Emmysdaddy Joins the Damsels to Dine, Even with Princesses: Em started PDR see link

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  1. debrapagliasotti

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    We are trying Ohana bkfst in a few weeks. I actually added it as an afterthought just a couple months ago and was pleased to see there was availability.

    Looking forward to trying it!
     
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  3. emmysmommy

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    What a coincidence! Carolyn was so nice and friendly. Of course Michael was very fond of her because of the compliment! :upsidedow

    And YES, love those waffles (eh for the potatoes for me) but I ate more at this all you care to eat breafast than any other!

    Hi Rachel! Glad you are caught up. :)

    Thanks, I think I did do some fashion coordination for that meal! If I had to choose between CP and 'Ohana, I'd choose CP for the food and 'Ohana for the characters! I am rather lazy and do like the servers bringing the family style skillet to the table! :p

    Hi Tracy! What you can do for AP is order the soup, have the salad without the blue cheese, and then get a big ole' dessert. They do have a cheese plate that we have shared before too for another lighter option. It's funny but when I look back at my AP dinners, I have only ordered an entree one time!

    Don't let Michael fool you, he actually did enjoy many of the characters!

    I think you have a brilliant idea for a Packer game. Is it hard to get tickets? That would be so fun! Hmmmm..... ideas forming....(and I see that Rachel likes this idea too!)

    Thanks! I agree... see my lazy remark above. I do love having Mickey waffles delivered right to my plate! Congrats for your return trip being booked. April is a great time of the year and the Flower and Garden show is in full swing!

    Awww thanks! (I wasn't a fan of those photos but thanks!) I think you would love Stitch - likely you would expect to receive a lot of alien kisses!

    Thanks Kathy! Ha ha!! I love your admission! Makes sense to me. :rotfl: I have not been to Chef Mickey's but I am tempted to go since we always stay at BLT right there. The food looks really good. Not sure if you could go wrong with either. :)

    Hi poohangel! The soup is very smokey and creamy. I don't want to steer you wrong if you don't like mushrooms but I can tell you that Em is not a huge fan of mushrooms but has tasted the soup and liked it.

    Hi Linda! Oh my gosh.... the Disney Cafe looks AWESOME!! Is that raspberry sauce on the waffles? They look so very good. I love the Mickey border on the plate. Thanks for sharing the link since the live dining reporters thread moves so fast that I miss some updates. :)

    I'm so glad you popped in!!! :goodvibes

    Hi Debra! I hope you and your family really like 'Ohana. The kids should love the characters. Stitch is great! Glad that worked out! :)
     
  4. emmysmommy

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    Via Napoli lunch

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    We had a 2pm ADR at Via Napoli at EPCOT which I was very much looking forward to this day since not only do they have great food and cutie pie Italian waiters but I had the anticipation of meeting up with FOUR of the DisBoards ladies for a Dismeet following this meal!!!!

    Ok… so first the meal. We had a short wait before we were seated at a lovely table in the gigantic dining room that is more suitable to a convention hall since it is loud and crowded. But we’re here for the fantastic food so it is a minor annoyance.

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    Our server, Alessandra, was wonderfully attentive and took great care of us during our meal. We placed our beverage orders and then had some fun with the mini swords that accompanied the lemon wedges. (See who fell to the sword here!) They definitely invite a little play time at the table.

    Alessandra delivered a basket of sourdough bread with olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Oh so good but again, I have to stop myself from making a meal out of the bread. I should just say no but I always figure just one slice won’t hurt.

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    Michael wanted to order an appetizer and I decided that I would share with him. Apparently he is not as eager to share his food with me as Em and strongly suggested that we order two appetizers. Since we had pizza in mind we kept it light for the appetizers and orders two tomato mozzarella salads. Although they were delivered drizzled with olive oil, Alessandra was nice enough to bring some balsamic vinegar so we could add a little zip to the salad.

    Mozzarella Caprese; Vine ripened tomatoes with fresh milk mozzarella: $9

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    The cheese was so delicate and soft and wonderful. The tomatoes may not have been as ripe and delicious as the tomatoes from some of the other restaurants but it was good nonetheless.

    For our entrée, we ordered a large (serves 2-3) Margherita pizza to share. There are 8 slices for the large pizza.

