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aggiegirl1234
06-03-2010, 12:01 PM
Hello fellow DISers! Just back from my graduation trip! Yes, post Disney depression set in about 12 hours after our plane landed :sad1: But it was a great trip, and unlike previous failed attempts, I managed to take pictures (and a few videos) of everything we ate! I felt like I owed it to the boards since I spent hours here researching and figuring out my ADRs (which I changed about 50 times btw :rotfl:). So here's the lineup of restaurants up for review:

The Crystal Palace
California Grill
Coral Reef
Teppan Edo
Yak & Yeti
Narcoosee's
Liberty Tree Tavern
The Wave
Sci-Fi Dine-In
Hollywood Brown Derby
Ohana's
Chefs de France

And snacks from: Main Street Bakery, Kringla in Norway, Kusafiri Bakery, Drinkwallah, Contempo Cafe, UK and Japan pavilions, BVG at the CR

So who's doing the reviewing?

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Me! I'm Shelley, I just received my master's in accounting and will be starting work next month, so I HAD to get in one more trip to DW. This was my 6th trip there and 1st time using the Deluxe DP. I was really excited about it because it allowed us to experience some of their Signature restaurants.

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And DBF! Well, he won't actually be writing any reviews, but he'll be indirectly reviewing through me, or at least what I remember him commenting about things :rotfl: He's still in school, a nuclear engineering major, and this was his 3rd trip to DW (but first that he was old enough to remember). I think he's probably what people would call a "foodie" and was really looking forward to the World Showcase restaurants we'd be trying.

So what's to come? Reviews, pics, videos! What did we absolutely love? What was the best appetizer, entree, and dessert? What one restaurant were we disappointed with? Who was our "celebrity sighting"? Stay tuned to find out popcorn::

catne
06-03-2010, 01:15 PM
patiently :angel: waiting...OK, not so patient. :dance3:

:banana:Bring on the photos:banana:

Living vicariously through dining reports...

And congrats on the Masters

PixieDustandEeyore
06-03-2010, 01:19 PM
Cannot wait to read your reviews I just graduated myself can't wait to hear how you celebrated!

MarieA
06-03-2010, 01:19 PM
Looking forward to your reviews!!!!

aggiegirl1234
06-03-2010, 04:27 PM
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I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the CP was a madhouse when we got there. There was a line just to check-in, and it was hot! I saw at least two people waiting in line ahead of us get turned away because they didn't have ADRs and I felt pretty bad for them. Maybe they could put signs out front alerting that there is no availability for walk-ins so that they don't wait in line for 20 minutes for nothing :confused3

Anywho, we got there early and were seated just around the time of our reservation. However, it took the CM quite awhile to get to our table for our drink orders, and we were hungry and just wanted to grab some food! She finally came, took our orders, and named all the characters that would stop by our table for pictures. As crazy as it was outside, it was just as crazy inside! I'm talking loud, and kids running around everywhere. If I weren't just a big kid myself, this might have bothered me, but I thought it was a really fun atmosphere! Now onto the food!

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My first course! The Mac & Cheese was creamy and perfect! The chicken was well seasoned and not too fatty. The salad was salad :rolleyes: And the pasta...no idea what it was but if you see it, eat it! A little spicy, but delicious!

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DBF's first course. He actually likes broccoli :crazy2: He said everything was very tasty. Then he went back for seconds and got the exact same thing!

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My second course+dessert. You can tell what I liked best from the first course. DBF got the same desserts btw. The lemon square was delish and the chocolate mess was good too (would have been much better if they left out the coconut).

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Tigger! I was pretty bummed that he was the only character to make it to our table even though we were there for almost two hours waiting.

Overall: We both liked it and would go again. Next time I might make a really strange ADR time to avoid some of the craziness. The food was good, the selection probably bordered on the "limited" side. We didn't get much attention from our CM or characters, but both seemed WAY overworked, so that's okay.

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Peanut butter and chocolate fudge from Main Street Confectionary! It was fudgey perfection. DBF also got a HUGE cinnamon roll from Main Street Bakery, which surprisingly was one snack credit. He said it was great and ate it before I was able to snap a picture :guilty: He also got a frozen lemonade from a cart in Fontierland, became addicted, and subsequently got one every day after that (I'll have a pic soon from our AK day).

Next up, California Grill and a celebrity sighting! Thanks for reading y'all!

catne
06-03-2010, 04:39 PM
2 hours at CP and only one character:scared1:

Suggestion-try CP for breakfast before the park opens...we just did an 8:05 on a Saturday (May 22) and no crowds, no noise, and all the characters had plenty of time to visit every table. And bonus, good breakfast, too.:thumbsup2

onelilspark
06-03-2010, 06:36 PM
Joining in!

Gouden Leeuw
06-03-2010, 06:56 PM
Great review so far! Cant wait for more.

aggiegirl1234
06-03-2010, 09:31 PM
Well, my plan for the first night was to head back to our room at CR, get ready, check-in for our 9:25 ADR about 30 minutes early, head to the 15th floor observation deck and watch Wishes before dinner. Didn't actually work out that way. I was on the phone going on about the great half day at MK and how little crowds there were blah blah blah and the next thing I know it's 9:10 :guilty: Oh well! I was also planning on watching Wishes from Narcoosee's the following Sunday and on our full MK day. Three Wishes in one trip is probably excessive anyway.

So, we go to check in around 9:15 and head up to the 15th floor. The first thing I noticed was the noise and the crowd. Wow. Probably noticing that there wasn't any room at the bar (or anywhere else for that matter), the host suggested we go out on the observation deck to look at the castle, even though Wishes was over, it was still a great view. Gosh was he right.

