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How EMH saved our trip-Doing the World on West Coast Time! Completed. Stop by my PTR!

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  1. MEK

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    Somebody must be doing something with soccer, because I haven't seen a post for awhile. :laughing: My DS leaves for ODP came this week and is playing in a tournament this weekend with the team he just joined, oh.....2 weeks ago. I went yesterday, but am staying home today!
     
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  3. carissanboys

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    Your pictures of HDD bring back so many great memories of our dinner there. :goodvibes My dad got chosen to be in the show when we went and it was so hilarious (he was the one wearing the tutu in the end). I would love to go back and do it again. :thumbsup2 Glad you guys enjoyed it too.
     
  4. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Surprisingly, no! :) although we have been trying to solve the mystery of the missing ODP polo shirt. Sigh. DSD leaves on Tuesday for camp.

    No soccer, but I haven't been home for a few days.

    I had a 2 day surprise road trip with my sister and nephew to pick up my other nephew from camp about 7 hours away, (and back) and now need to prepare for a family party this afternoon with my gourmet club (12 college friends).

    Crazy weekend!

    We did get to go on the "longest floating boardwalk in the world". Who knew!

    It ended up being surprisingly fun other than DS10 really pushing some buttons...that too has kept me away from the boards (and computer). He doesn't have ADHD. He has attention-seeking disorder. Sigh.

    Off to the store and then to try out 2 new recipes! Sweet lemon fritters and a mediterranean potato salad (new potatoes, tomatoes, capers, olives...yum!). Or at least I hope yum.

    Hopping for an AK update in the AM!
     
  5. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Ok that image is enough to make me consider going this next trip. If my dad or Step-FIL got picked that would be such a riot! What wonderful wonderful memories!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. carissanboys

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    My pictures didn't come out real well, but here are the ones I took:

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  7. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Oh I love it!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Well, I've survived two unknown recipes and learned a couple of things.

    I really need a new baking thermometer
    I am not a baker
    I don't like dealing with yeast, and "rising" things.

    But

    the results were worth it.

    I could become addicted to sweet lemon fritters,

    if.I.didn't.have.to.make.them.

    lol!

    AK update tomorrow

    as Steven sits next to me in his AK necklace!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

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    Oh, hon. Do you need a hug? :hug:

    I'm the baker in the family, but I am also very wary of things that need yeast and have to rise. I did successfully make Easter bread this past year though, so I was quite proud. :lmao:

    Can't wait! :goodvibes
     
  10. cjackearl

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    Sweet lemon fritters? Those sound devine. I'm with you though. Yeasty things are just too persnickety for my level of patience (low).
     
  11. eandesmom

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    Our final day dawned lovely. Off to Animal Kingdom! We did some morning packing, not wanting to have to do everything at night when we got back as our flight was hideously early the next day. Semi organized we headed for our stroll up to the outpost bus stop.

    And waited.

    And waited.

    And waited.

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    Instead of "are we there yet", we got "is it here yet?"

    We must have seen, I kid you not, 6 buses for DTD, Epcot and DHS.

    Nary a one for AK.

    The bus stop was actually semi full with people waiting for the AK bus, either headed to AK or Blizzard Beach.

    Families took turns asking other buses where our bus was. No one could say, other than to say it was coming. No one changed their route to AK even though several buses had no one to pick up when they stopped, as a like bus had just left.

    40 minutes later, perhaps more, the bus arrived. And went to Blizzard Beach first.

    A full hour after we'd gotten to the bus stop, we arrived.

    We'd planned to get fastpasses to EE and then do some rides but the journey had taken so long, the crew needed sustenance. Idea's of Flame Tree barbeque were SHOT down in flames....we'd had BBQ last night I was informed. So it became "what do we see after we get the FP's?"

    Fast passes in hand we then headed towards Kali so we could see what the wait was. Near to Kali, (90 minutes wait) was...

    Yak and Yeti Local foods cafe!

