A Birthday Weekend Trip - July 2014 - Outer Rim/Contempo Cafe/The Wave 7/26

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    Introductions & Initial Plans

    Dis_Yoda & Mr. Dis_Yoda at Star Wars Weekends in May:
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    Dis_Yoda:
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    Dis_Yoda eating a Yoda in May 2014 @ SWW

    Mr. Dis_Yoda:
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    Mr. Dis_Yoda eating his favorite snack at L' Artisan des Glaces

    We've been married over 6 years. We enjoy Disney & tend to go on a lot more weekend trips now that we live in Naples, FL. My work also allows me to have every other Friday off which works out well for these 2 to 3 night trips! I'm turning 28 during this trip. We have PAPs burning our pockets from the DVC deal so we're going for the weekend to enjoy all the "P" parts of the PAP.

    Initial Plans:

    July 9th
    6:30PM: Zenato Wine Dinner @ Sea Salt Naples
    While we don't actually leave for Disney until the 10th, I'm including a wine dinner we are going to on the 9th as its part of my birthday weekend activities. I had to change the dinner on the 10th to have my husband agree to this.

    July 10th
    8:00PM: Raglan Road
    We haven't eaten dinner together here in almost 6 years, I think. As we are staying @ POFQ, this makes a great first day meal with the ability to take the boat to Downtown Disney.

    July 11th
    Breakfast: POFQ Food Court
    Lunch: Counter Service @ Typhoon Lagoon.
    I haven't a clue what we'll end up eating at Typhoon Lagoon but its all fast food choices anyway.
    Dinner: Citricos
    Mr. Dis_Yoda hasn't eaten a regular dinner at Citricos in a while either. I was able to enjoy a nice meal here in early May during my turned solo trip. A perfect meal type to have in the middle of a birthday trip!

    July 12th
    Breakfast: POFQ Food Court
    Lunch: Splitsville
    Our plans for the day include bowling at Splitsville then going to Disney Quest. Post bowling, pre game playing we'll get a filling lunch here. I think I have a plate of the fries calling my name from the last time we were here
    Dinner: Le Cellier
    Our only park plans this trip are to eat dinner along with getting ice cream for my husband after dinner

    July 13th
    Breakfast: POFQ Food Court


     
  4. Linda67

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    Great line up!
    Looking forward to reading all about it!
    Oh and I LOVE the photo with the Jawa :thumbsup2
     
  5. jerseytinkerbell

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    Sounds like it should be a great trip! Looking forward to reading all about it. Have an awesome time and a fantastic birthday! :goodvibes
     
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    have a great trip :)
     
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    Your plans look great! :thumbsup2 Hope you have a great trip and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :goodvibes
     
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    Sounds great! Have a Magical birthday weekend.
     
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    Thank you! I'm looking forward to eating all of it!

    The Jawa was so funny trying to take selfless with my phone. Probably the best part of the Star Wars breakfast.

    Tomorrow is going to be a very long day until I get home and can get on the road. I'm ready to be at Disney!

    Thank you!

    Thank you! It's not a milestone birthday (my next milestone one we should hopefully be in Aulani for) I can't wait to get to Disney!

    Thank you! I hope it turns out awesome as well.
     
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    Zenato Wine Dinner @ Sea Salt

    Sea Salt is a local restaurant in Naples, FL down in the rich part of town, Third Street South. They host wine dinners from time to time & we've never actually gone to one but this one worked out in our schedule.

    I am also slightly biased as a friend's husband is actually the chef at this restaurant so having had Thanksgiving at their house, I know he knows how to cook. (Duck Fat Fried Turkey = :wizard:) I went in with very high expectations for the $65 per person price tag.

    We arrived about 20 minutes early as driving to this area of Naples is a crapshoot with traffic and parking so I rather be early then late. Luckily it isn't season so there wasn't a single issue. My husband was fine arriving early as he was able to continue watching the World Cup game at the bar.

    As we were at the bar & this is my 'fancy' birthday dinner, I started the evening with what I know best: drinking:

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    A glass of J.P. Chanet sparkling wine.

