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TinkerBelle_325
03-03-2010, 12:16 AM
We seldom report of having eaten too little...

Now there is an interesting thought (provided by Thomas Jefferson) and one that is very appropriate in this thread How often have you read a dining review where someone opens with "Oh my god we were simply STARVING our whole week at Walt Disney World!"? That being said...

Welcome to the March Edition of ~We seldom report of having eaten too little~!!

It will be followed with editions for each of my upcoming trips:

September/October 2010
December 2010/January 2011

For the previous edition of ~We seldom report of having eaten too little~ please click here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2073692).

LIVE BLOG

For those interested, I was inspired by lurkyloo's live blog from her iPhone! Given that I have an iPhone and I adore doing live reports......

I give you:

Tinkerbelle_325 does WDW live! (http://tinkerbelle325doeswdwlive.blogspot.com)

I have used this blog for my last few trips, but sparingly as international 3G roaming is pricey!! Luckily, I've found a really affordable US Travel Pack from my cell phone service provider so you can expect lots of updates! I will plan post several updates live from the parks each day. I adore Lou Mongello's "Where in the World?" game too. Some posts will be food, some will be crowds and others will be "where in the world?". I will still update this DIS dining review each night too :thumbsup2

TABLE OF CONTENTS
ADRs & Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35674511&postcount=7)
Vintage Food Pics (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35690929&postcount=14)

CAST OF CHARACTERS

I'm Tink, I'm 24 and I have done a few Dining Reports in the past, most notably this past August & October. I also seem to be somewhat famous for *this* picture

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8d633b3127ccec48c71f6477000000040O00Abs3LZk3aOG IPbz4M/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

At which most people go ::yes:: and then :scared1: when they discover this is NOT Yoshi's Deluxe Platter but our insane first experience with California Grill Sushi that set us back $100 LOL. It was soooo worth it but we've never ordered that much since. Typically we stick to 2 or 3 rolls now.

My DIS-inspirations are MickeyNicki & oybolshoi. :goodvibes Their reports are fun, filled with pictures and great commentary :wave2:

TRIP BACKGROUND
March 23rd - 31st at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. This trip is in celebration of my 25th birthday on March 25th! :goodvibes

CAST

:tinker: Tink (Me): I'm 24 (will turn 25 during the trip) It will be my 36th trip to WDW and my 2nd time at WDW for my birthday, the last time being my 21st.
Favorite Park: Epcot
Favorite Rides:
MK = Haunted Mansion & Splash Mountain
EP = Soarin
DHS = Tower of Terror & Toy Story Mania
AK = Expedition Everest & Kilimanjaro Safaris
Favorite Restaurants:
TS = California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe & Tokyo Dining
CS = Flame Tree BBQ & Wolfgang Puck Express
Favorite Snack: Make Your Own from Goofy's & Dole Whip

::MinnieMo DMom: Age withheld at penalty of death :lmao: It will be her 37th trip to WDW. She is punctual and easy going at the same time (She had to learn to be with my DDad and I who are both well....stubborn and perpetually late)
Favorite Park: Epcot
Favorite Rides: Soarin & Impressions de France
Favorite Restaurants: California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe, Tokyo Dining
Favorite Snack: Popcorn

:eeyore: DDad: Age withheld as well. It will be his 37th trip to WDW. He is as much a Disney freak as me but hides it better. His favorite part of the trip is the food and spending time at World Showcase. As mentioned above...He is stubborn and perpetually late (like me).
Favorite Park: Epcot
Favorite Rides: Pirates of the Caribbean, Soarin
Favorite Restaurants: California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe, Tokyo Dining
Favorite Snack: Dole Whip

COMING UP NEXT: ADR Plans

PISCESANGEL
03-03-2010, 12:37 AM
Following you over! I don't want to miss anything!! :goodvibes

TinkerBelle_325
03-03-2010, 12:44 AM
Following you over! I don't want to miss anything!! :goodvibes

Yay! Thanks for joining in again :goodvibes

apurplebrat
03-03-2010, 07:48 AM
Can't wait for the reviews!popcorn::

tink1957
03-03-2010, 08:56 AM
:cool1:Sounds yummy, as usual. I can't wait to read about V & A's.popcorn::

TinkerBelle_325
03-03-2010, 09:46 AM
Can't wait for the reviews!popcorn::

And I can't wait to write them!

:cool1:Sounds yummy, as usual. I can't wait to read about V & A's.popcorn::


I'm so excited about my 2nd visit to V&A's! I'll be interested to see what new courses there are and if I will be able to decide between the pork, or the kobe upgrade...decisions decisions ;)

TinkerBelle_325
03-03-2010, 10:36 AM
ADRs

As usual, my ADR and dining plans have changed many times, but I believe this is the final version :thumbsup2

MARCH 23rd
BREAKFAST - Toronto International Airport
LUNCH - Five Guys Burgers & Fries @ DCA Airport
DINNER - Rose & Crown Dining Room

MARCH 24th
BREAKFAST - Kusafari Cafe
LUNCH - Flame Tree BBQ
DINNER - Chefs de France

MARCH 25th
BREAKFAST - Kona Island Coffee
LUNCH - Columbia Harbor House
DINNER - Victoria & Albert's

MARCH 26th
BREAKFAST - Starring Rolls
LUNCH - Red Lobster
DINNER - Ohana

MARCH 27th
BREAKFAST - Sunshine Seasons
LUNCH - Le Cellier
DINNER - Artist Point

MARCH 28th
BREAKFAST - Wolfgang Puck Express
LUNCH - Garden View Tea (DMom & Meg)/ ESPN Club (DDad)
DINNER - California Grill

MARCH 29th
BREAKFAST - Main Street Bakery
LUNCH - Liberty Tree Tavern
DINNER - Flying Fish

MARCH 30th
BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
LUNCH - Chefs de France
DINNER - Tokyo Dining

MARCH 31st
BREAKFAST - Orlando International Airport

MickeyNicki
03-03-2010, 10:42 AM
Count me in, I LOVE your reports and reviews!

TinkerBelle_325
03-03-2010, 10:51 AM
Count me in, I LOVE your reports and reviews!

Hey Nicki!! :wave2:

Thanks for joining in again :goodvibes You know I love your reviews too! Hey! My DDad is starting to become like Todd, he wants me to change ADRs at the last minute! :scared1: Doesn't he realize that we are going between March Break & Easter....um hi! BUSY season! :rotfl:

daisy hughes
03-03-2010, 11:34 AM
Oh YaY! This looks like so much fun...can't wait to live and eat vicariously thru ya!!:)

MickeyNicki
03-03-2010, 12:53 PM
Hey Nicki!! :wave2:

Thanks for joining in again :goodvibes You know I love your reviews too! Hey! My DDad is starting to become like Todd, he wants me to change ADRs at the last minute! :scared1: Doesn't he realize that we are going between March Break & Easter....um hi! BUSY season! :rotfl:

I will send you the Todd Magic Change Your Reservation and Get In With No Reservation Pixie Dust ASAP! pixiedust:

TigerKat
03-03-2010, 01:04 PM
I will send you the Todd Magic Change Your Reservation and Get In With No Reservation Pixie Dust ASAP! pixiedust:

:rotfl2:

TinkerBelle_325
03-03-2010, 01:09 PM
I will send you the Todd Magic Change Your Reservation and Get In With No Reservation Pixie Dust ASAP! pixiedust:

:rotfl2:

Ok, I literally started laughing out loud at my desk when I read that! :lmao::rotfl: My coworkers now think I'm insane :rolleyes1

TinkerBelle_325
03-04-2010, 11:24 AM
Favorite Food Pics: Vintage Food

While I'm waiting for my trip to begin (18 days!!) I thought I'd post some of my favorite food pics :) I started taking food pictures way back in 2005

So....

VINTAGE FOOD PORN

Artist Point May 2005
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Cedar Plank Salmon with Celery Root Puree

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Happiest Celebration on Earth Chocolate Torte with Blood Orange Sauce

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Amuse Bouche - Seared Scallop on Mashed Potatoes topped with Crispy Shallots

Rose & Crown May 2005
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Sadly Missed - Guinness Stew!

Chefs de France May 2005
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Smoked Salmon Crepe Appetizer

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Happiest Celebration on Earth Macaroon with Orange Sorbet and Caramel Sauce

Alfredo's May 2005 (I *so* miss this restaurant, but I haven't tried Tutto yet)
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Caesar Salad

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Crusty Bread with Olive Oil & Parmesan Cheese

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Heirloom Tomatoes & Buffalo Mozzarella

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Trio of Pasta - From Top: Fettuccine Alfredo, Gnocchi Bolognese & Penne with Marinara (this was SO good!)

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Osso Bucco

yakkin' yeti
03-05-2010, 08:17 AM
Hi! You can count me in -- we're going to be at CSR at the same time. I love reading about all the places it would be insane to take my 8-year-old boy. (He's a great kid, but 2+ hour meals are just not in the cards.)

Happy birthday, and have a wonderful trip!

PrincessPaczki
03-05-2010, 11:09 AM
Hi!:goodvibes I can't wait for your trip to start. Your ADRs look delicious and there are a few that we are considering so I will be interested in your thoughts on them.:)

lildamo
03-09-2010, 09:50 PM
Hello from Toronto aswell! Can't wait to read your reviews - I've enjoyed your past ones! You must be so excited to leave so soon!

TinkerBelle_325
03-11-2010, 09:40 AM
Hi! You can count me in -- we're going to be at CSR at the same time. I love reading about all the places it would be insane to take my 8-year-old boy. (He's a great kid, but 2+ hour meals are just not in the cards.)

Happy birthday, and have a wonderful trip!

Aww thank you :) I'm so lucky to be spending my bday at WDW.

Hi! That's so cool that you'll be at CSR at the same time :goodvibes Aww well in a few years hopefully you'll be able to try some of the signatures, trust me they are so worth it! You might consider California Grill, the view and the fireworks are great ways to keep any child entertained.

Hi!:goodvibes I can't wait for your trip to start. Your ADRs look delicious and there are a few that we are considering so I will be interested in your thoughts on them.:)

Which ones are you considering? I've eaten at a good number of these restaurants already so I'd be happy to answer any questions!

Hello from Toronto aswell! Can't wait to read your reviews - I've enjoyed your past ones! You must be so excited to leave so soon!

Hi fellow Torontonian! Thanks for joining in on my reviews again :thumbsup2 I'm getting soi excited I can barely stand it! 12 days!

TinkerBelle_325
03-11-2010, 09:51 AM
Is it time to go yet???

12 Days!!!

I am getting so excited for this trip that its getting hard to focus on work, though it seems like that will change today as my boss mentioned a major assignment that needs to be done before I leave for vacation :scared1:

I've been listening to live365 non-stop for days, printing out all the info for my Disney binder, shopping for some clothes, getting the luggage out from the basement and even going to the airport...twice....yup that's right! I'm sure some on you are going....:confused:

My family and I have NEXUS passes. NEXUS is a border crossing program that allows pre-screening. Basically, when it comes time for us to cross the border either by car or by air we don't have to wait in line. We simply scan our NEXUS passes and walk on through.

So this year I had to renew my passport and then take it to the NEXUS office to give them the updated info. On our first visit to try and update the info the NEXUS office was closed. On our 2nd visit we had it updated.

I cannot tell you how weird it feels to be in an airport and not be going anywhere! It's like torture :rotfl:

We have also made a slight change to our ADRs, and for once it was me that made the changes, not DDad :lmao: Our first night we are going to have dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse instead of the Rose & Crown. That brings the total number of signature restaurants on this trip to 4, not including Victoria & Albert's, which is in a league of its own!

mkleinbe
03-13-2010, 10:42 PM
Jumping over to the new thread. How exciting to spend your birthday with Mickey! :banana:

TinkerBelle_325
03-19-2010, 01:51 PM
Jumping over to the new thread. How exciting to spend your birthday with Mickey! :banana:

Thanks for joining in :goodvibes

TinkerBelle_325
03-22-2010, 10:00 AM
LEAVING TOMORROW!!

