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Old 08-12-2009, 11:04 PM   #1
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Hidely ho, foodarinos!!!

Welcome to the newest installment of Jay and Bendy's dining adventures - scheduled to begin in earnest on October 14th. Nine weeks is a long time to nurse a pre-dining trippie, but after navigating the treacherous waters of Food & Wine Festival special event booking yesterday, I can no longer contain my enthusiasm or my hunger. And who better to share those things with than you?

Who the heck are we, you ask?

We're a couple of silly DINKS who love food-n-booze-n-travel, especially when they are connected by hyphens and the letter "n".

Oybolshoi: your devoted author ... aka Brenda / Bendy. Thanks to a lifetime of dealing with Crohns Disease I used to be terrified of food ... now, food is terrified of me because I've turned into a remorseless eating machine. I plan the trips and the dining tours and have, on occasion, been known to make the credit cards spontaneously combust. This trip coincides with my 40th birthday which is on October 17th - it's my birthday and I'll gorge if I want to!

The hubba: Jason ... just a tad younger than his old Crohn of a wife and a far more adventurous and spicy eater, too. He's my lovey ... my partner in crime ... my sounding board ... my personal baggage handler. He is the most easygoing of travel companions and puts up with his high-strung wifey, for which he deserves a medal.

Epcot's annual Food & Wine Festival is the primary reason that Jay and I visit WDW every October - as usual on this trip we plan on chowing our way around the World Showcase food kiosks and we have a few special festival dining events booked as well. And once more we've planned out our ADRs to incorporate a mix of old favorites with some weird and scary new places.

I should also mention that we will be joined halfway through our vacation by my nephew and his wife, henceforward to be known as Guest X and Guest Y. They will be dining with us at certain locations, but do not worship at the trough of gluttony like we do; I fear that they disapprove of Auntie Crohn's food porn habit.

So, what's on the agenda?

I thought you'd never ask!!!

Pre-Trip Plans & Musings:

Book 'Em, Bendy - scheduled culinary demos & booze samplings
Terrifying Lows, Dizzying Highs, and Creamy Middles!
A New, But Still Green, Travel Mascot
We're Talking DISmeet and Booze!!!
You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
Final ADR Tweaks and the WDW Florist
Jumping on the Ratings Bandwagon Before the Wheels Fall Off!
Last Minute Pre-Trip Musings
Tenderized Bendy Talks a Little Cake


Completed Reviews:

October 14th:
Beaches & Cream
The WDW Florist and the Tequila Ditch
A Warm and Sticky Dessert Party
Kona Island Sushi Bar


October 15th:
Breakfast at Kouzzina
Foraging at the F&W Festival, Part I
F&W Festival Culinary Demo - Raglan Road
Culinary Nirvana at Bistro Paris
Drinking and Such in the Belle Vue Room


October 16th:
French Pastries for Breakfast & Food & Wine Snacking for Lunch
F&W Festival Special Event - Tequila Tasting at La Cava del Tequila
F&W Signature Dinner at Bluezoo


October 17th:
Happy Birthday to me!!!
Birthday Breakfast - Yacht & Beach Club Private Dining
Moet & Chandon Champagne Seminar
Random Food & Wine Snacking
F&W Festival Special Event: Tutto Italia Food & Wine Pairing
Dinner at Flying Fish
Birthday DISmeet at the Beach Club, Part I
Birthday DISmeet at the Beach Club, Part II
Bendy cuts the cake (rather than the cheese!) - video supplied by TheDISneyFamily


October 18th:
Freezing Cold F&W Snacking
Moonstruck Chocolate Culinary Demo
Victoria & Albert's, Part I
Victoria & Albert's, Part II


October 19th:
Breakfast at the Kona
Casey's Corner at the MK
F&W Culinary Demo - The Wave
Dinner at Il Mulino - A New & Tasty Dining Experience for Jay & Bendy!
Late Night Drinks at the Crew's Cup Lounge


October 20th: World Showcase Alcoholic Domination, Take II
F&W Snacking & Remy Martin Cognac Seminar
Ditch Day Afternoon, Part I
Ditch Day Afternoon, Part II
Yorkshire Fish & Chips and F&W Snacking
ESPN Club


October 21st:
A Whole Lotta F&W Snacking
Raglan Road
Paradiso 37


October 22nd:
Boma, F&W Snacking, and a Chopin Vodka Seminar
California Grill


October 23rd:
Cape May Character Breakfast & Final F&W Booth Snackeroos
Eating Everything in Sight at Bluezoo

***Guest X and Guest Y depart today***

All Good Things Must End ...

Canceled ADRs
breakfast at Fresh *new* -- CANCELED
breakfast at The Wave *new* -- CANCELED
lunch at Chefs de France -- SKIPPED IT
dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse *new* -- CANCELED
lunch at Hollywood Brown Derby *new* -- CANCELED
wine seminar 3:45PM (Le Crema winery) -- TOOK A NAP
culinary seminar 4:30PM (GF Bakery) -- TOOK A NAP
lunch at Yak & Yeti *new* -- CANCELED
lunch at Coral Reef *new* -- CANCELED
DISmeet at the squishee stand in France - CANCELED
dinner at Jiko -- CANCELED


Stay tuned for more updates, ramblings, and plans! Thanks for reading!
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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Wooooo! A Bendy food trippie!!!

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Whoa, I spotted a title! Nice work!

Did you nickname your nephew and niece-in-law based on chromosomes? If so, I nominate Guest Y as your nephew, since he's got the Y chromosome.

