A tattoo everyone will like! Nomad Lounge is quickly becoming our Disney version of Cheers! In this rendition of our Disney at homerecipes, we’re heading back to the famed lounge to share our Jenn’s Tattoo recipe. After shaking up both our Night Monkey and Annapurna Zing recipes, we’re tackling one of the more popular cocktails. Combining the delicate flavors of the hibiscus flower with refreshing notes of watermelon you get Jenn’s Tattoo. It’s the perfect cocktail for sitting out on the Nomad Lounge patio. The time has come, grab your cocktail shaker, as it’s time to make our Jenn’s Tattoo recipe!
Situated on the outskirts of Pandora you’ll find Nomad Lounge. Whether you’re looking to chill inside or outside on the patio, there’s a spot for everyone. It’s hard to beat the outdoor patio with its comfy chairs and tons of shade. Many times we forget we’re in a theme park, especially with the lush green foliage surrounding the patio. Throw in one of the many great Nomad Lounge appetizers and you got the makings of a fantastic afternoon. Alright, let’s get to shaking before our ice melts too much!
Now, this is our kinda apple! It’s the fall drink that can be enjoyed throughout the year. We’re back with another installment of our Disney at home recipes. On today’s adventure, we’re sharing our Ottawa Apple recipe from Le Cellier in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion. Le Cellier is known for its perfectly cooked steaks and its delicious sides, oh that mac ‘n cheese, it is also serving up so noteworthy cocktails. Say hello to the Ottawa Apple. Alright, the time has come, grab your favorite cocktail shaker as it’s time to whip up our Le Cellier Ottawa Apple recipe!
It’s a cocktail of multiple locations! While the original location is Le Cellier, in recent years the drink has made its way to the Canadian Pavilion popcorn cart. A popcorn you can easily find, just follow your nose to the smell of maple goodness. For us, you cannot go wrong with any of the special popcorn options around Epcot, the maple popcorn included! There’s no better way to kick-off a trip around the world than heading right towards the Canada Pavilion, ordering up your Ottawa Apple with a side maple popcorn. We like to bring our towards the lagoon to take in the views, but you could also meander around the beautiful flower garden in front of Le Cellier. Alright, talk about the location, check! Now let’s get to the shaking!
Le Cellier Ottawa Apple Recipe
3 oz of Crown Royal Maple Finished Canadian Whiskey
1/2 oz of Crisp Apple Real Infused Syrup
3 oz of Cranberry Juice
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice
Add Crown Royal Maple Finished Canadian Whiskey
Add Cranberry Juice
Add Crisp Apple Real Infused Syrup
Shake until it’s too cold to hold
Serve over ice
Drawing inspiration from our cocktail and how there’s more than one great location for it. There’s more than one way to make our Le Cellier Ottawa Apple recipe. Feel free to make substitutions and adjustments where you see fit.
Replace Crown Royal Maple Finished Canadian Whiskey with your favorite whiskey. (We like Bullet)
If you replace the whiskey with a non-maple flavored whiskey, add a splash of real maple syrup to the shaker.
This is a cocktail best enjoyed while eating a perfectly cooked wood-fired steak or a bowl of your favorite flavored popcorn!
Packs a punch! In more ways than one, but we’ll get to that in a moment. That’s right, we’re are back with another rendition of our Disney at home recipes! What great concoction are we mixing up today? Well, the title probably gave it away, but we still enjoy the theatrics. So, drumroll, please! Today’s we’re shaking up our Himalayan Ghost recipe from Thirsty River Bar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Needless to say but this one ghost worth meeting! Grab your ice and cocktail shakers it’s time to make our Himalayan Ghost recipe!
But first, every ghost needs a story, right? Ghost. Story. Yeah, we went there. It was low hanging fruit, what can we say. Anyways, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is full of great cocktails options from always lively Dawa Bar to the perfectly poured cocktails at Nomad Lounge, there’s a solid choice around every corner. One of the less talked about locations is the Thirsty River Bar in the foothills of Expedition Everest. Whether you’re looking for a little liquid courage or something to calm your nerves after coming face to face with Yeti, they got something for you. One of the most refreshingly potent drinks (hence the packs a punch) is the Himalayan Ghost. Simply put it’s an adult lemonade turned up a notch or two!
Himalayan Ghost Recipe
3 oz of Snow Leopard Vodka
2 oz of Guava Juice
3 oz of Odwalla Lemonade
Slice of Lemon
Fill cocktail shake halfway with ice
Add Snow Leopard Vodka
Add Guava Juice
Add Odwalla Lemonade
Shake until it’s too cold to hold
Serve with the ice
Slice of lemon to garnish
There’s more than one to make this drink. Here are a few of our variations, free to make adjustments and substitutions where ever you see fit.
Replace Snow Leopard Vodka with you favorite (we prefer Grey Goose)
Replace Odwalla Lemonade with your favorite
Adjust the amount of Vodka to taste
For this cocktail we recommend enjoying it in the foothills of your favorite mountain or favorite Disney mountain!
