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  1. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Hello lovely DIS peeps :wave2:

    I hope that you are all having a great week

    Tuesday May 17th 2011

    This morning we decided to head to Hollywood Studios for rope drope

    We were planning on hitting the Studios the following week for Star Wars Weekends so thought it would be a good idea to enjoy some of our favourite rides whilst the crowds were still light

    It was a beautiful sunny morning and the lines were very short so no problems hitting all the headliners

    We hadn’t had any breakfast so a mid-morning snack was required and I knew exactly where to head

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    We love it here and make sure to visit every trip

    Here is our choice today;

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    Butterfinger Cupcake

    We decided to share :scared1: or should I say DH decided we should share :laughing:

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    'Is your half bigger than mine?'

    This was totally delicious and probably contains around one million calories.

    The frosting and crushed butterfinger topping is wonderful and just in case it isn’t rich enough for you there is also chocolate frosting inside!

    We continued around the park and just happened to be walking past Star Tours when the CMs removed the ropes for a soft opening of the ride :banana:

    We rode twice without any wait at all and it really is a great ride

    Following our inter-galactic adventures it was time for lunch and as this was nearby we headed inside

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    The menu features fairly standard offerings, here is DHs choice

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    Hot Dog & Fries

    I think it looks a bit sad (the burgers looked a lot better) but he seemed quite happy with it

    Here’s my much more interesting choice

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    Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
    basil asiago artisan bread, mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, tomato, watercress and cheese with sundried tomato pesto, served with carrot sticks or french fries


    This doesn’t look great in the photo but it was actually very good.

    It was packed full of all the usual veggies and the bread was covered in cheese then grilled.

    I didn’t manage to finish it all and you could easily split one of these

    Only a couple of choices available for dessert in the Backlot Express

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    Strawberry Parfait & Marble Cheesecake

    Nothing outstanding here but not bad either

    On the way out of the park we dropped into the Tune In Lounge as we had never visited it before.

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    DH had a Coke and I had a ‘Lemonade’ :rolleyes1

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    Dad’s Electric Lemonade
    Bacardi Rum, Skyy Vodka, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour and sprite


    Another glow cube for the collection!

    Coming Up Next …………………. Narcoossees
     
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  3. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Wow, I have U.S approval of my s'more ... love that! :goodvibes
    I did a quick check around the office and nobody here has ever heard of them so I am not alone in my English stupidity :laughing:

    Hi Shari :goodvibes
    We always try to try as many new places as possible and it was fab using the DDP for the first time on this trip :thumbsup2
     
  4. TanzUnited99

    TanzUnited99 DIS Veteran

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    Mmm that cupcake looks awesome - can't wait to try one! :thumbsup2

    Lol at having to share and one half being bigger then the other - I would have gone for the bigger half! :lmao:
     
  5. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

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    I had the same experience with Le Cellier as you did. Servers werent very friendly or helpful at all...steak wasnt good (generally not a good cut of meat), bread/pretzel sticks werent anything to write home about, and the cheesesoup was simply "meh". I've had better in my hometown. Like yourself, i vowed not to return for a looooooong time. until i've eaten everywhere else in disney that is!!:lmao:
     
  6. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    Hey, I think this cupcake cross-sections quite well! It looks like a little archeological dig down to the cake part!
     
  7. PrincessBetsy

    PrincessBetsy "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

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    Yup, official approval right here!! :thumbsup2 :laughing:

    :lmao: after the butterfinger cupcake was split in half. That is seriously one of the best cupcakes I have ever had in my life. Definitely need to share it though - I'm pretty sure one could get a sugar coma if they decided to eat the whole thing!

    And what a pretty "lemonade" ;)
     
  8. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    DH always say's 'let's share' but stay tuned for a return visit to Starring Rolls where we go solo :thumbsup2

    We tried several signature restaurants on this trip and LC didn't even come close to the others we tried :confused3

    :rotfl: I never though of it like that

    :goodvibes
    yep that was a pretty awesome 'lemonade' :laughing:
     
  9. sydneysmom

    sydneysmom needing a vacation....soon!

