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spincandy 05-10-2013 03:14 PM

"Uh-MAH-zing!!!!"- 14 days of fabulous food with plenty of pics!- UPDATED 5/21
Hi, and welcome to my dining review. Thank you for reading along! I wanted to create a review with lots of descriptions and pictures... we used these boards so much when planning our latest trip, and it’s nice to give back :)

We’re from the UK and we visited Disney from the 18th April for two weeks. This was my thirteenth trip (and I’m glad I only just realised that because it probably would’ve freaked me out a little!) and, though we count ourselves seasoned visitors, we still found plenty new to do and eat! We stayed offsite but only a fifteen minute drive from the World so perfect for us. We squeezed in a wide variety of places, including a few signatures and character meals.

So I’ll try to be good and split up my post nicely so that it’s easy to navigate! Contents:

• Introduction- a little ditty about the cast of this review, just so you know where it all comes from!
• Travelling day- a post with an appalling lack of pictures due to ‘someone’ forgetting to charge up the camera the night before. Airport food, plane food etc etc… nothing exciting, and hardly anything tasty!
• Paradiso 37’s (including Rainforest café cocktails and Goofy’s munchies!)
• Gaston’s Tavern
• Gasperilla Garden Grille
• Earl of Sandwich, Splitsville cocktails and a quickie Raglan Road
• Earl of Sandwich (again) quickie
• Narcoosee’s
• Afternoon Tea
• A brief Discovery Cove review
• Artist Point
• Coral Reef
• Munching and boozing around the world at the Flower and Garden festival, aaaand a tipsy TGI’s
• PF Chang’s
• Yak and Yeti
• Blue Zoo
• PF Chang’s and Planet Hollywood- because there’s nothing better than a double lunch!
• Chef Mickey’s- because an all you care to (can) eat buffet is exactly what you want following a double lunch!
• Fulton’s Crab House

Before I forget, please feel free to ask questions or anything- this place has been so friendly and helpful for us, I want to do the same!

pjew 05-10-2013 03:54 PM

looking forward to your reviews :)

vettegirl 05-10-2013 04:22 PM

Sounds like it was fantastic, can't wait to hear all about it!

starousse 05-10-2013 04:55 PM

Looking forward to your reviews.

jacksmom 05-10-2013 09:06 PM

Can't wait!pixiedust:

TigerKat 05-11-2013 07:27 PM

Signing on!

wiigirl 05-11-2013 07:31 PM

In! :)

spincandy 05-12-2013 10:07 AM

Okay, so you should really get to know the people that will be performing the grueling task of eating at all these delicious places (tough job, I know). I won’t be offended if you completely skip this bit and jump straight to the food porn, promise.

Firstly, there’s moi. My name is Rachael, but everyone calls me Rach and I’m 26. I’m a med student and a teeny bit of a Disney freak. I really enjoy eating out and trying new foods so I’m kind of in my element at Disney. My favourite foods tend to be Eastern, and I love fresh fish (we don’t get the freshest over here, so you’ll find I order it a lot on vacation). I will also admit to very much enjoying a drink on holiday- so cocktail-lovers throw your questions this way! I don’t eat lamb or pork (for no fancy reason other than I don’t really like them) and I don’t like cinnamon or mint flavours. I have mild IBS (apparently) so greasy food is a no-no (a fabulous excuse to make the boy take me to fancy places over the usual burger joint!).

Next there’s Matt. He’s 28 and he’s my fiancé. We’ve been together eight years, got engaged at Disney two years ago and will be married there next year. He is much more of a red meat man, and not as adventurous as me, but he’s learning! He lurves a good steak and pint, but he will be driving this trip most of the time so he will spend a lot of his time sampling Disney’s soft drink selection. He’s not a big seafood or pasta fan and, he’ll deny it, but he isn’t a big fan of eating his greens!

Here's me and the boy:

Matt and I are meeting up with my parents and siblings this trip- they have a spare room at their villa so we’ll be taking it up! That means they join us for some meals and they didn’t even mind having piccys snapped (especially my little sister, who became my little reminder service for taking them!). So here’s a bit about them:

My Dad is Clive and he’s quite easy going when it comes to food; he enjoys trying new things. He’s on a bit of a health trip at the moment so he picks veggies and fish where he can.

My Mum is Diane and she’s not the most adventurous when it comes to food. She likes what she likes and she's cool with that. She’s not a big fan of fish but she loves pasta dishes. She will be my partner in cocktail exploration this trip.

