Coming to you Live from Disney World! SEE NEW THREAD

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  1. dreamscometrue101

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    I've been reading all the reviews and looking at all the pictures, whenever a new one is added.

    It has me so excited to start my live reporting. I'm driving my family nuts because I'm trying out the different settings on my phone for taking pictures in different lighting, so every meal we have I'm taking pictures of it.

    This is an amazing thread and I'm thrilled I'm going to be part of it.
     
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  3. jabead

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    Since we have received Joyce's final update of her trip, it's now time to say...




    Thanks so much for being a Live Reporter...Excellent Job!!! :thanks:





    Jersette's Total January Game Points Earned = 54




     
  4. jabead

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    Now for an update from Robin (ciera321).


    She and her family were at DHS today and had lunch at...



    Backlot Express



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    Southwest Chicken Salad


    "Tim and I had this and both liked it a lot. Lots of chicken and avocado chunks."





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    Angus Bacon Cheeseburger and French Fries


    "Alex had this and liked it."





    "For our snack, we had Mickey Bars. As usual, they were delicious!"



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    4 January Game Points Earned
     
  5. jabead

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    Robin then sent another update from their last dinner tonight at...


    California Grill





    Robin said, "We always finish up our Disney vacations at the California Grill.
    Alex and I both had this..."




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    Oak-fired Filet of Beef with Buttered Purple Stokes Purée, and Citrus-glazed Carrots


    "Alex and I both had the filet. This is what Alex gets every time, so of course he loved it.
    I did also, but it was a little overcooked, which is not normal for CG."






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    Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Goat Cheese Polenta, Roasted Mushrooms, Zinfandel Glaze, and Crispy Sage


    "Tim had the pork tenderloin. He said (and I agree) that it was full of flavor and wonderful."





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    Valrhona Chocolate Cake - Warm Chocolate Cake with Molten Center


    Robin said, "Desserts were just fabulous! I had the Valrhona Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream, instead of the flavor it was supposed to come with. Nothing goes better than vanilla in my book.
    Perfection - absolutely the best dessert I've ever had, and I've had many!!!" ;)






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    Bananas and Caramel - Crispy Baked Phyllo Squares layered with Banana, Mascarpone Mousse, and Caramelized Banana


    "Tim chose the Bananas and Caramel and really enjoyed it."




    "Now Alex, who is not a big dessert eater, decided on the Strawberry Lemonade Cake.
    His plate was totally clean when he was finished. He said this was fantastic."



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    Strawberry Lemonade Cake



    5 January Game Points Earned
     
  6. dvc4life

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    Boy does that Strawberry Lemonade Cake look delicious! :goodvibes
     
  7. jabead

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    I have one more update to post this morning from yesterday. This one received last night from Lauren (Giselle22) and is her first of her trip.


    She and her DMom arrived at Disney World yesterday and had their first Disney meal at...




    Earl of Sandwich




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    Holiday Sandwich



    Lauren said, "We knew we wanted dessert later, so we split a holiday sandwich. I was very excited to be able to try it as it was only supposed to be on the menu until Jan 6th! The sandwich has turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce,
    spiced mayo (we asked for just a little of this), and gravy. It was delicious! We both loved it and decided we are going to cram all our Thanksgiving leftovers into sandwiches next year." ;)






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    Macaroni Salad


    "We also shared some macaroni salad, which we also both enjoyed. :thumbsup2
    It wasn't too heavy on the mayo and had a sort of tangy flavor, like from pickle juice."






    "After some window-shopping we went to Ghirardelli for dessert!
    We shared a Mint Bliss sundae and loved every delicious bite!
    (That's mom in the picture)."



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    Mint Bliss Sundae
    One scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, one scoop of chocolate ice cream, dark chocolate hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and a square of Mint Bliss Intense Dark chocolate.





    4 January Game Points Earned + 1 Bonus Point for pic of DMom
     
  8. jabead

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    ATTN: January Reporters



    I just read that Les Halles Bakery (Epcot France) officially opened yesterday. Therefore, I will award 5 points for any meal updates from here and 2 points for a snack update. Also Bonus points would be given for interior pics, menu, food display cases, etc. :thumbsup2
     
  9. stitchaholic

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    hey everyone , I have an upcoming trip in the planning process for US and IOA and Seaworld , so as I was doing some research on the boards , I came upon this thread , great thread , but needs updates , so if you have any dark side contributions , please post them here

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1031541&page=41
     
  10. quietgirll

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    Argh I'm so mad! We were in Epcot yesterday, and went right past France, but since I got several things from there the other day I decided not to stop- we never even went back to notice they were open :(
     
  11. jabead

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    Good evening everyone! I have several updates for your viewing pleasure tonight, so let's get this party started! :cool1:


    Our First Update of the Day was from a new reporter, butiflfeet.
    She arrived at Disney World yesterday and sent her first update from her breakfast this morning at...