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    OOOOOH ! I'm hopping on, sorry for being late ! everything looks amazing.... you had me at the cupcake cross-section. I'm in heaven ! (and now drooling all over my desk. not pretty. at . all. ) :goodvibes

    can't wait for more !!! :thumbsup2
     
  10. mamaboogie

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    A 'lemonade'??? You had me going for a minute!:rotfl:

    I had that cupcake from Starring Rolls - but I refused to share....;)

    I love your photos - especially with the added speech bubbles!

    We quite often go to the Backlot Express for our Hollywood Studio's counter service - like you say - usual CS fayre but not bad.

    Really interested how you found Narccoosses....
     
  11. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    :welcome: you're never too late to join in with my rambling reviews, they are probably going to be running for the next 6 months anyway :laughing:

    Coming right up me duck :thumbsup2
     
  12. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Cool, I'm all caught up now. :)

    So sorry that your Le Cellier dinner was a disaster! I had the salmon in March and really enjoyed it, but if it had been cold and overcooked I certainly would have felt the same way.

    And I found the waffles at Roaring Fork completely delicious! We tried every kind except the chocolate one, and the strawberry-orange waffles were heavenly. :cloud9:
     
  13. Linda67

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    Tuesday May 17th 2011

    Tonight our dinner was at Narcoossee’s (I'm never sure if that is this is a correct use of an apostrophe :laughing:)

    We arrived about 20 minutes ahead of our ADR so that we could enjoy a pre-dinner drink before we were seated

    Once we had checked in and had our buzzer we headed to the bar

    As always DH had a Coke, no picture but I think you know what that looks like and I got one of these;

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    Agave Nectar Margarita
    Tierras Organic Blanco Tequila, Agave Nectar, and Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice


    When I ordered the bar tender told me it was his speciality and although other bars have this margarita, his were the best! (for research purposes I would test this theory later in the week :rolleyes1)

    This was a very well mixed margarita with a nice kick to it

    We sat outside on the terrace enjoying our drinks and just as we were finishing off the buzzer sounded

    We were led to a really nice table by the window which I was excited about as I knew we would get a great view of Wishes

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    Window View

    I really liked the atmosphere in Narcoossees.

    It was elegant and yet very relaxed and I loved the huge windows; I can see why this is a popular spot to watch the fireworks

    Our server was soon with us to take our drink orders and make some menu suggestions

    Whilst waiting for our drinks we were given some warm sourdough bread.

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    Warm Sourdough

    DH really got a taste for sourdough on this vacation so really enjoyed this. I can’t really remember too much about it but I think it was good

    Whilst we were munching on the bread I also enjoyed a glass of this

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    Fairy Tale by Iron Horse, Celebration Cuvée Brut

    DH really wanted an appetiser but I wanted to save room for my entrée so he went ahead and ordered this

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    Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Grilled Zellwood Corn Relish and Ancho Chili Sauce

    He loved this :cloud9:

    For some reason I didn’t try any of his dish but DH raved about it saying that it was packed full of crab with no filler and the breading was perfect.

    The corn relish was also a big hit and although he doesn’t usually enjoy too much spice he felt that the chilli sauce provided a nice little kick

    We never felt rushed at Narcoossees and felt that the meal was really well paced.

    We like to have a bit of a gap between appetisers and entrees and that’s exactly what we got

    Next up the entrees

    First here is my choice;

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    Steamed Whole Maine Lobster Baked Sherry-Cheddar Orecchiette Pasta and Delta Asparagus

    Pretty much as soon as I had taken this photo, the lights dimmed and Wishes began

    It was lovely to enjoy dinner with the fireworks as a backdrop but I must admit I spent most of the time concentrating on my dinner, knowing that we would have plenty of other opportunities to watch the show

    So what’s the verdict?