    It is a birthday dinner after all!

    My friend arrived right as the clock turned 6:30 so we sat down with the rest of the tables. As it was with many paired dinners in Naples, the 3 of us were the youngest by at least 20 years but we had each other to keep company and talk and enjoy the food.

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    One of the things Sea Salt is known for is that with the bread, you are given three types of sea salt to enjoy as you wish with your meal.

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    I only enjoyed the extra salt with the olive oil with the bread but to be honest, I was only using it to soak up the wine so I had any chance of driving home.

    The first wine was a Zenato Lugana 2013 which can mostly be compared closely to a chardonnay. It paired nicely with the initial dish.

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    Seared Scallop, Root Vegetable Puree, Speck, Green Apple Salad

    As I've stated in previous reports, I'm not a huge fan of scallops. These ones were perfection though. They were never frozen and had no additional salt added so it maintained its natural sweetness. The green apple salad provided a crispness to the dish to balance it out with the seafood and the wine.

    Our second course was paired with two wines. A Valpolicella Superiore & a Cormi. Drinking the wine by itself pre-course arrival, I enjoyed the Cormi more; however, once we started eating the veal, the Valpolicella developed a creaminess that perfectly matched the dish.

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    Veal Raviolini w/ Porcini Mushroom Sauce

    This dish was great! The raviolini had just enough buffalo ricotta mixed with the braised veal to balance its richness. The sauce was a reduction with the veal stock that was just enough of an earthy tone to the dish.

    Our 3rd Course was paired with a Ripassa & an Amarone

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    Braised Lamb Shank, Bacon Whipped Potatoes, Black Mission Fig
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    The braised lamb was fork tender. I normally don't liked whipped potatoes thanks to the texture but the caramelized bacon throughout worked so well with the cream and butter in the potatoes, I could have eaten an entire pot of it and still not had my fill. The Fig Sauce was a reduction with the liquid from the lamb braising and the Amarone wine that paired so well with this dish.

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    All The Wines Together

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    Chestnut Fritters, Amerena Cherry Gelato, Creme Anglaise

    There was no additional wine served with the 4th course. This was a good thing as 5 glasses of wine (plus my glass of champagne) meant I needed to sober up some. The amerena cherries were flown in from Italy and the gelato was so rich that it may be my favorite gelato beating out L' Artisan des Glaces by miles and miles! The chestnut fritters were the only real miss to me but as it wasn't really the star of the dessert dish, I didn't really care.

    At the end of the meal, we were given the traditional ending to a meal at Sea Salt - Cotton Candy.

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    It is so whimsical! I also enjoyed a latte to help with the sobering up of the evening.

    My friend we were with and I still wanted some more food. There is a local restaurant owned by the same parent company as Sea Salt called Barbatella that has some amazing desserts.

    We shared the signature pizza there which is a sweet dough pizza with a sugar crust that has a nice smear of nutella spread on and topped with caramelized bananas and then whipped cream.

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    My friend and I could only each have a single slice as we had totally eaten too much but I'm bringing the rest in to work tomorrow for snack/lunch/whatever.

    While my friend and I split that, my husband got to enjoy their homemade vanilla brownie gelato that disappeared so quickly!

    This wine dinner was one of the best I've done in Naples. My husband and I both really enjoyed our meal and it was really a good deal for the cost.

     
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    Fulton’s

    I’m going to preface this post by stating that we didn’t keep a single plan that I originally posted for this trip. We ended up cancelling Raglan Road after the wine dinner on Wednesday as we thought we might just go bowling instead and knew if we didn’t cancel, we would lose $20. Turns out, we didn’t even keep that plan! The morning of July 10th, one of my good friends from Naples texted me “Happy Birthday, we’re joining you in Disney on Friday!” I didn’t want my husband & I to go bowling on Thursday when I knew we would be hanging out with them Friday evening in DTD.

