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pharmgirl69
06-03-2010, 06:46 AM
For those of you who didn’t meet us during our pre-trip report. Allow me to introduce ourselves. We live in TN but I am originally from NJ, my mother lovingly calls us the hillbillies. She and Dad just moved down here and are still in culture shock.

DH - born and raised in TN. For all you Tennessee Vols out there, my husband bleeds orange. His name is JR, now you may think because we are in the south that may be "junior".....you would be right. Except when I first met him he introduced himself as J.R. (maybe to not appear to be the clampett he truly is). So as we go through this report, feel free to read junior or J.R., the two are interchangeable. JR loves southern food, steak, potatoes and does not have a very wide palate. Although I will give the guy credit, he tries just about anything

Me - Stacey, the clampett wannabe. I am a southern transplant and truly love the south. I love to cook for people, and love to entertain. However this trip is to celebrate my graduation from Nursing School, so needless to say I haven't had much time in 3 years to cook anything but hotdogs. So I think JR's alterior motive for this trip was to eat some real food for a change. I love fish, any kind of fish. I will eat something that swam, was submerged in muck or pulled from the oceans depths over anything that eats grass.

DD7 - ohhh she is probably the truest southern girl ever. She is pure country with my love of big city foods. She loves oysters on the half shell with a side of biscuits and gravy or grits. We upgraded her to an adult dining plan, knowing full well that she will not be happy eating pizza and chicken fingers while Momma enjoys lobster. She is an adventerous eater and will try anything and everything that Momma has on her plate (still trying to figure out how I can get out of sharing)

Thats us! The modern day clampetts and we are heading to the World for 8 days on May 16th and staying at POFQ....2 days after my graduation from Nursing School. Our ADR's are as follows, so stay tuned, I'm looking forward to sharing the good, the best and the most out of this world food with everyone.

Sunday - 5/16 - 2pm arrive....citricos at 6pm
Monday
QS breakfast and lunch
Dinner = Whispering canyon

Tuesday
Tusker House breakfast
QS lunch
Narcoossee's dinner

Wednesday
1900 Park Fare breakfast
QS lunch
Brown Derby dinner

Thursday
crystal palace breakfast
crt late lunch
cape May clambake

Friday
chef mickeys breakfast
QS lunch
Flying Fish dinner

Saturday
Akerhus breakfast
Lecellier lunch
coral reef dinner

Sunday
QS breakfast
QS lunch
california Grill dinner

Monday

Early flight home (


Sunday morning 5/16.....ok so even after the huge graduation party the day before, and being well, slightly, hung over (shhhh dont tell, we are in the bible belt after all)...we were up at the crack of dawn. DD7 was so excited she didn't know what to do with herself. Mom and Dad were picking us up at 9am so we had some time. We managed to force ourselves to eat breakfast (we prolly shoudve starved ourselves for a week before we went).

We arrived at French Quarter around 330pm and decided to just explore the hotel and of course DD7 wanted to immediately go into the pool. Well she was just gonna have to wait. She acted like we don't have pools in Tennessee. We unpacked and headed over to the Grand Floridian for dinner at 6pm at citricos.

We weren't sure how long it would take us to get over there so we left kinda early but that was ok because this resort is breathtaking and I really enjoyed relaxing and taking it all in (aside from the fact that I'm Ocd about being late for anything). I love the smell in the lobby and the beautiful landscaping. We found citricos and were almost immediately seated.....early!
Our waiter arrived at our table and explained to us the deluxe dining plan and our choices etc., etc., this was good because we had no idea what we were doing. Yeah, yeah, I know...maybe I should back up and explain. We live in a very small town. The only restaurants available to us are fast food or chain buffets. If we go into Knoxville then we have more choices but I’m just not that motivated to drive an hour and 15 minutes for dinner. Now, here is where it gets a little tricky. I’m from NJ so we had lots and lots of choices for fancy restaurants back home and my mother, well, my mother is ocd about being “proper”. So I did a lot of teaching to my dd7 about the appropriate way to butter her bread, napkin on her lap, please don’t lick your fingers. I also did a lot of explaining what certain ingredients were. I don’t think this was a geographical difference with me and my family, I think was more because I’m addicted to The Food Network and watch so many chefs use some weird ingredients that I don’t think you can even have shipped into an area like ours. So anyway.....enough yabbering....on to the review.
You will have to forgive me because I got soooo excited about having REAL food, I forgot pictures of the appetizers. I do get much better though and think we got pics of everything except some of the counter service stuff.
Anyway, Shelby (DD7) couldn’t decide what she wanted so we decided that I would order the Sauteed Shrimp with lemon, white wine and feta and tomatoes. She would order the Gateau of crab and we would split them both. Poor hubby couldn’t find an appetizer that he liked (remember? Steak and potato kinda guy and no way into seafood (except shrimp), but I will give him credit, he tried just about everything as you will see later in the week). He ended up ordering the cripsy risotto based on the waiters suggestion. Shelby and I LOVED our appetizers, and even JR liked the shrimp despite the lemon (yeah, he doesnt like lemon either). However, JR did not like the risotto balls. This was a weird appetizer, even for me and I love mushrooms. He said they were “ok” but definately not an order again.
Now the main course, JR ordered the braised ribs, Shelby couldn’t decide (again) so we decided to split again. I ordered the swordfish and she ordered the grouper.
grouper

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swordfish
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Braised ribs
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Dinner was fantastic. The sauce in the grouper was a little much for Shelby so we switched and she very quickly gobbled down my swordfish.
Now the best for last. Dessert!!
Shelby had the seasonal fruit thingy....its not on Allears menu and I forget the name. She liked it but she really liked Daddy’s fancy chocolate tart. I had the tropical fruit creme brulee. Dessert was good, the creme brulee was a little too “fruity” for me.

creme brulee

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Daddy’s fancy chocolate tart

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Seasonal fruit tart

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Overall I would say citricos was a good start to our vacation. It was so great to eat some real food after living on hotdogs and hamburger helper for 3 years. We were real excited for the rest of our meals. Tomorrow is MK day and whispering canyon! Woot!!

citricos dinner: $200.92
Tip: $38.00

oh and PS...nothing too exciting to drink with dinner this night, we were still recovering from the graduation party

Sealed with a kiss
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pharmgirl69
06-03-2010, 07:03 AM
Ok so my husband just pointed out to me that I did not actually "review" the food. You will soon see how we went Disney just wanting to eat some good food and left with an advance palate and very stong "opinions". You would think we were the actual judges on Next Top chef by the time we left.

So here is the actual taste review.

The braised ribs my husband loved. He said they were very tender and delicious. The grouper had a sauce with it that was a little spicy for shelby. She general likes spicy things but it was a bit overwhelming for her. The swordfish was wonderful and I wish I didn't have to switch and could have eaten all of it. (because of course before Shelby gave me her dish, she ate all the mussels out of it).

I'mwithGrumpy
06-03-2010, 07:24 AM
Love your review so far! :thumbsup2 I had to laugh, I am a California transplant to Tennessee. I love Tennessee during the summer, just so beautiful...hate the mosquitoes..winter makes me want to move to Florida!
Looking forward to the rest of your reviews.

Mom2Elliot
06-03-2010, 07:41 AM
Love that your DD is so adventurous! My DD, not so much, but I'm working on her :-) Can't wait to read more!

mandibc11
06-03-2010, 08:27 AM
I'm excited to read your reviews! I hope you had as good a time as we did that week :goodvibes

Symans3honeybees
06-03-2010, 08:58 AM
Can't wait to read the rest of your taste review:thumbsup2

princessallegra
06-03-2010, 09:04 AM
Loving your reviews so far!!! Your DD sounds like me at that age! My mom and i would share and split meals all the time. :goodvibes:goodvibes:thumbsup2

chocolateMinnie
06-03-2010, 09:20 AM
Fabulous first review, you DD sounds like my DS will give anything a try not so my DD.

Looking forward to more.

MJMouse
06-03-2010, 12:01 PM
Great review! And AMAZING pictures! What kind of camera do you use?

catne
06-03-2010, 01:12 PM
those desserts look soooo good! I hate good dessert pictures when I'm dieting (whine whine whine)

The rest of it looks good, too...and cute family:thumbsup2

PixieDustandEeyore
06-03-2010, 01:14 PM
loving your dining report...hope you had fun in disney world and got to swim lots in the ce-ment pond!