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After we'd stood outside for about 15 minutes, we decided to come back in and try to find a chair. And we were in luck! Then we sat and waited about 15 more minutes. Hmmm, loud, crowded, and quite a long wait. Oh well! We didn't have anywhere else to be! :rotfl:

And finally the buzzer went off. We walked past a couple whom we had been sitting by and I had noticed for whatever reason. As soon as the host seated us he started to look really excited and said, "Do you know who that was?!" Of course we didn't really know because it was Prince Edward (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward,_Earl_of_Wessex) and his wife Sophie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie,_Countess_of_Wessex). Of course after dinner I immediately looked them up on Wikipedia to see what rank in line to the throne he was...and exactly who he was :lmao: Queen Elizabeth II's son, Prince Charles' brother, and 7th in line FYI. How cool! Now onto the food!

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One of the four Shirley Temples the waiter brought me. He was great, but a little too attentive (I hadn't even finished the first three). And when I asked for water, he brought me two glasses. So six glasses total. I mean, I guess too much is better than too little :confused3 The bread was really good, especially with the sea salted butter. DBF just loved the sea salt. I think it's a great touch too.

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I ordered the Malibu Roll. How on earth this is considered an appetizer is beyond me. I could only eat half, and that was pushing it. It was really good though. Different than any sushi I've tried. I thought the dish was also presented very well, and even the sesame seaweed salad was tasty!

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DBF had the Yellowfin Tuna Three Ways. He thought it was kind of strange, very interestingly prepared, but good. He also couldn't finish his.

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We both got the Oak Fired Filet and OH MY GOSH, we both agreed it was the best filet we'd ever had. The teriyaki sauce was a little sweet, but definitely not overpowering, and it really added something to the dish. The meat itself was perfectly cooked, and tender. It wasn't like biting through meat...more like biting through butter. Ew. Not like eating butter though. Y'all get what I mean. The only problem was with DBF's cut; it seemed to have a small blood clot toward the center. Strange because everything else was perfect. He didn't care though because otherwise it was the best filet ever!

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For dessert, DBF got Valrhona chocolate cake with a molten center. He thought it was good, but I wasn't overly thrilled. It was kind of dry, and I'm not really sure how a molten cake can be dry. Oh well, the ice cream it came with was good.

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By this point, I was stuffed so I got my dessert to go. This one isn't on the menu. Apparently it's the only dessert the chef will allow to be boxed to go because nothing else keeps very well. It was pretty tasty two days later when I was hungry enough to eat it. Just a simple fudge chocolate cake drizzled with caramel and raspberry sauce.

Overall: DBF and I would definitely go back. I would probably make the ADR earlier in the day, share an appetizer, and probably not do dessert. The waiter was very attentive, the food was close to perfection, and the presentation was lovely. It was loud, crowded, and the wait time stunk even with reservations (probably because it gets backed up when people want to hang around for Wishes :confused:), but the food and service completely made up for it!

Up next is day two and dining at EPCOT!

letstalkboutdisney
06-04-2010, 06:31 AM
I'm in! Great start! Your pictures are great! :)

SweetMommy
06-04-2010, 06:51 AM
Totally subbing! You have 2 great reviews already and I'm interested in the rest :) My family is dining at a few of the same places in August so I am trying to see everyone's opinions of these places since a lot of them our new to us. We are doing Crystal Palace for dinner and Cali Grill for the first time so your reviews showed me some new stuff:thumbsup2

aggiegirl1234
06-04-2010, 09:44 AM
Welcome and thanks for the compliments and encouragement everybody (it's my first food report so I'm hoping that I'm doing it correctly)!

Cannot wait to read your reviews I just graduated myself can't wait to hear how you celebrated!

Congrats! Doesn't it feel great to finally be done with school :woohoo:

2 hours at CP and only one character:scared1:

Suggestion-try CP for breakfast before the park opens...we just did an 8:05 on a Saturday (May 22) and no crowds, no noise, and all the characters had plenty of time to visit every table. And bonus, good breakfast, too.:thumbsup2

That's a great tip! The same thought actually ran through my head while we were sitting there, I wondered if breakfast would have been a better choice but I had no idea. We'll have to try that next time!

Totally subbing! You have 2 great reviews already and I'm interested in the rest :) My family is dining at a few of the same places in August so I am trying to see everyone's opinions of these places since a lot of them our new to us. We are doing Crystal Palace for dinner and Cali Grill for the first time so your reviews showed me some new stuff:thumbsup2

Thanks! Most of the restaurants we tried this trip were actually new to DBF and me, but I used other people's reviews to gauge how well we might like them. I hope mine can help now too! :goodvibes

aggiegirl1234
06-04-2010, 10:41 AM
Not sure if I mentioned this earlier, but most of the restaurants we tried this trip were new to DBF and me. However, I had already been to Coral Reef once, on my last trip over Christmas in 2008. I remembered liking it then, so I decided to put us down for it again this trip. We had a later ADR, around 2PM, showed up 20 minutes early and were seated within 5 minutes. This actually happened at several restaurants on our trip, so that was great :thumbsup2

Our server was really nice, but like the server at CP seemed a bit overworked (poor guy) and was on the slowish side. Oh! And our table...I was hoping since it was just the two of us we might get a seat in front of the tank. Nope! We were seated in the next to farthest row of tables away from it. I wasn't too bummed though because of how they arrange it; we're at least higher up than the other tables and still had a great view of the tank. And the tank! We saw sharks, rays, giant sea turtles, and a cool scuba diver who was interacting with guests at the tables (so cool! I hadn't seen this the first time I visited the restaurant). He had them hold up their menus and was pointing at what they should get to eat :rotfl:

Oh and the restaurant itself was lovely. I really love the atmosphere with all of the blues. DBF said he could take a nap there, and I think they did a great job making it feel like you're under the water. The noise level wasn't too bad either. I think people were mostly just munching and watching the tank popcorn:: Now onto the food!

