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Old 09-29-2012, 07:38 AM   #136
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Yay! Your reviews have begun. With as many DR/TRs I've read I don't think I've seen many of those dinner items. The Wygu looks particularly interesting.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:07 AM   #137
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Yay, your reviews have started! What a crazy experience getting to Le Cellier - I'm so happy you were still able to have a meal there.

Your food at Le Cellier looks incredible, especially the appetizers and desserts (but I'm not a huge steak person). Your pics came out really well, especially considering LC's dim lighting. And finally, fantastic commentary. With your dessert, for example, I like you how thoroughly described the components you liked, and then made a constructive suggestion for reworking the pistachio cake.

This is going to be one incredible dining report!
Thank you so much, DDW. I tried choosing apps that I know aren't picked as often as well. I don't eat a lot of steak but the mushroom filet Mignon was the right portion. It turned out to be the only steak I ate on my trip. The lighting overall at the restaurants have been really challenging with California grill and sci-fi dine-in being the worst culprits. I was seated basically in the dark at CG because I was right beside the window in the wine cellar section. Sci-fi Dine-in is just too dark. The reason why I had such a hard time is because I don't use flash. It is from personal taste. My life would be so much easier if I just took flash pictures but I don't like how it looks. To me, it makes food look like it is hovering. Instead, poor DH watches me treat my plates as models, shifting them to get the right angles and composition for five minutes at a time. He is no longer embarrassed. It would drive any other man insane, I tell you. XD

For this trip, I made sure I ate all the components together when I can so I can get a good idea of what the chef intended as the "gourmet big picture." This approach served me well during the trip.

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Wow, rough start but glad LC made up for it! The food looks very tasty and your photos are great!

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Thanks Jill! Le Cellier was incredible and definitely a favorite restaurant of mine now.

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Amazing start!!! Le Cellier... Via Nappoli... Le Cellier... Via Nappoli.... UGH!! It's SOO HARD! lol.

I'm sorry your trip to arrive at the world was so stressful. The meal does sound amazing though! I can't wait to read more!!
Paula, you have such a hard decision. Via Napoli is also excellent. I wish you can have both!!!

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Yay...you have started your reviews, Rosey! I've been waiting for this one.

Oh, and great start, by the way. I love your Le Cellier pics!
Thanks, Barb! I am beginning to get the photos ready for the next review.

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Yay! Your reviews have begun. With as many DR/TRs I've read I don't think I've seen many of those dinner items. The Wygu looks particularly interesting.
Thanks! The wagyu app was heavenly. I made an attempt to order the lesser known apps. My personal tastes tend to favor seafood and then veggies if I can.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:42 AM   #138
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So happy to see that your reviews have begun! And it's awesome that they fit you in at Le Cellier for dinner!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:57 AM   #139
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Thank you so much!

I think I am in for it now... Falling in love with WDW. I loved Disney as a child and have all their movies as well as Pixar ones. I can't wait to bring my Nikon DSLR to the trip. I am afraid my photo album will have too much food porn and not enough of me and DH.
I am subscribing to your thread as I really enjoyed both your photography AND descriptions of the food! I'm ashamed to say that I'm not sure it's the food or the WDW flair that I'm addicted to. While hubby and I have gone for long weekends to his father's cabin in the hills of West Virginia, this is technically our honeymoon as well! We married 11 years ago after both having been divorced before. Up till now all of our vacations have been with 2-5 children in addition to ourselves. I'm so looking forward to our trip as well as your trip report Your photography is amazing and I'm going to attribute some of that to your art background but much to your natural "eye".
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:07 AM   #140
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What a great start to your trip with a 5/5 for Le Cellier!! Your photos are stunning which makes me ask - do you pubish any photos professionally because you have such an amazing talent. I'll definitely need to read up on your photo tips!

Sorry your trek to get to LC was such a stressful event but I hope after that things went smoother!!

I'm looking forward to so many more wonderful reviews!!

Your 7-year plan sound like something amazing to look forward to!
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:19 AM   #141
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It's a great thing when your trip starts out with a 5/5!!! I know that when my DD and I were trying to get to Les Chefs we had a super stressful journey there as well and then we had an amazing meal and we were happy again by the time we left. Your pictures are beautiful and I've been very excited to for this review to start! I can't wait to read more!
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:33 AM   #142
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I am flying home today and have started collating all my thoughts and impressions for my reviews. I took 64GB of photos, lol. Not all are food but a good half is. I will start my reviews soon. If anyone is interested, I can also do a post about how I take my pictures including tips on photography, lighting, etc. It has been a glorious week at Disney but I am ready to go home to my sweet two-year old DD and my not so sweet but pretty cat. DH and I decided we will return in seven years to WDW and stay at the Grand Floridian for 10 days. We fell in love with this resort on our stay. It will take that long to save up for it but it will be worth it as DD's very first trip to see Mickey. I just hope there is a way to take in a meal at V&As again when we visit for our anniversary.
I (am I'm quite certain I'm not the ONLY one), would love to hear your tips on lighting and such. I'm an amateur photographer but feel I have a decent eye as well.....however, lighting is always tricky, esp in low light restaurants! I have a Canon Rebel xTi (would love to upgrade my 4 year old camera but just can't afford it at this point)...I've heard that Nikon's were better in low light but I need to be able to use my existing 50mm and 80-300 zoom lenses....so it looks like I'll need to stay with Canon
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #143
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So happy to see that your reviews have begun! And it's awesome that they fit you in at Le Cellier for dinner!
The reviews will be coming in every other day I hope. Yes, I was really thankful that the manager sent pixie dust our way and squeezed us in. This meal turned out to be one of the best I had all week,

