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mandibc11
05-25-2010, 09:21 PM
"Curiouser and Curiouser!" - Alice's exclamation continually ran through my head as I looked over menus months in advance, attempting to find a little something for myself, while going places I knew my husband would love for his birthday celebration.

He agreed to let me do the Deluxe Dining Plan for us, but then his parents surprised us by giving it to him for his birthday - talk about exciting!

My parents pre-purchased the PhotoPass CD for him, so we were good to go with unlimited food and photos for the majority of our excursion.

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Last September for our honeymoon, he (Jeremy) surprised me (Amanda) with tickets to DisneyLand Paris during our trek through Europe. It was his first taste, but being the Walt lover that I am, I wanted to really introduce him to the World and give him a proper feast.

"Who Are YOU?"

Alice - Me (Amanda), 27
Vegan and with Dairy Allergies, I planned everything about the trip, including making all reservations and contacting Disney Special Diets over a month ahead of time. I longed for waffles, savory dinners with cocktails, and hopefully even a dessert or two.

Mad Hatter - Jeremy, turning 29
A lover of ALL foods, especially when accompanied by honey mustard, he was excited about exploring this new world, making use of the Boardwalk's water slide, and having multiple milk shakes.

Our Itinerary Looked a Bit Like This:

Sunday, May 16th - Arrival Day
Lunch - Mama Melrose
Dinner - Les Chefs de France

Monday, May 17th
Breakfast - 1900 Park Fare
Lunch - Crystal Place OR Columbia Harbor House
Dinner - Ohana

Tuesday, May 18th
Breakfast - Boardwalk Bakery
Lunch - Tokyo Dining
Dinner - Restaurant Marrakesh

Wednesday, May 19th
Breakfast - Boma
Lunch - Tusker House
Dinner - Sci Fi Dine In Theater

Thursday, May 20th
Breakfast - Kouzzina
Lunch - Rose and Crown
Dinner - Jiko

Friday, May 21st
Lunch - Beaches and Cream
Dinner - Raglan Road

Saturday, May 22nd
Breakfast - Kouzzina
Lunch - Kona Cafe

And now I will begin at the beginning, and go on until I come to the end, at which point I will stop. I hope you'll come along for this taste of wonderland.

princessallegra
05-25-2010, 09:31 PM
I'm in! Can't wait to read about your experiences. You guys are a cute couple! :goodvibes

mandibc11
05-26-2010, 08:00 AM
I'm in! Can't wait to read about your experiences. You guys are a cute couple! :goodvibes

Thanks so much! I've been keeping up with your pre-trip report also, and I gotta say I love that tattoo!

mandibc11
05-26-2010, 08:12 AM
I'll start off by saying that reservations were booked the full 180 days in advance. And while those original venues changed numerous times as the trip got closer, I was paranoid enough to make the ADRs I KNEW we would be going to as soon as possible!

Also, in regards to my diet, I not only made the ADRs online and specified my allergies, but then contacted Special Diets (specialdiets@disneyworld.com) to let them know that I followed a Vegan diet as well. I really wanted to make sure they knew only ONE of us would require anything out of the ordinary...because I didn't want Jeremy not to be able to get a steak if his heart desired it!

They emailed me back with a few documents regarding what foods the parks offered, which counter service locations were best, and a form to fill out including my ADRs and special requests. No sooner had I emailed it back to them than someone got back in touch, said it was noted, and let me know that if I needed anything above and beyond this, they would be happy to accomodate!

All that to say, I had a great experience in that area. Considering we were on the DDP, I really wanted to make sure the money wasn't going to be wasted because I hadn't given them enough of a head's up!

princessallegra
05-26-2010, 08:19 AM
Thanks so much! I've been keeping up with your pre-trip report also, and I gotta say I love that tattoo!

Aw thank YOU so much! It was a labor of love, 5 hours straight :eek: I have to say I am really excited to read your reviews. It's just a cool combo-your DH being an omnivore and you being vegan. We'll get to see Disney dining from a very unique perspective! Looking forward to it! :goodvibes:goodvibes

pennyplanner
05-26-2010, 08:20 AM
I'm excited to read your reviews. I'm sure they will be very diverse!

--pennyplanner

mandibc11
05-26-2010, 11:35 AM
Aw thank YOU so much! It was a labor of love, 5 hours straight :eek: I have to say I am really excited to read your reviews. It's just a cool combo-your DH being an omnivore and you being vegan. We'll get to see Disney dining from a very unique perspective! Looking forward to it! :goodvibes:goodvibes

We are going on a trip to Europe in July, and I've decided to get a tattoo while we are there...maybe in Amsterdam. Now to just decide what that will be and where. It's a tough decision! I have a few designs in mind, but the location it the real toughy!

I hope that the reviews turn out well - it was hilarious to order food telling the chef that Yes, I'm vegan, but my husband would like the beef shortribs!

I'm excited to read your reviews. I'm sure they will be very diverse!

--pennyplanner

I'm excited you're excited! Hopefully I'll be reviewing a few things that haven't been discussed too much on the boards!

Vegcentric
05-26-2010, 01:37 PM
Hey hey! Awesome that you're starting your reviews. I know you mentioned in the vegan dining thread that you were going to, so I'm pretty excited. Looking forward to seeing how your experiences turned out, and any helpful tips that might make my next trip this fall more enjoyable.

AMadHatterMyself
05-26-2010, 02:34 PM
Well as the Mad Hatter of this journey down the rabbit hole I have to say that my wife's excitement of Disney has infected me and I am now hooked as well. It seems that I will be a constant character in the Magic Kingdom! The food was great and I can't wait for you to hear all about it from the mouth (or fingers) of a great writer - My Wife! Hope you enjoy!

VeganRazzleDazzle
05-26-2010, 03:25 PM
I'm looking forward to your review! :thumbsup2

I am also Vegan with an Omni DH. We are going for our anniversary August 29-Sept 3rd. Alot of your dining choices are the same as my current ADR's!

mandibc11
05-26-2010, 03:43 PM
Hey hey! Awesome that you're starting your reviews. I know you mentioned in the vegan dining thread that you were going to, so I'm pretty excited. Looking forward to seeing how your experiences turned out, and any helpful tips that might make my next trip this fall more enjoyable.

I'm glad you found it - I really hope I'll be able to help out. I learned a TON from this trip and will try to be as descriptive as possible...I've also made a note to myself for next time...hopefully during the Food and Wine festival! Will you be going around that time?

Well as the Mad Hatter of this journey down the rabbit hole I have to say that my wife's excitement of Disney has infected me and I am now hooked as well. It seems that I will be a constant character in the Magic Kingdom! The food was great and I can't wait for you to hear all about it from the mouth (or fingers) of a great writer - My Wife! Hope you enjoy!

Well hello there - I'm glad you'll be giving everyone your two cents, as well! And yes, you'll absolutely be a constant in Disney from now on...perhaps in the fall? :woohoo:

I'm looking forward to your review! :thumbsup2

I am also Vegan with an Omni DH. We are going for our anniversary August 29-Sept 3rd. Alot of your dining choices are the same as my current ADR's!

Wow, we're really similar! Actually, while in Disney I noticed that some of the waitstaff tended to whisper the non-veg specials to Jeremy for fear of offending me! Don't know if you've had experience with that in the past, but I only found it amusing. :goodvibes

bluejasmine
05-26-2010, 04:59 PM
Im in, cant wait to hear the rest!

Vegcentric
05-26-2010, 05:43 PM
Yes, we're actually going from October 20th to the 26th! Really excited about the food and wine festival and cannot wait!

vinotinto
05-26-2010, 06:14 PM
Signing in! Love deluxe dining reports!

mandibc11
05-26-2010, 08:41 PM
You can tell I was excited about this trip, because I checked into our hotel online a full three days beforehand! I couldn't believe that Disney even offered this, and of course I took advantage of it, because I wanted to get to our lunch reservations on time!

We had also used the Magical Express, so we just went to the front desk, got our "Key to the World" card, and headed straight to Hollywood Studios, only a short walk from the Boardwalk.

Like I said, it was Jeremy's first time to be here, but I couldn't wait to eat, so we rushed through the parks (stopping first to get a Fast Pass to the Star Wars ride). We were running about 15 minutes behind, and I knew the place would be packed. They were nice about it though, and at around 2:15pm we got a pager and waited in the VERY crowded front room while people cooled off from the heat outside and everyone's stomachs growled. I think mine was the loudest though!

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The hostess had asked me right when we arrived which one of us had "allergies." Of course that would be me. Keep in mind that even if you don't actually have an allergy, any special diet is stamped with a big red ALLERGY across it to let everyone know to be on the lookout!

Now, I'm a breakfast kind of girl, and hadn't eaten anything that day but a protein bar. So, when our pager went off I practically ran to the table in front of the hostess.

Our waiter's name was Mazen, a very nice guy that truly seemed happy to work there. As soon as he saw the scarlet letters on our reservation ticket, he took our drink orders and said he would go and get the chef. Not 3 minutes later, a man walked back to the table with him, introduced himself as Christian, and said he would be my personal chef for the meal. Talk about customized service!

Jeremy loves most foods, so he had already picked out everything and was ready to order the appetizer, entree and dessert at once! But the chef was asking me a few questions, so he had to be patient. :cutie: I told the chef I would love a pizza if he could make it, because I hadn't been able to have one in awhile. Any appetizer would do for me, and a dessert would be fantastic! He said he had something special in mind where sweets were concerned...that made me excited to end the meal before it even began!

First out came some bread, which Christian explained was fine for both Jeremy and myself to eat.

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Neither of us are bread people, but I think I mentioned we were hungry. It was a bit hard on the outside, but had a warm soft middle that I dug out and dipped in the oil and spices that was brought along with it.

Shortly after came our appetizers.

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We had both ordered the Mixed Green Salad, only mine wasn't able to have the Gorgonzola or Walnuts, making Jeremy's much prettier to look at, so I'll only include the picture of his. It came with apples and dried cherries in a tasty balsamic vinaigrette. The cherries really made it...not too sweet, with a great tart taste to them! Jeremy would argue that the HUGE chunks of cheese were the best part...I think he ate too much of it considering what he ordered as an entree!

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He ordered the Goat Cheese Ravioli. Yes, another cheese-loaded dish! He really liked the consistency of the cheese, but didn't care too much for the caramelized onions that garnished the top. Overall he thought it was delicious, though.

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My dish - Vegan Roasted Veggie Pizza! The chef was true to his word, and boy did he deliver! The vegetables were cooked exactly right, the tapioca flatbread was just crisp enough, and the sauce was fantastic (I asked for extra and they brought me out an entire dish of it). The cheese was just ok...it didn't add anything to the dish so I picked a lot of it off. Even still, I would HIGHLY recommend this!

We stopped gorging ourselves and asked Mazen to take the plates away before we were too full to have any dessert.

Jeremy was boring and just ordered the Vanilla gelato. In his defense though, it looked really good.

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I had no idea what I would be getting, so I was happy to see these adorable treats!

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Chef Christian brought this out himself - I think he was proud of it! Heck, I was proud of it! It consisted of a Trio of ice cream sandwiches made with Divvies cookies. Each was different, containing vanilla Tofutti, chocolate Tofutti, and a lemon sorbet. Two were drizzled in chocolate, and the lemon had a raspberry sauce on it. HEAVEN! I really wasn't expecting anything like that, expecting just vanilla Tofutti or something similar.

The out of pocket total would have come to $63.12 before gratuity. I will absolutely be going back next time we're there, and will probably get the exact same thing!

We both really enjoyed the entire experience. The staff was more than friendly, Chef Christian did a fantastic job at handling my requests, and the food was excellent. For our first dining experience of the trip, we were off to a great start!

Vegcentric
05-26-2010, 09:21 PM
Those little sandwiches at the end are so, so cute! I almost want to change my dining reservations now to include Mama Melrose' because they seem to really do a good job at creating appetizing vegan food!

And pizza is awesome, of course.

VeganRazzleDazzle
05-26-2010, 09:28 PM
WOW! :love:

That dessert looks AMAZING!

I've heard about the pizza's but i've never seen anything like that from Mama Melrose. I may have to change my Hollywood Studios plans now!

I was going to do Sci-Fi Dine-In and 50's Prime Time Cafe. Now I have to figure out which one to change!

Thanks for the great review so far. :thumbsup2

PiperGirlInWondrland
05-26-2010, 10:27 PM
Great review, I'm in! popcorn::

princessallegra
05-27-2010, 09:22 AM
Add me to the WOW those little dessert sandwiches are adorable camp!!! Also that veggie pizza looks super yums. The Mad Hatters ravioli look sooo good!! And yums for the salad as well! Glad Mama Melrose was a hit for you guys!!! :thumbsup2

mandibc11
05-27-2010, 01:10 PM
Those little sandwiches at the end are so, so cute! I almost want to change my dining reservations now to include Mama Melrose' because they seem to really do a good job at creating appetizing vegan food!

And pizza is awesome, of course.

Honestly, I wasn't expecting such special treatment from them - that was a theme for the trip I think...the restaurants that sometimes do amazing things for vegans were good but not great, whereas places like Mama Melrose really stepped up in my book!

WOW! :love:

That dessert looks AMAZING!

I've heard about the pizza's but i've never seen anything like that from Mama Melrose. I may have to change my Hollywood Studios plans now!

I was going to do Sci-Fi Dine-In and 50's Prime Time Cafe. Now I have to figure out which one to change!

Thanks for the great review so far. :thumbsup2

We ate at Sci-Fi also! Maybe my review of that will help you make your decision...we also got milkshakes to go from 50s Prime Time. :goodvibes

Great review, I'm in! popcorn::

Hey, thanks for Joining!

Add me to the WOW those little dessert sandwiches are adorable camp!!! Also that veggie pizza looks super yums. The Mad Hatters ravioli look sooo good!! And yums for the salad as well! Glad Mama Melrose was a hit for you guys!!! :thumbsup2

It was one of my favorite desserts of the trip! He really loved his ravioli...and all the cheese in the salad too!

AMadHatterMyself
05-27-2010, 03:10 PM
Mama Melrose was fantastic! Chef Christian was one of the nicest chefs I have ever met and he did everything to make our dining experience one of the best of the trip! I mean our first meal at Disney, my first meal there ever and we hit a homerun on the first swing. I am a lover of cheese and I will have to tell you that they know their cheese! And yes my wife says I was boring and just picked the vanilla gelato, but it’s worth the try. If you are like me, and are not a huge fan of Italian desserts (If you are a fan of Italian desserts that had all sorts of choices), it was a great alternative and was delicious!

And if you haven't had Divies cookies you won't know that they are vegan! Mandi's entire meal was excellent. It was fresh and delicious. I enjoy eating Mandi's vegan meals most of the time and there was nothing about this meal that I could have told was Vegan or not. It tasted that good! I give Mama Melrose a 10 and want to tell you that it needs to be on your reservation list!

mandibc11
05-27-2010, 05:32 PM
After stuffing ourselves from lunch, we walked around Hollywood Studios seeing the sights and riding the rides until it was about time to eat again!

“We’re Late! We’re Late! For a VERY important date!”

Our dinner reservations were in Epcot, so this time we took the ferry from HS thinking it would be a much quicker ride. We were mistaken! The boat made stops at each resort; after the third time of docking to a pier while waiting on the slow pokes with nothing better to do than leisurely stroll through their vacation (what kind of tourists are these people?!), we decided to jump off and power walk the rest of the way…once again we were running a bit behind and that just isn’t like us at all!

We actually wound up arriving right on time for our 8:00pm reservations. Phew! Strangely, there was no one waiting around for a table, but I thought perhaps it was only because everyone was trying to snag a spot to view Illuminations.

After the hostess noted my allergy, she asked me a few personal questions of her own in a thick French accent. What I got out of our brief conversation was that she couldn’t understand why I would choose not to eat meat, and how sad it was for me that I couldn’t eat cheese. That pretty much sums it up – I happen to kind of like the French way of just putting things out there, though! Coming from the South, you don't always experience this!

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We were seated in a great spot – in a back corner where we would partially be able to watch the fireworks when they began. We also had a gorgeous view of the backside of the bar, as you can see from the picture above! Millie was our waitress, and seemed very friendly and helpful. She noted that I was vegan and said she would speak with the chef, but didn’t seem optimistic that they would have anything for me. She took our drink orders first though, and suggested something that wasn’t on the menu – a cocktail of St. Germain, Sparkling Water, and Champagne. It was fantastic! Very refreshing and large enough that we both only ordered one!

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Millie came back and said that the chef couldn’t do much more than a salad for my appetizer, a vegetable plate for my entrée, and some sorbet for dessert. I was ok with this but a bit disappointed after the impeccable service we had received at Mama Melrose. Either way, I was very hungry by this point and anything sounded good!

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Here's Jeremy debating over what to order, but of course this was taken immediate upon sitting down. This Mad Hatter already had his entire meal planned out by the time I was ordering an appetizer! I quickly finalized the rest of my order and we were brought out a baguette to munch on. We hardly touched this part of the meal, though.

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Our appetizers quickly arrived after this.

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Jeremy got the Lobster Bisque, and while it looked quite plain, he assured me that it was delicious and would recommend it to others. I believe he thought it could have used to be heated just a little more, though.

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My Mixed Green Salad had a very good vinaigrette on it, which is a good thing since I wound up picking off the raw onions, which made it consist of mostly just greens and Roma tomatoes. This left me lots of room for later, though!

As our entrees arrived, we both had to laugh at the obvious difference between the two.

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Jeremy ordered the Roasted Breast of Duck and Leg Confit. It came with green beans and sweet potatoes in a spiced honey sauce. He raved about the duck! Never a fan of green beans, he didn’t bother with those too much, but said the sweet potato was very good (although not in the least bit spiced).

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Mine came out and once again I was pleasantly surprised! The Veggie plate actually had a Ratatouille in the center, making everything warm, spicy, and comforting. There were three types of potatoes on the plate, as well as tomatoes, carrots, and green beans. I thought they could have offered a bit more variety than potatoes three ways, but the Ratatouille more than made up for it…I wound up devouring it all!

Desserts came a bit later, allowing us time to take in the fireworks and water displays we could view from the window. Jeremy was originally going to order the crepe, but I reminded him that he doesn’t like them! He didn’t even care for them in France, so surely this one wouldn’t have been any better?!

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The waitress had suggested the Profiteroles, being in her opinion the best dessert they offered. He said she must be correct because it was fantastic and had no complaints whatsoever.

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While mine didn’t have the presentation factor that his did, the Trio of Sorbets turned out to be a hit! The coconut was my absolute favorite – it was creamier than the others and must have been made with coconut milk, and you could still taste the shaved coconut, making for a great consistency.

After Jeremy finished mine, he went for the Vanilla sorbet! Neither of us knew sorbet was made in this flavor, but he still talks about it and how great it was! It was just ok for me…I was content with my coconut! The strawberry was very good as well, but I was full and had to choose which to indulge in the most!

The Out of Pocket total would have been $105.23 before tip. We enjoyed our experience here, but I’m not sure if we would return. I knew I was gambling when making the ADR for Chefs - after all, France is known for cheese and butter laden dishes! After dining here, I feel that with so many other restaurants that offer such a diverse selection, we may want to try more that offer multiple items I can have. The Mad Hatter may differ in his opinion of this, however!

PixieDustandEeyore
05-27-2010, 08:13 PM
Enjoying your Vegan reviews....:)

2kids2luv
05-27-2010, 08:40 PM
I'm joining in popcorn:: Enjoying your report. Just 5 more days until we can make our ADR and still looking for two more places.

Vegcentric
05-27-2010, 11:53 PM
Your vegetable dish was very pretty and seemed to be quite large! At first I was kinda disappointed when you said all they could bring out was a vegetable plate, but once you mentioned ratatouille I changed my mind!

Ratatouille is one of my favorite foods. That looked really tasty. I am a big, big fan of coconut milk in my ice cream, so I think I would have liked the sorbet. I'm not a big dessert person, and I pretty much ate sorbet a few times on my last trip since we were on the DDP.

Nice reviews so far! I'm enjoying them!

Linda67
05-28-2010, 07:02 AM
Just caught up and love your reviews !!
Looking forward to hearing more

flamom
05-28-2010, 02:09 PM
I'm really enjoying your reviews and pictures. thanks for sharing!

MamaPotts
05-28-2010, 04:04 PM
Thanks! I think that Mama Melrose and Chefs de France will be going back on our ADR list for our August trip.

AMadHatterMyself
05-28-2010, 05:11 PM
As for Chef de France the Mad Hatter here would love to put in his 10/6 cents on the matter! We were both a little hesitant about the notion that a French restaurant would dare not use butter! But we pressed on anyways and as we came in we were reminded of the great small little cafe's all over France! If you get a chance, time your reservation around the time of the fireworks show, if you have a seat like we did (which we requested) you can see the fireworks from the comfort of France!

I want you to know that I am not just a carnivore! I can imagine you reading these reviews and see the lovely Vegan meals and then the Hatter here getting the Flinstone special! But hey its vacation and because we are on the Disney Dinning Plan, I get to order whatever I want! So why not. The food was delicious. Now I especially would recomend the Profiteroles...but for you Vegans out there the sorbets in my opinion were excellent! I ate the entire Vanilla sorbet scoop and thought it was fantastic!

Overall, it was worth the risk and we ended up getting a great meal! So our Sunday was done going 2 for 2 on excellence for our meals!

Yours truly,
A Mad Hatter

Joshua_me
05-28-2010, 05:24 PM
Lovin' the reviews so far !! :thumbsup2

That roasted veggie pizza from Mama Mel's looks incredible !

I would have never thought to order that.

(* makes mental note* *pretending I won't forget*)

mandibc11
05-28-2010, 05:46 PM
I'm joining in popcorn:: Enjoying your report. Just 5 more days until we can make our ADR and still looking for two more places.

That's exciting! Have you narrowed it down to any? Hopefully I will be able to help you out!

Enjoying your Vegan reviews....:)

Thanks! Much more to come :goodvibes

Your vegetable dish was very pretty and seemed to be quite large! At first I was kinda disappointed when you said all they could bring out was a vegetable plate, but once you mentioned ratatouille I changed my mind!

Ratatouille is one of my favorite foods. That looked really tasty. I am a big, big fan of coconut milk in my ice cream, so I think I would have liked the sorbet. I'm not a big dessert person, and I pretty much ate sorbet a few times on my last trip since we were on the DDP.

Nice reviews so far! I'm enjoying them!

It was actually pretty big - even though I didn't eat most of the potatoes, I still had plenty leftover, so you know it had to be large! I would love to figure out how to make Ratatouille, but it seems a bit involved!

I think you will be really satisfied with the desserts you can have when you go. Sorbet and fruit was available practically everywhere!

Just caught up and love your reviews !!
Looking forward to hearing more

Thank you!!

I'm really enjoying your reviews and pictures. thanks for sharing!