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I had the creamy lobster soup! Yum! I'm a soup fan and let me tell you, this one was good. Boy was it creamy and the little lobster pieces were nice and soft (I can't stand chewy pieces). I slurped this up pretty fast :lmao:

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DBF had the crab cakes. He said they were some of the best he'd ever had and kept trying to make me try some (when he does this, you know he seriously enjoys it). He didn't care for the mess in the middle though :confused3 You can also just see the bread at the top of the picture. Sorry I forgot to get a full picture of it. This might have been the one batch of bread without sea salt...which kind of disappointed us. Oh well!

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For the entree, I had the seared chicken. Again, yum! It's crust was especially tasty because it had bacon. The chicken itself wasn't dry either, which is a feat in and of itself because I feel like chicken is just inherently dry. The little spaetzle things were funny tasting though.

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Pretty sure DBF got the Tilapia. I thought it was presented well and he said it was good (didn't rave about it or anything, but said it was good).

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For dessert I had the Bailey's and Jack Daniels Mousse. That thin top layer of chocolate and the chocolate straw were the best thing about it. If you're a chocoholic like me, that alone will be enough to satisfy you. The middle layer was "eh", and by that time I was questioning the "*contains alcohol" warning. When I got to the bottom layer it hit me :scared1: That's where it all went. Yuck, what a waste of good chocolate! But I'd still say the rest was worth it.

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DBF got the Chocolate Wave for dessert. He liked it well enough I suppose, but I thought it was a little dry and "blah".

Overall: We would definitely both go back. The service was a little slow, but the waiter was so nice, the food was so good, and the atmosphere was great, so I didn't mind waiting around at all! And, I award best appetizer to the Creamy Lobster Soup! The Malibu Roll at Cali Grill the night before was good, but just too darn filling to be an appetizer in my opinion. Not only was the lobster soup yummy, but it wasn't so filling that I couldn't finish the rest of my meal, and it even made me a little more hungry for my entree to come, if that makes any sense.

And as an added bonus
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The Cloudberry Horn from Kringla Bakery in Norway. DBF actually got this prior to lunch as a snack. We both thought it was very tasty. I especially liked the large granules of sugar coating it, although we both though the amount of cream inside was a little much.

Thanks for reading everybody! Up next, Teppan Edo!

onelilspark
06-04-2010, 01:24 PM
California Grill & Coral Reef are two restaurants I've written off as not being bad but being "not as good as they could be." I've been seeing a lot of great reviews lately, and yours just put them back into the rotation!

aggiegirl1234
06-04-2010, 03:22 PM
California Grill & Coral Reef are two restaurants I've written off as not being bad but being "not as good as they could be." I've been seeing a lot of great reviews lately, and yours just put them back into the rotation!

Thanks! I had read some "iffy" reviews but some good ones too, and based on my past experience with Coral Reef I definitely wanted to give it another go. I agree that there are certain things that definitely could be better with both but we must have gone at just the right time and ordered just the right things because overall we really enjoyed them! :thumbsup2

SweetMommy
06-04-2010, 04:28 PM
The chicken dish from Coral Reef is probably what I will be having when we go and glad to hear it wasn't dry. I might just have to go w/ the creamy lobster soup as well. :)

aggiegirl1234
06-04-2010, 08:30 PM
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Menu

So this restaurant was on the list just because DBF loves Japanese food. It wouldn't have been my pick, and honestly it was the restaurant I was least looking forward to. I had looked at the menus and seen the food pictures on the boards and it just seemed pretty boring. "Chicken." "Beef." "Beef and chicken." Well, it turned out to be one of my favorite meals! The waitresses were SO nice and polite, the atmosphere of the restaurant was just cool (if you like sushi bar/hibachi style restaurants), and the chef was very talented.

We actually were seated with two other families who were nice, but I noticed some women (who were seated together but not in the same group) at the table next to us getting into an argument popcorn:: I missed what it was about, but I guess that's a hazard of seating strangers together. Other than that, the meal was very pleasant and fun.

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I had some Miso Soup while the chef prepared the entrees. It was pretty much your average miso...minus tofu cubes but with these two big soppy cruton things (sort of strange actually) that I ate before I took the pic. Sorry! You can see the three dipping sauces in the picture also. Um, DBF said the farthest two were good. I thought they were sort of watery and I only used the ranch for my chicken :rotfl:

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Loved the onion volcano!

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DBF got the beef and chicken and gobbled it right up. It was also served with noodles. The other dish was his appetizer that was SO good. It was steak wrapped around green onions, and it came with hickory smoked sea salt. I cannot even begin to explain how flavorful it was. Yum! I got the same thing, just minus the beef. It was just the right amount and so yummy with ranch. The noodles were very tasty too, and I think they had sesame seeds sprinkled over them.

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DBF had the Chocolate Ginger Cake for dessert and was pleasantly surprised by it. I had the soft serve...no picture needed there. Just your basic vanilla/chocolate swirl. A nice ending to the meal, not very filling at all!

Overall: We definitely will be returning to Teppan Edo. Both of us considered it to be one of our favorite meals. It was so different from anything else in the park, the service was outstanding, the meal preparation was fun and entertaining, the food was quite yummy and well portioned, the atmosphere was lovely. I really can't find any negatives!

