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NorweJenNY
06-06-2010, 01:31 PM
2010 brought us several trips to Disney World, and with those trips came a bunch of good eats! We dined on a dime at times, yet at other times, we splurged on full three-course meals! So what's good? What's even gooder? And what's the goodest?

It is my aim to show you all of this in this picture-filled dining review.

Yes, I know I am using poor grammar ("gooder" & "goodest"), as I am a former teacher myself. However, Disney World allows us to express our less formal and youthful sides... (and I am no longer in school. ;))

Here's my family:
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/IMG_4412a.jpg

Yep, hubby, me, and the kids... Oh, ok... that's not really hubby - he acts an awful lot like this character. Pardon the confusion.

Here's hubby - he managed to hop into this photo...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/IMG_4391a.jpg

(Hubby is the one on the right. :))

We started our 2010 Disney adventures just after hubby hit the big 3-0. I'm not there quite yet... ;)

Our kids will be referred to as Big Guy (age 6, first grade) & Little Guy (age 5, preschool).

Grandmom (my mom) and Grandma Margaret (hubby's mom) also joined us for some of these adventures.

We are all Disney-fanatics!

Since we got APs in July 2009 (which allowed us three fabulous 2009 trips), we're continuing to milk these puppies for all their worth with another three trips in 2010: Superbowl weekend, Easter weekend, and an extra-long week leading up to Memorial Day weekend. So this dining review will be three-trips worth in one place!

Traveling to Disney so much within the span of one year meant we also needed to be a bit thrifty at times, so you will see some great food values in this review. However, vacations are times for splurges too, as you will see here and there, especially in our latest May trip. We did enjoy plenty of savings though with my Tables in Wonderland card, which gave us 20% off at quite a lot of meals!

Most importantly, we will have PLENTY of PICTURES!

Won't you join us as we see what's good, what's gooder, and what's the goodest stuff about dining throughout our Disney World vacations!

NorweJenNY
06-06-2010, 01:41 PM
Dining Review Contents

Superbowl Weekend
Resort: Buena Vista Suites (offsite)

Sassagoula Floatworks @ POFQ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36906840#post36906840) - Dinner #1 (page 1, post #13)
Buena Vista Suites Complimentary Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2482214&page=2) - #1 (page 2, post #21)
Nine Dragons (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2482214&page=2) - Lunch (page 2, post #23)
Boulangerie Patisserie (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36933419#post36933419) - Snacks (page 2, post #24)
Sassagoula Floatworks @ POFQ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36933891&posted=1#post36933891) - Dinner #2 (page 2, post #26)
Buena Vista Suites Complimentary Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36945591#post36945591) - #2 (page 2, post #30)
Aloha Aisle, Sleepy Hollow, & Pecos Bill's (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36945931&posted=1#post36945931) - Snacks/Lunch (page 3, post #31)


Easter Weekend
Resort: Embassy Suites (offsite)

Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36979301#post36979301) - Snack (page 3, post #39)
Liberty Inn (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36979556#post36979556) - Lunch (page 3, post #40)
Rainforest Cafe (AK) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36992538#post36992538) - Dinner (page 4, post #46)
Embassy Suites Complimentary Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37090311#post37090311) - (page 4, post #57)
Liberty Tree Tavern (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37090691#post37090691) - Lunch (page 4, post #58)
Aloha Aisle (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37511363#post37511363) - Snacks (page 5, post #63)


Pre-Memorial Day Week
Resorts: Cypress Pointe Grande Villas (offsite),
Disney's Beach Club Villas, Saratoga Springs, & Port Orleans - French Quarter

House of Blues (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37600594#post37600594) – Lunch (page 5, post #74)
Tony’s Town Square (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37643108#post37643108) – Lunch (page 6, post #79)
Main Street Bakery & Aloha Aisle (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37752650#post37752650) – Snacks (page 6, post #84)
Sassagoula Floatworks (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37756208#post37756208) – Dinner (page 6, post #85)
Flame Tree BBQ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38169846&posted=1#post38169846) – Lunch (page 6, post #90)
Earl of Sandwich & Goofy’s Candy Co. (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38173469#post38173469) – Snacks (page 7, post #91)
ABC Commissary & Starring Rolls Bakery (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38184625#post38184625) – Lunch & Snack (page 7, post #101)
Cape May Café – Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38200349#post38200349) - Dinner (page 8, post #107)
Cape May Café – Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38201783#post38201783) - Dessert (page 8, post #108)
Beach Club Marketplace (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38210299#post38210299) – Snacks (page 8, post #109)
Sunshine Seasons & Club Cool (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38273997#post38273997) – Snacks (page 8, post #118)
Chefs de France (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38444587#post38444587) – Lunch (page 9, post #124)
Beaches & Cream (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38459045#post38459045) – Dinner (page 9, post #125)
Liberty Tree Tavern (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38525352#post38525352) – Lunch (page 9, post #131)
Boardwalk Cart & Boardwalk Bakery (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38552812#post38552812) – Dinner (page 10, post #136)
Cape May Café (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38863632#post38863632) – Breakfast (page 10, post #142)
Pinnochio Village Haus – Lunch
Garden Grill – Dinner
Sassagoula Floatworks – Breakfast
Liberty Tree Tavern – Lunch
Sleepy Hollow – Snacks
Sassagoula Floatworks – Dinner

NorweJenNY
06-06-2010, 02:23 PM
And as soon as a figure out why my pictures aren't uploading to Photobucket, I will start my reviews... :o

darthtatty
06-06-2010, 02:26 PM
Hi Jenny, cant wait to read them. Hope you manage to get your pictures working.xx:goodvibes

laliwalden
06-06-2010, 03:24 PM
Can't wait to read your reviews!!

gardengirl628
06-06-2010, 03:36 PM
Looking forward to your reviews!

tluvstink
06-06-2010, 04:29 PM
YAY!!!!! I'm In:banana::cool1:

Terri

John's Mom
06-06-2010, 05:17 PM
I'm in! :yay::yay:

Pooh&OurHunny
06-06-2010, 06:19 PM
Joining in to another wonderful food reviews you write. Your sons sure have grown since the last pictures I saw (I know it was only a few months ago). I think your Little Guy had a growth spurt.
I have loved your previous food reviews and enjoyed all your family fun and can't want to see and read this one.
popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

My Little Guy turned 5 and I was talking to his dad last night regarding days in the park and our ADR's. I said we will probably change things up and go to Epcot on our first day. My Little Guy goes...we need to go to MK and see Mickey...we always do that our first day or when we land from the airport. I told him that its a party night MK and we will see Mickey in Epcot. He said of course we will see Mickey b/c he is in every park but MK Mickey is the real one b/c his house is there...my husband said I have created a Disney nut with our son :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl: So off to a MVMCP on our first day.

TigerKat
06-06-2010, 07:51 PM
Signing on!

NorweJenNY
06-06-2010, 08:19 PM
Hi Jenny, cant wait to read them. Hope you manage to get your pictures working.xx:goodvibes

:welcome:

I finally got a few uploaded! I'll start those reviews shortly...

Can't wait to read your reviews!!

:welcome:

Looking forward to your reviews!

:welcome:

YAY!!!!! I'm In:banana::cool1:

Terri

:welcome:

I'm in! :yay::yay:

:welcome:

Joining in to another wonderful food reviews you write. Your sons sure have grown since the last pictures I saw (I know it was only a few months ago). I think your Little Guy had a growth spurt.
I have loved your previous food reviews and enjoyed all your family fun and can't want to see and read this one.
popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

My Little Guy turned 5 and I was talking to his dad last night regarding days in the park and our ADR's. I said we will probably change things up and go to Epcot on our first day. My Little Guy goes...we need to go to MK and see Mickey...we always do that our first day or when we land from the airport. I told him that its a party night MK and we will see Mickey in Epcot. He said of course we will see Mickey b/c he is in every park but MK Mickey is the real one b/c his house is there...my husband said I have created a Disney nut with our son :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl: So off to a MVMCP on our first day.

Welcome back!

Your Little Guy is cute. Though we've created our own Disney nuts. We were just at a church dinner, and the woman sitting next to my Big Guy had a big cookie and two little round bite-size cakes right next to them. Big Guy told her "I see Mickey!" Yep, we now find hidden Mickeys everywhere!

NorweJenNY
06-06-2010, 08:22 PM
Signing on!

Welcome!

TigerKat - I guess you'll approve of us being at Port Orleans the night of the Superbowl... ;)

NorweJenNY
06-06-2010, 09:06 PM
Superbowl Weekend

A little background first... Hubby walked away from his job where he was working way too much, earning way too little, and seeing is family way too little too. (He was already in the midst of starting up a company with his friend too, so we weren't left with nothing - in fact, it turned out to be a great thing that he could now commit to this new business venture!) Anyhoo, within a day or so of hubby stepping away from that job, we thought, hey! Hubby's free! We've got AP's... let's go to Disney World! His birthday was later that week, and his mother's birthday the next day, so we thought this would be a great way to celebrate together! (If you read my other reviews, you'd see that hubby left us during our fall free dining trip and couldn't join us on our December trip all because he had to work... so we knew he needed to get away anyway!)

So... with a few days to go, we were planning our trip! That also meant we had a very small budget. Our family scraped about $300 together for the weekend's budget. (Yep, that's all!) My mother and his mother were going with us, so we shared the cost of gas and the hotel. We found a BOGO night birthday deal at Buena Vista Suites for a suite that would fit all six of us, and it included a full breakfast buffet for us each morning too... that really worked well. We added a third night too. We later realized that if we had left a day earlier, we could've done two BOGO birthday deals (one using hubby's b-day, the other with dmil's) and gotten four nights total for the same price as our three... but I couldn't take more time off from work at that point, and Big Guy would've missed another day of school... but we were happy with our deal for three nights anyway. (Our share of hotel was about $150, leaving ~$150 for food for two full days in the parks.)

Arrival Night

We drove all day and checked into our room at Buena Vista Suites, but we'd been spoiled by many onsite stays lately, so for dinner, our first instinct was to get into Disney! Our favorite CS is Sassagoula Floatworks at POFQ, so we decided to share that experience with hubby's mother. (If you checked my contents for this review, you'll see we ended up here all three nights! It was just a few minutes from Buena Vista Suites, so it was very convenient.)

The kids got burgers. (Little Guy was in a temporary phase where he actually liked burgers. Big Guy has always devoured them - much like his mother while she was pregnant with him. :)) Their meals came with applesauce, a cookie for dessert, and a drink.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3497.jpg

I got my favorite meal, and so did all the other adults! RIBS!

My mom and I shared, so here's my half-portion (after we divided it ourselves):

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3499.jpg

My only complaint was that the mac & cheese (my preferred choice of side dish of which I get a double order because you get two sides with ribs) was too runny! See that cheese soup all over the plate?

But the cornbread is good (with buttery-type spread - no real butter... :sad2:), and the ribs just put me here::cloud9:.

Hubby also got one of his favorite desserts, beignets. Though they get a bit messy:

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3500.jpg

So for this night...

Good: Sassagoula Floatworks at POFQ was a convenient drive from the hotel, and they accepted TiW (20% off everything for all six of us).

Gooder: Hubby was wearing a black shirt... :rotfl2: I wish I'd taken a picture of him when he was completely done with those beignets!

Goodest: I got my RIBS! :thumbsup2 Perfect sweet sauce, soft meat that falls off the bone, literally "finger-lickin' good" (forget about KFC!)

Dani&TJsMom
06-06-2010, 10:01 PM
Can't wait to have those beignets again!! :banana: Looking forward to reading more reviews!

danalee
06-06-2010, 10:55 PM
I remember those cute kiddos!! I'm in for another great dining review!!:thumbsup2

PixieDustandEeyore
06-06-2010, 11:21 PM
Woohoo! It just made my day to log onto the dining review boards and see another report by you!

dnet
06-06-2010, 11:50 PM
Bring ON the pics and bring ON the reviews!!
:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:
Looking forward to it!

Linda67
06-07-2010, 07:33 AM
Great start. Soooo looking forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing you pics :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
06-07-2010, 05:59 PM
Can't wait to have those beignets again!! :banana: Looking forward to reading more reviews!

Don't wear black! ;)

More coming!

I remember those cute kiddos!! I'm in for another great dining review!!:thumbsup2

Glad you're back! (Those are cute kiddos, aren't they? :goodvibes

Woohoo! It just made my day to log onto the dining review boards and see another report by you!

:cutie: I'm honored, and humbled!

Bring ON the pics and bring ON the reviews!!
:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:
Looking forward to it!

You got it!

Great start. Soooo looking forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing you pics :goodvibes

There'll be lots! Stay tuned!

catne
06-07-2010, 06:01 PM
had to laugh about the black shirt & beignets episode...same thing happened to us first time we stayed at POFQ. Those little goodies are addictive...shouldn't be, but they are. Yummy!

NorweJenNY
06-07-2010, 06:51 PM
Superbowl Weekend
Day #1 (Saturday)

I must say, it was very nice waking up to breakfast at Buena Vista Suites. They have a very full breakfast buffet, and up until this trip, this was the best complimentary buffet breakfast selection at any Orlando area resort we'd been at.

Since normally I am a low carber (except in Disney), my days always start with eggs in some form or another, and I usually don't get such an opportunity to have that at most complimentary breakfasts because they're usually "continental," meaning a variety of carbs... or they're "deluxe continental," generally a variety of carbs, plus some hot carbs too (like make-your-own waffles). Sometimes you can find hard-boiled eggs or yogurt (I believe the nearby Country Inn & Suites has this type of stuff), but I really prefer scrambled eggs or omelets.

This first morning I took a picture of hubby's plate, but skipped mine (apparently :confused3)...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3504.jpg

See the scrambled eggs I was so happy to see? :thumbsup2 They were fine by me - not too runny, not too overcooked. Decent. Just add salt. ;) You can also see breakfast potatoes (which were seasoned rather nicely), a pancake, grits, and some toast. Yes, mostly carbs (not that hubby cares), but they had scrambled eggs!

I will also mention they have a breakfast meat each morning. This morning's was ham. Neither hubby nor I am generally excited about that by itself... ok, hubby doesn't like it at all. I'll take it if it's in an omelet or a Monte Cristo, but not alone.

The boys had some other stuff too... sorry if you can't tell a lot from this picture, but you'll see more at the next morning's breakfast.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3503.jpg

They both started with bowls of cereal (easy to get and sit them down with without waiting on a line). That kept them occupied while we got other stuff. They devoured their cereal (hence, empty bowls). Then mommy made them eat eggs (which Big Guy covered in ketchup). They also had toast with jelly (see Little Guy's plate). Little Guy also had some fruit, like raisins (from the oatmeal/grits area of the buffet) and oranges (one of the fruit options located near a daily yogurt offering at the buffet).

I'll have some better pictures for Day #2's breakfast.

This morning's sum up:

Good: The layout of the dining area was big enough that we weren't hunting for tables, but could find several tables close to each other. The boys even got their own table (as you can see from the picture).

Gooder: Wide selection of food for everyone to fill up on, already included in the price of the hotel.

Goodest: Scrambled eggs! :thumbsup2 (Well, it means a lot to me!)

NorweJenNY
06-07-2010, 06:53 PM
had to laugh about the black shirt & beignets episode...same thing happened to us first time we stayed at POFQ. Those little goodies are addictive...shouldn't be, but they are. Yummy!

Beignets and funnel cakes have the same side effects... and no matter how hard you try, you cannot keep that powdered sugar off of you!

I'd love to see how the British Royal Family might try to eat such foods...

NorweJenNY
06-07-2010, 08:36 PM
Superbowl Weekend
Day #1 (Cont.)

Today we were off to Epcot! First place we consumed some goodies? I'll give you a hint, the goodies are all free!

Yep, Club Cool at Epcot. This was a special trip because one of our non-soda drinking boys decided he'd be brave and try something new.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3533.jpg

Little Guy was brave! Ok, so we discovered one of the "sodas" wasn't really carbonated. And now, VegitaBeta is Little Guy's favorite drink!