:woohoo::woohoo::cheer2::cheer2::yay::yay:

I can't believe how quickly the past week has flown by! I suppose working crazy overtime will do that ;)

I'm all packed and ready to go and I plan on spending my day listening to live365 and tying up all the loose ends at work before I leave :goodvibes

Just wanted to let you guys know that this review will be LIVE as of tomorrow night and that I will also be posting live reports of the following:

Twitter

Follow me, Tinkerbelle_325, on twitter! I've set up an account exclusively for the purpose of tweeting from the parks about crowds, wait times, weather, food and "where in the world am i?" I also have this really awesome application called "TweetMic" that will let me post live audio clips from the parks :goodvibes

YouTube

Once again, Tinkerbelle_325, I'll be posting videoclips of shows, attractions, and general park and resort atmosphere.

Live Blog

My live blog, Tinkerbelle_325 does WDW Live! (http://tinkerbelle325doeswdwlive.blogspot.com/), is updated several times daily from my iPhone!

And of course, my review!

dizneeat
03-22-2010, 03:48 PM
Just made it in time over here! I wanna be along for the "ride" (reviews!) :goodvibes

Have a wonderful time at CSR :thumbsup2 , we were just there 4 weeks ago and LOVED it!! :cloud9:

Can't wait for your reviews to start! popcorn::

Pooh's-Honey-Pot
03-22-2010, 05:00 PM
Oh signing on - you have some great ADR's planned!

OurDogCisco
03-22-2010, 07:39 PM
Live... I love live reports....

kstinw19
03-22-2010, 10:41 PM
That sushi plate reminded me of dh and I's 10th anniversary trip to Miami. We went to Nobu, which is mucho expensive and supposedly the best sushi on the planet.

Well...I didn't have a clue as to what I am doing and ordered 36 pieces of sushi :scared1: When the pyramid of sushi came, I was mortified! AND we ordered meals on top of that.

We ended up eating 12 pieces each and throwing away the remaining 12 pieces. And the meal ended up costing us $400!! :laughing: Definitely learned my lesson.

Can't wait to read all of your reviews and see your pics :thumbsup2

martinolichfamily
03-22-2010, 11:19 PM
I'm in!

TinkerBelle_325
03-23-2010, 11:16 PM
We've arrived!!

We are here and having a fantastic time :goodvibes We are in a Jr Suite in Casitas 3 at Coronado Springs and I've already received a few lovely birthday surprises.

My Mom & Dad arranged for Disney Floral to send 1 dozen pink *pixie dusted* roses to the room! And there is even a hidden mickey :) There is also an amazing Happy Birthday banner on the wall.

I'll post more details and photos on my trip report: Celebrating my "champagne birthday" in Style! Turning 25 at WDW (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2426995)

Unfortunately, I was a bit out of it at dinner tonight and don't have many pictures.

We wanted comfort food, so we went to Romano's Macaroni Grill. We started with foccacia bread and olives, as well as mozzarella fritti.

Then we each had salads and pasta. DMom had angel hair pomodoro, DDad had penne rustica and I had fettuccine alfredo with shrimp! Everything was deicious, it hit the spit after a long travel day!

Up tomorrow:

Flame Tree BBQ & Chefs de France!

pennyplanner
03-24-2010, 07:38 AM
Looking forward to your reviews!

Thanks for sharing your birthday trip with all of us!!! :goodvibes

--pennyplanner

ShelleyLynn
03-24-2010, 08:48 AM
this sounds fun! I am joining in!

vinotinto
03-24-2010, 08:55 AM
Oh yeah! Will be looking for your updates popcorn::

I'm particularly interested in your reviews of Tokyo Dining. I'm currently debating whether to book lunch there or at Tutto. I think everyone in my family, including my kids (ages 2 and 5) prefer sushi to Italian. I literally have to fight my kids for sushi. How's the sushi at Tokyo Dining?

Also, do you (or anyone else) know what is included in the DxDP at lunch there?

TinkerBelle_325
03-25-2010, 10:19 PM
Hi Everyone!

So sorry for the lack of updates, but it has been a very busy couple of days! I have a few updates to catch up on, but for now I give you:

Victoria & Albert's!

I wasn't sure it was possible, but this meal was even better than our 1st experience! I am far too tired to list every course and menu item, but I will post a few pictures!

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0dd04b3127ccef9e67cf1e05d00000030O00Abs3LZk3aOG IPbz4M/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

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Top Left: Demitasse Cup with Smoked Salmon, Tomato Salad and Celery Root Puree
Top Right: Organic Hen's Egg Smoked Salmon Custard
Bottom Right: Potato Blini, Creme Fraiche, Egg Yolk, Cornichon & Caviar
Bottom Left: Smoked Salmon Panna Cottta

We also had the pleasure of meeting Chef Hunnel! He was so sweet and a pleasure to talk to :)

PrincessBetsy
03-26-2010, 02:57 PM
I'm joining in! I'm looking forward to all the reviews and can't wait to hear more about V&A!! :goodvibes

TinkerBelle_325
03-26-2010, 03:04 PM
V&A Menu from March 25th 2010

Amuse-Bouche
Taittinger Prestige Cuvee NV

- Demitasse cup with smoked salmon, tomato salad and celery root puree
- Organic hen's egg smoked salmon custard
- Potato blini with creme fraiche, egg yolk, cornichon and caviar
- Smoked salmon panna cotta with salmon roe

1st Course
- Maine Lobster with Watermelon Radish, Kohlrabi, and Vanilla Aioli
Baileyana Chardonnay "Firepeak Vineyard" Edna Valley 2006
- Colorado Buffalo with Fennel, Honeybell Oranges and Lavosh
Lasseter Syrah Rose, Sonoma 2008
- Galilee Osetra Caviar with Traditional Garnishes $90 1/2 oz $180 1 oz
- DeSietra Osetra Caviar with Traditional Garnishes $60 1/2 oz $120 1 oz
Ciroc Vodka

2nd Course
- Diver Scallop with Florida Corn and Chorizo Sauce
Michel Redde Sancerre "Les Tuilieres" Loire 2007
- Popcorn-crusted Shrimp with Florida Corn and Chorizo Sauce (for DDad who can't eat scallops)
Michel Redde Sancerre "Les Tuilieres" Loire 2007
- Sake-Soy-marinated King Salmon with Bok Choy and Soy Beans
Kanbara "Bride of the Fox" Gohyakumangoku Junmai Ginjo, Nigata
- Wild Turbot with Toasted Capers and Meyer Lemon $30
Bisson Bianchetta, Golfo del Tigullio (DOC) Genova 2007
- Timbale of Ratatouille (made available by Chef Hunnel as requested by DDad)
Cesari Mara Ripasso Valpolicella, Veneto 2006

3rd Course
- Lobster Bisque with Vol au Vent and Vanilla Foam
Chimay Ale Peres Trappistes, Belgium
- Poulet Rouge with Mushroom-Truffle Ragout, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and English Peas
Cesari Mara Ripasso Valpolicella, Veneto 2006
- Duck Breast, Duck Sausage and Confit with Salsify and Pomegranate Sauce
Acacia "Winery Lake Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Carneros 2006

4th Course
- Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin and Belly with Baby Beets and Sherry-Bacon Vinaigrette
Trinitas "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Contra Costa County 2005
- Niman Ranch Lamb with Fresh Cannellini Bean Cassoulet
Beni Di Batasiolo Sovrana Barbera d' Alba, Piedmont DOC 2006
- Marcho Farms Veal Tenderloin, Shank and Sweetbread with Marble Potatoes and Sauce Soubise
Pirathon Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2005
- Australian "Kobe" Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Garlic Potato Puree $35
- Japanese Wagyu Tenderloin with Oxtail Jus
Benziger "Tribute" Sonoma Mountain 2006

5th Course
- 36-month Aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, Coach Farm Goat, Thomasville Tomme, Thomas Hoe Stevenson Stilton, (Fiscalini Cheddar subbed for DDad and I due to allergy)
Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Potro 2003
- White Chocolate Gelato with Tableside Shavings and Micro Orchids
Paolo Saracco Moscato D'Asti, Piedmont 2007

6th Course
- Tanzanie Chocolate Pyramid with a Champagne-Chambord Truffle and Macarated Pomegranate Seeds
- Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange Purse with Blackberry-Violet Sherbet
- Caramelized Banana Gateau
- Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
- Grand Marnier Souffle
- Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle

Can't wait to post the reviews :goodvibes

franandaj
03-26-2010, 03:56 PM
Joining in! :thumbsup2

We ate a V&A's in January and had the same menu! I have to say it was our best trip there, and the previous time I ate there was at the Chef's Table, but this last time was just great!

goldielocksraj
03-26-2010, 06:12 PM
Wow, can't wait to hear the review of V&A! Thanks for posting the full menu-lots of fun for us foodies to drool over . . . I even picked from each course.

anthonut
03-26-2010, 09:45 PM
Looking forward to your V & A review. I am now one and a half weeks past my meal there and still dream of it :)

I'm curious to see if you chose similar dishes and whether they have made small modifications to them.

TinkerBelle_325
03-27-2010, 03:55 PM
Wolfgang Puck Express

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Top: Smoked Bacon Breakfast Pizza
Bottom: Crispy Cornflake French Toast

Kona Island Sushi Bar

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Hawaiian Bread and Macadamia Nut Butter

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Lapu Lapu

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Sticky Wings

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Kona Salad

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California Luau Roll

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Volcano Roll

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Shrimp Tempura Roll

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Ohana Bread Pudding

PrincessBetsy
03-27-2010, 05:48 PM
Wow, those pictures are awesome! Everything looks delicious, especially that bread pudding!

tluvstink
03-27-2010, 08:09 PM
I really want to try sushi but have not been able to bring myself to do it. After looking at your pics I think I'm ready:banana:

I love your reviews.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY:cake:

Terri

tortoni
03-27-2010, 08:20 PM
Oh, I love that breakfast pizza. Can't wait to order it next month.

oybolshoi
03-27-2010, 08:29 PM
Disney is allowing the vol au vent cooking method to be used at V&A??? I was under the impression that the Dining Dictator didn't approve of that ... go figure.

So, didja order the caviar? Didja? Inquiring minds want to know! And happy birthday! :goodvibes

vinotinto
03-27-2010, 09:01 PM
That is some serious food porn you have on the Kona sushi! :thumbsup2

jeminni
03-27-2010, 09:06 PM
I'm loving the pictures of the sushi at Kona. Guess what I'm going out to get for lunch tomorrow? ;)


Waiting to see more pics from V&A. Hope you had a great birthday. :goodvibes

TinkerBelle_325
03-27-2010, 10:07 PM
I'm joining in! I'm looking forward to all the reviews and can't wait to hear more about V&A!! :goodvibes

Thanks for reading!

Joining in! :thumbsup2

We ate a V&A's in January and had the same menu! I have to say it was our best trip there, and the previous time I ate there was at the Chef's Table, but this last time was just great!

We had eaten at V&A once before and agree that this trip was simply amazing!

Wow, can't wait to hear the review of V&A! Thanks for posting the full menu-lots of fun for us foodies to drool over . . . I even picked from each course.

Glad to post the full menu :) What did you pick for each course??

Looking forward to your V & A review. I am now one and a half weeks past my meal there and still dream of it :)

I'm curious to see if you chose similar dishes and whether they have made small modifications to them.

I found that there were numerous modifications compared to our meal in September.

Wow, those pictures are awesome! Everything looks delicious, especially that bread pudding!

It was so yummy!

