Magic Happens, and Then You EAT: Our Gluttonous *Year of the Dragon* COMPLETE!!

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  1. BlovesC

    BlovesC home is where the Yeti is!

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    We love love love LTT and your reviews make me so happy! I'm glad you asked for the rolls at lunch, I could NOT imagine a meal there without them, they're delicious! :worship:


    OH MY GOD! I can't believe someone on the DIS is mentioning Maruca's! Until three years ago I lived in Toms River about 15 minutes from Seaside...growing up, Maruca's was my family's favorite pizza. I remember for a couple years they had opened a second location further in town that delivered, and my mom thought it was the best thing ever to have Maruca's come straight to our door! :laughing: No pizza I've ever had, even at few 'famous' spots in NYC, was as good as Maruca's!
     
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  3. Roma

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    I am definitely going to request those rolls with honey butter when we eat at LTT for lunch in November. I cannot resist honey butter in any form.
     
  4. debrapagliasotti

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    Thank you for the tip on asking for rolls at lunch at LTT. Will have to remember that in a few months when we have our lunch ADR. :thumbsup2
     
  5. auntfrannie

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    LTT is one my favorite places for lunch! It's always good. I think I might have to change up my plans next time and make a meal from the appetizers. The Johnny Appleseed Cake does look really good; there was another glowing review I saw a month or so ago.
     
  6. iloveeeyore

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    Everything was great, but I would avoid the pasta dish next time and go for the Colony Salad. We enjoyed our lunch a LOT and would love to return.

    The rolls don't come automatically at lunch like they do with dinner; you just have to ask for them. Our server was nice about it, but I have read one or two reviews where the server was less than excited to provide them.

    Aladdin has spied the LTT mugs once in a blue moon on e-bay...not sure what they went for. It's worth a search. I agree they are great mugs! :goodvibes

    I think your review was the one that tipped us off about the rolls? We were really surprised how much we enjoyed our lunch at LTT. I don't typically enjoy that type of food in a restaurant, don't love 50's PT pot roast, but LTT's was truly superior. We'd go back in a heartbeat.

    Aladdin and I grew up spending summers in Lavallette, Ocean Beach and Mantoloking, so we are very familiar with Toms River, Seaside, etc. We LOVE Maruca's!! It is my favorite pizza of the North, by a significant margin. They opened one in Brick (I thought it was Brick, or is that TR, there?) not far from my in-laws' home, is that the one you mean? We are so sad we missed it this summer...but at least we had VN to make up for it! (Well, sort of...apples and oranges really)

    If you love honey butter, you will adore this treat! Enjoy!

    You're welcome about the tip. I learned the secret here on The DIS and I'm happy to spread the pixie dust around! Enjoy your lunch and the rolls! :)

    Oh, yeah, have the Johnny Appleseed's!!! :thumbsup2 I am not a fan of apply desserts, so I never would have chosen this one, but Herc loves them, so this was his pic. We wish we could have swapped the toffee cake for another one of those (not really, after all, we had to taste the toffee cake).
     
  7. jerseytinkerbell

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    Great update! :thumbsup2 I'm so glad that you guys had a great lunch at LTT! This has definitely become a must-do for DH & I. I really enjoyed the Johnny Appleseed cake as well. That's what they served for dessert at dinner when I was there last December and I didn't think I would like it, but it was surprisingly delicious. I keep wanting to get one of those mugs because I think they are just too cute, but I always forget about it when we're there. I must remember to get one next time. $5 is a good deal for a nice glass like that!
     
  8. iloveeeyore

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    Prior to our trip, we had scheduled a mini DisMeet for early in the afternoon on this day. Aladdin and I met up at the Tambu Lounge with MCDomzal and her DS fightinillini229. We had such a delightful conversation in the most beautiful setting! I have decided that the Tambu is one of my new favorite spots in all of WDW!

