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Old 11-09-2006, 02:56 PM   #91
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I just went through and read all your reviews. They are great! Good for you for sticking up for yourself at the F+W event. I'm looking forward to reading about V+A's, as I have not been there in a few years.
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Old 11-09-2006, 08:15 PM   #92
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Subscribing to your thread, Brenda!!!

This is, bar none, one of the (if not *the*) BESTEST food report EVAH!! I'm killing myself laughing at your descriptions of what happened... Please, don't ever think you need to be brief - I'm enjoying your non-brevity far too much!!

(I'm also recognizing a lot of my trip last August in your report - DH and I went to WDW with my mom and stepfather, and the thinning lips, heaving sighs and general pickiness of your mom are very familliar. Example: We went to eat at Le Cellier for lunch - hee, sorry to rub it in - and we got a table in a far corner, pretty dark. Mom was in a rather itchy-with-a-b mood because I had not-so-subtly called her to the carpet for constantly wanting to switch tables at every TS restaurant... She was visibly displeased with the table and when the greeter started explaining that we were in the "Northwest Territory" secton, she said in one of the snarkiest voices I've ever heard her use "Yeah, we can tell". (It's a remote northern territory of Canada) The poor greeter's eyes welled up with tears and she mumbled "enjoy your meal" and moved over... When I told her it was uncalled for, she said "There's no pleasing you - I didn't ask to switch tables, did I??" Mom is normally a pretty frickin' terrific person, if I do say so myself, but after that week I was ready to commit matricide... )

I also forwarded this link to my friend with crohn's. She also loves WDW, so I'm sure she's going to read your report with great interest!!
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:03 PM   #93
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Mmmmmm....port with dessert. If anyone reading here likes port wines, try pouring a tawny port over ice cream some day...good times!

You are a girl after my own heart I love me some port. DH and I were vacationing in Napa once and went to some snazzy restaurant. After one or a few bottles of wine DH and I order dessert - me, creme brulee and a glass of port (my favorite combo). The waiter says "May I suggest a 74 blah, blah, blah" Me, I'm like "Yeah sure, sounds good." Well, this port was the best thing I have ever put in my mouth! I mean seriously killer good. If I wasn't married to my DH, I would have married this port. Then the bill comes. $90 a glass. Yes, you heard me right - $90 A frickin' glass

This is seriously, the best dining review I've read yet! I'm glad I came across it. Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:12 PM   #94
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Have you ever tried Don PX?

We just tried it in May when we were stuffing our faces at Tchop Chop - we actually got to try it for free because I had ordered a different port with my dessert and the wine steward noticed Jason and I were sharing and just showed up at the table with a bottle and a couple of glasses.

Oh yeah, that was a good time indeed!

I think it was a 25-year port - looked like motor oil when poured in the glass and smelled a bit like burnt coffee. Tasted incredible.

We ordered some online (a different year but still very good) and have taken to pouring it over Haagen Daas Bailey's Irish Cream Ice Cream. You definitely need to try it if you enjoy port.

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You are a girl after my own heart I love me some port. DH and I were vacationing in Napa once and went to some snazzy restaurant. After one or a few bottles of wine DH and I order dessert - me, creme brulee and a glass of port (my favorite combo). The waiter says "May I suggest a 74 blah, blah, blah" Me, I'm like "Yeah sure, sounds good." Well, this port was the best thing I have ever put in my mouth! I mean seriously killer good. If I wasn't married to my DH, I would have married this port. Then the bill comes. $90 a glass. Yes, you heard me right - $90 A frickin' glass

This is seriously, the best dining review I've read yet! I'm glad I came across it. Thanks!
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Thanks for the info. I will definitely be looking into that one.

Okay - now post your next review! I'm waiting (not so patiently!)
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Thanks for reading - glad to know I'm not the only one having a good time reliving the food love.

What is it about vacation with the parents? My mom is really a wonderful person...except when we try to take a trip somewhere.

I finally told my parents not to schedule a cruise next fall with us because it was pretty obvious that my mom was not going to enjoy a Disney Cruise if she was bored at WDW after four days.

I couldn't help but laugh at your Le Cellier story...it sounds so much like my mom, too!

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Subscribing to your thread, Brenda!!!

