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Old 04-21-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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What food at a Villa?

This will be our first time at a Villa. I am thrilled with the idea of having a kitchen. Question is...what foods do you all bring to have on hand? We drive so I was thinking of just starting a plastic storage bin to have it all in there.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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This will be our first time at a Villa. I am thrilled with the idea of having a kitchen. Question is...what foods do you all bring to have on hand? We drive so I was thinking of just starting a plastic storage bin to have it all in there.
Depends on what your family likes to eat and if you want to cook. My family has never cooked a meal on vacation....full kitchen or not, but that's our choice. However we love having breakfast in the room. Bagels, cereal, fruit, oatmeal, toast. Late night snacks....lunchmeat, chips, ice cream.

I've found that a trip to Walmart, right outside WDW property....with a list is the way for us to go. Maybe bring snacks from home....but we don't bother. Quick trip to Walmart.
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We always stock up at Pubix - there are several close to WDW.
I make whole range of easy foods. I don't mind cooking but I do not put in loads of effort. In a 15 night stay I will cook 10 nights.

I do, Pizza, pesto pasta and veg, grilled salmon and potatoes, steak and salad, baked potatoes with a variety of fillings, hamburgers/vegieburgers, Spanish omelettes. We also buy a rotisserie chicken which we have hot the day we buy it and cold in sandwiches the next day.

Bring with you - salt, pepper, olive oil, stock cubes, garlic, kitchen towel, dishwasher tablets, tea, coffee, sugar, sweetener.

Hope this helps - have a great trip.
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Don't forget coffee filters if you bring coffee. Mr Coffee basket style 10-12 cup.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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Suitcase Full of Food

We always take a suitcase full of food. Cereal, bagels, pop tarts (for me), rice-a-roni, side noodles, microwave popcorn, cookies don't travel well, peanut butter and jelly get flagged for search. Forgot to start out by asking if you are flying or driving.
We always rent a car around day 2. My daughter and her family live in Orlando area and we visit her. On the way back we hit a Publix. We go to the deli area. Fried Chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, things that need to be reheated or eaten cold. Fresh fruits and milk. We also like to get Nestles Chocolate Chip cookies you can bake. It's so nice to come back to your villa whip up some cookies have some milk or coffee on your deck.

The empty suitcase is great for all the souvenirs.
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We do easy things like grilled cheese or sandwiches and soup, breakfast for dinner(eggs, sausage, fruit and toast, since we always do a quick breakfast before the parks), salad kits and add precooked chicken, spaghetti, or tacos. I only like one big meal a day, so if we eat out once, we are happy to have something lighter. Our kids were more than happy to have frozen pizza one night, and DH and I had cheese, crackers, fruit and nuts with a nice bottle of wine.
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This will be our first time at a Villa. I am thrilled with the idea of having a kitchen. Question is...what foods do you all bring to have on hand? We drive so I was thinking of just starting a plastic storage bin to have it all in there.
When we drive:

We bring pretty much all our "dry goods": Cereal, bagels,coffee, coffee filters, sugar (for coffee), goldfish crackers, etc.

We buy (either at the Super Walmart near AKL or via Garden grocer) our perishables: Juice, milk, half and half (for coffee), fruit, etc. We also pick up a case of water...and then refill the empties and put them in the fridge at night.

That's largely because a) we have the room in our van and b) Orlando grocery prices seem to be a bit higher than ours. We've tried Goodings (VERY high), Walmart, and a bunch of the other local stores. We seem to spend less by "BYO".

We typically do breakfast, one or two lunches, and snacks in the room (typically a 10 to 12 day trip). NO dinners.

We've also baked X-mas cookies in our room.
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