    I had an amazing day at work with my coworkers filling my cube with balloons, getting salted caramel bacon brownies, and thoroughly embarrassed by all my coworkers. It was seriously the best work birthday I’ve ever had. We ended up leaving Naples at 3:30PM and boy was the ride horrible! We had to drive through the traffic for 2 wrecks on I-75 and then when we got on I-4, we had some more wrecks to drive through along with some ‘red’ thunderstorms and heavy heavy rain. As my husband was driving, he was very cranky by the time we got to Port Orleans French Quarter. Our usual 2 hour 45 minute drive quickly became a 3.5 hour ride!

    When we were on I-4, I searched to see what was available for dinner around 9PM that we could access by driving or at DTD. There was a reservation available for 9:30PM at Fulton’s so we decided we haven’t been there in a year & now would be a good time to go back.

    As there were still thunder & lightning in the area, the boats to DTD weren’t running from Port Orleans. We had to take the bus over which was fine. It seems the storms had kept away the crowds from DTD! We did end up buying umbrellas (a cute Mary Poppins one for me & a boring normal black Disney one for him) as there was a lot of rain and we both didn’t own one even with our South Florida living.

    We got to Fulton’s about an hour early for our reservation. This wasn’t a problem as they just sat us immediately upon Check In as it didn’t seem they were very busy.

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    We started with drinks as I debated what I wanted on the menu:
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    Orange Blossom Pilsner

    My selection! It was a refreshing light choice that would end up working well with what I ordered.

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    Angry Orchard

    My husband’s selection which is his normal stand by drink now.

    Every meal here we tend to get the same appetizers.

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    Clam Chowder

    My husband loves the chowder here! I think if it were socially acceptable to lick the bowl, he would.

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    Caesar Salad

    My stand by selection. It’s a good Caesar especially once you had the cracked pepper!

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    Snow Crab Legs

    My husband’s choice. He hasn’t had crab in a while so he was happy to have it again! They were fresh and he finished off the plate long before I was done with my meal.

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    5 Spice Baby Back Ribs - Half Rack

    My selection! When I got that served to me, I was really happy I selected the half rack rather than the full rack as there would be no way I could have finished a double portion of that!

    The meat under the crispy outer layer of the ribs were so tender! They were everything I hope from those types of ribs.

    We also shared a side:
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    Hash Browns

    Those hash browns were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They were all fluffy crispness with the right amount of seasoning. I was sad we weren’t able to finish them off but we had dessert to get through (you have to have dessert on your birthday!)

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    Toll House Cookie Sundae

    My husband & I split this. It was not as good as previous ones but still tasty. The cookie wasn’t as warm as the last one we have had in the past but really, when you have warm toll house cookies with ice cream and chocolate sauce, I don’t think many people would complain about that dessert as it’s hard to mess up!

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    Manhatten!

    I also had a final cocktail for the night with a manhatten. It was mixed correctly which makes me happy.

    This meal was totally an overall hit. It got us both in better moods after our awful travel to Disney and everything was on point. Our server was in a great mood as well and was just attentive enough with some humor mixed in. We'll be back sometime in our next few trips!

     
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    Splitsville Outdoor Bar

    Once we got to DTD, we went straight to Disney Quest as my husband had never been. He soon realized why I never made it a priority to go. Its like a time wrap back to 1998 with the state of the art video game technology ;)

    After we rode our rollercoaster design for Cyber Space Mountain (the one highlight in that place), we got a message from my friends that they had arrived at their hotel (Gaylord) so we left Disney Quest and stopped by the Outdoor Bar @ Splitsville as her and I texted to figure out our plan.

    We got a Miami Vice to split while I talked to her. The couple sips we had were good until I had to hide it in my purse.

    As we would be drinking a lot this evening, they wanted to take the shuttle which thus affected what time they could get to DTD. The shuttle didn’t leave their hotel until 3:30 or so and it was 1:50PM. My husband didn’t want to wait around DTD for 2 hours so he wanted to go to the movies. Looking things up, there were 3 movies that started at 2PM - Transformers, Deliver Us From Evil, & Snowpiercer. As this weekend was mostly about me, we saw the movie my husband wanted to see, Transformers, which apparently was playing at the Dine-In side of AMC. We quickly paid for our 1 drink and went to get into the movie before the feature film started.
     
