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  1. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Really happy to have your reading along, I love your reviews :goodvibes
    Mmmm ......... strawberry-orange waffles, I've just had oatmeal for breakfast and it's just not quite the same :laughing:

    We had a lovely evening at Narcoossees and it wasn't that the meal was 'bad' but more a combination of perhaps not ordering the right thing for our tastes and there needs to be a little more attention to detail on the side dishes

    Oh he loved that crab cake, I really can't remember why I didn't try it :sad2:

    Yep they sure were pretty, just the way desserts should be :cloud9:

    :laughing: DH did the exact same thing! he picked up the entire serving on his fork and suggested he eat it like a mickey bar!
    I gave him a gentle kick under the table :rotfl:

    I really should have chosen the crab-crusted halibut as I am sure I would have enjoyed it more and I also think that the mango sorbet would have been more to my taste ...... You should chose all my courses for me :laughing:

    Very true :goodvibes
    Our server was really great and certainly made for a much more enjoyable evening

    Lauren, your here! where have you been you're late :rotfl:

    I am sure you will have a wonderful time at Narcoossees, there is a lovely atmosphere and what a beautiful setting :cloud9:
     
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  3. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Wednesday 18th May

    Today was a non-park day but we still had a relatively early start as we wanted to do the 9am Wilderness Lodge Tour (which is well worth doing :thumbsup2)

    We took advantage of a totally empty pool to have a swim and enjoy the hot tub.

    After we had showered and dressed we headed to Roaring Fork to top up our mugs with coffee and picked out a treat to share

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    Maple & Pecan Cinnamon Roll

    Wow, wow, wow this was delicious :cloud9:

    I love pecans, I love maple syrup and I love cinnamon, put them all together and you have one hell of a yummy breakfast. The only downside is that I had to share :eek:

    After the tour we jumped in the car and headed off to melt our credit cards at Mall At The Millenia before heading back to Downtown Disney for lunch at the awesome ................................

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    We absolutely have to eat here every trip (usually more than once)

    I am excited to hear that there is a branch opening at Disneyland Paris soon so that is reason enough for another trip on the Eurostar!

    We decided to get two sandwiches that we both enjoy and split them

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    The Caprese - fresh mozzarella, roma tomatos, fresh basil and drizzled balsamic vinaigrette

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    Tuna Melt - albacore tuna salad and Swiss cheese

    Totally delicious as always and a great counter service option

    The bread is just wonderful and I am a big fan of the balsamic dressing on the Caprese

    The Tuna Melt is gooey and yummy and a particularly good sandwich to share as a whole one can get a little bit sickly

    On the DDP you can choose any dessert up to a value of either $2.49 or $2.99, I can’t remember which and here is what we chose

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    Three Berry Yoghurt & Granola Parfait & Strawbery & Cream Pound Cake

    Both of these were really good, certainly the best counter service deserts we had eaten so far

    We headed back to WL to drop off our shopping and freshen up before driving the short five minutes up the road to watch the 6pm torch lighting ceremony at the Poly

    I picked up one of these from the pool bar to enjoy whilst watching the show

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    Pina Colada

    If you prefer your cocktails on the tame side then this is the one for you.

    It was very refreshing and just what was needed on a very warm evening but not much of a kick to it

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    This made me smile more than my Pina Colada :laughing:

    We decided to head back to WL for a while to relax and pack for tomorrow’s cruise but that we would return to the Poly later that evening for drinks and to watch Wishes from the beach

    First stop when we returned was the Tambu Lounge

    The usual coke for DH but something far more interesting for me

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    Captain’s Mai Tai

    Don’t you just love the Tiki glass :thumbsup2

    We then headed to the beach to watch Wishes, you really do get a great view from the beach and we found a lovely peaceful spot after picking up one of these from the pool bar

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    Mango Margarita

    I hope that nobody is keeping count of the number of alcoholic beverages in this post :scared1:

    After Wishes we were both getting hungry so headed straight for Captain Cook's

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    Aloha Pork Sandwich All sandwiches served with Asian Slaw, Chips, Steamed Vegetables, or Fries

    This was DHs choice and he hardly came up for breath whilst eating it, he tells me it was a 10 out of 10 sandwich and packed full of flavour

    And for me;

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    Grilled Cheese Sandwich cheddar, swiss, and Boursin cheeses served on multi-grain sunflower bread with Asian slaw

    Oh my word, Earl Of Sandwich may have some competition, this was just wonderful. I enjoyed every last bite and the Asian Slaw was the perfect side dish :cloud9:

    So what’s the real reason Captain Cook’s is so popular? ……………… self serve Dole Whip :worship:

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    What a wonderful way to end a perfect evening

    Coming Up Next ……….. Setting Sail On The Dream!
     
