I was in Orlando just before Thanksgiving for the annual meeting of the National Writing Project. My home for the meeting was the Disney Contemporary Hotel--which was actually pretty cool with its mid-century modern design and indoor monorail track. There were about 11 of us from the Fresno area who attended, so one night we all went out to dinner at Iron Chef Cat Cora's Kouzzina, one of the few places we could get a table for a large group. The restaurant is family friendly with an open kitchen and lots of shouts of "opa!"

As I do frequently, I ordered from the appetizer menu. I couldn't decide on just two, so I ordered an extra appetizer to eat as breakfast the next morning. The avgolemono, a creamy lemon chicken soup, was divine. Months later, I can still taste that soup. I also really enjoyed the saganaki, seared Haloumi Cheese with oregano and a grilled lemon to squeeze on top. Yes, the cheese and bread were breakfast, but I also tried it that night so I could taste what it was like fresh from the grill.


The other dish I ordered was Beets with skordalia (in this case, garlicky potatoes). Oh, yum.

Although these dishes seemed designed for a more mainstream crowd, I was glad to try a couple of new-to-me Greek dishes . . . I think now I need to try the real thing.

And Disney World? Well, let's just say that, although the conference was great, I grew tired of having everyone tell me to "have a magical day!" Good thing for those rollercoasters at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studio--those rides took my breath away, made me hang on tight, and provoked all kinds of screams and laughter.

Disney Boardwalk, Disney World

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