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oybolshoi
06-08-2007, 09:24 PM
Greetings friends and food-lovers! The hubby and I are just returned from a one-week stint at WDW to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Through an unprecedented stroke of good fortune we nabbed the Chef's Table for the night of our anniversary and presto chango...another Disney trip was simmering in the ol' vacation crockpot.

Join us now as we re-live the food love...we'll try some new restaurants and visit some old favorites, making absolute pigs of ourselves along the way - with pictures, I might add!

In order to whet your appetites allow me to provide you with a menu of reviews to come:

Ghiradelli - Page 1
Raglan Road - Page 3
Interlude - Page 7
Chefs de France - Page 10
Jiko - Page 13
House of Blues Gospel Brunch - Page 17
Kona Cafe - Page 19
Flying Fish - Page 25
Artist Point - Page 31
California Grill - Page 34
Victoria & Albert's Chef's Table - Page 37, 41, 44, 48, and 51



Thanks in advance for reading!! :goodvibes

Edited to add - we were not on the dining plan for this trip but we did take advantage of the DDE card that is available to annual passholders. With this fabu little card you can get 20% off all food and alcohol purchased at participating restaurants (and it's a lot of restaurants, including a few that don't accept the dining plan).

At the end of the day, the DDP probably would have been a wash with the DDE. I say this because although we easily spent enough money to justify the dining plan, we only would have used the credits for dinner. Our snack and counter service credits would have been wasted because we just don't eat that much food in a day...we save it all up for dinner! :rotfl2:

Just thought I'd throw that out there for folks to chew on. :goodvibes

jedijill
06-08-2007, 10:32 PM
Yea!!!! You are back with more food porn!!!

Happy Anniversary!

Jill in KC

NC Belle
06-08-2007, 11:02 PM
Happy belated anniversary!

I can't wait to read your reviews!

kindakrazy2
06-08-2007, 11:31 PM
Happy Anniversary!

Bring on the food! :banana:

rentayenta
06-08-2007, 11:36 PM
Greetings friends and food-lovers! The hubby and I are just returned from a one-week stint at WDW to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Through an unprecedented stroke of good fortune we nabbed the Chef's Table for the night of our anniversary and presto chango...another Disney trip was simmering in the ol' vacation crockpot.

Join us now as we re-live the food love...we'll try some new restaurants and visit some old favorites, making absolute pigs of ourselves along the way - with pictures, I might add!

In order to whet your appetites allow me to provide you with a menu of reviews to come:

Ghiradelli
Raglan Road
Chefs de France
Jiko
Gospel Brunch at House of Blues
Kona Cafe
Flying Fish
Victoria and Albert's - Chefs Table
California Grill
Earl of Sandwich
Artist Point


Thanks in advance for reading!! :goodvibes



:thumbsup2 Awesome! We will be trying California Grill and Ragland Road; can't wait to read all about it!

oybolshoi
06-08-2007, 11:40 PM
Friday, May 25th - I want a hamburger...no, a cheeseburger. I want a hotdog; I want a milkshake...


A brief introduction is probably in order, don't you think?

Your tablemates for this group of reviews are as follows:

Oybolshoi - Brenda (37) ... I'm a picky eater primarily due to Crohns Disease, which I am fortunate enough to keep in check (for the most part) with lots of daily pills and avoidance of most foods spicy and / or barbequed and / or overly saucy, etc. Luckily for me I can eat junk with little or no trouble, and alcohol is still my friend.

DH - Jason (37) ... Has a cast-iron digestive system, loves spicy food, and is willing to try almost anything at least once. Vacation is one of the few times that he can look forward to new and potentially exotic food choices after months of culinary boredom at home.

We stayed at Saratoga Springs during this visit to the World, and we were unpacked and very hungry by about 12:30 PM on Friday afternoon. We thought this might be a good time to wander over to Downtown Disney and finally try that Earl of Sandwich place that everyone on the DIS is always raving and drooling and generally making a fuss about. Silly us, thinking that we could get a quick sandwich on a Friday afternoon...on Memorial Day Weekend...at Downtown Disney. The line was backing up out the door and as far as I'm concerned no sandwich is that good when the local hot dog stand only has three people waiting in line.

I never know if this place actually has a name, but it's a small, painted shed located in DTD almost directly across from the Disney Vacation Club kiosk and on a diagonal from Ghiradelli. Jay and I each ordered a hot dog meal which consisted of a tasty, good-sized beef dog, a bag of Doritos, and a bottle of water.

For the first real meal of the day, this was just fine. The dog was hot (so that's where the name comes from!) and juicy with a good flavor and that bottle of water really hit the spot. The only downside to the meal, and now that I think about this it wasn't a downside as much as it was an annoyance, was the wind.

I really don't like the wind.

It blows tiny particles of dirt into my eyes preventing me from wearing my contacts...it mucks up my carefullly prepared coiffure...it forces me to wear a jacket in 80-degree weather...and it makes a hollow mockery of any attempt at outdoor dining.

**By the way, which one of the above comments is a blatant lie, inserted only for the sake of poking fun at myself and hopefully generating a laugh?**

As I was saying, I don't like the wind. The wind doesn't really like me. And this was a mighty wind that for the most part didn't stop blowing during the entire week. We didn't realize just how strong the wind was until we sat down at a small table near the DTD marina to eat our lunch only to have the table attempt to take flight.

Whoa, Nellie!

Those umbrellas provide nice shade but in 25-mph wind gusts they take on a sinsiter life of their own and I, for one, don't like battling the elements or the furniture when I'm trying to enjoy a meal. It had to be comical to watch us struggle to eat while the table was trying to make a mad dash for freedom and all the food was scattering in eighty-seven different directions. In fact, I know it was funny because during the rest of the week we enjoyed many a good laugh at the expense of others experiencing this very same problem.

We decided that the only way to improve the overall situation would be to have dessert. Jay and I don't typically indulge in stuff like this during the day, but based on past experience we had already decided that if we were ever going to try Ghiradelli's Soda Fountain without enduring a two-hour wait we would have to pay a visit during the day.

So...I present now for your lip-smacking enjoyment...

Ghiradelli Soda Fountain

Thanks to some on-line poking around and some great advice from folks here on the DIS, I registered on Ghiradelli's official web-site for something they call Choco-Mail. As a registration thank-you the company will send you an email coupon good for 20% off a purchase in one of their stores, from their on-line catalogue, or at their soda fountain.

Coupon in hand, Jay and I scanned the menu. We considered sharing but the truth of the matter was that I just wasn't interested in many of the items that Jason wanted to try. And I hated to consign him to vanilla ice cream and hot fudge when I knew he'd much prefer dark chocolate ice cream with coffee and toffee and all kinds of other weird stuff.

The result?

I ordered the Warm Brownie Sundae, described thusly: A scoop of premium vanilla ice cream paired with warm Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie smothered with hot fudge sauce and topped with whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry. I ordered mine sans almonds...Crohns disease and nuts just don't mix.

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC01953.jpg

I notice that in my excitement to eat the first of many vacation desserts the over-bite I thought was corrected with four years of orthodontics in high school appears to have returned. Interesting phenomena...

I also notice that I'm flashing some unintentional dessert cleavage...bad posture and the promise of hot fudge tend to have that effect on me.

How was the dessert itself? It was worth every penny. Thick, rich whipped cream covered the entire serving and the brownie was awesome - warm and moist and full of dense, chocolate flavor. The ice cream was a wonderful vanilla with flecks of vanilla bean and it was heaven paired with all that hot fudge. I couldn't finish this - it was just too much for me to eat - but I made a pretty good dent in it.

Jason ordered the Espresso Escape, described as follows: two scoops of espresso chip ice cream, dark chocolate hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and a square of Espresso Escape Intense Dark chocolate.

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC01954.jpg

Jay said this was terrific. He prefers dark chocolate and really likes coffee flavored ice cream, so this choice was perfect for him. I did try a taste of it and it was very good, but too intense for me. Jason, by the way, did not have any trouble finishing his dessert.

Next up: dinner at Raglan Road, a new favorite. Thanks for reading!

rentayenta
06-08-2007, 11:55 PM
**By the way, which one of the above comments is a blatant lie, inserted only for the sake of poking fun at myself and hopefully generating a laugh?**




The hair! What do I win Wink? :lmao:


Fun report! :thumbsup2

BabyPiglet
06-09-2007, 12:14 AM
I love your dining reviews so much. I'm glad you've started another one, and I can't wait for the next installment.

:]

passthepixiedust
06-09-2007, 12:29 AM
Your dessert looks AWESOME! I can't wait to read the rest!

Minniespal
06-09-2007, 01:40 AM
Excellent:thumbsup2

BriarRosie
06-09-2007, 02:09 AM
Oh wow. I'm so glad I found you at the beginning of the report!
I cannot finish my Ghirardelli dessert, either. ;)

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

DisneyJo
06-09-2007, 06:32 AM
Brenda I have not been dissappointed with your first review you're hilarious, keep them coming :goodvibes

veryblessed
06-09-2007, 07:15 AM
Can't wait to read more! We are eating a Raglan Rd. for the first time on our Sept. trip and we are staying at SSR!!! Looking foward to your next review!

eliza61
06-09-2007, 07:19 AM
Well done Brenda,
Great report & don't worry about the **** flashing thing, hey that dessert looks like it would make me lift a shirt. :thumbsup2

Can't wait for the next installment.

DisneyMom5
06-09-2007, 07:26 AM
Yum. So far so good. :thumbsup2

My guess at the blatant lie: Coat in 80 degree weather.

Why?

Well...If you don't wear pants when it is subzero, it stands to reason you won't wear a coat when it's 80 degrees.
:rolleyes1

Hope I am right! [What's the prize?]

[Side note - I am kicking myself I didn't have you send postcards to my niece, nephew, and my kids. DOH!]

Keep up the good work! :wizard:

praisehisname
06-09-2007, 07:39 AM
Yay, you've started! I hope this means you are feeling better. Those sundaes look soooo good, and they are huge!!!

Looking forward to more!

Denise

lajones81
06-09-2007, 07:51 AM
Great reviews! I can't wait to read more! :)

John's Mom
06-09-2007, 08:33 AM
Really enjoy reading your reviews!

cmp1111
06-09-2007, 08:34 AM
Yum!
Glad you're feeling better!

ursula28
06-09-2007, 08:45 AM
Great start, can't wait to read more!

lynninpa
06-09-2007, 09:10 AM
popcorn::

cathy0124
06-09-2007, 09:11 AM
Yea! :yay: Brenda's back- Wohoo! Love your reports as always.

kikigirl
06-09-2007, 09:23 AM
What a great start!!! That sundae looks awesome! :banana:

Kiki

DisneyLaura
06-09-2007, 09:36 AM
Brenda

Too funny. You're a hoot. Happy belated anniversary too. Glad I found your thread, can't wait to read more. The dessert looks very yummy. I love that place.:love: :love:

punkin413
06-09-2007, 10:04 AM
so brenda's doing a dining review, huh? welp, there goes my diet!

mental note to myself: go to ghirardelli's website and get that coupon. got it!

whogirl'smom
06-09-2007, 10:52 AM
Hooray!:cheer2: Another report has begun! I just want you to know I'm drooling over your hot fudge sundae as I eat my 4 point weight watcher lunch. Guess which was probably better?:rotfl2: (Although fat free pringles chips are pretty darn good...)

oybolshoi
06-09-2007, 11:16 AM
First off, let me just say thank you so much for all the anniversary wishes. :grouphug:

And, then...wow! I couldn't believe the number of responses on this thread when I popped back in this morning. Proof positive that you should start everything with dessert! ;)

Thank you all for reading and posting - I love to hear from everyone and should you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.


Yea!!!! You are back with more food porn!!!

Happy Anniversary! Jill in KC

Thanks, Jill! I hope you enjoy this next round of food porn...I think it's much more appealing than the one we did in October, but maybe that's because I'm still hungry.

I also think Disney needs a new food campaign...

Addicted to Food Porn? We Can Help; Call 1-407-WDW-DINE


Happy belated anniversary!

I can't wait to read your reviews!

Thank you!

Happy Anniversary!

Bring on the food!

Thank you! More food is coming...lots and lots of food!

:thumbsup2 Awesome! We will be trying California Grill and Ragland Road; can't wait to read all about it!

You've picked two of our favorite restaurants - I hope our reviews will reinforce that you've made some good choices.

The hair! What do I win Wink?
Fun report! :thumbsup2

You are correct! It was the hair...:rotfl2: What gave it away...my use of the word coiffure or the fact that you deduced from previous reports that I tend to be no-fuss, no-muss during the day?

As for your fabulous prize...let me get back to you on that one, ok? ;)


I love your dining reviews so much. I'm glad you've started another one, and I can't wait for the next installment. ]

Thank you so much!

Your dessert looks AWESOME! I can't wait to read the rest!

I must say, I was quite pleased with dessert at Ghiradelli. It definitely lived up to the hype. Actually, all the restaurants we tried on this trip lived up to the hype with the exception of one...which I will leave undisclosed until the appropriate time.


Excellent:thumbsup2

Thanks!

Oh wow. I'm so glad I found you at the beginning of the report! I cannot finish my Ghirardelli dessert, either. ;)



Hi Lori! How ya doin'? That dessert was so good but it's so rich and the size is just huge...I don't know how anyone is able to finish their dessert. Well, actually that's not true; I know Jay was able to finish his because he actually has a second stomach just for vacation, but I don't know of anyone other than him that does that. ;)

Brenda I have not been dissappointed with your first review you're hilarious, keep them coming

Thanks, Jo. I'll try to keep the quality high!

Can't wait to read more! We are eating a Raglan Rd. for the first time on our Sept. trip and we are staying at SSR!!! Looking foward to your next review!

Thanks for reading! We've eaten at RR twice now in the last 8 months and we really enjoyed it both times. I hope you and your family will, too. And SSR was a lovely resort - beautifully landscaped and nice and quiet due to the size of the property. But be sure to bring your walking shoes!

Well done Brenda,
Great report & don't worry about the **** flashing thing, hey that dessert looks like it would make me lift a shirt. :thumbsup2

Can't wait for the next installment.

Thanks so much for reading - your post had me :rotfl2: I think on our next trip I may just flash my husband if we end up with a particularly tasty dessert somewhere.

Now that I think about it that picture of me with the sundae does kind of bring a new meaning to the concept of food porn, doesn't it. :lmao:

Don't worry, mods... I'm just teasing! There will be no more inappropriate references to dessert cleavage!!

BTW - I love your comment about trying to find your glasses when not wearing your glasses!

Yum. So far so good. :thumbsup2

My guess at the blatant lie: Coat in 80 degree weather.

Why?

Well...If you don't wear pants when it is subzero, it stands to reason you won't wear a coat when it's 80 degrees.
:rolleyes1

Hope I am right! [What's the prize?]

[Side note - I am kicking myself I didn't have you send postcards to my niece, nephew, and my kids. DOH!]

Keep up the good work!

Hi Sarah! Thanks for reading, but I am sorry to say that you are incorrect - it was the hair. Your logic is sound based on the no-pants episode from October, but the truth of the matter is that I am always cold and I did have my jacket with me nearly evey day on this trip.

But don't be sad...I have no fabulous prize to offer...only more yummy food pictures and reviews. I hope that's acceptable. ;)

Oh bilge! I wish I'd PMd you before we left. I did send some postcards for some DISers and I would have been more than happy to send some for you - I just couldn't remember everyone that had trips coming up. I think there may be a thread around here somewhere... The Fairy Godmother maybe ... where you can ask someone who's got a trip prior to yours to send a card to the kids.

Yay, you've started! I hope this means you are feeling better. Those sundaes look soooo good, and they are huge!!!

Looking forward to more!

Denise

Hi Denise! I am feeling much better, thank you. And thanks for popping over to take a read...more to come!

BTW - I saw your edit and you are correct... it was the hair! :lmao:


Great reviews! I can't wait to read more! :)

Thanks!

Really enjoy reading your reviews!

Thank you!

Yum! Glad you're feeling better!

Hi there and thanks! I see you're back from your WDW trip...did you make it to Raglan Road and did you enjoy it?

Great start, can't wait to read more!

Thanks!

popcorn::

More to come...hang on to your kernals! ;)

Yea! :yay: Brenda's back- Wohoo! Love your reports as always.

Thank you!

What a great start!!! That sundae looks awesome! :banana: Kiki

Hi Kiki! If you can handle it I say you need to get over to Ghiradelli on your next visit... it was so good!

Brenda

Too funny. You're a hoot. Happy belated anniversary too. Glad I found your thread, can't wait to read more. The dessert looks very yummy. I love that place.:love: :love:

Thank you very much - we had a lovely anniversary. :thumbsup2
I can't believe it took us this long to finally try something at Ghiradelli's soda fountain...we're such slackers.


so brenda's doing a dining review, huh? welp, there goes my diet!

mental note to myself: go to ghirardelli's website and get that coupon. got it!

Hey Dawn! If it makes you feel any better I still haven't made it back to my diet yet. And yes, you must register for Choco-mail - the coupon doesn't have an expiration date and sometimes they'll send you yummy recipes for things that are not part of any diet plan I've ever seen. ;)

Thanks again everyone for reading and posting - Raglan Road is in process!

Disneyolic
06-09-2007, 11:20 AM
Loving your review and looking forward to more. However, I must admit a strange thing that I did. I was reading along and looking at your picture. Mainly I focused on the brownie sundae that looked scrumptious. Then I read about how your overbite now returned and you were sporting a bit of cleavage. I had to scroll up to look again. Then I thought, "What am I doing? How strange am I to go back to look for that?" Uhm, sorry....I am not that way...not that there's anything wrong with that!

oybolshoi
06-09-2007, 11:30 AM
Hooray!:cheer2: Another report has begun! I just want you to know I'm drooling over your hot fudge sundae as I eat my 4 point weight watcher lunch. Guess which was probably better?:rotfl2: (Although fat free pringles chips are pretty darn good...)

Hey there! It's nice to see you on the new and improved food porn thread! Although my sundae may have tasted better, your lunch is definitely better for you, so kudos to you for eating healthy! I'm trying to do the same...just not today! :lmao:

Thanks for reading!


Loving your review and looking forward to more. However, I must admit a strange thing that I did. I was reading along and looking at your picture. Mainly I focused on the brownie sundae that looked scrumptious. Then I read about how your overbite now returned and you were sporting a bit of cleavage. I had to scroll up to look again. Then I thought, "What am I doing? How strange am I to go back to look for that?" Uhm, sorry....I am not that way...not that there's anything wrong with that!


:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

Thank you so much...for reading, for posting, and for making me laugh! I would have scrolled back to look, too! In fact, it was after I posted the picture that I thought to myself, "Self, there's not enough dessert in that picture but there does seem to be some chestage on display." And then, "And why are you smiling like that? You haven't needed headgear in more than 20 years so what gives with the buck-toothed grin?"

I had to comment on it...I'm always poking fun at something so I figured I might as well start with me (I'm an easy target!).

Thanks again for reading!

SmallWorld71
06-09-2007, 12:09 PM
Ooh! I'm so excited! :banana: The girl who turned me on to Disney Dining is back. Your list of restaurants sounds great. I'm almost embarrassed:blush: to tell you where we are eating on our upcoming trip. (It's a trip full of kid friendly dining. I'll save the story of why for my report though, since I don't want to hi-jack what promises to be lots of food porn fun!)

Congrats on your anniversary! pixiedust: It'll be 9 years for us this July.

Cass
06-09-2007, 12:10 PM
Oh Mah Gawd. A food review from my buddy Brenda - I am in heaven and living vicariously!

KatInHat
06-09-2007, 12:25 PM
Brenda, I'm so glad I found your dining report at the very beginning.

The sundaes look so good. I wanted to try one in Jan. but my sister and her husband didn't want to wait in line. I think that I was the only one who was willing to wait in line for a desert so I was overruled. It is on my to do list when we go in Sept. I will be there the day we arrive coupon in hand (thanks Brenda); I will accept no excuses.

I can't wait to hear all about the rest of your meals, especially Victoria and Alberts. (you are going to busy with 3 reports going at once)

Thanks for sharing.

TigerKat
06-09-2007, 12:35 PM
I'm coming along for this ride! Can't wait for more.:thumbsup2

Dizmom0923
06-09-2007, 12:46 PM
So glad you are feeling better. Love the food porn.:woohoo:

mcarthur205
06-09-2007, 01:09 PM
I can't believe that I've only just realised that you've started your dining report, and its already at page 3! I'm such a slacker - better get on board now and try to keep up with all three of your reports. Enjoying it so far, and looking forward to hearing about the Chef's Table at V&A. :surfweb:

LisaDKG
06-09-2007, 01:57 PM
Your first review back was not unhilarious! Next time you are going to showcase your dessert cleaves I suggest arranging yourself behind 2 whip cream covered sundaes. Take it from one who knows - very effective. Am also glad you are feeling better enough to post (do you ever feel like a slave to your fans?). Coincidentally, my sister was also in WDW this past week. You probably saw her - she looks like me!? I was however a tiny bit more excited to have you back though. She does not DIS and took not a single photo of a single meal?! LAME!

jknepfle
06-09-2007, 02:27 PM
Great start, Brenda! Let the Food Porn begin! :cool1: Looking forward to the rest.

Dunno if you saw it on the Shrubbery thread, but I made the sticky toffee pudding a couple weeks ago. It was great! Thanks for the recipe!

We leave on Friday!!!!

Next week at this time we should be rolling back to the BWV after Le Cellier!!!:thumbsup2

cntkg1
06-09-2007, 02:58 PM
I really don't like the wind.

And I was going to guess that this was the comment that was a blatant lie (remember our cruise???...Very windy...)until I read forward and found out it was the hair! Sorry, I cheated. And we all know that cheaters never win. :sad2:

So...I present now for your lip-smacking enjoyment...


http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC01953.jpg

Since I'm not much of an icecream fan, do you think Ghiradelli would just give me a bowl of thick, rich whipped cream, paired with all that hot fudge, covering the entire brownie? I have to watch those WW points too and the icecream might put me over for the day. :rolleyes1


I also notice that I'm flashing some unintentional dessert cleavage...bad posture and the promise of hot fudge tend to have that effect on me.

And far be it from me not to mention the "Once again strategically placed button"? I don't know B, you and those buttons.:rotfl2:

Thanks for the Saturday afternoon entertainment Brenda. Looking forward to more.

WDW Poly Princess
06-09-2007, 03:12 PM
WHERE are the photos of the hot dogs, young lady? How can I ever imagine what they looked like without photographic evidence?

Until further notice, I will believe that this was your first meal at WDW:

http://www.animals.vaty.net/uploaded_images/hot_dog-798825.jpg

BRENDA EATS PUPPIES.

And it's okay- I totally flash ****s at the prospect of ice cream, too.

Can't wait to hear about V&A! And Jiko! And when you finally DO make it to Earl of Sammich! And Chefs de France! And...well, you get the point.

Disneyolic
06-09-2007, 03:31 PM
And it's okay- I totally flash ****s at the prospect of ice cream, too.:lmao: I'll join the club....Will Flash for Sundaes! :lmao:

cocowum
06-09-2007, 03:47 PM
Yeah, Brenda's back. You are hilarious. I love your reports!!! and pics!!!:thumbsup2 I hope Plankton will be making an appearance in your trip report.:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: Glad your back.:thumbsup2

andiepie
06-09-2007, 04:03 PM
So here you are! Just started yesterday and three pages in... wow! I was beginning to wonder about you. Glad to see you're feeling better! Can't wait to read more. popcorn::

OKWMom
06-09-2007, 04:14 PM
:banana: :cool1: :cool1:

Yeah!!!!! I was so excited to see this thread in the dining reviews. I LOVED your last review. Really looking forward to this one. Bonus points for you - DH was looking over my shoulder as I read your ice cream review and now wants to go there. Thank you mucho! I've been trying to get him there for two years. :banana: :banana: Hot fudge and brownie - here I come.

winkers
06-09-2007, 04:27 PM
:lmao: I'll join the club....Will Flash for Sundaes! :lmao:

Sign me up too! Altho people would pay me not to flash, so maybe my sticker better read..............I won't flash you if you give me a Sundae!

Great start Brenda! I'm now going to the store to get some ice cream!

oybolshoi
06-09-2007, 05:04 PM
Friday, May 25th - Good Food, Good Drink, Good Music, and How did I End Up in the Men's Room?

Am I the only person here who worries about going back to a WDW dining establishment after having had a great experience there? Jay and I were knocked off our respective butts last October by our dinner at Raglan Road and when we left we drunkenly mumbled to each other, "Wee hash gunter goombah heeee gin!"

Translation for anyone who may not be drinking while reading this: "We have got to come back here again!"

But having ensured that we were indeed going back, I started to worry that the second time around might not live up to our expectations and that we would be disappointed in some fashion. In short, I was concerned about the DWDJx (Disney World Dining Jinx).

DWDJx works like this: During vacation -xx you try a new restaurant...maybe you've read some good reviews here on the DIS or drooled over the menu in advance of your trip or perhaps you stumbled across it purely by happenstance during an intense grumbly-tummy moment. Regardless, you proceed to have one of the best meals on property in recent memory at this establishment - you are impressed with the menu selection, the promptness of the service, the tastiness of the food, and the friendlieness of the staff. As you and your party waddle happily from the restaurant you vow to return during a future WDW visit.

When vacation -yy rolls around your salivary glands kick into overdrive every time you think about this place. You can't wait to go back to a familiar environment where you know without a doubt you are going to have a terrific experience with great food. However, upon arrival at said WDW establishment the DWDJx kicks in and you are met with lackluster service, mediocre-to-awful food, and possible health code violations that you would have been happier knowing nothing about. This is one of those instances where the mouse in the kitchen is most definitely not named Mickey.

This less-than-magical dining experience, coupled with the poor food, leaves a foul taste in your mouth that no amount of alcohol can wash away and you are sad...until you find something new and the whole vicious cycle starts all over again. ;)

I couldn't really share these concerns with Jay, because his response would have been something like this, "You think too much."

So, to best combat my worries over the DWDJx that afternoon I decided to take a nap. Considering how early we had to leave our house that morning to get to the airport and factoring in that I was taking medication for what we thought was a urinary tract infection but ultimately turned out to be a kidney infection, I think this was a good decision.

Our reservation was for 7:30PM but we left the resort early so we could have some extra time to wander around DTD. Imagine our dismay when we walked past Raglan Road and saw the sign informing the world that live music wouldn't start until 8:30PM.

Oh, no!

This won't do at all - we want to dine during the musical performance.

I approached a very nice young lady at the podium and gave her our reservation number and asked if there was any way it could be moved back so that we'd be in the restaurant during the show. With a point here and a click there she said, "No problem - come back and see me at 8PM."

Woo hoo!!!

So, with an hour to kill, we wandered over to the West Side. I'm not really going to spend much time talking about that here - for excruciating detail and prolonged commentary, please see my Day 1 update on The Shrubbery, coming soon. But, I would like to point out that there are just as many drunken revelers and gothed-out teenagers on the West Side and Pleasure Island as there are at CityWalk over at Universal / Islands of Adventure.

This doesn't bother Jay or me in the least as long as people are respectful - we only start to get annoyed when people get obnoxious, aggressive, or pukey. We were very amused however, because there is a certain mindset that seems to think that the dregs of society are all congregating at USO / IOA while all the Girl and Boy Scouts are skipping hand-in-hand through DTD, stopping to perform random heimlich maneuvers on those guests who tried to inhale, rather than chew, that Wetzel's Pretzel.

Let me just say that those Girl and Boy Scouts were most definitely not wearing their uniforms Friday night, nor were they helping little old ladies across the bridge or reuniting lost toddlers with their parents. Some of these kids were tricked out like it was Halloween.

My point is just that it takes all kinds to fill the Disney coffers, bless their freaky little hearts. ;)

You know what we discovered in Pleasure Island that we've never noticed before? There was a small bar set up outside the Adventurers Club...I wanted to stop for a Kungaloosh but Mr. Practical reminded me that we had other drinking obligations this evening. And then we found some small little shed that sells drink buckets! I'd read about these on the DIS, but had never been able to find them before now.

I wanted a bucket so that we could drink to Grimace (er, that's my mom for any of you who may not already be familiar with past trip reports). I could hear her voice from my childhood, "Your bucket leaks!"

I don't really know what that means but it sounds like a great toast for two people who are getting ready to drink a plastic bucket full of booze. But then the voice of practicality spoke up again and reminded me that we had all week to come back and try lots of different drinks. If I wanted something now we should just go to Raglan Road's bar and wait there for our table.

Alrighty then, let's do it!

For those of you who haven't been to Raglan Road, it is located in Pleasure Island right next door to Cookes of Dublin. Jay initially read that as "Cookies of Dublin" and was a bit puzzled since he wasn't aware that Dublin was so well known for cookies that it warranted a shop in a Disney-owned tourist trap. But then his brain caught up to his eyes and he realized his mistake.

