Please join me in celebrating my 50th Birthday...Deluxe Style! FINALLY COMPLETE

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  1. jabead

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    Thanks Donald! Hopefully your filet (without the mac & cheese) will be better than mine. I think I'll be ordering something else though on my next visit to Jiko...like maybe the short rib. :thumbsup2





    Thanks for reading, canoe86! :)





    Yes, I think you are probably right about the new chef regarding the macaroni & cheese. The rest of our food was great, so I'd like to give Jiko another try sometime and order a different entree. I just hope I don't have to wait another 10 years. :laughing:






    Linda, you must try either the Malawi Mango Margarita or the Kande Coconut Cooler, or both. :laughing: Sanaa has some yummy cocktails! :thumbsup2





    Yes, DD definitely made the better choice. She still talks about how good her entree was at Jiko. ;)





    I hope you get to have tea at the Grand with your mother some day, very soon. :)
     
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    Polynesian Resort



    To begin our final day at Disney World, we took a short walk to the main building (the Great Ceremonial House) of our resort, for our 9:15…


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    Breakfast at KONA CAFÉ



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    We were seated just inside the restaurant at a table for two on the right side.



    Once again DD agreed to go to breakfast with me as long as we shared an entrée. But she made the mistake of saying I could choose the entrée…anything on the menu. Well, I was really hungry so what did I choose??? ;)


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    The Big Kahuna



    Yep, I chose the largest entrée on the menu, the Big Kahuna. :rotfl:
    This included French Toast, Pancakes topped with Pineapple Sauce and Macadamia Nut Butter, Eggs (Scrambled), Home-fried Potatoes, Ham, Bacon, and Sausage. Our server gave us an extra plate and we split up the food ourselves. DD doesn’t like pancakes so I got all of them. These were delicious! I’ve heard that the full order of Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes is even better than those you get with the Big Kahuna. If that’s true than I can’t wait to try them! DD took all the French toast, which she said was good but not as good as the French toast at the Grand Floridian Café. The rest of the food we split evenly. Everything was good, but my favorite thing on the platter was definitely those pancakes. :thumbsup2

    DD jumped at the chance to have some real coffee and ordered a press pot of Kona coffee for us to share.


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    French Press Pot of 100% Kona Coffee


    So what’s better than having a really good breakfast to start off your morning? Having a really good breakfast just steps away from our room, allowing us to have a little after-breakfast nap to prepare us for a day at EPCOT, which stands for Every Person Comes Out Tired. Doesn’t it??? :lmao:


    And so I can calculate my total savings with Tables in Wonderland…


    20% TIW Discount - $3.90


    NEXT UP: La Cava de Tequila
     
  4. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    You are speaking my language :rotfl:
     
  5. disneybex

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    Wow! What a great report!

    So glad we are trying YMS next trip - can't wait!

    We felt the same about Sanaa, big disappointment. Especially as DF is a veggie and lots of people recommend it :(
     
  6. Schoolbread

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    I am a HUGE fan of the tea. It's my favorite afternoon tea anywhere in the "real" world!

    And as for your question about Jiko--I had built it up in my mind too. We had the delish flatbread and thought, "we're golden!" Well, not so much. I ordered the filet medium. It came out mooing. I sent it back. Came back again and was still mooing, but I ate it anyway. It was stringy and tasteless-except for a
    strong-iron taste. Tasted like old meat...Mac & cheese was flavorless and gritty. Our server was a chatty cathy--to the point that it was annoying. She would come by and talk about her kid forever. It was a very, very disappointing meal. All of those wonderful reports I heard....dashed.....I haven't been back, but that short rib might entice me to go back!
     