    Well I thought that my lobster was just ‘OK’

    I did expect it to be quite firm and our server had already made us aware that the lobster served here did have a ‘slightly chewy texture’ so I am sure it was correctly prepared but I have enjoyed other whole lobsters more

    The pasta had a great flavour but sadly was a little on the dry side but the asparagus was perfectly cooked and one of my favourite vegetables

    And for DH ......................

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    Surf & Turf Medallions of Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, Duchess Potatoes, Wax Beans and Béarnaise Sauce

    DH really enjoyed his choice; he said that the steak was really tender and he particularly liked the firm texture of the lobster so I think it’s purely down to personal preference

    The one downside of his dish was the duchess potatoes which were really dry so it seems like both of our side dishes were a bit of a let down.

    The béarnaise sauce and beans were both perfect

    Our server tonight was lovely by the way, attentive but not intrusive and seemed to be very experienced in her role.

    She really helped to enhance the experience which is exactly what a good server can do

    Next up dessert;

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    Almond-crusted Cheesecake - with lambert cherry sauce

    This was my choice and I have to say I didn’t enjoy it :sad2:

    I thought that it would be a regular cheesecake with an almond crust but in fact it is an almond flavoured cheesecake with an almond crust

    Now I really like the taste of almonds but this to me was total almond overload!!

    The saving grace of the dish for me was the cherry sauce which was yummy!

    Here is DH’s choice, isn’t it pretty?

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    Florida Strawberry-Lemon Tart finished with Strawberry Sauce and Whipped Cream

    DH ate every last crumb, he loved it but said it wasn’t as ‘lemony’ as he expected

    We both really enjoyed our evening at Narcoossee’s but it didn’t ‘wow’ us

    Would we go again?

    Probably not, it’s not that anything was particularly bad but with the exception of the crab cakes every dish we tried needed just a tiny tweak to take it from OK to excellent

    Coming Up Next ………… Earl Of Sandwich & Captain Cook’s
     
  14. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    The atmosphere at Narcoosees is wonderful, but DBF and I were also both disappointed in our meals too. (We both had the Surf and Turf.) Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy all of your meal either :(
     
  15. TanzUnited99

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    Am glad you enjoyed Narcoosee's but it's a shame it did not have the wow factor. I have to say though DHs appetiser and dessert look yummy! :)
     
  16. PrincessBetsy

    PrincessBetsy "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

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    Too bad Narcoosee's wasn't as spectacular as it should have been. Your desserts do look very pretty though!
     
  17. Tinker12

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    You are not the only one to say that the Duchess potatoes were dry. I just read a trip report earlier concerning CRT. They served Duchess Potatoes as well, and the entire serving of potatoes could be lifted from the plate with a fork. Hmmm, I'm not a cook but I'm wondering if they were left out to long.

    Great trip report!!

    :cool1:
     
  18. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Wow, I've never seen any 100% positive comments about the Narcoossee's lobster or surf n' turf. You'd think for a plate that costs almost $60 that they would really get it right. I like Narcoossee's, but I'll probably stick to the crab-crusted halibut/flounder/mahi mahi.

    And I agree with you that the almond-crusted cheesecake isn't my favorite dessert. I prefer the chocolate mousse dome or the mango sorbet (although the strawberry-lemon tart looks delicious!)
     
  19. mamaboogie

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    At least you had good service at Narcoossees - we enjoyed the food but the service was bad! A shame as we liked lots of other things about the restaurant.

    Everyone has different experiences - that's what's makes reading the food reviews so interesting!:goodvibes
     
  20. disney_princess_85

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    Another report from Linda! :woohoo:

    I've just read the whole thing from start to finish and, I must say, you're doing an excellent job. I can't wait to read more!
     
  21. librarygeek

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    Loving your reviews so far! I'm sorry to hear about your experience about Le Cellier - I've never been but heard it's one of the most popular, so I'm surprised to hear negative reviews!

    Narcoossee's looks pretty good, we are going there for our first night in Disney and I'm looking forward to it :)

    And congrats on your first S'mores! Aren't they yummy?
     

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