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PrincessTrisha
07-01-2006, 10:59 AM
I had every intention of writing these reviews the moment I got home but things just seemed to get away from me. So I finally got some time, so here they are......

First off, it was my mother and myself. It was supposed to be a solo trip just for me (I was made indeterminate at my government job so I wanted to celebrate) but my mother was practically distraught that she wasnít invited to come along (I usually bring my mom and dad to WDW with me - I figured they paid for enough family trips when I was young, itís payback time now that I can afford it). Oh and just as an FYI, my mother does no planning - her attitude is anything is fine for her (except no spicy / heavily spiced food / she doesnít really like steak / she is allergic to most shellfish / nothing flavoured with alcohol / not a burger, chicken finger or french fry fan - but oh anything
else is fine, lol.) We were on the dining plan for most of the trip (while at OKW) but for the first three days we were at BWI and not on the dining plan.

So to begin.........

We arrived on Thursday afternoon (around 4:30pm) and checked in at the BWI. The plan was to find something on the boardwalk or beach club area (like Spoodles, ESPN, B&C) but it had been a long drive so we settled for room service.

We each ordered the Waterfront Wrap (Bacon, ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and chive cream cheese rolled in a flour tortilla). I got mine with fries and mom got fruit with hers. We also each ordered a house salad.

The servings were huge (there was a whole plate of fries and the wraps were stuffed! The salads were the size of dinner plates). It was all very fresh and tasty. It came with little jars of every condiment you could think of and a linen table cloth and napkins. We decided that if we were to order it again, we would order 1 Wrap and 1 Salad and split it between the two of us.

The total came to around $42 (including tax, service charge and 18% tip) but the waiter who brought it to the room was so helpful, and polite and talked at great length to my mother (who can talk a blue streak if you let her) so I gave him an extra $6 tip.

Would not hesitate to order room service from BWI (in fact we did so one more time).

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On Friday we spent the day shopping in Orlando and DTD. We were going to go to the Rainforest Cafť but it just seemed so loud and noisy. I saw the sign for Capt Jackís so we went there instead. Mom had the tuna sandwich (on foccicia bread instead of croissant) with clam chowder and I had the grilled grouper with Napa valley coleslaw. Oh, and we each had a diet coke.

The sandwiches were good but nothing special. This is the one place where we had bad service. The waitress took our order and delivered the drinks, then the sandwiches, but she never checked to see if everything was okay, and she did not provide us with any refills on the drinks. I had to flag down another server to get the bill. With tax and tip (still about 15% because as my mother says I am a sucker) it came to about $28. I would have liked dessert but it was just not worth the hassle.

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After we finished shopping we went back to the hotel and then headed down to the boardwalk. After taking a look around we stopped in at the Boardwalk Bakery and picked up some sweets. We got a banana split cake and a brownie cheesecake. It came to just over $8. We saved these for later along with our leftovers from room service the night before.

Saturday was extra magic hours at MGM (and Star Wars weekend) so we headed out at 7:30 am with no breakfast. After a few spins on star tours and a couple of character autographs we were ready for some nourishment. We were passing by ABC commissary and they had there breakfast menu out. We shared the yogurt parfait with a lemon-cranberry muffin and an orange juice. I also purchased a large diet coke since it was already superhot out and I was very thirsty.

It was actually quite good. If it had not been so hot out I donít think it would have been enough for the two of us - but the heat seemed to kill my appetite. It came to around $8 and we wrapped the OJ in a napkin (because of condensation) and had that about an hour later.

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More to come............

PrincessTrisha
07-01-2006, 11:13 AM
For lunch I had made reservations at the Brown Derby (because there is no way on the DDP I would use two credits here). We checked in just after 1pm and were seated at 1:30 (our actual ADR time).

I had the barbeque chicken with salad (with green goddess dressing). The chicken was moist but my mom tried it and pronounced it too spicy for her because of the sauce. I enjoyed it though. The dressing is a little ďtartĒ(?) I donít know if that is the exact word to use but it had a bite to it.

My mom had the Cobb Salad with no avocado (she doesnít like it) but she loves blue cheese so she really enjoyed it. It was a little too strong for my tastes but I didnít order it, lol.