Minnie824
06-03-2010, 01:25 PM
can't wait to see more! I'm so impressed that your DD ate all that! My DDs are 8 and 6 and wouldn't go near one of those things.

91Coupe
06-03-2010, 02:35 PM
Can't wait to read about the food. There are some we have been thinking about trying.

Nice to see other people from TN and best of all a DD named Shelby ( mine is 11). Was yours named after the Mustang.

arcticdisneylovers
06-03-2010, 03:13 PM
Great review, but more, more :yay:

pharmgirl69
06-03-2010, 08:30 PM
Love your review so far! :thumbsup2 I had to laugh, I am a California transplant to Tennessee. I love Tennessee during the summer, just so beautiful...hate the mosquitoes..winter makes me want to move to Florida!
Looking forward to the rest of your reviews.

LOL I hate the dang "skeeters" down here. (howd I do? that was a TN word) My ankles and legs are constantly chewed up!!! Welcome to my review!

MJMouse....the camera is the new addition to our family, ok, not so new about 7 months old but it is my DH new baby. I call it "the beast" but its really a canon rebel. It is a good camera but I'm still liking the little portable disposable ones that dont matter if they get wet LOL. He loves it though and he does a good job preserving good memories for us.

91coup.....as a matter of fact, she WAS named after the mustang. When she was born my husband worked for Ford. He wanted to name her Shelby cobra. I drew the line at Shelby LOL. Thank Goodness we didn't have more, I couldn't handle a child named Fusion or F150.

Thanks all for the nice comments. I am taking my State Boards for my RN license next Thursday so I'm gonna try to squeeze in a few more reviews over the next few days but please forgive me if I get sidetracked. Thanks all for reading!!!!!!

pharmgirl69
06-04-2010, 07:32 AM
So Day 2 was MK day. Since we used so many table credits, we decided we would pay OOP for breakfast and lunch today.
OK, so we are staying at the FQ and what would breakfast be without beignets. We have read so much about these that of course we had to try them. We got three of them
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With DH being a huge breakfast person, we ended up eating the beignets as a dessert. Maybe they would have been better if we had eaten them right away while they were hot. They were a bit chewy and the powdered sugar about choked me. Now don’t get me wrong, they were good, but I absolutely LOVE a good pastry and I was a little disappointed. It was like they needed to be filled with something, chocolate wouldve been a good choice. Then again, when is chocolate NOT a good choice. My croissant sandwich on the other hand was delicious. The croissant was so flaky. I was a little turned off by the way they use an ice cream scooper to dump the eggs on it but nonetheless, after I scraped off a few eggs it was yummy.
Here is hubby’s breakfast. I told you, he loves breakfast!! Biscuits and gravy seemed to be the general theme for breakfast all week with him. He said the gravy tasted like the canned kind that I used to buy at Gordon’s Food Outlet. He loves MSG, so he was ok with it LOL.
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I have no idea what got into Shelby this morning. She decided she wanted a chocolate muffin and oatmeal. What???? Not biscuits and gravy? Normally she does enjoy oatmeal (the prepackaged with MSG type). She did not enjoy this oatmeal though. I guess it wasn’t mommy’s and as much brown sugar as we put in it it still didn’t cut it. However, the chocolate muffin was gone in seconds. Not the most healthy breakfast but hey, this is vacation.
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Off to the Magic
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After a great morning at MK, our tummy’s were starting to growl. Unfortunately, the rest of the public thought the same thing. I didnt have any ADR for lunch so we just went to the closest place and that was Peco Bill’s.
I guess Shelby’s chocolate muffin didnt last too long because by the time I get done with the fixin bar she had already dug into her BBQ sandwich. I dont know whether the poor child was starving to death or the BBQ was really that good but she said she loved it. I did manage to sneak a picture because as you can see by the fork in the air, she was unwilling to stop momentum to let me pose the food.
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DH and I both had a burger. I really loved the fixin bar. That was so awesome. There is nothing better than being able to make a meal just from the toppings!! I had mushrooms and banana peppers and lettuce.....i think a bunch of other stuff too, I dont remember but it was the shiznit!!! Or I was just starving too. ( won’t bore you with DH burger pic, he just had tomato and mayo)
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The food at Peco’s was really good for a cs. It actually hit the spot. The only thing I wasn’t impressed with was that it was just sooooo crowded and the tables were disgusting by the time we found one. I ended up cleaning it with my wipes the best I could without Shelby accidently biting my arm cause she wouldn’t put the fork down. We would go here again, but I would plan for a different time.
Dinner!!! Woo hooo. Dinners are what I’ve been looking forward to for as long as I’ve been planning. Tonight is Whispering canyon. http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy176/pharmgirl6992/MK%20day/IMG_0176.jpg
WL was amazing. I was so impressed. It is amazingly beautiful.
Shelby and I had the combination platter appetizer. It had the spring rolls and seafood cake on it. The menu said it was for 2. I asked the server if we could split it and she said yes, but we are still entitled to an appetizer. I didnt understand. Yes, the blond hair is dye but that doesn’t stop me from playing the part very well. I asked again if we could split it. She explained something and I still didn’t get it. My husband just rolled his eyes and ordered. So I’m not sure what that was all about. But I digress....
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So shelby and I shared this. Or should I say, I got the spring rolls and she ate all the seafood cakes. We could have eaten this as a meal. I always get scared when something says “seafood” because you never know what you are gonna get. Is it gonna be that fake pink “sea legs” that you get in the deli department? Well, let me tell you. The single bite I had of the cakes was wonderful. Not a lot of breading and if it was “sea legs” I didnt care. There was a slight bite and really brought out the flavor. Wonderful! No wonder Shelby scoffed them down before I could get anymore.
The spring rolls were good also. Different but good. DH got them as his appetizer.
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He had a hard time picking an appetizer and I think he was a bit shocked when these came out of the kitchen. He isn’t a big chinese food person and I think he was expecting them to be like egg rolls. Well he was pleasantly surprised. He enjoyed these. They were not at ALL like chinese food. We had the same thing on our combo plate so no need to share. The BBQ meat they use in them is really tender and combined with the bbq/mayo sauce, they were delicious. Just a slight bite of spice and sweetness.
OK, I think I need to back up again. I have been telling Shelby all about this restaurant for months. Telling her all about the antics and different things they do. We read to not go to the bathroom cause that could spawn some antics etc.,etc., Well I guess this is what Shelby remembered because she mustve gone to the bathroom 4x hoping that something would “start”. Much to her disappointment, nothing did. Finally dinner came and I managed to keep her seated long enough to eat.
We ordered the canyon skillet.
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It arrived family style. We all devoured it!!! The BBQ sauce that they use is wonderful, I was really enjoying the sweet/spice of it but it wasn’t overpowering. The plate had chicken, pulled pork, corn, mashed potatoes, beef brisket. I cannot tell you what the best part of it was because it was all good. The mashed potatoes were “real”. Shelby said the corn was really sweet. I stuck to the meat.....give me the meat. I tried it all, in fact, when our waitress came to take away our dishes I was still “picking” at the pulled pork right out of the platter. She said “I dont want to get my hand biten so I’ll just leave that for right now”. LOL, so much for teaching my daughter manners and etiquette. I covered up by telling her it was OK, this wasn’t a fancy restaurant. You can lick your fingers here. So maybe that wasn’t the best way to handle it but hey, that stuff was good ole home cooking (the south is starting to come out in me) and I didnt want to stop eating....until my husband reminded me that dessert was next!! OMG, I forgot dessert, where am I gonna put it!?!?!?
All of a sudden our waitress comes out to clear our plates. Shelby sees she is carrying 2 glasses of champagne with strawberries in them. Shelby asks what they are. Our waitress says “shhh dont ruin the surprise” Uh oh, whats going on? I then realize we are still wearing our Happy Anniversary pins.
The waitress tells us both to stand up and hands us the champagne. She gets the dining rooms attention and says “8 years ago, JR and Shelby were married. Were any of you invited to the wedding?” With a resonding NO...the waitress continues to say “Me either, and my feelings were kinda hurt, so we are going to recreate their kiss. Everyone tap your glasses as I count to 10 and they kiss” So we kissed as she counted 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,1. It was hysterical and shelby enjoyed it too.
I ordered the deep dish bourbon pecan pie.
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I need to tell you that I really regretted eating so much dinner. This pecan pie was prolly one of the best I’ve ever had. It was different and I loved it. It was not the real heavy rich kind that you can only eat 2 bites until you are in a sugar coma. It was light and airy, I wanna say it was almost custard like center but thats not quite it either. Whatever it was it was awesome! Next time I go there, I’m ordering it for dinner and then may have a seafood cake for dessert and then the skillet for an appetizer.
Shelby ordered the smores cheesecake
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Shelby is our cheesecake expert. She loves cheesecake of any shape and form but.....she tried to eat my pecan pie!!!! Ummmm, no....this is mommy’s and I’m not sharing this time!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, i gave her a bite but daggumit this is MINE, eat your own. She enjoyed her cheesecake, said it was real creamy but I think she wouldve rather had my pecan pie. (me too!)
JR ordered the apple caramel pie.
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JR’s 2 favorite things in the world are pineapple upside down cake and apple pie. So this was right up his alley. He said it was really good, then I caught him dipping his fork into my pecan pie!! Daggumit, ya’ll got your own, get out of mine!!!!!! (ok, did you see that? I said “ya’ll”.....pretty good huh?)
Basically dessert in a nutshell (no pun intended) was all about my pecan pie.
This was a good old fashioned dinner and we really enjoyed it. Yes it was loud, yes it was controlled chaos and I know some of the reviews don’t like it because of that. However, this is the personality of this restaurant and if you aren’t ready and willing for that then don’t make an ADR here but you would be missing some great food!!
And that was Day 2! Stay tuned for Day 3......AK, Tusker house, Yak and Yeti cs, and Narcoossee’s. Woo hooo

