Confession, we didn’t eat in the Animal Kingdom.
In some respects, Disney World quick service food at the four parks is probably similar to Will Ferrell movies, you hope it’s different, but really they’re all the same.
It’s not a tremendous disappointment because the Animal Kingdom occupied a mere three lines on my food list. Only missing the Zebra Domes made me wistful. Astonishingly, Ben was unwilling to search out the Mara Lodge just for dessert.
Even though we struck out at the Animal Kingdom, here’s what was on my list:
|The Animal Kingdom section on my food list
|Name||What to get|
|Flame Tree BBQ||1/2 slab ribs or 1/2 smoked chicken, baked beans, corn muffin, drink, chocolate mousse|
|Yak and Yeti||Asian food|
|Mara (lodge)||zebra domes|
Note: Click the name of the quick service restaurant to view their menu.
I’d bet Reese Witherspoon’s management ring the barbecue served at Flame Tree is identical to what we had at Fairfax Fare in Hollywood Studios. It gets rave reviews online and repeat visitors.
Yak and Yeti looked decent, but it’s hard to tell from a menu. The option of Asian food among burgers and pizza is refreshing in itself.
Nevertheless, compared to the other parks the Animal Kingdom has the prettiest scenery and setting.
We might not have eaten there, but it probably was a good thing in light of my nerves. Approaching the Expedition Everest roller coaster, I grew extremely apprehensive witnessing cars of people slowly chug up a steep incline and then rapidly drop into nothingness. Yikes.
Amazingly, after surviving one ride I couldn’t wait to go again (opposite of the Tower of Terror). Expedition Everest is my new favorite Disney ride. And it has a Yeti.
Near the end of the day fireworks were exploding in my office.
Okay, clearly not literally, but in my mind they were while I was jumping up and down in celebration of a tweet from Eat Jackson, who revealed that Angela Shepard and I had won!
I am sincerely thankful for every single person who humored me and voted for Gidget Eats. Knowing we all have busy days crammed full with email, jobs, families, driving, exercising, cleaning, tweeting, facebooking, eating and repeating, I am appreciative for the small moment it took.
And not to get too mushy, but I was truly touched by some of the comments and the undeserving amount of fantastic people in my life willing to help me out.
Thank you Eat Jackson! Thank you folks at Walker’s and Local 463!
Last but certainly not least, thank you dear friends, family, and reader.
I know, I know, it’s not like I won a presidential election, Nobel peace prize, or even American Idol (double ha!), but Gidget loves to eat.
A big thank you to those who voted for me! I’m grateful for you taking a moment out of your day to do so.
And because I appreciate all my loyal readers, here are some links, things to do and freebies:
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In the right circumstances, I can be a competitive person.
The pinnacle of my high school tennis career was reaching the State Championship junior year. It was the farthest I had ever gotten, the best I’d played, and during an intense match I dropped the f-bomb. More than once. My mom was there.
I wanted to win, but that is SO not me. (In college I had a swear jar and every curse word would cost you $0.25, people actually paid me.)
On the other hand, competition can be healthy. Next month I’m still on track for running the Rock’n'Roll Mardi Gras half marathon.
Along those lines, I just found out I’m in another competition and need your help!
There is a voting contest going on over at the Eat Jackson blog.
On an previous post he threw out the question – If you had one meal in Jackson, what would you have and where would it be? I answered, Walker’s Drive In (duh!) and left my comment. Now those who said Walker’s or Local 463 are in the running for a $100 gift card!
The thing is, the winner is determined by who gets the most votes. Currently I have
one, not sure now…
Please play fair and vote once, for me preferable: click here to go to the Eat Jackson blog. Then I may be persuaded to do a contest of my own…thanks y’all!
Enchanted by the Japan world showcase in Epcot, I stumbled across a store where I wanted one of everything.
There were kimonos, sake, stationary, wall hangings, chopsticks, bonsai trees, and enough Hello Kitty items to decorate a house. Yes, I still like Hello Kitty, and no, I’m not ashamed.
Like a bargain hunter at the Target $1 bins, my self-control was put to the test in the candy and food section. Although there were three kinds of mochi on display, I only purchased one package of the strawberry. (Space in my suitcase may have been a factor.)
Mochi are Japanese rice cakes. The soft outer shell is made from glutenous rice which is stuffed with a sweet filling. The fillings range from red bean paste to ice cream to fruit. They are nothing like the American coaster-sized disks of cardboard, except they are both round.
These adorable palm-sized pillows are delicately chewy and subtly sweet. Many Asian culinary landscapes include some sort of rice cake, but a Japanese friend first introduced me to mochi in high school.
I brought mochi to work and persuaded (nearly) everyone to try it. They were pleasantly surprised but I’m not, mochi is easy to love.
The green tea ice cream mochi pictured below is from the new Oriental Supermarket/Mr. Chen’s in Jackson off of I-55. Upon scoring my favorite mochi, I may have squealed in excitement. Not pictured is the second box of chocolate mochi. It’s mochi madness!