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Old 03-01-2010, 07:31 PM   #16
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Drooling over the room-service cheese plate and your scallop entree at FLying Fish! Even the bread looks good. I hope you post about snacks too!
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:44 AM   #17
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Can't wait to try Flying Fish for the first time in Sept. Those scallops look like heaven.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:46 PM   #18
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Flying Fish looks amazing, I'm another one who is eating there for the first time - during my first solo trip in May
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:43 PM   #20
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Your meal at Flying Fish looks wonderful!
It was a wonderful meal - well paced and the food was great.

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Great update. I'm like you with Scallops...I liked it cooked firm too.
I'm deciding to go for YC now instead of BC.
I'd vote for YC instead of BC too. I like the ammenities of the BC but I don't really like the rooms (too inconsistent).

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Drooling over the room-service cheese plate and your scallop entree at FLying Fish! Even the bread looks good. I hope you post about snacks too!
I did eat a few snacks but used most for those big Minnie's bake shop cookies to bring home.

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Can't wait to try Flying Fish for the first time in Sept. Those scallops look like heaven.
They are incredible.

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Flying Fish looks amazing, I'm another one who is eating there for the first time - during my first solo trip in May
I'm sure you'll like it. The only part I wasn't thrilled about was my table. But then really, it didn't impact too much and at least I had good service because my server had to come back to his station to pick up glasses, water jug, etc for other tables.

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Your meal at FF is exactly what I would have ordered, all of it! YUM!
I think it was you who wrote about the pumpkin martini at FF? I'm glad you did - it was nice to try it.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:53 PM   #21
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Some Snack Credits

So on Tuesday I ate my leftover scallops and risotto for breakfast in my room (in bed, watching the Disney family channel and enjoying every minute of being lazy).

I decided I needed to head out around noon to take some pictures of the hotel and allow the maid in to tidy up.

So I walked around the resort (debated on going swimming but wasn't really in the mood for it) and ended up at Mara.

I had a craving for something "healthy" (I never feel like I eat enough fruit and veg at Disney) so I decided to use some of my snack credits for a light lunch. I also had my journal with me so I sat at a table near the drink station with my snacks, refillable mug (included in the DxDP) and my journal and caught up my trip so far.

For lunch I enjoyed:

Carrot and celery sticks with dip



And some juicy red grapes



And the decidedly unhealthy zebra domes. This was actually my 2nd pack of them. I had stopped by on Sunday after I got up (which was around noon - I think I got back to my room after DAP around 2am and then didn't go to bed until after 3am). I ate the first package 1 or 2 at a time but this package I enjoyed while sipping Coffee/hot chocolate from my mug.



It's funny - the first time I tried zebra dome (back in 2005) I wasn't impressed but this trip it was like I couldn't get enough of them! They just really, really hit the spot.

Some pictures of Mara (tried to avoid other people which was easy since there were only a couple of other families in there with me).

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Next up is Jiko (my favourite food of the trip).
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:13 PM   #22
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I still can't believe I've never had a zebra dome lol - what exactly do they taste of?

Looking forward to your Jiko report as it's somewhere I'm seriously considering for my May trip.
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Thanks for the update. I love those Zebra domes. When we get back from the park...I had to get them for my evening snack. After I put my son to bed, my husband and I sit at our AKL balcony and watch the zebras and giraffes and I ate those zebra domes (I don't share with hubby )
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:05 AM   #24
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I still can't believe I've never had a zebra dome lol - what exactly do they taste of?

Looking forward to your Jiko report as it's somewhere I'm seriously considering for my May trip.
Zebra domes are mousse covered in a ganache kind of icing with a little sliver of thin cake on the bottom.

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Thanks for the update. I love those Zebra domes. When we get back from the park...I had to get them for my evening snack. After I put my son to bed, my husband and I sit at our AKL balcony and watch the zebras and giraffes and I ate those zebra domes (I don't share with hubby )
That's one of the nicest things about a solo trip - no sharing. Of course it also means no poaching off of any one else's plate.
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Jiko

So I checked in for my ADR at Jiko on time but still had about a 30 minute wait. I should have known that my table was going to be "less than desirable" when the couple before me came back and waited some more instead of taking the table. It was up against the windows but right by the emergency exit. It's funny because they take you on this walk down through the restaurant and then back up through the seating area only to find out you're two steps behind the check in podium.

Anyways - I ordered a drink. It was a speciality of Jiko - I think it was a Mount Kilomanjaro? It was okay but not my favourite drink. I would have ordered a Magical Star cocktail as a second drink but my server wasn't around enough for me to ask.



First up was their bread. Oh it was so good and the flavoured butter was outstanding!



For my appetizer I was going to order the olive flatbread but when it came time to order - the word "Ostrich" just seemed to pour out. It wasn't until after the server had left that I realized that I hadn't ordered what I intended. Of course - things worked out incredibly well since this dish was just outstanding! I mean - the meat was so tender and tasty and the spiced chick peas - wow! Even if you don't like chick peas - you can still order this. They didn't taste like chick peas - I would have sworn that the Ostrich was sitting atop the tastiest risotto ever. I really can't say enough good things about this dish.



