*Sigh* The Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World is one of the most lush, relaxing resorts on property. The second I step off the bus, boat, or Monorail, I breathe a sigh of pure joy at the calm beauty surrounding me. I mean... look at this!
One of our only two dining reservations this trip was at Kona Cafe inside the Polynesian Resort. The food ranges from American favorites to Asian fusion to sushi. To enjoy the menu without breaking the bank, we chose a late lunch reservation. My favorite part of the experience is the Lapu Lapu, a sweet adult beverage with a mix of tropical juices (heavy on the pineapple) and rum. This drink is strong and comes in a full, hollowed out, pineapple! Yum!
The two times I've been to Kona Cafe, I've ordered the Asian Noodle Bowl. This bowl is full of rice noodles, beef strips, and a mix of Asian vegetables. The steak strips are thin and cooked by the broth pouring over it making the meat tender and delicious. On the side is a hot sauce that I didn't use much of the first time. This meal I added all of it, and it added a whole new (mouth burning) level of amazing flavor to the dish!
We were so full after the meal that we planned to take the boat over to Downtown Disney to take some time between our meal and a stop at Goofy's Candy Co. Not one to be told no, our waitress kindly brought me a birthday cupcake anyways, which I somehow found room for. ;-)
|Chocolate design on the plate was adorable!|
One of my favorite parts of the Polynesian is how much play they give to one of my favorite Disney characters: Stitch. Not only does he show up throughout the resort, but they capture the nuances of his many expressions perfectly! The cringe on the chocolate embellishment on the dessert plate made me giggle, and you can practically hear him saying "hhhhiiiiiii..." in the statue below!
|Wait, is this a statue or a food sculpture?? Now I can't remember!|
After the morning frustrations with Hollywood Studios, I was glad to get a chance to relax and let it all go with LaRae. The downtime in the middle of the day for the long meal was a perfect chance to rest our feet and recharge our batteries for a long night in yet another park!