Thursday, January 28, 2016

Disney Springs Food Truck Corndog Review...

Disney Springs Food Truck Corndog Review


If you know one thing about me you know I'm a sucker for a good corndog. Anytime I see a corndog being offered I normally have to order it. I found this food truck in the center of Disney Springs. My friend chose to eat at the Epcot Food & Wine festival cart. I regret not following him over there.... They made his food fresh. He had to wait at least 10 minutes for his meal as mine was given to me right away. He said his was amazing.I believe he had Pierogis.



My friend & his glorious food.


I will never eat at the Magic Kingdom food cart again. I was expecting them to at least make my corndog fresh but not so much. I was given COLD fries and a corndog that was not made fresh. This was before my trip to DisneyLand where I had an awesome corndog. Why can't they replicate THAT corndog! for the DL review please click here:  http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blogspot.com/2015/10/disneys-little-red-wagon-corndog-review.html




When we went the cart I chose was very slow so I don't understand why it couldn't have been made fresh. Especially since they had two people working at the food cart. I hate writing bad reviews but I want to be totally honest! The corndog had little to no flavor. The DL one totally TRUMPS this one! Save your corndog wants for DL folks!

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ghirardelli Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe...




Ghirardelli  Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


I haven't made these in ages! You will need to double this recipe. I used a regular cookie scoop & only made about 38 cookies. I brought these to work and people kept coming back for 3rd & 4th cookies. ;) These are super quick & easy to make. If you are looking for a new cookie recipe then definitely try these!They are SO chewy & awesome out of the oven too.

Yield: 38 cookies

Ingredients: 
2¼ cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
11 ounce bag of Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Chips (I used semi sweet)

Method: 
Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixer bowl, cream butter with sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and Double Chocolate Chips. Drop tablespoon of dough per cookie onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375°F for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

After eggs,sugars,&vanilla mixed

After mixing everything else in.



Before Oven.

After oven








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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Disney Springs Dockside Margaritas Review & Pics...

Disney Springs Dockside Margaritas Review 

Pic courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

In all my years of going to Downtown Disney now called Disney Springs I never got a drink here?! You can find this in the Marketplace at Disney Springs. 

My first night in FL it was boiling hot with high humidity so I decided I wanted a cool refreshing drink. I saw this drink online & had been eyeing it. I'm a sucker for any drink with Peach Schnapps! ;) 

Pic courtesy of eatingwdw.com

I ordered the Florida Citrus Freeze. This is $12.00 and you get a huge plastic cup of this. It is Florida Cane Orlando Orange Vodka, Peach Schnapps blended w/ Orange Puree. I must tell you I am a HUGE lightweight. I normally only drink when I'm on vacation or for a special occasion. Needless to say half way into this I was feeling pretty good. They have a really cool outside patio with comfy chairs and tables to relax at as well with a pretty view.If you love girlie, fruity drinks like myself then this is the drink for you! ;) 


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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Updated Disney Le Cellier Dining Review...

Updated Disney Le Cellier Dining Review...

I have one prior Le Cellier Review here: 

http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blogspot.com/2012/05/le-cellier-review.html

Pic Courtesy of disneybymark.com

 You can find Le Cellier inside the Epcot Theme Park in the Canadian Pavilion. Ever since my first trip with my husband I always have to try & get a reservation here. I went on a solo trip to visit my friend in Florida & we decided to splurge on one meal here. 

They brought out the normal bread. I recommend dipping the pretzel bread in the cheddar soup if you try that. : ) 


For some strange reason I had never tried the poutine here?! Poutine is a Canadian treat of fried potatoes, cheese with other assorted treats on top. My friend & I decided to share the Le Cellier Signature Poutine. They also offer a French Onion or Bacon Cheddar Poutine & all three of them are $10.00. When I tell you this is the best thing in WDW I mean it! My friend had never tasted a truffle before & he asked me what a truffle tasted like & I responded a truffle. :) The signature poutine comes with Canadian Cheddar ,black truffles in a wine reduction sauce!!!! As soon as the poutine hit both of our mouths we were gurgling like Homer Simpson would after smelling bacon. :) 


I'm an extremely picky eater & found this out of this world! I would say this is on the same level as the Yachtsmen Steakhouse Truffle Mac & Cheese! That review can be found here: http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blogspot.com/2012/10/yachtsmen-steakhouse-review.html


We were chatting with our waitress and she mentioned that poutine might be getting a snack cart outside soon! They are the only pavilion without a snack cart. Time will tell I suppose!