This is, bar none, one of the (if not *the*) BESTEST food report EVAH!! I'm killing myself laughing at your descriptions of what happened... Please, don't ever think you need to be brief - I'm enjoying your non-brevity far too much!!

(I'm also recognizing a lot of my trip last August in your report - DH and I went to WDW with my mom and stepfather, and the thinning lips, heaving sighs and general pickiness of your mom are very familliar. Example: We went to eat at Le Cellier for lunch - hee, sorry to rub it in - and we got a table in a far corner, pretty dark. Mom was in a rather itchy-with-a-b mood because I had not-so-subtly called her to the carpet for constantly wanting to switch tables at every TS restaurant... She was visibly displeased with the table and when the greeter started explaining that we were in the "Northwest Territory" secton, she said in one of the snarkiest voices I've ever heard her use "Yeah, we can tell". (It's a remote northern territory of Canada) The poor greeter's eyes welled up with tears and she mumbled "enjoy your meal" and moved over... When I told her it was uncalled for, she said "There's no pleasing you - I didn't ask to switch tables, did I??" Mom is normally a pretty frickin' terrific person, if I do say so myself, but after that week I was ready to commit matricide... )

I also forwarded this link to my friend with crohn's. She also loves WDW, so I'm sure she's going to read your report with great interest!!
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What a great thread !! Thanks soooo much

Such a hoot !!

Did you go to V&A too ??? Thinking about going in May.
Do you have a review??
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Thanks for reading!

Yes, I have a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry loooooooooooong review of V&A that I will begin uploading tonight. I was too wiped out last night to do much of anything and I ended up going to bed early.

And I have lots of pictures, too!




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What a great thread !! Thanks soooo much

Such a hoot !!

Did you go to V&A too ??? Thinking about going in May.
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This just gets better and better! Dood for yhou standing up for yourselves! We had the same thing happen last year at Party for the Senses!
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Day 6: You and Me Against the World and How we Ate the Animal Kingdom for Dinner...

Welcome back dear readers! It's Monday, October 23 and there is much gastronomic goodness to be shared. The day will start rather blandly and then build steam...gaining momentum until, heads spinning and bellies straining, we will squeeze into a taxi and giggle helplessly all the way back to the Beach Club Villas. I say to you now what I said to the cab driver: We're harmless.

Today is morning EMH at the Animal Kingdom. We wanted to get there as early as possible so that my mom could take a safari and actually see some animals. This coupled with the knowledge that we were going to feast at Victoria and Albert's in the evening led us to have a very light breakfast.

Prior to leaving the Magic Kingdom the previous evening, Jon, Jason, and I went to the Main Street Bakery and picked up a bunch of big, flaky, buttery croissants for the next day's breakfast. Those of you who have been following our food adventure are probably wondering where my mom went to...Well, after her must-have-but-didn't-have cheesesteak for dinner, she went back to the villa rather than stick around and watch the fireworks or play in the MK after hours. How in the name of all that is Mickey could she do such a thing?

Anyway, no pictures of breakfast - we all had some coffee in the room with our croissants and then we toured the AK. Jason and I left the park around 11AM to pick something up in the villa and then we lunched around the world showcase for about an hour before heading to the Grand Floridian to meet up with some DIS-friends for a drink or two.

Allow me to share with you a paranoid rant...

I had a plan for the F&W Festival..a very good plan - I might even be so bold as to call it a strategy. It involved the Disney Dining Plan, 28 Snack Credits, a $50 Disney Gift Card, and certain 21st century technological advances that are available at my house, located 45 miles from a major metropolitan downtown area, but which at EPCOT are apparently still being perfected at Innoventions West.

The light-hearted, good humored Brenda thinks that maybe this was Disney's way of keeping us on our toes...never knowing when something would work and when it wouldn't...guessing games with my wallet are fun!

The suspicious and cynical Brenda thinks it wasn't nearly as random a failing as it appeared to be, and in fact believes it happened on purpose to suck even more money from the not-bottomless supply of greenbacks we'd been saving all year to give to Disney in other ways.

Fact: Most of the booths at the F&W Festival accepted the DDP for all food items and all non-alcoholic beverages. It's boring but convenient, so who am I to complain?

