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CoolDisneyKitten 05-16-2008 02:20 PM

First I Graduated, then We ATE!! Food review with TONS O' PICS!! (COMPLETE 6/12!!)
 
Hi, guys! I just got back two days ago (5/14) from a 10 day trip, and I have toonnnnnnsss of yummy food reviews to share with you. To begin, let me introduce the players...

CDK, aka Meg, 26. I graduated college on May 3, and DBF and I left for WDW on May 4. I'll eat nearly anything, but I do have a couple of food rules: no baby animals and never, ever any mustard.

DBF25, aka Mike. He's Welsh, and this was his first time at Disney and only his second time in the US. He was a little overwhelmed. A picky eater, but he loveslovesloves steak (as you'll see).

Last but certainly not least: CoolDisneyCat, aka Mom. She joined us on May 8, and that day we transferred from SSR to OKW and started DxDDP. She's a bit pickier than I am, loves steak and dessert, and my two food rules apply to her as well.

I guess you wanna know where we ate... well for any of you who might've read my pre-trip report, there were a few changes. It all started when we missed our plane... well, I'll wait to tell that story! Anyway...

May 4: Turf Club (dinner)
May 5: Raglan Road (lunch), Beaches and Cream (dinner)
May 6: Kona Cafe (lunch), Turf Club (dinner), Goofy's Candy Co. later
May 7: Pizzafari (lunch), Boma (dinner)
May 8: Wolfgang Puck Express (lunch)
May 8, con't: Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner, 1st meal w/ Mom)
May 9: Coral Reef (lunch), Boulangerie Patisserie (snack)
May 9, con't: Spoodles (dinner)
May 10: Good's to Go (lunch), Jiko (dinner)
May 11: Beaches and Cream (lunch), Flying Fish (dinner)
May 12: Mainstreet Bakery (b'fast), LTT (lunch)
May 12, con't: Narcoossee's (dinner)
May 13: Cape May (b'fast), Boulangerie Patisserie (snack)
May 13, con't: CA Grill (dinner)
May 14: Raglan Road (lunch), Goofy's Candy Co. (snacks galore)

Whew!! I have pics for almost everything except some of the snacks and our lunch from Good's to Go. As soon as I get them edited and uploaded, I'll start writing and posting!!

MickeyNicki 05-16-2008 02:31 PM

Cannot wait!!

ciera321 05-16-2008 02:36 PM

I'm looking forward to the reviews!!! :goodvibes

CoolDisneyKitten 05-16-2008 02:54 PM

Since I have the first few days' pics done, and since I have so many reviews to write (wee!), I figured I might as well get started.

Our original plan for our first day was to take a 9:25am flight to Orlando, Magical Express to SSR, bum around a bit, maybe nap, then have dinner at Raglan Road at 7:15. Sounds great, right? Yeah...

Unfortunately we missed our plane. It's a long story, but... it wasn't my fault. Or Mike's. And I know it'll never happen again. ;) Anyway, apparently that Sunday was a *very* popular day for traveling to Orlando, because every flight the rest of the day (until 10:20 that night) was completely booked. :scared1: After sitting around Charlotte Douglas International Airport most of the day, we finally managed to squeeze onto the 4:30 flight.

After all that, we missed our Raglan Road ADR, and we were too tired to do anything but slowly, wearily drag our butts down to Turf Club and hope they had a table for us. They did, and we were seated after only a short wait.

Our nice waitress brought us two diet cokes and some sourdough bread to munch on (I think we looked as bad as we felt).

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2.../54tcbread.jpg

The butter was good, nice and creamy, but the bread was a little soggy. Mike said he thought they had rewarmed it too long. It was pretty late, about 15 minutes before closing time, so we weren't gonna get fresh-baked bread. ;)

Mike ordered a burger...
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...54tcburger.jpg

and I had the Penne Pasta w/ Shrimp...
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2.../54tcpasta.jpg

Let's start w/ Mike's burger. It was really good, with cheddar cheese and applewood smoked bacon and a sourdough herbed bun. We had a lot of burgers this trip (you'll see), but Mike always said this one was his favorite because of the bread. It was cooked perfectly for him (medium well), and he really enjoyed the smokiness of the bacon. He liked the crispy fries, too.

My pasta had an olive oil type sauce, and had artichokes, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, olives, parmesan cheese (obviously), and a ton of shrimp. I hate it when seafood pasta skimps on the seafood, and this didn't - there was a shrimp every bite. This was a much lighter choice than the burger, and that's what I was in the mood for after our long day. I really enjoyed it, but I couldn't finish it. I even liked the olives, which I normally don't - all the ingredients blended very well.

Mike is a chocolate fiend (even more than I am), so dessert was decided even before we walked in the door - chocolate lava cake. Before...

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2.../54tccake1.jpg

And after being cut open...

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2.../54tccake2.jpg

A lot of restaurants are doing the "chocolate lava cake" thing (we had many on this trip), and a lot of restaurants are doing it fairly poorly. This cake was a good one. The outside was almost crispy, while the inside was ooey gooey yummy delicious. The ice cream was very light (it wasn't "vanilla" enough for Mike), and the raspberry sauce was a nice sourish note. A really delicious dessert, and a great end to our looonnng day. Luckily it wasn't a long walk back to the villa!

DisneyJo 05-16-2008 03:05 PM

That cake looks gorgeous, can't wait for more :goodvibes

DaniTaylor 05-16-2008 03:21 PM

Can't wait to read more

sandybobandy 05-16-2008 03:21 PM

Hey, I'm signing on! :)

auntfrannie 05-16-2008 03:56 PM

Sounds delicious so far!

pixiedust1125 05-16-2008 04:39 PM

MMM that cake looks so good

Splat25 05-16-2008 06:29 PM

Looks awesome, can't wait for more :)

John's Mom 05-16-2008 06:54 PM

Good start!popcorn::

KatMark 05-16-2008 08:48 PM

Oooh...that cake made me hungry for chocolate. I might have to go make brownies or something. Can't wait to read and SEE more. :thumbsup2

devonsmommy 05-16-2008 09:47 PM

Great report so far!
I'll definitely be tuning in because we are eating at a lot of the same places!

AussieAngel 05-16-2008 10:56 PM

Wow! Look at all that parmasen cheese!! :thumbsup2

And wow, look at all that chocolatey goodness!!! :worship:

Great start to your reviews! Thanks!

DisneyDancin7 05-16-2008 11:41 PM

great start!
 
subbing in popcorn:: ...great start...ready and waiting for more :cool1:


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