Sanaa; A Savannah Dining Experience

The Sanaa Restaurant located in the Kidani Village of the Disney Animal Kingdom Villas, is definitely a welcomed change of pace from your Disney adventures. Sanaa serves both lunch and dinner and is a pleasure that is missed by many but was enjoyed by my family at our last visit to Walt Disney World.

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Having planned our reservation to Sanaa on a day we were exploring the Animal Kingdom, we caught a bus to the Kidani Village from the Animal Kingdom Villas bus stop. The Kidani Village lobby is beautiful with a glass back wall, giving you a full view of the Savannah. The restaurant is found down the staircase in back of the lobby, and once there you feel as though you have arrived at an African Game Reserve: gazing upon giraffes, zebras, ostrich, kudu, and gazelles. After checking in for your reservation, walk out onto the deck. This view should never be passed up. It’s amazing to see the animals so close. You and your will family quickly get immersed in the wonder and magic of Disney and forget for a moment that you are still in Walt Disney World!

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I always encourage guests to talk to the Cast Members they meet, as you will hear fascinating stories of far away places and cultures. We met a special Cast Member, Bulelani, from South Africa, and he shared with us the many facts and stories about giraffes. We hung on his every word and really enjoyed talking to him! Did you know that giraffes in their native habitat sleep only 30 minutes a day? They take very short naps because of the constant danger of predators. We saw a giraffe lying down, and he told us you would never see that in the wild. So fascinating! Bulelani continued to entertain us by talking about his home, and we were amazed that there are 11 official languages in South Africa.

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Our adventure continued as our name was called and another wonderful Cast Member sat us at our table. Amee was from Botswana, and she told us that is was very hot in Botswana but that Florida was way too humid for her – she could hardly breathe!

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The menu at Sanaa is a fusion of African and Indian – the best of both worlds! They did include a Bison Burger on the menu in case your tastes were more traditional. The entrees were delicious, but the desserts could not be beat in display or taste! I had the Tanzanian Chocolate Mouse (my mouth waters just thinking about it today!). Everything on my plate was made of chocolate – including the butterfly and the writing on the plate! At this point, I became a little selfish, and would not share with anyone, no matter how much the begged; it was way too good!

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After the enjoying your meal, don’t let the adventure stop – be sure to explore the Resort! One place to stop is The Library. As you enter the lobby from the stairway, walk down the hall on your left… you will find a sign for the Library. We actually thought we were going to a Library (we are readers). However, we found a beautiful sitting room with an outdoor porch where you can sit in rocking chairs and enjoy the Savannah View.

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With the beauty of this Resort and the tremendous views, you can understand how easy it would be to get lost in the moment and feel as if you had been transported to the exotic continent of Africa! It was a perfect ending to our visit to the Kidani Village. Don’t you think it is time for you to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

sylvia@travelwiththemagic.com

Latitudes Restaurant, Key West

On a recent cruise we had a stop in Key West, Florida. A few years earlier I had been to Key West for a girls trip so I wasn’t really interested in doing the ‘tourist’ thing. That got us looking for something different to do and we stumbled across Sunset Key. It’s a little island a short ferry ride away from Key West that is home to a number of cottages owned by the Westin hotel. Also on the island is a gourmet restaurant called Latitudes. We made a lunch reservation and couldn’t wait to see the place for ourselves.

When we arrived in port we walked the short distance to the Westin hotel where we checked in and got directions to the dock where we would take a ferry out the the island. It was about a 10 minute ferry ride and when we arrived this was our view of the restaurant from the dock

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We were a little early for our reservation so we walked around and explored a little bit, the island is beautiful and so peaceful!

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When we checked in for our meal we were given the choice of dining indoors or outside by the beach, it was a glorious day so we chose to eat outside. This was the view from our table

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I seriously think we could have sat there all day!

We started off our lunch with a cocktail that was recommended to us by our waiter. I can’t remember what it was called, but it was very “Key West”, like key lime pie in a glass!

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For an appetizer we shared some crab stuffed shrimp that was wrapped in prosciutto.

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And for my entrée I ordered the lobster roll. It was seriously one of the best lobster rolls I’ve ever had, it was crammed full of meat!

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We were very pleased with our lunch and our decision to come out to Sunset Key, and if we find ourselves back in Key West again I won’t hesitate to come back!

Latitudes is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They take reservations and while they are recommended, walk ups can also be accommodated. Dress code is business casual, but it is a little more laid back at breakfast and lunch. I wore a summer dress and sandals and felt very comfortable.

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