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Old 09-25-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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6 Disney Days of Many Adult Beverages & Too Much Food! (Some Pics Inside)

We just got back from 6 days of eating whenever and whatever we wanted. There was a mix of good, mediocre and outstanding both in the food and drink categories. Only wish I had more pictures, lots of rain made me keep the camera/phone tucked away.


1st Day - Magic Kingdom, Port Orleans' The Riverside Mill, Earl of Sandwich, Scat Cat's at Port Orleans' French Quarter

Magic Kingdom: Our brunch eats included a Halloween cupcake for the kiddo, ham and cheese sandwich to share and a cinnamon roll from Main Street Bakery. I'm usually not a cinnamon roll sort of person and we probably got a dud but it confirms I'm still not a cinnamon roll sorta person; I found the roll to be dry and in desparate need of extra icing. The kiddo devoured the cupcake so I can't attest to its deliciousness, looked moist though. The ham sandwich was fine. Later on, we shared a barbeque chicken flatbread from Pinocchio's Village Haus -- bit on the greasy side but crisp, not bad at all. I enjoyed my very first Dole Whip Float! Not sure why I'd never tried one before but it was refreshing and a welcome treat in the heat.

Riverside Mill: I had the carved turkey, mixed veg with mash slathered in gravy. Not fabulous but not horrible; I'd probably not order it again. The hubs had a nice looking grilled Cajun chicken sandwich. It was quite large compared to what you'd get in the parks and pretty decent. Kiddo had a plate of mac and cheese -- not much to say about that. (Just glad it wasn't my dinner!)

Earl of Sandwich: This was our first time here. Kiddo had a quite tasty looking grilled cheese (which I was secretly hoping she'd not finish, ah well.) Hubs and I shared a Hawaiian BBQ grilled sandwich, which has: Grilled Chicken, Roasted Ham, Aged Swiss, Fresh Pineapple & Hawaiian BBQ Sauce. Good stuff. We'd definitely go back again.

Scat Cat's - POFQ: Wow. We found ourselves a winner. If you enjoy a strong adult beverage, please go pay Mark the Bartender at Scat Cat's a visit. Our first round was a couple of hurricanes and our second was a gin and cranberry for me and an Abita Purple Haze for the hubs. Mark is a pro and definitely knows his stuff.



Day 2 - Sassagoula Floatworks - POFQ, Bluezoo at the Dolphin.

Sassagoula Floatworks: Brunch consisted of shared beignets and a chicken po' boy. Beignets were good, though I wouldn't call them authentic in the style of Cafe Du Monde. Still yummy though. The po' boy was nice: chewy French roll, remoulade and lots of lettuce. I can't even recall if we had any lunch that day!

Bluezoo: Best meal at Disney, hands down. My lovely and helpful RC friend, Ginny, informed me about a special dining promotion which Bluezoo takes part in during the month of September called Magical Dining (http://www.visitorlando.com/magicaldining/). They have a reduced price menu with 3 courses for $30. Considering just one entree at Bluezoo is over $30, this is a tremendous deal. Our wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly waitress Karen started us off with complimentary champagne to celebrate our anniversary -- that's what I call an excellent beginning! For appetizers, we both ordered the Low Country Jumbo Shrimp (with white cheddar hominy, okra and smoked bacon butter):




For dinner, the hubs had the Airline Chicken (with Farro Verde and Seasonal Organic Veggies) and I had the Simply Fish (with "Silky Mash", hearts of palm and a warm crab Dijon vinagrette). Both were outstanding and cooked well -- my fish was perfect, skin nice and crisp and the inside not even slightly overdone. Wish I'd snapped pics of these dishes... I was too excited about drinking our cocktails:



The Serenity is Square One cucumber vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, muddled fresh strawberries, basil and rosemary, splash of fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and rock candy syrup.

The Backporch Lemonade is Fresh Lemon Juice, Troy and Sons Moonshine and Ginger Syrup served in a spice rimmed Mason jar.


Desserts were the Lemon Meringue Pavlova (lemon curd, cassis agar, crumble, vanilla lemon peel ice cream, lemon vanilla sauce, mini lemon macaroon):



and the Warm Chocolate Raspberry Molten Cake (filled with chocolate cream pudding, raspberry sauce, raspberry ice cream):



I'm not sure how we even finished these!

Everything was seriously delicious. Counts in the top ten of best meals we've had. I'd highly recommend checking out Bluezoo if you're looking for an upscale meal and wanting to get away from the standard fare of Disney.

Day 3 - Hollywood Studios, ESPN - Boardwalk and The Crew's Cup Lounge - YC

Hollywood Studios: After 3 rounds on Star Tours ... it was a total discovery for me. Real Coffee Discovery! Woop, WOOP! I popped into the Writer's Stop since I heard they have these gorgeous filled Carrot Cake Cookies and I discovered they also do REAL COFFEE! Hallelujah! Two double espressos later and we were good for the rest of the day. The Carrot Cake Cookie is scrumptious -- moist and full of cream cheese frosting. Yummmm.

