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Old 08-14-2009, 10:19 PM   #31
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I know we will use up some of the snack credits at Goofy's candy shop. I can't decide if I want to make the marshmallows, pretzels or both.
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sounds yummy - looking forward to your report
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Count me in! We are doing Deluxe in November-December and are eating at many of the same places.
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you should do both marshmallows and pretzels and then throw in a rice crispy treat and an apple for fruit and fibre. You need to remember to keep everything balanced. hahaha
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:21 PM   #33
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you should do both marshmallows and pretzels and then throw in a rice crispy treat and an apple for fruit and fibre. You need to remember to keep everything balanced. hahaha
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And we’re off. . .

And we’re off. We are lucky enough to live close to MacArthur Airport in Islip, NY. It’s my all time favorite airport. The people are so nice you can forget you’re in New York. You get through security so fast you might miss it. In fact, this morning there was no line at all. We usually like a small line, so we have time to fold the stroller, take off shoes, remove laptops, stow stuffed animals, etc. But I digress; we’re here to talk about food. Since we got up early for our flight, we didn’t eat at home. The girls opted to chow down at the airport food court. Aurora wanted French toast and Ariel wanted scrambled eggs. I knew they both wanted bacon, so I ordered the French toast platter (French toast, bacon and potatoes) $6.49 and scrambled eggs $4.99. I also ordered an orange juice for the girls to share – either they forgot to charge me or it came with the pltter. Total with tax $12.47. This is ridiculous, I need to get to WDW and start using my credits.

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French toast platter


Scrambled Eggs

They both seemed to enjoy their platters. Like any good food reviewer would, I tasted everything. The eggs were palatable and the potatoes weren’t bad, but the French toast was pretty gross. If it wasn’t for her love of maple syrup, it would have gone straight to the trash. Aurora gave it 4 stars (I guess she was hungry or she just loves syrup).





DW and I opted to drink our breakfast (no not that kind of liquid breakfast) – we hit up Starbucks. DW got a grande frozen java chip frappucino – no whipped cream to save a few calories.



Mrs. Potts (little miss weight watchers) brought here own breakfast – a piece of 50% cheddar cheese and a vita-muffin top. Sorry, no pics of that. She did join us for coffee.

Looking forward to lunch at Sanaa.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:46 PM   #35
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Very excited to join in! I hope I have time to keep up with your live updates! LOL - I guess I should say, I hope YOU have time for live updates!
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Yum, airport food . I was hoping this would be a first report from Orlando so I knew you guys had made it there safely. Can't wait for the reviews to start pouring in.
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I'm in!

So glad that wasn't food from WDW, it didn't look like a very appealing breakfast but when I read it was airport food, I guess it doesn't look too bad
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I'm in!

So glad that wasn't food from WDW, it didn't look like a very appealing breakfast but when I read it was airport food, I guess it doesn't look too bad
Me too!!
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Very excited to join in! I hope I have time to keep up with your live updates! LOL - I guess I should say, I hope YOU have time for live updates!
We shall see. Gonna try tonight.

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Yum, airport food . I was hoping this would be a first report from Orlando so I knew you guys had made it there safely. Can't wait for the reviews to start pouring in.
We're here safe. Finally back at the computer.

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So glad that wasn't food from WDW, it didn't look like a very appealing breakfast but when I read it was airport food, I guess it doesn't look too bad
Welcome. It was pretty bad even for airport food.

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Old 08-15-2009, 11:55 PM   #41
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(almost) Live from Sanaa

After an uneventful flight that landed early but got to the gate late , we began our long journey via Magical Express to Kidani Village with stops at POP, CBR and CS. We arrived just in time to check in at AKV and grab lunch at Sanaa while they cleaned our room. Our ADR was for 2:50, we arrived at Sanaa at 2:55 and we were seated by 3:00.

The room and decor is beautiful. Here are a few pics:







We were seated at a 6 top by the window. It was fantastic, we had views of all of the animals and the girls had a blast.