Only there was one problem... hubby's favorite Kinley wasn't there... :sad1:

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3534.jpg

That little red sign is a big disappointment.

Now on to some gooder stuff...

We didn't have a single ADR this trip, but while we were waiting to get into Epcot this morning, we decided to make one. After all, it was just after hubby's birthday, and one of his favorite restaurants was in this park - Nine Dragons. (I say "one" of his favorites because as we keep going back, he discovers he has lots of favorites!) Needless to say, Superbowl Weekend, we had a wide range of choices for ADR times at Nine Dragons. (We probably could've just walked up, but we had nothing better to do while waiting in line to get into the park that morning...)

When we arrived, we were seated immediately.

We had the kids share a deluxe kid's meal, as Little Guy likes the sweet & sour chicken (plain, no sauce - they fortunately serve the sauce on the side here).

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3548.jpg

There were only a few pieces, but we knew he had eaten A LOT at breakfast, so it'd be ok. He doesn't eat much Chinese.

Big Guy loves lo mein (though I think we had to bribe him to eat the meatballs for protein - I thought they were good anyway), so here's Big Guy's share of the deluxe kid's meal:

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3547.jpg

All the adults had Honey Sesame Chicken, which hubby and I loved getting since our first trip here on our honeymoon! (Though back then, they had a nice family-style meal that included a nice huge selection, like a buffet brought to the table... not as good a selection on the boxed set now.) My mom and I shared one order, while hubby & dmil each got their own.

Here's hubby's plate... (He might have already eaten a piece or two off of this one.)

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3546.jpg

Last time I had gotten this, I was stuffed and couldn't finish the chicken, so I thought sharing would be a good idea, but this time it seemed like a smaller portion. We also had to split it up ourselves unlike most other TS restaurants where they've brought it out in half portions on two separate plates.

But it was delicious as always! Soft, fresh, tender chicken, with just a light crisp to the outside as you bite into it... and the sauce is just the right amount of sweet, and it's not a thick, gloppy sauce like most local Chinese restaurants would serve. Nope, Nine Dragons' sesame chicken is in a league of its own. Perfection! :goodvibes

This chicken is served with rice and Chinese coleslaw... I wasn't wild about either, though I'm not normally wild about these things anyway. I asked the waiter if they might have some butter (as I love butter and salt on rice), but there was none in the restaurant... hmmm... and they didn't have "real" butter in Sassagoula either... starting to notice a trend...

This meal's sum up...

Good: Little Guy actually eats something here! :rotfl: We normally can't find anything for him from Chinese places... even if it's just a little bit, plain sweet & sour chicken is a good start!

Gooder: No problem getting ADRs... and the restaurant is relatively uncrowded too (except during free dining, fyi).

Goodest: Honey Sesame Chicken (laying aside the smaller portion size) is the best Chinese dish hubby and I have ever eaten!

NorweJenNY
06-08-2010, 08:26 PM
Superbowl Weekend
Day #1 - Snack Time!

We didn't eat a terribly large amount at lunch, so we continued around the World Showcase with the intention of stopping somewhere for some desserts. What better place than Boulangerie Patisserie in France?

Apparently, we weren't the only ones with this idea...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3564.jpg

I think this was the longest wait we had in the park! :lmao:

Here's some pictures once I finally got inside...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3565.jpg

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3567.jpg

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So what did we indulge in?

The boys shared a monstrous cookie... complete with chocolate chunks and giant chocolate chips...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3572.jpg

Hubby had a chocolate croissant.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3568.jpg

I wasn't big on the thought of this... if I'm gonna get something with chocolate though, I want it to be really chocolatey. However, I didn't try this, and hubby devoured it... so I guess that's a good sign.

Grandmom had a piece of cheesecake.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3570.jpg

I was kinda glad I didn't get this one... it had a lemony flavor to it, and I don't care for lemon in my desserts. She enjoyed it though! I will say it did have a nice texture.

I got a cream puff... and BOY, was it a cream puff!

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3569.jpg

I don't understand how they got this to stand up in the bakery! Just look at it! I enjoyed it - out of all the items we bought, this was the right one for me. I love cream! I was a little disappointed in how hard the outer part of the pastry was... I was hoping for a little crisp at most, a light one... I can't say this was particularly light on the outside, but I will say I am being just a little picky here... it really wasn't that bad. And the rest of the pastry (inside) was softer.

Here's the round-up...

Good: The cream puff... nice for a cream lover like myself. And not too heavy if you're concerned about things that might make you feel too stuffed to move around.

Gooder: The prices - all these snacks were pretty low (at least for Disney), even for being big items... the pricier items were only about $5... and that was stuff like quiche and sandwiches that you could actually make a meal on!

Goodest: The variety - there was sooo much to choose from. While I may or may not get a cream puff again, I certainly feel like returning because there was a large selection inside!

Pooh&OurHunny
06-08-2010, 08:46 PM
Our favorite stops...Boulangerie Patisserie. I'm drooling :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

NorweJenNY
06-08-2010, 09:05 PM
Superbowl Weekend
Day #1 - Dinner

We were back to Sassagoula Floatworks at Port Orleans - French Quarter... because apparently we all enjoyed last night's dinner so much we needed it again!

Instead of having too many repeats, I'll share the changes...

The kiddos shared an adult pizza this time.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3578.jpg

Two slices of an adult single pizza seemed to be a decent amount for the munchkins to eat. We got pepperoni and put all of the pepperonis on Little Guy's half because he loves pepperoni but Big Guy prefers plain cheese.

The menu says it is served with salad, but if you opt for no salad, it's cheaper. I believe the adult single pizza was about $6 and change without the salad (and before my TiW 20% discount :thumbsup2).

This makes it economical. Of course had we gotten two kid's pizzas, drinks and sides would've come with it, but I usually carry raisins and juice packs along for just such a time... just so we don't spend too much on un-exciting side dishes.

Hubby mixed it up a bit and went with the jambalaya.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDW2010/Feb-Food/IMG_3576.jpg

Not to mislead you, his mother gave him her cornbread - that's why there's two on the plate. It comes with one piece. Hubby really likes jambalaya but doesn't normally order it because he doesn't eat seafood which is commonly found in it. Here, it contains chicken... he really likes it this way!

I got my favorite ribs again, but look at the improvement tonight...

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No cheese soup! The macaroni and cheese was good an creamy, not runny at all! And this shot shows you how a complete order looks (not just the half orders that my mom and I often split.) See they actually give you two sets of ribs instead of one long rack? It makes it very easy to share if that's what you decide to do!

Good: Money savings - by getting an adult pizza (no salad) for the kids to share, and my wonderful 20% off discount with my TiW card! I love when it works at a CS restaurant because you don't even need to add on a tip!

Gooder: Hubby was happy to have some variety. Sure, he liked the ribs, but I know he personally doesn't like eating messy foods in public (beignets are an exception, I suppose :confused3), so eating jambalaya (with chicken, not seafood) was a nice, neater change of pace for him.

Goodest: My ribs with mac & cheese plate was cooked perfectly! I went right back to :cloud9:!


One more thing to share this evening... the BOGO birthday nights at Buena Vista Suites had one more element besides an already good price on the lodging...

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Dmil's cake was complimentary with the deal! I'd say it was a nice size for four nice servings, which would be fine because the kid's weren't interested in it. It was a white cake with some raspberry filling (which meant hubby wasn't interested in it either - not big on most fruit). It had a white icing and white chocolate and dark chocolate shavings on the side, with a cute chocolate rose too. Something in the cake was an additional flavor for a simple cake... something to make it a little more unique. I think my mom said it might have been mascarpone? Anyway, my mom and I had just small amounts, but the important thing was dmil, enjoyed it the most and got most of it for herself too!

NorweJenNY
06-08-2010, 09:06 PM
Our favorite stops...Boulangerie Patisserie. I'm drooling :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

Need a napkin? ;)

So what do you like to get from the French bakery?

honeybunches
06-08-2010, 09:39 PM
great pictures & commentary! I thoroughly enjoyed reading what you have so far, looking forward to more! thanks!!

NorweJenNY
06-08-2010, 09:51 PM
great pictures & commentary! I thoroughly enjoyed reading what you have so far, looking forward to more! thanks!!

Glad you've joined in! Lots more to come! :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
06-09-2010, 07:24 PM
Superbowl Weekend
Day #2 (Superbowl Sunday)
Breakfast

It was a pleasure to try another breakfast buffet at Buena Vista Suites. They don't serve the same things every day - they do change things around a bit...

Here's my plate:

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I got my eggs again :thumbsup2 ...plus those yummy potatoes! (I did like them with ketchup... I was starting to feel like Big Guy - he's my Ketchup Kid... I think there's one in every family.)

Instead of pancakes, today they had french toast sticks, which I was looking forward to indulging in... but nope! Not worth a second bite. They were seriously undercooked, and therefore, NASTY! :sad2:

One other change today - the meat. I do like meat, all types, except I wasn't particularly fond of the ham the previous day... so the bacon was a welcome change this morning! It was cooked well and really hit the spot! (Better than some of the Disney bacon I'd just tolerate... I'm sure many of you who've been around The World have had some of that "Disney bacon.")

I also helped myself to a bowl of oatmeal. Sure, we were in Florida, but it was not the warmest place to be. Some people forget that it can be chilly down there too. Anyway, the oatmeal was a nice warm-up-the-tummy type of meal that I don't normally eat in my away-from-Disney low-carb life. (The closest I can get is ground flaxseed meal... yeah, pretty much tastes how it sounds, though more tolerable with butter, cinnamon, and sf syrup.) Since I was indulging in oatmeal, I did it up right - with a nice plump of butter, some brown sugar, a little maple syrup, and raisins - all available on that wonderful complimentary buffet. Yum.

Why I had a diet coke with breakfast, I don't know... it really doesn't feel right to have soda with breakfast. :upsidedow I later got some hot chocolate. :thumbsup2 The buffet also had tea, coffee, juice, and milk available.

Here's Little Guy and his food:

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Scrambled eggs (with jelly... :confused3), raisins, pears (in the bowl on the plate), orange wedge, two chocolate-covered donuts (they also had powdered and at least one other type), and some fruit loops with milk.

Between our two plates, I think we pretty much covered everything that was on anyone else's plates.

Good: One word: COMPLIMENTARY!

Gooder: Oatmeal - yummy on a cold day!

Goodest: Eggs AND bacon! Yay, protein!

NorweJenNY
06-09-2010, 07:55 PM
Superbowl Weekend
Day #2 - Wrapping up the rest of our first trip in 2010

We all ate a rather full breakfast, so by afternoon, we decided to just snack instead of have a real lunch.

Here are some of our favorite snacks in Magic Kingdom:

Good: Dole Whips from Aloha Aisle... I personally can't put these on top of my favorite snacks list... though hubby and his mother probably could! (She had THREE in one day!) Hubby and his mother are into the pineapple version, while the kiddos prefer vanilla.

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Gooder: Funnel Cakes from Sleepy Hollow! Yum! As long as these aren't overcooked and too crispy, these are a delight... love those nice soft pieces. As I've already warned before with the beignets, watch out for that powdered sugar and dark clothing! This is the place to get them... cheaper than the funnel cake stand in Epcot or on the Boardwalk for some reason.

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Goodest: Chili Cheese Fries from Pecos Bill's! :goodvibes Part of the reason these were so good to me was that it was, as I said before, a cold day. These warmed me up! And, because I got these from Pecos Bill's, there's a nice toppings bar where I could get some onions and shredded cheese to add to my chili cheese fries... and I got an additional cheese sauce on the side because there are always those spare fries on the edges that just get a lack of toppings. :thumbsup2

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For dinner, guess what we did? Yep, back to Sassagoula Floatworks at the French Quarter for our favorites - ribs, jambalaya, beignets... all great! We love ending a trip this way! And there was a bit of added excitement from the lounge... people in all types of Saints gear were really happy for some reason that night. :cheer2: And at Port Orleans, we saw no evidence of opposition...

For breakfast, yep... one more buffet at Buena Vista Suites before we hit the road. Sausages were the meat of the day, and hubby and I loaded up on them. Overall, great breakfasts here. We'd come back to Buena Vista Suites again if the price is right and we're trying to save some money on lodging and meals.

And that's the end of our Superbowl Weekend trip. We came in just about on budget. $300 out of our pockets for a weekend in Disney (thanks to deals and the grandmothers coming along to share some costs)... and Superbowl Weekend, IMHO, is a great time to visit Disney! I'd love to come back during the same time period! We witnessed some of the lowest wait times for attractions ever!

Stay tuned to this dining review for our Easter Weekend eats - coming up next!

Dizzymrslizzy
06-09-2010, 09:36 PM
Your sons sure have grown since the last pictures I saw (I know it was only a few months ago). I think your Little Guy had a growth spurt.

Holy Moly! Little Guy DID have a big Growth Spurt according to your first picture of you and the boys. He looks so much more grown up!!!!

PS- Don't forget to post about my amazing Carrot Cake Cookie!!!! Or I'll have to Hijack your report :)

PPSS- Next trip you have to include us again! :( Or at least mail me another CC Cookie!!! LOL

Dis_Yoda
06-10-2010, 09:13 AM
Apparently we traveled the same weekends!

Love the reviews :)

NorweJenNY
06-10-2010, 05:23 PM
Holy Moly! Little Guy DID have a big Growth Spurt according to your first picture of you and the boys. He looks so much more grown up!!!!

PS- Don't forget to post about my amazing Carrot Cake Cookie!!!! Or I'll have to Hijack your report :)

PPSS- Next trip you have to include us again! :( Or at least mail me another CC Cookie!!! LOL


You don't have to remind me that my Little Guy is not so little anymore... :rolleyes:

He is growing up... all ready for kindergarten! :eek:

If I skip the CCC mention, feel free to hijack!

Hey, if we go next fall, we'll mail your hubby a CCC for his birthday. ;) We've done trips together two years apart, so if we skip WDW for fall 2010, then we're due for another together trip in fall 2011... :goodvibes


Apparently we traveled the same weekends!

Love the reviews :)


Great minds in the same rut... :goodvibes

Thanks! Stay tuned for more!

tink,too
06-11-2010, 11:23 AM
Loving your food report and photos. :thumbsup2

I really must treat my DH to a Pineapple Dole Whip in October as I always read such good things about them. :)

NuJoy
06-11-2010, 01:10 PM
I am thoroughly enjoying your reviews. Can't wait to read more.

let'sgo
06-11-2010, 01:33 PM
Really enjoyed reading the reviews and seeing the pictures! It all looked so good.

NorweJenNY
06-12-2010, 03:02 PM
Loving your food report and photos. :thumbsup2

I really must treat my DH to a Pineapple Dole Whip in October as I always read such good things about them. :)

Hubby and lots of people have come to love pineapple dole whips... I'm just not one of them...

Though I did discover ONE way I do appreciate using a pineapple dole whip. Hubby also discovered a nifty little trick about ordering his dole whip too... You'll have to tune in to my third-trip-of-the-year's review though.
:rolleyes1

Glad you're enjoying what you're seeing!

I am thoroughly enjoying your reviews. Can't wait to read more.

:welcome:

Glad you're enjoying!

Really enjoyed reading the reviews and seeing the pictures! It all looked so good.

It is good... mmmmmm...

Glad you're enjoying as well! :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
06-12-2010, 03:54 PM
Easter Weekend
Day #1 - Snack

We made it to Epcot around 11am (after staying overnight near the GA/FL border on I-95, where we had a complimentary "deluxe" continental breakfast at a Days Inn - yep, that meant carbs, plus waffles, aka more carbs).

One of the things the boys love to do in Epcot is get the charms in all the countries, so for a busy weekend like this, that seemed like a brilliant plan. (Though we stopped to get FPs for Test Track first. :thumbsup2)

We started in Mexico, got to Norway, and while hubby took the kiddos to the Kidcot stop, I stopped in Kringla Bakeri og Cafe. Normally, I'm a lefse type of person here. But this trip, I after I finally learned that my tastebuds actually don't mind coconut the way they used to, I decided it was time to try the famous school bread:

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(Yes, I realized - more carbs, but at least this was a very short trip.)

