Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Magical Moment #9: Be Refreshed by a Lapu Lapu


*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!

8 comments:

  1. I love this resort, too! One day...

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    1. One day we'll win the lottery, and we'll resort hop for a month at all the deluxe resorts! ;-)

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  2. I can confirm -- this drink is STRONG! I had to share mine otherwise the Lapu Lapu would make me go Napu Napu!!

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    1. I drank the whole thing, and I had a bit of a wobble to my walk to prove it! ;-) We took our time relaxing as our drinks wore off after this!

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  3. The plate was adorable! And the lapu lapu is definitely a no 9!

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  4. I love the Lapu Lapu! I haven't had one in a while, that needs to change. :) I followed along on instagram when you took this trip. It's nice reading about all of the details!

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    1. Thanks! It was a fun, focused way to share my travels with my readers without always being "in" my phone. :)

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  5. I love the details on the dessert plates! and I'm adding a lapu lapu to my list of things to try!! :)

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