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  1. Quin

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    So glad you liked 'Ohana; it's on our always-do list!

    I have said it before and will say it again: 'Ohana means "family" but 'Ohana also means "we can't bear to see you with an empty plate". No matter who your specific server is, I swear that every CM that walks past your table feels compelled to hand you some food.

    It's why some people report they feel rushed: the first server who walks past them once they are seated happens to be carrying a skewer of steak and they immediately try to feed it to you. The best advice I can give guests here is to remember that you are in charge of the pace of your meal. Don't feel like you have to take the food when it is offered. I promise you the servers will be back with more.....and more....and more....

    Anyhow, made my ADRs Friday for our trip next May and this is definitely one of our dinners too.
     
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  3. Tracerr00

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    You are a woman after my own heart! I love the bacon/onion tart at Les Chefs as well as the onion soup. My entire plan for the Princess Half Marathon has changed as Vince said that he's not able to go so my friend and co-worker Amanda is going with me and she'll be running as well! And it turns out that the shin splints in my left leg is actually a stress fracture so I may be walking the 1/2 marathon. :sad: I'll have to see if I can squeeze in an ADR here because I'm still going to WDW regardless!

    And 'Ohana is one of my fave's too. I loved it but I know we won't be going there because Amanda didn't like it at all when she was there with her DH. :sad2: I didn't like the pork much either as the marinade wasn't for me. But I liked most other things that I tried...especially that bread pudding!! :cheer2:

    It was great to see the photo of you and your children. How nice to have them all together!! What a proud mom you must be!
     
  4. debrapagliasotti

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    I enjoyed seeing your pics from Vegas. Seeing the pics from Bellagio made me a little sad, we love that hotel and stayed there for our Anniversary last year.

    Another great review of Ohana! We are very excited to be having Christmas Eve dinner there :cool1: Cant wait for some yummy bread pudding!
     
  5. minniebeth

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    Hi Brenda! So I've been reading your DR, but haven't had a chance to comment since way back. I just read your TR this am too. What an awesome adventure, thanks so much for sharing!

    There's so much I want to comment on, but I'll keep it short(er) since it's way too much!

    I love, love the list from Jabead! A culinary scavenger hunt of sorts. How fun!

    I loved your Dis meet with and reaveal of Mr. DDW. I love his Dining Reports and is somewhat of a culinary idol despite being more than half my age, lol. He's adorable. :)

    I love all your reviews, many of our well loved Disney restaurants.

    I've been not so patiently awaiting reservations to open up in January for the Wishes Dessert party for our trip. Not even sure if this will work for us, as DD has peanut and tree nut allergies, so not sure if she can even eat much. Must investigate with dining. But your reviews have made it a top wish list item!

    Can't wait for your Citricos review, we have reservations there in Jan. DDs and I have eaten here with my in-laws and family but DH and DS have not.
    It's my second favorite Signature.

    I loved seeing your Vegas photo of the restaurant at the Palazzo. DH is staying there in December for the Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon. He was supposed to be staying at the Encore but they were booked up by the time he went to reserve his room. He is overwhelmed with how many restaurants there are just in the one hotel!

    Your family is beautiful! I loved the photo of you with all your kids together.
    Thank you for your son's service too, as it is yours and your family's service as well.
    Beth::MinnieMo
     
  6. nanhol

    nanhol Always counting down to the next trip!

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    I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner at Ohana--it sounds like it was a lot of fun and really yummy. I'm looking forward to it for my upcoming trip, but have read some mixed reviews lately. I think I'll stop reading those negative reviews and just remember your experience, so I can go into our trip with an optimistic perspective!

    The pictures with your family are great--how fun to spend some time together before your son is deployed. Thanks for sharing these parts of your life on here--I'm enjoying following your dining report!
     
  7. MrsB1228

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    Hi Brenda! I'm all caught up with your DR again and I have to start off by saying how much I love the picture of you with your kids. You seriously look more like their sister than their mom! ::yes::

    Your review of Chefs makes me want to try it again. We haven't been for over 5 years now because the last time was just meh. We were there for dinner, and I'm thinking the lunch menu is more appealing. I'm happy to see they've added some accompaniments to the cheese plate! If memory serves, it used to be served sans anything. Just big chunks of cheese you had to eat naked. (The cheese, not the diner ;) )

    Glad you had such a wonderful experience at 'Ohana. The one and only time we ate there was such a miserable experience we haven't been able to bring ourselves to try it again. Never say never, but for right now it's off our radar. That's ok though, it leaves more ADR's available for the folks that love it. :thumbsup2
     
  8. francis6306

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    Hello!! I'm caught up! Again, all the food looks amazing! Hmmm… O'hana!!! That is on my "must do… someday!" list! :rotfl2:

    Small side about the pork. Apparently some people really react to pork, and when I first started avoiding it, people thought I was crazy. But the last time I had some real pepperoni? YIKES… it was bad! But trust me… a slab of Country Fried Ham makes me want to test my tummy! (Showing off my southern roots!;) )
     
  9. emmysmommy

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    I hope you like Chefs de France! I'm sure you won't be disappointed with the french onion soup! And the French waiters arn't too bad to look at too!