You're very welcome - thanks for reading!

Thanks! I think that Mama Melrose and Chefs de France will be going back on our ADR list for our August trip.

Yes, we will definitely go back and would recommend them both!

mandibc11
05-28-2010, 05:47 PM
Lovin' the reviews so far !! :thumbsup2

That roasted veggie pizza from Mama Mel's looks incredible !

I would have never thought to order that.

(* makes mental note* *pretending I won't forget*)

It was fantastic, and while not on the menu...perhaps it should be!

mandibc11
05-28-2010, 07:45 PM
Subtitle should be - The Great, The Good, and the UGLY!

For the first full day of our stay, we were up and at the bus stop early. I wanted to arrive ahead of time for our ADR, so that we could get to the park around opening time and beat the majority of the crowds!

But little did I know, if it’s not early Extra Magic Hours for the park you will be traveling to, buses don’t tend to show up! We waited about 45 minutes for a bus…can you believe it?! Thank goodness I had wanted to be early!

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Isn't this the most picture perfect resort that ever was?? After getting to Magic Kingdom and hopping on the monorail to the Grand Floridian, we checked in only a few moments before a massive rush of people came in. Perfect Timing! There is a photo you can take before walking into the restaurant…keep in mind it’s about $30! We didn’t realize this, got our very adorable picture taken, but didn’t buy it because, well, it wasn’t THAT cute!

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Right when we sat down, our waitress came and offered us drinks, noted my “allergy” and went to get a chef. So far so good! Almost immediately he arrived, accompanied by his “shadow,” a new chef that wanted to see how the allergy requests worked…I was his first experience! The chef asked if he could take me around the buffet and show me what all I could have, so we made our way with Jeremy in tow – he wanted to take it all in, as well.

Instead of a simple, “You can eat this, but not that,” the chef wanted to tell me exactly why I wouldn’t be able to eat it. I will spare you the details and just give a quick rundown. Potatoes (which were safe) and meats were first. Fruits were next, which thankfully were safe, and then came the omelette station. Here’s where it gets confusing.

He let me know that they would be able to make me an omelette with an egg alternative, and include roasted veggies in it – sounds good, right? Well, I let him know I might try it out, and we continued on.

Up next were a wide variety of bagels. I could have the plain or onion. Two more sections to go – pastries (which I couldn’t eat but looked beautiful) and pancakes/waffles. While I couldn’t have these, he promised to make me gluten free/vegan Mickey waffles! I was excited – these would actually be my first Mickey waffles ever!

I was free to roam after this, and went to the omelette station to make my request. The cook didn’t seem to understand though, and pulled out the Egg Beaters. At this moment, I noticed the two chefs still looking over at me. I caught their eye, they walked over to me, and pretty much questioned my sanity regarding the eggs. They had to explain to me and the confused omelette cook that I couldn’t have anything from the omelette station and they would be making mine themselves. Oops…

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Jeremy had been gathering his food the entire time, and when I got back to my seat he was discussing my tardiness with the Mad Hatter! I put down my very small and pathetic looking plate of food, and explained to the Hatter that while, YES I love cakes and pastries, I would have to get something special from the kitchen, which would take a few moments longer.

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Jeremy got the Famed Strawberry soup. He thought it was the best Strawberry soup he ever tasted! Keep in mind, this was his first experience. Even so, he would have gotten seconds had it not been for his other items. There was also a mound of Mickey waffles and a nice looking omelette next to the soup, but he was talking and eating with the Hatter, and I failed to get a picture of this.

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This is my sad plate…it includes the potatoes, which were great and a bit spicy, but I was more in the mood for waffles. As you can tell, I also had some fruit, and there was a dallop of Orange Marmalade that I thought might be nice with the waffles.

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And out they came! They were so cute! Throughout the trip, there would be many more of these waffles, and I developed a system when eating them…I usually bit or pulled off one ear at a time! Does anyone else do this? ANYWAY, they were delicious. I was skeptical with the mention of both vegan and gluten free, but really they were divine. Crisp on the outside - warm, dense, and almost doughy in the middle.

At this point I was very full, and Jeremy was more than done with his food. As we sat waiting on the omelette, which honestly I wasn’t that interested in, we looked around at all the characters and wanted to get on to the Magic Kingdom to see even more! I couldn’t just leave when they were making such an effort for me though, so we waited. And waited.

Now, I’m going to warn you. BEWARE of the picture you are about to see! Really, it doesn’t even do this concoction justice. It was horrible, and the chef himself thought so as he brought out…..

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THIS! It was just as slimy, gooey, and gelatinous as it appears. He apologized and said he had followed the directions exactly, but it kept turning out this way. He showed me the box; it was Ener-G egg replacers. But…I just couldn’t even touch them, much less take a bite! After sticking my fork in, noting that it formed a goo when I pulled it out, we got the check and headed to the park!

Overall, this was a great experience. I have always loved 1900 Park Fare because of the Alice in Wonderland characters. Even though Alice herself never made it to our table, I was happy to talk to the OTHER hatter in my life!

Out of pocket, the total was $44.71 before tip. We’ll be back for the experience, but we had much better breakfasts later on in the week.

hgoff79
05-28-2010, 08:11 PM
I've never seen anyone try to use Ener-G to replace eggs when they ARE the dish! Just in baking, mostly. And clearly now I know why, gag! Most of the time people just use tofu to approximate the texture of egg (though I don't eat soy, so that complicates things). :)

allyphoe
05-28-2010, 08:57 PM
He apologized and said he had followed the directions exactly, but it kept turning out this way. He showed me the box; it was Ener-G egg replacers.

Bwahahahaha! I don't know what directions he was following, because when I've used the Ener-G egg replacer, my box said in giant letters that it was only suitable in baked goods, because it's just some starch (for the thickening characteristic of egg) and leavening (for the rising characteristic of egg). Flaxseed meal + water makes a good egg replacement for baking, too, but it's not like you could fry it into an omelet.

Gouden Leeuw
05-28-2010, 08:58 PM
Great review! Im in

Stepharia
05-28-2010, 10:14 PM
Great review. I'm in!!

And btw I have a Mickey waffle maker at home and both while in Disney and at home I always eat Mickey's ears first!!! Don't know why but always have!!!

MrsB1228
05-28-2010, 10:23 PM
OMG! That "omelet" is just about the scariest thing I've ever seen on a plate! :scared1: Blech, I would have taken one look and made a beeline for the door, no way I could have tried it either. :sick:

Really enjoying your reviews, it's great to get both perspectives. Looking forward to more!

VeganRazzleDazzle
05-29-2010, 08:18 AM
He probably was following the 'directions' that show how to make 1 or 2 eggs worth but didn't realize it was just for baking, etc. They use the EnerG replacer when making the Vegan Mickey Waffles, so why night, right? Ha! He would have had much better luck with Tofu!

Bottom line is, I can't believe he plated that!

Oh-No! Thats one of my ADR's too. Is the Strawberry Soup Not Vegan???? I was planning on making a meal of just that and Mickey Waffles.

texasgirl73
05-29-2010, 08:31 AM
Ewwwwwww....that is just scary!!!! He should be ashamed of himself for even bringing it out. Thanks for the reviews, by the way. It's great to see how accommodating they can be. I'm glad I don't have any allergies, but many members of my family (mother, grandpa, aunt, uncles) are diabetic so it's good to know that if any of them decide to join me, they won't have any problems.

mandibc11
05-29-2010, 09:49 AM
Yeah, I had only heard of using Ener-G for baking also! I had heard of it, but even when he mentioned an "egg alternative" omelette I was skeptical. Like I said, I was really only interested in a few items, and eggs wasn't one of them! But he's a chef...he knows what he's doing, right?! Oh well...lesson learned for him!

mandibc11
05-29-2010, 09:54 AM
Great review! Im in

Thanks for joining!

Great review. I'm in!!

And btw I have a Mickey waffle maker at home and both while in Disney and at home I always eat Mickey's ears first!!! Don't know why but always have!!!

Well I wasn't going to go into the fact that I always ate the left ear first...that would make me too OCD. But now that I have someone of a like mind, I can share that, as well!

I may need to get one of those waffle makers...do they turn out the same way the one's in Disney do? YUM!

OMG! That "omelet" is just about the scariest thing I've ever seen on a plate! :scared1: Blech, I would have taken one look and made a beeline for the door, no way I could have tried it either. :sick:

Really enjoying your reviews, it's great to get both perspectives. Looking forward to more!

We DID run out of there after that! But mostly because we were stuffed and ready to hit the parks! Thanks for reading - I have tons more to post!

Ewwwwwww....that is just scary!!!! He should be ashamed of himself for even bringing it out. Thanks for the reviews, by the way. It's great to see how accommodating they can be. I'm glad I don't have any allergies, but many members of my family (mother, grandpa, aunt, uncles) are diabetic so it's good to know that if any of them decide to join me, they won't have any problems.

You're very welcome for the reviews! Most of the chefs were incredibly accommodating - hopefully you'll be able to get some ideas for your family in the future!

mandibc11
05-29-2010, 09:59 AM
He probably was following the 'directions' that show how to make 1 or 2 eggs worth but didn't realize it was just for baking, etc. They use the EnerG replacer when making the Vegan Mickey Waffles, so why night, right? Ha! He would have had much better luck with Tofu!

Bottom line is, I can't believe he plated that!

Oh-No! Thats one of my ADR's too. Is the Strawberry Soup Not Vegan???? I was planning on making a meal of just that and Mickey Waffles.

I will always go back to 1900 simply because Grand Floridian is my favorite resort and I love Alice in Wonderland! That said, they don't do the BEST job as far as breakfast goes compared with some of the other resorts, but it's still good!

Unfortunately the Strawberry soup isn't even close to vegan; the recipe is online and includes heavy cream, sour cream and yogurt! (http://www.allearsnet.com/din/rec_straw.htm). BUT, I have heard rumors that if you ask, they can make it dairy free!

Please try that when you're there and let me know! Mickey Waffles and Strawberry soup sounds good for ANY meal of the day!

laliwalden
05-29-2010, 10:38 AM
Wow, that "omelet" thing looks, well awful! I am surprised they even brought it out and gave it to you. YUCK!!

MamaPotts
05-29-2010, 02:32 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather have a chef with a willing attitude try and fail, than one who just says "sorry, I can't [all the while thinking, I won't] do anything for you." Like you said, it was definitely a lesson learned for him.

jess20k
05-29-2010, 03:46 PM
I am enjoying your reviews! Thanks for sharing!

AMadHatterMyself
05-29-2010, 05:28 PM
1900 Park Fare was a treat for the eyes and the belly! It was nice to experience a Character Breakfast. My Wife had been pumping me up for this for the past 180 days and when I got there I was whisked into Neverland as Alice, The Hatter, Pooh, Mary Poppins, and Tiger filled my plane of vision! It's worth it just for the experience.

But then you add a great breakfast on top of it and it makes it fully worth while! So yes the Strawberry Soup is exactly how everyone describes it...delicious, marvelous, tasty beyond measure...fill in the blank! You gotta get it, and Mandi said that they might be able to make it Vegan by substituting Soy milk for the cream...you might want to ask ahead of time...

The waffles and omelette were great and the whole experience as a whole was exactly what I had in mind. As Mandi said, don't bother with the picture in the beginning, it wasn't worth $30 (I wish it was a photopass opportunity, but it wasn't). Once again, it was nice not having to worry about the price either because of the Disney Dinning Plan! The Park Fare filled both my belly full of food and my head full of imagination and dreams of Wonderland to prepare me for the Magical day ahead!

Stepharia
05-29-2010, 08:03 PM
[QUOTE=mandibc11;36806605]Thanks for joining!



Well I wasn't going to go into the fact that I always ate the left ear first...that would make me too OCD. But now that I have someone of a like mind, I can share that, as well!

I may need to get one of those waffle makers...do they turn out the same way the one's in Disney do? YUM!

They are a little different because they are bigger and not as fat but still really good. We got it about 6 years ago as a Christmas gift after having Mickey waffles at Disney. It is a tradition that we have Mickey waffles every Christmas morning. Guess it's my little slice of Disney when I'm not there.

And by the way, now that I think about it I think I eat the right ear first every time!!! LOL

Vegcentric
05-29-2010, 08:32 PM
Hahahahaha. I love your review so far, even though that omelet was just gross. I will echo everyone else's thoughts - why not just keep some silken tofu on hand in the kitchen? Most vegans are aware that tofu works like a charm for scrambles in the morning, but I guess the chef never tried it.

Maybe he'll be inspired to give it a go or something in the future, who knows. I would hope so. We have a box of Ener-G egg replacer that my vegetarian husband likes to use in his baking (we have an understanding - I do the cooking, he does the baking).

Thanks for your reviews, looking forward to more!

MelanieC
05-29-2010, 08:47 PM
Great reviews so far!!!!!!!!!! I agree with everyone that the egg looks disgusting, lol. Kudos to him for trying though, have to give him credit for that.

I'm a new vegan, 4 weeks now since I made the switch from vegetarian to vegan and it's been easier than I ever thought it would be.

Just tonight we went to a Thai restaurant that had a vegan menu (seperate from the regular menu). It was so good, and I love when places have it all set up so you don't have to ask a million questions about what you can and can't have. I even order the Thai iced tea with soy milk instead of cream!!

This year we are doing the QSDP, so it will be very interesting to see how I do being vegan with all counter services. I think the only actual sit down restaurant we are doing this year is Boma, because it's my absolute favorite. We decided to do a stress free vacation this year and not worry about having to have dining plans.

Oh - I'd love to see the things you got as snacks with your dining plan snack credits. I'm making a list of vegan snacks as well as vegan counter service items so it's easier to eat.

mandibc11
05-30-2010, 04:11 PM
I am enjoying your reviews! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for reading them!

They are a little different because they are bigger and not as fat but still really good. We got it about 6 years ago as a Christmas gift after having Mickey waffles at Disney. It is a tradition that we have Mickey waffles every Christmas morning. Guess it's my little slice of Disney when I'm not there.

I am definitely looking on Amazon right now for one of those Waffle Makers...and we may just have to start our own Christmas morning tradition in this way! You've inspired me!

Hahahahaha. I love your review so far, even though that omelet was just gross. I will echo everyone else's thoughts - why not just keep some silken tofu on hand in the kitchen? Most vegans are aware that tofu works like a charm for scrambles in the morning, but I guess the chef never tried it.

Maybe he'll be inspired to give it a go or something in the future, who knows. I would hope so. We have a box of Ener-G egg replacer that my vegetarian husband likes to use in his baking (we have an understanding - I do the cooking, he does the baking).

Thanks for your reviews, looking forward to more!

I love tofu scrambles! Surely they had some back there - maybe next time I'll make that suggestion...if I even venture beyond the waffles at this particular place. I think some of the restaurants at Disney are just a little more prepared for different diets!

Great reviews so far!!!!!!!!!! I agree with everyone that the egg looks disgusting, lol. Kudos to him for trying though, have to give him credit for that.

I'm a new vegan, 4 weeks now since I made the switch from vegetarian to vegan and it's been easier than I ever thought it would be.

Just tonight we went to a Thai restaurant that had a vegan menu (seperate from the regular menu). It was so good, and I love when places have it all set up so you don't have to ask a million questions about what you can and can't have. I even order the Thai iced tea with soy milk instead of cream!!

This year we are doing the QSDP, so it will be very interesting to see how I do being vegan with all counter services. I think the only actual sit down restaurant we are doing this year is Boma, because it's my absolute favorite. We decided to do a stress free vacation this year and not worry about having to have dining plans.

Oh - I'd love to see the things you got as snacks with your dining plan snack credits. I'm making a list of vegan snacks as well as vegan counter service items so it's easier to eat.

First of all, congrats on going on 4 weeks with the vegan diet! It's really not that hard if you live in an area that has items at grocery stores and restaurants that can accommodate you!

From what I saw, most of the quick service locations had at least SOMETHING that can be made vegan, even if like the Lighthouse sandwich, was originally just vegetarian.

As far as snacks go...that was one area we will have to do better in next time! I just didn't have the stomach room alot of times after all the food! But, I'm going to post all the vegan treats you can have at each of the parks...so I hope that will help you out in your planning!

mandibc11
05-30-2010, 04:20 PM
While we were in the park that morning, I pointed out potential lunch spots to Jeremy as we would pass them. I let him know that today was his day to choose. We could do Crystal Palace’s buffet if he wanted to do another character meal (we had an ADR). Or, we could go the easy route and have counter service at any number of places.

As lunchtime approached we had worked up quite an appetite, so unfortunately we wanted to eat when everyone else in the park had that in mind, also. Jeremy wanted something quicker, thinking it would be nice to head to the pool afterward and get in some lounging time before we got dressed for dinner.

I let him know what types of food each counter service offered, and he decided on Columbia Harbour House. I was secretly happy about this because I knew they had a delicious looking sandwich made with Hummus.

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We walked in, were comforted by the cool air inside, but then instantly wanted to turn around by the sight of the line in front of us. It was a madhouse. Looking back, this was the only time we ate somewhere that was mobbed by people – and it also happened to be our only counter service meal of the entire trip!

We were troopers though, and faced the mass of people head-on. One thing I noted was that even though it appeared we would be able to place our order soon as the line got shorter for us, the people in front of us were ordering for a huge number of people!

When it was our turn, Jeremy was quick to place his order, turning to me to make my selection. After mentioning I was vegan and needed an alternative for the dessert, the waiter told me he had to call the manager. Even though I said that wouldn’t be necessary since I knew exactly what I could have, he was insistent, and the manager came to confirm my order.

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We had to wait on the large families in front of us as they gathered their huge amounts of French fries and sodas. The poor attendants behind the counter were more confused than we were, mixing up drinks and side items.

When we picked up our food, they had given me chips instead of French fries, but it was easily remedied and we went to find a less noisy spot in the seating area upstairs.

Ravenous at this point, I didn’t care that they had also forgotten both of our desserts. Jeremy wasn’t concerned either, since we still had two snack credits each for that day!

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He ordered the Chicken Nuggets and Fries. While there wasn’t much to them other than that, he loves these two food items, and when combined with Honey Mustard I don’t think he could have been happier at that moment. Nothing bad to report, but nothing different than any other fast food nuggets meal either, for that matter.

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I had ordered the Lighthouse Sandwich without the broccoli slaw, which had dairy in it. I also ordered a side of French fries, which I received after the mix-up of potato chips. The sandwich was actually very large, even while only containing hummus and tomato on multigrain bread. It wasn’t too heavy after walking hours in the sun, but was filling, so I didn’t wind up eating many of the fries.

For dessert, Jeremy had ordered the Chocolate cake, and I was able to get grapes. Like I mentioned earlier, with all the chaos at the counter we did not receive our desserts. But neither of us thought the desserts were appetizing enough to face the throngs of hungry people again!

It didn’t take long for us to finish up and leave. Total out of pocket would have been $28.31. Would we go back? Only if we were on a meal plan that included quick service meals. For us, we didn’t like the chaotic, rushed feeling. There are many people that view eating in the parks as just something that they need to get over and done with, but we really love food and like to enjoy the experience of dining. The food was good, but nothing at all special and I feel a waste of one of our meal credits.

That said, Columbia Harbour House offered a better selection than many of the counter service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, and had a lot of seating space in the upstairs portion of the restaurant.

Vegcentric
05-30-2010, 06:32 PM
The last time I was at Columbia Harbor House, I was a vegetarian so I had the lighthouse sandwich with the slaw on it. It was pretty amazing for a quick service, so if you're a vegetarian the sandwich is really delicious too. I think if we end up there again, I'll get the veggie chili. I think what I loved most about Columbia Harbor House was that when we went upstairs to look for a seat, it was actually really quiet.

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great reviews once again, looking forward to more!

disnut1149
05-30-2010, 06:40 PM
Hi
I'm really enjoying reading your reviews!! I don't eat any meat, so I'm always interested in non meat reviews!! Thanks for taking your time to share!!

eeyore81
05-31-2010, 09:23 AM
I read another post where you were talking about vegan bakery items at Boardwalk Bakery. Did you happen to try any during your trip? We are going for my nieces 13th birthday and I would love to get her a vegan birthday cake or some kind of bakery item. Thanks! I have enjoyed your reviews:thumbsup2

mandibc11
05-31-2010, 10:35 AM
The last time I was at Columbia Harbor House, I was a vegetarian so I had the lighthouse sandwich with the slaw on it. It was pretty amazing for a quick service, so if you're a vegetarian the sandwich is really delicious too. I think if we end up there again, I'll get the veggie chili. I think what I loved most about Columbia Harbor House was that when we went upstairs to look for a seat, it was actually really quiet.

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great reviews once again, looking forward to more!

The sandwich was actually really good! It was pretty busy even in the upstairs seating area when we went, though. I'm sure that had a lot to do with the fact that we decided to eat at prime lunch hour! I've heard the veggie chili is good, and I would probably get that if we wind up there in the fall, when it's a bit cooler! That paired with the sandwich would make for a delicious meal.

Hi
I'm really enjoying reading your reviews!! I don't eat any meat, so I'm always interested in non meat reviews!! Thanks for taking your time to share!!

Well hopefully you'll get lots of options for your next trip! Thanks for reading :goodvibes

I read another post where you were talking about vegan bakery items at Boardwalk Bakery. Did you happen to try any during your trip? We are going for my nieces 13th birthday and I would love to get her a vegan birthday cake or some kind of bakery item. Thanks! I have enjoyed your reviews:thumbsup2

Yes! I'll be reviewing the Boardwalk Bakery for the next morning's breakfast actually...so just a few more posts before I get there!

I know for a fact that if you contact special diets, they will get you in touch with the bakers that make all special events cakes for people. They can ABSOLUTELY make a vegan cake! I had thought about doing this for my husband, since we were there for his birthday, but with just the two of us, I knew it wouldn't all get eaten and didn't want to waste it!

AMadHatterMyself
05-31-2010, 11:53 AM
I will second my Alice on this one with Columbia Harbor House! We didn't need to eat quick service due to our Dinning Plan, so the advice from the Hatter is as follows, "If you can drink tea, why would you not drink tea?" We had to ability to "Drink Tea" by going to a sit down Table service meal, instead we chose to "Drink Ground Leaves" instead...so if you have a table service and can choose between a table service and a quick service, your choice should be simple...TABLE SERVICE.

The crowds are always crazy and you can't even choose a line that you think is shorter...it's going to be crazy either way. The food was good, don't get me wrong! It was just as good as any fast food service, I would just go with the Hatter and enjoy your Tea with some Butter in the Watch!

Yours truly,
A Mad Hatter

mandibc11
05-31-2010, 12:14 PM
For Jeremy, MK was the ultimate place to indulge in just about any type of treat he could imagine. Dole Whips, Ice Cream concoctions in practically any flavor, Mickey Bars Sandwiches, beautiful looking Caramel Apples, and Rice Crispy Treats covered in any assortment of confection…also in the shape of the Mouse in many cases!