    Large Margherita Pizza – Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Basil: $28

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    The pizza definitely could have used another few basil leaves since it looked like they had a 'basil light' version crafted for us. I’m not sure which I like better, the sauce or the crust – I’m a fan of both although I will admit that the center of the crust can sometimes become a little soggy. The cheese is plentiful and practically one big globby layer that takes some effort to cut through. It is almost as stringy and thick as the top cheesy layer of French onion soup which takes some effort to gnaw through.

    I only ate a slice before I started to doubt that I could eat dessert if I had another slice. Well… being the not so smart person that I am for which the pizza just was too good to pass up another serving – I ate another slice. Ugh! We ended up leaving a slice in the pan since between three of us we couldn’t finish a large pie.

    Now here’s my dilemma… Jabead had included in my List of 18 a suggestion to share some zeppoles with Michael here. I have been curious to try these little sweet fried nuggets so I decided to abandon any care or concern for the fact that I was reaching gastronomic overload.

    Zeppole di Caterina; Ricotta cheese fritters served with whip cream and chocolate sauce: $10
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    Michael and I split the zeppoles while Em just watched this train wreck while exercising self-control. I am not a fan of chocolate sauce so I only added a smidge and then a dab of fresh whip cream to my serving of zeppoles.

    MY Zepploes - very light chocolate thank you very much!
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    I believe I was too full to actually appreciate and enjoy the deep fried goodness. I think that they were similar in taste to a cake type donut hole. Michael really liked his zeppoles and enjoyed a liberal slathering of the chocolate sauce on them.

    The bill with TiW discount of $12.40 was $63.99. We had our Dismeet to get to over in France so we had to get moving. I struggled with being so overstuffed for the rest of the day actually!

    This was #10 on my List of 18 things to accomplish from Jabead (Barb) before I left to go on our trip. 10) Share an order of zeppole with Michael at Via Napoli.

    Since Jabead is busy with December Roulette's scavenger hunt I will award my own points for successfully completing this task on her list and award myself 1,000 points!!! I think my total is now one MILLION POINTS!! :rotfl2:

    Next Up: A Dismeet and then Citricos dinner
     
  5. Tracerr00

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    I really enjoyed VN when Eilee and I were there. Your pizza looks fabulous and cheesy, yum!! I went nuts over the zeppole, they were so light and fuffy! I may or may not have had an entire order to myself...:rolleyes1 I love that Emily watched "the train wreck" :lmao:

    I hope you've been able to spend some quality time with your son before he leaves. I've been thinking about you as the time approaches.
     
  6. Pinkgirl

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    Breakfast at O'Hana looks brill. I think we will give it a try next trip as we are starting to be bored with Chef Mickey.

    We hever made it to Via Napoli for our ADR due to the torrential rain. Such a shame as bread alone would have made it worth the visit.
     
  7. tallen429

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    I looooove caprese salad and I make it for myself at home all the time. :cloud9:

    I've been reading a lot of reviews of Via Napoli lately and I'm dying to try it! Everything looks so fresh and wonderful! It's on my list for my January trip!:banana:
    (I actually started a pre-trip report which is a first for me! LOL!)
     
  8. jecskc

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    All caught up !! I really want to do breakfast at Ohana someday. I just know my family would love it !!
     
  9. AvasMommy526

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    As my DD would say........ "mmmmmm, mmmmmm" :rotfl2:
    Via Napoli looks so yummy! I love Caprese salad, I make it all the time at home and use this delicious balsamic reduction in large quantities! (hey it's fat free lol!)
    Obviously, I love me some good pizza so :thumbsup2
    And zeppoles, I just love! We go to a local churches feast every summer and the little Italian ladies make them right there! :cloud9:

    Ok, it's a good thing I made a ressie for us in May because I'm obviously excited for this meal! ;)
     
  10. jabead

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    I might be a little late getting here, but I'm here now. :thumbsup2 And I might have awarded you 1000 points if you had not gone light on the yummy chocolate sauce. But I will give you 999, so your total is actually only 999,999. :lmao:
     
  11. emmysmommy

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    I can completely understand the zeppole obsession now. ;)

    Awww thanks Tracy. We leave next weekend to go to Texas to see Chad when he is deployed. :sad2:

    Hi Marie. 'Ohana should be a great character breakfast alternative to Chef Mickey!

    Hi there! I don't think I've seen any bad reviews for Via Napoli. I hope you try it. :)

    I will have to look up your PTR - that is exciting that you are going next month!!!