My mom and I both ordered dessert, the grapefruit cake and the vanilla bean creme brulee. The creme brulee was good (not the best we ended up having this week but it was good) but I found the grapefruit cake disappointing. I like tart citrus and this was not tart at all, I actually found it find of dull and bland. Maybe my expectations were too high but I would certainly not rush back for it.

The waitress started slow but once we started talking to her, she seemed to warm up. She seemed kind of perturbed when we both ordered salads (it was lunch time) but when the table next to us just wanted to order appetizers for lunch (and the waitress just kept saying, itís a very small serving - itís just one little piece, etc) I guess she figured we were her best chance for a tip. And when we ordered a dessert each she became practically ecstatic.

The total came to around $56 with a 20% tip.

Would I go back you ask? Well, probably not. There was nothing wrong with the restaurant / food, it just wasn't all that special for the price.

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More to come............

Shell0616
07-01-2006, 11:40 AM
Thank you so much for your review and pictures!

It sounds like you and your mom had a great trip....

Carol Ann
07-01-2006, 11:51 AM
yummy yummy. Can't wait for the next installment! Thanks for the pictures!

mdhkitten
07-01-2006, 12:01 PM
Great reviews and pics! You're making me hungry! popcorn:: I'm sorry to hear that you weren't impressed by the grapefruit cake :( ..............it was one of my favorites! :teeth:

ufgator
07-01-2006, 12:24 PM
Thanks for your great reviews and pictures so far! I've never ordered room service from any of the WDW resorts before and was curious about it. At the Brown Derby, was the green goddess dressing good? Do you know if it is like the Seven Seas one?

disneysailor
07-01-2006, 02:06 PM
Thanks for all the details and pictures. I can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip/food!

gems_smiling
07-01-2006, 02:23 PM
Nice reviews and pictures. Cant wait to read the rest.

Bev J
07-01-2006, 03:08 PM
Love to see the pics, it makes a big difference to see the items ordered!
Looking forward to more

Bev

PrincessTrisha
07-01-2006, 03:41 PM
For dinner we once again ordered room service but this time we ordered the supreme pizza and chicken wings. The total came to around $32 and it was well worth every penny. We had the same server bring the meal to the room so I felt like I should give him an extra tip like I did 2 nights before so I tacked on an extra $4. It was really good pizza. The wings were joined (so not the little drumettes and tips but the whole wing) and very meaty. There was plenty of leftovers for breakfast the next day (mmmm cold pizza).

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PrincessTrisha
07-01-2006, 03:47 PM
After our cold pizza breakfast, we headed over and checked in to OKW and picked up are cards with the dining plan credits. Thank goodness! It was nice not to worry about the check anymore!

Our first DDP meal was at Le Cellier for a late lunch (2pm).

To start my mother had the cheese plate and I had the mussels. My mother has enjoyed the cheese plate here before and it again did not disappoint. As I said, she likes blue cheese so this is right up her alley. The mussels were amazing! They are served ďchowder styleĒ with potatoes and bacon. I took them all out of the shells and enjoyed it like a soup. It was one of the dining
highlights of the trip.

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For entrees my mom had the shrimp with pasta / spinach / sun dried tomatoes. She ate only a little bit and we had the rest packed to go (we were staying in a DVC Studio so yea! For the microwave.) I had the petit filet with mashed potatoes (the potatoes I shared with mom because she had never had them before and they were very good).

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For dessert I got the chocolate moose and mom got the maple creme brulee. My mom had the brulee before and enjoyed it so much she knew going into the restaurant that she was getting it for dessert (hence, not eating her shrimp pasta). I had a few bites of the chocolate moose but was disappointed in my choice. I got it because I had seen pictures and thought it was cute and I like chocolate but after a couple of bites, you could tell that it was made for a childís palette (basically just like a thick chocolate pudding). It actually seemed to be a little dried out (maybe because of the cookie crumbs on the outside?).

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Service was top notch, drinks were refilled promptly and dishes cleared quickly after each course. Despite being one of the busiest restaurants we went to, the servers were friendly and talkative and very competent.

Still more to come....

momof2disprincesses
07-01-2006, 03:51 PM
L-O-V-E all the pictures! :love:

You describe the food so well and then by adding pictures, I feel I can practically taste it all ... I'm drooling.

