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Old 04-29-2010, 10:38 PM   #1
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Penguins... with a Chance of Meatballs: a pre-dining report - Final Update 5/12

Welcome to the second annual, no... second whenever-they-happen all penguin dining review. (Not that we eat penguins... God no. That would be horrible. Just that we love penguins - not to eat - and they inspire the review and rating system...)

Our first full review - "Turfs Up: Too Much Food for Happy Feet" - was also quasi-inspired by a movie (Surf's Up). As you might have guessed, this review is inspired by "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (if you haven't seen it, stop what you are doing, drive to <Insert Nearest DVD/Bluray rental facility here>, rent it, come back home, watch it, then come back to the review. Thank us later.) A great food themed movie to provide the perfect backdrop for some Disney gluttony.

But wait! This isn't Disney gluttony as we know it. No... we've made a "lifestyle change." We no longer eat those horribly fattening foods we all know and love. We started eating more natural and healthy foods in January 2010 and after just four months have lost weight, feel better, and still enjoy food just as much... we just enjoy different foods than before.

No, wait... come back! Please! We promise we'll still be eating yummy Disney food! This is still a vacation, after all. Not like we're going to eat salad at every meal. No, sir-ee, Bob. (Apologies if your name is not Bob.) There shall be steaks (oooooooh!) and desserts (aaaaaaah!) and various and sundry other gastronomical wonders, but probably no meatballs (what?!).

The forecast definitely calls for a 100% chance of awesome food:




Our Cast:




(Note: Artists rendering - not an actual likeness of Tazicket.)
Tazicket (DW): I am 25, love to cook, have been pretty successful in expanding our culinary horizons, and my favorite Disney character is Belle. If you joined us on our last Dining Review, you know that I am a "terraterian." If you didn't join us, you're probably wondering what that means. Well, like Dory, I believe that fish are friends - not food. (Not really - I just think they taste funny). So, unless there is some crazy development, you will not see anything that swims on my plate. Aside from that I remain the more adventurous eater of the two of us.

(Note: this pretty much is a true likeness of Golf4food, who is, in fact, a one-legged pirate penguin... at heart... and sometimes on the weekends... but I digress...)
Golf4food (DH): I am 30, enjoy Tazicket's cooking, and only recently began truly expanding my culinary horizons. I grew up in a deep southern family household where the main food groups were pan fried and deep fried. I don't touch broccoli, cauliflower, greens, or most other stronger vegetables, but I do at least now eat some peppers and other non-potatos. My favorite food on earth is a good fried shrimp, which is, alas, not part of my new diet and is now just an occasional splurge. I am the omnivore of the family and will eat most meat or seafood items. My favorite Disney character is Wall-E. Or the reformed Beast, because he ends up with his Belle, just like me.


We had season passes in the past but had to let them expire in Sept 09 because we built a new house. But now we can get them back again and this time we will also be getting a Tables in Wonderland card for the first time. Our trip in May will be at the tail end of the Flower & Garden Festival - something the photographer in me has always wanted to see and photograph. We'll be staying at our favorite mod - Port Orleans Riverside.

But where shall we be eating? That's what you really want to know, isn't it? (Admitting it is the first step.) You'll just have to stay tuned to find out!

Day 1:
Arrival Day
Dinner: Yachtsman Steakhouse

Day 2:
Breakfast: POFQ Biegnets and Such
Lunch: Le Chefs de France
Dinner: Kona Cafe

Day 3:
Breakfast: Grand Floridian Cafe
Lunch: Liberty Tree Tavern
Dinner: Contempo Cafe?

Day 4:
Breakfast: Riverside Mill
Lunch: Starring Rolls
Dinner: ESPN Club

Day 5:
Breakfast: Kona Cafe
Lunch: Earl of Sandwich

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Old 04-30-2010, 02:44 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:28 PM   #3
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Rating System

In honor of our flightless, hydrophylic friends from the great white south, our rating system shall be Mickey-Hat-Wearing Penguins and Penguin-Colored Eggs instead of stars and half stars:

One "star" =

Half "star" = (because a penguin egg is half a penguin? It was the closest we could get - half of a penguin would be horrifying!)

Stay tuned for the reveal of our first ADR... <drumroll> (Not sure how long of a drum roll, though... we're about to watch "A Bug's Life"... so it might be a pretty long drum roll... hope the drummer is in shape...)
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:35 PM   #4
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First ADR

Ok, Mr. Drummer, you can cease now.

I said stop.

Please.

Drummers... sheesh.

Let's get this thing started...




Anyhoo... our first ADR will be:

The Yachtsman Steakhouse



This trip as a whole is sort of to celebrate a big work accomplishment for Tazicket and the Yachtsman is the place she wanted to have dinner our first night to kick of the celebrating. We've not tried the Yachtsman yet, so it will be a first for us, but with all the great reviews it gets around here I'm sure we'll have a great meal.


