I love food. Like, a lot. It may not seem like it from all the healthy food and “lose weight” posts I do, but the reason I work out and eat healthy as much as possible is so I can have sporadic splurge meals without feeling guilty ― especially on the weekends or when I’m going out with friends. So, to combat my cravings, I have to keep healthy snacks at my desk. Because they’re literally inches away from me, I end up reaching for those rather than waste time leaving my building and spending money on snacks that in the end aren’t good for me.
If you didn’t know, National Martini Day is on June 19. A classic cocktail that started gaining acclaim in the 1920s, the martini represents sophistication, elegance, and savoir vivre. Although that may be true, I have yet to find more than two or three people who actually like a plain martini... Still, such a classic deserves recognition ─ and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with the iconic martini drinker himself: James Bond.
The Grand Floridian is host to one of the best restaurants in the country, Victoria & Albert’s. I know that might sound surprising since it’s in a Disney resort, but it’s true…
Sometimes, you just have bad days. Maybe you dealt with a difficult client, spilled coffee on yourself, got yelled at for something that wasn’t your fault, had an extra-long day at work, got cut off by one too many cars … bad things are going to happen. For me personally, two things that will always, always cheer me up are comedies and a well-made cocktail. I love them on their own, but when you put them together?? I’ll be grinning from ear to ear and forget that my bad day ever happened.
Today I am going to address a topic that no one wants to: salads. It’s the dreaded word that haunts you when you you’re trying to eat healthy. For some of us, when we think “maybe I should eat a salad,” we might as well be thinking “maybe I should get a root canal.” It’s painful. I’ve learned though, that with time, salads don’t have to be so gross or boring. You don’t have to feel like a rabbit because you can make salads taste, dare I say, delicious? Or, at least, moderately enjoyable. I don’t want to make too many lofty promises.
Welcome back to our Walt Disney World series! It’s been a couple of weeks, so in case you missed it, definitely check out my previous post on Epcot’s Future World. For those who might be unfamiliar, Epcot is broken up into two main areas: Future World and World Showcase. Today, I am covering everything I did and ate while in Epcot’s World Showcase. The World Showcase is probably the best thing about Epcot…
Ever since I did the Daniel Fast, I changed the way I approach meals. Now that it’s over, honestly my diet isn’t going to change all that much because I gotta tell you, it feels great to feel great. I know it’s not easy overhauling your entire diet, so start off slowly by eating healthy breakfasts. To help you out, I decided to put together a list of my favorites below. And don’t worry; these aren’t under the Daniel Fast, so they’re food for humans, not just rabbits or birds. In the end, these breakfasts are delicious and will cost you under $5, saving you money and calories!
When I wake up on Monday mornings, the first thing I want (besides more sleep) is coffee. However, even that can get old; sometimes your mouth just wants variation and other flavors. And then, something miraculous happened. I discovered a coffee that filled that void ― a coffee so delicious that it actually made me excited to wake up in the morning and drive to work. I’m talking Vietnamese-style coffee. So for today’s Monday Muse, I thought I’d share exactly what you need to make your own Vietnamese-style coffee in the comfort of your own home or office.
Last week, I shared with you everything we experienced in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so this week for Part 6 of our Walt Disney World series, I am sharing everything we ate. There are a lot of interesting and unique food offerings in the Animal Kingdom, so I feel like we barely touched the surface. Keep reading for more details and click the headers for links to the menus!
Smoosh has been spending a lot of time in Disney California Adventure (DCA) lately for its annual Food & Wine Festival. According to Disney, it “celebrates the bounty of California with irresistible cuisine, beverages, entertainment, and more.” We love California and cuisine, so this festival was made for us.
When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, I automatically think beer and the color green. While those things are great, because Southern California has been rainy and overcast, I’m not exactly in the ice-cold-beer mood. As a more weather-appropriate alternative, I suggest we perk it up this St. Paddy’s Day by drinking a hot cup of authentic Irish coffee. Mmm.
If you’ve been following along with my Walt Disney World Honeymoon series (Parts 1, 2, and 3), you know we’ve been covering all things Magic Kingdom lately. Last week, I shared a review of Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant, two of the most popular restaurants in the Magic Kingdom ㅡ but they’re far from the only food we tried in the park. Today, I am sharing with you all the counter-service restaurants we ate at and all snacks we tried while in the Magic Kingdom. I provided links to the menu's of each restaurant as well as what we ordered and what we thought about it!
Two the of most popular restaurants in Disney World are Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant. What makes them especially appealing, and even magical, is that they’re located inside of the Magic Kingdom. Zach and I read a lot of reviews about both of these restaurants, and it was pretty unanimous that the food is mediocre but the ambiance is incredible — that’s ultimately what you’re paying for. Since I just posted about all the rides and attractions we experienced at the Magic Kingdom, I thought reviewing these two restaurants would be a perfect Part 3 to the series.
Once my friends and I turned 21 (and, yes, we actually waited ’til we were 21), we started experimenting with cocktails. Rum and cokes, margaritas, AMFs, Old Fashioneds — we tried it all. Somehow, in all this taste testing, I ended up being the one to make everyone drinks and refill their glasses. It was simultaneously fun and really annoying — but because of that, I think I make pretty good cocktails :) (At least I hope. I assume they’d stop asking if they were terrible.) I also no longer need to look up recipes. So for this cocktail post, I decided to share the secret to my bartending success: the Cocktail Equation.
So Valentine’s Day is over, and you’ve already raided Rite Aid and CVS for their discount chocolates and candy. What to do with all those goodies? Obviously, you eat them, but even I get sick of eating straight chocolate after a while. There’s only so much of one flavor you can take. To remedy this first-world problem, we compiled five of our favorite recipes that will use up your leftover Valentine’s Day candy while tantalizing your taste buds.
On Saturday, January 27, the Smoosh crew got the chance to experience Lunar New Year in Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) for the first time. The year 2018 is the Year of the Dog, so Disney had Pluto front and center, pasted on all of its banners and signs. It was so much fun seeing everything the festival had to offer, so Smoosh decided to write about what we saw, along with our recommendations, so you can have the best possible Lunar New Year experience.
The Christmas and holiday season at Disney officially began on November 10, and I had the chance to be in the parks that weekend to experience all the magic that is Disneyland at Christmas. A multitude of new seasonal foods are provided at the Festive Foods Marketplace kiosks. As you walk through the park, past Carthay Circle toward Bugs and Cars lands, the street is lined with 12 Marketplace kiosks, each themed differently and offering unique dining options
Happy Halloween, everyone! This season, we decided to share with you the Halloween party we hosted a couple of weeks ago. Every year, both Diane and I — whether together or not — try to host a Halloween Party. This year, since we now live within an hour of each other, we decided to host a party together with some close friends in Southern California.
Throughout the entire Halloween season, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) have been featuring special, limited-time treats . I’ve had the chance to go to the parks about four times since Halloween Time started and got to taste a few of their seasonal treats and eats. If you follow Disney accounts on Instagram, you’ll probably recognize several of these. While Diane and I hardly made a dent in the seasonal offerings available in both parks, we were fortunate enough to try several and decided to review each! Proceed with caution; this will make you hungry.