Silencing the Critic

Everyone has their own moments of doubt and self-criticism.  For some people, the voice is hard to tune out, or to turn off.  Even the most successful and well-grounded people have that little voice that creeps up from time to time and makes them question themselves and their abilities. 

Over recent months, that little voice of mine has been resurfacing more regularly, more insistently.  It’s definitely caused me more than a few moments of mental downward spiraling.  I get caught up in the negative self-talk, which causes even more negative self-talk, which leads to moments of crushing panic and despair. 

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Best Disney World Counter Service Restaurants

A few months back, I wrote a post outlining my top pics for Table-Service restaurants at Walt Disney World. Today, we focus on Counter Service restaurants.

For those unfamiliar with the Disney dining structure, there are two tiers when it comes to dining options. Tier 1 is Table-Service restaurants. This would be your typical evening out dining experience. You make a reservation, are brought to your table, order from the menu, and have your meal brought to you.

Tier 2 is Quick Service or, in other words, “fast food” style eating. I used fast food in quotes because you can get much better than what pops into your mind when I say fast food. For these restaurants, you generally stand in queue at the cash and order your meal, and they hand it to you on a serving tray for you to then go find a seat in the restaurant.

While Table-Service restaurants are of a higher quality generally, and offer a more engaging dining experience, Quick Service meals are great for when you want something easy and quick and don’t want to bother with reservations.

And now, without further ado, here are my top five Quick Service restaurants at Walt Disney World.

Wolfgang Puck Express

This is by far our favourite Quick Service restaurant at WDW. Located at Disney Springs, this is a perfect blend of Quick Service with a Table Service feel. Let’s first talk about the process – you get in line at the counter like you would at any other QS restaurant, but then you go sit down and the meal is brought to your table, along with real cutlery! It’s the little touches. Next, food – high quality, delicious and beautiful presentation. We have eaten here on multiple occasions (sometimes more than once on the same day). The breakfasts are phenomenal and the dinner menu is just delicious. I highly recommend the Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf for a dinner and the Corn Flake French Toast for breakfast.

Columbia Harbour House

Located in the Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbour House is an underrated spot. You’ll find this to be a refreshing change of pace, when you’re not feeling like a burger. Try some fried shrimp or fish, have yourself some grilled salmon or even a chicken pot pie. They also offer a variety of soups and sandwiches. The seating is good here as well, given that it’s spread out over two floors. If it seems crowded, try heading upstairs to get a nice view of the other guests wandering through Liberty Square.

La Cantina de San Angel

This often has served as our first meal on our visits to WDW. We have often arrived mid-day, and head to Epcot as our first stop. While there, we make our way to La Cantina de San Angel near the Mexico pavilion to share a meal. Our food of choice – the Nachos. It’s a nice sized serving and manages to serve the both of us for a lunch. In addition, they serve tacos, empanadas and, of course, churros. One thing to note, if you’re having lunch and it’s hot outside, there is seating available indoors at La Hacienda de San Angel.

Flame Tree BBQ

We first ate at Flame Tree BBQ during one of our last trips. It was our first foray into dining at Animal Kingdom. Are we glad we were hungry on this day! Again, this is a spot where we share a meal, since one of the options is a Rib, Chicken & Pulled Pork Sampler. Served with baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. Delish! Adding to the enjoyment is the atmosphere. You’re seated outdoors among the greenery of Animal Kingdom with free-roaming birds coming by to visit. Maybe you’ll make a new friend!

Earl of Sandwich

The last spot that I’ll include in this list is one that I’ll be transparent with – I have not eaten at the location in Walt Disney World. However; I have eaten at the Disnleyland location in Anaheim and trust that the experience and quality is at the same level. Located at Disney Springs, this chain of eateries offers, well, sandwiches! You’ll find a large variety of soups and sandwiches, enough to satisfy just about anyone’s tastes.

And there you have it – my top selections for Quick Service restaurants at Walt Disney World. What is your take on my choices? Do you heartily disagree? Or do you have a spot that you feel I should have included? Comment down below!

Charge of the Light Brigade

One thing that has been clear to me for the past few years is that I have a mission in this life.  What that mission is has never been fully clear to me, but I am now beginning to get a better understanding of what it entails.  With my initiation into the world of Reiki a number of years ago, I’ve become enlightened, both literally and figuratively.  I’ve opened my mind to the notions of energy, inter-connectedness, synchronicity and more.  One theme that continues to reassert itself into my life over these past years is light.

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Syndrome de l’imposteur

Il y a deux semaines que j’ai adopté un nouveau poste dans mon entreprise.  N’étant plus chef d’équipe, je travaille maintenant dans un nouveau rôle qui est encore en développement.  Bien que le rôle ne soit pas encore entièrement défini, il me permet de travailler sur diverses initiatives et projets.  C’est cet aspect qui m’attirait vers l’emploi – tout un nouveau défi pour entreprendre.  Mais reste que je suis en questionnement autour de mon poste.  Ou plutôt je suis en questionnement autour de mes capacités d’entreprendre ce travail. 

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Christmas Cheer

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

– Buddy the Elf

Those holiday ear-worms start assaulting us as early as November 1st.  You’ll be out looking for half-price Halloween candy, when you suddenly notice yourself humming along to a familiar tune, but  you’re not sure what it is immediately.  Then…it hits you – they’re playing Christmas music! Continue reading “Christmas Cheer”

Visions of Sugarplums


“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.” 
— Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

It’s that time of year again!  Time to hop on that holiday road and get into the spirit of Christmas.  Now last year, I documented the ups-and-downs of my holiday cheer in this blog.  (You can read all about that starting here.)  It definitely helped put my moods into perspective, and, I feel, helped keep my spirit up. 

This year, I’ll not be doing the same.  I’ve already made an effort to get into the spirit more readily by watching some holiday-themed movies and TV shows, as well as listening to that ever-present Christmas music.  For this month’s posts, I wanted to talk about some of my favourite Christmas movies, TV shows and songs.

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