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Old 01-28-2009, 01:57 PM   #1
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~We seldom report of having eaten too little~ w/ PICS! ~ UPDATE: New Thread Started!

ATTENTION...We seldom report of having eaten too little...has moved!

My new thread can be located here - ~We seldom report of eating too little~ March Edition! Going Live in 3 weeks!

I hope that all of you will join me for the coming editions of my reviews!

Now there is an interesting thought (provided by Thomas Jefferson) and one that is very appropriate in this thread How often have you read a dining review where someone opens with "Oh my god we were simply STARVING our whole week at Walt Disney World!"? That being said...

Welcome to my Disney Dining Report! This report will cover the following trips:
May/June 2009
July/Aug 2009
September/Oct 2009
March 2010
Sept/Oct 2010
AND
Dec 2010/Jan 2011!!

That's right! This report will cover my dining reviews for SIX trips! If you look in the Table of Contents you will see links to my Pre-trip posts and to each trip's dining review!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Pre-Trip
September ADR Plan
Favorite Food Pics: Vintage Food
Favorite Food Pics: Sushi & Sashimi Tasting F&W 2006
Favorite Food Pics: California Grill 1st Visit
Favorite Food Pics: SUSHI!
Favorite Food Pics: Oct 2008 Part 1
UPDATE: September ADR Plan
Exciting Update! Spontaneous May Trip!
Frustrating Experience with new ADR system!
Dreaming of Disney Food...
Maybe I can entire lurkers with some pics!
Favorite Food Pics: Aug 2008 Part 1
Favorite Food Pics: Aug 2008 Part 2
Time for Dessert!
Favorite Food Pics: F&W Festival Booths 2006
May & Sept ADR Update
Favorite Food Pics: Oct 2008 Part 2
Favorite Food Pics: Oct 2008 Part 3
Favorite Food Pics: Oct 2008 Part 4
LIVE BLOG!!
Favorite Food Pics: Aug 2008 Part 3
More Exciting News!! - July/Aug Trip!!
July/Aug ADR Plan

TRIP#1 MAY/JUNE
Update 1
Ohana - May 31st 2009
Kona Cafe - May 30th 2009 & Wolfgang Puck Express - June 1st 2009
California Grill MENU
California Grill - June 1st 2009
Sunshine Seasons/Le Cellier/Chefs de France - Jun 2nd 2009

TRIP #2 JULY/AUG
Wolfgang Puck Express/Kona Cafe - July 31st 2009
Liberty Tree Tavern/Chefs de France - Aug 1st 2009
Flame Tree BBQ/Romano's Macaroni Grill (offsite) - Aug 2nd 2009
Le Cellier/California Grill - Aug 3rd 2009
California Pizza Kitchen (offsite)/Tokyo Dining - Aug 4th
The Wave - Aug 5th 2009
Jiko - Aug 6th 2009

SEPT/OCT 2009
Kona Cafe - September 24th
F&W Festival Previews - September 24th
Polynesian Club Level Offerings
Liberty Tree Tavern/Kona Sushi Bar - September 25th
Victoria & Albert's - Overview - September 27th
Victoria & Albert's - Setting and Amuse Bouche - September 27th
Victoria & Albert's - First Bread, Cold Appetizer, Fish Course - September 27th
Victoria & Albert's - Second Bread, Warm Appetizer, Third Bread, Meat Course - September 27
Victoria & Albert's - Pre-dessert Course - September 27
Victoria & Albert's - Desserts & Celebes Coffee - September 27
The Writer's Stop and Garden View Tea - September 28th
California Grill
Flying Fish
Sunshine Seasons, F&W Booths & Kringla Bakery
F&W Booths, Chefs de France
Jiko

MARCH 2010
March 2010 Planning
March 2010 ADRs/Jaclyn's Dining Review!
Kobe, cake and....caviar?!?! More March Planning!

I'm Tink, I'm 24 and I have done a few Dining Reports in the past, most notably this past August & October. I also seem to be somewhat famous for *this* picture



At which most people go and then when they discover this is NOT Yoshi's Deluxe Platter but our insane first experience with California Grill Sushi that set us back $100 LOL. It was soooo worth it but we've never ordered that much since. Typically we stick to 2 or 3 rolls now.

