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ericafny
08-16-2007, 06:45 PM
Hello everyone! :wave: DBF and I have just returned from a fabulous 9 day vacation in the world. Being a fish eating vegetarian means I eat fish, but no red meat, pork, turkey or chicken (or any other wild game that can be considered meat) I thought I would have a difficult time finding different things to eat while at Disney. I also have some dietary restrictions where I can't eat certain spices or foods. Boy was I wrong! Not only did I have a magical vacation, I had some of the best food I have ever eaten!

I am going to give my dining reviews from a vegetarian's perspective, however DBF is not a veggie so feel free to ask me questions about other dishes at the restaurants I ate at as well, I may still be able to answer them (via DBF). Before I get started I want to let everyone know that (a) I took some pictures of some of the food I ate, however sometimes I was so hungry that I forgot to take a pic before I devoured my plate so I will try in detail to describe those dishes to you as best as possible (b) we were on the dining plan (c) we actually stayed 2 nights off property for the first 2 nights so I will not be discussing food I ate there (although I will say Universal does a very poor job catering to vegetarians)...OK, so on with the dining review :banana:

DAY ONE

Our first day in the world we were at Epcot and we had lunch at Sunshine Seasons. I choose this place because I know it has a variety of choices and many healthy offerings as well. I got the roasted beets and goat cheese salad with cilantro lime dressing. First of all when I got up to the counter to order the salad, the woman that was working must have been training coupled with the fact that she did not speak english very well so when I ordered my salad she thought I said 'chicken ceaser' and she almost gave me that. The person who was training her came over and figured out what I had wanted...so always be aware and try at all times to watch what they give you and make sure they hear you correctly!

On to the salad. I was NOT impressed at all. The salad not only had beets and goat cheese but candied pecans and it came with two pieces of some sort of flat bread cracker (that was actually the best part of the salad!). The beets were not very good and the goat cheese did not taste fresh. I don't even think mine had dressing on it because I barely tasted it. Good thing the dining plan comes with dessert because the chocolate chip cookie I had was delicious! This is the second time I have eaten at Sunshine Seasons and not been impressed. Last year I ate there and got some sort of noodles with broccoli asian dish and thought it was way too salty. I say try one of the CS's in World Showcase if you want to eat CS at Epcot.

For dinner, we ate at Kona Cafe in the Polynesian. Originally we were going to eat at Ohana but the fact that all I can eat there is the shrimp and side dishes coupled with Kevin's really bad review on the podcast, I opted with Kona Cafe. I am soooo glad I did because I have to say this was by far one of the better meals I had all trip. Our server - Donna was amazing! She was really friendly and did not rush us at all. And she knew we were on the dining plan so I am not sure why some people are reporting bad service with the dining plan. They obviously have not had Donna as their server ;)

You start with this wonderful bread and butter (forgot what it was called but it was delicious!!) For appy I order the Creamy Kona Seafood Chowder. This was sooooo yummy! It had chunks of crab meat, lobster, white fish, and shrimp. It was so good that I would definitly say it was the best soup I had all trip! After the soup, I was getting full, but I had to save room for the main dish. I ordered the Shrimp and Scallops. The shrimp was fried tempora style and the scallops were seared. It also came with white 'sticky' rice which had a really good flavor to it as well. I finished about half of my meal but if we weren't going to MK that night to see Spectro & Wishes I would have taken the rest to go )which Donna offered to wrap up for us of course!

By this time I was bursting at the seams but then Donna brought over the dessert menu and well it does come with the dining plan...I ordered the Chocolate Macadamia Nut Tart. Oh my this was amazing!!! It kind of tastes like pecan pie with chocolate. It is very decadent and it also comes with vanilla ice cream which makes it doubly sinful. I say order it, you are on vacation!

All in all, my experience at Kona was awesome and I will definitly be returning next time I am in the world :thumbsup2

Next installment is CS at AK and Cape May Clam Bake Buffet dinner! Stay tuned..:rolleyes1

jkmmah
08-16-2007, 07:06 PM
I'm a fish eating veggie, too, so I will be looking forward to the rest of your reviews. Great start!

ericafny
08-16-2007, 07:46 PM
I'm a fish eating veggie, too, so I will be looking forward to the rest of your reviews. Great start!

Thanks! I hope to add an installment every day or two.

