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mcdee1980
09-08-2007, 03:34 AM
Okay, so I'm actually starting this dinning report before we leave, on MONDAY!, so that I can fill you in a little on who we are:

Me: 27 yr old female New Orleans Bartender and dedicated foodie. I'll eat anything. I love food. I really love really good food. I'm also very, very picky about service, I work at a 4 1/2 star hotel. I have spent hours and hours planning the food for this trip. Brandon is just along for Mr Toad's Wild Ride. He told me, "You are the Disney Geek, you plan it." So I did and boy did I. We are also alcohol snobs, go figure, we live in New Orleans. I am currently 1/2 way through a bottle of Mondavi Cab that I got on sale at Wal-Mart for 9 something. Hey I'm on a budget--we're leaving for the World on Monday! Its actually not bad . . .lol

Brandon: 22 yr old gay male lead line cook at a 4 1/2 star hotel and dedicated foodie. He REALLY loves food. He's a huge amusement park fan, and has been to many, poor Navy brat. B hasn't been to WDW since he was about 3 and doesn't remember any of it, so I get to introduce him.

We both love food and like to drink, so we'll be sure to report on food, service, and booze quality. We love vodka, red wine, and champagne! As to our food preferences: I'm allergic to nuts and don't really like scallops. Brandon avoids calamari and lobster ( I don't know what is wrong with him.) Other than that we eat just about everything and are big on sharing. Oh come on I figured out the other day that we spend about 22 hours a day breathing the same air and we manage not to fight. We live together, work together, and hang out together . . . except tonight . . . he seems to have met a boy. Good for him! I know this is a family friendly board, but its a gay friendly board right?

Anyway, we, probably collectively, will be reviewing:
TS:
Spoodles
California Grill
Cape May Breakfast
Coral Reef
Rose and Crown
CRT Breakfast

My CS meals aren't set in stone but I'm thinking:
Sunshine Seasons
Flame Tree
ABC Commisary or Backlot Express
Columbia Harbor House or Pecos Bills
Earl of Sandwich

We also may be having dinner at the JW Grand Lakes our first night. I planned the trip, which you will eventually be able to read in my TR, so that we are flying in on the 10th and staying at the POP and then moving to the CBR to start our package. We both work for Marriott and B has lots of friends that work in Orlando, so we're hoping to hang out with them on our first night.

Our next two days will be spent cleaning house and doing laundry, so you probably won't hear from me again until after we get back, but now at least you know what the plan is . . . we tend to deviate from plans . . .

mcdee1980
09-08-2007, 03:37 AM
BTW we are on the DDP, I have already paid OOP for CRT and we will be paying for CG OOP. I figured out that it works out better to pay for that meal, with the changes in the menu, and use the TS credits for one breakfast and a dinner. We like to share and probably wouldn't use the DDP to our advantage at CG. I'm just there for the fireworks! Don't tell me I can't stretch a 7pm reservation until 9pm fireworks . . . we drink!

SereneOne
09-08-2007, 04:41 AM
Welcome to the board! I look forward to your reviews. As a teen I used to live on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and we would sneak up to New Orleans.:rolleyes1 Too sightsee, ya, that is the ticket!:rolleyes:


Hope you both have a fantastic time!:cheer2:

coltink
09-08-2007, 09:26 AM
Can't wait to hear more. Looking forward to the next installment!

disneyfav4ever
09-08-2007, 11:37 AM
What a good idea starting your reviews before you go. I think I may do the same thing! I have less then three weeks now! :goodvibes

MA pigletfan
09-08-2007, 01:38 PM
how fun! i will be sure to tune in!!

wdw1972
09-08-2007, 02:46 PM
Looking forward to the reviews - should be fun!

my3disneygirls
09-08-2007, 05:21 PM
Have a great trip! You are going to have so much fun showing your friend the sites in Disney. I bet once your done with him, he will be hooked.;)

DznyDreamz
09-08-2007, 09:52 PM
Brandon is just along for Mr Toad's Wild Ride. Not to rain on your party, but you may want to let him know that Mr. Toad's is no longer an attraction at MK. It was replaced with a Pooh ride (I believe).

disneyfav4ever
09-09-2007, 08:55 AM
Not to rain on your party, but you may want to let him know that Mr. Toad's is no longer an attraction at MK. It was replaced with a Pooh ride (I believe).That's correct. It was replaced with the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. That was in 1999 or 2000 I believe.

TigerKat
09-09-2007, 11:09 AM
Can't wait Heather - Have fun!!!!!

Minniespal
09-09-2007, 11:18 AM
Looking forward to reading more.

mcdee1980
09-17-2007, 10:44 AM
Hey all! We're back and I'm ready for my first review. I'll be quite honest. I didn't remember to take pictures at most of my meals . . . we we're too hungary all the time. We did a lot of walking . . . I'm not talking average Disney walking . . . the Heather fastpass plan requires criscrossing the parks all day . . . I'm talking 7-10 miles a day, maybe more.

Oh on a side note, I know Mr. Toad is gone, I'm boycotting Pooh, Toad was my favorite ride as a child, but children don't read Wind in the Willows anymore apparently and Pooh is Profitable.

As I said earlier . . . we tend to deviate and deviate we did . . . so I'll be reviewing:
TS:
Shutters, it was too much trouble to leave the pool bar to go to Spoodles
California Grill
Cape May Breakfast
Coral Reef
Rose and Crown
Cindy's Royal Table Breakfast
AND
CS:
Earl of Sandwich
Cantina San Angel
Flame Tree BBQ
Cosmic Rays
Pecos Bills
Casey's

Just as a note . . . there are a lot of big greasy lunches . . . this was a last hurah for two mildly overweight twenty somethings who are now both on diets. I'M HUNGARY!

