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Old 10-11-2010, 11:51 AM   #16
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Gardenview Tea Room

We had the first tea seating at 2pm. My parents did join us for this, meeting us at the Grand Floridian. When I first booked it, Geoff wasn't coming in until that night...then plans changed and he came in on Friday instead. No problems moving from 3 to 4 people.

My Mom and Dad decided to go with the Buckingham Palace. Geoff did the Sally Lunn Tea, and I did a la carte.

So first, my parents got their sandwiches:

I stole my Dad's Gorgonzola and Pear...yum!

Geoff got his Sally Lunn Bread:


And I ordered a cheese plate:

I never found out what the cheeses were...which drives me crazy. The two on the right were stronger than the 2 on the left, so my Mom & I enjoyed those and my Dad & Geoff stole some of the milder cheeses.

My parents each got their scone & tart while Geoff & I picked at the Bread & Cheese a little longer.

I also ordered scones (and refused to share!)

I love these, especially with a little cream & jam...YUM!

Our waiter brought over the rest of my parent's and Geoff's selections then.

My Dad went with the pastries:

The Swan was a Sour Apple this time and he couldn't stop talking about it, he loved it!

My Mom went with the Strawberries and Cream:

She joked that she wished she could box it up and have it for breakfast in the morning!

Finally, Geoff had a choice of the above two or a strawberry trifle. I encouraged him to get the trifle so I could take a bite

This was wonderful! Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting.

Oh...and the tea? We all loved it
Let's see...I had the Princess Breakfast tea, which I loved (I like flavored teas.) My Dad had Eros, my Mom had Harmony, & Geoff had the Oolong tea. We all enjoyed our respective choices.

The service was excellent, so there were no complaints on that end. We used TiW here and saved

Overall: 9/10, I just wished I could have known what those cheeses were! But everything else was wonderful. I love this experience and would recommend it to everyone!
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:54 AM   #17
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Thanks for a wonderful update, I love the High tea at GF...I miss that last trip but had it a couple times in previous trip. I'm hoping to add it in our December trip.
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Great pictures, looking forward to the rest.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:42 PM   #19
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Love the pictures. Thanks for the helpful reviews.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:46 PM   #20
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Great pictures! I am afraid, even if I showed those pics to Mark, that I could convince him to go, but I enjoy reading about everyone else who experiences it.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:58 PM   #21
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I am swooning....

LOVE the food porn
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:29 PM   #22
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It's a shame your chips at Captain Cook's weren't cooked well and not seasoned enough - we had to wait a LOOOOOOOOOONG time for ours but they came out perfect. Sorry yours didn't!

I am drooling over the photos of your tea!!!! I love tea and had this booked last February and we gave it up for

The Ditch!!

I think I need to make another reservation esp. since we are going without the DDP next February!

Thanks for the updates!
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:00 PM   #23
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I will be at the Food & Wine Festival ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! I am so excited -- I just can't wait -- this is my first time!!!! Loving your report!
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:50 PM   #24
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Really enjoying your reviews!!!

Sorry that your lunch at Captain Cooks was not so good...that pizza did sound good...too bad it was greasy!


Afternoon tea at the Gardenview Lounge is a favorite of DDs and mine... Love the pics .... We have eaten that cheese medley and have no clue what the cheeses are either...we just call them the mild and strong ones!!! LOL!! What a nice way to spend an afternoon.....

Looking foward to your next review...
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:24 AM   #25
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Thanks for a wonderful update, I love the High tea at GF...I miss that last trip but had it a couple times in previous trip. I'm hoping to add it in our December trip.
I really like the tea, it's a good break.

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Great pictures, looking forward to the rest.
Thanks!

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Love the pictures. Thanks for the helpful reviews.
Thanks!

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Great pictures! I am afraid, even if I showed those pics to Mark, that I could convince him to go, but I enjoy reading about everyone else who experiences it.
Haha, well Geoff & my Dad went!

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It's a shame your chips at Captain Cook's weren't cooked well and not seasoned enough - we had to wait a LOOOOOOOOOONG time for ours but they came out perfect. Sorry yours didn't!

I am drooling over the photos of your tea!!!! I love tea and had this booked last February and we gave it up for

The Ditch!!

I think I need to make another reservation esp. since we are going without the DDP next February!

Thanks for the updates!
Hmmm...tea...the Ditch...I think I'd pick the Ditch too!

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I will be at the Food & Wine Festival ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! I am so excited -- I just can't wait -- this is my first time!!!! Loving your report!
Woo! Hopefully I'll get to some of the F&W kiosks before you leave!

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Really enjoying your reviews!!!

Sorry that your lunch at Captain Cooks was not so good...that pizza did sound good...too bad it was greasy!


