Review: Disney Springs, Waterparks and Hotels, even more snacks and counter service in the wider Walt Disney World.

Mara (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)

As Animal Kingdom Lodge was our home for two weeks Mara was our regular quick service. There is nothing vegan on the menu, which is irritating, but when I asked what could be made vegan I was offered the choice of the tomato flatbread without ricotta or the falafel without feta cheese and yogurt sauce. I tried the falafel first. It came with bread, hummus and salad. All really tasty. It’s nice to be reminded that falafel can taste great after all the supermarket falafel wraps you have to live through as a vegan.

A couple of nights later I ordered the flatbread. This one was just okay. The balsamic glaze really didn’t work with it. It just overpowered the other flavours.

Then, towards the end of the first week, I saw a new cake appear. This is the plant-based flamingo cake. It was one snack credit and I could only eat half of it. Lovely.

For breakfast you have to ask but they’ll make you allergy waffles and a tofu scramble.

Captain Cook’s (Disney’s Polynesian Resort)

At Captain Cook’s the Pan-Asian Vegetables and Noodles are vegan. It’s fairly tasty, the noodles I had were overcooked but the sauce was tasty, with a little bit of a kick. Not very filling though.

B.B. Wolf (Disney Springs)

Considering the diet of B.B. you might not expect vegan options here but the vegetarian sausage with marinara sauce, peppers and onions is amazing. We couldn’t work out why the line was so small when we went but my Dad said I had to leave it off social media to keep it that way. One of the best.

Blaze Pizza (Disney Springs)

If you want vegan pizza (or any pizza – just ask the rest of my family) you want to go to Blaze where you can get a pizza custom made. Vegan cheese comes at no extra cost. We’re slightly obsessed with this place and we can’t wait for a franchise to open up in the UK (hint, hint)

Leaning Palms (Typhoon Lagoon)

This counter service spot is a long-time favourite of mine with an interesting menu despite its water park location. I got the vegetarian sausage rice bowl and I was very pleased with my choice. The sausage was great and I’m basically in love with plantains. I drizzled on a little hot sauce and it was perfect.

Landscape of Flavours (Art of Animation)

We stayed at Art of Animation on our last visit and it has one of the best food courts on property so we couldn’t resist going back for breakfast. It’s one of the few places that has a vegan option right there on the menu: Vegan Seitan Scramble. It’s really great! Well worth the drive.

 

Of course since I started writing this series more and more vegan options have been introduced. Just Egg has hit the parks, Caribbean Beach Resort is making waves, the Mara seems to be offering more and more options. The other side of the coin though is that menus are tweaked, items are retired and sometimes the vegan offering depends on what your server or chef can be bothered to offer. You can definitely eat vegan in Disney World and it doesn’t take much more effort to eat well. There are some true gems. Some of it fancy, some of it just classic theme park.

Review: Snack and Counter Service Meals In Epcot (Walt Disney World)

Epcot has some great eating so it’s hard to pick what to have.

Tangerine Cafe

Tangerine Cafe in the Morocco Pavilion is an old favourite. This vegetable platter is pretty much my happiest meal on earth. You can also grab a yummy mint tea.

Kabuki Cafe

Kaki Gori from the Kabuki Cafe is my favourite treat. It’s a wonderful especially when you need to chill.

Choza de Margarita

Guacamole. You get a giant scoop of smooth, yummy guacamole. It’s delicious. It’s also so gorgeous that people stopped me to ask were I got it. Try this one.

Review: Snacks and Counter Service in Disney’s Hollywood Studio (Walt Disney World)

After a brief new year break we’re back to Disney recaps. Today we’re in Hollywood Studios where they have some great counter service options.

Fairfax Fare

We stopped here in search of something Mex-ish. The vegan option is a seven layer rice bowl, minus two of the layers. You get rice, vegan chilli, corn and beans salad and salsa though. It’s a solid option, and plenty to eat even if you end up down to five layers.

Woody’s Lunch Box

They can make the grilled cheese or the totchos vegan. I got the totchos and they were incredibly satisfying. You get the bottom layer of crispy carbs, followed by chilli that’s not quite as spicy as I like it but still yummy and Dayia shreds on top. This one is probably my favourite quick service option, I loved it so much I went back and braved the lines again on another visit. In fact that’s the downside of eating here. Being in the new land makes the lines long and the seating full (not necessarily full of people eating, but let’s not go there) The food is worth it but I really can’t wait until Star Wars draws away some of the crowd!

The Coastal Vegans’ Review of The Year

I know you’ve been waiting to hear our thoughts about 2018. You probably spent all year wondering what we thought about things. So this is it. Our Summary. 2018, in all its glory.

Best Supermarket Own-Brand Vegan Yum

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Supermarkets have been adding plenty of cool new vegan options to their shelves but the one thing we’ve really enjoyed is the simple Vegan Spinach Ravioli from Waitrose. It’s quick to cook, nice and light and tastes fab. Perfect weeknight fare.