Thanks for reading y'all. Up next, some AK snacks and the Yak & Yeti!

aggiegirl1234
06-04-2010, 08:33 PM
The chicken dish from Coral Reef is probably what I will be having when we go and glad to hear it wasn't dry. I might just have to go w/ the creamy lobster soup as well. :)

Go for it! :thumbsup2

PixieDustandEeyore
06-04-2010, 10:35 PM
loving your TR...and my mother said to say you spell Shelley the correct way

I wanted to do Teppan Edo but since im anaphalactic to mushrooms my food would be cooked on a separate grill and that just would not be as fun for me!

aggiegirl1234
06-05-2010, 12:15 AM
loving your TR...and my mother said to say you spell Shelley the correct way

I wanted to do Teppan Edo but since im anaphalactic to mushrooms my food would be cooked on a separate grill and that just would not be as fun for me!

Thanks! And :rotfl: I always say that I spell it the correct way! And the more symmetrical way! That's too bad about the mushrooms. It probably wouldn't be as fun with your food being cooked away from the table, but you could still see all your neighbors' food being cooked, and you'd still get the onion volcano! Or you could try Tokyo Dining for more Japanese food, it's pretty good too!

Linda67
06-05-2010, 02:21 AM
Just caught up and love your reviews :thumbsup2
I've never tried Coral Reef but your food looks really yummy :cool1:
Looking forward to hearing more popcorn::

Cookie Princess
06-05-2010, 05:38 AM
I am really enjoying your great reviews!

letstalkboutdisney
06-05-2010, 07:03 AM
Thanks for the review of Teppan edo! We are going there for the first time in August. Can you tell me more about the chocolate ginger cake? It looks good. Does it have a strong ginger taste? Thanks!:)

LuccaDrake
06-05-2010, 07:16 AM
Great reviews! Your Teppan Edo review is making me rethink my decision not to book that for our upcoming trip. Can't wait to see more!

~Beka~

aggiegirl1234
06-05-2010, 08:09 PM
Hi everybody! Sorry for the delay, I was out and about all day today. So the Yak & Yeti...I was looking forward to this one. Everything on the menu sounded SO good. So I was a bit dismayed when we arrived and there was yet again a line to check in. This restaurant was crowded. People were packed in every bit of available space in the little lobby area of the restaurant and everyone was hot and sweaty from the awful weather we had that day. It also felt like there was no AC in this part of the building. Yuck!

So the good news...we had arrived early for our ADR and were seated early too! As we were led by the host to our table there was a blast of AC :cloud9: The restaurant itself was very well themed; you feel like you're really in an old Asian cafe and it almost feels like the same great theming used at Expedition Everest. The building is two storied and there's something to look at in every direction. Very well done. Our server was also great. Even though it felt like they were trying to stay as quick and efficient as possible to deal with the massive crowd, she chatted quite a bit with us and was very friendly and helpful in deciding on menu items. Now speaking of...

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DBF and I shared the Dim Sum basket because it counted as two appetizer credits. It contained pork pot stickers, little shrimp things that actually tasted very similar to the pork pot stickers, and then these two buns that are on the left. If you enjoy pot stickers, you'll enjoy these. The little buns are kind of hard to describe; they tasted like pot sticker shells on the outside and some kind of chewy bread on the inside. Different but good, especially with the lime dipping sauce.

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DBF had the duck. He really enjoyed it and ate every bit! I tried some too and it was quite good and not very dry at all.

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I had the Crispy Honey Chicken. Why, yes, it was as good as it sounds! My only qualm was that it wasn't actually crispy :confused3 That would have made it perfect, but it was still pretty darn close. I really liked the the honey sauce (nice and sweet)! I didn't eat much of the rice though, it was pretty bland and I'm not much of a rice person anyway.

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DBF was stuffed from the duck, so I recommended the sorbet as a nice, light dessert. The flavors were mango, raspberry, and lemon. He ate them up even though he was full, so they are pretty light, but also very flavorful. I tried some too and we both liked them :thumbsup2

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Looking at this picture really makes me want these fried wontons again! I was pretty full from the meal but I think my stomach made room for these :rotfl: The outside of the wontons tasted just like soft funnel cake and on the inside was some very creamy cream cheese (how repetitive)! The vanilla honey drizzle was sooo good too. Everything about this dessert was perfect. However, it actually only ranks number two on my Disney dessert list. What's number one? You'll find out soon!

Overall: Aside from the hot, crowded beginning, everything about this meal was perfect. The theming, the service (nice host, great server named "Lisa", very professional manager who stopped by our table to make sure our lunch was going well), the timing (everything ran very efficiently), and most importantly the food. Oh, I almost forgot to mention. I had noted the heat earlier...well, while we were eating paramedics with a stretcher came through, went upstairs, and brought a woman out who was suffering from heat exhaustion. Poor thing. While she was leaving, she made sure to tell everyone not to worry, it wasn't the food :rotfl2:

And an added bonus:
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Here's DBF with a frozen lemonade, I believe from Drinkwallah. He had one of these every day on the trip. One day he tried a frozen raspberry lemonade, but said he preferred the frozen lemonade. I thought they were a bit sour, but that's how he prefers them.

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We shared this Brownie Paw from Kusafiri Bakery. Yum! I think it tasted a little more cake-like, and it was really rich and moist. I don't think we could even finish it together. The paw print was made of thick, milk chocolate pieces. I think the frosting was buttercream. It was SO good and I think it was pulled from a fridge so it was also nice and cool on such a hot day.

