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Old 01-03-2011, 08:15 PM   #61
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Goofy's Candy Company

Stringbean, back at the helm!

Goofy's Candy Company was probably the most anticipated stop of our trip. Seriously, I'm not sure that one treat has had so much buildup. Ever.

More backstory:

So this past winter, spring, and summer was a fairly stressful onslaught of doctors visits, medical tests, and that crinkly examining room table paper. (Nothing says you're in a doctors office more than sitting on crinkly paper.) These tests usually involved a lot of lying still while my heart and thyroid (yes, it decided to join the fray at one point) were being photographed and listened to in various forms.

During these tests, I would sometimes play Disney music in my head (Illuminations, Splash Mountain, Wishes, etc), but more often I would play games, usually "What Treat From Goofy's Candy Company Would I Get Today?"

You would be surprised how distracting this can be. Seriously.

"Marshmallows, dipped in dark chocolate, with Oreo crumbs, drizzled in white chocolate."

"3 pretzel rods (I would pick this option particularly during longer tests), one with white chocolate, mini M&M's, drizzled in caramel (this was still an option a few months ago); one with milk chocolate, Oreo crumbs, and dark chocolate drizzle; and one with dark chocolate, coconut, and caramel drizzle."

Et cetera.

Wingnut would even start to ask me what I would choose that day. It became a game of sweet, sugary distraction, whose brainstorming would pay off on our eventual trip.

And now that day had arrived. We entered Goofy's, first playing with the fun mirrors.



Wingnut and I then began making the treat choices together.



(Also, hi, my name is Sara )



Rice Krispy Treat. Milk Chocolate Dip.



Mini M&M's.



White Chocolate Drizzle.

So how was it???

It tasted like sweet, sweet victory.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:59 PM   #62
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Wow I am loving these reviews so far. Especially the Goofy's Candy Co ones hehheeh. I called DS over for him to look and it and we can't wait to order our treats. Can't wait to read more.
Also wanted to say, I am happy to hear that your are recovering so nicely from your surgery.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:22 PM   #63
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I went into hibernation a little over the weekend, and I'm just now getting caught up on your latest reviews.

1) Sorry you guys had a bad meal at Tangerine Cafe. I haven't gotten to it in my review yet, but we enjoyed our meal there. It wasn't any better than any Middle Eastern food we've had near home, but it was tasty. I did notice I sort-of unfriendly malaise with the people working there, though. When I asked the woman taking my order what the dessert choices were, she dryly said "baklava." We didn't ask for any substitutions in our meals, so maybe that would've resulted in disaster, who knows. It isn't the warmest of restaurants, you are right about that.

2) It looks like we really did sit at the same table at RR! Too funny! I really wanted to get the mixed grill with all that meat, but I wasn't hungry enough. If we ever make it back someday, I'll do it!

3) Sooooo regretting not hitting up Goofy's Candy Co. when we were in DTD! Everyone keeps posting about the tasty make-your-own treats, and yours looks especially delicious! Now we just have to go next time...although I'm bummed they don't take snack credits anymore.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:42 AM   #64
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Love your update on Goofy Candy, I apprecaite the background...I can relate with all the doctors and test (it was 7 years of trying to get pregant and all the test and procedures...I tell myself only if we have a child...I can't wait to that the precious child to Disney and all the things I can show...7 years of test and doctors and all the ups and downs)
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:03 PM   #65
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I am so pleased that your treat at Goofy's lived up to all the anticipation
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:27 PM   #66
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Wow I am loving these reviews so far. Especially the Goofy's Candy Co ones hehheeh. I called DS over for him to look and it and we can't wait to order our treats. Can't wait to read more.
Also wanted to say, I am happy to hear that your are recovering so nicely from your surgery.
Welcome, thank you very much!!! Making the treats (well, selecting the little boxes on the piece of paper) is definitely a lot of fun!!

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I went into hibernation a little over the weekend, and I'm just now getting caught up on your latest reviews.

1) Sorry you guys had a bad meal at Tangerine Cafe. I haven't gotten to it in my review yet, but we enjoyed our meal there. It wasn't any better than any Middle Eastern food we've had near home, but it was tasty. I did notice I sort-of unfriendly malaise with the people working there, though. When I asked the woman taking my order what the dessert choices were, she dryly said "baklava." We didn't ask for any substitutions in our meals, so maybe that would've resulted in disaster, who knows. It isn't the warmest of restaurants, you are right about that.

2) It looks like we really did sit at the same table at RR! Too funny! I really wanted to get the mixed grill with all that meat, but I wasn't hungry enough. If we ever make it back someday, I'll do it!

3) Sooooo regretting not hitting up Goofy's Candy Co. when we were in DTD! Everyone keeps posting about the tasty make-your-own treats, and yours looks especially delicious! Now we just have to go next time...although I'm bummed they don't take snack credits anymore.
I'm glad you guys had a better experience at Tangeriene Cafe!! Yes, dessert "choice" there is a bit of a misnomer hahaha. At the counter we did substitute one for a bottle of water, which didn't exactly happen

Goofy's is SO worth the trip. They also do have pre-made treats in a bunch of different configurations, and I believe some of those count as snack credits. I also like getting the marshmallows, because they come skewered on a Mickey straw. Bonus souvenir!!

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Love your update on Goofy Candy, I apprecaite the background...I can relate with all the doctors and test (it was 7 years of trying to get pregant and all the test and procedures...I tell myself only if we have a child...I can't wait to that the precious child to Disney and all the things I can show...7 years of test and doctors and all the ups and downs)
Things like Disney World (even just the thought of it) really do help get through the difficult times, don't they? Best wishes to you and your family!