tyandskyesmom
06-04-2010, 10:23 AM
Keep 'em coming!

LuccaDrake
06-05-2010, 07:45 AM
Great report so far! I find myself reading it with a southern accent. :rotfl:And those seafood cakes looked really yummy. I could see how you could make a meal out of just that!

~Beka~

Greta
06-05-2010, 02:45 PM
Great photos with your Rebel! We have one too and love it.
and Congrats on graduation...good luck on NCLEX, don't stress about it too much, everyone walks out thinking they failed but you won't!

Looking forward to hearing more and pat Shelby on the back for me, what an adventerous little girl! My DD14 won't try everything but when we are in WDW she tends to go for a little more than usual.

pharmgirl69
06-05-2010, 05:18 PM
Great photos with your Rebel! We have one too and love it.
and Congrats on graduation...good luck on NCLEX, don't stress about it too much, everyone walks out thinking they failed but you won't!

Looking forward to hearing more and pat Shelby on the back for me, what an adventerous little girl! My DD14 won't try everything but when we are in WDW she tends to go for a little more than usual.

Thanks....I am stressing about it right now. I just got my authorization to test on thursday and we scheduled for next thursday. A little quicker than I expected but I'll be glad when next week is over LOL.....I cried after my LPN boards, I'm prolly gonna need a valium for this one.

Shelby is very adventerous, even when it comes to rides. She rode expedition everest 3x in the single rider line. Wouldve stayed all day if Daddy didnt tell her it wasnt fair to me and that I wanted to do something LOL.

Hopefully I'll take a break from studying and do Day 3 tomorrow. Stay tuned and thanks all for reading...I'm enjoying reliving our great trip!!

Pooh&OurHunny
06-05-2010, 10:13 PM
Joining in. I love Citricos and I had the braised ribs 2 years ago and it was really yummy. I used to live in NJ. Your daughter is so adorable. Can't wait for more yummy reviews and pictures.

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 05:44 AM
Joining in. I love Citricos and I had the braised ribs 2 years ago and it was really yummy. I used to live in NJ. Your daughter is so adorable. Can't wait for more yummy reviews and pictures.

Welcome Pooh! Where in NJ did you live? I'm originally from Hunterdon county. So TN is very similar to that part of NJ just with bigger mountains LOL. Thanks for joining!

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:29 AM
So today is day 3, AK day! I have to say this was my favorite park, but we won’t get into that as this is about the FOOD!!!
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We woke up early and got to the park for an 805am reservation for Tusker house. This was our first character breakfast of the week.
We sat at our table immediately and our server arrived instantaneously and explained the buffet to us. He also poured us all some kind of juice. Now, we are not juice drinkers. In fact, I think I still have a ½ gallon of OJ in my fridge from some recipe I made at xmas. I just wanted coffee, just give me my caffeine and no one gets hurt. Well he convinced us to try the juice and omg it was wonderful!! I loved it, in fact, drank 3 glasses of it.
This buffet was amazing. In hindsight, I’m a little disappointed that we did this as our first breakfast buffet because I ended up comparing every other breakfast to it and none even came close. There was such an assortment of foods. There were a ton of quiches and casseroles and I tried every one of them. Yes, I like quiche, I’m turning into my mother. On my plate I had the ham and cheese frittata, vegetable frittata and the beef bobtie quiche. The bobtie thing is hiding under my bacon. This was the only quiche I wasn’t sure about. It had a weird flavor, almost like there were raisins in it and I dont do raisins under any circumstance. However, the ham and cheese and the vegetable were amazing. Light and fluffy and cheesy
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Jr had....you guessed it!! Biscuits and gravy!! I guess even in Africa they have biscuits and gravy. Oh and don’t forget the gourmet tater tots and corn muffin..... could he not find something a little more exotic? I mean, I make this for him at home. But, his belly was full and he was happy. How much more of a review can I write on tater tots?
Jr’s
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Shelby wasn’t too adventurous this morning. (sorry to disappoint). She had the mickey waffles, ham and cheese frittata.
shelby
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The best part of the meal....DESSERT....yes I even did dessert at breakfast.
Dessert
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I think I need to explain that I am kinda weird about certain foods. For me, rice does not belong in pudding, it belongs in chinese food. Bread does not belong with pudding, it belongs on a sandwich. Needless to say, I really don’t do bread or rice pudding. With that said, let me tell you that I spotted the Warm cinnamon-banana bread pudding with vanilla sauce. It had all these pecans on top and just looked and smelled too yummy, I had to try it. This is a buffet after all.
OMG, this was my favorite part of the meal. It wasn’t too rich. It was nice and light. The vanilla sauce topped it off nicely. This was the perfect ending to a perfect breakfast.....
The character interaction was good. At the time, we thought it was real good until we went to some of the other ones. However, this morning started Shelby’s addiction to autographs, so it was all good. :)

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pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:51 AM
Lunch at Animal Kingdom. Well, we were on a pretty good run of meals. Until now. We had just ridden River Rapids and were starved so we stopped at the first place we could find and that was Yak and Yeti counter service. There was a huge line so we figured we were in for a treat. As we waited in line we looked at the menu and for some reason nothing really “hit me”. That should have been my first clue.
When we lived in Toledo, there was a wonderful chinese restaurant that JR loved. Yes, something ethnic that he loved. He only ever ordered the chicken fried rice with “2 dollar extra meat”. Anyway, i discourage him from ever ordering chicken fried rice from anywhere else cause nothing ever holds a candle to the place in Toledo. So we ordered Honey chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork and the chicken sandwich for Shelby.
**sigh** This was horrible. It was borderline inedible. JR waited in line for our food while Shelby and I went to find a table. Again, I thank God I brought wipes with me cause the tables were disgusting. I wouldn’t even let her sit before I wiped it 3 or 4 times (I’m gonna need to buy more wipes if this keeps up)
Shelby didnt like the chicken sandwich. She said there was “stuff” on it. “stuff” to her is salad and mayo (or some kind of sauce). I ended up eating her sandwich and she ate my Honey chicken.
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The sandwich was “ok”. The chicken was good, I guess. But it wasn’t Disney and it was nothing special. It was edible.
I didn’t take pics of the honey chicken or the sweet and sour pork. I dont know why. Sorry. But let me tell you, maybe these dishes wouldve been better as a dessert. The Sweet and Sour pork was all sweet, no sour. The Honey chicken was sickening sweet. I poured the salt on it and still couldn’t cut the sweet. Neither JR or I could eat it. Shelby did eat my honey chicken, but she’s a kid and anything sweet is good to her.
I was so disappointed because I had heard nothing but rave reviews about Yak and Yeti. Maybe we just happened to pick the 3 worst dishes. Maybe the Table Service is better. But after that counter service I would be really scared to try the table service and waste a credit on it.
Well, we still have Narcoossee’s tonight to look forward to... chalk it up to a lesson learned.

jakenjess
06-06-2010, 07:01 AM
I'm really enjoying your reviews! Sorry about the Yak and Yeti CS. I agree, it's not great, but the TS is MUCH better! We had a terrific meal there. Tusker House looks really good. We don't do many character meals anymore now that the kids are older:sad1: but we have to give that a try.