For the rest of the week we referred to it as Cookies of Dublin and every time we passed it one of us would say, "Stay off the West Side!!" This quote is, of course, Simpsons related. Anyone else remember Cookie Kwan? :rotfl2:

Anyway, back to Raglan Road. We checked in at the podium and were given a pager before making our way to the bar. This establishment is quite large - they have bar seating and patio seating as well as a very large dining room. If you want to enjoy the musical performance while dining then I suggest you ask for a table in the main dining room since that is where the band plays.

There are actually two massive bars in the restaurant and they are made of beautiful polished dark wood that looks like mahogany. Should you so choose you can have your entire meal at the bar.

They have a nice drink menu and several beers on tap:
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And no, we did not try all of these beers although it was a bit tempting. Jay ordered a pint of Harp. At least I'm pretty sure that's Harp...I know it's not Murphy's or Guiness. Well, whatever it was, it was full of beery goodness and Jay enjoyed it.
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I ordered the Celtic Sangria, which I first tried back in October. A very tasty drink that is actually listed as Jay'Gail Sangria on the bar's drink menu. It is described like this: A refreshing blend of Strongbow Cider, peach schnapps, fruit liqueurs, and squeezes.
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Yummy! I want to learn how to make this drink at home it's that good, but could someone please tell me what the hell "squeezes" are supposed to be???

We had just taken a sip from our drinks when the pager started vibrating noisily and flashing its seizure-inducing lights. Upon presenting ourselves at the podium they promptly tried to seat us in...the bar! Oh no, my Gaelic friends, we most respectfully decline. I very quickly asked if there was any way that we could be seated in the main dining room since we really wanted to enjoy the band; we even offered to wait until a table was available.

Ask nicely and you shall receive...she came right back and led us into the main room with a fabulous little table for two that had a great view of the stage and the mini-table where this very pretty Irish girl pops in to randomly "Riverdance" while the band is playing.

One of the things that we like about Raglan Road is that the servers don't rush the experience. They give you time to read through the menu and enjoy the surroundings without storming the table to take your order before you've even had a chance to sit down.

Our first course of action was to decide upon a beer flight. For some reason I thought Raglan Road offered four beer flights when we were there in October, but the menu I'm looking at only shows two. Jay insists that I am wrong; he says it was always two beer flights and I'm confusing it with all the whiskey flights that are offered.

His memory is better than mine, so I'll defer to him this time.

The two flights offered are as follows:

The Four Provinces - Guiness, Black and Tan, Harp, and Murphy's Red

League of Nations - Smithwicks, Stella Artois, Boddington's, and TucherHefe-Weiss.

We chose The Four Provinces, since we tried the other flight on our last visit.
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The nice thing about this picture is that the beers are set up in the order that I listed them in the description - Guiness on the far left and Murphy's on the far right. These were all quite good, even the Guiness which I normally don't care for. Jay has always maintained that it tastes much better when served on tap and he must know what he's talking about because this was pretty good.

Brenda drinking Guiness? That's unpossible!
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Before going any further I have to tell you about my bathroom adventures.

We had just placed our food order and I decided that a visit to the facilities would be a good idea before the place got much more crowded and the band started playing. I had no trouble finding the hallway where the restrooms were located but I apparently left my cognitive abilities back at the table. I looked at one door and then at the other, saw the letter "L" and walked right in.

Imagine my surprise when I saw urinals...I actually heard my voice speaking in my head, "Huh, that's strange. I've never seen those in a ladies room before. I can't be in the..."

And then I looked to my left where an elderly gentleman had frozen over the sink where he was washing his hands. Thank God I didn't walk in while he was doing his business or he might be dead and I might be in jail awaiting formal involuntary manslaughter charges. ;)

Brenda the brain surgeon blurted out the first thing that zoomed through her mind, "I guess this isn't the ladies room, is it?"

Frightened old guy just said, "nuh nuh nuh nuh..."

I wheeled around faster than you can say "I swear I'm not drunk" and made my way to the real ladies room. Embarrassed doesn't even begin to describe how I felt - it must have taken at least 15 minutes for the blush to leave my cheeks. :rotfl2:

When I got back to the table I had to share the story with Jason who laughed himself silly. Once his composure returned he said, "How did you end up in the men's room? You've barely had anything to drink yet."

"I just looked at the door really fast and saw the letter "L" and assumed it said ladies. I guess it must have said lads. You can see for yourself when you make a pit stop."

Rather than make you all wait, I'll just tell you now that about 45 minutes later Jason left to use the facilities and when he came back he had a huge smirk on his face.

"The sign on the men's room door is in Gaelic and it starts with the letter "F" not the the letter "L."

I'm sure the look on my face was priceless. "I swear it was an L - are you sure?"

"Hey, I'm not the one who walked into the wrong bathroom."

I'm still puzzled and I swear to you all, even though you have no reason to believe me, that I had only taken a few sips of my drink before this happened. Maybe the lesson is that I should drink more before using the bathroom on vacation; maybe it's early onset Alzheimer's; maybe I'm experiencing a mid-life dumbening. Whatever the cause, you have to admit that the result was pretty darn funny!

So back to the food...

Our waitress brought us some soda bread with a guiness / honey infused dipping sauce. This was not being offered in October and we love soda bread and was this ever tasty!

Almost too pretty to eat...
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In case you're wondering, there was more than one piece of bread. There was actually an entire basket of it but we were trying to take an "artistic" food picture.

We ordered two appetizers:

Dalkey Duo
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This is described as follows on the menu: Dalkey-battered cocktail sausages with a Dalkey mustard dipping sauce.

These are so good! Lightly breaded little sausages that are deep fried, but they're not greasy...I don't know how they do it. And they are served with a tasty mustard sauce that has a nice mild kick to it - any beer washes these babies down really well.

Granny's Soup
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Described on the menu as follows: Tomato basil and gin soup. That was nice and simple, wasn't it? Let me just tell you...this was great soup. Not too creamy and not too acidic, perfectly blended and totally satisfying as far as I'm concerned because there was no stuff in it. It was just good, plain soup. :thumbsup2

I ordered fish and chips for my dinner.
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I don't really need to describe this, do I? It was very good, especially the fish which was well cooked and not at all greasy. And in case you're curious, I don't do tartar sauce, vinegar, or ketchup on my fish and / or chips. I'm a cheap yellow mustard kind of girl, which absolutely horrifed the wait staff.

Jay ordered a special for the evening...lamb.
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I don't really care for lamb but Jay said this was incredible and since it was his dinner that's really all that matters. I did try his mashed potatoes and they were divine.

During all this feasting the band was playing and the dining room was hopping and people seemed to be having a toe-tapping, head-bobbing good time. We did notice that a lot of the songs in the "set" were the same as those we heard in October, but we still enjoyed every bit of their show. It's just a great Irish folk band with some good singers and a mean fiddler.

The band is actually selling a CD of one of their live performances at Raglan Road which can be purchased in the restaurant's gift shop. We bought one on our way out later that evening and it's quite good.

The only thing left to order is dessert...we don't need it and I'm not even sure we're hungry enough to eat it but by God we're going to order it anyway.

The decision-making process was thoughtfully taken out of our hands. Raglan Road has changed their menu since our October visit, and now they offer...

A Dessert Sampler!!!!!

Three in One Sampler
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What have we here? Ger's Bread and Butter Pudding, with butterscotch sauce and creme anglaise; The Dunbrody Kiss; and Raspberry Riot.

The bread pudding speaks for itself...it was wonderful. The Dunbrody Kiss is all chocolate...I'm not really sure how to describe it...it was almost like a chocolate mousse covered with a thin dark chocolate shell and it was very good! And the Raspberry Riot is served with fresh vanilla ice cream inside a light cookie shell. I can't eat raspberries but the ice cream was great and Jay said the berries were extremely fresh.

Two things really jumped out at me with this dessert - the first is the portion sizes which were full-sized even though the menu described them as samples; the second was the price which was $16 for the sampler compared with $8 for a single dessert. Talk about a bargain!

This was so good and so appealing that people around us in the restaurant were coming over to ask what we were eating and whether or not they should order it.

All in all a most satisfying meal and we avoided the DWDJx!! I stand by my recommendation of this restaurant - we've had two exceptional dinners at this establishment and both times the service and the entertainment have been top notch. I hope if any of you try Raglan Road you have as good a time there as Jay and I do.

Just for reference, if anyone is curious I do have the information on the whiskey flights Raglan Road offers - if you're interested just let me know and I'll be happy to post it.

Also, we were not on the dining plan on this trip so all the food we ordered was paid for out of pocket. We were lucky enough to have the Disney Dining Experience card which is available to annual passholders and provides a 20% discount on food and alochol at participating restaurants - woo hoo!!

Thanks for reading... Chef's de France and Jiko are next on the agenda!

rentayenta
06-09-2007, 05:15 PM
:cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: Triple cheer for this review! DH and I are pawning off the kids on good friends and are planning to get silly drunk here! I am so glad your report was favorable. I called DH earlier and told him I waiting for a review from Brenda. He asked who the &%@* is Brenda? :rotfl2: I told him the girl who hates wind and will show her girls for ice cream! I think he loves you! :upsidedow


The beer sampler looks great and I am SO trying that Sangria; I lurve Sangria! :banana: The lamb looks so good too. I really like lamb! pirate:

DISNEYDUET
06-09-2007, 05:17 PM
Ok, So you couldn't PM me nad let me know you had started!! I had to be poster 47!!!! Yeah, I see what kind of friend you are!! ;) Glad to see you have started. Beware of those people over at shrubbery central. They are animals!! :rotfl2:

KatInHat
06-09-2007, 05:33 PM
Ragland Road looks so good. I have a feeling that I may be rearranging some of my ADRs for Sept.

And I thought that I was the only one who ever walked into the mens bathroom. At least you realized it before you actually used the bathroom.

That desert sampler looks delicious.

cocowum
06-09-2007, 05:37 PM
For the rest of the week we referred to it as Cookies of Dublin and every time we passed it one of us would say, "Stay off the West Side!!" This quote is, of course, Simpsons related. Anyone else remember Cookie Kwan? :rotfl2:


DD, a big simpsons fan shrieked "Marge sold the Murder House" when she read this and cracked up :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

She is a huge fan of your reports.

OKWMom
06-09-2007, 05:50 PM
Brenda, I would love to see the whisky flights if you don't mind. We are taking my parents to RR on our November trip and I think this is the restaurant I think my Dad will like the most. He is more of a whisky type of guy than beer and I want to be able to tell him sort of what to expect.

TIA

Cdn Friends of Pooh
06-09-2007, 06:10 PM
Just found your trip report/dining review ... can't wait for more! :thumbsup2

Disneyolic
06-09-2007, 06:38 PM
Am I the only person here who worries about going back to a WDW dining establishment after having had a great experience there? Jay and I were knocked off our respective butts last October by our dinner at Raglan Road and when we left we drunkenly mumbled to each other, "Wee hash gunter goombah heeee gin!"

Translation for anyone who may not be drinking while reading this: "We have got to come back here again!"I haven't been drinking tonite but I did translate it quite well! I guess I'm well versed in drunken mumble! :thumbsup2

I couldn't really share these concerns with Jay, because his response would have been something like this, "You think too much."Been there!

They have a nice drink menu and several beers on tap:
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC01993.jpgTho I am not a beer drinker my DH will love this!

Okay...about the bathrooms...even with the "F" in Gaelic, I would have probably mistaken that for "Female". Were they labeled better than that? I may end up in the wrong one! That would be me!

cntkg1
06-09-2007, 06:40 PM
Up here in Cheesehead Country anytime a female walks into a men's room, we are cheered and invited wholeheartedly to "help out" where needed. :thumbsup2

Great update Brenda!

eliza61
06-09-2007, 06:45 PM
[QUOTE=oybolshoi;19109391]Friday, May 25th - Good Food, Good Drink, Good Music, and How did I End Up in the Men's Room?

Am I the only person here who worries about going back to a WDW dining establishment after having had a great experience there? Jay and I were knocked off our respective butts last October by our dinner at Raglan Road and when we left we drunkenly mumbled to each other, "Wee hash gunter goombah heeee gin!"


but the ice cream was great and Jay [QUOTE]



Ok, I'm really scared because I understood this right away!

Raglan Road is one of the restuarants Dh and want to try on our next trip and now that our terrorist are evil teenagers we can leave them for an evening and actually have a drink with dinner.

P.S. remind me to tell you of the time I walk into the men's room during a company christmas party and utter the immortal words to my boss. "Pete what are you doing in the girls bathroom?"

looking forward to Boma's report

punkin413
06-09-2007, 07:09 PM
too funny about your bathroom mishap! but what i'm wondering is.....why in the world did you break the seal so early when planning a night of drinking???? :lmao:

by the way, what is that little yellow baggie thing on the plate with your fish and chips?

lawyergirl
06-09-2007, 07:10 PM
YIPPEE!!! Brenda has started her dining review!! :cheer2: :cheer2:

Am looking forward to all of your reviews, Brenda - especially the Chef's Table! Did you manage to find any formal wear for Plankton?

winkers
06-09-2007, 07:17 PM
by the way, what is that little yellow baggie thing on the plate with your fish and chips?

I was wondering the same thing!

ruthma
06-09-2007, 07:19 PM
I was wondering the same thing!

I think it's lemon...

kikigirl
06-09-2007, 07:51 PM
Brenda, I actually can eat sundaes (so I'll definitely go to Ghirardelli's on our next trip...whenever that is), just no nuts. Me+nuts=bad. And now it seems I'll have to drag the parental units to Raglan Road (dad is of Irish descent and mom loves Irish pubs). By the time we go in the indeterminate future, I'll be over 21 and can enjoy some of that Celtic Sangria. ;)

Thanks so much again...can't wait for Chefs de France and Jiko.

Kiki

cmp1111
06-09-2007, 08:12 PM
Friday, May 25th - Good Food, Good Drink, Good Music, and How did I End Up in the Men's Room?

"Wee hash gunter goombah heeee gin!"
Got it immediately. I have had a little wine this evening, maybe that helped? ;)

For the rest of the week we referred to it as Cookies of Dublin and every time we passed it one of us would say, "Stay off the West Side!!" This quote is, of course, Simpsons related. Anyone else remember Cookie Kwan? :rotfl2:
Of course!

There are actually two massive bars in the restaurant and they are made of beautiful polished dark wood that looks like mahogany.
OK, here's what freaked us out about the bar - the area behind the bottles is mirrored, but there are blank areas that look through to the bar on the other side. DH kept trying to figure out why he didn't look like he remembered, and I, in a slightly tipsy state, tried to "mirror" him when I went to the ladies' room. Mind you, I DID go to the ladies' room!

And then I looked to my left where an elderly gentleman had frozen over the sink where he was washing his hands. Thank God I didn't walk in while he was doing his business or he might be dead and I might be in jail awaiting formal involuntary manslaughter charges. ;)

:rotfl2:

Thanks for the great review, Brenda!

Timon
06-09-2007, 09:18 PM
Wooo hoooo, another Brenda trippie!!! :yay: :cool1:

Loving it already! :banana:

I totally hear you about "going back to a WDW dining establishment after having had a great experience there"! Every time we go back, we have this experience. We find a great place, couldn't be any more perfect and then the next trip, it totally bites! :headache:

I am so worried about our October trip because we have TWO of these, one is lunch at Le Cellier and the other is breakfast at RFC at AK. Crossing my fingers that they are not horrible upon our return! :rolleyes:

Can't wait for the rest of the food porn!!! :cool1:

Guy Incognito
06-09-2007, 09:38 PM
DD, a big simpsons fan shrieked "Marge sold the Murder House" when she read this and cracked up :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

She is a huge fan of your reports.



"I'm a torso!"




that beer looks a little too dark for a Harps (usually a lighter beer).... looks like it might be more like a Kronenbourg 1664....

disneyjunebug
06-09-2007, 10:47 PM
Okay, it's Saturday night....

4 year old is finely, mercifully asleep

DH is out of town, playing D&D with buddies that he has played with for over 15 years...

I get on the computer and look at porn.... food porn that is! My eyes never got off the sundae. Had to laugh when you talked about the overbite and the cleavage as I NEVER SAW PAST THE SUNDAE!!!

Why do I gain 2 pounds everytime I read your reviews?

Waiting to gain more.... Keep up the good porn! You are my fav disney porn queen! (and the only one that I know of, other than the frames that they put in to the movie that Walt caught!)

June

disgrits
06-09-2007, 10:56 PM
Great trippie, Brenda! I am loving the pics.........Keep 'em coming.:thumbsup2

Karen Mouse
06-10-2007, 01:03 AM
Woo Hoo! - ford porn!:banana:

Great start - keep em coming:thumbsup2

irongirlof12
06-10-2007, 04:16 AM
wow- count me in - lovin' it :yay: :yay: :yay:

DisneyJo
06-10-2007, 06:38 AM
L or F I would have thought it was the ladies too :rotfl2: I can't believe you don't have vinegar and tomato sauce (ketchup) with your chips :faint: Love the reviews I'm now wanting to add RR to my ADR's :goodvibes

jakenjess
06-10-2007, 07:02 AM
Brenda!!

Those sundaes look scrumptious!:thumbsup2 I have to admit, I too scrolled back up after the overbite and cleavage comments.:rotfl:

I'm so glad your second trip to Raglan Road didn't disappoint. We had the experience with the DWDJx, so I know what you're talking about. I still haven't booked any dining for October except the Hoop De Doo, and Raglan Road is on the short list for sure.

Glad you're back and feeling better!:goodvibes

Poohbear67
06-10-2007, 07:43 AM
Great Reviews so far I can't wait to read more. We are coming down in Sept. so now I am even more excited than ever and can I say starving????:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 11:05 AM
Great Googly Moogly, Batman! This thread is out of control! :rotfl2:

You guys are wonderful - thank you so much for all of your responses and encouragement. :grouphug:

Ooh! I'm so excited! :banana: The girl who turned me on to Disney Dining is back. Your list of restaurants sounds great. I'm almost embarrassed to tell you where we are eating on our upcoming trip. (It's a trip full of kid friendly dining. I'll save the story of why for my report though, since I don't want to hi-jack what promises to be lots of food porn fun!)

Congrats on your anniversary! It'll be 9 years for us this July.


Wow - thanks for the lovely compliment! And no embarrassment allowed! It's a lot easier for Jay and me to go to some of these places since we don't have kids. And really, other than at some of the more upscale establishments, I don't mind the kids as long as they're behaving. I'm more concerned with bad food!

Thanks for the anniversary wishes and right back at ya! And be sure to let me know when you start your report so that I can pop in and take a read.

Oh Mah Gawd. A food review from my buddy Brenda - I am in heaven and living vicariously!

Awww, thanks Cass; it's nice to see you! Life treating you OK up there in Canada?

Brenda, I'm so glad I found your dining report at the very beginning.

The sundaes look so good. I wanted to try one in Jan. but my sister and her husband didn't want to wait in line. I think that I was the only one who was willing to wait in line for a desert so I was overruled. It is on my to do list when we go in Sept. I will be there the day we arrive coupon in hand (thanks Brenda); I will accept no excuses.

I can't wait to hear all about the rest of your meals, especially Victoria and Alberts. (you are going to busy with 3 reports going at once)

Thanks for sharing.

Hi Melissa! I have to admit with Ghiradelli that in years past Jason and I never wanted to wait in line either. We really think the trick is to go during the afternoon; it will still be busy (we had to pounce on a table when it opened up) but I think we only waited about 15 minutes total to order / find a table / get served.

On past visits we always tried to go at night and the line was always stretched out the door and it was just insane - neither of us wanted to wait that long so we always skipped it.

Accept no refusals - I like your style. :thumbsup2

And thanks for reading...you're right - 3 reports at once...I'm nuts. You'll know I'm a glutton for punishment if I start something for our October trip...

I'm coming along for this ride! Can't wait for more.

Glad to have you here - thanks for reading!

So glad you are feeling better. Love the food porn.

Thank you - I am feeling tons better. And thanks for reading...the food porn will keep building through the trip until the last day where we experienced a bit of a drop-off I'm sorry to say.

I can't believe that I've only just realised that you've started your dining report, and its already at page 3! I'm such a slacker - better get on board now and try to keep up with all three of your reports. Enjoying it so far, and looking forward to hearing about the Chef's Table at V&A. :surfweb:

Hello there, my Scottish friend! It's always good to hear from you! Thanks for reading and don't worry... the Chef's Table will provide some awesome food porn.


Your first review back was not unhilarious! Next time you are going to showcase your dessert cleaves I suggest arranging yourself behind 2 whip cream covered sundaes. Take it from one who knows -very effective.

:rotfl2: Glad you liked the first mini-review and thanks for the advice. I may try it here at home first to measure the effect!

Am also glad you are feeling better enough to post (do you ever feel like a slave to your fans?). Coincidentally, my sister was also in WDW this past week. You probably saw her - she looks like me!? I was however a tiny bit more excited to have you back though. She does not DIS and took not a single photo of a single meal?! LAME!

Thanks for the kind thoughts - I am feeling better now. Ummmm...I do feel performance pressure - I worry that I'm going to lose my funny bone and start boring people. I mean, I crack myself up all the time...but that's me - I think just about everything in life is funny if you look at it the right way, but I'm never sure how it translates when I try to write it. :confused3 So far I've been lucky on the DIS that people seem to enjoy our reviews / stories and that really inspires me to keep going.

Thank you all for allowing the inner dork to shine through!! :rotfl2:

As for your sister...I hope she had a nice trip but no food pictures??? How sad. You must help her see the light... :lmao:


Great start, Brenda! Let the Food Porn begin! :cool1: Looking forward to the rest.

Dunno if you saw it on the Shrubbery thread, but I made the sticky toffee pudding a couple weeks ago. It was great! Thanks for the recipe!

Hi there! Happy to see you've joined in the fun -thanks for reading!

And you totally rock! I was waiting for someone to come back and tell me whether or not they'd tried that recipe. It is good, isn't it? I'm glad you liked it.

If Grimace had been there with you she would have just asked for a bowl of the caramel sauce. :lmao:


We leave on Friday!!!!

Next week at this time we should be rolling back to the BWV after Le Cellier!!!

How exciting! I hope you have a great trip. Be sure to post some pictures and reviews if you have time (I know you've had your hands full lately). One of these days Jay and I are just going to have to try Le Cellier.


And I was going to guess that this was the comment that was a blatant lie (remember our cruise???...Very windy...)until I read forward and found out it was the hair! Sorry, I cheated. And we all know that cheaters never win.

Nancy-pants! Thanks for dropping by. It's OK if you cheated...it's not like I had some terrific prize offering - sorry everyone.

And you know what...I didn't like the wind on the cruise either, but you expect it a little more when you're ten stories up on a ship in the middle of the ocean. That's why I never really commented much on it.


Since I'm not much of an icecream fan, do you think Ghiradelli would just give me a bowl of thick, rich whipped cream, paired with all that hot fudge, covering the entire brownie? I have to watch those WW points too and the icecream might put me over for the day.

Hey, it couldn't hurt to ask. But be sure to take a picture of the person behind the counter as you order a sundae and ask them to hold the ice cream! :lmao:


And far be it from me not to mention the "Once again strategically placed button"? I don't know B, you and those buttons.

Thanks for the Saturday afternoon entertainment Brenda. Looking forward to more.

I didn't think about the button and the "bewb" factor...thanks for reminding me! :rotfl2:

Thanks again for reading Nancy - should we start talking about a book tour?


WHERE are the photos of the hot dogs, young lady? How can I ever imagine what they looked like without photographic evidence?

Until further notice, I will believe that this was your first meal at WDW:

http://www.animals.vaty.net/uploaded_images/hot_dog-798825.jpg

BRENDA EATS PUPPIES.


Crystal, you just made me spew on my own thread. :lmao: Jay and I both cracked up when we saw that picture!

We were struggling so much just to eat the hotdogs that it never crossed our minds to try to take a picture. Although now that I think about it, a picture of a juicy hot dog taking flight and soaring through the crowds at DTD might have been pretty chuckalicious.



And it's okay- I totally flash ****s at the prospect of ice cream, too.

Can't wait to hear about V&A! And Jiko! And when you finally DO make it to Earl of Sammich! And Chefs de France! And...well, you get the point.

You've just come up with the all-time best tag: Will Flash For Ice Cream

Is there a moderator or a tag fairy reading? There appears to be a large group of readers who are willing to bare all for ice cream desserts. I think someone here deserves a tag. :goodvibes

Thanks again for reading Crystal - I hope you enjoy the rest of the show!


:lmao: I'll join the club....Will Flash for Sundaes! :lmao:

Ahem...please see above repsonse in regard to Tag-Worthy quotes! ;)

Yeah, Brenda's back. You are hilarious. I love your reports!!! and pics!!!:thumbsup2 I hope Plankton will be making an appearance in your trip report.:lmao: Glad your back.

Thanks so much for reading - I'm glad you're enjoying everything so far. Yes, Plankton will be making an appearance...look for him soon!


So here you are! Just started yesterday and three pages in... wow! I was beginning to wonder about you. Glad to see you're feeling better! Can't wait to read more.

Thanks for stopping by, andiepie! I had to type that...it rhymed! :lmao:

I am feeling better, thank you, and I was a bit "wowed" myself when I saw the response so early on in the review. I'm all warm and fuzzy...really, I am. :goodvibes


Yeah!!!!! I was so excited to see this thread in the dining reviews. I LOVED your last review. Really looking forward to this one. Bonus points for you - DH was looking over my shoulder as I read your ice cream review and now wants to go there. Thank you mucho! I've been trying to get him there for two years. Hot fudge and brownie - here I come.

Thank you so much for reading - I'm glad to have you here! And congrats on the SGC (Spousal Ghiradelli Conversion)!!

I'm here to help, really. ;) And that brownie sundae was so good...I wish I was eating it right now.


Sign me up too! Altho people would pay me not to flash, so maybe my sticker better read..............I won't flash you if you give me a Sundae!

Great start Brenda! I'm now going to the store to get some ice cream!

Hey there Winkers, thanks for stopping by! You've just come up with the second-best all time tag-worthy line ever! :lmao: Seriously, can we please get a tag fairy over here to sprinkle some pixie dust on some of these readers? They're tossing out tag-lines like crazy!

So, what kind of ice cream did you end up with?

wilma-bride
06-10-2007, 11:25 AM
Just found this Brenda and got all caught up. Firstly, Ghirardellis sundae - I would have gone for the same as you had I not tried the mint sundae in Feb - out of this world!!!

Raglan Road - I have loved our meal here both times and hoping that the third time will be just as good in a couple of months.

Regarding the mens room incident, if you've read my February Fun & frolics trip report, you will know I did the exact same thing at Gatwick airport in London - I didn't even have the excuse of not reading the signage correctly - there was a fairly clear male silhouette on the door :guilty:

Keep the reports coming - I am hoping you can drag it out just nicely until it's time for me to leave for my trip - 10 weeks tomorrow, is that OK?

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 12:51 PM
Great Googly Moogly, Batman! This thread is out of control - Part II!!! :rotfl2:

As previously stated - you guys are all wonderful! Thanks so much for reading and posting!

Triple cheer for this review! DH and I are pawning off the kids on good friends and are planning to get silly drunk here! I am so glad your report was favorable. I called DH earlier and told him I waiting for a review from Brenda. He asked who the &%@* is Brenda? I told him the girl who hates wind and will show her girls for ice cream! I think he loves you! :upsidedow

:rotfl2: You kill me! I'm glad you like the Raglan Road review - I hope you enjoy your evening there and I will be waiting eagerly to read your review of it!

The beer sampler looks great and I am SO trying that Sangria; I lurve Sangria! The lamb looks so good too. I really like lamb!

Their Sangria is the best variation that I've ever tried. I think you'll really like it - it's very refreshing and served with a straw so that you can drink it fast and order another one before the alcohol smacks you upside the head.

We liked this beer sampler a little more than the one we tried on our last visit, but they're both a great way to try something new without committing to an entire pint.

Heads up on the lamb - it's not on the standard menu. It was a special they were offering for the evening. Hopefully you'll get the same option when you're there if you like lamb that much.


Ok, So you couldn't PM me nad let me know you had started!! I had to be poster 47!!!! Yeah, I see what kind of friend you are!! ;) Glad to see you have started.

Oh, now I'm sad....I wasn't trying to leave you out of the fun. I posted a general message on the Shrubbery in the hopes that everyone would see it and those brave souls who wanted to cross over could come take a look at the food love.

I'm glad you're here 'cause it wouldn't be the same without you...am I forgiven? :flower3:

Beware of those people over at shrubbery central. They are animals!!

:rotfl2: Thanks for the warning...I guess I'd better get an update over there soon, huh?


Ragland Road looks so good. I have a feeling that I may be rearranging some of my ADRs for Sept.

That desert sampler looks delicious.

Twice now we've had great meals at Raglan Road so I don't feel as hesitant to recommend it to others. I hope if you do try it that you have as good a time as we did. And save room for the sampler...it was terrific!


