- Dayna and I slept in today (as we did on most days, we're on vacation!) and then met my family at EPCOT. At the entrance is the Spaceship Earth sphere. We also happened to be at Disney during the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, so there were lots of beautiful plants, shrubs, flowers and other flora and fauna to take in.
It poured for most of the afternoon and we ducked into a quick serve place called the Electric Umbrella to split a sandwich, some fries and a fruit cup. The hardest part about eating on a rainy day is trying to find a seat. We had to stalk a table until a family left! We had a smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo, cheddar and bacon, which seemed like an odd combination, but worked for one of us. The fruit cup was huge (grapes, cantaloupe and honeydew) and the fries were okay. Sorry, no pictures on this one.
We met my family for dinner in the country of Norway in the World Showcase at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
. Aside from Cinderella's Castle, this restaurant was supposed to have one of the best character dinners for kids. It did not disappoint. My niece got to meet, get autographs from and have her picture taken with: Belle (Beauty & the Beast), Alice (from Alice in Wonderland, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Show White and Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and she loved every minute of it!
I wanted to go for a traditional Scandanavian dish, so I opted for the Kjottkake.
We started out with a trip to the buffet for many Scandanavian fish dishes. Being a "fish frowner" I was skeptical that I would actually like any of it. I wish I had taken better notes. There were some fish items like herring in a red sauce that I just couldn't abide, but the salmon in the middle of my plate (smoked, I think) with dill sauce was very good. Moist and not fishy tasting. The other fish just above it on the plate was a smoked fish whose name I forget, but was very tender and flaky. The shrimp salad and the cocktail shrimp were both good too. Haven't made a fish lover out of me yet, but I'd try it again.
Dayna's Citrus Marinated Mahi-Mahi with mashed potatoes, arugula and a mushroom vinaigrette. I didn't try it, but she said it was very good.
My sister's Grilled Pork Chop with Potato gratin, apple-raisin chutney and Demi-glace. This was a nice piece of pork and the cheesy potatoes were addictive.
My Kjottkake with asparagus and Lingonberry sauce. I really liked these. They are not dumplings as I know them, but what I would call meatballs. I had expected to see whole lingonberries, but they are actually cooked into the meatballs and the sauce. They definitely have a perfumey presence that is slightly sweet.
Our dessert was the family-style Royal Chef's Dessert Plate. Two plates for the table with three desserts on each one: a sweet and savory chocolate mousse, Traditional Rice Cream served with strawberry sauce and a Flaky Puff Pastry filled with Mascarpone Mousse and topped with fresh berries. All of these were winners with the whole table. (descriptions of this meal courtesy of the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall online menu).
Later that night my sister and her husband took my niece to a meet-n-greet with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, so the rest of us stopped in to the Fountain View Ice Cream
shop for some Edy's ice cream.
I went for a double scoop of chocolate and vanilla ice cream. While it was very tasty, I think Amy of ayersian
would be somewhat dismayed as I was to find a few ice crystals in this dish!
Til then, here are some of the fireworks from the 9pm nightly display at the World Showcase:
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