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Disney Food

Talk to any Disney fanatic and they will tell you that part of the magic of Walt Disney World and the other parks is the food. Yes, Disney food is just one of the items that we plan things around when we visit. It is also something that we mourn when we have to cancel a trip. You think about the ADR that you had on that evening, the meal you will not be eating, and nothing you eat at home lives up to it. Of course, Disney fans also dream and crave items like Mickey Bars, Dole Whips, and more. This week, the Disney Wordless Wednesday theme is “Disney Food” and I am sharing just some of the amazing items we have consumed on recent visits. One fun things about Disney, you are never alone taking photos of your food!

Cape May Cafe and Mickey Waffle breakfast

Banana Split at Beach and Cream at the Beach Club Resort

Disney's Pop Century Resort Tie Dye Cheesecake

Disney's Wild African Trek tour lunch

Dessert items at Chef Mickey

Mickey Ice Cream Bar with a view

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Disney Letter "D"

There are Donald and Daisy Duck, but that was too easy for a Disney “D” theme this week. Dragons made with LEGOs with an amazing view. Thinking outside of the box with Disney “D” items was really easy, especially if we consider my Dooney & Bourke Dream. There were many other possibilities, but here are a few that I came up with for the theme of the Disney Wordless Wednesday.

Donald and Daisy Duck Dinosaurs at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney Dooney & Bourke Purses

LEGO Dragon at Downtown Disney

Ducky Momo from Phineas and Ferb

Pop Century Tie Dye Cheesecake

Darth Vader Vinylmation

Duffy the Disney Bear at Epcot

Donald and Daisy Duck in Downtown Disney

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An Italian Style 9th Birthday

Dear NHL,

I do believe that your ninth birthday was a success. We managed to surprise you with all of your presents. I genuinely think we did a great job getting items that you wanted and were into. We spent the day at home testing out your new goodies (which I will write more about later). Then, it was time to figure out where we would go for your birthday celebration.

At first, you were said you wanted to go to The Cheesecake Factory, but get cheesecake at another location to celebrate with Nana and Papa after. Then, we listed some other possibilities. Once we were able to get you away from the Dunkin Donuts idea (not sure where that came from), you said you wanted to head to Buca di Beppo for the second year in a row. We had a great meal.

Birthday Dinner at Buca di Beppo

Then, it was time to head to get a quick birthday cake. Since we were not close to a grocery store, we went to BJ’s Wholesale Club to look for a cheesecake. On the way over to the cheesecake area, something caught my eye.

Cake Boss at BJ's Wholesale Club

You kept right past it, but had looked at them briefly. Then, you decided you wanted a marble cake more than a cheesecake. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any of those that were not monster size. So you asked to go back to the other display. When we read the cake description, you were sold.

It’s My Party: Moist yellow and velvety chocolate cake layers are married together by an indulgent fudge filling.

Cake Boss Box

Of course, there was also the fun design on the outside. Before we knew it, the cake was heading to the cash register to go to Nana and Papa’s house with us. We realized we forgot candles, but we improvised. Thank goodness there is an app on the phone for that.

Cake Boss Birthday Cake from BJ's Wholesale Club

The cake was really delicious and everyone enjoyed your selection. It was a relaxing and fun day to celebrate you turning nine years old. Now, I look forward to watching how the next year goes.



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Celebrating a Special Birthday

Today is an extra special day in our house. This is the day that TechyDad was born in a galaxy far far away.

In a Galaxy Far Far Away - TechyDad

Alright, so it was not another galaxy – that part of NY can just feel like another planet at times. During the day, TechyDad be working. I know I wish we had been able to swing a trip to our favorite destination for his special day, but we were there earlier this year.


The boys and I may meet up with him for lunch (unless we’re too busy baking a cake). I do know that we will be heading out to dinner together. The other evening, TechyDad and I went out for an early birthday celebration and a fondue date night.

Fondue birthday celebration

His big present is on hold because he may require a new computer (he’s written about that recently). I told him that I was thinking about a few items, but didn’t do it without talking to him. Of course, the kids will be surprising him with a few goodies that they picked out at the store.

