The Fairest Week In Review: 5/25

It’s taper time! Okay, for me “taper time” often translates to “SLIGHTLY less than usual,” especially in the case of races 13.1 miles and under, but hey, less is less.

What has me cutting my mileage, you ask? Why, the ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon on June 4! I’m extra excited for this one because the race takes place near Elizabeth‘s house, so I’m crashing with her the night before and then post-race we’re getting a delicious breakfast. I looooove breakfast. Honestly, it’s the one thing standing between WDW and perfection.

Luckily, nothing is standing between you and the roundup.

– Through Heather’s Looking Glass instructs us on how to run in hot weather.
Fairytales & Fitness keeps training steady.
Just Me & My Running Shoes wants us all to cram in those runs on vacation.
Darlin’ Rae performs marathon prep.
EPBOT practices a little body image self-love.
The Runner’s Guide to WDW offers a list of Disney resort secrets, one of which I legit did not know.
A Pinch of Pixie Dust does the new Early Morning Magic thing.
Capturing Magical Memories snags a cabana at Castaway Cay.
easyWDW reviews the Boardwalk’s new Ample Hills Creamery. WANT.
The Disney Tourist Blog features Disney’s DINOSAURSSSSSSS.
Passport to Dreams Old & New plumbs the archives for Liberty Square’s original background music.
– Speaking of old things, Disney by Mark reports on a 22 year old park hopper finally redeemed.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Whispering Canyon Cafe Review

The trip report is over, but I still have one or two food reviews in me. Specifically: two; and here is the first. Commentary from Elizabeth provided in red. Click here to read all the posts in this report. Onward!

Whispering Canyon Cafe! This one’s been on my Disney bucket list for some time. Although I doubt I’ll ever be hungry enough for one of their famous bottomless skillets, I appreciate straws as projectiles.

Let’s back up. For those who are unfamiliar with resort restaurants, Whispering Canyon is a casual sit-down restaurant in the Wilderness Lodge where the servers are allowed to mess with you. Like, they can’t smack you in the face or anything, but they will do things like make everyone in the entire restaurant bring you their bottles if you ask for ketchup. And throw straws, like I said. That kind of thing. Think Prime Time, only it’s your prankster buddies instead of your domineering relatives.

ELIZABETH: As someone who once ate a meal at Dick’s Last Resort, which is also famous for messing with the diners, I found it much more fun and lighthearted, but maybe that’s because most of the shtick at Dick’s revolves around sexual innuendo, which can get…weird, really fast.  Anyway, it was a good time!

That being said, they do give you a coaster that allows you to indicate to what degree you wish to enjoy the festivities – see below. The opposite side allows you to indicate that you wish to “watch from the fence,” but really, I think if that’s your preference you should just go eat somewhere else, you no-fun time-ruiner.

International sign for ALL THE KETCHUP

One more thing before we get to the review – as I mentioned in my trip report, the check-in desk will not repeat not give you your buzzer until the whole party has assembled. You’re not really in the line until you’ve got your buzzer. Just so’s you know.

Okay, so, food! We were there for breakfast, which I am informed is not as rowdy as dinner but I like breakfast food so there you are. When I say “we” I mean the blogger summit – Kellie, Nicole, Rae, and Kim – plus Kellie’s sister and Elizabeth.

I want to say our server was Keenan? Kenan? Kieran? Definitely began with a K. Anyway, he was super nice and adorable and ribbed us gently without being obnoxious, which I imagine is quite the line Whispering Canyon servers spend their lives walking. (We tried to pick him up for you, Lisa, but he said he couldn’t handle more Disney in his life so we said PASS.)

ELIZABETH: Man, now I wish I could remember exactly what his name was…

First on the docket: drinks. Elizabeth and I went with coffee – just fine – but I’m a little sad I didn’t join a bunch of my tablemates in bottomless milkshakes. Rae was kind enough to let me sample her caramel shake before passing it over and it was pretty impressive – VERY thick.

ELIZABETH: Yeah, if I had to do it again I would get a lighter meal and spring for the milkshake as well.

We also received water, as Kenan (let’s just call him Kenan) had discovered that most of us were running the half that night. He led us in a group hazing of one of the other servers, who we screamed at to hydrate. Good Disney fun!

