La Cantina de San Angel – Epcot

IMG_2081I would have loved to eat a little bit from each pavilion in Epcot. With kids though this made things a little harder, so instead we had lunch at two places, or a small lunch and dessert, somewhere else. I will tell you where tomorrow. Oh, the suspense! The first pavilion on the left hand side is Mexico, which worked out perfect for us because we were hungry, and well, we love Mexican food. So we ordered 2 plates of Nachos to share between the 5 of us. We got both sour cream and jalapenos on the side to account for kids dislikes. It was a fun meal. The seating is great, right on the water. If you are looking for a late night snack this would be the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and then watch the fireworks. They can be viewed from all the pavilions, but as this restaurant has seating right on the water I couldn’t imagine a more perfect place. The tacos and whatnot on other peoples plates looked very good too, I think my son and husband were wishing for a bit more of a hearty meal at this place as people passed by with there trays full of food. The Nachos were great though, seating is excellent.
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Carrot Ginger Pumpkin Soup

IMG_7766One of the best parts of vacation is getting home, back to routine. I’m a routine girl. I love being in the kitchen, most days end up being delightfully similar. There are always a few perks every month. Dates, birthdays, special events, and one that comes around every month, is The Secret Recipe Club. A little party in my kitchen. I love getting my assignment, I love eating my assignment. I love reveal day. Today! All so fun. This month, was the first time I have received a blog I had already received. It’s okay, I was expecting it, I have been in the club a long time, and you know there are only so many blogs to go around. So I quite happily perused the wonderful blog Mangia! I pinned a bunch of new recipes to keep for later, but eventually I decided on the perfect soup for fall Carrot, Ginger and Pumpkin Soup. It was hearty, it had lots of flavor, and it was pretty easy too. Most of Chelsy’s recipes are gluten-free so a perfect blog to check out when cooking for someone who is gluten-free. Head on over , check her out, you won’t be sorry you did.

  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small ginger root, peeled and finely grated (finely chopping works too)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 c. low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 c. water
  • 1 lb. carrots, cut into 1/2 in. chunks
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • pinch of curry powder -I used 1/2 teaspoon.
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat olive oil in soup pot. Add onion, ginger and garlic. Cook until onion is tender.

2. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until carrots are tender. Stir often.

3. Blend soup into a puree.

4. Eat and enjoy!

Sweet Tomatoes – Orlando

IMG_2566So our usual California vacation entails Disney, all day every day. Well, not exactly all day, we usually go back to the hotel for an afternoon rest. I knew we needed some more time off this vacation, we were all due for a rest, and Disney vacations are magical, fun and amazing all together, but restful they are not. So this vacation we did things a bit different we booked three full extra days, to just relax and hang out at the hotel. Sleep in, sit by the pool. I thought I was going to be wanting to go to the theme parks, and you know what I didn’t. I loved the rest days. On one of the not resting days we headed out for dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, a new to us restaurant. Why, oh why do they not have these where we live. We would frequent them often if they did. Basically it is a salad buffet of epic proportions. After eating, cheeseburgers and fries, pizza and usual vacation fare for so many days in a row , it was nice to be greeted by rows and rows of crisp fresh vegetables. Lettuce, tomatoes, beans. They also had a soup station, breads, pastas, and even desserts. I must say this was one of our very favorite places we ate the whole trip. Unlimited salad, when you can make it any way you please, is a beautiful thing.
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Pizza Planet – Hollywood Studios

IMG_1880Toy Story tops the list of favorite kids movies. My son feel in love with Buzz Lightyear before he turned two. He continued to watch Toy Story for years, again and again it played, and I never got tired of it. I love it still. Possibly nostalgia. Although, I am more of a Woody gal myself, it always brings fond memories. So when we went to Hollywood Studios in Florida we knew this would be a place to stop. The lines up were pretty long. Definitely the longest we waited, at restaurants at least. The decor was nice it was exactly what I was expecting. The pizza was the same Disney standard pizzas you get a t all the parks. I like it. The kids meals have a lot of food, more than enough for our little one. So lunch went pretty well. Until we played at the arcade. Sadly, this was not what we were expecting, and we did feel a little let down. To be honest most of the games just ate our kids coins. Took our money, with no play. We did tell a cast member and they told us we had to go across the street to a store to replace our lost quarters. The kids all decided it wasn’t worth it, so we moved on the other fabulous things in the parks. It is nice having kids old enough that we didn’t have to worry about a melt-down in the middle of the restaurant. We were also expecting a claw machine with little green men. They didn’t have that either. So go for the pizza, but avoid the games. My little advice for you.IMG_1864
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