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Old 03-11-2012, 06:45 PM   #211
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I had just finished writing about half of a really long reply this morning and POOF! It disappeared.

Jen- thanks so much for sharing your excellent dining experiences with us! I totally LOVE food porn and your pictures and descriptions are fantastic!

First off- I agree with the previous poster who said you should post the pictures of you and Mike all dressed up. Please edit those in.

Victoria & Alberts sounds like an amazing meal. The problem with me eating there is that I have a serious plate-clearing compulsion and I know this meal would do me in by course 6. Or maybe 4.

You didn't tell us about the chair for your purse.

Raglan Road- that is such a creative presentation of the appetizer. Love it!

Yachtsman- I may borrow a couple of these pics for the BC/YC thread if you don't mind. I am severely stymied by the 25 picture per post limit and I am toying with starting a BC/YC only Food Porn forum, and then linking it to the dining section of the thread. Someday. The scallops look and sound to-die-for. Excellent scallops are one of the best foods under the sea! The chocolate torte with habanero and key lime gelato also sounds intriguing.

Gonna post this now and then finish in a new post. Gun shy.

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Old 03-11-2012, 06:52 PM   #212
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Le Bistro- haven't been there but I do have a couple of stories about past attempts at using my 4 years of High School French while visiting Montreal. The first was during a HS band trip. I tried ordering French Onion Soup en Francais and I was served onion rings. The second time was on my honeymoon. We were staying at a really classy hotel and eating in one of their restaurants. Mark and I were 21 when we married, I looked really young. Well, the waiter was really looking down at us and at one point I overheard him make a comment to another waiter in French about us that was not complimentary. When he came back to our table, I said something to Mark in French and the waiter's face dropped.

Brown Derby- what beautiful presentations of the food. Love the picture of Stitch in the drink.


Rose and Crown
- LOVE the glass of treats! Food looks yummy.

Ohana- have not done the breakfast there. Sorry the character interaction was not great for you. on the juice. I think it is the same one at Kona, and it is SOOOOO good!

Thanks again!
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Hi Jen - just read through all of your report ... I think you've made my mind up about trying Jiko in October! I went there about 10 years ago with my family, but DH as never been.. I think it's one we'd both really like.


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Really enjoyed all your reviews.

We had the exact same table at Ohana and saw the characters quickly - must depend on when you are seated.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #215
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Score!...diggin' your thread, though late to the game . Planning my honeymoon in the world (haven't been since I was 3) and it's all based around the eating (and drinking!!!) experience. I've been searching these boards for weeks for snipits and tidbits, but having a hard time filtering out those who call themselves "foodies" while ranking Carraba's as their favorite venue. Needless to say, your reviews have by far been the most insightful. All our dinners are booked, and thanks to you, we have a day based around La Cava del Tequila
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:55 PM   #216
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I had just finished writing about half of a really long reply this morning and POOF! It disappeared.

Jen- thanks so much for sharing your excellent dining experiences with us! I totally LOVE food porn and your pictures and descriptions are fantastic!

First off- I agree with the previous poster who said you should post the pictures of you and Mike all dressed up. Please edit those in.

Victoria & Alberts sounds like an amazing meal. The problem with me eating there is that I have a serious plate-clearing compulsion and I know this meal would do me in by course 6. Or maybe 4.

You didn't tell us about the chair for your purse.

Raglan Road- that is such a creative presentation of the appetizer. Love it!

Yachtsman- I may borrow a couple of these pics for the BC/YC thread if you don't mind. I am severely stymied by the 25 picture per post limit and I am toying with starting a BC/YC only Food Porn forum, and then linking it to the dining section of the thread. Someday. The scallops look and sound to-die-for. Excellent scallops are one of the best foods under the sea! The chocolate torte with habanero and key lime gelato also sounds intriguing.

Gonna post this now and then finish in a new post. Gun shy.
Thanks, Dee! It's really been so much fun writing down all these reviews, I'm glad you enjoyed them. I certainly learned a few things I would like to improve on future eating endeavors. Hopefully the next DR will have even more pretty pictures! ( I have a plan to get pics of a V&A dinner.....cross your fingers....)

Please, feel free to use any of my pictures for the YC/BC thread!

And how could I have forgotten the purse-chair! The lovely little ottoman nicely held my super-awesome-yet-only-10-dollars clutch! Unfortunately, I think the chair left with more "pixie dust" than it started with....apparently ten dollars buys you glitter that transfers to anything it touches.


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Le Bistro- haven't been there but I do have a couple of stories about past attempts at using my 4 years of High School French while visiting Montreal. The first was during a HS band trip. I tried ordering French Onion Soup en Francais and I was served onion rings. The second time was on my honeymoon. We were staying at a really classy hotel and eating in one of their restaurants. Mark and I were 21 when we married, I looked really young. Well, the waiter was really looking down at us and at one point I overheard him make a comment to another waiter in French about us that was not complimentary. When he came back to our table, I said something to Mark in French and the waiter's face dropped.

Brown Derby- what beautiful presentations of the food. Love the picture of Stitch in the drink.


Rose and Crown
- LOVE the glass of treats! Food looks yummy.

Ohana- have not done the breakfast there. Sorry the character interaction was not great for you. on the juice. I think it is the same one at Kona, and it is SOOOOO good!