And I thought that I was the only one who ever walked into the mens bathroom. At least you realized it before you actually used the bathroom.

It seems that not only are there a number of us who will Flash For Dessert, but many of us end up in the men's room by mistake, too. We all have so much in common!

If I'd been drinking too much I might have just gone ahead and walked into a stall and done the deed without ever realizing where I was. Now that's shocking!

DD, a big simpsons fan shrieked "Marge sold the Murder House" when she read this and cracked up :lmao:

Too funny! We love that episode...

Marge: "That house is on fire!"

Lionel Hutz: "Motivated seller!!"


She is a huge fan of your reports.

Well then, thanks to both of you for reading! I'm glad you're having fun!


Brenda, I would love to see the whisky flights if you don't mind. We are taking my parents to RR on our November trip and I think this is the restaurant I think my Dad will like the most. He is more of a whisky type of guy than beer and I want to be able to tell him sort of what to expect.

TIA

Ask and you shall receive... bear with me because this will get a litle messy.

Irish Whiskeys offered:

Kilbeggan; Tyrconnel; Redbreast; Tullamore Dew; Bushmills; Bushmills Black; Bushmills 21yr; Middleton Very Rare; Powers; Jameson; Jameson 12yr.


Irish Whiskey Flights

Croagh Patrick: Middleton's; Bushmills 21yr; Tyrconnel. $35

Rock of Cashel: Jameson 12yr; Tullamore Dew; Redbreast. $25
**We tried this last October and really liked it - we now have a bottle of Tullamore mixed in with the rest of our alcohol stash!

Hill of Tara: Bushmills Black; Jameson; Kilbeggan. $15


Scotch Whiskys Offered:

Highland Park 18yr; Highland Park 25yr; Macallan 12yr; Macallan 15yr; Macallan 18yr; Famous Grouse; Famous Grouse 12yr; Famous Grouse 18yr; Johnnie Walker Red; Johnnie Walker Black; Glenlivet 12yr; Chevas Regal; J&B; Glenfiddich; Talisker.


Scotch Whisky Flights

Glen Eagle: Highland Park 25yr; Macallan 18yr; Famous Grouse 18yr. $40

Gretna Green: Highland Park 18yr; Macallan 15yr; Talisker. $25

Loch Lomond: Macallan 12yr; Famous Grouse 12yr; Glenlivet 12yr. $20

Whew! Now I'm thirsty...I need a drink!

Hope this helps your dad!


Just found your trip report/dining review ... can't wait for more! :thumbsup2

Thanks for reading - there will be a lot more to come.

I haven't been drinking tonite but I did translate it quite well! I guess I'm well versed in drunken mumble!

I tried to make it phonetic and funny, so as long as people are familiar with universal "mumble" it should have been easy to translate!

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC01993.jpgTho I am not a beer drinker my DH will love this!

It's still a pretty cool bar set-up so I'm sure you'll enjoy the setting and the atmosphere while the DH enjoys the beer! May I suggest you try a Sangria?



Okay...about the bathrooms...even with the "F" in Gaelic, I would have probably mistaken that for "Female". Were they labeled better than that? I may end up in the wrong one! That would be me!

You know, I don't really remember too much more about the signage on the restroom doors. Just remember that as you hit the hallway where the restrooms are, the ladies room is the first door. Then you'll be fine!

Up here in Cheesehead Country anytime a female walks into a men's room, we are cheered and invited wholeheartedly to "help out" where needed. :thumbsup2

Great update Brenda!

Bwahahahaahaaaa!!! Too funny! Maybe I'll give it a try next time we're in Milwaukee just to see what happens!

Thanks for reading, Nancy.


Raglan Road is one of the restuarants Dh and want to try on our next trip and now that our terrorist are evil teenagers we can leave them for an evening and actually have a drink with dinner.

P.S. remind me to tell you of the time I walk into the men's room during a company christmas party and utter the immortal words to my boss. "Pete what are you doing in the girls bathroom?"

looking forward to Boma's report

Well, as I've said before, I hope you enjoy RR if you do try it, and please let me know what you think once you do!

Feel free to share that bathroom story whenever you'd like...sounds entertaining! And I hope you're not disappointed, but I don't have a Boma review... I do however, have a Jiko review!

Thanks for reading!


too funny about your bathroom mishap! but what i'm wondering is.....why in the world did you break the seal so early when planning a night of drinking???? :lmao:

by the way, what is that little yellow baggie thing on the plate with your fish and chips?

Hi Dawn! Let's just call it a strategic break, and leave it at that.

The little yellow baggie is lemon, half of one actually. For those people who like lemon juice on their fish they can squeeze out fresh juice and the mesh bag is so tightly woven that it prevents seeds and pulp from getting on the food and the hand of the person doing the squeezing.

YIPPEE!!! Brenda has started her dining review!!

Am looking forward to all of your reviews, Brenda - especially the Chef's Table! Did you manage to find any formal wear for Plankton?

Hi there young lady! Thanks for popping in - is work easing up on you at all?

As for Plankton and the CT...we were unable to fit him out appropriately and they wouldn't allow him in without a jacket and tie. The result being that Plankton is really cheesed off and is plotting some payback come October. Much of this will be detailed in the formal trip report, so please stay tuned for more madness!

I was wondering the same thing!

Please see my repsonse to Punkin's post...

I think it's lemon...

Ding, ding ding!!! You are correct - thank you!

Brenda, I actually can eat sundaes (so I'll definitely go to Ghirardelli's on our next trip...whenever that is), just no nuts. Me+nuts=bad. And now it seems I'll have to drag the parental units to Raglan Road (dad is of Irish descent and mom loves Irish pubs). By the time we go in the indeterminate future, I'll be over 21 and can enjoy some of that Celtic Sangria.

Thanks so much again...can't wait for Chefs de France and Jiko.

Kiki

Good for you, Kiki! You deserve a sundae or two. And the Sangria at RR is great - I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to try it.

Thanks again for reading!

Got it immediately. I have had a little wine this evening, maybe that helped? ;)

OK, here's what freaked us out about the bar - the area behind the bottles is mirrored, but there are blank areas that look through to the bar on the other side. DH kept trying to figure out why he didn't look like he remembered, and I, in a slightly tipsy state, tried to "mirror" him when I went to the ladies' room. Mind you, I DID go to the ladies' room!

Thanks for the great review, Brenda!

So does this mean you had a good "date" when you went to Raglan Road? I hope so. And you make an excellent point about the bar that I totally forgot. Beware those of you who drink too much while waiting at the bar...it can be a little visually confusing!

Thanks for reading!


Wooo hoooo, another Brenda trippie!!! :cool1:

Loving it already!

I totally hear you about "going back to a WDW dining establishment after having had a great experience there"! Every time we go back, we have this experience. We find a great place, couldn't be any more perfect and then the next trip, it totally bites! :headache:

I am so worried about our October trip because we have TWO of these, one is lunch at Le Cellier and the other is breakfast at RFC at AK. Crossing my fingers that they are not horrible upon our return! :rolleyes:

Can't wait for the rest of the food porn!!!

Thanks for stopping by to read, Cass! I'm glad you're enjoying it so far.

I thought we were the only ones who experienced the dining jinx - it sucks, doesn't it? And it really sucks when you've gone out on a limb and talked it up to other people and then you all get to experience the disappointment together. Ugh....

I think you guys won't have anything to worry about come October, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for you just in case. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts about RFC... we were going to try them for breakfast one morning over at DTD only to find out that that location doesn't serve breakfast. D'OH!


"I'm a torso!"


that beer looks a little too dark for a Harps (usually a lighter beer).... looks like it might be more like a Kronenbourg 1664....

Hey, it's another Mr. Mysterious!

"Trying is the first step towards failure."

You're good! I checked with hubby after posting my review and he informed me that he was in fact drinking a Kronenbourg!!!

Nicely done!


Okay, it's Saturday night....

4 year old is finely, mercifully asleep

DH is out of town, playing D&D with buddies that he has played with for over 15 years...

I get on the computer and look at porn.... food porn that is! My eyes never got off the sundae. Had to laugh when you talked about the overbite and the cleavage as I NEVER SAW PAST THE SUNDAE!!!

Why do I gain 2 pounds everytime I read your reviews?

Waiting to gain more.... Keep up the good porn! You are my fav disney porn queen! (and the only one that I know of, other than the frames that they put in to the movie that Walt caught!)

June

Hi there, June! Thanks for taking the time to read our reviews and thanks for the kind words. There will be many more cyber-weight gain opportunies in the days ahead.

Great trippie, Brenda! I am loving the pics.........Keep 'em coming.:thumbsup2

Paige, hi there! Thanks for coming over to read, I know you must be crazy busy right now. There will be lots more for you to read when you have time. Have a safe trip from CA to VA!

Woo Hoo! - ford porn!

Great start - keep em coming:thumbsup2

Auntie Karen!! Plankton says hello! Thanks for reading...more food to come but no cheesecake, sorry.

wow- count me in - lovin' it :yay:

Thanks for reading- I'm glad you like it so far!

L or F I would have thought it was the ladies too :rotfl2: I can't believe you don't have vinegar and tomato sauce (ketchup) with your chips :faint: Love the reviews I'm now wanting to add RR to my ADR's :goodvibes

I just want to thank all of you for your restroom support! :rotfl2:

I can't stand ketchup... yucko! I'm a weirdo because I love tomatoes but I don't like ketchup. I could go on...I hate peanuts but love peanut butter... but then this thread would really spiral out of control!

Thanks again for reading, Jo. I hope you enjoy RR if you do change your ADRs.


Brenda!!

Those sundaes look scrumptious! I have to admit, I too scrolled back up after the overbite and cleavage comments.:rotfl:

Hi Lori, thanks for stopping by! Those sundaes were yumptious...and that picture of me was just begging from some kind of snarky comment, don't you think?

I'm so glad your second trip to Raglan Road didn't disappoint. We had the experience with the DWDJx, so I know what you're talking about. I still haven't booked any dining for October except the Hoop De Doo, and Raglan Road is on the short list for sure.

Glad you're back and feeling better!:goodvibes

We have some potential DWDJx restaurants lined up for October but I'm trying not to worry about it too much.

You need to get moving on those ADRs young lady...or are you just going to spend all your time at Epcot eating and drinking at the food booths?

And I am feeling better, thank you. Thanks again for reading...and let DS know that we will have some more Plankton pics for him soon!


Great Reviews so far I can't wait to read more. We are coming down in Sept. so now I am even more excited than ever and can I say starving????:lmao:

Thanks for reading - I'm glad you like it so far! I'm hungry, too! Where are you planning on dining in September?

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 12:58 PM
Just found this Brenda and got all caught up. Firstly, Ghirardellis sundae - I would have gone for the same as you had I not tried the mint sundae in Feb - out of this world!!!

Hi Joh! You must have posted while I was typing my responses to everyone else. Thanks for popping in to read.

I saw that mint sundae on the menu and I was a little tempted by it, but I always end up with a brownie sundae...it's my favorite!


Raglan Road - I have loved our meal here both times and hoping that the third time will be just as good in a couple of months.

Good for you! I hope your next meal is awesome again, too! Jay and I are debating whether or not we want to try to go back to RR again in October...we'll probably wait to make a final decision on that until after the F&W programs are released next month.

Regarding the mens room incident, if you've read my February Fun & frolics trip report, you will know I did the exact same thing at Gatwick airport in London - I didn't even have the excuse of not reading the signage correctly - there was a fairly clear male silhouette on the door :guilty:

I haven't had a chance to read through your report yet, but I do have it "marked" for future reading. See how much you and I have in common? Disney...good food and drink...mistaken restroom incidents... ;)

Keep the reports coming - I am hoping you can drag it out just nicely until it's time for me to leave for my trip - 10 weeks tomorrow, is that OK?

Thanks for reading...I can promise you this won't be finished within the next week or two, so that should help a little, don't you think? Since I'm juggling three reports at once nothing is going to get finished too quickly.

I am certifiable...that's the only explanation. :lmao:

Poohbear67
06-10-2007, 01:09 PM
Thanks for reading - I'm glad you like it so far! I'm hungry, too! Where are you planning on dining in September?[/QUOTE]

This is are second time at WDW so we are going to new places this time.

Planet Hollywood, Brown Derby Fantasmic Pkg., LeCellar's, Donald's Breakfast, 50's Diner, Grand FL Cafe, Biergarten, Cap n Jacks, Akerhouse for Breakfast, Rose n Crown and WCC so far unless we change the adrs again.

whogirl'smom
06-10-2007, 01:17 PM
I am loving the review! At first I was going to say, "Please don't tell me you put mustard on your fish!" :scared:, but then I remembered I really like to dip my pizza in mustard and it started to sound maybe "not undelicious"! I still love lots of ketchup with fried fish, though.

I can't wait till we get to some wine reviews! The beer pictures look great, but I have very recently decided that beer just doesn't agree with my stomach. This was after being up at 3a.m. the past two Sat. nights to look for Tums. I think I will just be a wino from now on (well, maybe a mixed drink or two...:rotfl: ). On with the reviews!

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 01:18 PM
This is are second time at WDW so we are going to new places this time.

Planet Hollywood, Brown Derby Fantasmic Pkg., LeCellar's, Donald's Breakfast, 50's Diner, Grand FL Cafe, Biergarten, Cap n Jacks, Akerhouse for Breakfast, Rose n Crown and WCC so far unless we change the adrs again.

Sounds yummy! Would you believe that of all the places you've listed we've only tried one?

Rose and Crown which we have so far defied the dining jinx at...we've eaten there four or five times over the years and it's always been great. It's a lot of fun, too!

I hope you have a great trip! Be sure to take tons of pics so you can come home and share the food love with the rest of us! :goodvibes

annie1995
06-10-2007, 01:20 PM
Love the reviews!!!! :thumbsup2

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 01:22 PM
I am loving the review! At first I was going to say, "Please don't tell me you put mustard on your fish!" :scared:, but then I remembered I really like to dip my pizza in mustard and it started to sound maybe "not undelicious"! I still love lots of ketchup with fried fish, though.

Hmmmm...mustard with pizza? I've never thought of trying that...perhaps I'll give it a go some time!

I can't wait till we get to some wine reviews! The beer pictures look great, but I have very recently decided that beer just doesn't agree with my stomach. This was after being up at 3a.m. the past two Sat. nights to look for Tums. I think I will just be a wino from now on (well, maybe a mixed drink or two...:rotfl: ). On with the reviews!

Wine reviews will start with Chefs de France... I may not get to that today because I've got to give the computer over to the man for the rest of the afternoon and I have some work of my own that I need to catch up on. But I'll see if I can sneak something in today. ;)

Sorry to hear that the beer isn't cooperating...I have that problem sometimes, too. There is lots of wine coming up, trust me!

Thanks for reading! :goodvibes

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 01:24 PM
Love the reviews!!!! :thumbsup2

Just missed you! Thanks for reading, I'm glad you've enjoyed it so far. The best is still to come! :goodvibes

Poohbear67
06-10-2007, 01:40 PM
Sounds yummy! Would you believe that of all the places you've listed we've only tried one?

Rose and Crown which we have so far defied the dining jinx at...we've eaten there four or five times over the years and it's always been great. It's a lot of fun, too!

I hope you have a great trip! Be sure to take tons of pics so you can come home and share the food love with the rest of us! :goodvibes

thats funnie I was just talking to the DBF and telling him we have to get our camera fixed (we bought it in Italy1 1/2 ago) and the flash isn't working so I have to get ahold of our cc company and see if they have the trans action so I can call the Cannon and get them to warranty this camera. anyway I told him that I want to take pics from the airport all the way through to the end so keeping my fingers crossed it will be a nice TR for everyone.

DisneyMom5
06-10-2007, 03:04 PM
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I can't stand ketchup... yucko! I'm a weirdo because I love tomatoes but I don't like ketchup. I could go on...I hate peanuts but love peanut butter... but then this thread would really spiral out of control!


:scared1: I love ketchup, and hate tomatoes. I like peanuts, and don't like peanut butter. Actually, I will tolerate tomatoes, and peanut butter, but only if sugar is added to them, hence liking ketchup, and liking a good peanut butter cup. Weird.

The first time I put ketchup on fish in front of my inlaws they were shocked and appalled. Apparently in this area fish is only to be touched by tartar sauce. My family always used ketchup. :confused3

TigerKat
06-10-2007, 03:32 PM
Brenda - I'm really enjoying your reviews, you have a great sense of humor. Especially looking forward to Chefs & JIKO as we'll be trying both for the first time next trip!

WDW Poly Princess
06-10-2007, 03:38 PM
I just survived family reunion weekend, and am now safely hiding under the desk at work. Write food porn to get me through the day!

WDW Fan
06-10-2007, 04:49 PM
I'm really enjoying your dining reviews Brenda! Glad to hear that you're feeling better. Sounds like you've had some great meals so far. The bathroom incident was so funny! I've done the same thing twice at the Orlando airport bathrooms. I had the misfortune of walking into the men's room with a man at the stalls:lmao: Embarressed does not even describe how we both felt! Looking forward to reading more of your dining reviews.:)

schaery
06-10-2007, 05:10 PM
[QUOTE=I really don't like the wind.

It blows tiny particles of dirt into my eyes preventing me from wearing my contacts...it mucks up my carefullly prepared coiffure...it forces me to wear a jacket in 80-degree weather...and it makes a hollow mockery of any attempt at outdoor dining.

**By the way, which one of the above comments is a blatant lie, inserted only for the sake of poking fun at myself and hopefully generating a laugh?**

As I was saying, I don't like the wind. The wind doesn't really like me. And this was a mighty wind that for the most part didn't stop blowing during the entire week. We didn't realize just how strong the wind was until we sat down at a small table near the DTD marina to eat our lunch only to have the table attempt to take flight.

Whoa, Nellie!

Those umbrellas provide nice shade but in 25-mph wind gusts they take on a sinsiter life of their own and I, for one, don't like battling the elements or the furniture when I'm trying to enjoy a meal. It had to be comical to watch us struggle to eat while the table was trying to make a mad dash for freedom and all the food was scattering in eighty-seven different directions. In fact, I know it was funny because during the rest of the week we enjoyed many a good laugh at the expense of others experiencing this very same problem.

We decided that the only way to improve the overall situation would be to have dessert. Jay and I don't typically indulge in stuff like this during the day, but based on past experience we had already decided that if we were ever going to try Ghiradelli's Soda Fountain without enduring a two-hour wait we would have to pay a visit during the day.

QUOTE]

HI! (fellow wind-hater). I just found your thead and I love it!! I have to share this with you as I completely understand your wind predicament. Two years ago, I took my DH for his 1st WDW trip (my 8th). We were also sitting and eating at the same location when we noticed a breeze kicking up and off in the distance a dark cloud which we figured would just blow away. It just seemed like moments when the breeze turned into a serious wind and the little dark cloud turned into a thunderstorm right on us. We didn't even have time to run. Our food blew off the table and we were holding onto our umbrella with all we had. The folks next to us were holding drinks (looked like margaritas) from the lakeside bar, and were having a tough time trying to keep their drinks and the umbrella too. The storm was brief but we were soaked (and still hungry) when it blew over. It made me laugh to see we weren't the only ones who had an experience like that. :rotfl:

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 05:41 PM
thats funnie I was just talking to the DBF and telling him we have to get our camera fixed (we bought it in Italy1 1/2 ago) and the flash isn't working so I have to get ahold of our cc company and see if they have the trans action so I can call the Cannon and get them to warranty this camera. anyway I told him that I want to take pics from the airport all the way through to the end so keeping my fingers crossed it will be a nice TR for everyone.


Good luck with the camera; I hope you're able to get it fixed. We are always better about taking pictures of food than anything else...go figure! I think we did a nice job on this trip, especially at the Flower and Garden Festival, but there's always room for improvement.

Looking forward to your report later this year!

scared1: I love ketchup, and hate tomatoes. I like peanuts, and don't like peanut butter. Actually, I will tolerate tomatoes, and peanut butter, but only if sugar is added to them, hence liking ketchup, and liking a good peanut butter cup. Weird.

Just further proof that you and I have some sort of strange karmic connection. ;)

The first time I put ketchup on fish in front of my inlaws they were shocked and appalled. Apparently in this area fish is only to be touched by tartar sauce. My family always used ketchup. :confused3

I shock everyone when I ask for mustard for french fries or for fish. The only other person I know who does it is my youngest nephew...I guess he inherited the family freak gene. :lmao:


Brenda - I'm really enjoying your reviews, you have a great sense of humor. Especially looking forward to Chefs & JIKO as we'll be trying both for the first time next trip!

Thanks Kathy, glad you're having fun! I've got the pictures uploaded for both restaurants so I just need to get some time to put my thoughts into a coherent form.


I just survived family reunion weekend, and am now safely hiding under the desk at work. Write food porn to get me through the day!

I'm glad to hear that you've made it through the weekend in one piece! As for the food porn, I'll see what I can do. ;)


I'm really enjoying your dining reviews Brenda! Glad to hear that you're feeling better. Sounds like you've had some great meals so far. The bathroom incident was so funny! I've done the same thing twice at the Orlando airport bathrooms. I had the misfortune of walking into the men's room with a man at the stalls:lmao: Embarressed does not even describe how we both felt! Looking forward to reading more of your dining reviews.:)


Thanks! I'm feeling a lot better and our overall dining experiences were great...I'd give the whole trip a 9-out-of-10 as far as food goes. Just had one meal that didn't "do it" for me.

My goodness...your bathroom story totally trumps mine! :lmao: I will say though, that the bathroom set-up at MCO is confusing; I've caught myself once or twice almost walking into the wrong bathroom.


HI! (fellow wind-hater). I just found your thead and I love it!! I have to share this with you as I completely understand your wind predicament. Two years ago, I took my DH for his 1st WDW trip (my 8th). We were also sitting and eating at the same location when we noticed a breeze kicking up and off in the distance a dark cloud which we figured would just blow away. It just seemed like moments when the breeze turned into a serious wind and the little dark cloud turned into a thunderstorm right on us. We didn't even have time to run. Our food blew off the table and we were holding onto our umbrella with all we had. The folks next to us were holding drinks (looked like margaritas) from the lakeside bar, and were having a tough time trying to keep their drinks and the umbrella too. The storm was brief but we were soaked (and still hungry) when it blew over. It made me laugh to see we weren't the only ones who had an experience like that. :rotfl:

Hi there! Thanks for reading and posting - I'm glad you're enjoying it so far. :goodvibes

Those tables at DTD need to be weather-proofed, don't you think? It's just crazy how easily they get tossed about when the wind kicks up. And you have to laugh, don't you? It really is funny, especially when it happens to someone else! :rotfl2:

MinnieGirl33
06-10-2007, 05:50 PM
:scared1: I love ketchup, and hate tomatoes. I like peanuts, and don't like peanut butter. Actually, I will tolerate tomatoes, and peanut butter, but only if sugar is added to them, hence liking ketchup, and liking a good peanut butter cup. Weird.


We may have been seperated at birth. :goodvibes Although I won't tolerate a tomato in it's solid form in any way.

Add to the list a love of pickles but can't stand cucumbers & onions must be cooked never raw.

Never done mustard on pizza but potato chips add a nice crunch ;)

Brenda, your review is great as always! Can't wait for more! :wave2:

lawyergirl
06-10-2007, 06:17 PM
Hi there young lady! Thanks for popping in - is work easing up on you at all?

As for Plankton and the CT...we were unable to fit him out appropriately and they wouldn't allow him in without a jacket and tie. The result being that Plankton is really cheesed off and is plotting some payback come October. Much of this will be detailed in the formal trip report, so please stay tuned for more madness!


Heh - am totally looking forward to the Trippie... I'll try to save it up for days when I am actually contemplating ways to commit hari kari with my pen at my desk... (seriously - read Bank by David Bledin or the Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman, and you'll get a glimpse into my days!)

As for Plankton's evil scheme - the 'lil devil sent me a postcard detailing his plans (and my part in them because I didn't follow through on my knitting plans). Be afraid. Be very afraid... I've hired a bodyguard to be on standby the next time I head into the US... :scared1:

whogirl'smom
06-10-2007, 07:13 PM
[QUOTE=MinnieGirl33;19124526]

Never done mustard on pizza but potato chips add a nice crunch ;)

QUOTE]

You really have to try it on pizza with hamburger and bacon--tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger!! (We have a pizza place here that makes a BCB pizza with mustard and pickles on top. They also drizzle mayo on it, but that just puts me over the edge:sick: )

Cdn Friends of Pooh
06-10-2007, 07:53 PM
I'll try to save it up for days when I am actually contemplating ways to commit hari kari with my pen at my desk


That sounds like my practice at times!! :lmao:

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 07:56 PM
And Now for Non-Restaurant Related Food of a Fun and Celebratory Nature...

As many of you have realized by now, Jason and I were celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary during this trip to WDW. Jason had also just had his birthday on May 10th, so we were also marking that. I've always wanted to check-in to a Disney hotel and find some kind of special surprise waiting...after years of trips and hints I finally figured out that I needed to take things into my own hands.

Jay and I don't usually do much on birthdays any longer, but I really wanted to do something kind of fun for him and give him a little surprise. I must give a huge shout-out to Fairy Tale Bride who was a great help when I called the WDW Florist to place my order.

***Thanks for all your help, Lindsey!!!*** :flower3:

To celebrate Jason's birthday I ordered Mickey's Happy Surprise Cake which is made with about 24 Mickey candy bars (Almond, Milk Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Bars) - the "inside" of the cake is filled with other treats...pretzels, gummies, peanut butter cups...all stuff that comes from Goofy's Candy Company.

I also wanted some balloons delivered with it, which does cost extra but I thought it would look a lot more fun that way.


Jason and his birthday surprise
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02013.jpg

What do you mean I can only have one???
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02019.jpg


Being the selfish person I am, I also ordered something for us to celebrate the anniversary. I opted for the Gourmet Extravaganza, which typically comes with a bottle of Rosa Regale, Mickey toasting flutes, a Mickey cutting board and cheese spreader, and all kinds of yummy gourmet treats finished off with a single red rose in a bud vase. I paid extra to replace the Regale with a bottle of Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee - when celebrating an anniversary I want champagne, thank you very much! :goodvibes Our gourmet treats included Lindt chocolates, dipping pretzels, sausage, crackers, champagne mustard, cheese, key lime cookies, and cashews.

Happy Anniversary!
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02015.jpg

Don't ask me how much this cost...
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02014.jpg

Mickey cutting board and cheese spreader...so cute!
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02102.jpg

How about a drink?
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02261.jpg


There were actually a couple of surprises that happened during the week but I'm going to leave those for the days that they occurred on. Since these two items were delivered on Friday evening it made sense to post them together, especially since I was responsible for them. I was not responsible for the others...so I'm going to make you wait for them so that you can enjoy the surprise, too! ;)

Thanks again for reading! :grouphug:

oybolshoi
06-10-2007, 08:13 PM
We may have been seperated at birth. :goodvibes Although I won't tolerate a tomato in it's solid form in any way.

Add to the list a love of pickles but can't stand cucumbers & onions must be cooked never raw.

Never done mustard on pizza but potato chips add a nice crunch ;)

Brenda, your review is great as always! Can't wait for more! :wave2:

Thanks again for reading! I love hearing about everyone's food fetishes...:goodvibes


Heh - am totally looking forward to the Trippie... I'll try to save it up for days when I am actually contemplating ways to commit hari kari with my pen at my desk... (seriously - read Bank by David Bledin or the Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman, and you'll get a glimpse into my days!)

As for Plankton's evil scheme - the 'lil devil sent me a postcard detailing his plans (and my part in them because I didn't follow through on my knitting plans). Be afraid. Be very afraid... I've hired a bodyguard to be on standby the next time I head into the US... :scared1:

Sorry to hear that about the job; although I don't work in the legal field I totally understand...my job has become really challenging lately in terms of workload and staffing (for the entire department) - budget restrictions suck!

Plankton sent you a post card? That sneaky little bugger...he better not be threatening you or I'll have to leave him behind for Grimace to babysit in October. :lmao:

You really have to try it on pizza with hamburger and bacon--tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger!! (We have a pizza place here that makes a BCB pizza with mustard and pickles on top. They also drizzle mayo on it, but that just puts me over the edge:sick: )

I'll try it next time we have pizza and let you know what I think. Since Jay already thinks that I'm nuts he shouldn't be too shocked! :goodvibes

That sounds like my practice at times!! :lmao:

Another lawyer? You two sound terribly overworked. My advice is to take another vacation, as soon as possible! :goodvibes

cmp1111
06-10-2007, 08:22 PM
Hi Brenda!

Thanks for the update. I have to be quick, as I still have an in-law invasion :scared1: , but yes, we had an awesome time at Raglan Road. Thanks again for the recommendation! (It will be Day 4 in my report, will do Day 3 tomorrow once the company's gone.)