I really want to try sushi but have not been able to bring myself to do it. After looking at your pics I think I'm ready:banana:

I love your reviews.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY:cake:

Terri

Sushi is fantastic! I strongly recommend California Rolls or Shrimp Tempura Rolls to start. All the ingredients are cooked so it isn't as intimidating! :thumbsup2

Oh, I love that breakfast pizza. Can't wait to order it next month.

It was my first time trying it, but DMom & DDad have been raving about it since they tried it last year.

Disney is allowing the vol au vent cooking method to be used at V&A??? I was under the impression that the Dining Dictator didn't approve of that ... go figure.

So, didja order the caviar? Didja? Inquiring minds want to know! And happy birthday! :goodvibes

LOL Now if only they would bring back the Foie Gras!

That is some serious food porn you have on the Kona sushi! :thumbsup2

I loved the shots at Kona, the background of the gardens and the light made for some really cool pictures.

I'm loving the pictures of the sushi at Kona. Guess what I'm going out to get for lunch tomorrow? ;)

Waiting to see more pics from V&A. Hope you had a great birthday. :goodvibes

It was easily the best birthday ever :goodvibes

Hehe I'll guess you are getting sushi for lunch?

TinkerBelle_325
03-27-2010, 11:09 PM
Victoria & Albert's

We returned to Victoria & Albert's nearly 6 months to the day from our first visit - March 25th 2010.

Our expectations were high as the first experience had been flawless but we were confident that this meal would be equally impressive. We were wrong....it was even better!

We arrived at the Grand Floridian around 4:45pm and after relaxing in the lobby, enjoying the gentle piano music we proceeded to the 2nd floor and the shared lobby of Victoria & Albert's and Citrico's. I noticed that the doors were closed, so I snapped a pictures and went over to peruse the menu from the previous night. Perhaps a minute after we set foot in the lobby we were greeted and checked in for our dinner.

We were seated at exactly 5:15, at a table in the back left corner of the restaurant. The first seating was very quiet, with a total of 7 tables, two parties of 3 and 5 parties of 2.

I could see into the Queen Victoria Room from my seat and I would guess there were 2 tables of 2 seated.

Just after we were seated my DMom and DDad gave me a birthday gift, which was entirely unexpected as I was under the impression that the trip, the flowers I received earlier and the dinner at V&A were gift enough! While the following 2 pictures aren't food, I figured you might be interested in seeing them :)

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It is a Tahitian Black Pearl Pendant with diamonds and it blew me away. It is stunning and I love it :lovestruc DDad picked it out :goodvibes

Now...what you have all been waiting for:

The Food!

Amuse-Bouche
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I was so happy wen our server, Beth, told us that the amuse would be salmon that night :)

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Organic Hen's Egg Smoked Salmon Custard
- I am not the biggest fan of egg but I adored the Tomato Fennel Custard in the fall, so I figured I would love this just as much! While it was good, it was the weakest item on the plate in my opinion. The smoked salmon flavor was too subtle for me, it was very eggy and not much else.

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Potato Blini with Caviar, Creme Fraiche, Egg Yolk and Cornichon
- Our server Rado said that this item was compliments of the Chef for my birthday. I'm not sure if the other diners got the caviar blini with their amuse that evening but I *loved* it, it was my 2nd favorite item on the plte!! I can definitely see why you loved the caviar Brenda, but this was my only taste of caviar for the evening. As tempting as it was at $60 for a 1/2 oz I just wasn't in the mood. Maybe in January? :lmao:

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Salmon Panna Cotta with Salmon Caviar
- This was a delightful little bite, creamy and soft with the perfect balance of salmon and a touch of chive paired with the great pop and saltiness of the salmon caviar! This was my 3rd favorite item on the plate.

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Demitasse cup with smoked salmon, tomato salad and celery root puree
- Once again the tomato haunts me at V&A :rotfl: When I first heard the description I thought this would be my least favorite item, but my god was I wrong! The spoon was warmed and the item itself was warm, creamy and insanely delicious. The tomato provided a bright acidic note, the puree was creamy and the smoked salmon was rich. I wanted like 10 more of these!

So, I will now run through the courses and what each of us ordered:

Me
1st course - Maine Lobster with Watermelon Radish, Kohlrabi, and Vanilla Aioli paired with Baileyana Chardonnay "Firepeak Vineyard" Edna Valley 2006

2nd course - Diver Scallop with Florida Corn and Chorizo Sauce paired with Michel Redde Sancerre "Les Tuilieres" Loire 2007

Extra Course! - Lobster Bisque with Vol au Vent and Vanilla Foam paired with Chimay Ale Peres Trappistes, Belgium (DDad and I asked if we could split an order of the bisque and they indulged us!)

3rd course - Duck Breast, Duck Sausage and Confit with Salsify and Pomegranate Sauce paired with Acacia "Winery Lake Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Carneros 2006

4th course - Australian "Kobe" Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Garlic Potato Puree paired with Benziger "Tribute" Sonoma Mountain 2006

5th course - White Chocolate Gelato with Tableside Shavings and Micro Orchids paired with Paolo Saracco Moscato D'Asti, Piedmont 2007

6th course - Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle

DDad
1st course - Maine Lobster with Watermelon Radish, Kohlrabi, and Vanilla Aioli paired with Baileyana Chardonnay "Firepeak Vineyard" Edna Valley 2006

2nd course - Timbale of Rataouille (this was a special request by DDad, he adored this in Sept so Chef Hunnel made it available, but it was not on DDad's menu OR the vegetarian menu).

Extra Course! - Lobster Bisque with Vol au Vent and Vanilla Foam paired with Chimay Ale Peres Trappistes, Belgium (shared order with me)

3rd course - Duck Breast, Duck Sausage and Confit with Salsify and Pomegranate Sauce paired with Acacia "Winery Lake Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Carneros 2006

4th course - Marcho Farms Veal Tenderloin, Shank and Sweetbread with Marble Potatoes and Sauce Soubise paired with Pirathon Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2005

5th course - 36-month Aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, Coach Farm Goat, Thomasville Tomme, Fiscalini Cheddar paired with Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Potro 2003

6th course - Grand Marnier Souffle

DMom
1st course - Maine Lobster with Watermelon Radish, Kohlrabi, and Vanilla Aioli paired with Baileyana Chardonnay "Firepeak Vineyard" Edna Valley 2006

2nd course - Sake-Soy-marinated King Salmon with Bok Choy and Soy Beans paired with a white requested by DMom as she dislikes sake

3rd course - Poulet Rouge with Mushroom-Truffle Ragout, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and English Peas paired with Cesari Mara Ripasso Valpolicella, Veneto 2006

4th course - Marcho Farms Veal Tenderloin, Shank and Sweetbread with Marble Potatoes and Sauce Soubise paired with Pirathon Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2005

5th course - 36-month Aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, Coach Farm Goat, Thomasville Tomme, Thomas Hoe Stevenson Stilton paired with Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Potro 2003

6th course - Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

Our Friandise were:
- Blood Orange Jelee
- Lemon Shortbread
- Murray River Sea Salted Rum Caramels

First Bread

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Fresh mini baguette with house made lightly salted butter

Oh these are divine :cloud9: and we were actually lucky enough to be offered 2 of these!! :worship: I ate every bite of each :goodvibes

First Course

We all ordered the same first course, boring I know ;) but I assure you, it was delicious!

But I have just now realized that I forgot to take a picture :sad2: Sorry!

We each had the Maine Lobster with Watermelon Radish, Kohlrabi, and Vanilla Aioli paired with Baileyana Chardonnay "Firepeak Vineyard" Edna Valley 2006

I tend to dislike radish as I feel the flavor can be too intense, but the watermelon radish was very mild and perfectly crunchy against the creamy tender lobster salad. The vanilla flavor was so mild that it merely imparted a delicate sweetness that complimented the natural sweetness of the lobster.

franandaj
03-27-2010, 11:36 PM
We all ordered the same first course, boring I know ;) but I assure you, it was delicious!

But I have just now realized that I forgot to take a picture :sad2: Sorry!

We each had the Maine Lobster with Watermelon Radish, Kohlrabi, and Vanilla Aioli paired with Baileyana Chardonnay "Firepeak Vineyard" Edna Valley 2006

I tend to dislike radish as I feel the flavor can be too intense, but the watermelon radish was very mild and perfectly crunchy against the creamy tender lobster salad. The vanilla flavor was so mild that it merely imparted a delicate sweetness that complimented the natural sweetness of the lobster.

I can help you out here....we ordered the same first course in January it was GREAT! You described it much more eloquently!

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Cookie Princess
03-28-2010, 06:56 AM
That cornflake french toast looks yummy! How was it??

tinkerbell48
03-28-2010, 08:46 AM
I'm in!

DW2010
03-28-2010, 03:20 PM
Count me in!!!

lovemickeyshouse
03-28-2010, 03:57 PM
Happy birthday and great reviews so far enjoy your week and wow you actuallu ate 6 courses of food impressed.:worship:

TinkerBelle_325
03-29-2010, 03:44 PM
Victoria & Albert's

Second Course

We each went with different selections for our 2nd course.

DMom had the Sake-Soy-marinated King Salmon with Bok Choy and Soy Beans
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The listed pairing was a sake, but as DMom is not the biggest fan, she asked for a white to be substituted. Off the top of my head I cannot recall what it was, but it was crisp and light to compliment the earthy flavors and the fatty taste of the salmon. I had one bite and it was amazing! Far superior to the salmon preparation I had in September. It was rich, earthy, salty but balanced with the basmati rice, shiitake and hojumiji mushrooms and edamame. I almost regret not ordering this!

DDad had an item that was a special request rather than being listed on his menu OR the vegetarian menu.

In September he had the Timbale of Rataouille which looked like this: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d706b3127ccef86355598eab00000030O00Abs3LZk3aOG IPbz4M/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

When we spoke to V&A to confirm allergies the week prior we had requested this dish as DDad has raved about it ever since!

We were delighted when Beth informed us that Chef Hunnel would make the Ratatouille and DDad ordered it as a replacement for his fish course.

Much to his surprise this was presented: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0dd04b3127ccef9e7830c800b00000030O00Abs3LZk3aOG IPbz4M/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

This is what we love about V&A, even items that seem similar from menu to menu can be dramatically different. He said this was lighter, sweeter and more acidic whereas the fall preparation was earthy, rich and savory. It appears the recipe changes to reflect the seasons, fall versus spring, but regardless, he loved this.

I ordered the 2nd course - Diver Scallop with Florida Corn and Chorizo Sauce paired with Michel Redde Sancerre "Les Tuilieres" Loire 2007
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I adore scallops but so rarely get them as DDad is allergic and DMom does not like them much. This was heavenly. The scallop was perfectly seared and lovely and opaque inside. The corn cake was tender, fluffy and melted away on your tongue. The two sauces were the perfect compliment of one another - the corn sauce was sweet and creamy whereas the chorizo sauce was salty and had a mild hint of spice. The ragout of corn was crisp and bright. The best scallop dish I've ever had!

Extra Course
When DDad and I were looking at the menu we both gravitated towards Duck for the third course, but were also drawn to the Lobster Bisque. I recalled a DISer that had requested a split portion of the bisque and we requested this of Beth. She happily granted our wish and DDad and I were presented with:

Lobster Bisque with Vol au Vent and Vanilla Foam paired with Chimay Ale Peres Trappistes, Belgium
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The most surprising element to DDad and myself was that we were each poured a pairing of ale! We had not anticipated getting the additional pairing when we asked for the split order of the bisque. We are so glad that we got the pairing! The ale was creamy but had acidic tones that helped cut the richness of the bisque.

