Om nom nom, a short deluxe report Updated 1-5! yeah it's been awhile..

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  1. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    Well fellow foodies, I figured I should make my way back here. Maybe I was inspired because I'm totally craving a funnel cake right now, even though this little review doesn't include a funnel cake :mad:

    http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46616859&postcount=15 This is where we're at with the trip itself.

    Onto one of my favorite things, Casey's Corner!!! Now I'd get to have some real corn dog nuggets! I was so jazzed when I got there. With what I'd planned with other meals and ADRs I had planned, I paid for this OOP which ended up being a mistake (for reasons which we will discuss 3 reviews from now, sorry to make you wait!)

    I practically skipped up to the counter and ordered my drink, my precious nuggets and fries.

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    Now this is what I'd been waiting for! Real cornbread batter, hot dogs that weren't hard to bite through. Fries that were both crispy and soft, salty and just the right amount of greasy :lmao:. I was a very happy camper. I've never had anything else at Casey's so I really can only recommend it if you want to board the train of nugget love. I consider this a solid :cloud9: It's so silly but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do right?

    My out of pocket cost for a large Sprite, corn dog nuggets and fries came to $10.10. I can't give you a breakdown because I apparently didn't save the receipt.

    Next up: Magical stars and "oh, that's my butter knife"
     
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  3. Quin

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    Hey, we're all kids in the MK. And what kid doesn't love corn dogs?

    I don't like the sound of that ominous 'paying OOP was a mistake', though.
     
  4. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    The upcoming story makes me feel dirty and pathetic.
     
  5. nanienamou

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    Loved the nuggets too! :thumbsup2 And now I'm curious about your next update! ;)
     
  6. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    It won't be the next update just fyi. I have 2 reviews to get through before I get to this particular story. I will tease you bit and say there's a delicious silver lining.
     
  7. jmm476

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    mmmm, love those corn dog nuggets! Although I can't wait to give my sister a hard time because she made us run all over Animal Kingdom until we found where they sold them. I honestly didn't know they were also at Casey's and I'm sure she didn't know either.
     
  8. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    I was a little concerned how long it would take to get to GF for my dinner at Narcoossee so I left MK a bit earlier than I needed to. On the bright side, I saw that the boat to GF was on it's way in so I opted for that (a first time ride) rather than the Monorail.

    Now, for anyone who saw any of my previous plans and posts about my ADRs (you know, because you should remember what I had planned at every step of the way), you should be saying "but wait! Didn't you have Artist Point booked for this night?" Well, you'd be correct in that. I did have AP booked for a long time and it TYPICALLY is one of my favorite restaurants. As I did the typical disboard behavior of checking and rechecking menus, I noticed some changes I wasn't too jazzed about. I'd be thinking I'd like to try the porkbelly appetizer that was on the menu, then that went away. Then they went and monkeyed with the buffalo entree (again) and that was just the last straw. It was turning into "Why do I want to go and have to make concessions and substitutions to be happy? What else is out there?" So I poked around the other signature menus and landed on Narcoossee. I'd always been able to find something for my picky self to eat on the menu but AP held that buffalo over my head and always won out. Not this time though and I managed to score an ADR I think 2 or 3 weeks out, I know it was pretty close to trip time.

    I'd told a friend of mine I was going and she goes "NO TSHIRTS!" and told me I needed to at least wear something a little nice.. I knew I could technically wear a tshirt but I ended up wearing the plain tank top I'd had on all day and threw a light weight cardigan over it and I will say, I did feel a bit more like I fit in. I checked in a bit early and was seated a bit early which was fine with me because I was hoping I could kind of "rush" the meal so I could get back to MK to get my party on. I knew it'd be a longer meal but it ended up being a bit longer than I figured.

    There weren't many people seated when I got there, but it got busier by the time it got dark (I'm sure people looking to see Hallowishes)

    After being seated I thought to myself "Self, you deserve a drink." So I started out with a water, a coke, and my very first official Disney alcoholic beverage, a Magical Star. Holy crap...I love those darn things. Fruity and sweet and multicolored goodness but not too much of anything, it's honestly very refreshing! I took a video of it on my phone and sent it to my friends to rub it in :upsidedow.