    The place (and park) was PACKED. We sent Steven to snag a seat and stood in line. And stood and stood and stood. The lines were pretty long and did not move quickly.

    Finally it was our turn and after inquiring about whether the kids would have to stick to the kids meals (no, they could order whatever they wanted) and whether or not we could trade sides for desserts (no which bummed us out, Scrooge and I were eying the egg rolls but consoled ourselves with the fact that they were clearly marked as a snack credit so planned to come back later and get some) we ordered the following:

    Scrooge: Sweet and Sour Pork
    Wall-E and myself: Shrimp Lo Mein
    Tink: Honey Chicken
    Steven: Mandarin Chicken Salad
    Goofy went for the Pork Egg Roll Kids meal and got it with french fries (a scary combo if you ask me)

    For dessert we had Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mango Pie and a Chocolate Cake.

    Scrooge and I each had an African Amber and a bottle of water to save for later.

    They serve the food in very cute Chinese take out containers and have a nice selection of condiments over in the seating area.

    Our table: It was a warm day and there were very few umbrellas so we were pretty toasty sitting there!
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    And our food. These are somewhat pathetic, I wasn't thinking to take pictures but hey, you can see the carton!

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    I did not get a picture of Tinks Honey Chicken. It was a crispy chicken and she loved it. Chinese Nuggets if you ask me (definitely finger food) but she was quite pleased.

    The African Amber was, hands down, our favorite beer of the trip. We don't know what it really was brand wise, but it was good. So good that Scrooge had it again at dinner, at Boma, later that night. Reminded us of a local African Amber we have quite often, Mac-n-Jacks but I've never seen it outside of the area so I doubt that is what it was.

    We would absolutely eat here again. It was a refreshing change of foods, a pretty (if toasty) setting and although the wait was long, the service was very very pleasant. One note...We did NOT care for the mango pie. At all. It was more of a mango custard tart and it was...ugh. Goofy was SO bummed, he'd been excited to try it. He ate his egg roll so fast I didn't get a picture but it was quite large and he said it was tasty.

    Later in the day, for our afternoon snack, both Scrooge and I got one. Make that TWO. The kids meal is one pork egg roll. The side, or snack credit order, is TWO. They were huge. And yummy! Crispy and flaky on the outside, full of moist & juicy pork and veggies on the inside. My favorite savory snack credit of the week, hands down. Scrooges too. It will be a must have snack for us, at AK, from now on!

    Next...Kali?

    Or Safari?

    What to do?
     
  12. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

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    I am now officially hungry. :lmao:

    Sorry you had such a long bus wait. That's a bummer. But oh my goodness, what a yummy lunch! And I love the novelty of the containers. We are definitely going to have to try this with my son, I know he'd think it was great. :thumbsup2
     
  13. eandesmom

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    I haven't made anything with yeast in...gosh. I don't even know! I like to cook and tend to think I do a pretty good job. For gourmet club I use it as an excuse to try new things. In this case I needed to bring a dessert and a salad. I'd envisioned making a lemon tart and topping it with raspberries, one I'd made before. Sat night I go to look through my recipes and I can't find it. Pretty sure it was from a VERY old issue of Bon Appetit that I swore I'd saved.

    So instead I looked through a couple other back issues and found about 5 lemon things (I was focused on lemon, who knows why) and then let DH pick which one. The sweet lemon fritters (from Capri lol), won.

    I had a very hard time getting my yeast to dissolve, had to toss out the first one and then start again. That one never got "foamy" like it was supposed to, so I made another one. That one didn't get foamy either but I was out of yeast, so I used it. Worried about it already I was amazed at how HARD it was to stir the dough. I probably should have made it in my kitchen aid mixer with the paddle but don't do bread things enough to have thought of that ahead of time. 10 minutes later I thought that

    1. my arms would fall off
    2. no way it was mixed well enough
    3. it might be doomed.

    I don't know why the recipe called for it to be stirred instead of kneaded. Kneading would have been a million times easier.

    I seriously thought it was NOT going to rise.

