Take a break from the
leftovers, another edition of the INTERCOT Insider has arrived in
your mailbox. As we head past Thanksgiving and into the Holiday
Season, many Guests have Holiday feasts on their mind. Whether you
spend the Holidays hanging ten at Disney's Aulani resort, chowing-down
at Disney World, or making memories at home; this edition will give
you great dining tips. Plus, we take a look at the latest deals and
checkout the latest Disney Park hours released. Hang on to them hats
and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the
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Using the finest local
ingredients, the chefs at Disney’s Aulani Resort have created a
variety of dining options for Guests. In addition to signature
full-service restaurants, the Oahu Island Resort also offers
fantastic quick-service dining options. Whether Guests are searching
for a fast mid-afternoon snack, a cozy breakfast or lunchtime fare,
everyone can find the perfect meal for their vacation.
One Paddle, Two Paddle – Located adjacent to ‘AMA‘AMA, the signature
restaurant at Aulani, One Paddle, Two Paddle is open daily and
serves a variety of quick-service favorites. From freshly-made
sandwiches, tasty wraps and house-made desserts to a tasty keiki
(children’s) menu, this casual dining location offers good food fast
… at affordable prices.
The Lava Shack – Located near the Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, The
Lava Shack is the perfect place to pick up a Hawaii-inspired plate
lunch, which generally consists of a main entrée, rice and a side.
Here Guests can choose from complete meals featuring entrees like
Cold Fried Chicken, Cured Meats, Cheeses, and Chilled Miso-glazed
Salmon, as well as grab and go snacks.
Papalua Shave Ice – Conveniently located next to the pool deck,
Papalua Shave Ice offers the chance for Guests to cool off with
fruity and refreshing shave ice. Choose from a variety of tropical
Rip Swirl – This yogurt bar, located in Painted Sky (teen spa),
provides yummy, healthy treats: tangy yogurt with fresh fruit and
For those Guests looking for a full, hearty breakfast each morning
they can also purchase a breakfast add-on package at Makahiki,
Bounty of the Island, buffet-style restaurant. This package includes
breakfast each day of their stay, including a full buffet and one
non-specialty beverage for each member of their traveling party.
Taste of the World
with Mickey'sGirl >>
--Part One of Two
We were less than enthused by our
Dining experiences in May of 2010, so we opted to minimize our
Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) for this year’s holiday. This
proved to be a very good idea, both in terms of how we spent our
vacation time, and in terms of how we ate. We rarely eat dessert at
restaurants in favour of for the boys when we are out and about.
Sanaa – Dinner
Food 5/5 Service 5/5 Atmosphere 5/5 Overall 5/5
Sanaa was a last minute addition that my husband made to our
itinerary based on where we were staying (AKL), and the kind of food
we like to eat (we like spice). We had a table near the window
overlooking the Savannah (and our room across the way!). The boys
enjoyed watching the antics of the Cranes (who really like shiny
things such as cutlery). I am allergic to tree-nuts, so shortly
after being seated, our server brought Chef Jenn over to discuss
options with me. I had already decided on the Vegetarian sampler,
and she recommended the Paneer and Spinach on it, and let me know it
was a safe bet for me. So here’s what we had:
We shared Samosas to start. They were very good, but not as good as
what we get locally at home (we live in a very South Asian
community), and we ordered some Naan to have with our meals.
Vegetarian Sampler – Paneer and Spinach and Spicy Cauliflower,
Onions, Tomatoes, and Mint with Basmati Rice. It was served in three
little dishes. Portions were moderate and appropriate (though I
could greedily have eaten more for sure!) Everything was fabulous,
especially the Paneer and Spinach (it even made my carnivorous
Curry Sampler – Spicy Chicken Durban and Coconut-Curry Lamb with
Basmati Rice (served in the same fashion as the Vegetarian Sampler).
Portions were a little less than moderate, but very tasty and
seasoned more on the mild side. My husband was very happy with his
Coho Salmon with Shrimp and Scallops served with seasonal Vegetables
in a light Curry Broth. My fish loving son talked about this meal
all week long. He said the Coho was the best fish he had ever had
(and he’s had a LOT of fish).
Kid’s Pizza with Carrots. The pizza was made on Naan like crust
(which made my youngest son very happy), and the server brought him
only carrots when he said that he didn’t really like celery. He ate
it all, so it had to have been good!
Overall, this was our favourite dining experience during our stay.
Kouzzina was my 13 Year old Son’s choice. It is his proclaimed
favourite restaurant anywhere. We were seated quickly, and had a
fabulous server who made sure we didn’t go thirsty, or need
anything. Here’s what we had:
My son had Ouzo Mussels to start. He really enjoys seafood, and
appreciates good food, so he was free to order what he wanted. He
really enjoyed them and the broth. My husband ordered some Saganaki
(you can never go wrong with hot cheese!), and it was good. The
complimentary bread is now served with the black sea salt on it,
which we enjoyed, but was too much for our youngest.
I had the Kouzzina Trio, which is tasting size portions of Pastitsio,
Char-grilled Lamb Burger, and Cinnamon-stewed Chicken with Orzo . I
ordered this last year, and dreamt about it for the 15 months until
I could have it again. Now I don’t know if I was overheated or what,
but this time it was just alright. It was still very good, but not
very good in a way that I felt someone had prepared a very awesome
meal for me. It seemed rather assembly line to me.
Brian had the Saffron Pasta, which is basically a Lamb Ragu over
pasta. Again it was very good, but it did not scream “Celebrated
Chef prepared this for your enjoyment”.