In fact, you made me so hungry I had to raid the pantry and the best I could come up with was a pop-tart to share with dd14. I can't wait to be in WDW again!!!

PrincessTrisha
07-01-2006, 03:52 PM
Thanks for your great reviews and pictures so far! I've never ordered room service from any of the WDW resorts before and was curious about it. At the Brown Derby, was the green goddess dressing good? Do you know if it is like the Seven Seas one?

I've not had the Seven Seas dressing so I can't compare. What I can tell you is that the Goddess dressing is like a creamy vinegrette. The salad looks like ceasar salad but tastes completely different.

I really did want to like the cake - maybe it was just an off day - or after the salad dressing maybe I just couldn't taste as much grapefruit.

PrincessTrisha
07-01-2006, 04:35 PM
Because of information grazed from the DIS I knew that OKW didnít have a food court and after viewing their menu on allearsnet, I knew that to use all of our counter service credits I would have to find an acceptable food court. Right around the corner from OKW is POFQ and because we had a car it was very convenient. So on our way back from Epcot we stopped here and bought
some refillable mugs (because I intended to use this food court several times and I love me some diet coke!)

We still werenít really hungry after our big lunch but because we had the microwave we stopped and picked up a meal for a little later. We got the Ĺ chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and corn with corn bread and a fruit bowl for dessert (or breakfast the next day). They have the best mashed potatoes at WDW (it may have something to do with the fact that I don't make mashed potatoes at home :rotfl: )

For breakfast the next day we ate the leftover shrimp pasta from le Cellier and headed out to do more shopping. I was looking for an animal snow globe as a baby shower gift so eventually we ended up at AKL to check out their store. We had stayed at this hotel last Nov/Dec so I knew that they had a decent food court as well.

We split the fried shrimp dinner with fries (for me) and coleslaw (for mom) and a piece of cheesecake with strawberry sauce and of course a bottle of diet coke. The shrimps were nice and plump but they did have a heavy breading on them. Fries are fries, and the coleslaw was the creamy kind. The cheesecake was good, and it was nice that the sauce comes on the side since
my mom likes it and I donít (I am a plain cheesecake kind of person).

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We went back to the hotel for a bit to swim and work up an appetite before heading over to the Grand Floridian for tea.

I had peppermint tea, lemon poundcake and trifle and my mom got the Buckingham palace with the sandwiches (which she shared with me - such a good mom!) And the scone / jam tart and two pastries.

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It was wonderful and a very nice ďgirlyĒ thing to do. The poundcake is soaked (well at least sprinkled) with real lemon juice so it has a nice sweet/tart mix going. The trifle had grand Marnier flavour in it which if I had know I probably would not have ordered it (I am also not a big fan of alcohol flavouring). The sandwiches were nice and the scone was warm and fresh. The pastries were good (and that says a lot since my mom used to be a pastry chef and I myself
owned/operated a bakery for 2 years.)

Still more to come......

Shell0616
07-01-2006, 04:57 PM
I have always wanted to do a formal tea. My ds11 however would never forgive me!
Thanks so much for the wonderful descriptions and pictures.

Sandy22
07-01-2006, 05:01 PM
Great reviews and congrats on being made indeterminate. You picked a fantastic way to celebrate!

Minniespal
07-01-2006, 05:11 PM
Enjoying reading your reviews ~ Thanx for sharing.

tinkerbeth
07-01-2006, 07:58 PM
Super reviews!!! I can't wait to take my daugther to the tea at the GF one day...actually first I can't wait for her to be BORN. Then i'll start planning the tea. I love the pictures. Thanks for posting.

Beth :)

kimisabella
07-01-2006, 08:07 PM
great reporting - love the info on the mussels at Le Cellier - had the cheese selections last year, so I was looking forward to trying something different and the mussels look great!

nascarcheshirecat
07-01-2006, 08:35 PM
okay - now i am starving!
thanks for sharing!
glad you had a wonderfull time.
:goodvibes

MickeyNicki
07-01-2006, 09:10 PM
love your descriptions and pictures, thanks!

heaven2dc
07-01-2006, 09:34 PM
Enjoyed your reviews and pics - everything looks so yummy!

averill94
07-02-2006, 07:47 AM
Really enjoying the reviews mmmmm
Love that you got good room service too.
Thanks

scanne
07-02-2006, 10:22 AM
I am really enjoying your reviews. The pizza box from room service is SO cute - so cute that I may have to order pizza from WL room service our first night in WDW! My kids would get such a kick out of that!!!