It’s the most underrated meal of all meals! Lunch always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to ranking the best mealtimes, for most it usually falls somewhere after second dinner, and before nothing else. However, is there something good about sitting down for lunch at Disney World? We’re going to investigate that in our Hollywood Brown Derby review. Let’s slip into our best garb (ie Disney T-shirt) and head out for a glamorous lunch date at Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby!
At the end of Hollywood Boulevard, in the shadows of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, is Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby. For years we’ve raved about their outdoor lounge, and on our last trip, we stepped inside for the first time. We know, right? How has it taken us this long to sit down for a meal? To be honest, we’re lounge people by nature. It’s hard to beat that shaded patio. But, curiosity captured us, so we made an ADR to sit down for lunch. Plus, what kind of bloggers would we be if we didn’t? Exactly!
Stepping foot into the Hollywood Brown Derby for the first time was like stepping back in history. From the decor to the ambiance, it was like we were immersed in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Vintage 1940. Immediately we felt like we should have been wearing a fedora in the best way possible. Keeping our head on a swivel, to take it all in, of course, we noticed the nuances. The celebrity signature book in the front, the caricatures on the walls, and most importantly the large half-circle booths, where all big wigs would dine.
A Classic Start
Two martini lunch anyone? Don’t mind if we do. It’s vacation after all! The Hollywood Brown Derby cocktail list is a who’s who of both classic cocktails and different twist on them. For the first round of our two martini lunch we went with the Derby Cocktail (hold the glow cube, we’re not flashy people LOL) and the grapefruit cake martini. Classic to say the least, created at the Vendôme Bar in Hollywood, California in 1930 the Derby Cocktail combines three of our all-time favorite, whiskey, grapefruit juice, and honey. This no so sweet, perfectly tangy cocktail is classy yet refreshing. The honey helps tone down the traditionally tart tang of the grapefruit juice. Not to be out down is the dessert in a cup or better known as the grapefruit cake martini. Rich and creamy, it’s as if they took their infamous dessert, put it in a blender, and served it in a glass. With a graham cracker rim of course. Yes, it’s as good as you’re imagining.
It wouldn’t be a two martini lunch without a second round, right? Our next round of drinks included another Derby Cocktail, we did say it was a favorite combination of ours and a Sidecar. Served over ice, the Sidecar combines cognac, orange liquor, and fresh lemon juice for a simple, yet delightful cocktail. To offset the tartness of the cocktail, the drink is served with a sugar rim.
Alongside our cocktails, we split a classic app, the shrimp cocktail. Growing up in the Northeast, we tend to be a little picky when it comes to seafood. Which makes us even more excited to give the shrimp cocktail two tails up. Four plump, juicy, shrimp are served with a slightly spicy cocktail sauce and lightly dressed slaw. This is by far the best shrimp dish we’ve had at Walt Disney World.
Can we say we went to the Hollywood Brown Derby if we didn’t have the salad? Arguably, the most famous dish of the restaurant is the cobb salad. It was invented by the restaurant’s original proprietor, Bob Cobb, after all. Served tableside, when the cobb salad arrived our server both split the salad and tossed it for us. A very nice touch, and something you don’t when you order the salad at the lounge.
This is a salad for anyone that teeters on the edge of enjoying a salad. Freshly shredded lettuce is mixed with blue cheese, bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, and roasted turkey, then finished with the famous dressing and topped with chives. The dressing makes the dish. We’ve had many cobb salads in our time, but none could stand up to the original. When discussing what was different with this version, it was clearly the dressing, followed closely by the roasted turkey. The turkey is spit-roasted, which turns the flavor up a notch or two.
Definitely a salad to split as an app or enjoy as a meal.
We chose lunch for a reason. Besides being a great way to take an in-park break from the heat. There is a dish on the lunch menu that’s not on the dinner menu. The burger. Now, this is no ordinary burger. With this being a fine dining establishment, it’s nothing but the best. For us, all great burgers start with the patty. It looks like the Hollywood Brown Derby agrees. The patty is made from Wagu Beef, or otherwise known as American Kobe beef. It has a richer, stronger beef flavor than traditional ground beef. It made for a fantastic burger base. Topping our burger was Gruyere cheese, pastrami, a fried egg, and a slice of heirloom tomato. All this is served in a buttery Brioche bun.
Most of the time, we’re not fans of an egg on a burger. It’s usually “too much” for us. However, in this delicate take on a burger, it worked. Oh, did it work! Upon the first bite, our mouths were bursting with rich flavors from the beef, saltiness from the pastrami, and tang from cheese. It was a burger that needed no ketchup or mustard, as the egg yolk acted as the condiment. If you’re looking to treat yourself to an upscale burger, this is the one!
No burger is complete with fries. This burger was served with thick hand-cut fries. Extra crispy in texture, they stood up well to the richness of the burger.
