakfast that was (again) really worth the price tag compared to the majority of food at Disney World. It’s an especially good recommendation as I usually can’t bring myself to order the same thing twice.
- Raspberry Swirl Dole Whip Float at Aloha Isle (Magic Kingdom)
I had never had Dole Whip before this trip and I have been converted. I’m not the biggest fan of pineapple so I went for the raspberry flavour with pineapple juice as the float and it was definitely one of the food highlights of the trip. I recommend walking around Magic Kingdom with a dole whip in hand and just enjoying the scenery and people watching. Give yourself a break from running from ride to ride (which I am usually doing).
- Costine di Maiale (Pork Ribs) at Italy Food & Wine Booth (Epcot)
If I were to choose one pick from the festival this year, it would be this (2nd – Coastal Eats’ Baked Shrimp and Scallop Scampi Dip, 3rd – Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, which was a whole meal in itself from Flavours from Fire). They look plain and uninspiring compared to some of the instagramable food on display, but the meat was falling off the bone and really well seasoned. When you think about the volumes of food these kitchens make it’s almost unfathomable how they give you such well cooked meat and so quickly.