Keep up the great report!!:goodvibes

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 08:00 AM
Dinner at Narcoossee’s. Let me first say, I was so excited about this dinner. It has mixed reviews here on Dis but I didnt care. I wanted Lobster. Down here in TN, you can’t get fresh seafood. And even when you drive 1.15 hour to Knoxville to the fish store you pay an arm and a leg for anything and it pales in comparison to the seafood I am used to in NJ. So needless to say I was sooooooo excited, especially after that horrid lunch.
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Our table wasn’t quite ready when we got there so we went to the bar. By the way, it is kid friendly. I told my husband that I was finally in the mood for a cocktail (took me this long to get over the aftermath of that graduation party). So I ordered some kind of fruity cocktail which is very out of character for me. I’m a beer girl. (yeah, there’s that hillbilly coming out in me). But I figured that if I’m in this fancy restaurant, I may as well get a fancy drink. JR ordered some sort of martini that had pineapple juice in it. Which is also out of character. We felt very “northern”. Shelby wanted in on the act, so I asked if they had any specialty drinks for her. The bartender was great and made a big “to-do” about making her a “Mickey Mouse”. It was cute and Shelby felt included in the treat. Here is their drinks, mine didn’t look like anything special, but let me tell you, that bartender definately did NOT have a light hand with the alcohol.
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Our table was ready before he even finished making our drinks so we moved on. We ordered and the waitress brought us bread. I dont know whether we were just starved or the bread was that good but we ate all of it.
Shelby ordered the calamari. She has never had calamari before. I told her “poppop loves calamari” and that is all it took for her to order it. She really loved it. I had to scrape off the “stuff” but she ate every bit of it after that. I tried it and it was very good. It was not at all chewy and had a really nice flavor. It had a slight bite from the pepperocini relish which surprisingly Shelby enjoyed. Jr even took a bite and liked it. But then again....it was fried. So of course he would enjoy it.
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I ordered the raw tuna. Its not on allears menu and I forget exactly what the name was. It might have been called the Tuna Tartar. It was really really good. The tuna was not at all mushy and the various flavors were blended very well. I do remember that that was a fried plantain on top which added a really nice crunchy contrast to the dish.
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Jr had a really hard time trying to find an appetizer here. We finally asked the server and she suggested the ceaser salad. (?) weird suggestion, but ok. We didn’t take a picture of this. It came out and was big huge leaves of romaine lettuce mixed with dressing. Not cut up lettuce, no parmesan cheese, no croutons. Just a big head of romaine lettuce. JR was not impressed. He said the dressing wasn’t even that good and that Red Lobster’s ceasar salad was better.
Uh oh.....not a good sign. My husband who as a rule doesnt even eat vegetables unless it ends in “tater” is discriminating a ceasar salad.

Dinner came....I already warned you I was ordering the lobster. Well, Shelby did too. We just couldn’t resist. JR ordered the Filet Mignon.
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Jr orders his meat well done. I know I know don’t flame him. He said that this filet was the best he has ever had and didn’t even need A1. (quite the compliment because he has to put A-1 on everything except my moms steaks) It was so tender that he could cut it with a fork. No need for the steak knife. He raved about the flavor, the texture.....what? Did he just tell me about the texture? Then he continues to tell me that the seasonings were perfect. What? Are you really talking about texture and seasonings? This is so out of character. Usually, he just eats and says “its good”. I blame Narcoossee’s for what is to become the Next Top chef judge wannabe.
Shelby and my lobster was amazing. The only complaint I had was that my claws weren’t cracked enough and I really struggled trying to get it open.
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What was strange however, was that shelby really didn’t like the claws. They had that white residue on them that she isn’t used to. But she loved the tail. Now, jr has not tried “real lobster” as he called it. So he tried a piece of claw and said “not bad”. What? Ok Narcoosee, who is this man and what have you done with my husband. Jr didn’t like the tail tho. He said it was stringy and chewy. I LOVED IT. I ate Shelby’s claws and mine. The lobster was sweet and cooked to perfection. Not overdone and chewy. It was just right. And for this ex-northerner, it was exactly the seafood fix I needed.
Time for a drink!!!! Yep I’m feeling good now. Now I wanted a cool looking drink. I wanted to be all metropolitan too. So I ordered one of those glowing things and JR had....ok maybe he doesn’t want me to announce this. He had a Mickey Mouse with Shelby!! Hahahaha....ok he did have them put some Rum in his ....but it was still funny.
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Dessert!!!! Woo hooo not sure if this meal could get any better but it did.
I had the creme brulle duo.... coconut and keylime. The keylime was a little too limey for me, but the coconut was good. Nice and creamy with that yummy hard crunchy top.
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Shelby had the chocolate gateau. Quite fancy and she cleared her plate. So I’m guessing it was good, it was gone before I could get a taste.
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JR had the almond crusted cheesecake. He said it was the best he ever had and is still raving about it. It was creamy and delicious. The almond crust added a nice contrast. (do you believe his description? Where on earth did my husband go?).
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Overall, we had an awesome meal. Our server was a little lack luster but just attribute that to being busy. It took a long time for her to come back and get a drink order and actually a long time for her to do anything. I was a waitress/bartender for 15 years so I get it and I don’t judge. I’ve had bad nights myself. Nothing short of a natural disaster couldve ruined this meal for us. It was amazing and I recommend Narcoossee’s to everyone!!!

Mom2Elliot
06-06-2010, 08:15 AM
loving your reviews! cant wait to try that bread pudding at Tuskers!

chocolateMinnie
06-06-2010, 08:22 AM
Love love loving all these reviews, so many that I keep saying 'see I told you we should have tried there' already shortlisting for next year as all adrs are booked for this year lol.

I'mwithGrumpy
06-06-2010, 08:31 AM
"OK, so we are staying at the FQ and what would breakfast be without beignets. We have read so much about these that of course we had to try them."

We stayed at French Quarter on our last trip and fell in love with it. Of course we had to try the beignets and my thoughts were the same. Why is it empty in the middle :confused3 They didn't live up to the hype and we didn't try them again.

For the TN mosquitoes, we bought a good bug zapper and it really helps. But you have to clean the dead skeeters (southern twang lol...) every couple of days.

Good luck on your boards and looking forward to the rest of your reviews:thumbsup2

Pooh&OurHunny
06-06-2010, 10:22 AM
we lived in Morris county. We have a 8:05 ADR for Animal kingdom and we love Tusker house breakfast (I don't like OJ but I love the juice there and love the breakfast too)...this is a must ever Disney trip. I'm so glad you love Narcoossee's b/c its one of my favorite and I always order the Maine lobster. I'm still going back and forth with Ohana (my son is not into Stitch and lilo so breakfast is not really an option) plus I think my son would enjoy the games they play at Ohana. Did your daughter like it?

allyphoe
06-06-2010, 11:13 AM
She rode expedition everest 3x in the single rider line.

She's 7, right? My DD just turned 7, and is wanting to try the single-rider lines. Did you do anything special for easing her into it? (I think we're going to station a non-riding grandparent at the exit - the EE gift shop has always been chaos when we've gone through.)

Thanks for the review of the Y&Y chicken sandwich. Normally, that would be something I'd order, but I don't like mayo-y "stuff" on mine, either. We've never had very good food at the CS there.

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:20 PM
She's 7, right? My DD just turned 7, and is wanting to try the single-rider lines. Did you do anything special for easing her into it? (I think we're going to station a non-riding grandparent at the exit - the EE gift shop has always been chaos when we've gone through.)

Thanks for the review of the Y&Y chicken sandwich. Normally, that would be something I'd order, but I don't like mayo-y "stuff" on mine, either. We've never had very good food at the CS there.

Yep Shelby was 7 in February. We all rode expedition everest together the first time. Then, to be honest, I was done with it. Shelby wanted to do it again and JR said well, we could do the single rider line, it will be a shorter wait. Shelby said OK!!! and off they went. I wandered the gift shop until they were done. (can only look at Yeti pins for so long LOL). Shelby is an adrenline junkie. Bad! It really scares me that she will be driving in 9 short years. I really have to tame her, but JR was in the Army so I think its just in her blood. LOL Good luck with your daughter, I'm sure she will be just fine if she goes on it one with someone.

