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Old 10-07-2008, 12:36 PM   #16
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Mmm that cake looks delicious! And spoodles breakfast potatoes are amazing !
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Old 10-07-2008, 01:59 PM   #17
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Smile October 2nd - Beach Club Marketplace, Columbia Harbour House

Sorry folks, no pictures on this one as they were quick service.

We were up early hoping to hit Animal Kingdom when it opened. For some reason my brain had it opening 8am so I had my poor DH at the bus stop just before 8am before he mentioned to me about the time. Oh yeah, it opens at 9am. So I guess we have time for breakfast at our resort after all!

We headed to the Beach Club Marketplace where they have a small are of counter service foods. We each had the Ham and Cheese Omelet Croissant and I have to say they were VERY good and we really could have split one of them once again. For the dining plan, we were allowed two drinks each, so DH got coffee and milk and I picked up milk and a bottle of water for later. Cost here was probably around $22 with tax, but FREE for us with the dining plan.

OVERALL RATING: B Typical counter service, though I have to say the omelet was VERY VERY cheesy, and if there's one thing I like as much as chocolate, it's CHEESE! I'd go here again for breakfast for sure.

Next it was on to Animal Kingdom.

I have to mention here that DH was really anxious to try a caramel apple. The problem is that my husband is allergic to many kinds of fruits, apples included. SOME apples don't give him problems, usually Granny Smith (I know, very strange). Cooked fruits are also fine. I told him to go ahead and get the apple and if he couldn't eat it, I would help, though caramel isn't really my thing. We share the apple, eating it quickly as we walked through the park. He figured out AFTER it was gone that yes, it was not a good idea. Luckily his allergy isn't too bad and he just knows NOT to try it in the future.

We did a few rides at AK before heading to the Magic Kingdrom around lunchtime because I was DETERMINED to get my Columbia Harbour House fix. I LOVE this place and it did not disappoint.

We ordered 2 bowls of clam chowder, DH had the BLT Salad, I had the Fried Fish Basket with apple slices, and dessert was the chocolate cake for me and apple crisp for DH, plus 2 lemonades. Total for this meal was probably around $40. Since our meal plan did not include appetizer, we paid for the bowls of chowder out of pocket for a cost of $10 to us, putting about $30 worth of food towards our dining counter service credits. The clam chowder here was GREAT as always, and the fish was good too, though not as good as the Fish N' Chips at Yorkshire County Fish Shop in EPCOT. I found that it helped to dip the fish INTO the chowder...YUM! DH enjoyed the BLT Salad and it was pretty HUGE. Of course the chocolate cake dessert was good, but a bit heavy for me so I mostly ate the frosting. DH seemed to enjoy his apple crisp as well. OVERALL RATING: Oh yeah, I love this place...A is my grade and we'll be back!

Before we left the Magic Kingdom, we did have to have our Dole fix. DH picked the Dole Float and shared a bit with me, though I was still STUFFED from lunch. We both enjoyed it and it was paid for by one of our DDP Snack Credits.

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Old 10-07-2008, 02:08 PM   #18
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Smile October 2nd - Captains Grille (dinner)

So after spending some time in our FABULOUS resort pool, we get back to the room and are trying to decide where to eat dinner. We have no reservations and DH has a preference to stick close to our resort. We call Disney Dining and ask about the Captains Grille, located within walking distance for us at the Yacht Club Resort, in the same building as the Beach Club. They tell us there is nothing until after 9pm (it's about 7pm when we call) and they also say they do not accept walk-ins. The only place we find that has an opening is...you know, I don't even remember what it was now. All I know is we made a reservation, then I decided we should just walk over to Captains Grille to check on the place.

The restaurant is practically EMPTY. Seriously. We walk up to the podium and ask if they take walk-ins (they do) and they seat us right away. Score!

Stay tuned...the food report is coming up soon...with pictures this time!
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:15 PM   #19
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Last April we stayed at YC, called to see if we can get into Capt Grill, they said sorry they are booked up and no walk ins.

We went downstairs and checked with them about 10 minutes before they opened, we were seated right away and were there for an hour, in a very empty restaurant.......