So my question to you this week:

What do you do to celebrate your spouse or significant others birthday?

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Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the linky there if you are participating.

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A Fondue Filled Date

Melted, gooey, delicious cheese with items to dip in it. I do believe there are days that I have dreamed about what it would be like to finally head to The Melting Pot. I no longer need to think about it since we went there earlier this week for an early birthday dinner for TechyDad.

Fondue Date at The Melting Pot

We have always been curious and wanted to head there for a nice romantic dinner, but never done it. Thanks to a great Living Social deal I snagged, I asked my parents to watch the kids so we could try this new fondue experience. When we arrived, we were seated in what we later were told is the “Lovers Lane” table. It was secluded, private, and nice to be able to take photos without glaring eyes. As The Melting Pot Twitter account knows, we had fun sending Instagrams during our meal. Kuddos to their social media team for A+ interaction with people as well.

Our server Kim came to our table quickly to explain some options to us. We had originally thought we would simply do a cheese starter and then a dessert. She explained that we could share one of the vegetarian entrees as well since we were talking about ordering salads. We talked it over and thought it was a nice idea to splurge since it was a special occasion.

To begin, we selected the Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue. Here’s the description: “Rich Fontina and Butterkäse cheeses blend perfectly with spinach, artichoke hearts
and garlic
.” All of the cheese fondue options are served with rustic artisan breads, fresh vegetables (carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower), some tortilla chips, and Granny Smith apples. When Kim arrived at our table she had all of the ingredients and made the deliciousness right in front of our eyes.

Cheese Fondue at The Melting Pot

There are few words to describe how delicious this was. I think the picture may help to explain it a little more than I can.

Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

Our Caesar Salad to share arrived next. You may think it was just a Caesar Salad. You would be very wrong. The added bonus of Parmesan-encrusted pine nuts were an amazing touch.

The Melting Pot Caesar Salad

Next, it was time to learn something new. The fondue pot was delivered to our table to get ready. Inside was our selected entrée cooking style. TechyDad and I opted for the Court Bouillon which was a vegetable broth hand-seasoned with herbs and spices. This sat for a while filling our little area with an amazing aroma.

Fondue cooking time at The

When Kim arrived back at our table, she had a lot of items to show us. First was our entrée plate. We selected The Vegetarian which is: “A selection of fresh vegetables including edamame or onion rings, artichoke hearts, Portobello mushrooms and asparagus served with Thai peanut-marinated tofu, spinach artichoke ravioli and our Big Night Out pasta.

The Vegetarian Entree at The Melting Pot

In addition to this, we were given a bowl of vegetables and potatoes, along with all of the entrée sauces to try. Fondue sauces and more vegetables

Kim explained how long to let everything cook in the fondue pot before it would be ready to eat. She also recommended making our own stuffed mushroom caps by cooking up the mushrooms and putting the Green Goddess Sauce (a blend of cream cheese, sour cream, onions, chives and parsley) into them. That was beyond melt in your mouth amazing.

Fondue Cooking

I wish we had taken more photos of the cooked tofu and other vegetables from the first plate, but well we were too busy enjoying our meal. Before we knew it, we had to make a selection from the dessert menu. Since we were celebrating TechyDad’s birthday, it seemed like the right thing to do.

Chocolate fondue choices

The birthday boy selected the Flaming Turtle. Please prepare yourself for this description: “We consider it Fondue Candy. It’s an irresistible combination of milk chocolate, caramel and candied pecans flambéed tableside.”  All of the chocolate fondues are served with a variety of dippers that include fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, Rice Krispy treats, marshmallows, pound cake, and brownies. Are you drooling yet? If not here is what was delivered to our table with a little surprise from Kim for TechyDad’s birthday.

Flaming Turtle Chocolate Fondue

Our meal was delicious and we had an amazing date night out. I think this is a fantastic location for parents to head for a splurge – it is well worth it. Of course, now I am wondering why we have never tried our fondue set that we received years ago. I have a funny feeling it may be coming out of hibernation soon. First up – making vegetables in some broth ….and then perhaps some cheese and chocolate.

Have you ever been to a fondue restaurant? What is your favorite item to use for a dip or dip into it?

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