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Old 09-19-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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~Good food is like music you can taste...F&W 2012~ Finished 11/30 & DEC TRIP POSTED!

"Good food is like music you can taste, color you can smell" - Gusteau, Ratatouille

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my latest Dining Review even though I haven't finished my April 2012 review...

We are heading to WDW from Oct 7th - 13th for my absolute favorite time of the year....Fall and Food & Wine Festival! This will be our 5th trip to the F&W festival and have decided to dedicate all our time to the booths, no events, no seminars and only 1 signature meal in the entire trip.

Life has been so hectic since my last WDW trip! I am in my 5th month of a 16 month MBA program and to say it is intensive is an understatement! I am up to my eyeballs in case studies, presentations, assignments and textbooks, but I am loving every minute.

As a result of my hectic schedule, this review is going to be PHOTO-heavy and TEXT-light!


DINING LINE UP

Sunday, Oct 7th
Wolfgang Puck Express - Ohare Airport
Wolfgang Puck Express - Downtown Disney
Food & Wine Festival Booths
Les Chefs de France


Monday, Oct 8th
Liberty Tree Tavern
Food & Wine Festival Booths
Via Napoli


Tuesday, Oct 9th
Rose & Crown
Food & Wine Festival Booths
California Grill


Wednesday, Oct 10th
Flame Tree BBQ
Food & Wine Festival Booths
Tutto Gusto


Thursday, Oct 11th
50s Primetime Cafe/ESPN Club
Jiko


Friday, Oct 12th
Liberty Tree Tavern
Food & Wine Festival Booths
Les Chefs de France


Saturday, Oct 13th
N/A - Early Flight Home!


To read previous editions of my dining reviews:
2009, March 2010, Sept 2010, October 2010, May 2011, October 2011
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Looks like you are going to have a blast! Don't you just love the F&W festival!!
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Looks like you are going to have a blast! Don't you just love the F&W festival!!
Thanks! I absolutely love F&W :D It's my favorite WDW event.
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Items to Try @ the F&W Booths!

Old Favorites
Grilled Lamb Chop (Australia)
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup (Canada)
Escargots Persillade en Brioche (France)
Apple Strudel with Karamel-Vanilla Sauce (Germany)
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki (Greece)
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (Hawaii)
Linda Bean's® Perfect Maine Lobster Roll (Hops & Barley)
Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey's Ganache (Ireland)
Crispy Shrimp Taco with Chipotle Lime Mayo and Cabbage Served on a Flour Tortilla (Mexico)
Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Salad (New Zealand)
Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream (Poland)



New Items
"Le Cellier" Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce (Canada)
Trio of Artisan Cheeses (Cheese)
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Pickled Vegetables (China)
Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange Cake, Raspberries and Pomegranate (Desserts)
Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote (Desserts)
Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chili and Salted Caramel (Desserts)
White Corn Arepa with Mangalitsa Pork Rillette and Zellwood Sweet Corn Salad (Florida Local)
Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro (Florida Local)
Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese) (Germany)
Linda Bean's® Maine Home Style Clam Chowder (Hops & Barley)
Ravioli di Formaggio All'emiliana (Italy)
Spicy Hand Roll (Japan)
Karaage Hand Roll (Japan)
Sukiyaki Beef Pan (Japan)
Merguez Sausage (Morocco)
Zapiekanki-Toasted Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bread with House Made Ketchup (Poland)
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket (South Africa)
Chili Colorado with House Made Chips & Cashew Cheese, featuring Gardein Beefless Tips (Terra)

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Hi Megan! Cannot wait for your reviews
Hi Nicki! Thanks for reading I'm looking forward to the trip. I will desperately need the vacation! I have assignments due pretty much every day from now until the day I leave!
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So much to do!!!

Hi All! I can't believe that I'm heading back to WDW in just 12 DAYS!!!!

However, my TO DO list before then is daunting to say the least.....


Meg's TO DO before Florida
Corporate Social Responsibility Reflection Paper
Corporate Social Responsibility Assignment
Finance Labs 2 & 3
Research Methods PowerPoint Presentation
Research Methods Assignment Part 1
Human Resources Case Analysis
Human Resources Group Project Part 1
Career Assignment
Strategy PowerPoint Presentation
Strategy Case Analysis


Can we say They really weren't kidding when they said that time management was a key element of doing an MBA! Thankfully I have started working on each and every one of those items AND I have today & tomorrow off class to work on them.