My DIS-inspirations are MickeyNicki & oybolshoi. Their reports are fun, filled with pictures and great commentary

Now for a little bit of background on me. In August of this past year I left my thankless job at Best Buy (which I call Best Cry for their *terrible* treatment of employees) in order to career search. That's right, not job hunt but career search. I'm a University Grad and its about time I started my career.

Well, there was no point in looking before my August 2008 trip. Can you imagine that "Oh thank you for hiring me but now I'll be leaving for 2 weeks!" I'm pretty sure I'd get this but minus the sweet little smile.

After I returned from my glorious 2 weeks in the "sun" *cough*TropicalStormFay*cough* I started looking, but not too seriously as I was going to be returning to the House of Mouse just 6 weeks later.


On my October 2008 trip I also attended Unleash the Power Within, a fantastic event hosted by Anthony Robbins! VERY long story short, I walked across 12 feet of 1500-2000 degree hot coals (if you guys want to know more I'll gladly add the story )

Once I accomplished that I went home figuring I could do ANYTHING!

In fact, the very next day I got a call to my cell phone offering me a job interview at a HUGE law firm in Toronto. The position? A WRITER!!

OMG! This is really and truly my dream position. I interviewed and made it all the way to the Final round only to be told they went with a candidate with more experience. I was SO dejected!


I forced myself to career hunted for November.......and December.....and well...I got NADDA.

I swore to myself on New Years Eve that 2009 would be my year....and in the 2nd week of January....

THE LAWFIRM CALLED! The first candidate hadn't worked out and they wanted to meet with me again!

Lo & behold....you are looking at a WRITER, really, truly & professionally


Now I know I've gotten WAY but the is a purpose to this story. Now that I will be writing for a living, and often it may not be what I WANT to write, I've started this report SO early so that I can write about what I love....Disney & Food!

I've prattled on long enough about myself so if anyone is still with me I'll go into...


TRIP BACKGROUND
We were fortunate enough to receive one of the elusive 40% off PIN codes so that was more than enough incentive for us to book our 2009 trip.

Sept 24th - 29th we are booked at the Polynesian in Garden View Concierge and Coronado Springs for 4 nights, Sept 29th - Oct 3rd. Along the way I will also meet up with Belle_373 and her DBF!


CAST

Tink (Me): I'm 23 (will be 24 by the time the trip rolls around) It will be my 34th trip to WDW and my 3rd stay at the Poly, which is now my favorite resort. I'll be meeting up with one of the best friends r/l, Belle_373 and her DBF for lunch on Sept 25th.
Favorite Park: Epcot
Favorite Rides:
MK = Haunted Mansion & Splash Mountain
EP = Soarin
DHS = Tower of Terror & Toy Story Mania
AK = Expedition Everest & Kilimanjaro Safaris
Favorite Restaurants:
TS = California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe & Tokyo Dining
CS = Flame Tree BBQ & Wolfgang Puck Express
Favorite Snack: Make Your Own from Goofy's & Dole Whip


DMom: Age withheld at penalty of death It will be her 35th trip to WDW. She is punctual and easy going at the same time (She had to learn to be with my DDad and I who are both well....stubborn and perpetually late)
Favorite Park: Epcot
Favorite Rides: Soarin & Impressions de France
Favorite Restaurants: California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe, Tokyo Dining
Favorite Snack: Popcorn


DDad: Age withheld as well. It will be his 35th trip to WDW. He is as much a Disney freak as me but hides it better. His favorite part of the trip is the food and spending time at World Showcase. As mentioned above...He is stubborn and perpetually late (like me).
Favorite Park: Epcot
Favorite Rides: Pirates of the Caribbean, Soarin
Favorite Restaurants: California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe, Tokyo Dining
Favorite Snack: Dole Whip


GUEST STARS

Jaclyn (Belle_373): She is 23 and one of my best friends r/l We met in 1st year university and we ended up meeting unexpectedly at WDW in 2005! We were both vacationing and ran into each other at Innoventions! From that point on we became each others DIS-support. Anyone that frequently goes to WDW is used to the "You're going there AGAIN?" so we share our obsession and ignore DIS-haters UPDATE: Jaclyn got engaged at WDW in Sept 2009 and I get to be her Maid of Honour at her 2011 Disney Fairytale Wedding!!

Chris (Belle's DF): He is 26 and also one of my r/l friends. Obviously we know each other through Jaclyn.