    But it did.

    OMG they were GOOD!

    but a lot of work.

    little balls of lemon deliciousness (lemon, vanilla, brandy and golden raisins dusted with sugar)

    they were gone. inhaled. gone.

    The salad was not nearly as popular! Probably b.c we were late due to my frantic fritter frying! It turned out well though.

    So I'd love to eat them again but... not sure I'm up for making them myself. I think I'm just used to winging it in the kitchen and following random recipes and things generally go the way they are supposed to, easily. This was unexpectedly stressful!
     
  14. eandesmom

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    exactly! They were devine but I have a hard enough time with waiting for pie crust dough to chill. The stress of will it rise, or not, killed me!
     
  15. eandesmom

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    It was good, and fun. Was it better than your average take-out asian? Maybe not, but I like good take out! It was a nice change after the burgers, chicken and ribs, that's for sure.

    I do have one regret. They had a cocktail called a "yak attack" at the outdoor bar. I didn't get it wanting to try the amber and hoping they'd have it at Boma that night.

    It's the drink that got away....

    I don't remember what was in it but it sounded so good and I'd spent the week searching for that perfect cocktail (which is funny as vacation is the only time I really do cocktails...unless you count the lemon drops at the gourmet club party yesterday lol). I remain:rotfl2: convinced that the Yak Attack would have been IT.

    Oh well.
     
  16. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

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    That's what I'm thinking, a nice change from the other counter service options.

    Gosh, I have heard of that and I can't remember what's in it, but I thought I read on here it's supposed to be good.

    Shall I have one in your honor in September? ;)

    And in regard to the lemon fritters and stirring the dough, I know how you feel. I have some recipes like that and it feels like my dang arm is going to fall off. There's not a lot in the kitchen that I ask for help with, but I beg my DH to come help me when I have a recipe like that.

    He also grew up working in his father's restaurant and is an expert at dough. They made pizzas, etc, so he's really good at kneading. :thumbsup2
     
  17. MEK

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    The lemon fritters and mediteranean potato salad sound delish. The Yaki & Yeti found sounds (I can't see it) really good as well. I really want to eat Y&Y TS for lunch during our next trip, but can't get it. It's totally booked. I guess I can always use a snack credit for egg rolls....good to know! I love creative ways to use up those snack credits.

    Enjoyed your lastest update. I can just picture the crowds. I hope you get to ride some rides. How awful to have to wait 45 minutes for a bus. This happened to my DS waiting for a bus from AK to Epcot. I guess their GPS tracking system must get really screwed up from time to time!
     
  18. eandesmom

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    Oh YES! pretty pretty please if you would! And take a picture! that would be fantabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:banana::banana::banana:

    I just want to know, why stir versus knead? I used to be able to throw a pizza in the air to get the dough to spin out....that brings back some really fun memories!
     
  19. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

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    Oh my goodness! I had no idea you'd be so excited.

    Tell you what. I'll get the Yak Attack, is it, toast in your honor, AND when I get home I'll send you a picture of me to your personal e-mail WITH my head on. How about that??? ;)

    You know, I wish I knew. Most recipes call for kneading. It must have something to do with how much air gets into the dough, that would be my uneducated guess.

    I am horrible at pizza dough. I make it in my bread machine and then have DH do all the fun twirling and stuff.
     
  20. eandesmom

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    Those egg rolls were the BOMB! I could make a lunch of two of those. Or 4.

    YUM! It's funny, I didn't consider TS inside AK as it has such short park hours but I may consider it next time (though right now Sanaa is on my list for AK day!).

    Yeah it was kind of frustrating, the bus thing. to the point of ridiculous as you watch bus after bus after bus come, have no one to pick up as they were so frequent but no one willing to change to AK/BB!

    We were really worried about the "home" trip, after dinner....we will see how THAT worked out.

    lol!
     
  21. eandesmom

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    It's the little things.

    :worship: I feel so honored! I hope it lives up to my completely unrealistic expectations of it!
     

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