It should be noted that the burger is only on the lunch menu at the Hollywood Brown Derby. However, in speaking with our server, you can order it for dinner.
It’s being added to the rotation! We all have a rotation of our favorite, must-do every time restaurants. After sitting down for lunch at Hollywood Brown Derby, it’s definitely going on the list. Now, this may be the two martini lunch talking, but top to bottom, from cocktail to the main course, the restaurant is delivering a high-quality dining experience. For us, it’s the best food we’ve found in Hollywood Studios, and with the burger not being an option at the lounge, even more of a reason to enjoy lunch. A tip of the fedora to the Hollywood Brown Derby for making lunch no longer underrated!
Yes, they’re cute. However, feeding the zebras is frowned upon in this establishment. This has been a dining review many years in the making. As frequent visitors to the famed dining with animals establishment, this is our first official Sanaa review. Why you may ask. We were wondering the same thing. It’s one of those things you thought you did years ago, but it turns out you never did. You know what we’re talking about right? Good, we thought so. Now that we’ve built up an appetite, it’s finally time for our first Sanaa review!
Dining at Walt Disney World or any Disney park is like none other. Not just because the chefs are amazing, trust us they are supremely talented, it’s because of the unique dining environments. On the bottom floor of Disney’s Kidani Village at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is Sanaa. With giant windows showcasing the majestic animals on the resorts private savanna, guests can enjoy an African inspired meal while watching the animal roam. You’re so close, it feels like you could reach out and feed the zebras a bite of your meal. But, don’t do it. We know you want, we do too, but it’s frowned upon. Plus there’s glass in the way.
This is one of the dining locations where an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) is strongly encouraged. However, as we mentioned in our trip review about dining during COVID, Sanaa does offer the waitlist option. If you’re looking for a table by the windows we would recommend taking one of two routes. First, would be to dine early, before the normal dinner crowds arrive. The second is to be willing to wait a little longer. When arriving at the host stand, ask to be seated by the windows and say you’re willing to wait.
Enough said. Ok, this is a Sanaa review so we should elaborate. Sanaa has a variety of different appetizers available like samosas, and which are very good. The deep-fried samosas bursting with earthy flavors, but the star of the plate are the accouterments, as the tamarind and mango chutney brings a sweet rich flavor to the dish. However, if you’re going to Sanaa you’re going to want to try the bread service. With five different types of naan and 15 dipping sauces, there is something for everyone. We’ve yet to get the bread service and have someone in our party not enjoy it.
The first time around we recommend not making any changes (if possible), it’s a great way to find out which options are your favorites. Then, in future trips, you can mix and match. A couple of our all-time favorites are the garlic-ginger naan, paneer paratha (cheese naan), then the tamarind chutney, and mango chutney. However, we do enjoy them all and usually end up getting the standard bread service. What can we say, variety is our spice of life!
If the bread service doesn’t fill you up, no worries, there’s more great food on its way! The next stop on our Sanaa review is the main course. While the bread service usually gets the limelight for the restaurant, the main courses definitely hold their own. For the most traditional African dish, you’ll want to go with either the potjie inspired or one of the biryani plates. More often than not you’ll find Nate opting for the potjie inspired. A potjie is an African meal where food is cooked outside in a clay pot, similar to a Dutch oven. Sanaa’s take on the meal includes the choice of one protein, one plated-based side, and basmati rice. Nate’s favorite combination is the butter chicken with cilantro-coconut vegetables. With tender chunks of chicken and a rich savory sauce, the butter chicken just melts in your mouth.
The past couple of times around Serena went with the market fish, salmon. The perfectly cooked salmon is served with Sukama Wiki (greens), and Geelrys (biryani rice). These two sides steal all the spotlight. While the fish is fantastic, it’s the Sukama Wiki that makes the dish. Collard greens are combined with onions and spices to create a vegetable side dish loaded with depth and flavor. Not to be outdone is the Geelrys or better known as “yellow” rice. Cooking basmati rice with raisins, turmeric, brown sugar, and other spices, you get this truly unique slightly sweet yet savory rice dish.
Did you say you still had room? Who are kidding there’s always room for dessert! Are we right or are we right! Closing out our African inspired meal is Kheer. The best way we can describe this dish is African rice-pudding. The coconut cooked rice is drizzled with a little fruit puree then topped with cashew streusel and saffron-poached fruit. You get subtle sweet notes from the coconut and cashew streusel that are well-balanced by the more savory flavors of the pouched fruit. It’s the perfect dessert if you’re looking for something less sweet. For anyone that enjoys rice-pudding, this is a must-try dish.
Always solid! There’s reason why every Sanaa review raves about the food. While the bread service is out of this world, the overall menu is well-done. It’s so good, we’ve even gone there and not got the bread service. We know right? But, we’ll share that experience in an upcoming Sanaa review. Oh yeah, when it comes to feeding the zebras, don’t worry you’re going to want to save all this food for yourself!