For Vegans and those with dairy allergies however, the pickings can be a bit slim. I researched and planned the snacks I would be able to have at each park months in advance, coming up with a list to take to the parks with me. While yes, this was most likely very OCD on my part, it really helped out when we were there. I knew exactly what treats I could have, and where they could be found!

Here’s the list of treats in Magic Kingdom that I found to be Vegan. While I’m sure this isn’t complete, it was what I've found from my own research and from contacting Disney Special Diets.

Vegan Root Beer Float – Main Street Ice Cream Parlor

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Divvies) – Main Street Bakery

Jellybeans (Divvies) – Main Street Bakery

Caramel Corn (Divvies) – Main Street Bakery

Rice Dream and Tofutti Ice Cream – Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Fruit, Pickles – Adventureland Market Fresh Snacks/ Mickey’s Toon Town Farmer’s Market

Lemonade Slush/Raspberry Lemonade Slush – Enchanted Grove/Sunshine Tree Terrace

Orange Slush – Sunshine Tree Terrace

Candy Apples – Main Street Confectionary

Various carts throughout the park also sell Popcorn and plain Pretzels - Also Vegan!

VeganRazzleDazzle
05-31-2010, 04:13 PM
Divvies Jelly Beans are not Vegan as per their website. Hope you didn't eat them, and were just mentioning them.

mandibc11
05-31-2010, 04:34 PM
Divvies Jelly Beans are not Vegan as per their website. Hope you didn't eat them, and were just mentioning them.

Oh you're kidding?! Wow, I didn't eat them but Disney lists them as allergy free and puts them in the same area with the Caramel Corn and Cookies. Glad I didn't! Thanks for the head's up :sad1:

MelanieC
05-31-2010, 04:39 PM
Oh you're kidding?! Wow, I didn't eat them but Disney lists them as allergy free and puts them in the same area with the Caramel Corn and Cookies. Glad I didn't! Thanks for the head's up :sad1:

I imagine that they have gelatin in them, which is not an alergen, but unfortunately not vegan or vegetarian.

Joshua_me
05-31-2010, 06:00 PM
Still lovin' the reviews !

Just a suggestion to all... Remember when it's really crowded at CHH, you can always go upstairs to eat... Often times you'll have the second floor to yourselves even on the most busy days. Most people just don't know about it, or assume it's not allowed to climb those stairs. Glad you guys knew this in advance... :thumbsup2

VeganRazzleDazzle
05-31-2010, 06:44 PM
I believe it is gelatin. But the cookies and caramel corn are AOK! :thumbsup2

Eeyore's Pal
05-31-2010, 07:24 PM
Divvies jelly beans do not contain gelatin. I think it's the beeswax?

From Divvies website:

Jelly Beans
INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Food Starch, Dextrose, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, ConfectionerÕs Glaze, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Mineral Oil, Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Liquor, Natural and Artificial Flavors and Colors (Including: FD&C Red 40 Lake, Red 40, Red 3, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake)

MAY CONTAIN: Soy
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mandibc11
06-01-2010, 08:37 AM
Still lovin' the reviews !

Just a suggestion to all... Remember when it's really crowded at CHH, you can always go upstairs to eat... Often times you'll have the second floor to yourselves even on the most busy days. Most people just don't know about it, or assume it's not allowed to climb those stairs. Glad you guys knew this in advance... :thumbsup2

The upstairs may have been MARGINALLY less crowded, but it was still nuts and we had to clean a table from someone's else's previous mess. Why can't people throw their own stuff away?! Aside from that, we had a nice view from upstairs!

mandibc11
06-01-2010, 08:46 AM
We each used our first snack credit after we got back to the Boardwalk from Magic Kingdom. We wanted a dip in the pool and some time in the sun, and what better way to do that than with a drink in hand?

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Now, I'll let you in on a little secret. Even though snack credits can't be used on alcoholic beverages, that doesn't mean you can't purchase a NON-alcoholic drink and add your own! That was my plan from the beginning, so we had packed mini bottles of Ketel One with us and brought them down to the pool! (They were in plastic bottles - so no fear.)

I really wanted to get the virgin Pina Colada, but for some reason the Luna Park Pool at Boardwalk wouldn't allow that for a snack credit. We both then decided on the Pomegranate Lemonade, which also happens to be Light (meaning more calories for dinner!). It was refreshing and a great way to unwind before heading to the Polynesian for dinner at Ohana!

MelanieC
06-01-2010, 03:50 PM
We each used our first snack credit after we got back to the Boardwalk from Magic Kingdom. We wanted a dip in the pool and some time in the sun, and what better way to do that than with a drink in hand?

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Now, I'll let you in on a little secret. Even though snack credits can't be used on alcoholic beverages, that doesn't mean you can't purchase a NON-alcoholic drink and add your own! That was my plan from the beginning, so we had packed mini bottles of Ketel One with us and brought them down to the pool! (They were in plastic bottles - so no fear.)

I really wanted to get the virgin Pina Colada, but for some reason the Luna Park Pool at Boardwalk wouldn't allow that for a snack credit. We both then decided on the Pomegranate Lemonade, which also happens to be Light (meaning more calories for dinner!). It was refreshing and a great way to unwind before heading to the Polynesian for dinner at Ohana!



ooh a pomegranate lemonade sounds really really good!

Sazzo'sMommy
06-01-2010, 05:39 PM
I am soooo enjoying our reviews, as I am a vegetarian and my husband is a meat eater! Thanks!:thumbsup2

Joshua_me
06-01-2010, 05:52 PM
ooh a pomegranate lemonade sounds really really good!
So does a mini of Ketel One... :rotfl:

mandibc11
06-01-2010, 06:31 PM
I am soooo enjoying our reviews, as I am a vegetarian and my husband is a meat eater! Thanks!:thumbsup2

That's fantastic! Disney definitely caters to everyone, almost anywhere you go!

So does a mini of Ketel One... :rotfl:

Yes, the Pom. Lemonade was quite tasty - they had this drink at almost every restaurant we ate at and I ordered it alot as my beverage that week! However, the Ketel one added a lovely touch!

mandibc11
06-01-2010, 07:09 PM
We headed over to Polynesian by way of the Magic Kingdom bus, then hopping a Monorail. We actually arrived about an hour early, because I really wanted to get a great seat to watch the Wishes firework show! Even doing this though, we were told to just come back at exactly our reservation time (8:50pm) and they would get us taken care of. While that didn’t make much sense to me, I trusted the hostess and we went to have a seat in the bar.

I knew what I wanted before we even sat down…the Lapu Lapu! I'm usually a person to go out of my way trying less mainstream, popular items...but the hollowed out fruit gets me every time! Give me a Coconut or Pineapple with a straw sticking out the top and I'm one content little lady.

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When I ordered however, I heard the dreaded news…they were OUT of Pineapples! Never fear, they could do the same drink in a Tiki glass. While not quite as fun, it was probably more potent because of it…I definitely only had one drink this night!

Jeremy just ordered a Gin and Tonic and kept things simple.

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These guys make me laugh! I actually witnessed one kid sticking his face in that poor statue's butt, making me laugh more!

ANYWAY, We wandered around the resort, went outside and checked out the pool area, and then came back when it was about time to check BACK in. Sure enough, the original hostess was no longer there and they didn’t know what I was talking about. Luckily, we were seated in a great spot anyway!

Before she left I mentioned that I was excited that Chef TJ would be helping me out tonight with my meal. I almost turned around and left when she said that he had taken the night off and that Chef Julie would be helping me! I know this was probably selfish of me, but I had learned of his schedule and made my reservation for this Monday night with that in mind. But, I wasn’t going to let this get me down – we were already having a great night, so I thought good thoughts, knowing that Ohana could accommodate anyone, no matter the chef.

Our waiter brought the chef straight out...and she was very nice! She let me know a little bit about what they could do, made sure Jeremy wanted to stick with the standard fare, and brought us both out a lovely Salad.

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We had barely made headway into the salad (and we were starving since we were eating such a late dinner), when more food arrived and Jeremy got caught up in the meat extravaganza that was taking place at our table.

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Pork Pot Stickers, Sticky Wings, and a Trio of Sauces were brought out that he immediately began devouring. You would think that I never cooked anything but bean sprouts at our house the way he was ripping into everything! I was a pig myself though, because they also came out with some absolutely delicious Stir Fry Noodles and Veggies that consisted of Broccoli and Snow Peas. Even Jeremy loved the noodles and had a few helpings of them!

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The server brought skewers of Turkey, Pork and Steak for my Mad Hatter to munch on. He didn't want me to photograph the carnage though, since it wasn't that appetizing to look at after being taken off the skewer, so I present you instead with a view of the grill where said meats were cooked. Julie brought me out another round of food, as well.

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Vegan Hand Rolls! They were incredible, and she did a great job pairing it with a sauce that I could have. I had mentioned to her that I am THE sauce girl! The rolls were stuffed with Carrots, Avocado, Zucchini and Rice with a sauce very similar a Ponzu sauce you would get with Tempura at a Japanese restaurant…only a bit spicier.

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Again, more food for me! This turned out to be quite tasty. Mixed Veggies in a crisp Wonton Shell that included Mushrooms, Broccoli, Yellow Peppers, Onion, White Rice, Peanuts, and a Peanut sauce mixed in. I must admit, I was hoping for a tower of delicious tofu to come out of the kitchen (you know what I’m referring to), but this was so great and I wouldn’t have been able to eat much more than this after everything else! It really appeared very appetizing...more so than the picture implies!

Right after the firework show, when we were practically passing out from full bellies, our pre-dinner drinks, and just plain exhaustion, dessert arrived.

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Jeremy got the Bread Pudding, because what else would he have gotten at Ohana? He said it was absolutely worth getting, and he isn’t a bread pudding fan! (The hostess actually talked him into it on the way to our table earlier).

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Julie came and brought out a nice presentation of Fruit and Chocolate. It was perfect for me and while I didn’t eat much of it, each bite I had was absolutely fantastic.

Out of pocket, our total at Ohana was only $66.01. Keep in mind this doesn’t include our drinks at the bar, though. I loved this experience, would do it again in a heartbeat, and can’t wait to see what other chefs can create for me…even if I don’t get Chef TJ next time either. There are definitely others that can cook amazing meals here!

MelanieC
06-01-2010, 07:42 PM
Julie did a great job - Everything at Ohana looks fabulous. That chocolate and strawberries looks fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stepharia
06-01-2010, 09:59 PM
Tell Jeremy I totally agree with him on the bread pudding. I am not a bread pudding person at all but I absolutely love O'hana's bread pudding!!!

mandibc11
06-02-2010, 08:32 AM
We Finally got our PhotoPass pictures back! Jeremy was in charge of editing them all on the PhotoPass website, and you can include borders and other cute additions to the original pics they took during your stay. He came up with this one on his own!

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I gotta be cheesy for a second and say - this Mad Hatter is more Prince than Frog to me!

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-02-2010, 10:31 AM
Very cute pic!! Where do you buy the CD in advance, and how many pictures did you end up with?

Vegcentric
06-02-2010, 01:08 PM
I'm glad Chef Julie was able to accommodate you! When we went, we didn't get chef TJ either. While we didn't get the hand rolls, we didn't get a dish similar to yours, but without the wonton and with tofu. The sauce they used in the stir-fry was waaaay too sweet so I wasn't able to eat much of it, but their tofu was really good. I love crispy tofu, and theirs was nice and crisp.

I also love those peanut noodles that they serve everyone. I could eat those every day! Your picture is also very, very cute! I want one for when my husband and I go in the fall...I love the Princess and the Frog :)

mandibc11
06-02-2010, 04:02 PM
Very cute pic!! Where do you buy the CD in advance, and how many pictures did you end up with?

Thanks so much! We purchased the CD from the PhotoPass website. They had a few different versions but we chose the 99.95 package (will cost 140 or so if you purchase after your trip). http://www.disneyphotopass.com/photoproducts.aspx

We wound up with 101 photos, and then edited and made some with borders and such, which made the total about 230. The CD keeps all originals on there are well, so that was a plus!

I loved it because we didn't have a ton of random pictures where one of us is trying to hold the camera to get the shot. Usually that just doesn't work for us, and we leave from vacation with maybe 2 good pictures of us together!

mandibc11
06-02-2010, 04:03 PM
I'm glad Chef Julie was able to accommodate you! When we went, we didn't get chef TJ either. While we didn't get the hand rolls, we didn't get a dish similar to yours, but without the wonton and with tofu. The sauce they used in the stir-fry was waaaay too sweet so I wasn't able to eat much of it, but their tofu was really good. I love crispy tofu, and theirs was nice and crisp.

I also love those peanut noodles that they serve everyone. I could eat those every day! Your picture is also very, very cute! I want one for when my husband and I go in the fall...I love the Princess and the Frog :)

I really liked Ohana and would go back no matter the chef! I'm with you on the tofu...I really don't like it much when it's crumbly!

Vegcentric
06-02-2010, 04:33 PM
I really liked Ohana and would go back no matter the chef! I'm with you on the tofu...I really don't like it much when it's crumbly!

Crumbly, squishy, water-logged, etc. Yeah. Hahaha, I feel so picky, but really it's difficult to get right!

maiziezoe
06-02-2010, 06:49 PM
Great reviews! I am going to have my 13 year old daughter read your dining report to prepare her for our December trip. She is a vegetarian contemplating vegan. :)

Thanks!

mandibc11
06-03-2010, 08:32 AM
Crumbly, squishy, water-logged, etc. Yeah. Hahaha, I feel so picky, but really it's difficult to get right!

Ew! I know!! I have really been shying away from too much tofu lately anyway...seems it's been hurting my stomach like crazy!

Great reviews! I am going to have my 13 year old daughter read your dining report to prepare her for our December trip. She is a vegetarian contemplating vegan. :)

Thanks!

Oh! I really hope I help her out then - I'm excited for ya'll...Let me know if there is anything specific she has questions about and I'll do my best to help!

mandibc11
06-03-2010, 10:59 AM
Is there anything quite like a warm pastry? I sometimes get a craving and sprint to my favorite bake shop. My favorite is the Vegan “Beet It” muffin, with huge dark chocolate chunks…amazing even as a dessert! This particular morning of our trip though, we would be having bakery items to begin our day.

Before our trip, I had planned our Epcot day to include only a light breakfast. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the best planning decision, knowing in advance of our late dinner and cocktails the evening before. With my adoration of breakfast even on a normal day, this should have tipped me off that I might need something a bit more substantial! But, we were able to only use a snack credit for this, so I count it as a breakfast well spent (it enabled us to eat at a Signature dinner later in the week)!

Epcot had extra magic hours that morning, so I wanted to get over quickly and ride all the good stuff before there were 2 hour long waits for everything. Can you believe I’ve been to Disney World at least 8 times and have never ridden Test Track or Soarin’? Well this day was going to be my first experience!

On the way there, we stopped at Boardwalk Bakery, were surprised by its quietness (usually there is a line out the door and along the boardwalk), and immediately placed our orders so we could eat as we walked.

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Now for a little back story. As I’ve mentioned a few times now, I had been in contact with Disney Special Diets quite frequently. They mentioned that if there was anything specific I wanted, to just ask. SO…I took them up on it! Even though there were no Vegan items on Boardwalk Bakery's normal menu, they surprised me by giving me the email to the pastry chef! Chef Stefan is the pastry chef for both Boardwalk Bakery and Beach Club Marketplace, so emailed him asking what he might be able to whip up. He quickly replied and let me know he could do:
Bran Muffins
Apple Muffins
Blueberry Muffins
Bread
Sorbet (if I wanted dessert at any point during my stay)

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Nope, couldn't have anything in the display case, so I chose the Blueberry Muffins, and let him know the date I would be picking them up during my stay. Simple as that!

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Jeremy also picked out a Blueberry Muffin (they both looked exactly the same), and we headed out.

As we were walking, we both dug right in. Mine was…raw. That’s the best way to describe it. It was very doughy in the center, like they hadn’t baked it nearly long enough, even though the outside was golden as it should be. It even tasted like bread dough…mixed in with a few blueberries. I was so disappointed!

Jeremy said his was very good, though. He tried a little bit of mine and confirmed that yes, it was a bit on the undercooked side. He also mentioned there was a HUGE difference in his Blueberry muffin and mine. Looks can be quite deceiving!

I quickly threw it out and we continued on into the park. We entered through the back entrance located in the World Showcase and walked through the UK and Canada on our way to Future World. I noticed the Yorkshire County Fish Shop and knew that before lunch that day, I would be needing some French Fries!!

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Before the rides and greasy snacks, we had to stop for a PhotoPass picture!

Vegcentric
06-03-2010, 12:07 PM
Awww, that's a bummer about the muffin. I've had some absolutely amazing vegan pastries before...and then some not so good ones :( Sorry yours was the latter.

mandibc11
06-03-2010, 02:50 PM
Awww, that's a bummer about the muffin. I've had some absolutely amazing vegan pastries before...and then some not so good ones :( Sorry yours was the latter.

Haha well I had so much food this trip, it probably did me a world of good to be without a full tummy for a few hours! I definitely made up for it.

MelanieC
06-03-2010, 05:34 PM
Oh man, that totally stinks about the muffin.

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-03-2010, 06:00 PM
I've always wanted to be a pastry chef, which is far from what I do (i'm a horseback riding instructor). I love to bake and everything vegan that I make has excellent feedback from nonvegan's. A story like that makes me want to work at a place like that and make something great that is totally unexpected by someone with a special diet. Maybe I should change professions... :rotfl:

mandibc11
06-03-2010, 07:50 PM
I've always wanted to be a pastry chef, which is far from what I do (i'm a horseback riding instructor). I love to bake and everything vegan that I make has excellent feedback from nonvegan's. A story like that makes me want to work at a place like that and make something great that is totally unexpected by someone with a special diet. Maybe I should change professions... :rotfl:

You really should! The vegan pastries I've had are for the most part absolutely delicious, but there are times when some places try their hardest to accommodate (Disney in this example), and just miss the mark completely!

I would absolutely purchase long distance for something like this! Heck, I've been thinking about ordering some Divvies online...I would much prefer homemade treats!

AMadHatterMyself
06-03-2010, 08:06 PM
Ohana was fantastic! As I am sure every review will tell you Ohana must be on your reservation list. As the meat eating Hatter, you just can't beat all the meat you can eat! I really enjoyed the atmosphere, they did such a great job of making everyone have a good time. There was limbo going on for all the kids (and adults if you chose to participate), the view is out of this world, and yes, once again the food was wonderful.

And don't forget, as Lilo so elequently says, "Ohana means family!" So prepare to eat for a family, meet your neighbors, and have an experience that just can't be beat!

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-03-2010, 08:11 PM
I'm only One and a Half hours from Disney, I can Deliver! :rotfl2:

mandibc11
06-04-2010, 08:40 AM
I'm only One and a Half hours from Disney, I can Deliver! :rotfl2:

Don't think I might not call you up when we're HOPEFULLY there in the fall and get some of your baked goods!

mandibc11
06-04-2010, 08:56 AM
With my one bite of dough hours earlier, I was ravenous at 10:30 after a morning of running ahead of people to beat the lines. I knew we were going to have to grab a little something to keep me going before our lunch reservations at 1:30.

When I get hungry I tend to panic if food is not readily available. I get grouchy and desperate…does this happen to anyone else? I couldn’t even wait for the Yorkshire County Fish Shop to open at 11:30, I had to get something in my belly right that moment!

As soon as everything opened for lunch (right around 11 it seemed), we had finished riding Soarin’ and were in The Land. I took a peek at what Sunshine Seasons had to offer…but it was nothing I wanted at that moment. Like I mentioned previously, what I needed was a bit of grease. It doesn’t happen often, so when it does I answer the call!

We headed straight for Electric Umbrella, because I knew they would have what my tummy sought. Who knew so many people would be lined up right at opening time! We had to wait a bit, because the kitchen was still making their first batch of food and trying to accommodate the hungry masses.

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We were rewarded for our wait though! The fries were hot and delicious – exactly what I needed. And while YES, the UK would have been much better quality, these did the job and still tasted great on an empty stomach. Plus, we were able to use a snack credit for them!

tyandskyesmom
06-04-2010, 09:06 AM
loving you review so far!

Illuminations_Rocks
06-04-2010, 11:02 AM
Great reviews so far!

I had to do a double-take, because you and your DH have the same names as me and mine! We also stayed at BW on our last trip, but in a villa since we're DVC.

mandibc11
06-04-2010, 11:11 AM
Great reviews so far!

I had to do a double-take, because you and your DH have the same names as me and mine! We also stayed at BW on our last trip, but in a villa since we're DVC.

We were in a Villa, as well!! We were renting points...but either way, very odd coincidence!

mandibc11
06-04-2010, 02:00 PM
After meandering around half the “world” for a few hours, we were ready for lunch. There’s nowhere else but Disney that you can shop in Norway before your lunch in Japan!

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After having a little fun, we arrived right on time, and there were plenty of tables available. They sat us in a great location, where we could view the lagoon and people watch. The hostess let us know the manager would be out to speak with me shortly, and then bowed when leaving. They do a great job in this particular country incorporating native traditions.

Turned out they had a separate menu for vegetarians, so with only a few modifications (some of the sauces had dairy or egg in them) I was able to order with ease! Jeremy was a little bummed that the rolls were not on the Deluxe Dining Plan, but was appeased when he found out the combination entrée included some sushi. We ordered shortly after.

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Appetizers came out quickly. Jeremy had ordered the Ultimate Unagi. It was an Eel roll, and even though it only came with three pieces, they were pretty large and it turned out to be a good portion for an appetizer.

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I ordered the Edamame, which was served traditional Japanese style – cold. There also wasn’t any sea salt on it, which is most common in Japanese restaurants in the US. I liked it better this way – there’s already enough sodium in the LOW sodium Soy sauce!

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When our entrees arrived, I was really impressed by the presentation and amount of everything we ordered. Jeremy got the Deluxe Sushi Combination that included Yellowtail, Salmon, Isumi-dat, Shrimp, Conch, Squid, Egg omelet, Salmon roe, and 3 pieces of Tuna roll. He was a big fan of it all!

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I ordered the Vegetable Sushi Combination with Tempura Veggies. The Vegetable roll contained Shiitake mushrooms, Avocado and Cucumber. It also came with a side of Seaweed salad. While the tempura was much too greasy (I had my fill already for the day!), the roll was phenomenal. They did a great job combining textures and having a little crunch, mixed with the firmness of the mushroom and soft Avocado. I also really loved the Seaweed salad! Jeremy tried it and thought it was just ok, but I would definitely order it again.

After this, dessert came even though we were very full! He ordered Soft Serve Ice Cream - which he loved, of course. I was only able to get Orange Slices. They were good...just orange slices. I failed to take photos of these, but they were bland and boring to look at, anyway. :goodvibes


Our Out of Pocket total would have been $81.80 before tip. We had a great experience here and will be back when we’re in Epcot again. This is probably a restaurant we won’t be skipping on any trips!

