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Old 01-01-2013, 09:23 PM   #16
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I love the martini photos! Very creative.

MM grey goose slushie! I love that! I will definitely be getting that.

I can't wait to see Emme with the characters at CP!

I can't believe that hot dog comes out sliced like that. That is very odd
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:02 AM   #17
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Thumbs up Chopped up hot dog

I think Disney is very wise to chop up hot dogs for children under three. Hot dogs pose an extreme choking hazard for small children. Way to go Disney!
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:44 AM   #18
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apologies for the delay in my dining reports. too many trips, so little time (i guess i really shouldn't be complaining). california grill is under refurbishment until 8/23/13. here is my dining report for...


CALIFORNIA GRILL



emme's excited for dinner!


we dined at california grill on 11/23/12. we were on the deluxe dining plan & decided to try this place as it was getting rave reviews. i initially had an ADR @ narcoossee's with a wishes time slot but i lucked out & grabbed the cali grill ressie last minute. our ADR would allow us to see wishes. i was pretty excited.


we were a few minutes early & had to wait upstairs for a table. i asked for a window table but none were available. we ended up two tables from a window but it really didn't matter as i moved to get emme a better view when wishes started.



california grill.








the bread was delicious. there was salt on the butter as well.



emme was starving so i ordered her meal along with our appetizers.



Grilled Chicken Breast - with roasted brown basmati rice topped with home made bbq sauce - $10.00

i have this aversion to brown rice. i think brown rice is pretty unappetizing. however, this brown rice was undercooked and was mixed with so much butter that it was inedible. the chicken itself was pretty moist and tasty. i mentioned to our CM about the rice & he took the meal off of our bill. also, he brought out more brown rice & this batch was even more undercooked and even more salty.



onto our appetizers:



Brick oven Fired Flatbread - Lamb gyro

brian ordered this as his appetizer. he was debating between the flatbread & the goat cheese ravioli. the flatbread was nothing special. it did taste like a gyro but the flatbread itself was very mushy. it was loaded with meat & veggies and the juices probably soaked into the flatbread causing it to turn to mush which made it difficult to eat. we folded it like a taco to make it easier to eat.



Spicy Kazan Roll - Crab, shrimp, bay scallops, tuna, and fireball sauce. - $24.00

i ordered this as my appetizer. when i see the word "spicy", the food never is spicy. i'm korean and my spicy is different from most peoples spicy. but i was pleasantly surprised at the heat level of this roll. it actually was spicy. it probably was the spiciest thing i have eaten at disney (even the spicy dishes at sanaa did not compare to the heat factor of this roll).

the roll used real crab meat which kind of threw me off for a few seconds. most sushi places use the crab stick which is artificial crab meat. i didn't expect real crab meat in the roll. the crab meat was a very powerful flavor but mixed in with the sauce, it was very good. there was a lot going on flavor wise with one bite.



cali grill also had chopsticks to use (which i used for my entire meal. score!)



moving on to our drinks:



brian ordered a chardonnay to accompany his entree.


i of course ordered a dirty vodka martini.


the bartender had a very heavy hand. lots of vodka in this martini.



onwards to the entrees:





Day Boat Scallops - with risotto

this scallop dish was ridiculously good. it is probably the best entree i've had at any disney establishment. the scallops were very fresh and seared perfectly. the risotto was divine! my only complaint is that i wish the entree came with at least 5 scallops for the price. i could have easily eaten 5. this wasn't my entree and i regretted not ordering it as well. still, with only 3 scallops, i would go back to cali grill & order this entree again. it was heaven on a plate & paired perfectly with his chardonnay. two thumbs up!



here is my entree:




Veal chop


i can't seem to find this item on an online menu but it was a veal chop. i asked for it to be cooked medium. it was very tasty & extremely tender. the serving was HUGE but between the two of us, we finished it. i was pleased with the entree as it was a perfectly cooked piece of meat. i did pick up the bone (very classy of me) for a photo op & felt like a total carnivore. still, even after eating the veal chop, i longed for the scallops.



with dessert, we were each given a complimentary glass of bubbly. we were celebrating our 8 year anniverary of friendship (corny i know but it is worth celebrating).



vanilla ice cream with sprinkles for emme.










the dessert was a huge sampler chocolate & peanut butter lovers dream. it was shockingly huge, very chocolately & very peanut buttery.



during dinner, a CM approaches emme & asked if emme would like to be her helper. emme was chosen to be the "fireworks child". when it was 5 minutes til wishes, emme was escorted to the podium. they showed her a big shiny button to press when it was time. when she pressed the button, all the lights dimmed in cali grill & they showered her with confetti & gave her lots of applause. it was really special.




emme received this certificate, a special button as well as bag full of the mickey confetti.


overall, we had a great meal at california grill. it wasn't life changing as i've read other reviews online but it was one of the best meals i've had it disney. we had a great view of wishes but not from our table. we easily moved to a better view with much of the restaurant.

was it worth 2 dining credits? in my honest opinion, no, but minus a few mishaps, it was a delicious meal. whenever it reopens, i'm definitely going back for some more scallops. DELICIOUS!