Afternoon tea at the Gardenview Lounge is a favorite of DDs and mine... Love the pics .... We have eaten that cheese medley and have no clue what the cheeses are either...we just call them the mild and strong ones!!! LOL!! What a nice way to spend an afternoon.....

Looking foward to your next review...
Thanks for joining in! The pizza sounded good...it just wasn't quite there!
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:48 AM   #26
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Party for the Senses-Part 1

This was my first time doing Party for the Senses-or any of the more pricey Food & Wine events. All 4 of us went, I'm the only one who has any limitations on beverages, so I only had whites while the others had the reds and other offerings.

We thought the Party started at 6...whoops! It actually didn't start until 6:30pm, so while we were getting agitated when the doors finally opened at 6:25pm, they were actually early. There were 3 "holding areas," one outside the gate, one inside the gate but still outside (this is where you got your plate and glass), and then finally inside before opening the curtain to the rest of the party.

My awful picture while waiting inside:


One of the biggest complaints I've heard about PFTS is that there's not enough seating. This year, they've added a lot of tables and I think if we would have headed to the back, we probably would have gotten a table with chairs. As it was, we were content to stand at the taller tables. It allowed us to move around a bit.

This was about 20 minutes after the Party started, so plenty of space to stand and eat:

Note: the partition you see to the right was for the Wine View Lounge. It was right in the center of the room.

The room was split into different groups by color and kitchen utensil, like Yellow Wine Glass or Orange Whisk, which is how everything was listed in the program.
Room shot:

Next to each of the food tables were the winery tables. I couldn't really tell if things were paired, so I just went and got what I liked!

We started the evening by each getting our own, but by the end of the night, we shared most things. I'll just start going through my pictures and letting you know what I thought!

First up we have Wagyu Beef Short Ribs Braised with Red Wine Pan Seared Boniato, Potato Cakes, Sour Cream, Chives Sweet Onion and Wild Mushroom Ragu by Dylan Shauwecker from The Wave at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

This was probably one of our favorites of the evening. It was like having a Pot Roast in a bite. Absolutely delightful.

Next we had Tagine of Lamb (Lamb braised with Peas & Artichokes) by Samad Benzari from the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot.

This was OK. None of us were wild about it, so we had a bite and then moved on.

Geoff got a beer from Radeberger Gruppe in Frankfurt, Germany.

I loved how they poured the beer into the wine glass. Classy

Next we had Butternut Squash Risotto, Baby Frisee, Aged Balsamic with a Pumpkin Seed Brittle by Frank Vega from Mama Melrose at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

I thought it was quite ballsy to do a Risotto in this kind of setting. Maybe it was because we had it towards the beginning of the night, but it was cooked perfectly. I absolutely loved it, my Mom wasn't crazy about it, she thought it was too salty, but I tend to like saltier foods.

Next we had Duck Veracruz by Jamey Fader from Big Red F Restaurant in Denver, CO.

Geoff loves Duck, so this was right up his ally. I didn't really care for the salsa on top, but generally I don't like salsas, so that wasn't a big surprise. The duck was cooked great though.

This is Braised Venison and Truffle Raviloi, Roasted Forrest Mushrooms, Brodo and Parmesan Frico by Michael Reitzler from California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

I really liked this a lot. It would have been great to have a big bowl of it! Really just earthy and lovely. One of the winners of the night in my opinion.

Next up we have a lamb loin. They must have changed what they wanted to serve because what we had was a different description from what was in the program. I can tell you it was a Lamb Loin by Bob Waggoner from PBS' UCook! with Chef Bob in Charleston, SC.
Here's it being served & prepared:


And the dish:

The lamb in this was cooked perfectly. My Dad has never been a lamb fan, but he came back with this and we were all shocked. He loved it! I don't know if we've converted him, but it was a big step!

The last item I'll do for now... Wild Boar Agnolotti Stuffed Ricotta and Portobello Mushrooms by Andrew Turner from Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom.

What was interesting is that Geoff & I got this after my parents. We got 1 ravioli, but they got two!

No huge loss. I thought it was really dry. Geoff & my Dad really liked it though.

I'll be back later today or tomorrow with Part 2! Stay tuned!
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:22 PM   #27
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Yummy reviews so far! I can't wait until we can make it back to F&W next year!
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Love your update...drooling over the pictures.
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Oooh....those beef short ribs are making me drool. I didn't have dinner (just got home from having my nails done and don't like eating this late). One of these days we are going to get to F&W. Keep the food porn coming.
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Yummy reviews so far! I can't wait until we can make it back to F&W next year!
Thanks! I might miss F&W next year

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Love your update...drooling over the pictures.
Hopefully you weren't hungry!

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Oooh....those beef short ribs are making me drool. I didn't have dinner (just got home from having my nails done and don't like eating this late). One of these days we are going to get to F&W. Keep the food porn coming.
They were definitely drool worthy!
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