Saturday, June 7, 2014

Disney Review: The Wave

We are back from Disney!! It was such a great trip. The weather was amazing, the food was good, and the happiest place on earth just keeps getting better. We really lucked out this trip. It was super crowded, but we managed to be second in line for the new Seven Dwarf's Mine Train. Syd and I also spent one morning doing all the rides in the back of Magic Kingdom while the other 60 billion people in Disney were standing in line for the mine train or to get Anna and Elsa's autograph. My favorite, of course, will always be the World Showcase in Epcot. Disney puts so much detail into every single country. The food, environment, buildings, and even the workers accurately portray each country. (And I would know since I have been to four out of the eleven countries featured.) We were able to eat snacks, dinner, and lunch in several countries. Mom and I loved to see the Germany pavilion as it is fashioned after the city of Freiburg which we visited last year.

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Anyway, I decided to write reviews on all of the restaurants that we visited. I hope you enjoy them and find them helpful in planning your next Disney vacation. (Be warned, though, I took all of these pictures using my mom's phone, so they are not the best quality.) Our first meal was at the Wave in the Contemporary resort. Everyone in my family agrees that the Wave was one of, if not the, very best restaurants we ate at. It's diverse and healthy menu features many different types of meats, seafood, and vegetarian options. The kids menu is delicious too. Generally restaurants just give kids junk, but the Wave had healthy and delicious options for the young and old.

Like just about every table service meal in Disney, the waitress brought us out a bowl of warm bread along with butter. Unlike most restaurants, this bread was a delicious whole grain loaf and the butter was sprinkled with pink Himalayan sea salt. Delicious!


My dad ordered this appetizer of  "Lump Crab-Florida Rock Shrimp Cakes served with Florida Corn Tomalito, Avocado Mousse, and Pickled Pero Farm Pepper". They were scarfed down in minutes.

Sydney liked the crab cakes so much that she decided to order the Wave Appetizer for Two which included the crab cakes along with "Sustainable Fish Tacos with Apple-Jícama Slaw, Yuzu Gelato, and Soft Flour Tortillas". She said the tacos were superb. On the side came a little palate cleansing sorbet that made the meal feel very elegant.

Harper ordered the kid's "Whole-Grain Penne Pasta, Marinara Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese with tiny Green Beans, and Sliced Apples". It was part of the Mickey Check Meals program that supports healthy eating for children. She was not a fan of the whole wheat pasta, and the waitress was nice enough to bring her out another meal for free.
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Harper chose the "Baked Chicken Strips with fries" instead. These were pretty much the best chicken nuggets ever. They were lightly breaded with panko bread crumbs, and everyone loved them. (Including Harper!) This kicked off her chicken nugget craze. She pretty much ordered them at every restaurant for the remainder of our trip.
Both my mom and dad ordered the sautéed Grouper with Edamame Stew and Cilantro Chutney. My mom had ordered this the last time that we went to the Wave, and she was so excited to see it on the menu again. She said that the edamame stew was fresh and delicious. Carson loved it too! (She was too young to be on the Disney meal plan, so she just ate off of our plates the whole trip.)
Since I have a tomato allergy, I had to talk to the chef at every restaurant and order special food with out any tomato contaminants. Disney's table service restaurants are superb at working with food allergies, and I love not having to worry that my food is going to make me sick. Just say that you have an allergy when you make the reservation, and they will take care of the rest. I ended up ordering the "Ashley Farms Naturally Raised Chicken Breast with Fingerling Potato Hash, and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts" without the blackberry barbeque sauce that usually comes on it. I had never had brussels sprouts before, and discovered that I love them. The chicken was moist and delicious as well, making our first meal awesome.
We love the Wave, and have already planned to eat there again whenever we go back to Disney.

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