The bowls were presented warmed and empty and then your server pours the bisque just prior to eating. The spoon was warmed as well! Now, I have had lobster bisque before and I find it can be overwhelmingly lobster-y if not prepared properly. This was velvety, rich and had just the perfect amount of lobster flavor. The vol-au-vent was filled with claw meat and dusted with lobster roe, it was very sweet and crisp, providing a delightful contrast to the bisque. We are so glad we ordered this and nearly licked the bowls clean.

franandaj
03-29-2010, 04:25 PM
Awesome! So far you've had the EXACT same meal as I did, right down to the split of the Lobster Bisque! We got the soup in little cappucino cups instead of bowls like that. Great pictures, yours put mine to shame! Keep it up! :cool1:

PrincessBetsy
03-29-2010, 07:05 PM
Wow, the food at V&A looks absolutely amazing!! The scallop dish that you ordered looks so delicious :cloud9:. I'm a big fan of scallops, but I don't eat them very often because the really good ones are so expensive and my mom is the only other person in my family that likes them. This is definitely going to be a must do sometime in the future! Looking forward to the next update!

yakkin' yeti
03-30-2010, 10:38 PM
Gorgeous photos! What an amazing sounding dinner. We had a blast at CSR. Hope your birthday trip was equally wonderful.

TinkerBelle_325
04-02-2010, 12:31 PM
Awesome! So far you've had the EXACT same meal as I did, right down to the split of the Lobster Bisque! We got the soup in little cappucino cups instead of bowls like that. Great pictures, yours put mine to shame! Keep it up! :cool1:

Very cool that we've had the exact same meal. I knew that I read about the split order of bisque somewhere, thanks for the great idea! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Wow, the food at V&A looks absolutely amazing!! The scallop dish that you ordered looks so delicious :cloud9:. I'm a big fan of scallops, but I don't eat them very often because the really good ones are so expensive and my mom is the only other person in my family that likes them. This is definitely going to be a must do sometime in the future! Looking forward to the next update!

The scallop was delicious, like butter! You won't be disappointed if you try Victoria & Albert's, it is worth every penny!

Gorgeous photos! What an amazing sounding dinner. We had a blast at CSR. Hope your birthday trip was equally wonderful.

Glad you guys had a great trip! Ours was fantastic but I'm not sure we'll ever go back in March, the crowds were just too much for us.

TinkerBelle_325
04-02-2010, 02:14 PM
Victoria & Albert's

Second Bread
I was really hoping that we would get a chance to try the truffle brioche, but they had switched back to the herb brioche - not a disappointment at all! The herbs add a bright freshness to the rich buttery brioche. I love this bread.

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Third Course

DMom went with the same selection for her 3rd course as our September meal. She was amazed how different the preparation was. It was lighter, not as heavily earthy. I tried one bite and made a mental note to try this the next time!

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Poulet Rouge with Mushroom-Truffle Ragout, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and English Peas paired with Cesari Mara Ripasso Valpolicella, Veneto 2006

DDad and I also went with the same selection as our last visit. This time the duck was paired with different items. The duck breast was paired with butternut squash puree and a fine dice of sauteed butternut squash. The sweetness really complimented the meaty flavor of the duck. The sausage was paired with spaghetti squash and salsify, which added texture and crunch. The confit had slivers of salty duck proscuitto and was matched with a pomegranate sauce that was tangy to cut through the fattiness of the confit.

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3rd course - Duck Breast, Duck Sausage and Confit with Salsify and Pomegranate Sauce paired with Acacia "Winery Lake Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Carneros 2006

Third Bread

I am not a big fan of multigrain bread as I find it kind of bland. This is the holy grail of multigrain. It has a perfect crust much like a baguette but is super light and soft inside. It also has sea salt that heightens the flavor of the grains. Yummy!
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Fourth Course

This was the course I had been debating over since our last visit to V&A. I absolutely loved my pork on our last visit but I was so tempted to try the Australian Kobe.

I went with whatever rolled off my tongue when we ordered at the start of the meal.

Australian "Kobe" Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Garlic Potato Puree paired with Benziger "Tribute" Sonoma Mountain 2006
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This dish was so much more complex than I had been expecting.
Bottom right: Australian Kobe, cooked perfectly to medium.
Bottom left: Spring vegetable medley with a sliver of black garlic
Top left: Smoked garlic potato puree with braised kobe shortribs
Top right: oxtail jus that takes 5 days to make as Chef Hunnel refuses to use any thickening agents!

I will be hard pressed not to order this in the future. The kobe is like butter and has the most flavor I've ever tasted in a piece of beef.

DMom & DDad both ordered the veal which was prepared three ways: Tenderloin, Shank and Sweetbread, with marble potatoes and a sweet onion sauce.

The only item I tried on this plate was the sweetbread and the best way I can describe it is like bacon! Salty and crunchy. So good!

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franandaj
04-02-2010, 02:49 PM
Looks, yummy, our meals have finally parted their ways, I didn't want to pay extra for the Kobe beef, but it looks spectacular. I'll have to reconsider if they offer something like that when I go back next time!

TinkerBelle_325
04-03-2010, 06:19 PM
Victoria & Albert's

Between the main course and the pre-dessert course we were offered a tour of the kitchen. I was excited to meet Chef Hunnel! Israel came to our table and walked us back to the kitchen, we spent a few minutes talking with Chef Hunnel, telling him how delicious every bite had been. He was very friendly and offered to take a picture with us.

Israel showed us around the rest of the kitchen and explained that each dish contains 19-25 components! The tour was the perfect break between courses as we were starting to feel extremely full by that point.

Fifth Course

I was torn between the gelato and the cheese but my love of chocolate and moscato d'asti led me towards the gelato.

White Chocolate Gelato with Tableside Shavings and Micro Orchids paired with Paolo Saracco Moscato D'Asti, Piedmont 2007
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The pairing was slightly different than from our September trip. It was micro mint on that visit and imported hawaiian micro orchids on this visit. The flavor was entirely different, fruity, sweet and floral - the best way I can describe it is like watermelon.

Both DMom & DDad went with the cheese course.

36-month Aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, Coach Farm Goat, Thomasville Tomme, Fiscalini Cheddar paired with Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Potro 2003
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36-month Aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, Coach Farm Goat, Thomasville Tomme, Thomas Hoe Stevenson Stilton paired with Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Potro 2003
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I had a bite of each of DDad's cheese pairings and they were delicious, particularly the fiscalini cheddar!

Between fifth and sixth courses we were offered coffee or tea. DMom discovered the best tea in the world, Harmony, and ordered it several times after trying it at V&A. DDad and I went with Celebes coffee. Now, let me preface this by saying I never drink coffee but I love this! It is much more subtle, less bitter and very smooth.

Now...onto the best course of all....Sixth Course

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This course was not a difficult choice for me...in fact, I decided what I wanted last September!

Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle
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This is heaven in dessert form. It is so rich and light and airy with the godiva anglaise and the chocolate ice cream! I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't bring myself to finish it as I was too full but what I did eat of it was bliss!

DMom went with her favorite dessert figuring that no restaurant would do it better than V&A

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
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Oh my god, from the one bite I had I can tell you that this was literally the perfect creme brulee. The custard was creamy, cold and the dish was the perfect depth to provide a high brulee to custard ratio. The brulee crust was the perfect thickness and the most evenly caramelized crust I'd ever seen. Yum!

DDad had also decided on his dessert months ago...

Grand Marnier Souffle
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I had one bite and it was delicious. I still like the Kona Chocolate version better but this was equally good in terms of texture and execution, just not my favorite flavor. DDad also loved the orange sauce and the candied orange pieces on the plate.

Friandise

I forgot to take a picture of these :sad2: But there were three: blood orange gelee, lemon shortbread cookies and salted rum caramels.

This concludes my review of Victoria & Albert's, but I want to relay a funny story from our meal.

I wore extremely high heels to this dinner. I love them, but I've only ever worn them with stockings. As it is too hot in Florida for stockings I wore them with bare feet. Well, by the fourth course my feet were unbearably sore. By the end of the meal I actually asked DMom if she would run down to the store and buy me flip flops to wear back to CSR. While we were sorting out what I would do to get out of the restaurant our server Beth came by and asked if there was anything else she could get for us. As she walked away I said "yes! flip flops" so that only my parents could hear. I'm sure it was the 7 glasses of wine, but we all burst into fits of giggles and it took us a few moments to compose ourselves. Come to think of it, had Beth actually heard me I almost believe that she would have found flip flips for me :rotfl:

tink1957
04-03-2010, 07:04 PM
:lmao:flip flops.

PrincessBetsy
04-04-2010, 04:09 PM
All I can say is WOW!! The rest of the courses look amazing and the desserts are to die for!!! I am a huge chocolate fan and the Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle looks sinful! :lovestruc

Funny flip flop story! I'm sure your server would most definitely had found flip flops for you if she had heard you :laughing:. I forgot to tell you before, but I adore your necklace - so pretty!

goldielocksraj
04-04-2010, 05:52 PM
I llloooovvvee your neclace! I've always loved black pearls, especially on a pendant (rather than a string). Your dad has wonderful taste in jewelry!

franandaj
04-04-2010, 06:41 PM
How did you get a tour of the kitchen? I would have loved that! Last time we ate at the Chef's Table and it was just too much food, but it was really neat to be in the kitchen.

In January I got the Grand Mariner Souffle because they told me that the Chocolate one wasn't very chocolatey. Yours looked pretty darn chocolatey!

Flats are always the way to go! I think flip flops are specifically forbidden on the dress code! :rotfl2:

tinkerbelle_rox325
04-04-2010, 09:37 PM
LOVE your report!
Funny, my name is tinkerbelle_rox324 because tink is my absolute favorite and my birthday is March 25 as well!
Sorry, i just found this awesomely ironic :cool1:

vettegirl
04-05-2010, 09:15 AM
Beautiful review of V&A, would love to try it one day. MY DH is a super picky eater, so I don't think he would like it.

WAHMto5
04-05-2010, 09:27 AM
Great reviews.....thanks!!

TinkerBelle_325
04-05-2010, 09:55 AM
:lmao:flip flops.

I know! We literally laughed for 5 minutes!

All I can say is WOW!! The rest of the courses look amazing and the desserts are to die for!!! I am a huge chocolate fan and the Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle looks sinful! :lovestruc

Funny flip flop story! I'm sure your server would most definitely had found flip flops for you if she had heard you :laughing:. I forgot to tell you before, but I adore your necklace - so pretty!

The Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle is sinful, it's topped with a godiva anglaise sauce and it's light, airy and rich at the same time!

LOL I'm betting that our server would have found me something! My feet literally felt like they were going to fall off at that point. I've since discovered the coolest product ever! They are these little ballet flats that fold into a pouch and fit in your purse!

Thank you :goodvibes I love my necklace too!

I llloooovvvee your neclace! I've always loved black pearls, especially on a pendant (rather than a string). Your dad has wonderful taste in jewelry!

Thanks! I've always wanted a black pearl. In fact, I pick a pearl every time I go to Mitsukoshi in hopes of getting a black one :rotfl: There was definitely no need to pick a pearl this trip ;)

How did you get a tour of the kitchen? I would have loved that! Last time we ate at the Chef's Table and it was just too much food, but it was really neat to be in the kitchen.

In January I got the Grand Mariner Souffle because they told me that the Chocolate one wasn't very chocolatey. Yours looked pretty darn chocolatey!

Flats are always the way to go! I think flip flops are specifically forbidden on the dress code! :rotfl2:

I was talking with our server early in the meal and I asked if Chef Hunnel was in that night, she replied that he was and offered us a kitchen tour later in the meal. However, on my first visit to V&A I simply requested a kitchen tour and they granted the request happily :thumbsup2

Oh it is chocolately all right! LOL

Hehe, yes they are indeed forbidden from the dress code, I didn't want them for inside the restaurant but rather so that I could make it back to my resort. I hobbled out of V&A in my heels and took them off as soon as I got out of the lobby it shares with Citricos.