  7. Jeafl

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    I loved reading all your reviews! I am looking forward to the last two, but I am not looking forward to it ending. Couldn't you have stayed longer and eaten at a few other places?;):)
     
  8. jabead

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    Thanks disneybex! :) I hope you have a great dinner at Yachtsman. Oh, and best wishes on your upcoming Disney wedding. What a great place to get married! :thumbsup2

    I agree that the food at Sanaa was disappointing, but on the bright side...I really liked their cocktail drinks. :laughing:





    Sounds like we are in total agreement on both the tea and the Jiko filet! :thumbsup2




    Thanks for reading Jeafl! I really wish I could have stayed a lot longer as there were so many more restaurants that I wanted to try. For me, that's the hardest part about planning a Disney trip. So many great restaurants to try, but SO NOT ENOUGH TIME!. :sad2:

    And I'm sorry for again being MIA with my last reviews. :guilty: In the last week, both my daughters went off to college. So I've been spending all my free time doing laundry, shopping, packing, driving, and unpacking. Wow, I could really use a vacation now...another Disney vacation! :lmao: Anyway, I'll post my La Cava review very, very soon.
     
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    We had time to ride El Rio de Tiempo and do some shopping inside Epcot’s Mexico pavilion before the noon opening time of…


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    LA CAVA DE TEQUILA


    SHORT VERSION

    Highlights – Avocado Margarita, Complimentary Drink

    Disappointments – No longer serve Tostadas

    Would we return? - Yes


    LONG VERSION


    Since we were the first ones in the bar we had our choice of seats.


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    Seating Area



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    Bar Area



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    Our server gave us menus and I immediately noticed that the tostadas that I love (and planned to order) were not anywhere to be found. When I asked about the missing tostadas, I was told that they had just come out with new menus this week and sadly the chicken and crab tostadas were no longer available at La Cava. :scared1:

    Although not as good as the tostadas, the chips and guacamole that we ordered were quite good. This, along with chips and salsa and shrimp cocktail were the only food choices still available on the new La Cava menu.


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    Chips and Guacamole



    And we of course also each ordered one of their Specialty margaritas. ;) DD had the Blood Orange Margarita, described in the menu as El Mayor Premium silver Tequila, triple sec, and a sweet-tart mix of blood orange juice and hibiscus syrup, served on the rocks with hibiscus Himalayan salt rim for $12.50. While this was good, it was not as good as the one I had here on my last trip. However, my choice, the Avocado Margarita, was outstanding! The Avocado Margarita is described in the menu as El Mayor Premium silver Tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served frozen with hibiscus Himalayan salt rim for $13.50.


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    Blood Margarita and Avocado Margarita



    Not only did the Blood Orange Margarita taste different than last time, but it looked very different. Previously, this margarita was topped with blood orange foam and was served in a different glass.


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    Blood Orange Margarita from my Nov. 2010 Trip



    As we were finishing our margaritas, our server surprised us with this…


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    Complimentary Classic Margarita


    The Classic Margarita is described in the menu as El Mayor premium white Tequila, with orange liqueur, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served on the rocks with a cactus-lemongrass Himalayan salt rim for $12.50. However, our drink did not come with a salt rim, probably because it was free. :confused3



    So although I was very disappointed that my beloved tostadas are gone :sad1:, I did discover my new favorite Disney World margarita. :thumbsup2 I’ll definitely be going back to La Cava for another Avocado Margarita, but I guess I’ll have to go to San Angel Inn for my tostada fix! ;)


    Sadly, no TIW discount is offered at La Cava.


    Drinking (& Eating) Around the World Game Points Earned for Ride, Snack, and one Margarita - 30

    OOP Cost - $40.50 (including tip)




    Next Up: Lunch at Le Cellier
     
  10. Kat in GA

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    I have been seeing so much about La Cava recently - and I can't believe that not only have I never been in there - I've never even noticed it! And we go a lot!:) I leave for my girls trip on Friday - I am going to find this place and check it out!!
     
  11. chocolateMinnie

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    Can you explain La Cava? (I'm another one who can't remember seeing it). It looks more like an adults place. Can you take kids in or get takeaway margeritas. I do love a margerita and the guacamole looks scrummy.
     