Minniespal
08-17-2007, 02:10 AM
Excellent, looking forward to reading more.

hmp2z
08-17-2007, 10:07 AM
One who eats fish is actually a pescatarian, not a vegetarian. Vegetarians don't eat any animals at all, even seafood. I myself am a pescatarian.
Cheers!
Heather W

ericafny
08-17-2007, 11:52 AM
One who eats fish is actually a pescatarian, not a vegetarian. Vegetarians don't eat any animals at all, even seafood. I myself am a pescatarian.
Cheers!
Heather W

Didn't realize I had to be so technical.

kelleigh1
08-17-2007, 12:33 PM
I thought I'd seen many favorable reviews of Sunshine Seasons, so we were thinking about dining there. Maybe I'll rethink that.

Ohana was originally in the running, but it just seemed that with the kid games, we wouldn't have enjoyed it ourselves. And I haven't been hearing the best things about the food so we crossed if off the list. Kona sounds good. I think the only reason we didn't choose it was because we didn't need another "MK" area restaurant, but it's definitely on the "maybe next time" list.


One who eats fish is actually a pescatarian, not a vegetarian. Vegetarians don't eat any animals at all, even seafood. I myself am a pescatarian.
Cheers!
Heather W

Thanks for that info. I didn't realize there was a term. Learn something new every day.

jkmmah
08-17-2007, 12:49 PM
Originally Posted by hmp2z
One who eats fish is actually a pescatarian, not a vegetarian. Vegetarians don't eat any animals at all, even seafood. I myself am a pescatarian.
Cheers!
Heather W

As a fairly recent convert to the non-meat eating side of life I've wondered if there was a term for someone like me who still eats fish but no other animal flesh. I always feel a little guilty saying I'm a veggie when I'm not officially animal-free. Good info to know! Thanks!

ericafny
08-17-2007, 12:53 PM
I thought I'd seen many favorable reviews of Sunshine Seasons, so we were thinking about dining there. Maybe I'll rethink that.

Ohana was originally in the running, but it just seemed that with the kid games, we wouldn't have enjoyed it ourselves. And I haven't been hearing the best things about the food so we crossed if off the list. Kona sounds good. I think the only reason we didn't choose it was because we didn't need another "MK" area restaurant, but it's definitely on the "maybe next time" list.

Yes I had heard similar reviews about Sunshine Seasons thats why I gave it another try. Oh well..everyone has different tastes!

I definitly say try Kona Cafe. You will be glad you did :thumbsup2

TigerKat
08-17-2007, 07:10 PM
Subscribing...popcorn::

ericafny
08-17-2007, 08:20 PM
DAY TWO

Breakfast was cereal in the room, very basic. Since we were on the dining plan we didn't want to waste any CS credits on breakfast (except for one day that we had a late breakfast).

Today we were going to AK, and what better place to eat lunch at in AK is Tusker House. Last year when we went, I was still eating chicken sometimes, so I had their rotisserie chicken they serve there. This year I did some research and saw they had not only a salmon plate but also a veggie sandwich. I asked what was on the veggie sandwich and the woman told me it was a greek salad in a pita. Perfect! Here is a pic of lunch:
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It came with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, green & red peppers (which I picked out because I can't eat peppers), red onion, black olives, feta cheese, and greek vinagrette dressing. The pita was nice and soft and the feta cheese was very yummy! It also came with a side of red grapes, which were OK, not the greatest, but was a good side dish for this sandwich (and not to mention healthier than fries too!). For dessert I had chocolate cake:
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This was an excellent meal and filling but light enough that I didn't feel weighted down. It was also ridiculously hot that day (OK, OK, it was ridiculously hot EVERY day) so this was a nice refreshing meal. One tip I will also add regarding Tusker House is to eat before 12. We ate around 11:30 and the place was near empty and we got a nice table inside in the AC. As we were leaving, around 12, it started to get very very crowded. I highly recommend Tusker House for lunch or a quick early dinner :thumbsup2

On to dinner...Early on in the planning stages of our trip I had made up my mind that we were going to do some buffets this year. I became skeptical though because I wanted to find a buffet that would serve food I would eat (not just meat!). I came across 2 I wanted to try and Cape May Clam Bake Buffet at the Beach Club was one of them (the other one will be talked about later on in the trip).