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:23 PM   #19
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Loving your report ... all the pictures of Emme with the princesses is making me fondly remember my daughter's pictures with them, dressing up, etc/

Glad you enjoyed CG - it is our favorite restaurant at DW and the Spicy Kazaan role is always a must for us. I must admit, I had no idea they do/did that as far as picking a kid to "start" the fire works - maybe because we always go out on the pavilion to watch the show
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:14 PM   #20
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Loving your report ... all the pictures of Emme with the princesses is making me fondly remember my daughter's pictures with them, dressing up, etc/

Glad you enjoyed CG - it is our favorite restaurant at DW and the Spicy Kazaan role is always a must for us. I must admit, I had no idea they do/did that as far as picking a kid to "start" the fire works - maybe because we always go out on the pavilion to watch the show
Thank you for reading along!

They approached us during the meal & asked emme if she wanted to be mickeys helper. I thought it was very sweet!

I really crave those scallops!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:26 AM   #21
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your food reviews and photos are fantastic..

and your daughter is adorable...we love Akershus too..our granddaughter and also our grandson loved the breakfast and our GD loved the princesses...they were super with her and also made a big deal out of her older brother...he was 6 at the time..
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your food reviews and photos are fantastic..

and your daughter is adorable...we love Akershus too..our granddaughter and also our grandson loved the breakfast and our GD loved the princesses...they were super with her and also made a big deal out of her older brother...he was 6 at the time..
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Thank you so much for the nice words!

I can't wait to devour the cheesy potatoes again! The characters are great at akershus. Breakfast is my favorite meal there.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:20 PM   #23
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LILO & STITCH BEST FRIENDS BREAKFAST @ 'OHANA





i'm a huge stitch fan. i absolutely love stitch. he is just so dang cute. my sister went to tokyo disney & brought back some adorable stitch hair barrettes that emme wore to breakfast. stitch loved them!


we were seated at a table and devoured some tasty bread.


Assorted Warm Breakfast Breads



our server, tammy was one of the best servers i ever had at disney. she was very nice, attentive, had a great personality & genuinely loved her job. i wrote an email to disney about the exceptional service we received during this meal...but i digress.


tammy brought over some yummy juice to our table. this was identical to the POG (passion, orange & guava juice) i've had at tusker house for breakfast. i'm not really a juice person (i don't drink much juice or soda) but this juice is very tasty.






after some juice & much needed coffee (you get the entire pot), tammy brought over some fruit.



Seasonal Fruit Bowl for na Keiki (Kids)

emme loves watermelon so tammy brought an extra large bowl of watermelon for emme.


everything is served family style here.



Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs) - made fresh, hot & delicious
Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes) - island-style potatoes, caramelized onions & scallions
Pua'a (Pork) - pork breakfast sausage links & smoked bacon






the eggs were your standard fake egg that are scrambled. i'm so not a fan of these eggs. whenever i see a real egg omelette at disney, i get very excited.

my favorite was the breakfast sausage links. they were very delectable. the bacon was once again the very sad & tragically limp bacon. the potatoes were nicely roasted but tasted even better with ketchup.



Mickey waffles


the waffles are served separate from the rest of the meal. i'm not a waffle fan but they are so very cute. emme ate one and she started with the ears. ha!


and emme had some friends visit us for breakfast:















and my favorite:









this meal is definitely character driven. we specifically went to see stitch & it was also nice to have breakfast served to us. most character meals are very chaotic as you don't want to miss a character while at the buffet cause once you miss a character, it's a total headache to see them again. in that aspect, it was very nice & a total treat to have the FOOD & the characters at the table.

the food wasn't stellar but for the most part, it was a good breakfast. there isn't much variety but like i said before, it's a definite character driven meal. would i eat there again? probably not unless i really wanted to see stitch & have a quiet "sit down" breakfast.

we did receive excellent service during this trip. it was also fantastic to see stitch. i love that little guy!


up next, DINNER @ BE OUR GUEST!

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I can understand how nice it would be to have the food served to you with characters but I think they need to add some oomph to this breakfast! The only thing that looks good is the fruit! Hahah

Stitch is cute!
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thanks again for your great review..
I love the food porn photos...they make it seem like we can be right there with you...

We have had some of those exceptional wait people...we had one three years in a row at Tusker House for Breakfast...first it was Restaurantasaurus breakfast and then when it moved to Tusker House...Our server even remembered our dil losing her contact...so its nice to hear about the good ones instead of the bad ones...(which we have been lucky enough not to have)

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I am enjoying your dining reviews & pictures! Your little princess is so cute! That was really nice of Disney to credit you back for your bad service at Akershus!
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thanks again for your great review..
I love the food porn photos...they make it seem like we can be right there with you...

We have had some of those exceptional wait people...we had one three years in a row at Tusker House for Breakfast...first it was Restaurantasaurus breakfast and then when it moved to Tusker House...Our server even remembered our dil losing her contact...so its nice to hear about the good ones instead of the bad ones...(which we have been lucky enough not to have)

Thanks again


thank you for the kind comments! it's always special to have a really great CM. sometimes, there are some grumpy ones!


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I am enjoying your dining reviews & pictures! Your little princess is so cute! That was really nice of Disney to credit you back for your bad service at Akershus!

thank you for the kind words. yes, i agree that it was nice of disney to give me the credit. it's just unfortunate that it had to happen though. breakfast is my favorite meal there!
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