MelanieC
06-04-2010, 04:43 PM
Wow - your out of pocket was still $81 on the DDXP? yowza.

I love sushi and I crave seaweed salad and veggie rolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vegcentric
06-05-2010, 12:38 AM
Just so you know - YES, I get super grouchy when I am hungry! If I've been going without food in my belly for too long, no one can stand being near me. People always rush to get me something to eat because it will make them happier once I've been fed. I feel so bad for everyone around me when I'm hungry.

Wow, that was quite an expensive meal. I love sushi, and I love seaweed salad. I know a vegan married couple that just dined at Tokyo Dining and they loved it, though I think they said the same thing about the tempura! I love seaweed salad too...mmm...your dinner looked so delicious.

iluvpluto27
06-05-2010, 02:00 AM
Really enjoying your reviews. We really like Tokyo Dining, but DH normally just orders the veggie tempura on the normal menu as I never realised they had a seperate vegetarian menu. Did you just ask for it and how many options did it have on it?

eeyore81
06-05-2010, 08:11 AM
Wow - your out of pocket was still $81 on the DDXP? yowza.


I think what she means is had she not had the dining plan the meal would have cost $81.

Loving the reviews.....keep them coming.:goodvibes

LuccaDrake
06-05-2010, 08:35 AM
Loving the reviews so far. It's interesting to see what Disney can come up with when you have food restrictions. Keep em' coming!

~Beka~

MelanieC
06-05-2010, 09:27 AM
I think what she means is had she not had the dining plan the meal would have cost $81.

Loving the reviews.....keep them coming.:goodvibes


Ok - that makes more sense, lol. I know when we had the regular dining plan (free dining) last August it still amazed me how much we had on our charge account in tips with just one sit down a day, lol.


Oh and I almost forgot to mention. My mom and I both suffer from low blood sugar and if we get hungry and don't get fed right away.........it's downright ugly. I become someone that I'm not and will snap and yell for no good reason. It's almost like a chemical imbalance when that happens. I can feel it happening and my whole body just feels off, and sort of shaky and fuzzy. Then if anyone says anything to me that upsets me in any way it's as if it sends a rush of adrenalin through my body that just makes any rational part of me dissapear. My mom's husband knows to feed her when she says I need to eat. My husband after 23 years of marriage (well 23 in a few days), still doesn't get it and then doesn't understand what happened afterwards.

I was worried about going vegetarian originally and it's what stopped me for a long time because I thought protein was what kept my blood sugar even. Turns out, I have felt so much better and it happens far less often once I turned vegetarian and now vegan. So either, plant based proteins keep my blood sugar more even or it was the meat type protein that would cause the biggest crash. Strange huh!

mandibc11
06-05-2010, 09:58 AM
Wow - your out of pocket was still $81 on the DDXP? yowza.

I love sushi and I crave seaweed salad and veggie rolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Haha I'm so sorry for confusing everyone! I went ahead and changed it on the review to say WOULD HAVE BEEN, before tip! Yeah, if we paid that above and beyond our Deluxe Dining we really need to seek counseling!

Just so you know - YES, I get super grouchy when I am hungry! If I've been going without food in my belly for too long, no one can stand being near me. People always rush to get me something to eat because it will make them happier once I've been fed. I feel so bad for everyone around me when I'm hungry.

Wow, that was quite an expensive meal. I love sushi, and I love seaweed salad. I know a vegan married couple that just dined at Tokyo Dining and they loved it, though I think they said the same thing about the tempura! I love seaweed salad too...mmm...your dinner looked so delicious.

I never know if it's because I love to eat so much that I'm upset I've missed an opportunity, or if there's something a bit more chemical going on! Probably a little bit of both, but either way...no one likes me either when I have an empty stomach!

Really enjoying your reviews. We really like Tokyo Dining, but DH normally just orders the veggie tempura on the normal menu as I never realised they had a seperate vegetarian menu. Did you just ask for it and how many options did it have on it?

When the hostess noted that I had Allergies she had the manager come to speak with me. The manager gave me the menu, but its available to everyone if you just ask your server. There was a stack of them behind the hostess stand. There wasn't a lot to the menu, maybe two apps and three entrees to choose from, but what they offered was fantastic!

I think what she means is had she not had the dining plan the meal would have cost $81.

Loving the reviews.....keep them coming.:goodvibes

Thanks for clearing it up for me!! I'm glad you're liking the reviews!

Loving the reviews so far. It's interesting to see what Disney can come up with when you have food restrictions. Keep em' coming!

~Beka~

Thanks! Yeah, Disney does an amazing job! I've had a hard time since coming back to Nashville...they just don't understand why they need to accommodate me! haha :goodvibes

mandibc11
06-05-2010, 10:05 AM
Ok - that makes more sense, lol. I know when we had the regular dining plan (free dining) last August it still amazed me how much we had on our charge account in tips with just one sit down a day, lol.

Yeah, we noticed that too but had come prepared that we would be spending a certain amount for tips. Even with that though, after we got home and added everything up (just for the fun of it) we still saved hundreds by doing the Deluxe plan! I wouldn't do anything but that from now on!

I was worried about going vegetarian originally and it's what stopped me for a long time because I thought protein was what kept my blood sugar even. Turns out, I have felt so much better and it happens far less often once I turned vegetarian and now vegan. So either, plant based proteins keep my blood sugar more even or it was the meat type protein that would cause the biggest crash. Strange huh!

For me, I think it's that I've eaten so many more fibrous foods since going Vegan. I'm full for a longer period of time, so I just don't have to worry and think about it as much. What happened this particular day is that I hadn't eaten anything, and the bites I did eat were just simple sugars!

I was actually shocked when I started doing research on a plant based diet - you don't have to have near the amount of protein my former fitness trainer was trying to get me to eat! I'm talking...80 grams a day, and I weight less than 100 pounds! That's just overkill. I was happy to learn I didn't have to stuff my face with that many grams of beans and leafy greens!

Cat0727
06-05-2010, 04:25 PM
Hey Amanda! I just found your dining review and am loving it so far!

I would like to become a vegetarian eventually so it's interesting to read dining reviews of vegetarians and vegans to see what options there are when you dine out in the real world (:

Vegcentric
06-05-2010, 05:22 PM
Hey Amanda! I just found your dining review and am loving it so far!

I would like to become a vegetarian eventually so it's interesting to read dining reviews of vegetarians and vegans to see what options there are when you dine out in the real world (:

Your sig is very cute! I just wanted to tell you that!

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-06-2010, 08:10 AM
Not to confuse anyone anymore, but i'm just curious...

Did you have to pay for the appetizers? We are doing Deluxe Dining for the first time in August and I wasn't sure if some places included them or how it works.

:confused3

AMadHatterMyself
06-06-2010, 08:34 AM
The Mad Hatter here with his take on the Orient and our Tokyo extravaganza! After we took a stroll in Viking country (and we became convinced that Mandi's dad must be from Viking Decent), I unbraided my beautiful long blond locks and took my Viking hat off to trade it in for a lovely kimono and some "domo arigato Mr. Roboto."

Tokyo Dinning really did a good job making you feel like you were in Japan. We tend to be more on the sushi side, but no fear, if you are a Hibachi eating kinda of a guy or girl, they have a whole other section just for it! I would highly recommend the Ultimate Unagi as an appetizer, it was huge and delicious! As Mandi said, I don't really understand why they don't have a system where you can pick 2 or 3 rolls for your Disney Dinning Plan. It didn't make sense because the cost would have been about the same. Maybe something to suggest. Nonetheless my sushi combination (mostly Nigiri) was very good. The fish was really fresh and by the time the soft serve came I was full to the gills!

I would recommend it without a doubt. It is a little expensive, but don't forget, we are getting 2 drinks, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts and we tend to get the more expensive items. Just to let you know! Thanks for reading these reviews! You are making my wife a happy camper with all the comments and allowing her to find an avenue in expressing her love of Disney with others! And who new that she is converting me to a Disney Extremist now as well!!!! So thanks for your participation!

AMadHatterMyself
06-06-2010, 08:41 AM
Not to confuse anyone anymore, but i'm just curious...

Did you have to pay for the appetizers? We are doing Deluxe Dining for the first time in August and I wasn't sure if some places included them or how it works.

:confused3

I think the hatter can take this one as I happen to come upon you question! NOPE the deluxe dinning plan includes 2 Non-Alcoholic Drinks (free refills too), 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. This is standard everywhere and for all meals (not for breakfast naturally, but you get all your fill for breakfast). The only out of pocket that we spent were for alcoholic drinks at dinner and the tip. In fact we didn't spend a dime for food the entire trip. And coming from a quazi over the top organizer who tends to stress out a bit when he constantly has to fork over money it was an absolute blessing being able to simply give them our room key and receive a bill for zero dollars and just have to pay a tip!

Hope this answers your question and I hope I did my wife justice in replying to posts! (I'm kinda new at this!)

Yours truly,
The Hatter Myself

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-06-2010, 09:09 AM
I think the hatter can take this one as I happen to come upon you question! NOPE the deluxe dinning plan includes 2 Non-Alcoholic Drinks (free refills too), 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. This is standard everywhere and for all meals (not for breakfast naturally, but you get all your fill for breakfast). The only out of pocket that we spent were for alcoholic drinks at dinner and the tip. In fact we didn't spend a dime for food the entire trip. And coming from a quazi over the top organizer who tends to stress out a bit when he constantly has to fork over money it was an absolute blessing being able to simply give them our room key and receive a bill for zero dollars and just have to pay a tip!

Hope this answers your question and I hope I did my wife justice in replying to posts! (I'm kinda new at this!)

Yours truly,
The Hatter Myself

Awesome! Thank you very much! Glad to find these things out before I use my DDP and not know I can order the appetizer! :cool1:

Cat0727
06-06-2010, 03:43 PM
Your sig is very cute! I just wanted to tell you that!

Hey! Thanks! :flower3: I got them from the DIS. Last year someone had posted a thread of all these cute avatars for people to use.

MamaPotts
06-06-2010, 07:25 PM
Awesome! Thank you very much! Glad to find these things out before I use my DDP and not know I can order the appetizer! :cool1:

Don't mean to sidetrack the thread, but wanted to clarify that you only are entitled to an appetizer if you're using the Deluxe Dining Plan and not the "regular" one.

mandibc11
06-07-2010, 01:45 PM
Or…The Tale of a Very UN-Disney Dinner

I had been very excited to try Marrakesh, located in the back of the Moroccan pavilion in Epcot. I was looking forward to spicy foods, Hummus, and Falafel. I booked this very early on, and it was one of the few reservations that didn’t get modified in some way through the planning process!

We wanted to dress nicely and try to find a PhotoPass person somewhere that evening – we were in luck!

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We were seated immediately when we arrived. My first impression was that it was nicely themed…very open inside, dim lighting, and the band was already playing. We were seated with a great view of them (and later of the belly dancer). The downside to the restaurant was the noise volume. It was really loud for it to look so pretty! Also, we were seated right in between two other tables, and pretty much were involved in each other’s business the entire time.

Our waiter came and immediately asked if we were ready to order. We had only sat down moments before and hadn’t even opened the menu yet. I said we would like to start with some drinks, but would need to look at the menu first. A few moments later, he came back, took our drink order, and again asked if we knew what we wanted to order. I had to remind him that I was Vegan (he had already noted this when he took our table ticket), and he said he would have to go talk to the chef to see if they would be able to accommodate me that evening or not. Really…he said that.

He came back about five minutes later, saying they could do the sampler appetizer for me with Falafel and Hummus. I asked about the fryer oil…having heard they cooked everything together. He came back after discussing this with the chef – apparently not only was it cooked in the same oil, but it contained eggs. I was happy to know the chef was paying that much attention the first time!

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The waiter had brought bread out with him upon his return, but he told me I could not have it. I loved the irony that he brought out packets of butter, as well! (Isn’t the presentation very Moroccan? Who knew Borden was a foreign brand?!) Anyway, he told me that I would be able to only have the hummus as an appetizer, but the Pita was no good for me as it contained Dairy. At this point, I just looked at him and asked what he expected me to do with the hummus. It was really getting ridiculous, because I know that at Tangerine Café, they have options for people with allergies and special diets. Again, he went to speak with the chef.

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And again, he came back, finally with our drinks this time. I had ordered the Tangier Breeze, which was very good, and Jeremy had the Casa Beer, also delightful.

Our waiter informed me that the chef said they had a pita that was egg/dairy free, but that I was not allowed to have it, since it came from a factory that processed both of those ingredients. That doesn’t really bother me, and definitely doesn’t make me physically sick, so I told him I would just take that. And he said…NO. The chef would not allow me to have it, because the packaging specifically said “This is Not Vegan.” I promise…he told me this!

At this point, Jeremy asked me if I wanted to leave. He was as upset as I was and hated that I couldn’t have much to eat. I almost left when he suggested it, but realized we would have over an hour wait anywhere else, and I was starving. I decided to stay and tough it out.

The waiter had determined that I could have the Moroccan Salad as an appetizer. Jeremy, ever patient on the other end of the table, ordered the Beef Rolls.

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The Moroccan Salad was actually delicious. (None of the pictures turned out well...I'm sorry!). He had allowed me to get the two person appetizer, even though this wasn’t on the Deluxe Dining Plan for just one person (Jeremy and I could have shared, however). According to the menu, the salad contained Green pepper, tomato, marinated olives, carrots, potatoes and cucumber salad. It was very flavorful, spicy and I loved the smaller samples of different items.

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Jeremy’s Beef Rolls were another story. He said they were ok, but they contained cinnamon, sugar and honey along with the beef. More than anything, I think it was just a very weird combination.

We ordered our entrees next, and I decided to keep the huge salad appetizer for backup…just in case.

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Jeremy ordered the Beef Kebabs, served with Veggies and Hummus. He said there was nothing Moroccan about this dish; nothing out of the ordinary or different than any other mediocre Kebabs he’s had in the past. (He let me have his hummus!)

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I had the Seven Vegetable Couscous. The waiter went to great lengths to tell me numerous times that the chef had to make a separate dish for me, because they only had one huge batch they serve to everyone else. (Glad the food’s fresh for everyone else…hmmm) First, let me say there were only four vegetables on this plate. Not only that, but I couldn’t even tell you what those four were. The entire dish tasted the same and had the same texture. It tasted like….NOTHING. Unless I’m sick with a stopped up nose, I’ve never eaten anything that literally had zero flavor. I could have been eating textured air and it would have had the same effect. Each vegetable also was the texture of the couscous; very mushy.

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For Dessert, Jeremy got the Bastilla, which was a pastry topped with cream and almonds. He mentioned that it mostly tasted like room temperature whip cream – not a fan.

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I was only able to get the Fruit Plate, which I welcomed at this point. However, it only contained filler fruits…mostly Honeydew, Cantaloupe, and Apples. I'm sorry for the horrible pictures...the lighting was terrible for photos!

Our Out of Pocket total would have been 107.14, which was one of the most expensive meals of our trip. I really felt like we wasted a meal credit this night, and would have gladly just eaten at a quick service if it meant getting something delicious with better service! We will not be back – I even thought about writing Disney about how terrible this meal was.

I’m sorry to have been so negative about this dining experience! I tried to see the good points, but there just weren’t many. The belly dancer however, was fantastic!

CampbellScot
06-07-2010, 04:42 PM
Wonderful reviews!! When I read that the most recent review was going to be for Restaurant Marrakesh, I was mentally shouting "NO!!! DON'T DO IT!!! RUN AWAY!!!!!"

;)

My husband and I pretty much had the exact same experience. A vegan and an Omnivore trying to get a decent meal and mostly getting attitude and irritation from the staff.

NOT a very Disney experience!

The only difference being that we walked out after the waiter told me I should have a "less annoying diet"...

that's exactly what he said.


I actually laugh about it now. I was so shocked at what he said that I asked him to repeat himself.

which he did.

:lmao:

I'm sorry you wasted dining credits on such an unsatisfying meal!!

can't wait to read more!!


popcorn::

MelanieC
06-07-2010, 05:34 PM
Restaurant Marakesh SHOULD be one of the most vegan friendly restaurants in WDW, but unfortunately I've heard it's not quite a few times. I really find it hard to believe that they would use egg in the falafel when the one in the Tangeriene cafe didn't. UGGH!! Not sure if they were just lazy to cook in a seperate fryer, or if they have a dumb way of making them. They are so close to each other........I'm more inclinded to think they are exactly the same...........hmmm

CampbellScot - I can't believe he said that to you...........It's not like vegan is that difficult of a diet to accomodate, or at least it shouldn't be. I would have left too.

mandibc11
06-07-2010, 07:47 PM
Wonderful reviews!! When I read that the most recent review was going to be for Restaurant Marrakesh, I was mentally shouting "NO!!! DON'T DO IT!!! RUN AWAY!!!!!"

;)

My husband and I pretty much had the exact same experience. A vegan and an Omnivore trying to get a decent meal and mostly getting attitude and irritation from the staff.

NOT a very Disney experience!

The only difference being that we walked out after the waiter told me I should have a "less annoying diet"...

that's exactly what he said.


I actually laugh about it now. I was so shocked at what he said that I asked him to repeat himself.

which he did.

:lmao:

I'm sorry you wasted dining credits on such an unsatisfying meal!!

can't wait to read more!!


popcorn::

I absolutely cannot believe he said that to you - that's worse than the response I got by far! Your feedback prompted me to contact Special Diets with some feedback of my own. I hope they will take this into consideration...Glad you're enjoying the reviews, though!

Restaurant Marakesh SHOULD be one of the most vegan friendly restaurants in WDW, but unfortunately I've heard it's not quite a few times. I really find it hard to believe that they would use egg in the falafel when the one in the Tangeriene cafe didn't. UGGH!! Not sure if they were just lazy to cook in a seperate fryer, or if they have a dumb way of making them. They are so close to each other........I'm more inclinded to think they are exactly the same...........hmmm

CampbellScot - I can't believe he said that to you...........It's not like vegan is that difficult of a diet to accomodate, or at least it shouldn't be. I would have left too.

I actually mentioned to the waiter that I knew for a fact that Tangerine Cafe was accommodating. He really had no response. I don't believe he really cared too much. I'm hoping my email to Special Diets will yield some results in the future...but you're absolutely right; Moroccan food should be VERY Vegan friendly!

valree
06-07-2010, 07:49 PM
Great reviews! I'm not a vegan, but I have a gluten intolerance, and it's nice to read other peoples' stories about traveling to Disney with special dietary needs.

The picture of Ener-G omelet will haunt my dreams forever.

AMadHatterMyself
06-07-2010, 08:02 PM
Now I might have to warn you that the Mad Hatter here might just get a little Mad with his review of Marrakesh. I've had the opportunity to live for a couple months in Amsterdam the home to the best Moroccan food that I've tried; this place couldn't have beaten the fake places in Nashville that serve shwarma with a side of plastic cheese fries...I would have rather gone for the plastic I will have to tell you. But really, as I look back on it everything pinned on the attitude and the cloud of impatience and unwillingness to help out those that just might have a different eating lifestyle. We are not asking them to go and kill the fatted calf because their selection of beef is not to our high palate! We are asking a Middle Eastern restaurant who INVENTED the vegetarian meal to make something vegetarian! That's it!

My lovely wife says that I was the patient one...she exaggerates on this one. I had several moments that if children weren't present I would have some choice remarks. But here is the Hatter's advice...if you really want to experience Moroccan food, get a quick service meal from the Tangerine Cafe...you will have a lot more choices and a more pleasurable experience, then get your wife to shake her hips a little and dance around and you already have had a lot better experience than going to Marrakesh!

I will second my wife, I am not much of a cynic and don't enjoy bashing a restaurant, but Disney needs to know about the very un-Disney experience that you get there. But do not be afraid my fellow Disneyians, better reviews are just on the horizon ahead!

Yours 10/6 truly,
The Hatter that is Mad

wild.zinnia
06-07-2010, 08:12 PM
Wonderful reviews!! When I read that the most recent review was going to be for Restaurant Marrakesh, I was mentally shouting "NO!!! DON'T DO IT!!! RUN AWAY!!!!!"

;)

My husband and I pretty much had the exact same experience. A vegan and an Omnivore trying to get a decent meal and mostly getting attitude and irritation from the staff.

NOT a very Disney experience!

The only difference being that we walked out after the waiter told me I should have a "less annoying diet"...

that's exactly what he said.


I actually laugh about it now. I was so shocked at what he said that I asked him to repeat himself.

which he did.

:lmao:

I'm sorry you wasted dining credits on such an unsatisfying meal!!

can't wait to read more!!


popcorn::

I had to read that 3 times before it sank in. How incredibly rude.

mandibc11
06-08-2010, 10:34 AM
Great reviews! I'm not a vegan, but I have a gluten intolerance, and it's nice to read other peoples' stories about traveling to Disney with special dietary needs.

The picture of Ener-G omelet will haunt my dreams forever.

They had a TON of Gluten free snacks and treats that I saw while we were there - You'll definitely be taken care of!

As far as that Omelette goes...I'm with you!!

Vegcentric
06-08-2010, 11:25 AM
Campbell Scott - That is so incredibly rude and uncalled for by the cast member, I would have asked for the manager and complained. You don't go to dinner at Disney World to be given a snarky and personal insult.

I'm sorry your dining experience at Marakesh was so bad. Thanks for steering us away from this one. We liked the vegetable platter over at Tangierine Cafe, and this ever happened to us while dining in the world showcase I would have probably left and gone and got a vegetable plate instead! Really, I get so upset when I hear other vegans have such a tough time just finding sustenance at what is supposed to be a pretty nice restaurant.

Great reviews once again!

mandibc11
06-08-2010, 11:41 AM
Dear Amanda,

Thank you for writing to us regarding your most recent visit.

Our Guests’ safety and well-being is our top priority, and is of the utmost importance to us. It concerns us when our Guests relate any unpleasant experiences from their visits, and we are truly sorry you felt that Restaurant Marrakesh was not accommodating to you.

Please know that our Guests' impressions are of invaluable assistance to us in determining areas that may be in need of improvement, and we thank you for bringing your experiences to our attention. Please be assured that your comments and suggestions for additional measures have been shared with the appropriate members of our Restaurant Marrakesh’s management team.

We hope you will continue to include the Walt Disney World® Resort in your future vacation plans.