Thanks again!
You've just made me realize why Kona is such a better meal for us, I adored that juice!

I had a similar experience with those thinking I didn't understand their language. Years ago while working a contract in the city, I was on the Metro, which gets a lot of tourists. A French couple was seated just across from me. For some reason, the lady could not stand the "vulgar American outfits" and was going on and on to her husband about it. (poor man, he looked like he was in pain) She especially disliked a hat a woman was wearing in front of us. When my stop came, I stood up, turned to her, and told her I thought it was a rather nice hat....in French.

Oh, the look on her face was so worth it!

The look on her husband's face....again... poor man.

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Hi Jen - just read through all of your report ... I think you've made my mind up about trying Jiko in October! I went there about 10 years ago with my family, but DH as never been.. I think it's one we'd both really like.


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I'm sure you will love it, and I hope to hear all about it afterwards!

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Really enjoyed all your reviews.

We had the exact same table at Ohana and saw the characters quickly - must depend on when you are seated.
Thank you!

I believe you're right, it's all in the timing. We realized that character meals are not quite our thing... probably because we don't have children. Granted, I am still going to try and get ADRs for both CRT and CP on our next trip....I will never learn.....

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Score!...diggin' your thread, though late to the game . Planning my honeymoon in the world (haven't been since I was 3) and it's all based around the eating (and drinking!!!) experience. I've been searching these boards for weeks for snipits and tidbits, but having a hard time filtering out those who call themselves "foodies" while ranking Carraba's as their favorite venue. Needless to say, your reviews have by far been the most insightful. All our dinners are booked, and thanks to you, we have a day based around La Cava del Tequila
Why thank you!!! I love hearing that my little opinions are useful!!!

First, congrats on your wedding and honeymoon! You're going to have a fantastic time, I'm sure. Do you have a resort picked out yet?

Also, if you are going to spend some time at Cava, let me give you a bit of advice....if you have Twitter, follow them, they have awesome drink specials. And go on a Monday, when those drink specials are usually going on and it's not too crowded. Avoid Saturdays, it's a madhouse.

Hmm, I'm starting to sound like I go there a lot or something....
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:17 PM   #217
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On our arrival day, I booked a late lunch at Tokyo Dining for us. It was a place I was interested in trying but figured if we missed it due to a late arrival, etc.; it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I have to say I’m really glad we didn’t miss it though, because it was simply fabulous.

Now, on to the main dishes. It’s key to note if you are on the dining plan, you do have the option of items from the sushi menu as your entrée. Mike did this and ordered a deluxe sushi plate from the sushi menu. I pretty much devoured all the tamago off his plate, it was that good. Another thing, if you ever get a chance to watch a sushi chef make this, it’s fascinating. It’s basically a sweet egg omelet, but with really thin layers, that the chef folds over and over again, then cuts into strips to put on top of sushi rice. It makes you realize what an art form sushi is.
We're big sushi fans and I have been trying for months to find out if there are sushi options on the dining plan. Thanks for posting this, it's super helpful. Maybe we'll do the same strategy - book it for arrival day.
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So, dear reader, remember that cake I mentioned in our first post? I had planned a little surprise for my husband, in the form of a custom cake. The process for ordering was painless and the pastry chefs at the Contemporary know their stuff! I did the rough design and they made it amazing...

...but where are my manners? You should see the pictures!!

Ryan/Bryan brought it over from behind my husband, so the surprise was held until the very last minute!!!




(our wedding date and monogram)












(I think he liked it....)

Mike is a huge fan of classic Mickey and “Steamboat Willie”..... so it was a no brainer what it should look like. The cake itself was chocolate with a peanut butter mousse.



A fantastic finish to a fantastic trip.


OMG! Where can I get that cake!
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Great report. I confess i start mentally singing "Sunset Blvd" too. That shake looked amazing. That cake was gorgeous! Glad you had a fantastic trip. So sorry for the loss of your father. He sounds like an amazing man.
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We're big sushi fans and I have been trying for months to find out if there are sushi options on the dining plan. Thanks for posting this, it's super helpful. Maybe we'll do the same strategy - book it for arrival day.
We're booking it for our departure day now, turns out it's a new ritual for us! My Dh joked that it was a way for us to ease back into the "real world" since it looks a lot like the sushi places around our house!

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OMG! Where can I get that cake!
Chef Brian at the Contemporary
I called the cake hotline with my ideas, then was given an email for the pastry chefs. I sent pictures and we went back and forth a bit on what the final design would be.
It's chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse, and fondant.
It was exactly what I hoped for.
Until I dropped it on the way home.

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Great report. I confess i start mentally singing "Sunset Blvd" too. That shake looked amazing. That cake was gorgeous! Glad you had a fantastic trip. So sorry for the loss of your father. He sounds like an amazing man.
Thanks for reading! Also, thank you for your kind words. He truly was amazing, and I hope to be a little bit more like him when I'm older.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:42 AM   #221
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Hi Jen,
TGIF!!

can't remember if I mentioned I LOVE the Mickey cake! They really did a great job....
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Thanks for the information
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TGIF!!

can't remember if I mentioned I LOVE the Mickey cake! They really did a great job....

Thanks!!! I'm starting to get all sorts of crazy ideas for his 40th birthday now....

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Not a problem! I hope some of it helped you in your planning!
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