Our Disney Vacation Food and Fun

Hiya friends! I’m back from our Disney vacation and wanted to quickly share some of the food and fun we enjoyed last week. For anyone who hasn’t experienced the most magical place on Earth, it’s awesome but it is exhausting. Knowing this, I tried to make sure I planned some relaxing pool time in between our trips to the parks.  This vacation involved a lot less exercise (besides ALL the walking) and a lot more booze and ice cream than I’ve been used to lately.  Which was A-OK with me, as it was also a much needed break from the craziness of “real life” lately.  Here’s a quick recap with photos!
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Dinner on Day 1 was at La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico at EPCOT and you bet your butt I opted for a margarita!  I’m not a fan of sour mix or overly sweet drinks, so this one was just tequila and lime juice.  My brother ordered a Mango Blueberry Basil margarita which looked SO good too!
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The next morning, I took boyfriend on a running tour of our resort (Saratoga Springs) and Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney).  We stopped for a quick touristy photo opp with the holiday decor and I’m surprised you can’t see how truly sweaty we were! The warmth and humidity in Florida were definitely a shocker to us.

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What is NOT a shocker is that boyfriend’s favorite park was EPCOT, especially Germany and Norway where the “good” beers can be found! Doing some day drinking in the sunshine on a Monday afternoon was such a treat for us!
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We all know I can get pretty hangry and since the snack choices at Disney parks aren’t always ideal, I brought some RxBars and Lara bars with me.  I did love seeing vendors with fruit and veggie snack options among the Mickey Bars, snow cones and pretzels, though!

Because our resort is located within walking distance of Disney Springs, we actually ate several meals there during our stay.  My favorite restaurant there is The Boathouse.  My whole family went there for dinner one night and then boyfriend and I returned for lunch later in the week too.  You may remember I also went to The Boathouse back in May during the Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium and I ordered the same fish tacos this time around.
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Of note, I also ordered this Floridian Hefeweizen beer from Funky Buddha Brewery and I am now obsessed.  I need to find this in NY because it was delish!  Plus, I love the good vibes message from the company! 😉  #hippiealert

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On our final night in Disney, we returned to The World Showcase in EPCOT yet again.  Since we didn’t have dinner plans, boyfriend suggested “eating around the world”, which I immediately loved the idea of!  Unfortunately, boyfriend doesn’t love sushi and I don’t eat meat, so our choices were a little bit limited in a few countries.  We were able to find sufficient desserts in most of the countries, though! In fact, we kicked off our world tour in France and ate at the Boulangerie and the artisinal ice cream shop. Ya know, to make up for the countries we skipped! 😉

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In addition to all of our foodie fun, we managed to explore all of the parks, see some amazing fireworks, go on a few rides and even have a little friendly competition.  Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is one of my fave rides/games, so that was a must for newbie boyfriend. I let him win this time around, but I’d also say he has a little more shooting experience than I do.  Check out the intensity!

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All in all, we had a nice trip and enjoyed lots of food and fun times with my family.  I didn’t add any pics of my nephews here, but they had a blast too and it was so fun to chase after those crazy boys all week. Boyfriend is officially initiated into the crazy Disney fam and although we didn’t take a picture with the Mouse (#DisneyFail), but did get this semi-blurry one in front of Cinderella’s castle! 

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A Quick Camping Recap

Well, hello there! I’ve taken a nice long, somewhat unintentional break from blogging, but it’s nice to be back.  In my last post, I shared that we were going camping for a few days as part of our summer vacation plans.  We started the weekend off by driving up to see Zac Brown Band at Bethel Woods–they’re so good live, so if you ever have the chance to go see them, do it! We then spent the next three days at a campsite in the Upper Delaware River area (on the New York side).  
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Despite some noisy neighbors for the first two nights, we enjoyed our time together away from work and other life distractions.  There was absolutely no cell phone service where we were, so other than stealing wifi from a cafe in town before using our GPS to explore, I had no access to my iPhone.  It was a welcome break, friends.  I thought I would miss social media and have some FOMO, but the only time I struggled was when we wanted to search for things to do nearby and couldn’t use Google!  Seriously, how did people know where to eat (or more importantly, get ice cream) before the internet?

We didn’t do the greatest job of planning or prepping for this trip, especially when it came to food, so we ate most lunches and dinner out at restaurants in nearby towns as we explored.  We did pack plenty of beer and camp-friendly snacks, like RX Bars and Munk Packs.  I first tried a Munk Pack a few years ago at the Vegetarian Food Festival and I’m a big fan.  They have a few different flavors and you can now find them in Whole Foods, Wegmans or online.  My favorite is the Apple Cinnamon Quinoa but this Peach Chia Vanilla is pretty good too.

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As far as camping food, I really only prepped a quinoa and black bean salad and a few foil packets of chopped veggies before we left.  

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Foil packs are basically my super simple way of ensuring we would have at least some nutritious food while we were away for a few days.  I also cracked a bunch of eggs and threw them in a mason jar to keep in the cooler for less messy breakfasts.

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We paired the eggs with a sweet potato, zucchini and onion hash for a filling breakfast.  So good!  And also in a foil packet that went directly on the grill!

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One of the best restaurants we visited when not at the campsite was The Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel, NY.  I ordered the Greek salad and it was gigantic and delicious.

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The restaurant also happens to be right next to the Catskill Distilling Company, which would have been fun to enjoy if we weren’t driving back to the campsite.  I did order the most delicious drink with lunch, which featured the Wicked White Whiskey from the Catskill Distilling Company.  It was called “The Moonshiner” and mixed whiskey with raspberry puree, frozen blueberries and lemonade.  It was super refreshing and I definitely want to recreate it at home this summer!

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One of my favorite excursions from the weekend was visiting the Callicoon Farmers Market on Sunday.  

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The produce was incredible, I found a yummy new-to-me Kombucha (Clark’s Cultures) and we tried food from awesome local vendors.  I just wish this Farmer’s Market was closer to me so I could go every week!

Back at the campsite that night, we built a fire and enjoyed a super quiet night under the stars.  Pretty much everyone else at our campground had left and we had almost the whole thing to ourselves.  It. was. awesome.

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You can’t have a campfire without roasting marshmallows and making some s’mores too, am I right?! 🙂

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We spent the last day of our long weekend floating down the Delaware River in tubes, towing a inflatable cooler along with us for the 5-hour trip.  One of the beers I enjoyed was a Sam Adams WhiteWater IPA, which was pretty fitting as we hit a few little rapids during our river trip! 😉

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All in all, our first camping adventure was a success!  Next time, we definitely want to go with a group of friends and/or find a much quieter, secluded campground.  For now, we’re back on the grid and back to work and reality!  

Questions: What kind of food do you bring camping? What’s your favorite summer drink? Tell me about it!

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