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Old 10-25-2011, 11:31 PM   #76
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Ooh, Martini flight! That sounds excellent! I have to say that the ceasar salad definitely looks a little sad. The meat looks great though. One reason why I'm not 100% sold on Le Cellier is because there seem to be so many mushroom based dishes, and I don't like mushrooms. I could order some of the dishes without them, but I worry that if they're important to the dish it just won't taste all that great. I think I may try it though, probably for lunch so I don't have to pay the dinner prices!

The beer pairing looks like fun, though like you I'm not much of a beer drinker. I'd much prefer to do the above with wine
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:51 AM   #77
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Glad to hear they stepped things up on the Italy Beer Pairing meal. I don't like beer much either, but the food looks good enough to warrant me considering the event if they do it again next year.

I'm 'moving in down the street' from you tomorrow!
The food was definitely good. I think they heard the feedback from the first one & improved upon it.

Yay for you arriving today - maybe you'll end up near me.

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Ooh, Martini flight! That sounds excellent! I have to say that the ceasar salad definitely looks a little sad. The meat looks great though. One reason why I'm not 100% sold on Le Cellier is because there seem to be so many mushroom based dishes, and I don't like mushrooms. I could order some of the dishes without them, but I worry that if they're important to the dish it just won't taste all that great. I think I may try it though, probably for lunch so I don't have to pay the dinner prices!

The beer pairing looks like fun, though like you I'm not much of a beer drinker. I'd much prefer to do the above with wine
It was good fort he most part.

I really don't like mushrooms but I'm able to pick around them enough that I dont mind. Lunch prices are a lot easier to stomach.

They do have Food & Wine Pairings at Tutto Italia at least. Hopefully I can convince my husband to go to one of those next year - at least I got him at the Dessert & Wine.
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:27 PM   #78
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Great review so far, and I'm loving all the pictures! The Italian beer/food pairing looked like a lot of fun, and quite delish! I wasn't aware of those other brands of Italian beers before (only knew of peroni.) Thanks for the updates!
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:09 PM   #79
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Great review so far, and I'm loving all the pictures! The Italian beer/food pairing looked like a lot of fun, and quite delish! I wasn't aware of those other brands of Italian beers before (only knew of peroni.) Thanks for the updates!
Glad you are enjoying my review. The beer & food was very fun. I think I would do it again next year. Glad you got to learn of some different italian beers.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:25 PM   #80
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Fulton's


After our pairing, we took the bus back to the resort. It made us happy to be in the building we were in as it was literally steps away from the bus stop!

We hung out in the room for a bit & debated on just getting room service or heading out to Downtown Disney. After looking at the lack of options on that room service menu, we decided we should just go and get Downtown Disney out of our way for the shopping we wanted to accomplish.

At the World of Disney Store - I saw these wonderful food related items:




We didn't buy them but we were able to pick up my new ipad case and then go through the rest of the shops. I love the new spice section in the Pantry! I need to head back there sometime and stock up.

We were hungry again by the time of our reservation at 8:10pm. We checked in and in minutes were taken upstairs towards the front of the boat.

Our server was extremely friendly & brought us our dip.

I really love that stuff!

He then went over the menu and some various options.

When he came back with the bread, we made our selections.

I was disappointed in that their bread had changed. It used to be this wonderful sourdough or white bread now it just tastes bland. Oh well, don't need to fill up on bread anyway!

My husband went with the New England Clam Chowder

He loves this stuff! He likes how its close enough to the stuff he grew up with in MA. (Living where we do in Georgia means we get very little good seafood)

It was my turn to get a Caesar Salad

There was great! I love their dressing.

For entrees, my husband really didn't give it much thought. He knew he wanted crab legs but as he wasn't starving he didn't want to spend the money on the King Crab so he went for the Snow Crab Legs


He loves them! Didn't really touch the potatoes but when you have that much crab, who cares about potatoes?

I had a hard time decided what I wanted, I kinda wanted the filet but I figured I might get that at California Grill tonight & I did have it at Le Cellier the day before. I ended up picking popcorn shrimp as I've been on a shrimp kick for a while.


Loved them! So much better than those rock shrimp from Kona.

Somehow my husband still wanted dessert but wanted to get back to the hotel so he got a slice of cheesecake to go. He loved it when he had it later that night.

Our server was on top of things & really was in a great mood which put us in a great mood. Can't wait to go back next trip.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:57 PM   #81
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Grand Floridian Cafe

Yesterday morning when we visited HS, we arrived too late to ride on Toy Story Mania as we refuse to wait in a 50 minute line & the fastpasses were for 4:00pm already.