My verdict? Pleasant, but not to-die-for. First off, I was expecting it too resemble a somewhat donut-like texture and sweetness, but apparently the texture and flavor was more like a basic roll - soft roll, but basic. I expected a little more to it. No, I didn't mind the coconut. The filling, well, I expected that to be a sweetened thing too. It tasted very buttery, which I like, but I felt like the overall product just lacked sweetness. I guess when it's called school bread, I should expect just that - bread. And bread typically isn't sweet. So I don't know where I got this notion in my head that this should be sweet, but maybe if I had eaten it without the expectations of it being sweet, it would've been better. Next time though, I'll either get my lefse or try another one of the treats that the place has a nice variety of.

I will say though, school bread, like lefse, is only about $2... so that's a pretty good value for a snack in Disney.

NorweJenNY
06-12-2010, 04:21 PM
Easter Weekend
Day #1 - Lunch

We continued from Norway to China all the way to an adventurous dining experience at Liberty Inn. (Yes, that's sarcasm.) Had the kids not been along, we probably would've eaten a CS in at least a country that we're not native to...

Big Guy had a burger and fries... he had another side included, it may have been applesauce - I really don't remember.

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Exciting, right?

Little Guy had chicken nuggets and fries and grapes.

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Thrilling, I know... but try to contain your excitement.

The kid's meals came with drinks... and I believe the both got apple juices.

Hubby had a double bacon cheeseburger... and fries.

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Oooh... Ahhh... right? At least it seemed like a "manly" meal... lots of meat... I mean two beef patties PLUS bacon... mmmmmm.

I probably could have liked that too (especially after all the carbs that morning), but I didn't give hubby specific instructions other than "you know what I like... get me something."

This is what he brought me...

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A chili cheese dog and fries - messy, but good. Chili and cheese are just a wonderful combination... and by cheese, I mean processed, creamy, yellowy sauce. ;) It was a day of pure nutrition, wasn't it? And fries to go with it? My goodness... had I ordered this, I would have gotten apples instead of fries (as that is an option here). But, at least the fries were good for dipping in the extra chili and cheese from the hot dog. And apparently the fries did not disappoint... not one left behind. :rolleyes: Oh... the carbs... the shame...

So Liberty Inn, here's the final thoughts...

Good: There were a lot of tables here... we didn't have too much trouble finding a place to sit inside. There were more tables outside, but it seemed a bit too warm out there. A lot of the other countries in Epcot tend to have very limited seating.

Gooder: Guaranteed to find food for non-adventurous eaters (such as my two little boys.)

Goodest: Meaty options... I like meat... and I needed meat after all the carbs I'd had earlier. Double bacon cheeseburger with bacon - while unadventurous, will still satisfy any carnivore. And a hot dog smothered in chili - same deal. I believe the menu also features a BBQ pork sandwich and a roast beef and cheddar sandwich. Both are harder to come by in the parks than hot dogs and burgers, so those would be options I'd like to check out should I find myself at Liberty Inn again in the future.

SunnieRN
06-12-2010, 08:22 PM
Great reviews so far, looking forward to more!! Your sons are so cute!

tink,too
06-13-2010, 08:13 AM
Hubby and lots of people have come to love pineapple dole whips... I'm just not one of them...

Though I did discover ONE way I do appreciate using a pineapple dole whip. Hubby also discovered a nifty little trick about ordering his dole whip too... You'll have to tune in to my third-trip-of-the-year's review though.
:rolleyes1

I know I won't like them - I one of those picky eaters, too (like, grown woman eating off the kids buffet selections type :guilty:)

Great update - can't wait to find out how to "use" a dole whip correctly. :laughing:

chocolateMinnie
06-13-2010, 09:45 AM
Loving the fantastic reviews, imagine three trips in a year. We made it twice last year and DH thought that was excessive. LOL.

NorweJenNY
06-13-2010, 02:40 PM
Great reviews so far, looking forward to more!! Your sons are so cute!


Thanks! I tend to think they're pretty cute too! :cutie:


I know I won't like them - I one of those picky eaters, too (like, grown woman eating off the kids buffet selections type :guilty:)

Great update - can't wait to find out how to "use" a dole whip correctly. :laughing:

I would love to get a glimpse into your head as to what you are thinking you can "use" a Dole Whip for... I'm sure there's some pretty funny things out there...

My thought is not exactly funny though... I like to think of it as more clever. :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
06-13-2010, 02:54 PM
Loving the fantastic reviews, imagine three trips in a year. We made it twice last year and DH thought that was excessive. LOL.


Well, it's a little easier when you can just drive there! :)
It's about a 8-10 hour trip, depending on stops and if we catch traffic or a storm along the way.

We used to live in New York, and that would've been just too much to drive. (Though I know people who've done it.) If we lived overseas, I don't even know if we'd make it once per year! Domestic airfare would be a lot for a family of four... I can't imagine international!

Though if money were no object (and we had the available time), it wouldn't matter where we lived! We'd easily go multiple times per year! It'd be silly not too! :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
06-13-2010, 07:08 PM
Easter Weekend
Day #1 - Evening

Epcot certainly was getting crowded, but we completed all the Kidcot FunStops in the World Showcase, a few lesser-wait attractions in Future World, and returned to Test Track with the FPs we got when we first entered around 11am. It was a little after 4pm when we decided it was time to move on... so we headed to Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom was a great choice, btw! It was Easter Weekend, so AK was open until 8pm. However, they don't have anything spectacular like fireworks at night or anything, so as we entered the park (after 5pm), EVERYONE else was leaving! Let me put this into perspective... we were totally going against the flow of the crowds, and when we made it to Kilamanjaro Safaris, they directed us to the FP entrance instead of stand-by because there was literally no wait! We enjoyed our safari, and then let the kids play in DinoLand a bit, but by now, we realized we were hungry. We had a leisurely walk toward the exit, as there was still nobody around.

So the kids could have a fun experience, we decided to try Rainforest Cafe. We put our names down, hubby took the boys to the bathroom, and by the time he returned, the kids had about a minute to look at the fish before we were seated... and we were actually surrounded by many empty tables!

I had a coupon for a $.99 kid's meal at any RFC, which they happily accepted but would only apply to one kid's meal. Oh well, better than nothing, right?

We started with the mozzarella sticks because hubby and I decided we'd share that and an entree too.

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This picture was taken after a few had been removed... some of us were hungry... these were pretty typical sticks. We love cheese sticks, but these didn't scream that there was anything special about them.

We also shared with Big Guy, who is another cheese stick lover.

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He's enjoying his cheese stick with one hand, still holding his kid's pizza meal in the other... yeah, he was hungry.

Little Guy also had pizza, but with pepperoni... just the way he likes it.

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Hubby and I shared the pot roast entree.

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Again, good... but not screaming that it's really special.

The real appeal to Rainforest Cafe is the atmosphere... absolutely phenomenal.

So to sum up Rainforest Cafe (at AK):

Good: All the food: pot roast, mozzerella sticks, kid's pizzas - all good (nothing more).

Gooder: I actually remembered to pack the coupon I had printed and had it with me at just the right time... and it was accepted! That's a big deal in my mind.

Goodest: The best atmosphere for a family with kids! (Though we haven't tried T-Rex yet, so I'm yet to compare.) You really don't see walls and ceilings - you see trees and vines and animals everywhere... we were seated near an elephant that moved every few moments. Our kids absolutely loved the feel of the place, and have asked us when we can return just because of the atmosphere. They were actually sad when we didn't stop in RFC on our next trip on the way out of AK!

One more thing to mention... because of our timing, we had absolutely no problem finding our van when we were done... :thumbsup2

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Symans3honeybees
06-13-2010, 07:18 PM
By far, you have the best read....:cool1::cool1:

Fairy Godnana
06-13-2010, 07:37 PM
Wow! I've never seen the parking lot that empty!!

catne
06-13-2010, 07:48 PM
great pics of RFC...kids are so cute! And love that picture of the parking lot...don't see that very often.

dnet
06-13-2010, 07:51 PM
Thanks for sharing! Enjoyable~

NorweJenNY
06-13-2010, 07:53 PM
By far, you have the best read....:cool1::cool1:

Why, thank you! :cutie:

Wow! I've never seen the parking lot that empty!!

At least certainly not in Disney, right? ;) I couldn't believe it myself!

With the kids especially, we tend to not stay out very late... though we'd never visited AK in the late afternoon-early evening either. It helped that the park had been closed a while already when we got finished with dinner.

At least now I know the strategy - when it's a busy season (like Easter time), and AK is open later than normal, head there in the late afternoon. And to please the kiddos, stop in RFC before leaving... though next time I think we might just try dessert only...

NorweJenNY
06-13-2010, 07:58 PM
great pics of RFC...kids are so cute! And love that picture of the parking lot...don't see that very often.

Glad you like the pictures. I think I should've taken more of the decor though... :upsidedow That was the best part, after all! I think we were all just hungry and focused on food!

That parking lot needed a picture... I wish I could see such a sight more often on our WDW travels!

Thanks for sharing! Enjoyable~

Glad you're enjoying! It's so much fun to share these experiences with people who share my excitement.

tink,too
06-14-2010, 09:03 AM
I would love to get a glimpse into your head as to what you are thinking you can "use" a Dole Whip for... I'm sure there's some pretty funny things out there...

My thought is not exactly funny though... I like to think of it as more clever. :goodvibes

I'm intrigued now - can't wait for the Trip 3 reviews so I can finally be put out of my misery! :rotfl2:

Loved your RFC reviews. We have yet to try any of the RFC's at WDW, but we enjoyed dinner so much at the one in DL, that we went back the next morning for breakfast. :lovestruc

chocolateMinnie
06-14-2010, 01:10 PM
Well, it's a little easier when you can just drive there! :)
It's about a 8-10 hour trip, depending on stops and if we catch traffic or a storm along the way.

We used to live in New York, and that would've been just too much to drive. (Though I know people who've done it.) If we lived overseas, I don't even know if we'd make it once per year! Domestic airfare would be a lot for a family of four... I can't imagine international!

Though if money were no object (and we had the available time), it wouldn't matter where we lived! We'd easily go multiple times per year! It'd be silly not too! :goodvibes



Now driving sounded great until you mentioned 8-10 hours - that's the same time as our flight :laughing:

I agree about the fact about money being no object - we reckon we'd just take advantage of the 90days we could stay in the USA each year if we won the lottery and give 45days a year to WDW with another 45days to tour the rest of your wonderful country.

gardengirl628
06-14-2010, 06:11 PM
Totally enjoying your reviews! Thank you so much for sharing. We love to go to the Rainforest Cafe....totally agree with you, though. It's completely for the atmosphere. Food is okay.....the rainforest is awesome! Love those fish tanks!

NorweJenNY
06-21-2010, 05:38 PM
I'm intrigued now - can't wait for the Trip 3 reviews so I can finally be put out of my misery! :rotfl2:

Loved your RFC reviews. We have yet to try any of the RFC's at WDW, but we enjoyed dinner so much at the one in DL, that we went back the next morning for breakfast. :lovestruc


Glad I've gotten you intrigued... I'll have to move faster to not keep you in suspense I suppose... :upsidedow


Now driving sounded great until you mentioned 8-10 hours - that's the same time as our flight :laughing:

I agree about the fact about money being no object - we reckon we'd just take advantage of the 90days we could stay in the USA each year if we won the lottery and give 45days a year to WDW with another 45days to tour the rest of your wonderful country.


Wow! Does our country really have that much to explore? I think we spend too much time focusing on a single destination... ;)


Totally enjoying your reviews! Thank you so much for sharing. We love to go to the Rainforest Cafe....totally agree with you, though. It's completely for the atmosphere. Food is okay.....the rainforest is awesome! Love those fish tanks!


I love the fish tanks too... the way they make these huge tanks that actually connect over your head too. I'm on the lookout for some more outstanding food... yet to see a review that says "you MUST get ___ at RFC!" I hope someone points me in the right direction if there's something that I'm missing food-wise there though.

Glad you're enjoying! I'll be posting more this evening (as long as I have no technical issues).

NorweJenNY
06-21-2010, 06:17 PM
Easter Weekend
Day #2 - Breakfast

Staying at the Embassy Suites in Orlando, just like Buena Vista Suites, entitles you to a full hot breakfast buffet. The difference at Embassy Suites is that the buffet is bigger, with more to choose from... but it's also busier. Part of that could just be do to the mere fact that it was Easter weekend, but the entire hotel is also rather large, and I suspect that it always is going to have more crowds at breakfast. Breakfast is served in the open atrium, so it doesn't give you that cozy feeling of the dining area in BVS.

On to the food...

Hubby's plate... and bowls...

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A bowl of rice crispies, a bowl of grits, and a plate of eggs, potatoes, bacon, and sausages. Hubby likes his breakfast foods... he's particularly fond of sausages and loves when he can pile several on to his plate.

Here's Little Guy with his juice.

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You can see he has a little egg and toast on his plate. I believe the boys also had either a muffin or donut each... couldn't snap fast enough. (Part of my plate is in the foreground.)

My plate...

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If you get up early enough (or are patient enough to wait on a longer line after sleeping in a bit) you can get made to order eggs and/or omelets... however you like! And the man making them was hysterical! A show all by himself! Every time a new person came through the line, he'd give them a name and talk to them as if he knew them... like "hey, Jimmy! Great party last night!" Or an older woman comes through and he says something like "Mary! How could you stand me up like that the other night!"

In addition to the egg guy's comical "routine," he had a super memory and remembered specific orders without a problem... sunny side up here, ham and cheese and peppers next, mushrooms and spinach no cheese after that... he remembered it all and gave everyone exactly what they wanted. If I remember correctly, I ordered my omelet with sausage, onions, and cheese. Yum! After getting that, I helped myself to some potatoes and sausages on the side too... and a bowl of grits or oatmeal with brown sugar... I tend to eat them both very similarly so I don't remember which. There's some toast on my plate too... which I don't remember... or maybe it was french toast... that's more likely to end up on my plate... I don't recall... but I was happiest with my omelet and sausages - love my breakfast proteins!

It was all good. Cooked well, kept warm, nice!

Here's my summary of our breakfast experience...

Good: Complimentary with your stay!

Gooder: Huge variety! Something... and more something... for everyone!

Goodest: The made-to-order egg-ordering experience! From the funny guy cooking, to the last bite of it on your plate... awesomeness! :thumbsup2

NorweJenNY
06-21-2010, 06:50 PM
Easter Weekend
Day #2 - Lunch

This was Magic Kingdom day, and we headed to Liberty Tree Tavern, which is quickly becoming a favorite restaurant for us. I do like the colonial feel to it. And they've got such good American food!

We started out with Tavern Fried Cheese, which unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of, but I did get one shot of Big Guy eating one of the mozzarella sticks!

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We LOVE tavern fried cheese... a must-order every time we come! Two types of fried cheese come on the plate - mozzarella sticks and smaller cheese curds (which I think may have white cheddar?)

This picture also gives you a feel for the atmosphere inside. You can see that we didn't feel like our tables were right on top of other parties' tables. We were well spaced and could easily hold conversations at our table without worrying about other people too close to us.

Little Guy got turkey... his "typical" dish here.

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Served (typically) with green beans and mashed potatoes PLUS two sides... :confused3 He doesn't eat green veggies (without us forcing him to), so those were split between hubby and me. We also split his potatoes. He basically just ate the turkey and one side of sliced green apples.

Yes... green apples. If you've read my past reports, that's the one type my Big Guy eats. So he also got green apples as a side with his macaroni plate...