    Our bartender was John, and he was great! I ordered the famous Lapu Lapu and Aladdin went with the Back Scratcher:
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    I just love the Lapu Lapu! It's a rum punch served in a pineapple, with more rum floated on top. Aladdin brought his spork so I could really lay waste to that entire pineapple. Delicious and strong! I also enjoy scraping the sides with the straw and slurping that pulp right up through the straw. Aladdin's Back Scratcher was good, but it wouldn't be my choice. He enjoyed it. I thought it was strong with rum flavor but not quite as balanced with fruit as the Lapu Lapu.

    MCDomzal ordered a cranberry juice because she had to go pick up her DD and DH and Universal that day, and fightinillini229 got a Back Scratcher. I guess I will view that Back Scratcher as a manly drink!

    We enjoyed our lovely interlude at the Tambu and decided we would never go another Poly trip without at least one evening of relaxation there. We would sample some more concoctions later in the week so stay tuned for the reviews of those.

    Rating for the Tambu for overall experience (drinks, service, company and atmopshere) is:
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    5/5! Cocktail lounge Nirvana!

    ETA: Almost forgot to add the cost to the report. Our bill for this delightful experience was $28.17 including tax and tip.

    Up next, dinner at Citricos!
     
  9. iloveeeyore

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    Thank you! I know we will be back again to LTT for lunch for sure! And the Appleseed's cake really surprised me, too. The description did not sound appealing at all! Maybe we liked it so much because our expectations were pretty low? I truly believe that a large part of enjoyment is determined by managing expectations. Maybe we just expected too much from the toffee cake? :confused:

    The glasses are adorable and look great in our kitchen. They are a steal for $5.00! :thumbsup2
     
  10. MainStreetFireman

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    The "spork" in question is a CRKT Eat'N Tool.

    You should be able to get it at at most outdoors stores, as well as on ebay.
     
  11. MrsB1228

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    Mmm, love, love, LOVE LTT!! You got two of our favourite entrees there (pilgrim's feast and the pot roast) and my mouth was watering looking at your wonderful pictures. I usually go for the toffee cake for dessert but your review of the johnny appleseed cake is seriously tempting me to deviate from the norm ... decisions, decisions! :rotfl:

    We've never stopped for drinks at the Tambu Lounge, but from your description, it sounds like a lovely place to enjoy an adult beverage. :thumbsup2

    Thanks for the update!
     
  12. MainStreetFireman

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    ...we had never scheduled time to visit Tambu. Iloveeeyore always ordered her Lapu Lapu at Ohana, and the kids were just a bit too young to leave in the room. But now that we've done it, we will definitely go more often. Great vibe, great drinks, great people!

    It had been too long since my last Tiki Bar experience (Trader Vic's at the Plaza Hotel in NYC). I will not miss Tambu again!:firefight:thumbsup2
     
  13. NoOrdinaryPrincess

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    The lapu lapu i on the top of my list to try this fall.
     
  14. iloveeeyore

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    Yes, that pilgrim's feast and that pot roast were great! We WILL order those again. And I suggest that at least one person in your party try the appleseed's cake, so you can at least taste it and compare.

    Tambu Lounge is now on top 5 to-do list when in WDW. It goes on our family's must do list from now on. If you sit in the right spot, you get a clear view of the castle, too! :thumbsup2

    I had never been to Trader Vic's, so I think Tambu is my FIRST tiki bar ever. Now that I've tried it, I love the Poly even more. Want to go back right now!!

    Bring a spork so you can enjoy it with more yummy pineapple pulp! There are so many other wonderful drinks at Tambu, too! Keep an open mind...;)
     
  15. iloveeeyore

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    We took the monorail over to the GF and walk straight to the reception area for Citricos. We arrived pretty far in advance of our 8pm ADR, but we were seated pretty quickly. We had just enough time between checking in and being seated to check out the V&A menu. We really want to dine there some time!!