LOVE your report!
Funny, my name is tinkerbelle_rox324 because tink is my absolute favorite and my birthday is March 25 as well!
Sorry, i just found this awesomely ironic :cool1:

Wow! That is ironic lol. Thanks for reading :)

Beautiful review of V&A, would love to try it one day. MY DH is a super picky eater, so I don't think he would like it.

We always thought that we would be too picky for V&A but in the past 5 years we have really become adventerous eaters. My theory is that even if you dislike something, chances are you are going to like it at V&A if anywhere.

Great reviews.....thanks!!

Thanks for reading!

TinkerBelle_325
04-14-2010, 11:32 AM
First off, I have to say I'm sorry for neglecting my updates to this review! I promise there will be several over the next few days.

:worship:

I have some good news! And I also have some bad news....

Let's start with the bad:

My parents have cancelled their September trip to WDW. I was secretly tagging along on this trip as a surprise to my Mom but now, the trip is off.

I have also cancelled my F&W Festival trip this year.

Why the cancellations you ask?

Well....this is where the good news comes in :thumbsup2

*Drumroll*......

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.....

...

We are going to PARIS & LONDON!

Yup, off to Europe we go :goodvibes

The dates are still being finalized but tenatively they are August 15th - 27th!

My trip will also include 1 day at Disneyland Paris :lovestruc

And have no fear, we will be returning to WDW in Dec 2010/Jan 2011 :woohoo:

Gouden Leeuw
04-14-2010, 01:09 PM
Just found your thread and need to get caught up! Will have to check out your past ones.

My DBF and I are going to CSR in July! This will be my first real trip! Very excited!!!!!! :cheer2:

The fist page looks so good, cant wait to read more.

Cheers!


PS, go Ontario!

mandibc11
04-14-2010, 01:14 PM
Oh you are going to have so much fun! Disneyland Paris is so amazing, simply because it's in France - you'll have to give us some reviews of your experiences there, as well!

PrincessBetsy
04-14-2010, 02:51 PM
WOW!!! That is absolutely wonderful!! You are going to have so much fun, especially at DLP! And you are going to WDW in December! You are very very lucky!! :banana::banana::banana:

You should definitely do a report about your adventures in Europe! Looking forward to the next update! :thumbsup2

dizneeat
04-14-2010, 03:06 PM
First off, I have to say I'm sorry for neglecting my updates to this review! I promise there will be several over the next few days.

:worship:

I have some good news! And I also have some bad news....

Let's start with the bad:

My parents have cancelled their September trip to WDW. I was secretly tagging along on this trip as a surprise to my Mom but now, the trip is off.

I have also cancelled my F&W Festival trip this year.

Why the cancellations you ask?

Well....this is where the good news comes in :thumbsup2

*Drumroll*......

........

.....

...

We are going to PARIS & LONDON!

Yup, off to Europe we go :goodvibes

The dates are still being finalized but tenatively they are August 15th - 27th!

My trip will also include 1 day at Disneyland Paris :lovestruc

And have no fear, we will be returning to WDW in Dec 2010/Jan 2011 :woohoo:

Congrats on your trip to Europe! :cheer2: :woohoo:

London is one of my favourite cities - so much to see and do! And they do have some Disney stores ;)!!

Just one day at DLRP? Do you know where you are going to stay? Any plans made yet? With only one day and that in August you'd better have a well planned itinerary! :lmao:

Let me know if you have any questions on DLRP! I would love to help you plan!! :cloud9:

chocolateMinnie
04-14-2010, 04:02 PM
Great reviews, sure you'll love London! (OK I'm biased).

DisneyGal326
04-14-2010, 11:44 PM
My future DH and I are going to disney in may for 15 days for our honeymoon. We have alot of ressies that you mentioned in your post including one at the chefs table at V&As. The food looks fantastic, so great to see photos!

Happy belated bday (mine is March26th!) :)

Subbing for sure, keep the great photos and reviews coming!

TinkerBelle_325
04-15-2010, 12:47 PM
Just found your thread and need to get caught up! Will have to check out your past ones.

My DBF and I are going to CSR in July! This will be my first real trip! Very excited!!!!!! :cheer2:

The fist page looks so good, cant wait to read more.

Cheers!


PS, go Ontario!

Thanks for reading :thumbsup2 You'll love CSR :goodvibes

Oh you are going to have so much fun! Disneyland Paris is so amazing, simply because it's in France - you'll have to give us some reviews of your experiences there, as well!

We are possibly rethinking Disneyland Paris....it is very expensive for just 1 day...about $500 canadian with transportation, passes & meals.

WOW!!! That is absolutely wonderful!! You are going to have so much fun, especially at DLP! And you are going to WDW in December! You are very very lucky!! :banana::banana::banana:

You should definitely do a report about your adventures in Europe! Looking forward to the next update! :thumbsup2

I will definitely be doing a report of my adventures in Europe and it should be semi-live as my hotel in Paris has free high speed internet.

Congrats on your trip to Europe! :cheer2: :woohoo:

London is one of my favourite cities - so much to see and do! And they do have some Disney stores ;)!!

Just one day at DLRP? Do you know where you are going to stay? Any plans made yet? With only one day and that in August you'd better have a well planned itinerary! :lmao:

Let me know if you have any questions on DLRP! I would love to help you plan!! :cloud9:

Thanks! We've been to Paris once before, 5 years ago.

We've *technically* been in London, but just Heathrow airport so that doesn't count in my book lol.

We are re-thinking DLP. I might save it for my next trip to France because just 1 day, in the middle of the summer...I don't think it will be that enjoyable and plus its very pricey for just 1 day.

We have some plans :goodvibes

We are staying at Hotel le Walt, in the 7 arrondissement. We stayed there in 2005 and loved it! It is a 5 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower and right beside a metro station.

I know my "must do's" in Paris are:

- The Louvre
- Notre Dame
- Going up the Eiffel Tower
- Arc du Triomphe
- Champs Elysees
- Tuileres Gardens
- Luxembourg Gardens
- Musee D'Orsay
- Musee Rodin
- Place de la Trocadero
- Place de la Concorde
- Le Marais
- Versailles
- Chocolates from Jean Paul Hevin
- Macarons from Laudree and Pierre Herme
- Bread from Polaine
- A meal at Les Deux Maggots
- A meal at Cafe de Flore
- A meal at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

In London:

- Buckingham Palace (as it will be open for summer tours)
- Tower of London
- Westminster Abbey
- Covent Garden
- Trafalgar Square
- Piccadilly Circus
- Oxford St.
- Soho
- Park Lane
- An open bus tour
- Afternoon Tea and The Langham
- Lunch at a Pub
- Dinner at Petrus by Gordon Ramsay

Great reviews, sure you'll love London! (OK I'm biased).

I can't wait to see London! We've only breezed through Heathrow.

My future DH and I are going to disney in may for 15 days for our honeymoon. We have alot of ressies that you mentioned in your post including one at the chefs table at V&As. The food looks fantastic, so great to see photos!

Happy belated bday (mine is March26th!) :)

Subbing for sure, keep the great photos and reviews coming!

Oooo I still want to try the Chef's table at some point. You'll love V&A!

dizneeat
04-15-2010, 01:58 PM
Don't forget to "fly the eye" - try out the London Eye, and PLEASE climb St. Paul's Cathedral (or the Monument) - the view is just stunning! :cloud9: And what about Harrods?

These three just came to mind right after reading, but I guess if I remember more "good ones" I'll let you know! ;)

As hard as it may be but DLRP in August is VERY crowded! And one day is just not enough I guess! So you are doing the right thing saving it for when you have more time!

TinkerBelle_325
04-16-2010, 10:17 PM
March 24th

Typically, our first full day at WDW would be spent at the Magic Kingdom, but I wanted to walk down Main St. on my birthday which happened to be the next day.

So, we strayed from tradition and went to Animal Kingdom.

After riding Expedition Everest (where we had 3 people try to cut in front of us in line to "meet up with their party"....our response was simply "I'm sure they will wait for you" :sad2:)

We love having breakfast in the little courtyard in Africa, I think it's called the Tamu Tamu courtyard? Anyways, it is very peaceful and relaxing before a ride of the safari.

Flame Tree BBQ

For lunch, our tradition is Flame Tree BBQ. I know there is much better BBQ in the south but up in Canada we can't get anything that comes close to the smokey and spicy flavors of Flame Tree BBQ.

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DDad and I had the ribs and DMom had the BBQ Chicken Salad.

It was tasty as always and we love the seating area :thumbsup2

Chefs de France

Chefs de France has been a long time favorite of ours. We have a particular love for Paris & french food so we are a touch biased, but the service and the food have always been consistent.

The one area that we have always felt was lacking was the bread. It was overly crusty - to the point of being near brick-like. Any true Parisian would be aghast that those rolls were being passed off as true french bread.

This trip everything changed! Shortly after we were seated and had placed our drink orders....this was delivered....

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:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:

Freshly baked, straight out of the oven, hot, crusty on the outside and gloriously airy inside - BAGUETTE!

Good lord these were good! They aren't quite as good as real Parisian baguette, but they are a heck of an improvement over the former bread incarnations!

I think we polished off 2 easily :rolleyes1

DDad & DMom shared a bowl of French Onion Soup and I ordered one for myself as well.

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It never ceases to amaze me how different French Onion Soup can be based on a few simple substitutions. This one is "light" with a chicken based bouillon, white wine and lightly caramelized onions. It is also very heavy on the bread which has absorbed a lot of the liquid, and heavy on the cheese, never a complaint of mine ;)

This type of French Onion soup is very comforting, and light enough to act as a starter. But an example of how it can differ is when it is made with a beef bouillon, red wine, even some brandy, with deeply caramelized, almost melting onions and crispier bread. It can serve as an entire meal because it is so rich.

DDad had the Duck Two Ways with Haricot Vert and Sweet Potato Puree.

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This is delicious. The duck breast is cooked perfectly and the confit just melts in your mouth. The sweet potato is a great pairing as it cuts through the savory quality of the duck and the haricot vert are amazing! Crispy, garlicy and drenched in butter....as Julia Child would approve of...everything is better with butter!

DMom has the Salmon with Ratatouille.

She thinks this dish is perfect. DMom would eat salmon every day if she could and ever since we saw the movie Ratatouille we have been interested in trying different variations of the dish. In fact, I just found the recipe for the version from the movie :thumbsup2

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I had the Gratin de Macaroni

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As always, this was delicious. It's really just noodles, bechamel sauce & TONS of cheese, what's not to like? :lmao:

We were too full to order dessert, so instead we went outside and indulged in liquid dessert....Champagne for DMom, a Grand Marnier Orange Slushie for DDad and a Grey Goose Lemon Slushie for me :lovestruc

PrincessBetsy
04-20-2010, 05:32 PM
Yum! Your meal at Chefs de France looks so delicious! Maybe I can try and fit it in on our next trip ;)

I'm so glad you are going to do a report when you go to Europe! And I can't believe that you are going to be 5 minutes away from the Eiffel Tower!! That is insane!!

TinkerBelle_325
04-22-2010, 10:45 AM
A Change of Plans

Once again, I have good news and bad news....

The bad....

We aren't going to London & Paris......:sad2:......yet! :thumbsup2

Because we are using frequent flyer miles we couldn't get the flights and dates that we wanted. So we've decided to delay the trip by a year to ensure we can fly the way we want to and plan the trip well. Everything was feeling so rushed to throw the trip together in 4 months! :eek: For a die hard planner like me it was just too stressful :sick: :lmao:

So we will be going to Europe in August 2011 :goodvibes

The good....