MA pigletfan
09-17-2007, 10:58 AM
welcome back..bring on those reviews !! :)

my3disneygirls
09-17-2007, 11:01 AM
Can't wait. I hope you guys had a great trip. Did Bradon catch the Disney bug?

mcdee1980
09-17-2007, 11:06 AM
Well . . . plans change and such . . .

Brandon called his friends at Grand Lakes a couple of times, but didn't hear back from them so we headed over to Downtown Disney for dinner. Our package didn't start until the next day, so no reservations and we paid for this one OOP.

We shared just about everything through this entire trip . . . we do that at home as well. So I ordered Beef 'n Bleu (roast beef, bleu cheese, lettuce and tomato) and a Mich Ultra and Brandon had the Original 1762 (roast beef, cheddar and creamy horseradish sauce) and a Sam Adams.

We split the sandwiches in half. Mine was good, but I think B's was better. The bleu cheese had melted slightly into mine and the lettuce and tomato were fresh--I just really liked the horseradish sauce on his--went well with the cheddar cheese. The bread is absolutely fantastic. The sides however needed some help. We picked up both a potato salad and a coleslaw to share. We added salt and pepper to both . . . and mustard . . .and the potato salad became passable, but the coleslaw is just too sweet. We should have grabbed bags of Ms. Vicki's Salt and Vinegar potato chips instead--would have been better.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k56/mcdee1980/P1000007.jpg

All in all we would absolutely do this again--the sandwiches are really good and really afordable. I'm not going to be able to do this for everymeal, but using various web sites I should be able to put together a price breakdown.

Beef n Bleu: 5.75
The Original 5.75
Coleslaw: 1.55
Potato Salad 1.55
Mich Ultra 3.75
Sam Adams 4.25
Total: 22.60 + tax= YUM!

mcdee1980
09-17-2007, 11:09 AM
Can't wait. I hope you guys had a great trip. Did Bradon catch the Disney bug?

Oh yes--literally and figuratively! He decided that next year we are staying for 10 days at the AKL . . . before we ever left the World! He's currently tucked in bed with the Disney flu . . . get rained on plus bus air conditioning plus little kiddies = Disney flu. Me . . . I got a Disney sinus infection--I'm medicating!

AshClan
09-17-2007, 11:43 AM
As a fellow foodie who's headed down to the World in less than two weeks, I'm looking forward to your reviews!!

Hope you both feel better soon...........

my3disneygirls
09-17-2007, 02:05 PM
Oh yes--literally and figuratively! He decided that next year we are staying for 10 days at the AKL . . . before we ever left the World! He's currently tucked in bed with the Disney flu . . . get rained on plus bus air conditioning plus little kiddies = Disney flu. Me . . . I got a Disney sinus infection--I'm medicating!

AKL sounds so cool. I would love to stay there sometime. I get sick after every Disney vacation. I think by the time I hit the return flight I'm so run down from the planning, buying stuff, packing and going all the time in the world I am so run down. I'm usually sick for two weeks afterward.

medicgirl911
09-17-2007, 04:24 PM
Enjoying your review!!! I love the Original from Earl of Sanwich as well...yummmmmmy!!!!!!!!

DLo
09-18-2007, 04:57 PM
Great start!! looking forward to the rest. Hope Brandon feels better soon.

suzimar57
09-18-2007, 07:49 PM
great photo - looking forward to the rest of your reviews!

mcdee1980
09-19-2007, 10:45 AM
Just thought I'd let you know that I haven't given up . . . I just had to work a 13 hour shift yesterday--on the wrong side of feeling well and have to go back in a couple hours. I'll try and work on this tomorrow!

SereneOne
09-19-2007, 10:52 AM
Hey, don't stress yourself out about this trip report, it is suppose to be fun! Take care of yourself and when you are able update it.:goodvibes

Other than Disney, we aren't going anywhere.:laughing:

m11dolphin
09-19-2007, 01:36 PM
GREAT START, I'M ON FOR THE RIDE:car:

Magic2000
09-19-2007, 01:53 PM
Hey Heather! We're from the New Orleans area too (used to live on the Westbank but we moved to the Northshore!)!!! We too are foodies and we enjoy eating (a little too much!)!!!

Looking forward to reading the rest of your report.....especially California Grill - we're trying that for the first time in November!!! Glad you had a great trip! Hope yall feel better soon!

Jill in Chicago
09-19-2007, 02:27 PM
Can't wait to hear more!

zipuzee
09-19-2007, 02:47 PM
I'm also waiting to see what you have to say about Cali Grill - we have ressies there for our October trip!

Hey Heather! We're from the New Orleans area too (used to live on the Westbank but we moved to the Northshore!)!!! We too are foodies and we enjoy eating (a little too much!)!!!

Looking forward to reading the rest of your report.....especially California Grill - we're trying that for the first time in November!!! Glad you had a great trip! Hope yall feel better soon!

:wave2: from the Northshore! Also originally from New Orleans! If you get a chance come say hi to some others in our area!
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1140229

shovan
09-21-2007, 04:57 PM
Hi Heather, Jumping on board & waiting for more! Hope you're not feeling too bad or working too hard! :goodvibes

disneyjunebug
09-23-2007, 02:27 PM
Great start! Looking forward to more!

wilma-bride
09-23-2007, 03:26 PM
What better way to start a food review than with Earl of Sandwich :thumbsup2 Looking forward to more - hope you're feeling better soon :goodvibes

DinDin233
09-23-2007, 10:51 PM
:thumbsup2 Can't wait to read more!!