This was also another great experience for us. We had a 5:30 ADR, which we almost didn't make, but got there at 5:28. I didn't realize this until that night but the buffet opens for dinner at 5:30 so we were one of the first people eating there. I recommend doing this as it gets VERY crowded and the buffet lines were long as we were walking out. We were able to walk right up and get our food. Cape May does a character buffet breakfast, but their dinner does not have characters.

They have a variety of offerings for the seafood lover! There are different spiced clams (garlic, butter, garlic & butter, plain, italian flavored). They also had clam chowder which was good, but not as good as the Kona seafood chowder from the night before. There was peel and eat shrimp with spicy cocktail sauce and baked salmon which was also very good.

In addition to the seafood they had steamed red potatos, a cold salad bar, pasta, chicken, ribs, corn on the cob and a kiddie buffeet with pizza, mac & cheese, and fried chicken.

For dessert there were cookies, brownies, and specialty pastries (mini cheesecakes were good!). They also had this strawberry mousse that was amazing I had to help myself to two servings! It kind of tasted like cotton candy but not as sweet. REALLY yummy!!! (my mouth is watering now as I write...:rolleyes: )

I really enjoyed this buffet and the service was great too. Our server brought us as many refills as we wanted and was sure to clear our plates when we got up for more. The atmosphere of the restaurant was really nice and calming too. I felt like I was in a bed and breakfast in a beach town. This is a definite must for the 'pescaterian's' (just learned that term today...see a few posts up) who want to try a buffet.

Up next is lunch at POFQ food court and dinner at Wolfgang Puck Cafe in DTD...stay tuned :surfweb:

Hedy
08-18-2007, 03:08 PM
Loving the food reviews-it's too bad Tusker House is changing to a buffet-that pita sounds good!

2manypets
08-18-2007, 03:57 PM
Love your reviews, that pita sounds amazing.

ericafny
08-18-2007, 05:19 PM
Loving the food reviews-it's too bad Tusker House is changing to a buffet-that pita sounds good!

HAHA, yeah it was definitly good! I forgot that they are changing to a full service restaurant...that stinks! I don't know why they are changing it. With the new Yak & Yetti Restaurant being built they don't really need to change Tusker House to a full service restaurant.

Hopefully they will still keep the pita in some form or another..:confused3

ericafny
08-18-2007, 05:20 PM
Love your reviews, that pita sounds amazing.


Thanks! I'm glad you are liking the reviews.

The pita is good, I highly recommend it:yay:

ericafny
08-21-2007, 06:05 PM
DAY THREE

Today we went to MGM during the day and I am not a HUGE fan of the CS restaurants there. We actually managed to do everything we wanted to do (and it was getting to be extremely hot outside) so we left aroun 12 to head back to POFQ for lunch and to lay by the pool.

I have to admit that I really thought there were going to be a variety of things for me to choose from at the foodcourt. While this was our third day at the resort, it was really the first time we had eaten there (we were eating cereal in the room for breakfast and all our lunches were at the parks). I circled the different areas only to find that I was able to eat the cheese pizza (which being a NY'er I really don't eat pizza when I am in WDW because I know I am going to be dissapointed) the cesar salad minus the chicken and the veggie burger. Since I needed the protein and veggie burgers are soy based I opted for that. It also came with fries which I decided to have as well.

First off, I must have been one of VERY FEW people that order the veggie burger. After I ordered it the poor girl had no clue where to find the patties. She looked in two refrigerator cases and then finally had to ask someone else. After I ordered it, I realized I did not want them to cook it on the same grill as the regular burgers and I asked them if they do that. She told me 'I just put it through the turbo' (I took that to mean she put it in the microwave but if someone else knows what she is talking about please let me know!!). I opted to have american cheese on it (the other choice was provolone). It did not come with any fixins and there were none displayed (although I order this again in a few days and they had a fixin bar with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles set up so someone either complained or they forgot to put it out that day).

The burger was pretty good, standard veggie burger. But the second time I ordered it it was much better because I was able to put the fixins on it. The fries thought I thought tasted like frozen fries that you would buy in the grocery store. Maybe that is standard for all of WDW but I didn't think they tasted the same as the ones you get in the parks. I also ordered a choc chip cookie (remember you get dessert with the DDP) and that was yummy!!