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I am so pleased that your treat at Goofy's lived up to all the anticipation
So was I! How could it not, really though? Massive treat caked in chocolate, candy, and more chocolate...how could it be better?
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:47 AM   #67
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Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast

Stringbean asked me to write this dining review and I jumped at the chance. This was one of my more anticipated breakfasts as I had been eyeing the steak and eggs for quite some time. And, due to food allergies (although the chef said he could make the dish without cinnamon, but I think it was my overly enthusiastic attitude towards the steak and eggs) Stringbean had to abandon her original idea of the citrus pancakes and follow my culinary footsteps….

We arrived at the Grand Floridian a few minutes early in order to take a gander at the giant, meta-gingerbread house (which I call “meta” on account that they make smaller ginger bread houses within it.) It is quite impressive and I wholeheartedly suggest taking a trek to see it if you are at Disney during the holidays.



The restaurant continues the Victorian theme of the hotel, the wait staff is also in period garb, and the restaurant has a bit of a bed-and-breakfast feel to it. I started off with a frozen coffee (and by the thoroughly elated look on my face you can tell that it was delicious) and an orange juice (who is poking his head out in the bottom left corner of the pic. Sorry OJ, no real face time for you.)



Stringbean had a hot cocoa, something that became a daily breakfast ritual for her, as well as another glass of OJ. She enjoyed her hot cocoa, but says it wasn’t quite as good as the one from Kona café. She felt that “it was missing that extra chocolatey drizzle oomph.” She was offered marshmallows or whipped cream. She opted for the latter.



Now on to the meat and potatoes…. and eggs… and herb cream sauce. This was like no other steak and eggs I have ever had. Atop this mountain of delights we have twin filet mignons topped with a tomato relish, sitting on a spinach and sausage frittata, nestled amongst potatoes.



Above is Stringbean's plate, with the herb cream sauce on the side. Below is the dish as it normally arrives.



The twin filets were perfectly cooked, tender and juicy. The frittata was a great accompaniment, not overstuffed with oversized fillings, and the potatoes went well with the herb cream sauce. In my opinion, this was the best breakfast of the trip and among my top 3 breakfasts of all time (that’s right, I keep tabs on my top breakfasts for future reference.)

To directly quote Stringbean



“…it was a bit different than what I normally choose for breakfast, but I was glad I got it. I know if I hadn't gotten it and Wingnut had, I would have been looking at his plate all jealous the whole time.” (HA. I would have inspired breakfast envy.) She goes on to say “I thought it was good, the sauce was really good with everything. I liked the eggs a lot, and having steak with breakfast was a vacation-y treat.”

There is only one way to sum up breakfast here.



It’s all in the facial expression.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:01 PM   #68
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Talking Grand FL breakfast.

I really loved my breakfast at the Grand Floridian too. I had a skillet thing, but your steak and eggs look amazing, as does the frozen coffee. Only sad thing is that next year, only one beverage is going to be served at breakfast on the dxdp. I'll have to bring my own coffee in the plastic mug so I can have OJ with my breakfast too.
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Yum, that looks delish! Steak and eggs is my favorite breakfast!
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We are not going to Disney until Feb. 2012 but I love reading all your reviews and will be putting raglan road and goofy,s on our list. Thanks for all the great reviews
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Thinking of switching from Chef Mickey's to GF Cafe for one of our breakfasts. Now your review is making me lean even more towards that decision!
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Hello guys. This is one of the best dining reviews I've ever read on the boards. I'm going to have to try Jiko now for the duck dish. Your descriptions are out of this world! Can't wait to read more. Happy New Year!
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I really loved my breakfast at the Grand Floridian too. I had a skillet thing, but your steak and eggs look amazing, as does the frozen coffee. Only sad thing is that next year, only one beverage is going to be served at breakfast on the dxdp. I'll have to bring my own coffee in the plastic mug so I can have OJ with my breakfast too.
You guys have such great pictures too.
Welcome, thank you!! That's disappointing about the one beverage now, I enjoyed having hot cocoa along with my necessary citrus . Planning ahead will be definitely necessary!

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Yum, that looks delish! Steak and eggs is my favorite breakfast!
It was!! I'd never had it before (which is strange, I love both components!), and loved it!

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We are not going to Disney until Feb. 2012 but I love reading all your reviews and will be putting raglan road and goofy,s on our list. Thanks for all the great reviews
Welcome, thank you!! They are definitely fun choices to add to your list! While you're in Downtown Disney visiting them, don't forget to swing by Ghirardelli for a free sample of chocolate!

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Thinking of switching from Chef Mickey's to GF Cafe for one of our breakfasts. Now your review is making me lean even more towards that decision!
I ate at Chef Mickeys a few years ago, honestly I wasn't really wowed. You do get to meet the big-name characters, but the food is pretty meh, and the atmosphere is chaotic. Grand Floridian Cafe was a much better choice for us, it's really tasty food, and a nice and quiet place to start the morning (also we don't have much interest in meeting characters).

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Hello guys. This is one of the best dining reviews I've ever read on the boards. I'm going to have to try Jiko now for the duck dish. Your descriptions are out of this world! Can't wait to read more. Happy New Year!
Hi, welcome! Thank you so much!! And Happy New Year to you too!

Jiko truly was fantastic, I know Wingnut will whole-heartedy recommend the duck, but everything we had was great, and the other menu choices looked wonderful too!
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Great reviews y'all!! I can't decide which of your writing styles I prefer as they're both fantastic ~ keep 'em coming please!!
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Great reviews y'all!! I can't decide which of your writing styles I prefer as they're both fantastic ~ keep 'em coming please!!
Welcome, thank you so much!! We both really enjoy writing the reviews, it's fun to keep reminding yourself of great vacation food! Glad you are enjoying them!
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