This morning I was riding Toy Story Mania & we would arrive there early enough to do it.

Since we ate so late last night, we didn't eat breakfast & headed straight to the park. Dealt with that crazy initial rush for Toy Story Mania & were behind the rudest lady I've encountered this trip & headed to the Muppets store to see if they were selling the Muppet Line of OPI nail polish (they aren't) and another ride on Star Tours where we got the same ending as yesterday and left.

We debated on what we wanted for lunch. He mentioned he knows I love that sandwich from somewhere over by Magic Kingdom. Grand Floridian Cafe it was!

I figured since it was a lunch in the middle of the week we should be ok for a walk-in. It was! We were quickly seated at a table right on the other side of the podium.

We placed our orders & they were a bit slow to arrive. Turns out, someone had given my sandwich away! They rushed a new one but it still took a few minutes.

I enjoyed my glass of wine while waiting.


My husband went with the Grand Burger - Hamburger w/ Buttered Lobster on top & House-Made Chips

The burger was nice. The lobster he said was kinda bland. He didn't get the normal sweeter taste of lobster but it got lost in the burger. The chip was good - especially when he used them for swiping some of the sauce from my plate.

I went with the Grand Sandwich.


I love this! Boursin Cheese Sauce, Fried Onion Straws, Rosemary Bread, Turkey. Its so good & so rich. I never can finish it.

For dessert, we decided on the Chocolate Fondue.


It was alright. The chocolate was a bit thicker than I'm used to for fondue but we liked it! The bananas & pineapple were great!

It was a bit slow - the meal took almost an hour and a half but we weren't in a rush to get anywhere as we were headed to the golf couse to try our hand on the Fairways course. Somehow, I hit par. I don't know how.

Now its time to get ready for our dinner at California Grill & we will possibly be headed into MK afterwards for the MSEP or to EPCOT for EMH - we haven't decided yet.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:04 PM   #82
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Oooh, all the food from this post looks so good! Fulton's looks amazing, DH and I are both big seafood fans (especially crab and lobster) so it's a place we should probably try. GFC looks super tasty too, there are so many great options at the GF. Maybe someday I'll get to stay there and that will be an excuse to try them all
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:08 PM   #83
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California Grill


Dinner this evening was a reservation at 5:50pm for California Grill. We parked over at the Contemporary - I'm glad they have taken away some of the valet parking area and turned it into self parking. I like parking up front at the Contemporary.

We checked in at 5:35pm and were soon ushered up to the restaurant. It took about 10 minutes but we were soon led to a table for two right by the window.

Our server was a bit slow with coming to the table. He introduced himself & took our drink order and wandered off to handle the table's behind us millionth question about something.

A little while later - he came back to say he's going to take our order but accidentally dropped some liquid from a glass he was holding on our table cloth. My husband & I could have probably cared less, but he was insistant on changing it. My husband doesn't often get firm with waiters but said, I would like to place my order first & I don't really care about the table cloth.

So he took our order & came back with our drinks and a new table cloth. Where we had to lift our own glasses up while he cleaned it. It was a little awkward.

So drinks!
My husband got a twisted Mie Tie


& I went for a glass on Conundrum

We waited for a while & I took pictures of MK while looking out the window.


Our server brought out chopsticks for us both for my appetizer & some bread.




It took a little while more before our appetizers were brought out.

My husband had their classic flatbread sans the tomatoes.

He loved it! He let me have 1 piece and had to agree.

I went with a Shrimp Tempura Roll.

When I ordered this, I confused my waiter. Apparently I was reading the menu while I was doing this - but its an item not on the menu. I've never had issues ordering it before. I love it! The mango and the soy wrap really make it!

He stopped by to clear the tables and brought my husband another drink.

The sun was setting


and thats when we glanced at our watches and realized it was 7:10. We had already been seated for 80 minutes and had only had an appetizer so far. Our waiter was questioning another table to make sure he had their orders done correctly before a runner finally brought out our meal.

My husband went with the filet.


He liked it well enough - not as good as Shula's but much better than his steak at Le Cellier. He didn't like the purple potatoes though. They didn't really look appealing to me.

I had debated between the bison & the duck as I do love both. I settled on getting the duck.


It was sliced breast meat + the leg.

So tender and great! Loved the pomegranate sauce that it came with as it really matched the flavors of the duck.

