Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting Than You!*6/8* NEW Trip Report Link p154

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  1. FauntleroyFAN07

    FauntleroyFAN07 Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

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    i was going to tell you basically what she did, great thing about that dish is you can add basically whatever veggies you like and it will still turn out good...
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    or just invite her over and have her make it for you. ::yes:: or ship you some on dry ice.
     
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  3. glennbo123

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    Caught up! I enjoyed your pictures of the demonstration and your Food and Wine tastings. Wow, that hand roll in Japan looked really good.

    Cynthia, I'm glad that you're using the cookbook. It's so easy for those to just get put on a shelf!
     
  4. MEK

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    I always have to use links to catch up. I must ADD because I find some of the banter in other people's TRs a little overwhelming.

    Thanks. I haven't quite taken as many pictures as I would like too, but I will have some to post. I'll try to do better.


    Thanks. Max seems to be doing much better since he was started on insulin, so that's definitely a relief.



    It really is. I love looking at people's world showcase pics. I find the world showcase pics to be my second favorite pics. AK pics are always my first.

    Yes - I don't remember seeing them before. I'm not even sure if they were just there for F&W or if they are a permanent thing. They are pretty cool.

    It was. I definitely recommend it. So good! Can't wait to try it again next October!

    I was really loving that beer, wan't I? :rotfl2: Very enthusiastic!



    It was really good! That's another thing that's very high on my list.

    I would have to agree with that and sooner than later.

    Maybe she will post it. Maybe she already did. :stir:

    Thanks!

    I see that you girls are doing amazing in the competitions. That is so awesome - congratulations!

    Thank you. Kismet has been doing well for awhile and Max is doing better since he started insulin.

    Ugh Sheree - I am so sorry. It's gorgeous here this week. They said it was terrible last week. I am so ready for spring/summer now.


    :rotfl2: I look like the world's biggest lush. :rotfl2:


    There really is a lot I missed. I can't wait to try more items. I keep seeing really yummy stuff in other people's TRs.

    I love mine, too! And the best part is no one else in my house likes it because they all think its too big. So it's always clean for me!

    I agree that they look pretty amazing!

    Thanks! :goodvibes
     
  5. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    That hand roll was amazing! So yummy. I'm hit or miss with my cookbooks, the tried and true ones Get worn out but I'm not as good with some others. I spent literally a day over the holidays reading through all of them, book marking things to try and finding a lot of things in some of the ones I never use.

    I've utterly failed at follow through. :rotfl:
     
  6. annmarieda

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    Have an awesome trip!!!



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  7. MEK

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    You can say that again. All my cats are the same age. One of the disadvantages to that is they will all be elderly at the same time.



    :rolleyes1 If only.........


    It was really fun to watch.

    That's what I do when I am faced with a description I can't make heads or tails of. :rotfl: I will say that I have purchased the Kerry gold cheese at Bjs or Costco or somewhere since then and its really good. Very creamy.

    Seriously! :lmao:






    Nope. I would have to pass on the yellow snow cone. I just watched Monsters Inc the other night and there were yellow snow cones in that movie. :eek:


    More than likely! :rotfl:

    My name is Mary Ellen and I am a lush! :rolleyes1


    Never happened. Darn alarm clock! :headache:

    Thanks! The drive down wasn't bad at all.

    Me too! That would have been terrible.


    I think its awesome that Cynthia really puts her cooking knowledge to good use, unlike someone else we know. :rolleyes1

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    Thanks Pam! The weather here is awesome! :goodvibes
     
  8. MEK

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    The jamminators are a lot of fun! I really enjoy there act and the best part is they look like they are having a ton of fun doing it!

    I hate to drive, so driving any distance is a big deal for me. Sad, but true! The weather here is perfect.

    It takes me a week to get into vacation sleep mode and by then I'm home. Sad, but true. :rotfl:

    No men that I know, that's for sure.


    Let's just say we ran into a little snafu!

    Next thing we know you'll be having her taking orders!

    OMG - that hand roll was delicious. I really can't wait to have one again in October. So, so good!

    And that is exactly why I never buy a cookbook! :rotfl: Of course the fact that I am culinary challenged might have something to do with it as well. :rolleyes1

    Thanks! The weather here is beautiful and the island is so pretty!


    I think I used those exact words.
     
  9. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Thanks! Nothing fancy but it hits the spot. Good winter comfort food. Could use something like that today, what a yucky day!
     