He's mum and dad looking very cheery:

Chris is my 21 year old brother. He’s a burger and fries man. This is his first trip as a legal drinker so he’s reveling in ordering pints. Here's Chris:

Alishya is my four year old sister and she will be the lead on kid’s menu sampling. She is adventurous for a four year old but she uses up a bunch of energy in the parks so most of the time we have to just order what we know she will like and will fill her up. Here's Ali (looking a little bit crazy!):

So next up are the actual reviews, I promise. I tend to wobble on a little so please feel free to remind me to focus! I’ll do my best to describe everything properly, including the feel of the restaurants themselves... mainly so I can pretend I’m back there myself and get over my post-vacation blues!

wilma-bride 05-12-2013 10:32 AM

Sounds great, I'm in :thumbsup2

poohbear2 05-12-2013 10:55 AM

Looking forward to your review.:thumbsup2

daisymomof4 05-12-2013 02:09 PM

I'm going to tag along too! Looking forward to it :dance3:

spincandy 05-12-2013 03:19 PM

So, like I said, I don’t have any pictures from day one due to a severe shortage of camera battery. However, I know lots of you are from the UK, and lots of you fly out from Manchester, so I thought I’d start with a very brief review of our experience with airport and airplane food.

I am a crazy person when it comes to getting to the airport on time; so much so that we arrived at check in an hour and a half before the desk opened. We were the first people checked on to the plane. So we had plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast.

There’s a couple of options at Manchester for breakfast, and we’ve tried a few of them. We’re a bit conflicted when it comes to breakfast, Matt and I- he’s all about the big breakfast with several courses, me, I skip it most days. So we need a place that suits us both, and Frankie and Bennie’s does that.

F&B’s has a large breakfast menu with traditional options, continental options, healthy options, and even a breakfast burger. I’m not sure if this restaurant has a particularly wide ranging menu because it’s in an airport or they’re all the same.

I chose bacon, scrambled eggs and tomatoes with a side of herb potatoes. It was really good and filled me up just about right. The bacon wasn’t too fatty, which I like, and the serving of eggs was super generous. The tomatoes were flavoured nicely, and I just could’ve done with something a bit saucy, like beans, to mop everything up with. The side of herb potatoes was absolutely huge- it would’ve easily served four! I didn’t even make a dent in it!

Matt had a ‘big breakfast’, which included sausage, bacon, two fried eggs, grilled tomato, fried mushrooms, black pudding and baked beans. He also stole a few of my herb potatoes. He very much enjoyed his breakfast, as always! He didn’t really like his mushrooms though, he thought they were mushy and overcooked.

Overall, we think F&B’s is a good choice for breakfast at the airport. They have plenty of options and service was very quick, despite it being busy. It satisfied both of us and kept us going until the flight.

We flew with Virgin Atlantic, as I know many of you Brits do. We upgraded to Premium Economy (something way worth the money and I advise you definitely do if it’s an option) and the food was good. I really don’t do reheated meals and airplane food very well, but I actually stomached the food. On the way out we had roast chicken, mash and veggies and it was edible. We also had a salad to start with and a cheesecake dessert. It kept us going and I didn’t need to break into any snacks! The drink selection was great and I’m so glad they’ve stopped serving only the Virgin rola cola! There’s a little sandwich snack before you land but the filling was cheese and pickle, which I’m not a fan of, so I passed.

And then we landed… and the food (and the pictures) got a whole lot better…

wilma-bride 05-12-2013 03:35 PM

OMG, Rachael (or Rach ;)), I just had a nasty flashback - Virgin Cola :sick:

I, too, am very glad they stopped serving that stuff, it's dire!

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews - and, hopefully, some photos :thumbsup2

partyof2 05-12-2013 03:58 PM

Cheese and pickle is a bit of a bizarre choice for afternoon tea. I'd say it's definitely a 'love it or hate it' kind of filling.

You must tell your mum and dad that they look absolutely amazing and I can't believe they have children in their twenties!

MrsB1228 05-12-2013 08:16 PM

Signing on and looking forward to more reviews! I think Frankie & Bennie's is a popular choice for people flying out of Manchester, it seems to me I've read other reviews of the choices there. :thumbsup2

I love cheese and pickle sandwiches, but I'm a bit strange, LOL! The pickles have to be the bread and butter variety (sweet) though, never dill pickles. :crazy2:

Eagerly awaiting the next update! popcorn::

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