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Old 08-16-2012, 10:22 AM   #31
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Every time I see the "Big Fatty Rating" it really makes me laugh! Awesome reviews so far! I agree that CHH is a wonderful place to relax and have a good meal (despite it's apparent lack of meaty goodness! )

Looking forward to more! (and more lovely drinks?)
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:52 PM   #32
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Love your reviews! We are going to Kona in two months and I can't wait!
Thanks! I'm sure you will enjoy it lots!

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Great start! Thanks for the fantastic Paradisio 37 pictures! I have really been wanting to try that place, but I haven't seen too many photos. Your dip trio has totally tipped the scales for me and now I know I have to try it.

Your almond chicken from Kona looks great too! That looks like something I might have to try in the future.

Can't wait to read more!
We were surprised with how much we loved those dips! I meant to say about Kona - Kate and I got the fixed price three course deal - pot stickers, Almond chicken and dessert. So we got three courses and it was included in the regular dining plan - result!

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Every time I see the "Big Fatty Rating" it really makes me laugh! Awesome reviews so far! I agree that CHH is a wonderful place to relax and have a good meal (despite it's apparent lack of meaty goodness! )

Looking forward to more! (and more lovely drinks?)
Ooh, yes - there may be a couple more lovely drinks along the way...

Simon and I once saw 'you big fatty' written in the dirt on the back of a white van - and it tickled us - it's such a lame insult! So we are always quoting it to each other!

I'd forgotten about the missing beer at Kona - there's no excuse for things like that. But it was generally good service here.

We never really had any 'bad' service at WDW - just less than the perfection you come to expect!

I'll try and get cracking with the next installment tomorrow!
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:55 PM   #33
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I think I could easily gain 5 pounds from reading your dining report so far!! Looking forward to more!
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:31 PM   #34
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We did quite well this time at not changing our ADRs! It was all very, very good!


Oh...I ended up adding Kona back to our ADRs after seeing this. The steak looks like something my DH would enjoy & everything else looks good to me!! So our 1st Kona dinner is on!!!
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:14 PM   #35
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How did I miss that you started this?! I love Kona. We're planning on breakfast there this trip but I might just have to add dinner too!
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:30 PM   #36
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:42 AM   #37
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I think I could easily gain 5 pounds from reading your dining report so far!! Looking forward to more!
It's just a good job you do so much walking in WDW! I daren't go anywhere near a set of scales since I got back....

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Oh...I ended up adding Kona back to our ADRs after seeing this. The steak looks like something my DH would enjoy & everything else looks good to me!! So our 1st Kona dinner is on!!!
Yeay! Kona! It's such a lovely, relaxed dining experience. And the Polynesian resort is so beautiful.

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How did I miss that you started this?! I love Kona. We're planning on breakfast there this trip but I might just have to add dinner too!
We also did breakfast here - you can read more later....

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Thanks for reading - I'll get on it as soon as possible!
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:49 AM   #38
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So - our next day was EPCOT day.

After visiting Mars, going under the sea with Nemo and Soarin' over California we decided to stop off for some brunch at Sunshine Seasons.

We really like this counter service spot as it caters for everyone.

I had the beet and goats cheese salad which is always tasty and fresh:



Simon had the pork chop meal:



Kate wasn't too hungry so she nibbled on a cheese and fruit plate:



Sarah had a chicken caesar salad which was huge but I must have neglected to take a photo of it - hey! I was hungry okay?

I had a strawberry shortcake dessert:



This was lovely and creamy with lots of fruit in it. Simon had the chocolate cake:



Another good pick me up here at Sunshine Seasons. Refreshed we went back into the park for more fun. After reaching World Showcase, Simon and I 'accidentally' found ourselves in La Cava Del Tequila.....

The girls left us at this point to have a wander on their own (ahhh the joys of holidaying with a 16 year old and an 18 year old....)

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At points during this holiday it became difficult to consume alcohol as we became aware of a pair of accusatory eyes staring at us from across the table.

Yes, our eldest Sarah, has just become used to being able to go out and drink alcohol because in England, the legal age to drink is 18. Of course, in America the age is 21 and she wasn't very happy about it!

So we were happy to send her off with Kate so we could indulge in a little guilt free alcohol consumption...

What can I say? We absolutely loved La Cava! It's such a cool, intimate hideaway.

I had to try the much beloved avocado margarita:



I wasn't sure what to expect but I absolutely loved it! Look! :



Simon tried a tequila flight which he really enjoyed:



We also had to try some tortilla chips and salsa:



This was a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle. We could have stayed there all afternoon except for the fact we had to go and meet the kids!

I was sad that I never got back there for the rest of the holiday. Must try harder!