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They also brought him a side of mixed fruit (which in Disney typically means a lot of melon with a couple berries mixed in). I was pretty sure I asked for JUST apples for both of the boys... but I wasn't in an arguing mood. It did cost us an extra dollar or two to have the uneaten melons on the table. :sad2: (I normally like the fact that you don't have to get all the sides that the menu says the kid's meal "is served with." It's usually too much food for our kids.) Nevertheless, the macaroni itself, which is becoming Big Guy's "typical" meal here, was enjoyed... with meat sauce and cheese... a winner in his eyes!

Hubby and I split the pot roast. Yum! Here's my half (with Little Guy's green beans on the side).

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Very important - Little Guy's turkey gravy (which he doesn't use) is essential to add to our adult potatoes! Fabulous gravy! Not to overshadow the pot roast too much... as that's great here too! But the gravy really is good!

And we topped off our meal with one dessert split four ways -

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Brownie a la mode. Simple and delicious.

Here's my summary for the meal...

Good: Brownie a la mode - our first time trying it here... simple brownie, no nuts (the way we like it!) Fudge and ice cream just go so well with it! :goodvibes

Gooder: Tavern Fried Cheese - I am especially fond of the little cheese curds. :lovestruc

Goodest: Turkey gravy. Yep, it's THAT good! Best food at this restaurant! :cloud9:

tink,too
06-22-2010, 11:25 AM
Glad I've gotten you intrigued... I'll have to move faster to not keep you in suspense I suppose... :upsidedow


:laughing: Thanks for the update. Do I sense that Trip 3 details will be arriving on our screens soon? :rolleyes1

cannp123165
06-22-2010, 12:51 PM
Great reports so far! :)

butiflfeet
06-22-2010, 01:25 PM
Great update! Our trip in December will be the first time we try LTT and your pics are making me hungry!

NorweJenNY
06-22-2010, 09:21 PM
:laughing: Thanks for the update. Do I sense that Trip 3 details will be arriving on our screens soon? :rolleyes1

Yep! Soon... :angel:


Great reports so far! :)

Thanks! Glad you're enjoying! :goodvibes


Great update! Our trip in December will be the first time we try LTT and your pics are making me hungry!


You'll love LTT! ...and a December trip! I can't wait to go back some time with Christmas decorations all over! It's amazing how much the park can change and give you a whole different feel that time of the year! Love it!

(Got room in your suitcase for a 5'5" female? :rolleyes1)

NorweJenNY
07-23-2010, 12:21 PM
My apologies for not being around... a bit of a rocky month with my position at work being in jeopardy and then needing a bunch of house repairs... because things always happen all at once!

And of course, I finally found out I was losing my job the day after our annual passes expired! Had I known even a week earlier I would've taken a last minute trip with some vacation time I still had in order to go and clear my head (at this point I'm used to finding some deals at the last minute!) But no, I'm stuck in NC, and now I'm taking the last of my vacation days at home before my official last day... I already cleaned out my office.

So anyway... here I am, apparently with some extra time on my hands... so let's continue on this report, shall we? I'm going to attempt my next review within the next hour...

NorweJenNY
07-23-2010, 12:45 PM
Easter Weekend
Day #2 - Snacks

Sure, we just had dessert at LTT, but we were to leave by mid-afternoon, and it's a sin (especially in hubby's mind) to leave Disney without a trip to Aloha Aisle for some dole whips.

This particular trip was really neat, as it was a bit busy, (late afternoon, a weekend, a Saturday, the day before Easter, etc.), but we managed to find a very cool place to sit and enjoy our treats - the Adventureland Veranda. Now, this place I had never seen open in all my trips to Disney. But they were open and serving!

I did happen across a video from 1992 that shows the inside of this place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkYXoCgXqwA. It looked pretty much the same - had a Tiki Room/Polynesian feel to it... completely inside. They even had a menu to order from there, but we just ate our dole whip treats there because the place was otherwise empty! (Maybe it was busier at lunch time? :confused3)

The boys shared a vanilla dole whip, because it's HUGE!

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(Wait for the picture of mine to see the real color.)

Hubby had his pineapple dole whip...

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He was in heaven, as usual...

I had a dole whip float - pineapple juice with vanilla-orange swirl dole whip...

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I already had to scrape the sides because it was melting. (Imagine that... heat in Florida?! :rolleyes:)

But the color was most striking! I knew to expect the orange, but how funky was it with the lavendar-colored vanilla?! Must've been an Easter thing. It looked a bit odd with the orange and yellow...

One disappointment was that hollow center...

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True, it was plenty to eat anyway, but it just feels incomplete when I find this. I love pineapple juice, and having it with dole whip is nice, though I don't think I'll do orange again. The orange flavor was too fake for me, kinda like a tic tac flavor... which isn't necessarily bad, but to me, it was so-so. I'll stick with all vanilla next time.

So... in my mind...

Good: Pineapple Juice + Dole Whip = Refreshing

Gooder: Hubby got his momentary satisfaction to feed his dole whip addiction.

Goodest: Checking out the Adventureland Veranda was a bit of an adventure itself! Loved finding a quiet, cool place to sit during an otherwise hot day during the peak of spring break!

We will be back... got a whole May trip to report on, including Aloha Aisle again, where hubby eventually learns how to really order a dole whip... but you'll just have to wait for that part. In the mean time, if you haven't already checked my list toward the beginning of this thread, our May trip was a doozy overall! Lots to report on, so stay tuned!

tink,too
07-23-2010, 12:57 PM
Oh Jenny, I'm so sorry to hear about your job situation. Here's hoping you find something else soon. :hug:

tink,too
07-23-2010, 01:03 PM
I thought my screen colours were way off when I saw that lilac and luminous orange concoction! :rotfl2: I'll be treating DH to a pineapple dole whip for the first time in October - I can't believe we've never tried them before now. :guilty:

TheNewMrsB
07-23-2010, 01:48 PM
Enjoying your reports - sorry to hear about your job situation, though!

Looking forward to finding out the correct way to order a Dole Whip - just in time for my own vacation! :)

NorweJenNY
07-23-2010, 02:47 PM
Oh Jenny, I'm so sorry to hear about your job situation. Here's hoping you find something else soon. :hug:

Thanks for the hug, Tink! Hopefully your pixie dust will help. :goodvibes

I thought my screen colours were way off when I saw that lilac and luminous orange concoction! :rotfl2: I'll be treating DH to a pineapple dole whip for the first time in October - I can't believe we've never tried them before now. :guilty:

LOL! Yeah... orange and lavendar in yellow juice is quite the sight! I don't think they'll do lavendar in October though... ;)

Enjoying your reports - sorry to hear about your job situation, though!

Looking forward to finding out the correct way to order a Dole Whip - just in time for my own vacation! :)

Glad you're enjoying! Hopefully I'll get to that dole whip part before your trip... :angel:

wilma-bride
07-23-2010, 04:34 PM
So sorry about your job situation Jenny. I hope you manage to find something else soon :goodvibes

I have really enjoyed your latest round of reviews, which I read while eating a tub of Ben and Jerry's Half Baked ;)

tink,too
07-23-2010, 05:14 PM
LOL! Yeah... orange and lavendar in yellow juice is quite the sight! I don't think they'll do lavendar in October though... ;)

I'm hoping they don't go with a Halloween theme and choose purple either! :scared1: :rotfl2:

NorweJenNY
07-23-2010, 11:15 PM
So sorry about your job situation Jenny. I hope you manage to find something else soon :goodvibes

I have really enjoyed your latest round of reviews, which I read while eating a tub of Ben and Jerry's Half Baked ;)

Thanks... we'll hope for the best!

Pssst... Got any of that Ben and Jerry's to share? :rolleyes1

I'm hoping they don't go with a Halloween theme and choose purple either! :scared1: :rotfl2:

I think they're best off leaving the vanilla white then... if you a get pineapple juice float with vanilla and orange swirl, then you'll have the same colors as candy corn! :)

I heard about some pink and green dole whips some time before Christmas (pink because they couldn't make it fully red)... some things are best left unchanged... I say if they want to go Christmas-y, skip the color change and maybe have eggnog flavored ice cream for a festive Florida treat.

CarolineInToronto
07-24-2010, 08:30 AM
Goodest: Eggs AND bacon! Yay, protein!


LOL - this cracks me up! As a low-carber as well, I'm all about scouting out enough protein in my meals to help off-set the extra carbs I'll be eating while on vay-cay :)

NorweJenNY
07-24-2010, 03:03 PM
LOL - this cracks me up! As a low-carber as well, I'm all about scouting out enough protein in my meals to help off-set the extra carbs I'll be eating while on vay-cay :)

Good to plan ahead! :thumbsup2

Enjoy your vay-cay! Just remember, worst case scenario, there's plenty of protein at home to help off-set your vay-cay carbs... :rolleyes1

NorweJenNY
07-29-2010, 09:14 PM
Time to move on to our next (and last) and biggest vacation of the year!

May 2010
Day #1

Because we had driven down a good chunk of the drive from Charlotte on the previous night, we made it to Disney World by lunch time, where we would try a new place (at least to us)... House of Blues!

This was a great deal - one of those high values for a meal (though it could've been better than what we did). I had a Restaurant.com "gift certificate" (more like a high value coupon) for $25 off a $35 purchase (and the cost was about $2-3 for that one).

Getting a $35 total was not going to be any issue as we were, at this point, 3 adults (hubby, Grandmom, and myself) plus Big Guy and Little Guy.

Big Guy got a nice size cheeseburger, which he covered with ketchup. His side of fries was also eventually devoured after he covered them with ketchup as well (way too much... he did it when we weren't looking.)

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Little Guy got a hot dog. It was a very decent size once again for a kid's meal (even if you can't tell from the picture). He also had fries... lots. The fries were very good, there were just too many of them at our table overall!

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WARNING: Kid's meals at House of Blues looked like they were similarly priced to all other kid's meals at Disney, but the drinks were not included. We didn't realize that when we ordered, otherwise we would have given the kids waters and let them get their juice from our stash in the van. (I often drink water at restaurants to save money myself - it just seems like a huge, unnecessary expense most of the time.)

Hubby got a Philly cheesesteak... with more fries...

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It was a fairly large sandwich - so hubby was happy. True, it still wasn't a real philly, like you'd get in philly with the fake cheese sauce and grease dripping all over - but he knew not to expect that... still, hubby enjoyed it. Although the picture kinda shoes a big amount of bread, there really was a large amount of meat and cheese and onions inside.

Grandmom and I split a meal... a huge rack of ribs...

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It didn't even fit on the plate! Awesome! Though, it was also an indicator that we would have to divide up the meals on our plates ourselves... not a huge deal, but not what we were typically used to when sharing TS meals in Disney - usually we get shared meals already split as half-portions on two separate plates.

The ribs were not particularly the saucy kind - just a little... and they had a slight sweetness to them, but not as much as a true honey BBQ sauce. I believe I recall just a hint of a spice to it - just a slight tingle on the tongue. They certainly were soft and enjoyable - and had their own distinct flavor to keep them different from all other ribs we'd had on property (WCC, SciFi, POFQ, Cosmic Ray, Flame Tree, etc.) It was quite a pricetag ($25, thus eating up our entire "gift certificate" with one full order), but as long as we were sharing again (far too much for a single person), we'd consider ordering them again.

We also got coleslaw and fries with ribs. I'm not a coleslaw person, but I don't think my mom was too thrilled with it either (and she's more likely to like it.) Fries though, good... once again... just too many at our table!

Our bill total, after subtracting the "gift card" and adding tax and tip, came to $49... $37 of which became our family of four's share. (Grandmom and I decided $12 would be a fair share for her half of the ribs plus tax, tip, drink, while getting the advantage of some of the discount.)

So... to sum up...

Good: Lunch time (even on this particular Saturday) was a very slow time at HoB... we had an ADR but really didn't need it based on seeing sooo many empty tables in the restaurant. I have a feeling this place is busier at night though. It's not like there was live music while we were there - which is a major draw at other times.

Gooder: Back in May, HoB was the one place on property where we could use Restaurant.com "gift certificates." This certainly helped make this a great value! (BTW, since then, some Swan & Dolphin restaurants had been added to Restaurant.com's list as well.)

Goodest: Great portion sizes - especially the yummy ribs! $25 may sound like a lot for a single meal, but the ribs are probably the easiest no-brainer when looking for a meal to share!
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I'm just gonna drop in one quick note about dinner on our first day... quick note as it's not a Disney meal, and I don't have food pictures. We did go spend some time in the parks after lunch, but we went off property for dinner at Bennigan's (before checking into Cypress Pointe Grand Villas - where we spent the first three nights in a two-bedroom suite).

Again, I had a Restaurant.com gift certificate ($25 off $35 purchase) - which really gave us another great value! The kid's meals were affordable as well - and even included a cookie sandwich for dessert. I got my Monte Cristo! (That's my all-time favorite Bennigan's food - and so big that I was able to save half for breakfast another morning.) My mom and hubby each had their own meals as well. Our pre-discount total was just over $35, which meant that our post-tax-&-tip total was only about $20!

Here are the only pictures I got... because it was just a cool experience...

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This dude was awesome at balloon animals! (We gave him a tip for how awesome his creations turned out.) No simple swords and doggies here! (Though if you really wanted those usuals, he'd have done that too.)

Big Guy got a T-Rex...

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Little Guy got a motorcycle...

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Even for an offsite meal, Bennigan's was one experience worth mentioning! Great food, service, and value... insane value! :thumbsup2

wilma-bride
07-30-2010, 12:40 PM
Jenny, thanks for the latest update - we have an ADR for HOB at the beginning of September so I was excited to see your review. DH was very excited to see those ribs :thumbsup2

Great to hear about your trip to Bennigans actually - it used to be one of our favourite off-site restaurants, however on our last trip we went to a very poor one on the 192 and it was dire - bad service, horrible food. We left very disappointed. Would be interested to know which Bennigans it was that you went to.

tink,too
07-30-2010, 03:09 PM
Great update, Jenny. :goodvibes

I agree - those balloon creations are awesome! :worship:

pearlieq
07-30-2010, 07:05 PM
And the man making them was hysterical! A show all by himself! Every time a new person came through the line, he'd give them a name and talk to them as if he knew them... like "hey, Jimmy! Great party last night!" Or an older woman comes through and he says something like "Mary! How could you stand me up like that the other night!"


A little late to the party here, but thanks for bringing up a very happy memory!

I loved that guy! He was just so funny and full of life. I was "Tina" and DH was "Jorge". He started all of our mornings off with a chuckle. :)

Thanks for the great info. Glad you had such a nice time!

NorweJenNY
08-01-2010, 03:33 PM
Jenny, thanks for the latest update - we have an ADR for HOB at the beginning of September so I was excited to see your review. DH was very excited to see those ribs :thumbsup2

Great to hear about your trip to Bennigans actually - it used to be one of our favourite off-site restaurants, however on our last trip we went to a very poor one on the 192 and it was dire - bad service, horrible food. We left very disappointed. Would be interested to know which Bennigans it was that you went to.

If your hubby wants to tackle those ribs alone, make sure he comes very hungry! ;)

I believe this Bennigan's was on W. Irlo Bronson... we were very pleased with it! BTW... They had a sign on the door saying they no longer take gift cards, but that just applies to traditional Bennigan's gift cards (maybe they're a franchise?). They certainly accepted the Restaurant.com certificates though!


Great update, Jenny. :goodvibes

I agree - those balloon creations are awesome! :worship:

That dude was good! I would love to see some Disney balloon creations though... I wonder if they ever do that in WDW... :confused3


A little late to the party here, but thanks for bringing up a very happy memory!

I loved that guy! He was just so funny and full of life. I was "Tina" and DH was "Jorge". He started all of our mornings off with a chuckle. :)

Thanks for the great info. Glad you had such a nice time!

I'm so glad someone remembered the omelet station guy from Embassy Suites! He was hilarious! :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
08-02-2010, 10:09 AM
May 2010
Day #2 - Lunch

Since we were staying in a two-bedroom suite at Cypress Pointe Grand Villas, we had a full kitchen and ate our breakfasts there. (Crossroads shopping center was nearby for convenient groceries.)