    Hi there nfggirl! Thanks for reading and for the compliment! Between Chefs de France, an old favorite, and 'Ohana, a new favorite, it sounds like you have a couple of great choices for your dinner next month! What an awesome time of the year to visit WDW!

    Even though Gary nixed the idea for the summer trip it sounds like you are working your magic to book for next year. Isn't Oct/Nov. 2013 the time that Linda was maybe going to go and perhaps I'll show up as well. ;) You know I'm there if it works out!!

    As for Vegas - all you have to do is tell me the dates and Michael and I are there! I would love to buy you a big cocktail to celebrate your special day! 40 was so long ago for me! :rolleyes1

    Happy belated anniversary to you and Phillip!! I do remember that you said you were married there.

    I've wondered what people do who do not eat meat at 'Ohana. Sounds like they have it covered. I've heard that they have alternatives to the traditional meat and sides with chicken fingers and fries. I can't imagine going there and only getting that. :p

    I gotta say that I was looking forward mostly to dessert at 'Ohana but I walked away a big fan of so much more! I think you will definitely like it.

    Awwww thanks for the nice comment.

    We sound similar with the lite appetite and love of the bread pudding! I'm not a huge meat eater either. In fact, I eat more meat on vacation than I ever do at home since I rarely cook meat... no reason, I just don't. For 'Ohana I really didn't eat that much but I didn't regret paying the $33 or whatever it was since it was also entertaining!

    You are so sweet with the kind words. Thank you! :goodvibes

    Hi Barb! Thanks for taking a break from the live thread and stopping by! :yay:

    I rarely have photos with all 4 of my kids so that one is a treasure! :) Thanks for your kind words.

    Hi AvasMommy! I really hope you LOVE 'Ohana like me! I was excited and nervous about eating there. I had read some not so great reviews but everything was fantastic.

    For my Vegas trip, I stayed at the LVH which was formerly the LV Hilton. It was the hotel where the conference was hosted. A cruddy hotel but convenient. I've stayed at the Bellagio before and LOVE it. My new favorite is The Hotel at Mandalay Bay. Yes, you need to go and enjoy all the pretty lights and action of Vegas!!! :thumbsup2

    I so appreciate your thoughtful comment and kind words! :goodvibes

    Sounds like you have had great experiences at 'Ohana if you always come back! I intend to do the same! You nailed it - Ohana does mean family and it's just like cousin Mavis is coming around and bringing more food to the table whether you asked for it or not. :) I actually didn't mind the frenetic pace - it just seemed to fit. Glad that you will be back!

    Hi Tracy! (I can't stop thinking of your DD and beef jerky in a Christmas stocking now! :rotfl2:) We definitely sound like we would be ordering the same thing on the menu at Chefs. Hmmm.... maybe you need to liquor up Amanda with a couple lapu lapus and then take her to 'Ohana!! :rotfl:

    Yikes - stress fractures?? Ouch and Bummer! I'm sure there are others who plan to walk the 13 miles. I can't even run 13 miles anyway so you are far more ambitious than me.

    Thanks for the kind words - yes, I'm a proud mom. :flower3:

    Hi Debra! How AWESOME that you get to have Christmas Eve dinner at such a wonderful place!

    Wow! You stayed in style in Vegas! What a wonderful hotel. Did you enjoy the fountains and the conservatory?

    Hi there Beth! Thank you so very much for reading and joining in. You are so very kind with your sweet comments.

    Another person looking forward to 'Ohana!! Yay!

    I read mixed reviews as well and just hoped that our experience would be on the positive side of the reviews. We had a great server so that helped but honestly, the food was really good. You have a great attitude.

    Thanks nanhol!!!

    Hi Carol! Thanks! I'm going to stop saying the ages of my kids because if I say that I have a 30 year old it will really show my age!! :lmao:

    As for Chefs, I am much more conservative in my tastes and I really like the options on the lunch menu better. Ha! Naked cheese!! :eek:

    I know what it is like to have a bad experience and not want to return... it happened to us for Captain's Grille.. now I'm a fan so go figure! Oh wait, now I remember ... Turf Club... I'll never go back. :) So yes, leave an ADR for me!! :thumbsup2

    Take care!
     
  10. emmysmommy

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    Hi Christen!!! Your girls would love 'Ohana! They would get a flower lei and be so pretty!