I'm tuned in to Magical Mouse Radio on Live365 (It's Background Loop Tuesday! and right now it is playing Stacey's Top 7 Countdown ) and I am determined to make that list significantly smaller!

I'll check back later to let you guys know how it's going!
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I'm joining in!! All these wonderful Disers going to F&W, I'm so jealous!!
Looking forward to the live reporting
All that school work Obviously it will pay off but it's a lot! Good Luck, you will definitely deserve your vacation
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #9
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I absolutely adore the Food and Wine festival! I can't wait for your reviews!
Thanks for reading! This vacation can't come fast enough

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I'm joining in!! All these wonderful Disers going to F&W, I'm so jealous!!
Looking forward to the live reporting
All that school work Obviously it will pay off but it's a lot! Good Luck, you will definitely deserve your vacation
The school work is nuts lol, but I only have a week of classes left now. This weekend I'm going to knock the rest of the items off the list.
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Joining in! It looks as though we'll be there at the same time, though this will be my first F&WF. I'm so jealous of the tuna and salmon sensation! I don't think that item is on this year's menus!
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Joining in! It looks as though we'll be there at the same time, though this will be my first F&WF. I'm so jealous of the tuna and salmon sensation! I don't think that item is on this year's menus!
Oh you'll love F&W! It is easily the best event at WDW in my opinion. You are right, it's not on this years menu, but I think a version of the tuna & salmon sensation might still exist as an appetizer at Tokyo Dining, if you were so inclined to try it!
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Subbing!! Soooo glad to see a F&W report!! Helps to decide if we'll do WDW during F&W!
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Back from Vacation - New Fantasyland Pictures!!

Hi everyone! I'm back home and while I am sad the vacation is over it was amazing! Yesterday I was lucky enough to be a part of the Fantasyland expansion "dress rehearsal"!!

DMom and I went to MK for rope drop and we noticed a huge number of managers wandering around the park.

At about 8:30 I stopped by the entrance to the Fantasyland expansion and asked if there was any chance of an Enchanted Tales with Belle preview. The CM said nothing official was scheduled, but keep checking back.

At around 9:30 we stopped by the area again and there were about 100 people in line along the construction wall. We decided to take our chances and hop in line. At about 9:40 a manager named Peter let us all know there was "nothing official" scheduled and that we all might be waiting for nothing.

At 9:45 another manager walked the line, counting the number of people waiting. Then I noticed Deb from AllEars and some people from Inside The Magic, Orlando Attractions, Touring Plans etc. The couple behind us mentioned that they knew someone in Fantasyland operations that had mentioned the possibility of the entire expansion soft opening at 10.

At 9:55 managers began walking the line again and asked everyone to walk calmly and to have a great time!

At 10:00, they let us in!! It was absolutely surreal! The area is breathtaking and the detail is amazing. DMom and I were among the first 20 guests to ride The Little Mermaid! Here are some pictures and there is even 1 food pic for relevance (LeFou's Brew!)













































Continued in next post!
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The Best Laid Plans...

Hi Everyone! Only 4 days to go!!

This is usually the point in time where I would lament about...."Dealing with an Indecisive DD (DDad and Disney Diner)"! For those that have read my previous reviews, you will know that my DDad enjoys "challenging" me by asking me to obtain impossible dining reservations just a few days before the desired dining date.


**Que Flashback**

“Hey Meg….can I see the itinerary?...”

Oh god…I’m screwed….he is going to want to change something, or he will ask me to obtain the impossible reservation. I understand he wants some flexibility, but for heaven’s sake, he has been to WDW as often as me, he knows that dining reservation book out months in advance….doesn’t he?

I groan and hand it over, waiting to see what his changes are.


“Why aren’t we eating at Flame Tree BBQ when we go to the Animal Kingdom?”

“I told you Dad, Flame Tree BBQ is closed for refurbishment until Sept 20th.”

“But you also said it might open early!”

