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Friday, June 7, 2013

Flying Fish Cafe at Disney World

Flying Fish Cafe at Disney's Boardwalk

IMG_2361Flying Fish Cafe is an upscale restaurant located near the Boardwalk Resort at Disney World next door to Kat Cora’s restaurant Kouzinna. Flying Fish is one of the more expensive places to dine at Disney World. Our bill for the five of us, including tip was about $170. I actually thought it would be over $200, so it wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be.

It was a great place to take the kids. Although you will be dining there for a while, it’s not nearly as long as California Grill or Jiko. The kid meal prices ranged from $7 - $12, which is not bad at all. There is a slight dress code. I recommend collard shirts for boys and a sundress for girls.

The inside of the restaurant was small, but really neat and different. There are flying fish hanging from the ceiling. A bar wraps around the kitchen where participate in the Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner a 5-course prix fixe menu with wine and you can interact with the culinary team.
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Flying Fish Cafe - Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini
This is the best drink I’ve ever had at Disney World!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini Recipe

1 oz vanilla vodka 
2 oz pineapple juice 
1 dash grenadine syrup 

Shake pineapple juice and vanilla vodka with ice in a tumbler. Pour into a martini cocktail glass with a dash of grenadine at the bottom, and serve.


Crispy Sesame and Togarashi-scented Calamari
Spiced Green Papaya, Wakame, and Vegetable Slaw with an Asian-inspired Dipping Sauce




Flying Fish Cafe Kid’s Meals


Bowl of Mickey Pasta
Tomato Sauce and Parmesan with Creamy Alfredo or Creamy Cheddar Sauce
Baked Florida Coast Fish "Sticks"
Roasted Red Potatoes and vegetables


Flying Fish Cafe Entrees


Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak
Fingerling Potatoes, Haricot Vert, and Winter Crop Root Vegetables with Classic Sauce Foyot





Rainforest Pepperberry-grilled Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin
Leek, Fontina, Truffle-laced Trofie Macaroni & Cheese
Grilled Asparagus with Kiln-dried and fresh Black Mission Fig, Port Wine, Balsamico, Bermuda Onion, and Trumpet Mushroom Compote

Flying Fish Cafe Desserts

The highlight of our dining experience here was dessert. I had read about Mickey’s Chocolate Puzzle dessert and all the reviews were spot on. It’s an awesome dessert for kids. .It’s made of white chocolate pieces that your kids put together to make a picture of Mickey. Then they can paint the chocolate picture with sugar paints. It also comes with a cupcake.    Mickey's Chocolate Puzzle at Flying Fish

Mickey's Chocolate Puzzle
White Chocolate Puzzle, Sugar "Paints", and Creamy-topped Chocolate Cupcake

What I hadn’t expect was how fabulous all the other desserts were. My daughter got Sorcerer Mickey's Milk Chocolate Cauldron which she loved!


Sorcerer Mickey's Milk Chocolate Cauldron 
Fun "Skewer" of Fudge Brownie, Marshmallow, Strawberry, and Angel Food Cake


Caramel-Chocolate-Brioche Bread Pudding
Vanilla-Praline Gelato, Spicy Pecan Brittle, and a Cinnamon Anglaise Sauce
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Vipre Internet Security Software Review

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It's simple to install. It only took me a few mintutes. I liked the fact that it removed the conflicting programs for me, so I didn't have to. That to me simplified the whole process.

The longest part of the whole process was having to restart my computer!

My favorite thing about Vipre is the free U.S. based technical support! Meaning if you have an issue and call in, you actually get to speak to some one who understands you and speaks English! We paid for another anti virus software, McAfee, and it didn't do a thing to protect our computer when it got attacked. When we called in to get help they were next to no help because they couldn't speak or understand English. It was incredibly frustrating.


Not only were they no help, but they said what we bought did not cover the infection we got. Apparently not all antivirus software systems actually defend you against all viruses.

The first computer scan took a while, but after that initial scan they were fast.

Vipre is excellent at stopping viruses and spyware. It also works at blocking viruses and spyware that comes in from email, instant messages, and removable media like USB sticks. I love the fact that it's checking everything. I use lots of different devices and I do not like the idea of one of the them infecting something else!

So far, Vipre has worked extremely well for me. I used a lot of different programs over the years and so far this is the best one I've used. I replaced three separate programs with Vipre.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What to Wear at Night in Las Vegas

What to Wear in Vegas

Have you ever wondered what you should wear when you go out dancing in Vegas? Over the last few years one of the most frequently asked questions I've gotten is: "What do I wear out while I am in Vegas?". Apparently this is something lots of ladies need to know, so I created this visual board to help you answer that question. I hope it helps. If your still not sure, just head over to Forever 21 and find something you like!