What we are most looking forward to:


I most looking forward to: steak. I love a really good steak and am hoping to find some here. I'm also looking forward to a nice dinner with Golf4food.

I am also most looking forward to steak, which is slightly odd, since I've never been a huge steak person. Growning up it was never a favorite and I've only recently started to warm up to it in my late 20s. I guess it is mostly that I only like a good steak and would almost rather have no steak at all if it isn't top quality.

Since we started our "lifestyle change" (again, it is not a diet) we only do red meat once per week so any good steak right now is a treat for us. Thankfully we have a Fresh Market down the street with great steaks we can fire up on our trusty Weber One-Touch Gold charcoal grill (the way God intended) so when we have decent grilling weather on a Saturday we'll do steaks.
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we ate at the Yachtsman in Dec. The food was yummy!!! And the steaks were...well left me speechless.....and the mac in chesse was to die for(only if you like goat chesse). drooling just thinking about it.....can't wait to see where else you'll be dining...
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half of a penguin would be horrifying!


this had me in tears with laughter, much like your last review. Can't wait for more.
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I could almost smell what's coming!!! Please bring them on....
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Day 3: Breakfast

No better way to start a day at the Magic Kingdom than with a hearty breakfast.

But that breakfast doesn't have to be in the Magic Kingdom. In fact, we find we have two favorites that lie outside the main gate of the MK and both are well worth an ADR (or two or three or...)

We couldn't resist booking a breakfast at both of them on this trip.

But what are they? We can only share one of them right now, but you'll find out the other in a few days. Don't panic. (I'm sure you can narrow it down anyway.)

So to kick off our full day of MK awesomeness (9am to ??? - Wishes at 10 pm, Spectro at 11 pm...) we enjoy a totally awesome meal here:






The Grand Floridian Cafe



I'm very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, excited to be going back and having the Maple Vanilla French Toast again. It was my most favoritest French toast ever.

Most looking forward to: Duh.


Last time we were at the GFC for breakfast I got eggs Benedict. They were very good. But I had a bite of Tazicket's Maple Vanilla French Toast. Then I was sad. Not because my breakfast was not good - it was! - but because the french toast was sooooo awesome. Tazicket would not share. ("You should have thought about that before you ordered eggs benedict!" says Tazicket.)

Most looking forward to: the same thing as Tazicket


And this post would not be complete without a giant close-up of the star:




The GFC also brews coffee, so no Nescrape here, which is also a plus.


Up next: Lunch in the Magic Kingdom, where everything tastes like freedom... or pennies, but mostly freedom. (More bonus points if you get that reference.)



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Day 3: Lunch

Day three will be spent in the Magic Kingdom.

Lunch on day three will be at our favorite MK lunch spot (for TS anyway):



Lunch with George. (You know... if you wind up in his room...)

Liberty Tree Tavern



While we aren't as big on Liberty Tree for dinner (family style), we love the lunch offerings (menu choices, variety, etc.) and always love the setting - lots of rich wood and old style paintings and wall decorations. As a history buff I feel right at home.


LTT is my favorite place to eat in the MK for lunch so I am looking forward to going back. I really enjoy the atmosphere and the food. And the mugs are pretty cool, too.

Most looking forward to: it was the strawberry shortcake - one of my favorite desserts ever on WDW property - but I haven't seen it on any menus online lately, so I'm not sure if it will be there next week or not.




Ditto.

Most looking forward to: triple chocolate brownie for dessert - one of my most favoritest desserts on WDW property ever.





So yeah... LTT is one place where our new diet will be mostly out the window when it comes to dessert.


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Day 3: Dinner

Dinner on day three is one of the few meals for which we do not have an ADR.

We'll be in the MK, so we'll want something either in the MK or near the MK at an MK resort. (I should say MK more. MK, MK, MK, MK, MK,...)

Until our lifestyle change this would be a no brainer: Columbia Harbour House

Tazicket loves the Lighthouse Sandwich with the humus and whatnot and I love the fried fish and now shrimp. However, we have given up fried foods so I don't want to go to CHH this go around. A little fried every now and again can be ok, but since we're already pushing past the boundaries of our diet as is, I figure it is safer to err on the side of caution on the fried arena.

So instead we're going to branch out and possibly try something new.

As of yet we have never eaten in Cosmic Rays or the Contempo Cafe in the CR.

Cosmic Rays has the advantage of being in the MK and thus more convenient, decent variety, etc. Downside is the multiple lines and nothing we're really dying to eat.

The Contempo Cafe is farther away, but a short visit to the CR is always nice and plus they have black forest cupcakes, which I am definitely dying to try. And Tazicket is dying to try the touch screen ordering system because she loves to push buttons. (She also likes to touch fake food - especially fake desserts - so if there is a place with fake food she can touch... bonus points.)

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Any other ideas or comments, y'all?
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Hellooo there!! Your PTR is very entertaining and interesting! Can't wait to read more, and then to read about your trip! It's so close!
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