Food is a very important component of capturing the mood of a memory. Think about when you were young, there are always a couple of meals that make you think of Mom. They bring back memories of comfort and love. I also have the memory of my Mom’s meat loaf – which to this day we make fun of her for. Who is the early 80′s actually used the recipe book that came with the microwave?
But at Disney World food becomes a part of the story. How many of you have photos of someone holding the iconic Mickey Bar? Of a funny photo of someone trying to eat that HUGE turkey leg? (really, where are turkeys that big) These photos need to be incorporated into your albums. Or how else will we remember Cousin Oliver ate the entire cinnamon role from Main Street Bakery?
Here are a couple of examples of bringing food into the story.
The first was the night my husband proposed. He did it in classic Disney style (you have to wait for a future post for the full story) and we celebrated by going to Spoodles Restaurant for dinner. You may not think Spoodles (now Kouzzina) is romantic, but if you can get one of the corner tables on the patio after dark it is perfect! After dinner the staff of Spoodles surprised us with a cupcake that one of the Cast Members had added a heart to. It was just a perfect little touch to a perfect evening.
The following envening we celebrated our engagement at Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The staff gave us a card to remember our evening and I also included it in my scrapbook album.
On our honeymoon, we went back to Walt Disney World (of course) and had a wonderful dinner at Artist Point in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. Before dinner we got to unwind from a day in the parks in Territory Lounge. My husband had been wanting to try one of the drinks with the blinking ice cube for a couple of trips now. Here he got his chance so I had to take a photo. We still have that darn blinking ice cube and I have that moment preserved in our album.
Another idea is to take a photo of a dish you loved on your trip. When you return you can look up the recipe and combine the two. This could either be added to your Disney album as a memory or you could create a recipe album.
In this case it was the breakfast pizza at Chef Mickeys at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. I looked up the receipe on AllEarsNet.com and added photos with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck from our charachter breakfast.
There are many ways to include food in your albums. So take photos along the way, you never know which ones will make you smile and remember a special moment.