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Tale As Old As Time

by Meghann on January 23, 2011

Beauty and the Beast was awesome!


I love broadway shows. I love Disney movies. Clearly this was a match made in Meghann heaven. πŸ˜‰

I can still remember going to see Beauty and the Beast for the first time as a little girl when it was first released and instantly falling in love with Belle and her beautiful singing voice. There was actually a time when my 8 year old self begged my Mom to change my name to Belle, so I could have a name that meant ‘beauty’ as well. Alas, she never did, but it never stopped me from secretly introducing myself as Belle to new friends.

The broadway adaptation was spot on. It gave a fun new feel to the story line, kept all my favorite songs, and even added a few new ones. Derek had stopped me form singing along the entire time.


Going to see Beauty and the Beast was particularly interesting last night as I recently just finished watching the documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty.” If you’re a Disney movie fanatic or a child of the later 80s/ early 90s I would highly suggest adding it to your NetFlix queue. The documentary highlights the revival of Disney animation in the early 90s with Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, etc. The movie focuses a lot of Beauty and the Beast and the creator’s journey to perfect the story of my favorite movie. Unfortunately he passed away before the film was officially released to the public. I can only imagine how proud he would be that his songs and adaptation of the film are now touring the country on stage. πŸ™‚

I really love the theater. And Disney. Maybe one day Lion King or the new Little Mermaid Musical will find their way to my neck of the woods. πŸ™‚

Last night Derek turned our theater outing into a fun date night that began with dinner at J. Alexanders.


(I promise I’m wearing a dress. It must have rode up when I got out of the car. :/ )

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I had never been to J. Alexander’s before and it has been out ‘must eat’ list for a while.


We each began with a glass of Cabernet.


The menu was heavy on the meat and heavy on the price, but I wasn’t there for any of that.


A little birdie told me J. Alexander’s had the world’s best veggie burger and I certainly couldn’t pass up the world’s best veggie burger, could I?


She was right. The veggie burger was made up of real beans and veggies and crumbled beautifully with every bite. It also had a nice grill flavor that let me know it was actually cooked on the grill and not in a deep fryer or microwave.


On the side I had grilled zucchini which were just as fantastic. πŸ™‚


The show got out late, but luckily I had dessert waiting at home.


My Peanut Butter Sweet! Cupcake had made the journey to Tampa with me and Derek was kind enough to split it after the show.


Wow! Rich, moist, and delicious. We both gave it two thumbs up. πŸ™‚


This morning I pulled myself out of the nice warm bed to knock 3 miles out before our breakfast plans we have with Derek’s brother and girlfriend. Speaking of those plans… I’ve got to jet!

Have a great Sunday everyone!!


1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

I LOVE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!! We went to go see it “on ice” in Chicago when I was younger, and got cute little cups with Chip on them.
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2 Pam January 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

that cupcake looks delicious!

I was at a restaurant the other day and they gave us a tea kettle that looked like the one from Beauty and the Beast. We could not remember the name of her!
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3 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 January 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Mrs. Potts. Don’t ask me how I remember that! Haha.
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4 Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun January 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

I love Beauty and the Beast – best show ever! πŸ˜€
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5 Ashley January 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

I saw Beauty and the Beast with my sister’s and aunt for my bachelorette party last spring! I loved it. By far my favorite movie growing up… I was Belle numerous years for Halloween, my mom made a “Belle” dress for me and everything!

The grilled zucchini looks amazing!
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6 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

I’m SO jealous!! I love Disney, epsecially Beauty and the Beast! And ‘Tale As Old As Time’ is my favourite song from it! πŸ™‚

Ohmygoodness, that cupcake looks BEYOND amazing…mmmm…
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7 jen @ taste life January 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

I remember absolutely loving The Little Mermaid when I was a kid, I think it came out when I was nine or so. I loved other Disney movies, too, like Aladdin and Lion King. I bet I would have enjoyed that show, and I KNOW I would have enjoyed that cupcake!
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8 Dori January 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

Cupcake looks heavenly! Speaking of the best veggie burger ever…. ever tried it at Houston’s? If you haven’t, you must. I promise you will thank me. The sauce!
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9 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

The first time I saw Beauty and the Beast live on-stage, I was pretty much like a child ooh-ing and aah-ing from the audience. Totally classic.
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10 Ellen @ Cinnamonalicious January 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

Oh wow I would LOVE to see beauty and the beast!
That veggie burger looks amazing, and the cupcake!!oh my gosh I’m drooling πŸ˜›
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11 Ashley January 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

I’m so glad you all enjoyed Beauty and the Beast. That veggie burger looks amazing too!
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12 MaryBe January 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

Do some places really deep fry their veggie burgers? Yikes.
And you look cute in your raincoat/flasher outfit!

13 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

I love the theatre! And veggie burgers! …perfect night. πŸ™‚
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14 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

J. Alexander’s has a really good caesar salad too! And their calamari is to die for.
Glad you had fun!
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15 Val @ Balancing Val January 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

I love Disney!!