    Your kids would be so cute posing with Lilo and Stitch!!! Now I need to get caught up with everyones reviews! :laughing:

    I love balsamic too! And YES, fat free! :thumbsup2 We make almost all of our salads at home with it. My current favorite is broccoili, tomato, cucumber, red onion, parmesan, and avocado with balsamic drizzled over it.

    That is awesome that you have had fresh made zeppoles! You made me think... what does it take to make a zeppole?? I googled it and it looks like a rather simple recipe. They even have savory versions that sound amazing. Hmmmmm....

    Hi Barb! I totally deserved to have that point deduction but I will make up for it in my next update!!! :laughing:

    I need to get caught up with your live review thread because I also want to see/ask if you are still planning to go in March. Just curious! :)
     
  12. emmysmommy

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    Dismeet x 3, well, 4 if you count me!!
    Howdy to GoofySon'sMom, Tracerr00, Wilma-Bride!!

    This will be noted in my TR as well but since that is so much farther behind than my DR, I’m including it here.

    Originally, I had planned to meet GoofysSonsMom (Vicki) and her family after our lunch at Via Napoli around 3:30pm. Then I saw a text from Jabead (Barb) that Tracerr00 (Tracy) was going to be in Epcot since she and her daughter were having lunch at Chefs de France. We planned to say hi to each other when we were going to be dining at CRT the next day but why not see if she could join our growing group for a Dismeet as well? I asked Barb to send Tracy my number so we could connect. (Barb is the original Dis Ambassador that made this Dining DiserMeet work out so well!!!)

    Tracy and Eilee confirmed that they could meet up with us as well!! Then I received a text from Wilma-Bride (Joh) whom we had met several days earlier (along with her husband Gary and son Daniel) asking if we were going to be in Epcot. Not only were we but I wanted her to join our DisMeet as well. She was now confirmed for our 3:30 Dismeet as well! I was super excited that there would be 4 of us Disers getting together at once.

    After finishing our Via Napoli lunch we were running a few minutes late since I had to make a pit stop in Morocco and then I stopped to take a photo of some of the lesser seen characters that were out and about for an Epcot version of Characterpalooza (Maxx, Hook, Smee, Piglet, Pooh, Pluto, and a lot of others that were lined up between Italy and America.)

    The anticipation of meeting these ladies was rather like going on a blind date and anticipating a great evening yet wondering if you will have anything to talk about or have anything in common. However, the moment I saw the ladies with their grey goose slushies I had no doubts that we were going to have a wonderful time!

    We were the last to arrive at the DisMeet and the ladies were already laughing and chatting away – a completely lovely sight!! Since formal introductions were not necessary, we simply went in for the hugs right away! (Yep, I’m a hugger – watch out if you are in my path!) Vicki introduced her son Andrew and husband Jay and Tracy had her beautiful DD, Eilee with her that we met. Joh had left her men behind to play on their own while she met up with us. I introduced Michael and Em to the group and with that we felt like one big party had just started!!

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    We launched into taking photos right away. Tracy dug out the traveling sausage (look for the back story on this here in her TR) while I remembered to text a photo to Barb for the dining board.

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    After chatting for a little while we realized we needed to get out of the heat and find a place to sit and chat. We moved our little party over to the pub at Rose & Crown. There were no seats right away but at least it was inside with A/C and cold drinks available.

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    Look who's on their phone!! :laughing:
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    We shared stories of our Dis trip, where we ate, what we drank, life in general and had such a wonderful time. The guys and kids even seemed to tolerate and perhaps enjoy this gathering as well. Emily had a great conversation with Joh and was especially fond of meeting with her and listening to her charming British accent! I asked Michael later what he thought since he doesn’t Dis and didn’t get the whole randomness of meeting “strangers” on vacation before. He said these Dismeets were some of the highlights of the trip! Apparently, him not having to be stuck with me as the sole adult in our party is a positive! So now you know that Michael fully endorses Dismeets as well.

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    All good things must come to an end and unfortunately, Tracy and Eilee had some coveted fast passes for Soarin’ so they had to leave. Joh left to meet back up with her family and we were going to call it a day since we still had to do laundry and pack but a couple tables opened up so Vicki and her family and my family stayed a while longer to sit and chat. About that time the Piano Lady started to perform. That was fortuitous since Jabead had included on my List of 18 catching a performance by this entertainer. It was the perfect back-drop to our Dismeet that I really enjoyed. And yes, there were a few songs for which we all sang along … doesn’t everyone have to join the chorus for Billy Joel’s Piano Man? That was a lot of fun and I can confirm that Jay knows all the words to that song!