Our plates were cleared and he was about to give us the dessert menus when another two top in his section required his attention as their entrees had arrived. The problem was they never got their appetizer. At this same time, the 6 top noticed their bill was split wrong so he kinda took a while to deal with that.

We got our menus & he dealt with those previously mentioned issues while we decided. We ordered our dessert & since I was missing my MSEP that I wanted to catch, ordered myself a glass of ice wine despite its $23 price.


When he brought the wine, he mentioned that our bread pudding will be out shortly. We mentioned we didn't order bread pudding nor the banana crisp that was the next thing out of his mouth. We reminded him it was the mousse w/ bailey's ice cream. It came out shortly after that conversation.



This is hands down the best dessert I've had in a long long time. Better than the lava cake at Shula's. We loved the mousse especially paired with the bailey's ice cream. Inside was a white chocolate mousse too and there was a crunch on the bottom that balanced it texturally.

We loved all our food for California Grill & will return. I'm not sure what our server's problem was - if he was either new to the Signature Dining Service or having a bad day with something & his mind was some place else.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:27 PM   #84
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Oh my goodness, it sounds like your server was really all over the place. What a disaster. Still, I'm glad the food was good! The flatbreads look so yummy. I'm thinking I might go to Cali Grill and just do appetizers and desserts, as DH loves sushi!
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Yum CG looks good, too bad the same can't be said of the service.

Hope to see you tomorrow!
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Just read your review & really loving it! I have got my nails done w/ that new muppet's opi too! I got the "warm & fozzie!!! I love it!!! [just got it @ the local nail salon]
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I'm glad to see your Fulton's looked so good, on the "rebook" of my trip I got Fulton's for Dinner, but the only CA Grill ressies were at 9:20 or 9:40 and that's too late for us old folks. While I got some good ones at six weeks, I wish I could have gotten CA Grill! We always have problems with that place!
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Thanks so much for these wonderful reviews

We've never tried Fulton's but it looks great and you dinner at CG looks excellent, even if your server seemed to be having an off night!
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Oooh, all the food from this post looks so good! Fulton's looks amazing, DH and I are both big seafood fans (especially crab and lobster) so it's a place we should probably try. GFC looks super tasty too, there are so many great options at the GF. Maybe someday I'll get to stay there and that will be an excuse to try them all
I love Fulton's! They have tons of different options of seafood and lots of different crab and lobster options - including something called an ultimate feast. GFC is a great lunch spot!

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Oh my goodness, it sounds like your server was really all over the place. What a disaster. Still, I'm glad the food was good! The flatbreads look so yummy. I'm thinking I might go to Cali Grill and just do appetizers and desserts, as DH loves sushi!
I really think the server had something major happen or something to throw him off that much.

Appetizers & Dessert is also a great way to go there - I've done that before making my meal out of appetizers.

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Yum CG looks good, too bad the same can't be said of the service.

Hope to see you tomorrow!
It was great

See you today at the dinner if I don't make it to Slushies.

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I'm glad to see your Fulton's looked so good, on the "rebook" of my trip I got Fulton's for Dinner, but the only CA Grill ressies were at 9:20 or 9:40 and that's too late for us old folks. While I got some good ones at six weeks, I wish I could have gotten CA Grill! We always have problems with that place!
You will love it! I'm glad you got to rebook your trip for Christmas time at least. I love Disney at Christmas. You could always try to get in CA Grill when they open for a walk in. I've done that before and order dinner at the bar.

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Thanks so much for these wonderful reviews

We've never tried Fulton's but it looks great and you dinner at CG looks excellent, even if your server seemed to be having an off night!
Thanks! Its one of my favorite places at Fulton's. I hope whatever was going on with the server fixes itself for his service for next time.
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Magic Kingdom Treats

This morning we did extra magic hours at MK to ride 2 rides - Space Mountain & Buzz Lightyear. This is my husband's & I's 8th trip together & I can finally say he's beat me on Buzz. I was not a happy camper on that.

So we left & explored the candy store & picked up 2 treats.

Milk Chocolate Cake Pop!

We shared this on the drive back to the hotel. It was great but very rich.


Milk Chocolate Cupcake

This was my husband's selection - he hasn't eaten it yet but it sure does look good.


There was also freshly popped popcorn at the gate while we were leaving. As we hadn't had popcorn this entire trip - we had no choice but to get some.


I also got the cute little overpriced container. This will be used for decorations for our house next year.
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