The food was very very good!
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:05 PM   #20
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That castle cheesecake is tooooooooooooo cute!!! Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:15 PM   #21
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Smile Oct. 2nd - Captains Grille Continued

Ok, so we arrive in the practically empty Captain's Grille and we are seated. See the photo of me and the empty tables below. Our waitress Jessica was very friendly. We started dinner out with some fancy drinks, so we had to try the Glowtini - one for each of us.



Now I have to admit, this was a pretty weak martini overall. Did not have much bite to it, but hey it had the cool light-up cube inside and we did get to take those home. For the $9.75 each I think we'd rather have more drink!

Decided against an appetizer to make room for the all-important dessert of course, as we had viewed the tray when we walked into the restaurant.

DH ordered the Chef's Pasta. I believe it contained scallops and shrimp and mussels. Honestly he said this didn't have too much flavor overall. I have to say my husband is VERY Italian (his grandparents were born in Italy) so he's picky about his pasta anyway. He ate it but I don't think he would order it again.


As for me, I'm a seafood lover from Maryland. I love a good salmon. The market fish of the day was Salmon and it was very good. I think the lemon butter sauce really made it, and the sauce with the potatoes was also very good. The potatoes had cabbage in them and had a good flavor. I would definitely order mine again.


Now it was dessert time...my favorite time of the day! It was a tough decision for me, but I went with the Chocolate Mousse Cake. It was nice and moist, not too heavy, and yummy. Those little things on the top...also good. That brown cookie thing was light and spongy, reminded me of one of those Snackwells Devil's Food Cakes if you have ever had one of those.


DH ordered the Vanilla Creamery Cake. He enjoyed it and I love the little Chocolate thing in his too.


OVERALL RATING: I think I'd give this place a B+ overall. I enjoyed my food but it wasn't anything overly spectacular. DH wasn't thrilled with the pastas. They could stand to make the drinks a bit stronger for what they charged for them.

Cost for this meal would have been about $75 with tax. We got about a $15 discount using DDE so we paid about $74 with tax and tip.
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:53 PM   #22
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Thumbs up Oct. 3rd - Kona Cafe Breakfast

We come to another restaurant that I have always wanted to try for breakfast - Kona Cafe. It is a favorite for dinner (as was the Concourse Steakhouse...I'll miss that place) but we've always done the character meals for breakfast or just had food at our villa. Now it was time to try Tonga Toast. I am not a big fan of the sweet breakfast...I prefer sausage, ham and eggs instead...but this reservation was made so we could try new foods!

So of course, I ordered the Tonga Toast with Sausage:


Oh man, was it a LOT of food. First of all, why do they give you syrup for this? It was coated with sugar and didn't require any more sugar for it at all. The bananas inside were good. The sausage was huge and was a tad bit spicey, but not too much. Here is how much I was able to finish of this meal:


DH ordered the Samoa I believe it was called. Now let's see if I can remember what was in it. I know the menu said it had ham, but it's actually pork becuase the waitress said the ham made it too salty. There was egg in there and it was topped with a hollandaise sauce. DH seemed to enjoy it. I think we'd definitely try to come back here for breakfast.


Since we were wearing our anniversary shirts so it was obvious that we were celebrating, after breakfast the waitress brought this out for us:

They were two light and fluffy cream puffs stuffed with vanilla pudding or cream and though we weren't hungry, we ate them and they were WONDERFUL. I loved the little Lilo and Stitch on the plate too. Here it is up close:


Our total bill here would have been about $30 with tax and tip. We got a DDE discount of $5.17 so we paid $26.69 with tax and gratuity (we tip a little more for breakfast).

OVERALL RATING: We love the Kona Cafe, and breakfast was no exception. We'd give it an A for sure and we might be back if we plan to dine out again for breakfast, which is rare for us right now unless that breakfast is a character meal.
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:54 PM   #23
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Smile Oct. 3rd - Wolfgang Puck Express and our fabulous California Grill Anniversary Dinner

After some shopping in Downtown Disney, I was determined to introduce DH to Wolfgang Puck Express, where we could also use our counter service credit.

