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Old 07-02-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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*Completed* The french fry Saga or How I learned to love the ice cream bombe

So these reviews are a little later than I expected they would be, but that seems par for the course for me anymore. On with the show....

Your eaters for this evening will be:

Me (Princess Trisha - or just Trisha for short) I love food. I obsess about Disney food. I actually create a separate scrapbook for the food we eat on vacation. I follow my stomach, palate and nose everywhere.

Connie (aka my mother) She says she's not fussy but there is a lot she doesn't like. What she likes though, she really likes. Can't usually make up her own mind though so I have gotten pretty good at choosing things she'll enjoy (although sometimes I completely miss the mark as you'll see).

Bill (aka my father) If he could he would raise cows in the backyard so we could have a constant supply of beef on hand. Although he said to me a month before we left, "I'm not going to order steak at every meal this time, I want to try something new." He doesn't do well with new so I am glad that he forgot he said this to me.

A little background about the menu:
So, last October I decided there would be only 1 disney trip in 2007 - my finances were strapped a little tight with the two trips last year so, it was time to buckle down and go on a cash diet (I never even think of the other kind of diet because I know it's just not going to happen). Anyways, I around Christmas I started to get "the itch" - you guys know what I mean. You start playing with some numbers, costing things out on a "what if" basis. I thought to myself, I'll never make it until December 07 without at least a little Disney fix. So I started looking at a May trip - on the cheap (one of the most dreaded phrases in the English language). This meant no dining plan - how would I ever get through a trip without some of my favourite sit down restaurants? Is it even legal to stay a disney without having a mickey bar?

Disney to my rescue! I received the 40% off room discount postcard and called and booked the trip AND I ADDED THE DINING PLAN. Pixie Dust all around

The menu:
Room service at the Polynesian
breakfast at Kona Cafe
a sandwich from Capt Cooks
Ohana
breakfast from Capt Cooks
Lunch at Le Cellier
Dinner at the Coral Reef
Lunch at Cosmic Ray's
A cheeseburger from the CR Food and Fun Center
Dinner at Tony's Town Square
Lunch at the CR F&F Center
Dinner at Planet Hollywood
Snacks at the MK
Another lunch at the CR F&F Center
Dinner at Kona Cafe
Breakfast at ABC Commissary
Lunch at Pepper Market
Dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe

And for dessert:
How to effectively use leftover counter service credits and snack credits

Prices vary - the first 6 were pre dining plan - the remainder were on the dining plan.

Menu Descriptions:
To follow

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Old 07-02-2007, 12:55 PM   #2
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Old 07-02-2007, 02:43 PM   #3
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Old 07-02-2007, 02:59 PM   #4
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Old 07-02-2007, 03:07 PM   #5
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Old 07-02-2007, 03:09 PM   #6
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Old 07-02-2007, 04:22 PM   #7
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Room service at the Polynesian

Menu item #1

Room service at the Polynesian

We arrived at the Polynesian after being on the road for more than 25 hours (traffic, construction and mountain fog - oh the trials and tribulations we endured on the drive down). We had an ADR at the Grand Floridian Cafe but we were so tired and grubby that we reverted back to our basest instincts - room service.

I just wanted food, and I wanted someone to bring it to me.

So, we ordered (for the 3 of us):

Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich - with Swiss cheese, smoked bacon, curry-mango mayonnaise and fried onion rings served with steak fries $11.99

Ironically, we didn't end up eating this tonight. There was so much food that this went into the fridge for the next day. Even cold though, it was good - the picture doesn't do it justice. The curry-mango mayonaise was just zippy enough that you could taste it over the cheese and bacon. The steak fries (not pictures since I ate them with my half of the pulled pork sandwich) were a little over salted but I find that of most fries in Disney. The sandwich came open like this - if you were eating this right away it would keep the onion rings crispy. A good choice for a quick dinner.

