Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Few Vacation Photos

Other than books, my other big obsession is food.  I did go to cooking school years ago, and worked for several years as a professional pastry cook.  When I'm on vacation, if I'm not reading, I'm usually looking for something wonderful to eat.  If you have not been to Disney World, there are many, many wonderful places to eat.  And our hotel was pretty cool too.

First, the view from my balcony at the Animal Kingdom Lodge:

Could this be a zebra book discussion group?  Or are they planning a hostile takeover?

Of course the animals weren't there all day every day, but still, it's pretty awesome to sit there and have a giraffe walk by!  And much cheaper than flying to Africa with a family of four.

We lived in Tampa for three years, so I've actually spent a lot of time at Disney and don't take that many photos any more.  This time I was mostly inspired to record some of the amazing meals we ate:

Roast duck from the Yak & Yeti restaurant at Animal Kingdom

And here's some seared tuna which we ate before riding Kali River Rapids three times in a row at Animal Kingdom  -- it was right before closing and they didn't even make us get off the ride in between, we just kept on going.  And getting wetter.  I did not think to bring a change of clothes, so it was a pretty uncomfortable bus ride back to the hotel.  Oh, well, it was worth it.

Our last day at Disney we went to Hollywood Studios (aka MGM) and had lunch at The Brown Derby:

By far, the best crab cake I have ever eaten in my life.  And those three wineglass stems are from a Champagne flight.  Delicious!

My dessert, a delicious layered confection of toffee, caramelized bananas, and banana mousse.  Afterwards it was time for a nap.

More on vacation and my vacation reads later!


  1. That tuna looks absolutely scrumptious!

  2. My lunch is looking rather inadequate.

    Good for you for putting fun before dry clothes!

  3. Great photos. The ones about food are making me hungry.

  4. That seared tuna looks delicious!

  5. I love food pics! I enjoy taking photos of my food when traveling altho it makes my husband scoff. But it helps make it a more memorable meal, I think. duh.

    and what book do you think the zebras were discussing? Life of Pi maybe? Probably not Wind-up Bird Chronicle...

  6. Amanda -- the tuna was amazing. It was actually Cecelia's dinner, but she was kind enough to share. It was better than mine!

    Darlene -- sadly, my meals have paled in comparison upon my return. But I do have a Disney cookbook. . . I should try some new recipes!

    Eclecticreader -- we had some amazing meals. We plan our park days around our restaurant reservations!

    Brenna -- it was wonderful. I stole some from my daughter's plate.

    Care -- my husband has stopped laughing at my food photos, finally. I think the zebras might be discussing Water for Elephants. Or maybe Out of Africa. I should have brought books about Africa with me, but I brought books about France instead.

  7. Didn't realise that you'd been away - sounds like a great trip!

  8. Love the food photos--better than the usual Disney pics :)

    I think the zebras were discussing Alexander McCall Smith's latest novel...