  12. jabead

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    La Cava de Tequila is located inside the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase. As you enter the marketplace area it is to the right. Since it is a bar, it does have more of an adult environment. During my two visits to La Cava I did not see any children inside, but I'm sure there probably has been at some point in time. The only time my DD (age 21) was carded was when she actually ordered a margarita, not when she entered the bar. Although I have not gotten a margarita to go here, I've heard of people that have.
     
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    A girls trip...sounds like fun!!! Hope you enjoy La Cava. :thumbsup2
     
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    The breakfast at Kona looks outstanding! So much food, my dad would love that. La Cava looks nice, though I have heard from others about the tostadas being gone - that's a shame. I'm actually not a big fan of tequila so it's not something I plan on doing, but still fun to see your pics!
     
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    Thanks for the heads up - I'm not keen to sit drinking on my own so will go and see if they do the drinks to go. Can't believe I've never noticed this place.:cool1:
     
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    I'm drooling over that Avocado Margarita!! Can't wait to have mine this Thursday!!!! I'm sad to hear about the tostadas, too (I wonder if they removed the food items to discourage kids?)...but I really go for the Margarita!
     
  17. jabead

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    I'm not really a tequila fan either...would never even considering doing tequila shots. :eek: But add some sweet fruit juice (strawberry, raspberry, mango etc.) or even avocado apparently :laughing:, and I'm all for it! :thumbsup2




    Isn't it great the things you learn here on the DIS? I probably would have walked by this place a thousand times without ever venturing inside had I not read about it here. I hope you enjoy it! :thumbsup2




    Wow, this Thursday...I'm sooooo jealous. :thumbsup2 Have a second one for me! ;)
     
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    After doing some shopping in various places around World Showcase, it was time to check in for our 2:35…


    Lunch at LE CELLIER


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    SHORT VERSION

    Highlights – Food (especially the Walnut-Crusted Salmon)

    Disappointments – Service, Walnut-Crusted Salmon no longer on menu

    Would we return? – Yes



    LONG VERSION

    First some background regarding our previous experience with Le Cellier. We have dined here many times (almost every trip)... a few times for dinner, but mostly for lunch. We have had some excellent meals here, and we’ve had some mediocre meals as well. On our two most recent visits, we had one of each. On our family trip in March 2010, three out of the five of us ordered steak when we dined here for lunch and all came away feeling somewhat disappointed. Our steaks were all fine, just not great…definitely not the best we have had at Disney World. In fact, they weren’t even the best we had on that trip. :sad2: This, along with the fact that our server seemed somewhat odd (the kids referred to him as a “creeper”), as he was always lurking very close to our table throughout our meal. :eek: This may have had to do with the fact that three of the five of us dining were cute girls (ages 16 – 20) and he was a young guy. :lmao: Anyway for our 25th Anniversary trip last November, I wasn’t really planning to include Le Cellier in our dining plans. But then one day (not long before our trip) when I was playing around on the Disney Dining online reservation system, to my surprise a lunch reservation at Le Cellier came up as an option at Epcot. So I couldn’t resist the urge and went ahead and grabbed it. And I am so glad that I did because it turned out to be one of our best lunches of that trip. :thumbsup2 However, I must add here that even though we were on the Dining Plan, we resisted the temptation to order a steak and instead ordered…a burger. :laughing: I know, I know…who goes to a steakhouse (especially on the Dining Plan) and orders a burger? Well, we did and I’m happy to say that we did not regret our decision. The Le Cellier House Burger with roasted mushrooms, pancetta, maple barbecue, Black Diamond Cheddar, and crispy onions was delicious. The rest of our food (cheddar cheese soup and chocolate whiskey cake) was equally delicious and our server this time around was great. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to have lunch here on this trip, I said to myself, “Sure, why not?”


    Ok, now getting back to where I left off with this review. There was a short line at the outside podium for Le Cellier, which we joined to check in for our late lunch. Most of the people in front of us did not have a reservation though, so were turned away. But since we did have a reservation, we were greeted with a smile by the CMs working at the podium and given a pager. We decided to wait outside the restaurant and enjoy the beautiful landscaping there.