We are going to WDW in September!! :woohoo::woohoo::yay::yay:

Originally my parents were going in September to celebrate their anniversary "without me." Little did DMom know, but DDad was planning to fly me down all along as a surprise to her! :rotfl:

I was ALSO planning a trip to WDW in October with my BFF Tania :lovestruc We have been to WDW three times together, but the last time was 2006! :scared1:

Anyways, when we delayed Europe, we explained to DMom that I actually was planning to go in Sept and she had an incredibly brilliant suggestion. Combine the two trips! Invite Tania to come in September!

You see, Tania is like family :goodvibes we have known each other for more than 20 years (and we're only 25 lol). So.....Disney in September is back on!!

DATES: September 1st - 11th

RESORT: Coronado Springs, booked using bounceback.

And the most important element....

FOOD!

We decided that we would spend some meals together (DMom, DDad, Tania & I) and some meals apart. Here is what the itinerary looks like so far:

SEPTEMBER 1st (ARRIVAL DAY)
Breakfast = Toronto International Airport (All)
Lunch = Undecided (All)
Dinner = Romano's Macaroni Grill (All)

SEPTEMBER 2nd
Breakfast = Kona Island Coffee (All)
Lunch = Liberty Tree Tavern (All)
Dinner = Chefs de France (All)

SEPTEMBER 3rd
Breakfast = Sunshine Seasons (Meg & Tan)
Lunch = Le Cellier (Meg & Tan) / ESPN Club (DMom & DDad)
Dinner = Kona Cafe (Meg & Tan) / The Wave (DMom & DDad)

SEPTEMBER 4th
Breakfast = Kusafari Cafe (All)
Lunch = Flame Tree BBQ (All)
Dinner = Jiko (Meg & Tan) / Morton's Steakhouse (DMom & DDad)

SEPTEMBER 5th
Breakfast = Starring Rolls (Meg & Tan)
Lunch = Chefs de France (Meg & Tan)
Dinner = Victoria & Albert's (All)

SEPTEMBER 6th
Breakfast = Pepper Market (All)
Lunch = California Pizza Kitchen or Cracker Barrel (All)
Dinner = 50's Primetime Cafe (Meg & Tan)

SEPTEMBER 7th
Breakfast = Pepper Market (All)
Lunch = Wolfgang Puck Express (All)
Dinner = California Grill (All)

SEPTEMBER 8th
Breakfast = Sunshine Seasons (All)
Lunch = Cantina de San Angel **hoping it will be open** (All)
Dinner = Ohana (Meg & Tan) / Flying Fish (DMom & DDad)

SEPTEMBER 9th
Breakfast = Pepper Market (All)
Lunch = Three Broomsticks (DDad & Meg) / Siesta's (DMom & Tan)
Dinner = Tutto Italia or Via Napoli (Meg & Tan) / Bistro de Paris (DMom & DDad)

SEPTEMBER 10th
Breakfast = Kona Cafe (Meg & Tan)
Lunch = Columbia Harbor House (Meg & Tan)
Dinner = Tokyo Dining (All)

SEPTEMBER 11th
Breakfast = Orlando International Airport

dizneeat
04-22-2010, 02:04 PM
Hi Meg!

What a great change of plans even if you have to postphone Europe! I guess it's not going away in a year - we have been here for a long time! ;)

More exciting news! You will be there the same time as we are! And we actually have reservations at Le Cellier and Jiko the same days you do! :goodvibes
Maybe we run into each other - would be fun!

Greetings from good ol' Europe!
Karin :flower3:

TinkerBelle_325
04-22-2010, 02:45 PM
Hi Meg!

What a great change of plans even if you have to postphone Europe! I guess it's not going away in a year - we have been here for a long time! ;)

More exciting news! You will be there the same time as we are! And we actually have reservations at Le Cellier and Jiko the same days you do! :goodvibes
Maybe we run into each other - would be fun!

Greetings from good ol' Europe!
Karin :flower3:

Hi Karin!

We are definitely happy to be going to WDW if we can't go to Europe! Plus, we really want to take the time to plan the trip to London and Paris properly.

That is fantastic news that we will be at WDW at the same time. Our Le Cellier ADR is for 12pm and our Jiko ADR is for 8:35pm. It would be great to meet and say hi :goodvibes

And your suggestions for London (they are still good for next year hehe):
- DMom is terrified of Ferris Wheels but now I have more than a year to convince her to fly the eye ;)
- I never thought of climbing St. Paul's - great suggestion
- We will definitely be going to Harrods!

TinkerBelle_325
04-22-2010, 03:23 PM
Snacks & Breakfasts

Here is a selection of snacks & grab & go breakfasts from the first few days of our trip

Main Street Bakery
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Mickey Waffle
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Dole Whip
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Breakfast Pizza & Crispy Cornflake French Toast
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Kona Island Sushi Bar

This has become one of our favorite spots for a light dinner. We sat at the counter along the windows and watched the monorails come and go. We also had an interesting view of the torch lighting ceremony!

Hawaiian Bread
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- I could easily eat an entire loaf of this bread myself and half of what makes it soooo good is the honey macadamia nut butter....where is the "drooling" smiley? :lmao:

Lapu Lapu
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- One of the best and simplest drinks on Disney property - A must have for me!

Sticky Wings
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- While I know everyone loves Ohana's wings, I think these are so much better! The tangy mustard drizzle makes them!

Kona Salad
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- DMom's favorite salad, we often make the honey lime dressing at home.

California Luau Roll
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- This sounded better than it tasted. There wasn't enough texture....soft crab, soft avocado and relatively soft pineapple.

Volcano
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- One of the best sushi rolls I've ever had! I love that the tuna and pickled vegetables have a tangy taste, and the spicy creamy sauce contrasted with the tender shrimp and the crunchy tempura....wow! I want one right now!

Shrimp Tempura
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- Great, but it pales in comparison to the shrimp tempura roll from the California Grill.

Bread Pudding
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- The best dessert on Disney property. It is gooey, soft, comforting and sweet. Every time we have requested it at Kona they happily oblidge, and it only costs $6 for the same family style portion delivered at Ohana.

dizneeat
04-22-2010, 03:28 PM
Snacks & Breakfasts

Bread Pudding
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where is the "drooling" smiley? :lmao:


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PrincessBetsy
04-22-2010, 07:47 PM
Aww, too bad you aren't going to Europe this year. But YAY that you get to go to WDW in September!! :cool1: It looks like you are going to have some awesome meals on your trip!

I absolutely love the cinnamon buns from Main Street Bakery! And I could eat that bread pudding right now! It looks soooooooo good!

TinkerBelle_325
04-26-2010, 01:34 PM
Le Cellier

We used to love Le Cellier, and would make a point of eating dinner there once a trip. We even ate there long before it turned into the super popular steakhouse it is today. I still remember the insanely good baked macaroni & cheese and the incredibly tacky red leather booths :lmao:

However, lately we have found the food and service to be lackluster. We adore the Cheddar Cheese Soup and it is about the only reason that we still attempt to book a lunch at Le Cellier every other trip or so.

We were seated in PEI, and had a good server, not amazing, but good.

We all started with.....the Cheddar Cheese Soup! (duh ;))

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We wanted something a bit more substantial than just soup, so we each opted for another appetizer.

DDad had the Duck Three Ways

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He said this was ok, he had much better duck at Chefs de France and Victoria & Albert's. He said that the little puff pastry round was dry and tasteless, while the other two offerings were acceptable.

DMom had the Tomato Stack

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She nearly licked the plate clean! She loves tomatoes and blue cheese, so this dish was practically made for her.

I ordered the Macaroni & Cheese

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Sadly, this was bland and very disappointing. It is like they forgot to put any cheese in the sauce, and the panko on top was greasy and not crisp. It was pretty gross :sick:

We noticed Blood Orange seems to be the "salted caramel" of this year. That is, it is the popular dessert trend, so we ordered the Blood Orange Sorbet

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This was on the house for my birthday, which was very sweet :) However, it was only decent. It didn't really have enough "orange" flavor to it. In fact, it tasted a bit like red food colouring :confused3

All in all, we weren't impressed with Le Cellier. I will be returning for lunch in September, but I'll be sticking to the cheese soup and perhaps the caesar salad. I know those are excellent items.

PrincessBetsy
04-26-2010, 02:41 PM
Too bad about Le Cellier. We are eating lunch here for the first time in August and really looking forward to it. Hopefully the service and the food will be better next time!

TinkerBelle_325
04-30-2010, 10:59 AM
Artist Point

It had been a few years since our last visit to Artist Point, so we felt that it was time to throw it back into the rotation.

We were seated within 5 minutes of checking in and given a gorgeous table at the windows.

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They had also given me a special menu because my birthday was noted on the reservation :goodvibes

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I can't remember our waitresses name but she was very friendly, knowledgeable and prompt in her service. She suggested a lovely crisp white wine for me, which I will have to look up when I get home as I can't recall the name.

As we were deciding what to order a lovely surprise was delivered to our table!

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We each received an amuse bouche - a seared scallop sitting atop wild mushroom risotto and drizzled with white truffle oil. YUM! Unfortunately for DDad, he could not partake as he has a white fish allergy and as he has never tried a scallop its too much of a risk. However, it worked well for me because he gave me his amuse (and I LOVE scallops!)

Shortly after the amuse we placed our orders and our waitress delivered bread to the table. It was sourdough and it was good, but nothing outstanding.

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We ordered two appetizers to share: The Chesse Plate and the Venison Potstickers.

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The Cheese Plate, while generous, was the weakest that we have tried on Disney property. I don't feel that three cheeses is enough in terms of variety (especially when DDad and I are allergic to blue cheese). There was an aged cheddar, midnight moon goat and an american blue. We didn't even come close to finishing. We were disappointed as they were all semi-hard, crumbly cheeses. We prefer cheese plates that offer variety in texture.

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I did not realize that the Venison Potstickers were going to be steamed. They tasted more like Venison Dumplings and I disliked the texture of the wrapper, it was almost rubbery. The venison itself was more gamey than I remembered it being in the previous variation (Venison Springrolls, which I adored). This was a miss for me. DDad on the other hand, loved them!

For entrees we were a bit boring, we all ordered the Cedar King Salmon.

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It was paired with a sourdough bread pudding and a mulled wine beurre blanc. The salmon was cooked perfectly, just firm all the way through and the mulled wine beurre blanc was like fall dancing in your mouth! The sourbough bread pudding was a bit too heavy for me though.

DMom subbed the sweet potato hazelnut gratin and I wish I had done the same, I felt that it complimented the savory sauce better.

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We also ordered a side of the macaroni and cheese with basil crust. It was delicious and a very generous portion.

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After I had finished my delicious white wine I felt like something else to drink. I ordered a coke, seemingly boring I know, but this is what our lovely waitress delivered!

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So cute!

We passed on dessert as we were very full. We enjoyeed our meal, but we won't be rushing back. I would say that Artist Point is an every other year restaurant for us.

TinkerBelle_325
04-30-2010, 12:52 PM
Garden View Tea

The Garden View Tea has become a tradition for DMom & I. We love getting a bit dressed up and spending a relaxing afternoon at the tea room. The only downfall is that it always rains when we go! :rotfl:

Our ADR was for 2:10 and we were third in line to check in. The party ahead of us caused a bit of a scene. When they checked in the CM at the podium confirmed "Party of 2" to which the woman replied "Actually, now it's a party of 3!" and the CM got a bit flustered. He explained that the tea was fully booked and he wasn't sure he could accomodate the increased party size. The woman got very angry at the CM and made a terrible scene :sad2: and after a few minutes they were seated.

The CM had not been lying about the tea being fully booked. We had never seen it that busy! Every single table was taken by 2:30.

We were seated shortly after the scene caising woman :rolleyes1 at a table for 2 by the window.

Tea Place Setting
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We already knew that we would be ordering The Grand Tea. It is our selection every trip.

We started off with a lovely glass of sparkling wine
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I didn't take pictures of the tea pots, but DMom ordered Harmony - which was a blend of chamomile, peppermint and verbena. I ordered the Mad Hatter - which is vanilla with orange and berry flavors.

