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Old 10-27-2007, 12:43 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Parks? What Parks? We're Here for the FOOD!**PICS!** COMPLETE!

Welcome to my dining review!

I hope you enjoy what I have to say and find some of it useful. Please post your thoughts on what I have to say!

I hope to do this day by day and sort of meal by meal. We did a ton of eating on this trip and I took pictures of most everything.


Pop Food Court - Day 1 - Right here!
Beachs & Cream, cake - Continued day 1 - Post 5
Riverside Mill & F&WF Booths - Day 2 - Post 8
Recipe for Soup - Post 12
Coral Reef Food & Wine Pairing - Post 16, page 2
More Food & Wine Booths - Post 17, page 2
Kona Cafe Dinner - Post 18, page 2
Kona Cafe Breakfast - Post 22, page 2
Pizzafari Lunch - Post 40, page 3

Chef's Table - part 1 - Post 41, page 3
Chef's Table - part 2 - Post 56, page 4
Chef's Table - part 3 - Post 60, page 4
Chef's Table - part 4.1 - Post 71, page 5
Chef's Table - part 4.2 - Post 74, page 5
Chef's Table - part 5 - Post 75, page 5
A Potty Break - part 5.1 - Post 83, page 6
Chef's Table - part 6 - Post 91, page 7
Chef's Table - part 7 - Post 98, page 7
Chef's Table - part 8 - Post 116, page 8
Chef's Table - part 9 - Post 119, page 8
Chef's Table - part 10 - Post 121, page 9
A Coffee Break - part 10.2 - Post 122, page 9
Chef's Table - Part 11 - Post 121, page 9
Chef's Table - Part 12 - Post 126 & 135, page 9
Overall Thoughts - Chef's Table - Post 137, page 10

Wolfgang Puck - DTD - Post , Page 10
Goofy's Candy Company Snack - Post 150, page 10
Gardenview Tea - Afternoon Tea - Post 160, page 11
Gardenview Tea - Afternoon Tea, part 2 - Post 167, page 12
Final Food of the Day - Casey's - Post 179, page 12

Sunshine Seasons & Starring Rolls - Post 193, page 13
Flying Fish - Post 195, page 13
Sassagoula Floatworks @ POFQ - Post 207, page 14
Food & Wine Festival Booths - Posts 222,223,224, page 15
California Grill - Post 243, page 17
California Grill, part 2 - Post 265, page 18
Captain Cooks (Polynesian CS) - Post 273, page 19

Final Thoughts - Post 274, page 19

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Bon Appetit!

Day 1.

Today when we arrived at WDW, our first stop was to check in at POP. We got ourselves settled and headed down to the Everything POP Shopping and Dining food court. We hadn't checked in to our main resort yet so therefore we didn't have our dining plan yet either. We ordered one main course and a couple of sides to share.

We shared a Parmesan Chicken (it comes with a side arugula salad and breadstick), some carrots and celery with ranch, and a fruit cup. We also had a bottle of water to share.



Food totals:
Chicken Parmesan: $8.19
Carrots & Celery: $3.69
Fruit Cup: $2.99
Water: $2.00
Total OOP: $17.84

I thought the chicken was good. It wasn't dry or overcooked. The breading was a little too much in some places, but overall was really good. The salad was excellent. I loved the vinagrette dressing on it. The breadstick was okay... Not too good, not too bad. I thought the fruit cup was a little overpriced as it was just melon and grapes, but I felt better for eating it. The carrots & celery were.... Carrots & Celery. The ranch dressing that came with it was good (it was light - but didn't taste light) and we finished it.

Overall, I always think Disney food is overpriced, but this meal was satisfying and somewhat healthy so we walked away happy!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Old 10-27-2007, 01:53 PM   #2
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:30 PM   #5
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End of Day 1

Well, we had some time to kill before our Illuminations Cruise-Meet-Birthday-Anniversary Excitement, so we decided to have a No Way Jose at Beaches & Cream. This restaruant is located at the Beach Club and does NOT take ADR's.

I cannot speak to the food here, as we only had ICE CREAM...

Here is what we ate:



Basically, the No Way Jose is 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with fudge sauce and melted peanut butter. All of that is then topped with Whipped cream, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips, and finally a cherry.

This is one DECADENT dessert! The warm peanut butter is so good combined with the hot fudge and cold ice cream!

We LOVED it. I could eat one right now!

Here is what it looked like AFTER we were finished...



I would recommend this to EVERYONE!!!

Cost:
No Way Jose $7.99
AFter Tax - $8.51
After Tax and Tip - Total OOP - $12.00

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I will also include the cake we had on our specialty Illuminations cruise here - a fellow dis-er ordered it so I can't give the specifics on cost or even what Disney gave us, but I can tell you it was good.

It was a white cake had a light frosting with a lemon filling. It was surprisingly good .



Have a great day!