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    Our pager went off about 10 minutes later (much shorter than our previous wait times at Le Cellier) and we went inside to be seated. Our table was small (a 2-top) wedged tightly between another 2-top and a 4-top, so not the best location. On our way to the table, our hostess stopped at their dessert display to show and tell us about the desserts. I was very happy to see that they still had the Chocolate Whiskey Cake! :thumbsup2


    Our friendly server soon came to introduce herself and take our drink orders. Since DD had just had two margaritas at La Cava (she drank all but one sip of the complimentary one we received) she declined my suggestion to have a cocktail and stuck with a glass of water. However, knowing that this was our last day and we had not yet had a drink from Canada (for our Drinking & Eating Around the World Game), I decided to take one for the team and order this…


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    Torontopolitan



    This cocktail was a tasty combination of Iceberg Vodka and Chambord (a black raspberry liqueur), plus cranberry and orange juices (for $9.50). Now, technically this was not listed on their cocktail menu, but I had heard about it on the Party Through the Parks website so asked if it might still be available.


    Next we each ordered a cup of their signature Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup made with Moosehead beer and bacon. This was delicious as usual!


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    And we of course couldn’t resist dunking our pretzel breadsticks into our soup.


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    Oddly though, after dropping off our soup and breadsticks this was the last we saw of our friendly server until it was time for us to pay our bill. :confused3 Before we even had a chance to finish our cups of soup (and trust me…we were not dawdling, as we both loved the soup ;)), another server came with our shared entrée and extra plate. Being that we were at a small table there really wasn’t any room for these, so she tried to take away our soup cups before we were done with them. We of course refused to let them go, so we somehow found a way to squeeze the plates onto our already crowded table. :rolleyes:


    So that was the bad…now for the good. DD had thoughts of sharing the filet for our entrée, but I reminded her how small the filet is that is served at lunch (too small for sharing). As for me, I probably would have just ordered the burger again, but DD doesn’t like hamburgers so that was out. But then we saw something on the menu that sounded great to both of us...Walnut-Crusted Salmon with a whiskey-maple glaze, served with sweet corn and pickled mushrooms. This turned out to be an absolute winner!!! The best salmon dish I've ever had...even better than the salmon I had at Artist Point on our last trip (and that was really, really good!!!)


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    Walnut-Crusted Salmon



    Being a lover of mashed potatoes, DD asked if we could also share a side order of cream cheese mashed potatoes. These were quite delicious as well.


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    Side Order of Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes



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    Chocolate Whiskey Cake (from last visit)

    So I had really wanted to again have the Chocolate Whiskey Cake, something I had discovered here last time and was one of my favorite desserts from that trip. I thought that since we had shared an entrée we would have room for it. But DD absolutely refused to eat even a bite of dessert, so I knew I would end up eating the whole thing myself and being miserable. :sick: Although I planned to decline dessert when offered, I secretly hoped that they would bring me a piece anyway as a birthday surprise. :laughing: Well, the only surprise that I got was the return of our long-lost server with our check in hand. Not only was there no birthday cake offered, but she didn’t even ask us if we wanted to order dessert. :eek: I got the feeling they were in a rush to get us out the door so they could clean and set up our table for dinner. What do you think? ;)


    And speaking of that, as we were eating they were resetting the tables around us (as people left) with the fancier place setting for their Signature dinner.


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    I have one last picture for you, something you don't see too often...an empty Le Cellier restaurant! We were one of the last lunch diners (I recall seeing maybe three other tables of diners seated around the corner) to leave.


