Dinner at The Wave…of American Flavors

This review reflects our experience from March of 2017.

Paul and I have always wanted to dine at The Wave…of American Flavors, which is located on the lower level of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. On our most recent visit, we were lucky enough to stay at Bay Lake Tower, which is adjacent to the main Contemporary building. Since it was our first trip with an infant and we were super close by, it was the perfect opportunity to visit.

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As I mentioned, The Wave is located on the lower level of the resort. There is a separate bar/lounge area near where you check in. The bar area is quite dark, but provided ample seating and would a fun place to meet friends for a drink. Continue reading

Hollywood Brown Derby

This review reflects our experience from March 2016.

We had not had much luck finding vegan food at Hollywood Studios during our past few visits, and agreed that it was finally time to try something new, so we made a lunch reservation at the Hollywood Brown Derby.

Hollywood Brown Derby Menu Sign
Hollywood Brown Derby Menu Sign
The Hollywood Brown Derby is one of the more sophisticated dining options at Hollywood Studios, and is an authentic replica of the famous Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. It is also quite expensive compared to other dining options on property, with entrees ranging from $29 to $40+. Hollywood Brown Derby is considered a Signature Dining restaurant, which means it requires two table service credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. It is also one of the options for the Fantasmic! dining packages. Continue reading

Symphony in the Stars Dessert Party

This review reflects our experience from March 2016.

Symphony in the Stars, otherwise known as the “Star Wars Fireworks Show”, is a new nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show itself features music and sound clips from the Star Wars movie series, timed to amazing pyrotechnics and fireworks that are shot off from behind The Great Movie Ride. Recently, Hollywood Studios began offering a special dessert party with a private viewing area and speciality adult beverages for $69.00 per adult. The party promised “out-of-this-world selection of desserts and specialty drinks—including alcoholic beverage options” as well as a souvenir stein and special viewing area.

View from Dessert Party area
View from Dessert Party area

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Pregnant and Vegan in Disney… Top 5 Tips!

I have to admit, a lot of my co-workers and friends thought it wasn’t a wonderful idea to visit Disney World while pregnant. My husband and I actually traveled there twice during my pregnancy, once at 20 weeks in January, and just recently at around 28 weeks in March. Although I had to enjoy the parks in a slightly different way than I am used to, both trips were still completely magical. Here are my top 5 take-aways from the experience:

Photopass Photo
Photopass Photo

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Road Trip: Ethos Vegan Kitchen

This review reflects our experience from January 2016.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen is a casual restaurant located in Winter Park, Florida that recently celebrated its 8th anniversary. The 25-minute drive down I-4 is well worth it for the delicious, award-winning, reasonably priced food that they offer. The 100% vegan menu includes home-style fare for brunch (Saturday and Sunday mornings), lunch, and dinner with desserts and a selection of vegan wine and beer. The restaurant is a traditional table-service establishment. If you visited Ethos in the past at their original location, you will enjoy no longer having to order at the counter and wait for your food to be brought to you. The space is large and comfortable, with a bar, lounge area, tables and booths.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen
Ethos Vegan Kitchen
Ethos Menu
Ethos Menu

We have visited Ethos well over a dozen times during the past 7 years, and the menu selections and food quality continue to improve with each visit. On our last trip, we were able to enjoy both lunch and their recently expanded brunch menu.  Continue reading