Looking forward to more.

disneysailor
07-02-2006, 03:13 PM
Can you tell me how you and your mom liked the shrimp pasta at LeCellier? I was thinking about ordering this on our next trip. Thank you, love your reports!

Gina35
07-02-2006, 03:39 PM
Thank you so much for taking the time to give all the details and pictures. Going in Aug. & have ADRs for LeCellier (went there 2 yrs. ago & loved it). The room service does look delicious. SO GREAT that you treated your mom to this trip. I have 2 daughters in their early 20s (one at a "real" job and one still in college for her master's)....would LOVE to be "treated back" for the many trips we've taken and continue to take. That would be the ultimate compliment for me, especially in Disney!! Congratulations on your promotion. The tea looks terrific, too! Oh, to wish one of my daughters will do this with me!! :goodvibes
Looking forward to the rest of your reviews....I know they're time-consuming, but we at home REALLY appreciate them!!

jenrose66
07-02-2006, 04:05 PM
Thanks for taking the time to post your reviews and pictures. Everything looks tasty!

Keyana
07-02-2006, 09:47 PM
One word...Yummm! Thank you so much for taking the time to write these reviews. This will be our first trip to the world (although I have been to DL almost yearly). These reviews and pictures really do help! :thumbsup2
Keyana

Mom2DS
07-02-2006, 09:49 PM
Thanks so much for the reviews --- especially the pictures!!! It so helps me decide what to have on our next trip! I was showing your picture of the Le Cellier mussels app. to my DS15 -- I think he would LOVE them.

PrincessTrisha
07-02-2006, 09:57 PM
Thank you for all of your kind words. It has encouraged me to actually get this done (it helps that tomorrow is a stat holiday here in Canada so itís a three day week end).

So I left off after the tea.....

Our Tea ADR had been for 3:20 p.m. and knowing that we would be hungry later, I had made an ADR at Oliviaís (at OKW) for 8:40 that night. I was not sure if we would keep it (I didnít know if we would be hungry again) but as it turned out we both decided what the heck, letís go - we have a fridge and a microwave and being at our hotel it would be easy to transport any leftovers
so we headed over.

To start with, mom got the soup of the day - loaded baked potato - which was very chunky and creamy. It had potato, bacon, and chives. I got the crab cakes after checking with the chef to ensure that there was no possibility that my momís meal would be contaminated (my mother is deathly allergic to crab - mussels just make her lips swell but crab closes her throat). He assured me that her meal would be prepared separately and there would not be any problems. I usually just donít order crab when I am with my mom (and she knows this) but she usually pushes me to get it because she feels bad that I feel bad ordering it when it means that we canít share any part
of the meal unless I get a new fork (just in case). Anyways, these were very crispy and very filling. There were large pieces of crab and not too much filler.

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For entrees my mom got the pork chop with sweet potato puree and I got the beef rib with ďisland style beansĒ. My momís pork chop was very good - it was thick and grilled perfectly (the waiter had asked how we would like it done - ummm well done? Itís pork you know - he said he wasnít sure why they had to ask that because he thought pork should always be fully cooked and I have
always thought so to but I guess if someone wants to chance it, they at least have that option). And the sweet potatoes....mmmm good. They were very smooth and creamy with just the right touch of nutmeg / butter. Now, for my meal. Let me say that the beef rib was very good. It had a nice bbq sauce which was not spicy, just tangy and it was melt off the bone good. However, the beans were possibly one of the worst things I have ever had. They were pasty and starchy and had no other flavour. It seemed that they have just soaked and been boiled too long and it made them inedible. Thatís right, one bite that was it. I will give the waiter credit, when he saw that I had removed the beef rib to my bread plate and had put the beans to the side of the table he offered me another side but quite honestly I was just about done eating and I didnít want to get another side just to take it to go. So I said no thank you.