I figured I'd be doing the main noshing around World Showcase on October 14th, with additional noshing perhaps on the 15th, but not too much due to the Flying Fish dinner later that night. I'm thinking I'd get to see you guys for some imbibing somehow on either Wednesday or Thursday, pending you turn on your cell phone so I can at least text message you.

I'm a bit jealous of the extended days, as I leave on October 19th. Everything looks wonderful.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:41 PM   #4
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I'm on board!!
Hiya Cass! And although I forgot to put it in the first post, I've got Yorkshire Fish & Chips penciled on my ADR calendar. Jay and I are such piggies I figure we can meet you guys for a snack and still have dinner at Yachtsman (it's a late ADR - 8:30PM).

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Did you nickname your nephew and niece-in-law based on chromosomes? If so, I nominate Guest Y as your nephew, since he's got the Y chromosome.
Good eye! And yes, I thought X for his wife and Y for him was pretty funny ... that way they can't complain that I used their names and I'm still able to be accurate.


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I figured I'd be doing the main noshing around World Showcase on October 14th, with additional noshing perhaps on the 15th, but not too much due to the Flying Fish dinner later that night. I'm thinking I'd get to see you guys for some imbibing somehow on either Wednesday or Thursday, pending you turn on your cell phone so I can at least text message you.

I'm a bit jealous of the extended days, as I leave on October 19th. Everything looks wonderful.
I promise to be a better phone person this year! And I was thinking that we should meet up as soon as Jay and I leave Coral Reef. In the words of Mr. Burns "I owe you a squishee."

And actually ... if it's too crazy at Coral Reef when we get there we're just going to dump it and dine around the showcase. A friend of mine from work dined at Coral Reef last month on her trip and said they had to wait an hour for their table even with an ADR. In her words the place was a zoo.

I couldn't help myself ... I had to question her on one thing ...

"I thought it was an aquarium?"



I'm very excited about our overall dining plans ... since we won't be back next year Jay and I wanted to go out with a bang. We just have to be careful that we don't explode like Mr. Creosote at the end of this trip.
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Hurray! A new Bendy food porn report!

You have some really interesting food plans - can't wait to hear all about it! We have finally booked to go back to WDW - in August 2010! It's less than a year now!

We've already pretty much decided where we want to eat so I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say about those places!

We are in Disneyland Paris in October to tide us over - so I'll devour your food review when I get back!

Bring on the juicy details!
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YES!!!! Another Bendy Trippie to make me laugh until I ache.
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Wow, that's quite a line-up! You know I'm in for the ride and look forward to hearing about all the new places you haven't tried. :
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Woo, another Brenda and Jay dining review. I'm sorry that we will be there before you and miss meeting you. I would have loved going to your birthday DISmeet.
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And actually ... if it's too crazy at Coral Reef when we get there we're just going to dump it and dine around the showcase. A friend of mine from work dined at Coral Reef last month on her trip and said they had to wait an hour for their table even with an ADR. In her words the place was a zoo.
Any time I've been to the Coral Reef there's always a delay past the ADR time to get seated, even when they first open for lunch. Go figure! The CMs must be too mesmerized by the fishies.

I've always had good luck with the CR at lunch but for some reason the one time I went for dinner it seemed like the menu had fewer offerings than at lunch.
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This should be awesome, what a great line-up! I'm so looking forward to meeting y'all!!!!!!!
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Hurray! A new Bendy food porn report!

You have some really interesting food plans - can't wait to hear all about it! We have finally booked to go back to WDW - in August 2010! It's less than a year now!

We've already pretty much decided where we want to eat so I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say about those places!

We are in Disneyland Paris in October to tide us over - so I'll devour your food review when I get back!

Bring on the juicy details!
Hey stranger! Nice to to see you! I guess I could suffer with DL Paris if I had too. I'll look forward to hearing all about it once you're home. And congrats on the 2010 WDW trip - it will be here before you know it!

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Hiya Jamie - thanks for stopping by! We do have quite a line-up ... I think we're trying to make up for not being there next year. If I know us a couple of these are likely to fall by the wayside once we're actually there, but we'd rather have the ADR and cancel it than not have one at all.

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Woo, another Brenda and Jay dining review. I'm sorry that we will be there before you and miss meeting you. I would have loved going to your birthday DISmeet.
Hi Bridget! I'm sorry we won't be at WDW at the same time either, it would have been good to meet you. Thanks for joining us here!

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Any time I've been to the Coral Reef there's always a delay past the ADR time to get seated, even when they first open for lunch. Go figure! The CMs must be too mesmerized by the fishies.

I've always had good luck with the CR at lunch but for some reason the one time I went for dinner it seemed like the menu had fewer offerings than at lunch.
Good to know; thanks for sharing. I'm not even sure why we picked Coral Reef ... probably just to try something different. No hardship to dine around the world showcase if we must, but it's nice to have an idea of what to expect if Coral Reef is nutso when we check in.

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Hi Kat! Looking forward to meeting you in October and thanks for joining us here!
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I can't wait! Hearing about your adventures will be a good cure to my post Disney blahs. Love that you have "start new diet" in your itinerary! What fun b-day plans you have!!
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I made it! You two are eating at some of our favorite spots, Brenda.
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Hi Christine - thanks for joining us! I think starting a new diet is going to be mandatory once this 10-day feast is over, don't you?

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Hi Elin - thanks for stopping by! Feel free to offer any advice about those favorites of yours ... I'm always looking for good suggestions.
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