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    This was as we were walking out at 3:40…less than one hour from the time we walked in the door. So this was not exactly a "Relax, Take your time, and Savor every bite" kind of meal. But even though our service felt rather rushed and our server went MIA for quite awhile, these issues didn’t prevent us from thoroughly enjoying every bite of our food. :cloud9:


    I have one more tidbit of information to add here. Sadly, since our visit in May, Le Cellier has come out with a new lunch menu and the Walnut-Crusted Salmon is gone. :scared1: Salmon is still offered on the new menu but it is now prepared differently… Pan-roasted Salmon with Summer Beans, Roasted Tomatoes, Pickled Onions, and Applewood-smoked Bacon Vinaigrette. This doesn’t sound nearly as appealing to me, so I’m hoping this is just a temporary change (perhaps for the summer?) and our much loved Walnut-Crusted Salmon will someday return.


    And so I can calculate my total savings with Tables in Wonderland…

    20% TIW Discount - $9.49

    Drinking (& Eating) Around the World Game Points Earned for Meal and Drink - 35


    NEXT UP: Drinking (& Eating) Around the World – Part IV
     
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    Drinking (& Eating) Around the World – Part IV

    As we exited Le Cellier, we could hear our favorite Disney World band playing, Off Kilter. We stopped to listen to the remainder of their set. Unfortunately, one of my favorite band members, Jamie Holton (bag piper and singer), was off for the day. Although they still sounded great, they weren’t quite as good as they are with Jamie. ;)


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    Canada's Off Kilter



    Points earned – 10



    Since we had missed most of their show, we decided to come back in an hour or so to get seats for their next show. In the meantime though, we needed to visit two remaining countries to fulfill our challenge to Drink (& Eat) Around the World. The first of these last two countries was the United States, where we got this from the Fife and Drum…


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    Sutter Home Chardonnay



    We both agreed that this wine was not worth the $7.41 ($6.95 plus tax) that we paid for it. If I ever do this game again, I will try one of the other Sutter Home wines here (I think they also sell Pinot Grigio and Merlot) or perhaps a beer (Bud Light or Sam Adams). But on the bright side...at least we got our game points. :thumbsup2

    Points earned – 10



    And that just leaves one more country. Does anyone know which of the World Showcase countries we had not yet visited??? :idea:


    If you said “CHINA”, then you would be absolutely correct. :thumbsup2 So we made a stop at the China Joy of Tea Cart (conveniently located along the lagoon) to have our final drink of the game. We chose the very tasty Peach Snap for $7.99 ($7.50 plus tax).


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    Peach Snap


    This was a combination of peach schnapps and oolong tea in a refreshing slushy. We were tempted by the egg rolls which they also sell here, but decided we were still too full. Hopefully next time.

    Points earned - 10



    Now a few of you may have noticed that we skipped the African Outpost. Although there are some who count this as a World Showcase country, we do not. So with it being excluded, we Conquered the World by Drinking (and in most cases, Eating) in every country of World Showcase. This earned us these Bonus Points. :thumbsup2

    Conquered the World! Drink or Food or Ride in EVERY country.......30 pts


    GAME TOTALS FOR DAY 4 (including La Cava de Tequila and Le Cellier)

    OOP Cost (La Cava) - $40.50

    OOP Cost (Le Cellier) - $48.98

    OOP Cost (for last 2 drinks) - $15.40

    TOTAL OOP Cost for Day 4 - $104.88


    Points earned – 125



    That completes our Drinking (& Eating) Around the World Game, so I’ll compile our game totals and favorites for a Game Review and Final Results. I'll try to post this later this evening. :)



    NEXT UP: Drinking (& Eating) Around the World – The Final Chapter
     
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    Drinking (& Eating) Around the World – The Final Chapter

    Here is our Game Review (by country):

    MEXICO – Country where we earned the most points and spent the most money.