Fact: Most of these booths also accepted the Disney Visa Gift Card for all purchases...I'll take 12 lobster rolls and a keg of Oktoberfest, thank you vey much.

Fact: Whatever wireless system EPCOT uses to process these purchases suck-diddley-ucks.

Every single day that Jason and I went to the F&W Festival there was an issue...one booth could process the DDP and then the one right next to it couldn't; one booth could process the Disney Visa gift card and the next one couldn't; sometimes it would work for us and then crash for the poor hungry victim waiting behind us; sometimes it crashed when we were trying to find shared happiness while purchasing a 6oz portion of beer.

Now, I'd just like to say we had a fine time chowing at the F&W Festival over many days. But this was a little more than an inconvenience...it was an irritant. Disney has been touting their DP and one of the benefits is that you don't have to carry as much cash. Well, if you never know when your card is going to be accepted you still need the cash, 'cause as far as I can tell they're not giving out free food. And they've really been pushing the gift card as a F&W convenience. Heh, maybe it's convenient for them to keep all of my money and not accept my gift card for the purpose it was intended, but I fail to see how that benefits me.

In all fairness if this had only happened one time I wouldn't have mentioned it here. But we experienced difficulties at some point each time we tried to use the DDP snack credits or the Disney Visa gift card on each day that we were at the F&W Festival (that would be 6 days in total and at various times of the day) and we also saw others having the same problems. It's a great concept but I think they need to ensure that the process works a bit more smoothly. They also need to train their workers better - I lost track of the number of times I told a CM that I wanted to use a snack credit to purchase something only to have them end up charging it to the room instead.

Hopefully next year the kinks will be ironed out. Consider yourselves warned and arm yourselves accordingly.

Here now are some food offerings from the F&W Festival (you probably thought I was never going to get to the good stuff, didn't you?):

To start, we went back to Ireland, under the misguided idea that if dessert had been so damn good there last week, lunch today would be equally as good, if not even better. Here's a picture of the booth...it's just too cute!


If only my food choice had been as pleasing as that little thatched hut. I love potato soup...a cream based potato soup with a smattering of veggies and some parsley for visual effect. A couple of years ago the Ireland booth had a great potato soup...not so this year. This is their Potato Leek Soup with a Dubliner Irish Cheese Crisp.


BLECHHHHHHHH!!!! Why not just cut to the chase and call this Swill with Soggy Cheese-Colored Cardboard? First of all, who makes potato soup with a beef base? Secondly, who wants to eat greasy soup? Thirdly, what is this soggy thing supposed to be and why wasn't it served on the side so that I could actually experience its so-called crispiness?

Thank goodness Jason ordered something different: the Lamb, Bacon, and Cabbage Stew with a Kerrygold Butter Scone.


I'm not crazy about lamb but I did try this...after that soup what did I have to lose? It wasn't bad but I liked their Guiness Beef Stew that they offered a few years ago better than this. It's a bit thin for stew, don't you think?

Next stop...Poland.


We ordered Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies with some Okocim Beer.


I am still a picky eater - and certain aspects of this sample were quite good and others never made it into my mouth. The kielbasa was tasty but greasy so I didn't eat much of it. I don't eat saurkraut and there was sour cream on the pierogies...oh my god, I ate some sour cream! Quick, gimme that beer! I loves me the Okocim Beer - good stuff. Masks the taste of sour cream really well.

Onward we go, marching towards Canada.


Here we picked the Maple Glazed Salmon with Arugula and Roasted Corn and we also had some dessert...Maple Custard topped with Almond Crunch.


Anyone else picking up on a theme here? I think the Canadians ran out of ideas this year and expected everyone to buy the ice wine sample and walk away happy. We would have been happier with a good Canadian beer like La fin du Monde. Just as an aside...when we're at the F&W Festival we want to try booze that we can't find in the local grocery store. I think some of the Festival beer choices are...bland...boring...dull. Oops...about the food, sorry! The salmon dish was OK...you guessed right if you were thinking that I'm not crazy about salmon. Jason loved this dish and he's a big fan of salmon - said it was very flavorful and very tender. The custard was good, but it was almost too sweet and very thick.

