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Old 07-02-2006, 10:03 PM   #31
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We went to the Animal Kingdom and after a few rides and shows ended up at Pizzafari. Now this was never my first choice but it had started to rain slightly it stopped about 10 sec. After we went into the restaurant of course) so we stopped in. Mom and I shared a hot deli sandwich (it was a toss up between this and the chicken parm sandwich but I was concerned that the chicken would be a preformed, mashed chicken patty so I stuck with the deli sandwich (I have no idea what the chicken sandwich is so please donít not try it just because I didnít). We also got a diet coke and a frozen strawberry lemonade for dessert. The sandwich was good - in addition to the meat/cheese it also has marinated tomatoes and Caesar salad on top. The bread is crusty on the outside but very soft in the middle. The strawberry lemonade was so good I almost wanted to get a second one. It was not bitter at all (which I find sometime with lemonade) and not overly sweet (which I find sometimes with lemonade to combat my first complaint, lol).





For dinner we decided to once again patronize the POFQ food court. This time we each got the 1/4 chicken and ribs with mashed potatoes and corn. Since we had mugs, I got a raspberry lemonade for later and my mom got a citrus punch for later. For dessert I got the beignets (3) and my mom got a piece of pecan pie. The chicken and ribs were as good as you would get at Outbacks and well, the mashed potatoes were once again, the highlight of my meal why donít I make them at home? Oh right too much work and mess for one!) My mom took her pecan pie back to OKW with her and ate it before bed. She said it was good but didnít eat the crusty because to quote ďIím just not a crusty person!Ē she is just a riot sometimes. I had gotten the beignets after reading about them on the DIS but once again I was disappointed. I donít know what I was expecting but they were just fried dough with powdered sugar on the top ( and lots of sugar too - my top changed from pink to white they were so messy). I think mine were also a little under cooked because deep fried dough should not collapse the way mine did. For those who can eat these without looking like they are walking through a snow storm, I salute you!




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Old 07-02-2006, 10:13 PM   #32
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The next day I am not sure what exactly we had for breakfast since I didnít write it down and I honestly canít think of what we still had in the room. Anyways, this was another Epcot day so we hit Seasonís in the Land for lunch. We shared the grilled salmon and mashed potatoes with an orange Soariní creme brulee. I know the creme brulee at Le Cellier is good, but this is my hands down favourite of the trip. It was firm and the glaze was crispy without being hard. And it was orange flavoured (you know I didnít realize how much I tend to order citrus things until I started to write this - I always thought of myself as more a chocolate person but I guess not). I highly recommend Seasons to anyone looking for a good place to eat in future world at Epcot (oh and the drinks are serve yourself so if you want it - or youíre sharing - grab the large one cause itís covered on the DDP).



Now with all of the fabulous restaurants around the World Showcase, you would think that we would be adventurous right? But in order to fulfill my momís - anythingís fine with me except...... our choices are pretty much Le Cellier, Rose and Crown and Alfredoís. The English are not known for their great food (hey I can say that Iíve been there) and at my Dadís request we
did not go to Alfredoís (since it is his must do for October when we return next) so Le Cellier again it was (I know a real hardship to eat there twice in a trip). Anyways, having enjoyed the mussels so much the first time I ordered them again and they were just as good as the first time. My mother got the shrimp cocktail (mom, that comes with wasabi coleslaw - I donít care I just
wonít eat that part - Itís spicy - Umm Trisha, I donít really like this, donít eat it ma, I feel so bad wasting it, donít eat it ma, have a bite Trisha I am sure youíll like it, I donít want any, please if you have some it will make me feel better that itís not such a waste, fine mom - wow that is spicy - the first five minutes of our dinner conversation after the appetizers arrived).





We both order the mushroom filet with risotto (this is my momís one exception to not liking beef and I think itís because she really likes the risotto). The steaks were perfect but I would expect nothing less.





For dessert the waitress let us know that we could have any dessert but if we wanted the sampler we would need both of our ďdessert creditsĒ to get one. Since we were both very full, we decided this would be our best course of action so we could enjoy a bite of the three desserts. The waiter who delivered it actually delivered two of them (I guess he misunderstood) but it took me 5 min to convince him that we only got one and please donít leave the other one. Our waitress came over and straightened it out.

