Friday, 30 May 2014

The Flying Fish Cafe

I booked two 'fancy dinners' for my boyfriend and I. And by fancy, I mean they took more of our Dining Plan credits than all the other restaurants we went to.

For our first, we headed down to Disney's beautiful Boardwalk, which was illuminated in never ending strings of lights.

I'm not going to lie, I was drawn to The Flying Fish Cafe primarily due to its awesome name, and when I got inside the decor didn't fail to disappoint. It was lie like the night sky, with cloudy blue ceilings and fish on parachuted trapezes swinging above our heads. 

There was also an open kitchen (which I love for no good reason), so we could watch the chefs do their work and listen to every sizzle and flambé that illuminated the stoves.

They adopt a surf-and-turf style menu, but I stuck to the surf, because I can't stop eating salmon (I had salmon three times on our holiday). 

And here it is in all its American-sized portion of glory. Oak-grilled salmon with braising greens, saffron-scented spring onions, roasted turnips and radishes, tender greens and sauce verde. 

One of the best cooked pieces of salmon I've ever had. Everything was cooked to perfection. The waiter was also amazing, talking us through the menu and even making sure I was happy with how my salmon was cooked.

The boyfriend had the "Entrée Duo" of char crusted Angus New York strip steak and potato wrapped red snapper.

But I think the real scene stealer was my dessert. A lovely little trio of 'concession sweets' called "Out on the BoardWalk". 

From left to right we have a "S'mores" whoopi pie lollipop, a cherry-limeade popsicle, popcorn mousse and caramel corn. 

The popcorn mousse was my favourite; exceedingly light and sweet with a the subtle buttery taste of popcorn. Also the caramel corn was to die for. I could have eaten a whole tray of the stuff!

Ollie had the raspberry and white chocolate crème brulee, which I'm afraid I can't recommend as it wasn't that nice. It was bit too stodgy and the flavours were a little too overwhelming.

However, Ollie was won back by the cheese board, which had five cheeses and homemade crackers, paired with an accompaniment such as vine raisins or honeycomb. 

After dinner, we headed out onto the moonlit Boardwalk for an evening stroll to let our bellies rest. 

I can't even explain how much I love this place. It's Victorian Style, so beautiful white architecture, and the strings of lights make it so magical (almost as magical as the parks! But shhh don't tell them I said that!). 

It reminded us of the game Bioshock Infinite, which if you haven't heard of/played I definitely recommend. The decor just screams of the floating city in the story. 

After walking a bit further, I found a beautiful gazebo which overlooked the lake. It was completely empty apart from my boyfriend and I, and it managed to win my heart as my "favourite spot in the world". 

I wore my Armani Exchange Dress which I was bought for my 18th birthday party, with a plaited brown belt and my New Look wedges.

I spotted the moon.

Not only was this place stunning, but it smelled amazing. The bushes which lined the edge of the gazebo were covered in this beautiful white flowers and their scent filled the night air. If anyone can tell me what flowers these are I would be so grateful!

And, of course, how could I end the night in a pretty dress without a spin in it?


I later found out this place is called Seabreeze Point and you can actually get married here. Typical me to be drawn to a place that has any association with weddings. 

If you are planning a trip to Disney World, you must visit the Boardwalk, especially at night. You can find The Flying Fish Cafe's website here, where you can make reservations up to 180 days in advance. 

Let me know in the comments your favourite place in the entire world! 

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Mischief Managed

For a change of pace, we left Disney for a couple of days.

But where we found ourselves was just as magical.

Recognise those rooftops?

We were in Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios and my boyfriend was far too excited about being in Marvel Land.

And Jurassic Park.

And to be touching this dinosaur.

I, meanwhile, was much more concerned with becoming one with the surroundings. 

I actually believe this is one of the most beautiful photographs of me in existence. 

But I know what you all want to know about. 

It's only flipping Hogwarts!

There was no adult version of me to be seen as I ran around Hogsmede like a loon, getting way too excited over the fact that Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was only a 20 minute wait. 

Yes, we did go on it twice. Yes, it was incredible. Yes, I did close my eyes on the spider part.

I had a nosy about in some of the shops and their intriguing window displays.

But of course Honeydukes is always a scene-stealer. Look at all those sweets!

The snowy streets were bustling with people, yet it seemed awfully sunny for such a Winter's day.

And I had to get a photo in front of the most famous train in the world!

I was practically a student by the time I left!


We also toured Universal Studios, where I caught this giant shark all by myself!

Ok, maybe Ollie helped a little.

We made our way around the lake, sadly spying the yet to be opened part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where there will be King's Cross Station, Diagon Alley and Grimmauld Place. I stared hopelessly over the barrier, longing to be let in. 

However, I had to ignore the lightning shaped hole in my belly and move onto Simpsons Land.

Also, I'm pretty sure this is the diner from Grease. Either way, I want this car for my own!

We also got a chance to watch The Blues Brothers perform; one of mine and my dad's favourite films. 

Before we left, I managed to get a few sneaky snaps of the soon to be opened area of Harry Potter World, a bit closer up. 

Let me in, Sirius!

Before we left, we stopped by Cold Stone Creamery. If you've never been to one, I insist that you find your closest one and go there NOW. They flip ice cream and stuff! 

To make their signature sundaes, they mash all the toppings into the ice cream, so you get a bit of everything with every delicious mouthful. They do this on...yep, you guessed it, a cold stone.

I had the Founder's Favourite; sweet cream ice cream with pecans, brownie, fudge and caramel. 

While Ollie had Cheesecake Fantasy; cheesecake ice cream with Graham Cracker pie crust, blueberries and strawberries. I liked Ollie's more, as it's my usual at Cold Stone, but they were both amazing.

You can browse their creations and find your nearest shop (if you live in, or are planning on visiting America) on their website. 

I'll leave you with this giant Olaf toy. He made me smile, so I hope he makes you smile too!

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