Thanks for reading everybody! Up next: Narcoosee's

aggiegirl1234
06-05-2010, 08:24 PM
Just caught up and love your reviews :thumbsup2
I've never tried Coral Reef but your food looks really yummy :cool1:
Looking forward to hearing more popcorn::

Thanks and welcome! Yep, the Coral Reef was definitely yummy!

I am really enjoying your great reviews!

Thank you! Glad to hear it!

Thanks for the review of Teppan edo! We are going there for the first time in August. Can you tell me more about the chocolate ginger cake? It looks good. Does it have a strong ginger taste? Thanks!:)

Sure, I just called up DBF since he was the one who ate most of it. He said he really enjoyed it. It was a lighter cake, very smooth, especially the chocolate (which he said was also delicious). He said that the ginger taste was there, but it was very subtle and mostly overpowered by the chocolate. I hope that helps and I hope y'all enjoy Teppan Edo as much as we did!

SweetMommy
06-05-2010, 08:24 PM
Yak & Yeti was probably our favorite restaurant on our trip in December. And we definitely have it planned for August! Everything about the place is great. I agree that there is sooo much to look at in there, they did a great job w/ design.

Pooh&OurHunny
06-05-2010, 10:08 PM
Loving your food report. Glad you loved Yak and Yeti b/c we are going to try it for the first time in our December trip.
Can't for more yummy reviews.popcorn::

aggiegirl1234
06-06-2010, 05:24 PM
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What a great night! We arrived a bit early for our 9PM ADR. We had plenty of time to get back from AK, shower, and get dressed up (since they do have a dress code). I must admit, I did feel pretty silly riding the monorail over to the GF all dressed up since everyone else was in casual vacation clothing, but I didn't feel out of place at all once we arrived. I love the GF. Everything about it is just so lovely. Narcoosee's is no exception; it's in it's own little red roofed building right on the water and behind the main building.

Our wait wasn't very long at all, and I immediately noticed that almost everyone there was an adult; couples and more mature families. So of course the noise level wasn't so bad (this was opposite of the experience we had at California Grill). The decor was beautiful, as were the tables; blue table cloth and little flickering candles. Honestly, it was kind of romantic. Our seats were also great! We were right next to the window with a perfect view of the castle and the lagoon. As we were being seated, the Electrical Water Pageant was floating by.

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You can click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CerAfhadRec) for a little clip of it and the restaurant. Sorry it's so dark, the restaurant was very dim.

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I had mentioned on some of our ADRs that I was celebrating my graduation on this trip, and out of all the restaurants we visited, Narcoosee's definitely did the best job helping me celebrate! I received a personalized menu to keep, as well as two Mickey straws and Mickey confetti for the table. They were just little things, but they made me quite happy :goodvibes

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The bread was yummy. Honestly, DBF and I probably thought all the bread was great as long as they had the sea salted butter :rotfl:

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I had the Shrimp and Crab Chowder as my appetizer. Yum! I'm not a shrimp fan at all, and I still enjoyed this soup. I really like anything that's even close to a lobster bisque and this definitely was. Very creamy and flavorful.

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DBF had the crab cakes again, and thoroughly enjoyed them, of course. He's not really one to step outside his comfort zone, but I guess it's good that he knows what he likes at least.

Now at this point in the meal, they dimmed the lighting and began to pipe in the sound from Wishes. A lot of people left their tables to go stand on the porch outside, but we were able to see everything perfectly from ours. Here's a picture of our view:
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And you can click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSI5zxZVdHU) for a little video clip showing Wishes as seen from our table. The waiter actually waited until right after Wishes ended to bring us our entrees so that we could watch it uninterrupted, which I thought was nice :)

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For an entree, I had the filet mignon. I guess I'm one to talk about staying in their comfort zone :rotfl: Oh, it was good though. Definitely not anything close to the California Grill's, but still very tasty. The sauce added flavor and kept the filet from being too dry (not that it needed too much help there). I didn't try the potatoes. I'm sure they're fine as far as potatoes go, but I cannot stand potatoes :crazy2:

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DBF had the Mahi Mahi. From what I can remember, he said it was cooked well and enjoyed it.

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For dessert, DBF had the strawberry shortcake and he couldn't stop raving about it even a week after the trip. He said the whipped cream was very thick and not "artificial" tasting at all, the cake was soft and fluffy, and there were actually strawberries inside the cake (kind of like a lava cake). I really liked the white chocolate garnish (in the picture it looks like peppermint but doesn't actually taste like it).

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I had the Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse Dome. The garnish was delicious! It was hard milk chocolate sprinkled with little nut pieces. The sauces covering the dome were also SO good. It was syrupy raspberry and then a thick chocolate...sort of a sweet, thick mousse sauce, and you could actually still feel the sugar granules. I actually liked the garnish and sauces better than the mousse itself; they were delicious! The actual dessert was kind of bitter and seemed like a waste of chocolate to me. We had to get both of our desserts to go because we were so full from the meal, but if we were still in the restaurant I probably would have added some of the table sugar to the mousse to sweeten it up :rotfl:

Overall: What a great meal! No complaints here. The atmosphere was beautiful, the server was very professional and courteous, the food was top notch and presented very well, and the view :thumbsup2 We'll definitely be returning, and I would recommend Narcoosee's to everyone, especially those who might want a "date night" with their significant other.

Thanks for reading everyone! Up next: Liberty Tree Tavern

aggiegirl1234
06-06-2010, 05:28 PM
Yak & Yeti was probably our favorite restaurant on our trip in December. And we definitely have it planned for August! Everything about the place is great. I agree that there is sooo much to look at in there, they did a great job w/ design.

Yak & Yeti was right up there for us too!