    I can completely understand the porkless diet considering... :rolleyes1 No bueno if the tummy rebels!

    How exciting that you are so close that you were able to do on-line check in today!!!!! :cheer2:

    Happy packing! :goodvibes
     
  11. emmysmommy

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    Contempo Cafe Breakfast


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    This was the morning that we were supposed to have breakfast at Boma. It had been 2 years since we have dined there and I was looking forward to returning. However, the far reaching effects of Hurricane Isaac were creating heavy rain and being the lightweights that we are, we bailed on going to AK that day which meant that once again, we cancelled Boma. Instead we opted to have breakfast across the sky-bridge at Contempo Café.

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    We have had lunch and dinner at CC in the past; therefore, I was looking forward to trying breakfast here. We didn’t make it downstairs until after 10am but even eating that late it was extremely crowded. Michael grabbed a table while we placed our order on the self-help kiosk.

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    Emily found the breakfast vegetarian menu which was a few options away from the main menu since we didn’t want breakfast meat. There were a couple other customization options so if you click around long enough you should see more options that you see on the main menu screen. It took us about 8 minutes to place our breakfast order!

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    Once we took our receipt to the cashier and received our pager it was a short wait for our order to be ready.

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    Michael’s breakfast choice was the Bounty Platter; scrambled eggs, biscuit, French toast, breakfast potatoes and turkey sausage - $8.79
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    Emily had the French Toast (no meat) - $5.19
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    I ordered the Mickey Waffle with banana-caramel topping $5.59

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    Starting with Michael’s platter, it was a very blah selection of very meh food – that’s how he described it. He didn’t eat the biscuit since he said it was hard and dry. In seeing the photos I wouldn’t be too quick to be excited over that selection of breakfast items. Perhaps with the right amount of condiments; ketchup, syrup, butter, jam/jelly it may be just fine??

    Even though Emily’s French toast didn’t look too exciting, she actually thought it was good. I suppose a little butter and syrup did wonders with this.

    Now, give me a Mickey waffle and I don’t think you can go wrong but top it with banana caramel topping and I will have a smile on my face all morning! This was good! I loved the salty/sweet caramel with the bananas. I just wished there were more banana slices but it was still very good.

    We had people stalking our table and asking for it before we were done eating so we finished quickly so that someone could have a seat.

    Next Up: Counter Service lunch at MK
     
  12. emmysmommy

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    Cosmic Ray's lunch at MK

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    Because our plans for the day had changed we were in MK and didn’t think about having lunch until nearly 3pm. This was the first time that we considered a dining repeat….when we ate at Cosmic Rays the 2nd night of our trip they had closed down the chicken bay so Em and I were not able to enjoy our favorite Cosmic Ray entrée – the rotisserie chicken. Michael thought the chicken sounded good as well so we ended up sharing 2 rotisserie chicken entrees.

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    Rotisserie Chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans: $9.99​

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    Now that we knew about “Sonny Eclipse’s Dining Room” we were seated in there to enjoy the unique songs of this lounge lizard, err alien. We skipped the toppings bar since rotisserie chicken didn’t really require any enhancements.

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    The chicken was as good as it always is, nice and flavorful and not dry at all. I always remove the skin so there may be more flavor there but I think it is just perfect! Michael liked the chicken as well. I was glad that he didn’t eat his mashed potatoes since I dug in and finished those off! The green beans tend to be overcooked or left in a warming tray way too long here – but I still liked them - they were not horrible, just not crisp and al dente. Realizing that we were eating at a place that mass produces the same dozen or so items I am still a fan and will continue to have this on our list of dining options at MK. Also, since trying the chili cheese fries and bacon cheese burger the night we had the pleasure of dining with Mr. DDQ, I am more a fan than before since those were good as well.

    Next Up: Trying a favorite MK snack.
     
  13. emmysmommy

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    Sleepy Hollow Snacks

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    After being unduly influenced by all of you Disers out there that have shared photos of your delicious snacks from Sleepy Hollow, I HAD to stop by and try the Nutella and fresh fruit waffle sandwich myself! (Shame on you, you know who you are! :rotfl2:) Em had her sights set on the funnel cake with strawberry topping and fresh whip cream.

    Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich: $6.39
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    Funnel Cake topped with Strawberries and Whipped Cream: $6.29
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    Both of these snacks were huge and more like a meal than a quick bite to eat. Em really liked her funnel cake which was served dusted with powdered sugar and a generous portion of strawberries and whip cream. It looked and smelled heavenly. That is now on my list to try in the future as well. Emily weighed in on this one in this video clip

    As for the fruit and Nutella waffle& I had not tried Nutella before so I wasnt sure what to expect other than it was a hazelnut chocolate spread. It looked lovely!! As for the taste&. This video clip says it all!