Your treats look fabulous! Good work. :)

C.E. :)

MA pigletfan
06-10-2007, 09:00 PM
YOU ARE BACK!!!! woohooo

just in time Miss Brenda..to psych me up again for disney dining :cool1:

Scornelius
06-10-2007, 09:02 PM
Hoo yeah! Brenda's back, Brenda's back!! Just like during your last edition of food porn, (and booze porn! Woot!) I'm here at my computer snorting out my diet pepsi all over the keyboard and sharing random quotes with my husband:

'I wheeled around faster than you can say "I swear I'm not drunk" ':rotfl:


"Hey, I'm not the one who walked into the wrong bathroom." :rotfl2:

and of course,

"Stay off the West Side!!" :lmao:

Looking forward to lots more!!

Sonia

rentayenta
06-10-2007, 09:27 PM
How much did the basket cost? pirate: :rotfl2:


It's terrific! I bet he loved the candy cake; it's a great idea! :wizard:

AnninIowa
06-10-2007, 10:09 PM
Subscribing!! :thumbsup2

Disneyland_Mama
06-10-2007, 10:33 PM
2 days back and already 7+ pages?!?!?!? :confused3

Good! :thumbsup2 I'll have some reading to do after these kids go to sleep! :teeth:

I'll be right back! :surfweb:

Timon
06-10-2007, 10:44 PM
OMG Brenda! Those baskets look awesome!! I can just imagine how many arms and legs they cost you! I don't even wanna know! :eek:

About the RFC, here's the post from my live trippie with pics from when we first ate there. It was SO good! I have another visit there planned for October 14th, so I am REALLY hoping that I am not disappointed.

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=10279361&postcount=66

Looking forward to all the surprises!!! :banana:

Oh and YES!!! Happy belated Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cdn Friends of Pooh
06-10-2007, 11:34 PM
As many of you have realized by now, Jason and I were celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary during this trip to WDW.

It'll be our 8th anniversary during our trip in October! ... the baskets are a nice touch :thumbsup2

Bonny

passthepixiedust
06-11-2007, 12:17 AM
Love the surprises!

How much did you say that basket was? ;)

jusmom
06-11-2007, 12:23 AM
Brenda,
Your food report is great, my mouth is watering for the Raglan Road dinner....my DH and I vowed to never go back there again due to a double charged bar tab on our CC, but we may need to break that vow the next time we are there.:goodvibes
Can't wait to hear about the other surprises on your trip:wizard:
Thanks again for the great reports and everything else.:) :thumbsup2
RC

Disneyland_Mama
06-11-2007, 12:33 AM
Oh Brenda, you never cease to entertain! :lmao:

Too much to quote, so I'll just throw a few tidbits out there:

1. The men's room? That's fantastic! :thumbsup2

2. Love sundae breasticle shot! Very hot! :lmao: And I think DM (Disneyolic) and I are related, as I toggled up to look at the picture of you as I read the post, too! There's something very disturbing with that! :lmao:

3. Added mental note to remember to get a drink bucket. It sounds like an adult Happy Meal! :banana: (Hmmmm I need to rethink the dancing banana for this post, no?)

4. Love the baskets! Very sweet! :cloud9:

5. I do miss hearing about Grimmy! :guilty: How is she these days?

6. Yup, I'm a yellow mustard kinda gal, too. But you might try equal parts of mustard and ketchup. Very yum-o! ::yes::

Ok, I'll just sit and wait for the next installment! :surfweb:

travelgirl06
06-11-2007, 01:31 AM
Your report is wonderful. I love your writing style, its very entertaning:) . I'm looking forward to your review of Chefs de France as I'll be there in September.

Keep the amazing dining report coming.

jakenjess
06-11-2007, 04:58 AM
Those baskets look fabulous! That's my kind of birthday cake!:cloud9: Good call on the champagne, too!:thumbsup2 Glad to see Plankton was able to make the trip. I'll be getting DS in on this report.

We may just end up doing most of our dining in Oct. at the food and wine booths! I keep finding these great drink pictures and e-mailing them to my husband, "Doesn't this look great?" and "We HAVE to try this in October!" So my parents and kids may be fending for themselves as DH and I roll around the WS!;)

kikigirl
06-11-2007, 07:00 AM
Brenda, that "cake" looks yummy! Oh and Happy Anniversary!

You know, when I saw Plankton in that photo, I almost started cheering. :rotfl2: Plankton=good times...yes, I know I'm weird. ;)

Kiki

HomeSweetDisney
06-11-2007, 07:30 AM
I am sitting here wondering how in the WORLD I missed the fact that you had started a new dining report :confused3 Jeez, I am really behind on stuff around here! Stupid work getting in the way of my reading dining reports ;) Anyway, you're doing a fab job as always Brenda. You are the queen of reports, dining or otherwise :thumbsup2 Can't wait to read more!

DISNEYDUET
06-11-2007, 08:06 AM
I love the Birthday "cake". I did that one year and it is so cute! DH and I have also done the gift basket with the Fairy Tale Cuvee. That was a very nice evening in! ;) BTW, your icecream pics made me go out and buy Haagen Dazs- Caramel Cone and Bailey's Irish cream. :cloud9:

NMurphy
06-11-2007, 08:47 AM
The reviews and pictures are great so far! I can't wait to hear about the rest of your dining adventures.

DisneyJo
06-11-2007, 09:10 AM
Those baskets are amazing, the cheeseboard and knife are so cute and Lindt chocolate :faint: My absolute favourite it was on offer today at the supermarket so I just had to buy some :rotfl2:

Disneyolic
06-11-2007, 09:38 AM
I loved your surprises! I didn't even think to ask you how much they cost until you said, "Don't ask how much this cost." Now I want to know! Thanks a lot!!

Oh Brenda, you never cease to entertain! :lmao: That's fantastic! :thumbsup2

2. Love sundae breasticle shot! Very hot! :lmao: And I think DM (Disneyolic) and I are related, as I toggled up to look at the picture of you as I read the post, too! There's something very disturbing with that! :lmao:
I knew I wasn't the only one that disturbingly went back to look for the flashing! Thanks for admitting it DLM! Remember, I have a bunch load of cousins out in Southern California - we may just be related and just don't know it!!! :laughing:

Oh, and deep down, I think Brenda wanted us all to check out her cleavage! hee hee!

ncseric
06-11-2007, 10:02 AM
This reply is a bit late, but I'd have to agree with everything you said about Ghiradelli's ice cream. I went there a few times when I lived south of San Francisco. The ice cream they have is definitely underrated, especially when paired with their brownies and the chocolate chips they make. Mmmm.

lawyergirl
06-11-2007, 10:19 AM
That sounds like my practice at times!! :lmao:

Well, then, let us crack open a beverage (okay, who am I kidding - my 4th cup of coffee this morning :surfweb: ) and enjoy the hijinks, shall we?? ;)

TigerKat
06-11-2007, 12:33 PM
Those baskets look amazing! I love my Rosa Regale, but have to agree champagne was in order!:thumbsup2

shovan
06-11-2007, 01:14 PM
I'm wondering to self, how did I miss 8 pages of an oybolshoi review?!!!

Brenda, loving this!! You are going to force me to add a Raglan Road ADR to my next trip. If not just for the beer, but oh that lamb looked so delish too!

Gotta agree with Tigerkat on the Rosa it's yum, but then again so is the Iron Horse! Well as you can see I'm like my drinks. I totally understood you're drunken mumbling, didn't even notice it was drunken mumbling!:lmao:

HPHammer
06-11-2007, 01:22 PM
"Was that you on the West Side?"

"No, Cookie, I swear! I'm afraid of you!"

Hi Brenda! Glad you're back and hopefully feeling better! :yay:

blueangel
06-11-2007, 01:41 PM
What did the plate under Jason's cake look like? Don't get me wrong I love my chocolate, but eventually it's gone and you're left with...the plate. Did it at least have ::MickeyMo on it?

DLo
06-11-2007, 05:02 PM
Glad I found your reviews. Great sense of humor and love the pics. I now really , really , really want some ice cream and maybe a beer. (not together!!!!)

I am still trying to catch up on the "shrubbery" tr. (also quite amusing)I haven't had enough dis time recently.

zweihund
06-11-2007, 05:15 PM
Brenda, welcome back! The anniversary basket looks great! Fairy Tale Cuvee is about the only champagne I actually like, so I approve :goodvibes I love the wine glasses and the cheese board too :thumbsup2

Looking forward to more!

Busymom85
06-11-2007, 05:27 PM
Love your reviews. I want to know how much the cake cost. Too cute.

Ciciwoowoo
06-11-2007, 05:36 PM
Brenda,

I'm so glad you're back! You're reports are on the top of my favorites list!

Disney4Drew
06-11-2007, 05:48 PM
Loving your report! You're hilarious, girl! :lmao:

Oh, and can you please tell me where you ordered your champagne basket?

cntkg1
06-11-2007, 05:52 PM
Plankton sent you a post card? That sneaky little bugger...he better not be threatening you or I'll have to leave him behind for Grimace to babysit in October. :lmao:

Or better yet, send him on a Western Caribbean Cruise with those crazy Konked Kruisers. That'll teach him!!:rotfl2:

DisneyMom5
06-11-2007, 07:10 PM
We may have been seperated at birth. :goodvibes Although I won't tolerate a tomato in it's solid form in any way.

Add to the list a love of pickles but can't stand cucumbers & onions must be cooked never raw.

Never done mustard on pizza but potato chips add a nice crunch ;)

Brenda, your review is great as always! Can't wait for more! :wave2:

Crunchy onions. :eek:

I had an idea years ago to make a spray-on onion and pepper flavoring that could be put on pizza to make it taste like a supreme without that annoying onion/pepper crunch.
My ideal pizza would be a supreme with all the annoying veggies picked off for you before serving.

If any of you can make that idea work, you are welcome to it. Just send me free samples when it hits the stores. :thumbsup2

mlill
06-11-2007, 07:28 PM
So far, so good! :thumbsup2 The gift basket/candy bar cake looked awesome! I bet Jason was surprised. :goodvibes I am now convinced we have to try Raglan Road... without the kids. ;)

Keep it coming! :dance3:
-Michelle

cmp1111
06-11-2007, 07:36 PM
Slightest of hijacks, but sort of on topic:

I went to an Irish pub/restaurant here in NH just a scant hour or so ago. I went to take one of my kids to the restroom, and, though there were signs in English way high above the doors, the actual plaques on the doors were in Gaelic (as far as I know, I certainly can't be sure!)

The women's room said "Mna" and the men's room, "Fir". I think. But anyway, one of my sons was convinced that I was taking him into the men's room, since it started with an M and had three letters.

Just thought you might like to know... :)

DISNEYDUET
06-11-2007, 07:48 PM
Oh, and can you please tell me where you ordered your champagne basket?

I have always ordered from www.disneyflorist.com . They have lots of other baskets too.

pixiesrule
06-11-2007, 08:36 PM
Did I miss it somewhere? Those baskets are amazing. We are going in July and it will probably be our last big vacation together (my twins are going to be seniors in the upcoming school year so they most likely will be too busy working for college $$ next summer - I hope) I would like to do something silly but special for each of them to deliver to our room.

Disney4Drew
06-11-2007, 08:46 PM
I have always ordered from www.disneyflorist.com . They have lots of other baskets too.

Thanks so much!! :cool1:

SmallWorld71
06-11-2007, 09:02 PM
Loved the gift baskets! How nice to have a picture of you and Jay together with your anniversary basket. Did Plankton take the picture?

oybolshoi
06-11-2007, 09:20 PM
Hi everybody!! Hi, Dr. Nick

Great Jumping Horny Toads!! I came home from a 12-hour day at work where I somehow managed to accomplish absolutely nothing only to find all your responses...thanks for making my day a better one. :goodvibes

Hi Brenda!

Thanks for the update. I have to be quick, as I still have an in-law invasion , but yes, we had an awesome time at Raglan Road. Thanks again for the recommendation! (It will be Day 4 in my report, will do Day 3 tomorrow once the company's gone.)

Your treats look fabulous! Good work. C.E.

Hope you've survived the invasion - I will definitely have to go check out your report so I can see what your RR experience was like.


YOU ARE BACK!!!! woohooo

just in time Miss Brenda..to psych me up again for disney dining


Hi Gina!! Have a great trip and be sure to say "hi!" to Locomotive Breath!!!


Hoo yeah! Brenda's back, Brenda's back!! Just like during your last edition of food porn, (and booze porn! Woot!) I'm here at my computer snorting out my diet pepsi all over the keyboard and sharing random quotes with my husband:

'I wheeled around faster than you can say "I swear I'm not drunk" ':rotfl:


"Hey, I'm not the one who walked into the wrong bathroom." :rotfl2:

and of course,

"Stay off the West Side!!" :lmao:

Looking forward to lots more!!

Sonia


Uh, oh... do I need to issue a spew alert going forward? Thanks for reading Sonia, glad you're enjoying it so far!


How much did the basket cost? :rotfl2:


It's terrific! I bet he loved the candy cake; it's a great idea!

Ummmm...I'd have to dig out my credit card statement because I ordered it back in April. You can get a general idea if you go to the WDW Florist web site - they have a ton of stuff with the prices listed.

And the cake is so cute when it's delivered... there was no way the two of us could eat all of that so we ended up giving a lot of it to the front desk staff on our last day. I'm sure they needed the sugar more than we did. ;-)


Subscribing!!

Glad to have you along!


2 days back and already 7+ pages?!?!?!? :confused3

Good! :thumbsup2 I'll have some reading to do after these kids go to sleep! I'll be right back!

Hi Tracy! It's good to see you - I know you'll always have something amusing to add to the mix. Yeah...the number of pages has been something of a surprise to me considering that I haven't made it to the second day of the trip yet. But I love to hear from everyone - it makes this that much more fun, don't you think?


OMG Brenda! Those baskets look awesome!! I can just imagine how many arms and legs they cost you! I don't even wanna know!

They were really cool - I was very pleased with the result. And Jason didn't want to know how much they cost, either. ;-)

About the RFC, here's the post from my live trippie with pics from when we first ate there. It was SO good! I have another visit there planned for October 14th, so I am REALLY hoping that I am not disappointed.

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=10279361&postcount=66


Excellent - thanks for the link! I think their breakfast menu sounds pretty good...maybe we'll give it a try.

And you will not be disappointed - they wouldn't dare do that to Kira's mommy!

Looking forward to all the surprises!!!

Oh and YES!!! Happy belated Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you!!


It'll be our 8th anniversary during our trip in October! ... the baskets are a nice touch

Bonny


Hi Bonny! Happy early anniversary to you! Which day is the special one?


Love the surprises!

How much did you say that basket was? ;)

The basket was probably more than I should have spent... see the WDW Florist website for a general idea. ;-)


Brenda,
Your food report is great, my mouth is watering for the Raglan Road dinner....my DH and I vowed to never go back there again due to a double charged bar tab on our CC, but we may need to break that vow the next time we are there.
Can't wait to hear about the other surprises on your trip.
Thanks again for the great reports and everything else.:)
RC

Hi Jusmom! I can understand being miffed with RR, but their food was pretty darn tasty.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to you for the other stuff, too!


Oh Brenda, you never cease to entertain! :lmao:

Too much to quote, so I'll just throw a few tidbits out there:

1. The men's room? That's fantastic! :thumbsup2

2. Love sundae breasticle shot! Very hot! :lmao: And I think DM (Disneyolic) and I are related, as I toggled up to look at the picture of you as I read the post, too! There's something very disturbing with that! :lmao:


Thank you, Tracy, that's high praise coming from you, 'cause you're twice as entertaining as me!

Sundae Breasticle... hahahahahahahaha!!!! As for the picture...how many people admitted to scrolling back up in my other TR when I mentioned that my mom didn't have any eyebrows? We're all a bunch of sickos around here. ;-)

3. Added mental note to remember to get a drink bucket. It sounds like an adult Happy Meal! :banana: (Hmmmm I need to rethink the dancing banana for this post, no?)

4. Love the baskets! Very sweet! :cloud9:

5. I do miss hearing about Grimmy! :guilty: How is she these days?

6. Yup, I'm a yellow mustard kinda gal, too. But you might try equal parts of mustard and ketchup. Very yum-o! ::yes::

Ok, I'll just sit and wait for the next installment! :surfweb:


I have actually written a note to myself so that we don't forget to go back in October and get a bucket o' booze.

Grimmy is doing well, thanks! But Jay and I decided that all the lovely little things that happened on this trip had to be due to the fact that we were in a "Grimace-Free Zone."

Thanks again for reading!!


Your report is wonderful. I love your writing style, its very entertaning:) . I'm looking forward to your review of Chefs de France as I'll be there in September.

Keep the amazing dining report coming.

Thank you so much; I'm glad you're enjoying it! We've tried Chef's a couple of times now (always for lunch) and it's always been great. Look for that review tomorrow if they let me leave the office.



Those baskets look fabulous! That's my kind of birthday cake!:cloud9: Good call on the champagne, too! Glad to see Plankton was able to make the trip. I'll be getting DS in on this report.

Hey Lori! Thanks for popping in. WDW Florist really did a nice job, didn't they?

Tell your DS that Jason will be working on a new Plankton video in the next couple of weeks and we will share it with the world once it's complete. Most of the Plankton pics will actually end up in the Shrubbery once I get that moving again, but there will be a few more here as well.

We may just end up doing most of our dining in Oct. at the food and wine booths! I keep finding these great drink pictures and e-mailing them to my husband, "Doesn't this look great?" and "We HAVE to try this in October!" So my parents and kids may be fending for themselves as DH and I roll around the WS!;)

I like your style! Remember, just rent the double stroller and you'll be fine!!

MrsB1228
06-11-2007, 09:29 PM
Woohoo, Brenda's back with another awesome tale of culinary adventures!! Just a thought hun, you might be well advised to post spew advisories at the top of your posts ... just as a public-service kinda thing, you know? ;)

Subscribing and can't wait for the next installment! :flower3:

Dizmom0923
06-11-2007, 09:38 PM
I loved the baskets. I bet just as many people looked up the price to your basket as did going back to see Brenda cleavage. :lmao: I know I did. I swear your trip reports are number one on my list. Now I am off to find the pics of your mom....

Danielle

oybolshoi
06-11-2007, 09:56 PM
Brenda, that "cake" looks yummy! Oh and Happy Anniversary!

You know, when I saw Plankton in that photo, I almost started cheering. Plankton=good times...yes, I know I'm weird.
Kiki

Thanks Kiki! As for weird...last time I checked Jay and I were two middle-aged "adults" wandering around WDW with a stuffed Plankton...now that's weird! :rotfl2:


I am sitting here wondering how in the WORLD I missed the fact that you had started a new dining report Jeez, I am really behind on stuff around here! Stupid work getting in the way of my reading dining reports. Anyway, you're doing a fab job as always Brenda. You are the queen of reports, dining or otherwise. Can't wait to read more!


Awww, thanks for the kind words and thanks for reading. And I know just what you mean about stupid work getting in the way of the fun stuff!

Less than 6 weeks until HP7... are you as pumped as we are?

I love the Birthday "cake". I did that one year and it is so cute! DH and I have also done the gift basket with the Fairy Tale Cuvee. That was a very nice evening in! BTW, your icecream pics made me go out and buy Haagen Dazs- Caramel Cone and Bailey's Irish cream.

You and I have fabulous taste, don't we? :thumbsup2 I thought the cake was really cute - we were really surprised by all the stuff inside of it - we thought it was hollow!

As for the ice cream...where's that Homer Simpson drool icon when you need it?


The reviews and pictures are great so far! I can't wait to hear about the rest of your dining adventures.

Thank you very much; I'm glad to have you here!


Those baskets are amazing, the cheeseboard and knife are so cute and Lindt chocolate :faint: My absolute favourite it was on offer today at the supermarket so I just had to buy some :rotfl2:

Would you believe this was the first time we had ever tried Lindt chocolate? It was so good...I may have to break down and buy some soon!


I loved your surprises! I didn't even think to ask you how much they cost until you said, "Don't ask how much this cost." Now I want to know! Thanks a lot!!

OK, DawnMarie... just go to the WDW Florist website, which I think DisneyDuet was kind enough to post a few spots along and you can look up the price to your heart's content. ;)

I knew I wasn't the only one that disturbingly went back to look for the flashing! Thanks for admitting it DLM! Remember, I have a bunch load of cousins out in Southern California - we may just be related and just don't know it!!! :laughing:

Oh, and deep down, I think Brenda wanted us all to check out her cleavage! hee hee!

It's true...I wanted everyone to go back and notice my total lack of cleavage!! Actually, if you want to know the truth I figured I'd better say something about it before someone else here on the DIS did!!! :rotfl2:


This reply is a bit late, but I'd have to agree with everything you said about Ghiradelli's ice cream. I went there a few times when I lived south of San Francisco. The ice cream they have is definitely underrated, especially when paired with their brownies and the chocolate chips they make. Mmmm.

Oh yes, some of the best ice cream I've had in a long time. And the brownie...I wish I was eating it right now!


Well, then, let us crack open a beverage (okay, who am I kidding - my 4th cup of coffee this morning :surfweb: ) and enjoy the hijinks, shall we?? ;)

Coffee wasn't the beverage I was going to suggest...nor did I think it was the one you were going to suggest!! :rotfl2:


Those baskets look amazing! I love my Rosa Regale, but have to agree champagne was in order!

Yes, they were great, weren't they? We ended up trying the Rose Regale at Victoria and Albert's and it was pretty damn good, but champagne will always be my favorite, especially for an anniversary.


I'm wondering to self, how did I miss 8 pages of an oybolshoi review?!!!

Brenda, loving this!! You are going to force me to add a Raglan Road ADR to my next trip. If not just for the beer, but oh that lamb looked so delish too!


Hi Shovan, thanks for dropping by to take a read! Raglan Road for Flying Fish seems like a fair exchange. Thanks to your review we dropped BlueZoo and replaced it with FF the night before our anniversary dinner - it was awesome!!

Gotta agree with Tigerkat on the Rosa it's yum, but then again so is the Iron Horse! Well as you can see I'm like my drinks. I totally understood you're drunken mumbling, didn't even notice it was drunken mumbling!

I think this may be why we're all congregating on the same threads! ;)


What did the plate under Jason's cake look like? Don't get me wrong I love my chocolate, but eventually it's gone and you're left with...the plate. Did it at least have ::MickeyMo on it?


The plate was just a plain silver colored plate - nothing special. We didn't even bring it home with us because we were really limited on space. Actually, it didn't even occur to me to bring it home... ;)


Glad I found your reviews. Great sense of humor and love the pics. I now really , really , really want some ice cream and maybe a beer. (not together!!!!)

I am still trying to catch up on the "shrubbery" tr. (also quite amusing)I haven't had enough dis time recently.

Thank you so much for reading and posting - I'm glad you're enjoying everything so far!


Brenda, welcome back! The anniversary basket looks great! Fairy Tale Cuvee is about the only champagne I actually like, so I approve :goodvibes I love the wine glasses and the cheese board too :thumbsup2

Looking forward to more!

Hi Erica!! You and I also have wonderful taste...but somehow I already knew that. ;)


Love your reviews. I want to know how much the cake cost. Too cute.

Thank you! I think the cake on it's own runs about $55...give or take. The balloons were extra, but you can't have a birthday cake without balloons!



Brenda,

I'm so glad you're back! You're reports are on the top of my favorites list!

Oh, thank you so much and thanks for reading!


Loving your report! You're hilarious, girl!

Oh, and can you please tell me where you ordered your champagne basket?


Thanks for reading and I'm glad you like the review so far. I ordered from the WDW Florist...I'd include the link but I see a good samaritan has beaten me to the punch. Thanks, DD!!


Or better yet, send him on a Western Caribbean Cruise with those crazy Konked Kruisers. That'll teach him!!

Nancy, you and Auntie Karen are going to have your hands full in October...are you sure you want to go through with this?


Crunchy onions.
I had an idea years ago to make a spray-on onion and pepper flavoring that could be put on pizza to make it taste like a supreme without that annoying onion/pepper crunch.
My ideal pizza would be a supreme with all the annoying veggies picked off for you before serving.

If any of you can make that idea work, you are welcome to it. Just send me free samples when it hits the stores.


Not that it matters but I don't like onions either... :rotfl2:

So far, so good! The gift basket/candy bar cake looked awesome! I bet Jason was surprised. I am now convinced we have to try Raglan Road... without the kids. ;)

Keep it coming!
-Michelle

Hi Michelle! Thanks for reading so far. Jason was very surprised and then he accused me of trying to "fatten him up." :rotfl2:

I think you need to try RR and then follow it up with a visit to the Adventurers Club, preferably when we're all at WDW at the same time so that we can go together!


Slightest of hijacks, but sort of on topic:

I went to an Irish pub/restaurant here in NH just a scant hour or so ago. I went to take one of my kids to the restroom, and, though there were signs in English way high above the doors, the actual plaques on the doors were in Gaelic (as far as I know, I certainly can't be sure!)

The women's room said "Mna" and the men's room, "Fir". I think. But anyway, one of my sons was convinced that I was taking him into the men's room, since it started with an M and had three letters.

Just thought you might like to know... :)

OMG!!! That's totally what it was... "FIR" ... it still doesn't explain anything except that I probably saw the letter "M" and chose the other door by default. Yes...that's exactly how it happened... ;)

Thanks, C.E.!!

I have always ordered from www.disneyflorist.com . They have lots of other baskets too.

Thanks for posting the link, DD! :hug:


Did I miss it somewhere? Those baskets are amazing. We are going in July and it will probably be our last big vacation together (my twins are going to be seniors in the upcoming school year so they most likely will be too busy working for college $$ next summer - I hope) I would like to do something silly but special for each of them to deliver to our room.

Please see the above post with the link to the WDW Florist - they have all kinds of great gift ideas. You can also call and have something made-to-order. They were wonderful to work with.


Loved the gift baskets! How nice to have a picture of you and Jay together with your anniversary basket. Did Plankton take the picture?

Yes, Plankie took the picture for us! Didn't he do a nice job? ;)

oybolshoi
06-11-2007, 10:04 PM
"Was that you on the West Side?"

"No, Cookie, I swear! I'm afraid of you!"

Jay told me this episode was on our Fox affiliate tonight! Stupid work making me miss one of my favorite episodes...:headache:

"Cubicles are for closers." :rotfl2:

Hi Brenda! Glad you're back and hopefully feeling better! :yay:


I'm feeling much better (except for work), thank you! And thanks for taking time to come over and take a read - hope it meets with your approval.

Love the new picture of the dog, by the way! :thumbsup2


Woohoo, Brenda's back with another awesome tale of culinary adventures!! Just a thought hun, you might be well advised to post spew advisories at the top of your posts ... just as a public-service kinda thing, you know? ;)

Subscribing and can't wait for the next installment! :flower3:

You're the second person to suggest a spew warning...I really didn't know that I had that effect on people. :rotfl2:

Thanks for reading and posting - I'm glad you're having fun and ...have you considered covering your computer in protective plastic? ;)


I loved the baskets. I bet just as many people looked up the price to your basket as did going back to see Brenda cleavage. :lmao: I know I did. I swear your trip reports are number one on my list. Now I am off to find the pics of your mom....

Danielle


Thanks so much for reading and for your kind comments - I'm glad you're enjoying the ride so far.

If you really want gut-busting pictures of Grimace I suggest you look through the Argle-Bargle trippie from this past October. It's about 80% complete and there are some pictures in there of my mom that she'd kill me over if she knew they were posted here. :rotfl2:

Ah, mother-daughter love...:lmao:

cmp1111
06-11-2007, 10:29 PM
OMG!!! That's totally what it was... "FIR" ... it still doesn't explain anything except that I probably saw the letter "M" and chose the other door by default. Yes...that's exactly how it happened... ;)

Thanks, C.E.!!



Happy to help! I don't know what it says that I saw a bathroom door and immediately thought of you... :rotfl2: But, I checked it on Google and Mna means "Ladies" and "Fir" is Gents. ;)

DisneyMom5
06-12-2007, 06:42 AM
As for weird...last time I checked Jay and I were two middle-aged "adults" wandering around WDW with a stuffed Plankton...now that's weird! :rotfl2:

If you didn't, who would? :confused3

Not that it matters but I don't like onions either... :rotfl2:

Of course you don't. Why would you? :confused3

Are you SURE you're not a long lost relative? :goodvibes

DISNEYDUET
06-12-2007, 07:28 AM
ok, enough with all this mushy I love your trip report. NO, I love yours more.. dribble. :badpc: I need more pics of food!!!

(Can you tell I started my diet last week?:scared1: )

Just kidding everyone. We all know we were lost without Brenda for a week.

But really...on with the food! popcorn::

LYMI :hug:

shovan
06-12-2007, 10:20 AM
Yes, they were great, weren't they? We ended up trying the Rose Regale at Victoria and Albert's and it was pretty damn good, but champagne will always be my favorite, especially for an anniversary.


Hi Shovan, thanks for dropping by to take a read! Raglan Road for Flying Fish seems like a fair exchange. Thanks to your review we dropped BlueZoo and replaced it with FF the night before our anniversary dinner - it was awesome!!

