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alicehatter 03-01-2012 12:43 PM

Alice and the Hatter - A Free-For-all and a Gluten Free Taste of Wonderland!
 
Why, Hello There!

"We're all Mad Here," as the Cheshire Cat might say. I'm Amanda, and my husband (who will be commenting off and on) is Jeremy.

How do you do?

We've had quite a few tumbles into Disney World during our three years of marriage, trying to go and see and do as often as possible! We're both major foodies, and I wasn't about to let a little allergy get in the way of all the amazing flavors in the World!

I've written a dining review in the past, but I was Vegan at the time...now, I'm only gluten free and can literally Taste my way through Wonderland!

Here's a picture of us at Jeremy's 30th birthday party - it was a surprise costumed event!

http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/x...dtheHatter.jpg


I can't wait to begin,
To have all of you chime in,
Let's continue this Enchanted Conversation!

gardengirl628 03-01-2012 12:48 PM

Count me in!!!

nickymaria 03-01-2012 10:29 PM

Love your intro, can't wait to read the rest!!

alicehatter 03-02-2012 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by gardengirl628 (Post 44191572)
Count me in!!!

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Originally Posted by nickymaria (Post 44197586)
Love your intro, can't wait to read the rest!!

Oh, I'm so glad you are both interested!

wilma-bride 03-02-2012 04:56 PM

I'm in for this one - that is a great photo of the two of you, by the way :thumbsup2

alicehatter 03-02-2012 05:20 PM

Arrival Day - Lunch at Le Cellier
 
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We arrived at the Beach Club by way of Magical Express, and took in our surroundings a bit before heading to our lunch reservation in Epcot. We have always stayed at Boardwalk in the past, but wanted to branch out (albeit slightly) this time around - for experience sake, if nothing else. Now that we've done it, I can honestly say I much prefer the Boardwalk! But the Beach Club was still a fantastic location and had a nice ambiance, which adds to just about anything!

With that bit of background information out of the way, I will get on to the good stuff - food!

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Isn't Canada simply charming? There was little doubt that we would be eating at Le Cellier during this trip. Neither of us had ever been, and we wanted to try something new (do you sense a theme? The entire holiday was centered on trying things we have never done in Disney before!). Now that Le Cellier is Signature for dinnertime dining, we opted to really start the vacation off with a bang and go to a steak house for our arrival day lunch. Luckily, we were quite famished by the time bags were hoisted to our room, and airplane clothing was changed to park attire.

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After our pupils focused on the dim surroundings of the cavernous space, we found the restaurant to be absolutely lovely. It seems to be one of the best themed restaurants in Disney, quite simply because it really has the feel of a steak house to it - almost identical to the Nashville Ruth's Cris, in fact (That's where our home is, in case you were wondering at that random tidbit of information).

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My Mad Hatter was simply dying of thirst, and decided to quench it by ordering a Strawberry Smoothie.

We looked over the menu, and as both of us were very hungry (but neither could make up our mind) we decided to try a few different things and share. I think I'm correct in assuming that most couples who love food do the exact same! After talking with the chef about my gluten issues, we settled on our selections. Please allow me to apologize in advance for any blurry photos in this particular instance - it was very dark and my camera failed to cooperate!

For appetizers, Jeremy went with the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, not only because everyone surrounding our table had ordered it, but also because he had heard me talk about how much everyone on the DisBoards raves about it! Understandably, this was accompanied by a Pretzel Bread Stick.

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I chose to go with the Tomato Stack. The waitress highly recommended it, and I figured with all the food to come, this would be a nice intro to the meal. And it was - fantastic! The vinaigrette and and copious amounts of Blue Cheese made it heavenly.

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After we had greedily gobbled up this start to our feast (with the Mad Hatter sopping up every remaining drop of the soup with his bread), our entree orders were placed.

There really wasn't much debate over which menu items to select. It was understood that one of us would be ordering the Le Cellier Mushroom Filet. Can you guess who that gorgeous steak was placed in front of? Jeremy - that's correct. Since you seem to be so good at guessing games, perhaps you could tell me Why a Raven is Like a Writing Desk?

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He also ordered the Baked Mac and Cheese, and gobbled it up, as well. Sadly, this was something I couldn't partake of!

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Even before our arrival, I had wanted to get the Salmon. After pouring over reviews of Le Cellier, this seemed to be an undervalued item that gets overlooked. With my goal of trying new things, I figured it seemed a good option. Let me also say that when we went, this dish was presented as a sandwich and served with Fries and Cole Slaw, as you can see from the photo. Looking over current menus, it seems this may have changed. Nonetheless, the Salmon is still DIVINE. And I didn't even eat it in sandwich form, so I feel I can safely say this is a good pick! The odd photo you see consists of the Salmon Filet and a gluten free bun. I really enjoy the gluten free products at Disney, and this was no exception. The fries - of course - were excellent, but it was the sauce that really stole the show. Doesn't sauce always make anything THAT MUCH BETTER?