    I'm definitely getting points for this one!! Successfully completing task # 7!!

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    I enjoyed spending time speaking with Andrew as well since he is such an intelligent and centered young man. I was definitely impressed with him and his confidence and maturity. I did try to talk sports with him briefly but when I couldn’t even identify the team logo on his ball cap it was just better to move on to safer subjects like what’s for dinner?

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    After final hugs and photos we parted ways since we really did have to get some laundry and packing completed and get ready for our Citricos dinner.
    It was absolutely amazing to meet all four of these ladies and their families and I am so glad that it worked out!!

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    Up Next: Citricos
     
  13. GoofySon'sMom

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    Awww, that made me teary! We did have such a great time! What a joy to meet your family as well as Tracey, Eilee and Joh! I, too, was nervous but it ended up being a true highlight of our trip. Jay and Andrew had a great time as well. I knew Jay would but wasn't sure about Andrew. He ended up having a blast. I felt like I had already known all of you!

    Thank you all for a truly wonderful afternoon!
     
  14. francis6306

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    Laundry?? On VACATION????:laundy: I probably should have done some myself, but I just didn't wanna do it!!!

    I think Via Napoli will be on my NEXT trip… wait. Haven't I said that about ALL your meals???
     
  15. AvasMommy526

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    What a wonderful meet!! You all looked like old friends meeting up, I love the Dis!!! :lovestruc

    Oh and thank you for that salad, I'm definitely going to try that this week! Do you use shaved Parmesan or grated or both? ;)
    I don't believe the zeppoles are too hard to make which makes them even worse :rotfl2: the ones they make at our feast have raisins in them, and rolled in sugar! I'm not sure if you're a fan but I think the raisins are a nice addition :goodvibes
     
  16. Wills Mom

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    Awww the meet looked like such fun! I was on a wedding planning site while we planned our wedding and got very friendly with some of the girls. Now here we are 2 years later and we meet 4 times a year and I consider them to be my best friends! There really isn't anything like finding a bunch of like minded people and building friendships - the internet rocks! :goodvibes
    Love the review! Looking forward to your Citricos review!
     
  17. Linda67

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    What an awesome DIS meet :)

    Such special people all together at the same time and I am proud you chose a British pub to do it !! :)
     
  18. emmysmommy

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    Awwww Vicki! :hug: It was such a pleasure to meet you and your family. The experience exceeded my expectations! :)


    Ha! When I said "we" need to do laundry, I should clarify... Michael wanted to do laundry. For some odd reason he wanted to clean his clothes before he packed them so that when we got home that chore would be done. At least the villas have washer and dryers otherwise that would not be on my task list!

    You have the same disorder that I do... You're easily influenced by dining reviews! :laughing: I have a list of 40 places I still want to try with about 152 dishes! I definitely need more trips to be planned. :rolleyes1

    It was a fantastic afternoon with those ladies and their families!! :thumbsup2

    For that salad I use the grated parm in a tub but fresh shaved would be even better. I'm just too lazy to shave it. :laughing:

    That's it, I'm not even going to start making zeppoles... it could lead to a bad habit!

    Hi there Wills Mom! Thanks for stopping by - all the way from Ireland - and thanks for your kind words. :)

    That is so awesome that you stay in touch with the ladies from your wedding planning site. That is definitely a life-bonding experience!

    I plan to post my Citricos review momentarily!

    Hi Linda!! Thanks! I count you amoung those special Dismeet friends! And I have the mug to prove what a fabulous meet it was! :thumbsup2 You never know... the pub could be a dismeet spot in Oct/Nov for those who may be planning a land/sea holiday ...:cutie:
     
  19. emmysmommy

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    Citricos Dinner

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    We had a 9:15ADR at Citricos in the Grand Floridian. While taking the monorail from the CR to the GF we were able to view some of the fireworks for the last time this trip. So beautiful but I didn’t have time to really be sentimental since we were in-transit and hurrying to get checked into our dinner.

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    This was the 3rd time Em and I had dined at Citricos, obviously Michael’s first. Even though it had been about 5 hours since lunch I still wasn’t feeling well in the tummy. I had eaten too much and hadn’t recovered to fully enjoy this evening; therefore, by the time we were seated and handed menus I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be able to eat much of anything. However, I really wanted to see Michael enjoy this place since it is one of my favorites.