I think this may be why we're all congregating on the same threads! ;)


Glad to hear you tried the Rosa! Looking forward to hearing about V&A!

That sounds like a fair trade to me! Glad you enjoyed Flying Fish! Can't wait to hear about it!

Us eaters & drinkers do keep showing up in the same places, don't we?!:lmao:

And now on with the show!

J.C.&ALI'SMOM
06-12-2007, 10:25 AM
These are great! I am really enjoying your review and I am now seriously considering the candy bar cake!!!

BTW, I have that Mickey cutting board in my kitchen!! (of course no one uses it ;) )

And Now for Non-Restaurant Related Food of a Fun and Celebratory Nature...



Mickey cutting board and cheese spreader...so cute!
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tigger536
06-12-2007, 11:02 AM
Great report as usual! Thanks for giving me my food porn fix today! :goodvibes

I'm glad RR was just as good the second time around (not including the bathroom incident). ;) We'll be going there for the first time in September. Can't wait!

Can't wait for the rest! Especially the wine reviews... :thumbsup2

oybolshoi
06-12-2007, 02:06 PM
Happy to help! I don't know what it says that I saw a bathroom door and immediately thought of you... :rotfl2: But, I checked it on Google and Mna means "Ladies" and "Fir" is Gents. ;)

I guess before much longer people on ths DIS will see my user-ID and either think of "no-pants" ... "bares all for ice cream" ... or "scopes out men's room on a regular basis" :rotfl2:

Thanks for checking - that's one bit of information that I won't be forgetting! ;)


If you didn't, who would? :confused3

While I like to flatter myself that no one else is goofy enough to drag a plush Plankton all over WDW, there are certainly others who have taken other vacation mascots on trips with them... we're all a bunch of wackos!! :thumbsup2


Of course you don't. Why would you? :confused3

Are you SURE you're not a long lost relative? :goodvibes

Onions... blech! I suspect more and more that you and I are related in some way. :goodvibes


ok, enough with all this mushy I love your trip report. NO, I love yours more.. dribble. :badpc: I need more pics of food!!!

(Can you tell I started my diet last week?:scared1: )

Just kidding everyone. We all know we were lost without Brenda for a week.

But really...on with the food! popcorn::

LYMI :hug:


:lmao: :rotfl2: That was just great... :thumbsup2

Hope all goes well with the diet (starting mine this week, too!). I will do my best to update this evening - if that doesn't happen then I will definitely be able to do it on Wednesday night.

Thanks for the laugh! :goodvibes

Glad to hear you tried the Rosa! Looking forward to hearing about V&A!

That sounds like a fair trade to me! Glad you enjoyed Flying Fish! Can't wait to hear about it!

Us eaters & drinkers do keep showing up in the same places, don't we?!:lmao:

And now on with the show!


I was really surprised by just how good the Regale was ... we're looking at buying some here at home since there was no way to bring any home from WDW.

And Flying Fish was just WOW! Apart from V&A it was the best meal of the entire trip, and we had some good ones.


These are great! I am really enjoying your review and I am now seriously considering the candy bar cake!!!

BTW, I have that Mickey cutting board in my kitchen!! (of course no one uses it ;) )


Thanks for reading - glad you're enjoying it so far!

No one uses your cutting board? We've used ours a couple of times already...is that a bad thing? ;)


Great report as usual! Thanks for giving me my food porn fix today! :goodvibes

I'm glad RR was just as good the second time around (not including the bathroom incident). ;) We'll be going there for the first time in September. Can't wait!

Can't wait for the rest! Especially the wine reviews... :thumbsup2


Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy Raglan Road... we may even go back a third time this fall if we can work it in. Be sure to let us know what you think when you get back!

Mmmmmm....wine...I wish I was drinking some right now. ;)

rentayenta
06-12-2007, 02:35 PM
Brenda, I checked out the Disney floral site. Not too bad really. I am having Sarah from www.memoriesbysarah.com make my DH and kidlets baskets. I can't wait to see what she comes up with. :wizard:

Cdn Friends of Pooh
06-12-2007, 02:41 PM
While I like to flatter myself that no one else is goofy enough to drag a plush Plankton all over WDW, there are certainly others who have taken other vacation mascots on trips with them... we're all a bunch of wackos!! :thumbsup2

:lmao: not sure who had more fun on our recent trip - us or Pal Mickey :)

blueangel
06-12-2007, 03:56 PM
I was really surprised by just how good the Regale was ... we're looking at buying some here at home since there was no way to bring any home from WDW.

Costco's World Market carries it for around $22 for the normal sized bottle. They also have a split. Shop around, though. One of our local liquor stores sells it cheaper.

Cheers!

Ms. Heimlich
06-12-2007, 04:32 PM
Is anyone else watching this thread just to get a look at the Chef's Table Review??? :rolleyes1

I know I am!!! :rotfl:

Keep up the good reviews!

faindrops27
06-12-2007, 05:48 PM
I just want food, and more food. I love your reports!! :goodvibes

oybolshoi
06-12-2007, 06:55 PM
Brenda, I checked out the Disney floral site. Not too bad really. I am having Sarah from www.memoriesbysarah.com make my DH and kidlets baskets. I can't wait to see what she comes up with. :wizard:

Thanks for the link... I may check that out so that Jay can order something for my birthday in October. :thumbsup2


:lmao: not sure who had more fun on our recent trip - us or Pal Mickey :)

Did Pal Mickey get to drink? Do you have any pictures? ;)



Costco's World Market carries it for around $22 for the normal sized bottle. They also have a split. Shop around, though. One of our local liquor stores sells it cheaper.

Cheers!


Thanks for the tip!

Is anyone else watching this thread just to get a look at the Chef's Table Review??? :rolleyes1

I know I am!!! :rotfl:

Keep up the good reviews!

Thanks for reading...Chef's table is still a few days away but we've got great pictures! :goodvibes


I just want food, and more food. I love your reports!! :goodvibes

Thanks so much! I want food, too... right now!! ;)

C.Marie
06-12-2007, 08:28 PM
**By the way, which one of the above comments is a blatant lie, inserted only for the sake of poking fun at myself and hopefully generating a laugh?**


Would that be the part about your expertly style do? (Not that I'm saying you have bad hair my friend) ;)

Just starting reading the new dining review and I can't wait until you get to Victoria and Albert's. We're going there in August (main dining room) and I know your opinion will be valuable.

In any case, welcome back, and, as always, I'm looking forward to more!

oybolshoi
06-12-2007, 10:35 PM
Saturday, May 26th - Duck a la' Bagel and Cheese Glorious Cheese!

We did a few things differently on this trip that we've never done before. For starters, we brought our own coffee, measuring out enough Cafe du Monde Chicory Coffee for the four days that we would be breakfasting in the room. We loves us the Cafe du Monde cafe au lait...so flavorful...so comforting...so not Nescafe.

We also opted for a grocery store stop with the towncar company we typically use to get us from MCO to WDW and back again. We didn't need a lot from the store, but considering the limited food options at SSR we thought at least having some breakfast items in the room would be a good idea. So we made a stop at a local Publix on Friday morning and let me tell you... Stereotype Central and highly entertaining. I could write a trip report just about the grocery store, but I won't. ;)

We picked up some bottled water, Pelligrino, Cranberry juice, milk, mini-bagels, pre-packaged cantaloupe and honeydew melon, and a group of green bananas that refused to ripen no matter what we did with them during the week.

Put 'em in a paper bag for a day: still green.

Leave 'em on the sink while we're showering in the hope that the steam and warmth will do something: still green...and definitely damp.

Set 'em outside on the patio for a bit while we nap: still green; and now they're an exotic pleasure destination for adventurous love bugs.

Chuck 'em in the trash and vow never to buy bananas in Florida again: still eff-ing green. :rotfl2:

I'm not kidding...by Thursday these stupid bananas were still as hard and green as they were when we bought them a week earlier; I don't get it. What gives with the Incredible Hulk Bananas in Florida???

Sorry...got a little distracted there with the produce. It really has nothing to do with this day's reviews...other than the fact that if I'd been eating a banana as planned our peaceful breakfast might not have degenerated into a quacktacular food riot.

We were minding our own business...nibbling a few bagles, enjoying the quiet, watching the fountain spray water into the breeze...when suddenly we heard a rustling in the bushes.

Is it a mouse? A snake? A baby alligator?

Imagine our relief when we discover that it's one of the resort ducks stopping by to wish us a good morning. Or so we thought...


Hand over the bagel and no one gets hurt...
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We know you're in there!
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Give up now - you're surrounded.
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I shouldn't mock the ducks - they were actually very well behaved and very friendly. You guys know how aggressive the ducks over at Casey's can be? These ducks were the total opposite. We really did feel like they were part of the local welcome wagon even though we know they were just looking for some freebies.

So after our very light breakfast we headed over to Epcot where we just decided to wing it ... :rotfl2: ... for lunch. We ended up at Chefs de France about 15 minutes before they opened for business and inquired as to whether or not we could get a table without an ADR. Was it the anniversary button, the Grimace-Free vibe, or my own charming personality that landed us a table for two right next to the window within five minutes of the restaurant opening?

We'll never know, but we appreciated our good fortune nonetheless.

So...here's some food...finally!

Chefs de France

We love eating here for lunch - the dining room is so light and cheerful, and the food and service have always been good. I really think that lunch is a better deal at this restaurant - if you compare the lunch and dinner menus I don't think you'll see much difference in the selection between the two meals but you'll notice that the prices go up for most items at dinner. Just throwing that out there for your consideration.

The dining room before it started to fill up:
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Handsome hubby waiting for some fromage...that's pronouned "Chuh-eeeeeee-zzzzzzz" in American.
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Mmmmmm, the appetizer...Assiette de fromages de France - Imported Cheese Plate:
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Booyah!!! As far as I'm concerned it's a windfall of the cheesiest kind - there's nothing funky on that plate. No stinky-feet smell wafting up from the table, no weird, waxy green or striped offerings, and no blue cheese!!

**For those of you keeping score: just say no to nuts, ketchup, onions, tartar sauce, and blue cheese. More to come in later reviews!**

So what do we have to choose from? Starting on the left was a cheese that was similar to a mild English cheddar...firm and very smooth. Next to that was a Swiss cheese unlike any I've ever tasted...rich and slighty nutty, this cheese didn't leave an aftertaste like so many Swiss cheeses that I've had here in Stinktown. That little round guy was a goat cheese - yummmm, so creamy and mild, not nearly the bite I've come to expect from goat cheese. And on the far right, camembert...super creamy, but I like mine without the rind, thank you very much.

For lunch I ordered Quiche Lorraine (ham and cheese quiche) - that's pronounced "keeeeeey-shhhhhhhh" in American.
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I love a good quiche, and Chefs has always served up a good one when I've ordered it. This was melt-in-my-mouth good - the custard was just perfect, and I even ate the crust, which I almost never do because it's usually too dry.

The recommended wine was a cabernet but I opted for a white the name of which I didn't write down. It was similiar to a pinot grigio, one of my all time favorite white wines; maybe a pinot blanc now that I think about it. Regardless, it paired very well with the cheeses and the quiche.

Jason ordered Crepe Basquaise - a large crepe filled with smoked chicken strips, peppers and onions, grilled and served with a mixed salad.

That's pronounced "Crrrrrrr-ape" in American.
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What can I tell you about this? It's not my kind of selection...too much stuff in it...onions, peppers, smoked meat, and sauce. But this is the kind of food that Jay loves...the more stuff the better! He thought it was great - very flavorful and well prepared, with a nice balance of seasoning. He did order the recommended wine which was a white; I believe a white burgundy which is another favorite of ours.

We didn't order dessert - we usually don't at lunch, even on vacation - but even without dessert this was another very pleasant meal for us at Chefs with great food and very nice service. We remain satisfied with this establishment which we have now eaten lunch at several times over the last five years.

As we wandered through the World Showcase on our lazy way back to the front of the park, we spotted this:

Joy of Tea Stand
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I was very excited to come across this addition to the China pavillion. Jay and I are both tea drinkers and in October we tried a Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler at the Food and Wine Festival - it ended up being one of our favorite drinks of the entire Festival. Among the many choices this stand offers is a Green Tea Plum Wine Slush...how different can it be?

Green Tea Plum Wine Slush and middle-aged lush
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Well, it can be very different indeed. First of all I was a little surprised by the color...if it's made with green tea and plum wine why is it orange? Secondly I was surprised by how sweet it was. I like a sugar rush as much as the next woman but this was uncalled for - I think my fillings lodged an official protest.

Ultimately Jay and I were both disappointed - too sweet and too odd tasting was our final verdict. We're going to stick with the wine cooler going forward and leave the squishees to our friends in France.

One last thing before I leave you for a while. Remember the surprises I alluded to in an earlier post? We went back to the villa to nap for a bit and we found this waiting for us:

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02061.jpg

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02060.jpg

We couldn't get just one picture that included the entire surprise, so we did it this way instead. There were three helium-filled balloons: one that says Happy Anniversary, one that has Cinderella's coach on it, and one that has Cinderella and Charming. The balloons were anchored with a foil wrapped weight, which we originally thought was a chocolate kiss (like we didn't have enough chocolate in the room already!). And then there is the Year of a Million Dreams card with the anniversary wish and the picture that was autographed by the Boss and First Lady!!

We were so excited and touched! It was completely unexpected and I don't know if the front desk staff did it or if someone from the WDW florist sent it, but we loved this little bit of special magic that someone somewhere at WDW created for us. I get all goose-bumpy and sappy every time I look at it. :love:

Thanks for reading - look for Jiko tomorrow night! :goodvibes

cmp1111
06-12-2007, 10:53 PM
Nice!!! :cool1:

Good lunch, great surprise... You win!

I likes me a good quiche, too, and I'm not much of an egg person. That looks and sounds yummy, though. :thumbsup2

Thanks for the food porn! :woohoo:

C.E.

andiepie
06-12-2007, 11:05 PM
:rotfl2: Funny funny funny! Loved it! Incredible Hulk bananas. I'm still laughing at that!

Cute duck!

Oh Cafe du Monde Chicory... the only coffee I'll drink. Love the stuff, and I'm not a big coffee drinker.

Darn it! Now I'm hungry!

BriarRosie
06-13-2007, 01:01 AM
Wow, I miss a couple of days and suddenly I have a lot of catching up to do! So here goes:

Brenda, after much consideration, I have to dub thee...Dining Deviant.

Why? It starts out with Food Porn. Next thing you know, we have Sundae Flashers and Food Fetishes (Mine is cream cheese. Plain on a bagel, ewww. Doctor it up into cheesecake? Yum.) :eek:

I think the Raglan Road review was reassuring, and I'll try it for the first time in October. But they have Evil Gaelic Restrooms. I think you deserve a free pass for making that mistake. I mean, really...it sounds confusing enough when sober.

And I had to laugh about the Bucket o' Booze comments. I don't know how many times I've seen people bring those into the Adventurers Club, and usually someone in the cast will tease them about it. I have never had one of those buckets. They scare me a bit.

You also redeemed yourself with the Rosa Regale. I know you wanted the "traditional" sparkling wine, but Rose Regale is awesome with chocolate. It's not port, but still...yum.

And you know you have to put Sterotype Central at Publix in your Shrubbery report. It sounds too good not to have any details! And Brenda, next time you buy bananas that green, buy an apple, too:

From the Food Network:

The fastest way is to put the bananas in a paper bag on the countertop with an apple. Why? Apples emit ethylene gases which cause certain fruits (like pears and bananas) to ripen faster. Starting with green bananas, paper-bagging them should give you ripe bananas in a day and perfect bread-ready bananas in a day and a half. :teacher:

And the Chefs lunch looked fab! I've done their lunch menu more than I've done their dinner, and I agree that lunch is just as good, but better on the wallet when paying OOP, not the DDP. Good call. :thumbsup2

Whew. That should bring me up to speed.

burly
06-13-2007, 01:05 AM
I love your food reports. can't wait to read more. Kim

WDW Poly Princess
06-13-2007, 01:51 AM
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02047.jpg

*drool* I want to have the cheese plate's babies! Or, you know, maybe just eat it, and make yummy noises.


We were so excited and touched! It was completely unexpected and I don't know if the front desk staff did it or if someone from the WDW florist sent it, but we loved this little bit of special magic that someone somewhere at WDW created for us. I get all goose-bumpy and sappy every time I look at it.

:rolleyes1 :angel:

jakenjess
06-13-2007, 04:51 AM
Mmmmmm, your lunch at Chefs looked yummy! I agree with you on the stinky cheese. I love me some good cheese, but really, who wants food that smells like stinky feet?:confused3 So no blue cheese for me either. Those all sounded great.

What a wonderful anniversary surprise!:love: Mickey and Minnie are really thoughtful that way!;)

cntkg1
06-13-2007, 06:44 AM
Great update Brenda! Loved the pics of your Donald and Daisy. I've got my own set of Hulk Nanners right now that not even Cabo (our yellow lab for those who don't know) will eat and he loves bananas.:banana:

DisneyMom5
06-13-2007, 07:27 AM
Cheese

The funny thing about cheese is...I don't really care for cheese. I do like it brown and crispy on top of mac and cheese or pizza. But gooey, not so much.
And I really don't like swiss. I always have them replace it with something else on sandwiches.

BUT...what is it about WDW cheese???

I was at Le Cellier, and read their description of their cheese sampler, and HAD to have it. Even I was confused by that choice.

And do you know, it was FABULOUS!!!

If I had known cheese went beyond Kraft singles and cheap pizza toppings, I probably would have come over to the cheese camp a lot sooner.

They probably changed it since then, but it was a white cheddar with a sauteed apple topping,
can't remember the middle one, but it had candied walnut brittle on top,
and then that sweeter cheese that Giada De Laurentis always uses for dessert, it's on the tip of my tongue...

Well, anyway, it tasted like cheesecake and it had an orange topping on it.
And it, was delicious.

Man, between my non-foodie limited vocabulary and my seven child induced loss of brain cells, I am not on my game this morning.

MARSCAPONE!!!!

Whew, I feel better now.

All that to say, something about WDW makes cheese taste better. :rolleyes1

cocowum
06-13-2007, 07:27 AM
Green Tea Plum Wine Slush and middle-aged lush
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02056.jpg



OMG that line made me choke on my coffee.:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

I just have to say what a fantastic storyteller you are. Truly talented. :goodvibes

slighty OT, what does oybolshoi mean? Just curious, Is it from Harry Potter? I googled it and came up with several HP references... I'm a huge Potter fan:wizard:

Poppinsme
06-13-2007, 07:37 AM
slighty OT, what does oybolshoi mean?

Could it be a Jewish/Russian Ballet Company??? :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:
I love your reviews by the way.;) ;) :)

punkin413
06-13-2007, 07:50 AM
Set 'em outside on the patio for a bit while we nap: still green; and now they're an exotic pleasure destination for adventurous love bugs.

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: you crack me up! i just imagine love bugs on a banana with mood music in the background......bow-chica-bow-bow

oh, and the ducks....:scared1: i have an irrational fear of anything with a beak and we're staying at SSR next april, so i'm hoping we get a room that's not on the bottom floor because i was planning on enjoying breakfast on my balcony and if ducks or any species of bird is involved...nevermind!!! we ate at casey's last trip and they were so bad there that i had to get a spare chair and put my feet up in it just to get through lunch!

DISNEYDUET
06-13-2007, 07:58 AM
What a very nice surprise! We got balloons and an autographed picture of Lilo and Stitch when we were at the Poly. It was so cute! And everything is better with cheese. I do mean everything! ;) Ok, on to some work now...:surfweb:

J.C.&ALI'SMOM
06-13-2007, 08:24 AM
I'm not kidding...by Thursday these stupid bananas were still as hard and green as they were when we bought them a week earlier; I don't get it. What gives with the Incredible Hulk Bananas in Florida???

:rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl:


Mmmmmm, the appetizer...Assiette de fromages de France - Imported Cheese Plate:
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02047.jpg

Ooooooh! That looks great to this cheese addict, mmmmmmmmm.....want some now :love:


Green Tea Plum Wine Slush and middle-aged lush
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02056.jpg

I have to admit that that looks very odd. Do you think the CM could have given you the wrong drink :confused:

MickeyNicki
06-13-2007, 09:20 AM
We received the same thing (balloons and card) for our 10 year anniversary this past Dec, we stayed for 5 nights at the WL.

Next time you go to the Tea Stand in China try the Mango or Peach Tea Schnapps slushie...they are to die for!

ncseric
06-13-2007, 09:22 AM
I shouldn't mock the ducks - they were actually very well behaved and very friendly. You guys know how aggressive the ducks over at Casey's can be? These ducks were the total opposite. We really did feel like they were part of the local welcome wagon even though we know they were just looking for some freebies.


Independent contractor ducks are much better behaved than the union ones over at Casey's or at Wilderness Lodge...talk to MontanaDisneyFan about the killer ducks they ran into. Probably part of Tony SopranoDuck's gang.

50 years Too!
06-13-2007, 09:55 AM
Add another Brenda tip to the file for Fall. Lunch at Chefs de France.
You MUST add your Publix adventure to your trip report. I absolutely love the opportunity the Winco's, Walmarts, etc. give for societal observation.

mlill
06-13-2007, 10:43 AM
I hereby nominate Brenda as the :drinking1Disney Drinkers Anonymous :drinking1 poster child for 2007.


Green Tea Plum Wine Slush and middle-aged lush
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02056.jpg



Chef's de France! Yum!!! I'll take your quiche over Jay's crepe anyday! I'm sorry to dissent from the ranks, but I do like the French onion soup, too. Don't hate me. I love onions. :) I heard about the China tea stand - the kids want to try the bubble tea. You know, the tea with goo balls thrown in for good measure. I'll stick to the plum wine. Anyway, love the pic!!!


Looking forward to hearing about Jiko! :banana:
-Michelle

blueangel
06-13-2007, 11:08 AM
I have to admit that that looks very odd. Do you think the CM could have given you the wrong drink :confused:

Nope. That's it. The same thing happened to me in March. I loved the cooler at F&W, was so excited to hear about the stand, and became absolutely horrified by the actual drink.

And the worst part? I'm 99.5% certain we'll never see the original again. I'll be trying the schnapps in October!

DISNEYDUET
06-13-2007, 11:19 AM
Independent contractor ducks are much better behaved than the union ones over at Casey's or at Wilderness Lodge...talk to MontanaDisneyFan about the killer ducks they ran into. Probably part of Tony SopranoDuck's gang.

:lmao: ZZUB also has encountered the Union ducks at WL! Something about paying for a picture or sleeping at the bottum of Bay Lake. :angel:

barbeml
06-13-2007, 11:35 AM
I can't remember enjoying a review more than this! Thanks for all the time and effort you invest in entertaining us...I'll have another helping, please!

:thanks:

pierresgirl
06-13-2007, 12:03 PM
I'm only on page 3 so far but hopping aboard the Brenda train!!!

kikigirl
06-13-2007, 12:13 PM
Chefs de France sounds awesome...I think we ate there years ago and I would love to go back. That quiche looks yummy! I loved the American pronunciations of the French words. :rotfl2: I took French for a semester in college, and I think it's hilarious.

Thanks again for another exciting part of the dining report!

Kiki

TigerKat
06-13-2007, 01:24 PM
Middle aged lush - too funny! Now you know you can't tease us with the Publix comment, we want more. Another great, entertaining installment Brenda.:thumbsup2

oybolshoi
06-13-2007, 01:50 PM
Would that be the part about your expertly style do? (Not that I'm saying you have bad hair my friend) ;)

You are correct! And trust me...if you said I had bad hair you wouldn't be saying anything that I haven't said myself.

Just starting reading the new dining review and I can't wait until you get to Victoria and Albert's. We're going there in August (main dining room) and I know your opinion will be valuable.

In any case, welcome back, and, as always, I'm looking forward to more!

Well thanks for coming over to read - you will have lots to look at when I make it to the V&A review.


Nice!!! Good lunch, great surprise... You win!

I likes me a good quiche, too, and I'm not much of an egg person. That looks and sounds yummy, though.

Thanks for the food porn!

C.E.

I'm really picky about quiche but they make it so well here that it's the only thing I ever order... so adventurous...that's me. If you like quiche I think you'd really enjoy the one they serve at Chef's.

:rotfl2: Funny funny funny! Loved it! Incredible Hulk bananas. I'm still laughing at that!

Cute duck!

Oh Cafe du Monde Chicory... the only coffee I'll drink. Love the stuff, and I'm not a big coffee drinker.

Darn it! Now I'm hungry!

Another Cafe du Monde drinker? Woohoo!! I've been hooked on the stuff ever since we visited NOLA a few years back.

Thanks for reading - glad you enjoyed the last installment.


Wow, I miss a couple of days and suddenly I have a lot of catching up to do! So here goes:

Brenda, after much consideration, I have to dub thee...Dining Deviant.

Why? It starts out with Food Porn. Next thing you know, we have Sundae Flashers and Food Fetishes (Mine is cream cheese. Plain on a bagel, ewww. Doctor it up into cheesecake? Yum.)

Dining Deviant... I like it!! I can always count on you, Lori! :thumbsup2

I think the Raglan Road review was reassuring, and I'll try it for the first time in October. But they have Evil Gaelic Restrooms. I think you deserve a free pass for making that mistake. I mean, really...it sounds confusing enough when sober.

And I had to laugh about the Bucket o' Booze comments. I don't know how many times I've seen people bring those into the Adventurers Club, and usually someone in the cast will tease them about it. I have never had one of those buckets. They scare me a bit.

I do hope you enjoy RR - we've had a great experience both times that we've gone there. And as for those evil bathrooms... you're already prepared - you've read about my faux pas and now you know which door not to choose!

As for the buckets...I don't see how one person can drink all of it, but I think it would be a nice drink to share. Then Jay and I can both slurp to Grimace. "Your bucket leaks!!"


You also redeemed yourself with the Rosa Regale. I know you wanted the "traditional" sparkling wine, but Rose Regale is awesome with chocolate. It's not port, but still...yum.

Since I wasn't familiar with the Rosa prior to this trip it didn't sound as appealing to me as a drink option. But now...if I had to do it again I might just reconsider. It was quite tasty.


And you know you have to put Sterotype Central at Publix in your Shrubbery report. It sounds too good not to have any details! And Brenda, next time you buy bananas that green, buy an apple, too:

From the Food Network:

The fastest way is to put the bananas in a paper bag on the countertop with an apple. Why? Apples emit ethylene gases which cause certain fruits (like pears and bananas) to ripen faster. Starting with green bananas, paper-bagging them should give you ripe bananas in a day and perfect bread-ready bananas in a day and a half.


Well, I'll see what I can do about Stereotype Central...I don't want to offend anyone. :goodvibes

I did not know that about bananas. We buy them here at home when they're green and they ripen up in a day or two without any special treatment on our part. I still think those bananas might be the result of a strange experiment gone terribly wrong. ;)


And the Chefs lunch looked fab! I've done their lunch menu more than I've done their dinner, and I agree that lunch is just as good, but better on the wallet when paying OOP, not the DDP. Good call.

Whew. That should bring me up to speed.

We love Chefs for lunch - in part because I can order my quiche!


I love your food reports. can't wait to read more. Kim

Thanks Kim - glad you're enjoying them!

*drool* I want to have the cheese plate's babies! Or, you know, maybe just eat it, and make yummy noises.


Hi Crystal! You need to make an ADR for October and go get yourself some cheese my friend. And...do you know something about our little magical offering that I need to know? Someone in particular I should thank, or should I just shout it out to world at large?

Thank you so much, we loved the autographed card and picture!!!


Mmmmmm, your lunch at Chefs looked yummy! I agree with you on the stinky cheese. I love me some good cheese, but really, who wants food that smells like stinky feet?:confused3 So no blue cheese for me either. Those all sounded great.

What a wonderful anniversary surprise!:love: Mickey and Minnie are really thoughtful that way!;)

Hi Lori! I don't know if our server ever had a guest get more excited about a plate of cheese before I sat down in his section. I saw that plate and started doing a little happy dance in my chair. "No blue cheese, no blue cheese!"

Yes, we were touched that the boss and first lady could take time out of their busy schedules to send us a card. Very sweet. :love:


Great update Brenda! Loved the pics of your Donald and Daisy. I've got my own set of Hulk Nanners right now that not even Cabo (our yellow lab for those who don't know) will eat and he loves bananas.

Hi Nancy! Thanks again for stopping by to read. Did you see Lori's tip about putting the bananas in a paper bag with an apple? If you try it let me know how it works.


Cheese

The funny thing about cheese is...I don't really care for cheese. I do like it brown and crispy on top of mac and cheese or pizza. But gooey, not so much. And I really don't like swiss. I always have them replace it with something else on sandwiches.

BUT...what is it about WDW cheese???

I was at Le Cellier, and read their description of their cheese sampler, and HAD to have it. Even I was confused by that choice.

And do you know, it was FABULOUS!!!

