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Old 10-18-2009, 01:05 PM   #121
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still day 10, Aug 24

Dinner at Palo

I had read so much about Palo - we HAD TO try it for ourselves. Now, what IS Palo? - It is the adults only, high end restaurant on the Disney Wonder - think California Grill, without all the noise and even a notch above California Grill!

So we got dressed up for the occasion, signed in and asked if Michele, the CM we had met at the lifeboat drill was working and if we could be seated in his area. Sure! A minute later we were seated and Michele was on hand to greet us. He brought out water for everyone and told us about the adult beverages and left us a menu to have a look at.

Michele let us just enough time to look through the drinks menu when he returned with the antipasti.



Pane Casalingo - Freshly-baked Bread from their Pizza Oven, served with Palo's Famous Dips. Grissini Sticks, Olive Rolls, Ciabatta Rolls and Six Grain Wholemeal. All the breads were still warm and SO good. But that was not the end of it. This is what he put on the table next!



A whole plate full of the best meats, olives and cheeses one can nibble on. Specialita' Del Palo: Antipasto Freddo - Prosciutto, Bresaola, Parmesan Reggiano, Marinated Olives - heaven. But it didn't even stop there there was even more!



Three different spreads!



Aioli - garlic mayonnaise spread - so garlicy, so yummy!



Dried sunripened tomato and red pepper spread! Oh boy! Yummy goodness!



Tapanade! Olive spread - I could have happily lived on the antipasti and would not have regretted dining at Palo! It was just so good.

Well, once he brought the antipasti Michele took our drinks orders. Joe had unsweetened ice tea, Mary Ellen had a lemonade (I think) and Tom and I ordered Diet Cokes and some adult beverages.



My drink - a Strawberry Daiquiri! I just love the taste of this!



Tom had a Whisky Sour!



And Mary Ellen had a Mai Tai!

When the drinks arrived we had had enough time to study the menu and I was all set! Well, that was until Michele told us about that day's Chef's specials! He was very convincing and his Italian accent helped a lot!
So here are our starter choices!



Joe had the Mozzarella and Plum Tomatoes with Balsamic Dressing
Their modern interpretation of a traditional dish. He LOVED it! It must have been good!



Tom ordered the Fritto di Calamari Lightly-crusted Calamari served with Marinara sauce made with deep fried cherry peppers. I tried this and the calamari were ever so tender, coated in an icredibly crisp batter. The sauce was out of this world!



Mary Ellen and I went with Michele's recommandation - Grilled shrimp that had been marinaded in spices and then grilled, served with green asparagus and pesto. There are NO words to describe this - the plumpest, juiciest and heavenly spiced shrimp, with crisp asparagus! I could kill for a plate of this goodness right now!

The different courses were nicely spaced so we had time to really enjoy them.
Once we had finished the appetizers, out came the palate cleanser!





Lime sorbet - slightly sour and lemony sorbet! So good!

A little later out came the main courses!



Tom had taken Michele's advice and gone for the Osso Bucco. A thick slice of Veal Shank, slowly cooked in red wine and vegetables, sitting on a bed of saffron risotto! The meat actually fell off the bone and the risotto was cooked right to the point. Wonderful dish.



Joe had the Bigoli all Contadina, with thin Strips of Prime Rib Sautéed with Tomato, Onion and Pancetta in a Ragu flavored with fresh Oregano. He cleaned his plate, so it must have been good.



Mary Ellen decided on Risotto di Mare, Saffron Risotto served with Fried Zucchini, Shrimp, Mussel and Clams. There were no complaints about this dish either.

Well, remember that I said I had my dinner all decided on? I threw my main course plans over board and followed Michele's recommandation for the main course as well.



Pan Seared Grouper with risotto, red pepper puree and fried onions! This was not on the menu either (neither were the shrimp I had as an appetizer), but it was to die for! Disneyliscious!! is all I can say!

We were SO stuffed after our main courses, but Michele "insisted" on us having dessert and not just any dessert!





Palo's famous Chocolate Soufflé with Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Now this time it was real souffle! Michele stuck his spoon in and it started to go down as he poured the sauce of your choice! Boy was this a heavenly dessert. We struggled, but we managed to eat it all. No way was I going to leave a crumb or drop of this behind. Goodness on a spoon!

Tom and I had an espresso and Mary Ellen and Joe had regular coffee.



There was even a digestive - lemoncello with lemon sorbet! So cold, so lemony, so good!

So, if you cruise on a Disney ship and you like fine dining - Palo is a MUST!!! Now, imagine this. When we were done with our dinner Michele came back to say his goodbyes and asked if we wanted to come back another night. You can only book ONE Palo dinner online, so we jumped on it. We asked if he could get us in on the day after next and he managed to do so! We were in heaven!
We all went to our cabins and sat out on the balcony for a while and then Tom and I went on another Fish extender round before we went to bed.