**SIDE NOTE---I forgot to mention that the first night we were there I ordered Beignets because I had heard all these wonderful things about them. I have to say that for me, they are just like what we have here called 'zeppolis' (basically fried dough and powdered sugar). Not impressed, but if you don't have regular access to a treat like this (they sell them in most pizzarias here) then I would say try them...

OK, back to the review..

For dinner we decided on Wolfgang Puck Cafe (downstairs) since it seemed to have a wide offering of food. It kind of reminded me a little bit of the Cheesecake Factory. Our server was very accomodating here. He asked if we had any food allergies or preferences and I told him I ate fish but no other meat. He was so accomodating that the appetizer I ordered Asian Style Vegetable Spring Rolls came with some sort of cucumber salad that had fish oil in it and he wasn't sure if I ate that so he put some lettuce and tomato on my plate instead. Here is a pic of my appetizer:
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I didn't enjoy this dish as it was too spicy for me. Also, the rolls are fried and to me when I hear vegetable spring rolls I think steamed, so right there I was duped! But thats OK, because I was allowed to order sushi as my main dish (which I absolutely love!) and ordered a California Roll. Here is a pic of it:
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The lighting wasn't great on that pic, but hopefully you will get the idea. Anyways, the sushi was really good and def enough for me as I do not eat alot at one sitting. This was the one meal where I actually did not feel like I was wasting any food. My advice to you if you want to order the sushi as your main deal, order a heavy appetizer and you will be good to go. Even though I didn't really like the appetizer I pretty much ate most of it and since it was fried it was pretty heavy so it filled me up nicely.

OK, please don't flame me here, but we decided to forgo dessert. I know, I know, but we just couldn't possibly stuff anything else into our stomachs. Our server offered to wrap it up for us, but we were headed over to Epcot so we weren't able to do that.

All in all, I highly reccommed Wolfgang Puck. It was a nice restaurant with an interesting and different menu. The service was pretty good too!

Next up is lunch at Earl of Sandwich and dinner at Hollywood & Vine! Stay tuned...

2manypets
08-21-2007, 06:20 PM
Another good installment. I almost regret dumping my WGP Cafe ressies. The timing just wasn't right. Hopefully next time. That sushi looks really good.

Hedy
08-21-2007, 07:08 PM
I'm interested to hear that about WGP-after reading in my vegetarian WDW guidebook that their ravioli contain chicken stock, I was hesitant to go there.

ericafny
08-21-2007, 07:21 PM
Another good installment. I almost regret dumping my WGP Cafe ressies. The timing just wasn't right. Hopefully next time. That sushi looks really good.

Yes I say next time def go. Make it a DTD night and go there and maybe catch a show at the Comedy Club afterwards or go to DisneyQuest. The sushi was yummy! Some of the best sushi I have ever had!

ericafny
08-21-2007, 07:22 PM
I'm interested to hear that about WGP-after reading in my vegetarian WDW guidebook that their ravioli contain chicken stock, I was hesitant to go there.

Maybe they have changed their ways since then?:confused3

Either way if you decide to go I would definitly let them know that you don't eat any meat including chicken stock and I am sure they can accomodate you. I saw the chef walking around talking to people so he may have been speaking to them about their food preferences and restrictions.

kelleigh1
08-22-2007, 12:14 PM
Cape May Cafe: I didn't make a reservation here because being from New England, I was worried that the WDW idea of a cookbook just wouldn't live up to what we can get here. Now I'm thinking maybe we should have gone with it. It sounds great.

Wolfgang Puck: This became a tradition for me when I would visit my friend who used to live in Orlando. We had to have lunch at Wolfgang's and I almost always ordered sushi. It is so good! Last time we sat at the sushi bar and loved watching them make it. (Friend lives in PA now.) Last year, hubby and I had dinner there. Our plan for our upcoming trip was to only go to places we'd never been, but I'm thinking we may have to make an exception for a sushi lunch.

my3disneygirls
08-22-2007, 06:16 PM
Great reviews. I am a meat eater, but I love fish too. I had planned on going to Kona on our next trip just for the seafood soup. I'm glad to hear it was yummy.:goodvibes

ericafny
08-22-2007, 06:41 PM
Cape May Cafe: I didn't make a reservation here because being from New England, I was worried that the WDW idea of a cookbook just wouldn't live up to what we can get here. Now I'm thinking maybe we should have gone with it. It sounds great.