If I had known cheese went beyond Kraft singles and cheap pizza toppings, I probably would have come over to the cheese camp a lot sooner.

They probably changed it since then, but it was a white cheddar with a sauteed apple topping, can't remember the middle one, but it had candied walnut brittle on top, and then that sweeter cheese that Giada De Laurentis always uses for dessert, it's on the tip of my tongue...

Well, anyway, it tasted like cheesecake and it had an orange topping on it.
And it, was delicious.

Man, between my non-foodie limited vocabulary and my seven child induced loss of brain cells, I am not on my game this morning.

MARSCAPONE!!!!

Whew, I feel better now.

All that to say, something about WDW makes cheese taste better.

Cheese is awesome...I love it...certain types that is. And Marscapone...I love that stuff smeared on pears. That's usually what I have for dinner on the night that Jay works late...pear, marscapone cheese, wine...rinse and repeat! :lmao:


OMG that line made me choke on my coffee.:lmao:

I just have to say what a fantastic storyteller you are. Truly talented. :goodvibes

Thank you... no better way to make my day that someone telling me that they actually like my writing. Frustrated author here...willing to work in publishing field for less...will relocate...have booze will travel. ;)

slighty OT, what does oybolshoi mean? Just curious, Is it from Harry Potter? I googled it and came up with several HP references... I'm a huge Potter fan

Well, since you asked...

It's a marriage of two different Russian words... OY, which is the Russian language equivalent of Oh; and BOLSHOI, which is an adjective that means big, or large.

Rough meaning = Oh big. Make of that what you will. ;)

When I was taking Russian in college I would practice a lot at home and one night I said those two words one right after the other, realized they rhymed, thought pairing them together would be really funny and 13 years later here we are.

You probably got it back from some HP sites because I'm registered on some of them. I'm a huge HP fan, too!


slighty OT, what does oybolshoi mean?

Could it be a Jewish/Russian Ballet Company??? :rotfl2:
I love your reviews by the way.;) ;) :)

Thanks for reading and I must commend you on a really good guess! I actually asked my Russian professor once if the Bolshoi Ballet translated to "Big Ballet." She was very offended by my question...didn't have a sense of humor when it came to dance I suppose.


:lmao: you crack me up! i just imagine love bugs on a banana with mood music in the background......bow-chica-bow-bow

Oh that's too funny!! :rotfl2: And now I can just hear one lovebug saying to the other, "You look like you could use a massage." :lmao:


oh, and the ducks....:scared1: i have an irrational fear of anything with a beak and we're staying at SSR next april, so i'm hoping we get a room that's not on the bottom floor because i was planning on enjoying breakfast on my balcony and if ducks or any species of bird is involved...nevermind!!! we ate at casey's last trip and they were so bad there that i had to get a spare chair and put my feet up in it just to get through lunch!

I think the birds were worse than the ducks. The ducks were really very tame and very sweet - if you can make that kind of judgement about a duck. I didn't like the crows and the smaller birds that started dive-bombing around us once they figured out we were being nice to the ducks.

Our room was also right across from one of the many ponds around SSR and that probably encouraged easy duck / guest interaction. Depending on your room location you probably won't even need to be concerned.

You'll love SSR, Dawn - it's beautiful!


What a very nice surprise! We got balloons and an autographed picture of Lilo and Stitch when we were at the Poly. It was so cute! And everything is better with cheese. I do mean everything! ;) Ok, on to some work now...:surfweb:

Hi there DD! I love it - Lilo and Stitch sent you a picture!! Could you post it here so that we can see it?



Ooooooh! That looks great to this cheese addict, mmmmmmmmm.....want some now.

I have to admit that that looks very odd. Do you think the CM could have given you the wrong drink.

Good cheese...really it was! As for the drink, we went back and asked just to be sure and were told that we had the right slushie. Guess we'll have to try something different next time.


We received the same thing (balloons and card) for our 10 year anniversary this past Dec, we stayed for 5 nights at the WL.

Cool - I'm glad that so many people receive this. It probably sounds silly but I really felt like someone had sprinkled pixie dust on us.

Next time you go to the Tea Stand in China try the Mango or Peach Tea Schnapps slushie...they are to die for!

I will take that under advisement - thanks for the suggestions!

Independent contractor ducks are much better behaved than the union ones over at Casey's or at Wilderness Lodge...talk to MontanaDisneyFan about the killer ducks they ran into. Probably part of Tony SopranoDuck's gang.

This is all news to me...apparently I need to do some research on the duck community at WDW. :rotfl2:

keeping quiet
06-13-2007, 01:51 PM
I am so glad that I found this thread. Brenda, it took me at least 10 minutes to make it all the way through your post on Raglan Rd. Once we got to your bathroom escapades all I could manage was 2 or 3 words at a time before the tears and uncontrollable laughter would take over. I would calm myself down and read a few more words and it would start right up again! Thank you so much for showing me Disney dining from a completely unique perspective!

WDW Poly Princess
06-13-2007, 02:17 PM
And...do you know something about our little magical offering that I need to know? Someone in particular I should thank, or should I just shout it out to world at large?

It was Handsome Pete- I simply translated his request into Human language. (WDW really drops the ball when it comes to dealing with the special needs of those who only speak cat!)

oybolshoi
06-13-2007, 02:30 PM
Add another Brenda tip to the file for Fall. Lunch at Chefs de France. You MUST add your Publix adventure to your trip report. I absolutely love the opportunity the Winco's, Walmarts, etc. give for societal observation.

Thanks for stopping by to take a read! I think you'll really enjoy Chef's for lunch, especially during F&W this fall. :thumbsup2

Sheesh... you people and the Publix crowd... what am I going to do? ;)


I hereby nominate Brenda as the :drinking1Disney Drinkers Anonymous :drinking1 poster child for 2007.

:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: I just wish it was a more flattering picture.


Chef's de France! Yum!!! I'll take your quiche over Jay's crepe anyday! I'm sorry to dissent from the ranks, but I do like the French onion soup, too. Don't hate me. I love onions. :) I heard about the China tea stand - the kids want to try the bubble tea. You know, the tea with goo balls thrown in for good measure. I'll stick to the plum wine. Anyway, love the pic!!!

Looking forward to hearing about Jiko! Michelle

I love the quiche there, too! But you can keep the onion soup... Jay might join you, though. ;)

I'm with you - I'll stick with the plum wine because I have no desire to find a glob of gunk in the bottom of my tea when I'm finished drinking it. That would throw my gag reflex into overdrive!


Nope. That's it. The same thing happened to me in March. I loved the cooler at F&W, was so excited to hear about the stand, and became absolutely horrified by the actual drink.

And the worst part? I'm 99.5% certain we'll never see the original again. I'll be trying the schnapps in October!

Well thanks for the confirmation on the slushie - it really wasn't very good at all. I hope they bring the wine cooler back in October - that was an excellent beverage!


:lmao: ZZUB also has encountered the Union ducks at WL! Something about paying for a picture or sleeping at the bottum of Bay Lake. :angel:

Alright, alright... as soon as I finish at least one trip report I'll go see what everyone's been saying about the ducks. It sounds like I'm missing out on some feathery hilarity. :lmao:


I can't remember enjoying a review more than this! Thanks for all the time and effort you invest in entertaining us...I'll have another helping, please!

:thanks:

Thanks so much for reading and for the kind words - I'm glad you're enjoying everything so far!


I'm only on page 3 so far but hopping aboard the Brenda train!!!

Thank you - glad to have you here! The more the merrier! :goodvibes



Chefs de France sounds awesome...I think we ate there years ago and I would love to go back. That quiche looks yummy! I loved the American pronunciations of the French words. :rotfl2: I took French for a semester in college, and I think it's hilarious.

Thanks again for another exciting part of the dining report!

Kiki


Hi Kiki! Glad you liked the Chefs review... I thought the Americanized pronounciation of the French words was funny, too. It's always been a joke in our house that we speak French... but the only French we really know is all food related! :lmao:


Middle aged lush - too funny! Now you know you can't tease us with the Publix comment, we want more. Another great, entertaining installment Brenda.:thumbsup2


Thanks Kathy! :goodvibes

I am so glad that I found this thread. Brenda, it took me at least 10 minutes to make it all the way through your post on Raglan Rd. Once we got to your bathroom escapades all I could manage was 2 or 3 words at a time before the tears and uncontrollable laughter would take over. I would calm myself down and read a few more words and it would start right up again! Thank you so much for showing me Disney dining from a completely unique perspective!

Hi there and thanks for reading! I'm glad you're enjoying everything so far - I know we do have a goofy way of vacationing at WDW, but it's so much fun that I always want to share it with everyone. Glad to have you here! :goodvibes

punkin413
06-13-2007, 02:32 PM
You'll love SSR, Dawn - it's beautiful!

yay!!!!!! :yay: i love hearing the good things people have to say about it b/c it gets me all excited about our trip! 10 months is too long to wait! :rolleyes:

you may have already said this in your TR and if so, i apologize. but what building were you guys in? i requested congress park so we'd be close to the walkways to DTD.

rentayenta
06-13-2007, 03:15 PM
:thumbsup2 Love this last update.

DisneyJo
06-13-2007, 03:23 PM
Love the banana story :rotfl: And the lush photo what can I say :lmao:

disneyjunebug
06-13-2007, 04:05 PM
Cheese is awesome...I love it...certain types that is. And Marscapone...I love that stuff smeared on pears. That's usually what I have for dinner on the night that Jay works late...pear, marscapone cheese, wine...rinse and repeat! :lmao:


Oooooh, one of the local little "bistros" (which means its a little place in Nashville where they DON'T have country music playing 24/7 and they have sandwiches, soups, etc.) has a panini with turkey, brie and pears, with a raspberry chutney. It is totally awesome. Try that some night with a good wine..... or even a mediocre wine.... or a box of wine.... or just whine while eating it!

Enjoying the read as usual! waiting patiently for more....

zweihund
06-13-2007, 04:12 PM
I was very VERY tempted by that tea booth in China on our last visit, but I opted to limit my alcoholic slushie to one and chose France.

The China booth reminds me a little of those weird little slushie teas you can get with the boba in them. The are usually decorated with frightening anime-style characters and come with a giant hose of a straw. Know the ones I mean?

I'm more the hot tea sort. Especially if it involves scones.

Keep it coming!

DisneyLaura
06-13-2007, 04:29 PM
First of all the cheese looked so yummy I almost ate my computer screen. I LOVE and LIVE for cheese. Secondly, the balloons, the picture - how cool is that. That was very nice, whoever did that. What a nice suprise.

BriarRosie
06-13-2007, 05:26 PM
I'm with you - I'll stick with the plum wine because I have no desire to find a glob of gunk in the bottom of my tea when I'm finished drinking it. That would throw my gag reflex into overdrive!


Sheesh, there's nothing to be afraid of, here. The "bubbles" aka "gunk" in Bubble Tea is nothing more than.....tapioca. You slurp the tapioca "bubble" up with the straw, chewing on what I can compare to a softer version of a gummi bear. Harder than Jello, softer than Gummi. It's not terrible, really. Unless you don't like tapioca. ;)

Did you go to the Publix near the Mary Queen of the Universe church? I like that one. I wonder what Stereotypes you'd find lurking there, if that's the one.

whogirl'smom
06-13-2007, 05:48 PM
So glad to read the latest post tonight, Brenda. I really needed a laugh here as I sit steaming about an ex-business partner and the lastest shifty things he has done to us this week!:mad: You are a lifesaver so I won't spit green pea soup on my monitor!:scared:

Chefs looked very yummy; we have not eaten there yet, but the menu is very appealling and what's not to love about cheese!

Keep the good times rolling, cause Lord knows I need a laugh! Thanks! :hug:
Jamie

Mic_n_Min
06-13-2007, 07:08 PM
:banana: :love: Another TR from Brenda!! :love: :banana:

Great job so far!:thumbsup2 Can't wait to read more!

oybolshoi
06-13-2007, 08:00 PM
It was Handsome Pete- I simply translated his request into Human language. (WDW really drops the ball when it comes to dealing with the special needs of those who only speak cat!)

Well thank you for being so thoughtful! Handsome Pete asked me to give you this: :hug:

yay!!!!!! :yay: i love hearing the good things people have to say about it b/c it gets me all excited about our trip! 10 months is too long to wait! :rolleyes:

you may have already said this in your TR and if so, i apologize. but what building were you guys in? i requested congress park so we'd be close to the walkways to DTD.

We were in The Springs this time. I didn't talk about it here since I was leaving it for the trip report, but we requested Congress Park because that's where we had stayed on a previous visit and it is super-convenient to DTD. Obviously we didn't get our request this time ;)

The Springs was just as convenient, though - a little longer walk to DTD (maybe 15 minutes) but it's actually a more convenient resort location overall because it's just across the street from the Carriage House (check-in) and the High-Rock Pool, and Artists Palette. Also...when you stay in The Springs you are very close to the boat dock and can catch a boat ride to DTD, which we did one night and it was great!


:thumbsup2 Love this last update.

Thanks!


Love the banana story :rotfl: And the lush photo what can I say :lmao:

I'm still irked at those bananas! :lmao: As for the picture...sheesh, I looked awful in almost every shot we took this trip. I guess the month of May doesn't capture my "Good" side. :rotfl2:


Oooooh, one of the local little "bistros" (which means its a little place in Nashville where they DON'T have country music playing 24/7 and they have sandwiches, soups, etc.) has a panini with turkey, brie and pears, with a raspberry chutney. It is totally awesome. Try that some night with a good wine..... or even a mediocre wine.... or a box of wine.... or just whine while eating it!

Enjoying the read as usual! waiting patiently for more....

Hi June, nice to see you again and thanks for reading! That sandwich sounds yummy...as long as I don't have to order it with chutney (that's right, add it to the list!). I'd whine right now because I want something to drink but I don't know what something is. And...my bartender is working late which means I'd have to make my own drink or chill and pop the cork on a fresh bottle of wine. That all sounds too much like work to me.

"It smacks of effort." :lmao:


I was very VERY tempted by that tea booth in China on our last visit, but I opted to limit my alcoholic slushie to one and chose France.

I wish I'd gone back to France too, after trying this.

The China booth reminds me a little of those weird little slushie teas you can get with the boba in them. The are usually decorated with frightening anime-style characters and come with a giant hose of a straw. Know the ones I mean?

Errrr...no I don't know. And if it's scary I think I'm glad I don't know. ;) My nephew is a huge anime fan - I bet he would know exactly what you're referring to and could point his doddering Auntie Crohn in the right direction.

I'm more the hot tea sort. Especially if it involves scones.

Keep it coming!

I too am a bigger fan of hot teas lately... kinda runs in phases. But oh yeah...the scones! Are you going to do afternoon tea in October? We're going on the afternoon of the 18th (I think) because I didn't get my tea fix on this trip. :goodvibes

Thanks for checking in - always a pleasure to hear from you!


First of all the cheese looked so yummy I almost ate my computer screen. I LOVE and LIVE for cheese. Secondly, the balloons, the picture - how cool is that. That was very nice, whoever did that. What a nice suprise.


Every time I look at that picture my stomach grumbles...:lmao: I want cheese and I want it now! I bought some Swiss at the store this weekend and it was a dismal disappoinment.

And the balloons and pictures were awesome! :thumbsup2


Sheesh, there's nothing to be afraid of, here. The "bubbles" aka "gunk" in Bubble Tea is nothing more than.....tapioca. You slurp the tapioca "bubble" up with the straw, chewing on what I can compare to a softer version of a gummi bear. Harder than Jello, softer than Gummi. It's not terrible, really. Unless you don't like tapioca. ;)

Lori wins the $62 prize! Or she would if I actually were awarding a $62 prize. ;) I don't like tapioca either (add it to the list!!).

If I don't like "stuff" in my food I definitely am not going to like it in my beverage. ;)


Did you go to the Publix near the Mary Queen of the Universe church? I like that one. I wonder what Stereotypes you'd find lurking there, if that's the one.

I don't remember where we were...I wish we'd paid a little more attention. It was just a small, rather dingy store in a sad looking strip mall.


So glad to read the latest post tonight, Brenda. I really needed a laugh here as I sit steaming about an ex-business partner and the lastest shifty things he has done to us this week!:mad: You are a lifesaver so I won't spit green pea soup on my monitor!

Chefs looked very yummy; we have not eaten there yet, but the menu is very appealling and what's not to love about cheese!

Keep the good times rolling, cause Lord knows I need a laugh! Thanks! :hug:
Jamie


Jamie I'm sorry to hear about your troubles; hope everything works out OK. :hug: Thanks for reading and if our goofiness helps you feel a little better well, then I'm happy. :goodvibes

I give a strong recommendation based on our past experiences to the following restaurants which have passed the DWDJx with flying colors:

Chefs de France
Rose & Crown
Kona Cafe (breakfast)
Yacht Club Galley (breakfast)
Raglan Road
California Grill
Gardenview Lounge (Afternoon Tea at the GF)
House of Blues

Another TR from Brenda!! :love: :banana: Great job so far!:thumbsup2 Can't wait to read more!

Thank you so much for reading - glad to have you here! :goodvibes

zweihund
06-13-2007, 08:20 PM
Here's a link to Lollicup (http://www.lollicup.com/index.cfm), which has some fascinating and simultaneously disturbing beverages for sale.

Actually, I really like their lavender milk tea. Sans boba.

One day, I will go to GF for afternoon tea. In the meantime, I hit up Infusion Tea (http://www.infusiontea.us/catalog/ourcafe.php) as often as possible for some wonderful beverage choices and the best chocolate biscotti EV-AR! :coffee:

oybolshoi
06-13-2007, 10:36 PM
Saturday, May 26th - And Now For Something Completely New...Dinner at Jiko!!

When it comes to dining Jason is Captain Adventure, seeking spices and seasonings that would reduce a mere mortal to a quivering mass of steaming jelly. Me...I'm the pasty sidekick: Timid Tastebud Girl!

Jiko was a bold step for Timid Tastebud Girl, but I knew that Captain Adventure would love their food. I'd also read a lot of positive things about the restaurant and its cuisine, so that made me feel a little better about booking a table. Neither one of us had ever been to the Animal Kingdom Lodge and we were really looking forward to exploring the hotel property. The plan, prior to my getting sick before leaving home, was to get to the AKL with enough time to enjoy a tasty libation in Victoria Falls. If nothing else, I figured that being slightly tipsy would help me enjoy what could be an intestinally-unfriendly meal.

Unfortunately the drugs I started taking Thursday night before leaving for Florida were making me feel kinda yucky (I don't think that Chinese slushie helped). I could tell before we even left the villa that there would be little or no imbibing on my part this evening.

We take the dress code seriously...kind of.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02062.jpg

Getting to the AKL from Saratoga Springs presents something of a challenge. After thinking it through we decided that the best course of action would be to walk over to DTD from our villa and catch a bus directly to the AKL from the main bus stop. This worked pretty well, all things considered, but I know people had to be questioning my fashion sense. I wore my tennis shoes until we checked in at the podium and then I changed into a cute little pair of strappy silver heels. I'm as vain as the next woman but I'm not crazy enough to do all that walking in a pair of heels. Timid Tastebud Girl is also a tenderfoot. ;)

I won't spend much time here talking about the AKL - you can read all about it some day when I update the Shrubbery. But I will say this: wow! We thought the hotel was incredible and actually went back later in the week just to do some more exploring.

I'm not sure that I agree completely with the floorplan, however. I think it was a mistake to have Boma and Jiko located right next to each other just inside the doors that lead to the resort's pool. Talk about a high traffic area -very noisy and not a lot of space to share with the rest of the world while you wait for your pager to begin buzzing with excitement. Captain Adventure had a really good idea. He said that AKL should have taken a page out of California Grill's playbook and placed the restaurant in an area that overlooked the Savannah, providing guests with a panoramic view while enjoying their meals.

I think he's on to something. :thumbsup2

Here's the restaurant signage. We tried to take some interior restaurant shots but continue to have issues with indoor and evening photography and none of those shots turned out very well.

Dramatic lighting means one of two things: Please have a little mood with your meal; or, It's for the best if you can't see your plate.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02348.jpg

We had a terrific server who took a ton of time explaining the menu and the overall restaurant theme to us. She was really helpful, especially for being as busy as she was - Jiko was a happenin' place that night! We decided to order an appetizer...the question was which one would satisfy Captain Adventure's spicy craving while not landing Timid Tastebud Girl in the hospital with an acute IBD flare-up?

Kenyan Coffee Barbecued Chicken Flatbread with grilled onions, apple julienne, and four cheeses.
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This was pretty good, although in a perfect world it would have been served with no onions and the sauce on the side. Actually, I'm feeling really stupid right now for not asking them to serve it with the sauce on the side. I plead medicinal density. :rolleyes:

Sauces like this really upset my Crohns so I had to be careful about eating too much. Overall I thought it had a nice flavor, and I really liked the apples and the cheese paired together. But the sauce didn't do it for me - too sweet and too much of it. Captain Adventure gave this appetizer choice two thumbs up!

He also ordered a glass of red wine - a Malbec bottled by Anura Wineries located in South Africa. This was a very strong, dark, red wine with a potent, fruity aroma. Just the kind of wine that a man who has no fear of spicy-butt should drink!

I ordered Pellegrino with lime and received a round of applause from our server, who said that she and others on the staff had been baffled by recent guest requests for lemon with Pellegrino. We've tried that before, but we think mineral water tastes better with lime.

For dinner I played it safe and ordered:

Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon with macaroni and cheese and red wine sauce.
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This was very good; I especially liked the fillet, which melted in my mouth, and the wine sauce. The macaroni and cheese was OK - I actually thought it was too rich and proved something of a distraction from the meat and wine sauce. I would definitely recommend this to anyone else out there like me who may be pickier about their food...for whatever reason. You can't go wrong with this selection.

For his meal Captain Adventure ordered:

Pan Roasted Jumbo Scallops with golden brown mealie pap and spicy tomato-onion Chaka-Laka.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02067.jpg

Although Captain Adventure's personal dining motto is: It's not a good meal if it doesn't make you cry; he was quite satisfied with this selection even though he didn't shed a tear. He said the scallops were cooked to perfection and the entire dish gave off a strong initial heat as well as a secondary wave of spiciness near the back of the tongue and the throat. He highly recommends this dish for anyone who enjoys a meal with a "kick" to it.

You wanna know what I liked best about his selection... the words Chaka-Laka!! I love the way they sound!! :rotfl2:

For dessert we each ordered a specialty coffee...

I had the Keoke Coffee which is Brandy, Kaluha, Dark Creme de Cacao, and coffee topped with whipped cream.

Jason ordered the Cape Town Coffee which is Kaluha, Van Der Hum Liqueur, and coffee topped with whipped cream.

These were both very tasty, especially mine! Jiko has a very nice dessert menu with some great dessert drinks. They also had a terrific looking cheese plate but we passed on it since we'd already had one at lunch. Next time we go back to Jiko I'm ensuring that we save room for that cheese plate!

And then we ordered second dessert...

Flourless Chocolate-Mocha Cake Stack with lavender-vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate caramel sauce.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02069.jpg

The stack was actually four really thick, dense squares of dark chocolate cake - reminded me of a super-chewy brownie and I was a little surprised that there was icing on top of each square. This wasn't bad but I thought it was too rich - I've had flourless chocolate cake that's much better, quite frankly. And the lavender-vanilla ice cream tasted only of lavender...gack!!

I love the scent of lavender but I really don't want to taste it in my dairy products. Jason actually liked it, although he also said that the lavender was pretty strong. I think it would have worked better, at least for me, had the lavender been more subtle.

So there you have it! Jiko...pretty darn good. I'd say it lived up to the hype and quite honestly I'd like to go back and try it again when I'm feeling better. How shocking is that? ;)

Thanks for reading!!

rentayenta
06-13-2007, 10:51 PM
:thumbsup2 Love the dress, hate lavender too, and I am PIMP at Timid Tastebud Girl. :rotfl2:

oybolshoi
06-13-2007, 11:29 PM
Here's a link to Lollicup (http://www.lollicup.com/index.cfm), which has some fascinating and simultaneously disturbing beverages for sale.

Actually, I really like their lavender milk tea. Sans boba.

Thanks for the link... it was informative and yes, disturbing. I think I'm going to lodge a complaint because I didn't see Tart Gooseberry Tea, Huckleberry Tea, or Twinberry Tea.

Not that I would drink any of those, but they're the only other berries I could think of right now that aren't on the list. :rotfl2:

One day, I will go to GF for afternoon tea. In the meantime, I hit up Infusion Tea (http://www.infusiontea.us/catalog/ourcafe.php) as often as possible for some wonderful beverage choices and the best chocolate biscotti EV-AR! :coffee:

Why don't you and your SIL have tea one afternoon before or after your cruise? Then it could just be a "girl" thing and you could meet up with the boys later? Just throwin' it out there for consideration... :rolleyes1


:thumbsup2 Love the dress, hate lavender too, and I am PIMP at Timid Tastebud Girl. :rotfl2:

Thanks for the "thumb" of approval! It took me a minute to figure out what you meant by PIMP... I read that and thought, "Timid Tastebud Girl isn't that kind of girl."

And then my brain kicked in... and then I was PIMP. :rotfl2: :lmao:

cmp1111
06-13-2007, 11:57 PM
When it comes to dining Jason is Captain Adventure, seeking spices and seasonings that would reduce a mere mortal to a quivering mass of steaming jelly. Me...I'm the pasty sidekick: Timid Tastebud Girl!

You are too funny! :lmao:



I won't spend much time here talking about the AKL - you can read all about it some day when I update the Shrubbery. But I will say this: wow! We thought the hotel was incredible and actually went back later in the week just to do some more exploring.

Cool place, no?

I'm not sure that I agree completely with the floorplan, however. I think it was a mistake to have Boma and Jiko located right next to each other just inside the doors that lead to the resort's pool. Talk about a high traffic area -very noisy and not a lot of space to share with the rest of the world while you wait for your pager to begin buzzing with excitement.

Since the boys wanted to go swimming first, this was one of the first things I noticed, and continued to feel weird about the whole time we were there. The fancy folk dressed up for Jiko probably didn't want to see flabby, wet me in a swim suit trying to get back to my room! And our Boma night wait was very crowded and confused...

The dinner sounds awesome! My DH also loves the spicy stuff, and I like it well enough. Your steak looked like it was to die for... Mmmm, steak.

Thanks for sharing!

burly
06-14-2007, 12:39 AM
Hmnm maybe i will rethink Jiko? thanks for the update. Lovin your trippie. and all the pics. Kim

wilma-bride
06-14-2007, 12:40 AM
My, don't you scrub up well ;)

From one TTG to another, I am thanking you for showing me that it is possible for a gastronomically-challenged World goer (i.e. fussy eater ;) ) to enjoy places like Jiko. It's somewhere that I would have never considered, choosing to stick to 'safe' restaurants. Who know, maybe one day I'll be cured and branch out. Your reviews are certainly helping to sway me in that direction.

By the way, where is poor Plankton - are you starving him of late :confused3

BriarRosie
06-14-2007, 12:43 AM
Saturday, May 26th - And Now For Something Completely New...Dinner at Jiko!!

When it comes to dining Jason is Captain Adventure, seeking spices and seasonings that would reduce a mere mortal to a quivering mass of steaming jelly. Me...I'm the pasty sidekick: Timid Tastebud Girl!

:woohoo: Bring on the tights! :hyper: What? No tights? :sad1:


Getting to the AKL from Saratoga Springs presents something of a challenge. After thinking it through we decided that the best course of action would be to walk over to DTD from our villa and catch a bus directly to the AKL from the main bus stop. This worked pretty well, all things considered, but I know people had to be questioning my fashion sense. I wore my tennis shoes until we checked in at the podium and then I changed into a cute little pair of strappy silver heels. I'm as vain as the next woman but I'm not crazy enough to do all that walking in a pair of heels. Timid Tastebud Girl is also a tenderfoot. ;)

I'm dumb enough to walk in heels. You get brownie points for that.
I'd rather have the $62 you "owe" me. :rotfl2:


I won't spend much time here talking about the AKL - you can read all about it some day when I update the Shrubbery. But I will say this: wow! We thought the hotel was incredible and actually went back later in the week just to do some more exploring.

It really is that fabulous of a resort. I loved AKL before I joined DVC, and
I am glad I have the option to stay there on points in the future, too.


I'm not sure that I agree completely with the floorplan, however. I think it was a mistake to have Boma and Jiko located right next to each other just inside the doors that lead to the resort's pool. Talk about a high traffic area -very noisy and not a lot of space to share with the rest of the world while you wait for your pager to begin buzzing with excitement. Captain Adventure had a really good idea. He said that AKL should have taken a page out of California Grill's playbook and placed the restaurant in an area that overlooked the Savannah, providing guests with a panoramic view while enjoying their meals.