Next up - roomservice breakfast
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:18 PM   #122
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Ooooh...the food at Palo looks wonderful. I am drooling all over my keyboard right now.
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Great review and pictures of Palo. I agree with Kat I am drooling all over my keyboard. Cant wait to see your reviews of your second time there.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:23 AM   #124
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All of your pictures are amazing!! Loving your review and the details you include!!
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:09 PM   #125
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Ooooh...the food at Palo looks wonderful. I am drooling all over my keyboard right now.
Oh Kathy, there is A LOT more of Palo to come! I would love to move in there - the food is just too good!

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Great review and pictures of Palo. I agree with Kat I am drooling all over my keyboard. Cant wait to see your reviews of your second time there.
We actually had two more visits to Palo on that trip (4 night ). Everything about that restaurant was heavenly - the restaurant itself, the food and Michele! Well, all the CMs up there were top notch and so much fun!

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All of your pictures are amazing!! Loving your review and the details you include!!
I am so glad you like it - I am trying my best, it just sometimes isn't easy doing it in a foreign language!
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:18 PM   #126
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Day 11, Aug 25

Castaway Cay day!

Roomservice Breakfast

Today was our day at Castaway Cay! We did not want to miss a minute of it and go ashore as soon as possible, so we ordered room service breakfast the night before.





Okay, it was nothing out of the ordinary, but since we ate it, it belongs here!



Coffee and hot water for my tea



Tea selection



Milk and cream cheese for the bagel



Bagel - there were a croissant and a muffin underneath



Fruit bowl - this was amazingly fresh!



Orange Juice

Be warned - if you order something for 8am - they WILL deliver it at 8am!!! SHARP!

Once we had eaten our breakfast we knocked at Mary Ellen's door, but they did not hear us, so we were heading off the ship to explore Disney's private island!



Next up - drinks and lunch at Castaway Cay

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Old 10-21-2009, 03:22 PM   #127
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I'VE GOT NEWS!!!!!!

Okay, here I am hijacking my own thread!!

But this news is too good NOT to share with all my Dis - friends!

Tom and I have just decided to take a weeklong WDW vacation in February!!

We had to cut our Paris vacation short by a day and we played with the idea of going to WDW instead. The more we thought about it, the more we wanted to go to WDW and in the end we decided to just go for it.

So, we are now booked at Pop Century resort from February 13th until the 20th!!
No dining plan this time, since we always wanted to do some non DDP restaurants and here is what we came up with so far!

Wanna do:
BlueZoo
Il Mulino
Fultons

WPE (yeah, you know me - I CANNOT go to Disney without having my WPE food!)

So, here is my plea for ya! Where else should we eat? My booking window opens Oct 27, (the very day everyone on these boards is going to make their reservations as it is supposed to go back to 180 days!!). We are thinking of doing quite some CS as we will only have a week!

Any extra special CS out there?

Thanks for any input!

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Old 10-21-2009, 03:30 PM   #128
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First of all, YAY for you guys, that is fantastic!

Now you know you picked three of my favorite restaurants right, OH BOY they are knock your socks off fantastic!

Now if it were us we would add in Jiko, Citrico's, Cali Grill and Flying Fish and the reason I say all signature restaurants is because the quality of the food at the other TS places is not the greatest and the price is high! When I think of what a lousy meal we had at Chefs de France and for $20-30 more we could have gone back to Flying Fish or BlueZoo it kills me!

We would eat CS breakfast and lunch although the parks are not the greatest for CS lunch

Some of our faves are

Beirgarten
Tutto Italia
Chefs de France but for lunch only
50's Prime Time
Sci Fi
ESPN
Beaches and Cream
Kona breakfast
Cape May breakfast and dinner
Crystal Palace breakfast
The Wave..ooh go here!
Tonys
The Plaza

So you can take your pick of any of these,
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:35 PM   #129
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Great report, it makes me want to try one of the cruises. I see Nicki beat me to the suggestions but my would have been the same.

Also, if you need a fridge at POP let me know, your week is open in the fridge swap I organize.
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First of all, YAY for you guys, that is fantastic!

Now you know you picked three of my favorite restaurants right, OH BOY they are knock your socks off fantastic!

Now if it were us we would add in Jiko, Citrico's, Cali Grill and Flying Fish and the reason I say all signature restaurants is because the quality of the food at the other TS places is not the greatest and the price is high! When I think of what a lousy meal we had at Chefs de France and for $20-30 more we could have gone back to Flying Fish or BlueZoo it kills me!