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It was with very full stomachs that we bravely conquered the dessert menu. Le Cellier didn't have that many gluten free options for me, but then again, I wasn't in the mood to eat too much, knowing that the World Showcase awaited me, and with that came Karamell Kuche!!

Jeremy ordered the Maple Creme Brulee, namely because it was their signature dessert item. He's a fan of anything that resembles pudding, and of course Creme Brulee is something he orders at times. He liked the Maple flavor, but I'm not sure he could say he LOVED it.

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I was stuck with the Seasonal Sorbet, but this turned out to be amazing! I know the picture is no indication at all, but it was infused with Champagne and was absolutely delicious, refreshing, and just right.

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In all, everything was absolutely delightful and we will certainly be back. I don't think it will warrant a Signature visit for us, although I can see why some people would want to. The dinner menu is different during the evening hours, and much more specialized with gourmet options and a wider variety of appetizers, entrees and sides.

If you like, stick around for a sticky sweet review of some of Karamell Kuche's caramel treats!

alicehatter 03-02-2012 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by wilma-bride (Post 44204682)
I'm in for this one - that is a great photo of the two of you, by the way :thumbsup2

Thank you so much! We had a blast at that party - would you believe Jeremy has an entire closet dedicated to costumes? Truly mad :goodvibes

wilma-bride 03-02-2012 05:30 PM

Great start to your reviews. I really don't think Le Cellier is worthy of the 2 credits needed for dinner now but it is a great option for lunch.

I might be alone in thinking the sorbet looks lovely - I absolutely adore sorbet (mainly because it is a great dessert option on WW, very low in points :thumbsup2)

AMadHatterMyself 03-02-2012 07:24 PM

The Mad Hatter's Reply to Le Cellier Steak tea
 
Yes, I called our lunch experience a steak tea. Why not. A Mad Hatter's tea party needs to be a bit odd, and my experience at Le Cellier was such a joyous occasion that for me it was simply mad!

I concur with my Alice that the lunch idea was perfect. Being on the dining plan, it is perfect to save two credits because the lunch menu does not count as a signature and you get the same amazing food! Everything about my meal was absolutely fabulous. The waitress was extremely nice, it wasn't as crowded as we thought - maybe because people tend to pass over Canada, but that is a huge mistake! The atmosphere was great (yes after your eyes adjusted to the rabbit hole!) And then the food. The soup is a must have and the mushroom steak is also an absolute must. Once again, being on the dining plan, it is great to pick several and share!

The trip started off with a fantastic hatting! Can't wait to tell you more!

taraplus2 03-02-2012 07:38 PM

Thanks for the info....We will be going to Disney at the end of the month and my DD (10) requires a gluten free diet. We have a Le Cellier evening reservation.

MissTeacher 03-02-2012 08:41 PM

I'm subbing! Great review of Le Cellier, and what a beautiful picture from the Canada pavilion that is. Keep 'em coming :)

alicehatter 03-03-2012 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by wilma-bride (Post 44205013)
Great start to your reviews. I really don't think Le Cellier is worthy of the 2 credits needed for dinner now but it is a great option for lunch.

I might be alone in thinking the sorbet looks lovely - I absolutely adore sorbet (mainly because it is a great dessert option on WW, very low in points :thumbsup2)

haha I'm glad you thought the picture of the sorbet was a good one - I felt it didn't do the taste justice. I mean, come on - Champagne Sorbet? How can you beat that?!

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Originally Posted by taraplus2 (Post 44206012)
Thanks for the info....We will be going to Disney at the end of the month and my DD (10) requires a gluten free diet. We have a Le Cellier evening reservation.

Good Luck! Disney takes care of allergies like absolutely no one else. Our spring break is in a few weeks, and we are making a special drive to Orlando from the beach just so that I can have breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and eat their amazing Gluten Free Mickey Waffles! (almost all restaurants have them, FYI!)

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Originally Posted by MissTeacher (Post 44206480)
I'm subbing! Great review of Le Cellier, and what a beautiful picture from the Canada pavilion that is. Keep 'em coming :)

Thanks so much!

Linda67 03-03-2012 03:14 PM

What a great way to start your vacation :)
Looks like you had a lovely lunch at LC
Looking forward to reading along!

ClareH37 03-04-2012 09:26 AM

i'm in - loving your review so far :)

i'm also staying at the BC next trip but:goodvibes usually stay at the BWI, i'm also gluten free - spooky lol

Chelley00 03-04-2012 09:39 AM

Looking forward to following along since we are planning our first trip since I was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, including gluten. I actually read your last report since I'm egg and dairy free.

Not sure if you knew but blue cheese is not gluten free. It depends on your sensitivity to it but they grow the mold on bread and it contaminates the cheese.


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