  10. MHTeacher

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    I have to admit I was laughing throughout that entire update. Someone was feeling a little bit happy after her drinks! ;)
     
  11. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Ok so before I get to my next update, I realized I didn't post some PP pics. After we finished our lovely lovely meal at Flying Fish and headed to the WS for a food and wine dessert, I lost Mary Ellen for a few minutes at the IG.

    Apparently I decided I needed yet more pictures of myself.

    In my defense, for those of you following my other TR you know that pictures of me are fairly few and far between (in fact there may only be one more between where I'm at and the end of the trip). And when there are pictures, more often than not my 13 year old took them and I'm making faces. So, on the girls trips, I do maximize that PP as heaven only knows when I might have a chance at getting a decent shot of myself.

    I give you....a lovely evening in France.

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    After which I sprinted around the world, the long way around, in my red snakeskin print flip flops in search of my little lemon delight.

    and bubbly.

    My workout for the day.

    Now...fast forward about 22 hours...

    After our wonderful seminar, a stroll around the WS with some generous folks sharing beer, and food tips it was time to head back to the villa. Why? Well for some pool time of course! I can’t recall if Mary Ellen and I headed back together, or not. But I think we did. I know that I shopped in the WS while she was getting her zen on and on the way back stopped into both the bakery and the candy store to look at some little treats I planned to take home for the gang and picked a couple of things up, I think we just split up when we got to Seashore Sweets. Once back up in the room we changed and headed to the villa pool and I think we headed down together. I believe we chose the villa pool for a few reasons. First, it was a lot closer than the cottage suite pool, second it quieter than the Luna Park Pool and lastly, I hadn’t seen it yet! I imagine we made a drink in our mugs to take to the pool and I know I brought my kindle down there. I admit, I didn’t bring my camera, or my phone I think as I’m sure it needed to charge after the morning so we could get through the evening. Perhaps Mary Ellen took some pictures?

    Here is what I recall about the villa pool. It is a nice, quiet pool, though darn close to the canal so not as private as some of them are. Not bad though. Right next to Community Hall for folks who like that.

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    Just as it in the pictures, it was pretty shady, and the loungers were lined up like soldiers, either bumping into the hedges or each other, making it a bit difficult to move them to position them to get any sun. I believe I read for a bit, wasn't quite warm enough to hop in the pool and as I read, I started to get sleepy so decided to flip over and lay down. So I did.

    And took a very short nap. Or dozed. Either way as is bound to happen when I am lying flat on my stomach, I feel like I get stuck and stiff and getting back up is well, not the easiest thing to do. Not the smartest thing for my neck either but it truly does feel lovely, and decadent, at the time.

    Either I really did bring my phone or Mary Ellen was keeping us on task with her phone (I think she was...as for some reason it seems there was more ref drama but I could be wrong), but either way at some point I managed my way back up to the room to get ready for dinner. Last night and we’d be going out in style. Dinner at the Brown Derby on an EMH night. Though it was starting to cool, it was so lovely out, we decided to walk. As you can see, I was playing around with the settings a bit.

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    The boat we didn’t take

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    It doesn't look very welcoming in this picture does it?

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  12. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    I am very fond of the hat and really don't want it to go

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    Decent crowds

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    And...our destination!

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    For those who are curious about how long the walk is...my first picture on our walk was at 7:07, very close to the Villas. Our ADR was at 7:20 and, we walked through the dates at 7:20 and these next 2 pics were taken at 7:28. Not a bad walk at all!

    Love these

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    As we had walked up, we noticed that the small outside patio was set up and a few folks were dining alfresco.

    Which looked lovely!

    AND they had space heaters.

    Winner Winner
    Chicken Dinner

    First up, a glass of Conundrum

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    Then

    Crisy Phyllo Napoleon of Bleu Affine - with wild mushroom duxelles, griled portobello, golden chanterelles, and a fig reduction $11.00


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    Followed by

    Duck Two Ways - sauteed confit with swiss chard over an herb and goat cheese polenta cake finished with a pan-seared maple bourbon duck magret with a sun-dried cherry sauce $35.00

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    I believe Mary Ellen had the same wine and appetizer but had a different entrée.

    It did cool off, but both of us had light jackets/sweaters and combined with the space heaters it worked out pretty well.

    Overall it was a lovely dinner. I really enjoyed dining outside and people watching and I do love DHS at night, something about all the lights makes it so pretty at night, prettier than it is I think in the day. However our waiter was...a space cadet.

    Who whined.

    He wasn't getting enough tables

    He had to wait on tables outside

    People were using the Dining Plan

    He was happy we weren't.