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For dessert we each got a key lime pie. Now neither of us wanted dessert (we had enough sweets with our tea) but we asked for them to go. The waiter said he could not pack them up in the kitchen but what he would do is bring them to the table along with take out containers and he would pack them up at the table. So he brought everything out, let me take a picture, and then packed them up for us. Strange, but it worked.

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The next day, we had the key lime pie for breakfast - I didnít actually know that I liked key lime pie, but hey there isnít too much citrus I donít like. As it turns out I REALLY like key lime pie (the crust not so much) but the filling is so creamy and tart, itís right up my alley.

PrincessTrisha
07-02-2006, 10:03 PM
We went to the Animal Kingdom and after a few rides and shows ended up at Pizzafari. Now this was never my first choice but it had started to rain slightly it stopped about 10 sec. After we went into the restaurant of course) so we stopped in. Mom and I shared a hot deli sandwich (it was a toss up between this and the chicken parm sandwich but I was concerned that the chicken would be a preformed, mashed chicken patty so I stuck with the deli sandwich (I have no idea what the chicken sandwich is so please donít not try it just because I didnít). We also got a diet coke and a frozen strawberry lemonade for dessert. The sandwich was good - in addition to the meat/cheese it also has marinated tomatoes and Caesar salad on top. The bread is crusty on the outside but very soft in the middle. The strawberry lemonade was so good I almost wanted to get a second one. It was not bitter at all (which I find sometime with lemonade) and not overly sweet (which I find sometimes with lemonade to combat my first complaint, lol).

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For dinner we decided to once again patronize the POFQ food court. This time we each got the 1/4 chicken and ribs with mashed potatoes and corn. Since we had mugs, I got a raspberry lemonade for later and my mom got a citrus punch for later. For dessert I got the beignets (3) and my mom got a piece of pecan pie. The chicken and ribs were as good as you would get at Outbacks and well, the mashed potatoes were once again, the highlight of my meal why donít I make them at home? Oh right too much work and mess for one!) My mom took her pecan pie back to OKW with her and ate it before bed. She said it was good but didnít eat the crusty because to quote ďIím just not a crusty person!Ē she is just a riot sometimes. I had gotten the beignets after reading about them on the DIS but once again I was disappointed. I donít know what I was expecting but they were just fried dough with powdered sugar on the top ( and lots of sugar too - my top changed from pink to white they were so messy). I think mine were also a little under cooked because deep fried dough should not collapse the way mine did. For those who can eat these without looking like they are walking through a snow storm, I salute you!


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PrincessTrisha
07-02-2006, 10:13 PM
The next day I am not sure what exactly we had for breakfast since I didnít write it down and I honestly canít think of what we still had in the room. Anyways, this was another Epcot day so we hit Seasonís in the Land for lunch. We shared the grilled salmon and mashed potatoes with an orange Soariní creme brulee. I know the creme brulee at Le Cellier is good, but this is my hands down favourite of the trip. It was firm and the glaze was crispy without being hard. And it was orange flavoured (you know I didnít realize how much I tend to order citrus things until I started to write this - I always thought of myself as more a chocolate person but I guess not). I highly recommend Seasons to anyone looking for a good place to eat in future world at Epcot (oh and the drinks are serve yourself so if you want it - or youíre sharing - grab the large one cause itís covered on the DDP).

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Now with all of the fabulous restaurants around the World Showcase, you would think that we would be adventurous right? But in order to fulfill my momís - anythingís fine with me except...... our choices are pretty much Le Cellier, Rose and Crown and Alfredoís. The English are not known for their great food (hey I can say that Iíve been there) and at my Dadís request we
did not go to Alfredoís (since it is his must do for October when we return next) so Le Cellier again it was (I know a real hardship to eat there twice in a trip). Anyways, having enjoyed the mussels so much the first time I ordered them again and they were just as good as the first time. My mother got the shrimp cocktail (mom, that comes with wasabi coleslaw - I donít care I just
wonít eat that part - Itís spicy - Umm Trisha, I donít really like this, donít eat it ma, I feel so bad wasting it, donít eat it ma, have a bite Trisha I am sure youíll like it, I donít want any, please if you have some it will make me feel better that itís not such a waste, fine mom - wow that is spicy - the first five minutes of our dinner conversation after the appetizers arrived).