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I am subscribing to your thread as I really enjoyed both your photography AND descriptions of the food! I'm ashamed to say that I'm not sure it's the food or the WDW flair that I'm addicted to. While hubby and I have gone for long weekends to his father's cabin in the hills of West Virginia, this is technically our honeymoon as well! We married 11 years ago after both having been divorced before. Up till now all of our vacations have been with 2-5 children in addition to ourselves. I'm so looking forward to our trip as well as your trip report Your photography is amazing and I'm going to attribute some of that to your art background but much to your natural "eye".
Thank you so much! I think I get odd states at the restaurant though because I sometimes take so long to get the right shot, lol. I am happy that people taking pics of food is more common nowadays otherwise, the stares would be more common. XD

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What a great start to your trip with a 5/5 for Le Cellier!! Your photos are stunning which makes me ask - do you pubish any photos professionally because you have such an amazing talent. I'll definitely need to read up on your photo tips!

Sorry your trek to get to LC was such a stressful event but I hope after that things went smoother!!

I'm looking forward to so many more wonderful reviews!!

Your 7-year plan sound like something amazing to look forward to!
Aww thanks, Brenda. No, I never had them published. Food photography is a hobby for me and I never pursued it seriously. During this trip, I did have thoughts of what it would be like to get paid for taking pics of food, lol. The photo tips will be at the end of the review. Looks like I definitely have to do it.

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It's a great thing when your trip starts out with a 5/5!!! I know that when my DD and I were trying to get to Les Chefs we had a super stressful journey there as well and then we had an amazing meal and we were happy again by the time we left. Your pictures are beautiful and I've been very excited to for this review to start! I can't wait to read more!
I had the same experience, Tracy! After the meal, it seems like it was all worth it. Thank you so much for the compliments.

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I (am I'm quite certain I'm not the ONLY one), would love to hear your tips on lighting and such. I'm an amateur photographer but feel I have a decent eye as well.....however, lighting is always tricky, esp in low light restaurants! I have a Canon Rebel xTi (would love to upgrade my 4 year old camera but just can't afford it at this point)...I've heard that Nikon's were better in low light but I need to be able to use my existing 50mm and 80-300 zoom lenses....so it looks like I'll need to stay with Canon
I had the same camera before I got the Nikon. I use a Nikon 5100 with a 50mm lens. I should have brought the default lens because the 50mm is only good for food photography, lol. Low lights kill me and so does reddish food in low yellow light. I had a few tough situations in several restaurants with Sci-fi being the killer. Scifi was tricky lighting wise and space wise. I am not really happy with the pics from Scifi. The table in the cars was unbelievably tiny and the lighting almost non-existent.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:26 PM   #144
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So happy your reviews have started! And they started with a bang!! My goodness what a stressful trip to get to the Le Cellier. Kudos to the team there for giving you a spot at dinner. So glad you enjoyed it!!

Your pictures are amazing!! You're making me regret not having Le Cellier in the line up when we go in a few weeks.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:33 PM   #145
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Tuna &Salmon Sensation Appetizer

This appetizer is very simple and very delicious. The tiny cubes of tuna, salmon, and avocado are lightly dressed in a sweet mirin like dressing. The portion is perfect and the dish itself is light and refreshing. This is the perfect appetizer for sashimi lovers like me.





Deluxe Sushi Platter

Of course I chose this entree! I am a huge sushi addict. With this in mind, I was expecting a solid entree since the appetizer is similar. Unfortunately, I was proven wrong. I am picky about sushi rice. It has to have the stickiness, consistency, and marinated flavour. The rice in this sushi platter seemed to lack the flavoring component. It was like eating sushi with regular white rice. I quickly turned this sushi dish into an impromptu sashimi platter- ie, I took out all the rice and found it more palatable. The assortment of fish itself also lacked the distinct marinating flavour found in tasty sushi. The fish is usually marinated to add the extra dimension. Sadly, this was a disappointing dish for me.





Grilled Salmon Entree
DH had this and he found the salmon bland. He didn't like it.



Green Tea Pudding
This was amazing. It tasted like dulce de leche but flavored with matcha. It was creamy and just melted on your tongue. The matcha flavour is so subtle and adds an extra dimension to the sweetness of the flan pudding. This was wonderful and a great compliment to the appetizer.



Overall, I loved the app and the dessert and didn't care for the entree. I did my math and the score of 2/3 = 3/5. Tokyo Dining gets a solid 3/5.

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Old 09-30-2012, 05:40 PM   #146
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Oh so sorry the entrees at Tokyo Dining didn't deliver as expected. Although for the entrees you would expect TD to have been better. Glad dessert was a perfect score! I love flan so would likely really like this as well.
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your food photos are beautiful! What lens are you using and are you using an external flash??
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:54 PM   #148
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It's nice to see a Tokyo dining review! Even if you didn't like your dinner very much.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #149
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I think your pictures make the food look much better than they actually were!!

Tokyo dining has never been on our radar. We like Sushi (but my husband can have very little of it.) but we have to be in the right mood for it and that is hard to plan for when at WDW.

Sorry it was disappointing for you! The appetizer does look really good though!
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #150
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At Tokyo Dining, I had the same appetizer and dessert and also really enjoyed them. Sorry the entrees weren't up to par.

Once again, the pics are absolutely gorgeous.
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