 This drink is called the Blue Glowtini. It is SKY Infusions Citrus Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao, and Pineapple juice. It was cool to get for pictures but I think I would try something else next time. 



My friend opted to try the Crown Royal Whiskey flight.  He let me sample the maple flavored one & it was SO smooth & good! It tasted like maple syrup! The flight included: Crown Royal, Crown Royal Maple, and Crown Royal XO. He said on his next trip there he would definitely order a bigger glass of the maple flavored one. 


We both ordered the Le Cellier Filet Mignon for $49.00. I get this every time & it never lets me down. We both got ours cooked medium rare & it was perfection. I apologize for the picture. I took a bite before I took the picture. :) The genius table next to us ordered a side of the AMAZING & cult worthy truffle butter sauce so we decided to do the same. We split the extra sauce & it was beyond our expectations. 

We were beyond stuffed so didn't order dessert. We ended up calling an early night because we were overly stuffed! I didn't have room to eat dinner that night at the hotel!

What is your favorite thing to eat at Le Cellier? 

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Disney's Sunshine Seasons Dinner Review....



Disney's Sunshine Seasons Dinner Review....

You can find Sunshine Seasons inside of the Epcot Theme Park next to the Journey Into the Imagination Pavilion. This is my favorite place to eat fast food in all of WDW. They have such an array of choices it is ridiculous. From the adventurous eater to the picky eater you will all find something great to eat! 



My friend & I dined here one night. He chose the Turkey with Monterey Jack cheese on ciabatta while I decide to try the salmon dinner. I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of his sandwich so I borrowed this picture! This picture does it NO justice it is HUGE! You can definitely share it. It is a LOT of bread though so be prepared! The sandwich is $10.49.

Pic courtesy of allears.com  
They make all of the salmon fresh on the grill. Since I opted not to get the sauce that went on the salmon I got to choose an extra side for free which was awesome! I got green french beans & mashed potatoes. Both tasted fresh & delicious. It was a great change of pace considering all of the unhealthy food I had earlier that week. I will have this meal again! I hope it is still there the next time I go. This meal cost me $12.49. 


Pic Courtesy of Guide2WDW.com


Next to the salmon station I noticed an area where they had allergy free/gluten free snacks which I thought was awesome! 



I love the open atrium of this cafeteria style place. I know Epcot is known for cuisines from all over the world but this is my pick for best QSFB on WDW Property! 



What is your favorite thing to get at Sunshine Seasons??

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Monorails: Trains of the Future - Now Arriving by Kim A. Pedersen -Book Review

Review by Jeff C. 

Monorails: Trains of the Future - Now Arriving by Kim A. Pedersen, published by The Monorail Society, 1st ed., 248 pages.

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In the interest of full disclosure, this is one of the rare times I have had personal correspondence with the author prior to publication. A while back, I wrote The Monorail Society (TMS) during DC Metro's Silver Line expansion to ask if anyone was lobbying for a connecting monorail loop in and around Tysons Corner, Virginia. The answer was "No" and now we have four new mass transit stations with inadequate commuter parking and "last mile" problems interlinking to nearby malls and office parks.
I have also been following TMS for years at www.monorails.org. Finally, I purchased my autographed copy of the book directly from the website.

If one has been to the monorails.org website, much of the book's material is already there, but this sizable volume smartly packages and organizes the information very logically. It begins with the definition of a monorail and how to recognize the difference between monorails and other similarly configured systems. Then, it proceeds through arguments in favor of them, their history (which has been disappointing at times), catalogs of systems, additional technical aspects, the people behind the machines and, of course, the future.