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We both order the mushroom filet with risotto (this is my momís one exception to not liking beef and I think itís because she really likes the risotto). The steaks were perfect but I would expect nothing less.

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For dessert the waitress let us know that we could have any dessert but if we wanted the sampler we would need both of our ďdessert creditsĒ to get one. Since we were both very full, we decided this would be our best course of action so we could enjoy a bite of the three desserts. The waiter who delivered it actually delivered two of them (I guess he misunderstood) but it took me 5 min to convince him that we only got one and please donít leave the other one. Our waitress came over and straightened it out.

The service was once again excellent. Drinks were refilled quickly and the server made several suggestions (including the mussels) and spoke with us at length because she was from out west and really wanted to visit Toronto one day.

PrincessTrisha
07-02-2006, 10:21 PM
The next day it was EMH at MK so we headed in nice and early and proceeded to waste most of it enjoying an ooey gooey cinnamon roll and french toast loaf with a diet coke from the Main street bakery. The cinnamon roll was huge and very airy - it was good but really sweet (better for a mid morning break than first thing) and the french toast loaf lived up to itís hype. It was layer upon layer of maple french toast goodness (sorry I meant to take a picture of it).

For lunch we stopped at Pinnochioís Village Haus and shared a turkey panini with baked lays, a cannoli and a diet coke. The sandwich was okay but not as good as the sandwich from Pizzafari. The cannoli shell was hard and the filling was just sweet with no real flavour to it. My mother thought that it was ďlacking Disney qualityĒ.

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For dinner we went to Planet Hollywood. I know this restaurant gets knocked on the DIS quite regularly but we really enjoy it. For appetizers we had the potato skins and the Texas tostados. Cover just about anything with cheese and put some sour cream on the side and I like it. They were both good and the portions were huge.

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There was a delay in the entrees which the waiter came out to explain. It wasnít a problem for us because we werenít in any hurry. The waiter seemed surprised when I said, ďthatís okay, itís not your faultĒ. I think he had been getting a hard time from other tables about it.

For entrees we had the L.A. Lasagna and one of the steaks. I ate my green beans and a few fries but packed the steak up to go back to the room after one taste of my momís Lasagna, it was so good!

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For dessert we each ordered the same thing - the banana fosters cheesecake. I wasnít sure about a warm sauce over cheesecake but hey, if I didnít like it, it didnít really matter (because of the DDP). It was actually really good, the cheesecake seemed to melt just a little and it made it so sweet and creamy and the bananaís were caramelized just right. We ended up each taking back about half of our pieces for later.

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PrincessTrisha
07-02-2006, 10:24 PM
The shrimp pasta at le cellier was very good - a little too much sundried tomato in my (and my mother's) opinion, but that was easy to pick out. The shrimps were absolutely huge and it was a good combo of flavours (with the spinach, etc).

There are still a couple of more meals to come.....

PoohGal05
07-02-2006, 11:24 PM
You did the Afternoon Tea!!! I decided that I wanted my mom and I to do this on our trip, something different than we have done on our previous trips. I am so excited! And I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!


Because of information grazed from the DIS I knew that OKW didnít have a food court and after viewing their menu on allearsnet, I knew that to use all of our counter service credits I would have to find an acceptable food court. Right around the corner from OKW is POFQ and because we had a car it was very convenient. So on our way back from Epcot we stopped here and bought
some refillable mugs (because I intended to use this food court several times and I love me some diet coke!)

We still werenít really hungry after our big lunch but because we had the microwave we stopped and picked up a meal for a little later. We got the Ĺ chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and corn with corn bread and a fruit bowl for dessert (or breakfast the next day). They have the best mashed potatoes at WDW (it may have something to do with the fact that I don't make mashed potatoes at home :rotfl: )

For breakfast the next day we ate the leftover shrimp pasta from le Cellier and headed out to do more shopping. I was looking for an animal snow globe as a baby shower gift so eventually we ended up at AKL to check out their store. We had stayed at this hotel last Nov/Dec so I knew that they had a decent food court as well.