Wolfgang Puck: This became a tradition for me when I would visit my friend who used to live in Orlando. We had to have lunch at Wolfgang's and I almost always ordered sushi. It is so good! Last time we sat at the sushi bar and loved watching them make it. (Friend lives in PA now.) Last year, hubby and I had dinner there. Our plan for our upcoming trip was to only go to places we'd never been, but I'm thinking we may have to make an exception for a sushi lunch.

Hmmm...You're initial hunch on not going to Cape May Cafe may still be correct. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was great! However, their clam chowder paled in comparison to when I had it in Boston a few years ago. If you do go, keep an open mind. It may be fun to see Disney's take on New England style seafood.

Yes Wolfgang is great and we may have to make it part of our yearly trek there too because the food was so delicious! I think he has other restaurants in other locations (Vegas maybe?) Why can't he make one where I live?!? :rolleyes1

ericafny
08-22-2007, 06:42 PM
Great reviews. I am a meat eater, but I love fish too. I had planned on going to Kona on our next trip just for the seafood soup. I'm glad to hear it was yummy.:goodvibes

Thanks! Yes - GO TO KONA CAFE! You will certainly fall in love with their seafood chowder :thumbsup2

kelleigh1
08-23-2007, 07:15 AM
Yes Wolfgang is great and we may have to make it part of our yearly trek there too because the food was so delicious! I think he has other restaurants in other locations (Vegas maybe?) Why can't he make one where I live?!? :rolleyes1

That's my question of Emeril's - which is another tradition on our Orlando visits - although a pretty pricey one. The man was born and raised in Massachusetts, so why doesn't he have a restaurant here?

I think Wolfgang does have a place in the New England area, but I'm not positive. I may have to look into that. Ok...he has 2 at Logan airport. And I think he opened a new place at the ICA museum which just opened recently here in Boston.

He has restaurants all over the place and by many different names. The one at Disney is Wolfgang Puck's Gourment Express...and the closest one to you is in NJ at Newark International.

ericafny
08-23-2007, 04:20 PM
That's my question of Emeril's - which is another tradition on our Orlando visits - although a pretty pricey one. The man was born and raised in Massachusetts, so why doesn't he have a restaurant here?

I think Wolfgang does have a place in the New England area, but I'm not positive. I may have to look into that. Ok...he has 2 at Logan airport. And I think he opened a new place at the ICA museum which just opened recently here in Boston.

He has restaurants all over the place and by many different names. The one at Disney is Wolfgang Puck's Gourment Express...and the closest one to you is in NJ at Newark International.


Emeril has a restaurant in New Orleans too. When I was there (pre-Katrina) I remember seeing it. I didn't know he was from Mass...I thought he was from NY. Why does it sound like he has a NY accent? The way he cooks it would seem he is from the south...:sad2:

As for me venturing to Newark to get some Wolfgang Puck...I think I'll wait for my yearly trek to WDW...:rotfl:

hmp2z
08-27-2007, 04:34 PM
Didn't realize I had to be so technical.

Not so much a matter of technicality, as a matter of misnomer. True vegetarians would shriek in horror to hear the term so loosely defined. I've known people who called themselves vegetarians yet ate seafood AND poultry! :scared1:

I figure if it's worth making the effort to label yourself, and you obviously found it to be so, judging from your thread title, then it's worth labeling yourself correctly.

Cheers!
Heather W

hmp2z
08-27-2007, 04:57 PM
Also, the rolls are fried and to me when I hear vegetable spring rolls I think steamed, so right there I was duped!

Spring rolls are always fried; summer rolls are the ones that are not fried.

See Wikipedia:
Summer rolls (gỏi cuốn, literally "mix salad rolled" in Vietnamese) are unfried wraps with pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli, and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper. Summer rolls are often confused with spring rolls, which are typically stuffed with pork/shrimp, cabbage, and bean thread vermicelli and are always fried.

Cheers!
Heather W

ericafny
08-27-2007, 06:13 PM
Not so much a matter of technicality, as a matter of misnomer. True vegetarians would shriek in horror to hear the term so loosely defined. I've known people who called themselves vegetarians yet ate seafood AND poultry! :scared1:

I figure if it's worth making the effort to label yourself, and you obviously found it to be so, judging from your thread title, then it's worth labeling yourself correctly.