Then we were presented with sandwiches: Pear & Gorgonzola, Watercress, Chicken Salad, Shrimp Salad and Egg Salad. As well as a pate and an onion tartlet
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DMom and I swap out different sandwiches. I can't eat gorgonzola and I can't stand watercress but she likes both. She isn't a big fan of the chicken salad or the shrimp salad, so she gives them to me. We both LOVE the little onion tartlets!

Next up were warm scones with devonshire cream and a jam tart.
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I love that the scones are flaky, but tender at the same time. I find that some scones are way too dry. The tart is wonderful because I love the flavor of berries but can't stand the seeds lol.

We decided to order some Lemon Pound Cake as well
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This was ok, we've both had better poundcake.

Our waitress got a bit distracted at this point. We ended up waiting 20 minutes between our scone/pound cake course and our pastries. Plus, we were a bit disappointed that she brought the pastry platter to three tables seated after us BEFORE she served us...AND she didn't replenish the plate...there was very little selection remaining.

Pastries
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The pastries were nice, but we would have appreciated choosing from the complete selection, not a platter picked over by three parties before us.

Overall the experience was relaxing and fun. We will definitely return soon.
California Grill

The California Grill is easily one of our favorite restaurants. We dine here at least once a trip and we even have a favorite server, Ron!

We checked in at about 7:30 and we were lucky enough to find a table in the lounge. We ordered drinks and were prepared to wait for Ron. He stopped by to say hello and mentioned that one of his tables would be turning by 8, so we should be seated then. We enjoyed the view of Seven Seas Lagoon and before we knew it our pager went off.

Ron had us at a table right by the window with a perfect view of Cinderella Castle.

As usual, we started with a Sushi Platter
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It consisted of one shrimp tempura roll, one spicy kazan roll and one california roll. While they were all good, we decided that next time we will get two shrimp tempura instead of getting 1 and a cali roll. The shrimp tempura is just too good to only have one ;)

For our next course we opted for cheese
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This was wonderful! I have the listing of cheese at home and I'll post it later but we loved every selection. The winner in terms of pairings = candied marcona almonds and honey comb! So good!

We weren't really in the mood for entrees so instead we ordered two courses of appetizers.

DMom had the seasonal salad
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I've have to double check but I believe there were pears, pecans and blue cheese in this.

DDad opted for the Lobster salad with Blood Orange
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See? Blood Orange is the new "in" flavor lol. This was lovely. The creamy lobster salad was accented well by the bright citrus and the buttery avocado.

I decided on the Crispy Asian Rock Shrimp Salad
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Wow! This packed a lot of punch for a salad. There were at least a dozen perfectly crisp little rock shrimp pilled atop mixed greens with slivers of carrot and red onion all dressed in two sauces, soy based and wasabi based, that combined to make an earthy, spicy dressing. I would get this again.

For the second round of appetizers DDad ordered the Braised Lamb Shank Risotto
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This was incredibly rich. The lamb was tender and the risotto was the perfect consistency, not too runny or too firm.

DMom decided to try the Creamy Onion Soup
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The onion flavor was subtle, like a perfect french onion soup but cream based. It was rich and light at the same time!

I had to have the Goat Cheese Ravioli
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This is such a perfect appetizer. The creamy goat cheese, the tender pasta, the tangy and bright tomato sauce, the earthy mushrooms and the garlicy pesto all combine to make each bite blissfully good.

Last but not least, we had the moment I had been waiting for ALL night....

My Birthday Cake!!

I swear, the entire restaurant watched as Ron brought it out. Thankfully there was no singing :lmao: It was perfect, it looked better than I imagine (which never happens! I always idealize things!).

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Ron said that he has seen lots and lots of cakes go through CG in the past, but felt this was in the top 5 he had ever seen.

It tasted fantastic. The cake was nice and moist and the buttercream wasn't overly buttery or overly sugary. We offered Ron a piece, which he gladly accepted and we still had a bit more than half of the cake to take back to the resort with us.

It was a fantastic meal! Can't wait to return to the California Grill.

Gouden Leeuw
04-30-2010, 01:15 PM
Wow what a cake!

And the meal looked really good too! Cant wait to eat there.

monorail girl
04-30-2010, 10:32 PM
Great review. I really enjoyed the California Grill too. I loved your Birthday cake, it was simple yet elegant, loved Tinkerbell:thumbsup2

liz827
04-30-2010, 11:22 PM
Definitely watching your reviews! Great so far!! :D

irongirlof12
05-01-2010, 11:31 AM
amazing photo's - I love your birthday cake :goodvibes

MissScarlet
05-01-2010, 01:00 PM
Does the California Grill always offer a shrimp tempura roll? And what comes in it? Thanks!

TinkerBelle_325
05-01-2010, 01:02 PM
Does the California Grill always offer a shrimp tempura roll? And what comes in it? Thanks!

It isn't listed on the menu, but it is always offered and in my opinion it is the best roll there.

It is tempura shrimp, with thin slices of mango and watermelon, wrapped in soy paper and served with a orange ginger dipping sauce. Out of this world!

texasgirl73
05-01-2010, 01:23 PM
That cake was gorgeous! California Grill was my favorite during my first trip. I had my first sushi roll there- the Spicy Sensation I think it was called. It started my love affair with sushi.:cloud9:

iloveeeyore
05-01-2010, 09:31 PM
Your birthday cake is gorgeous! Did you order it through Brian? We are also celebrating a special b'day at CG and we would love a cake like that! Did you post the details about it on the cake chatter thread? If so, please post a link (I looked but didn't see anything). Thanks!

goldielocksraj
05-01-2010, 11:18 PM
All caught up again!! Lots of yummy food and wonderful reviews!!

I was sooo excited to hear about your European vacation (I've never been but wanted to go almost as long as I've wanted to say in the Contemporary), and then I was "bummed" that you would be waiting! Totally understandable and I think a very good choice. And, you still get your Disney trip. Which means, we all get to "eat" your food with you!!!

Thanks for the reviews!

TinkerBelle_325
05-02-2010, 01:00 AM
Your birthday cake is gorgeous! Did you order it through Brian? We are also celebrating a special b'day at CG and we would love a cake like that! Did you post the details about it on the cake chatter thread? If so, please post a link (I looked but didn't see anything). Thanks!

Thank you! I loved it :) it was even better than I imagined.

I ordered through Contemporary Private Dining and asked for Brian's contact info. I then emailed him with pictures of cakes I liked and a list of requests:

- White Cake, Buttercream Filling & Frosting
- Hand Painted White Chocolate Tinkerbell
- Light purple fondant with sugar effect I had seen on another cake
- Sugar flowers in a variety of pastels
- White chocolate banner

My cake was 8 inches and I was quoted $100.

All caught up again!! Lots of yummy food and wonderful reviews!!

I was sooo excited to hear about your European vacation (I've never been but wanted to go almost as long as I've wanted to say in the Contemporary), and then I was "bummed" that you would be waiting! Totally understandable and I think a very good choice. And, you still get your Disney trip. Which means, we all get to "eat" your food with you!!!

Thanks for the reviews!

We were really excited about Europe too, but we are so much happier now that we have more time to plan. I will still do a TR of my travels to Europe in 2011 :goodvibes

You guys definitely still get to "eat" my food with me :thumbsup2 and you get another V&A review (plus...*shhh don't tell anyone*......yet another V&A review in Jan 2011 :rolleyes1)

dizneeat
05-02-2010, 02:05 AM
Hi Karin!

We are definitely happy to be going to WDW if we can't go to Europe! Plus, we really want to take the time to plan the trip to London and Paris properly.

That is fantastic news that we will be at WDW at the same time. Our Le Cellier ADR is for 12pm and our Jiko ADR is for 8:35pm. It would be great to meet and say hi :goodvibes

And your suggestions for London (they are still good for next year hehe):
- DMom is terrified of Ferris Wheels but now I have more than a year to convince her to fly the eye ;)
- I never thought of climbing St. Paul's - great suggestion
- We will definitely be going to Harrods!

Oh my gosh, so many new reviews!
I loved the CG one, esp. since Ron is our favourite server as well, we always ask for him as he knows how to make your visit extra special!

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Your birthday cake was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!!!! So beautiful!!!!!!!!! :worship:

As for our "little meet" ....... we had to change around our Le Cellier ADR and we are going there a day early, BUT .......

our ADR at Jiko is for 8.35 on Sept 4! The exact same time your ADR is, so I guess we will get to say HI after all! :dance3:

PrincessBetsy
05-14-2010, 02:49 PM
Wow, lots of updates! :thumbsup2 I adore your cake. It is so beautiful! I'm going to WDW for my birthday in July and I would love to have a cake that is similar to yours.

MissScarlet
05-14-2010, 03:53 PM
We went to California Grill for the first time last week, and ordered the Shrimp Tempera roll based on your recommendation. The server knew exactly what I was looking for when I asked about it, even though it is not on the menu. It was so good!

chocolatechip69
05-19-2010, 04:45 PM
Great reviews and beutiful pictures. What a joy to read and....drewel.
I'm subbing:)

TinkerBelle_325
06-14-2010, 10:05 AM
I am soooooo sorry that it has been so long since my last update :sad2:

Work has been....well....not good LOL....unbearable.....7th circle of....well you get the idea!

Anyways, I promise that you will get the mother of all updates very very soon :goodvibes I intend to finish off this Dining Report and begin by Pre-Trip for....

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FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 2010!!!

That's right! :woohoo: We are going to the 15th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! It wasn't originally in the cards, but a bit of pleading on my part and I convinced my parents to switch our trip from early Sept to late Oct! You can also expect yet another glorious meal at Victoria & Albert's, on DMom's birthday :yay:

Plus, my very best friend in the world, Tania, is returning to WDW with us! It has been 4 long years since she has been "home." This will be her 5th trip to WDW, and her 4th with my family.

So lots of fun to come! Please stay tuned :) I promise I'll update more consistently!

PrincessBetsy
06-17-2010, 04:02 PM
Hi! I'm glad your back and no worries about not updating in a while. It's so exciting that you are going to be attending the Food and Wine Festival and I look forward to your Pre-Trip Report! :goodvibes

TinkerBelle_325
06-19-2010, 10:55 AM
YAY! I'm FINALLY updaing! So sorry for the delay guys and thank you for continuing to read :goodvibes

Flying Fish

Our ADR was for 5:30 on the dot and we were seated in the front section of the restaurant. We had a great view of the kitchen and could see out the windows to the Boardwalk croquet lawn.

Our server dropped by some whole wheat sourdough bread.
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We thought it was very tasty and the whole wheat flour added a nuttiness to the typical tang of sourdough.

DMom started with a salad of Vero Beach Greens, Pears, Gorgonzola, Edible Flowers, Walnuts and Citrus Vinaigrette. She loved it!
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DDad had the standout appetizer of the night - the Shrimp Cocktail with Blood Orange, Grapefruit and Orange, with Salsa Verde. This was divine! We found that "blood orange" was the "salted caramel" of this year! Definitely a culinary trend as we saw it at 3 or 4 restaurants.
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I had the Tuna Tartare atop Tempura Vegetable Maki. It was....off....the tuna tartare was lovely, but the sauce on the plate tasted too heavily of sesame oil and the tempura vegetable maki was...muddy tasting...not bright and crisp as I had expected.
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DMom had the winning entree - Oak-grilled Salmon with a Coconut Curry Broth. As she isn't a huge fan of curry under normal circumstances she requested the sauce on the side. However, she loved it! She said it was light, perfectly spiced and complimented the smokey oak grilled flavor.
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DDad had a double order of the jonah crab cakes with remoulade. These were perfect as always - a nice crispy coating, tender perfectly spiced crab and a tangy sauce. He nearly licked the plate clean.
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I had the signature Potato Wrapped Snapper with Creamed Leeks and Red Wine Reduction. It never ceases to amaze me that white fish and red wine can pair together so perfectly! I'm not a big fish eater but I love this dish.
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As a surprise, our server brought a Dark Chocolate Mint Creme Brulee for my birthday.
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OMG this was heavenly! I thought the white chocolate creme brulee from last year was awesome - this blows it out of the water. It was rich and not overly sweet, with a perfect mint accent. YUM!