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    For an appetizer I decided to go for the cheese plate. Nothing else was calling to me as it was mostly seafood and I don't do that.

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    I was familiar with 2 of these cheeses from work, and truth be told, I typically don't eat a lot of cheese. I'm around it too much to enjoy it anymore and just a little bit satisfies my taste for it. Starting from the left, the cheeses were Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Mt Tam triple cream, Humboldt Fog, Petit Agour and Roaring 40's blue. The pairings, again from left to right, were honey comb, candy cane figs, some kind of glazed nut and serrano ham. To the far right was a thin toast. Pleasant Ridge is too much like gruyere for my tastes, even with the pairings I'm not a fan. The Mt Tam is fabulous, very creamy and delicious with the nuts and the honey. Humboldt Fog can be ok but this was a very young wheel. What I normally have in at work is further along than this picture shows and it just wasn't appealing to me. The Petit Agour was the big surprised here. I can't figure out quite how but it's a little spicy. Not sharp mind you, but peppery. I don't eat blue cheese so I can't tell you what the Roaring 40's was like. The server did say the figs were "the best the chef has ever tasted" but honestly, I thought they were very meh. I've had plenty of figs before but these were pretty bland. I would never pay out of pocket for a cheese plate but considering this was "included" I was pretty happy with it. I'll say its a :thumbsup2 and a half. It's a good mix of cheeses, lots of different tastes but if I found something else that interested me on the menu, I wouldn't have a problem passing this up to try something new.

    Now that I'm looking at the pictures, I realized I forgot to talk about the bread! I had such high hopes. It was hot and fluffy and smelled great. It tasted pretty good too BUT it was so hard to eat in that I had crumbs all over me and its like they cut it into pieces but don't cut through the bottom crust so since it's so soft to begin with you smush your fingers through the bread trying to break a piece off the loaf.

    For my entree, I opted for the filet mignon. I wasn't into the sides it came with (and honestly I can't even remember what they were now) so I asked for the roasted potatoes from another dish and was told "No". I was a little stunned by that as it's never been an issue before. The reasoning was "well the chefs only make so many of them and each plate gets a certain amount so we have to save them for people who get that dish". Now granted, I understand kitchens do make a certain amount of food based on estimated business but I refuse to believe they don't account for substitutions and accidents. What if someone had knocked over an order that those potatoes? Would it really be "oops, sorry! You've met your potatoe quota already so you can't have any more" It was jarring to say the least. The server then asked if mashed potatoes would be ok. I really wasn't going to cause a fuss over this and I dig mashed potatoes so I said that'd be fine.

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    This did come stacked up on each other but in my food lust I almost started eating before I took a picture, so just picture everything stacked up ok?

    I ordered my steak medium rare and it was perfection. Cooked right, thick and juicy, and tender as all get out. The steak knife that I didn't even notice was there til half way through was totally unnecessary. The butter knife was more than enough to cut through it. The potatoes on the other hand... I felt shafted. They weren't normal potatoes, as it turned out they were mashed boniatos which are a white sweet potato. Not a huge issue but they aren't the same. These were almost sugary sweet and it was like.. Ok bear with me here. Have you ever picked up a drink, say a water thinking it was something else, like Sprite? And for that split second it doesn't just taste wrong, it tastes gross? Then since it's not what you really wanted it to be you deal with it but it's just not right? Yeah, it was like that. I'm not a spinach fan, or really even a veggie fan so I didn't taste the spinach. The steak was absolutely a :cloud9: and the potatoes I'll say were :thumbsup2 but don't go into them thinking they taste like a normal potato.

    For dessert I opted for the baked chocolate mousse.

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    This was really good but very rich, and a bit heavy after the meal. I don't know what the cookie type thingy sticking out of it was, but it was good and I actually used it as a spoon for a few bites. The caramel sauce with it had bourbon in it and it was waaaaaay too strong for me. I was glad it came on the side otherwise I wouldn't have been able to eat it. About half way through I gave up knowing I still had a lot of walking around to do and I wouldn't be able to do it if I ate any more.