“Key word being MIGHT Dad, I said might! It's Disney...remember how long it took them to open Test Track?? Right now it looks like it is behind schedule.”

“But I want to eat there!”

“So do I, but we'll do that in October.”

As an aside: We will do that in October has become a bit of a running joke in our family. We stayed at WDW during Tropical Storm Faye and it prevented us from doing several activities we had planned. As we were returning in late October for the F&W Festival we began saying "We'll do that in October" and as you can imagine the list of things we were doing in October got laughably big.

“Ok…fine...”

So DDad continues to look over the itinerary.

“You know, the Grand Floridian Cafe looks a bit…blah…why don’t we eat somewhere else that night?”

“Um…ok. Well The Wave should be pretty easy to get.”

“Ok, that sounds good, I liked The Wave.”

I go onto the WDW and easily find a reservation for The Wave, and just as I am finishing up and getting my confirmation number…

“What about the California Grill?”

“We are eating there on your anniversary.”

“I know, but what about California Grill instead of The Wave.”

“What?? Are you kidding? After Le Cellier, and outside of Cinderella’s Royal Table, California Grill is the holy grail of dining reservations. I barely got one for your anniversary and it was at a crappy time, but I got it. Besides, I've been looking for weeks and the California Grill is booked solid.”

“I’m sure you can get us in on the 7th as well.”

“No. I can’t.”

"We will just have to see when we get there. Maybe we can just walk up."

I was emphatic that there was no way on god’s green earth that I could get us a SECOND California Grill reservation, one week away! I just laughed at his suggestion to "walk-up" and said that MAYBE we could eat at the lounge but it would have to be right at the start of dinner service.

But, being the curious person I am, I checked out the WDW website this morning…I entered Sept 7th, dinner, 3 adults and smugly waited as the website processed. I was absolutely sure I was going to get “No dinner reservations are available 09/07/10.”

Then it happened….

No way….

That is not possible….


9:40pm available.

Crap. I’m never going to live this down. So I made the reservation and resigned myself to the fact that DDad would mock my lack of faith in spontaneity.

Then, I felt an Alice in Wonderland moment hit me…curiouser and curiouser…I entered Sept 5th…absolutely sure that there would be no availability and we would be stuck with out 5:40pm reservation.

Good lord…..would you look at that….


7:45pm available

So I re-booked that dinner as well.

Sadly, now he is never going to believe that last minute dining reservation changes are as impossible as I make them out to be.

But such is life with an Indecisive DDad.


**End Flashback**

As fun as that story is.....this time.....the person making the changes just days before we leave for WDW......was.....ME!

You see, we started out with a "No Signature Dining" policy for this trip. Then a few weeks ago we decided we couldn't live without a dinner at California Grill, so I added that.

Well, yesterday we received a delivery from a wine of the month club. Often they include a food item as well. As soon as we opened the box, this intoxicating spicy scent wafted out. It was allspice, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander.....it was JIKO! I swear, I was instantly transported to Jiko

So this trip it was my turn....


"Hey Dad.....are you sure you don't want to go to Jiko this trip?"

"Um...didn't we say only 1 signature meal this trip?....But I do love Jiko."

"That spice blend, doesn't it make you want the crispy beef bobotie rolls? The tandoori butter? The amazing Rudi Shultz Shiraz....?"

"Ha! Is this what it feels like when I do this to you?"

"Yup, pretty much. So what time should I make the reservation for?"

AND now we have swapped Kona Cafe for Jiko
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Tomorrow!

16 hours! We are leaving in 16 hours.....and I have so much to do!!

We are leaving our house at 2:30am....I know crazy right? But we are flying out of Buffalo and our flight is 6am, so we need to arrive at about 4:30am.

Most of my To Do tasks center around packing:
- charge iPad, Nook, iPhone, MacBook, Camera & iPod (yeah, I travel with a lot of technology)
- print travel confirmations
- pack clothes, toiletries and carry on bags

Just so you all know, I'll be doing some live updates from the parks on my twitter account, @meganhuntley

I have updated the "Dining Line Up" on the first page and it will double as a Table of Contents.

I have also started a Trip Report Thread for those interested We'll Do It In October! A Fun, Fall, Food & Wine Festival Trip Report
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