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:22 PM
we lived in Morris county. We have a 8:05 ADR for Animal kingdom and we love Tusker house breakfast (I don't like OJ but I love the juice there and love the breakfast too)...this is a must ever Disney trip. I'm so glad you love Narcoossee's b/c its one of my favorite and I always order the Maine lobster. I'm still going back and forth with Ohana (my son is not into Stitch and lilo so breakfast is not really an option) plus I think my son would enjoy the games they play at Ohana. Did your daughter like it?

We didn't go to Ohana this trip. Its one of the places I want to try but couldn't fit it in this trip. Tusker house is now my favorite breakfast food but 1900 Park Fare was my favorite character interaction. I wish I could combine the two. that would be AMAZING!!!

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:25 PM
"OK, so we are staying at the FQ and what would breakfast be without beignets. We have read so much about these that of course we had to try them."

We stayed at French Quarter on our last trip and fell in love with it. Of course we had to try the beignets and my thoughts were the same. Why is it empty in the middle :confused3 They didn't live up to the hype and we didn't try them again.

For the TN mosquitoes, we bought a good bug zapper and it really helps. But you have to clean the dead skeeters (southern twang lol...) every couple of days.

Good luck on your boards and looking forward to the rest of your reviews:thumbsup2

We loved FQ. My husband said even after seeing the other resorts, he would still go back there. As for the beignets? I don't get it LOL....they were good but maybe the hype cause they are unique to FQ? I dont know, I wanted some nice custard, or cheese, or chocolate ...Did you about choke when you inhaled the powdered sugar cause I know I did LOL

Ok....here I go...."I ain't cleanin no dead skeeters" (that was pretty dang good if I do say so myself). I try citronella sometimes but I just think we are destined to scratch LOL

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:27 PM
Love love loving all these reviews, so many that I keep saying 'see I told you we should have tried there' already shortlisting for next year as all adrs are booked for this year lol.

LOL thx chocolateMinnie, glad you are enjoying them. I am enjoying writing them. One thing I learned from these ADR's is that you can't always listen to what everyone says. We took some chances, some disappointed and some we loved. Its all personal taste. We had mostly great experiences. can't wait to hear your list of ADR"S!!!!

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:29 PM
loving your reviews! cant wait to try that bread pudding at Tuskers!

Mom2Elliot....that bread pudding is the SHIZNIT!!! I love that stuff and am so craving it now....hmmm have to find a copy cat recipe!!

disneymom1980
06-06-2010, 06:33 PM
I, too, can't wait to try the bread pudding at Tusker House. Ohana's on our last trip was the first time I've EVER tried bread pudding, and I loved it, so I'm excited to try another one :).

chocovrdmicears
06-06-2010, 06:37 PM
You are just the sweetest family! I just love your reviews!

Your DD is so fun! We also have a DD8 that is an extreme ride junkie. Thankfully I have a DH that can keep up with her! I am with you, one ride on EE is more than enough. DD actually insists on waiting for the front row on it! :scared1: She doesn't care if it takes an extra 1/2 hour...she wants to be front and center for that crazy ride. :upsidedow

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:57 PM
You are just the sweetest family! I just love your reviews!

Your DD is so fun! We also have a DD8 that is an extreme ride junkie. Thankfully I have a DH that can keep up with her! I am with you, one ride on EE is more than enough. DD actually insists on waiting for the front row on it! :scared1: She doesn't care if it takes an extra 1/2 hour...she wants to be front and center for that crazy ride. :upsidedow

LOL you've got one too!! Thank God for the hubbies. We are in trouble when they start driving. Think we are gonna need crash helmets and lots of bubble wrap to put around them

pharmgirl69
06-06-2010, 06:58 PM
I, too, can't wait to try the bread pudding at Tusker House. Ohana's on our last trip was the first time I've EVER tried bread pudding, and I loved it, so I'm excited to try another one :).

We didnt do Ohana's but from what I keep hearing thats gonna have to be a must for the next trip. Especially if they have bread pudding like Tuskers but i dont know, Tusker's might be hard to beat LOL

chipper10
06-06-2010, 07:56 PM
I'm loving your reviews. Thanks so much for posting them! Keep 'em coming! :)

PiperGirlInWondrland
06-06-2010, 08:11 PM
Fabulous reviews! Keep 'em coming! Now I really can't wait to try narcoossee's!

MousekaMaddi
06-06-2010, 08:44 PM
Im looking into Narcoosies and we leave in 34 days!

pharmgirl69
06-07-2010, 03:35 AM
I'm loving your reviews. Thanks so much for posting them! Keep 'em coming! :)

Thanks!! and thanks for joining!!

pharmgirl69
06-07-2010, 03:37 AM
Mousekamaddi and Piper.....I really hope you enjoy Narcoossee's. We certainly did! It is prolly our 2nd favorite restaurant. (cali grill being #1, but thats in a class by itself). Thanks for joining!!

branv
06-07-2010, 02:22 PM
More, More! :yay:

Very funny reviews, great pics :) I'm lucky in that DH is fairly adventurous with the food stuffs, as am I, but we both come from a long line of potted meat eaters (boy howdy can my dad fry up some bologna). Dining out with the familia can be an adventure in suspicion, so I'm completely cracking up at your posts :thumbsup2

catne
06-07-2010, 03:45 PM
awesome reviews and outstanding pictures...really enjoying your reviews. We're going to put Tusker House breakfast on the list for next trip when we'll be going to AK - my, those quiches look wonderful (as does the bread pudding...wonder if it's the same stuff they serve over at Boma breakfast: if so, I want it!)

Can't wait for more reviews!:thumbsup2

pharmgirl69
06-07-2010, 07:23 PM
More, More! :yay:

Very funny reviews, great pics :) I'm lucky in that DH is fairly adventurous with the food stuffs, as am I, but we both come from a long line of potted meat eaters (boy howdy can my dad fry up some bologna). Dining out with the familia can be an adventure in suspicion, so I'm completely cracking up at your posts :thumbsup2

Ughhhh the potted meat!! omg I think I subconsciously pushed that to the back of my brain. I had no idea what "potted meat" was when I moved down here. In NJ, we had pork roll, someone I worked with was eating it and I about died. I thought they were eating Fancy Feast cat food!!! Ughhh. My DH and DD7 love the canned corned beef. That reminds me of Alpo. Ahhh yes, and he makes fun of ME for eating raw seafood....the nerve!!! LOL

pharmgirl69
06-07-2010, 07:25 PM
awesome reviews and outstanding pictures...really enjoying your reviews. We're going to put Tusker House breakfast on the list for next trip when we'll be going to AK - my, those quiches look wonderful (as does the bread pudding...wonder if it's the same stuff they serve over at Boma breakfast: if so, I want it!)

Can't wait for more reviews!:thumbsup2

Thanks for joining!!! I really loved Tusker!! I haven't tried Boma yet but that is on the list for next trip as well. Let me know how you enjoy Tusker!!

jagmom
06-08-2010, 02:58 PM
I am looking forward to more reviews.

jenniferma
06-08-2010, 05:05 PM
great reviews! I am originally from the "country" too so I love your take on it all!!! esp. when you are writing about your DH's food reviews. You are a great writer!
Jen

pharmgirl69
06-08-2010, 07:28 PM
I am looking forward to more reviews.

Welcome!!! Thanks for joining....hopefully I can get another day in tomorrow before I go back to studying for boards

pharmgirl69
06-08-2010, 07:29 PM
great reviews! I am originally from the "country" too so I love your take on it all!!! esp. when you are writing about your DH's food reviews. You are a great writer!
Jen

Welcome! "country" I like that......yeah DH food reviews are well....country!! LOL....thank you for the compliment and ty for joining! Stay tuned for Hollywood Studios Day ...gonna try to get that written tomorrow

sydneysmom
06-08-2010, 07:40 PM
:thumbsup2 I'm in too! You and your family are just totally adorable!! I can't wait to see more pics!!!