Well thanks for the correction, wouldn't want to offend anyone.

Spring rolls are always fried; summer rolls are the ones that are not fried.

See Wikipedia:
Summer rolls (gỏi cuốn, literally "mix salad rolled" in Vietnamese) are unfried wraps with pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli, and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper. Summer rolls are often confused with spring rolls, which are typically stuffed with pork/shrimp, cabbage, and bean thread vermicelli and are always fried.

Well I am not sure Wikipedia is the most reliable source, since they allow anyone to alter the content of their entries.

If you enjoy reading my thread then please continue to enjoy reading it. Otherwise, please keep the rest of your comments to yourself thanks.

disneybound31
08-27-2007, 07:34 PM
If you enjoy reading my thread then please continue to enjoy reading it. Otherwise, please keep the rest of your comments to yourself thanks.[/QUOTE]


Wow.:eek:

ericafny
08-27-2007, 07:42 PM
The only reason why I wrote that is because it seems the above poster has had to challenge every single thing I have written to the point that he or she went so far as to research it on the internet....I just think that if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all.

I did not mean to sound rude or saying people shouldn't comment. I hope that is not how you took it. I am enjoying everyone else's comments, so please continue to keep the comments coming..:thumbsup2

Oh and there will be another update either tomorrow or Wed. I know I have been lacking but had a busy weekend.

CJ
08-27-2007, 10:38 PM
:goodvibes

I love READING others reviews..... I truly APPRECIATE that people take the time to post them ....... I was brought up with the golden rule........

I........ oh you get the picture, right? :goodvibes :hug: :teacher:

Dis Ohana
08-28-2007, 01:54 AM
Enjoying your reviews! I am so glad you had positive things to say about the Kona Cafe, this is one restaurant that I wasn't too sure about...I'll definitely try the soup and shrimp/scallop. Look forward to more!

ericafny
08-28-2007, 07:24 AM
:goodvibes

I love READING others reviews..... I truly APPRECIATE that people take the time to post them ....... I was brought up with the golden rule........

I........ oh you get the picture, right? :goodvibes :hug: :teacher:

I get the picture ;)

Thanks for the positive words!

ericafny
08-28-2007, 07:25 AM
Enjoying your reviews! I am so glad you had positive things to say about the Kona Cafe, this is one restaurant that I wasn't too sure about...I'll definitely try the soup and shrimp/scallop. Look forward to more!


Yes I have been dreaming about it ever since! Very yummy!

Thanks for the positive words! I will be writing another review later on today...so stay tuned:surfweb:

Laura
08-28-2007, 10:16 AM
The only reason why I wrote that is because it seems the above poster has had to challenge every single thing I have written to the point that he or she went so far as to research it on the internet....I just think that if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all.

I did not mean to sound rude or saying people shouldn't comment. I hope that is not how you took it. I am enjoying everyone else's comments, so please continue to keep the comments coming..:thumbsup2

Oh and there will be another update either tomorrow or Wed. I know I have been lacking but had a busy weekend.

Your comment to Heather did seem rude to me, whether you meant to be or not. I thought she seemed to be trying to be helpful about the spring rolls. She's also quite right to correct you that a fish-eater isn't a vegetarian. Many people have the wrong idea about what we vegetarians actually do eat. All too often I've seen people on these boards suggest fish dishes for us. :mad:

I am looking forward to more installments--it's always interesting to see how people perceive some of the same things I've eaten, and perhaps I can know what to expect at places I haven't. Pescetarians and vegetarians often do wind up eating the same meals at WDW, after all. :)

2manypets
08-28-2007, 12:19 PM
Less nitpicking, more reviews. :laughing:

Really enjoying looking at all the food pics. I'm anxiously waiting more!

tluvstink
08-28-2007, 01:11 PM
I'm not a vegetarian but I am loving your reviews:goodvibes Thanks for taking the time to write them.

Terri

swankybeth
08-28-2007, 03:50 PM
Enjoying the reviews so far, thanks for posting. :donald:

ericafny
08-28-2007, 06:14 PM
Thanks for all the positive feedback!

Now on with the reviews...

DAY FOUR

Today we wanted to do some shopping at DTD, so we decided where else would we eat lunch but Earl of Sandwich! Now I went here two years ago and I absolutely loved this place. I thought the sandwiches were fresh and the potato salad was very yummy! I was hoping that we would have this experience again.