Coming up (honestly!): Tokyo Dining
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:19 AM   #39
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Oh Sunshine Seasons: beet salad and strawberry shortcake!! ONE WEEK!!
Thanks for your reviews!! Your pics are wonderful!
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:30 AM   #40
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Papaboogie living it large around the (Epcot) World

Ah Epcot, land of infinite (eating) opportunities. And Martin Short.
So, Sunshine Seasons - one of Shari's favourite counter service venues and if Columbia Harbour House and Sunshine Seasons had to step into the Ultimate Fighting Ring inside Shari's head, it'd be a close call as to who'd knocked the (sage and onion) stuffing out of the other.
We stopped for lunch at 11.30am and if there's one tip I could give from my Disney experiences, it is that taking lunch that little bit earlier saves a world of pain. The place was very quiet when we started but had become massively busy by the time we finished.
The Pork Chop was a delight and while I know the counter service at Disney does get knocked, I frankly was of the opinion that I can't believe this meal was a fast-food option. The chop was the biggest chop I had ever seen and was very tender with a nicely flavoured BBQ sauce, which complemented rather than overpowered the dish. The cheddar mash was also very nice (it was a rather large portion in total - excellent value imo).
The chocolate cake was good too (I've yet to find a chocolate cake at Disney that I didn't like though...).
Shari then insisted we go to La Cava Del Tequila (and at this point I'd like to say, despite the 'accusatory' eyes of two teenage girls, I had no guilt over drinking during this holiday. Sarah is 18 and judging by my experiences at her age, she's going to get more than her fair share of alcohol over the next five years...).
This was interesting as I'm not a tequila drinker, but the venue is lovely and so relaxed and proved to be a great idea for a break from the crowds. The tortilla chips and salsa (very spicy, loved it) was very generous and I don't think we managed to get through it all. The Tequila flight was very nice and I'd especially recommend if, like me, you don't really know anything about tequila. The range of tastes was an eye-opener going from very strong throat burner to creamy smooth, almost Baileys like taste. My only problem was I was clueless about how alcoholic all this was and how quickly I should be drinking it all!!! They do several tequila flights and it's a fine way to spend an hour or so with good company in Epcot.
So refreshed, relaxed and slightly light-headed, we headed off back to Epcot and the new dining experience for us of Tokyo Dining...
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:19 AM   #41
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Great reviews so far Shari and Simon! I always enjoy seeing my much loved avocado margarita again. I didn't get to visit La Cava on my last trip because one of my two daughters which I was with is only 19 (and I know what you mean about the "eye" thing ). But I did manage to have one at our lunch at San Angel Inn. Ahhh...frozen cocktail perfection!

I'm looking forward to your review of Tokyo Dining. It is one Epcot restaurant that I haven't been to yet. We went a few times when it was...the name escapes me??? Shoot, now I'm going to drive myself crazy trying to think of it.
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Loving your reviews! Thank you for sharing! Can't wait for the avocado margarita, less than two months away!
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:06 PM   #43
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Brilliant reviews! I also had that delicious chocolate cake from Sunshine Seasons...*sigh*.....makes me want to book a trip right now! lol I'm looking forward to the rest of your culinary crusade!
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Enjoying your reviews! Kona looks so good. And I must try that avocado margarita! But first I must convince DH that we should go back in Feb!
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Oh Sunshine Seasons: beet salad and strawberry shortcake!! ONE WEEK!!
Thanks for your reviews!! Your pics are wonderful!
Thank you! One week? Very exciting! I was bad sometimes and forgot to take photos too excited over the food!

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Great reviews so far Shari and Simon! I always enjoy seeing my much loved avocado margarita again. I didn't get to visit La Cava on my last trip because one of my two daughters which I was with is only 19 (and I know what you mean about the "eye" thing ). But I did manage to have one at our lunch at San Angel Inn. Ahhh...frozen cocktail perfection!

I'm looking forward to your review of Tokyo Dining. It is one Epcot restaurant that I haven't been to yet. We went a few times when it was...the name escapes me??? Shoot, now I'm going to drive myself crazy trying to think of it.
I love avocados and I love cocktails - but I was skeptical about the two together! I needn't have been. It was lovely!

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Loving your reviews! Thank you for sharing! Can't wait for the avocado margarita, less than two months away!
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Brilliant reviews! I also had that delicious chocolate cake from Sunshine Seasons...*sigh*.....makes me want to book a trip right now! lol I'm looking forward to the rest of your culinary crusade!
There is so much more to come!

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Enjoying your reviews! Kona looks so good. And I must try that avocado margarita! But first I must convince DH that we should go back in Feb!
It's always nice to have a trip to aim for!
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