Speaking of passing drinks around: Kenan came up with a tray of our drinks and… I don’t quite remember how it happened, but he plunked the tray down on the table next to me and left. Assuming the was part of the shtick, I proceeded to distribute the aforementioned drinks. Only to have Kenan  return a moment later and say, “Hey, who did my job?” Please note: waiters at Whispering Canyon do not go so far as to make you serve yourself.

ELIZABETH: As I remember it, he was distracted by another server who needed help and said something along the lines of “I’ll be right back!” but I was thirsty, so it seemed easiest to just help myself to some water. 🙂

Next up: food! Elizabeth and I selected two entrees to quasi-share, the Belgian waffle and the banana bread french toast, both with bacon. The latter was primarily Elizabeth’s but I did try a few bites, and in a word: WOAH. This is some serious sugar. And I say that as a person who has finished more than half of a carrot cookie all on her own in the space of like fifteen minutes, so I know sugar. And this was… well, it was bananas. AHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Shut up.

ELIZABETH: It was delicious, but MAN was it heavy. Proceed with caution, and I say this as someone who loves her some banana bread.

I wisely went with the Belgian waffle because WAFFLES, and was delighted to discover upon its arrival that it was a MICKEY WAFFLE. A full-sized Mickey waffle for me! Glorious!

This was of course perfect and wonderful because somehow, for all their other culinary idiosyncrasies, Disney has figured out how to make a flawless waffle every. Time. I went for the ears first; when Kenan (although now I’m thinking it might have been Kieran?) came around, he informed me he liked to go for the eyes, so I dutifully cut those out next. And that, my friends, is how you spot a budding serial killer…

Your ears you keep and I’ll tell you why.

The bacon was pretty good. I mean, it was bacon. Many strips, decent size, not too limp or transparent as is sometimes the case. No complaints.

In a nutshell: solid breakfast food, fun servers, would dine again. Maybe try dinner and see if it really is more raucous?

Have you been to the Whispering Canyon Cafe? What did you think?

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The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Breakfast at Kona Cafe, 11/08

Stretching out the trip report with restaurant reviews! You can see all the entries in this report here. Okay, onward! 

Our first ADR of the trip was a gud’un – Kona Cafe with a whole bunch of awesome bloggers and blogger associates! Our group included me, Katherine, Erica, DeJanea, Nicole, Kellie and her sister, and Kimberley and her husband.

Kellie was so very adamant that we begin our breakfast with Lilikoi juice that the entire table wound up ordering a round – Kellie’s sister even ordered a glass for the specific purpose of taking one sip and passing it on to Kellie. This is basically POG juice, or jungle juice, or whatever you want to call it around property. Pineapple-orange-guava is the mixture, and I’m not gonna lie, it’s delicious.

Katherine and I also ordered a press pot of Kona coffee, billed as for two. This is technically accurate, as the pot yielded enough coffee for each of us to have one cup and maybe another quarter, but if you intend to drink more than one cup I’d recommend just getting your own. It’s great coffee and worth the minor expense.

This was not my first time at Kona; at my first experience, Elizabeth and I split one order on the famed Tonga toast and one order of pineapple macadamia nut pancakes. While the former was indeed tasty, it paled in comparison to those glorious pancakes. And since Katherine harbored the same opinion, we decided to split a serving.

They were everything I remembered – light, fluffy, easily broken apart, with generous amounts of macadamia nut. I don’t recall much pineapple being incorporated, only topped, but it hardly mattered. Nicole requested that the waiter bring out some macadamia nut butter to go with it, and it was a glorious combination. Syrup was scarcely even needed. (Not that that stopped me, mind you.)

Cursory note for the accompanying bacon: acceptable. Unremarkable.

Kellie’s sister was kind enough to allow me to try a bite of her seasonal pumpkin pancakes, and holy guacamole were they FREAKIN’ DELICIOUS. Not only did they feature fantastic pumpkin spice flavor, you could actually detect some gourd in there. And they were unbelievably dense and moist. Not sure how great I would feel after eating an entire serving, but I’m forever indebted to Kellie’s sister for allowing me that heavenly bite.