We split the fried shrimp dinner with fries (for me) and coleslaw (for mom) and a piece of cheesecake with strawberry sauce and of course a bottle of diet coke. The shrimps were nice and plump but they did have a heavy breading on them. Fries are fries, and the coleslaw was the creamy kind. The cheesecake was good, and it was nice that the sauce comes on the side since
my mom likes it and I donít (I am a plain cheesecake kind of person).

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We went back to the hotel for a bit to swim and work up an appetite before heading over to the Grand Floridian for tea.

I had peppermint tea, lemon poundcake and trifle and my mom got the Buckingham palace with the sandwiches (which she shared with me - such a good mom!) And the scone / jam tart and two pastries.

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It was wonderful and a very nice ďgirlyĒ thing to do. The poundcake is soaked (well at least sprinkled) with real lemon juice so it has a nice sweet/tart mix going. The trifle had grand Marnier flavour in it which if I had know I probably would not have ordered it (I am also not a big fan of alcohol flavouring). The sandwiches were nice and the scone was warm and fresh. The pastries were good (and that says a lot since my mom used to be a pastry chef and I myself
owned/operated a bakery for 2 years.)

Still more to come......

bluejasmine
07-03-2006, 09:28 AM
Thank you so much for the reviews and the pictures! I just love it when ppl include pics!!

mom2my3kids
07-03-2006, 09:53 AM
It all sounds so good... Great reviews :thumbsup2

PrincessTrisha
07-03-2006, 10:10 AM
Okay so for the final installment.....

We enjoy leftovers for breakfast and had an early lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafť. I had originally booked Narcooseeís (2TS) but when we woke up neither of us were in a ďfancyĒ mood so I called Disney dining to see what I could get for lunch and dinner. I secured a 12:10 Lunch reservation for Whispering Canyon and a 7:50pm reservation for Kona Cafť.

For lunch both my mom and I got the skillet. The coleslaw was creamy and okay (hey itís sliced cabbage, what else can I say?) But the cornbread was good (itís not something we get too much of up here in Canada but we really enjoy it). Then the waitress brought the skillet. Wow! The chicken was really tasty (although my mom found the skin to be too peppery / spicy) and the ribs
were very tender and the sauce was again tangy - not spicy. The mashed potatoes were very buttery and you could tell that they were real (no instant here) but the corn on the cob stole the show. I ended up having 3 pieces - it came pre butter and was just the best (I guess because it is out of season, most of the time you get corn now it is frozen and off the cob, but these cobs were very fresh) They were quick with the refills (more chicken, ribs, corn and potatoes). Oh the skillet has sausage as well, but neither mom nor I like sausage. We had asked for it to be left off but the kitchen forgot - the waitress offered to bring us a different skillet but said this one would need to be tossed so we said just to leave it - we just wonít eat the sausage. Because both my mom and I were drinking diet coke, the waitress brought us a giant mason jar full because ďshe didnít want to be running and fetching refills for the likes of you guysĒ. They did play with us a bit which was nice but they also didnít push which I was thankful for. This is a must do for our
next trip as well. For dessert we were too full so the waitress packed up some chocolate chip cookies for our dessert. Although not the best financial use of a credit it was a good meal.

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We had 4 leftover counter service credits so before dinner we hit the POFQ food court yet again (BTW, we stopped here on the way to and from the parks everyday to fill up our mugs). I got 4 of the Ĺ chicken dinners with mashed potatoes and corn which we packed up (froze the chicken) to
take home with us (we were driving so we ended up enjoying it for dinner Sunday and Monday night - just a little touch of Disney at home).

For dinner we went over to the Polynesian for dinner at the Kona Cafť - our reservation was for 7:50 but did not get seated until almost 9:00pm. Our little slip had gotten put to the side and our name was not called - we checked a couple of times and they just kept saying - about another 15 min. Finally they realized what had happened and seated us right away.

For dinner we each got the sticky wings for our appetizers. Wow these are good! My mom is not usually a wing person but she really enjoyed these ones.

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For entrees my mom got the macadamia mahimahi and I got the filet mignons with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Both of these entrees were amazing. They were so good and we were so happy with our choices, neither of us wanted to share with each other.

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For dessert, we both got the white chocolate cheesecake because we were so full and were looking for something to take with us.

