I Hate That I Love You – Part 2

This is part 2 to an article from last May (see here).  I just want to note that I am still not feeling the love for fanny packs. Not gonna happen! However my list keeps growing so I figured I’d update.


  1. I hate that I love tropical prints. My pants match my couch. I’m not proud of this. We have a dog and a cat who shed and a cream colored couch so we use runners on the furniture. We’re in Florida so we have some tropical touches. Apparently I like the peach and olive combination. (This is a runner from a Disney Resort that I got at the Cast Store. Does anyone know which resort?) pants
  2. I hate that I would love to wear a Snuggie to the parks. I am now one of those people who freezes when the temperature is below 70 degrees out. I used to shovel snow in shorts, boots and with an ice coffee! Now I wrap up in a blanket to watch Fantasmic. I haven’t quite gone to the dark side yet – like I don’t have socks or anything weird like that but I like a nice Mickey hoodie. Boathouse
  3. I hate that I love to compare any other hotel to Disney Resorts. This one has a great pool but is it as good as Ol’ Man Island at Port Orleans Riverside? I like the buffet at this hotel but it’s not as good as The Wave at the Contemporary. Nice room, cute balcony but at Animal Kingdom Lodge they have zebras. Real zebras and giraffes. My goal is to stay at each Disney resort – I’m getting there. zebra

Bonus: I think the Castle dressed up like a pink confection was adorable! I visited 3 times during that anniversary celebration. castle

Gina PD

The Other Side of the Glass – My Review of  Chefs de France

I had peeked longingly through the windows of Chefs de France for many years. The food looked amazing, the staff attentive and the patrons joyful. When I finally went in, I have to say, I was not disappointed!

The menu is quite extensive. We asked our (super nice and knowledgeable) server for his opinions and suggestions. We had some ideas but were definitely helped along.

The crusty bread was warm and not shockingly delicious. We had the Alsace specialty Flat Bread. It was so creamy and tangy with sautéed onions, crème fraîche  and bacon. This is very rich.

I had the Bisque de homard – Lobster Bisque and loved the large pieces of lobster and creamy texture of the soup. I am a New Englander and can be snobby about my bisque and still truly enjoyed this!

Joe had the Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup). He has had different versions of this at Be Our Guest and The Grand Floridian Café. He had a hard time deciding which was the best. Although this soup was amazing, his choice is still the GF Café.

Joe had the Boeuf Bourguignon, polenta crémeuse (Beef Short Ribs). I have to say that this was the first time I have ever seen him not able to finish a plate. It was a little shocking. The polenta was super creamy and so rich. I may have stolen some off his plate.

I had the wicked fancy mac and cheese – Gratin de Macaroni. Again, super rich and beyond filling. I could not finish more than half. Don’t worry, I took it home and had it for breakfast the next morning.

Deserts can’t be beaten! Yes, I know I said we were super full but there’s always room for:

Crème Brûlée, Gateau au Chocolat and Meringue aux fruits rouges

All amazing, all finished down to the plate. Don’t judge.

So between the atmosphere, the service, the food and the extra points for scoring this reservation at literally the last moment on Easter, I will give the Chefs de France a 5 Mickey Head Rating – out of 5!

Maybe little kids wouldn’t get the same thing out of this restaurant that teens and adults would. I would go with someone who enjoys a really good meal and being treated like a prince or princess.