Disney Trip – Part II

After getting stuffed at Ethos Vegan Kitchen on Saturday, we went to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on Sunday.

We wandered around, rode a ton of the rides and then after working up an appetite, stopped at Pinocchio’s Village to grab a bite to eat. The only things vegan on their menu was the Mediterranean salad (if you remove the chicken and cheese) and Smucker’s uncrustable PB&J sandwiches.

  I chose the Mediterranean salad and it was suprisingly good.  When I’m eating out, salads usually (when you remove the meat and cheese) end up just being flavorless lettuce and some pale tomatoes, but this salad had tons of fresh veggies and flavor.

It had a mixture of spinach and lettuce, roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, black olive and red onions. I topped it off with a baggie of olive oil/balsalmic vinaigrette that was on a rack of pre-packaged salad dressings for customers to choose from.

We also had some little visitors to our table.

People often feed the birds their leftover crusts from the pizzas they serve at Pinocchio’s Village, so they weren’t at all timid and just hopped onto our table.

Here’s me being goofy and my dad enjoying his pizza.

After having fun in the park, we went back to the hotel and rested up. Then when my stomach started to growl, my mom took me to a Whole Foods that was only five minutes away to pick up some yummy vegan food. Since the closest Whole Foods to my house is over two hours away, I always hit one up when I get the oppertunity.

 Here’s my haul.

Here’s what I got (from left to right):

Smoked chedder style Shreese, Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake frozen meal, a sandwich from the whole foods deli that had seitan, vegan soy cheese and bell peppers in it, Chreesy instant mashed potatoes, five different flavors of Larabars that aren’t available in my area, boxed shells and Chreese, two Bumble Bars (original and hazelnut), Enjoy Life snickerdoodles, Ricemellow creme and fresh fruit.

The first three things on the list were disappointments (the Shreese, frozen meal and sandwich). The Shreese doesn’t melt or taste very good (in my opinion), I think I’ll just stick with Follow Your Heart soy cheese for now. The Kashi frozen meal was just totally gross, it was kinda sweet and mushy and just totally wrong.

Sadly, the seitan sandwich was icky too. The package claimed to have vegan soy cheese, but there was nothing on the sandwich that looked anything like soy cheese, all I saw was seitan and peppers. The seitan was totally flavorless, it tasted like they’d just mixed together vital wheat gluten and water, then baked it. They’d also apparently put the sandwhich in the plastic it when was still hot, because the bread was totally soggy. A big dissapointment.

BUT, now that I’m done complaining (which is my forte) I have to say everything else I bought was delicious. I knew the shells with Chreese and Larabars would be since I’ve eaten them before, but all of the other things were a pleasant suprise after being so disappointed with the first three things I tried.

The Enjoy Life snickerdoodles were soft and tasted home-baked, the Chreese potatoes were creamy with a hint of cheezy-ness, the Bumble bars were chewy and tasty (despite looking frighteningly similar to bird food), and last but definitely not least the Ricemellow fluff was divine! It tasted like the marshmellows I remember while having a great consistency and all completely vegan! It’s amazing in a peanut butter sandwich.

So all in all, Orlando is a very easy place to have a vegan vacation. Now I’m sitting at home, typing this up with Charlie (our huge pitbull) on my lap. I had fun, but I’m happy to be home, because I missed my baby dog!

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