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Bocuse d’Or RFPs? October 2, 2008

Filed under: Bocuse d'Or,Lake Buena Vista — hpandaw @ 12:05 pm

From the ‘blog stats, looks like pictures are pretty popular.  Are there any people, food, or atmosphere pictures that people are looking for, in particular?  No guarantee we’d have them, but the ones posted here are just a sample of what we took.  Feel free to leave a request in the Comments and we’ll see if we can accommodate.

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Kwik-E-Mart July 15, 2007 July 15, 2007

Filed under: Lake Buena Vista — hpandaw @ 8:22 pm

My husband is a big Simpsons fan, and he’d read about a new 7-11 in Lake Buena Vista that was transformed into a Kwik-E-Mart, so we decided to check this place out. To get to the Kwik-E-Mart, take the I-4 exit for 535 Apopka Vineland and Lake Buena Vista. Go North on 535 for just a few blocks, and the store is on your left hand side, just past the entrance to Downtown Disney and right across from the Sheraton Safari.

When we pulled into the parking lot, we saw several Simpsons characters decorating the exterior, along with the sign “Thank you for loitering. Please come again.” Signage posted by the gas pumps indicated the special Simpsons items that were inside: Buzz Cola, Krustee O’s, pink donuts with sprinkles, and Squishees.

We immediately set out to track down all four of the Simpsons items, and we saw the pink donuts right away. Our first disappointment was the realization that they were sold out of Krustee O’s! We then headed to the Squishee machines. I had hoped that they would have bright green Squishees, like they do on the TV show, but that was not the case. The offerings were very standard: Coke, Mountain Dew, Full Throttle, a Crystal Light drink, and we think something else.

My husband got a mix of Full Throttle and Mountain Dew, and I got a Mountain Dew squishee, since my favorite, Coke, was all liquid and no ice.

At the fountain drink stand, there was a sign saying, “Buzz Cola only available in cans.” I don’t know why this would be the case – I think that a Buzz Cola squishee would probably be very popular. We saw the sign where the Buzz Cola cans were supposed to be, but they were sold out, also. Rats!

There was miscellaneous Simpsons decor throughout the store, like Jasper inside the freezer:

And the clerks were wearing Kwik-E-Mart uniforms and stood in front of an Apu figure:

In summary, we were excited to get to see this place, but disappointed in some of the details and the execution. Half of their Simpsons items were sold out, and we thought they could have offered things like Buzz Cola fountain drinks, squishees, or even the bright green squishees.