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cbg1027 06-28-2011 05:47 PM

Abby's Summer Solo Dining Soirée - Completed 8/28!
 
I just finished a DR, so you know what that means....time for yet another one to start! :lmao:

I'm Abby, and I love Disney. I also really love food - good food!

Here I am with a very large cricket I found at AK:
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h7...2195Medium.jpg

I had a short trip to WDW set for June 5-8. Who I was going with kept changing for one reason or another. I thought I was going to have a romantic get away with my DBF, but he had a work emergency at the last minute. Since I had rented DVC points, my reservation was non-refundable, so I made it a solo trip and ate at some places DBF wouldn't have wanted to go. ;)

I will be reviewing:

A Snack at The Mara
Via Napoli Dinner
Breakfast at The Mara
50's Prime Time Cafe Lunch
Citricos Dinner
Boma Breakfast
Yak n Yeti Lunch
Jiko Dinner
'Dine with an Animal Specialist - An Untamed Lunch at Sanaa'

I'll be beginning soon - come back and and be ready to drool!

kabuki 06-28-2011 06:10 PM

I'm in Abby!!!

GoofySon'sMom 06-28-2011 06:54 PM

Really enjoyed your last review! I am in for this one! :goodvibes

rachel09985 06-28-2011 09:45 PM

Im in! I love your reviews!

disneyfav4ever 06-28-2011 11:05 PM

I can't wait to read your reviews. I go to Disney all the time solo, and I would love to stay at AKL someday, my favorite restaurants are there!

phabric 06-29-2011 09:16 AM

Looking forward to your reviews.

MickeyNicki 06-29-2011 11:28 AM

I am so jealous...what I wouldnt do for a solo trip to WDW!

I keep asking DH for one and he reminds me I had 2 whole days solo back in June 09 but it just isnt the same.... :lmao:

cbg1027 07-02-2011 01:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kabuki (Post 41649116)
I'm in Abby!!!

Welcome aboard Chelsi!

Quote:

Originally Posted by GoofySon'sMom (Post 41649595)
Really enjoyed your last review! I am in for this one! :goodvibes

Thanks for joining in again!

Quote:

Originally Posted by rachel09985 (Post 41651611)
Im in! I love your reviews!

Welcome back! Thank you!

Quote:

Originally Posted by disneyfav4ever (Post 41652626)
I can't wait to read your reviews. I go to Disney all the time solo, and I would love to stay at AKL someday, my favorite restaurants are there!

Some of my favorites are at AKL too.

Quote:

Originally Posted by phabric (Post 41655404)
Looking forward to your reviews.

Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by MickeyNicki (Post 41657433)
I am so jealous...what I wouldnt do for a solo trip to WDW!

I keep asking DH for one and he reminds me I had 2 whole days solo back in June 09 but it just isnt the same.... :lmao:

That was two years ago! You need a solo trip so you can plan plan plan and not have to listen to Todd whine that he 'doesn't feel like _____ cuisine' that day!:rotfl:

cbg1027 07-02-2011 01:45 AM

A Snack at The Mara
 
I drove down from Tallahassee in the morning and arrived at AKL around 2pm. I checked in and luckily, not only was my room ready, but I got upgraded to savannah view!:yay:

I had plans to head to Epcot and knew I was going to Via Napoli for dinner, but I still hadn't eaten lunch, so I stopped in The Mara for a quick bite before heading out.

The Mara is AKL's counter service location. It's much smaller than the food courts at the value resorts. I wouldn't even call it a food court. There was a line to have a CM take your order, after which they give you a buzzer for when your food is ready. While you wait, you can take your order form up and pay the cashier.

The menu isn't very large, but they did have some more unique offerings like falafel and roasted chicken. I was wanting something on the lighter side so I had room when the time for pizza came later, so I opted for a Chicken Ceasar Salad and a cup of water:
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h7...2536Medium.jpg

This was a basic counter service ceasar and it wasn't very good. There was way too much dressing, the lettuce was just drowning in it. The dressing wasn't even very good, it was way too creamy and tasted mostly of cheese and salt - no lemon, no anchovy, no pepper. The chicken was really dry and the croutons were soft and lacked any seasonings.

Overall, a disappointment and not something I would order again. About the only positive thing I can say about the salad was that the lettuce wasn't brown.

However, I was hungry and needed some energy for park touring, so I wolfed it down.

I'd have to give Mara another chance at breakfast one morning!

Grade: D

MickeyNicki 07-02-2011 09:58 AM

Dang it, the salad looks good but it must just be the photography :thumbsup2

Dis_Yoda 07-02-2011 11:04 AM

I'm in!

Mrs. Sojourner 07-02-2011 11:18 AM

Looking forward to reading more. :)

Uncle Remus 07-02-2011 12:00 PM

'Dine with an Animal Specialist - An Untamed Lunch at Sanaa'

That sounds interestin', can't wait to hear all about it.

chocolateMinnie 07-02-2011 01:55 PM

Shame about Mara - we are hoping to pop in during our first trip to AKL this year.

bigal'sdaughter 07-02-2011 03:16 PM

Hi Abby!
I'm in! going to AKL for the first time in the fall and have the Via Napoli dinner ressie!.... Thanks for letting me join in. Your reviews are great!


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