    This meal ended up being over 2 hours long. I thought I was giving clear signals to the server and it felt rude to say "let's move it honey". It was really the only time to fit a signature in though, and I'd imagine I would have spent about equal time at AP even if the meal had been shorter just with the added travel. It wasn't worth it to me to change my whole plan to move meals around to spend more time at the Halloween party. I'm very glad I tried this place and would definitely try it again, but on a night where I didn't have plans afterward. The great potato switcharoo was kind of lame but I can't say it ruined my night. So all in all, :lovestruc and a half.

    App $16, Entree $45, Dessert $10, drink $2.99, OOP drink $10.50, tax $5.50, grand total $90.73.

    Next up, I finally meet some Buffalonians!
     
  9. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    If you're reading my trip report, you'll know that my plan of having a slightly later breakfast so I could sleep in were for naught. As I got to Grand Floridian Cafe (yet another new restaurant for me) I was starting to feel the effects of not getting good sleep. It took me a full minute of standing in the lobby to realize I'd walked right past the restaurant and I had to back track.

    This review gets it's title for a reason. Any other time I've been to the World, I've at some point run into people from the WNY area. I'd been peeking at nametags and whatnot but it wasn't until GFC that I found them. The hostess, lo and behold had a Buffalo name tag! and that wasn't all...her husband also worked there so I got 2 Buffalonians in mere minutes. Yeah, that excited me which is kind of sad but we're an odd people and it pleases us to know others have escaped and lived to tell the tale.

    I have to say, GFC is a gorgeous little place. It looks fussy and prissy but really it's more bright and cheery, and it reminds me of a bit of Crystal Palace. It was virtually empty though, I only saw 3 other tables occupied at the time. My waitress was very friendly and the food come really quickly, probably because it was so empty at the time.

    I opted for french toast again, with bacon. I wish they included eggs though, same thing with Captains Grille. I mean, I know I could order them separately but a)I don't really want to pay for them, and b) it just seems unnatural not to include them.

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    The french toast was just how I like it, crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside. Even the waitress knew what I meant when I tried to describe this to her so I'm glad I'm not the only one that likes it like that. The bacon was also good, crispy but not burnt and not too salty. Even for as simple a breakfast as it was, I'll still say :cloud9: because sometimes simple is hard to do correctly.

    So yeah, very short review here but...stay tuned because the next one is the one that makes me feel shameful and dirty.

    Next up, Dragons and why I'm a failure at the dining plan.
     
  10. nanhol

    nanhol Always counting down to the next trip!

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    This post made me laugh this morning! I "escaped" Buffalo 15 years ago but still get excited to meet folks from WNY! There are a lot of us out there, wandering around in different spots. I still get up to Buffalo in the summers to visit family--I miss the mild summers, the food, the community, the food... Are you in the city or in a suburb? I last lived in Williamsville, but have family all around.

    I'm enjoying following along on your DR. You have me anticipating your next post with some concern....what could make you feel shameful and dirty? (I can imagine some pretty crazy stuff...but not at WDW!!!)
     
  11. Mrs. Bradbury

    Mrs. Bradbury It will ALWAYS be the PeopleMover!

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    Here I am, waiting all this time for the dirty and pathetic story . . . popcorn::

    Hope everything is OK with you!
     
  12. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    Mrs Bradbury, if you read the last post in my main trip report you know the shameful story.

    To the rest of you. Here it is...I SKIPPED LUNCH!!! I'd fully intended on using the International Gateway and heading over to Beaches and Cream for lunch but I just wasn't hungry! It's unforgivable too because this credit went completely unused. Not only did I not get appetizers at some places, and I wasn't ordering the most expensive items every time, I actually came home with an unused credit!!!! There's dining plan users that would have my head over this! Hell I was disappointed in myself after awhile. But really, truly, I just was at the point of being so tired that I wasn't hungry. Plus along the lines of the whole tired thing I couldn't motivate myself enough to actually leave Epcot even though Beach Club is so close. It wasn't until I wrote the entry into my main trip report that it dawned on me how I could have used that credit too. I should have shuffled back to Canada to see if Le Cellier had a walk up! The park was dead and I doubt it would have been that big of a wait. That would have been a 2 crediter AND a new restaurant to check off my list but alas...

    So instead, this is what I did. And I'm going to be very lazy and just copy and paste this from my main report.

