Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Dining in Disney

For those of you who actually pay attention to this blog, you might have noticed that I’ve been filing posts days after the actual experience. That’s because I just spent five days in Disney World, courtesy of my brother Chris.

Chris and his wife Dana offered me an all expense paid trip to Disney so I could watch their two and a half year old daughter, Lola, while they went on rides with their seven year old daughter, Ailee. (Yes, that’s my sweet, darling nieces hanging with Cinderella just before our dinner at her castle!)

I’ve never actually wanted to go to Disney World, but the opportunity to hug on my two nieces and sister-in-law (who I adore) was too good to pass up. Even though Chris travels my way on business on a fairly regular basis, I haven't seen his family in 18 months - much too long.

For me, vacations are always preceded by a period of absolute flurry meeting journalism deadlines and this one was no different. So I didn’t get a chance to post any blog entries because I was writing like crazy for my paying job.

On the plane ride down to Florida, I managed to finish my last journalism story and write two blog entries. The only problem was most of the Disney resorts don’t have wireless internet service and finding a place to actually get online was like a scavenger hunt.

But I did have plenty of interesting food experiences. One night my brother made reservations at Fulton’s Crab House. We left the kids with a baby sitter and took a boat from the Old Key West Resort where we were staying to Downtown Disney where the restaurant was located. Here's a picture of the restaurant from the boat:

Our dinner began with some yummy crab dip and sesame crackers and they even included a recipe card. Love that! Even though I haven’t made this myself, I can testify that it was delicious. And it goes quite well with a Bloody Mary. Fulton's version includes two shrimp and a cherry tomato - snacks in a glass!

During dinner, Dana, who loves fried lobster, considered asking one of the Australian guys at the table next to us if he would trade a bite of the lobster for one of her crab legs. She didn’t actually ask him, but after dinner she struck up a conversation with them over coffee and it turns out he would have been happy to trade with her because he was eying her crab legs.

Moral of the story – if you want to try something on someone else's plate, just ask. The worse thing that could happen is the person could say no. And really most people are pretty friendly and willing to share.

The Recipe:

Fulton’s Crab Boursin
(Yields 3 cups)

1 1/2 lb cream cheese
1/4 cup roasted garlic
1/2 tablespoon green onions, chopped
1/8 cup fresh basil
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon horseradish
1 tablespoon crabmeat
1/8 cup roasted red peppers
1/2 tablespoon hickory smoked mustard

Mix all ingredients except cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Cut cream cheese into small cubes and place them in the (separate) mixer bowl. Mix until smooth. Stop, scrape sides and mix again. When the cream cheese is smooth, add the rest of the ingredients to the mixer bowl. Be careful not to over mix. Store in a covered container until ready to serve. Serve with an assortment of crackers.

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