There's a bar inside Jiko, too. It's much nicer to wait inside than in the
staging area between restaurants. Unless the bar is claustrophically
crowded. And many of my friends and I who have discussed AKL have
mentioned the view while dining. One friend morbidly suggested it would
be like picking a lobster out of a tank. "I'll have that wildebeest, medium-rare,
please." (Well, he phrased it differently, but I had the lobster analogy run
through my own sicko mind.)


This was very good; I especially liked the fillet, which melted in my mouth, and the wine sauce. The macaroni and cheese was OK - I actually thought it was too rich and proved something of a distraction from the meat and wine sauce. I would definitely recommend this to anyone else out there like me who may be pickier about their food...for whatever reason. You can't go wrong with this selection.

I agree about the filet w/mac and cheese. The steak was good, but the
mac didn't live up to what I expected. It was good, but it didn't knock my
socks off. It's wildly popular, though. Captain Adventure's meal looked
like it was served with a fire extinguisher. ;)


You wanna know what I liked best about his selection... the words Chaka-Laka!! I love the way they sound!! :rotfl2:

YES!! :banana: BOOM Chaka-Laka! :banana: Or maybe it was meant
for Chaka Khan. My mind went on the same bus tour as your mind there. ;)

I've shared the cheese plate there a few years ago. It was tasty!
Next time, get yourself some cheese! :love:

Now about your dessert:


The stack was actually four really thick, dense squares of dark chocolate cake - reminded me of a super-chewy brownie and I was a little surprised that there was icing on top of each square. This wasn't bad but I thought it was too rich - I've had flourless chocolate cake that's much better, quite frankly. And the lavender-vanilla ice cream tasted only of lavender...gack!!

I love the scent of lavender but I really don't want to taste it in my dairy products. Jason actually liked it, although he also said that the lavender was pretty strong. I think it would have worked better, at least for me, had the lavender been more subtle.


I'm so with you on that lavender thing, sister! I did a Sweet Sunday
(the first year it was offered) with Keegan Gerhard as the celebrity chef.
He made one of his desserts with lavender, and all I thought when I tasted
it was, "I just ate perfume." :crazy2:

I am surprised I didn't see you having a bit of the Amarula cream liqueur.
Next time put THAT in your coffee. :banana:

DISNEYDUET
06-14-2007, 07:33 AM
Saturday, May 26th - And Now For Something Completely New...Dinner at Jiko!!


We take the dress code seriously...kind of.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02062.jpg


You look lovely! Even if you only have one leg! ;) :eek:

DISNEYDUET
06-14-2007, 07:45 AM
Saturday, May 26th - And Now For Something Completely New...Dinner at Jiko!!


I'm not sure that I agree completely with the floorplan, however. I think it was a mistake to have Boma and Jiko located right next to each other just inside the doors that lead to the resort's pool. Talk about a high traffic area -very noisy and not a lot of space to share with the rest of the world while you wait for your pager to begin buzzing with excitement. Captain Adventure had a really good idea. He said that AKL should have taken a page out of California Grill's playbook and placed the restaurant in an area that overlooked the Savannah, providing guests with a panoramic view while enjoying their meals.

I do believe the table service in the new DVC building will have a view if the savannah. I read that somewhere around here....:confused:

I ordered Pellegrino with lime and received a round of applause from our server, who said that she and others on the staff had been baffled by recent guest requests for lemon with Pellegrino. We've tried that before, but we think mineral water tastes better with lime.

:snooty: Well, I never! Who in there right mind would drink Pellegrino with a lemon. Tres Trashy! :lmao:

Loved the review! We ate there when it first opened a couple of years ago. We have not been back since. Not our thing. But glad that you enjoyed it!!

cntkg1
06-14-2007, 07:45 AM
You look lovely! Even if you only have one leg! ;) :eek:


:lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao:
(Sorry to laugh B, but THAT was funny!!)

Disneyolic
06-14-2007, 07:55 AM
We take the dress code seriously...kind of.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02062.jpg
This worked pretty well, all things considered, but I know people had to be questioning my fashion sense. I wore my tennis shoes until we checked in at the podium and then I changed into a cute little pair of strappy silver heels. I'm as vain as the next woman but I'm not crazy enough to do all that walking in a pair of heels. Timid Tastebud Girl is also a tenderfoot. ;) You both looking smashing! It brings back memories of our honeymoon and our dinner at V&A. We stayed at CBR and took the bus to MK then tramped it over to the monorail and over to the GF, all while I was dressed in my pretty salmon colored chiffon dress and DH was in long slacks, button up shirt, and suit coat. He did have the sense to take off the suit coat during transport. I was dumb enough to wear the high heels. And all of this was in the hot humid July weather!!! Wish we called a taxi...

Jiko looks scrumptious. Someday we'll get there!

punkin413
06-14-2007, 08:13 AM
i had been wondering about the lavender ice cream. somewhere i'm considering for our april 2008 trip (spoodles maybe?) has lavender ice cream and i've never had it before. i love the scent of lavender and i have some in my garden, but i don't know about the *taste* of lavender. thanks for the warning!

J.C.&ALI'SMOM
06-14-2007, 08:14 AM
You look hot-hot, hottie! How do you stay so svelte and eat and drink all this :confused: Shame, that Jiko wasn't more exciting, I don't think lavendar ice cream sounds appealing :confused3

mlill
06-14-2007, 09:42 AM
I love your dress! Very cute! You did the right thing by wearing your tennis shoes until you got to dinner. I was stupid and wore my heels a few times when we had to walk to dinner - ouch!:headache: - I won't make that mistake again!

I knew you would love AKL! It's a beautiful resort, isn't it? We've stayed there three times now, and I can't wait to go back when the DVC villas are done. :cloud9:

Someone didn't take notes from my TR :rolleyes1 ...



http://www.familyphotoquilt.com/XTRDay11-14.jpg

Disney Know & Tell - AKL There is a quiet little sitting area right above Boma and Jiko, on the 2nd floor. Just go to the elevators right behind where you check in for these restaurants, and go up to level 2. You can sit there and wait for your buzzer-thingie to go off without anyone around you! Try it the next time you go to Boma or Jiko!

http://www.familyphotoquilt.com/XTRDay11-15.jpg

http://www.familyphotoquilt.com/XTRDay11-16.jpg


It's always very quiet up there! These pics were taken on Christmas morning, and it was CROWDED downstairs...
On to the food! YUMMMY! I love that flatbread. :love: It's one of my favorites. I'm sitting here, drooling right now. I'm glad you got the fillet. It's always great. I agree with you about the mac&cheese. I do like it, but I prefer tubers with my meat - mashed is the best. :thumbsup2 You have to go back to Jiko when you are feeling better to try some of the African wines. I've never had a bad one. Sorry you didn't like the dessert. That ice cream wouldn't do it for me either. Ick.

So, what's next???
-Michelle

Jennifer48
06-14-2007, 09:47 AM
I finally made it through! Man I cannot believe how long this thread is getting. Thank you SO much for putting your update page #s in the original post! :thumbsup2

As always, great review so far. I've eaten at Boma before but not Jiko yet and after your review, I think I'll give it a whirl! :goodvibes

Oh btw, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! What wonderful magic WDW provides. I love it!pixiedust:

OT but I wanted to tell you that there are now 29 days from now until the HP movie comes out! My friend actually knitted a scarf for myself and for herself for us to wear to the opening and they are Griffindor colors! I'll have to PM you a pic, its awesome!

Karen Mouse
06-14-2007, 11:24 AM
:love: [B]


For lunch I ordered Quiche Lorraine (ham and cheese quiche) - that's pronounced "keeeeeey-shhhhhhhh" in American.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02048.jpg

love quiche

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02061.jpg

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02060.jpg

We couldn't get just one picture that included the entire surprise, so we did it this way instead. There were three helium-filled balloons: one that says Happy Anniversary, one that has Cinderella's coach on it, and one that has Cinderella and Charming. The balloons were anchored with a foil wrapped weight, which we originally thought was a chocolate kiss (like we didn't have enough chocolate in the room already!). And then there is the Year of a Million Dreams card with the anniversary wish and the picture that was autographed by the Boss and First Lady!!

We were so excited and touched! It was completely unexpected and I don't know if the front desk staff did it or if someone from the WDW florist sent it, but we loved this little bit of special magic that someone somewhere at WDW created for us. I get all goose-bumpy and sappy every time I look at it. :love:

Thanks for reading - look for Jiko tomorrow night! :goodvibes

Oh wow! - how lovely! I want one!:yay:

ps - glad to see Planky making an appearance earlier...I was beginning to think you'd left him at home:scared1:

Karen Mouse
06-14-2007, 11:34 AM
Loved your dress Brenda, even though you left your second leg behind:eek:

DisneyJo
06-14-2007, 12:14 PM
Love the dress you look so pretty, wise move wearing trainers, food looks good too :rotfl2:

BriarRosie
06-14-2007, 12:18 PM
Loved your dress Brenda, even though you left your second leg behind:eek:

The missing leg is named "Smith".

:rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1

TigerKat
06-14-2007, 12:51 PM
Love the dress!! I must tell you that I've never enjoyed a dining review as much as I'm enjoying yours.:goodvibes We'll be going to JIKO for the first time on our next trip and I can't wait to see the Lodge for the first time.:yay:

Ms. Heimlich
06-14-2007, 01:48 PM
The missing leg is named "Smith".

:rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1

What's the name of her OTHER leg?:rotfl:


Great job on this review... DH tends to be more "adventerous" than I am as well, although I don't have any good medical reasons to be so chicken.

Glad you had a good time!

lawyergirl
06-14-2007, 02:21 PM
Brenda - I am so happy you liked Jiko! It became our favourite restaurant last trip and we are DYING to go back this November. DH had the filet you bought and I was so jealous... yummo! It was also some of the best service we've ever had in ANY restaurant!

(I wasn't as enamored with the cheese plate, FWIW - too much blue cheese and stinky goat cheese.)

And when I saw that picture (lovely dress, BTW), I too was wondering where your other leg went. Two possibilities crossed my mind: 1) Plankton had hatched a nefarious scheme to fuse your legs together, or 2) You were doing your KILLER flamingo impersonation!! ;)

Cdn Friends of Pooh
06-14-2007, 02:32 PM
Bravo! Another great installment!!:thumbsup2

Did Pal Mickey get to drink? Do you have any pictures? ;)

Why yes, yes he did ;)
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shovan
06-14-2007, 02:54 PM
Wow, I miss a day & have so much to catch up on!!

Why oh why did they mess with the vanilla bean icecream at Jiko?!!!!:confused3 We had that same dessert, the brownies were yummy but a bit dry, but the icecream more than made up for it! No lavender at all at that time, just super vanilla beanish!!! :sad2: He did tell us it was made "in house" at Jiko, so I guess the chef felt the need to explore lavender!!:laughing:

zweihund
06-14-2007, 02:54 PM
Why don't you and your SIL have tea one afternoon before or after your cruise? Then it could just be a "girl" thing and you could meet up with the boys later? Just throwin' it out there for consideration... :rolleyes1


That's a good idea! Hmmm.....:thumbsup2

praisehisname
06-14-2007, 05:36 PM
We take the dress code seriously...kind of.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02062.jpg

Seriously....what IS the deal with your other leg??? :confused3 Beautiful dress, though! :thumbsup2


Captain Adventure had a really good idea. He said that AKL should have taken a page out of California Grill's playbook and placed the restaurant in an area that overlooked the Savannah, providing guests with a panoramic view while enjoying their meals.

Um, no thank you! Who wants to look at the live version of what they're eating??? :rotfl2:

I am loving your dining review. Thanks so much for all the time and creativity you put into it.

Denise

HPHammer
06-14-2007, 05:39 PM
Brenda, might I say that you have phenomenal posture? Especially given your
missing leg...

The missing leg is named "Smith".

Poor Smithie. Left below. ;)

Seriously -- your pic made me sit up straighter at my desk. :)

Oh, and Cowboy (not to be confused with Cowboy Grimace, but rather Cowboy the Dog, re: my avatar) is absolutely over the moon that you noticed his new picture. :cloud9: He says hello to HP.

WDW Poly Princess
06-14-2007, 05:40 PM
Pan Roasted Jumbo Scallops with golden brown mealie pap and spicy tomato-onion Chaka-Laka.

I am officially a fan of anything called "Chaka-Laka".


I love the scent of lavender but I really don't want to taste it in my dairy products.

That should be your new tag.

Thanks to the mention of the words "Cheese Plate", I may now have to look into Jiko, too!

Disneyolic
06-14-2007, 05:46 PM
I didn't even notice your missing leg until everyone else pointed it out. Now I join the rest with wonderment. Did you want us to not notice your cleavage this time?

HPHammer
06-14-2007, 05:51 PM
I didn't even notice your missing leg until everyone else pointed it out. Now I join the rest with wonderment. Did you want us to not notice your cleavage this time?

Now that's funny.

disneyjunebug
06-14-2007, 06:20 PM
What's the name of her OTHER leg?:rotfl:

My guess is "Jones".....

ncseric
06-14-2007, 06:32 PM
Your leg is no longer part of the System. Your leg is above the System. Over it. Beyond it. It's "them." It's "they." We are the Legs in Black.

DisneyLaura
06-14-2007, 07:17 PM
I am officially a fan of anything called "Chaka-Laka".




That should be your new tag.

Thanks to the mention of the words "Cheese Plate", I may now have to look into Jiko, too!


I second this too.

whogirl'smom
06-14-2007, 07:19 PM
Don't let them make you feel bad, Brenda, about your missing leg--I know you're just doing the Hollywood red carpet pose!!

I loved the review of Jiko!:thumbsup2 I had never really considered it as somewhere we'd like to eat, but those scallops are to die for! I'm with everybody else about the lavender ice cream:sick: :scared: :scared1: ! It's been mentioned in different menus on here and I just didn't get it, so thanks for the heads up!

C.Marie
06-14-2007, 07:24 PM
I can't fault you for loving the Chaka-Laka but I find that I'm more a fan of the Boom-Chaka-Laka :rotfl2:

jeminni
06-14-2007, 08:19 PM
And Now for Non-Restaurant Related Food of a Fun and Celebratory Nature...

As many of you have realized by now, Jason and I were celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary during this trip to WDW. Jason had also just had his birthday on May 10th, so we were also marking that. I've always wanted to check-in to a Disney hotel and find some kind of special surprise waiting...after years of trips and hints I finally figured out that I needed to take things into my own hands.

Jay and I don't usually do much on birthdays any longer, but I really wanted to do something kind of fun for him and give him a little surprise. I must give a huge shout-out to Fairy Tale Bride who was a great help when I called the WDW Florist to place my order.

***Thanks for all your help, Lindsey!!!*** :flower3:

To celebrate Jason's birthday I ordered Mickey's Happy Surprise Cake which is made with about 24 Mickey candy bars (Almond, Milk Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Bars) - the "inside" of the cake is filled with other treats...pretzels, gummies, peanut butter cups...all stuff that comes from Goofy's Candy Company.

I also wanted some balloons delivered with it, which does cost extra but I thought it would look a lot more fun that way.


Jason and his birthday surprise
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What do you mean I can only have one???
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Being the selfish person I am, I also ordered something for us to celebrate the anniversary. I opted for the Gourmet Extravaganza, which typically comes with a bottle of Rosa Regale, Mickey toasting flutes, a Mickey cutting board and cheese spreader, and all kinds of yummy gourmet treats finished off with a single red rose in a bud vase. I paid extra to replace the Regale with a bottle of Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee - when celebrating an anniversary I want champagne, thank you very much! :goodvibes Our gourmet treats included Lindt chocolates, dipping pretzels, sausage, crackers, champagne mustard, cheese, key lime cookies, and cashews.

Happy Anniversary!
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02015.jpg

Don't ask me how much this cost...
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Mickey cutting board and cheese spreader...so cute!
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02102.jpg

How about a drink?
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l213/oybolshoi/May%202007/DSC02261.jpg


There were actually a couple of surprises that happened during the week but I'm going to leave those for the days that they occurred on. Since these two items were delivered on Friday evening it made sense to post them together, especially since I was responsible for them. I was not responsible for the others...so I'm going to make you wait for them so that you can enjoy the surprise, too! ;)

Thanks again for reading! :grouphug:


I just started this food report brenda and of course it's great. :goodvibes I love the anniversary surprise. My DH surprised me like that May 22 when we celebrated our 25th :scared1: wedding anniversary down in Virginia Beach. He had roses, champagne, flutes,candy and a gift certificate for breakfast delivered to our jacuzzi suite on the beach. :) Gotta love romantics .:banana:



Keep up the good work on the report, can't wait to read more. :cool1:

Castillo Mom
06-14-2007, 09:10 PM
Saturday, May 26th - Duck a la' Bagel and Cheese Glorious Cheese!

We picked up some bottled water, Pelligrino, Cranberry juice, milk, mini-bagels, pre-packaged cantaloupe and honeydew melon, and a group of green bananas that refused to ripen no matter what we did with them during the week.

Put 'em in a paper bag for a day: still green.

Leave 'em on the sink while we're showering in the hope that the steam and warmth will do something: still green...and definitely damp.

Set 'em outside on the patio for a bit while we nap: still green; and now they're an exotic pleasure destination for adventurous love bugs.

Chuck 'em in the trash and vow never to buy bananas in Florida again: still eff-ing green. :rotfl2:

I'm not kidding...by Thursday these stupid bananas were still as hard and green as they were when we bought them a week earlier; I don't get it. What gives with the Incredible Hulk Bananas in Florida???

Ok, I haven't read this entire post yet cuz I just had to stop and question you about the banana situation. First of all, do you have a picture of said bananas? By your description it almost sounds like you bought plantains. Ever had plantains before? Not that I'm questioning your gastronomiic experience, I'm just sayin'. That's just weird that after several days they didn't ripen. Plaintains in their green state take quite a while to start to turn yellow. They can be eaten green by slicing then seasoning them with garlic and salt and frying them. If you wait for them to ripen you can also fry them sans garlic and salt and they carmelize and are oh so yummy! Now you got me craving plantains.:goodvibes

rentayenta
06-14-2007, 09:14 PM
Now when DH asks who the %@*& is Brenda? I can respond: the one legged girl who shows her girls for ice cream. :rotfl2:



I didn't notice the one leggedness either! :goodvibes:

Cass
06-14-2007, 09:17 PM
ohhh jiko made me soooooo home sick for Animal Kingdom Lodge, my favourite hotel. I am having pangs of homesick pain here.

Love your pretty dress with the pink ribbon as the sash, so girly :) glad your sneaker feet didn't show though. lol

burly
06-15-2007, 12:05 AM
I'm just curious..well about the one leg...but mostly..Did you ask someone to come into your room to take a pic of you two? Did you have a tripod and if so...great job. Yummy pictures..thank you. KIM

__disneygirl
06-15-2007, 12:41 AM
Hi Brenda! Happy Belated Anniversary! Loving your report so far... I definitely want to check out your other ones! Great job. You've made me really want to try Raglan Road, when before I really never considered it. Everything sounds wonderful so far, can't wait to read more! :wizard:

A fat english gent
06-15-2007, 04:58 AM
Now when DH asks who the %@*& is Brenda? I can respond: the one legged girl who shows her girls for ice cream. :rotfl2:

I didn't notice the one leggedness either! :goodvibes:

Am guessing the ice cream man much prefers to see Brenda "coming out" to buy ice cream than Jason when he turns into their street and also may go along way in explaining why the said man comes on the hour every hour in thier street too....:rolleyes1

laurabelle
06-15-2007, 05:37 AM
Hey Brenda! I wandered over here from the Restaurant Board V&A thread you posted on and found your amazing DR thread! I *only* got to page 7, and just had to respond... I also have IBD (UC for me:sad2: ) a post cancer gift, and although I don't get long remissions, I do enjoy them! And yeah, I could totally accidentally walk into the men's room, I may have already, but I have an awful memory... I overthink my trip planning, including restaurants. I was embarrassed to learn that Disney actually keeps track of your ADRs and cancellations, so sometimes I book with my home phone, sometimes with my celly #... just to throw them off.:magnify:

I'm leaving next week for WDW, and am totally psyched about the trip:banana: but it's the trip after that, my dreamy magical supercalifragilistic surprise (my kids don't know it yet) pixie dust extravaganza that is filling my thoughts. We'll be celebrating our 18th anniversary, and we're some of those lucky ducks that were sent a blizzard of pixie dust and upgraded from Pop to a 1BR at SSR during Free Dining!pixiedust: :faint: party: After many, many trips, my hubby has seen the light and we now have our very first APs and a DDE card to go with it. I love love love the surprise treats you ordered from Disney, I think I must surprise hubby with that champagne basket! Oh yes, and I have procured our very first, but hopefully not last, ressie to Victoria & Albert's...:cloud9: I had booked dinner at the Turf Club at 8:30 for our first night since we fly in at 7:00, but I'm seriously rethinking it (not really your fault, it doesn't take much!) and might just have to switch to Raglan Road...

Nice to meet you, glad I found your thread! Looking forward to reading more! :mickeybar

kikigirl
06-15-2007, 08:30 AM
Chaka-Laka?!:lmao: That almost made me spit out my soy milk. Jiko sounds interesting...just as long as I can get something relatively plain, which doesn't involve steak because I can't eat that. I definitely know the parental units would like it.

Thanks so much Brenda!

Kiki

ncseric
06-15-2007, 10:01 AM
Pan Roasted Jumbo Scallops with golden brown mealie pap and spicy tomato-onion Chaka-Laka.


I keep thinking of the movie Stripes where the recruits are going to the parade, singing:

BOOM SHAKALAKALAKA, BOOM SHAKALAKALAKA

That's the fact, Jack!

The steak and mac and cheese looks really good, despite the fact that it's not overly African. :)

kathymc
06-15-2007, 02:42 PM
Enjoying your reports - and thanks so much for posting the picture of the sampler at Raglan Road. We had it after a great meal and everything was so delish! It was our favorite dessert all week.

Actually it was your last report that changed my mind about Raglan Road - Your report sounded so good and so much fun! we had an awesome meal (and loved the beer samplers) and great night. A similar thing happened to us. We checked in thinking we would have a 20-30 min wait and they wanted to take us right away. We said we would like to wait alittle so we would be there when the music started and we wanted to see the band. She said - ok because the seat we have you at was off in a side room and said just wait a few minutes. About 20 minutes later we're beeped they say, you the one that wanted to see the band? Yup - thats us and they proceeded to sit us front and center. Not to take over your trip report but check us out!
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb270/kathyamc/P5090482.jpg

We were afraid it would be too loud (especially for my parents) but it was great! Looking forward to more reviews and photos.

MRussell
06-15-2007, 03:23 PM
Hi Brenda,
I have been reading one of your other reports and realized I was missing your food report!! How can I work when I have so much catching up to do??? :surfweb:

I'm looking forward to all of the reviews. I may be changing some of my ADR's for December after reading yours.

Martha

oybolshoi
06-16-2007, 09:11 AM
Since the boys wanted to go swimming first, this was one of the first things I noticed, and continued to feel weird about the whole time we were there. The fancy folk dressed up for Jiko probably didn't want to see flabby, wet me in a swim suit trying to get back to my room! And our Boma night wait was very crowded and confused...

I'm sure you didn't have anything to worry about but we did see some rather interesting things while we were having dinner. Nothing that made us want to blow chunks, but interesting nonetheless. ;)

I do think it's a poor design. Our reservation was for 7PM - the bar at Jiko was full, the bar at Victoria Falls was full, all the available seating in the hallway between Jiko and Boma was full - there was nothing to do but stand and wait and get jostled and pushed and stepped on (only once, but ouch!).

But now that I think about it... there's not much room to wait upstairs at California Grill nor was there much space at Artist Point... space just seems to be at a premium. Oh well, could have been worse, but it was definitely noticeable.

The dinner sounds awesome! My DH also loves the spicy stuff, and I like it well enough. Your steak looked like it was to die for... Mmmm, steak.

Thanks for sharing!

I think I'd like to try it once more in the hopes that I feel a little better on the second try (I defy you DWDJx!!). The steak was very tasty. :thumbsup2

Thanks for reading!

Hmnm maybe i will rethink Jiko? thanks for the update. Lovin your trippie. and all the pics. Kim

Thanks for reading Kim! It took me a while to warm up to the idea of trying Jiko, but I think there's a lot to choose from and based on our experience the food and service were quite good.


My, don't you scrub up well ;)

Awww, thanks. :o

From one TTG to another, I am thanking you for showing me that it is possible for a gastronomically-challenged World goer (i.e. fussy eater ;) ) to enjoy places like Jiko. It's somewhere that I would have never considered, choosing to stick to 'safe' restaurants. Who know, maybe one day I'll be cured and branch out. Your reviews are certainly helping to sway me in that direction.

I have to be honest, Joh; it took a long time for me to decide on Jiko. I looked at their menu over at All Ears and I read a ton of reviews but what finally swayed me was the recommendation of a couple we met last fall during the Food and Wine Festival. Their two favorite restaurants were Jiko and California Grill - they seemed to know what they were talking about with CG so we thought we'd roll the dice this time on Jiko.

And...sometimes I just have to do something nice for Jay's tastebuds. As long as there is something on the menu I can eat (cheese...bread...steak) then I'm happy to go so that he can try something new. And this time it was really worth it.

By the way, where is poor Plankton - are you starving him of late :confused3

Plankton did not join us for many...or any now that I think about it, meals. He will have a starring roll in my actual trip report, however. And I can tell you that his new favorite resort is the Polynesian. :lmao:


I'm dumb enough to walk in heels. You get brownie points for that. I'd rather have the $62 you "owe" me. :rotfl2:

Lori, I never would have suspected you of being impractical!! :eek:

To quote Mr. Burns, "I owe you a coke." ;)


It really is that fabulous of a resort. I loved AKL before I joined DVC, and I am glad I have the option to stay there on points in the future, too.

We were really impressed with the resort and have talked about using our DVC points there some day in the future. To our way of thinking, a stay there would mean a more relaxed trip...not so much hustle and bustle to and from the parks because of the length of time it takes to get anywhere from the AKL. It seemed like all we heard from people were complaints about how long the wait times were for buses to go anywhere. But then again...it seems like you hear that no matter which resort you end up staying at. ;)


There's a bar inside Jiko, too. It's much nicer to wait inside than in the staging area between restaurants. Unless the bar is claustrophically crowded.

Yep, we saw the bar and it was full-up. It looked like a pretty cool place to hang out, but awfully small.

And many of my friends and I who have discussed AKL have mentioned the view while dining. One friend morbidly suggested it would be like picking a lobster out of a tank. "I'll have that wildebeest, medium-rare, please." (Well, he phrased it differently, but I had the lobster analogy run through my own sicko mind.)

:rotfl2: Too funny. But...since they don't serve giraffe and wildebeest on the menu I'm not sure why it would bother anyone. And why would it be any worse than eating at Coral Reef with that massive aquarium along the back wall of the dining room?


I agree about the filet w/mac and cheese. The steak was good, but the mac didn't live up to what I expected. It was good, but it didn't knock my socks off. It's wildly popular, though. Captain Adventure's meal looked like it was served with a fire extinguisher. ;)

The steak was excellent and so was the wine sauce (a surprisingly light sauce all things considered) but I was a little disappointed in the mac and cheese after so many people raved about it. Too rich and too sticky - I think I would have been happier with mashed potatoes.

And yes, his dinner was verrrrrrrry spicy.


YES!! :banana: BOOM Chaka-Laka! :banana: Or maybe it was meant for Chaka Khan. My mind went on the same bus tour as your mind there. ;)

I was actually thinking about Stripes when I first saw it on the menu, but I admit that later I thought about Chaka Khan when I was writing this up! ;)


I've shared the cheese plate there a few years ago. It was tasty! Next time, get yourself some cheese! :love:

Duly noted! That's one reason why I'd like to go back. :thumbsup2


Now about your dessert:


I'm so with you on that lavender thing, sister! I did a Sweet Sunday
(the first year it was offered) with Keegan Gerhard as the celebrity chef.
He made one of his desserts with lavender, and all I thought when I tasted
it was, "I just ate perfume." :crazy2:

I think it could work if it's done really subtly, but the problem is that lavender is too strong and it ends up overpowering the dish. And I think you nailed it - I don't want to eat perfume. Love the color, love the scent, hate the taste.

Here's an idea...how about alcohol infused vanilla ice cream? Amarula might have worked and it would have been a nice ethnic touch. Amaretto would have been good, too.

I am surprised I didn't see you having a bit of the Amarula cream liqueur. Next time put THAT in your coffee. :banana:

If I had been feeling better I'd have been all over the amarula. Oh well, there's always the next visit. :goodvibes

WDW Fan
06-16-2007, 09:40 AM
Both your meals from JIKO looked delicious Brenda! I've always been a little shy about the menu at Jiko's myself since I suffer from IBS but I guess there are things I could try. The scallops look delicious and are one of my favorite things to order out!:)

oybolshoi
06-16-2007, 09:59 AM
You look lovely! Even if you only have one leg! ;)

:rotfl2: That's what I get for not making a comment about that picture in the review!


