Foods for Your Hard-to-Feed Child

Foods for Your Hard-to-Feed Child In…Spain

When you’re a visitor in a foreign country, it’s hard enough not speaking the language or being able to read the street signs, and it’s even harder when you’re vacationing with a child who’s a notoriously picky eater. Though many restaurants in Spain cater to Americans and list menu items and ingredients in English, others do not-and you don’t want to have to find a McDonald’s every time your child is hungry. Luckily, lots of traditional dishes on the Spanish menu are universally popular enough to be found throughout the country, and it’s easy to choose simple foods to please your child’s palate. Even better, since Spain is the land of tapas, servings are small in size and prepared for one or two people-you won’t have wasted the price of an entire meal on food that goes to waste.

The tortilla española-or Spanish omelet-is a simple omelet made with fried potatoes and onions and is ubiquitous on Spanish menus. Though its flavors are far from complex, it’s a warm, delicious dish made with familiar ingredients.

Pan con tomate-bread with tomatoes-is another choice that should be popular with children. Warm, crusty bread is sliced thickly, spread with crushed tomatoes, and then drizzled with olive oil and salt. Its mild taste and crunchy texture may make it one of your favorites, too!

Spain is rich in seafood dishes, but if your child doesn’t eat fish, they can get ample protein with chorizo or Iberian ham-both Spanish specialties and both familiar enough that a child won’t balk at eating them. Order this with a side of patatas bravas-fried potatoes that can be covered in sauce or left plain.

To make sure your child gets his greens, look for menu items such as escalivada (grilled eggplant and tomato), ensalada rusa (potatoes, carrots, peas, and egg, usually held together with mayonnaise), or champiñones al ajillo (grilled mushrooms). At some restaurants the tortilla espanola may come with a small side of salad, usually with a simple vinaigrette drizzled over it.

A more adventurous child might enjoy the country’s famous paella-it can be ordered with chicken, seafood, beef, or even rabbit and is a mixture of saffron rice and vegetables such as peas, beans, tomatoes, artichokes, or peppers.

You can even ask for something as simple as a tabla de quesos-an assortment of cheeses-and crackers.

Of course, dessert is one food you won’t have to convince your child to try! Order some crema catalina, Spain’s version of crème brûlée, horchata, a thick, milky drink that tastes of vanilla and almonds, or churros, crispy sweet pastry served with thick hot chocolate.

While the Spanish look down upon fast food restaurants, you do have a few choices, there, as well-chains like Café y Te and Pans and Company have cheap options that still allow you to try a bland version of the culture’s famous cuisine that should appeal to your child’s tastebuds. In big cities like Barcelona and Madrid, there are also countless little pizzerias and shops that sell bocadillos-baguette sandwiches with crispy bread and fresh vegetables and deli meat.

As you can see, you don’t have to give up your culinary adventure in Spain-with this guide, you should be able to find foods for your hard-to-please child even in the most hole-in-the-wall restaurants. ¡Muy sabrosa!

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is a Disaster in of Itself

Blizzard Beach Water Park at Disney World in Orlando, Florida is one of the most disappointing water parks ever made. It’s one of two water parks in Walt Disney World Resort, the other being Typhoon Lagoon, which is where you should really be spending your time if you want some cool water park action, not here. Maybe I’m being a little too harsh, Blizzard Beach actually does have some cool rides but they’re a pain in the butt to get to (I’ll get into that shortly) and the running theme and concept behind this water park is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it’s very cool and it’s something different, then again, it’s a curse because it makes commuting from ride to ride a living hell.

See, the idea behind Blizzard Beach is some big snow storm attacked Florida and now there’s a ski resort there. And then somehow the warm weather returned, thus beginning the melting process. Now what you’ve got as a result is a ski-themed water park. So let’s talk about the good stuff first. Blizzard Beach houses one of the biggest and fastest water-slides in the world which is Summit Plummet — standing at 120 feet high, it’s a free-falling water-slide with a 12 story drop at a speed ranging between 50 to 60 miles per hour. Other cool water-slides include the Slush Gusher, Snow Stormers, the Downhill Double Dipper, and Toboggan Racers.

Then you’ve got your tube and raft-based rides like Teamboat Springs and Runoff Rapids. Furthermore, there’s the main star of the water park — the almighty chair lift. While it’s not necessarily a ride in the sense of the other attractions at Blizzard Beach, it serves as a mode of transportation and nothing more. However, this the park’s mighty downfall, so to speak, because having to wait to go back and forth on the chair lift is quite torturous. To make matters worse, it’s the easiest way to get to the top of the park where most of the rides await, otherwise you’ll have to navigate your own hectic journey up Blizzard Beach’s pathways and stairs.

Last but not least, you’ve got the two most important attractions which a water park can not live without – the wave pool and the lazy river. Every water park has them, to take them away would be like taking french fries off of McDonald’s menu. At Blizzard Beach, Cross Country Creek fills the shoes of the lazy river quite well. Then there’s Melt-Away Bay, the park’s very own wave pool — spanning over one acre, this wave pool is decorated with a number of waterfalls and extends up to about eight feet. Overall, if you want your time well spent in the water at Disney World, you’re probably better off at Typhoon Lagoon.