I ordered the Chicken Caesar Salad, a cookie and a drink. Total cost was $17.52 all covered by my CS credit. DH wasn't too hungry, so he just had some Chicken Tortilla soup. That was another $5 or so.

The salad was VERY good just as I remembered. I had no room for the cookie. I absolutely love this place for counter service and hope to return. DH seemed to enjoy the soup and I had a taste and it wasn't too bad. No photos here...sorry.

DINNER at the California Grill was that night. We arrived a bit early but were seated quickly at a table by the window with THIS view:


We started with drinks. I had the Red Appletini as suggested by the waiter. DH had two bloody Mary's and enjoyed them.

The waiter highly recommended the sushi, but I'm not a big fan of it myself. DH ordered this:


He loved it but because it was a bit spicy, I didn't try it. Instead I decided to try the Triple Cheese, Pecorino, Asiago, Provolone with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto flatbread. It was INCREDIBLE. I think I could have had it for a meal.


As if that wasn't enough, we also decided on a first course. We picked the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pesto, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Basil. It was two large Ravioli and it was split into equal portions for us. I didn't take a photo but it was also excellent. I used the bread served at dinner to sop up the broth (as suggested by our waiter) and it was YUMMY.

Really I could have stopped here but it's all about the food, right? We both ordered the Oak-fired Filet of Beef with Boniato Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Haricot Vert and Teriyaki Barbeque Sauce. I got the sauce on the side but didn't really need it. The beef had a good flavor to it without the sauce. Honestly as far as beef goes, I've had much more tender beef. It was okay but nothing spectacular.

Since it was our anniversary, not only did they take the photo you see here and email it to us a few days later, but they also served up a huge slice of Chocolate Cake with a Happy Anniversary from the CA Grill chocolate. It looked fantastic, but we really wanted to try one of the desserts on the menu since we had the dining plan and they were free. We had them box up the cake and I ate it in the airport on the ride home two days later...it had been warmed up in the car all day...but it was still good though it didn't look as pretty.

So that night we got these desserts:

My husband, the Creme Brulee fan got this. He seemed to enjoy it.

As for me, I'm all about the chocolate:

The molten chocolate cake was EXCELLENT and I wouldn't have thought to pair it with the Apricot ice cream and sauce but it really tasted good together.

OVERALL RATING: I'd give this an A for the view alone from the restaurant. We were invited to return back later that night to view the fireworks from the terrace of the restaurant and we did and it was INCREDIBLE. I didn't think the beef was as tender as it could have been, but the other food more than made up for that. I think I'd go back and just have appetizers and first courses and I'd be good.

Total cost here was $175 before tip. $110 of that was the main course and dessert and was charged to the dining plan (2 credits). We paid another $20 in tip in cash. The remaining balance (drinks & appetizers) was $62, so it ended up being $49 with our DDE discount, and we paid about $64 with tax and tip.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:02 PM   #24
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Smile Oct. 4th - ABC Commissary, final thoughts on DDP

Ok, so I know this place gets a bad rap, but I go here for the Cuban Sandwich alone, which I think is pretty good. We used our remaining two CS credits here to get the Cuban with apples, Cheeseburger with fries, and two chocolate mousse cups and drinks. The chocolate mousse desserts are also excellent. Total bill here was $28.07 also charged to the dining plan.

Overall, I am not as happy with the new dining plan. Like many people I would rather have an appetizer over dessert most of the time. I would almost rather it be an option...one or the other. Our total Dining Plan charges were about $400 for a cost of $303. Of course, we still shelled out quite a bit in tax and gratuity and we did eat in two signature restaurants and used two counter service credits for breakfast, probably not as good of a deal as if we used them for lunches.

We head back to Disney next May, but I'm not sure we'll get the dining plan this time around. I definitely enjoy having the use of the DDE card though, so it looks like I'll at least have to renew that and my Annual Pass for our next trip. I've already more than made my money back on that with $62 in discounts on this trip alone.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:16 PM   #25
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fantastic reviews Thank YOU
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:40 PM   #26
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What wonderful reviews!! We have a reservation for breakfast at spoodles on Christmas and I was feeling a bit worried about it. I feel much better now. Thanks!!
The picture of you and your hubby is so nice! What a great memory!!
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