I will be sure to be on the lookout for anything that looks like it's got raisins at Tusker....I too HATE the poor raisin. Never met a raisin I could eat. :sick:

LOVED your Narcoosee's review. We've never eaten there but we're going in Sept for my b-day so I'm SOOOOO excited now!!! :dance3:

kayrosek
06-08-2010, 08:11 PM
I'm loving your reviews. We really liked Tusker House too and I can't wait to try Narcoosees. I was getting worried about this place because of all the negetive reviews but I can't convince myself to drop a place with Lobster so your review is very reassuring.

persephone742
06-08-2010, 08:17 PM
Love your reviews and the pics cant wait to see more :)

honeybunches
06-08-2010, 10:30 PM
i love reading your reviews! your daughter is precious, so impressed with her willingness to try new foods! My daughter (5) will probably eat the applesauce & goldfish I've packed for the baby.:rolleyes: We are transplants in TN also (I'm from KY, DH is from PA) we live in northeast TN near the VA border.

jockey
06-08-2010, 10:45 PM
Great reviews. we too love Narcoossee's:)

pharmgirl69
06-09-2010, 05:21 AM
:thumbsup2 I'm in too! You and your family are just totally adorable!! I can't wait to see more pics!!!

I will be sure to be on the lookout for anything that looks like it's got raisins at Tusker....I too HATE the poor raisin. Never met a raisin I could eat. :sick:

LOVED your Narcoosee's review. We've never eaten there but we're going in Sept for my b-day so I'm SOOOOO excited now!!! :dance3:

I'm really not sure if it was raisins or not, but it seemed like it. It was the Beef Bobtie thingy. I dont know what exactly was in it, but didnt like it LOL. The whole raisin thing is part of a bigger aversion....the soft pop. I hate anything that 'pops' in my mouth. Blueberries, raisins, Kielbasa (ya know how the skin pops), yuck....LOL weird I know.

But everything else there is great!! Hope you love it as much as we did.

pharmgirl69
06-09-2010, 05:23 AM
Love your reviews and the pics cant wait to see more :)

Mores-a-comin! Thanks for joining and Welcome!!

pharmgirl69
06-09-2010, 05:26 AM
i love reading your reviews! your daughter is precious, so impressed with her willingness to try new foods! My daughter (5) will probably eat the applesauce & goldfish I've packed for the baby.:rolleyes: We are transplants in TN also (I'm from KY, DH is from PA) we live in northeast TN near the VA border.

Ummm, we must be neighbors, or close to being neighbors. We are in cumberland gap which is the point where VA, KY and TN all meet. And when I lived in NJ I was 20 minutes from the PA border by the Delaware Water Gap. Small world!!!

Welcome and thanks for joining!!! Hopefully your DD5 will try some of the great things these restaurants have to offer. But then again, goldfish are good!!!! lol

pharmgirl69
06-09-2010, 05:28 AM
I'm loving your reviews. We really liked Tusker House too and I can't wait to try Narcoosees. I was getting worried about this place because of all the negetive reviews but I can't convince myself to drop a place with Lobster so your review is very reassuring.

I was really worried about it too. There are so many mixed reviews, but like you, I just couldn't turn down the lobster. How bad could a place be if it has whole lobster right? So glad I went with my gut and kept it. Its one of hubby's favorites too!

