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Old 08-14-2012, 09:36 PM   #31
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Great reviews!! I've been to the dessert party twice and can't wait to go again next year. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:43 PM   #32
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The next morning, we were up early to head over to Epcot for the day. I had an orange for my breakfast, purchased at the Beach Club Marketplace. I can't remember what DP ate for breakfast this day, if she had anything at all. We already knew where we wanted to eat for lunch, and we both had in mind a filling "snack" for this day, also.


The jalapeno cream cheese pretzel from America in World Showcase. First off, we had read somewhere that the large pretzels would be found in Germany. Let me tell you, if you go into Germany and approach the pretzel cart and ask for a jalapeno cream cheese filled pretzel, the look you will get from the young German man working there will be worth the extra walk. Clearly, the Germans would never dream of tarnishing their pretzels with bits of spicy peppers and a processed spread known as "cheese" only in name. We were both devastated; we had waited one year to indulge in one of these monstrous snacks, and now we were facing the reality that we may not be able to find one! We were considering where in Epcot such a masterpiece as the jalapeno cream cheese pretzel might be located, and that is when we realized it. The jalapeno cream cheese pretzel is an American invention, akin to the hot dog or the otter pop. We marched over to "America" and couldn't even believe how right our basic instincts were.

After all of that, the pretzel was quite a reward. Very soft and slightly spicy with plain cream cheese inside. Yum.

After a few more rides, we were ready for lunch. We planned to eat at Sunshine Seasons, where we enjoyed one of the tastiest tofu meals during our last trip to WDW.

This is from the Asian window. On the menu, the vegetarian dish they offer is a tofu soup which they prepare for each guest as it is ordered. The tofu has been fried and then is placed in a vegetarian broth. Because we weren't in the mood for soup, we'd learned last year that you can request to have the tofu as your "meat" in one of the combo plates featured on the menu. We requested the vegetable low mein and fried rice as our two sides. Not only is the tofu nicely done, with a nice crust and flavor, but we are told the noodles and rice are both vegetarian. The flavors in each of these three items are so good and go nicely together!

For dessert, we had the strawberry shortcake you see in back, just as good this time as it was last year.

I almost forgot! In the afternoon, I had this lovely snack from the Caramel Kuche. Forgive my spelling please.

Chocolate covered grapes with a caramel drizzle

I thought, why not, chocolate covered grapes if one loves chocolate covered strawberries...what an amazing treat! I now know that I love chocolate covered grapes even more than I love chocolate covered strawberries. They were icy cold and crisp and the flavor was just delicious. I would definitely recommend this snack to anyone. Maybe a little steep on price at $3.95 for such a small little bunch, but well worth it. I actually had this snack another day as well; this is how good they were!

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:02 PM   #33
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Sorry our review adds to the not so great reviews you have been reading. I so wanted to love Fulton's, as the ambience can't be beat and is right up my alley. Maybe they will turn things around and improve some of these minors issues someday!
What a bummer! They used to be so good! We cancelled our reservation a while ago. Guess I'm glad we did!
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:55 PM   #34
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Dinner at La Hacienda

We spent the afternoon swimming at Stormalong Bay (burning some calories again), then walked back to Epcot for our evening reservation at La Hacienda. This was one I had mixed feelings about; the menus we'd seen online made everything look and sound so good, but we'd read some mixed reviews on different sites.

We arrived at the podium to find the host turning away guests without ADRs, and there was a long line of guests with ADRs waiting to be seated. We were a little worried we would have to wait a very long time for our table, but we were pleasantly surprised when, after just a few minutes, we were escorted to our table. It was another tiny two top amidst some larger tables, but the overall atmosphere of this restaurant was so busy and loud that it didn't really matter that we were practically sitting with the guests at the tables next to ours.

Our server greeted us promptly and throughout the meal didn't miss a beat. The place was packed and all the employees seemed to have the most amazing work ethic. All the servers seemed to have lots of tables assigned to each of them and yet they were still fast and attentive.

For a starter, we tried this:

This was good, but very hot and spicy!

We also had the chips and salsa, which are served complimentary to all guests.


For our main courses, DP had ordered from a separate vegetarian menu which was presented to her at her request. We'd heard you could do this online, and we were glad we asked about it. Here is what she selected:

This was basically a skillet of roasted vegetables with cheese and sauce. I sampled some of it, and boy was it delicious! Only trouble was, it was not hot and spicy at all, so she was a little disappointed. She loves spicy food!

For my meal, I tried the fried shrimp tacos.

These were so much better than they look in this picture. The shrimp were moist and perfectly cooked with a nice light batter on the outside. The cabbage was nice and crispy and complimented the taste of the filling and sauce very well. I ate nearly every bite, even though I was stuffed.

The meal is also served with beans and rice.

We thoroughly enjoyed these as well, even though we were so completely and painfully full before we were through. We had asked our server ahead of time to be sure the beans and rice were vegetarian, and we had been assured that they were. Also, we noticed some items on the vegetarian menu were listed as being served with the black beans, further encouraging us to assume that our server was correct. When reading a recent review on the dis posted by another member, I noticed that her server had informed her that the beans were not vegetarian. So I'm really not sure if they are or are not, but they certainly didn't taste rich, had no evident meat products and were not refried. In the states, black beans are almost always vegetarian. I am hoping that her server had misunderstood and thought she was asking if they are vegan, because indeed they do have some queso fresca on them, which would mean they are not vegan. Either way, we ate them and enjoyed them, and we will ask again the next time we return to this restaurant.