When we got there it was really crowded (about 12:30-ish). I also noticed there were lots of 'suits' there and I figured they may have come from the Hilton or one of the other DTD Hotels since its just a short walk away. We got on line (which moved quickly), and were trying to figure out what exactly you were allowed to get as a 'dessert' with the dining plan. I wasn't really in the mood for something sweet so I was hoping that I could get chips. Well, when you get up to the register there is a sign and it reads: 'Disney Dining Plan Guests may choose from any of our sandwiches, a cookie, brownie, or muffin for dessert, and a fountain drink'.

Now, I found this place to be the LEAST accomodating restaurant (both counter and table service) to the dining plan. I am thinking because it is not Disney owned (it isn't, right?). If it is, then I am wondering why they are so strict there. I mean obviously, I can see people trying to take advantage ordering their homemade ice cream sandwiches or a side like potato salad. But for them to not offer chips as a dessert was kind of strict to me. Anyways, I ended up ordering a tuna melt, choc chip cookie (seeing a pattern here?), and an iced tea. I am bringing up the iced tea because I remember it being particularly good here. Or maybe I was just thirsty, but I really enjoyed it!

OK, so the tuna melt. It was rather good, the bread was grilled nicely and the cheese was very melty (I think it was swiss), however they put some kind of spice in the tuna that I did not care for at all. I couldn't put my finger on it, so I don't know for sure what it was, but I didn't really like it. However, minus that spice, this was a pretty good sandwich. I would suggest paying extra for soup or potato salad as the sandwiches didn't seem to fill us up that much. We were having an early dinner, so for us it was fine, but if you are hungry I don't think it will cut it. The cookie, of course was delicious!!

So, about that early dinner...We were booked at Hollywood & Vine for a 4:40 ressie with the FDP. We did FDP last year at Mama Melrose (which I disliked intensly), and I figured a buffet would suit both of our tastes. Plus I had read the menus on the DIS and other sites and it seemed they put some different and unique dishes out on the buffet so I figured, hey lets give it a try!

Before I get on with the review I want to state that I don't like Disney's policy with the FDP about people having to eat early. It makes me a little upset. I understand that Fantasmic starts at 9, and people need to get a good seat (even in the 'special section'--which I will comment on later), but I don't really enjoy eating my dinner so early, so I don't know why I can't just take the chance and eat a little later (5:40 would have been acceptable to me!)

OK, so we got the Hollywood & Vine at 4:38. It was brutally hot that day. There were LOTS of people waiting outside and I thought for sure we were going to be waiting a while. A word of caution - there is no indoor waiting area for this restaurant. Sci-Fi Dine-In has an indoor waiting area, but H&V and 50's Primetime (which are connected) do not seem to have one (although I didn't look inside 50's so I am not 100% sure, but I know H&V didn't have one).

We were actually seated rather quickly and by 5:00 we were ready to attack the buffet. Our waitress was nice, however she was a bit slow. She took our drink order, and didn't come back for a while before she brought our drinks. We also witnessed about 6 empty tables not being sat with still LOTS of people waiting outside...not sure what was going on there that night.

Onto the food...I got some baked salmon, tomato-basil polenta, mashed potatos, a yummy garlic pasta dish, and some ceasar salad. I wasn't impressed with the salad or the polenta, however the salmon and pasta was really good. I think the buffet chages from time to time so I am not sure if these exact dishes will be offered at all times. The ceasar salad was your run of the mill ceasar that they serve all over the parks, nothing that special there. The salmon was spiced with garlic and herbs and it was very tasty. The past was pretty simple with garlic and oil and some herbs, but again very tasty. The tomato-basil polenta didn't excite me. I thought they skimped on the spices here, it didn't have much taste.

For dessert I wasn't too impressed. They had mini cheesecakes, rice krispy treats, and self serve ice cream. It was good, just not much in the way of choice.

This meal was pretty good, but I don't think we will go back. I think that if I am going to go to a buffet, Cape May Clam Bake wins hands down over this one. I am more into the New England style seafood than the home cooking type food offered at this place. It does seem though that for a family with a broad range of tastes, this would be a good choice. The kids section seemed to offer the run of the mill kids foods, mac & cheese, chicken fingers, pizza. While the adults can enjoy some different food offerings.