The "future" part always seems to be a sticking point. The title explicitly states "Arriving Now," but there have been many setbacks trying to get "on the beam." For the most part, the author is frank about this. There is also more than a fair share of cheerleading which is to be expected from an enthusiast.  Conversely, why is chapter two entitled "Why Not Monorail?" instead of "Why Monorail?" if it is promoting the positive?

Even though I have been to the website of TMS at least weekly for news briefs and construction updates, I made a number of discoveries while reading through the chapters. For instance, Axel Lennart Wenner-Gren from whom Alweg monorails derive their name made his fortune in vacuum cleaners, specifically the Electrolux brand.

The discussion and history are all good, but what sells this compendium are the pictures. Gorgeous color photos and concept art adorn nearly every page and even the dust jacket. It would be a shame to use a comprehensive reference such as this solely as a "coffee table" book for its images, but one could if so inclined. In flipping through various pages, one will most likely lock in upon certain visuals. For me, I started noting my favorite types and looks of monorails. I favor straddle over suspended models which is not too much of a surprise because they are the ones primarily used by Disney.

Suspended Model

Straddle Model

Pop Quiz: In what land is Disneyland's first monorail located? The answer from page 72 is Fantasyland because that is where Peter Pan's Flight uses a suspended monorail system. It arrived in 1955, four years before Tomorrowland's Mark I.

Suspended Monorail

Straddle Monorail

So, where else does Disney fit into all of this? It's pretty much everywhere and it's a double-edged sword. Walt Disney hugely promoted monorails, but that association led to arguments that they were not serious means of transportation. Instead they were supposed to be for amusement. This is ironic considering the number of passenger miles logged at the Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland resorts. In general, the adoption rate for monorails has been higher in the eastern hemisphere where the amusement park connection was not quite as strong. There is a great debt owed to Disney for keeping this type of vehicle in the public eye. The author makes these points well and repeatedly.

I mentioned earlier that I have personal preferences for certain monorail designs. As for aesthetics, I like either extremely retro like the century-old Wuppertal Schwebebahn (suspended railway) or extremely futuristic like Transrapid's magnetic levitation train.

Old School

New School
Thus, it is no surprise that my personal favorites in the entire collection are Disneyland's retrofuturistic Mark VII trains.

Stunning Achievements
I even mentioned this preference in a previous Blue Sky article too.
They capture the spirit of the pioneering Mark I, II and III models while incorporating the advanced designs and capacity of the Mark V's. Some proposals may have been easier to sell to reluctant cities if their vehicles had the sleek, sensuous lines of the Mark VII's. Flat-faced trains do not say "smooth"; they say "chunky." They can and should be attractive. That is why I consider the Walt Disney World and Disneyland monorails transportation and attractions unto themselves.

"Monorails: Trains of the Future - Now Arriving" will become a unique, invaluable reference for anyone researching or reviewing this means of conveyance. There are areas that could have been better. The images really should have had dates or there should have been a photo index. Both the bibliography and main index are undersized for such a comprehensive approach to a subject. I would have also appreciated a significantly larger technical section. Of course, I'm an engineer, so that's what would naturally appeal to me the most.  Is it still a worthy effort? Of course it is. Could it be better in a revised edition? Absolutely.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Disney's Mickey's Fun Wheel Swinging Cars Review...

Disney's Mickey's Fun Wheel Swinging Cars Review



You can find the Wheel of Death I mean Mickey's Fun Wheel at California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. ;) I am a HUGE thrill seeker but this one ride SCARES me! I can ride any coaster with no problem. I have a huge fear of heights so maybe that takes into account? 

It was pretty busy on the day we went. We rode this in the early afternoon. I'd like to ride it again someday at night. We had to share our car with another family so I warned them of my embarrassing screams to come. At one point EVERYONE in the car was laughing but me. NOT cool man not cool! 

To view my ride experience click here: 

https://youtu.be/0oQT1nktt4M

My husband had to bribe me to go on this. He offered me an ice cream cone but I don't think that was enough! I deserved more!



Me Pretending to have fun on the ride! ;)

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