    Kona Cafe



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    Big Kahuna - French toast, Pancakes topped with Pineapple sauce and Macadamia Nut Butter, scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, ham, bacon, and sausage




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    The Samoan - Poached eggs with Hollandaise served over smoked pulled pork hash





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    100% Kona Coffee French Press Pot




    butiflfeet said, "We had breakfast this morning at Kona Cafe. DH and I had the Big Kahuna and my sister had the Samoan.
    We also shared 2 press pots of Kona coffee. It was delicious but we couldn't finish it all!"






    2 January Game Points Earned + 1 Bonus Point for First Update of the Day
     
  12. jabead

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    Then we received another breakfast update, this one from Lauren (Giselle22).


    She and her DMom had breakfast this morning at...




    The Wave




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    Spinach, Feta cheese & Tomato Scrambled Eggs
    Served with Breakfast potatoes and toast


    Note from jabead: In this picture it looks like all the spinach is served on the side. Not sure if this is normal for this dish, or if they requested it that way??? :confused3




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    Wave Signature Sweet Potato Pancakes
    With Pecan honey Butter and bacon



    Lauren said, "Mom and I had breakfast at The Wave. We ordered sweet potato pancakes and spinach, feta, and tomato scrambled eggs and shared them. Everything was delicious! The maple pecan butter for the pancakes was really, really good. We were so hungry we dug in right away, until mom remembered that we needed pics!"





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    Mega Berry Smoothie - raspberry puree and nonfat yogurt blended with Odwalia berries Go Mega


    "We also ordered a mega-berry smoothie to split. The waitress was really nice and split it into two glasses for us and we each got raspberries." :)




    3 January Game Points Earned
     
  13. jabead

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    Next in was an update from Amanda (MissPrice).



    She and her DH started their day yesterday by having breakfast at...




    Mara




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    Croissant Sandwich
    Scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese served in a croissant





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    Mickey Waffle with sausage





    Then it was off to Epcot, where they got lunch from...


    Yorkshire County Fish Shop


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    Fish & Chips




    And their dinner was at...


    Akershus Royal Banquet Hall





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    Mushroom-stuffed Pasta
    with Swiss Chard, Oven-roasted Shiitakes, and Parmesan Cream





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    Traditional Kjottkake - Norwegian meatballs
    served with Mashed Potatoes, green beans, and Lingonberry Sauce






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    Royal Chef's Dessert Plate (served family style)
    - Chocolate Mousse
    - Traditional Rice Cream topped with Strawberry Sauce
    - Lingonberry Cheesecake





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    Complimentary Anniversary Cupcakes




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    Amanda and Princess Aurora


    Amanda said, "Aurora was my favorite. Best interaction. The food was good. We enjoyed the buffet items, especially the smoked salmon and cheese selection."



    9 January Game Points Earned + 2 Bonus Points for pic of Amanda & Aurora
     
  14. jabead

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    Then we received a final update from Robin (ciera321).


    Before leaving Disney World today, she and her family had lunch at...




    Be our Guest



    Robin said, "We really enjoyed this restaurant the first time and decided to go back. Now, the atmosphere is the main reason for the return visit, but the cupcakes were also a big factor!" :thumbsup2




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    Grilled Steak Sandwich with garlic butter spread and pommes frites


    Robin said, "This time I decided to try the steak sandwich. This was pretty good for a quick service. I asked the server for a side of Dijon mayo (comes on turkey sandwich) and she brought it to me in a small bowl...Tasty. The fries were OK."





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    Croque Monsieur - Grilled sandwich of carved ham, Gruyere cheese, and bechamel with Pommes Frites



    "Tim had the Croque Monsieur. This was very good, I think the best of all entrees we tried. The whole grain bread was really good, and the carved ham and gruyere cheese were a great combo."