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    Featuring the La Cava Avocado Margarita (My New Favorite Margarita)

    POINTS RECAP:

    Frozen Lime Raspberry Margarita from La Cantina – 10 points
    Dinner at La Hacienda – 50 points (25 points each)
    Margaritas from La Cava de Tequila – 10 points
    Chips and Guacamole from La Cava – 10 points
    Rio de Tiempo Ride – 10 points (5 points each)

    Totals: 90 Points Earned, OOP Costs $90.49, 2 Deluxe Dining Plan Credits Used (Value $81.53)

    Note: With two Table Service restaurants, a Quick Service restaurant, a Tequila Bar, and a Margarita Stand, Mexico definitely offers the most options for earning points when playing this game. For this reason, we give Mexico :thumbsup2:




    NORWAY


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    Featuring Kringla Og’s Viking Coffee


    POINTS RECAP:

    Danish and Fruit Cup from Kringla Og Bakery – 10 points
    Viking Coffee from Kringla Og – 10 points
    Maelstom Ride – 10 points (5 each)

    Totals: 30 Points Earned, OOP Costs $8.79, 2 Snack Credits Used (Value approx. $6.25)

    NOTE: With the authentic Norwegian pastries and Viking coffee that are served at the Kringla Og Bakery, Norway is a great place to start your day of Drinking (& Eating) Around the World. ;)





    CHINA



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    Featuring the Peach Snap from the Joy of Tea Cart


    POINTS RECAP:

    Peach Snap from Joy of Tea Cart – 10 points

    Totals: 10 points Earned, OOP Cost $7.99

    Note: If frozen cocktails are your thing, then China has the least expensive options available in World Showcase. An adult slushie can be had here for under $8, whereas you pay $10 - $14 for a boozy frozen drink in France or Mexico. ;)




    GERMANY - The country where we used the most Snack Credits, thanks to…


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    Karamell Kuche (Most Snack Credits Used)



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    Also featuring the Soft Pretzel (DD’s Favorite Snack) and Oktoberfest Beer to wash it down.

    POINTS RECAP:

    Beer and Soft Pretzel from Somerfest – 20 points
    4 Snacks from Karamell Kuche – 10 points

    Totals: 30 Points Earned, OOP Costs $7.99, 5 Snack Credits Used (Value approx. $19.00)



    ITALY



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    Featuring our Favorite Wine (Rosa Regale) and our Least Favorite Wine (Pinot Grigio) of the 6 Wines included with the Wine Passport



    POINTS RECAP:

    Wine Passport Wine Flight from Enoteca Castello (Also available in Germany and France) – 15 points

    Totals: 15 Points Earned, OOP Cost $20.00



    UNITED STATES



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    Featuring Sutter Home Wines (and Bud Light & Sam Adams Beer)…Ho-hum, nuff said. :rolleyes:


    POINTS RECAP:

    Wine from Fife and Drum – 10 points

    Totals: 10 Points Earned, OOP Cost $7.41



    JAPAN


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    Featuring the Mitsukoshi Sake Bar (and Our Friendliest CM encountered while playing the game)


    POINTS RECAP:

    Lunch at Teppan Edo – 50 points
    Tokyo Sunset from Teppan Edo – 10 points
    Sparkling Sake from Sake Bar – 10 points

    Totals: 70 Points Earned, OOP Costs $31.46, 2 Deluxe Dining Plan Credits Used (Value $96.17)

    NOTE: With most of their sakes priced at $4 - $6 (the Sparkling was only $4), the Mitsukoshi Sake Bar offers the least expensive booze options we encountered.

    MOROCCO


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    Featuring the Casablanca Coffee


    POINTS RECAP:

    Casablanca Coffee from Tangeriene Café – 10 points

    TOTALS: 10 Points Earned, OOP Cost $7.45


    NOTE: A Specialty (spiked) Coffee and some baklava (or perhaps a pastry from France, their next door neighbor in WSC) would be a great way to end a day of Drinking (& Eating) Around World Showcase…especially on a cooler evening. I’ve heard though that the amount of liqueur you receive in your coffee varies greatly here, since the servers free pour these (no measurements). Apparently our server was feeling quite generous, as our Casablanca coffee was strong enough to grow hair on your chest. :lmao:


    FRANCE


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    Featuring the Napoleon (My Favorite Snack)