Our Original Review

Supermarket Vegan Yuck

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Asda started giving you the option of vegan cheese on their make-your-own pizzas. The best thing that we could find to say about it is that it proves vegan food can be just as disappointing as regular people food.

Our Original Review

The Kate Morley Award For Most Exciting New Vegan Snack

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Roly’s Fudge started making a vegan version of their wonderful fudge and Kate was very excited. And then very full.

Our Original Review

Biggest Disappointment

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Oh how we were looking forward to trying By Chloe. It had just opened its first outlet this side of the Atlantic. Very exciting, and then we ate there. Okay food served in shoddy disposable containers with plastic cutlery (which they sometimes run out of) all of which cost far too much money. Highlight was the hash browns. Although it was actually hash brown, singular.

Our Original Review

Most Pleasant Surprise

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Leon! Specifically the one at Birmingham New Street. You don’t really expect to eat that well at a train station. Especially not one in the middle of your journey when you’re desperate for the quick service so you can make your connecting train.

Our Original Review 

The Kind Grind Award For Best Coffee Shop That Clare Doesn’t Work At

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We spent the first week of 2018 being madly in love with The Copper Spoon in Marazion. Hopefully we’ll be back to check it out again one day soon.

Our Original Review

Most Batshit Burger Award

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Remember that time Kate got a burger with doughnuts for buns? My tummy hurts just thinking about it.

Our Original Review 

Well, it’s been a good 2018 — food-wise that is — and hopefully there will be plenty more good food to come in 2019. More burgers, more cakes, more… salads? 2019 here we come. And we’re bloody hungry.

Leon (Birmingham New Street and Strensham Services)

Because we live in Torquay it takes a while for us to try out chains. To give any city-dwelling readers an idea: we do have a Pizza Express but we don’t have a Nando’s. It’s basically the late 90’s. We have however managed to leave the bay recently and we’ve been enjoying visits to Leon.

For town-and-country mice like us, let me fill you in. Leon is a fast food place that serves a variety of good quick meals. And thankfully for us there is one in the train station at Birmingham New Street and one on Strensham Services, off the M4. This is what we’ve been eating on our Christmas journeys.

Christmas Eve Lunch

Kate choose a lentil masala served over brown rice. Even though she’s a bit of a lentil sceptic she really enjoyed it.

I fancied a bit of hummus so I went for the Lebanese Mezze. It was really good, especially with a portion of waffle fries to dip in the hummus.

Boxing Day Breakfast

Having breakfast in a service station isn’t massively festive but Kate loved this banana and cinnamon porridge which can be made, like all of the porridges, with cashew milk. I didn’t really go for something that healthy…

I got a doughnut! It’s chai-spiced in the middle and chocolate on top. Rather dense and cakey but still delicious.

So it looks like we’ve got a new favourite place to eat when we’re travelling. And least when we’re travelling to, and through, larger settlements than Torquay…

Review: Snacks and Counter Service in Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Walt Disney World)

Satu’li Canteen

Earth/Pandora fusion food is on offer at one of the most impressive counter service options in the world. I built my own bowl with a brown rice and black bean base, chilli tofu, and charred onion vinaigrette. It was amazing and very filling. The vinaigrette was just perfect. Didn’t taste much chilli on the tofu though. The rest of my family enjoyed eating here too, a genuine crowd-pleaser.

Mr Kamals

Between Africa and Asia is a great veggie food stand. Unfortunately it’s not a great vegan food stand. You have to ask for modifications. I like the seasoned fries without tatziki. But of course that means there is nothing to cool them down. Heat lovers only need apply.

Counter service at Animal Kingdom seems to be lagging behind the other parks but Satu’li Canteen beats almost any other quick service option.

Review: Snacks and Counter Service in Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World)

Casey’s Corner

I went vegetarian over a decade ago and one of the things I’ve really missed since then is eating a hot dog on Main Street. I know that’s quite specific but it’s true. Casey’s Corner is now offering a plant-based dog with some sort of slaw. I’ve got to say I wasn’t a fan of the slaw. It was a little sweet for my taste. The hot dog however is phenomenal. In fact that’s what I did the second time round.

Aloha Isles

The dole whip, or ‘pineapple soft serve’ as it’s also sometimes called around the world, has achieved legendary status. But what is it? Who knows. It’s got the consistency of soft serve, it’s totally vegan, and it tastes like pineapple. I recommend the float.

Storybook Treats

Cousin to the dole whip float is the Peter Pan float from Storybook Treats. This one is lime flavoured and floats on sprite. It also comes with a chocolate feather so ask for it without. It’s really refreshing.

Special Mention: Mickey Pretzel

Mickey Pretzels are all over property. They are vegan and bready and covered in salt. Okay so it’s just a pretzel but it’s shaped like Mickey Mouse so… it’s more delicious.