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Old 10-27-2007, 05:33 PM   #6
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:46 PM   #7
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That No Way Jose looks so good. My kids are peanut butter fiends, they would love that.
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:48 PM   #8
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Day 2

Even though we had checked in and gotten our DDP, we opted to pay OOP for breakfast.

The Port Orleans Riverside Food Court - The Riverside Mill - was not a bad place to grab a snack, but we were somewhat disappointed in their breakfast selection. We are not big (=heavy) breakfast eaters. I like oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, etc. Most of the breakfasts lean toward eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, waffles, and potato type products.

We decided this morning to split a breakfast sandwich they offer.

The sandwich is a white bread that was kindof dry - it had the consistency of really thick white bread, eggs that were thick and dry, cheddar cheese, and a couple of pieces of rubbery bacon. We also got a small orange juice to split as well.



We did not get this sandwich again.

Breakfast Sandwich: $5.99
Small OJ: $1.99
Total OOP: $8.50



Lunch on Day 2

Today we snacked around the world for lunch - we were there during the Food & Wine Festival by design and DH REALLY wanted to get back there and taste some of the offerings.

So here we go:

Our first stop was Argentina (it was the first booth we came to that appealed to us!).

We ordered the Spicy Beef Empanada for $3.00 and the Dulce de Leche for $2.50. Total OOP $5.00


The empanada was good. The pastry was flaky and soft. The filling was spicy and flavorful but I wished there was more filling and less crust! The Dulce de Leche was excellent. The almonds on top were such a great addition to this classic dessert. We enjoyed BOTH of these samples!!

Total OOP $5.00

Next was Mexico.

Here we ordered the Chilaquiles for $3.75, the Quesadilla con Chorizo for $3.50, and a 6 oz Dos Equis for $2.50. Total OOP: $9.75
The Chilaquiles is basically a REALLY REALLY good chicken & cheese casserole topped with a YUMMY green sauce. This was one of the recipes we bought the Festival cook book for. The quesadilla was okay. It was well cooked and the chorizo was good, but overall it was.... boring. I live in TExas, so we get pretty good Mexican food. This just didn't compare! If you can't get mexican food where you live then try it! Thomas got a beer to drink (a Dos Equis).



Next we stopped at Ireland.

Here we ordered the Boxty with Bacon Chips and Kerrygold garlic and fresh herb butter for $2.25. I also got some Bunratty Meade Honey Wine for $3.75. Total OOP: $6.00

***We did NOT remember to get a photo here.***

I did not enjoy EITHER of these samples. The Boxty was lacking in flavor. It was bland. It was boring. The honey wine tasted like someone had added TOO much sugar to a weak beer. We threw most of this sample away.

Our Next Stop was India.

Here we ordered the Curried Butternut Squash Soup for $2.75 and the Coconut Indian Rice Pudding for $1.50. We also had a $2.00 bottle of water.

I LOVED BOTH of these samples. The soup was outstanding. I never knew I liked curry or butternut squash, but this soup changed my mind. The soup was spicy but not hot. IT was so flavorful! This was the other recipe we bought the festival cookbook for!
The pudding was sweet but not too sweet. We did not enjoy the coconut on the top, but after we scraped it off, we really liked it. India was a clear winner!

Total OOP: $6.25.


More Food & Wine to come!!

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I loved your Before and After pix of the No Way Jose! Looking forward to more reading of your food experiences!
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OMG--- I just laughed out loud at your title!! It describes us to a tee!! I spend most of my time on this board thinking about the food. (Heck I spend most of my time in general thinking about food!!)
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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Well, since it's fall - and the temperatures are coming down, I thought I would include the recipe for the soup we had in India.

I hope you enjoy.

2 Tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, peeled & finely chopped
1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
4 cups water or chicken broth
Salt & Pepper to taste

Garnish
1/4 cup heavy cream
Ground cinnamon

In a large saucepan, heat the butter over low heat & stir in the onion, currry, cinnamon, and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently until the onions begin to brown.
Add the squash, the water/broth, and enough salt & pepper to taste. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat & simmer for 25 minutes uncovered or until the squash is soft. Set aside to cool slightly before pureeing.
Working in small batches, puree the soup in a food processor until smooth. Return the soup to the pot & reheat.
Season to taste.
To serve, divide the soup amoung four serving bowls and drizzle a small amount of cream on top and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.
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Hi Ms. H.

I see that you and your hubby have excellent taste in desserts ... the No Way Jose is sooooo good!

Looking forward to reading more about your F&W experiences!
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I loved your Before and After pix of the No Way Jose! Looking forward to more reading of your food experiences!
We really liked this dessert. I think DH was surprised that I picked this one over the brownie sundae, but we ended up being very happy with our choice... Obviously!

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Me, too! I am a food fiend! We had such a good time on this trip trying different kinds of food! Thanks for reading!

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