  4. mamaboogie

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    Great food, lots of lovely cocktails and a hunky new friend - the perfect trip!:thumbsup2 (Which one made me want to lick the screen though.....:lmao:)

    I too love pecans, syrup and cinnamon!:lovestruc

    The EoS sandwiches look so scrummy!

    And all those cocktails! :yay: I love a mai tai too - and I must try a pina colada!

    Linda, I am absolutely loving your trip report as much as I knew I would!:thumbsup2
     
  5. TanzUnited99

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    Great reviews - can't wait to try EoS!

    Adding a new friend into the mix made it even more fun to read!! :rotfl:
     
  6. PrincessBetsy

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

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    Comments in red. Loved the new update and can't wait to hear about the Dream!
     
  7. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

    We love EOS :cloud9:
    I can't wait to the one at DLP opens!
    Glad you enjoyed the additional photo :rolleyes1

    Hope to start the Dream reviews this weekend :thumbsup2
     
  8. scanne

    scanne <font color=blue>OK, I must have really small ears

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    The drinks look so lovely....;)

    Looking forward to your Dream review!!!
     
  9. librarygeek

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    Mmm, Earl of Sandwich! I'm definitely going to order the Caprese when I'm there, it looks mouth watering good :)
     
  10. Linda67

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    Coming right up :goodvibes

    I love the Caprese sandwich :cloud9:
    It's the balsamic dressing that makes it so great
     
  11. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Thursday 19th May 2011

    Morning everyone :wave2:

    Hope you are all enjoying your weekend

    So where was I?

    Oh yeah we are about to set sail on our first ever cruise :yay:

    We woke early and took our luggage to the car before heading to Roaring Fork to grab some tasty treats for the journey down to Port Canaveral

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    Blueberry Muffin for DH

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    Raisin Scone for Me

    We hit the road and before long we saw this;

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    The Disney Dream

    :teeth:

    After a quick and easy check in process our boarding number was called and we casually strolled on board ……OK we skipped and giggled like school-girls and bounced on-board :tigger:

    I’m not going to turn this into a trip report as I know you are all here for the food but needless to say we were speechless when we walked into that lobby (do you call it a lobby on a ship?) and we were re-booking our next cruise before the bags were even un-packed (well not quite that quick but I am trying to build dramatic effect :laughing:)

    Anyway onto the food

    First stop was Cabanas

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    We were really impressed with the variety and quality of food here; I must admit I didn’t have very high expectations heading into our first cruise but boy I was wrong!

    DH loaded up his plate

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    Prime Rib, Minted Lamb Chops, Mashed Potato and another cut off beef that I am unsure of?

    He loved this; he sure loves meat, so this was a wonderful dish to him

    Here’s my plate ……………………….

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    I was actually too excited to eat much and knew that the peel and eat shrimp and crab claws etc on the buffet would take too much concentration so I just picked away but everything was very good and fresh

    I think the fish that you see was Mahi Mahi and it was really well prepared, I sometimes find this to be a bit dry, especially on buffets but this was perfect

    Everything else you see is pretty self explanatory but top marks for the freshness of the salads

    Servers wandered around the tables with trays full of the cocktail of the day which was the Bahama Mama, well it would be rude not to :rolleyes1

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    BAHAMA MAMA
    White rum, Meyer’s rum, crème de banana, Malibu rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, dash of grenadine


    After lunch we went off for a bit of an explore as we wanted to take a look at the amazing kids clubs before we set sail and they would be out of bounds

    Once we had checked out our stateroom and un-packed a few bits we headed up to Currents Bar on Deck 10 to get a drink for the sail-away party

    A Coke for DH and a ‘Bon Voyage’ for me

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    BON VOYAGE

    I can’t seem to find a recipe for this on-line but I seem to remember it was Tequila based

    Mmmmm - I could get used to this cruising game :sail:

    Coming Up Next – Animators Palate
     
  12. dizneeat

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    Bon voyage, Linda! Bon voyage! ;)

    Okay, finally caught up .......... again! I wish work would not interfere with my DIS time! ;)

    Okay, comments!