I know this is a dining review but I have to comment on the FDP and the seating at Fantasmic for it. Like I said before, we did FDP last year too. And while it is extremely convenient in that you don't have to line up 2 hours in advance for a good seat, it really isn't worth it that much because the section they have for the FDP is off to the side. I think that they should at least have a center section reserved for the FDP crowd. OK, I will get off my soap box now...:rolleyes1

Sorry there were no pics today, in fact I am not sure if there are anymore food pics. I'll try to throw in some pics of other things (i.e., castle) just to get some visuals. I have to be more conscious of taking pics of my food next time before I go and devour it!

Stay tuned for day five and once again lunch at POFQ food court and dinner at Rose and Crown :)

my3disneygirls
08-29-2007, 07:26 PM
Thanks for thr FDP info. For some reason, I have NEVER seen Fantasmic and was thinking about doing the package. I still don't know if I will go to the show. My six year old hates loud stuff. I did warn her about it and promised to pack ear plugs, for all of the fireworks. She loves wishes and illuminations, but she always covers her ears.

ericafny
08-29-2007, 07:50 PM
Thanks for thr FDP info. For some reason, I have NEVER seen Fantasmic and was thinking about doing the package. I still don't know if I will go to the show. My six year old hates loud stuff. I did warn her about it and promised to pack ear plugs, for all of the fireworks. She loves wishes and illuminations, but she always covers her ears.

If your 6 year old doesn't like loud shows I definitly wouldn't take her to Fantasmic. Also, it can be scary to some younger ones as well. We were sitting behind a very nice couple with two little girls around ages 5 and 8 (give or take 1 or 2 years). They were both really scared during the show and afterwards the mom turned to me and said 'this is why we don't usually take them to see this show'.

Yeah the FDP isn't really worth it to begin with. Unless they change the section that is reserved for the people who book it, I can't see us doing it again.

my3disneygirls
08-30-2007, 09:28 AM
If your 6 year old doesn't like loud shows I definitly wouldn't take her to Fantasmic. Also, it can be scary to some younger ones as well. We were sitting behind a very nice couple with two little girls around ages 5 and 8 (give or take 1 or 2 years). They were both really scared during the show and afterwards the mom turned to me and said 'this is why we don't usually take them to see this show'.

Yeah the FDP isn't really worth it to begin with. Unless they change the section that is reserved for the people who book it, I can't see us doing it again.

I watched part of the show on UTube and that's what I was thinking. It seems a bit intense. Thanks.

SGMCO
08-30-2007, 09:54 AM
Thanks so much for posting all this information.
I too am a pescatarian and feel like I am the only one in the World.
I'm so glad I'm not.

This thread has made me start to cry because
I don't feel like I really fit in to normal Society because
I don't eat beef, chicken or pork and can only eat seafood
because of Health problems.

I have a autoimmune Arthritis which is triggerd by food allergys
and I seem to allergic to beef, chicken or pork, which caused
swollen joints and pain. Since I have changed my diet I have
gotten off all of my medication and rarely get flare ups.
This condition is really hard to try to explain to everyone why
I don't want to eat meat but can still eat seafood.
I feel better now knowing there are others who eat
the way I do.:flower3:

ericafny
08-30-2007, 10:19 AM
Thanks so much for posting all this information.
I too am a pescatarian and feel like I am the only one in the World.
I'm so glad I'm not.

This thread has made me start to cry because
I don't feel like I really fit in to normal Society because
I don't eat beef, chicken or pork and can only eat seafood
because of Health problems.

I have a autoimmune Arthritis which is triggerd by food allergys
and I seem to allergic to beef, chicken or pork, which caused
swollen joints and pain. Since I have changed my diet I have
gotten off all of my medication and rarely get flare ups.
This condition is really hard to try to explain to everyone why
I don't want to eat meat but can still eat seafood.
I feel better now knowing there are others who eat
the way I do.:flower3:

Please don't cry! I know how you feel, trust me. I don't eat meat because I have IBS and meat (including chicken) brings on IBS attacks. Therefore, I only eat seafood. Some people think that I don't eat meat for animal rights and tell me 'fish are animals too'. I then have to politely explain that I have certain health restrictions that do not allow me to eat meat. It can get frustrating but the pain I save myself from not eating meat is worth it!