    What I really wanted was a Torontopolitan from Canada. I'd seen pictures and I love normal cosmos so this was calling to me. I looked...and looked....and looked. I couldn't for the life of me find the stupid thing. I looked at every kiosk there and no one had it on their menu. I didn't even see anyone with a drink in their hand other than beer. Yeah asking probably should have been my next step but at this point it didn't occur to me and I figured I'd just keep going til I found something else I wanted.

    I went into the pub in UK remembering that I'd been reading about the Welsh Dragon and thought it sounded pretty good, but I was a little hesitant with the melon and peach combined with the mint flavor. To me that just wasn't computing. I'm stealing (sort of) this picture because I didn't take a picture of mine.http://drinkingdisney.wordpress.com/...tmas-drink-10/ As I waited for the bartender to make it, this old guy was trying to mack it on both me AND the other girl behind the bar. "Oh where you from? My kids are all grown but I'm still a child at heart *glugs beer* so what do you do? Ah where's your husband? Boyfriend? What's a gal like you doing by herself *muffled burp*" Dude, really? Both me and the bartender are easily young enough to be your daughters. And just to be clear, this didn't come across as just friendly chit chat, it had the tone of "I don't want to go home from last call alone"

    I asked for my drink to go (rather loudly hoping this dude would get the hint) and I ended up sitting outside at one of the little wire tables and made a phone call home. I had quite a nice little buzz going by the time I left. That drink is delicious!! It's sweet but not sugary, and very refreshing. Its only like $6.50 too, and I think it's a fairly sizable drink. I'd absolutely get it again. It was definitely :cloud9:

    Then there was some walking around... Then..

    After that, I knew I had to eat a little something before dinner as it was still like 3 hours away. I thought a little sugar rush might be a good idea and there was no way I was gonna pass it up again, so my next stop was Germany for Karamel Kuche! I walked through it on my last trip but we were so full from other stuff that day it just wasn't in the cards. This time however...oh baby I was getting me some caramel!

    There was a bit of a line in front of me (maybe 5 parties) so it gave me a little time to think about it. What I'd really wanted was a salted caramel. I discovered those a few years ago and fell in love. I was happy to see they had them and in both milk and dark chocolate. Now what you should understand here is that after seeing pictures of them on here, I thought "man what a ripoff, a snack credit for that?" because all the pictures had nothing else in them for a size reference. To me, they looked the same size as what you'd find in like, a box of candy at Valentine's day. Like this.

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    So I was pleasantly surprised when I realized it was actually like this

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    That's the first section of my pointer finger. That thing had to be like 2 inches across and about a half an inch tall!! And good lord was it delicious. Firm but supple, chewy but not gummy. It was be nice to split but I did manage to finish it because I'm not the type of girl willing to let good caramel go to waste.

    So yes, now some of you will newly know my shameful story. Between the shortness of the trip and being so tired and the extravagance of the deluxe plan, I was truly getting my butt kicked at this point. But no worries, because next up... I dine, and almost sleep, with the fishes.
     
  13. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    :rolleyes2 So...I'm back. I'll sheepishly offer you a report to appease you.

    If you read the trip report you'll be savvy to the goofy conversation about customer requests and know that I requested tankside and was graciously granted it.

    So this is my second trip to Coral Reef and I still love the atmosphere. It kind of takes me out of the hustle and bustle of the park.

    My server was pretty quick in getting to me. I got my typical coke to start with, and figured "Hey, this is my last night. I'm getting another drink!" I'm not a beer person, or a wine person. I really tend to go for what appeals to the girl that's turning 21 in a week and thinks all the fruity colorful stuff sounds good. Now I knew I liked the Magical Star but the Very Berry Punch also looked tempted. I asked my server what he thought and he said they're both good, but the punch is sweeter. I figured that'd be too much to do with dinner so I opted for my lovely Magical star again. I really, truly, probably shouldn't have been drinking at this point (yet another subtle nudge to go over to the trip report to see why I was so out of it).

    Now that I was feeling relaxed sitting down checking over the menu, knowing darn well I had my order decided months ago, I thought to myself "self, you have this appetizer "credit"...be adventurous! Maybe you'll like something if you try it" This isn't my normal mind set, at all. I wasn't quite so out of it as to try seafood again (ick) so I got the white bean soup.