I do believe the table service in the new DVC building will have a view if the savannah. I read that somewhere around here....

That would be very cool - I'll have to go do some poking around to see what kind of information I can find.


:snooty: Well, I never! Who in there right mind would drink Pellegrino with a lemon. Tres Trashy!

Depends on the restaurant I suppose... later in the week at another signature restaurant we were given lemon with our Pelligrino...:eek: We ignored it.

Loved the review! We ate there when it first opened a couple of years ago. We have not been back since. Not our thing. But glad that you enjoyed it!!

Glad you enjoyed the review, even if my missing leg proved to be something of a distraction. ;)


:lmao: :rotfl2: (Sorry to laugh B, but THAT was funny!!)

Nancy, if you can't laugh at me who can you laugh at? Besides, this thread is all about having some fun so I don't mind.


You both looking smashing! It brings back memories of our honeymoon and our dinner at V&A. We stayed at CBR and took the bus to MK then tramped it over to the monorail and over to the GF, all while I was dressed in my pretty salmon colored chiffon dress and DH was in long slacks, button up shirt, and suit coat. He did have the sense to take off the suit coat during transport. I was dumb enough to wear the high heels. And all of this was in the hot humid July weather!!! Wish we called a taxi...

Jiko looks scrumptious. Someday we'll get there!

Thanks for reading, DM! We did call a taxi for our dinner at V&A but for everything else we used Disney transportation... it's a challenge, isn't it? Especially when you're dressed nicely.


i had been wondering about the lavender ice cream. somewhere i'm considering for our april 2008 trip (spoodles maybe?) has lavender ice cream and i've never had it before. i love the scent of lavender and i have some in my garden, but i don't know about the *taste* of lavender. thanks for the warning!

I'm the same way - love lavender and have it in the garden and love it in my bath, but I don't want to eat it. Especially after having eaten it. Did that make sense? ;)


You look hot-hot, hottie! How do you stay so svelte and eat and drink all this :confused: Shame, that Jiko wasn't more exciting, I don't think lavendar ice cream sounds appealing :confused3

Well thanks for the compliment. :flower3: Honest answer - I look thinner than I really am in that picture because I was practicing my "runway" pose! Stand at an angle with one leg in front of the other... it's much more flattering because the hips are turned...unless you lose a leg!


I love your dress! Very cute! You did the right thing by wearing your tennis shoes until you got to dinner. I was stupid and wore my heels a few times when we had to walk to dinner - ouch! I won't make that mistake again!

Thanks Michelle! If I could walk gracefully in heels I might have worn them the whole way, but I'm a klutz so not only was wearing the tennies good for my feet but it was something of a life saving measure, too! ;)

I knew you would love AKL! It's a beautiful resort, isn't it? We've stayed there three times now, and I can't wait to go back when the DVC villas are done.

Someone didn't take notes from my TR

Very pretty resort and so much to explore! As for your TR... I remember reading that, but I thought the layout of the resort was confusing the first time through and even the second time through we never found that waiting area. :confused3

On to the food! YUMMMY! I love that flatbread. It's one of my favorites. I'm sitting here, drooling right now. I'm glad you got the fillet. It's always great. I agree with you about the mac&cheese. I do like it, but I prefer tubers with my meat - mashed is the best. You have to go back to Jiko when you are feeling better to try some of the African wines. I've never had a bad one. Sorry you didn't like the dessert. That ice cream wouldn't do it for me either. Ick.

So, what's next???
-Michelle

Amen sister! Give me some mashed potatoes or even a baked one with my steak and I'm in heaven! I definitely would like to try some African whites on our next visit - I've heard those are just as good as some of the reds.

Next up - Gospel Brunch at House of Blues! Thanks for reading. :goodvibes


I finally made it through! Man I cannot believe how long this thread is getting. Thank you SO much for putting your update page #s in the original post!

As always, great review so far. I've eaten at Boma before but not Jiko yet and after your review, I think I'll give it a whirl!

Oh btw, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! What wonderful magic WDW provides. I love it!


Hi Jen, thanks for popping in to take a read! I can't believe how long this thread is getting either - "Wow!" is what goes through my mind every time I make it back over here.

Glad you're enjoying it so far and thanks for the anniversary wishes. :goodvibes


OT but I wanted to tell you that there are now 29 days from now until the HP movie comes out! My friend actually knitted a scarf for myself and for herself for us to wear to the opening and they are Griffindor colors! I'll have to PM you a pic, its awesome!

Well, now I think we're at 34 days for the book, right? Woo hoo!!!

I'd love to see the picture - it sounds great!!


Oh wow! - how lovely! I want one!:yay:

ps - glad to see Planky making an appearance earlier...I was beginning to think you'd left him at home.

I love that anniversary giftie, too. It was so sweet! And don't you worry about Plankton, Auntie Karen; he'll be making an appearance in the trippie. He got into all sorts of interesting things.


Loved your dress Brenda, even though you left your second leg behind:eek:

Thanks for the compliment on the dress. I actually bought it for the last cruise (2005) and then didn't wear it because I didn't like the way it looked on me. Still don't think it's the most flattering dress for me, but I like it so much that I decided to wear it anyway.


Love the dress you look so pretty, wise move wearing trainers, food looks good too.

Thanks Jo!


The missing leg is named "Smith".

:rotfl2:

Love the dress!! I must tell you that I've never enjoyed a dining review as much as I'm enjoying yours. We'll be going to JIKO for the first time on our next trip and I can't wait to see the Lodge for the first time.


Thanks Kathy! :flower3: I hope you really enjoy Jiko and the lodge will knock your socks off - it's gorgeous.


What's the name of her OTHER leg?:rotfl:

The other leg is named Wesson. :lmao:

Great job on this review... DH tends to be more "adventerous" than I am as well, although I don't have any good medical reasons to be so chicken.

Glad you had a good time!

Thanks for reading! Everyone has different tastes - no reason to call yourself chicken. If you think your DH might like it you should take a look at Jiko's menu some day - you will probably find something "safe" just like I did.


Brenda - I am so happy you liked Jiko! It became our favourite restaurant last trip and we are DYING to go back this November. DH had the filet you bought and I was so jealous... yummo! It was also some of the best service we've ever had in ANY restaurant!

(I wasn't as enamored with the cheese plate, FWIW - too much blue cheese and stinky goat cheese.)

We did have great service at Jiko to go along with the yummy food. November, huh? Does this mean I finally will get a chance to read your dining reviews?

While I could do without the blue cheese I do like me some goat cheese. :thumbsup2

And when I saw that picture (lovely dress, BTW), I too was wondering where your other leg went. Two possibilities crossed my mind: 1) Plankton had hatched a nefarious scheme to fuse your legs together, or 2) You were doing your KILLER flamingo impersonation!! ;)

Thanks for the compliment on the dress. As for the picture... :rotfl2: I love both of your ideas!! :thumbsup2

BriarRosie
06-16-2007, 11:24 AM
Lori, I never would have suspected you of being impractical!! :eek:

To quote Mr. Burns, "I owe you a coke." ;)

Yes, slave to fashion and all that. I had an adventure trying to get to the EEE event at Epcot. It involved pouring rain, giving a total stranger (woman at Pop Century in her bathing suit) $20 to run to Everything Pop to buy me an umbrella (which she did, amazingly enough), walking through said rain in fancy dress and heels to the bus stop. Once we were at the outside Guest Relations at Epcot, it wasn't terrible to be in the heels. We were driven to the backstage area to World Showplace, no walking through Epcot. If I have another "nice" dress event, I have shoes with low, low heels that are easier on the feet.


We were really impressed with the resort and have talked about using our DVC points there some day in the future. To our way of thinking, a stay there would mean a more relaxed trip...not so much hustle and bustle to and from the parks because of the length of time it takes to get anywhere from the AKL. It seemed like all we heard from people were complaints about how long the wait times were for buses to go anywhere. But then again...it seems like you hear that no matter which resort you end up staying at. ;)

I did have an intentionally "take it easy" stay at AKL a few years ago. I was treating myself to concierge, and I wanted to enjoy the resort. Friends of mine were staying there, too. Some shared with me, and the others shared another room. At one point, three of us decided to break out the Haunted Mansion Clue game that my friend bought during that trip. We sat at a table in the concierge lounge around 3pm, and we played the game for 3 hours. Of course it was nice to be able to get some tea, and later the concierge snackables they serve as appetizers. Yum. That was a relaxing weekend! [/quote]


Yep, we saw the bar and it was full-up. It looked like a pretty cool place to hang out, but awfully small.

I never knew that quiet sitting area was only an elevator ride away. I'm going to have to look for that, now. Michelle's tip was awesome. :goodvibes



:rotfl2: Too funny. But...since they don't serve giraffe and wildebeest on the menu I'm not sure why it would bother anyone. And why would it be any worse than eating at Coral Reef with that massive aquarium along the back wall of the dining room?

Oooh...good point. They need a view with their dining! I thought maybe the new restaurant at the Kidani Villas will have a meal with a view.


I was actually thinking about Stripes when I first saw it on the menu, but I admit that later I thought about Chaka Khan when I was writing this up! ;)

"Muppets Treasure Island". Miss Piggy's grand entrance. Pay attention to the chant of the natives. :teeth:


Here's an idea...how about alcohol infused vanilla ice cream? Amarula might have worked and it would have been a nice ethnic touch. Amaretto would have been good, too.

Why not just pour the Amarula over the vanilla ice cream? :dance3:

cmp1111
06-16-2007, 11:32 AM
"Muppets Treasure Island". Miss Piggy's grand entrance. Pay attention to the chant of the natives. :teeth:


I have been thinking this every since she wrote it, but foolishly thought no one else would remember. :) BOOM shakalakala.... Sorry, I'm just so excited to find someone else who knew! :woohoo:

BriarRosie
06-16-2007, 12:31 PM
I have been thinking this every since she wrote it, but foolishly thought no one else would remember. :) BOOM shakalakala.... Sorry, I'm just so excited to find someone else who knew! :woohoo:

Hehehe. I'm glad I was able to provide the Muppets reference for you. ;)
BOOM! Chaka...Laka... (or shakalaka, whatever it is)

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

Eeyore's Tailfinder
06-16-2007, 07:36 PM
How in the name did I miss this one? Great reviews! Me and DBF are big Simpsons fans too - love your Dr Nick signature!

CampbellScot
06-17-2007, 10:32 AM
Loving this!!! I had to laugh when I was reading about Raglan Road. My family is from Ireland and I grew up eating Irish food...and can I just say that in Ireland the food never tasted as good as it does at Raglan Road! My Uncle Euin ate at Raglan Road with us one year and said "These people don't let the spices go stale do they?" Which was in reference to the fact that he grew up eating food that wasn't salted or spiced in any way...bland and not very good. Not that you can't find good food in Ireland, but it just never tastes as good as it does at Raglan Road!

Can't wait to hear about Artist Point!!!popcorn::

oybolshoi
06-17-2007, 10:35 AM
Bravo! Another great installment!!


Why yes, yes he did ;)
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c84/lblambert/DisBoard/MMPal.jpg

Thank you very much! And I love the picture of Pal Mickey - nothing funnier than a vacation mascot torn between two drinks. ;)


Wow, I miss a day & have so much to catch up on!!

Why oh why did they mess with the vanilla bean icecream at Jiko?!!!! We had that same dessert, the brownies were yummy but a bit dry, but the icecream more than made up for it! No lavender at all at that time, just super vanilla beanish!!! He did tell us it was made "in house" at Jiko, so I guess the chef felt the need to explore lavender!!:laughing:


Hi Shovan! Now you know how I feel...I miss a day or two and I have a lot to catch up on too! :rotfl2:

I would have much preferred a true vanilla ice cream with the cake, or as previously stated amarula or amaretto would have been tasty. A coffee flavored ice cream would also have worked well, in my opinion (for what that's worth!). I wonder if the chefs are using lavender right now because of the spring / summer menu changeovers? I'm sure some people will really enjoy it, but it wasn't to my taste at all.


That's a good idea! Hmmm.....:thumbsup2

Go for it, Erica - you know you want to!


Seriously....what IS the deal with your other leg??? :confused3 Beautiful dress, though!

Thanks and I was trying to "pose" for the camera so I could look svelte...obviously I need some practice! :rotfl2:

Um, no thank you! Who wants to look at the live version of what they're eating??? :rotfl2:

I'll re-state my earlier point...since Jiko doesn't serve rhino, giraffe, or wildebeest why do people have an issue with a savannah view at dinner? I think it would be lovely to watch the animals roaming while we're having dinner...especially around sunset.

Dining at Coral Reef with that massive aquarium never seems to bother anyone so why would this? Just wondering...:goodvibes

I am loving your dining review. Thanks so much for all the time and creativity you put into it.

Denise

Thanks for reading Denise, I'm glad you like it. I know I'm probably taking too long to do this, but I like telling the stories that go along with the food - just trying to have some fun. ;)


Brenda, might I say that you have phenomenal posture? Especially given your missing leg... Poor Smithie. Left below. ;)

Seriously -- your pic made me sit up straighter at my desk.


Well thanks for the compliment - I usually only have good posture in pictures...the rest of the time I'm a sloucher (and a slacker!).

Oh, and Cowboy (not to be confused with Cowboy Grimace, but rather Cowboy the Dog, re: my avatar) is absolutely over the moon that you noticed his new picture. :cloud9: He says hello to HP.

HP says 'meow" right back at ya. I love the avatar - it's just the cutest picture! And since you brought it up, how is Cowboy Grimace these days?


I am officially a fan of anything called "Chaka-Laka".

Thanks to the mention of the words "Cheese Plate", I may now have to look into Jiko, too!

I'm going to have to ask someone what chaka-laka means...I suppose I could just google it but that would require effort. ;)

If you and your friends are doing the dining plan in October you could use two TS credits to eat dinner at Jiko one night. Their cheese plate on the night we had dinner included five selections, which is pretty good for the $14 pricetag.


I didn't even notice your missing leg until everyone else pointed it out. Now I join the rest with wonderment. Did you want us to not notice your cleavage this time?

What cleavage? Unless I'm hunched over getting ready to eat ice cream I barely have cleavage. :rotfl2:


Now that's funny.

I agree!


My guess is "Jones".....

A good guess - I think I still prefer Wesson. ;)


Your leg is no longer part of the System. Your leg is above the System. Over it. Beyond it. It's "them." It's "they." We are the Legs in Black.

Now this had me laughing myself silly...:lmao:

I second this too.

Well, someone around here deserves a tag... Boom Chaka-Laka sounds like a good one to me!

Don't let them make you feel bad, Brenda, about your missing leg--I know you're just doing the Hollywood red carpet pose!!


You win the other $62 prize!!! not a guarantee...

It's true...I just turned my hips too much and bye-bye leg!


I loved the review of Jiko! I had never really considered it as somewhere we'd like to eat, but those scallops are to die for! I'm with everybody else about the lavender ice cream :scared1: ! It's been mentioned in different menus on here and I just didn't get it, so thanks for the heads up!

It took a while for me to get comfortable with the idea of dining at Jiko, but I'm glad we did. Seriously thinking about going back again in October to give it another try.

Beware the lavender ice cream...that's all I can say. Although I'm open to differing opinions - if someone here has tried it and liked it please feel free to share your thoughts.

I can't fault you for loving the Chaka-Laka but I find that I'm more a fan of the Boom-Chaka-Laka :rotfl2:

That's exactly what I was thinking! Stripes, baby!


I just started this food report brenda and of course it's great. I love the anniversary surprise. My DH surprised me like that May 22 when we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary down in Virginia Beach. He had roses, champagne, flutes,candy and a gift certificate for breakfast delivered to our jacuzzi suite on the beach. Gotta love romantics.

Happy Anniversary to you and your DH - 25 years is a wonderful accomplishment! And how sweet of him to surprise you like that...:goodvibes


Keep up the good work on the report, can't wait to read more.

Thanks for reading! :goodvibes


Ok, I haven't read this entire post yet cuz I just had to stop and question you about the banana situation. First of all, do you have a picture of said bananas? By your description it almost sounds like you bought plantains. Ever had plantains before? Not that I'm questioning your gastronomiic experience, I'm just sayin'. That's just weird that after several days they didn't ripen. Plaintains in their green state take quite a while to start to turn yellow. They can be eaten green by slicing then seasoning them with garlic and salt and frying them. If you wait for them to ripen you can also fry them sans garlic and salt and they carmelize and are oh so yummy! Now you got me craving plantains.:goodvibes

Hi Castillo Mom! I checked with the hubby about this because I wouldn't know the difference between the two. He says he picked up bananas at the store and that they were very clearly marked. Oh well, no big deal but it did make for a funny story. ;)

I've never tried plantains before but your cooking methods sound really yummy! I may have to break down and give them a try. Jason has eaten them before and he told me that they're really good if cooked appropriately (whatever that means).

Thanks for reading! :goodvibes

oybolshoi
06-17-2007, 12:21 PM
Now when DH asks who the %@*& is Brenda? I can respond: the one legged girl who shows her girls for ice cream. :rotfl2:

I didn't notice the one leggedness either!

If you were to go back and read my Argle-Bargle (which is ridiculously long, unfinished, and very silly) you would amend your statement to include that I am also the girl who shouts out to the world that her husband likes her pantsless! :rotfl2:

ohhh jiko made me soooooo home sick for Animal Kingdom Lodge, my favourite hotel. I am having pangs of homesick pain here.

Love your pretty dress with the pink ribbon as the sash, so girly. Glad your sneaker feet didn't show though. lol

Hi Cass! Ooooh, that's right - I forgot how much you love the AK. Everybody, if you're looking for a really good trippie that includes the platinum plan, read Cass's report in her signature. She put together an incredible trip!

It is a girly-dress, isn't it? I should wear it to afternoon tea some day.


I'm just curious..well about the one leg...but mostly..Did you ask someone to come into your room to take a pic of you two? Did you have a tripod and if so...great job. Yummy pictures..thank you. KIM

Our camera has a timer function, so the hubby just uses me as a focal point when he sets up the camera and then sets the timer so we have enough time to "pose." No tripod either - the vacation homes have a breakfast bar and we just set the camera up there. It usually works really well.


Hi Brenda! Happy Belated Anniversary! Loving your report so far... I definitely want to check out your other ones! Great job. You've made me really want to try Raglan Road, when before I really never considered it. Everything sounds wonderful so far, can't wait to read more!

Hi there! Thanks for reading and for the anniversary wishes. :goodvibes I know there are some people who've had less than stellar experiences at RR, but we've been really pleased with both of our visits. If you do try it I hope you have a great time!

Am guessing the ice cream man much prefers to see Brenda "coming out" to buy ice cream than Jason when he turns into their street and also may go along way in explaining why the said man comes on the hour every hour in thier street too....

:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: Jay is the ice cream man at our house - no competition allowed! Uh oh...was that too much information for everyone? ;)

Hey Brenda! I wandered over here from the Restaurant Board V&A thread you posted on and found your amazing DR thread! I *only* got to page 7, and just had to respond... I also have IBD (UC for me) a post cancer gift, and although I don't get long remissions, I do enjoy them!

Hi there and thanks for stopping by to take a read - I hope you enjoy your time here...I'm not known for being brief! ;)

So sorry to hear about your UC - that's a bummer for you, especially if your remissions aren't very long. :hug: It sounds like you have a great attitude though, and I hope your doctor keeps exploring treatment options - I've been reading about some very promising drugs that are available.

And yeah, I could totally accidentally walk into the men's room, I may have already, but I have an awful memory... I overthink my trip planning, including restaurants. I was embarrassed to learn that Disney actually keeps track of your ADRs and cancellations, so sometimes I book with my home phone, sometimes with my celly #... just to throw them off.

My memory is starting to go too, so don't feel bad! And I didn't know Disney kept track of the cancellations. I bet they're wondering why I keep making and then cancelling ADRs at BlueZoo!

I'm leaving next week for WDW, and am totally psyched about the trip, but it's the trip after that, my dreamy magical supercalifragilistic surprise (my kids don't know it yet) pixie dust extravaganza that is filling my thoughts. We'll be celebrating our 18th anniversary, and we're some of those lucky ducks that were sent a blizzard of pixie dust and upgraded from Pop to a 1BR at SSR during Free Dining! After many, many trips, my hubby has seen the light and we now have our very first APs and a DDE card to go with it. I love love love the surprise treats you ordered from Disney, I think I must surprise hubby with that champagne basket! Oh yes, and I have procured our very first, but hopefully not last, ressie to Victoria & Albert's...! I had booked dinner at the Turf Club at 8:30 for our first night since we fly in at 7:00, but I'm seriously rethinking it (not really your fault, it doesn't take much!) and might just have to switch to Raglan Road...

Nice to meet you, glad I found your thread! Looking forward to reading more!

Wow! Well have a great June trip and happy early anniversary on your second trip - that sounds like it will be lovely! Congrats on the upgrade - SSR is a lovely place to stay. We haven't eaten at the Turf Club but I think their menu is really limited - I'd switch it and go have dinner at Raglan Road or House of Blues if it was me. Oh, and Victoria and Albert's is to die for! This review will inlcude their Chef's Table, but the other dining review I did does include a dining room review from October 2006 if you have time to take a look at it.

Chaka-Laka?!:lmao: That almost made me spit out my soy milk. Jiko sounds interesting...just as long as I can get something relatively plain, which doesn't involve steak because I can't eat that. I definitely know the parental units would like it.

Thanks so much Brenda!

Kiki

Hi Kiki! You may be the first person ever on the DIS to spew soy milk - congratulations! Check out the menu section here on the DIS and look at Jiko's menu - that will help you figure out if there's anything available that you can eat. That's what I had to do. :hug:

I keep thinking of the movie Stripes where the recruits are going to the parade, singing:

BOOM SHAKALAKALAKA, BOOM SHAKALAKALAKA

That's the fact, Jack!

That's exactly what I thought when I first saw it on the menu!

The steak and mac and cheese looks really good, despite the fact that it's not overly African.

Not a bit African, are they? That's probably why I ended up ordering it...and the steak was very good. Would have preferred taters instead of mac and cheese, but perhaps that's the midwestern girl in me rearing her head.

Enjoying your reports - and thanks so much for posting the picture of the sampler at Raglan Road. We had it after a great meal and everything was so delish! It was our favorite dessert all week.

Actually it was your last report that changed my mind about Raglan Road - Your report sounded so good and so much fun! we had an awesome meal (and loved the beer samplers) and great night. A similar thing happened to us. We checked in thinking we would have a 20-30 min wait and they wanted to take us right away. We said we would like to wait alittle so we would be there when the music started and we wanted to see the band. She said - ok because the seat we have you at was off in a side room and said just wait a few minutes. About 20 minutes later we're beeped they say, you the one that wanted to see the band? Yup - thats us and they proceeded to sit us front and center. Not to take over your trip report but check us out!
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb270/kathyamc/P5090482.jpg

We were afraid it would be too loud (especially for my parents) but it was great! Looking forward to more reviews and photos.

Thanks for reading - glad to know the RR recommendation worked out well for you! What a great picture - you guys ended up with a prime table! And was that dessert sampler divine or what? When I saw it on the menu I practically started doing a jig!! :rotfl2:

Hi Brenda, I have been reading one of your other reports and realized I was missing your food report!! How can I work when I have so much catching up to do???

I'm looking forward to all of the reviews. I may be changing some of my ADR's for December after reading yours.

Martha

Hi Martha, thanks for reading! My suggestion is to stop working altogether - it's more fun to DIS and plan vacation!

Both your meals from JIKO looked delicious Brenda! I've always been a little shy about the menu at Jiko's myself since I suffer from IBS but I guess there are things I could try. The scallops look delicious and are one of my favorite things to order out!

Hi there! I would suggest that you go over their menu with a fine-toothed comb and then decide if you can handle their food. Jay said his scallops were terrific but they were spicy. If spice and heat don't bother you then I think you should go for it!


Yes, slave to fashion and all that. I had an adventure trying to get to the EEE event at Epcot. It involved pouring rain, giving a total stranger (woman at Pop Century in her bathing suit) $20 to run to Everything Pop to buy me an umbrella (which she did, amazingly enough), walking through said rain in fancy dress and heels to the bus stop. Once we were at the outside Guest Relations at Epcot, it wasn't terrible to be in the heels. We were driven to the backstage area to World Showplace, no walking through Epcot. If I have another "nice" dress event, I have shoes with low, low heels that are easier on the feet.

I actually made Jay carry a backpack with my heels and an evening wrap and all kinds of other crap - one of the fringe benefits of being married is having a second person around to carry stuff for you. ;)

I can't believe that woman actually did that for you, but how great that she did!

I did have an intentionally "take it easy" stay at AKL a few years ago. I was treating myself to concierge, and I wanted to enjoy the resort. Friends of mine were staying there, too. Some shared with me, and the others shared another room. At one point, three of us decided to break out the Haunted Mansion Clue game that my friend bought during that trip. We sat at a table in the concierge lounge around 3pm, and we played the game for 3 hours. Of course it was nice to be able to get some tea, and later the concierge snackables they serve as appetizers. Yum. That was a relaxing weekend!

Sounds like a great time!


I never knew that quiet sitting area was only an elevator ride away. I'm going to have to look for that, now. Michelle's tip was awesome.

Another great trip report for anyone looking for one: check out Mlills Christmas trippie from 2006. She's another one who planned an incredible trip for her family. :thumbsup2


I thought maybe the new restaurant at the Kidani Villas will have a meal with a view.

That would be very cool - I guess we'll just have to see how the construction unfolds.


"Muppets Treasure Island". Miss Piggy's grand entrance. Pay attention to the chant of the natives.

Haven't seen it.

Why not just pour the Amarula over the vanilla ice cream?

That's going to be an experiment here at home, I think!

I have been thinking this every since she wrote it, but foolishly thought no one else would remember. :) BOOM shakalakala.... Sorry, I'm just so excited to find someone else who knew! :woohoo:

Hehehe. I'm glad I was able to provide the Muppets reference for you. ;)
BOOM! Chaka...Laka... (or shakalaka, whatever it is)

And that's what makes this so much fun!! :thumbsup2


How in the name did I miss this one? Great reviews! Me and DBF are big Simpsons fans too - love your Dr Nick signature!

Well now you're here; better late than never, right? Thanks for reading - I'm glad you're enjoying it so far. And another Simpsons fan? Woo Hoo!!!!!

Mlill was kind enough to provide the Dr. Nick for me a few months ago. Thanks again Michelle!

Loving this!!! I had to laugh when I was reading about Raglan Road. My family is from Ireland and I grew up eating Irish food...and can I just say that in Ireland the food never tasted as good as it does at Raglan Road! My Uncle Euin ate at Raglan Road with us one year and said "These people don't let the spices go stale do they?" Which was in reference to the fact that he grew up eating food that wasn't salted or spiced in any way...bland and not very good. Not that you can't find good food in Ireland, but it just never tastes as good as it does at Raglan Road!

Can't wait to hear about Artist Point!!!

Thanks for reading! That's too funny - I had no idea that traditional Irish food was bland. At least now we'll be prepared when we finally do make it to Ireland (some day).

BTW - if you do order the anniversary basket please come back and let us know how you and your DH liked it!

allyphoe
06-17-2007, 02:50 PM
I'm going to have to ask someone what chaka-laka means...I suppose I could just google it but that would require effort. ;)


Besides, that's what your loyal readers are for!
http://kitschnzinc.blogspot.com/2005/02/chakalaka.html (complete with recipe!)

wilma-bride
06-17-2007, 03:08 PM
You've all got it wrong - Chaka Laka is from Walk the Dinosaur.

Boom, boom, chaka laka laka boom - boom, boom, chaka laka boom, boom

I walked the dinosaur, I walked the dinosa-aur

Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur

:rotfl2:

cmp1111
06-17-2007, 04:36 PM
You've all got it wrong - Chaka Laka is from Walk the Dinosaur.

Boom, boom, chaka laka laka boom - boom, boom, chaka laka boom, boom

I walked the dinosaur, I walked the dinosa-aur

Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur

:rotfl2:

Thanks for putting THAT in my brain! :rotfl:

YCFAN
06-17-2007, 07:58 PM
I am loving this review but I have an awful confession to make......I did it too!! I can't believe it but during our December trip I went in the wrong bathroom at Raglan Road.:lmao: I wasn't as fortunate as you though to realize right away what was going on. I went in the stall and when I came out there was a man standing in the bathroom just staring at me. My first thought was, what is he doing in the ladies room?!? I then noticed the urinals hanging on the wall and very coolly :cool1: walked out the door. I was so embarassed! How could I have done this?:confused3 Now I'm beginning to think that maybe there is some sort of optical illusion set up to trick unsuspecting females into the mens' room at RR. I love this restaurant and have been twice before. Now I absolutely MUST go back and try to figure this out.:rolleyes1

D&R love Disney
06-18-2007, 01:23 PM
Brenda I'm loving your report once again! I too do the pose but I've never lost a leg LOL.

Why ruin good old vanilla with lavender YUCK! Granted, I can't stand the smell of it.