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Now we were a little ticked at the hostess for losing our ticket but I guess fate does work in mysterious ways because as we were coming out of Kona and walked by the big windows, Wishes started. We stood and watched the fireworks (with the sound / music piped in). It was a great end to a great trip.

So thatís it. I had priced out our dining with and without the dining plan and I figured it would cost about the same. The difference was that we would be able to order anything and everything we wanted on the dining plan. If I was paying out of pocket probably the best food items of the trip would not have been ordered - at le Cellier - well almost everything - we would have had the
sandwiches there at lunch - no appetizers and shared a creme brulee dessert. Kona would have been out of the question (at it was very close to being tied with le Cellier as the best meal of the trip). The orange creme brulee would not have been purchased and even the Ĺ chicken dinner or the chicken and ribs - we probably would have gone for something cheaper. So although we
ended up bringing food home, I had to remember that because our actual dining (without appetizers / desserts , eating at less expensive restaurants) would have been the same cost, the extra counter service meals were free.

Hope you enjoyed my reviews :wizard:

Maleficent13
07-03-2006, 10:20 AM
Great reviews...and may I ask (I may have missed it) who is the little man in your pics? :)

John's Mom
07-03-2006, 10:29 AM
I really enjoyed your reviews and pictures. Thanks!

sunny04
07-03-2006, 11:00 AM
Great reviews...and may I ask (I may have missed it) who is the little man in your pics? :)
I was about to ask that too! :rotfl:

Also, where exactly did you stop to watch the fireworks? And they did pipe the music in??

TruBlu
07-03-2006, 12:57 PM
Great reviews! And I LOVE the title of your thread!!!

Ashley80
07-03-2006, 02:01 PM
Great reviews...and may I ask (I may have missed it) who is the little man in your pics? :)

Yes, do tell! :)

brat5063
07-03-2006, 02:17 PM
Thanks your posts. I enjoyed reading your reviews and looking at the pics of all that yummy food.

Aimeedyan
07-03-2006, 02:20 PM
Great reviews! Thanks for taking the time!

Disney owl
07-03-2006, 03:52 PM
Great reviews & photos thanks

PrincessTrisha
07-03-2006, 04:23 PM
The little guy in most of the pictures is "my dad".

My real dad has come with us the last two times and will be joining us again it October but could not / did not want to come this time.

My mom crocheted a little doll of him to take with us. He made it into many pictures and a lot of people commented on him and asked who he was.

BeckWhy
07-03-2006, 06:24 PM
The little guy in most of the pictures is "my dad".

My real dad has come with us the last two times and will be joining us again it October but could not / did not want to come this time.

My mom crocheted a little doll of him to take with us. He made it into many pictures and a lot of people commented on him and asked who he was.

Aww that is such a good idea! I love it with the lil glasses and all!

Ashley80
07-03-2006, 06:37 PM
Thats great! Very creative and thoughful. I bet he thought that was a sweet thing for you to do. :blush:

richard_andmel
07-05-2006, 09:45 AM
I really enjoyed all of your reviews! I'm glad you had such a good time. :)

kimwim8
07-05-2006, 01:36 PM
I really enjoyed reading your reviews. The pictures help me so much, since I haven't ventured into many of the places you did.

I LOVED your comment about putting cheese on top of anything and a side of sour cream.....That is totally ME! :rotfl:

Thanks again!

budbeerlady
07-05-2006, 02:29 PM
Wonderful and very helpful review. I love seeing all the food pictures. Thanks!

Poppinsme
07-05-2006, 03:09 PM
Great reviews! THANKS.

:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

chigirl
07-05-2006, 07:41 PM
I had that mussels appetizer at Le Cellier in Sept. and it was THE BEST thing I ate all trip! Totally flavorful & filling, very, very good! I am looking forward to it my upcoming trip. We had the surf & turf special when we went to LeCellier and that was nice, too.

Viki
08-12-2006, 10:00 PM
Wonderful reviews, great photos, I can't wait to try Kona cafe, I may have to finally eat at a food court - you make it that appealing - and I loved the "thing" with your mother!

MissMagnolia
08-12-2006, 11:57 PM
Excellent reviews! I especially enjoyed them with the added photos. It really makes a difference!