July 22, 2014

Another Glorious Morning in Orlando and an Update of Today’s Itinerary

After dinner at Citricos, I went back to the room at the Animal Kingdom resort, took a shower, read the news, worked on the MacBook Pro, and relaxed until 2 or 3 in the morning, when I fell asleep.  Today, we have a few things to do:

  • Return to Downtown Disney to purchase and ship some stuff back to Kansas City
  • Head to The French Quarter hotel to see if the bar can make Aaron the virgin mint julep from the Disneyland Blue Bayou restaurant at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride (no, it’s just really just a virgin mint julep, which would be nothing but sugar, water, and mint, it’s a recipe of some green concoction that is sweet and wonderful that they call a virgin mint julep; there is lime, lemonade, sugar, mint, and some other ingredients involved)
  • Visit the Boardwalk area to see if we like it for future reference
  • Return to the Magic Kingdom for a late afternoon and evening in the flagship park  

As such, our foodie tour of the Disney property is changing slightly: We are not having lunch today, but instead opting for a breakfast buffet at the Animal Kingdom resort, then, later tonight, a dinner reservation at Yachtsman Steakhouse in the Yacht Club resort.  

Breakfast in the Animal Kingdom Resort

You are looking at my absolute favorite breakfast or brunch in the entire world. It's around 1,100 calories so for someone eating 2,000 calories per day, you definitely have to manage the rest of your meals, but I'm crazy in love with it. It started when I was 18 or 19 years old. At the time, I was studying financial statements, annual reports, accounting standards, capitalization structures, and a host of other finance and business related topics. I'd go to the dining commons of the university, sneak up to the upstairs dining room, and sit with stacks of reading materials, reading by myself for an hour or so, as I ate this exact meal. I can still picture many of the days - the time I went through the Sara Lee reports (and couldn't figure out what, if any, strategy management had), aerospace engineering firms, adhesives companies, insurance groups, retailers ... it was wonderful because my knowledge, understanding, and grasp of the subject was exploding. It was finally all coming together for me and made sense in a way that the component parts do to a watchmakers who sees how one gear has an effect on the others.