    He was flustered, overly chatty in a bit of a negative way (though I honestly believe he had NO clue he was coming across like that, I think he thought he was pretty neat and funny....which is always unattractive) and if memory serves…a bit sweaty. Which is odd on a cooler night so maybe I’m remembering that wrong but for a guy who was complaining about how many tables he had and being split inside and out, he didn't manage it very well. I waited tables, and managed restaurants for years and generally...give servers the benefit of the doubt. This chap annoyed me.
    And wasn't fast. Looks like our first stop after dinner was about 9:30 so almost 2 hours for dinner. Luckily it was EMH and time was on our side still with the park not closing until 11. First stop....

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    Pretyy sure I got the same ending again. Wah.

    And then I think we may have diverged. Mary Ellen went to…Animation and drew something? Maybe? I think I walked over there with her as there was something I had to pick up nearby and then I wanted to shop a little more (really, I don’t shop that much, this was kind of funny in that I had set out as a top 10 item to really explore the shops everywhere, as I normally never ever do! And of course look at stuff for the kids. AKA Tees.

    I headed here first

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    Enough of that! I NEEDED to go somewhere

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  13. eandesmom

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    Enough of that! I NEEDED to go somewhere

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    And for some odd reason I think the single rider line was CLOSED. Not the whole ride, the FP line and standby were just fine. Just the single rider line.

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    So I trudged back here

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    Cell phone wasn't cutting it on the pics but apparently I'd given up trying with the other camera or, more likely, was too lazy to get it out.

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    The CM at RRC had told me to try back. So I did! Did I have any luck?

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    Why yes, yes I did!

    During this, Mary Ellen and I had been texting and coordinated a meetup.

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    She was still in her class /drawing session (I think) and so of course I looked at more shops.

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    EMH on my last night. Almost over. What do you think we did?

    Well, we got a picture to start

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    Maybe I did go in the pool....can't think why else my hair would be in a ponytail lol.

    And then we decided there was one thing we should check on.

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    Did we go for it?

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    Hmmmn

    Well OF COURSE we did!

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    My accuracy sucked.

    Lets recap

    • Coffee on the Verandah with an AMAZING view
    • Opened AK
    • Epcot F&W
    • Pool time
    • Closed DHS at EMH

    It may not be a 4 park day but darn close. It was a darn good and productive day. And yet, relaxing too! What more could you ask for on your last day? Oh besides the fact that your roomie was leaving a day after you so you didn't have to pack up and check out? Gotta love that. That and a flight that didn't leave until 6:25pm would give me while not a full day, a decent half day in which to say goodbye.
     
  14. jenseib

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    Another fabulous day. I am amazed at how much you gals get done in one day. it's great.
     
  15. teekathepony

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    Your pp pics in front of France are lovely!
    And I love those silhouette shots of ToT with the sunset! Awesome!
    Glad you enjoyed your dinner, despite the awkward waiter.
     
  16. GoofyFan1515

    GoofyFan1515 IMO, this new DIS is horrible! More chore than fun

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    So what do you think Cynthia? Should I start planning for your arrival??? Send me that ingredient list and I'll have the shopping done and everything ready for you when you get here.......... :stir: :rotfl2:

    :rotfl: Somehow I don't think this is a case where you are finally admitting it so you can move beyond it.........

    Nice picture, and a great place for it!!!

    I always love the sunset pictures as the lights are starting to come on.......

    The Darkroom.........doesn't look very dark!!! :rotfl2:

    So what was the name of the place you ate again??? :confused3

    I think I would have needed a reduction of more than just the fig.......... :rolleyes1

    Huh??? :scratchin

    So how was the duck? I've never tried duck before, but most people I have heard describe it say it is a little tough and chewy........ :confused3

    Eating outside seems like it would make for a pleasant evening and meal. Sorry your waiter took away from that......... :(

    :woohoo: You can never have too many rides on RnR!!!

    I think I would have had to ride it also, since I have never ridden it at night! :goodvibes And yes I know it is an indoor ride and time of day doesn't affect it, but I don't think I've ever seen the wait time that low during EEMH so I would have had to take advantage!!!

    And I have to agree that DHS is a lot prettier at night all lit up............and definitely when it is the Osborne Lights doing the lighting!!! :rotfl:
     
  17. MEK

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    I will try to read your update later when I get some Internet service. I can't sign on from the villa because my computer thinks its a non secure site. I have been reading from another location. Checking in from my phone.
     
