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Old 07-01-2006, 10:59 AM   #1
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The fabulous dining adventures of Trisha and Connie

I had every intention of writing these reviews the moment I got home but things just seemed to get away from me. So I finally got some time, so here they are......

First off, it was my mother and myself. It was supposed to be a solo trip just for me (I was made indeterminate at my government job so I wanted to celebrate) but my mother was practically distraught that she wasnít invited to come along (I usually bring my mom and dad to WDW with me - I figured they paid for enough family trips when I was young, itís payback time now that I can afford it). Oh and just as an FYI, my mother does no planning - her attitude is anything is fine for her (except no spicy / heavily spiced food / she doesnít really like steak / she is allergic to most shellfish / nothing flavoured with alcohol / not a burger, chicken finger or french fry fan - but oh anything
else is fine, lol.) We were on the dining plan for most of the trip (while at OKW) but for the first three days we were at BWI and not on the dining plan.

So to begin.........

We arrived on Thursday afternoon (around 4:30pm) and checked in at the BWI. The plan was to find something on the boardwalk or beach club area (like Spoodles, ESPN, B&C) but it had been a long drive so we settled for room service.

We each ordered the Waterfront Wrap (Bacon, ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and chive cream cheese rolled in a flour tortilla). I got mine with fries and mom got fruit with hers. We also each ordered a house salad.

The servings were huge (there was a whole plate of fries and the wraps were stuffed! The salads were the size of dinner plates). It was all very fresh and tasty. It came with little jars of every condiment you could think of and a linen table cloth and napkins. We decided that if we were to order it again, we would order 1 Wrap and 1 Salad and split it between the two of us.

The total came to around $42 (including tax, service charge and 18% tip) but the waiter who brought it to the room was so helpful, and polite and talked at great length to my mother (who can talk a blue streak if you let her) so I gave him an extra $6 tip.

Would not hesitate to order room service from BWI (in fact we did so one more time).




On Friday we spent the day shopping in Orlando and DTD. We were going to go to the Rainforest Cafť but it just seemed so loud and noisy. I saw the sign for Capt Jackís so we went there instead. Mom had the tuna sandwich (on foccicia bread instead of croissant) with clam chowder and I had the grilled grouper with Napa valley coleslaw. Oh, and we each had a diet coke.

The sandwiches were good but nothing special. This is the one place where we had bad service. The waitress took our order and delivered the drinks, then the sandwiches, but she never checked to see if everything was okay, and she did not provide us with any refills on the drinks. I had to flag down another server to get the bill. With tax and tip (still about 15% because as my mother says I am a sucker) it came to about $28. I would have liked dessert but it was just not worth the hassle.




After we finished shopping we went back to the hotel and then headed down to the boardwalk. After taking a look around we stopped in at the Boardwalk Bakery and picked up some sweets. We got a banana split cake and a brownie cheesecake. It came to just over $8. We saved these for later along with our leftovers from room service the night before.

Saturday was extra magic hours at MGM (and Star Wars weekend) so we headed out at 7:30 am with no breakfast. After a few spins on star tours and a couple of character autographs we were ready for some nourishment. We were passing by ABC commissary and they had there breakfast menu out. We shared the yogurt parfait with a lemon-cranberry muffin and an orange juice. I also purchased a large diet coke since it was already superhot out and I was very thirsty.

It was actually quite good. If it had not been so hot out I donít think it would have been enough for the two of us - but the heat seemed to kill my appetite. It came to around $8 and we wrapped the OJ in a napkin (because of condensation) and had that about an hour later.




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Old 07-01-2006, 11:13 AM   #2
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For lunch I had made reservations at the Brown Derby (because there is no way on the DDP I would use two credits here). We checked in just after 1pm and were seated at 1:30 (our actual ADR time).

I had the barbeque chicken with salad (with green goddess dressing). The chicken was moist but my mom tried it and pronounced it too spicy for her because of the sauce. I enjoyed it though. The dressing is a little ďtartĒ(?) I donít know if that is the exact word to use but it had a bite to it.

My mom had the Cobb Salad with no avocado (she doesnít like it) but she loves blue cheese so she really enjoyed it. It was a little too strong for my tastes but I didnít order it, lol.

My mom and I both ordered dessert, the grapefruit cake and the vanilla bean creme brulee. The creme brulee was good (not the best we ended up having this week but it was good) but I found the grapefruit cake disappointing. I like tart citrus and this was not tart at all, I actually found it find of dull and bland. Maybe my expectations were too high but I would certainly not rush back for it.

The waitress started slow but once we started talking to her, she seemed to warm up. She seemed kind of perturbed when we both ordered salads (it was lunch time) but when the table next to us just wanted to order appetizers for lunch (and the waitress just kept saying, itís a very small serving - itís just one little piece, etc) I guess she figured we were her best chance for a tip. And when we ordered a dessert each she became practically ecstatic.

The total came to around $56 with a 20% tip.

Would I go back you ask? Well, probably not. There was nothing wrong with the restaurant / food, it just wasn't all that special for the price.











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Old 07-01-2006, 11:40 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for your review and pictures!

It sounds like you and your mom had a great trip....
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Old 07-01-2006, 11:51 AM   #4
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yummy yummy. Can't wait for the next installment! Thanks for the pictures!
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Great reviews and pics! You're making me hungry! I'm sorry to hear that you weren't impressed by the grapefruit cake ..............it was one of my favorites!
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Old 07-01-2006, 12:24 PM   #6
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Thanks for your great reviews and pictures so far! I've never ordered room service from any of the WDW resorts before and was curious about it. At the Brown Derby, was the green goddess dressing good? Do you know if it is like the Seven Seas one?
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