We also ordered the Citrus Cheesecake with Walnut Crust.
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This was the sugar free offering and had....Blood Orange, again! It was good, but we felt the waltnuts were a bit too bitter and that almonds might have been a better contrast as citrus already has bitter notes. The cheesecake itself was light and creamy.

Overall, we still love Flying Fish. We are taking it out of the rotation for our next trip, but we plan to return again very soon.

The one thing I failed to mention about the night that we dined at Flying Fish was that it was FREEZING! DDad and I had been silly enough to head out the door with no sweater or jacket and we were practically blue by the time we reached the International Gateway. I tell you, they were making a killing on sweater purchases that night! The whole week had been temperate up to that point, so the cold snap was definitely as surprise.

As a result of the cold, we found ourselves running into shops around World Showcase for warmth....which seemed so funny as we are used to the shops being a refuge from the heat!

By the time we made our way to Norway we were hungry again, so we stopped in at...Kringla Bakery

I convinced my parents to try School Bread last year after reading all the hype here on the DIS. We loved it! So we ordered one to share, plus a waffle!

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A word of warning, don't order school bread at the end of the night :sad2: It wasn't quite stale, but it was tough and the icing had set up a bit too much. Where it would regularly be a 10, it was about a 7.

The waffle was a surprise! I saw it in the case and decided to give it a try. I had to wait a few minutes as they made a new one in the back. It came out nice and hot, filled with delicious strawberry jam and topped with powdered sugar! Wow! Definitely try one of these :thumbsup2

Unfortunately, Kringla's seating area is outdoors....with wrought iron chairs! So we were still feeling chilly as we proceeded to Mexico.

What better to warm you than a visit to.....THE DITCH! (aka La Cava del Tequila!)

We managed to snag some prime seating on the couch against the wall. DDad had a Dos Equis and DMom and I shared a new feature margarita....It was a premium clear tequila with blue curacao, lime juice, and a hibiscus salt rim. WOW WOW WOW! I wanted another three of these! I will definitely return in Oct to indulge in more :rolleyes1

Now, while at the Ditch we saw....the most intoxicated women on the planet! I kid you not, there was a group of three women sitting at a table and they were as drunk as drunk could be! In the 30 minutes we were there....1 fell of her chair, another knocked over a waiter carrying a tray of drinks, one was drinking directly from a BOTTLE of wine....it was a riot! I have no idea how they made it back to their resort but it seemed like a scene out of The Hangover!

chocolatechip69
06-21-2010, 09:40 AM
That must've been so funny to see those 3 women making fools out of themselves:) Although you often see that happen when someone has an action-packed day, get really tired, then knock a few drink and the alcohol just really takes over a tired body and mind:)

Great review of the Flying Fish. We're going there in September. Is the signature dish really as good as people describe it?:)

TinkerBelle_325
06-21-2010, 09:42 AM
Taqueria del Lago

This is the temporary counter service location at the Mexico Pavilion. It is the Food & Wine Festival Booth from this year, with a limited menu.

We were a bit hungry as we made our way around World Showcase so we decided to share one of the entrees.

Quesadillas - Grilled flour tortilla with chihuaha cheese, served with pico de gallo sauce, refried beans and rice $5.50
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These were delicious! It was a very generous portion for $5.50 considering the small F&W festival portion is $3.75.

The cheese was tangy, but melted well like a mozzarella. The rice was mildly spiced and I didn't try the beans but DMom & DDad said they were great as well.

About an hour after our snack it was time for lunch at...

Chefs de France

We had to go visit our favorite chef!
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The ever-adorable Remy!

I only took a few pictures on this lunch as we had some repeats from earlier in the trip.

Our meal started out with fresh, hot baguette. I cannot tell you how much of an improvement this is over the rock hard rolls from before.

Then we each had a bowl of French Onion Soup.

I decided to get the $20 three course lunch and ordered the Croque Monsieur. I LIVED off of these in Paris and I must say, this one is delicious!
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The bread is a bit thicker than the ones I had in Paris, and they tended to have bechamel AND cheese on the top whereas this one had only cheese, but it was filling, comforting and very yummy. I ate half and DMom & DDad split the other half.

For dessert, I ordered the Profiteroles au Chocolat. These are divine and have been my favorite dessert at Chefs de France for a LONG LONG time. The puffs themselves are perfectly crisp on the outside and soft inside, the cold ice cream contrasts with the hot chocolate sauce. Mmmmm!
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All in all, it was a very good lunch and one I know we will repeat again and again on coming trips.

Now, it is time for the very last review of my March 2010 trip :sad1: but never fear! I will be starting my October Pre-Dining Report this afternoon! I'll add the link here as soon as it is up :goodvibes

Our traditional last night dinner has become...

Tokyo Dining

After a week of rich food, we find that sushi is the perfect final meal.

We arrived at 6:30 and by 6:45 we found ourselves seated at a window table with a gorgeous view.
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Place Setting
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DMom started with the Garden Salad with Ginger Dressing.
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It was your typical japanese restaurant salad but the ginger dressing is so good here! It is a bit earthier than others we have tried.

DDad and I each got the Shrimp Cocktail with Wasabi Cocktail Sauce
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The cocktail sauce had that perfect zing that only wasabi can give and the shrimp were sweet and tender.

DMom and DDad also split an order of Edamame, but they were disappointed to find that they weren't salted. I'm not a huge fan of Edamame so I didn't try any.
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We ordered two sushi rolls to split.
Top: Spicy Tuna Crunch - tuna, spicy sauce and tempura crunch
Bottom: Dynamite Roll - california roll, topped with wasabi mayo, wasabi tobiko, masago, and salmon and tuna sashimi.
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Both were great, but the dynamite is the standout, it is creamy, crunchy, spicy and just plain wonderful!

As we have never ordered entrees here, and we were particularly hungry, we decided to give some a try.

DDad got Chicken Katsu - breaded and fried chicken breast served with katsu sauce (like a thick ponzu).
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We had no idea that the entrees came with TWO chicken breasts! It was a very generous portion and was quite tasty.

DMom and I each ordered the Chicken Teriyaki
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Again, each entree was served with TWO chicken breasts! That was 6 chicken breasts for three people! Next time we will split two entrees!

Well, that is all for this edition of ~We seldom report of having eaten too little~ but the next edition will be up and running very shortly AND it will include the 15th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

NEWS!

For those interested, I have started my own blog on dining at WDW!

The Disney Foodie Blog (http://www.thedisneyfoodie.blogspot.com/)

It will feature reviews, restaurant news, general information on dining, special events, the dining plan, Tables in Wonderland and much more! I'll also be doing Q&A posts, so if you have any WDW dining questions please feel free to email me at thedisneyfoodie@gmail.com!

TinkerBelle_325
06-21-2010, 09:59 AM
That must've been so funny to see those 3 women making fools out of themselves:) Although you often see that happen when someone has an action-packed day, get really tired, then knock a few drink and the alcohol just really takes over a tired body and mind:)

Great review of the Flying Fish. We're going there in September. Is the signature dish really as good as people describe it?:)

It was hilarious, even the servers looked shocked at how drunk they were! :lmao:

The signature dish really is as good as everyone says! I am not a fish person, I like salmon, and I love sushi, but I would never order a dish like halibut, mahi mahi, snapper etc.

The snapper is a very hearty fish, and the potato wrapper is earthy, combined with the rich red wine sauce and the creamy leeks are a great compliment.

franandaj
06-21-2010, 07:02 PM
Great Review!

The sushi pictures were missing :sad2:

You have a great vocabulary for describing food, I hope you post a link here for your next report, so we can all catch up!

Thanks!

vinotinto
06-21-2010, 08:33 PM
Lovely reviews! I can tell you guys love food (I do too!). Looking forward to the rest! More blood orange to come?

TinkerBelle_325
06-21-2010, 09:24 PM
Great Review!

The sushi pictures were missing :sad2:

You have a great vocabulary for describing food, I hope you post a link here for your next report, so we can all catch up!

Thanks!

Thanks for pointing out the missing sushi pic! It should be there now :goodvibes

Aww thank you! I can totally relate to Remy from Ratatouille...
Remy: You gotta taste this! This is... oh, it's got this kind of... mmm, it's burny, it's melty... it's not really a smoky taste. It's kind of like a certain... Pshah! It's got like this " Ba-boom! Zap!" kind of taste. Dont you think? What would you call that flavor?
Emile: Lightningy?
Remy: Yeah! It's lightningy! We gotta do that again! Okay, when the next storm comes, we'll go up on the roof... I know what this needs! Saffron. A little saffron would make this!

I just try to describe how I feel and everything about the food from taste, to smell, to texture :)

Lovely reviews! I can tell you guys love food (I do too!). Looking forward to the rest! More blood orange to come?

Thanks! We absolutely love food. I watch food network nearly 24/7.

Sadly, that was the last review for this round. But, I will be returning to WDW on October 25th for the Food & Wine Festival and my pre-trip report will be up very very soon. :thumbsup2

NorweJenNY
06-21-2010, 09:46 PM
I just caught up reading some of your report that I apparently missed... good stuff!

Question about the Kona Island Sushi Bar... (which I never even realized existed before!) Were you only at the Sushi Bar or also in Kona? Because the menus I saw didn't have the sticky wings. We'd love the sticky wings and potstickers that I see are served in Kona. Just wondering if they're also available at the Sushi Bar or not? And what about the 'Ohana bread pudding? Available at Kona Cafe or the Sushi Bar or both? I personally love that bread pudding too! :cloud9:

TinkerBelle_325
06-21-2010, 10:00 PM
I just caught up reading some of your report that I apparently missed... good stuff!

Question about the Kona Island Sushi Bar... (which I never even realized existed before!) Were you only at the Sushi Bar or also in Kona? Because the menus I saw didn't have the sticky wings. We'd love the sticky wings and potstickers that I see are served in Kona. Just wondering if they're also available at the Sushi Bar or not? And what about the 'Ohana bread pudding? Available at Kona Cafe or the Sushi Bar or both? I personally love that bread pudding too! :cloud9:

The sushi bar opened a few years ago and it is fantastic! It doesn't accept reservations but you can get any item off the Kona Cafe menu in addition to the sushi offerings. I've successfully ordered the Ohana bread pudding at Kona Cafe and at the sushi bar :thumbsup2

NorweJenNY
06-21-2010, 10:39 PM
The sushi bar opened a few years ago and it is fantastic! It doesn't accept reservations but you can get any item off the Kona Cafe menu in addition to the sushi offerings. I've successfully ordered the Ohana bread pudding at Kona Cafe and at the sushi bar :thumbsup2

Wow... that's neat! Who'd've thunk it? Nice tip! :thumbsup2

TinkerBelle_325
06-22-2010, 11:44 AM
NEW PRE-TRIP DINING REPORT

Hey guys! The bad news, this review is complete :( Thank you so much for reading!

Now, the good news! I have started ~We seldom report of having eaten too little~ F&W 2010 Edition! :woohoo:

~We seldom report of having eaten too little~ F&W 2010 Edition (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2493146)

PrincessBetsy
07-12-2010, 11:13 AM
Thank you so much for all the marvelous reviews! I'm so sad that this review is over, but I will be following your F&W report and your blog :goodvibes. I also LOVE food network!! I learn so much and I could watch it all day long!