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    Gwen was our server and she was the Mary Poppins of service. She was calm, efficient, knowledgeable, and practically perfect in every way. She had that cool and prim manner about her – you knew you were going to have a great dining experience with her taking care of you.

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    For starters Michael decided to order the panadas and the macerated tomato salad. I didn’t try either so I don’t have an opinion on either but they both looked really delicious. Michael sang the praises of every dish here at Citricos so without providing any details I can share his candid opinion that it was very good.

    Panadas; Spiced and Slow Cooked Beef in Phyllo with Tamarind Sauce: $12​


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    Macerated Heirloom Tomatoes; with Mozzarella, Micro Basil, House Made Garlic & Pecorino Breadstick, Balsamic Glaze, Arbequina Olive Oil: $14
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    Gwen provided a basket of multigrain and olive bread with salted butter. I’m a huge fan of the olive bread and I did manage to eat a slice and practically fill myself up with that. Uh oh!

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    For our entrees, Michael and Emily both ordered the Braised Veal Shank. I seriously couldn’t find anything on the menu that appealed to me or more importantly sounded like it was light enough to not cause more damage to my already impaired stomach. Gwen suggested a bowl of children’s chicken noodle soup – upgraded to adult size. (I should have just gone with the kid size portion but I just said yes when she made the suggestion.)

    When we were served the main course, Michael and Em both appeared excited about the dish that was set before them. The veal was served with roasted zucchini and peppers and mashed carrot-potatoes. Not only did this dish look amazing, Em declared it beyond brilliant!

    Braised Veal Shank; Carrot-Potato Mash, Roasted Vegetables, and Toasted Citrus Gremolata: $53
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    As for my chicken noodle soup, the highlight was the adorable Mickey head pasta. It was made with white meat chicken and plenty of diced onion, carrots and celery. Honestly, I didn’t eat much so I don’t want to cast judgment on this poor soup when I just wasn’t feeling like eating anything.

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    Dessert menus were offered and both Em and Michael found something that appealed to them. Em went with something that on any other trip I would have indulged in, the chocolate banana torte. Michael ordered the tasting of gelato which was a sample of three different gelatos.

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    Em liked the torte but it wasn’t as exciting and magnificent as it looked. She tasted the chocolate flair decoration and by her description, it was more for looks that intended to taste good.

    Warm Chocolate-Banana Torte; with Vanilla Ice-Cream and Handcrafted Belgium Couverture Chocolate Crown: $11
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    Michael enjoyed his gelato sampling that was arranged in a cone holder - so adorable! The most I got out of Michael for describing this dessert was that it was cold and yummy. So there you have a description that is worthy of the finest dining reviews!

    Tasting of Gelato; featuring Italian Vanilla Bean, Cappuccino, and Raspberry: $9
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    The bill was $172.33 which included $33.40 in TiW savings.

    By the time we left the restaurant it was nearly 11pm and MK had closed nearly 2 hours earlier so the monorail was not running. We had to take a taxi back to the Contemporary Resort.

    Despite my lack of participation in this fine meal, it is still a favorite and I was very glad that Michael and Emily loved it. We will definitely return and I look forward to trying the panadas and the braised beef ribs and perhaps a tropical fruit crème brulee.

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    Next Up: Final meal at WDW - CRT breakfast.
     
  20. Roma

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    I have gotten a little behind on your reviews, Brenda! For shame!

    I'm so happy to see you had a nice experience at Artist Point. It was by far Mr. Roma's and my favorite dining experience on our trip.

    I booked and then canceled the 'Ohana breakfast for our trip... I kinda hate Stitch :blush:. But I think we will definitely try it next time. I'm not sure Mr. Roma loves the breakfast buffets but he is a breakfast man so I think 'Ohana is a nice compromise!

    Via Napoli is a must do for us next time. However, I think I will heed your warning and limit myself to one piece. I too have a stomach with very little stretching capacity!

    Of course I LOVE the fact that you got to meet all those wonderful ladies!

    So sorry that you were still feeling ick before Citricos :(. It really sucks to look forward to something for so long only to have it ruined by prior overeating :lmao:.
     
  21. Linda67

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    Well don't you all look so glamorous for your Citricos dinner :goodvibes

    Love the photo of the three of you together

    Shame you didn't feel up to eating much Brenda as everything looked really good; sounds like you had a great evening anyway :thumbsup2
     

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