Confession: I cry every time I see the fireworks in magic kingdom

Heh heh. . .
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16 LindzGreerIndy January 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Me too! Heck I cry when I hear “When You Wish Upon a Star” before all Disney movies!! Lol

17 Maddie Essig January 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I went to Disney World for the first time last summer and when we got there and they did the, you can do anything you want to do show at the castle, I totally cried. And again at the fireworks, LOL! I LOVE MAGIC KINGDOM.
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18 Kelly January 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

I love Beauty and the Beast! I saw a small production at a community theater and it was awesome, probably because the theater is well funded. I’d love to see the Broadway production. For me, it’s only second to Cinderella as far as Disney movies go. πŸ™‚
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19 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

Awww looks like fun! πŸ˜€ I love Beauty and the Beast any any Disney Broadway show is amazing (I’ve seen Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King- all so great!)

20 Molly January 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

I love it when veggie burgers are actually made out of real food instead of processed soy protein!
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21 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 January 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

J. Alexander’s…yum! Love that place.
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22 Clare @ Fitting It All In January 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

Finding a good veggie burger at a restaurant is such a treat – I hate when the description lists beans and veggies and then it comes out being a frozen patty from a box.
And that cupcake..oooh my!
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23 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

I used to watch beauty and the beast like every single day when I was a kid. Belle was always my favorite disney princess (and still is!). (: I’d love to see it on broadway!
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24 katie January 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

So glad it was good! I sooooooooo want to see that play! Im going to see Wicked again in chicago in a couple weeks and that is a great play too ; )

I have worn a long coat and dress before and it made it look like I was the flasher, lol!!! It looked like I had nothing on underneath !

U guys look like you had a yummy dinner and wine is always a great way to enjoy a delish dinner! ; )

Happy Sunday!!!!!!!! xoxo
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25 Kara January 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

I know all the words to all the songs in Beauty and the Beast…such a good soundtrack πŸ™‚

Almost as good as Little Mermaid πŸ˜›
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26 Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher January 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

gimme that veggie burger!! i love a good one :))

and the whole dress riding up thing happens to muah all.the.time.
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27 Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner January 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

I actually like that movie πŸ˜‰

28 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

I saw Beauty and the Beast in Chicago YEARS ago, and later we saw it on ice too… it’s SO great πŸ™‚ If you can ever see the Lion King musical, do it. It’s one of the best theater experiences I’ve ever had!
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29 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

I saw Beauty and the Beast in NYC a few years ago and LOVED it! What a magical show!!
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30 Emily January 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

The veggie burger and cupcake look so good! I love fun, dressed up date nights πŸ™‚
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31 Natalia - a side of simple January 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hands down, Beauty and the Beast is the best Disney Princess movie. I’m glad the play was so good!! I still might pretend I’m Belle sometimes… πŸ™‚
I saw The Lion King on Broadway and it was beyond amazing. The costumes and the sets were incredible! If you EVER get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it!!
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32 Semisweet Courtney January 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

Sounds like you had a fun night! That cupcake looks right up my alley πŸ™‚
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33 Melissa @ Running with Needles January 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

I was also pretty obsessed with Beauty and the Beast as a little girl, mostly because she loved to read like I did – and she became a princess! I saw the musical several years ago on Broadway and though it was great. And if Lion King ever does come to your neck of the woods – see it! It’s absolutely amazing.
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34 VeggieGirl January 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your outfit!!!

35 Richelle January 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

Mmmm, that cupcake looks amazing, but I love anything with chocolate and peaut butter.
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36 Katherine: Unemployed January 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

J Alexanders serves the best croissants and they are complementary! you just have to know to ask for them
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37 Eliz@The Sweet Life January 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

What a fun night out–Disney does such a great job and dinner looks yummy!
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38 Anne @thefitbridesmaid January 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I am totally with you on the Disney musicals. I remember seeing Beauty and the Beast in the theater . . .sigh.
I saw “The Lion King” last year and it was AMAZING! We sat in the fourth row and could see all of the puppetry. I highly recommend it!
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39 Mimi January 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I vaguely remember seeing the Beauty and the Beast Broadway show when I was younger, but I’d definitely want to see it again!

I’ve also seen the Lion King. THAT is an experience!
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40 Faith @ lovelyascharged January 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Was that @ the TBPAC? I went and saw Lion King there about two years ago…absolutely mindblowing!!! You’d have loved it!
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41 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I would love to see that play! Definitely one of the best Disney movies πŸ™‚
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42 Maren January 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I love beauty and the beast. It was my favorite princess movie as a kid.
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43 Dina January 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

J. Alexander’s has the best french fries I have ever eaten. My salon moved over to the new one in Dr. Phillips and I swear those fries call to me every time I get my hair done. Will try the veggie burger next time I eat there.
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44 Kiran January 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The burgers and cucumber looks so yummy! I can’t wait to grill again πŸ™‚
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45 Lacey @ Lake Life January 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Glad you enjoyed the show! I would love to see The Little Mermaid, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

46 sarah (sarah learns) January 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

i’m a HUGE disney fan! πŸ™‚ my sister and i used to love watching the little mermaid, the lion kind, beauty & the beast – aww! now i want to watch them all again!

