Hello again. I'm back for another post & this time we're back to my closest trip, Disney with Kristin. I love to take friends to WDW. It's one of my favorite things. Whenever I go with friends I force them to make all the decisions. Now, before you start thinking how sweet I am, let me just put this out there, I'm not. Don't let this fool you. It's not that I'm a good friend that I let them make all the decisions, it's out of sheer selfishness. I hate making decisions(majority of the time). So this is totally a selfish thing. I know it works out well for both parties, but I still can't have you all go on thinking I'm a nice person or anything. (that would really mess up a lot people's opinions of me) This has always worked out well. I take friends to WDW, they make the decisions, everyone's happy... until now. Kristin is probably the closest thing I could ever have to a twin, other than my mom of course. In most ways we are a lot alike, except for the fact the she is a people person & I am beginning to believe I have a sever allergy to most of the human race, but that's for another blog. Kristin & I share the defect in decision making- we don't like to do it. The joke lately has been that once Kristin & I arrive at WDW we're gonna have to "phone a friend" to decide for us on anything from which ride we should do next to what snack we should try. Seriously, we're in trouble. Last post I told you how the trip came to be and where, most likely, where we're staying. Next thing to plan for this trip was dining. We had two options. The first option is to just do the "Quick Service Dining Plan", This is a value. For $32 per person per day you get to have 2 "quick service" meals, 2 snacks per day, plus a resort refillable mug. The resort refillable mug is a travel mug that can be filled with any beverage (milk, coffee, soda, etc) for free at your resort for your entire trip. The "quick service" meal is Disney's glorified version of "fast food". Now before you think that if we pick this plan we'll end up coming home with souvenirs of the clogged arteries & sleep apnea variety... think again. This isn't Universal Studios people. This is Disney World... this is Disney World with President Bob Igor- Vegan. Gone are the days of trans fats, no more white bread hot dog buns, buh by on property McDonalds. Yuppie moms all over the country cheer with glee, throwing their organic, all natural products in the air. This is a new day in the Disney Dining World & to that I say, BOOO! I go on vacation to let loose & eat whatever I feel like, not stick to the healthy eating plan I maintain while at home. If I want to eat my hot dog on such a terrible, vile thing like a white bread hot dog bun, that's my decision! Last I checked white bread wasn't killing anyone. I digress. Now I don't want to be giving the idea that the food isn't good, 'cause that is not the case. There are a ton of options for us, from the American standard & personal favorite (read: obsession) cheeseburgers & fries to the homemade pork chop, red skin mashed potatoes & carrots. We will not go hungry. The snacks are anything $4 & under. So with our snack credits we could buy ourselves the most expensive 8 oz of water in our lifetime (aka bottled water) or soft pretzels, popcorn, ice cream, SCHOOL BREAD (more on that later), pastries at France (meh), funnel cake, chips, soda, main street bakery's cinnamon bun (so good!), even that colorful stuff that I only see while at home (fresh fruit & veggies) etc. The sky's the limit. So that was our first option. Our second option was basically the standard dining plan- 1 quick service, 1 snack & 1 sit-down restaurant per person, per day. That plan would cost us $42 per person, per day. This plan exchanges the first plan's second quick service with a sit-down meal instead. This plan, again, is a good value- for Disney World that is. I spend $80/six weeks on groceries at home. Again, I digress. This option is good to get more of the Disney Theme that are in the restaurants, but can slowdown the theme park enthusiasts. So I sent Kristin the basic info letting her decide which would be best. Again, I'm not gonna make the decisions, plus I have been to WDW, oh 15+ times. Been there done that. Tough decision, I know. What did she choose you ask. She didn't. About a month went buy without a firm decision, so this time I sent a quite detailed e-mail, complete with links to every WDW menu known to man (www.allearsnet.com) to help her decide. While she read over that e-mail I fasted, prayed & even went to do the disney dining rain dance, but thankfully it didn't come to that. Kristin made the decision. I'm so proud. We are going with option A, the quick service dining plan... as of now. I have kept the door open to Kristin to change her mind up to the week before, when I have to put the dining plan on our reservation, to change her mind. Going with the idea that we hate making decisions, I'm pretty sure we're not gonna see a change with this, BUT you never know. God does great things in the area of deliverance. However, I don't think Teresa C will be visiting from now to May, so anti-decisions should still be our trip's theme by May. In honor of our big step in making our first decision (okay so Kristin made it, but I'm totally taking credit for it, because I can. The perks in having your own blog. No fair & balanced here... total slant in the pro-Lisa movement.) I will now post a pic of my favorite snack on Disney property. I would take a flight to Florida just for this item. It is from Epcot over at the Norway pavilion's bakery, Kringla Bakeri og Cafe. I know you may be thinking, "...but Lisa wouldn't France's bakery be better?" *insert sarcastic snicker* What do the French know? Their bakery serves eclairs with chocolate in the middle. Um, I know they may have created the eclair, but clearly, America improved upon their weak attempt. Norway's bakery is much better & the busiest bakery in Epcot. So head to Norway to buy yourself "the best thing on the planet". It's also called, school bread. This stuff should be illegal. It is like a very light bread, filled with custard, frosted on top, rolled in toasted coconut & topped with another dollop ( love that word! that & shellack. Great words) of custard. Now I'm not a huge sweets person, I'm more of the steak & potatoes kind of guy. Yes, you read that right, my appetite & taste is more guy than girl. Steak, junk food & fast food are my main food groups & this is why I diet 90% of the year. This however has got to be the best thing I have ever eaten in my life and if you are ever in Epcot or the state of Florida, head straight for the Norway bakery & have a school bread. My fee for this wealth of knowledge, you must bring me back one. They have to go boxes, believe me I know. My favorite resort the Boardwalk, you know the one we're staying at, is a 10 minute walk to the Norway Bakery via Epcot's back entrance, International Plaza. Yes, there is a back entrance to Epcot. You'll hear more about that later. Now with the close of this blog, and without further adieu (take that France, killing them with kindness), I give you school bread.
Is it May yet?