We were far too full to even think about dessert. Stuffed and satisfied, we headed back to our hotel, glad for the nearly 1 mile walk so we could "burn off" a little of our dinner.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:00 PM   #35
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I have never had much success with the make your own pasta, it is always mushy for me. Yours does look really good though. May reconsider trying it again at some point.

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews!
That is too bad. This was definitely not too soft; the pasta was actually al dente and the sauce and veggies were nice and soft!
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:47 AM   #36
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Great reviews!! I've been to the dessert party twice and can't wait to go again next year. Thanks for sharing.


The dessert party is just wonderful, isn't it? You are so lucky to have been twice and going a third time!
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:13 AM   #37
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Columbia Harbour House

The next morning we were up early to head over for RD at MK. This was our first full day at the MK and our first chance to experience rides and attractions there aside from Wishes, which we'd seen the night of the dessert party. I was so excited!

As is often the case, I didn't want to waste valuable park time at a restaurant, so we just split a granola bar from home (this is something we generally will do, pack one box of nutritious granola or breakfast bars so we don't get queasy from skipping breakfast). We hit our favorite rides at a frenzied pace until it was time for the lunch restaurants to open.

We ended up at Columbia Harbour House where we'd eaten last year also. Arriving just as they open far beats showing up at 1 pm, let me tell you! We were some of the only people there, and we had the entire upstairs to ourselves. It was peaceful and quiet, and a very nice way to relax and fill up after a busy morning at the park.

I ordered the shrimp and fish combo plate:

I was so hungry by now, and this was a huge portion, so I was very pleased with my choice. It was all good, typical fried food but all definitely very tasty and well prepared. The shrimp and the cocktail sauce are a step above what they might be at some fast food places. The tartar sauce was good, too, and the fried fish was fine.

DP had the veggie lighthouse sandwich with hummus and slaw:

She says now that she can't wait to have this again. I remember as we were sitting there, that she seemed a little shocked at how sweet the flavors of this sandwich were. I tried one bite, and I remember it being sweet. Since then, I guess she has adjusted her opinion a little, because on a frequent basis, she will say, "I wish I could have one of those sandwiches today." Goes to show you never can tell.

We enjoyed this meal and would like to have it again, but we would definitely plan to go early rather than later in the lunch window.

Later on in the afternoon, we knew the snack we needed to have, the dole whip.


This is one of our favorite treats while at Disneyland, and we needed to partake in Orlando as well (just to see if it is as good). Guess what? It is! Yum, just what we wanted. If you've never had a whip, it's time to try one. It is the nicest, lightest version of soft serve you will ever have, with a nice rich pineapple taste and a texture almost like sherbet. So good! We ate this while waiting for the tiki room show.

Next up, a less than stellar dinner at Pinnochio's.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:27 PM   #38
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So glad you enjoyed La Hacienda! It's one of our favorites, especially if you're there for Illuminations...spectacular!
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very interested to see what you ate at the Beach Club, also glad for the heads up about the pretzel - we keep seeing them in reviews and assumed they were Germany
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We decided to walk over to Epcot World Showcase and sample a quick service meal we'd missed out on during our last visit, Tangierine Cafe.

Here is what we ordered:

The vegetarian platter with a combination of salads, falafel and sauces.
Again, we split this (and had eaten a few bites before we took the picture). Le me tell you, we both LOVED this. It was absolutely delicious with just the right combination of flavors and textures. The cast members at this restaurant were exceptionally helpful and seemed eager to please. The food was light and tasty and just perfect. This is one restaurant we can't wait to visit again. One thing that we really found strange was just how empty this place was. It was right at dinner time and we seemed to be the only people within 200 feet. In fact, we hesitaed a little, wondering if all the other guests knew something we didn't know about this restaurant. After eating here, now I know that it is we who knew the secret, and the other guests who were in the dark.




SHhHHHHHH!!! I agree, Tangierine Cafe is a well kept secret in Epcot! I LOVE this vegetarian platter, and look forward to getting it each trip. If you go out the back door of Tangierine Cafe, they have a few small tables & chairs back there near the shops, its a great place to sit & relax.
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Howdy neighbor...great reviews!

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #44
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Pinocchio's

We had no ADRs for dinner but did not have an inkling for more counter service food either. Unfortunately for us, every table service place in the MK was booked solid and not allowing walk-ups, so we were forced into quick service. We chose Pinocchio's simply because nothing sounded good and we were closest to it.
Here is what we ate:


It doesn't look bad, and it really wasn't awful. We have eaten the little individual pizzas at AK and think those are alright, but this just really didn't have much taste. The sauce was really too strong and bitter and there wasn't much flavor to the cheese. We split the pizza and each had a little salad and were underimpressed with it all. I don't know what we were expecting since this was probably a little frozen pizza reheated for us after we ordered it, but honestly, I have enjoyed every frozen pizza I've ever eaten over this one.

On top of the food being not so great, the whole restaurant was just basically a mess. The restaurant was terribly dirty and so were all the tables. There seemed to be one employee who looked tired and uninterested with a dustpan and broom set, wandering around past loads of trash that were just lying on the floor. It was so odd. It wasn't magical at all. It was dirtier than the county fairs I have been to. So strange. We don't need to eat here ever ever again.
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