Hamburger with American Cheese served with lettuce, tomato, onions, and steak fries $11.99




This is where we had problems. My Dad had wanted the hamburger (he's the beef man remember). It came and well, it was burnt and the bun was hard - not toasted - hard. He picked it up and realized that it was not okay. He called dining and let them know that the burger was burnt and not acceptable so they said they would send another - it would be 20-30 min. An hour later, still no replacement burger. So he called again. Apparently, they had delivered a burger - just not to our room. That's right - they knocked on another room's door and brought in a hamburger, and the person accepted it. I guess it's not true what they say about "No such thing as a free lunch" - someone got a free hamburger that night. Anyways, my Dad let them know it was not delivered to us - they agreed to take the burger off the charge and send another replacement burger. When it arrived, it was brought by not only a server but the manager to ensure that everything was acceptable. And, as a way to make up for the delay (it was almost 10pm by this time) 3 pieces of chocolate cake - one for each of us. A nice touch - something I expect from Disney when such a comedy of errors occurs. Of course, both my mother and I were already in bed (although not asleep) by this point since we had actually driven all night the night before.

Free Cake:

This was some of the best, most fudgy chocolate cake I have ever had. The outside was covered with chocolate chips and the filling was a thick fudgy icing. The cake itself was very moist. I wish that they served this at Kona.

Open Faced Pulled Pork Sandwich - with barbecue sauce and served with coleslaw and steak fries $11.99


When this came, I took half and my mom took half (and I had the fries from the chicken sandwich). The picture didn't come out very well - but wow was this good. I was concerned that the bbq sauce would be too spicy (hence I ordered the chicken sandwich for my mom since spice is one of her "can't have" things). It was sweet and tangy with just a little bite. And tender, oh - I don't think you even had to chew it. It was served open faced on a toasted butter roll. The sauce had soaked in just enough to flavour the roll, but the edges of the bun were still crispy. This was the most outstanding item we ordered and I highly recommend it for a tasty lunch or dinner if you don't want to leave your room at the Poly.

And finally: Large Caesar Salad - Romaine hearts and parmesan cheese $10.99, Add Grilled Chicken Breast $3.99

I am also concerned when I am doing the ordering (without much input as we had a round of "What do you want? I don't care. No, really, what do you want to eat? I don't care, just order whatever. WHAT DO YOU WANT! REALLY, I DON'T CARE JUST ORDER. Fine, I'll order then. PAUSE Well, I could go for a hamburger. You know something "fresh" would be nice) that I won't please everyone so I order too much food. The salad was good - and I liked that the lettuce, dressing, and chicken all came separate. My dad could have lots of dressing, I could have a little and mom could have none. Course, Dad scooped most of the chicken but I wasn't concerned because he had only had his fries by this point (see above - "the missing hamburger"). At $14 it was a little steep if order for 1, but sharing it around, it was worth it.

One last shot:

They gave us enough condiments for 10 people. We brought them home. They are currently in the kitchen waiting to be packed for the next trip (hey, golden rule #8 - always travel with your own ketchup).
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Old 07-02-2007, 04:36 PM   #8
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Lovin your reviews. "I wanted food and I just wanted someone to bring it to me" - been there before!!!!
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:31 PM   #9
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You had me at "the french fry saga"

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Old 07-02-2007, 06:46 PM   #10
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ohhh....I am definitely subscribing to this thread.....you tell a good story...
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:53 PM   #11
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Subscribing...it sounds like it will be an interesting report!!! Thank you!
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:25 PM   #12
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I'm lovin it! Cant wait to read more!

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Old 07-02-2007, 08:07 PM   #13
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I found this while at work today and now I see you will have pictures! YAY! We love you already... And I started dieting a week and a half ago for my upcoming trip in September. I don't know how far I'll get, but I'll be rewarding myself when I get there!

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Old 07-02-2007, 10:16 PM   #15
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That chocolate cake looks divine... who needs the rest?
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