So I've had a very exciting last few days! My dad, stepmom, and little siblings came down to Disney....and I of course spent loads of time with them showing off my home! They were celebrating Miss Caiden's 4th birthday, yippee! It was so much fun, especially the kids. I have the cutest and funniest little brother and sister around! We went on many adventures, but to start, here is day one. =)
'Ello gang! I've checked a couple more things off my bucket list woohoo! One was trying the quick service at Bongos. OMG, so good!! And cheap! I got the kid's Cuban sandwich, and it was delicious. I would definitely order it again. I also added a side of sweet plantains and a ham croquette because I'm a fatty. :)
After so many weeks, a few Apawsagrams are drawn as winners, and those lucky cats get to pick a prize! And it just so happens I was one of the first winners, woot woot!! It is actually a funny story: So, I asked about when were going to pick winners. (We hadn't yet.) And because I asked, I got to pick the first card. Jeremy was the winner, so naturally he was given the honor to draw next. And then he drew ME, ha! Everyone joked we rigged it, but I just think the Conservation gods were on my side that day. ;)
And if you know me, you know that I love, adore, crave presents and surprises! So, it was very exciting to get chosen, ha! I got to pick my prize today, and amidst the bags, bottles, and posters, my hands gravitated towards this print. As a lover of art, it was a perfect prize. Plus, it is limited edition (only 3,500!) and for cast members only! It depicts little Tufani (which means "Storm" in Swahili). And extra cool: he was born on my brother's birthday, May 22nd!
Although I completely adore working and living for Disney, sometimes you need to escape from the "Disney Bubble" and see what is offered else where. Roomie Nicole and I were craving that big time, in the sense that we needed to do and see things like we would back home. So instead of hitting up Epcot (our original plan), I suggested visiting the East End Market, and Nicole was more than happy to join me!
Which brings me to our next adventure: Winter Park. Taking the lovely advice from the lady mentioned above, Nicole and I ventured off to the land of "local stores and really good restaurants." SOLD, ha! Once again, we got there a little too late, so most of the stores did start closing up. But another very friendly lady at Ferma gave us some suggestions for the future, plus restaurants!
However, I was able to stop in The Ancient Olive, a flavored olive oil and vinegar shop. If you haven't been to one of these yet, you need to! I've been to three now (counting the newest one in Winter Park), and I am completely obsessed. What I liked about The Ancient Olive is they offered smaller bottle sizes, which is perfect for me since I am typically cooking for one. I picked up a Tuscan herb oil, and vanilla+orange balsamic...and I can't wait to use both!
After some wandering and exploring, us girls decided to eat at Prato, which was suggested by both of the ladies we spoke to earlier. It is a happening place, which was another sign of its popularity. So, 99% of all the food used at Prato comes from farms in Florida, which is really awesome. It was a tad pricey, but considering the quality you are getting, it was worth it. I decided on the mascarpone and almond filled pasta, that was topped with a apple cider reduction and roasted brussel sprouts. OMG SO GOOD! The portion was very small, but we took our time eating and split a dessert, so by the end of it, I was happily content.
Along with our awesome shopping and eating, Nicole and I also had good conversations, focusing a lot on love. We both don't know what is in store for us, but I have faith it will be the very best. And fingers crossed for another East End/Winter Park adventure, because it made my heart oh-so happy! =)
There is a new 3 o'clock parade at MK...and y'all IT'S KILLER! So, so, so good! I lost my minddddd when I saw it, haha! Plus, going with the coolest kids around made it super fun! ;)
AND there was this awesome family across the street from us that clapped for literally everyone that walked up/down Mainstreet...which we Explorers of course happily joined in, ha! We were also entertained by a preshow of some high school marching bands, which was neat!
I also ran into my first explorer off duty, hahahaha. Here is how the conversation went:
Me: *talking to the little girl near me* "Hi honey, can you see?"
Said little girl: "Yes..." *gives me interesting look*
Me: *thinking she looks familiar* "Where you at Animal Kingdom yesterday?"
Little girl: "Yes..." *smiling*
Me: *Starting to connect the dots* "And were you a Wilderness Explorer?"
Little girl: *smiling even more* "YES!"
Me: "Did you talk to me?!!"
Little girl: "YES, hahahaha!"
So, apparently I had talked to her the day before about gorillas. I then explained to her that us troop leaders were exploring the new parade, haha! I wanted to take a picture with her, but I realized out of my costume requests like that are kinda weird, ha... =D
And this float is the main reason why my brain exploded with happiness, haha! I tried to take a video of it, but my phone pooped out on me. Guess I'll just have to go see the parade again. Darn! =P
See how Naveen looks at Tiana? Yeah, that's how me and Steven feel about each other...and Beyonce, bahahaha! #truelove =D
I love holidays. Disney loves holidays. So I REALLY love Disney during the holidays. For the first time ever, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day with the mouse! Most of the St. Patty's celebration takes place at Downtown Disney. There, you can get a passport + stamps to help you get into the Irish spirit.
Maybe it's because I'm a Wilderness Explorer, or maybe it's because I LOVE freebies, but when I was given my passport, I freaked out ha! The goal is to go all over Downtown Disney to collect stamps and it encourages guests to explore some lesser traveled areas. Also, most of the restaurants have Irish themed drinks. If you are really wild, you could choose to do a mini "Drinking Around The World" route and try them all! ;)
I had such a fun time. It was my last night with Reina before she jetted back home to Texas. And what I love about Reina is that she is always down for adventure, fun, and being silly...the perfect partner for Disney! She especially made this night fun and we meet the nicest people (guests and cast members) all night! Mike joined us towards the end of our festivities, and the three of us got most of our stamps, woohoo! =)
origin: Kei's wild ways; UK basketball (Contrary to popular belief, NOT HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. =D)
1. a constant go-er, always looking for adventure and the fun times.
Example: I'm going to Jellyrolls/Howl at the Moon/B-dubs,
even though I work the next day, because I am a wildcat!
Not only did I realize how awesome Everest is a night, but I also discovered a hidden gem: Flame Tree Barbeque! I always smell it when I am stationed at the animal call/forestry badge, so I've been wanting to check this quick service restaurant out for quite some time now! I got the half-chicken, which was incredibly moist. I liked the coleslaw, which was vinegar base...the baked beans, not so much.
But my FAVORITE thing about this restaurant was the seating! I knew there was outdoor patios, but I didn't realize there were SEVEN of them! Every time we walked, we kept finding more and more ha! Plus, it is in this really secluded part of DAK. We selected a table at the edge of the patio that overlooked Everest. It was so enjoyable! =)
Just when you think you've seen and done everything at Disney, it is nights like this one that make you realize that is so far from the truth! I have loved exploring new parts of the parks during this program. And I can't wait to discover more!! =)
A permanent believer that "Adventure is out there" and a DAK girl for life!