47 Kim @ girlevolving January 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

My husband and I just went and saw Tangled today in the theater – super cute. I’m a sucker for the fun Disney movies!
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48 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

What a wonderful evening!!!
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49 Anne January 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I think it’s important for you and other readers to be mindful of this:

50 Erica Rose January 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for posting this. I’m the only one in my group of friends that can’t stand Disney, mainly for being overtly sexual and misogynistic. You should read the jezebel posts on the Disney Princesses, they’re fantastic.

51 Anne January 26, 2011 at 2:29 am

Jezebel is one of my favorite sources for news dealing with women/gender/sex/sexuality/pop culture/etc. And the magazine/journal Bitch.

52 Courtney January 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Give me a break. They are fairytales, not something to base your life around. People need to stop taking everything so seriously and just enjoy life rather than overanalyzing every little thing. One major problem of our society is that we forgot how to relax and realize some things aren’t major social statements. You also need to remember the original stories these are based on were written hundreds of years ago and were meant to be slightly ironic and ridiculous.

53 RunningOnCoffee January 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Agreed. FAIRY tales are not REALITY.

Otherwise, we better not let kids watch Pinocchio, or they might actually think their noses will grow when they lie! There are probably all kinds of other awful hidden messages in fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. too.
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54 Meghann January 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Actually the first time I watched Pinocchio as a kid, I really did think my nose was going to grow if I lied. True story.

55 Meghann January 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

It’s true – fairytales are not reality, but they’re still fun. If we take fairytales, princesses, pirates, ‘once upon a time..’ and everything else out of children’s lives what are they left with? It’s about imagination and embracing childhood.

56 RunningOnCoffee January 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I agree! If/when I have kids, they will watch Disney movies.
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57 Hatty January 23, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I’m sorry but i highly doubt a little kid has ever watched a Disney movie and gone away with the message “if you’re hot a man will save you”. To them it is all about imagination, magic, wonder and excitement. Like another commenter said, why is it we must over-analyse everything, is it really that hard to accept that maybe some things can just be a little bit of happiness and magic for a child.

58 Meredith January 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Thanks for posting this, Anne. Disney really does teach children horrible things about sexuality, gender, and beauty.
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59 Anne January 24, 2011 at 6:21 am
60 LindzGreerIndy January 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Um, that comment above? Seriously…I understand the “concern” but come on! What little girl didn’t grow up wanting to be a princess?! Heck! I STILL want to be Belle!!! πŸ™‚

Looks like an amazing time, and I’m totally jealous of that cupcake!

61 Kayla January 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I love Beauty and the Beast. I wanted to be Belle too. She had brown hair and read all the time – she was just like me! lol
Looks like you guys had an awesome night.
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62 Lauren @ Team Giles January 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

That sounds like an awesome date night! πŸ™‚ I love disney princess-anything!
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63 Sana January 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I loveeee loveee princesses!!! People just need to enjoy the magical world πŸ™‚
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64 Gill (snaxandthecity) January 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Haha I think there was a good few months where I actually thought I WAS Belle. I used to carry around a little plastic figurine like a freak child. I’d forgotten but remembered with this post – hilarious!
Also that muffin looks to die for πŸ™‚
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65 Bess January 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I got to see the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast a few years ago…loved it! πŸ™‚

66 Raya @ RayaRuns January 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I’ve been to that EXACT J. Alexander’s before!! Next time I will have to try the veggie burger.
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67 Allie January 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I’m adding that to my netflix now! Also, I currently want to see another Disney broadway, Mary Poppins, so badly.
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68 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge January 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Beauty and the Beast was one of the first movies I saw in the theatre. I remember I had a cold. πŸ™‚ I loved that movie.

That cupcake is mouthwatering. It looks so good!
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69 chandra January 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I watched Aladdin on ABC Family a couple weekends ago and totally sang along. I couldn’t believe I remembered almost every word! lo Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites though! I also wanted to change my name to Belle after seeing it. (I also wanted to change my name to Ariel after seeing The Little Mermaid.)
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70 Allie January 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Glad you enjoyed Beauty and the Beast + veggie burger + time with your man πŸ™‚ P.S. I love your jacket!
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71 Christin@purplebirdblog January 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

The Little Mermaid was always my favorite, but Beauty is such a lovely classic too! Glad you guys had a great date night!
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72 Jessica Lee January 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

awwww i love those things too – i really need to see more broadway shows.
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73 Grace January 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I love J. Alexanders! I didn’t know we had any in Florida, now I definitely have to go and try their veggie burger…they have amazing spinach and cheese dip and salads!
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74 Sarah January 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I wish disney still made all those animated sing along movies, somethings just not the same about the new ones.
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