By the way, for those of you who like Ice Wine...try yourself an Ice Wine Martini some time. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, but be sure to use a good vodka (something better than Smirnoff, OK?).

Still hungry...let's see what New Zealand has to tempt our tastebuds.


Seafood is usually a safe choice and Jason likes lamb, so it looks like we're going to try the Bay Scallop Salad and Seafood Medley and a Lamb Slider.


Where do I start? How about with a question that has no satisfactory answer: Why don't the food booths have food displays any longer so that you can see what you're getting yourself into before you commit to it?

I like seafood but I do not want to sweep the sea clean and then eat it cold in a small plastic cup. I'm not sure what the seafood was that went into this dish but when I took a brave forkful and ended up chewing something very springy and squishy I knew Jason was going to have to eat the rest on his own. He offered me the lamb slider - does anyone else have a problem with this name? In St. Louis sliders come from White Castle and sober-minded people only eat them at 4AM after drinking three times their body weight in alcohol.

Call me surprised when I take a bite of the slip-slidin' lamb and find it to be very tasty indeed. This was very tender and moist and well seasoned - I don't know if it was the method of cooking or if it was something else the chef did, but it really didn't taste like lamb, which is probably why I liked it.

We've got time for one last munchie before catching the monorail over to the GF. I call it: Shrimp!!!

I really do love shrimp so I thought there was no way we could go wrong with this food booth.


We ordered everything on the menu:
Chilled Rock Shrimp with Mango Salsa, Sauteed Shrimp with Ginger and Lime, Blue Fish Riesling, and Florida Orange Groves Mango Wine.


I liked the sauteed shrimp better than the shrimp salsa, but that may be because I'm not much of a salsa eater. However, I've gotta say that the Mango Wine was phenomonal with the Rock Shrimp Salsa and vice versa - something about the mango salsa and the mango wine really worked well together and just created an explosion of taste. The Riesling was acceptable - nothing too memorable about that one, though.

So...snacking over Jason and I head to the Grand Floridian to meet some friends at the pool bar. We spent a lovely hour chatting and drinking...I highly recommend the Lava Colada (I think that's what it was called), but don't drink them quite as quickly as I did!

I'm going to end here for now - the rest of this day will be devoted to Victoria & Albert's and I want to be sure to do justice to it. Thanks for reading - come back soon for more!
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Subscribing! Lovin' your report!
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Day 6, Part II - We Ate the Animal Kingdom for Dinner at Victoria & Albert's

Ahhhh, it's time for Victoria and Albert's - the meal that Jason and I have been looking forward to for months. It was supposed to be a romantic evening for two, but I knew that Jon would love to get his teeth around this place so I extended an invite to the parents and they decided to come along. Oh well, it just gives us an excuse to go back again.

For some time the gold standard in our dining passport has been Commander's Palace in New Orleans. We had a an anniversary dinner there last Spring that consisted of ten courses, with wine pairings. Fabulous! Incredible! Who knew food could taste that good? And who knew that in New Orleans it's something of a tradition for people to finish dinner as well-sauced as their food?

Somehow I didn't think that would fly at the Grand Floridian and I knew that I'd better be on my good behaviour for this dinner - I sternly told myself to save the giggle fit that always comes with too much wine for the ride back to Beach Club.

So, here's a picture of Jason and me before leaving for dinner - you know it's a big deal when I wear my contact lenses.


Doesn't Jason look handsome? He always looks good. Me...well, I look like me. That pretty well sums it up. I would have been happier if I'd lost a bit more weight but those kinds of thoughts do not go well with six-course gourmet meals.

Here's a picture of my parents standing outside of V&A.


You wanna know why my mom is smiling? I bribed her to be on her best behaviour - if she didn't fidget, roll her eyes, sigh, and look at her watch every 10 minutes I promised to give her a present once we were finished with dinner. Said present was an envelope of scratch-off lottery tickets that I had brought from home just for this purpose (nothing makes a cranky gambling junkie behave like the promise of easy money).

A picture of the doors leading into the restaurant:


For those of you who are curious, Victoria & Albert's is Central Florida's only 5-star restaurant and it is located on the second floor of the Grand Floridian. You can make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance if you want to spend months dreaming about your upcoming meal like I did. The menu prices at the time of our dinner were $115 per person for dinner (non-alcoholic beverage included) plus an additional $60 per person for the wine pairing.