    Sorry about your meal at Narcoosee's. Ours was really NOT nice at all, but at least you had a nice window seat with a view of the castle.

    Love EoS too! And you picked my two favourite sandwiches - what can I say? Um, oh, yeah, they have a wonderful bread pudding too! :rotfl2:

    Captain Cooks: We LOVE the Aloha sandwich - soooooooooo good! And I really want to try the grilled cheese in the summer. MickeyNicki recommanded it, and now I see it on your review - wanna have it too! ;)

    And finally we are sailing! Love what I see and read of Cabanas and don't hesitate posting a few more pics of the DREAM. ;) :lmao:
    Can't wait for AP! Thank god it's a long weekend here (it's Whitsun here and Monday is a holiday too - schools are closed on Tuesdays as well! :woohoo:) and I can stay tuned!

    Have a fun weekend, Linda!
     
  13. mamaboogie

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    So excited to read about your cruise!:yay:

    We have never done one....we keep saying - 'Someday...'

    Can't wait to hear all the food details!:)
     
  14. 2xcited2sleep

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    Im a big EoS fan too! Yummy! I have heard a lot about the grilled cheese sandwich...will have to add that to my Oct to-do list. And your picture is an excellent advertisement for the torch lighting ceremony. :rolleyes1

    Your cruise sounds like it is off to a great start. I love the drink of the day concept!!
     
  15. Tinker12

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    I wish that I could get me DH to get excited about a Disney cruise. He LOVES :love: Disney, but does not see why people want to get on a boat. Oh well.

    Yur report is still great!!! :cool1:
     
  16. dixonsontour

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    Fantastic report again Linda :thumbsup2
     
  17. PrincessBetsy

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    I have never been on a cruise, but I would love to travel on the Disney Dream someday. Preferably sooner than later! Your first lunch looks great and your 'Bon Voyage’ looks quite refreshing indeed!
     
  18. librarygeek

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    I've never done a Disney cruise, but hope to some day! So it's great to see all of the delicious food on board.
     
  19. Linda67

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    Hi Karin :goodvibes
    Hope you are enjoying your long weekend, it sounds like you have been really busy so enjoy your well deserved break :thumbsup2
    The Grilled Cheese and the Aloha Pork Sandwich were a big hit with us both so I hope you get to try them on your next trip
    It's funny how reading the reviews on the DIS means that we all end up with long lists of 'must try' items
    I do it all the time :laughing:

    Hi Shari
    I had never even considered a cruise before, I thought I would get bored but ended up loving it
    We have re-booked for a seven day cruise next year as three days did feel a bit rushed but a great way to find out if cruising is for you or not :thumbsup2

    Ooh you are going to be there in October :yay: are you going to go to the Food & Wine Festival?
    We are really exctited to be going for the first time this year

    I have to be honest that's kind of what I thought.
    DH was actually more into the idea of cruising than me
    The only reason I decided to give it a go was because it was a Disney ship
    I'm glad I tried it though as it turns out I really enjoyed it :)

    Thanks for reading along, I hope to get another quick update up today :goodvibes

    The Disney Dream is an amazing ship, it's great fun to just explore and check out all the details :)

    I was really impressed with the food on board
    I didn't really expect much in terms of quality, I mean there's an awful lot of people to serve but it was actually really good :thumbsup2
     
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    Thursday 19th May 2011 Continued

    Hello from a not so sunny England :goodvibes

    Here we go, our first eveing on board the Disney Dream

    Ahead of our cruise we had requested the late seating for dinner which suited us perfectly; we would go to the early show each evening and then have an hour to freshen up before heading to our designated restaurant

    We decided not to try and get a reservation for Palo or Remy as we really wanted to try the three rotational restaurants

    Our rotation was Animators Palate, followed by The Enchanted Garden and finally the Royal Palace.