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    Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin style) - eight-hour slow-cooked pork with mushrooms, onions, carrots and bacon served with mashed potatoes and green beans jardiniere


    "Alex chose the Braised Pork. This was extremely tender and flavorful. The mashed potatoes were good and the green beans nicely crisp. Very good!"






    Robin said, "I think I'm gonna have to frame this picture..." ;)




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    Triple Chocolate Cupcake
    Chocolate sponge cake, chocolate mousse filling, and chocolate ganache



    "Ahhh, the cupcakes. Alex and I had the chocolate again, and again they were perfectly delicious!!! I could eat a whole bowl of that icing. And the cake itself is so soft and light, filled with a whipped chocolate. A chocoholic's dream, or at least it's mine."






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    Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake
    Vanilla sponge cake, strawberry mousse filling, and cream cheese icing



    "Tim had the strawberry cupcake. I tasted this and it was very good. Not to much strawberry flavor, just right. It doesn't beat out my chocolate cupcake, but we both agreed it was very good."




    In conclusion Robin said, "Well, my thanks to Barb for translating all my texts and pictures. I had fun doing this and hope everyone enjoyed the pictures as much as I've enjoyed reading all the previous poster's reviews!
    See ya next trip...Thanks again, Barb!!!"




    3 January Game Points Earned
     
  15. Ginamarie

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    Mmmmm, loving this thread as always, though I haven't been commenting much.



    If you need reviewers for Feb 1-4, it turns out I'll BE THERE! DSis and I just booked a quick weekend trip. :cool1:
     
  16. jabead

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    Since we have received Robin's final update of her trip, it's now time to say...




    Thanks so much for being a Live Reporter...Great Job!!! :thanks:





    ciera321's Total January Game Points Earned = 43




     
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    That would be great, Ginamarie! :woohoo: Do you need my number again, or do you still have?
     
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    Our next update was emailed to us by quietgirl.


    She said, "So, for dinner Wed. night, I originally had Raglan Road booked, but we decided to go back to MK that night, so I had to look into something else. There were several places I had wanted to go this trip that hadn't "made the cut" so this seemed like a good time to revisit them. A logical choice would have been The Wave, since we were going to be right there, but looking at the menu that night, I couldn't find anything that appealed to me. Checking reservations online, I was super excited to find that CRT had a couple of openings- I'd never eaten in the castle, it's always booked, blah blah blah, and then I looked at the menu. Blech- we'd had such good food karma this trip, I didn't want to risk ruining it. The Turf Club Grill at Saratoga Springs had been a want of mine to try their lamb chops, but DGF found nothing on their menu that spoke to her. Finally, we decided that we would just eat at Boatwrights at POR. After all, the menu looked good, and it was PERFECTLY located! When you're full and tired, a 5 min trip to your room is way better than 50!" :thumbsup2



    BOATWRIGHT'S


    "It was about 9:00 when we arrived at Boatwright's. I had made the reservation for 9:45 in case we stayed a little late at MK, or it took awhile to get back. I went ahead and checked in, and the hostess told me it would be just a few min.

    I took that time to take a few pics..."




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    "And in mere moments she let us know our table was ready and seated us. I really liked the restaurant itself.
    It was nicely decorated and well-themed."





    A Menu Pic...


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    "Melissa was our waitress, and she was fabulous! When she came over to get our drinks, I automatically ordered Sprite, and then she mentioned they have sweet tea. And I mean REAL sweet tea! She said because they are considered "southern" that's why they have it, and it's only available there and she thought one other place on property? Of course, at that point, I had to have it, so both DGF and I ordered sweet tea."


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    "It was wonderful! And a nice change from all the Sprite I had been drinking!"





    "So Melissa also brought us out a basket of cornbread."


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    "I'm really not much of a bread person, and not a cornbread fan either, but this was delicious. It was moist and flavorful, and the butter was soft."





    "I decided on the pork chop with cheesy grits and onion rings...



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    Grilled Pork Chop with Amber Ale barbecue sauce, served with Cheesy Grits and Onion Rings







    "And DGF went with the prime rib with potatoes.."