Loving your food report. Glad you loved Yak and Yeti b/c we are going to try it for the first time in our December trip.
Can't for more yummy reviews.popcorn::

You'll love it!

scanne
06-06-2010, 05:36 PM
Awesome reviews! We're dining at a lot of the same places and I can't wait. Thanks for taking the time to post reviews and pictures!

PiperGirlInWondrland
06-06-2010, 05:50 PM
Great reviews! Can't wait to read more! :thumbsup2

Pooh&OurHunny
06-06-2010, 06:00 PM
Great update on Narcoossee's, One of my favorite restaurants.

onelilspark
06-06-2010, 06:28 PM
I love how fast you're doing the reviews! It's fun to come on and see that you have a tasty update!

aggiegirl1234
06-07-2010, 04:58 PM
On our second MK day, I had to go to Liberty Tree Tavern. We had gone here on my last trip and I loved it! Liberty Square is my favorite "land" at Disney World and I love American history, so the theming alone is enough for me :thumbsup2 The first time I'd gone, we were there for the character dinner, so we had the family style meal. I was a little wary of the a la carte lunch menu on this trip. Anywho, we arrived a little early for our 11:30 ADR. They set out coloring pages and crayons. And of course I had to color...it was a picture of Minnie as Betsy Ross. Then we saw a family being directed up the staircase. A little girl in the family was given a big bell to ring, and then the mother read a document proclaiming that the tavern was open. There were also a few "hear ye, hear ye"s :rotfl: It was really cute.

We were seated very soon afterward, in the "George and Martha Washington room". We were actually one table away from were we sat on the last trip. Our server was very sweet and even had an authentic New England accent!
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For the appetizer (which counted as two credits) we got the crab and spinach dip with pita bread. DBF hates cheese, so he just munched on the pita. I thought pita was an interesting choice since spinach dip is normally served with tortilla chips. I think I actually like the chips better because the crunchiness provides a nice contrast in texture to the creamy dip. The spinach dip was good though, not any better or worse than other restaurants' spinach dip, but good. Not too greasy or lumpy. You'll like it if you like spinach dip. So really, the pita was good, the dip was good, but they weren't as good together as chips and dip would be.

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For an entree, I had the Tri-Corner sandwich. Yum! They sure hit the nail on the head with every ingredient of this sandwich (unlike the appetizer). The slaw, horseradish, swiss, and roast beef in combination were so good, and the focaccia bread. Wow. The fries were also tasty, and huge! In fact, I'm not sure if you can tell by the picture, but the whole entree was huge. I was only able to finish a little over half of the sandwich and a third of the fries.

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DBF had the Pot Roast. He said it was very tender and tasty, and without much fat.

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For dessert, DBF had the Caramel Apple Tart. He said it was very good, but couldn't finish it all (it was pretty big, as was the rest of his meal).

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And the winner of "Best Dessert at Disney World" goes to...the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake! Yep, this was my absolute favorite. You have to try this dessert. Starting from the top, you have a tasty white chocolate disc. Then you've got Mickey sprinkles and caramel and chocolate sauce covering some yummy vanilla ice cream. That's all really nice, but the absolute best part of this dessert is the toffee cake. I cannot even begin to describe how good this was. It tasted like warm, soft but chewy cookie dough. The edges were sort of crisp like the edge of a cookie, and I really couldn't distinguish the toffee taste. It was pretty subtle. Actually, I'm not sure why it's called a "toffee cake" because it really just tastes like neither toffee or cake, just cookie dough :rotfl: I ate every bite and probably could have eaten another!

Overall: This meal was very good, and honestly, I would have been happy just because of the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. The portions were a bit large, but everything was very tasty. Our server was great and Disney, once again, did a great job with the theming. DBF was surprised that it was one of the least expensive meals on the trip since it was so good and the portions were so large. We'll definitely be going back!

Thanks for reading y'all. Up next: the Wave.

aggiegirl1234
06-07-2010, 05:02 PM
Awesome reviews! We're dining at a lot of the same places and I can't wait. Thanks for taking the time to post reviews and pictures!
Aw thanks! It's no problem. I'm having fun reliving the trip!

Great reviews! Can't wait to read more! :thumbsup2
Thanks for reading!

Great update on Narcoossee's, One of my favorite restaurants.
Thank you, it's one of our's now too!

I love how fast you're doing the reviews! It's fun to come on and see that you have a tasty update!
Thank you, I'm so glad you're enjoying them!

mamaboogie
06-07-2010, 05:10 PM
I'm really loving these reviews!:thumbsup2

You have been to many of the places we are going to in August and you make me excited to be going! Loved Yak n' Yeti, CG and Narcoosses!:lovestruc

LuccaDrake
06-07-2010, 05:53 PM
That caramel apple tart looks yummy! We have that booked for lunch this year and I can't wait as it's had some great reviews lately.

~Beka~

Symans3honeybees
06-07-2010, 06:12 PM
What flavor of ice cream came with the caramel apple dessert? It looks pretty good...

aggiegirl1234
06-07-2010, 07:54 PM
I'm really loving these reviews!:thumbsup2

You have been to many of the places we are going to in August and you make me excited to be going! Loved Yak n' Yeti, CG and Narcoosses!:lovestruc

We loved them too! Hope y'all have a great trip!

That caramel apple tart looks yummy! We have that booked for lunch this year and I can't wait as it's had some great reviews lately.

~Beka~

His apple tart was very good...but that Toffee Cake :cloud9:

What flavor of ice cream came with the caramel apple dessert? It looks pretty good...

