Happy Thanksgiving! All year round at Liberty Tree Tavern!

Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that my two favourite holiday meals take place in October and December, mostly because they contain a lot of the same foods. They would be Thanksgiving and Christmas because the more turkey the better.

That being said those preferences make Liberty Tree Tavern in Disney’s Magical Kingdom one of my favourite places to eat, though I was a little concerned to be visiting them yesterday so soon after our Thanksgiving in Canada.

The restaurant has a good atmosphere, with several different dining areas dispersed through the restaurant. The bathrooms are still in need of some work, with so few stalls for ladies.

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The only downside about the atmosphere is the restaurant, containing both upper and lower dining spaces can get pretty loud. Also, I’ve never been there when it wasn’t freezing.

Also, for some the family/platter style dining can be a downside because it gives off a kind of one menu suits all feel but I’ve never had any complaints about that portion of the dining experience. Usually if you ask them not to bring you something they’re all good to do so.

The first course is fluffy light rolls and honey butter, which is not a favourite of mine but has grown on me over time. There is also the delicious salad, and you must be thinking, c’mon how  delicious can a salad be? Well this salad is covered in strawberry vinaigrette dressing and while I’ve tried to duplicate it at home I have been woefully unable to do so.

The main course is meat. And sides. Delicious delicious sides. Unfortunately you will not hear me wax philosophical about the ham or beef dishes as I’m not a fan of either even at home. I am told however the pot roast was cut too thick and unfortunately was not as  tender as it should be. The ham was good, apparently, but not as good as Boma’s yesterday morning.

The turkey was nice, tender and juicy and I could probably write odes to the cornbread 14666311_10100316152616694_5900305316963246909_n14717146_10100316152591744_6656431266500684233_nstuffing which is funny because I actually really dislike cornbread. Weird, I know. This is a dish that HAS been replicated for me for Christmas and man am I lucky, because quite frankly I can’t afford to fly to Florida every time I have a craving.

The mashed potatoes are again a favourite, as they are redskin potatoes, with just a touch of garlic in them, skin still in which I love for the texture and they are creamy delicious and even moreso when you put gravy on them.

The green beans are also cooked in garlic which makes them more delicious than usual. I’m a veggie person, what can I say?

My only letdown on this visit was the mac and cheese. I feel like they changed it. I don’t recall it being made with what tastes like plastic cheese, a dislike of mine, but there it is. And it was watery, I was a little disappointed to be honest.

Dessert is no longer Johnny Apple-Seed cake which does make me sad because I do love me some of that. It is instead a tart, with each small square packed full of cinnamon dusted and cooked apples, dried cranberries and wonderful out of this world vanilla bean ice cream.

This restaurant is good for those who want the magic of the holidays around them all year round, and good if you are ravenously hungry. Sometimes though, if you’re only a party of two you might be left leaving a lot on the platter so I recommend telling them you only really want small portions so as not to be wasteful. Disney being Disney is more than happy to accommodate.

Watch this spot later because I will be attending Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine as well as a Galactic Dessert Party which is Star Wars Themed, which means they might have to roll me back here but I’m sure it will be delicious.

So my readers, stay hungry, or go grab a snack because we’ve still got 5 more days of dining to get through and I haven’t even hit Epcot yet.

Safety Essentials

I don’t know how many times in the last little while I’ve been warned about my own safety while traveling. It’s not as though I don’t get it, because I do. Sadly. I understand that as a 20-something female, traveling alone I do have a target on my back.

Therefore, I have some “essentials” shall we say for my monetary safety.

safety essentialsThe top item is an under clothing money belt. It can be worn against your stomach, and since it is silk, and the back is a nice, soft material it hardly irritates and is excellent. When I’m wearing most shirts, as I do like them a bit baggy in the stomach area you cannot tell it is being worn at all. That is what I use to put anything beyond basic cash in.

The bottom left shall we say is my secret pocket. I will be wearing a belt, for sixty-five days straight, something I actually do not normally do, but the reason is this little guy. He will be housing my passport, as well as my debit and credit cards. My belt threads through his little loops, I flip him over and tuck him into my pants, and he doesn’t even show in those either.

Last but certainly not least is for when I may be sick of wearing the money belt. It fits discretely under most shirts, cross body and if need be the strap can be adjusted or I can tuck it under my pants. This system has guaranteed that my money, and passport, will hopefully be safe and sound.

Of course there is safety of another kind. I will not be flashing around my digital SLR too much if I can help it,  but if it’s out, the strap hooks onto my belt also. Similarly my smaller camera case, which I tend to use more often while traveling fits on a belt loop as well.

My main concern will be the weight of some of these things may cause my pants to fall down but let’s hope not.

And don’t forget your ultimate safety item while traveling: your health insurance 🙂

Packing Things I Love

One of the worst things we have to do as travellers is pack. In exactly 18 days I will be traveling for 65 days starting in London and ending in Helsinki Finland. I have to admit, I’m not one of those people that can backpack. I need more than just one change of clothes, but I can do a week’s, with laundry being done in the sink. My stress levels were initially very high regarding packing until I discovered something awesome. Packing cubes. And oh how I love them. I did a test pack today and man am I happy. photo 3

This is my suitcase right now. I’ll rundown what’s in it and then we’ll go over the products I’ve used.

The top left/envelope looking thing has within it, one bulky sweater, four light weight sweaters, two button up shirts, two long sleeve t-shirts and 7 short sleeve t-shirts.

The top right, in white, has within it 9 tank tops. The bottom right has five bottoms including two long pants, two capris and three pairs of shirt. The little package on top includes four bras.

This only takes up half of my suitcase and there is still room on top.

Let’s just say I’m actually pretty happy about this.

The best part is I left that stuff in there for a little while and when I pulled it out it actually wasn’t even that wrinkly. Any wrinkles that were incurred I just went in my bathroom and hung it up on a hanger while I ran my hot shower, and voila, steam works wonders my friends.

Also, I haven’t even used up all the packing cubes that I purchased, which means I’ll have free little pack its for when I buy trinkets, or enlarge my button/pin collection.

The white cubes are none other than Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Starter Set where the black cubes are Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Cube Set. Eagle Creek seems to dominate this market from what I’ve found on the internet but I know Lug has also gotten in on the game and Sea to Summit seems to offer pretty similar and nice products as well. If you’re Canadian Jet-Setter is definitely the place to buy these products are the prices are comparable to the U.S prices, sometimes lower and you can gain points for future travel products.