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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: L is for Lilikoi

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

L is for Lilikoi

Lili-who? Lilikoi!

What's lilikoi? I'll tell you!

Lilikoi is a fun word.  Isn't it?

Okay, okay, it's more than a fun word.  Lilikoi is passion fruit.  And it makes for fabulous, fabulous, delicious juice.

But you know who has especially amazing lilikoi juice?

They do.

Who's they? "They" is the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World.

See, I've been on a bit of a Disney kick the past week or two.  It's like an itch, and it seems like I get it around this time of year.  Last year I got the itch one day, inadvertently ran across one of those crazy ads for a huge Disney deal, and like less than an hour later we had booked the trip.  And then giggled the rest of the day over it.

Eventually the trip was extended a day, we booked four different rooms before finally settling on the Poly, and we moved it from June to September in order to coincide with our first anniversary...all the while rationalizing to ourselves that this was okay because it would be our last big trip for a while.

The itch is a dangerous thing.


At the Polynesian they serve the most amazing Lilikoi juice imaginable.  Not only can you get it at the Kona Cafe (home of Tonga Toast...good Lord), but if you're a concierge guest (which of course we have been these past two trips), you can mosey on over to the lounge at any time to get a cup.  You can even get some while you're checking in since they have chilled dispensers right there by the desks.

That first sip...ahhhh.  It's like liquid sunshine going down your throat. It tastes like...the Polynesian.

The view from our balcony when looking to the right - towards the middle there is Space Mountain, and to the right of that is The Contemporary Resort

There's also a sushi bar next to the restaurant which serves probably my second favorite roll of all time: tempura sushi with mango, wrapped in rice paper and served with lilikoi sauce.

I wish I had a picture of it so it could be my wallpaper and my profile pic and possibly also be carried in my wallet.

Can I just tell you that the first time I had a piece of it, I literally pounded my fist on the table in ecstasy? For real.  So great was my bliss that I made a mini-scene which I'm sure no one noticed because, heck, they were in Disney World.

This is a version of it without the sauce, served at The California Grill.  Which is incidentally the home of my favorite roll of all time: Spicy Kazan.  I think I'm going to cry...

In my head and my heart, lilikoi juice will always be linked with the Poly, and therefore with WDW.  It just makes me happy, and makes my yearn to visit again.

I'm feeling all itchy now...

You can even watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from your balcony while sipping lilikoi juice!

While I sit here and itch, why don't you go visit my friend Jenny Matlock and participate in her weekly Alphabe-Thursday? This week's letter, in case you hadn't guessed, is L.  It's always so interesting to see where people's imaginations go!

Jenny Matlock



Blogger Kelly @ The Startup Wife said...

P.S. Is the site design new, or am I just slow? Either way, love it!

April 7, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Blogger Kelly @ The Startup Wife said...

Oh man, I was hoping you were going to end this with, "... and we just booked another Disney trip." Hopefully someday soon! :)

My favorite restaurant by us makes a really amazing panna cotta with a passion fruit gelee ... mmmmmm. But lilikoi always makes me think of our honeymoon in Kauai. :)

April 7, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Hahaha I wish! I don't think that's going to be happening for a while, though. If our situation was different and tax refund time was rolling around, yeah it would probably be booked because we're both itching!! I will always connect lilikoi and my honeymoon, too! As you can see it's sort of a tropical setting! Haha

April 7, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Blogger Bumpkin on a Swing said...

I love Jenny, she is the best, and I am the reason for the Kleenex alert. I sometimes don't read Jenny till night time, as she makes it hard for me not to cry. I tear up, and everyone in the office is curious. I once knew a guy in college who made Lilikoi and Mushroom cocktails, and well, let's just leave it at that. I will say this procedure made Lilikoi infamous amongst the frat houses.

April 7, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

It sounds wonderful!

April 7, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Blogger Viki said...

I love Disney World. My husband and I really want to go back since the last time we had 2 5th graders with us LOL. We always said we'd go back by ourselves.

April 7, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Blogger Jo said...

I have never tried Lilikoi juice ... i sounds yummy!

April 7, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Blogger Michelle said...

How on earth did I miss this when I was at the Polynesian in February? I'm crushed! Now I feel like I need to go track some down - is it worth a trip to Disney just for this? ;)

April 7, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Blogger Christy said...

I have always dreamed of staying at the Polynesian at WDW. It is on my bucket list. Now I have 2 more reasons - the lilikoi juice and the sushi!

April 7, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Blogger Linda said...

OK I have an itch now....LOL...never had Lilikoi juice but sounds like something to try! At Disney World of course, now where did I hide that Credit Card????

April 8, 2010 at 12:58 AM

Blogger My name is PJ. said...

You have visions of vacations swirling in my brain!!!

April 8, 2010 at 5:36 AM

Blogger Joanne said...

I wish I lived close enough to Disney to just randomly decide to go there. I used to love going as a kid!

The lillikoi sounds delicious. I love the food at the Polynesian resort.

April 8, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I now have the strongest craving to visit Disney World - but I can't afford that! Now what to do?

Probably give in, as usual!

April 8, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Blogger Velva said...

Disney is a great place to enjoy time away. No doubt that you are planning a return trip very soon.