These are the types of dresses I saw the most on women while I lived there. Most women seem to wear black. Ultimately, I suggest you wear what you are comfortable in and what makes you feel good. If you feel good about how you look you will have more fun!

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Learn About Cascade #MyPlatinum and Win a Dishwasher

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”
Cascade Platinum

I have the great misfortune of doing dishes every single day, sometimes twice a day, and on a really bad day three times! So, when Cascade Platinum Pacs ask me to review them, I thought why not, I'm doing tons of dishes. Not only that, but until recently I washed every single dish by hand before putting it in the dishwasher. My friend Mel actually mocks me for doing this. I've always felt I had to do this otherwise my dishes wouldn't come out clean. Yes, this makes washing dishes a much more time consuming task.


What is Cascade Platinum

Cascade Platinum Pacs feature an advanced triple action recipe that is specially designed to leave dishware virtually spot-free and help prevent the build-up of hard-water film on dishwasher walls.
(I could have used this when we lived in Vegas! The hard water there was horrible for the dishwasher and the dishes.)

Why I Love Cascade Platinum

  • Powers away tough, 24 hour stuck-on food (I have three kids and I find dishes everywhere and often there's food stuck on it. I know, disgusting. Normally I would have had to soak those dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, but now I don't have to.)

  • Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes (I don't pre-wash my dishes anymore! This saves me tons of time. LIFE CHANGING)

  • Helps maintain the look of new machines and helps prevent additional hard-water build-up (Although in Oregon this is not a huge issue, in West Texas and Las Vegas it was a major issue. To have a product that helps combat against hard water build up is great.)

  • Delivers exceptional dishware shine (My son loves everything to be super clean and he actually noticed how clean the silverware was. He's 12.)

Win a New Dishwasher or a $10,000 KitchenAid Kitchen Makeover and 1 year supply of Cascade

The Cascade "My Platinum" Contest 

Cascade is hosting a 4 week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. Show off how sparkly Cascade makes all your pots, pans, and plates!

Make sure you sign up to participate and then upload your photo each week with the hashtags #MyPlatinum  and tag @MyCascade. Please note: If you don’t register before tagging your photos you will not be eligible to win.
Then follow the weekly themes for your chance to win!
  • Week 1: My Platinum Plate (Entry Period: 6/3-6/9): Show us your best dish styled from the sparkling plate up!
  • Week 2: My Platinum Bite (Entry Period: 6/10-6/16): Show us your best bite and most creative use of sparkling silverware!
  • Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23): Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!
  • Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30): Show us your sparkling table scape for your most special celebrations!
Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher! Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will win a $10,000 Platinum kitchen.

Find out more about Cascade on their Facebook page and why Gail Simmons a Top Chef judge and Food+Wine Editor loves Cascade Platinum too.

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Beaches and Cream Soda Shop - A Disney World Restaurant

The Kitchen Sink, Disney World's largest dessert!

The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney World

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is a small restaurant in the Beach Resort at Disney World along the
Boardwalk outside of Epcot. It's a great place to have a hotdog or burger and ice cream. Often times there is a wait to be seated, but we went late at night around 9 PM and were seated right way. We did not have a reservation. We sat out on the patio outside overlooking the pool. Next time I would sit inside, it seemed way more exciting inside.

We went here for ice cream one night and ordered the Kitchen Sink. They literally serve your serve your 10 scoops of ice cream and every topping they have in a little metal kitchen sink. Even with all five of us eating we couldn't finish it!

It cost $26.99 which may seem like a lot, but when you can feed a family of 5-8 people with it, it's actually an affordable option. It's probably cheaper than buying 8 people individual ice creams.

I highly recommend taking your kids here to get the kitchen sink. My kids having stop talking about it and it's been well over a month since we were there. I think they will always have memories of the lights  and sirens going off when they bring it out and the funny announcement they make about the monstrous dessert. 

You should have seen my kids’ faces when they saw it! If I had known ahead of time about the production they make when serving it and how my kids were going to react I would have videotaped it!

FYI - As an added bonus there is an arcade next door and it's very reasonable.

The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney World


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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom

Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom

Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom
Tinker Bell
It's been three years since I was lucky enough to see the night time parade at the Magic Kingdom. I don't know when they changed it, but it is a completely new parade from the last one I saw the 2010 Electrical Parade. I was most surprised to see Puff the Magic Dragon.
Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom

Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom

Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom

Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom

Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom
Capt. Hook and Peter Pan

Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom
7 Dwarfs

Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom
Puff the Magic Dragon
Disney World's Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom
Tribute to America

Disclosure: I attended a Traveling Mom conference at Walt Disney World and my park tickets were included.

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