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    AMC Dine-In Theater

    As the movie my husband wanted to see was in the Dine-In side, the temptation to order food was too great as real food cooked to order is way better than eating popcorn or candy, right?

    Disclosure: Photos are taken from stock AMC images online as we did get to the movies as they were half way through the previews & I didn’t want to be that jerk taking pictures

    I ordered:

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    Fried Mozzarella Sticks

    They were ok. Nothing really special.

    My husband went with:
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    Waffle Sundae w/ Candied Bacon

    He loved this! My husband loves his ice cream and he loves waffles. This was a perfect snack for him.

    I also finished the rest of the Miami Vice that was in my purse in the squeeze bottle.

    Transformers; however, was horrible. I couldn’t wait for the movie to be over after 2 hours in. I could have tolerated it more if it was about 45 minutes shorter. When we got out of the movie, we met up with my friend & her boyfriend and headed back to Splitsville to bowl & drink!

     
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    Splitsville

    We got to Bowling shortly after 5:00PM. I was shocked we were able to get straight to a lane without a wait as it was a Friday evening. We were taken upstairs and quickly greeted by our server.

    We ordered a plate of the loaded fries to split among the 4 of us:

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    Loaded Fries - From Oct 2013 As I Fail At Pictures

    The fries are great - plastic cheese, ranch, bacon, green onions piled upon fresh crispy fries.

    My husband & I also split a Pina Colada, Rumrunner & Gator Bite by the end of the hour & fifteen minutes of bowling. The gator bite was the best as it was the strongest and tasted like oranges.

    My ankle was killing me from the bowling though - the amount of drinks we were having was helping at least though!

     
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    First of all - love your report!

    And second - on the bold part - I could NOT agree more! I seriously lol and had to read it to my husband b/c we just saw it at the drive in and I said almost exactly the same thing!!! At least 1/2 too long.
     
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    I can't believe I'm just now finding this report. Very good review and pics!
    I'm looking forward to more.
     
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    Glad you are enjoying it!

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that felt that way! At work on Monday, when everyone does their various talks about the weekend, my female work friends thought I was crazy! I'll give one of them a pass as she just wanted to look at Marky Mark for 2+ hours and didn't care about anything else. My male work friends seemed to agree to me. Shouldn't it be the other way around or something? I mean, my male work friends are all engineers - Transformers should totally be one of their soft spots!

    Thank you for reading along and posting! I hope to have these done quickly before the end of the month as August looks like its going to be busy work wise. Once F&W starts, I should have some more reviews starting up if I decide to keep them separate from the Trip Report.
     
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    Paradiso 37

    While we were bowling, the four of us debated on where to head for dinner. Luckily with the My Disney Experience App, we were able see what still had availability for us around 7:30PM in Downtown Disney. We had a choice of Paradiso 37, Wolfgang Puck, Bongo’s or Portobello (Fulton’s was also available but we did just eat there the night before) Having had a bad meal at Portobello in March 2013, we never had a desire to go back there so it quickly was nixed. After much debate and review of menus, we ended up deciding on Paradiso 37 as the prices were right and we knew we could continue the drinking easy there.

    I mean look at my drink!

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    45 Ounce Hurricane

    Yes, it cost $24.99 but it was huge.

    Look at my husband’s beer versus my drink!
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    I may also be feeling the effects of the bowling beverages mixed with this drink as well - at least Disney was driving tonight!

    It was a basic hurricane taste wise but I wasn’t complaining as it was strong enough! I wasn’t feeling the pain much of my ankle at all!

    Apparently I forgot to post my story about our lack of breakfast for this day but the gist is that I went for a run early that morning & decided it would be a good time to twist/sprain my ankle on a pine cone while running up a hill. It isn’t smart to walk 10+miles on a sprained ankle as I ended up doing both on Friday & Saturday but thank goodness for Fit2Run & $63 compression braces!

    My husband went safe for his meal.

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    Chicken Caesar Salad

    He enjoyed it! Our last time we went here in October 2011, he didn’t like the burritos so wanted to go with an item he always enjoys no matter unless they have a dressing of just mayo or something.