April 8, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Blogger Red Couch Recipes said...

The Polynesian looks fabulous. I do like passion fruit is amazing and I laughed when you said you pounded your fist because the, was it sushi, was so good! Joni

April 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I used to live in Florida and took my kids to Disney World all the time. Great memories! I wish they were little enough to take again...

April 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Blogger Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

It sounds like you're about to book another trip! Great pictures and post.

April 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Blogger GardenofDaisies said...

I have had passion fruit, both the fruit and the juice. Just didn't know it was called lilikoi! :-)

April 8, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Blogger Amy said...

fun post I learned something new with the letter L..

April 8, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Blogger Nora Johnson said...

Hi! Have left a little award for you over at my placeThe Johnson Diaries
Hope you like that sort of thing!
Love your ā€˜Lā€™ post today - great post as always! Have a lovely day!
Love your blog too - always great posts! That's why I'm a follower!

Have a lovely day!

April 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Blogger mrs. c said...

I have only been to WDW one time, for 2 days to attend a wedding. It was great but i think that I need to hire you as my personal guide because you know EVEYTHiNG! How wonderful to go to Disney with you...I would probably get me a big pld funnel and hook it to the juice so I could drink and eat sushi all day and night!

April 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Blogger Julie Schuler said...

Ok. you've convinced me. Bring me some lilikoi

April 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Blogger Jenny said...

Hi! I've never heard of this...never tried it...but I absolutely would love to!

However, I'll let you eat my sushi!

Great L post!


April 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Blogger VKT said...

I would love to have a chance to stay at the Polynesian Resort some day....sigh. The first thing I would do is order a lilikoi! This is my first time participating in alphabet Thursday! What fun!

April 8, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Anonymous Patty said...

Gosh now I want to go to the Disney resort!

April 8, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Blogger kim said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I have not had that juice at the Polynesian. My hubby and I stayed there for our honeymoon in 1975 and went back and stayed there again for our 25th anniversary ten years ago. I love that place. I stayed at the Contemporary with my family when I was sixteen the first year Walt Disney World opened. We took our kids a couple of times and stayed at the Dixie Landing(I think that is the name) one year for spring break.

April 8, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-}
So-o, your 'L' word is the name of a passion fruit - appropriate since love is also a 'L' word. And you had your passion fruit 'L' word, while on vacation with your husband, whom is also a 'L' word - Lover. It all totally works out ever so nicely huh? o:-p

April 8, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Blogger Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

What a Disney-licious post! I love me some DisneyWorld! My oldest says they will someday name one of their resorts after me! weeeeee. I am the new kid in class hopping over from Alphabe-Thursday and am so happy that I did! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and hope you will do the same. until later...

April 8, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Blogger jeff campbell said...

I would love to try the Lilikoi juice...thanks for such an enlightening post...Peace

April 8, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Blogger Debbie said...

Awesome awesome awesome!~ I love that place, it was my favorite place to ever stay...I have had that juice YUM!~

April 8, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Blogger mbkatc230 said...

Oh man, now you've done it - Tonga Toast! I'm drooling, so if this comment cuts out it's because I shorted out my keyboard! Great post! Kathy

April 8, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

I cannot TELL YOU how much everyone's comments are making me smile today - it's so neat to see how many other Disney fans are lurking around! :-) I am trying to get back to as many people via email as I can!

April 8, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Blogger Brenda said...

Sounds like something I would try. It has been close to 30 years since I went to Disney. I think I would love to go with my Grand kids.

April 8, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

Jen, I've never heard of this fruit. Never been to Disney. Guess I'm behind the times. Thanks for sharing these new adventures.

April 8, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Blogger Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I haven't been to WDW in many years but hope to take my grandson when he's a little older. This resort sounds wonderful! Fabulous "L" post!

April 8, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Blogger Nadeen said...

I missed it if you told us how to make them. What are they made of?

And do I need to send you some calamine lotion for that itch?

April 9, 2010 at 12:16 AM

Blogger Prairiemaid said...

What fun your trips to WDW sound like! And now, I wanta taste that whatever it is!!! Lots of fun and great pictures.

April 9, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sushi is in truth so delectable and excquisitely divine. Many a sushi night I can remember that end up being so totally fabulous for the mouth!!! LOve your blog it seems "real" Check me out I am looking for new bloggy friends :)

April 9, 2010 at 2:33 AM

Blogger laterg8r said...

ok, now you made me want to go back to disneyworld :D

April 9, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Blogger Tina said...

Wow, new sushi to try. Though I'm NOT, repeat NOT a Disney fan, I'm a sushi fan and I'm always looking for the next favorite one. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction for new adventures!

April 9, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Blogger Christy said...

wow...okay i know it wasn't d is for disney...but i have never been to disneyworld and had NO idea they had different resorts...the polynesian resort looks absolutely amazing!
I like lilikoi jam and have used it for a dip for coconut shrimp...yum!

April 9, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Blogger Steph said...

Cool L word! I feeling the itch these days too and calling it spring fever. Fun post.

April 11, 2010 at 1:07 AM

Blogger Melinda Cornish said...

it makes me want to go there too....and that tempura roll looks so goood.....

April 11, 2010 at 8:44 AM


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