The service was once again excellent. Drinks were refilled quickly and the server made several suggestions (including the mussels) and spoke with us at length because she was from out west and really wanted to visit Toronto one day.
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Old 07-02-2006, 10:21 PM   #33
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The next day it was EMH at MK so we headed in nice and early and proceeded to waste most of it enjoying an ooey gooey cinnamon roll and french toast loaf with a diet coke from the Main street bakery. The cinnamon roll was huge and very airy - it was good but really sweet (better for a mid morning break than first thing) and the french toast loaf lived up to itís hype. It was layer upon layer of maple french toast goodness (sorry I meant to take a picture of it).

For lunch we stopped at Pinnochioís Village Haus and shared a turkey panini with baked lays, a cannoli and a diet coke. The sandwich was okay but not as good as the sandwich from Pizzafari. The cannoli shell was hard and the filling was just sweet with no real flavour to it. My mother thought that it was ďlacking Disney qualityĒ.






For dinner we went to Planet Hollywood. I know this restaurant gets knocked on the DIS quite regularly but we really enjoy it. For appetizers we had the potato skins and the Texas tostados. Cover just about anything with cheese and put some sour cream on the side and I like it. They were both good and the portions were huge.





There was a delay in the entrees which the waiter came out to explain. It wasnít a problem for us because we werenít in any hurry. The waiter seemed surprised when I said, ďthatís okay, itís not your faultĒ. I think he had been getting a hard time from other tables about it.

For entrees we had the L.A. Lasagna and one of the steaks. I ate my green beans and a few fries but packed the steak up to go back to the room after one taste of my momís Lasagna, it was so good!





For dessert we each ordered the same thing - the banana fosters cheesecake. I wasnít sure about a warm sauce over cheesecake but hey, if I didnít like it, it didnít really matter (because of the DDP). It was actually really good, the cheesecake seemed to melt just a little and it made it so sweet and creamy and the bananaís were caramelized just right. We ended up each taking back about half of our pieces for later.

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Old 07-02-2006, 10:24 PM   #34
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The shrimp pasta at le cellier was very good - a little too much sundried tomato in my (and my mother's) opinion, but that was easy to pick out. The shrimps were absolutely huge and it was a good combo of flavours (with the spinach, etc).

There are still a couple of more meals to come.....
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:24 PM   #35
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You did the Afternoon Tea!!! I decided that I wanted my mom and I to do this on our trip, something different than we have done on our previous trips. I am so excited! And I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!


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Because of information grazed from the DIS I knew that OKW didnít have a food court and after viewing their menu on allearsnet, I knew that to use all of our counter service credits I would have to find an acceptable food court. Right around the corner from OKW is POFQ and because we had a car it was very convenient. So on our way back from Epcot we stopped here and bought
some refillable mugs (because I intended to use this food court several times and I love me some diet coke!)

We still werenít really hungry after our big lunch but because we had the microwave we stopped and picked up a meal for a little later. We got the Ĺ chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and corn with corn bread and a fruit bowl for dessert (or breakfast the next day). They have the best mashed potatoes at WDW (it may have something to do with the fact that I don't make mashed potatoes at home )

For breakfast the next day we ate the leftover shrimp pasta from le Cellier and headed out to do more shopping. I was looking for an animal snow globe as a baby shower gift so eventually we ended up at AKL to check out their store. We had stayed at this hotel last Nov/Dec so I knew that they had a decent food court as well.

We split the fried shrimp dinner with fries (for me) and coleslaw (for mom) and a piece of cheesecake with strawberry sauce and of course a bottle of diet coke. The shrimps were nice and plump but they did have a heavy breading on them. Fries are fries, and the coleslaw was the creamy kind. The cheesecake was good, and it was nice that the sauce comes on the side since
my mom likes it and I donít (I am a plain cheesecake kind of person).



We went back to the hotel for a bit to swim and work up an appetite before heading over to the Grand Floridian for tea.

I had peppermint tea, lemon poundcake and trifle and my mom got the Buckingham palace with the sandwiches (which she shared with me - such a good mom!) And the scone / jam tart and two pastries.









It was wonderful and a very nice ďgirlyĒ thing to do. The poundcake is soaked (well at least sprinkled) with real lemon juice so it has a nice sweet/tart mix going. The trifle had grand Marnier flavour in it which if I had know I probably would not have ordered it (I am also not a big fan of alcohol flavouring). The sandwiches were nice and the scone was warm and fresh. The pastries were good (and that says a lot since my mom used to be a pastry chef and I myself
owned/operated a bakery for 2 years.)

Still more to come......
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Old 07-03-2006, 09:28 AM   #36
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Thank you so much for the reviews and the pictures! I just love it when ppl include pics!!
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It all sounds so good... Great reviews
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:10 AM   #38
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Okay so for the final installment.....