Since we planned on being at Magic Kingdom, I made lunchtime ADRs for us at Tony's Town Square, which was another new restaurant for us. And the best part of taking pictures of food here was that I wasn't the only one! There was another food reviewer from here on the DISboards that was just a couple tables over from us taking shots! :rotfl:

The atmosphere outside this restaurant (being by the front gates of MK) was busier than the inside, fortunately. Considering it didn't seem overly busy inside, we had particularly slow service, but I think that was mostly because of our particular waiter - as other tables were receiving prompt service. The inside was rather pleasant, but simple - not an overly elaborate decor. It had similar features and feel to the decor of the Plaza Restaurant and Crystal Palace, but got slightly darker further inside the restaurant. The Lady & The Tramp fountain and pictures on the window were about the only Disney distinctions in here. The sunroom looked like a nice, brighter place to sit (though we were seated deeper inside), and I can see why people like sitting here for parades and such - that would make for a great view!

Hubby's mother had joined us now, so I'll start with her plate. She had the Shrimp Scampi Linguini, served with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Asparagus tossed in a Garlic Sauce.

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She enjoyed it, but her only complaint was that there wasn't all that much shrimp in it.

The kiddos each had a pizza...

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Little Guy had with pepperoni, and Big Guy had without. Neither one was particularly thrilled with it, eating not quite half of their respective pizzas. But the adults enjoyed munching on them! There was quite a bit of cheese on it, and I know Little Guy isn't thrilled with that... he's a minimalist when it comes to cheese on pizza (and on pizza is just about the only way he'll eat cheese). Big Guy loves cheese, but I guess something about the crust or seasoning didn't appeal to him. I didn't find it highly seasoned though. He did eat some of the cheese off the top of the pizza, which suggests to me that it was more the crust that he didn't care for. These were pizzas that just were different than other pizzas on property... more of a homemade type of crust, I suppose you could say. I think my kids were just being too picky, but I bet other kids may like it.

Hubby and my mom got the chicken parm. (My mother and I split each other's meals - half and half).

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The pasta and sauce was average, but the chicken itself was surprisingly thick and a bit juicy, making it quite enjoyable. There wasn't enough cheese on the chicken for our liking, but this is where it was convenient that the boys' pizzas had so much extra cheese on it. ;)

My dish (also split with my mom, remember) was the Chicken Florentine Calzone, filled with chicken, spinach, caramelized onions, and mozzarella. (Yes, this helped compensate for the cheese deficiency in another dish!)

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I wish I had taken a picture of the inside of this. Usually when I get something "florentine" I expect to see a lot of green (spinach) with some white from cheese/cream, but this was almost entirely white inside! There were very few pieces of spinach, and had I not been looking for them, I may have not even realized there was any spinach in it at all. Not that I'm complaining, as the chicken, onions, and cheese made for quite a nice calzone filling! The filling was overall smooth and creamy, and possibly would have been a little too much had this been my entire meal. Another note about this is that it was a tad bit salty... I just know this as I generally salt my food but this didn't make me reach for the salt shaker at all. Therefore, I suspect that people who are not into much saltiness might have a problem with this dish. My mom and I - cheesy & salty lovers that we are - enjoyed it though.

The total bill, after the 20% TiW discount, with tax and tip, came to about $89 for four adults and two kids. My more immediate family of four were accountable for about $49.

So my summary for Tony's...

Good: Pleasant decor/atmosphere made for a welcome break from crowds outside.

Gooder: Surprisingly plump chicken in the chicken parm made for a particularly filling meal.

Goodest: The cheese on the pizzas and in the calzone was rather plentiful and tasty, and greatly enjoyed by most of us cheese-lovers (in moderation ;)).

We may or may not return to Tony's... more likely if we come without the kiddos. Liberty Tree Tavern remains our favorite for lunch in MK.

wilma-bride
08-02-2010, 11:46 AM
I have read on another review that the Calzone at Tony's is very salty. I love salty food but can't stand it if it's over-salted IYKWIM. That kids' pizza looked pretty good though :thumbsup2

bluejasmine
08-02-2010, 01:06 PM
Glad to hear you liked Tonys.. Its the one place Im iffy about for our Sept Adrs but I have always wanted to eat here..

tink,too
08-02-2010, 05:44 PM
I've always wanted to have lunch at Tony's, but I'm a really picky eater and I don't think I would have anything there (except maybe dessert! :lovestruc)

That dude was good! I would love to see some Disney balloon creations though... I wonder if they ever do that in WDW... :confused3

I've never seen balloon animals at WDW - except the huge bunches on Main Street - but I bet they would be really cool if Disney made them! :hippie:

NorweJenNY
08-02-2010, 07:33 PM
I have read on another review that the Calzone at Tony's is very salty. I love salty food but can't stand it if it's over-salted IYKWIM. That kids' pizza looked pretty good though :thumbsup2

Yeah, IKWYM... it usually takes a lot of salt to discourage me though... so just the fact that I didn't have to add salt was actually kinda nice. I think other people just may need to have a heads up though.

Kids' pizza that kids don't like but adults do... isn't that fascinating? I loved all the excess cheese on it! :thumbsup2



Glad to hear you liked Tonys.. Its the one place Im iffy about for our Sept Adrs but I have always wanted to eat here..

I think everyone just needs to try it out... I mean really, everyone is going to have their own opinion. Everyone is also going to have their own experience. I think if you do try it, do what other people do and try to get seated in the sun room just before parade time for an awesome view. Then, worst case scenario, if the food isn't what you'd hoped it would be, at least you'd have a neat experience so you wouldn't feel like it's a total waste. :goodvibes


I've always wanted to have lunch at Tony's, but I'm a really picky eater and I don't think I would have anything there (except maybe dessert! :lovestruc)

I've never seen balloon animals at WDW - except the huge bunches on Main Street - but I bet they would be really cool if Disney made them! :hippie:

As for Tony's, why not split a meal with someone or go just for dessert? Just a thought...

As for the balloons, the more I think about it, the more I wonder if it has something to do with the birds... I thought I read somewhere that the balloons Disney uses don't actually pose a threat to wildlife like regular balloons do... perhaps there are no safer balloon animal balloons that can be used. Though, if this is the case, I say Disney should make 'em! :)

NorweJenNY
08-09-2010, 11:02 PM
May 2010
Day #2 - Snacks

We purposely didn't have dessert at Tony's... too many dole whip fans in the family, so we went over to Aloha Aisle.

It was rather busy, however - being peak heat of the day, everyone had the same idea! Hubby stood on the long line while the rest of us sought out tables. There was no place to sit though.

So, I thought I'd look for some benches, or even a table by Casey's (but that was pretty busy too), but since I was so close to something else that I had to try, I took a little detour to Main Street Bakery myself.

I am a bread pudding person, and I heard MSB had a banana bread pudding - so I had to try it!

I got it, and boy was it hot! Started doubting my decision... but I took it and walked back to where my family had finally found a table near Aloha Aisle. (BTW, it was so busy at Aloha Aisle that hubby was still on line at this point!)

Anyway, I got to take out my banana bread pudding while everyone else waited for their dole whips. Here's what it looked like...

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I thought it would be scooped up into a dish, but it was indeed in its own little dish! How cute!

The top was a bit hard (strange for bread pudding, IMHO), but it was softer inside...

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There was a definite banana flavor in it, but not too overpowering. Slightly less moist than other bread pudding I'd had, but still nice for a cakey dessert. The only thing I was questioning was why I was sitting in the heat with a rather warm dessert while everyone else was just getting their cool, refreshing dole whips... :confused3

But then, I suddenly got an idea! :idea:

I took the bread pudding out of its little dish and put it back into the plastic container that I had transported it in... and did this too it...

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Yes, vanilla dole whip on warm banana bread pudding. See how it just started melting into the crevasses of the bread pudding? Oooh... so good! And so cooled it down! And made it much more moist too! Good thing Little Guy had too much of his dole whip to finish! :thumbsup2

But I will say, there was one thing that made this better...

I stole a spoonful of hubby's pineapple dole whip... just one, as that was all I could manage... but yes indeed, I took that pineapple dole whip with a bite of banana bread pudding...

INSTANT POLYNESIAN BLISS! :cloud9: This bite instantly brought me back to dessert I'd had at 'Ohana, which if you recall is a warm pineapple bread pudding with bananas foster sauce and ice cream on it. Pineapple dole whip plus warm banana bread pudding creates a dreamy alternative from counter services in MK!

To sum up...

Good: MSB Banana Bread Pudding

Gooder: MSB Banana Bread Pudding + Vanilla Dole Whip

Goodest: MSB Banana Bread Pudding + Pineapple Dole Whip :lovestruc

So this is how I like my dole whips, but hubby discovered a way he likes his... you'll have to wait 'til later in this report for that one though... ;)

NorweJenNY
08-10-2010, 09:35 AM
May 2010
Day #2 - Dinner

Even though we were staying off property, we returned to POFQ for dinner yet again... we love Sassagoula Floatworks! Reminder... it's one of the CS restaurants where we can use the TiW 20% discount! :thumbsup2

Big Guy didn't get a burger! Branching out, he decided on spaghetti and meatball (singular)... with a side of applesauce.

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That's a big-a meat-a-ball-a! He also got some packets of sprinkle cheese to cover it... he loves that stuff.

You should see in Olive Garden when the waiter/waitress asks if Big Guy wants cheese on his spaghetti - of course he does! So the waiter/waitress usually says "tell me when to stop," but eventually his mommy has to chime in because he'd never tell them to stop! :rotfl:

Little Guy got his usual chicken nuggets and grapes...

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Maybe he'll branch out a little too when he gets a bit older.

Now, on to the stuff that you can't actually get anywhere else in Disney World...

Grandmom and I, of course, got the best CS ribs in The World (with a double side of mac & cheese).

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Hubby's Mom got her ribs with mashed potatoes, and got the mac & cheese in a dish - why didn't I think of that?

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Hubby got his seafood-free jambalaya, making him happy as usual.

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Hubby also ordered us (mostly himself) six beignets. By the time I got through my meal, this is what was left...

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:lmao: At least there was that much!

So... here's my usual sum up...

Good: Food that makes every one happy to be here!

Gooder: 20% TiW discount at the CS! (No tip to add on either!)

Goodest: Best CS ribs in The World!

Ok... let's move on to some pictures other than Sassagoula now... sorry to bore you with so many of those! :cutie:

tink,too
08-10-2010, 01:11 PM
OK Jen, that's one alternative (and yummy) way to "use" a dole whip :rotfl: - can't wait to find out what other concoctions you guys made with them! :hippie:

NorweJenNY
08-10-2010, 10:08 PM
OK Jen, that's one alternative (and yummy) way to "use" a dole whip :rotfl: - can't wait to find out what other concoctions you guys made with them! :hippie:

Sometimes, simple is good... :) Don't expect us to be dragging snacks together from all over the park! Though I'm sure someone out there would...

SlightlyGoofy
08-11-2010, 08:14 AM
Yep, if the folks do not give us what we want we are creative and come up with our very own variations.

Jen, I think the Dole Whip with the crusty bread pudding sounds like a great idea. However, since I am the one who would have to go fetch both of them it ain't going to happen. :goodvibes

CarolineInToronto, so I am not the only one who justifies carb intake? :rotfl2: I weigh in on Tuesdays and we eat at a buffet restaurant that evening. I do not overeat by any means however my 'cheat' for the week is mac & cheese. I take a small soup bowl, scoop about 1/3rd full of cheese shreds, 1/3 with some sort of low carb veggies and then top it off with a small scoop of mac & cheese. All the flavor and less carbs. That is what I ell myself at least. :lmao:

I do not see anything wrong with trying out a restaurant by just ordering an appetizer or dessert. I just would not go at the very busiest of times and take a table from a family who is eating an entire meal. JMO

Slightly Goofy

basketlacey
08-16-2010, 06:47 PM
Loving your review and jealous of your three trips this year!:thumbsup2

Keep them coming! Also, good luck with your job search!

NorweJenNY
09-10-2010, 03:38 PM
Ok... I'll have to admit, this whole lack of employment thing has made me rather depressed in the recent past - especially thoughts of how long it might be before I could ever afford another Disney trip! Gotta at least get the 10th Anniversary one in - 16 months to prepare for that... should be plenty of time to try to get are act back together... hopefully... stupid economy!

Anyway, I am in more of a mood to use Disney as inspiration again... got a ton of applications out this week... have the potential for at least a few tutoring gigs for at least a little income... a glimmer of hope... and I've got my Disney music in the background (thank goodness for online Disney radio stations!)

So let's get back to some reviews now... shall we?


May 2010
Day #3

I apologize if we lack some pictures today... scrambled eggs and cereal for breakfast at our condo... then hubby visited with his father, while me, the kiddos, and the grandmas went to AK...

AK is important to us TiW card holders - 20% discount at several of the CS locations. You can imagine my complete and utter panic when I got to FlameTree BBQ and did not find my TiW card where I had been keeping it for the past 4 entire trips to WDW! I called hubby, in case he had it, but he insisted that he gave it back to me! I didn't want to shell out another $75 for a replacement!!! What would that mean for the rest of the trip? I planned my budget based on having a 20% discount at a lot of places! And here I was getting on line at FlameTree, about to pay full price in the one park where I could've gotten a discount! :headache:

Well... hubby called back and informed me that he was wrong... he DID still have the card! He had it in his hand as we were getting food the previous night and forgot to give it to me! PHEW!

So one CS meal full price wasn't gonna kill the budget... I felt better, but I still just shared a plate of ribs with my mom...

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I missed the ribs from POFQ... those were better... and these didn't have as much meat... not as much for side dishes ( I don't like coleslaw and beans), and maybe paying full price was also getting me down, but I wasn't really impressed. I wish they still served them with cornbread. At least I had some meat. The kids had kid's meals... I think hot dogs... my dmil got a kid's meal too! :rotfl: And I will say, I like the atmosphere in the seating area at FlameTree.

We went to my favorite show in the afternoon - Finding Nemo, and we got some Dibs (chocolate covered ice cream bites) to share around while we waited. Sooo refreshing! Just what we needed!

While we waited, I also got some tips from the guys behind me for taking non-flash pictures during the show. (They saw me researching my options in my manual.) I just set the ISO to 1600, and I think I had more decent pictures this time than any other in the past! Thanks to those guys who said that I shouldn't have to worry about graininess with a higher ISO on these newer cameras. :thumbsup2

So... I'll share a few Nemo photos since I don't have more food photos for this day...

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My summary for dining in AK on this day...

Good: Meat with my lunch... (remember, I can be a bit of a carnivore)...ribs, even if not POFQ's, were decent in flavor despite the small quantity served at Flame Tree.

Gooder: Love the atmosphere - shady places to eat... can always find a seat at Flame Tree.

Goodest: Dibs! So refreshing on a hot day and easy to share! (Even better when you get to eat them in anticipation of the Nemo Musical about to start!)

NorweJenNY
09-10-2010, 08:59 PM
Day #3 (cont.)
May 2010

Ok... dinner was a bit cheesy... literally! :goodvibes We had a very tight budget if we were going to have enough funds for the rest of our major dining plans, so we had to find something cheap as we had my dfil with us this night, plus the grandmas, hubby, me, and the kiddos... what's one thing everyone can agree on? Pizza. We ordered Domino's. I hate to admit it because it was so not Disney, but we weren't on property yet, and had major plans the rest of the week. The good news was this was the first time I got to try the new crust at this place, and man oh man is it good... at least for a chain restaurant.

But we did have some more Disney treats that evening, as hubby wanted some one-on-one time with his mommy and was going out with her a little bit... I asked him to bring me back a certain treat from Earl of Sandwich that I had read about on a food blog...

Well, hubby and his Mom went to Goofy's Candy Company, where she had a princess cupcake (sorry no pic, I wasn't there)... and hubby got a bag of jelly beans...

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That's not my thing though... so hubby did go to The Earl and found exactly what I was looking for...