Hey! Guess what? This is the first time I noticed that the menu prices increased! I'm not kidding...I thought it was still $100 per person and an additional $55 for the wine pairing but I just looked at the fine print at the bottom of my menu and there it is...in footnote-sized type. No wonder they keep the lights so low in the dining room.

Anyway, back to the restaurant...it's lovely, very dim and elegant - decorated in soft beiges, pinks, and golds (at least I think those were the colors...it was hard to tell because the lighting was very soft). The female wait-staff all dress in psuedo-Victorian garb while the waiters go formal. Here's a picture of my place setting, just to give you an idea of what the table looked like.


I'm going to list out the entire evening's menu now, so that you can see what our choices were. Between the four of us we managed to try a lot of different things, so the rest of this review is apt to get a little messy - just hang on to your napkin and you'll be fine.

The meal started with an Amuse Bouche, served with Heidsieck Monopole "Blue Top" Brut Champagne. I've been told that amuse bouche means "happy mouth" and it's never specified on the menu - it's a little treat from the chef to make your mouth happy and it can change on a whim. Heads up - if you don't order the wine pairing you do not get any champagne to make your mouth even more happy. I bet you can guess which one of our party didn't opt for the wine pairing, can't you?

Here, have a look at what made my mouth want to start singing Happy Happy Joy Joy...


It's a mini cream-cheese salmon roll with a dollop of caviar, hidden by that artfully placed snip of greenery. I don't know the formal name of this offering but it was wonderful, and did it taste even better with champagne? Well, doesn't everything?

Now the rest of the menu....and FYI, there are some items on the menu that come with an additional charge if you really feel like splurging.

First Course (choose one):

Ohio Tomatoes and Costa Rican Hearts of Palm with Blue Fin Tuna, paired with King Estate Pinot Gris, Oregon 2005

Long Island Duck with Tuscan Melon, Grains of Paradise and Minus Eight Vinegar, served with Von Buhl Maria Schneider "Jazz" Riesling, Pfalz 2005

Iranian Osetra Caviar with Traditional Garnish, served with Stolichnaya Vodka Elite - $115 for 1/2 ounce serving, $230 for a 1 ounce serving


Second Course (choose one):

Quail with Black Mission Fig Jam and Turnip Kraut, served with Chappellet Merlot, Napa Valley 2003

Jamison Farms Lamb with Wild Mushroom Ragout, Porcini Pasta and Truffle Foam, served with La Baronne Rouge "Montagne d'Alaric," Corbieres 2002

Pan Roasted Foie Gras and Fuji Apple Tart with Mostarda di Cremona, served with Royal Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Mad Tokaj-Hegyalja 2000 - $10


Third Course (choose one):

Tempura Crab Stuffed Squash Blossom with Violette Moustarde, served with Chateau Sancerre, Loire 2004

John Dory with Green and White Asparagus, Beurre Noisette, served with Propser Maufoux Vire-Clesse Chardonnay, Macon 2005

Seared Wild Turbot with Toasted Capers and Meyer Lemon, served with Terruzi & Puthod "Terre di Tufi" Vernacchia di San Gimignano, Toscana 2004 - $20


Fourth Course (choose one):

Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin and Belly with Florida Corn and Cipollini Onions, served with Perez Cruz Reserva Carmenere, Maipo Valley 2002

Minnesota Elk with Potato Gnocchi and Veal Sweetbreads, served with La Colombaia Valpolicella "Ripasso" 2003

Duet of Prime Angus Beef and Short Ribs with Natural Jus, served with Waterford Shiraz, Stellenbosch 2003
**A pairing of Opus One, Napa Valley 2000 was also available for $70**

Seared Australian "Kobe" Beef Tenderloin with Shrimp and Artichoke Risotto, $25.... hmmmmm...there is no wine pairing listed with this, I guess it was a surprise.


