Posts Tagged ‘italy’

A Trip Around The World: Italy

by on January 9, 2014

Ciao and welcome to Italy! Can you believe we’ve already been to Mexico, Norway, China, and Germany? We’re almost halfway through our tour, and the scenery just keep getting more beautiful! Today, we start with a very wide angle view showing the pavilion that is modeled mostly after Venice, more specifically Saint Mark’s Square. The first building on the left is Palazzo Ducale.

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On the right hand side when entering this land you can see gondolas, rivers, and bridges. These make a lovely photo spot during the day and an incredible spot for the fireworks at night, if you can swing it.

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Universal Dining: Mama Della’s at Loews Portofino Bay (Photo Review)

by on November 4, 2013

Mama Della's photo review

The chickens welcome you to Mama Della’s!

With Bice, The Palm, and two Emeril’s — not to mention Pat O’s, Jimmy B’s, and Mr. Gump’s — the Universal Orlando Resort packs in more name-brand dining options per square foot than anywhere else in Orlando, including the sprawling Downtown Disney. With so many restaurants within steps to each other, a few are bound to get lost in the shuffle. Last month I returned to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel for a photo dining review of Mama Della’s Ristorante, one of my favorite underrated eateries inside Universal’s hotels.

Mama Della’s is located on the lowest level of Portofino Bay Hotel’s waterfront plaza, between Sal’s Market Deli and Trattorio del Porto. You can self-park at the hotel, and the restaurant will validate; or park in Universal’s main garage and take a scenic water taxi from CityWalk.

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The Last Leg of Drinking Around the World

by on June 30, 2009

This post marks the conclusion of my trek around World Showcase to drink in every country with my friends. This time around Tom and I were the only ones left to tackle the task. We spent a quiet afternoon checking off the last few countries on our list. Thanks for following me on my trip to bars around the world!

First up was a stop at the Tangerine Café in Morocco. In the back of the café there is a coffee bar which also serves up frozen drinks, desserts, and other alcoholic drinks. I’ve had the Tangerine slush on a few occasions and its ok, but I prefer some of the other frozen drinks around the world. This time around I decided to try the Mimosa. It was a lovely way to start the afternoon especially since it was a little early in the day. Tom opted to get Casa beer which he also enjoyed. We took the opportunity to wander around the pavilion a bit since we often overlook it. The details in this area are lovely so you should check them out early in your tour when you are sober enough to appreciate them! The Moroccan stop on the tour was definitely the most enjoyable of the day.

Next up was some Japanese beer. We headed to Yakitori House so we could try to snag an indoor table and enjoy some air conditioning with our drinks. This counter service eatery offers Kirin Ichiban beer on draft as well as hot saki and plum wine. We both chose the beer this time around. Unfortunately I think I should have selected something else. I didn’t even finish mine! Tom wasn’t a big fan of it either. This was definitely low on my list around the world showcase.

Finally the very last stop was Italy to pay a visit to the outdoor kiosk. One would think this would be one of the best places to grab a glass of wine and sit by the water or people watch. But honestly, I didn’t really enjoy my wine choice nor did Tom like his beer. Maybe I don’t have the most sophisticated palate, but it wasn’t easy to finish my glass. I think I may just avoid this pavilion from now on because I also dislike Tutto Italia table service restaurant, but I’ll save that for another blog.

I’m really glad we decided to give drinking around the world a try. It was a ton of fun! When I started writing these blogs I realize we didn’t take one single picture of the festivities! So round two is already in the works, and we’ll be bringing cameras this time. I’m sure I’ll write about it again after we complete it. It’s a great activity, but there are certainly some things to think about before committing to it. First of all be sure to budget for buying 11 drinks. The tab adds up quickly! You also have to decide if there is going to be a designated driver or you’ll use Disney transportation after your last call. Also drinkers need to know their own limits. I couldn’t possible do all 11 countries in one try so I didn’t even try. I’m all for getting tipsy and silly, but please don’t make yourself sick in the parks.

Next week I’m going to take the weekend off from writing to enjoy the holiday at the Jersey Shore with family and friends. I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend! In two weeks I’ll be back with a look at Biergarten in Epcot’s German pavilion.

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