COMING UP NEXT: ADR Plans

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Old 01-28-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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Can't wait to hear more! And CONGRATS! on the new job!!!! For some reason it didn't load the top part of your post, so I missed it the first go round.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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Aww thanks for the congrats everyone

ADR Plans coming up soon!
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September ADR Plan


First off, we're staying Polynesian Club Level!

We'll definitely be taking advantage of it for breakfast, though I might sneak off to Captain Cook's for a Mickey Waffle or Tonga Toast one morning.

It will also be great for water, pop & snacks.

While we wont be utilizing the evening offerings as entire meals, we do intend to stop by around 5pm each evening. So I thought I'd list what the offerings should be each night.

Thursday (Sept 24th)
Asian "finger food": Make your own Vietnamese style lettuce and crepe
Featuring: shrimp and pork, rice noodles and assorted vegetables & sauces Asian inspired nachos and chili cheese sauce.

Friday (Sept 25th)
'Ohana Night: Marinated grilled skewers of beef and turkey with dipping sauces (Chimichurri, Asian style Harissa, and peanut)
Maui onion potatoes Au Gratin

Saturday (Sept 26th)
Kona Cafe Night: Kona Salad with fresh fruit, Maytag Blue Cheese, Smoked Almonds, mixed greens and a Citrus Vinaigrette
Garlic sticky wings
Duck potstickers with dipping sauces (sweet chili and Chinese mustard)

Sunday (Sept 27th)
Hawaiian night: Make your own mini pork sandwiches also Asian cole slaw and vegetable spring rolls with dipping sauces (mustard, sweet and sour and soy sauce)

Monday (Sept 28th)
Sushi Night: California Rolls and Cucumber Avacado Rolls.
Make your own Asian noodle bowl

Now to the REAL Dining Plans

Thursday Sept 24th
BREAKFAST - Toronto International Airport
LUNCH - Captain Cooks or Wolfgang Puck Express
DINNER - Ohana or Kona Cafe

Friday Sept 25th
BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
LUNCH - Liberty Tree Tavern
DINNER - California Grill

Saturday Sept 26th
BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
LUNCH - 50s Primetime Cafe
DINNER - Le Cellier or Other WS or BC/YC/BW? Suggestions?

Sunday Sept 27th
BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
LUNCH - Chefs de France
DINNER - Kona Cafe

Monday Sept 28th
BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
LUNCH - Captain Cooks
DINNER - Victoria & Alberts!

Tuesday Sept 29th

BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
LUNCH - Food & Wine Festival Booths
DINNER - Food & Wine Festival Booths or Kona / Ohana

Wednesday Sept 30th
BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
LUNCH - Flame Tree BBQ
DINNER - Jiko

Thursday Oct 1st
BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
LUNCH - Food & Wine Festival Booths
DINNER - California Grill

Friday Oct 2nd
BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
LUNCH - Kona Cafe
DINNER - Tokyo Dining

Saturday Oct 3rd
BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
LUNCH - Orlando Airport

As you can see it is still *really* rough! I dont have to get any ADRs to the Itinerary Planning Office until June so this will likely change several more times.
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Dinner - Le Cellier or Other WS or BC/YC/BW? Suggestions?
I would suggest Flying Fish, we LOVE it!
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Favorite Food Pics: Vintage Food

Considering that you guys won't be getting NEW reviews for 237 days I thought I'd post some of my favorite food pics I started taking food pictures way back in 2005

So....


VINTAGE FOOD PORN

Artist Point May 2005

Cedar Plank Salmon with Celery Root Puree


Happiest Celebration on Earth Chocolate Torte with Blood Orange Sauce


Amuse Bouche - Seared Scallop on Mashed Potatoes topped with Crispy Shallots

Rose & Crown May 2005

Sadly Missed - Guinness Stew!

Chefs de France May 2005

Smoked Salmon Crepe Appetizer


Happiest Celebration on Earth Macaroon with Orange Sorbet and Caramel Sauce

Alfredo's May 2005 (I *so* miss this restaurant, but I haven't tried Tutto yet)

Caesar Salad


Crusty Bread with Olive Oil & Parmesan Cheese


Heirloom Tomatoes & Buffalo Mozzarella


Trio of Pasta - From Top: Fettuccine Alfredo, Gnocchi Bolognese & Penne with Marinara (this was SO good!)


Osso Bucco
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