Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Saga of the Turkey Leg

It seizes all of us at different times when we're at the Disney theme parks.  It's impossible to escape, and you never know when it's going to hit you...

It's that sudden desire to eat a turkey leg as big as your face.

(Vegetarians, you have been forewarned, lol!)

Come on, I know you know what I'm talking about!  I know you've felt it too.  It's especially dangerous in Frontierland, where there's that cute little cart, and the smell wafting out of it.  But then you never know when, without warning, you may find yourself heading for the nearest Giant Turkey Leg vendor.

The Turkey Leg fever seized me one afternoon at Hollywood Studios.  I had just come out of the Beauty and the Beast show and was in search of some lunch to munch.



(As a side note: I LOVE this show!)


I couldn't resist one more pic of those pink frilly gowns!!

Anywho, the counter service Fairfax Fare just across the street from the theatre caught my eye,and I decided to jump in line and sample one of their offerings...



Did you know they sell a hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese and truffle oil here??


As another side note, this is a very slow-moving line.  SO you finally get to the front of the line, feeling a little frustrated at the wait, and then more frustrated when you order the turkey leg and the cash register shows that you owe $9.79.  For one turkey leg.  Seriously.

Still grumbling, you get your receipt.  And then the cashier hands you the turkey leg.  And all complaints vanish.  In fact, all thoughts in general vanish, and you just stare at the piece of turkey in your hand in amazement.


This thing. is. HUGE.  And when I say huge I mean it is mammoth.  And when I say mammoth I mean it looks like it could be a MAMMOTH leg instead of a turkey leg!!


lol, ok, that's taking it a bit too far.  But look, it really *is* as big as your head!!

And it looks so delicious too.  Somewhere, a choir of carnivorous, heavenly angels is singing.  It's warm too, you can feel the heat in your hand through the wax paper, and you start to get hungry (as if you weren't already before).


It's such a thing of strange, meaty beauty that at first you just lick it like a lollipop.  But then you find a place to attack and start to eat!


Did I sit there in my pretty white skirt and highly-impractical-but-entirely-fabulous red gingham espadrilles (I know, crazy for the parks, but I woke up that morning and just HAD to wear them!) eating this haunch of turkey like a caveman?

Why yes.  Yes I did.

Once you take that first bite, you have to attack it like a ravenous wolf, because to properly eat a turkey leg of this size you have to make sure you're saying, "ARRgghhh, nom nom nom..."


It is flavorful and delicious and for 10 minutes or so you chomp merrily away.

But then a disastrous thought occurs to you.  In your turkey leg coma, you wonder with a helpless fascination what a huge, fat turkey this thing must have come from, because the amount of meat left seems to have barely diminished even though you've been eating it and eating it...

I know, I know, bad BAD thing to think!!  You push the thought resolutely away, but now another horrible realization dawns on you: you're starting to get full.

With a reckless determination, you continue to chew, slower and slower with smaller and smaller bites.  By now the meat is getting cold and you are certainly not hungry any more, but you know if you stop you won't be able to start again.

A few more bites, and it's all over.

It's a pity, because there's still meat left and you wish you could eat it, you paid so much for it, but you know that, really, it just wouldn't be worth the pain.


With a mixture of disgust, pride, and regret, you give the fowl one last glance, then toss it in the well-themed trash can near by.

Now you know why I have titled this post "The Saga of the Turkey Leg."  Because eating a turkey leg is indeed a saga, an epic journey from start to finish.

I walked away down Sunset Boulevard, and a thought occurred to me: was it really worth the $10 and everything?

The answer comes: Just Yes.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cappuccino Monday

Monday is nearly turned to Tuesday, so I'll make this week's cupcake post quick. :)


I'm actually running out of cupcakes to post on...I need to make sure I get out and try a few new ones this week so I don't run out of material entirely, lol!  But luckily I did try this beauty a few weeks ago, a cappuccino cupcake from the Boardwalk Bakery.


I'm not a huge fan of coffee-flavored desserts, but this one was quite lovely.  It had that light-as-air icing and cake I've come to expect from the Boardwalk Bakery!