Sincerely,

Lee Brady
Guest Communication Services
Walt Disney World

CampbellScot
06-08-2010, 03:54 PM
Wow!! Good for you!! I think anyone who is treated poorly should absolutely let someone know. On the night of our "rude waiter" incident, My husband was absolutely INCENSED with the "annoying diet" comment. (mostly b/c I was on it b/c I had been extremely ill and was struggling to get my health back! Eating a vegan diet was supposed to help pinpoint any possible allergies.) He spoke with the manager as well as Guest Relations. It's frustrating to my husband when things like this happen b/c he feels like the organization thinks complaints are made so that meals will be paid for or free something or other is offered. What he wants is for these things not to happen in the first place. What he wants is to come to Disney and a have a great time that does not include wasting time dealing rude nonsense. I read him your review and he was disappointed that there doesn't appear to have been ANYTHING done. Which is too bad. Being treated poorly should never be a part of a Disney vacation!

Hopefully this issue will actually be addressed at this restaurant. As another poster said, this place should be very vegan friendly...which is part of the reason we attempted to eat here in the first place!!

Can't wait to read the rest of your reviews!! :goodvibes

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-08-2010, 08:45 PM
Don't mean to sidetrack the thread, but wanted to clarify that you only are entitled to an appetizer if you're using the Deluxe Dining Plan and not the "regular" one.

Thanx we are doing Deluxe! :banana:

mandibc11
06-08-2010, 10:01 PM
Before heading to the hotel and calling it a night, Jeremy talked me into getting a little something for myself before bed - Ice Cream!

We walked from World Showcase down to the Yacht and Beach Club, just so that I could use one of my snack credits and try some of their Rice Dream dessert. After ordering from the To Go section (the sit down portion of the restaurant does not accept snack credits), we walked down to the beach where they were having a movie night on the sand!

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Of all movies, tonight's feature was none other than Alice in Wonderland. How much more fitting can you get!? It turned my frown from dinner upside down as soon as we sat down on a lounge chair and spent some time enjoying the movie.

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The ice cream itself wasn't that great - I'm just not a fan of the flavor of Rice Dream. They also put a non-dairy hot fudge on it, but I was questioning that so didn't eat too much of it.

All in all though, this was a great way to end the day!

jockey
06-08-2010, 11:08 PM
Great reports :)

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-09-2010, 09:21 AM
Before heading to the hotel and calling it a night, Jeremy talked me into getting a little something for myself before bed - Ice Cream!

We walked from World Showcase down to the Yacht and Beach Club, just so that I could use one of my snack credits and try some of their Rice Dream dessert. After ordering from the To Go section (the sit down portion of the restaurant does not accept snack credits), we walked down to the beach where they were having a movie night on the sand!

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Of all movies, tonight's feature was none other than Alice in Wonderland. How much more fitting can you get!? It turned my frown from dinner upside down as soon as we sat down on a lounge chair and spent some time enjoying the movie.

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The ice cream itself wasn't that great - I'm just not a fan of the flavor of Rice Dream. They also put a non-dairy hot fudge on it, but I was questioning that so didn't eat too much of it.

All in all though, this was a great way to end the day!

Perfect movie! I'm glad you liked beaches and cream, it's one of our TS lunches for our trip. I heard they are very good about catering to vegans. I'll keep ya posted on the actual lunch. I'm also curious about their non-dairy fudge. Hmmm...I guess they couldn't give it unless it really was dairy free, because if someone had an allergy they'd definately know if it wasnt dairy free. :scared1:

mandibc11
06-09-2010, 10:38 AM
Perfect movie! I'm glad you liked beaches and cream, it's one of our TS lunches for our trip. I heard they are very good about catering to vegans. I'll keep ya posted on the actual lunch. I'm also curious about their non-dairy fudge. Hmmm...I guess they couldn't give it unless it really was dairy free, because if someone had an allergy they'd definately know if it wasnt dairy free. :scared1:

Yeah - they were very precautious about the whole dairy allergy thing and confirmed it a few times on their walkie-talkies! We also ate there for lunch later in the week - so delicious!! More on that later. Also...the Tofutti is my fav, and they have that along with other great toppings!

But you're right, the fudge tasted just like fudge. If I was just Vegan and not allergic as well, I probably wouldn't have minded much, but I didn't want to be up all night long, so I mostly just picked at it!

MelanieC
06-09-2010, 10:44 AM
I tried Rice Dream vanilla ice cream recently, I can't even finish the container. It has a funny aftertaste, although their individually wrapped mocha and mint rice dream pies are to do for!!

I have never tried tofutti, but I'm hoping to at WDW. The hot fudge sounds tasty. I sure wish I knew for sure it was non dairy - it sounds amazing! Another option for a snack-yeah!

Do they not have the tofutti at the to-go section at the Yacht and Beach Club?

mandibc11
06-09-2010, 10:52 AM
I tried Rice Dream vanilla ice cream recently, I can't even finish the container. It has a funny aftertaste, although their individually wrapped mocha and mint rice dream pies are to do for!!

I have never tried tofutti, but I'm hoping to at WDW. The hot fudge sounds tasty. I sure wish I knew for sure it was non dairy - it sounds amazing! Another option for a snack-yeah!

Do they not have the tofutti at the to-go section at the Yacht and Beach Club?

Melanie, this was my first time at Beaches and Cream for the trip, so when the counter service waitress gave me only the option of Rice Dream (which I had never had up to this point), I gladly accepted! :goodvibes

However, when I went back for lunch the second time, I asked if they had Tofutti, and our server said they did! I was very excited. To me, there really isn't much difference in the taste of Tofutti and regular dairy ice cream...I'm sure my husband would beg to differ, though!

iloveeeyore
06-09-2010, 10:55 AM
I've been enjoying your report from the beginning. We are omnivores who were disappointed in Marrakesh also. We were looking forward to something a little more tasty and exotic, and got pretty tasteless mush. I've ben reading better reviews lately, so wondering if we should put it back on the list...I guess not!

mandibc11
06-09-2010, 11:02 AM
I've been enjoying your report from the beginning. We are omnivores who were disappointed in Marrakesh also. We were looking forward to something a little more tasty and exotic, and got pretty tasteless mush. I've ben reading better reviews lately, so wondering if we should put it back on the list...I guess not!

I was really thinking it would be spicier, more exotic foods. The only thing they took out of my couscous was butter, and that surely isn't spicy or exotic! The only shining dish of the evening was that salad sampler for an appetizer...I just don't think I would waste a meal on that place, no matter what you eat! I'm thinking for exotic, maybe one of the newer restaurants at Animal Kingdom!

mandibc11
06-09-2010, 09:20 PM
The next morning we woke up earlier than usual in order to get a bus to Animal Kingdom. Since we were spending the day at this park, Boma was a good choice for breakfast with it being very close!

We had specifically been told by the concierge that it would be no problem at all to get to Animal Kingdom lodge after making our way to the park. They were right! Immediately after being dropped off at AK (2 hours before park opening – there was no one there!), a bus pulled up from the resort and asked if we were the two with breakfast reservations. Yep – that’s us!

I was so excited, because I was SO hungry. I had also never been to Boma and had high hopes about what they could concoct for me, and what all they could offer the Hatter, as well!

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We were seated immediately, in a cozy little table fairly close to the steaming food awaiting us. Our server was a vegetarian, and talked to me for awhile about how wonderful Disney is and how she eats there even during her off-time. She also brought out some very delicious mango/something else juice, and went to get a chef for me.

The chef came and was the nicest, most accommodating person I had met yet! I cannot remember her name thought, and I regret not writing it down. She took us around the buffet area and showed me exactly what I could have, and explained any traditional African items to Jeremy and me both.

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The first station contained Eggs, Pap, and Salsa, which looked really colorful, fresh and tasty - I encouraged him to try!

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Next to that was the porridge section, which I was eager to dig into myself. It contained both regular Oatmeal, as well as a Quinoa Porridge. There were accompaniments that included Raisins, Cinnamon, and a Quinoa garnish.

Each of the stations had something I could sample, with the exception of the meats section (of course) and the pastries. But the chef was so sweet, asking if there was anything specific I might like. I told her I was just hungry and ready to eat! She suggested Pancakes or Waffles (I chose Waffles, because the Belgium style on the buffet looked delectable). She also mentioned making a Tofu Scramble with Roasted Vegetables. Yes, please!!

After she left, we began making our way around the buffet. There weren’t many people at the restaurant this early in the morning, so we were able to help ourselves as much as we wanted!

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I started off with the Quinoa Porridge, making a bowl of half Oatmeal and half Quinoa. I topped with the Quinoa garnish and Raisins. It was fantastic! I could have eaten this mixture every morning. Usually I just have regular oatmeal with dried cherries, but if the Quinoa Porridge is easy to make as a morning meal, I may switch! So much calcium and protein!
Also included on my plate were Roasted Potatoes and Fruit. Both delicious.

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Jeremy started with those gorgeous Waffles, Fruit, and Yogurt. He loved it all and ate every last, dripping bit of syrup-y goodness.

Also on the plate were the Eggs, Pap, and Salsa. Again, loved it! Highly recommended – coming straight from the mouth of the eater.

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The chef came out after this with Mickey Waffles! Oh, how I love these little guys…and being Gluten Free and Vegan, how can you beat them? I couldn’t get enough of them on this trip!

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At the same time, she had also brought out the Tofu Veggie Scramble. This was fantastic. So well seasoned with a bit of spice, and the roasted veggies were cooked just right. I was definitely full after all was said and done, and ready for a Safari and a trip to Everest!!

Our Out of Pocket Total would have been $48.05 before tip. This is a place we will consistently return to every time we come to Disney – I can’t wait to try dinner here!

MelanieC
06-09-2010, 09:38 PM
Boma never fails to deliver!! It's our one sit down this trip (THE HORRORS) for dinner. Can't wait!

Vegcentric
06-09-2010, 10:53 PM
Wow, that chef really knew what she was doing. I am now convinced that I would like to try Boma for breakfast one morning...I love quinoa but never thought to have it for breakfast before. This was awesome!

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-10-2010, 07:55 AM
Wow I never would've thought Boma would be so accomadating for Breakfast. Now I want to change my ADR's :eek:. I've been thinking of bumping my 1900 Park Fare, but I didn't know what to change it to. Now I think I know. :woohoo:

mandibc11
06-10-2010, 08:30 AM
Wow I never would've thought Boma would be so accomadating for Breakfast. Now I want to change my ADR's :eek:. I've been thinking of bumping my 1900 Park Fare, but I didn't know what to change it to. Now I think I know. :woohoo:

It really was fantastic - I mean, I love 1900 Park Fare, but really just for the atmosphere of the Grand Floridian and the Characters! The next breakfast I'm reviewing is Kouzzina, and I have to say, it's a toss up for me between Boma and Kouzzina for best breakfasts of the trip! Both were amazingly accommodating. :goodvibes

mandibc11
06-10-2010, 08:32 AM
Boma never fails to deliver!! It's our one sit down this trip (THE HORRORS) for dinner. Can't wait!

Have you had Boma for dinner before? I would love to know what makes it different from other Buffets...would the food be similar to Tusker House's buffet? I'm not generally a buffet person, unless it comes to breakfast...but I'm very intriqued by Boma!

Wow, that chef really knew what she was doing. I am now convinced that I would like to try Boma for breakfast one morning...I love quinoa but never thought to have it for breakfast before. This was awesome!

You definitely should!! We'll be going back every time. The chef mentioned that traditional African food is heavy on the vegetarian side, so they really go out of their way to accommodate people that eat plant-based diets!

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-10-2010, 09:11 AM
You definitely should!! We'll be going back every time. The chef mentioned that traditional African food is heavy on the vegetarian side, so they really go out of their way to accommodate people that eat plant-based diets!


I just changed our ADR's to include Boma for breakfast! I already have Kouzzina on there for breakfast. I'm super excited now! Over food, LOL!!! :banana::banana::banana:

Do you have any resort area Dinner suggestions on the Dining Plan?

I already have these:

D- Ohana
B- Kouzzina
L- Beaches and Cream
D- Sanaa
B- Crystal Palace
L- Main Street Bakery
D- Columbia Harbor House (been there twice so want something new...in or out of park)
B- Chef Mickey's
L- Wolfgang Puck Cafe
D- Ohana
D- Boma
B- Boma
L- 50's Prime Time Cafe
D- Mama Melrose Italiano

mandibc11
06-10-2010, 11:58 AM
I just changed our ADR's to include Boma for breakfast! I already have Kouzzina on there for breakfast. I'm super excited now! Over food, LOL!!! :banana::banana::banana:

Do you have any resort area Dinner suggestions on the Dining Plan?

I already have these:

D- Ohana
B- Kouzzina
L- Beaches and Cream
D- Sanaa
B- Crystal Palace
L- Main Street Bakery
D- Columbia Harbor House (been there twice so want something new...in or out of park)
B- Chef Mickey's
L- Wolfgang Puck Cafe
D- Ohana
D- Boma
B- Boma
L- 50's Prime Time Cafe
D- Mama Melrose Italiano

As far as restaurants in resorts, I've heard great things about the Vegan menu at Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge. And even though it's 2 credits, our dinner at Jiko was phenomenal and they also offered a Vegan menu! We skipped breakfast one morning so we could do this, and just had leftovers out on the Boardwalk!

Have you looked at the menu for The Wave at Contemporary? It looks so delicious, and would be convenient to Magic Kingdom the evening you are there and want to try something besides Columbia Harbor House. I think we'll be trying that restaurant next time we're there!

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-10-2010, 12:05 PM
The Wave sounds good, and I was also interested to try Kona Cafe. Have you been there?

bookworm0312
06-10-2010, 12:07 PM
Have you had Boma for dinner before? I would love to know what makes it different from other Buffets...would the food be similar to Tusker House's buffet?

Yes, I would definitely compare it to Tusker House. It's very good!!

mandibc11
06-10-2010, 12:09 PM
Yes - we really liked Kona Cafe. It was a last minute decision for us during our last day...before heading to the airport. We just walked in. Even with it being spur of the moment, the chef was able to make an Asian noodle dish with tofu for me. It was really good! The only thing I didn't care for too much was the atmosphere of the place - it's right off the lobby and pretty open to people walking by. But other than that, the food was great!

mandibc11
06-10-2010, 12:11 PM
Yes, I would definitely compare it to Tusker House. It's very good!!

Well then I'm definitely in! That food was incredible! Different from the normal Disney buffet for sure, and so many options for every type of eater!

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-10-2010, 12:12 PM
Yes - we really liked Kona Cafe. It was a last minute decision for us during our last day...before heading to the airport. We just walked in. Even with it being spur of the moment, the chef was able to make an Asian noodle dish with tofu for me. It was really good! The only thing I didn't care for too much was the atmosphere of the place - it's right off the lobby and pretty open to people walking by. But other than that, the food was great!

Any chance they were able to make the Chocolate Fondue Vegan for you???? Sorry, I had to ask! :rotfl2:

mandibc11
06-10-2010, 12:18 PM
Chocolate Fondue!! I didn't even know that existed there! We weren't on the dining plan any more, since it was our last day, so sadly, we didn't get any dessert. You will DEFINITELY have to report back to me on the fondue though!

But you know, the dessert I got at Ohana was fruit with a chocolate fondue dipping sauce...I'm sure it was the exact same thing - I mean what are they like, 20 feet apart? Surely they could go over to Ohana and grab you some chocolate at the least!

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-10-2010, 12:43 PM
Chocolate Fondue!! I didn't even know that existed there! We weren't on the dining plan any more, since it was our last day, so sadly, we didn't get any dessert. You will DEFINITELY have to report back to me on the fondue though!

But you know, the dessert I got at Ohana was fruit with a chocolate fondue dipping sauce...I'm sure it was the exact same thing - I mean what are they like, 20 feet apart? Surely they could go over to Ohana and grab you some chocolate at the least!



I sure hope they can, and I'm going to make sure to ask prior to my meal to give them some extra time to figure it out!!

mandibc11
06-10-2010, 03:45 PM
As we were making our way to Expedition Everest for the second time that morning, Jeremy decided it was time for a nosh. He had been eyeing something in particular the entire day, and finally stopped at a little cart in Asia to pick himself up a Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich!

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It definitely looked delicious, filled with Cookis and Cream ice cream. He devoured it in only a few moments as we sat in the shade and cooled off from a morning spent bobbing and weaving in the crowds!

They had Strawberry Bars that I was tempted to get, but I decided I wanted to wait and save my appetite for our lunch at Tusker House!

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VeganRazzleDazzle
06-10-2010, 04:29 PM
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Love your shirt!

P.S. I just added The Wave instead of my 2nd Ohana, but if Chef TJ isnt there the first Ohana night then I may have to change it last minute. ;)

CampbellScot
06-10-2010, 05:27 PM
I had to laugh that y'all went to Beaches and Cream to end your day on a sweeter note! We did the exact same thing! I'm going to have to agree on the Rice Dream...it's was just meh for me.

Boma is the BEST place for breakfast! Especially if you are rocking the Vegan lifestyle!! Quinoa is so good. I eat it regularly...even my husband enjoys it!! We found everyone at that restaurant to be so kind and willing to accommodate us in any way. We stayed at AKL our last trip and were able to eat at Boma three different times!!

lastly...I LOVE your Rescue Rangers tee!! Is that a Junk Food tee or did you find at Disney? I'm on the hunt now!!! ;)

keep em' coming!!popcorn::

mandibc11
06-10-2010, 06:01 PM
Love your shirt!

P.S. I just added The Wave instead of my 2nd Ohana, but if Chef TJ isnt there the first Ohana night then I may have to change it last minute. ;)

Oh that's awesome! I say you call and ask for his schedule! From everything I've read, he's off on the weekends...I think it was just a fluke that I didn't get him when we went on a Monday! I'm excited you're going to try The Wave though - it really looks like they would be SUPER accommodating!

[QUOTE=lastly...I LOVE your Rescue Rangers tee!! Is that a Junk Food tee or did you find at Disney? I'm on the hunt now!!! ;)

keep em' coming!!popcorn::[/QUOTE]

Thanks!! It's actually a Disney Couture tee - my lovely husband bought it for me for our 8 month anniversary! How cute is that?! There are so many Junk Food shirts that I love though - I just wish they weren't $30 a pop!

MelanieC
06-10-2010, 06:05 PM
Have you had Boma for dinner before? I would love to know what makes it different from other Buffets...would the food be similar to Tusker House's buffet? I'm not generally a buffet person, unless it comes to breakfast...but I'm very intriqued by Boma!




Boma is like Tusker House on Steroids :)


Seriously, it's my favorite place to eat in all of WDW. Chef TJ used to work there in fact before going over to Boma. I had the pleasure to meet him one time back in 2005 when I did the Disney 1/2 Marathon and went to lunch with a vegan. It's a great place with lots of vegan options!!!

mandibc11
06-11-2010, 08:59 AM
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We arrived early for our reservations by about 15 minutes, and I’m really glad we did because it was packed! There was a huge line even for people with ADRs…they just gave everyone pagers to let them know when a table was available. Jeremy waited in line while I found a seat outside for us. About 15 minutes later he had a pager, and another 10 minutes after that we were seated. So…all in all it wasn’t so bad!

We were seated a little out of the way in a side room away from the buffet, which was nice because this place is big and a bit loud. Our server took forever getting to us, and when she did she turned out to be the loud, annoying type that loves to talk…a lot. BUT, she took our drink order and quickly went to get a chef.

He showed up right after this, and must get special diet requests all the time because he really knew the drill! He took us around to each station, showing us the meats (for Jeremy), the vegetarian selections, kid section, breads and sauces, and desserts. There were actually a ton of foods for me and I was really anxious to get started! He told me I wouldn’t be able to have any of the desserts, but that when I was finished with my meal to just let the server know and he would take care of me! Now THAT made me excited.

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Jeremy and I quickly grabbed plates and began loaded them down. I didn’t even know where to begin!

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I thought my plate turned out beautifully! Clockwise from the top I had: Pita and Hummus, Marrakesh Couscous, Tabbouleh, Vegetable Samosas, Fried Plantains, Pearl Couscous with Basil, Spiced Tandori Tofu, and in the middle a Mixed Dried Fruit Chutney.

All of this food was so delicious that I think I consumed the entire plate – I didn’t even have room to go up for more! The Fruit Chutney was probably my favorite, and I put it on everything from the Pita to the Samosas (which the chef swore up and down had not been cooked with meat products that particular day). Also, the Couscous was so flavorful and filling that I would have liked to get seconds of it as well, had there been any room left in my belly!

Jeremy’s plate was a little more interesting…

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I think he saw the Kid’s section and suddenly had nostalgic cravings that sent him back to his childhood. His rather yellow looking plate contained Cornbread, Filet of Salmon, Corndog Nuggets, TONS of Mustard for the Corndogs, a Corn Medley, Vegetable Samosas, slices of American Cheese, and buried underneath it all was a pile of Mashed Potatoes.

He was in heaven, eating the cheese with the potatoes and dipping everything in mustard. There’s nothing like a buffet to bring out all of your food quirks!

We were both stuffed and didn’t go up for seconds, but Jeremy went to grab his dessert while I waited for our practically non-existent waitress.

I failed to take pictures of his dessert plate, which is a shame as it was reminiscent of a tea party with all the miniature confections. I got a few snaps of the dessert section of the buffet though, which contained the items he chose.

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He had sampled what appeared to be a Strawberry Tart but was actually a Strawberry Mousse in a Thin Chocolate Shell. Also on his plate was a Mini Orange Tart and a Brownie. He liked them all, but preferred the Strawberry Mousse because of the lightness after such a filling meal.

Out came mine and I have to say – this may have been my favorite dessert thus far!

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Not only did the laden plate contain 2 huge Divvies Chocolate Chip cookies, and two mini Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookies, but there was Fresh Fruit which included a piece of artwork that turned out to be an apple! He brought all this out, along with two more packs of the Enjoy Life Cookies. I was a happy girl.

I couldn’t eat hardly any of it though, wrapped up the cookies in a napkin, took the packaged of other treats, and stuck them in my bag. I had to save them for sometime in the near future when I was certain I would crave them!

AMadHatterMyself
06-11-2010, 09:39 AM
My beautiful wife set you strait on the need for Boma to be on your list of restaurants to enjoy...especially for Breakfast! Personally, I really enjoyed the entire experience of Animal Kingdom Lodge and Animal Kingdom itself. Now, not to trample the good name of the Magic Kingdom (for it holds a special place in my heart that will never be trumped), but my Animal Kingdom was my favorite as a whole!

You just can't beat a place where you can fill your hat to the brim with a smorgasbord of delightful breakfast options. There simply wasn't anything bad on the buffet and I had a little bit of it all. I too am a fan of Quinoa so I would recommend a try yourself even if your first dash would be towards the meat station! If you happen to be solely a carnivore yourself take a step out of your teeth's comfort zone and try some of the Quinoa...trust me it will not be poison to your mouth and hey...you just might like it!

For Lunch it was to Tusker House...yet another beautiful display that the Hatter could fill his hat. ANd as my wife so eloquently put it, the inner child in me rushed to life as I saw everything from Corn dogs to Corn bread, PB & J, fish and meat! The Hatter sure had his fill at Tusker House!