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    Slow-roasted Prime Rib with Red Wine Demi-glace and Horseradish sauce,
    served with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Watercress with Balsamic Vinaigrette



    "I was actually torn between the pork chop and the prime rib, but since DGF was going to order the prime rib she promised I could try hers. These entrees were AMAZING! I can't say enough good things about them, I don't have the vocabulary! My pork chop was very tender, which was amazing since it was also incredibly thick!! The BBQ sauce on it was awesome, and did a great job of flavoring the meat. I was a little worried about the cheese grits- while I love grits, I consider those a breakfast item, but they were delicious and went great with the pork. The consistency and texture was just right. And the onion rings! Wow! Perfectly crispy, not greasy, and yummy!"





    "DGF's prime rib was delicious as well. It was perfectly cooked, and flavor was amazing. The horseradish was a spicier horseradish, and I loved it too!! I did taste her potatoes, and thought they were great too. I just can't say enough great things about these entrees!!!" :thumbsup2







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    "For dessert, I decided on the chocolate cake..."



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    Chocolate Cake with fresh cream and raspberry sauce






    And DGF went with the butterscotch creme brûlée...



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    Butterscotch Creme Brulee with Raspberries



    "My chocolate cake was fantastic, very moist. I ate every bit of it- the splashes of cream and raspberry on the plate were great with it too! DGF didn't really like her creme brûlée- she said it was too butterscotchy- since I don't like creme brûlée or butterscotch, I didn't even taste this."



    "For me, this was BY FAR the best meal of our trip. Everything was right on point, and I am so glad we tried it!
    We will definitely be returning!" :thumbsup2




    3 January Game Points Earned + 3 Bonus Points for two menu pics and misc. dining room pics
     
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    It's time to call it a night, but I have much, much more in store for you tomorrow...including another great update from both butiflfeet and Giselle22 (who visited the new French bakery today and sent us several pics). Also we received DonaldDoleWhip's final update from his December trip to the World. Oh, and we received an update from a surprise visitor to Disney World (and a previous live reporter), who said...

    "I just landed in Orlando for a very last minute short trip. If you need a live reporter, I am more than willing to help out."

    And then we received a few more updates from quietgirl, one of which includes more than 40 pictures from Epcot...most of them of menus! :goodvibes I am in awe!!! :worship:


    So be sure to tune in tomorrow folks, 'cause the January Live Reporting Team is definitely a force to be reckoned with. :thumbsup2
     
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    "For me, this was BY FAR the best meal of our trip. Everything was right on point, and I am so glad we tried it!
    We will definitely be returning!" :thumbsup2



    You have me totally second guessing my decision to not go there when we stay at POR in late April! Great review!
     
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    Good morning everyone! :surfweb:

    Are you ready for a Disney food-filled day of updates? I've got plenty of coffee made, my laptop and phone fully charged, and the 100 or so pics that I received last night downloaded. So let the Disney food fun begin!!! :banana:


    Let's start with butiflfeet's update from last night from her dinner at...




    KONA CAFE



    "She said, "While we're waiting for Wishes to start we I thought I'd send you our dinner from tonight. We need to get to bed early for the half marathon tomorrow morning so fortunately we are staying at Bay Lake Tower and can watch from the Top of the World lounge and head to bed with Wishes is over. We had dinner at Kona Cafe so we were there twice today [they had breakfast there too]. We love it there! This is our first loaf of bread. Sorry I didn't get the picture in time. We tore into it right away. There are many advantages to carb loading." :thumbsup2



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    "Then we split the pot stickers and a Luau California Roll."



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    Pot Stickers - wok-seared pork and vegetable dumplings with creamy ginger-soy sauce



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    California Luau Roll - jumbo lump crab, pineapple and avocado





    "He we have our entrees. I had the sustainable fish of the day, which was mahi mahi. I substituted the forbidden rice [that normally comes with it] with white rice. The dish was excellent. Perfectly cooked fish and very yummy sauce."


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    Mahi Mahi with white rice, swiss chard, and Hibiscus-Beurre Rogue





    "DH had the NY strip steak and declared it delicious. He ate everything on his plate."


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    Teriyaki-style New York Strip - Sirloin Strip grilled with pineapple teriyaki glaze
    served with sticky rice and stir-fried broccolini






    "Next is my sister's noodle bowl with chicken. This had a great Asian flavor and crisp vegetables."


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    Pan Asian Noodles - Yakisoba Noodles, Wok-seared with Vegetables and Chicken in Ginger-Garlic Sauce





    "Last but not least is the cucumber roll my mom had.
    This was fresh and made for an excellent light dinner for before the race!"



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    Cucumber Roll - the House Vegetarian Roll



    3 January Game Points Earned
     
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