Even the cappuccino-flavored creme in the center (quite a generous amount of it stuffed in there too!) was light and delish!

Hope it was a magical day!

Friday, March 23, 2012

It's Flower and Garden Time!

I'll admit it, I've been slacking lately on the blog.  Some days just seem to take everything out of you, and all the energy you can muster goes into pulling up hulu.com and watching "Once Upon a Time," or "The Voice," or on a particularly trying day, it's gotta be a Jane Austen movie, lol!

ANYway, tonight I'm forcing myself to be a good blogger, dig into the ever-growing backlog of photos and stories I have to share with you guys, and get a post up!

How about some tales from Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival...sound good?  Cool, in the words of my friend Stacy, let's hit it!

Flower and Garden has always held a special place in my heart.  During my high school years there were two summers when we had a Disney trip at the beginning of May, right after I had finished my AP exams.  Both years we caught the tale end of Flower and Garden.  Maybe it was the pretty, princess-y topiaries everywhere, maybe it was my euphoria at having the tests done, but I was enchanted.

So this year I made sure to visit Epcot on the very first day of the festival, March 7th!

 

The very first thing to greet me on the bridge to France (I entered via International Gateway) were these two twirling topiaries!  They had actually been out a few weeks before F&G started.


Sigh...it's ridiculous that a patch of ivy and green leaves can make your heart melt, but put it in the shape of dancing princes and princesses and it works on me!  This picture has been my desktop background pretty much since I took it.  It makes me think of this lovely scene, which is one of my very favorite scenes in all the Disney movies.


On the 7th there were some new princesses: including Belle and the Beast!!  I just love Belle, look at her white gloves!  And I don't think I've seen that topiary of the Beast before...



It was pretty much impossible to get a good photo of both of them because there were SO many other people taking pics...


I'm definitely going to try to go back early some morning and get some better shots, without people in them!


I was also totally in love with the topiaries of Belle's friends!


Although Cogsworth looks uncharacteristically jolly, wouldn't you say?


Mrs. Potts and Chip!



Even the bed of pink and purple and green beneath the topiaries is so pretty!


One of several festival booths selling gardening things.


They had plenty of Disney pixie dust to add to your garden!


In addition to the little shops, there were also educational displays added throughout World Showcase.  Note the creative potting options suggested here (like rain boots and crocs!)


Moving on to Japan...Aramis (my older brother) loves Bonsais!


And these bonsai trees were really amazing!


The flowering ones are especially lovely!


Also racing through Japan were Lightning Mcqueen and Tow Mater!


lol...doesn't it look kinda like Mater photo bombed this pic??


The All-American topiaries of choice were some friends from Toy Story!


Lotso the strawberry scented bear has moved on from Sunnyside and was ruling over an alphabet-inspired herb garden!



In Italy there was an homage to Lady and the Tramp.  I LOVE those mismatched pots overflowing with flowers and greenery.


 Whenever I have room for a garden I want to have a cute medley of potted flowers like that!


Snow White was skipping through Germany with the seven dwarfs behind her!  Sadly this photo op was even more crowded than Beauty and the Beast, another one to go back for!


 This was another one of the exhibits, it was interesting to see they reused one of the booths from Food and Wine!


There were some sweet panda bears playing around in China!


I don't know if these purple and white orchids covering the palm trees in Mexico were there just for Flower and Garden, but they were GORGEOUS!  And I didn't know you *could* make a palm tree any prettier!


Back by the bridge to Future World we found the bonsai booth, which Aramis was very excited about!

  


Bonsai everywhere!  The tiny little flowers are so lovely. :)


I love everything at Flower and Garden, but my favorite thing might be the simplest...those floating flowers!!  But I'm going to have to save that for the next F&G post. ;)

For now I'll close not with a princess topiary, but with an actual princess!


Do you see Cinderella walking along down there??


I didn't even know she did meet and greets down there!  It was like her topiary had come to life and she was walking through Epcot.  lol!

Hope it was a lovely Friday!