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Ahhh... the chocolate peanut butter brownie! Masterpiece! First of all the brownie is so soft and chocolatey... the peanut butter center is more like a peanut butter frosting - imagine extra smooth and creamy, slightly sweetened peanut butter - a really thick layer of it! The whole thing was fabulous! Because my mother also appreciates the chocolate-peanut butter combo, I actually letter try a bite (but only one! ;)) She couldn't believe how good it was! She wanted to know when we'd be heading back to DTD! :rotfl2:

You can see it comes pre-packaged - but don't let that fool you! It tastes fabulously fresh! It also comes with a fudge center or a vanilla frosting center... I'm yet to try those... I bet they're all good!

So... for the evening...

Good: Domino's was good and cheesey with a fabulous new crust - not a budget buster, and the whole family ate and had leftovers for breakfast.

Gooder: Hubby and his mom got some time to spend together at Goofy's and enjoy their own treats... she loved the cupcake, and he loved those silly jelly beans - to each his own... the important thing was the happiness it brought them

Goodest: Chocolate peanut butter brownie! A taste of heaven! :cloud9:

And if you're interested in more chocolate peanut butter treats, we have a couple more that we tried as our trip continued... ;)

RachelNinja
09-11-2010, 10:25 AM
Loving your reviews! Is the chocolate peanut butter brownie always at Earl? If so, I'm definitely getting one in February! I saw it and immediately sent the link to your pic to DFi because he too loves the pb and chocolate combo! Can't wait to see what else you guys have!

sandym718
09-11-2010, 12:04 PM
Yum, yum!! choc and PB is my favorite combo! We ate at Earl last trip and I just had a regular brownie, didn't see these, but I'll DEFINITELY be looking for it next March!! Looking forward to the rest of your reviews, esp. the PB/Choc!

NorweJenNY
09-11-2010, 12:40 PM
Loving your reviews! Is the chocolate peanut butter brownie always at Earl? If so, I'm definitely getting one in February! I saw it and immediately sent the link to your pic to DFi because he too loves the pb and chocolate combo! Can't wait to see what else you guys have!


I read about these brownie sandwiches in May before our trip, and I read that they were relatively new at the Earl of Sandwich. Hubby did have a difficult time finding them, so if you have a problem, ask someone! It was sooooo good! :lovestruc


Yum, yum!! choc and PB is my favorite combo! We ate at Earl last trip and I just had a regular brownie, didn't see these, but I'll DEFINITELY be looking for it next March!! Looking forward to the rest of your reviews, esp. the PB/Choc!


They better keep them around! Phenomenal! :thumbsup2

Again, if you can't find them, ask someone at The Earl.

basketlacey
09-11-2010, 01:23 PM
so glad you are back online doing reviews!

A couple of notes to make:

1) I had the roast beef sandwich at Liberty Inn and it was very good. It isn't something I would normally pick but didn't want a burger. It was a good choice for CS.

2) We went to RFC after our AK day last trip. When we left, the parking lot looked just like your picture. Hysterical!

NorweJenNY
09-11-2010, 01:40 PM
so glad you are back online doing reviews!

A couple of notes to make:

1) I had the roast beef sandwich at Liberty Inn and it was very good. It isn't something I would normally pick but didn't want a burger. It was a good choice for CS.

2) We went to RFC after our AK day last trip. When we left, the parking lot looked just like your picture. Hysterical!


1) Nice thought! Good to hear of another pleasant CS option - roast beef at Liberty Inn.

2) Isn't it great when you can find your vehicle immediately? :goodvibes

basketlacey
09-11-2010, 03:19 PM
1) Nice thought! Good to hear of another pleasant CS option - roast beef at Liberty Inn.

2) Isn't it great when you can find your vehicle immediately? :goodvibes


It was so funny to see our vehicles (we had 2) sitting all by themselves. We had quite an entertaining walk out to the car - just being silly.

I forgot to add to my last comment - I really want to try that PB brownie! YUM!

NorweJenNY
09-11-2010, 04:03 PM
I forgot to add to my last comment - I really want to try that PB brownie! YUM!

What a coincidence! I want to try it again! :goodvibes

danalee
09-11-2010, 07:04 PM
omg that peanutbutter brownie :cloud9::cloud9:

thank goodness we leave friday and plan on sometime durning the week hitting Earls!!! :thumbsup2

NorweJenNY
09-11-2010, 07:59 PM
omg that peanutbutter brownie :cloud9::cloud9:

thank goodness we leave friday and plan on sometime durning the week hitting Earls!!! :thumbsup2

You're so lucky! Have a fun trip!

NorweJenNY
09-11-2010, 09:00 PM
Day #4
May 2010

What a beautiful day this was to be! We checked out of our Cypress Pointe villa to move onsite... and after check-in, this is the transportation we got to look forward to...

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We were actually checked into Disney's Beach Club Villas for the first time ever in our lives! We took the boat over to Hollywood Studios... so convenient!

We'd already eaten breakfast (leftover Domino's), so we didn't need to find food right away, but when it was lunch time, we did have that pickle to deal with - which CS shall we attempt to tolerate today? :confused3

We were near ABC Commissary so we tried that... and we got there early enough (before noon) that there weren't many crowds. We had a choice of tables for all six of us.

I, for some reason, wasn't all that hungry, so I just got a strawberry parfait, which was adequate. It had some berries (though I think there were blueberries, not just strawberries like the name suggests) and... I think it was vanilla pudding or yogurt, and some type of crushed cookie or graham cracker. It was sweet, cool, creamy, fruity... nice for a hot day when I wanted something small but more substantial than ice cream.

The boys had their typical meals... nuggets for Little Guy... cheeseburger for Big Guy...

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Hubby and his Mom got double cheeseburgers...

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I'm not sure why the lettuce is on top here... :confused3 They were typical Disney CS burgers. Nothing special.

My Mom ordered the Chicken Bleu/Blue? We didn't really know what this meant... either cordon bleu or blue cheese... we weren't sure, but Mom would've liked either. She was pleasantly surprised by the grilled chicken (she prefers this over breaded chicken)... and the "bleu" was indeed for cordon bleu.

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I thought the cheese melted over this looked wonderful, but I just didn't feel like a hot meal at this point.

Everybody got fries as the side here, though apples is another option... I would've done that had I ordered something with a side, as I was looking for those cooler, more refreshing options... but I was all alone in my mindset. I knew we'd have a big meal this evening to look forward to anyway. ;)

Before we left DHS, I was starting to get hungry, and I knew it wasn't gonna be time for dinner for a few hours, so I stopped in Starring Rolls to grab something to take back to the room with me (I didn't intend on eating it all in one sitting, fortunately!)

I got another chocolate-peanut butter treat... the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake!

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This was a quick shot right before I packaged it up to take with me back to the Beach Club... I think it was a lot bigger than this picture makes it seem... it didn't fit in the plastic clamshell they gave me to pack it in! I had to lay it down diagonally and squish it a little!

Back in the room, I sliced it open to show the cross-section...

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This tasted heavenly! :cloud9: Oh my! Trying to decide whether this one or the chocolate peanut butter brownie... :headache: It's a close one! ;)

And if you look at the frosting on top, you can see that it was about twice the thickness of the width of the plastic knife... we're talking really thick frosting here, people! :goodvibes

The cake part itself was moist, soft, and chocolatey. The frosting was a chocolate-peanut butter frosting, not just chocolate on top and peanut butter in the middle like I thought. There was a definite peanut-butteryness to all the frosting and filling. The shavings on top were straight chocolate. I do have to say this was terribly rich! I enjoyed every bite that I ate... which was gradually, as I picked at it over the course of the next couple days... savoring every chocolatey-peanut-buttery morsel... :lovestruc

So here's my summary for the earlier part of the day's dining experiences...

Good: Chicken Bleu served as a nice change of pace for a meal option in DHS that my Mom enjoyed.

Gooder: ABC Commissary was an uncrowded place (at least at first) to eat... and even just to simply sit in the air conditioning! We needed it on such a hot, exhausting day!

Goodest: Chocolate peanut butter cupcake!!! :love:

kima86
09-11-2010, 10:53 PM
A little late in joining your food party, but I sat & read through all of your reviews in one sitting! There are so many new things I want to try this trip - especially the cupcakes from Starring Rolls in DHS. The picture of the chocolate peanut butter one looks so sinfully rich, I might have to get that AND the Butterfinger cupcake that I've heard so much about lately! :rolleyes1

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews & I hope things are looking better for you on the job front. Sending pixie dust your way....pixiedust:

Tinker12
09-12-2010, 08:23 AM
Oh My Gooey Goodness! The cupcake looks sinful! I always wanted to see what they looked like inside and thanks for sharing!! I want one!

:)

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NorweJenNY
09-12-2010, 02:42 PM
A little late in joining your food party, but I sat & read through all of your reviews in one sitting! There are so many new things I want to try this trip - especially the cupcakes from Starring Rolls in DHS. The picture of the chocolate peanut butter one looks so sinfully rich, I might have to get that AND the Butterfinger cupcake that I've heard so much about lately! :rolleyes1

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews & I hope things are looking better for you on the job front. Sending pixie dust your way....pixiedust:


Thanks for the pixiedust!

It is so fun to read other reviews and then try out the stuff you read about once you get there!

I think Disney World is one of the best places to get cupcakes! :goodvibes


Oh My Gooey Goodness! The cupcake looks sinful! I always wanted to see what they looked like inside and thanks for sharing!! I want one!

:)




"Gooey Goodness" - that's exactly what that cupcake is!

Let's take another spin on the "sinful" aspect of it... how about we replace that term with "angelic"... :angel: I see one of those cupcakes and it's like I see the heavens shining down on it, and a halo is forming around it... I even hear a full choir in the background... singing something on the order of Handel's Messiah...

:littleangel:

basketlacey
09-12-2010, 10:05 PM
I was so sure my "snack" in HS was going to be the carrot cake cookie from the Writer's Stop. Now I am not so sure....that cupcake - wow!

Sounds like I need to convince one of my kids that they need a cupcake (that shouldn't be too hard :rotfl:)

NorweJenNY
09-13-2010, 07:29 AM
I was so sure my "snack" in HS was going to be the carrot cake cookie from the Writer's Stop. Now I am not so sure....that cupcake - wow!

Sounds like I need to convince one of my kids that they need a cupcake (that shouldn't be too hard :rotfl:)


Solution:
One for breakfast, the other for lunch! :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
09-13-2010, 08:04 AM
Day #4 (cont.)
May 2010

Dinner Time! Had to hit up one of the must-do's at Beach Club - the New England Clambake Dinner at Cape May Cafe!

We checked in for our ADR and had a short wait (5-10 minutes) before we were seated. We walked in by the desserts (nice little sneak peak) and then proceeded past the main buffet which was set up like a square, one side with salad, one side with seafood, and two sides with various American fare, kid's food, and a variety of breads.

Here's my first plate (kid's plate in background), it pretty much shows off the food we indulged in at our table.

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I rather enjoyed the ribs... always nice to find yet another flavor of BBQ ribs in Disney! Yes, it had a unique flavor... can't quite put my finger on it... slightly sweet, slightly tangy. The corn was pretty good... as was the New England clam chowder.

The potatoes were forgettable, as was the mac and cheese... the steak was horrid! I felt so bad for hubby, a non-seafood eater, who was stuck with that! And I don't blame my kids for not eating it either! Several dishes, especially the steak, had a peppery flavor to it... the chef here was in love with pepper. My family isn't really fond of pepper, so it wasn't the best for our individual tastes.

My kids pretty much ate chicken nuggets and bread... hubby too. At least the breads all seemed fresh and comforting to the tummy.

One thing people rave about that was fabulous is the lobster pasta dish (tortellini?) Creamy and really tasty! Not at all fishy flavored.

Mom and I got a second plate just for these bad boys...

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We had no clue how to start (except that we knew we needed melted butter... for which they had a fabulously large dispenser, btw). The waitress came over with gloves and showed us how to open the crab legs. It was a lot of work for a little meat, but very good - particularly liked the meat in the claws.

I'll continue with dessert... but if you'll excuse me, I have an important application to fill out right now...

;)

NorweJenNY
09-13-2010, 10:12 AM
I got my application in for the Disney World Moms Panel... here's some pixie dust to share with you other applicants...

:tinker:

I have no idea how any judge can decide amidst 20,000 applications! It's like the Julliard auditions I watched once... all appeared equally exceptional, but there are only a certain number of available spots!

Anyhoo... back to my review...

Dessert at Cape May...

Here's Little Guy's desserts...

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Two oreo bon bons, one chocolate chip cookie, and one chocolate lava cake. For a kid who likes chocolate, Little Guy surprised me... he ate the cookie and the raspberry from the chocolate lava cake, but only a bite off each of the other things... someone had to help him finish it. ;)

Big Guy had the cookie and the lava cake... but the lava cake was just too rich for him to finish himself.

Honestly, that lava cake was sooo tasty, and despite it's small size, I had a hard time eating much more than one of those myself. It was dark, rich chocolate that oozed out of the center of this moist, rich cake. Rather than the raspberry, I just wished they'd cover it in raspberry sauce and leave off the additional chocolate sauce over the top of it too. I think that would tone it down and lighten it up a bit.

Here's my plate...

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Thanks to Little Guy, this Oreo bon bon made three for me! :rotfl: I guess I liked it. ;) I also feasted on a raspberry cheesecake (creamy and light, but slightly more raspberry flavor would've been nice), and I enjoyed the flan - though it didn't help my sweetness overload for the evening! With everything else, I should've never attempted more than just my own lava cake, but I did help the boys' with some of theirs too.

My mom had a couple of other things on her plate (besides the chocolate lava cake and raspberry cheesecake like I had)...

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She thought the key lime pie was pleasant... much lighter than the other desserts. She also had a bar cookie. Part of me wants to say it was a peanut butter bar cookie, but I didn't take one, which isn't like me when it comes to peanut butter. Maybe I just ran out of room on my plate. Anyway, I don't remember any comments from my mom about this dessert, so maybe it's for the best that I didn't take it.

Hubby just ate like the boys - cookies for the most part. To me, no big deal, but my boys... all three... loved their cookies!

Here's my three guys by the end of the meal...

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This is when I was glad that we were staying at Beach Club and could just walk back to the room... didn't want to deal with a bus ride for any sleepy child! Though their was one problem... the boys did wake up in time to remember that Daddy had promised them ice cream for the progress they made in the pool earlier (both have certain fears of water), and Cape May didn't have ice cream. We weren't going to wait in line at Beaches and Cream tonight, so we made a stop at the Beach Club Marketplace on the way back to the room... you'll read about that in my next post...

As for Cape May, here's my summary...

Good: Yay! Another variety of ribs!

Gooder: The lobster pasta dish - yum!

Goodest: Dessert! Yeah, I'm gonna leave this fairly general... I liked all the unique options (even if there was no ice cream). Gotta have one (got that? one!) chocolate lava cake... gotta try the oreo bon bons... and there are several other options that would appeal to a variety of tastes.

NorweJenNY
09-13-2010, 08:41 PM
Day #4 - continued again...
May 2010

Ok... as if it weren't enough already, as I explained, hubby promised the boys ice cream... so it was late, and we just had a Disney buffet... but it was time for dessert... again...

I kept my mouth closed for this one, and just took pictures... I was still battling a bunch of oreo bon bons and some chocolate lava cake that was ready to explode through my insides... but I held it together.

I'll let the pictures do the talking from Beach Club Marketplace.

Big Guy...

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Little Guy...

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Hubby...

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With our tummies full, we all slept very well overnight.

Though we didn't go to bed right away... we had to catch IllumiNations fireworks from our bed! Yep, outside our window, just over the trees. We could even hear some music when I opened the outside door to our balcony! So cool! I fell in love with the Beach Club, and this was just the first night!

worm761
09-13-2010, 10:16 PM
I am loving your reviews. As for what to eat at Rainforest Cafe, we always have to get Bambas BBQ Chicken Wrap. It actually comes in beef or chicken but the chicken is better. We love Rainforest. We did try T-Rex. If you choose to go there, then get the ribs. Fall off the bone, finger licking good!