Yep, it was good. The allears.net menu says it's cinnamon but it was actually butterscotch when we were there. I thought it was yummy, but DBF didn't care for it.

aggiegirl1234
06-08-2010, 08:29 PM
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I was pretty excited about this ADR. I actually moved this night's dinner from Tony's to the Wave because of some bad reviews of Tony's I'd seen. Also, being one of the newest Disney restaurants and offering a healthy and sustainable menu, I thought DBF and I would love it. It looked/sounded pretty cool from what I'd read.

We arrived a little early for our reservation. We walked up to the check-in and before I could say "hello, we're here for our reservation at so and so time" one of the CM's said very curtly, "NAME?" I was sort of taken aback. We'd run into maybe one or two CM's on our trip who seemed like they might have been having a rough day but they were still very polite and helpful. He asked each of the other standard questions that I normally say myself to move things along for them, but I was in shock. DBF might have taken over at this point. "RESERVATION TIME?" "DINING PLAN?" He wasn't even using complete sentences. "WAIT OVER THERE."

For the rest of the night, one thing ran through my head...what did I do? Was it because I looked kind of disheveled from a day at the MK? Because we were wearing shorts (they didn't have a dress code, right)? It is because we look like we should be accompanied by adults (I worried about this before the trip since people think DBF and I look younger than we are)? I watched him check in other guests after us, and his demeanor was friendly. This sort of set the tone for me for the whole meal. DBF didn't seem terribly fazed by it, but he did notice. No, I didn't complain. Maybe I should have, maybe I shouldn't have. I was just in shock.

Our waitress was nice. She seemed pretty busy and overworked though. The restaurant itself had a cool, neon entryway, lobby, and lounge area, but the seating area was kind of dark and blah. And there were no windows! I'm sure putting holes in the walls would have compromised the structural integrity of the place...but windows are a nice touch to any restaurant. Just sayin'.

So, on to the meal.
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The bread...but more importantly, sea salted butter! DBF thinks it was wine flavored. I do remember we had wine sea salt at one or two meals, so he might be right.

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DBF and I both had the soup of the day, which was tomato basil. DBF really liked it; he thought it had a very unique and smokey taste to it. I was not impressed. It tasted about as good as a generic brand can of tomato soup from the grocery store. I am picky about soups though. The little cheese sandwiches the soup came with on the other hand...YUM! I ate my two and DBF's because of his cheese aversion :goodvibes

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For the entree, I had the Braised Chicken Pot Pie. Sorry for the blurry picture. I thought the presentation of the dish was interesting. It sort of resembled a chicken pot pie, just pre-assembled. Actually, I wasn't sure if they had gotten my order right when it was brought to the table. As interesting as it looked, it was actually very bland. The sauce was thin and runny, and the pastry top tasted like a flakey saltine cracker (minus the salt). It wasn't the most filling dish either.

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DBF had the Chili-rubbed Flat Iron Steak. I really should have ordered this. DBF enjoyed it and managed to finish it all. He liked the avocado mousse, said it wasn't overpowering, but still added to the dish, and that the meat was tasty as well.

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For dessert, I ordered the Decadent Flavors: Blueberry Compote with Yogurt Gelato, Lemon Cornbread with Vanilla Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse with Salted Caramel. The blueberry was very tasty, but the cornbread was sort of strange. I let DBF have it because it didn't seem much like a dessert to me. The Chocolate Mousse was disappointing; it wasn't very sweet or mousse-y. I also gave this one to DBF after one taste.

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DBF got Creamy Indulgence: Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis, Coconut Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit Drizzle, Chocolate-Passion Fruit Mousse with Pecan-Olive Brittle. He gave me the cheesecake and a little of his mousse. The cheesecake was decent, but I felt the same was about his mousse as I had about mine. The pecan-olive brittle was good though. So, out of six tasting desserts, I liked one :headache: DBF liked his mousse and the cornbread, and the rest were "okay".

Overall: I'm not sure I'll be going back to the Wave. DBF thought it was okay. I may have just ordered the wrong things, or maybe their type of food just wasn't my thing. And I know the incident at check-in was bothering me for the majority of the meal. The restaurant was also very loud, chaotic, and windowless. We probably came at a bad time.

So we were pretty hungry by the time we got back from MK that night and decided to stop by the Contempo Cafe for some midnight snacks!
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We got the Black Forrest Cupcake and the Dirt and Worms Cake. The cupcake was delicious, but the cake tasted a bit odd. The toppings were fine but the chocolate had a strange taste to it. I couldn't eat it but DBF did. He thought it was a little "funny" but not bad. :confused3

Thanks for reading! Up next: Sci-Fi Dine-In

julluvsdisney
06-09-2010, 04:00 AM
thats too bad about the wave its not high on my list but that just knocks it a little lower !

Linda67
06-09-2010, 07:44 AM
Sorry to hear about the CM experience at the Wave
There is simply no excuse for that kind of treatment and I totally understand what you mean by it setting a tone for the evening
Really enjoyed your LTT review, I'd like to try it some day and you Toffee Cake looks yummy :worship:

onelilspark
06-09-2010, 07:46 AM
I had the Worms in Dirt Cupcake/Cake back in October. I wasn't crazy about it either. Mine was really dry and you're right, the taste was just off... I wound up just picking out all the worms :)

aggiegirl1234
06-09-2010, 02:12 PM
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So we were a little late for this ADR...the line for the Great Movie Ride was actually quite a bit longer than advertised :guilty: The good news is, Sci-Fi wasn't crowded at all and they were able to seat us right away! I absolutely love this restaurant. Not so much for the food, but the nighttime atmosphere, the car tables, and the cheesy old Sci-Fi trailers they loop on the big screen. The restaurant is just plain fun! Now, I'd already been two times but DBF had never been. I knew he'd love the restaurant for their burgers and shakes, but also the bad Sci-Fi trailers. As a past physics major and now nuclear engineering, he's very interested in space and gets a kick out of 50's and 60's portrayals of the future. And I was right. He loved it. We kept referencing the "Cat Women from the Moon" the rest of the day :happytv:

I was also very happy with this ADR because I finally got a table in a car. On past trips we always got the little tables at the back. DBF thought it was a bit different...not the fact that we were eating in little car tables :rotfl: but that we were sharing cars with other parties. It really wasn't a problem at all though, since everyone in the restaurant was very quiet because we were all watching the big screen. Now onto the food!