Incidentally, if you have a small-to-medium-size appetite, splitting an order of pancakes plus some juice and coffee yields a perfect amount of food. Never too stuffed and you soon have room for a mid-morning Disney snack! And who doesn’t want that? Not to mention the tiny price after splitting it plus a Tables in Wonderland discount (so excited to find that in my wallet after all; I thought I’d forgotten it).

What I’m getting at here is that Kona for breakfast is awesome. Thank you.

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In Which Jenn Cheats With Frozen Fruit

This cheater’s recipe is also a cheaper recipe. Basically I want to talk to you about frozen fruit.

I know this is terrible sacrilege but I… don’t really like a lot of raw fruit. Apples? Bake them in a pie and come back to me. Pears? A little better but I’m still not super into it. Bananas? Talk to me after you’ve frozen them or topped them with peanut butter. I’m on board with raspberries and melons but they’re way more expensive and peaches seem to be truly in season for like three days in the summer at most. So – how can I get the nutrition of fruit without blowing my money on fruit that I’ll actually, willingly, y’know, eat?

I can assure you that Target didn’t pay me to say this: those Market Pantry giant bags of frozen strawberries and bananas are the BEST. They’re frequently on sale for $10 and you get 48 whole ounces. Awesome!

So what’s the cheater’s method of using this frozen fruit, you ask? (Besides smoothies, of course?) Why, to make killer breakfasts, of course! I give you the Non-Parfait (for when you need a hit of healthy protein) and its inbred cousin, the Oatmeal Mess (for when you need a hit of healthy carbs).

The Cheater’s Non-Parfait

You will need:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Frozen fruit (I use the Market Pantry strawberry and banana mix, but you do whatever makes you happy)
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  1. Measure out a cup or so of frozen fruit into a microwave-safe bowl. Add a heaping spoonful of peanut butter and nuke for approximately two minutes, until the fruit is warm and the peanut butter is a little melty. Mix.
  2. Ladle several spoonfuls of Greek yogurt over top.
  3. Hit the whole thing with a big ol’ swirl of honey and mix.
  4. If you prefer the temperature to remain homogenous, stick it in the fridge and come back to a cooler treat in about an hour. If you like a little hot-and-cold contrast, dig in!

Unfortunately, the Non-Parfait isn’t very photogenic, so let’s skip now to the similar Oatmeal Mess.

The Cheater’s Oatmeal Mess

Ingredients are the same except swap out a serving of dry quick-cooking oatmeal.

  1. Measure out a cup or so of frozen fruit into a microwave-safe bowl (but hang on to your peanut butter for now) and nuke for about a minute, just to soften things up.
  2. In a separate bowl, microwave your oatmeal according to the directions on the package.
  3. Quickly stir in a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. 
  4. Add your warm fruit, drizzle with honey, mix and enjoy!
Oatmeal Mess before mixing because it looks nicer that way.

What do you do with frozen fruit?

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In Which Jenn Ponders the Lack of Brinner in WDW

Walt Disney World is the place where dreams come true, and this goes for all things culinary. Wish fulfillment: giant cupcakes, cuisines from all around the world, rivers of plastic cheese. And yet there is one thing it simply does not offer.

I’m talkin’ ’bout brinner.

Seriously, think about it. What breakfast items will WDW sell you past 11AM? Sleepy Hollow has waffle sandwiches and a waffle dusted with powdered sugar, but nary a bottle of maple syrup or a sausage link to be seen. The AMC in Downtown Disney has a waffle ice cream sundae, but that’s dessert – and while I am a major proponent of dessert, that is not brinner. I think House of Blues has chicken and waffles, and that’s getting closer, but even then you’re still looking at half a plate of fried chicken and that is not brinner.

A collection of designer waffles adapted to other recipes simply does not brinner make (especially when they’re not those awesome mini Mickey head waffles. Where are those once noon rolls around?). Brinner requires eggs and bacon and sausage and hash browns as side options, for starters. And anyway, what about omelets? And pancakes? PANCAKES ARE IMPORTANT.

And for that matter, where is the french toast? Why won’t the Kona Cafe give me Tonga toast at 8PM??? Doesn’t that seem wrong?

Am I missing something? Is there some secret restaurant in WDW that will give me breakfast food whenever I want it? Do they not realize that breakfast food is the BEST food? Is the brinner nook hiding from me? C’mon, WDW – fill this void!

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!