    Tonight was Citricos night though, and we were super-excited to try it for the first time!

    Our server was Tammy and she was lovely to us and was working quite hard that night with a very big party at another table. We wouldn't have known it, because she was very attentive and mostly efficient. She explained that the kitchen was a little backed up and we might have a delay, but we didn't notice any lag in service. We were enjoying our peaceful time in the beautiful atmosphere, so we wouldn't have cared anyway.

    The bread was a hearty olive bread with a solid crust (I think maybe salted?) and nice and soft on the inside, served slightly warm with delicious salted butter:
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    It was soooo good! It was the second-best bread of the trip, and I could have made a meal on this bread alone! As it was, I'm pretty sure we asked for at least one more round of this!

    For my appetizer, I ordered the Sauteed Shrimp:
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    with lemon, white wine, tomatoes and feta cheese. This was absolutely delicious, the shrimp plump and cooked to perfection (I think there were 3 large ones in there). The broth was so perfect and I had to soak some more of that olive bread in there. I could have had a bigger portion of this for an entree! I had a glass of white wine with this, it was either the suggested pairing on the menu or recommended by Tammy. Our receipt says 390 Boutar and it was very very good with this dish, light and crisp.

    Hercules ordered the Arancini:
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    Another winner! This arancini was very different from that offered at Via Napoli. The VN one was delcious in its own right, but this dish was cororful and multi-layered and rich and out-of-this-world delicious! We all loved it!

    Aladdin decided to go with something light, so he ordered the Yellow Tomato Gazpacho:
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    With smoked rocked shrimp, tomato and cucmber salsa, piquillo coulis and 25-year sherry viniagrette-lime ice! Wow! bursting with fresh and delicious flavors. The lime ice added an interesting texture and tang to the sweet tomato and spicy coulis. So refreshing! I think some extra bread found its way to get dunked in there, too!

    For Belle, the Artisan Cheese Trio:
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    This was good, and she loved it, but in retrospect, it was the weakest cheese plate of the week. First, it was only 3 cheeses, and second, it was the only one with the accompaniments served atop the cheese. We would have preferred them on the side to allow a more personalized experience.

    For my main course, I went with the Oak-grilled Filet of Beef:
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    Perfect! It was like butter in my mouth, the sauce was rich and flavorful without overpowering the meat, and those potatos were so good! I would have like a few more pepadews, but I certainly didn't need them. I had a glass of red wine with this course, on the receipt it just says "Red Wine 3." I don't know for sure, but it was probably either a pinot noir or a cabernet, as these are my 2 favorite reds.

    After much internal debate, Herc decided on the Madeira-braised Short Rib:
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    He was so glad he chose this dish! Served with trofie pasta, wild mushroom ragout and white truffle creme fraiche, this dish really knocked it out of the park, and Hercules licked that plate clean. He had considered swapping the trofie pasta for the Quattro Formaggi mashed potatoes that came with the beef, but he was glad he kept the dish in its intended form. Anyway, he had the opportunity to taste the potatoes off my plate; he enjoyed them, too, but the trofie pasta with the rick creme fraiche really matched perfectly with the short rib.

    Aladdin decided on the Braised Veal Shank (well, to be honest, I told him he was getting the Veal):
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    This was served with carrot-potato mash, roasted vegetables and toasted citrus gremolata. The veal was succulent and fall-off-the-bone tender, but the overall dish was kind of blah. Compared to the other savory, rich and flavorful dishes on our table, this was just bland, I'm sorry to say. It needed something spicy or salty or tangy to take it to the next level. It wasn't bad, it just didn't stand up to the rest of the meal. Uninspiring. Aladdin didn't complain because he is angel, but I know how he is when he loves a dish, and it was obvious that he didn't love this. You would think that by now we would know that we shouldn't order the "signature" dishes or the hyped-up dishes at the signature restaurants. They have disappointed us so far.

