Kilimanjaro Club 3

May 2015 Trip (Review 3)

Kisikusiku at the Kilimanjaro Lounge

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Kisikusiku is Swahili for “nighttime” and nighttime (from 5:00 – 7:00) at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kilimanjaro Lounge means Wine and Cheese selections for concierge guests.

On the evening of May 13th there were three wines being offered, all from the South African winery, Indaba.

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Two of these were red wines, one a Merlot and the other called Mosaic (which was a Bordeaux blend). The one white wine was a Chenin Blanc. This was the wine that both my daughter and I tried and we both enjoyed it.

As for their cheese selections, again there were three being offered. The first was Manchego, which was my daughter’s favorite.

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My son’s favorite was the Tillamook Smoked Cheddar.

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I thought both of those were quite good, however my favorite was the Blue Cheese Affine.

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This was delicious, especially when combined with a bit of honey…

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But wine and cheese were not all that was offered that evening. There was a basket of crackers and toasted baguette slices to accompany your cheese…

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Or if you prefer, these could be eaten with the hummus, of which there were three kinds…

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From left to right: White Bean Hummus, Black Olive Hummus, and Sun-dried Tomato Hummus

Or perhaps you like your hummus with raw vegetables…

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The cucumber slices and plum tomatoes were typical crudites, but I was a little surprised by the green beans, whole carrots, and asparagus.

Next to the vegetables were glasses of Strawberry Cream Soup…

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There were also both Kalamata and Spanish olives, plus some kind of Chickpea salad I think??

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Next were Apple slices and caramel sauce…

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In the category of hot hors d’oeuvres, there was Trofie Cut Pasta with Fufu Cheese Sauce…

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For those like me who have never heard of fufu, here’s what I found: Fufu is a staple food of many countries in Africa and the Caribbean. It is often made with a flour made from the cassava plant.

All three of us tried this, as it looked like a really good gourmet mac ‘n cheese. However, we all gave it a thumbs down, as it had a really odd flavor. After discovering what fufu is, I’m guessing we are not fans of cassava. :confused3

 

 

There was one other hot dish being served…

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This was Mozambique Duck with Bulgar Pilaf and Quince Jus…

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And a close-up shot…

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I’m not really a fan of duck so I passed on this but Emily really liked it.

So overall, we all enjoyed at least two of the three cheeses offered (my kids won’t touch blue cheese) and Emily liked the duck appetizer. Oh, and my son gave the hummus a thumbs up! :thumbsup2 However, we all left the lounge still hungry…which is a good thing since we had a 6:45 dinner reservation at Sanaa. ;)

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