  18. emmysmommy

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    Cynthia: Great accomplishment with opening one park, playing in another, and closing yet another park in ONE day!! I love your photos as you were walking to DHS in the evening ... whatever those settings were - they made for some beautiful photos! :flower3:

    Your HBD dinner was interesting... meaning, not sure about the waiter. I'm wondering if he is the same guy that we had last summer... not a great experience and the meal ended up being comped for sooo many reasons but that is another whole story. ;) It sounds like a lovely evening to dine outside. I'm still a fan of HBD since we have had some amazing meals there so I look forward to returning - if I can get any of my family to go with me!

    TSM 40 minutes!!! I'd be there. It's a great way to end an evening!

    Again, sounds llike such a lovely day!!!


    MK: oops! Sorry about the internet. :scared:
     
  19. Captain_Oblivious

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    Hey, I forget what I did on my trips all the time. Make stuff up! It's both easy and fun! For all we know, you really did run into George Clooney at the pool. :rotfl:


    Some really beautiful silhouette shots here. The shots of ToT are terrific. :thumbsup2

    Oh boy. Hopefully he at least tried a bite of your food so he could let you know if the chef got it right that evening. :scared1:

    Um...that's weird.:confused3

    That's more like it!

    They don't give points for accuracy!:thumbsup2

    Not too shabby.
     
  20. eandesmom

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    It was a great day and not rushed at all, relaxed and fun. Although you can tell we were NOT commando. We rode very few rides in all of that. EE twice, TMS, Star Tours and RRC. That's it!

    I love those ToT shots too, it was so pretty out!

    Yeah.

    Nope.

    Good luck with that.

    Not even sure that works when Jeff tries it.

    Ok, it usually does.

    Almost as good as really being IN France.

    Me too, such a pretty glow and when I can get the camera to focus right, it's a little bit magical to me.

    I didn't want anyone to be confused

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    And you would reduce....?

    It can be. I love duck. Adore it actually. But it is difficult to get right. I've had earth shatteringly good duck, chewy as all get out duck and much in between. This was on the side of quite good, not chewy but not necessarily earth shattering. I will say it was significantly better than the duck I had at Jiko on our previous girls trip. That one was chewy and tough, and disappointing.

    Often the best duck isn't from the breast, it is the leg meat. Pulled duck in mu shu, or a shredded duck sandwhich or in pasta with mushrooms....sigh. and YUM! Kind of like turkey really in that the white meat can get dried out so much easier than the dark.

    He didn't take a way and really, we weren't in a rush, he just didn't add to it either. Sometimes not being memorable is far preferred. LOL!

    It is my one ride regret for the trip. Not a regret really, I just didn't maximize it. I only got in 2 rides over the course of the trip and really, I'd have liked about....10. I was NOT focused on rides on this trip at all though. I'll be camped out in the single rider line next Dec.

    Well it WAS 2 minutes before EMH ending. I've gotten in the TSM line at the exact hour of EMH closing before and had a 60 minute wait so I agree, 40 wasn't bad all things considered.

    :rotfl2: riding it at night.

    Oh I can't WAIT to see that!!!

    UGH, that happened to me at Vero and then at AKV it wouldn't allow certain sites through it's firewall.

    Well, we didn't go on many rides so that had a lot to do with how much, and how little we really did do and managed to keep it relaxing at the same time.

    It was such a lovely walk, I wish I was there now along that path.

    We had the funniest CM on our previous trip, he really was a highlight and it was almost like this guy was trying to be funny like the other one but just had it off, so very off. I loved dining outside and will definitely go back. It's a bit pricey to take the kids, though they'd love it and there are other choices for a date night so it might be a bit before I make it there again but I do really like it. Maybe Mary Ellen took a picture of him? Then we will know if it's the same guy, certainly could be!

    40 minutes worked, especially when it was only 30!

    No, but I did at Starbucks once.

    Really.

    Thank you! I'd kind of forgotten about those shots until I did the update and then I was like, oh, those are pretty! Made me homesick though.

    EEEW!

    The CM said they do that sometimes during EMH but he really didn't have an explanation as to why, other than to say give it 10-15 and come back and sure enough, that worked.

    One might argue you'd get more points if the accuracy was better,

    We were fairly pleased with ourselves too!
     
  21. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    For some crazy reason the RnR single rider lines backs up more than the EE single rider line.

    I think they just shut it down to give it a chance to thin out or you end up waiting longer than the regular line. :scared2:

    I did get in there once the single rider line was backed up to the studio doors, I turned around and went back through the studio and out the way I went in. ::yes::


    I wish I was on that Boardwalk right now meandering back to my resort. :cloud9:
    Sounds like a great dinner and eating outside with a nice night is just fabulous.
     

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