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I had the spinach and artichoke dip for my appetizer. Honestly, it was kind of soupy. Edible, but soupy. I'm a big fan of spinach and artichoke dip, so this was kind of a let down because it was probably the worst I've had. The chips were also a bit...different. I think I would have preferred them all to be normal, colored tortilla chips and not purple and orange. Just a personal preference!

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DBF had the Beef Chili. He thought it was really good, but didn't care for the pico de gallo. He thought it was a little too strong and took away from the chili.

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DBF also ordered a chocolate shake and he liked it! I think I had read that people had to choose between this as a drink or a dessert, but they couldn't have both (or I could be making this up...not sure :rotfl:), but he was able to get a shake and dessert.

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For the entree, I had the smoked turkey sandwhich. It was good, but pretty big so I wasn't able to finish it. I was a little disappointed with the avocado mayo because I couldn't really taste the avocado. But otherwise, it was a tasty sandwich!

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DBF had the burger of course! He said there was nothing that really stood out, other than that it was really good :rotfl:

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For dessert, I had the peanut butter chocolate cake. It sounds a lot better than it was unfortunately. The cake was really dry and overall it was just pretty blah :sad2:

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DBF had the Apple Crumble and liked it. Do you see all the crumbs that coat it? They were delicious and I ate that part of the dessert for him! It was like a crispy, sugary dessert of it's own. Yum!

Overall: This was a very fun meal! I knew from other reviews that the food isn't so great, but it wasn't bad either. And the atmosphere completely makes up for any shortfalls. When we go back, I'll probably get the apple crumble and maybe try the burger. If you don't mind a burger and fry meal at Disney but want to try a really unique atmosphere, this is the restaurant for you!

Thanks for reading y'all! Up next: the Hollywood Brown Derby!

aggiegirl1234
06-09-2010, 04:21 PM
thats too bad about the wave its not high on my list but that just knocks it a little lower !

Yeah, I was really looking forward to it too. Glad to hear I'm not alone in my opinion.

Sorry to hear about the CM experience at the Wave
There is simply no excuse for that kind of treatment and I totally understand what you mean by it setting a tone for the evening
Really enjoyed your LTT review, I'd like to try it some day and you Toffee Cake looks yummy :worship:

Thanks, LTT was wonderful and a great choice for lunch or dinner in my opinion! The Toffee Cake is literally the best!

I had the Worms in Dirt Cupcake/Cake back in October. I wasn't crazy about it either. Mine was really dry and you're right, the taste was just off... I wound up just picking out all the worms :)

Hmmm, interesting to hear that we didn't just get a bad cupcake. Must just be a different kind of chocolate. I picked the worms out too :rotfl:

persephone742
06-10-2010, 07:19 AM
Great Review cant wait to read the rest !
:goodvibes

milmore104
06-10-2010, 07:44 AM
Great reviews. Your Coral Reef meal is my favorite meal in WDW. ALL OF IT!!! Makes me want the next 5 months to fly by so I can be there and have it. My DH and I LOVE the Jack Daniels dessert. I am NOT a drinker so I feel the alcohol in it!

butiflfeet
06-10-2010, 12:11 PM
So sorry to hear The Wave wasn't that great for you. I have always liked it but I haven't had their Chicken Pot Pie yet. I'll just stay away from that on our next trip :thumbsup2

Looking forward to more of your reviews!

Credit Man
06-11-2010, 02:13 PM
Wonderful reviews. Thanks for postiong.

pinkxray
06-11-2010, 07:55 PM
I love your reviews and pictures.

LTT looks great. Any dessert that starts with ooey gooey has to be good.

Lisa29
06-15-2010, 08:39 AM
Great report so far. Can't wait for the rest!:thumbsup2

marvali
06-15-2010, 02:11 PM
Really enjoying so far. Our ADR window is very soon to open for our Post-Christmas trip, and a number of your restaurants are on my list to try for, so your reviews are very helpful and informative, not to mention entertaining! Can't wait for more.

TheNewMrsB
06-15-2010, 02:31 PM
I'm so glad I saw your review of The Wave! We were supposed to go there for dinner one night in order to stay local for Spectromagic, and already have ADRs for CG and Narcoossee's on other nights. Still, I was never too thrilled with the menu for The Wave, and finally last night we switched it to Kona Cafe since we know we love it there. I figure, if I'm not really over the moon about the menu, why waste the meal?

TheNewMrsB
06-15-2010, 02:33 PM
Oh, and I share your love of Sci-Fi! True, not the greatest food ever, but soooo much fun!

vinotinto
06-16-2010, 07:44 PM
First of al, congrats on the graduation.

I'm delighted with your reviews, as we have ADRs at most of the places you've reviewed. However, I just found your TR and I cannot see the pics! Bummer, 'cause it looks you are trigger-happy (which is absolutely great by me). I hope the Photobucket issue gets resolved.