Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dining Review: Kona Cafe

As I mentioned in my last post, I partied a little too much at Party for the Senses and spent most of the next day in the hotel room.  Geoff went to our tequila pairing lunch, but I stayed behind.  I did venture out of the room that evening, but we just strolled around the Boardwalk and Epcot - nothing exciting I'll have him do a write up on the lunch at some point, but in the mean-time, I'm going to continue with our Anniversary trip the day after that!

On Monday morning, I woke up starving.  Our original plan was to go to Kona on our last day (Tuesday), but we decided to go to the Dark Side on Tuesday instead (Universal.)  I tried getting a reservation on my phone before leaving the Swan, but nothing was available.  We decided to give it a try and worst case scenario we'd just eat at Captain Cook's downstairs.

Om nom nom
We grabbed a cab from the Swan to the Polynesian.  We didn't feel like messing around with moving the car or having to go to the Magic Kingdom and then over to the Poly, so we opted for the cab.  In no time at all we were pulling up to the Poly!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Anniversary Trip: Party for the Sense

It's no secret that Food & Wine Festival is my favorite time of year at Disney.  Geoff and I decided to take advantage of the fact that it is held over our Anniversary and headed up for a long weekend from October 27-30.  Of course, the weird part about this vacation is that the day before we closed on our house and on the 27th we spent the morning at Ikea buying furniture.

Then it was vacation time!  We checked into the Swan and had a really nice room (especially since it was just a standard room) on a high floor.  If we craned our necks we could see Hollywood Studios.

We spent some time in the room, then headed out to explore and head over to Epcot.  Our plans for that night were to attend Party for the Senses!  We did Party for the Senses 2 years ago, I did a write up for the Disney Food Blog at that time.  So, would this experience live up to the last??
 Party for the Senses!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dining Review/Disneyland Day 6: Storyteller's Cafe

Finally the last day of our Disneyland trip came.  Of course, we didn't have the shuttle picking us up until later in the morning, so it was first time for a character breakfast!

We opted for Storyteller's at the Grand Californian.  Geoff and I did this breakfast when we came and I really liked it.  My favorite part about it is that you can order off the normal menu instead of the buffet!  Plus there are some more unusual characters that are present instead of the same ones you see everywhere.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dining Reviews: Carthay Circle, Cozy Cones, and Paradise Garden Grill

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  What's more fitting on Thanksgiving than a food post?!  First up on the Reviews:

Carthay Circle

Outside the restaurant

When you enter the restaurant, the downstairs has the lounge area along with the hostess stand.  We checked in and had to wait a few minutes before being taken upstairs to our table.  We were seated in the main room, close to the waiter's stand.  I'm kind of glad we were seated there.  After our meal we took a walk around the rest of the restaurant, and while still nice, we liked the atmosphere of the main room the best.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Disneyland Day 5, Part 2: A QUAKE!

When I last left you, we were just checking in for our lunch at Carthay Circle.  They really nailed the decor inside.  It was absolutely beautiful.

Carthay Circle

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Disneyland Day 5: California Adventure

Sorry for the extended break.  We're now almost settled in to the house.  We have some furniture coming today and then we can finish unpacking!

To continue our trip out West, we're now on Day 5.  This was our last full day, so we planned on catching some things back at California Adventure.

Since we were staying at the Fairfield and had no plans for breakfast that morning, I walked over to the McDonald's and grabbed us our favorite guilty pleasures.

Once we were ready, we headed over to California Adventure.  Since we had already done Radiator Springs with a Fastpass, we decided to try our luck just walking over to it when the park opened that morning.

Streetmosphere was out greeting guests
Of course, Radiator Springs wasn't going to open until later that day.  Foiled again!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


It's been a busy few days for us!  I meant to have this up sooner, but unfortunately didn't have a chance...I also had to re-shoot the video a few times.

So it's now official: we closed on our house Friday!  Horray!  We were one of the few people able to close this past Friday since the county was under a Tropical Storm Warning (thanks to Hurricane Sandy.)  But by some miracle, our insurance company allowed us to close.  Then we hurried on down to HHGregg and bought appliances...because, you know, we didn't spend enough money already.

So without further ado, here's a video of our house tour!  We hope you visit soon!