We actually got to watch the Giraffes eat their lunch as we dined, as CMs brought out fresh leaves and hung them from a tree.

Our server was Ken from Orlando, FL. He was quite attentive and knew the menu very well. The place was quite empty, so it was good that he was so attentive.

As you know we are on the DxDDP so we started with apps.

Mrs. Potts started with the roasted cauliflower with tomato sauce.
Before:

After:


DW and I shared the Indian Style Bread Service - this counts as 2 apps:
We had the Naan, Roti and Paneer Paratha with Cucumber Raita, Mango Chutntey and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus. These were Ken's recomendations




We did pretty well on these as well


Overall I felt that the apps were the strongest course these were simply delicious. The standout was the Paneer Paratha bread - outstanding. The Mrs. Potts loved the cauliflower. I tasted it too and thought it was pretty good as well - kinda fried but not greasy at all.

Here is Ariel's appetizer - its carrots and celery with dip - she scooped them all up and bit them at once as I tried to take a picture.

I'll say this once and get it over with. The kids' meals at WDW are terrible and are poorly constructed. I think they are far too dumbed down and are boring and there is little or no variation from place to place. But the worst part is 1/2 of them come with app/entree/desert all on one plate and the other 1/2 comes in courses. This leads to strange service for the kids. Aurora ordered the fish, which came all on one place so no app for her.


Moving along to entrees:
DW and I ordered the Slow Cooked in Gravy, Simple and Well Seasoned, she had the Chicken with Red Curry Sauce, Shrimp with Green Curry Sauce and the Basmati Rice.

So naturally, I had the other choices: Beef Short Ribs and Paneer Cheese and Spinach with Five Grain Pilaf.

I thought the standout among these dishes was the shrimp and DW thought it was the chicken. Either way the curry sauces were the way to go, they were both outstanding. The beef and the paneer were average. The pilaf and the rice were below average, so we left these over.

Mrs. Potts had today's sustainable fish. It was a halibut in a light broth. She raved about this dish.


Ariel ordered the cheeseburger, which was quite tasty.


On to dessert, which was the weakest by far. The one standout was DW's Chai Cream. This was great and I recommend you have this desert.

Other desserts included:
The dessert sampler - No sugar added Mango Pudding, Cardamom-Butter Cake and Egg-less chocolate cake.

They may want to add egg to the chocolate cake and sugar to the mango pudding and lose the Cardamom cake altogether.
They could also add some sugar to the Vanilla-Coconut Rice pudding

Ariel did enjoy her ice cream
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I can't forget DW's Loose Leaf Tea - she was soooo excited about this and it did not dissappoint.


So for each review, our 3 adult diners will score each restaurant on a scale of 1-5 stars for a possible perfect score of 15 stars.

I gave Sanaa a 3.5 out of 5 - based mostly on poor desserts
DW gave Sanaa 4.5 out of 5
Mrs. Potts gave Sanaa 5 out of 5
Total score 13 out of 15

FYI our bill before gratuity for 3 adults and 2 children was $130.11
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Good start...enjoying your live review. I can't to read more. Thanks for sharing
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Great start! I keep going back & forth about trying to fit Sanaa into our next trip. We do not like curry so I am just not sure if the flavor palette there will work for us. The restaurant looks so beautiful!
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Great start on your live reviews. Sanaa seems to get mostly mixed reviews but we're giving it a try on our next trip, think I'll try the Chai Cream for dessert as that always seems to be everyones favourite.
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Great start! I keep going back & forth about trying to fit Sanaa into our next trip. We do not like curry so I am just not sure if the flavor palette there will work for us. The restaurant looks so beautiful!
I think it's worth the trip.

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Great start on your live reviews. Sanaa seems to get mostly mixed reviews but we're giving it a try on our next trip, think I'll try the Chai Cream for dessert as that always seems to be everyones favourite.
Good choice. This is the best choice.
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