NorweJenNY
09-14-2010, 10:14 AM
I am loving your reviews. As for what to eat at Rainforest Cafe, we always have to get Bambas BBQ Chicken Wrap. It actually comes in beef or chicken but the chicken is better. We love Rainforest. We did try T-Rex. If you choose to go there, then get the ribs. Fall off the bone, finger licking good!


More ribs to try?! I'm so there!

And a BBQ Chicken wrap sounds good too...

Now I really feel like BBQ... doh! And most of the BBQ around here is Carolina style... blah... not so much into the vinegar-based BBQ sauces... I need another trip to Disney!

I'm actually saving on My Points online to get a Landry's Gift Card... so that should help me out with the costs of trying some of this new stuff on a future trip.

Thanks for the suggestions! :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
09-14-2010, 10:20 AM
Please excuse this brief intermission in my personal reviews for someone else's...

As a chocolate peanut butter enthusiast, I couldn't resist sharing this with readers who may have similar tastes and are headed to Disney very soon.

Check out this cookie on the Disney Parks blog... (follow the link and see a picture too!)

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/09/sink-your-teeth-into-this-a-sweet-treat-at-disney-parks/

:yay:

sandym718
09-14-2010, 03:57 PM
Please excuse this brief intermission in my personal reviews for someone else's...

As a chocolate peanut butter enthusiast, I couldn't resist sharing this with readers who may have similar tastes and are headed to Disney very soon.

Check out this cookie on the Disney Parks blog... (follow the link and see a picture too!)

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/09/sink-your-teeth-into-this-a-sweet-treat-at-disney-parks/

:yay:


I saw this earlier today, and immediately thought of you and your reviews!!! Hope this sticks around. I actually had something similar from an Amish restaurant a couple years ago. They have a bakery/gift shop and I bought a box of PB cookies with a chocolate frosting on top -soooooo good. I make them myself now - for quick and easy, I use the Betty Crocker bag PB cookie mix, whip those up and buy a can of chocolate frosting, spread some on top of each. yum!!

worm761
09-14-2010, 07:05 PM
More ribs to try?! I'm so there!

And a BBQ Chicken wrap sounds good too...

Now I really feel like BBQ... doh! And most of the BBQ around here is Carolina style... blah... not so much into the vinegar-based BBQ sauces... I need another trip to Disney!

I'm actually saving on My Points online to get a Landry's Gift Card... so that should help me out with the costs of trying some of this new stuff on a future trip.

Thanks for the suggestions! :goodvibes



I do the same thing with MyPoints. Did you know that BOTH you and your husband can do it? You are allowed more than one account per household.

NorweJenNY
09-14-2010, 10:15 PM
I saw this earlier today, and immediately thought of you and your reviews!!! Hope this sticks around. I actually had something similar from an Amish restaurant a couple years ago. They have a bakery/gift shop and I bought a box of PB cookies with a chocolate frosting on top -soooooo good. I make them myself now - for quick and easy, I use the Betty Crocker bag PB cookie mix, whip those up and buy a can of chocolate frosting, spread some on top of each. yum!!


I am truly honored that you thought of me! :cutie:

I have to try to control my non-Disney eating... but boy that sounds good!


I do the same thing with MyPoints. Did you know that BOTH you and your husband can do it? You are allowed more than one account per household.


I did not realize you could... in fact, I thought I read about people's accounts being canceled for doing just that... but I just read the terms of service, and it doesn't say anything about one account per household, just one account per email address... that's interesting.

I am scared of the reports of several people who've had their MyPoints accounts suddenly close mysteriously. I just hope it's ok that I use my MyPoints account on different computers. I don't know if that could raise red flags. :confused3

DiggleBelle
09-15-2010, 10:31 AM
Enjoying your review and great pictures!
Thanks for taking the time:goodvibes

NorweJenNY
09-15-2010, 12:56 PM
Enjoying your review and great pictures!
Thanks for taking the time:goodvibes

It's so fun to relive my experiences through reviews! Glad you're enjoying it too! :)

NorweJenNY
09-18-2010, 05:36 PM
May 2010
Day #5

Epcot Day! So easy! Since we were at Beach Club, we just walked there through the back entrance by the International Gateway... no wait... and we got to see the quiet World Showcase... well, at least Canada and the UK.

We had nibbled on stuff for breakfast in our room... the guys had cereal. I just had a bite or two of that heavenly chocolate peanut butter cupcake from DHS. :rolleyes1

So I was still hungry by mid-morning and got something "to go" from theSunshine Seasons bakery in The Land pavillion... I ordered apple flan... which, I'm hoping, is what I got!

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I just questioned the flan part because it seemed to have a crust, and I didn't think flan came with a crust. It wasn't as gelatinous as other flans (like the one I had the previous night at Cape May). Whatever I had though was quite tasty and sweet, not terribly heavy, with just a slight seasoning like apple pie might have. I'd say the consistency was a cross between a flan and a cheesecake. I snacked on it between activities, as I had put the plate in a "to go" box and could keep it covered up... it was a very pleasant substitute for the breakfast that I didn't really have this particular morning. ;)

I will say it was hard to choose this when I was so in love with the strawberry shortcake there (which isn't really shortcake... I know, I know...), but I'm glad I tried something new. Next time I go, however, I'll have to pick between the apple flan, strawberry shortcake, and something new... because I do like trying new stuff too... as I just did with the flan!

We also did Club Cool this morning... so nice that my non-soda-drinking Little Guy actually does enjoy the VegitaBeta there...

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Priceless expression... it's like he's in another world... his "happy place." :thumbsup2

The rest of us enjoyed our favorites - apple soda for me, Kinley for hubby... I think my mom just kinda enjoys a few different ones every time.

Big Guy, however, refuses to try anything in Club Cool and sought his own refreshment out back...

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So, if I had to some up this morning's "dining," the little that there was...

Good: Club Cool... hey, free soda! (With a water fountain out back for non-soda drinkers.) Refreshing place to stop... every time we're in Epcot

Gooder: Apple Flan... if that's what it was... :confused3 Whatever it was, I liked it!


No "goodest" here, as I didn't have more to compare here, so let's move on to the next review shortly... I'll definitely have a lot to report on there... food in France... good stuff coming up next... :goodvibes

DLo
09-18-2010, 06:31 PM
you aren't helping my sweet tooth :rotfl: i'm not sure if i want chocolate, flan,
cheesecake or a cookie oh wait or a cupcake! enjoying your reviews!

Pooh&OurHunny
09-19-2010, 07:26 AM
I'm drolling over the pictures. Great updates. We never had Cape May clam buffet, we always go for breakfast buffet and I need to put it on must to do.
Thanks for the reviews and loving it.

SlightlyGoofy
09-19-2010, 08:19 AM
So many people keep reporting on the same things over and over again. It is understandable since so many of those items are the best things ever but it is so great to see reviews and pictures of some new items as well. Thank you for expanding our horizons.:thumbsup2

Slightly Goofy

Pooh's-Honey-Pot
09-19-2010, 10:35 AM
Oh I am REALLY enjoying your reviews!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 As a rib addict I can't believe I have stayed at POFQ twice and never tried them there!!!!:sad2:

NorweJenNY
10-02-2010, 03:00 PM
I'm back to my reviews now! And now that I've had a busy last couple of weeks, I am happy to report that I am almost officially partially employed! A step in the right direction... glad that many of you have been enjoying my reviews!


you aren't helping my sweet tooth :rotfl: i'm not sure if i want chocolate, flan,
cheesecake or a cookie oh wait or a cupcake! enjoying your reviews!


See... that's why we need long trips! So much to try! Gotta try it ALL! :goodvibes


I'm drolling over the pictures. Great updates. We never had Cape May clam buffet, we always go for breakfast buffet and I need to put it on must to do.
Thanks for the reviews and loving it.


*Passing napkin*

Glad you're enjoying!


So many people keep reporting on the same things over and over again. It is understandable since so many of those items are the best things ever but it is so great to see reviews and pictures of some new items as well. Thank you for expanding our horizons.:thumbsup2

Slightly Goofy


I really was trying to experience a lot of new stuff, especially this last May trip. Glad you appreciate it!

(And my apologies for the one thing that may appear and reappear throughout my reviews... ribs! Ok... nevermind... maybe I'm not so sorry for that one... hehe)


Oh I am REALLY enjoying your reviews!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 As a rib addict I can't believe I have stayed at POFQ twice and never tried them there!!!!:sad2:


Shame on you! Now you gotta go back to POFQ! ;)

NorweJenNY
10-02-2010, 03:56 PM
May 2010
Day #5 (cont.)

This next meal is perhaps one of the best values I've found at Disney, especially with the Tables in Wonderland Discount - with the discount, before tax and tip, it was just $16 for a three-course meal at a TS restaurant... the Prix Fixe lunch menu at Chefs de France.
*Note: I've seen reports of an increase in price here since I was there. I'm not sure if that's a permanent change or if it was a summer increase.

For my appetizer, I started with the lobster bisque...

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This was a massive portion, and it was very good. I would've gone with the french onion soup, but I was trying to broaden my horizons and try another item that was completely new to my tastebuds. It did not taste terribly fishy, just a hint of knowing that it contained lobster. It was very smooth, thick, and creamy. The richness kept me from finishing it completely... there was just so much! Half a bowl would've been plenty. It was enjoyable.

Grandmom and Hubby had the french onion soup topped with gruyere cheese...

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Oh my! Heavenly! :cloud9: They both loved it, and the bite I tried made me think that this is what I am going to have to have next time - whenever that may be... The onion soup itself had so much more flavor than other onion soups I've had... and the cheese was just perfect!

We also had a French baguette on the table, which was super fresh and delicious, especially with butter (packets here though, for some strange reason)... my boys enjoyed the bread without butter - and it was nice they had something to enjoy while we were consuming our appetizers that they had no interest in.

The kids shared the pasta and chicken kid's meal - as they'd done in the past. It's perfect when Little Guy loves chicken fingers but not pasta and Big Guy loves pasta but isn't wild about chicken fingers.

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It may not look like terribly much for them (Little Guy already ate one chicken strip before I took the picture), but when you add the bread they ate (we got a second baguette) and dessert, it was plenty.

Grandmom got the quiche lorraine with salad.

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It was decent quiche, just seemed a little overcooked.

Hubby and I both opted for the gratin de macaroni...

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The cheese in this macaroni was absolutely phenomenal! Certainly far above your typical mac 'n cheese... this gratin de macaroni tastes like it should be reserved for the royal family! The only complaint I had was that mine did not have as much of the creamy cheese as hubby's had, so I did have some dry pieces of pasta, but hubby had plenty - and I even got to scrape some extra off his plate. Hubby said he'd definitely order it again, and this is a possibility for me too, except that I've heard good things about the croque monsieur, and I might want to try that one next time.

Lots of good stuff... but wait, there's more!

First of all, we got to interact with our friend again...

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Then it was time for dessert!

The kiddos had ice cream... they're always happy with that.

Grandmom ordered the creme brulee, which she absolutely adored.

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Hubby and I found a new item (at least at the time) on the menu for dessert and couldn't say no (even though we're big profiterole fans)... we got the gateau au chocolate (chocolate mousse cake)...

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Once again... no ordinary dish... this was the chocolate cake to be served to royalty. And the BEST part was adding the raspberry sauce to each bite... they should serve this with raspberry sauce over the entire thing instead of just as a pretty garnish on the plate. :thumbsup2 Fantabulous combination! The chocolate was insanely rich, and the cake was insanely moist, and the raspberry sauce was perfectly sweet and mildly tart to enhance the flavor of the rich, but not overly sweet, cake.

So here's my summary from this lunch... aside from the the insane bargain of a meal this was price-wise, I'll focus just on foods here...

Good: Gratin de macaroni - "mac 'n cheese" for royalty

Gooder: French onion soup au gratin - onion soup with cheesey goodness for royalty

Goodest: Gateau au chocolate - chocolate mousse cake for royalty

I must say, Remy is quite the talented chef! Chefs de France remains our family favorite in Epcot!

NorweJenNY
10-03-2010, 09:35 PM
May 2010
Day #5 (cont.)

Grandmom was kinda tired, and made her way back to her private studio at the Boardwalk, but the rest of us were ready to get dinner when we got back to the Beach Club.

Well... if you're gonna be staying at the Beach Club, and you've already done dinner at Cape May... where else must you visit?

Beaches and Cream.

It is a quaint little place, and I mean little! We were there mid-week some time after 9pm, and we were told the wait would be 45 min. (No ADRs here.)

It was conveniently next to the arcade, where hubby and the boys opted to play. I just sat on the peaceful porch area outside. It was a nice evening... see for yourself...

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Well, the guys came out after about 30 min, and it was just in time as there was space available at the counter for us.

The counter was a fun place to sit because we got to see them make everything, including these bad boys...

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The infamous kitchen sink. I regret to inform you, however, that we appeared to be the only group in the restaurant that didn't get one of these for ourselves. :sad2:

But it's ok! We got lots of other good stuff! :goodvibes

And Mickey just kept popping up everywhere... as you'll see in the pictures to follow...

We all got burgers, though hubby and the kids had fries with theirs, this is my plate with onion rings...

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Onion rings... great choice! And oh my, these are great burgers! Juicy, and freshly made right there in front of you... perfection!

Dessert... a must do here... the kids had Mickey Mouse sundaes... Little Guy with chocolate, Big Guy with vanilla...

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And hubby and I shared a Fudge Mud Slide, described as "A gooey chewy Brownie, Hot Fudge, Three Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream, Oreo Cookies, topped with Whipped Cream and a Cherry."

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We opted to get two scoops of chocolate and one of vanilla. This is really rich, creamy ice cream... you know this is the really good stuff... probably packed with double the calories and fat of typical ice creams, because let's face it - calories and fat taste good! We kept eating and enjoying every bite, but as we reached the bottom, we were shocked! We forgot about the brownie! There was a huge chunk of brownie at the bottom! It was hard for two of us to finish it all! But oh so good!

As good as it was though, as soon as I get a chance to eat here and have a sundae all to myself (or to share with someone with similar tastes to mine), I will get the No Way Jose. I still can't believe I didn't get it yet... but hubby doesn't do peanut butter... nor do the kids... and since Grandmom wasn't with us, I didn't have anyone to share it with. :sad1: There was no way we were going to have our own sundaes after those burgers and onion rings (and fries). But this was the one chocolate peanut butter dessert that I did miss out on this trip... oh well, all the more reason to go back!

So here's my summary of Beaches and Cream...

Good: Burgers. Best burgers I've tasted on property thus far.

Gooder: Onion rings. For a traditional style of onion ring, these are top on the list!

Goodest: Ice cream. I know, cheap answer... but really, any dessert here is served with ice cream, and the ice cream is just really, really good and creamy... of course the various toppings don't hurt... plenty of options for everybody's tastebuds... I doubt you could go wrong!

DebbieT11
10-04-2010, 01:30 AM
*sigh*.... I'm so going back to Chefs de france now.... thanks so much for your time, words and photos! I love reviews. :)

plutosgirl
10-04-2010, 06:53 AM
Loving this report! Thanks! Signing on!:thumbsup2

Pooh&OurHunny
10-04-2010, 08:29 AM
Great updates, I love Chefs de France and we are going to try Beachs&Cream for first time in December.

gardengirl628
10-04-2010, 05:27 PM
The burger at Beaches and Cream looks delicious....will have to put that on the list! But can't believe the wait after 9 pm! :eek:

NorweJenNY
10-08-2010, 10:07 PM
*sigh*.... I'm so going back to Chefs de france now.... thanks so much for your time, words and photos! I love reviews. :)


My pleasure... :cutie:


Loving this report! Thanks! Signing on!:thumbsup2


Great! :thumbsup2


Great updates, I love Chefs de France and we are going to try Beachs&Cream for first time in December.