pharmgirl69
06-09-2010, 06:57 AM
Well, today is Wednesday, Hollywood Studios day! We have breakfast at 1900 Park Fare (back to the Grand Floridian) . I love this resort. Something about sitting on that front porch overlooking the grounds makes me feel like Scarlett O’hara. Makes me feel like the southern belle wannabe, I am. I stress “wannabe”. But I digress.....
1900 Park Fare. This place was our favorite character breakfast. The interaction was wonderful. The food was the normal Disney breakfast and nothing special but the characters were great and Shelby really enjoyed them. Especially Mary Poppins. I had spent time watching some of the “older” movies with Shelby before we left so she would know who all these people were. She is very into magic so Mary Poppins really intrigued her. She had questions all lined up to ask her. Believe it or not my little dare devil tends to be shy so I was very impressed when she asked Mary “what does supercalifrag.....means?”. After Mary answered she said, “I bet you want to know how to say it backwards?”. So Mary leaned over and whispered in shelby’s ear......
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Then they turned around and well....said it backwards....
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Ok enough digressing.....Food, its all about the food....
SURPRISE!!!!!!! Biscuits and Gravy!! I know you all are shocked......ummm ya’ll are shocked
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Shelby was HUNGRY!!
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One of the things I really enjoyed about the breakfasts at Disney was that they all had Smoked Salmon and Bagels. Ok, Lox and bagels, but no one down here knows what Lox is. I haven’t seen Lox for years, since I left NJ. My favorite thing in the a.m. in NJ was stopping at Bagelsmith and getting a salt bagel with lox and I miss it. Needless to say I was thrilled when I found this at 1900. And you guessed it, Shelby also soon became a fan....
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The breakfast pizza (shown above) was good too. Not as good as Tusker House quiche but good. This place is not about the food. Its the characters and we would definately do it again. The face characters really took their time at the table and we were really impressed. The food? It was pretty standard. My official review? I can get the same thing at any breakfast buffet across the US for probably ½ the price, but I can’t watch Mary Poppins whisper in my daughters ear anywhere else.
Lunch.....we skipped lunch today. We had a later reservation for breakfast and an earlier dinner reservation at Brown Derby so we stopped and just got a snack to hold us over. This thing was bigger than Shelbys head. I dont remember where we got it but all 3 of us ate it LOL.
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Dinner....Brown Derby
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This is one of the few restaurants that JR and I have a difference of opinion. I really enjoyed it. He, on the other hand, did not.
I had the Sashimi with Lotus Root chips for an appetizer. It was very refreshing. Nice and cool and light. Exactly what I wanted because it was a really hot long day. The lotus chips were interesting, not much flavor but they added some nice texture and were fun to look at
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Shelby got the crabcake....(another surprise!!) This was good, not as good as Whispering canyon seafood cake but it was good. She wasn’t a big fan of the sauce. It was like a mustard sauce. I was actually really surprised also because the “cole slaw” also had a mustard flavor. Shelby usually loves coleslaw but she wouldn’t touch this.
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JR had a rough time with the appetizers here also. His only option was the cobb salad and even that he wasn’t thrilled about ordering cause well ya know its not fried, and may actually have the dreaded vegetables in it. But reluctantly it was the only thing even remotely close to something he may eat.
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This is where life gets weird. The cobb salad was beautiful and the waiter came over and asked if he could cut it up for JR. cut it up? Are you kidding? His mother didn’t even cut his meat for him when he was a kid and this guy wants to cut his salad? Anyway, jr said sure and the waiter did some fancy knife work and voila! The salad looked like a big plate of mush. Ok, the weird part. My 6’, 240 pound husband tells me that the salad was good, just too much for an appetizer, and that the portion shouldve been way smaller so he would be able to simply get his appetite going for dinner, not overwhelm it. Are you kidding me??? My husband is telling me about the nuances of fine dining. We have turned a corner in our dining experience. JR even mentions to the waiter how huge it was and the waiter says “Yeah, it was supposed to be a ½ order but they accidently made a whole one”. Ok, well that explains it but it still doesn’t change JR’s mind that this was a major dining faux pas. Wow.
JR ordered the filet.
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To quote JR about this dish......This is NOT filet mignon, it is filet of beef, and it is NOT Narcoossee’s. He was right. Another look at the menu and it states “filet of beef” not filet mignon. JR said it was tough and the flavor just was not there. It was bland with “some kind of seasoning” that disguising any natural flavor that the beef may have. Next Food Network Judges Look out! My husband is looking to steal your job.
I actually ordered the same thing. I was wanting some red meat after all the rich seafood I’ve been eating. I thought it was OK but then again I hadn’t been eating top cuts of red meat all week either. There was some weird season on it, I want to say it mightve been cumin but I could be way off base. The meat was tougher than I like and I actually had to cut a piece off because it was kinda fatty.
Shelby ordered the Salmon....
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She loved it. It was gone in 60 seconds. It came with a barley filled crepe and she wanted to know what those little “rice things” were. The crepe was a little too much for even my most adventerous eater. But the Salmon was delicious with the Whiskey glaze. No alcohol taste, just a very nice sweetness.
Dessert!! Woo hooo....I wanted to order everything. But I know that the grapefruit cake was a must. We were all stuffed and Shelby didn’t even want to dessert but I made her order it to go. (which by the way, we promptly left sitting on the table...does that not ALWAYS happen?) I did take a bite of it and it was delicious. Very moist and it really IS what it’s hyped up to be. This cake was prolly the best part of the meal and I wish we hadn’t left it sitting there.
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I ordered the banana toffee tower. I really liked this and for me, it was prolly the best dessert I’ve had so far. I love toffee. The little crunchy pieces that intermingled with the creamy custard was wonderful.
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JR ordered Shortbread crusted cheesecake. He tasted it and kinda made that face where the tongue starts rolling around the mouth in an attempt to get whatever it is off your teeth. I knew right then, he didn’t like it. He shrugged his shoulders and said “it’s not Narcoossee’s”. I didnt ask anymore questions.
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Brown Derby according to JR was not a stellar meal. I thought it was good and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Our waiter was a little, well, I got a weird feeling from him from the moment we sat down and he kept wanting to give Shelby a childrens menu. It was almost like he was “put out” that she was considered an adult. Like this somehow was going to negatively affect his tip. Well, it wouldn’t have if he had kept his attitude to himself LOL. I couldn’t figure him out, just a weird feeling.
Sealed with a silly.......
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pharmgirl69
06-09-2010, 08:01 AM
Thursday is what I deemed...Princess day! The plan was to go to crystal palace for breakfast, then cinderellas royal table for a late lunch at 210pm and even later dinner at cape may clambake. We did Bippity Boppity Boutique that day also. Well, plans changed. Shelby was exhausted and just wanted to sleep in the next morning. One thing I have learned, if Shelby wants to sleep in instead of going to a park? Let her sleep. So after we got home from Brown Derby last night I went to the conceirge desk and told them i wanted to cancel our crystal palace reservation for the morning. The cast member looked at me like I was crazy and said “are you sure you want to cancel crystal palace?” I said yep, if the little one isn’t happy, ain’t no one gonna be happy and this is vacation is all about her. So we cancelled. Slept in and went to MK a little later. In time to grab a quick bite at Main Street bakery before we headed to Bippity Boppity.
Chocolate croissant...heavenly. Apple turnover....amazing. crumb coffee cake....delightful!!!
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OK, I know its not food, but I still have to share the Bippity Boppity experience. I bought the costume before we left cause I was worried they wouldn’t have jasmine in shelby’s size. The experience was amazing and brought me to tears to see her “transformed”. My husband called me a sap but I couldn’t help it. I cried. Shelby was excited but is so tender headed she wasn’t happy that her hair was up so tight she could barely smile LOL. (reminds me of my mom putting my hair in ponytails when I was little. So tight, that my face and eyes were pulled back behind my ears). Anyway, it was fun though.
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Ok so now that i’ve bragged. Let’s get to the food. Cinderellas royal table. The menu here is limited and to be honest I had a hard time picking something. They automatically bring you an appetizer plate that had antipasto kinda stuff on it. Salami, cheese, artichokes. JR wouldn’t touch it. I convinced him to try the bruschetta with tomatoes on top. He said “its ok”. I didnt push any further. LOL
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JR and Shelby both ordered the Major Domo Pie. They both enjoyed it. I had to do a little scraping off of “stuff” for shelby but she ate and JR really enjoyed it. It was almost like comfort food with an edge. It wasn’t the gourmet fancy stuff we’ve been eating all week so I think that is more why he enjoyed it.
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I ordered the salmon salad. It was nice and light for a hot day. What more can I say about a salad?
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Dessert
JR and I had the chocolate buckle that was to die for! I ate the whole thing and totally regretted it afterwards. That is fresh whipped cream on top that was wonderful. I could’ve eaten that alone.
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Shelby got the ice cream sundae, which from her face, you can tell she enjoyed.
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Overall, crt was ok. Do I think it was worth 2 TS credits? No. Here’s the thing. I would do it a little differently next time. I would either make an earlier reservation or I wouldn’t do it. Character meals are all about the characters to me. I can forgive bad food if the characters are great. Well, we had the last lunch reservation for the day (I’m pretty sure. If it wasn’t last, it was pretty close to it). The characters were rushed and almost seemed like they really weren’t sure how they were gonna have time to stop at our table. I wasn’t happy about this. The food was mediocre on top of it. The best part was dessert and the beginning where you have the photo shoot with cinderella. Being last for that was a benefit because cinderella really took her time because there was no one behind us. As for the rest of the princessess at lunch, I was not impressed. So IF we go back, I would do dinner or an earlier lunch ressie. 2 credits?? Nahhh, not worth it this time.
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Ok so we had dinner reservations at the cape may clam bake. I was really excited about this dinner. It has mixed reviews on here but I didnt’ care. All you can eat crablegs??? I am sooooo there.
JR’s plate....ummm, do you notice the mac and cheese? Yeah, can take the man out of the country but can’t take the country out of the man.
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My 4 star plate.....YUMMMYYYYYYYY
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Shelby’s plate...surprisingly she didn’t hit the crablegs. I think she was just too tired to work that hard for food.
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The tortellini with lobster sauce was amazing. Huge hunks of lobster and perfectly cooked tortellini. Jr loved the ribs and mac and cheese. The crab legs were also cooked perfectly. The food, hands down, was GREAT.....did you get that? It was GREAT!!! Loved it!! JR and I even had a beer with dinner which I wish we hadn’t because it just took up space that could’ve been occupied by more GREAT food!!
Dessert!! Mini cheesecakes, lava cake, flan....yummy!!
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Now here is where the evening takes a nose dive. Our server was no where to be found. Our drinks were empty. We gave up on drinks and just wanted our check. Gone, she was gone. She finally came back and said she was given a large table in the other room and was not happy about it. Ok, ya know what? I don’t care. I waitressed and bartended for years and I appreciate that she got busy. Let the customer know whats going on, apologize and move on. There is a tactful way of doing this without letting us know how unhappy you are with your job. There is also a way to STILL make sure your other tables are taken care of. It’s a buffet for criminy sake. All that needs to be done is bring us our check, the manager could’ve done that. OK, enough complaining. The food was worth and we will definately return. I won’t judge a restaurant by one server. It was a bad night and our bad timing.
However, we continue to spiral downward. We got lost. Yes, we got lost on Disney property. I don’t even remember at this point how it happened or why it happened but we ended up walking and walking and walking....we all of a sudden found ourselves at Epcot. Whew.....now we can just hop a bus to the hotel. Ummm no, we were at the OTHER end of Epcot and would have to walk to the front to get the bus. OMG are you kidding? The park was closing, we had walked all day long and I just wanted the bed. Somehow, I can’t remember what bad decisions we made but we went from Hollywood Studios to Epcot to Boardwalk to Epcot and finally found a bus. Don’t ask, it just happened. Shelby started whining. Uh oh, first time all trip. She wanted to go home, not home to the hotel, home to TN she said!! OMG, disaster is about to strike. JR started telling her that we are just “loafing” around and enjoying the sites and trying not to let her know that we have no clue how to get back to the hotel. For some reason, this hit my funny bone and I started laughing hysterically. Then JR started laughing and Shelby stared at us like she could not believe she was stuck with us for parents. Then she started laughing and all was right with the world again. We did eventually make it back to the hotel, I don’t know how, but we did.