ESPN, Boardwalk: If you can stand being in a sports bar, it's worth a visit. Good hot wings and a nice drink. The service has always been good here as well.

The Crew's Cup Lounge, Yacht Club: This was our first time stopping in at the Crew's Cup. Glad we did. They have a decent menu for a lounge, especially good considering it's attached to the Yachtsmen Steakhouse next door. We had some nice cocktails, shared a clam chowder and a club sandwich.

Day 4 - Cape May Cafe Breakfast Buffet at the Beach Club and MNSSHP

Cape May Breakfast: This was our 3rd time eating at Cape May for breakfast... not because we love it, but because we stay at the Beach Club, we'd never hear the end of it after walking by it to get to the pool. The kiddo loves Minnie. The food wasn't spectacular and they seem to have removed some of the items from the buffet. I'm hoping this is the last year it's a mandatory -- we just don't dig the chaos.

MNSSHP: Candy and junk, not much else worth mentioning!

Day 5 - Epcot - My Favourite with Rose & Crown for dinner and Beaches & Cream, Beach Club

La Cantina for lunch: Even though this is a counter service, we found this much preferred to the over-priced food and poor service we experienced at San Angel Inn last year. We'll have to try La Hacienda next time.

Epcot Musings:

This was the first year I didn't have a Grey Goose or Grand Marnier Slushie! *GASP* But let me tell you what I had instead...

Two drinks you should try which aren't the famed Slushies from the France Pavilion...

The Kiosk in Morocco: Two years in a row these guys have poured a strong, delicious drink. We had a colada and a margarita with enough booze to start a small engine.

Looking for a refreshing change of pace adult bevvie? Over in the U.S. Pavilion, which we admittedly never stopped in before, you can get a frozen Jim Beam Red Stag Lemonade. Wasn't bad at all, especially if you like black cherry flavouring.

Rose & Crown: Snake-bite, cider topped with lager. My favourite pint back in the real U.K. and my favourite here. They serve Strongbow cider which I'd highly suggest trying after a long day walking around Epcot. With the Snakebite, it tones down the cider's sweetness some. Hubs had a straight cider. I had the pork rack served with mash and apple -- the meat was excellent, not overcooked and the mash was decent. The hubs had the Slow-Cooked Chicken Curry; it wasn't bad either but it was lacking in depth of flavour -- needed a bit of heat and more spice.

Beaches & Cream: No Way Jose, shared between the ol' man and myself. Ah, glorious peanut butter and ice cream. Nothing more to be said other than go there and get one, you won't be disappointed. Herlina, our waitress two years in a row, is stupendous.

Day 6 - Fresh Market at the Dolphin, Hollywood Studios, Home Again Jiggety Jog

Fresh Market: This is our second year going to Fresh for breakfast. You really need to check this place out. We're not really buffet people but Fresh is far above any of the other Disney breakfast buffets we've tried (Cape May, 'Ohana and even Boma). It's in a different league, seriously. No paper-thin bacon here. Eggs made to order, Texas-toast style French toast, pancakes and waffles also made to order. Carved ham. Three different pressed juice blends: including a carrot, beet and a kiwi variety. Fruit galore. Pastries and muffins. Garlicky roasted potatoes with onions. And -- above all else -- you get a carafe of actual, "real-deal Holyfield", honest-to-goodness COFFEE! Starbucks, at that. Go to Fresh for breakfast, you won't be disappointed.

Hollywood Studios: At risk of sounding like a total lush, let me mention another place to get an drink from a heavy-handed bartender: High Octane Refreshments in HS. Had two Hurricanes which were approximately 80% booze. Wowza.

Starring Rolls: I'm so glad we went back to HS on our last day since I missed out on Starring Rolls earlier in the week. Red Velvet Cupcake and the Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcake are absolutely, totally heavenly. The ham sandwich is not to be missed either.

Stand Outs and Ol' Stand-bys from This Trip:
  • Bluezoo, Bluezoo, BLUEZOO! Did I mention Bluezoo?
  • Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzels
  • Dole Whip Floats (from Aloha Isle in MK)
  • Beaches & Cream's No Way Jose
  • Morocco Kiosk Drinks!
  • Rose & Crown Cider
  • Fresh Breakfast Buffet
  • Scat Cat's
  • Starring Rolls: Cupcakes, oh my!
  • The Writer's Stop: Fabulous REAL Coffee and Carrot Cake Cookies

Thanks for reading. Now, I'm sitting here hungry and wishing I was back at Disney right this very moment!

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:26 PM   #2
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Great reviews Miss E! I always appreciate the "not to be missed" along with what is just average or forgettable. Based on this, I will forgive you for not reviewing any drinks by SAB!
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #3
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Great reviews Miss E! I always appreciate the "not to be missed" along with what is just average or forgettable. Based on this, I will forgive you for not reviewing any drinks by SAB!
Thank you, pal! I'm writing myself a note for the next trip: Mandatory Drink at SAB. How dare I not have a Sunken Treasure?!
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Nice review!!