    If I could have picked an order in which to visit the restaurants this would have been it so we were delighted with our rotation :)

    I wasn’t sure how I would fell snapping photos of my food whilst dining at a shared table aboard The Dream so I headed down to dinner on the first night to meet our table mates unsure if my camera would ever be taken out of my purse

    I’m afraid my lovely DIS peeps I have let you down because the three dinner reviews will be photo free :sad2:

    Our table mates were lovely people but weren’t very chatty and seemed to want to keep themselves to themselves and enjoy a peaceful dinner so it really didn’t seem appropriate to keep whipping my camera out!

    So you are going to have to try to visualise the dishes whist being subjected to my dreadful use of the english language and inane ramblings :laughing:

    Animators Pallet was probably the most child friendly of the three main restaurants on board The Dream and it was a great setting in which to enjoy dinner.

    As I am sure you are aware the artwork on the walls comes to life throughout you dining experience with various characters from Finding Nemo ‘swimming’ past your table.

    The star of the show is Crush and if you have ever see Turtle Talk With Crush you’ll get the idea of him interacting with the diners; the kids in the restaurant got a real kick out of this

    As soon as we were seated our servers for the next three nights introduced themselves and let me tell you, the service that these guys provide night in night out is outstanding :worship:

    First off we placed our drink orders

    DH again stuck with the water and I ordered a 'Blueberrilicious'

    Tequila, Fresh Blueberries, Passion Fruit Juice, Triple Sec, Sour Mix

    This was lovely and with all that blueberry goodness it must surely be healthy :rotfl:

    The bread served this evening was Herb Foccacia and Ciabatta Bread with a Roasted Garlic Dip

    This was wonderfully warm and fresh

    For my appetiser I ordered Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes - Pasta Purse filled with Truffle scented Cheese and coated with a delicate Champagne Sauce

    This was simply delicious :cloud9:

    I have to be honest and say that I had fairly low expectations of the food ahead of our cruise.

    I just figured that with so many people to cater for the food would be sub-par; well if this dish was anything to go by I was wrong

    The pasta parcels were delicate in flavour and melted in your mouth. I would have happily eaten another portion of these right away

    DH ordered the Sesame -flavored Rock Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake with Asian Barbecue Sauce and topped with Micro Greens

    This was a lovely light appetiser, full of shrimp and the caramelized onion worked really well with the creamy texture of the cheesecake - a big hit with DH

    For my Entrée I chose Grilled Pacific Black Cod with Sautéed Morel Mushrooms on a Yellow Split Pea Purée

    The fish was perfectly cooked.

    I was worried it would be over cooked which can often the case when a kitchen has so many to prepare but this was spot on.

    The mushrooms and pea puree worked wonderfully with the peas adding a nice textural balance

    DH tried the Marinated Angus Beef Tenderloin, carved to order on wasabi mashed potatoes with bok choy and a tamarind barbecue reduction

    He's not a fan of wasabi so asked if he could have regular mashed potatoes which our wonderful server said wouldn't be a problem

    DH really enjoyed his entree and cleared his plate.

    The beef was tender and cooked exactly as he had requested and he says that the tamarind barbecue reduction gave the dish a welcome asian twist

    As always he adored the creamy mash potato :cloud9:

    For desserts there just wasn’t anything on the menu that grabbed me so our wonderful server suggested a Mickey Bar ………….. Hell yeah :yay:

    I loved the presentation of this all-time classic with the addition of Mickey sprinkles so I threw caution to the wind and took a photo :thumbsup2

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    Mickey Bar

    DH ordered the Cookies & Cream Sundae, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Wafer Cookies and Whipped Cream

    And his verdict ……….. Yummy, his only criticism was that his spoon wasn’t long enough to reach the bottom :laughing:

    We were both really impressed with our first ever cruise dinner and now felt really excited about the following three nights :)

    COMINING UP NEXT ……… Day Two Of Our Cruise And The Enchanted Garden
     
  21. dizneeat

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    Great review, Linda, even without photos!

    Tablemates can be hit or miss. On our first cruise last year we had "Mr. Know it all" at our table, cruise no two last summer had a DISer at our table and we made instant friends! :lmao:

    Your descriptions of the food sound yummy - I cannot wait to try the restaurants myself.
    And :woohoo: for ordering a Mickey bar - they are always delish! :goodvibes

    Can't wait for more!
     

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