    Yes, it was really, really good. I ended up eating all the fruit out of the middle since I knew I couldnt finish this. I think I ate less than half and it was a shame that Michael didnt want the rest of it because it went in the trash. Next time, I need to come with more of an appetite!

    Thanks to all the Disers that wrote about this so that I could add it to my list!

    Edited to add my successful completion of one of the items from Jabead's list:
    3) Try something with Nutella, but preferably the Sleepy Hollow waffle and not the overpriced dessert at Tutto Italia. CHECK

    Next Up: The world's longest HBD review!
     
  14. wilma-bride

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    Wow, 3 updates all in a row - we are lucky DISers :thumbsup2

    We finally got to try the waffle sandwich during our August trip and it was phenomenal - probably one of the best snacks we've had at WDW.

    As for the Contempo Cafe, we have only eaten there once (while waiting for our GV at BLT to be ready in Oct 2010) and, to be honest, found it very disappointing. My chicken was blackened (and not intentionally) and the bread was stale. It was not a good experience. Having said that, some of the cupcakes that I have seen on various reports have meade me consider stopping by to try a dessert or two but, otherwise, I certainly won't be rushing back.

    As far as the next trip to WDW, we are already booked for Oct/Nov 2013. I thought I had mentioned that to you previously and we have deliberately tied it in to when Linda and Phillip will be there. We are doing a Disney cruise first (26th Oct to 2nd Nov) but have a week at WDW after, during which Linda and I are planning at least one cocktail-drinking session. Would be great if you and Michael (and Emmy obviously) were there at the same time :thumbsup2 My eldest DD, Sian, will be joining us on that trip too and I am sure she would love to meet Emily :)
     
  15. GoofySon'sMom

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    So much to catch up on while we were gone! Great reviews, as always.

    I cannot wait for the HBD review! Since I had a sneak peak from you, I have been looking forward to this one! ::yes::
     
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    Haha, me too ;)
     
  17. AvasMommy526

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    Good news, I may have a Vegas trip in the works already! :cool1: One of my dear girlfriends got married in Vegas this past August and we couldn't attend because we had trips in July and Oct so there was no way to get out of work for another week lol! But they plan on going every yr and invited us along for an adult honeymoon! Woo Hoo! DF says let's finish planning Disney and our wedding and see but of course I've already been looking and generally if I want to go, I will make it happen :rotfl:

    I cannot wait to try the Mickey waffle from CC! Love salted caramel and bananas!
    Cosmic Rays always looks like a solid choice for QS, and speaking of Mr.DDW, I feel like its been a million years since his trip but you were there at the same time! Haha!
    And of course Nutella....Delicious! I'm hoping to find an appetite for that "snack" as well! :goodvibes
     
  18. MrsB1228

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    Your CC breakfast choice would have been just what I would have ordered too. Good to know it was yummy, even while being skimpy with the bananas.

    So happy you got to try the nutella and fruit waffle sandwich at SH! That was one of our favourite treats on our holiday, it was delicious. I know what you mean about them being huge, Frank and I split ours for breakfast and were both perfectly content with our portion. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Looking forward to reading about HBD, I've already watched your French Martini vid and am curious about the rest! :thumbsup2
     
  19. LittleStinkerbelle

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    First off, the picture of you and your kiddos is great! How sweet!

    Loved your review of 'Ohana. We had the same server when we went in April!

    Oh my, the nutella waffle, I'm drooling! Looks ahhhhmazing!!!
     
  20. minniebeth

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    I wouldn't have wanted to deal with that rain either! But.. I bet breakfast at CC wasn't exactly a substitute for the Boma breakfast. :snooty: Hey...sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! I actually really like CC for lunch. They have some great choices. Your Mickey waffle looks delicious!

    I'm always surprised when people say they've never had Nutella, I know I shouldn't be, but growing up, I never knew anyone that didn't eat it. :upsidedow I kind of wish it was something I never knew...along with all those Nutella calories I've consumed.:rotfl:
    My DD15 has a peanut and tree nut allergy, so we don't have anything food related our house. DD10 and I cannot wait to try the Nutella/fruit waffle in January! She *loves* it just as much as I do!
    I did try the sweet and spicy chicken waffle from SH and it was very good. I left most of the waffle though, it was just too much.

    Glad you had a chance to go back for some rotisserie chicken!
     
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    Glad to hear 'Ohana was a good meal. It gets such mixed reviews I was nervous for our upcoming trip.

    And that sleepy hollow Nutella waffle.... It looks delish and is on our must snack list this trip!! I could tell it was going to be a snack that I need to have when hungry and with at least one or two other people!
     

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