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Mama Monday : Disney’s Days of Christmas!

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Hi Mamas and Daddies! There is one store that is a must stop for me any time we go to Downtown Disney-Disney’s Days of Christmas! It is no secret that Christmas is my favorite holiday. This store makes it Christmas all year long at Disney. You can buy stockings, ornaments, tree skirts, Christmas treats, and other collectibles there. We have quite a few Disney ornaments and I love those the most. Even though the store is the Days of Christmas, you will find Hanukah items here too to help you celebrate the Festival of Lights. Here’s a few pictures for you to give you a peek of the awesomeness of this store.

Walls and walls of ornaments!

Who doesn’t need a Mickey nutcracker?
Stockings for every character can be found!

This is what your ornament will look like once you take it home and place it on your tree. This store provides great souvenirs to remember your Disney vacation every year for years to come.

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Mama Monday : Sleepy Hollow Review

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Hi Mamas,  We dined at Sleepy Hollow for the first time last month. OMG, I can not believe we had never chosen to eat here before.  The portion sizes are HUGE. These are very sharable portion sizes so if you are trying to stretch your dining plan to include a few extra meals, this is the restaurant you can do that at.  They first take a humongous Belgian waffle and then stuff it full of goodness. The waffle itself is light and fluffy with a hint of butter.  I have heard amazing things about the Nutella and Fresh Fruit option and I think that would be a perfect brunch type sandwich.
I chose the Ham, Prosciutto and Swiss waffle sandwich.  The Ham and Prosciutto sandwich had a lot of lettuce and tomatoes on it as well. I love that combo so that was perfect for me. I did only get about halfway through mine before I had to give up. 
My husband chose the Sweet and Spicy Chicken waffle sandwich. The Chicken sandwich was more spicy than sweet but the balance was good.  
Another perk of this location is you can see the parade going by if you are dining at the tables just outside. 
Here’s a pic of Mickey from our seating area.
Here’s a snapshot of what is on the menu:
Waffle Sandwiches – served 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken $6.99
Ham, Prosciutto and Swiss 
$6.99
Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich $6.39
Waffle
with powdered sugar or cinnamon $4.59
with strawberries and whipped cream $5.99
Soup of the Day $3.49 Description: ining Plan Symbol
Funnel Cakedusted with powdered sugar or cinnamon $5.69 Description: ining Plan Symbol
topped with strawberries and whipped cream $6.29
Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich – $4.19 Description: http://allears.net/din/ddsnacksymbol.jpg
Coca Cola or Root Beer Float with vanilla soft serve $4.49 Description: http://allears.net/din/ddsnacksymbol.jpg

Before we ordered we had eyed up the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich but after eating our lunch there was no way there was room in our bellies for that! Maybe for a snack on another day.  This location is one of our top picks now and has recently made its way into the quick service dining recommendations I sent to clients! Try it, you won’t be disappointed!  
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Flying Fish Review

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Today we review of one of the signature restaurants my husband and I ate at on our last adults’ only trip-The Flying Fish! I actually dined here for the first time ever last January. It was so good, I insisted we go back last week. Flying Fish is located on the Boardwalk, next to the Boardwalk Inn.
The theming inside continues on with the Boardwalk but in a bit more whimsical yet contemporary style. We requested to be towards the back in an effort to avoid children at a late dinner. The area we sat in felt like you were inside a Circus tent but in an understated way. We were celebrating our anniversary this trip and it was noted on our reservation. They had special menus printed that said Happy Anniversary! 
Our server was phenomenal. That is one of the highlights at dining at the signature restaurants at Disney-many have been there for years! Ellen has been with the company for 23 years. She is typically at California Grill but with it being under renovation she requested Flying Fish. She was informative; had great recommendations especially for the wine; and also knew how to pace our meal so we never felt rushed or like we were waiting for our next course.
The wine list was fantastic. What was really great about the wine list here is they allow you to order by the carafe. Often we like a glass(or two) of white and a glass(or two) of red. This was perfect for us as we could share the carafe which was basically like a half bottle.  
We started with two appetizers.
Signature Flying Fish Cafe Crisp Jonah Crab Cake – Served with Savory Vegetable, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and Ancho Chili Remoulade.
Yellowfin Tuna Tartar and Crispy Tempura Tuna Vegetable Sushi Roll – Hijiki and Wakame Seaweed, Yuzu Tobiko, and Wasabi Foam with a sweet and spicy sauce 
Hands down the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare was the best! I could have had another one of those. It was fresh and melted in your mouth. I love sushi and yellowfin is one of my favorites. Often spicy sauces overpower the fish but not in this case. It was perfectly balanced. 





The Jonah Crab Cake is one of their signature dishes. It was good but not exactly what I expected. I know the word crisp is in the name but being on the Boardwalk I expected it to be less crisp. 
Upon Ellen’s suggestion, we opted to split a salad and we went with their Caesar salad.  
Caesar Salad – Young Red and green romaine leaves, Roasted Garlic dressing, parmigiano Sonoma jack frico and pesto sourdough croutons. 
That was a great recommendation as even the half salad portion was quite large. The dressing was especially tasty on this dish.

Next up were our entrees. My husband went with one of their signatures
Signature Flying Fish Cafe Potato-wrapped Red Snapper – Leek Fondue with a veal glace, red wine and Cassis butter reduction
It was wrapped in potatoes that made it appear to be dense but it was actually light. The potatoes definitely added a depth of flavorfulness that was unique to this dish and unlike any other snapper he’s had. The portion was perfect in size.

I had their Thunder-Surf and Surf.  This is an option that changes frequently, usually every three to four days due to what fish is in season and available.  This particular evening my entrée had grilled cobia and shrimp. The shrimp were served with their heads on. I’ve had shrimp like this many times, but these were some of the best I have tasted.  They were seasoned with just enough spices. I didn’t really want to share any of this but I did. The cobia was similar to mahi mahi. It was good but the shrimp was so much better it really got overtaken by the shrimp. They should seriously consider a dish of just the shrimp alone. 

Between the two entrees, mine was the winner! At this restaurant, I would definitely always try the chef’s special like the Thunder or the Duo. It changes often and is a dish that the chef really can shine at something special.
Sometimes when you are celebrating at a Disney restaurant they will give you something complimentary for dessert. This evening we could have two glasses of champagne or a dessert.  Ellen warned us about the dessert-it was PB&J Crème Brulee. She said stick with the champagne. I am not a bubbly drinker so I didn’t listen. The PB&J Crème Brule is quite possibly the worst dessert I have ever tasted. I have a sweet tooth that just won’t quit. This was awful. When you think PB&J, you think GRAPE jelly. This had blueberry or blackberry jelly, something other than grape. It didn’t taste right. It looked pretty. The chocolates tasted great and the little dropper of chocolate went perfectly with the other dessert we ordered. We also ordered the Caramelized Banana Napoleon – Phyllo, banana mousse, creme caramel and exotic fruit coulis and bitter chocolate. The Banana Napolean definitely made up for the PB&J disaster. The banana mousse was very similar in taste to banana pudding. The layers stayed together as you cut into them.  We did take the chocolate dropper and add it to the bites for a perfect banana chocoloate combo.
Order the one on the left not the right!
Another fun one that I had before that we didn’t order this evening was the sampler.
Yes, these really are desserts!

Overall, we both really enjoyed Flying Fish. We will definitely return for a date night in the future. It is a place I would take my children but I would go earlier in the evening to be respectful of the other patrons who are enjoying an adult meal later in the evening.
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