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    I'm really not a soup person, and especially if it has any meat flavor to it because to me, meat is a solid. I took a few spoonfuls of this and really all I tasted was chicken broth. It was also rather salty. I could see where some people might like it but I'm not some people. I'm actually going to refrain from giving this a rating because it's so out of my comfort zone that it could just be my weirdness that didn't like it rather than it being actually bad.

    For my entree, of course I got the steak.

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    This was really just ok. What I could cut into was good but there was tons of connective tissue. This is where I always say when someone says "Is the steak good at suchandsuch place" that it depends on not only the type of cut but the individual piece of meat itself. Here it was the piece of meat itself that was the issue. My bigger issue was the potatoes. They made a huge mistake taking the horseradish mashed potatoes off the menu. The roasted potatoes that came with this meal were...odd. Which was apparently a theme with me this trip. They were lukewarm, there was a very weird seasoning to them that I could only taste in the skins of the potatoes and they were mushy. I really really missed the mashed potatoes. I hate to do it but for me this was :bored:

    The saving grace however...was my beloved chocolate wave. Oh how I'd been looking forward to it.

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    At least this didn't disappoint. It tasted a little different than I remember but not in a bad way. Even though I was half asleep and really not hungry at this point, I managed to finish it (and my drink, a gal has priorities you know). Believe it or not though, I'm gonna rate it a :lovestruc and a half. I love it but I'd be willing to give something else a shot if it was intriguing enough. I'd probably regret it, but I'd try it.

    So overall, I just wish the food was a bit more consistent. I want to like this place but they're starting to make it hard. With being a picky eater this is still a good option for me in I don't want to leave the park but in the future I might rearrange my schedule to venture elsewhere.
     
  14. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    *ahem*

    So I just realized I never actually finished this. Someone reading my latest dining reports ("Can I finish a dining report in one night?") told me I left them hanging with this one and only then did it click that I dropped the ball.

    Please take this pathetic excuse for a finish!

    Whispering Canyon for breakfast. I went with the intention to use this as a "buffet" type thing. The skillet had a lot of my favorite things on it and heck, they bring it to your table eliminating that pesky walking thing. The pictures from this meal are on my old computer so we're going to have to go Figment and use our imaginations.

    I had orange juice, mickey waffles, biscuits, eggs, bacon, and some kind of potato according to my notes (yes I still had the notebook with my notes from 2 years ago. It's been interesting trying to read my own really tired handwriting from back then). It seems that everything was enjoyable with the exception of the eggs being overcooked for me but I'm a weirdo and like really lightly done scrambled eggs. I didn't get a refill on my skillet but did manage to finish a lot of it. The restaurant was really quiet when I was there which made the antics and shananigans a little jarring. As much as people say its so loud with the servers going crazy plus all the diners, it's much weirder when there's maybe 30 people total eating and the servers still bellow for ketchup like the place was full.

    After breakfast I took the boat over to Magic Kingdom (I rode a lot of boats that trip...) I remember having my funnel cake which was yummy but oh the looks a girl on a solo trip gets sitting by their self chowing down on a whole funnel cake.

    The funny thing about this trip was one of things I was actually looking forward to was my lunch at the airport. I have harbored a love of Nathan's hotdogs for the longest time. We had one at the mall growing up so it was buried in my food soul very early. I was so excited that I would get to have it because there hasn't been one in my area in like 20 years. I got my usual..if you can have a usual after that long...of a hotdog (plain because again, I'm a weirdo who shuns condiments), fries and their delicious delicious lemonade. A perfect meal right? I was...from what I could taste. Unfortunately the first bite of my hotdog burned the crap out of my tongue because there was a pocket of steam or hot dog...liquid...or something in there that was hotter than lava. I chugged like half my lemonade trying to soothe that burn before I just opened the cup and stuck a handful of ice in my mouth. That was fun...got a lot of fantastic looks there too lol.


    so let's see...this is like 2 years late but at least I finished...right?
     
  15. GravityGirl

    GravityGirl Earning My Ears

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    Thank you! Looking forward to more reports.
     

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