The Chef was amazing and once again treated my wife with such respect and courtesy. She got exactly what she wanted and was able to stuff her vegan chompers to her hearts content! And my favorite is that they didn't forget the dessert! Mandi had been searching for the place that would give her Divvies and she found the grail! And I think there is still one pack at home that she is waiting for the opportune moment to sink her teeth into the delicious cookies!

As for the snack in Animal Kingdom, one of my favorite treats are ice cream sandwiches...so Oreo/cookies and cream ice cream sandwiches tend to make my eyes turn to hearts as the "Aaaaaooooogggggaaaaaa" sound comes from the cartoon of my life! It’s a great treat for a hot day and was a snack credit so it made the whole experience that much better!

Yours truly,
A full Hatted Hatter

2kids2luv
06-12-2010, 04:39 PM
Thanks for all the great reviews.:surfweb: I've heard many good things about Tusker House that we'll have to try it next time. We're doing breakfast at Boma in December and are super excited. Sorry to hear of your bad experience at Restaurant Marrakesh. :sad2: I've been debating switching Ohana or Coral Reef for there but will keep what we have thanks to your review.:hippie:

mandibc11
06-13-2010, 08:07 PM
Thanks for all the great reviews.:surfweb: I've heard many good things about Tusker House that we'll have to try it next time. We're doing breakfast at Boma in December and are super excited. Sorry to hear of your bad experience at Restaurant Marrakesh. :sad2: I've been debating switching Ohana or Coral Reef for there but will keep what we have thanks to your review.:hippie:

I'm so glad I was able to help change your mind about that! Vacations are too short to chance even ONE meal!

mandibc11
06-16-2010, 09:06 AM
We wanted to watch Fantasmic! this evening, so we decided to have dinner at Hollywood Studios and make it simple. After a ride on the ferry from our resort, we were there and getting pretty hungry! But, we still had some time to kill and decided to ride a few rides while also trying to track down those elusive PhotoPass photographers one more time.

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We checked into Sci Fi early, and I’m really glad we did, because they had lost our reservation! Luckily, I had my ADR confirmation number with me, so after giving that to her (she said it had been canceled…), she put us back on the list and we only had to wait about 20 minutes. It was really crowded, though!

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We were taken back to our “car” in the back of the lot. Jeremy loved the atmosphere, which was exciting since I’ve always liked this restaurant, also. Our server came out quickly, and after seeing our dining ticket he went to get us some water and grab a chef.

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Soon the chef was there, but he didn’t really seem to know what to do with me. He asked me what I would like to have…to which I replied by asking what they had available that I could eat. I really wasn’t that picky, I just needed to know my options. Of course, when he realized we were on the Deluxe Dining Plan, things became even more perplexing for him. He didn’t think there were any appetizers or desserts for me. Finally after looking over the menu for awhile with me, he pointed out that I could definitely have the Spinach dip. Then reconsidering, said the dairy could potentially be an issue for me, though…hmmm.

I pointed out that they probably had Tofutti Ice Cream, and his face lit up! But that only covered the drink order, because at Sci Fi Milkshakes are included as a non-alcoholic beverage on the dining plan (pretty awesome, huh?!)

We decided that I could have some fries as an app, and Jeremy ordered the Spinach Dip. Here goes another meal of complete opposites where our orders were concerned!

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My French Fries came out, and while they didn’t look like anything fancy, I was hungry and they did the trick. Please accept my apologies for this absolutely horrendous picture!

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Jeremy’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip looked really delicious. I had a few of the Tortilla chips, and had him ask the server if they had any salsa I could eat with them. Nope, no salsa…too bad. At least I had my fries and ketchup!

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Our shakes actually came out after this, and they were delicious!!! I loved taking a sip of the Chocolate Tofutti Milkshake and then having a salty fry…can’t beat it! Jeremy got the Oreo Milkshake, but the photo didn’t turn out nearly as well, so I’m only showing mine.

When the meal came, we were both already full. An entire milkshake and appetizer is enough to make anyone stuffed, and I never have dessert-type foods before the real meal!

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I had ordered the Marinated Tofu with the sauce on the side. It was pretty lip-smackingly good! It turned out to actually be a bit on the spicy side, which I love. The texture was good for tofu, as well. I hardly touched the rice because I was just so packed in with food at that point, but the little portion I had was also very flavorful.

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Jeremy ordered the Smoked Baby Back Ribs. He was really excited about these, because it had been so long since he had indulged in something like this! I think he was somewhat disappointed though. But keep in mind, he was full as well (having consumed the entire plate of Spinach dip). Either way, I believe he mentioned that they were a little tough, not very “fall off the bone,” and fatty. The sauce was good though, which made up for it a bit. He literally didn’t touch the baked beans or green beans, so I’m not sure if he can comment about them.

Next up came dessert, and even though we had said we just weren’t going to order anything, the waiter talked us into getting it to-go. He seemed to really want us to also get Milkshakes for the dessert portion, but I just couldn't handle that much in one day! I was able to get the Fruit Salad, and Jeremy got the Peanut Butter Cake, but without ice cream since it would have been pure soup by the time Fantasmic was over. I regret that I didn’t get a picture of these either – I’ve failed you. BUT, the PB cake looked delicious, and the fruit was…fruit! Good fruit though, lots of grapes, pineapple and strawberries.

Our Out of Pocket total would have been 84.48. I think we would both go back in a heartbeat for the experience. And while I would get the Tofu again, I might also like to try their Veggie Burger, which I’ve heard is also very good. Jeremy would most likely branch out to something a bit different.

butiflfeet
06-16-2010, 09:32 AM
Just signing on so I can read more of your fabulous reviews! Thanks for sharing!

princessallegra
06-16-2010, 02:34 PM
So many great reviews! We really want to try Tusker House for lunch for sure. You guys are the cutest couple! I love you in your little Rescue Rangers/AK getup. Very cute!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

MelanieC
06-16-2010, 03:12 PM
Not too bad at all at Sci Fi. I love Sci Fi, sure wish we were doing it this year........sigh!

Joshua_me
06-16-2010, 07:38 PM
The only difference being that we walked out after the waiter told me I should have a "less annoying diet"...

that's exactly what he said.

^ Wow, CampbellScot...

Sorry to bring back the negative Marrakesh experience, but I'm just now reading this...

Had a server said that to me or a loved one, well.... there would have been some unpleasantness, to say the least...

I'm *shocked* a CM said this to you..... :headache:

mandibc11
06-18-2010, 08:44 AM
So many great reviews! We really want to try Tusker House for lunch for sure. You guys are the cutest couple! I love you in your little Rescue Rangers/AK getup. Very cute!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

Haha thanks so much! I was trying to go for the whole Safari thing; I know I'm a huge dork! I've been checking out your dining report as well...You had great dinner outfits, as well!

mandibc11
06-18-2010, 03:00 PM
Originally, we had scheduled a late breakfast at Boma for this morning of our trip. It was a leisurely day for us, so I didn’t think it would be a hassle to get to Animal Kingdom Lodge when we pleased, and then make our way back in the same manner. When the day drew closer though, we both realized that it just takes too much time and effort to get all the way over there just for breakfast! We went to the concierge to see what could be done, and were able to get a 9:30am reservation at Kouzzina instead!

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I had originally had this restaurant on my ADR list, but had heard mixed reviews and second thought it. I’m very glad we were able to go, because it turned out to be our first of two breakfasts at Kouzzina during our stay!

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We arrived and were surprised at the quietness of the place, even though it was later in the morning (for Disney standards, that is) and outside on the Boardwalk there were many people grabbing something from Boardwalk Bakery. Our hostess took us to a nice little booth towards the back of the restaurant; shortly after, our waiter came.

He took our drink order and went to get a chef. Ordering was different here, because we had gotten used to the buffet breakfasts! With the Deluxe Plan, breakfast at an ala carte restaurant includes a drink and an entrée; that narrowed things down for me a lot!

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Jeremy had ordered the Berry Smoothie, which he mentioned was very good. He’s a big smoothie-type of person, so I trust his judgment on this one! I got regular coffee with Soy milk. They had Press Pot coffee in a larger carafe, but that was an extra charge and I didn’t want to waste my own money on coffee!

The Chef came out to talk to me and made some suggestions. Even though many of the menu items I had been looking over sounded interesting and different than the usual fare at Disney, what the chef suggested was mainly just the Steel Cut oatmeal or fruit. I LOVE oatmeal, but I didn’t want it on vacation. After looking over the menu, I asked her if I could combine a few things and take off some ingredients…she was VERY willing to do any of that for me! How exciting when you can create your own menu item!

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Jeremy ordered the Spinach, Tomato and Feta Scramble with Roast Potatoes and Chicken Sausage. I think it was more food than he had eaten for breakfast all week! He loved the addition of feta to the eggs instead of normal cheddar. He liked the sausage, but not being a morning meat type of person, didn’t wind up eating too much of it.

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I had a little of this and a little of that, which amounted to the Vegetable Flatbread, no eggs or feta, with an addition of Sweet Potato Hash. WOW. WOOOOOW. It came out and was so pretty, and turned out to taste even better than it looked. There was an Olive Oil drizzle over the lettuce and sweet potatoes, and everything was warm and filling. It wasn’t too heavy though, since it was only sweet potatoes and spinach primarily! I ate half of it and took the rest to save for later!

Kouzzina really exceeded my expectations. I am a fan of Mediterranean food, but had read some mixed reviews and didn’t come into the place with much faith in them. I had here when it was Spoodles, and I can say that while I wasn’t impressed with it them, I will ALWAYS come back now that it’s Kouzzina!

Our Out of Pocket total would have been $33.08. Like I mentioned earlier, we liked it so much we came back later in the week!

AMadHatterMyself
06-18-2010, 05:01 PM
As for Sci Fi the Atomosphere just can't be beat! They ran old horror movie clips and "Let's go to the concesion stand" songs. Pretty sweet, but it had about a 45 minute loop and then started all over again. 1) I think they could find more footage, so I don't think that was the problem, 2) you know people are going to be there for more than 45 minutes, and 3) wouldn't the waiters have gone on strike from watching the same real every day of work?

The spinach dip was really good, the shake was great, and the ribs were dissapointing, but like my wife said, I was pretty full to begin with when the ribs came. But if you are a meat lover, the place to get the ribs probably isn't Sci Fi! Overall, the atmosphere made it for me!!! Hope you enjoy!

Yours truly,
One Stuffed and Scared Hatter

Joshua_me
06-18-2010, 06:04 PM
Ooo !

That sweet potato hash looks delicious ! :woohoo:

We've read and heard SO many bad reviews of Kouzzina's that we've been kind of scared to try the place.

I think we need to reconsider !

AMadHatterMyself
06-18-2010, 07:12 PM
My remarks of Kouzzina will mirror my wife's! It was a great place to go when you have already done your Character Breakfast and got the "Must Do's" out of the way. It is the perfect spot for a relaxed, easy, great breakfast! They were very nice and accomidating for my wife (which is a must to get the Hatter's approval!) and they just plain had good food! I'd put it on your breakfast menu for a pool day or an easier day.

I would recommend the feta scramble, it was excellent, but my wife was right, there was enough food there for 2 people (so if you don't have a dinning plan, share it!). The smoothie was really good, really fresh and more on the fruit side than the fake surgar side, which I like!

Yours truly,
Kozzy as a Hatter

VeganRazzleDazzle
06-18-2010, 07:54 PM
Are Kouzzina's Smoothies all juice smoothies? Was there already no dairy or was that a substitution?? That flatbread looks great. Can't wait to go! :yay::yay::yay:

princessallegra
06-19-2010, 08:17 AM
Haha thanks so much! I was trying to go for the whole Safari thing; I know I'm a huge dork! I've been checking out your dining report as well...You had great dinner outfits, as well!

Girrrrrl if you're a dork then what am I??? :laughing::rotfl: Umm a major dork!!! :rotfl2:

Thanks for the compliment! It was nice going out to dinner and not having to bring a jacket or sweater or something! Even in the summer in NY you need something :rotfl:

mandibc11
06-19-2010, 05:16 PM
Ooo !

That sweet potato hash looks delicious ! :woohoo:

We've read and heard SO many bad reviews of Kouzzina's that we've been kind of scared to try the place.

I think we need to reconsider !

I was the exact same way, and if it hadn't been for us getting a last minute breakfast reservation there, we really would have missed out. I'm not exactly sure why there have been so many negative reviews...unless there are just THAT many people that don't want to branch out beyond scrambled eggs for breakfast and grilled chicken for dinner!

mandibc11
06-19-2010, 05:18 PM
Are Kouzzina's Smoothies all juice smoothies? Was there already no dairy or was that a substitution?? That flatbread looks great. Can't wait to go! :yay::yay::yay:

Ugh NO! Unfortunately they are made with yogurt...they didn't even offer to substitute. But that was just a minor setback - this and Boma were my absolute favorite by a long shot for breakfast!

Girrrrrl if you're a dork then what am I??? :laughing::rotfl: Umm a major dork!!! :rotfl2:

Thanks for the compliment! It was nice going out to dinner and not having to bring a jacket or sweater or something! Even in the summer in NY you need something :rotfl:

Oh I completely understand - I bring a sweater everywhere with me during dinner...and I live in the south!

MelanieC
06-20-2010, 02:49 PM
The breakfast flatbread at Kouzzina's looks fabulous!! Sometimes I like to make my own creations too. As long as you have a waiter who listens. I got a waiter at Olive Garden who just looked at me blankly. He had no clue!!

mandibc11
06-20-2010, 05:00 PM
The breakfast flatbread at Kouzzina's looks fabulous!! Sometimes I like to make my own creations too. As long as you have a waiter who listens. I got a waiter at Olive Garden who just looked at me blankly. He had no clue!!

That's so funny - that actually happened to me yesterday at California Pizza Kitchen! The waiter finally figured out what I wanted...and what I got turned out to be a $16 dollar pizza when I got my check! Now don't get me wrong, it was delicious and I had some to take home, but he charged me for every single addition or substitution!

So YES, it's awesome when you get someone, like at Kouzzina, that can make it happen stress free :goodvibes

Vegcentric
06-20-2010, 07:02 PM
Oh girl.
You know I love your reviews, but please stop giving me MORE breakfast reservations to make. I already booked a reservation for Boma breakfast because of you, and now I almost feel like booking for Kouzinna. We're staying at Saratoga Springs. We have a kitchenette. My mother keeps telling us to make sure we get some groceries and make our own breakfasts to cut down on the costs of food, but you're making it so hard ;)

Glad you enjoyed your Kouzinna breakfast. It sounded delicious, and I love sweet potatoes!

mandibc11
06-21-2010, 11:06 AM
Oh girl.
You know I love your reviews, but please stop giving me MORE breakfast reservations to make. I already booked a reservation for Boma breakfast because of you, and now I almost feel like booking for Kouzinna. We're staying at Saratoga Springs. We have a kitchenette. My mother keeps telling us to make sure we get some groceries and make our own breakfasts to cut down on the costs of food, but you're making it so hard ;)

Glad you enjoyed your Kouzinna breakfast. It sounded delicious, and I love sweet potatoes!

Oh, I know! It's a weakness of mine! Had it not been for all the breakfasts, we probably could have done a Signature each night! BUT...I just couldn't stay away! And...I really am obsessed with Sweet Potatoes lately; I eat about one a day!

mandibc11
06-22-2010, 11:34 AM
After breakfast, we strolled around Epcot, making our way to Mexico to begin our liquid tour of each country. What lushes we must have looked like though, because they were not quite selling alcohol at this time of the morning at La Cava Del Tequila!

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Not to be deterred in our quest to sample the world, we instead made our way to China for a little taste of the orient. And what a delicious journey it turned out to be! We decided to just split something, and ordered a Green Tea Plum Wine Slush from the Joy of Tea. It was tasty, refreshing, and exactly what was needed on this incredibly hot day! Also, it was fairly strong, so I’m very glad we each didn’t get our own.

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We spotted a PhotoPass guy, and stopped him for a few quick photos. After the standard shots, we asked if we could do a few “unconventional” poses. Even though he seemed confused, he consented to letting us be silly for a bit. Jeremy had the brilliant idea to practice some of our Karate moves…because “When in China…” or however the saying goes! Little did he know, I’m a master at this art!

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AMadHatterMyself
06-22-2010, 11:43 AM
I believe the saying is "When in Rome...." But as Confusious say "when American see Chinese dragon he think he must be Bruce Lee." So with that inspiration we tried to summon the Karate Kid within us. Unfortunately, Mandi got the best of me and swept the leg! (Karate Kid quote for those who don't know!).

But the Plum drink was very tart, but refreshing because it was wicked hot! We will see the Hatter's Kung Fu come back for revenge!

Yours truly,
A Kung Fu Master Hatter

mandibc11
06-23-2010, 10:23 AM
At 12pm on the dot, we were inside the Mexico Pavilion. This is probably one of my favorites in the World Showcase…they just did such a good job of theming! The new bar, La Cava Del Tequila, is located to the right as you step down into the “marketplace” area. Apart from a guy at the bar, we were the only ones that had ventured in yet!


I loved the atmosphere immediately. It was very intimate and cozy, and even though it was pretty tiny in there, it gave you the feel of exclusivity…like it was a secret not many people knew about. We sat on a very comfy couch in the corner, and a friendly waitress came to give us a menu that consisted of some delicious looking appetizers, a few mixed drinks, and lots and lots of tequila and other liquors.

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Here's Jeremy checking out the menu, trying to appear dashing and mainly just looking...silly. I checked out the menu myself to see what our food options were. The appetizers looked fantastic, but we had lunch reservations in an hour and didn’t want to be full when we got there. The apps included Mahi Mahi Tacos with Mango, avocado and Chipotle mayo; Chicken and Black bean Tostadas; Blue Crab Tostadas; Guacamole with flour tortilla chips; and a Trio of Flan that included chocolate, Guajillo pepper, and Margarita. YUM!!

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Even before we had a menu in hand though, we already knew what we were going to try. We chose the Margarita Flight to share between us. It looked colorful, and big! After my drink in China, I knew I was going to have to pace myself if I wanted to make it through the day, so sharing a few Margarita shooters seemed the perfect way to do this!

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It included 5 mini margs, with flavors that included Prickly Pear, Cucumber, Avocado, Wild Passion Fruit and Jalapeno. The Avocado was the overwhelming winner for both of us. Jeremy isn’t the biggest fan of avocado, but this was slightly creamy, mild, and blended really well with the tequila. We both thought the Jalapeno was disgusting, which is sad because I am THE pepper girl! I love hot, spicy foods and was really looking forward to this drink. Unfortunately it tasted like liquefied, RAW Jalapenos…mainly just very GREEN tasting.

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We finished most of them off, and stumbled our way out of Mexico and back into the daylight. All in all, I was a big fan of The Cave, and will be back very soon!

AMadHatterMyself
06-23-2010, 11:18 AM
The Cave was fantastic! I mirror what my wife said! The decor was really intimate and it was all around well done! The Margaritas were a little strange and there weren't many that we would have tried again. The avacado one was pretty tasty but I would just recommend getting your own margarita and leaving the flight to the birds!

Yours truly,
A Buzzed Hatter

adizzle819
06-23-2010, 03:42 PM
Hi! I'm just joining in and I'm loving your reviews and pics :) How does the photo pass CD work? Do you get a card like normal and then access them from the CD when you get home? Do you have to pay extra or ask for the fun pictures (like the one with Tinkerbell)? My mom and I are going this fall, and I think the CD seems like a great way to get lots of fun pictures of us :) Thanks!

Vegcentric
06-23-2010, 03:46 PM
So glad you got to try the margarita flight! My sister and I both agreed that we are definitely getting one when we're there. It's on our permanent list of must-dos. Great pictures!

hogwartsdropout
06-23-2010, 05:08 PM
Great report! I used to serve at the Rose and Crown when Chef Christian was head chef there, and he used to make the most amazing things for my guests with allergies!

mandibc11
06-24-2010, 01:39 PM
Hi! I'm just joining in and I'm loving your reviews and pics :) How does the photo pass CD work? Do you get a card like normal and then access them from the CD when you get home? Do you have to pay extra or ask for the fun pictures (like the one with Tinkerbell)? My mom and I are going this fall, and I think the CD seems like a great way to get lots of fun pictures of us :) Thanks!

I went onto the Disney PhotoPass website and pre-ordered the CD. (http://www.disneyphotopass.com/) Pre-ordering it gave you a discount of about $50. This way, you can take unlimited pictures while in the park, and not have to worry about spending a ton on each picture. It was $99, and well worth it!

So glad you got to try the margarita flight! My sister and I both agreed that we are definitely getting one when we're there. It's on our permanent list of must-dos. Great pictures!

I think I'll just get one huge Avocado Margarita next time hahaha - plus a big order of chips and salsa to be able to tolerate it all!

Great report! I used to serve at the Rose and Crown when Chef Christian was head chef there, and he used to make the most amazing things for my guests with allergies!

Rose and Crown is my next report! I believe Christian was the chef when we went also, and he personally served me all my food! Great guy :goodvibes

Minnie
06-26-2010, 07:47 PM
I've really enjoyed reading your reviews :goodvibes

I have "unusual allergies" so finding safe food is very important. I've added Mama's and Boma's to my list :goodvibes

v_gan
06-27-2010, 12:16 PM
I CAN'T BELIEVE I'VE JUST NOW FOUND THESE REVIEWS! I haven't been on the boards since our trip in early May, but I am so excited to have found these!

I wish I had gotten the dessert you recieved at Mama Melrose's. It looks so much better than the bowl of vanilla Tofutti I got.

And that poor chef at 1900 Park Fare.. Using Ener-G egg replacer to make an omelette :rotfl2:

Your 'Ohana meal turned out awesome, considering Chef TJ wasn't there that night! I had the same dilemma a few years ago.

The Tokyo Dining meal looks fantastic. And that's incredibly disappointing about Restaurant Marrakesh. I haven't heard any good stories from vegans or vegetarians regarding this restaurant. So I think I'll stay away, even though I really want to see the inside. :sad2:

I've always been scared of all the breakfast buffets, thinking they wouldn't be worth the money. But your Boma breakfast looks great! How awesome that they made you a tofu scramble.

Going to the Sci-Fi Dine in for a shake and fries sounds like a great idea. Me and my boyfriend did the same thing at 50s Prime Time!

I'm going to have to go back and read through everything - I just skimmed this first time around. But I can't wait to see more!

shippedtosea
06-28-2010, 09:12 AM
Hey I am joining in! Your reviews are great so far!

2kids2luv
06-28-2010, 04:23 PM
Great reviews. :goodvibes Can't wait to hear what drinks you discover as you tour WS. The starters look yummy.

mandibc11
06-28-2010, 08:36 PM
I CAN'T BELIEVE I'VE JUST NOW FOUND THESE REVIEWS! I haven't been on the boards since our trip in early May, but I am so excited to have found these!

I wish I had gotten the dessert you recieved at Mama Melrose's. It looks so much better than the bowl of vanilla Tofutti I got.