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    St. Louis Style Ribs

    I was apparently on a pork kick this time around. (I was on a Shrimp & Grits kick in late May so at least I’m varied with my kicks trip to trip) These ribs were messy but they were tender. At least there was a napkin to help with how messy they were. I was quickly filled after 3 of the ribs. My friends stole 2 of the ones left on the plate! I didn’t even try the slaw or the fries. My husband did end up taking the fries and finishing them off once he had his salad.

    As it was a birthday type dinner, the 4 of us split dessert.

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    Chocolate Stack

    This was a stack of layers of chocolate cake with chocolate mousse on warm caramel with vanilla ice cream.

    It was as rich tasting as that description sounds. There is no way anyone of the 4 of us would have been able to finish it off by ourselves! It was like eating a good rich fudge. I really only ate 2 bites as I was um, rather buzzed and that rich of a dessert would have made my stomach ache if I ate more than that. My husband was in love with it though!

    I was also able to take my huge hurricane glass home! What I’m going to do with it, I haven’t a clue, but it makes the $24.99 price tag not feel as bad.

    This meal was also rather affordable for Disney prices! With tip, it ended up being about $75 after TiW. One thing to note, Paradiso 37 no longer automatically adds the gratuity when you use TiW. This worked out better for the server as she just got the discounted amount added back like I used to do pre-autogratuity.

     
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    Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles

    My husband and I got up and out the door at 8:00AM. Surprisingly, I wasn’t hung over but I didn’t want to eat right away as we had a mission. Go to Hollywood Studios & buy 2 Stuffed Olafs, 1 for me & 1 for our friend’s daughter as he often watches our dogs on short weekend trips. We took the bus & as it was EMH, we were able to (slowly) go straight to the Trading Post and buy them. We then promptly left HS & headed to the boat dock to head into EPCOT. Once on board, I was able to set up FP+ for EPCOT for Spaceship Earth, Soarin & Maelstrom (we didn’t use the Maelstrom though). We got to the boat dock at EPCOT shortly after 9:30AM, and by then I was hungry. Heading to the French Bakery was the easiest option for a meal. We looked through the options & decided to split two carb loaded options with the first Diet Coke I’ve had in months.

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    French Baguette

    We love their baguettes, especially with a little bit of butter. Its the same as you get in Chefs de France.

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    Roule Lard & Fromage - Bacon & Cheese Roll

    I had high hopes for this as I love bacon and I love cheese. My husband also loves bacon & cheese, just slightly less than me.

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    Our dogs often act like that dog too

    Despite our love for cheese, that roll was bad. It tasted old liked it was made days ago even though we did have it heated up when we purchased it. (It probably was made days ago) We threw away the majority of it as we each gave it a shot.

    The Diet Coke was great but I'm going to stick to my usual still/sparkling water I've been doing (save alcoholic beverages)
     
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    Via Napoli

    After learning about the importance of communication & flying over California (which I can now say I’ve been to two of those places that are shown in the film), we headed for our stroll around the World Showcase for some window shopping. We were hungry by the time we hit Italy & remembered we haven’t eaten at Via Napoli in a while. We had no problem walking up & getting a table!

    Our drink server was good as she quickly brought us water but our main server was slow but we weren’t really in a hurry so it didn’t bother us much.
    I did get a cocktail though!

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    White Sangria

    I also decided to be that jerk that posted a #olafsummervacation of him drinking. I personally think vacations should include drinks so shouldn’t Olaf’s include it as well? The sangria itself was basic with more fruit juice than wine but perfect for the hot summer day.

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    Individual Pepperoni Pizza

    We ended up splitting an individual pepperoni pizza. I knew there was no way I could finish a whole individual pizza & I knew my husband would be ok splitting when there were promises of ice cream after this meal.

    I like their pizza. My husband thinks its just ok but on the blander side. While we won’t be rushing to go back, it isn’t off our places to go. This was also a cheap sit down meal for the two of us as the meal was $30 with tip!

     
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    Olaf looks very happy with his Sangria :-)
     

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