We enjoy leftovers for breakfast and had an early lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafť. I had originally booked Narcooseeís (2TS) but when we woke up neither of us were in a ďfancyĒ mood so I called Disney dining to see what I could get for lunch and dinner. I secured a 12:10 Lunch reservation for Whispering Canyon and a 7:50pm reservation for Kona Cafť.

For lunch both my mom and I got the skillet. The coleslaw was creamy and okay (hey itís sliced cabbage, what else can I say?) But the cornbread was good (itís not something we get too much of up here in Canada but we really enjoy it). Then the waitress brought the skillet. Wow! The chicken was really tasty (although my mom found the skin to be too peppery / spicy) and the ribs
were very tender and the sauce was again tangy - not spicy. The mashed potatoes were very buttery and you could tell that they were real (no instant here) but the corn on the cob stole the show. I ended up having 3 pieces - it came pre butter and was just the best (I guess because it is out of season, most of the time you get corn now it is frozen and off the cob, but these cobs were very fresh) They were quick with the refills (more chicken, ribs, corn and potatoes). Oh the skillet has sausage as well, but neither mom nor I like sausage. We had asked for it to be left off but the kitchen forgot - the waitress offered to bring us a different skillet but said this one would need to be tossed so we said just to leave it - we just wonít eat the sausage. Because both my mom and I were drinking diet coke, the waitress brought us a giant mason jar full because ďshe didnít want to be running and fetching refills for the likes of you guysĒ. They did play with us a bit which was nice but they also didnít push which I was thankful for. This is a must do for our
next trip as well. For dessert we were too full so the waitress packed up some chocolate chip cookies for our dessert. Although not the best financial use of a credit it was a good meal.







We had 4 leftover counter service credits so before dinner we hit the POFQ food court yet again (BTW, we stopped here on the way to and from the parks everyday to fill up our mugs). I got 4 of the Ĺ chicken dinners with mashed potatoes and corn which we packed up (froze the chicken) to
take home with us (we were driving so we ended up enjoying it for dinner Sunday and Monday night - just a little touch of Disney at home).

For dinner we went over to the Polynesian for dinner at the Kona Cafť - our reservation was for 7:50 but did not get seated until almost 9:00pm. Our little slip had gotten put to the side and our name was not called - we checked a couple of times and they just kept saying - about another 15 min. Finally they realized what had happened and seated us right away.

For dinner we each got the sticky wings for our appetizers. Wow these are good! My mom is not usually a wing person but she really enjoyed these ones.





For entrees my mom got the macadamia mahimahi and I got the filet mignons with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Both of these entrees were amazing. They were so good and we were so happy with our choices, neither of us wanted to share with each other.





For dessert, we both got the white chocolate cheesecake because we were so full and were looking for something to take with us.





Now we were a little ticked at the hostess for losing our ticket but I guess fate does work in mysterious ways because as we were coming out of Kona and walked by the big windows, Wishes started. We stood and watched the fireworks (with the sound / music piped in). It was a great end to a great trip.

So thatís it. I had priced out our dining with and without the dining plan and I figured it would cost about the same. The difference was that we would be able to order anything and everything we wanted on the dining plan. If I was paying out of pocket probably the best food items of the trip would not have been ordered - at le Cellier - well almost everything - we would have had the
sandwiches there at lunch - no appetizers and shared a creme brulee dessert. Kona would have been out of the question (at it was very close to being tied with le Cellier as the best meal of the trip). The orange creme brulee would not have been purchased and even the Ĺ chicken dinner or the chicken and ribs - we probably would have gone for something cheaper. So although we
ended up bringing food home, I had to remember that because our actual dining (without appetizers / desserts , eating at less expensive restaurants) would have been the same cost, the extra counter service meals were free.

Hope you enjoyed my reviews
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:20 AM   #39
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Great reviews...and may I ask (I may have missed it) who is the little man in your pics?
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I really enjoyed your reviews and pictures. Thanks!
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Great reviews...and may I ask (I may have missed it) who is the little man in your pics?
I was about to ask that too!

Also, where exactly did you stop to watch the fireworks? And they did pipe the music in??
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Old 07-03-2006, 12:57 PM   #42
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Great reviews! And I LOVE the title of your thread!!!
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Great reviews...and may I ask (I may have missed it) who is the little man in your pics?
Yes, do tell!
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Thanks your posts. I enjoyed reading your reviews and looking at the pics of all that yummy food.
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Old 07-03-2006, 02:20 PM   #45
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Great reviews! Thanks for taking the time!
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