For my entree - it was a toss up between the filet mignon (because of the macaroni and cheese) or the beef short rib (because I heard the meat was outstanding). Instead of making a choice between the two, I asked if I could have the beef rib with the macaroni and cheese. I think I found Nirvana. The BBQ sauce on the beef rib was incredible - sweet and tangy. The meat was so well cooked that it just pulled apart. And the macaroni and cheese was so creamy - and with a little of the bbq sauce mixed it - it just sang! This was the best entree of the entire trip (actually of any trip I've had at Disney).



I was stuffed to the gills at this point but just couldn't stop because of what I spied on the dessert menu. Homemade coffe ice cream with fresh made donuts. O!M!G! The donuts were freshly fried and rolled in sugar with a nice crispy exterior but a soft interior. And the coffee ice cream was like eating a fully frozen cappacino. It was real coffee - not coffee flavoured. Again - so good.



The food at Jiko was just incredible. It's the one place I want to take my parents when we return in October because the food is that outstanding that I'm willing to PAY CASH to eat here (unusual).

The service though was lackluster. I don't think it was me though - I think the server was just - blah. I didn't see anyone in his area getting what I consider good service. Even the people bringing out the food (which was never my server) just kind of threw the plate down without a word and walked away. My water glass also stood empty for most of the meal and my server was ready with my bill before I had even ordered dessert (which I consider odd since he knew I was on the Dxdp - I mean - why would he assume I was not ordering dessert? Nor had I had a beverage at that point - when I ordered coffee, he brought me just a cup of coffee - no offer of a pressed pot or anything either. And I had to ask for milk to go with it a second time).
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Loven your food porn!
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36 more days to go...and I can't wait! Jiko will be our first meal there. We are going to be on the DxDP also. Love your reviews BTW. Cant wait for another one.
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Jiko looks outstanding and if all goes as planned I will be dining there a week from tomorrow. I too have been debating the beef short rib vs. filet choice. Since I will also be dining at Le Cellier and have already decided to have the filet there, I was hesitant to order a filet at Jiko. May have to go for the Frankenstein's monster entree you have created
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Jiko looks outstanding and if all goes as planned I will be dining there a week from tomorrow. I too have been debating the beef short rib vs. filet choice. Since I will also be dining at Le Cellier and have already decided to have the filet there, I was hesitant to order a filet at Jiko. May have to go for the Frankenstein's monster entree you have created
Oh Yes! I highly recommend it. The two best things from the 2 best entrees melded together. mmm, mmm, good.
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Breakfast at the Wave

Well - every trip has some kind of disappointment and this was mine. I booked breakfast at the Wave (supposed to go to the MK afterwards).

Breakfast was a bit of a bust. I had lousy service, and kind of crappy food.

First up was a cup of less than stellar Disney Coffee. The wave is supposed to serve Organic Colombian coffee but this tasted like weak Nescafe to me.



had to wait until they delivered my breakfast for milk since he didn't bring any with the coffee but said "he'd be right back with it". Yeah - right.

I had debated between an omelet or the "multi grain waffle". I mistakenly went with the waffle. It was bland and boring and I didn't detect any "multi grains". It tasted like a plain, boring regular waffle. The fruit compote was bitter and it was served with no syrup or butter even to be able to dress it up if you didn't like the fruit compote. I choose chicken sausage and when it came, I didn't even touch it (other than to take it off my plate and put it on the table since I didn't even have a side plate or anything). It was pale and didn't even looked cooked. It was in a casing and very squishy. When the server came by at the end of the meal he just picked it up off the table and said, "You didn't even try it, oh well.".



It was a lousy breakfast with lousy service and was a little ticked that I wasted a credit on it. This was the only restaurant where I didn't tip either the recommended 18 or 20%. I left about 10% and he was lucky to get that. He never checked to make sure my breakfast was okay, never explained what I could get for breakfast with the dxdp and really didn't speak to me other than to ask what I was going to order. I never saw him while I was eating my bland waffle and having to wait for the milk for my coffee just cheesed me off.

Ironically - after breakfast I rode the monorail intending to get off at the MK but I noticed it was soooooo busy (I should have known since it was the only day that week that the MK was to be rated a 7 or 8 for busy-ness), I decided not to go. Instead I rode around on the monorail most of the morning - going between the Resort line and the Epcot line. I hadn't riden the monorail to Epcot in over 10 years so that actually made for an interesting morning. I was amazed at the pictures I got of Epcot from the Monorail. Really, really great pictures. It actually made for a very fun and relaxing morning. People watching was great and it was interesting to listen to the different conversations of the families who were riding with me.

I did a little shopping at the CR and the Polynesian and then decided after my less than stellar breakfast, I'd use one of my credits (having 3 left at this point) on a true and trusted restaurant - Kona for lunch.
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