Have fun! I love Disney in December! Even better is Disney in December with a great restaurant line up! :goodvibes

The burger at Beaches and Cream looks delicious....will have to put that on the list! But can't believe the wait after 9 pm! :eek:


The burger really was good! They say they serve the same burgers at Hurricane Hanna's which is outside near Stormalong Bay, easily accessible from the walkway along the beach. So if you're looking to try the burger, you can get it cheaper at that counter service. On the other hand, if you're looking for the ambience of an old-fashion ice cream parlor, plus super desserts, opt for Beaches & Cream, even if there is a wait. Enjoy your next trip! :)

NorweJenNY
10-09-2010, 11:20 AM
May 2010
Day #6

We were off to Magic Kingdom today, and started out with a cheese omelet croissant sandwich from the Beach Club Marketplace. Sorry I don't have a picture, but we were on the run to catch the bus... but that's one good thing about this sandwich - easy to just grab and go! There was no long wait in the Marketplace, and the sandwich was made with a one-piece omelet instead of a scoop of scrambled eggs that could be difficult and messy to eat when you're on the move.

It was lunch time, and we had an ADR at Liberty Tree Tavern. We kept this to a simple meal, as we were seeing our limited funds dwindle and we still had some big meal plans left on our trip. So we didn't bother with appetizers or desserts.

The kids had their usual pasta (Big Guy) and turkey (Little Guy), with only one side of apples - so we were not charged the full price of the kids' meals - only the entree, one side, and a drink... saved a couple bucks there too.

Hubby got the pot roast...

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This is becoming his usual!

It's always a toss up to me between the pot roast and the turkey, but ultimately my mom and I decided to share the turkey...

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It was a nice size pile of meat, plus green beans and mashed potatoes... and note the extra gravy in the back... it was for Little Guy's turkey, but we liked adding it to our potatoes and he doesn't do gravy. :confused3 We ordered extra gravy on the side and they gave us a small silver gravy boat... could've stuck a straw in it! Best turkey gravy ever! Ok... the potatoes weren't to shabby either! ;)

So here's my summary of this meal...

Good: Mashed potatoes! Yummy!

Gooder: Pot roast or Turkey - it's a tough decision which is better! Just home-cooked goodness!

Goodest: Turkey gravy!!! :lovestruc Stick-a-straw-in-it good!!!

Pooh&OurHunny
10-09-2010, 11:23 AM
thanks for the update, we never tried LTT for lunch we used to go for dinner when they had the characters.

NorweJenNY
10-09-2010, 11:35 AM
thanks for the update, we never tried LTT for lunch we used to go for dinner when they had the characters.

It's such a nice sit-down restaurant... no lines to wait on... love the colonial feel... escape the crowds... plenty of options that won't break the bank (especially if you share)... not all that different in price than doing a CS... and much better food!

Give it a try next time! My whole family highly recommends it! :goodvibes

basketlacey
10-09-2010, 09:36 PM
I am so glad you are back doing your reviews! Congrats on the almost job!

I need to figure out how to fit that kitchen sink into my trip! With all of the dining plan desserts and snacks, I just can't imagine going to get yet one more!

NorweJenNY
10-09-2010, 10:01 PM
I am so glad you are back doing your reviews! Congrats on the almost job!

I need to figure out how to fit that kitchen sink into my trip! With all of the dining plan desserts and snacks, I just can't imagine going to get yet one more!

Glad to be reviewing!

And the "almost job" is now officially a job - just 16 hrs, but I enjoy it and the people I work with! :thumbsup2 I've got a second potential job for which I'm awaiting my official interview... that would help tremendously if it comes through - an additional 12 hrs or so. Forget about getting back to Disney, we're just trying to keep up with daily life at this point! So yeah, even if job #2 comes through, my job search is still not complete unless hubby can get a sudden and drastic raise - I'd be fine with either... but that'd be the point that we can hopefully be re-establishing Disney funds.

In the mean time, if someone knows of anyone hiring in the Charlotte area - or if someone needs a tutor in the area - I'm all ears! :earsgirl:

And now... continuing memories of when I actually had a semi-decent income...

Desserts and snacks are everywhere! So many to try that sometimes I think you just have to make a meal on dessert! (While on the DDP in the past, I often saved a dessert from the previous day to have for breakfast the next morning.) If you've got a large group, then attempt a kitchen sink, but otherwise I say just go for any of the extreme "smaller" sundaes at Beaches & Cream. (They by no means are small! Only in comparison to the Kitchen Sink!)

NorweJenNY
10-11-2010, 06:20 PM
May 2010
Day #6 (cont.)

We had a fairly laid back afternoon... Grandmom took advantage of a few hours of peace and quiet back at her private quarters at the Boardwalk. (It probably meant she had some coffee - not NesCrape - and a book.) Hubby, me, and the boys explored Stormalong Bay... so nice to have a sand-bottom pool and lots of areas that were not too deep for the kiddos.

We met back up with Grandmom on the Boardwalk as evening came... just for some inexpensive eats and good company.

We got some dinner from the kiosk on the Boardwalk...

Grandmom had... hmmm.... I can't remember?!

The boys shared a footlong hot dog. Here's Little Guy with his half...

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What a fabulously large hot dog! I wish I had a better picture to show you the length! But it was also rather thick... definitely large enough for the two boys to share - this also made it one of the cheapest meals on property for them! They both scarfed them down. I believe it was only $4.50 for both of them to eat! (We had juice packs along for drinks.)

Hubby and I had meatball subs...

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...with a side of chili cheese fries to share...

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The meatball sub, I must say, was rather disappointing. First of all, it was served on a hot dog bun... :confused3 Clearly, this kiosk's focus was on hot dogs. The meatballs were decent-sized... but screamed pre-packaged... Also, there was not quite enough sauce, and the cheese was pathetic - just a sprinkling... I prefer oozing cheese when I get something like this. Oh well... at least it was only $4.75 each.

The chili cheese fries were more enjoyable, though not quite up to the standard of these type of fries from Pecos Bill's. But they somewhat made up for the poor quality of the meatball sub.

Being vacation... and being on the Boardwalk... it only made sense to get a little dessert too.

Hubby and the boys got some candy from Seashore Sweets. (Sorry no picture... but just picture your typical candy store candies.)

Grandmom and I shared another chocolate-peanut butter concoction - the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake from Boardwalk Bakery...

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This was the highlight of the night. This was a good chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. It wasn't quite as good as the brownie from The Earl, nor the cupcake from Starring Rolls, but still quite enjoyable. As I remember it, this dessert just lacked peanut butteriness... had some, but not quite enough... and the chocolate cake was similar, as it was chocolatey, but not quite chocolatey enough. Still, the best part of this evening though.

So, to summarize our low-cost dining on the Boardwalk...

Good: Chili cheese fries - can't go wrong with this combination - comfort food, and fun food you'd expect on a boardwalk.

Gooder: Hot dogs - the kiosk is best for its hot dogs. You get a lot of tasty hot dog for very little money (by Disney standards) here.

Goodest: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake - chocolate and peanut butter are simply meant to go together, and the bakery here does a good job baking its goods!

SlightlyGoofy
10-12-2010, 05:51 PM
Congratulations on your new job NorweJenNY! I assume that you are a teacher of some sort? have you considered being a substitute teacher? Does not pay super well but many work enough hours to make it well worth the effort. My bil also tutors privately so maybe you could put up some ads in places. I work with students myself, totally volunteer though, as the parents of my students do not put a premium on education for the most part, even if they had the money. It is very rewarding work though, for the most part.

I am rooting for you be able to replenish your Disney coffers for entirely selfish reasons, more TR's!:cool1:

Slightly Goofy

NorweJenNY
10-13-2010, 11:12 AM
Congratulations on your new job NorweJenNY! I assume that you are a teacher of some sort? have you considered being a substitute teacher? Does not pay super well but many work enough hours to make it well worth the effort. My bil also tutors privately so maybe you could put up some ads in places. I work with students myself, totally volunteer though, as the parents of my students do not put a premium on education for the most part, even if they had the money. It is very rewarding work though, for the most part.

I am rooting for you be able to replenish your Disney coffers for entirely selfish reasons, more TR's!:cool1:

Slightly Goofy


Thanks! It's exciting to be working again, even if only part-time. My only current job is doing admin work, my high-potential-but-not-definite-yet second job would be teaching in a preschool, and my third-not-sure-what's-happening-with-it-yet job is tutoring... I was approved as a tutor at a tutoring center, but they're waiting on more students before they officially bring me on (so I hope they get more students soon), and I'm hoping for some independent tutoring gigs, but my first one fell through (suddenly fell off the face of the planet apparently).

So I think I've lined up my ducks pretty well... just still playing a bit of a waiting game... I hope I can start that new Disney fund soon too... ya know, for your sake, Slightly Goofy. ;)

nessz79
10-13-2010, 06:42 PM
I just caught up with your report! Thanks for all the reviews- it was hard to find reviews of places we'd go with our kids. You all seem pretty laid back like my family. We like to eat at one TS a day and then CS and snacks the rest of the time. Looking forward to more!

SlightlyGoofy
10-14-2010, 09:20 AM
NorweJenNY, if I were going to teach I would lean toward private schools as you get more leeway to actually teach, however the kids that have the largest part of my heart are not likely to be given that option. Teaching is such a rewarding job, occasionally. I wish you well and know that you will accomplish your goal.

It is evident from your reports that you are erudite, organized, talented and very creative and those are the best traits for success.

Slightly Goofy

NorweJenNY
11-07-2010, 11:13 AM
I just caught up with your report! Thanks for all the reviews- it was hard to find reviews of places we'd go with our kids. You all seem pretty laid back like my family. We like to eat at one TS a day and then CS and snacks the rest of the time. Looking forward to more!


When we started with the annual passes and making several trips within a year, it was a lot easier to get laid back - we didn't feel like we had to squeeze everything into just one trip. It's also given us a chance to learn what some of our favorite things are, so we have some familiar things to look forward to each trip, as well as new things.

Hopefully my pictures will cooperate now so I can get some more stuff up now.


NorweJenNY, if I were going to teach I would lean toward private schools as you get more leeway to actually teach, however the kids that have the largest part of my heart are not likely to be given that option. Teaching is such a rewarding job, occasionally. I wish you well and know that you will accomplish your goal.

It is evident from your reports that you are erudite, organized, talented and very creative and those are the best traits for success.

Slightly Goofy


Thanks for the encouragement, Slightly Goofy!

I completely agree with you about teaching in private schools instead of public... I can't believe all the garbage teachers have to put up with in public schools! Just let the teachers teach! Sheesh!

But I'm not looking for a classroom job - too much stress trying to meet the needs of so many unique individuals in one room. I have some perfectionist tendencies and not being able to do everything for everybody completely stressed me out! Classroom teaching completely consumed me - with parents and grading and planning and preparing materials for hours and hours at night and on weekends - I can't do that to my family again. That's why I'd rather focus on small group and individualized tutoring - greater impact on a few students without stressing me out and causing me to neglect my family.

But I'm still playing the waiting game... had a few more bites... still waiting to hear back. I just can't believe what small salaries some positions would pay for someone with a BS in Education! I'm not kidding you - some are just $9-$10/hr! I know HS students who earn more than that! In fact, I earned more than that in several different part-time jobs before I ever got a college degree - and that was now quite a few years ago! Just a sign of the times I suppose...

But amount of money aside, I'll just take anything right now! I'm really sick of this recession! I'm trying to use any connection I can for anything!

Ok... rant over... happy memories now... ;)

NorweJenNY
11-07-2010, 11:56 AM
May 2010
Day #7

Kinda sad... our last morning to wake up at the Beach Club... but on a brighter note, we still weren't leaving Disney... and we still had breakfast to look forward to at Cape May! :banana:

I will say this is among the best restaurants for character interaction... even if Mickey himself is not there... (I think that would be a nice improvement though...) Here's who we did see (and we actually saw them twice each!)

Donald...
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Goofy...
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And check out his cool Goofy-sized water shoes...
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And Minnie...
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Minnie was actually flirting with hubby... in front of me... but once I threatened to seek out Mickey for myself, she backed off! :lmao:

Not the best picture up next, but it's a cool sand castle that we were seated near this time...

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And if you can see through behind it, that's the buffet right there... convenient... Actually, it's a relatively small restaurant with the buffet in the middle, so I don't think you really have far to walk from most seats. It was well thought out. :thumbsup2

I'm sorry about all the character interaction distracting me from taking food photos, but here's my main plate...

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The buffet had all the typical eggs, bacon, sausage, cereals, breads, pastries, etc... but one of the really nice things that I liked for a change was asparagus! I felt like I was being extra healthy to have something green on my breakfast plate! Cooked well... not woody at all... and I liked having some fresh pineapple (not canned) too. And in the middle of my plate is some egg casserole with cheese on top... cheese makes everything so good, IMHO! I also had orange juice and grits or farina with brown sugar and syrup on top... they had a few different toppings for the hot cereals. I believe they also had some yogurt with various toppings here, though I didn't try it.

My family loved the experience, and if/when we come back to Cape May as a family, it will be for breakfast! After hearing other people's experiences, however, I would only plan on eating here for breakfast if we were staying at Yacht & Beach Club/Boardwalk/Swan/Dolphin... as you can walk there and don't have to wait for a bus to a park, and another bus to the Beach Club (as you would have to do from other resorts, unless you got a taxi or drove yourself).

So here's my summary...

Good: Very convenient location and maintained the beachy feel for us staying at the Beach Club.

Gooder: Fantastic overall buffet, with fresh food, and a nice variety, including a few unexpected/different items than other breakfast buffets.

Goodest: The character interaction - superb! They're tons of fun! (Just gotta get Mickey!)

*sarah*
11-07-2010, 02:09 PM
That's not my thing though... so hubby did go to The Earl and found exactly what I was looking for...

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Ahhh... the chocolate peanut butter brownie! Masterpiece! First of all the brownie is so soft and chocolatey... the peanut butter center is more like a peanut butter frosting - imagine extra smooth and creamy, slightly sweetened peanut butter - a really thick layer of it! The whole thing was fabulous! Because my mother also appreciates the chocolate-peanut butter combo, I actually letter try a bite (but only one! ;)) She couldn't believe how good it was! She wanted to know when we'd be heading back to DTD! :rotfl2:

You can see it comes pre-packaged - but don't let that fool you! It tastes fabulously fresh! It also comes with a fudge center or a vanilla frosting center... I'm yet to try those... I bet they're all good!



And if you're interested in more chocolate peanut butter treats, we have a couple more that we tried as our trip continued... ;)



:lovestruc:lovestruc:lovestruc I have decided, that I MUST look for this on our upcoming vacation. I am a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter!

SlightlyGoofy
11-07-2010, 06:01 PM
Jen, you are so right in that you are not being offered enough for the job you seek. It is one of the inequities of life that those who do the most are often paid the least. My grandson who is still in HS makes more an hour than that but he does have skills, as you do you. I am rooting for you to find what you want. With this recession lots of things are not as much a priority as they once were. That being said I would think an education should be though.

Loving the looks of that PB Brownie Sandwich. Wonder if it might be a snack option as I am already planning on Bongo CS OP and Puck's a few times as well as a stop at Cook's of Dublin?

Slightly Goofy

hill6
11-07-2010, 07:29 PM
Glad to read the great review of Cape May Cafe. I asked DH if he wanted to do a sit down breakfast one day and he said yes.. He wanted a character one. :rotfl2: That is the one I was able to get.

I also took the liberty to book breakfast at Kona one day too. :rolleyes1

Pooh&OurHunny
11-08-2010, 03:38 PM
Great update on Cape May, We find it more relaxing eating there than CM...when we went the characters came to our table 3x (when Chip and Dale was there...my son will miss them)

dawnmichele
11-08-2010, 07:40 PM
Looks so delicious! Thanks for the pictures.

tink,too
11-28-2010, 03:04 PM
I'm finally caught up - and thinking that we need to stay at the Beach Club sometime in the future so we can try those burgers, sundaes and the breakfast buffet! :goodvibes

fzgards
11-28-2010, 10:15 PM
good pictures