DH says that we need to hit ESPN Club on our next trip, so we are planning on it for the YC portion of our stay. I will likely get the wings.

Are they the breaded type?? I don't typically like breaded wings.
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Nice review!!

DH says that we need to hit ESPN Club on our next trip, so we are planning on it for the YC portion of our stay. I will likely get the wings.

Are they the breaded type?? I don't typically like breaded wings.
Yay, thanks for reading.

They've got both at ESPN: the boneless breaded type and the regular. We've tried both; both are yummy. Their burgers are pretty darned good, too. (Forgot to even mention it, we'd shared a burger along with the wings.)
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Yay, thanks for reading.

They've got both at ESPN: the boneless breaded type and the regular. We've tried both; both are yummy. Their burgers are pretty darned good, too. (Forgot to even mention it, we'd shared a burger along with the wings.)
Yippee!!! That sounds perfect! Splitting a burger and some wings...right up our alley!
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Thanks for this great post! I'd love to hit the Blue Zoo lounge with the hub one night just for one (or 2) of those interesting cocktails. Last time I was at the Rose and Crown I went for the Golden rather than Snakebite even though I love cider (but not in 90% humidity). I'm all in for the Snakebite this fall!


Oh yes, and the food looked great too!
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Great reviews Miss E! I always appreciate the "not to be missed" along with what is just average or forgettable. Based on this, I will forgive you for not reviewing any drinks by SAB!


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Thank you, pal! I'm writing myself a note for the next trip: Mandatory Drink at SAB. How dare I not have a Sunken Treasure?!
And you call yourself a Beach Clubtonian Great review, one of the Pediatricians I work with HIGHLYrecommends Blue Zoo...over Yachtsman even... I've never tried the Cinnamon roll either, I love them but I'm a Cinnabon girl...and they don't appear as good....since the girls will be touring the world with me next trip...and I'm the designated adult we'll definitely do a cupcake tour
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We've had Herlina at B&C before as well! And the No Way Jose is my favorite too. Mmmmm now I want one!

Agreed that BlueZoo is a fabulous dining experience. What a great promo they had running for September!
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Yippee!!! That sounds perfect! Splitting a burger and some wings...right up our alley!
Now, let me just mention... they had a burger topped with peanut butter there at ESPN. I wasn't brave enough to order it, despite my undying affection for peanut butter.

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Thanks for this great post! I'd love to hit the Blue Zoo lounge with the hub one night just for one (or 2) of those interesting cocktails. Last time I was at the Rose and Crown I went for the Golden rather than Snakebite even though I love cider (but not in 90% humidity). I'm all in for the Snakebite this fall!


Oh yes, and the food looked great too!
Thanks for reading! I hope you get to make it over Bluezoo for a tipple. Iy doesn't disappoint! The cocktails on the menu are so intricate. They've got some old-school classics you rarely, if ever, see offered. And some crazy contemporary concoctions... our waitress brought me a shot of the Bazooka Joe Vodka to try (they infuse it with the actual bubble gum.) Was so nice of her to do, but ooooh boy was it sweet. (Oh, and make sure to get your snakebite too!)

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And you call yourself a Beach Clubtonian Great review, one of the Pediatricians I work with HIGHLYrecommends Blue Zoo...over Yachtsman even... I've never tried the Cinnamon roll either, I love them but I'm a Cinnabon girl...and they don't appear as good....since the girls will be touring the world with me next trip...and I'm the designated adult we'll definitely do a cupcake tour
Yay, Pas! I'm clearly just a Beach Club Poseur.

Even not being a cinnamon roll girl, Cinnabon blows the Boardwalk Bakery out of the water. Any time I've tasted Cinnabon, they've always been really moist.

Cupcake tour sounds faaaaa-buuuu-LOUS! Will you get a chance to try Starring Rolls?!

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We've had Herlina at B&C before as well! And the No Way Jose is my favorite too. Mmmmm now I want one!

Agreed that BlueZoo is a fabulous dining experience. What a great promo they had running for September!
Thanks for stopping by.

Isn't Herlina great? She's so sweet. I'd seriously go for a No Way Jose right this very moment... though I'd regret it half-way through since no one's around to share it with.
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THose are great reviews! Thank you for taking time to share them!
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Thank you so much for a really interesting and well-detailed review! I actually went back and made notes for our trip this Christmas. I think our dining tastes are very similar especially those involving an infusion of alcohol! Looking forward to our first visit to Fresh on Christmas morning. Thanks again.
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Great reviews! Love the details. I am also not in love with the cinnamon rolls at MSB. I waited in line for one at 2am during the Extra Disney Day. I expected to love them but I have had better locally. I love a good cocktail and I will try a couple new ones you recommend in Nov.!! Thanks!
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Wonderful reviews. It was cool hearing your thoughts about many rarely reviewed locations, such as Bluezoo and Fresh.

And I'm very happy that you enjoyed your dole whip float.
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