    Aladdin also had a glass of wine, I think with his entree, which was a 649 JeanLuc Rhon. He loved it!

    Belle has been on a trend toward the vegetarian lately, so it wasn't surprising when she ordered the veggie entree, which was Seared Tofu:
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    She thoroughly enjoyed this and ate every bite. I tasted it and thought it was excellent, tastier at $28 than the veal at $53. It was served with zucchini and eggplant ratatouie, roasted mushrooms, peas and sundried tomato puree.

    There was not a shadow of a doubt as to what I would order for dessert, the Warm Chocolate-Banana Torte:
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    This tasted as delicious as it was presented! It was rich and sinful and delicious, with just the right balance of chocolate and banana. Aladdin had already listened to me about the entree and he wasn't gonna miss out on a great dessert for himself, so he ordered this too, which was a good choice!

    Hercules debated a while on this course, also, and ultimately decided on the Tropical Fruit Creme Brulee:
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    Now we all love tropical fruit and we all love creme brulee, but together they are just...weird. He didn't hate this dessert but he wasn't crazy about it, either. It was probably his least favorite creme brulee ever. I took a taste, and then another, trying to decide how to appropriately describe it, and all I can say is that I just don't think tropical fruit belongs flavoring creme brulee. We're glad we tried it though, it sounded intriguing. The creme and fruit on top was very good, and we were so full from our incredibly satisfying dinner that a "meh" dessert on the table didn't bother us!

    Belle chose the Lemon-scented Cheesecake:
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    She loved it and licked the plate clean! I tasted it and while I thought it was very good, I was glad I stuck with the torte.

    Our overall impression of Citricos:
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    5/5!

    The atmosphere, service and food were all outstanding. We weren't crazy about the veal, but this is more a matter of personal preference in the preparation of the dish. Even though it didn't suit our particular taste, we can't say anything negative about the quality and freshness of the ingredients or the artistic presentation of the dish. It was perfectly described on the menu, there were no surprise inclusions or deletions of ingredients. For another family, this could well be the perfect dish. I would highly recommend a meal at Citricos to anyone and I look forward to our return in the future!

    The "total" for this meal came to $372.55 including the tax, tip and 3 glasses of wine. We paid 8 TS credits off our dining plan, and our OOP expense was $94.62, which included the tip of $60 and our bar bill for $34.62 for the 3 glasses of wine and the tax on them. We thought that for the amount and quality of the food we enjoyed, this would have still been a nice value if we had paid OOP for this meal (perpective: we are from NY), and we would happily return to Citricos either on or off the dining plan.

    Up next...another day at Epcot!
     
  16. jedijill

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    Looking forward to hearing the rest of your Citrico's review. I've had some great meals there but my last visit was a bust...mostly due to bad service.

    You MUST go to V&A. Fantastic!

    Jill in CO
     
  17. iloveeeyore

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    Hope you enjoy the rest. I totally understand how bad service can detract from an otherwise enjoyable experience! We had one like that this trip, too, and we RARELY notice bad service, because we normally enjoy lingering anyway. I am always vigilant about paying attention to the service when I'm doing a dining review, because I want to be candid and honest so others know what to expect.

    We would LOVE to try V&A. The only thing preventing it so far is Aladdin doesn't want to pack a jacket for vacation. I get it, but if I can persuade him to read enough reviews here, he might be convinced!
     
  18. MickeyNicki

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    Loved your review of Citricos, we have been there three trips in a row and each time it was out of this world....so glad I booked it for my Oct trip!
     
  19. disnut1149

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    Can't wait for your trip and your reviews!!! Also, thanks to the OP for your reviews!! They're really great.
     
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    What a wonderful Citrico's review! I had the veal in '09 but I remember it being goof but not much else! We are booked again in October so can't wait!
     
  21. auntfrannie

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    Citrico's is one place I try to hit on each visit. It's always been great! Great food, great service and a relaxing atmosphere.
     

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