We would eat CS breakfast and lunch although the parks are not the greatest for CS lunch

Some of our faves are

Beirgarten
Tutto Italia
Chefs de France but for lunch only
50's Prime Time
Sci Fi
ESPN
Beaches and Cream
Kona breakfast
Cape May breakfast and dinner
Crystal Palace breakfast
The Wave..ooh go here!
Tonys
The Plaza

So you can take your pick of any of these,
Hey, that was quick!! Guess what I picked Il Mulino, Fulton's and BlueZoo because of YOUR reviews!!

There is ONE simple reason there are no signature restaurants on our list - we are getting 20 days of free dining in August/September and I am upgrading part of it to Deluxe Dining, ! So I have figured out that we would go ALL signature then and just play it low key this time.
But Plaza, The Wave, Beaches and Cream sound terrific. The only one on your list that I absolutely do not like is Biergarten - guess we live to close to the real thing,

I think we will just eat CS at some of the resorts! I so wanna try Captain Cook's and we never actually made it there. We had a fun lunch at Artist's Palatte and I wanna go back to Cookes of Dublin. Guess this next weekend is planning, planning, planning! Thank god, Monday is a national holiday here - one more day to plan!
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Great report, it makes me want to try one of the cruises. I see Nicki beat me to the suggestions but my would have been the same.

Also, if you need a fridge at POP let me know, your week is open in the fridge swap I organize.
Thanks for joining in! You NEED to try one of the cruises! They are fantastic - we really loved it SO much, we are already booked on a 3 night and a 4 night, back to back cruise next summer!

As for that fridge swap - I am now going over to your site to check it out! Thanks for offering it!!
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Thanks for joining in! You NEED to try one of the cruises! They are fantastic - we really loved it SO much, we are already booked on a 3 night and a 4 night, back to back cruise next summer!

As for that fridge swap - I am now going over to your site to check it out! Thanks for offering it!!
thanks, my DH and I went on a carnival cruise about 20 years ago and haven't tried it ago since. our kids have been asking to go on Disney cruise so maybe our trip in 2012 will be cruise and WDW.

I got your PM about the swap, just let me know.
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I am anxiously awaiting your next installment! I do need to make sure I've eaten though the next time I sign on. I'm hungry again!! You sure know how to do a vacation right!
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Hey, that was quick!! Guess what I picked Il Mulino, Fulton's and BlueZoo because of YOUR reviews!!

There is ONE simple reason there are no signature restaurants on our list - we are getting 20 days of free dining in August/September and I am upgrading part of it to Deluxe Dining, ! So I have figured out that we would go ALL signature then and just play it low key this time.
But Plaza, The Wave, Beaches and Cream sound terrific. The only one on your list that I absolutely do not like is Biergarten - guess we live to close to the real thing,

I think we will just eat CS at some of the resorts! I so wanna try Captain Cook's and we never actually made it there. We had a fun lunch at Artist's Palatte and I wanna go back to Cookes of Dublin. Guess this next weekend is planning, planning, planning! Thank god, Monday is a national holiday here - one more day to plan!
Well, you've already got Fulton's which Nic & I agree on as being superb. I also agree with her on Sci Fi (lunch, not dinner), Crystal Palace for breakfast and Cape May Cafe for either meal.

Lucky you!!!

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I am anxiously awaiting your next installment! I do need to make sure I've eaten though the next time I sign on. I'm hungry again!! You sure know how to do a vacation right!
Dave, I have a friend who has family in Adamsville, TN (they own a farm). Any where near you?
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thanks, my DH and I went on a carnival cruise about 20 years ago and haven't tried it ago since. our kids have been asking to go on Disney cruise so maybe our trip in 2012 will be cruise and WDW.

I got your PM about the swap, just let me know.
on your plans for your 2012 WDW/cruise vacation!!

Thanks for inviting us to the swap!

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I am anxiously awaiting your next installment! I do need to make sure I've eaten though the next time I sign on. I'm hungry again!! You sure know how to do a vacation right!
Next few installments coming up over the weekend! I suggest you do NOT read them hungry as there are TWO more Palo reviews coming up!

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Well, you've already got Fulton's which Nic & I agree on as being superb. I also agree with her on Sci Fi (lunch, not dinner), Crystal Palace for breakfast and Cape May Cafe for either meal.
Lucky you!!!
I am so looking forward to the long holiday weekend (Oct 26 is Austria's national holiday) so I can actually plan that vacation!
We will definitely try for Fulton's, BlueZoo and Il Mulino. Tom and I are throwing around a few other options and I guess we'll do a few more lunches and fill the rest with CS and/or offsite dining!

So much to eat - so little time!!
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