Tomorrow is Blizzard Beach....finally a day of rest!!

lissawynn
06-10-2010, 12:54 PM
I'm enjoying your reviews! I just booked 1900 PF for breakfast on our last day and hope we enjoy it, too. The characters at dinner were fantastic, but the food was terrible; we'll never do dinner there again.
Looking forward to seeing what else your trip has in store for you.

pharmgirl69
06-14-2010, 03:11 PM
Sorry it has taken me so long to finish writing this. We are leaving to go to Outer Banks tomorrow, I’ve been trying to squeeze in a few days of work so things have been hectic. I’m afraid I won’t be able to finish Saturday and Sunday dining reviews until we get back next week, but they always say ‘the best for last’ and california Grill was definately the best.
So Friday was Blizzard Beach. I was so looking forward to a day of rest and relaxation in the lazy river. We had breakfast at chef Mickey’s at the contemporary. More LOX!! Woo hoo! Thats about all I can say for chef Mickey’s. It was the usual breakfast fare at Disney. The characters were good but I really like the “face characters” so much better. The food, was, umm, well, I’m really struggling to find something unique to say about it. Ok I just can’t. It was ordinary. The breakfasts all seem to be the same ole thing (other than Tusker). Mickey waffles, pastries, some sort of breakfast casserole, fruit, potatoes. I wouldn’t come back here, just because I’ve had the same food everywhere else, but here’s some pictures nonetheless. (to be honest, I wouldn’t have even wasted time taking the same pictures again if Shelby wasn’t so programmed NOT TO EAT til we get pics LOL. Now I feel obligated to share them)
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Wait for it......wait for it.....BISUITS AND GRAVY!!! NO WAY!!!!!! Yep, its there, just hidden this time!!
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In the last pic, there was some mozzerlla cheese italian looking thing. It looked wonderful on the buffet, it wasn’t. For something so cheesy I was disappointed. Cheese usually makes everything better. Well, cheese and butter and chocolate. This wasn’t the case with this italian thing. It was tasteless. Thats about the only “different” thing I could find at chef mickey’s.
Lunch at Blizzard Beach was good. We didn’t bring the camera here so I couldn’t take any pictures. But let me just say that we all had burgers and they were wonderfully greasy and fattening and exactly what I was looking for after having a few beers while waiting for them to be done with Summit Plummet. I didn’t do that one, just wasn’t in the mood for a wedgy this day.
Flying Fish for dinner. Let me say that we had finally figured out the whole Boardwalk/Beach club thing now. Especially after the fiasco the other night. We checked in and waited FOREVER. Ok, I exaggerate. We waited probably 30 minutes. This was the only restaurant that we actually waited so we were surprised. Finally, JR went to the podium to ask how much longer and there was some kind of mix up. They had us already seated!! Ummmm no, and I’m starving!! That burger wore off a long time ago. It was all good though, we were seated within minutes.
Shelby had (SURPRISE!!!) Mussels....
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JR had the shrimp cocktail appetizer, that he really enjoyed. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and presented very nicely. I was a little worried that he wasn’t going to like the mango emolsion because ya know mango might just be a little too exotic. However, he never mentioned it and it was gone quickly.
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They had a lobster salad on the menu that I didn’t see on Allears menu. It was baby greens with lobster. This was fabulous. Real lobster chunks and a generous portion too!!! I can’t write a bad report on lobster. It’s just not in me. I haven’t had real lobster since moving from Jersey so I just get too excited to give it a bad review.
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Entree..... Jr ordered the NY strip. He ate it, thats about all I can say. It was tough and a little fatty. He always orders his steaks well done, so he expects it to be a little tough and is pleasantly surprised when it isn’t. However, this was tough. I tried a piece and it was chewy, tough and lacking flavor. We were not impressed. All I heard was “well, its not Narcoossee’s”. Notice that he didn’t say “its not your mom’s”. Narcoossee’s has taken over Mom’s coveted #1 steak griller spot. Oh the horrors!! (hope she isn’t reading this)
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I had the scallops....Normally I don’t order scallops out. I enjoy them but if there are other things, I will order them over the scallops but for some reason I was in the mood for them tonight. I wish I had found something else. I can’t remember what exactly the risotto flavors were. I wanna say it was Sage but I think I’m wrong. Whatever it was....it was STRONG! I mean really strong flavor. You can see on my plate that it was all green and the risotto was very soupy. The scallops were good, nice crispy crust on them but that risotto....wow, I couldn’t get rid of that taste. One bite was fine, but after a couple of them it was just plain overpowering.
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Shelby had some sort of pasta. Its not on allears either. It had seafood in it, shrimp and lobster I think. It was horrible, she didnt eat and neither did i. I think she ate the shrimp out of it but we both found the flavors in hers to be extremely strong as well. She ate a few bites but like my scallops, after a few bites it was overwhelming.
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Dessert....
Jr had the Peaches trio....here is where dinner got soooo much better. We are so willing to forgive Flying Fish and try them again just because of the desserts. JR’s peach trio was amazing. It was peach cobbler, peach creme brulee, and peach compote. It was amazing. This is where the strong flavors that tend to be the theme at Flying Fish seem to really shine.
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I had the carmelized banana napoleon. This was sooo yummy. I just love pastry. Have I said at all in these bizillion pages of review how much I love pastry? Well I do, I love pastry. So this dessert could have had mud in it but it had that flakey Phylo dough that I love so it was all good.
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Shelby wasn’t feeling very adventerous after dinner so she just ordered the gelatos. She loved this. I did too! It was cool and refreshing. We all devoured our desserts. Redemption for Flying Fish!!
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pharmgirl69
06-14-2010, 03:30 PM
I forgot to add something about chef mickeys. There was a photo opp in the beginning when you first go in. Just like all the other character breakfasts. You usually have the opportunity to buy it when they bring it around or in some cases they give it to you. Well this photo opp was with Mickey so we were excited about that until we saw Mickey. It was a statue!!! I am NOT kidding. They wanted you to pay for a picture of your child with a Mickey statue which you could take yourself at one of a million places in MK. Unreal, another strike against chef Mickeys.

Secondly, I forgot to add......I passed my State Boards!! Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers. I'm officially an RN now.!!

scanne
06-14-2010, 03:40 PM
Shelby is reminding me of my DD - she's such an adventurous eater! It's great because she (my DD) loves the signature meals as much as we do! Thanks for the great reviews and pictures!

pharmgirl69
06-14-2010, 03:59 PM
Shelby is reminding me of my DD - she's such an adventurous eater! It's great because she (my DD) loves the signature meals as much as we do! Thanks for the great reviews and pictures!

Its a double edged sword I think LOL.....she won't eat chicken nuggets and french fries so we have to pay extra for the adult dining plan but I'm just happy she is so willing and eager to try new things. If she doesn't like it I'm ok with it, at least she tried it!!:rotfl:

Thanks for joining!! and Welcome!

Greta
06-14-2010, 09:52 PM
Congrats on your RN!! I've been waiting to hear the good news! Cape May looked really good, I think when we go that may by mine and DH's anniversary dinner together with no kids! :) We were looking at some Signature Restaurants but didnt want to spend 2 TS each when there are so many other restaurants for 1 TS that we havent even tried yet.

Keep em coming, enjoying the reviews and pics!
Greta

pharmgirl69
06-15-2010, 02:49 AM
Congrats on your RN!! I've been waiting to hear the good news! Cape May looked really good, I think when we go that may by mine and DH's anniversary dinner together with no kids! :) We were looking at some Signature Restaurants but didnt want to spend 2 TS each when there are so many other restaurants for 1 TS that we havent even tried yet.

Keep em coming, enjoying the reviews and pics!
Greta

Oh Greta, the waiting is the hardest part!! I paid the 7.95 for the quick results. 48 hours was long enough.....Good luck to you!!

Will finish this all up next week when I return from Outer Banks! Thanks all for joining!

flipflopmom
06-15-2010, 05:01 AM
I was very interested in reading your CRT review, as we have a 2:00 ADR here next Saturday. I'm not loving the lunch menu, either, and I hadn't thought about the late time being bad for characters. Our experience at CP and a few others with later times was that the characters were actually loosened up and more fun at the last seating.

Now I am really worried. Of course, this was the only CRT open for the entire week once we decided on DXDP, so I felt happy to get it. Now, :confused3. The app plate does not look like something my girls and I would enjoy. Oh well, we're in the castle, right? Live and learn.

Lisa29
06-15-2010, 06:38 AM
Really enjoying your food report. I'm not an adventurous eater myself but I love reading about others that are! :laughing:
Can't wait for your next installment.

iloveeeyore
06-15-2010, 06:54 AM
Your reviews of FF remind me a lot of Kevin's on the podcast. He loved the appies and desserts, but was kind of flummoxed and off-put by the crazy combination of ingredients in the entrees. I hope we have a better experience there, I'm really looking forward to it. I thought the steak and scallops would be safe to order, you know, pretty basic, but now I am worried!:scared1:

butiflfeet
06-15-2010, 10:16 AM
Wonderful reviews! I can't wait for more :cool1:

sydneysmom
06-17-2010, 03:18 PM
I'm so glad to hear Flying Fish was good ! ( after a rough start) We booked that after I cancelled something else...we thought it looked like alot of fun and a great menu.
Congrats on your boards!!! :cool1:

Also, that's AWESOME that your DD is so great w/ trying new foods...we're trying to our DD be more adventurous.

Keep the reviews coming !! :thumbsup2