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    And the Grand Marnier Orange Slush (My Favorite WSC Alcoholic Beverage)


    POINTS RECAP:

    Napoleon from Boulangerie Patisserie – 10 points
    Grand Marnier Orange Slush from Stand – 10 points

    TOTALS: 20 Points Earned, OOP Cost $10.01, 1 Snack Credit Used (Approx. value $4.00)

    NOTE: You might feel a little silly at first, sipping your slushie with a straw out of a plastic martini glass, but you get over it pretty quickly…cause these are soooo delicious! And I can almost guarantee that at least one jealous passerby will stop to ask you where you got that plastic cupful of slushie goodness. ;) As for the Napoleon…I love it so much that I’m considering changing my name to Josephine. :rotfl:




    UNITED KINGDOM


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    Featuring the Rose & Crown Pub Imperial Sampler

    Note: This is great for inexperienced beer drinkers like me. I mean, where else in the “World” can you try 5 different beers for only $11 (plus tax & tip)??? No, really…where else? Big River Grille, Biergarten, Raglan Road…inquiring minds want to know. :confused3 :laughing:

    POINTS RECAP:

    Beer Flight from Rose & Crown Pub – 15 points
    Chips from Fish & Chips Stand – 10 points
    British Revolution Performance – 10 points

    TOTALS: 35 Points Earned, OOP Cost $13.72, 1 Snack Credit Used (Approx. value $3.00)


    CANADA



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    Featuring Off Kilter (Our Favorite Live Entertainment at Disney World)


    POINTS RECAP:

    Shared Lunch at Le Cellier – 25 points
    Torontopolitan Cocktail from Le Cellier – 10 points
    Off Kilter Performance – 10 points

    TOTALS: 45 Points Earned, OOP Cost $48.98

    Note: Not only is Canada home to our favorite Disney World band, but also the restaurant which served our favorite non-Signature meal of this trip. Although for us, Le Cellier is a very “hit or miss” kind of restaurant, this visit was a definite hit…well, at least food-wise. Unfortunately, the service this time was not. :sad2:


    GAME TOTALS

    Points Earned – 365 + 30 Bonus Points for Conquering the World (197.5 points each)

    OOP Costs - $254.29 ($127.15 per person)

    4 Deluxe Dining Plan Credits Used – Value $177.70

    9 Snack Credits Used – Approx. Value $32.25


    So as you can see, this is not an inexpensive game to play. It helps if you are on the Dining Plan and can use credits for meals and snacks, but of course that doesn’t help with any of the alcoholic beverages. However, though it was not the cheapest way to pass the time at Epcot, we have no regrets because IT SURE WAS FUN! :cool1:


    Just one last thing…How did we rank???


    Explorer World Ranking

    Gypsy 39 or less pts
    Viking 40 - 119
    Plunderer 120 - 199
    Conquistador 200 or more


    With 197.5 points each we are…PLUNDERERS! Wow, just a few points away from being top-ranking CONQUISTADORS. I guess we should have gotten that egg roll in China after all. :laughing:


    NEXT UP: Dinner at Citricos
     
  21. cp'ersmom

    cp'ersmom Mouseketeer

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    I have throughly enjoyed my Sunday of Labor Day weekend sitting inside and reading your review. It reminds me of my trip with my dd this summer for her 21st. We (along with some friends) drank around the world in about 4 hours with an additional hour at the Beirgarten for dinner. We then hightailed it over to PO Riverside to spend the evening with YeeHaw Bob, so fun!

    I really appreciate your analysis of the DDP vs OOP and TIW. My question is this. Even though you ended saving a significant amount of money, would you have ordered that much if you were OOP and just for comparison sake didn't have a budget? In other words did you eat much more than you would have just because you could and if the answer is yes, would you still have saved money if you only ordered what you really wanted. I ask because we did the DDP and I know I ate much more than I would have otherwise. I just wonder if I will do it again.


    Maybe I should have asked this on the Dining Plan forum, sorry

    Thx popcorn::
     

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