Saturday, April 18, 2009

Disney Eats

I've been away. My wife, daughter and I spent most of last week in Disneyworld where I was unable to post. We had a great time on the rides and, of course, eating.

Food at Disney is an odd and interesting amalgamation. On one hand, Mikey gives the people what they want and love: hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, soft drinks. But at the same time, he pushes people. At Epcot, you can dine on the authentic cuisines, well authentic with an eye toward the middle American palette, of Morocco, China, Japan and France. So Mikey pushes the envelope as he delivers the familiar and the beloved.

Among our best meals were two dishes at Pop Central, where we stayed. One was an Asian citrus sesame salad with chicken. It was so good, my daughter insisted on returning to the hotel at least once for lunch to have it again. Another big hit was a Mediterranean flat bread on which was spread capers, artichokes, kalamata olives, chicken and a tangy topping. Very, very tasty.

Of course, we went to the French bistro at Epcot for dinner one night. My daughter and I had a superb lobster bisque and a decadent, to-die-for chocolate and ice cream desert.

All in all, a great time. Yes, Disney overcharges. I estimate everything has a 20 premium. But when you consider all you get -- the rides, the buses, the flawless Disney attention to detail, service and efficiency -- it's well worth it. I contrast it favorably with Las Vegas, where the premium is more like 40 to 50 percent and they expect you lose money at the tables. Give me a break.

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