And that poor chef at 1900 Park Fare.. Using Ener-G egg replacer to make an omelette :rotfl2:

Your 'Ohana meal turned out awesome, considering Chef TJ wasn't there that night! I had the same dilemma a few years ago.

The Tokyo Dining meal looks fantastic. And that's incredibly disappointing about Restaurant Marrakesh. I haven't heard any good stories from vegans or vegetarians regarding this restaurant. So I think I'll stay away, even though I really want to see the inside. :sad2:

I've always been scared of all the breakfast buffets, thinking they wouldn't be worth the money. But your Boma breakfast looks great! How awesome that they made you a tofu scramble.

Going to the Sci-Fi Dine in for a shake and fries sounds like a great idea. Me and my boyfriend did the same thing at 50s Prime Time!

I'm going to have to go back and read through everything - I just skimmed this first time around. But I can't wait to see more!

You know it's really weird how we can all go to the same places and get COMPLETELY different things for each of our experiences! Take Mama Melrose and Ohana for example! I also commented about your Beaches and Cream experience - I was able to get the Veggie Wrap, even though they told ya'll it was all pre-made. I think it just really depends on the mood of the chef that day. :goodvibes

mandibc11
06-28-2010, 08:38 PM
I've really enjoyed reading your reviews :goodvibes

I have "unusual allergies" so finding safe food is very important. I've added Mama's and Boma's to my list :goodvibes

I think they view any allergy as unusual, that's for sure! I'm really glad I've been able to help you out - this forum was my life saver and I continue to be obsessed with it!

Hey I am joining in! Your reviews are great so far!

Thanks so much!

Great reviews. :goodvibes Can't wait to hear what drinks you discover as you tour WS. The starters look yummy.

Well I wasn't as much as a trooper as I would have liked to be, but I feel I can pick up where I left off for my next stay at the World!

mandibc11
06-28-2010, 08:56 PM
As we passed through each country, food and drinks caught my eye but I couldn’t give in to the temptation as they called out, “Eat Me! Drink Me!” We had a lunch reservation to make, and I knew I’d be full if I ate any pretzels or had even another drink.

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We arrived at the Rose and Crown just in time, but there was still a wait. After about 15 minutes our pager went off and we were taken inside to our table. It’s a nice little pub, and they’ve added small touches to make it feel a bit more homey – dartboards on the wall, stained glass windows, and wood paneling throughout.

Our waiter took our drink order, and while Jeremy kept with our themed day of drinking a native drink of the country we happened to be in, I just couldn’t. I’m not a beer person, as much as it pains me to say this being Irish/German. Could that be any more of an Oxymoron?

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Here is our plethora of beverages during our lunch, starting with water and Cokes for both of us. Jeremy ordered a Pint of Bass Ale (I never can say or write the word Pint and not think of Merry and Pippin from Lord of the Rings – “They Come in Pints? I’m getting One!”) ANYWAY, I ordered the Magical Star Cocktail. I wasn’t going to – it seemed just a bit too…frou frou, for lack of a better term. But that glow cube pulled me over to the dark side in the end, and you know what? It was delicious! It contained Organic Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Coconut Rum, and Pineapple Juice. Really, what’s not to love about that combination?

The chef came out and talked to me about my options. While he definitely seemed hopeful that he would be able to take care of me, there weren’t too many options, either. I really think it’s weird that depending on the chef, the same restaurant will offer different items! I know someone that wrote a Disboards review ordered a tofu dish, but that wasn’t one of my options. Not that I minded – I was intrigued by the choices he had given me!

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We both started off with the Apple and Stilton Salad. However, mine contained no Stilton. There was quite a big difference in the appearance. Jeremy’s looked so much tastier! They were both delicious though, and we both consumed them in their entirety.

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Next came up Jeremy’s entrée, and had I not known I would be getting fries with my meal as well, I would have made a grab for his! He got the “Famous” Fish and Chips, and I have to admit, that fish was HUGE and looked much better than most fish and chip dishes I’ve seen, even in England! He absolutely loved it – I think after a morning of drinking this was exactly what he needed to coat his tummy!

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Mine came out next this unique creation was a joint effort of the chef and myself. I ordered the Vegetarian Shephard’s Pie, no Mashed Potatoes (butter and cream), no cheese, with a substitution of French Fries. I also got a salad on the side, but I didn’t even touch this since I had already had a plate full of lettuce. Now, I wouldn’t get this dish again, but I would definitely get those fries again. They were fantastic and I think I accompanied them with a gallon of ketchup. They kept bringing out these tiny little tubs of it though, so I had to order about 5 of them! I just needed something hearty in my stomach, as well! Isn’t it amusing how vacations MAKE you eat food you never do at home? It’s almost a law or something.

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Desserts came next and Jeremy had decided on the Lemon Pie. He loved it, even though the picture doesn’t look in the least bit appetizing. It wasn’t too tart or too sweet, and was light enough to eat all of even after that big meal.

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I got Fruit and Rice Dream. The fruit was very good, and while I’m not a fan of Rice Dream, I was glad they had that option available for people that couldn’t have a dessert off the regular menu.

Our Out of Pocket total would have come to $83.10 before tip. That’s including our cocktails, as well. I will absolutely be back, but maybe just for a drink and snack at the bar! Wish so many places in Epcot to choose from, I’ll give the UK the #1 spot for French Fries, and pick another spot for an actual meal. Great Experience all around, though!

v_gan
06-29-2010, 10:41 AM
I really hate that they took the vegetable curry dish off the menu at Rose and Crown. It was SO good, and I would have loved to go back for it.

AMadHatterMyself
06-29-2010, 09:41 PM
I feel as if I were home in Wonderland as the Hatter returned to Mary ole England and his support of the White Queen of England at the Rose and Crown! As my wonderful wife so wonderfully put it, drinks were the order of the day and we made no exception at lunch. The Rose and Crown allowed me the taste of Bass Ale...now yes it is very nice that they come in pints! But sadly they do not come in "Top Hat" sizes, otherwise the Hatter would have ordered a 10/6 instead of just a pint!

The fish n Chips brought me back to one of my favorite places on earth...the UK. It tasted just like Ireland or England and they did such a good job at making the surroundings look just like an 800 year old Pub that I had to remind myself as we left that I was in Disney and not over the pond. Now you have to realize that the food was not spectacular...it just tasted like it does in England....take that for what it is worth! I loved it!

Yours truly,
A Hatter at Home!

MelanieC
06-30-2010, 09:01 AM
It's really a shame that all the Disney restaurants don't have one or two vegan items set up for each restaurants that the chefs know how to whip up.

Someday I hope it gets easier. I guess it's good he didn't say sorry I can't do anything. He at least sounded like he tried.

mandibc11
06-30-2010, 09:57 AM
It's really a shame that all the Disney restaurants don't have one or two vegan items set up for each restaurants that the chefs know how to whip up.

Someday I hope it gets easier. I guess it's good he didn't say sorry I can't do anything. He at least sounded like he tried.

He really did try, and even though it wasn't the best, it wasn't bad either! From what I've heard over the years, Rose and Crown has limited their menu options to a smaller amount, but I definitely agree with your idea to have at least one vegetarian and vegan option (not to mention gluten-free, etc) available and on-hand should they need it!

mandibc11
06-30-2010, 10:01 AM
After lunch we were a bit exhausted. All the drinks, combined with all the walking, had tired us out a bit! We decided our next stop would be our last, and then we would head to the pool to re-energize before getting ready for dinner at Jiko!

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Italy seemed the perfect spot to relax, take in the sights, and not be mobbed by the throngs of people that gravitate to France when it comes to snacks and drinks. I could think of no better drink than a Bellini, so Jeremy went to grab them and I found a lovely little spot in the shade.

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It couldn’t possibly get any better than this! The Bellini was delicious – they didn’t load it down with too much peach puree, so it still had the Champagne kick that I wanted. Even though in plastic-ware, it was still pretty as a picture, also!

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We took our time and then headed to change into swimsuits for some relaxation before our trek to Animal Kingdom for an African-themed evening! (By the way, I absolutely count Jiko as one of my “cultural” drinking experiences to check off my list!)

GoMegGo
06-30-2010, 02:01 PM
(I never can say or write the word Pint and not think of Merry and Pippin from Lord of the Rings – “They Come in Pints? I’m getting One!”)

Also guilty! It's just too cute and funny NOT to say.

Joshua_me
06-30-2010, 06:17 PM
Glad you had a good time at the Rose and Crown !

I think it's our favorite place in all of Epcot. It's been our experience that the CM's there are the friendliest and most helpful folks in all of "the world".

We've spent more hours than I care to admit in that pub, chatting with the bartenders and fellow guests, munching on fish and chips and Scottish eggs and downing a pint or four...

Good times. :goodvibes

mandibc11
07-02-2010, 09:33 AM
Glad you had a good time at the Rose and Crown !

I think it's our favorite place in all of Epcot. It's been our experience that the CM's there are the friendliest and most helpful folks in all of "the world".

We've spent more hours than I care to admit in that pub, chatting with the bartenders and fellow guests, munching on fish and chips and Scottish eggs and downing a pint or four...

Good times. :goodvibes

We really did like it, and will definitely be back for a Pint and a Cocktail! Maybe next time I'll try to be a bit more "British" in my drink order.

shippedtosea
07-02-2010, 11:03 AM
You should order Strongbow next time you go to Rose and Crown. Its Hard Cider and amazing.

Vegcentric
07-04-2010, 04:42 PM
I really hate that they took the vegetable curry dish off the menu at Rose and Crown. It was SO good, and I would have loved to go back for it.

I'm disappointed the curry is gone, too...I heard it was excellent. I was looking forward to trying it this year, but now we're going to skip Rose and Crown all together.

It's really a shame that all the Disney restaurants don't have one or two vegan items set up for each restaurants that the chefs know how to whip up.

Someday I hope it gets easier. I guess it's good he didn't say sorry I can't do anything. He at least sounded like he tried.

I'm glad he attempted to accommodate you, but I'm with MelanieC on this one. It really strikes me as odd that most restaurants, if not all, don't have a recipe or two on hand for the odd time a vegetarian or vegan comes in. Actually, come to think of it, vegetarians aren't uncommon anymore and vegans aren't really unusual these days, either. I'm always bumping into one here and there!

By the way the bellini looked delicious. That's my favorite drink of all time and I order them whenever I see them on the menu.

hogwartsdropout
07-05-2010, 05:49 PM
I'm disappointed the curry is gone, too...I heard it was excellent. I was looking forward to trying it this year, but now we're going to skip Rose and Crown all together.



The vegetable curry is the dish that we got the most complaints about at the R&C. People just hated it. I think after about 10 months of serving it, I'd only had around 2 guests that actually enjoyed it. So it was a mutual decision between servers and the chefs to take it off the menu and to try something new. Sorry to disappoint!

v_gan
07-05-2010, 07:37 PM
The vegetable curry is the dish that we got the most complaints about at the R&C. People just hated it. I think after about 10 months of serving it, I'd only had around 2 guests that actually enjoyed it. So it was a mutual decision between servers and the chefs to take it off the menu and to try something new. Sorry to disappoint!

That really surprises me. It was one of my favorite entrees during the trip I had it.

Vegcentric
07-05-2010, 08:40 PM
The vegetable curry is the dish that we got the most complaints about at the R&C. People just hated it. I think after about 10 months of serving it, I'd only had around 2 guests that actually enjoyed it. So it was a mutual decision between servers and the chefs to take it off the menu and to try something new. Sorry to disappoint!

That stinks, but is totally understandable if the majority of people disliked it!

danyella522
07-05-2010, 11:45 PM
LOVE!!! I'm making ADR's for our January trip as we speak. I'm newly vegan and SO has been macrobiotic since birth. Do you ever visit www.thekindlife.com? she has delicious recipes for yummy vegan treats that are easy to make!

mandibc11
07-06-2010, 08:41 AM
The vegetable curry is the dish that we got the most complaints about at the R&C. People just hated it. I think after about 10 months of serving it, I'd only had around 2 guests that actually enjoyed it. So it was a mutual decision between servers and the chefs to take it off the menu and to try something new. Sorry to disappoint!

Do you know what they are going to put in it's place? I know there is a Vegetarian Shephard's Pie, but the Vegan version was just not that great!

mandibc11
07-06-2010, 08:42 AM
LOVE!!! I'm making ADR's for our January trip as we speak. I'm newly vegan and SO has been macrobiotic since birth. Do you ever visit www.thekindlife.com? she has delicious recipes for yummy vegan treats that are easy to make!

I love The Kind Life! The forums are awesome, and I've never made a recipe from there that hasn't passed even my husband's meat-eating tastebuds!

Vegcentric
07-06-2010, 09:20 AM
I love The Kind Life! The forums are awesome, and I've never made a recipe from there that hasn't passed even my husband's meat-eating tastebuds!

I agree, that books is awesome. My husband is actually a bigger fan of the book than I am, which is odd...since it's pretty obvious throughout the book it was geared more towards women. He likes the recipes as well.

danyella522
07-08-2010, 10:08 AM
I've gifted it(kind life book) to a few friends of mine and one of them recently switched to a vegetarian diet with her boyfriend! Big step for them.

MelanieC
07-08-2010, 05:56 PM
I also love the Kind Life. Actually, the day I bought that book was the last day I ate meat. It wasn't necessarily that book that made me do it, but it as the one thing that motivated me to. I had been planning to do it for a while before that. That book is also what got me to make steps towards becoming vegan (which I accomplished early May).

Vegcentric
07-08-2010, 08:18 PM
I've gifted it(kind life book) to a few friends of mine and one of them recently switched to a vegetarian diet with her boyfriend! Big step for them.

I also love the Kind Life. Actually, the day I bought that book was the last day I ate meat. It wasn't necessarily that book that made me do it, but it as the one thing that motivated me to. I had been planning to do it for a while before that. That book is also what got me to make steps towards becoming vegan (which I accomplished early May).

I kind of wish that it was a book that made me go vegetarian. I went vegetarian during the super bowl, after seeing that banned risque peta ad. Kind of a strange thing, to end up going vegetarian from THAT ad. Earthlings was pretty much what sealed the deal, once I finally got around to watching it (which I was putting off for a while).

Then I kicked the pescetarian habit after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals book. That's another good one, if you haven't read it already. Changed the way I looked at fish, that's for sure.

mandibc11
07-09-2010, 09:19 AM
I'm sad to say I haven't read the entire book yet! I've gotten so much information about it from friends and the website that I just haven't purchased it yet...my budget for books usually only affords me those on Amazon, and it's still a bit pricey on there. HOWEVER, when I read the Omnivore's Dilemma, that was when I really decided to get rid of the meat in my diet. I had already stopped dairy because of my allergy. What's funny is that I read the Young Adult version of the book, so it was both entertaining AND educational!

Anyway, enough about that - I'm just glad there are other vegans out there I can talk to about it! I am literally the only vegan that I personally know in Nashville! :eek:

mandibc11
07-09-2010, 09:30 AM
Today was a great day for a Signature Dinner, because we had the luxury of getting ready at our own pace (which happened to be fairly slow given the amount of alcohol that had been consumed by then).

Getting to the Animal Kingdom Lodge would have been a bit tricky since AK always closes early and there isn’t a direct bus to the resorts. Since this was our last day to have Park Hopper tickets, I really wanted to go to Magic Kingdom one more time and just walk around. It helped with logistics also, because we were able to bus to MK and then grab a bus straight to AK Lodge.

After riding all the Fantasyland Rides we didn’t get to last time (they are so much more crowded in the morning!), we headed over to make our dinner reservation at Jiko.

I had eaten here once before on a trip with my mom a few years back, and knew that I absolutely loved it. It would be my first time as a Vegan though, so I was excited to see if they could accommodate me like Boma had. I was really looking forward to Jeremy’s take on it, as well!

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We arrived and were given a pager, so we grabbed a seat in the bar. Before we had time to order drinks though, the pager went off and we were taken to our seats; a table in the back of the restaurant. The lighting was a little brighter here, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of that, but I didn’t want to ask to move either. (which is my usual course of action when everything isn't JUST RIGHT when eating out) Turns out, the lighting changes from brighter, to a pinker tint throughout the night.

Our waiter came and told us ALL about the restaurant and the menu. He had apparently worked here for a very long time, and knew pretty much everything about everything (or so he acted). He took our drink order, and went to grab a separate menu for me. I didn’t know, but Jiko actually has separate menus for Vegans and Vegetarians – what a lovely surprise!

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Out came the drinks, along with my menu. I had ordered a Cosmopolitan, which is my beverage of choice, and something I hadn’t had up to that point of the vacation. Jeremy got his usual Gin and Tonic, so we were happy as we perused our menus.

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Hopefully the menu picture turned out well enough – despite the small selection, everything sounded fantastic! I was pretty impressed by the amount of appetizer selections I had to choose from.

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Jeremy chose the Crispy Savanna Rolls for an appetizer, and they looked delicious when they came out! He really enjoyed them, and since we were both pretty starved at this point, he ate them all! As for the taste, he’ll have to let you in on that – all I know is that he ate them in a hurry so they must have been pretty fantastic.

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I decided on the Vegan Taste of Africa, which came with Hummus, Masala, and a Curry Pesto that was to die for. I think I ate all of the bread that came with it, which was also great! There were two types, and I couldn’t decide which I liked better, the Whole Wheat Lavosh or the Papadum. My taste testing was the result of an empty basket very quickly.

Entrees came out after this, and I liked that they weren’t too speedy with it, but neither were we chomping at the bit waiting.

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Jeremy was very excited about his Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon. This week was definitely his chance to really be a carnivore, and he took the challenge well! The steak came with one of his favorites, Mac and Cheese, but this wasn’t your ordinary past dish. This Macaroni was thick, gooey, and covered in a red wine sauce that also smothered the Filet. Again, I think he ate the majority of it!

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I was excited to try my dish. At first I was really disappointed that there was only one entrée on the Vegan menu. But when it came out I understood why…no one would have selected a different entrée, anyway! It was called the Chakalaka, which entertained me for a while before it actually came out – the mad hatter probably got tired of hearing me recite it over and over! It was a dish of tomato relish that covered a very large Edamame Cake. This was sitting atop a mountain of flavorful Coconut rice. While I didn’t taste the coconut, the other herbs and spices sufficed very well!

Even though we were at this point overly stuffed to the point of discomfort, we still had dessert waiting on us. And not being one’s to pass up dessert except in extreme situations, we dug in.

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Jeremy’s selection was quite adorable, and probably great for him since it was a bit smaller. The Jiko Trio came with a Flourless Chocolate cake, a Chocolate Mousse, and Caramel Ice Cream. He liked it all, but as usual the ice cream was his favorite.

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Even though I was only getting a Fruit Salad, they really went all out with it! The berries were surrounding a fruit sorbet that was light and SO delicious. It was all drizzled in Pomegranate Mollasses, and I’m a lover of all things Pom!

Our night was fantastic. We were among the last to leave, and I was very happy that we had decided on Jiko as our only Signature of the trip. We’ll be back numerous times. This dinner was a little spendy, but of course if was being a Signature restaurant. I didn’t take note of the total, but my guess is in the ballpark of 140 before tip.

Vegcentric
07-09-2010, 10:04 AM
Thank you for your Jiko review. I have a Jiko ADR for one of our later vacation days, but I got into a bit of a predicament when my sister and mother pointed out that I have too many signature dining reservations made. I need to cancel at least one...and it came down to either Citrico's or Jiko.

Your review is very helpful, though I'm debating now more than ever, lol!

MelanieC
07-09-2010, 10:46 PM
I love Jiko~

Man those pictures look fabulous. That entree looks fabulous!

princessallegra
07-10-2010, 09:55 AM
YUM YUM YUM!!! Jiko looked amazing!!!! We need to get there!!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

mandibc11
07-11-2010, 09:52 PM
Well Friends, at an extremely early time tomorrow morning (getting up at 4am for a 6am flight!!), The Hatter and I will be making our way for a 3 week trip to Europe! Needless to say, my reviews will be halted for that time, but when I return I'll have even more amazing food reviews to share from Oxford, Stratford, London, Amsterdam, and tons of tiny villages in Germany! You can read all about it on my blog once I get back. :goodvibes

We're traveling across the pond to do some research, and probably have a lot of fun in the process!

Anyway, all that to say, I'll return to my reviews of our Disney trip as soon as I get over the inevitable jet lag. :eek:

MamaPotts
07-11-2010, 11:11 PM
Amanda, what a fantastic trip! Have a grand time!

MelanieC
07-11-2010, 11:14 PM
Well Friends, at an extremely early time tomorrow morning (getting up at 4am for a 6am flight!!), The Hatter and I will be making our way for a 3 week trip to Europe! Needless to say, my reviews will be halted for that time, but when I return I'll have even more amazing food reviews to share from Oxford, Stratford, London, Amsterdam, and tons of tiny villages in Germany! You can read all about it on my blog once I get back. :goodvibes

We're traveling across the pond to do some research, and probably have a lot of fun in the process!

Anyway, all that to say, I'll return to my reviews of our Disney trip as soon as I get over the inevitable jet lag. :eek:




Have a great time. You'll be getting back about the time we get back from Disney. I can't wait to hear about your vegan adventures in Europe too :)

Linda67
07-12-2010, 02:10 AM
Great review of the Rose and Crown :goodvibes

We've never tried the place as coming from England it seems a bit odd to go and eat Fish & Chips whilst on vacation but DH just saw the pictures and said we should try it :thumbsup2

mandibc11
08-02-2010, 03:36 PM
Fresh off the plane from our whirlwind experience in Europe, I've slightly recovered from my jetlag but am still laying low. Jeremy and I have yet to resume normal life, but I'm slowly getting back into a routine and with that will come reviews. My next one is coming right up!

mandibc11
08-02-2010, 04:12 PM
We had some of our leftovers for breakfast this day, so that we could make full use of our credits with dinner that evening. It was nice to sit and relax on the boardwalk with some pizza and fruit, but I was ready for lunch to roll around so that I could try out the food at Beaches and Cream!

A few months before we left, I had decided I wanted to stay another night and Jeremy, being the great guy he is, agreed that we could! When I contacted the person we had rented the DVC points from though, he let me know our room rate would skyrocket with it being a Friday night. SO...we decided to hop across the lagoon and stay that night at the Disney Swan.

After checking in, me putting on my swimsuit to catch some rays, and Jeremy heading over to the Dolphin for a birthday massage, I was hungry and ready for lunch. His massage seemed to last forever, and about the time I was starting to chomp at the bit, he showed up ready to walk the short way on the boardwalk to get to Beaches and Cream.

