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Old 08-15-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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'You Big Fatty!' A delicious dining review- COMPLETE!!

Hello All!

We are back! We have eaten soooooo much delicious food and I can't wait to tell you about it!

Let's jump straight back into the good stuff.

We were up at stupid O'clock and winging our way to Manchester Airport. After all the checking in and getting rid of the luggage we went for our ritual Frankie and Benny's breakfast.

Sarah and I both had the pancakes with maple syrup:



Kate had the omelette breakfast:



And Simon had the traditional breakfast:



This set us up nicely until we got onto the plane and had our main meal:



There was a choice of lasagne, chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce and mushroom stroganoff. This was also served with smoked salmon and creme fraiche (yummy!) and a chocolate brownie.

Well, we survived the flight okay and managed to get checked in at Old Key West. We decided to go to Downtown Disney to eat - we had an ADR at Paradiso 37 which was a new experience for us.

We were led out onto the balcony - I was a bit worried that it would be too warm out there but it was actually quite nice watching the people of DTD go about their business. Even though we were very tired!

I decided to try one of these:



I know what you're thinking....Shari's just landed in Florida and she's already on the cocktails - but this is actually a 'No-Hito' a non-alcoholic version. Don't believe me? Well, Sarah and Kate also had one!

We decided to share some nachos with a trio of dips - queso, chilli and guacamole. These were all delicious!:





And there was plenty for the 4 of us.

I had the fish tacos (which were grouper this day):



I loved these - they were very tasty indeed. Lovely and crispy. But I was a bit too full after all those nachos...

Simon had a cheeseburger:



Kate had the chicken sandwich:



And Sarah had the chicken burrito:



The food here was all very tasty - and just hit the spot for four weary travellers.

I managed a creme brulee for dessert :



And Sarah had the doughnuts and churros:



By now, we were very tired indeed and we went back to our villa to dream of all the lovely food ahead.....

Paradiso 37 - Big Fatty rating: 7 out of 10

Coming up: Shari is re-united with her long, lost love.....

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Old 08-15-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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Welcome Home, Shari!!! (and by home, I of course mean your "DIS" home )

I'm ready and eagerly awaiting your three weeks of food. (and that doesn't even come close to expressing how excited I am that you have started your reviews)
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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Hi, I'm Shari's other (I refrain from saying better) half and thought I'd complement Shari's comments with my own thoughts on each meal (consider me the annoying commentary track on a blu ray movie...).
Paradiso 37 was a real surprise for me, it seemed an ideal solution to the first night dining issue due to its wide variety. However, I didn't have that high expectations.
As Shari noted, the patio is wonderful for people watching (as long as the weather is right, in mid-day summer heat I suspect you'd melt quicker than an ice-cream) and was a nice gentle introduction back to Disney.
The nachos were a big hit, generous portions with some flavoursome dips.
The burger was a real treat. A very good succulent burger which I'd highly recommend. My only proviso is the fries weren't that plentiful (highly unusual), however, this didn't spoil the meal given the burger was so good.
I'd certainly consider going to Paradiso 37 again and would recommend it.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:57 PM   #5
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Great start. The nachos look good with those dips.

Looking forward to more!
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:09 PM   #6
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great review - well done for managing to get to your dinner adr after such a long day - we always aim to and always fail.

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Hi, looking forward to your report, I loved the last one.

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UGH!! I missed that you had returned and started your review! Can't wait to read more!
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I always thought there was no point in eating at Y&Y because we can get the same Chinese food at home. But now that I've seen so many people rave about those fried won tons, I'm really starting to question it. I don't suppose they sell those at the CS location, do they?
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Looking forward to trying yak and yeti in October for the first time
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I always thought there was no point in eating at Y&Y because we can get the same Chinese food at home. But now that I've seen so many people rave about those fried won tons, I'm really starting to question it. I don't suppose they sell those at the CS location, do they?
It's definitely worth trying Yak and Yeti - it's not like any chinese food I've ever had at home. They have a different twist on it and all the food we have had there has been delicious. I don't think they do the wontons at the CS location.

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I think you will enjoy it. It's very relaxed in there and there's something for all the family to eat. We would definitely go back again. Thanks for reading!
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Why is neither Yak nor Yeti on the menu...?

As we were spoilt for choice for table service at the Animal Kingdom (), we once more visited Yak & Yeti (which had been a surprise hit in 2010). Again, we had a super server in the shape of Brian - which is always good.
I started with the chicken Thai Chilli Wings - oh my, those are so good. But so many of them. I was still munching on them when the entree arrived. These are sweet and sticky with a nice kick to them and, always a bonus, plenty of meat on them. Highly recommended (along with a moist towelette!)
Now, it pains me to say this but probably the best burger of the entire trip was a non Disney burger (strictly speaking as Yak & Yeti is run by the same people behind Rain Forest Cafe and T-Rex). The Kobe Beef Burger was huge, succulent, well cooked and absolutely a hit. The taste was amazing. I'd highly recommend this for all the burger lovers out there.
Now I was too full for dessert except somehow managed to eat more of Sarah's sorbet than she did. This again was lovely with a nice contrast of flavours in mango, lemon and raspberry (I was surprised at how nice the mango was, as it doesn't seem a natural sorbet flavour to me). Very refreshing.
I also had an African beer which for the life of me I can't remember what it was (but Shari has all the notes, so I'm sure she will...). All in all - despite the dampness of the seats from our excursion to Kali River Rapids, this was a hit and really a must if you want to do table service in Animal Kingdom (because, obviously, there's sooooo much choice of venues...).
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I also had an African beer which for the life of me I can't remember what it was (but Shari has all the notes, so I'm sure she will...).


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YSH looks fantastic. Great review!
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Hi
Can't wait to hear about Universal. I was there last year and the frozen butterbeer is delicious!!
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