Hello everyone! Welcome to my first Dining Report! My DH, Brian, and I returned from the most magical place on earth a couple of weeks ago. I've been so crazy with work, Thanksgiving, and everything else since we got back. But I have finally uploaded some of our food pictures and want to get started telling you all about it! Just for the sake of details - here they are (because somebody out there might care ) The food is coming soon. Just hang on! Dates: Wednesday, October 31st - Saturday, November 10th Who: Just Brian and myself Where: Caribbean Beach Resort This was our second visit during Food & Wine and it was exponentially better than last year. For one, we went about a month later so the weather was excellent. Last October (5th-15th), it literally rained for 2 and a half days early in the trip. Plus, the heat just made it difficult to want to eat hot F&W food. The food was still tasty but eating in high 80s vs. eating in low-mid 70s made a world of difference to me. Lastly, I planned much better this trip. I'm the type that plans like a crazy person for weeks, has color coordinated charts, and listens to 4 or 5 different Disney podcasts religiously. But as soon as we leave, we're on vacation. I use the chart as a guide. We keep our ADRs (almost) always. We generally keep to the park I have planned for each day. But other than that - we go with the flow. There we are - aren't we cute? Okay - a few details about us regarding FOOD! I always like to know a little about the person reviewing so I know their frame of reference better. Me: I love to cook. During normal weeks I plan out our menu before going to the grocery store. I could spend hours in the grocery. Whole Foods is one of my favorite places. I love finding new ingredients. I cook 3 or 4 meals throughout the week and we usually only eat out once (if even that). Luckily, both Brian and I are just fine eating leftovers. I used to be a pretty picky eater. But moving out of my parents house and losing some weight in my early 20s helped me to branch out, a lot! There aren't many foods I dont like. Bananas, peaches, and melon come to mind. I just realized those are all fruits...weird. And I'm not really a fan of fast food. I can probably count on one hand the times I've been to a drive-thru in the last year (counting vacations!). Anyway, some things that tend to catch my eye on a menu are mushrooms, goat cheese, polenta, risotto, sage, rosemary, sweet potatoes, avocado...I'm sure there are more. If I see those listed in an entrée, it's likely that I'll order it. But, I also have to say, because I cook so much, at least half the joy of dining out is not having to be over the stove, clean the dishes, etc. I also usually do not order things that I can easily make myself. Brian: He loves to eat what I cook. He has absolutely no cooking ability. I'm sure if he was remotely interested he could learn. But that's the problem - he has no inclination whatsoever. In his teenage years, if his parents went out of town, he would usually either eat McDonalds (yuck!!!), instant oatmeal, or MAYBE a PB&J if he was feeling gourmet. But I have spoiled him. He takes leftovers for lunch everyday and turns his nose up at McDonalds now too (mission accomplished - YES!). His palate has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. I can't think of much he won't eat. He isn't a huge fan of mushrooms; but that doesn't stop me from using them at least once per week. He always eats them so I tend to think he's all talk. I actually have learned to not tell him if I use an ingredient I'm not sure if he'll like. He's more weird about thinking generic brands aren't up to par. But it's all in his head. If I just dont tell him or refill the name brand package with the generic stuff, he never says a word. He has caught me a few times. But it's for his own good! Okay, I've spent way too much time rambling about us. But I'm not going to erase it now! I'll just jump right into where we ate. The names will link to the review: Thursday November 1st: (L) Food & Wine booths (D) LeCellier Friday November 2nd: (B) Main Street Bakery (L) Pecos Bill (S) Aloha Isle (D) The Wave Saturday November 3rd: (B) Kouzzina (F&W Seminar) SkinnyGirl / Bethenny Frankel (L) Pizzafari (D) Teppan Edo (S) Funnel Cake Kiosk - America Sunday November 4th: (B) Old Port Royale (L) Earl of Sandwich (D) Kouzzina Monday November 5th: (B) Kouzzina (L) AMC Movie snacks (D) Via Napoli Tuesday November 6th: (B) Kona Café (L) Art of Animation: Landscape of Flavors (D) California Grill Wednesday November 7th: (B) Sunshine Seasons (L) Food & Wine booths (S) Boulangerie Patisserie (France) / Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway) (D) Wolfgang Puck Café Thursday November 8th: (B) Old Port Royale (L) Earl of Sandwich (D) Ohana Friday November 9th: (L) Be Our Guest (D) Raglan Road Whew! This is going to be a lot of food. I got pictures of (almost) everything. I had every intention of writing down prices and comparing the dining plan vs. out of pocket. Short version: that didn't happen. Sorry! But reliving it all will still be fun. I hope you'll join me!