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We were lucky enough to immediately be seated, and the waitress gave us our menus to decide. When I let her know about needing Vegan options, she had to talk to the kitchen staff and see what could be done. I had let her know the Veggie Wrap sounded great, so when we returned she had good news for me. I could have it, but the chef was going to have to go "next door" to make it. I'm not sure if she meant the Beach Club Marketplace, or Cape May Cafe, but I was just happy they were going to do it. Apparently whatever they do at Beaches and Cream is pre-mixed and the Sun Dried Tomato Pesto contained dairy.

The wrap was delicious - the Black Olive Hummus really made it, in my opinion. One other thing; the fries also had to be cooked next door because they were fried with the onion rings, which contain dairy.

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Jeremy ordered the Chicken Sandwich with fries, and was pretty happy with his selection, also. Nothing too out of the ordinary as far as Chicken Sandwiches are concerned, but he again drowned it in Honey Mustard, so what's not to love?!

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For dessert, I ordered just a scoop of tofutti vanilla, and Jeremy got a Vanilla shake. They were both fantastic! Sorry...I was excited about the ice cream on that hot, hot day and forgot to take a picture!

We paid Out of Pocket for this one, coming in at $28.06. I loved this place! Very easy, and very adorable for lunch any day. Had I been able to get one of the more elaborate dessert concoctions, I absolutely would have! Perhaps next time I'll try to get a Vegan Banana Split!

disney_princess_85
08-03-2010, 08:11 AM
I'm only on page 8 but I just wanted to say that I love your reviews! I'm a vegetarian so it's fun to see some vegan meals. You're a very cute couple, by the way. :)

mandibc11
08-04-2010, 02:38 PM
I'm only on page 8 but I just wanted to say that I love your reviews! I'm a vegetarian so it's fun to see some vegan meals. You're a very cute couple, by the way. :)

Thanks so much!! I already miss Disney...especially all the food, so it's nice to at least be able to reminisce!

mandibc11
08-06-2010, 08:18 AM
We had both wanted to try Raglan Road from the beginning, mostly for the live band that I knew would be playing during the evenings. With it being a Friday night also, how could we pass it up?!

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We arrived before the band had started, but asked to sit fairly close to the stage so that we would have a good view when it began. We were directly in front of the small dancing stage in the center of the restaurant, which turned out to be awesome once the entertainment began!

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The menu seemed really innovative for an Irish Pub, which surprised me! I started out with the Sangria, and Jeremy got a Flight of Beers that included a Blue Moon, Killians Red, Smithwicks, and Newcastle...wow! We both just sat back to relax - we didn't want to rush through the meal and miss the band completely.

The chef came out to talk to me after our waitress (also a Vegan!) let him know I would need some help. He explained that they had some good options for me, and that he would try his best to make it as flavorful as possible. I loved his Irish accent, so I probably would have agreed to just about anything he offered me!

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I started out with a Curried Lentil Soup. This was not on the menu, but must be always available because the waitress said she ordered it all the time herself. It was delicious!! Not too spicy but with some heat and smoke to it. I think I ate the entire cup, and probably could have had it for my main meal, as well!

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Jeremy started with the Heaven on Earth - Baby Back Ribs in a Guinness and honey glaze. Once again, a huge contrast in our food choices! He was excited about them though, and really enjoyed the flavor of the sauce and the consistency of the meat.

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The band began to play right when our entrees came out. They were really talented! Every 5 songs or so, a girl also came out and danced on the separate stage next to us. It was a traditional River Dance type of thing, but with her fishnets and short skirt, it modernized it a bit! Jeremy requested a song, which the band played right away. We were having a blast!

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For the entrees, I was only able to get the Veggie Plate, which is funny because on our receipt it says I ordered Meatballs! The vegetables were good, but nothing special at all. That thing on the plate that resembles a piece of meat was actually a Portobello mushroom cap. I would have at least liked to have some seasoning on them, but it seemed they had only been cooked with some oil.

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Jeremy ordered the special for the night, which was Halibut. He really enjoyed it, but was already getting full from all the beer and ribs! It also came with a side salad, which I don't think he even touched. He mentioned that the sauce was very delicious and the fish was flaky and light.

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We both ordered another round of drinks, with Jeremy trying out the Harp and me getting my usual...a Ketel One Cosmopolitan.

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For dessert, I passed. I know, included in the dining plan, but I really wanted to go to Goofy's Candy company and not mess up my appetite with FRUIT! That was the only thing they could offer me, after all :goodvibes

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Jeremy however, ordered the Trifle Sinful...which I was so jealous of! It came out in a Mason jar, which was good enough to look at all on its own! But he let me know that it was wonderful, and consumed the whole jar. It was a homemade swiss cake roll (Strawberry flavored), with lots of custard, cream, berries, and some Grand Marnier! Now if that's not enough to tempt you, I'm not sure what is!

Our Out of Pocket Total would have been $116.07. All in all, we had a wonderful time here and will be back, not just for the entertainment but for the food, as well. I'll probably skip the Veggie plate and just order a few apps next time...if they'll let me!

mandibc11
08-09-2010, 12:08 PM
We woke up and I was immediately hungry. No huge change there. After pushing Jeremy into the shower and having him get ready at lightning speed, we made it downstairs to the Garden Grove restaurant at the Swan. We were immediately seated, but since we didn't have a reservation, they were not aware of my dietary restrictions. The waitress went to get a manager, who told me he would have to see what could be done.

Ten minutes later, the manager returned and said that the only thing I would be able to eat that morning was fruit. That's it. Even the oatmeal had cream in it apparently. I was shocked at the lack of Disney hospitality of this restaurant. They were unwilling to even make something separate for me. He told me that if I wanted to eat there the following morning, I should go ahead and let them know so that they could perhaps have something besides fruit available. No Thanks!!

We put a small tip on the table for the poor waitress that wouldn't be getting our service, and we headed out the door and down the Boardwalk. Kouzzina, here we come!

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We were promptly seated outside on the patio, overlooking the harbor area. It was a beautiful morning and I was very excited to be here again. The waiter brought out the chef (different from my previous experience), and he let me know he could do practically anything I wanted. YAY!!! I got to work on my creativity and Jeremy perused the menu in search of his own breakfast.

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The fantastic chef (I'm sorry I don't remember his name) was able to make Vegan Blueberry Orange Granola Pancakes for me! I was thrilled that I could have something like this. The regular ones came with either bacon or chicken sausage, but he let me have a side of the Sweet Potato Hash instead. It was a feast, and I cannot say enough good things about both these items. I'm not sure if my previous concoction of sweet potato hash pizza could beat this. I wanted to take it with me and finish it off at lunch - it was that good!

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Jeremy ordered the Spinach, Tomato, and Feta Scrambled Eggs. They looked so beautiful! It was a great presentation with the Croissant and Breakfast Potatoes. He opted to forgo the bacon or sausage. Good for him! He really loved it all, and while he didn't touch the croissant, he pretty much finished off the eggs. He said it was just the right amount of feta, and he would absolutely order this again.

We are both huge fans of Kouzzina, and will be having many more breakfasts here. The atmosphere was gorgeous outside, and the food was even better!! I have no idea why there were bad reviews to begin with. I cannot imagine that their dinner is anything but terrific, as well.

We paid Out of Pocket for this, and it came to $24.98 before tip. It was well worth it, and seemed a pretty great value.

VeganRazzleDazzle
08-10-2010, 06:34 PM
I want those pancakes!!! Two and a half more weeks and maybe I will have them!! :cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:

v_gan
08-10-2010, 07:15 PM
I really wish I was able to get that veggie wrap at Beaches and Cream! Glad you got it, now I know it's good :goodvibes

That lentil soup sounds fantastic, and those pancakes look AMAZING! The sweet potato hash sounds awesome, too. I'm definitely going to be going there on our next trip.

disney_princess_85
08-11-2010, 07:15 AM
Your Kouzzina breakfast looks great! :thumbsup2

shippedtosea
08-11-2010, 08:15 AM
This is def on the top of my list for BF on our next trip! the sweet potato hash looks amazing!

MelanieC
08-11-2010, 02:32 PM
Love your updates - Super yummy!

Oh and I went to Jiko when we were there. The vegan menu items were out of this world. Thanks for your review, it helped me decide to go for it when I was suddenly told Chef TJ was no longer at Ohana.

mandibc11
08-16-2010, 08:34 PM
This is def on the top of my list for BF on our next trip! the sweet potato hash looks amazing!

It really should be! I'll be heading there for breakfast on my next trip...and maybe dinner, also!

Love your updates - Super yummy!

Oh and I went to Jiko when we were there. The vegan menu items were out of this world. Thanks for your review, it helped me decide to go for it when I was suddenly told Chef TJ was no longer at Ohana.

Oh, I'm really glad I helped you decide! I'm still pretty bummed about Chef TJ, and even though it won't stop me from heading to Ohana again, it absolutely means not going more than once! I'm pretty excited to see what he can change up at 1900 Park Fare though...no more fake egg surprise!!

VeganRazzleDazzle
08-16-2010, 11:09 PM
I'm going to Ohana sans Chef TJ but I am going to try my luck at Grand Floridian Cafe too. I got an ADR there for a Sunday lunchtime but who knows his schedule at this point. I'll have reviews to share either way!!

mandibc11
08-17-2010, 09:55 AM
I'm going to Ohana sans Chef TJ but I am going to try my luck at Grand Floridian Cafe too. I got an ADR there for a Sunday lunchtime but who knows his schedule at this point. I'll have reviews to share either way!!

I've read so many different places that Chef TJ is now working! Is it Grand Floridian Cafe or 1900 Park Fare? I was hoping that he might bring 1900 back to the top of my breakfast list, but I would also welcome the chance to try the Cafe for the first time!

VeganRazzleDazzle
08-17-2010, 06:09 PM
I've read so many different places that Chef TJ is now working! Is it Grand Floridian Cafe or 1900 Park Fare? I was hoping that he might bring 1900 back to the top of my breakfast list, but I would also welcome the chance to try the Cafe for the first time!



I heard it was both, but who knows! I guess I'll just have to wait and see. Either way, I know i'm still going to stuff myself full of food! :rotfl:

mandibc11
08-17-2010, 08:05 PM
I heard it was both, but who knows! I guess I'll just have to wait and see. Either way, I know i'm still going to stuff myself full of food! :rotfl:

Well I'm very excited to read all of your reviews - you guys are going to have a blast!!

AlohaPolynesian
08-23-2010, 11:58 PM
I have been MIA on the boards for a loooong time because I was just too sad about not having a trip planned to be on here. Now I am *possibly* going in November so I am loving these reviews! I have been a vegetarian since I was 10, but just recently became vegan. Your reviews are so helpful - thanks for posting!

mandibc11
08-27-2010, 12:06 PM
I have been MIA on the boards for a loooong time because I was just too sad about not having a trip planned to be on here. Now I am *possibly* going in November so I am loving these reviews! I have been a vegetarian since I was 10, but just recently became vegan. Your reviews are so helpful - thanks for posting!

You're very welcome! I really hope you get to go in November...I'm hoping for a little birthday trip that month, as well!

chunkymonkey
04-06-2011, 10:26 PM
I love to see people with food restrictions still enjoy eating and taking full enjoyment in their meals! You are really inspiring!

Loving your TR! I would love to stay at the Boardwalk/Beach Club resorts. They look really nice, and they are close to our favorite parks, Epcot and DHS!!

alicehatter
04-07-2011, 08:05 AM
I love to see people with food restrictions still enjoy eating and taking full enjoyment in their meals! You are really inspiring!

Loving your TR! I would love to stay at the Boardwalk/Beach Club resorts. They look really nice, and they are close to our favorite parks, Epcot and DHS!!

Boardwalk is fantastic! The villas are actually a little bit cheaper for us, and we are able to get a studio room for a decent price, even during the high season. We're going again at the end of May and I cannot wait! And like I said, I'll be practicing my photography until then, so hopefully my foodie pictures will turn out better than last time around!

WaltsMummy
04-07-2011, 02:55 PM
Hello from england! have just spent the last hour reading all of your reviews. sounded like you both had a fantastic time. thanks for sharing!!

alicehatter
04-07-2011, 04:08 PM
Hello from england! have just spent the last hour reading all of your reviews. sounded like you both had a fantastic time. thanks for sharing!!

Well I hope it was helpful! I can't wait to go back. I'm definitely counting down the days! By the way, we almost always go to Europe each year for a vacation, and one of our stops every time is England! Oxford is one of our favorite places; but it's just gorgeous throughout the entire UK!

shuckn
04-08-2011, 07:50 PM
Your reviews are fantastic! I'm taking my boyfriend of 5 years to the world for his first time in 27 days and I'm so excited! :woohoo: I started reading because I saw we had a lot of similar ADR's...who knew I would get such detailed reviews! I especially loved the tid-bit about drinking around the world...we're doing that the first night we arrive! And FINALLY a review for Tokyo Dining! :worship: I've looked everywhere on these boards and haven't been able to find a review of their sushi anywhere! We have that booked for our first night as well, so hopefully we wont be disappointed! :yay:

alicehatter
04-08-2011, 09:45 PM
Your reviews are fantastic! I'm taking my boyfriend of 5 years to the world for his first time in 27 days and I'm so excited! :woohoo: I started reading because I saw we had a lot of similar ADR's...who knew I would get such detailed reviews! I especially loved the tid-bit about drinking around the world...we're doing that the first night we arrive! And FINALLY a review for Tokyo Dining! :worship: I've looked everywhere on these boards and haven't been able to find a review of their sushi anywhere! We have that booked for our first night as well, so hopefully we wont be disappointed! :yay:

That's awesome! Have a blast...and make sure and tell us all about it on your return! Glad I could help out. Tokya had delicious sushi - you won't be disappointed! Plus, it's one of the best views in the world showcase :goodvibes

shuckn
04-08-2011, 10:13 PM
That's awesome! Have a blast...and make sure and tell us all about it on your return! Glad I could help out. Tokya had delicious sushi - you won't be disappointed! Plus, it's one of the best views in the world showcase :goodvibes

So after reading this and being so jealous about all the delicious meals with appetizers you got to eat (DDP doesn't include apps), it inspired me to upgrade to DxDDP...and after some rearranging I did it for only $14!!! I'm going to be soooo full but it's going to be so worth it! Once again, thanks for the great reviews...or maybe not, because now I'm out ANOTHER $14 spent on Disney! :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

alicehatter
04-09-2011, 05:06 PM
So after reading this and being so jealous about all the delicious meals with appetizers you got to eat (DDP doesn't include apps), it inspired me to upgrade to DxDDP...and after some rearranging I did it for only $14!!! I'm going to be soooo full but it's going to be so worth it! Once again, thanks for the great reviews...or maybe not, because now I'm out ANOTHER $14 spent on Disney! :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

HA!!! Well...I guarantee you it's worth every penny! Honestly, when we were deciding last year, my husband counted the cost of us eating out of pocket, sharing an app and dessert and each getting an entree. After you add up 3 meals with snacks, we were SAVING money to eat more food on the deluxe plan! Since I am a huge food lover, there was no other option, and we will never NOT be on the deluxe plan! So glad I could help :goodvibes

4mama2
04-10-2011, 05:03 PM
So much useful information!! Thanks!!

bangzoom6877
05-15-2011, 03:26 PM
Hi! You had replied to my inquiry about eating dairy-free at WDW, so I figured I would head over here and read about your experience. Your reviews are fantastic!!

We are DVC members and stay at Boardwalk Villas, and we are also huge fans of Kouzzina. We have only been there for dinner though. For breakfast, we usually eat in the villa, and go to a couple of character breakfasts for the kids throughout the trip. It's great that WDW can accommodate a vegan diet very well. I am also glad to see tofutti ice cream there! I'm also not a huge fan of rice dream...not much of a taste to me. I like the soy-based "ice creams" much better! I hear also that the ones made with coconut milk are fantastic, but unfortunately coconut milk aggravates my IBS so I can't have it. I have seen ice creams made with almond milk at the health food store, and I want to try those next, as I love to drink almond milk. There was a diner right by my house that had been serving soft serve chocolate tofutti for many years, and I loved it. But they closed a few months ago, and there is no other place around here that serves it. :sad2:

I have a lactose intolerance, not an actual dairy allergy, and I can tolerate small amounts of dairy. But, milk and ice cream are out of the question! Yogurt is the only thing I can have a full serving of and not have any problems. Most baked goods that are made with a little dairy are ok for me...but not things like cheesecake, which are loaded with it!

alicehatter
05-15-2011, 03:42 PM
Hi! You had replied to my inquiry about eating dairy-free at WDW, so I figured I would head over here and read about your experience. Your reviews are fantastic!!

We are DVC members and stay at Boardwalk Villas, and we are also huge fans of Kouzzina. We have only been there for dinner though. For breakfast, we usually eat in the villa, and go to a couple of character breakfasts for the kids throughout the trip. It's great that WDW can accommodate a vegan diet very well. I am also glad to see tofutti ice cream there! I'm also not a huge fan of rice dream...not much of a taste to me. I like the soy-based "ice creams" much better! I hear also that the ones made with coconut milk are fantastic, but unfortunately coconut milk aggravates my IBS so I can't have it. I have seen ice creams made with almond milk at the health food store, and I want to try those next, as I love to drink almond milk. There was a diner right by my house that had been serving soft serve chocolate tofutti for many years, and I loved it. But they closed a few months ago, and there is no other place around here that serves it. :sad2:

I have a lactose intolerance, not an actual dairy allergy, and I can tolerate small amounts of dairy. But, milk and ice cream are out of the question! Yogurt is the only thing I can have a full serving of and not have any problems. Most baked goods that are made with a little dairy are ok for me...but not things like cheesecake, which are loaded with it!

I'm so glad you enjoyed the reviews! Hopefully they will help out on your upcoming trip.

We are actually heading to Disney in two weeks, and will be staying at Boardwalk Villas again! It really is our favorite!! I can't wait, and have been planning what I'll be eating for about 180 days now!

bangzoom6877
05-15-2011, 05:42 PM
I'm so glad you enjoyed the reviews! Hopefully they will help out on your upcoming trip.

We are actually heading to Disney in two weeks, and will be staying at Boardwalk Villas again! It really is our favorite!! I can't wait, and have been planning what I'll be eating for about 180 days now!

We're going back next year, but I am really always in the planning stages, trying to keep up with everything! I completely understand about planning what you will eat 180 days in advance...I am already tossing around some places for our 2012 trip! :rotfl:

We love Boardwalk too. The location is so convenient...we loved walking to Epcot and DHS early in the morning, and having the option of the boat on the way back if we were tired or it was raining. And the bus ride to MK was very quick. Boardwalk is just so beautiful, too. We enjoyed a day at the pool there with the kids, and just walking on the Boardwalk in the evening and enjoying the entertainers. The kids liked the little magic shows!

I hope you come back and write some reviews again of the places you go! We are planning on going to a couple of signature restaurants for the first time on our next trip! DS6 loves steak, so Yachtsman will be one of them...very convenient, right across the lake from BWV! DH and I are also planning to go on a "date night" to a signature. We will bring the kids to the kids' club at Beach Club Resort, and enjoy a night out. Not sure where yet, but thinking about a few places.

alicehatter
05-15-2011, 05:47 PM
I hope you come back and write some reviews again of the places you go! We are planning on going to a couple of signature restaurants for the first time on our next trip! DS6 loves steak, so Yachtsman will be one of them...very convenient, right across the lake from BWV! DH and I are also planning to go on a "date night" to a signature. We will bring the kids to the kids' club at Beach Club Resort, and enjoy a night out. Not sure where yet, but thinking about a few places.

I will definitely be doing a review! We are actually also doing more signatures this time. We love breakfast, but felt like we could sacrifice a few mornings and use snack credits in order to do more signatures in the evenings! We'll be trying out Flying Fish, Citricos, and California Grill for the first time, and I for one am VERY excited!

MelanieC
05-15-2011, 06:43 PM
You know I'll be waiting and excited for your review. I finally finished my vegan dining review for QSDP today. Finally there are Disney QSDP there. Make sure to also let us know what snacks you get, I always love to see vegan snacks. I have a lot listed of snacks that are good on the DP on my review now. So glad that is done before we leave again in July. Have a great trip!!

Catie.Hiltz
05-15-2011, 08:18 PM
Is there anything quite like a warm pastry? I sometimes get a craving and sprint to my favorite bake shop. My favorite is the Vegan “Beet It” muffin, with huge dark chocolate chunks…amazing even as a dessert! This particular morning of our trip though, we would be having bakery items to begin our day.

Before our trip, I had planned our Epcot day to include only a light breakfast. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the best planning decision, knowing in advance of our late dinner and cocktails the evening before. With my adoration of breakfast even on a normal day, this should have tipped me off that I might need something a bit more substantial! But, we were able to only use a snack credit for this, so I count it as a breakfast well spent (it enabled us to eat at a Signature dinner later in the week)!

Epcot had extra magic hours that morning, so I wanted to get over quickly and ride all the good stuff before there were 2 hour long waits for everything. Can you believe I’ve been to Disney World at least 8 times and have never ridden Test Track or Soarin’? Well this day was going to be my first experience!

On the way there, we stopped at Boardwalk Bakery, were surprised by its quietness (usually there is a line out the door and along the boardwalk), and immediately placed our orders so we could eat as we walked.

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Now for a little back story. As I’ve mentioned a few times now, I had been in contact with Disney Special Diets quite frequently. They mentioned that if there was anything specific I wanted, to just ask. SO…I took them up on it! Even though there were no Vegan items on Boardwalk Bakery's normal menu, they surprised me by giving me the email to the pastry chef! Chef Stefan is the pastry chef for both Boardwalk Bakery and Beach Club Marketplace, so emailed him asking what he might be able to whip up. He quickly replied and let me know he could do:
Bran Muffins
Apple Muffins
Blueberry Muffins
Bread
Sorbet (if I wanted dessert at any point during my stay)

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Nope, couldn't have anything in the display case, so I chose the Blueberry Muffins, and let him know the date I would be picking them up during my stay. Simple as that!

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Jeremy also picked out a Blueberry Muffin (they both looked exactly the same), and we headed out.

As we were walking, we both dug right in. Mine was…raw. That’s the best way to describe it. It was very doughy in the center, like they hadn’t baked it nearly long enough, even though the outside was golden as it should be. It even tasted like bread dough…mixed in with a few blueberries. I was so disappointed!

Jeremy said his was very good, though. He tried a little bit of mine and confirmed that yes, it was a bit on the undercooked side. He also mentioned there was a HUGE difference in his Blueberry muffin and mine. Looks can be quite deceiving!

I quickly threw it out and we continued on into the park. We entered through the back entrance located in the World Showcase and walked through the UK and Canada on our way to Future World. I noticed the Yorkshire County Fish Shop and knew that before lunch that day, I would be needing some French Fries!!

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Before the rides and greasy snacks, we had to stop for a PhotoPass picture!


Your reviews look great!!!! Sucks about the blueberry muffin not being what you expected :( what else looked good at the bakery? we are thinking about making a trip to the Boardwalk just to get some bakery treats but aren't sure its worth a trip just for that!