Fifth Course (choose one):

Comte Saint Antoine, Fourme D' Ambert and Fleur de Lis, served with Heredias Special Reserve Ruby Porto

Coconut Gelato with Micro Garden Mint, served with Fairview La Beryl Blanc, South Africa 2004


Sixth Course (choose one...how can I choose just one?):

Pyramid of Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse
Poached Pair with Cassis Mousse and Spiced Cake
Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
Grand Marnier Souffle

Served with Celebes Coffee.

Whew! There's the teaser for you...I'll be back later with our choices, pictures, and drunken impressions of the food. Thanks for reading!
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Before I begin, I would like to offer the loan of my mother for your next trip.

1. She LOVES to people watch. She wouldn't have to go to any attractions
and she would still enjoy herself. (Well, I know she'd love the attractions, too.)

2. She LOVES to eat. I take after her in that regard. She wouldn't make
you change your dining ressies.

3. She stays up late. She would never leave the park before Wishes,
Illuminations, or Fantasmic!

I'm really sorry your mother is a party pooper.

But I am enjoying the reviews, and it makes me feel good to live this
year's Food and Wine Festival trip vicariously. This is the first year in quite
a few that I'm not taking a trip during the Festival. (I'm bummed that this
year featured a lot of changes I'm not happy about, either.)

And now, I will respond to your V&A's portion of the program:

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Originally Posted by oybolshoi
Doesn't Jason look handsome? He always looks good. Me...well, I look like me. That pretty well sums it up. I would have been happier if I'd lost a bit more weight but those kinds of thoughts do not go well with six-course gourmet meals.
Oh STOP. You're skinny and gorgeous.

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Hey! Guess what? This is the first time I noticed that the menu prices increased! I'm not kidding...I thought it was still $100 per person and an additional $55 for the wine pairing but I just looked at the fine print at the bottom of my menu and there it is...in footnote-sized type. No wonder they keep the lights so low in the dining room.
I'll be the Chef's Table prices went up, too. I've done the Chef's
Table twice, but I've never dined in the main restaurant yet. I snipped the
part of the amuse bouche, but it looked wonderful! (And yay! You got the
wine pairings!)

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First Course (choose one):

Ohio Tomatoes and Costa Rican Hearts of Palm with Blue Fin Tuna, paired with King Estate Pinot Gris, Oregon 2005

Second Course (choose one):

Pan Roasted Foie Gras and Fuji Apple Tart with Mostarda di Cremona, served with Royal Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, Mad Tokaj-Hegyalja 2000 - $10


Third Course (choose one):

Tempura Crab Stuffed Squash Blossom with Violette Moustarde, served with Chateau Sancerre, Loire 2004

Fourth Course (choose one):

Duet of Prime Angus Beef and Short Ribs with Natural Jus, served with Waterford Shiraz, Stellenbosch 2003
**A pairing of Opus One, Napa Valley 2000 was also available for $70**

Fifth Course (choose one):

Coconut Gelato with Micro Garden Mint, served with Fairview La Beryl Blanc, South Africa 2004

Sixth Course (choose one...how can I choose just one?):

Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle

Served with Celebes Coffee.

Whew! There's the teaser for you...I'll be back later with our choices, pictures, and drunken impressions of the food. Thanks for reading!
I snipped out the choices and showed what my choices would be.
I'm all about the foie gras! And the wine pairings!

I want to share my version of what wine pairings are like at the Chef's Table,
first. Party of five. Three single girls and a young married couple. Three
of us girls got the wine pairings. The mood in the kitchen: boisterous.
Especially with wine pairings.

Now when ladies have nature call, you know we must all go together.
So picture four women being escorted out of the kitchen through the entire
restaurant to get to the Ladies Lounge. We traveled single file out of the
bright kitchen into the dark and quiet restaurant.

It was so quiet compared to our time in the kitchen that I referred to the
main dining room guests as "The Stepford Diners". That induced a giggle fit
that I had to suppress until we reached the bathroom. All four of us had
burst into laughter. I think they all were thinking the same thing about the
dining room silent treatment. Of course, three of us had wine to help
the giggles along.

I can't wait to read the rest of the dining report!
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BriarRosie,

wow! Twice at the Chef's Table...we are aching for a chance to do that. We have two trips planned to Florida next year so we're hoping we'll get lucky on one of them.

You're so right about how quiet the dining room is....every time I opened my mouth I felt like I was talking too loudly.
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