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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Disney Quest an Indoor Arcade at Disney World

Disney Quest is a massive five story indoor video game complex in Downtown Disney at Disney World. It’s broken into  different areas by theme.

For example one area is all pinball machines and another is all classic arcade games.
Disney Quest

Disney Quest
Disney Quest
My kids favorite area is the game area that has all kid games like Chuck E. Cheese.

Disney Quest

Animation Academy – Here on level 2 you will learn step by step how to draw one of your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, or Pluto.

Disney Quest
Disney QuestDisney Quest

Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride – Here you put on a special helmet and fly your carpet through the alleys and streets of Agrabah. In this first photo you see the thing you have to wear on your head. The visor then sits on the helmet. It is heavy and bothered my small kids a little.
 Disney Quest Disney Quest
Disney QuestDisney Quest
Disney Quest

Virtual Jungle Cruise – You climb aboard a raft and paddle with a real paddle down a prehistoric river. You even get splashed along the way

Disney Quest

Another virtual game is a Star Wars game where you are fighting people with light sabers.

Disney Quest

Disney Quest

There are rooms full of race car games and they even have Star War airplanes you can race. They were surprisingly difficult to maneuver.
Disney Quest
Disney Quest

Disney Quest

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Share Your Best - Linkup #4

It is time for the Share Your Best Linkup, where you share your best post for the last month with us.

Do you have a post that your particularly proud of? Each month (well maybe every other month) Mommy Travels and Two Kids and a Map will be hosting the Share Your Best link up. You link up once and show up on both blogs.

Your challenge is to pick out your best post of the month and share it with us. Normally it does not matter what the topic is, but this month we are focusing on romantic/love posts. Mommy Travels and Two Kids and a Map enjoy Valentine's Day and embrace the opportunity to shower our husbands and kids with love.

I take the opportunity to do a little something special for my family. I usually make a special breakfast. (I know I said the same thing for Christmas. I guess I'm a breakfast person or lazy.) Last year I made red velvet pancakes. This year I am planning on making a cherry cinnamon roll breakfast casserole.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Andina - Peruvian Cuisine

Andina Restaurant Portland, OregonAndina is a popular Peruvian restaurant in downtown Portland in the Pearl district. We went their last weekend for date night. The multi-level restaurant was awesome. It had a neat atmosphere. 
While we waited for a table we watched the craziness of the open kitchen cranking out food as fast as they could. We only had to wait 15 minutes for a table on a Saturday night, which for Portland is amazing. 
The meal started off with bread and three dipping sauces a jalapeño  sauce, passion fruit sauce, and some sort of peanut sauce. All the sauces were tasty. 

Next, we shared a small salad which was plenty for the two of us. The salad is one of their small plates that can come in small, medium, or large. All their Peruvian tapas can be ordered that way. Although there were lots of tapas on the menu the salad was the  only one we tried.
Andina Restaurant Portland, Oregon

Instead of tapas we ordered from their entrees menu. This one is the lamb entree. It was a huge portion. 
Andina Restaurant Portland, Oregon

I ordered one of the specials flank steak with chimichurri sauce. It was a wonderful meal! I do not know what to call the vegetable rice stack, but it was so good. 
Andina Restaurant Portland, Oregon

We finished the meal off with dessert. We had the flan which was good, but thicker then flan I've had before. Andina had a bunch of unusual sorbets on their menu we had some sort of raspberry hazelnut sorbet. 
Andina Restaurant Portland, Oregon
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Turtle Cookies

Looking for a new cookie recipe? After trying lots of different recipes I am happy to share this Turtle Cookie Recipe, because they were so, so good. Like stupid good. Thank goodness I have kids to help me eat them, otherwise I would have eaten them all!
My daughter is cooking with me all the time which is such a treat. It's so fun when the kids get old enough to help out.

Turtle Cookies

Cookie batter:
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. salt
8 T. butter, softened
2/3 c. sugar
1 egg yolk
2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Reduce mixer to a low speed and add flour mixture until just combined. Cover the dough and refrigerate until firm.

2 egg whites
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Whisk egg whites until frothy.  Place chopped pecans in a separate bowl.  Roll dough into 1-inch balls, dip half the ball in egg whites, and then roll that half in pecans.  Place balls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Using a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, make an indentation in the center of each dough ball. Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 12 minutes.

Caramel Filling:
10 caramel candies
2 T. whipping cream
Microwave caramels and cream together in a small bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1 minute.  Once cookies are removed from the oven,  re-press the indentations.  Fill each indentation with 1/2 teaspoon of the caramel mixture. 

Chocolate Drizzle (optional):  
1/4 cup chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
1 Ziploc bag
Place chocolate chips in a small Ziploc bag.  Set the bag in a bowl of warm water to soften.  Gently knead the chocolate with your fingers until melted and smooth, placing back in the warm water for a minute or two as needed.  Snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag.  Drizzle chocolate over the cooled Turtle Cookies.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Departure - at The Nines Hotel in Portland, OR

Departure is a trendy Portland, Oregon restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine. It is located inside The Nines Hotel, an upscale hotel near Pioneer Square. 

They have a great happy hour and a killer patio with stunning views of downtown Portland. I've been here twice to eat dinner and once late at night, just to hang out and get drinks. At night it is very crowd with lots of people seated and standing. It seemed to be a late night hot spot. For dinner things are much quieter and everyone is seated at a table. There is no one milling about like at night. 

Departure food is incredible, hopefully the picture do the food justice. We ordered small plates to sample a variety of what they have. For the most part it is all small plates or sushi rolls. Departures restaurant

Departures restaurant

Departures restaurant
Departures restaurant

Departures restaurant

This curry noodles was good, but it is bright and it is messy. Next time we would not order it, because if you do get it on your clothes I think it will stain.

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