Our 13 Year old had the Traditional Whole Fish (which was Snapper, a
favourite of his) - Pan-roasted with Braised Greens, Greek Olives,
Fennel, and Smoked Chili. Harry always orders this, and he can
debone a fish with the best of them, and get all the good meat from
places we didn’t even know about … but he did not especially enjoy
his dinner. He did not like the consistency of the fish, or the
flavour of the greens.
Our youngest stuck with his Pizza and “carrots only” regime, and had
no complaints. His meal came with an ice-cream sundae, and our
terrific server also brought one out for our big boy too. It was
very thoughtful of her.
Our server was terrific and attentive, and even gave us cold drinks
to go. We were seated next to a family who were nattering at their
child at full volume the whole time (poor kid), which detracted from
the atmosphere. While this was a disappointing meal, we will still
go back another time.
The Brown Derby – Dinner
Food 4/5 Service 4/5 Atmosphere 5/5 Overall 4.5/5
We have always enjoyed the food and the restaurant in the past, so
The Brown Derby was the natural choice for us when booking the
Fantasmic! Dinner Package. The package includes appetizers, entrees
and desserts, so there was a lot of eating going on!! Here’s what we
To start my husband had Brie, Midnight Moon and Prosciutto Cakewith
Tete de Moine Petals, and an olive-roasted vegetable salad, then the
Filet of Beef - with Costwold Butter over fingerling potatoes,
asparagus, Ugly ripe tomatoes, and a broken cabernet shallot
vinaigrette and Banana White Chocolate Toffee Tower - on
Cocoa-Almond Cookie and Bananas Foster for dessert (hey if you are
only having dessert one time, you may as well really go for it!).
The whole meal was fantastic, but he especially enjoyed the Filet
(we don’t eat a lot of meat at home, so this was a real treat for
I had the Cremini Mushroom Chévre Tortelloni - with Tomato-Fennel
Sauce and Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, which was ok, but I would not
order it again (bland and dry), then Coriander Dusted Grouper -
cauliflower risotto, fresh English peas, crunchy sunchokes, and a
yellow tomato coulis (it was awesome and the risotto was fresh and
creamy) with Crème Brule for dessert. A really lovely meal.
To start, our 13 year old had the Blue Lump Crab Cake - with Potato
Crust, Green Cabbage Slaw, Cognac-Mustard Sauce, and Rémoulade (ate
every crumb and didn’t share!), then the Grouper (he did not enjoy
the lumpy-from-the-cauliflower risotto, but agreed that the Grouper
was fantastic) and a Chocolate Sundae for dessert.
Our youngest strayed from his pizza diet in favour of the Chicken
Noodle soup to start, a hot-dog with home made chips and carrots,
and the Hidden Treasures for dessert. There was too much “stuff” in
the Chicken soup for his liking, so his brother ate the soup,
otherwise, a very successful meal!
Service was very good, but our server was rather distant. He did not
make recommendations, or ask how we were enjoying our meal etc. ,
but I do appreciate that he made my son a big sundae instead of the
cakey desserts that he does not eat. This was our most expensive
meal at $250 (including the tip), but we did not resent it. The food
was fabulous, and the almost 2 hours we spent inside enjoying the
restaurant and each other’s company was terrific. Getting the passes
for Fantasmic! at the end was the icing on the cake. A great
<<Making Magic at
Home with Patricia
If your waiting for your next
Disney trip, just came home, or have no trip planned and need a
sweet fix... I've got a Disney Do It Yourself treat you can eat:
Mickey Oreo Pops!
What you'll need:
Double Stuff Oreo cookies
red candy melts
chocolate candy melts
tube of white decorator icing
First melt the red melts in the microwave or on top of a double
boiler (do not get any water in your candy melt or it will seize.) I
found that microwaving the Oreos for a 10-20 (don't over so it)
seconds helps soften the creamy middle and prevents the cookies
breaking when you need to get the stick in. Dip half the cookie in
the red and lay on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. That red will be
his shorts! Poke a lollipop stick into the red end and up through
the creamy white center to almost the top. Pop in a fridge to set
faster. If your dark chocolates are scratched from shipping, rub
them smooth with your clean finger.. Now rub the edge of a dark
chocolate onto a hot pot (I boiled water in my pot to heat it up
safely.) When you have it slightly melted stick it in between the
biscuits to make an ear. Repeat on the other side. Add two white
button with drops of your white frosting tube on his red shorts for
buttons. You can wrap these in small cellophane bags and a ribbon if
using them for gifts or just stand them in a large lidded jar on the
counter and eat at your own discretion.
Too much work?? Buy regular Oreos , Mini Oreos and chocolate chips.
Melt the chips and use the chocolate as glue to make Hidden Mickey
Oreos out of the two sized cookies. Add a small red bow, made with
fruit leather or frosting, and you have Minnie Oreos!
See the finished Mickey Oreo Pops!
-- April, May, & June 2012 --
Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and
Event schedules have been released through June 2012. For guests
visiting during this time, you will want to visit the Park Hours and
Events pages to aid in planning your trip. Remember, all times and
schedules are subject to change, so check back often.
up this extra stuffed edition of the INTERCOT insider. We hope its
given you some great epicurean insights and inspired you to make
some Disney magic at home this Holiday season. We'll be back in a
few weeks with part two of our Disney World dining reviews and a
look why an off-season trip to Disney World can be right-on-target.
See ya real soon!
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