We Smelled It...It Had to be Eaten, Part II ... Ding, Dong, Done!!!

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reviews' started by oybolshoi, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

    Aug 16, 2004
    Well thank you for laughing! I was the only person in the house who thought it was funny ... Jay just said he was "laughing on the inside." ;)

    As for recipes ... I never think to ask for any because for the most part I don't want them. I already have a Disney Cookbook for one thing and for another ... a lot of the things we have on vacation (a lot, not all) are things that we want to leave on vacation. We wouldn't make most of them at home and I think if we did they might lose some of their charm for us. Does that make any sense at all? :upsidedow

    I did try to find you a key lime pie martini recipe but had no luck ... I posted something else for you on the Bendy thread ... maybe that will be a nice substitute?

    As for the link you provided ... it does sound very similar to what Jay had for dessert. In my mind a fritter and a beignet are the same thing anyway, so if you like 'naner flavored stuff then I'd say this recipe is a good place to start.

    Thanks for reading, Nicki! We thought our dinner was wonderful. And we were pretty darn fortunate on this trip to have some great meals but we've picked some stinkers in the past so I wouldn't completely rely on us. ;)

    And would you believe me if I told you I don't have a clue yet as to where we're going to eat come this October? :faint:

    BTW, my next review is going to be breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe thanks to your recommendation so keep an eye out for it! :goodvibes
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  3. D&R love Disney

    D&R love Disney DIS Veteran

    Feb 12, 2003
    Okay, I'm convinced! Now I need to figure out where I can sneak a visit to the Upstairs during the next trip. That martini looks to die for and I know I'd love that wine. I really enjoy Ruffino's Orvietto and I like Pinot Grigio so I think I'll pick up a bottle.
  4. MickeyNicki

    MickeyNicki It is pretty darn sad when a valet picks you out a

    Sep 22, 2005
    Neither do I! I keep saying I am going to sit down and figure it out but I never have the time....after we get back from our little March trip I need to do it for sure...even tho I have to wait until July to make the ressies :rotfl:
  5. Joie29

    Joie29 Mouseketeer

    Jun 19, 2008
    What a fabulous review of Wolfgang Puck's! I have been so curious about it...those banana fritters and your yummy drink are calling my name. :goodvibes

    Your little mortician references were hilarious...:rotfl:

    It is crazy, but I happen to know a few morticians (including a good friend of mine almost went to mortuary school! :eek: and worked in a funeral home for some time) and they are some of the most upbeat, funny, wild bunch of lively people I know! :laughing: My friend, who wound up as an art historian like me, ended up becoming a specialist on funeral home architecture, so she still kept a touchstone. She is SO normal, and SO wonderful, not weird at all.

    My girlfriend says that most people who work in the industry are this way--isn't that nuts?? I guess they are able to channel something we cannot, or maybe their work keeps them incredibly in tune with life. :confused3

    Anyway, we have had many a laugh over the strange juxtaposition of the lives of those who work with the dead...
  6. TigerKat

    TigerKat DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
    The only one I'm sure of for Oct. is that we're trying Citricos!

    Brenda, the Upstairs dining room looked incredible!:thumbsup2
  7. whogirl'smom

    whogirl'smom <font color=royalblue>Any leftover grumpiness can

    Aug 31, 2006
    Wow, that was some awfully good lookin' crab cakes and scampi there! And I agree, much as I love my cookbooks, I don't think a lot of the stuff would turn out the same (like my adventure with Sticky Toffee Pudding...) I don't think I've ever read another review for WP upstairs, so I really enjoyed this. We are booked for Dec. and there's so many places to think about now that we're DDP free!
  8. BriarRosie

    BriarRosie <font color=blue>Creator of Tag Fairy Haiku:<br>Cl

    Mar 7, 2002
    I'm so glad you stopped rhyming, as you were heading into dangerous territory. :laughing:

    Heck, I've never made it past the sushi bar near the entrance downstairs. I see it and can't bring myself to go further. I've seen those horrid reviews and shied away as well.

    I would have thought the morticians would heighten the appreciation of the place. In my head, I have a theory of morticians being really wild and crazy when they aren't tending to the needs of the dearly departed and their loved ones.

    Oh nice! I'll have to add that to my list of drinks not on the Disney Borg All-Purpose Bar Menus.

    "Hi. I'm Jay. Do sissy drinks make you feel emasculated? Well, friends, worry no more! For $19.95*, I can show you how to properly enjoy a sissy drink while holding on to your masculinity!"

    *plus shipping and handling

    It was either that or this:

    "Bond. James Bond." But that wasn't a proper Bond martini. It was a sissy drink, not that there's anything wrong with that. ;)

    Oh man. I think I may have to visit this mysterious dining location sometime. Those crab cakes look fabulous.

    I think the lamb was hiding under those onion strings. But damn, I think I want both of your appetizers and make my meal of that.

    Well, I'm sorta with Jay on the red wine issue. I enjoy a few whites, but I had a bad experience with Pinot Grigio. I don't know if it was just the wine I tried, but I thought it had the astringency power of rubbing alcohol.

    Aww man, now I want that dish, too. I think there's too much sauce on it, but that's just my opinion.

    Love that they had to put "line-caught" into the tuna description. Why do they think it's that important to mention? Do they think there are activists ready to stone them if they are caught with nets, the whole dolphin cruelty thing? I dunno. It's just fussy and unimportant to me in the description of a dish. (Ok, rant over.) It did look tasty, though.

    This dessert has my name all over it. If a restaurant has this ubiquitous molten lava cake on the menu, I will always have it.

    If I didn't go for the chocolate dessert, this dessert looks promising. :) Love the edible spoon. That's creative.

    Ah yes, the Menu Stifling Team. If this place put foie gras on their menu, I'd be over there in a heartbeat. ;)
  9. skellingtonfreak

    skellingtonfreak Disney is my life...you have a problem with that?

    Sep 10, 2008
    Wolfgang Puck's looked AMAZING! That is going to have to be a place to try one day. Thanks for taking one for the team!
  10. jakenjess

    jakenjess DIS Veteran

    Oct 21, 2005
    Hi Brenda,

    I haven't had much computer time lately so I'm just getting caught up. I wanted to send my condolences to your family. :grouphug: I'm so sorry and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.:hug:
  11. minniechiptink

    minniechiptink Earning My Ears

    Mar 29, 2008
    Thanks Brenda for telling me the name of your new thread! I was so excited when some nice person told me, but then when I scrolled down and saw YOUR name..... Wow! I felt like I just met a celebrity!:)

    Now, I can read about food in Disney and dream about going again someday, if I can talk my husband into it. Probably in 5 years!

    Thanks again!
  12. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

    Aug 16, 2004
    If you're staying at SSR it's a lot easier to fit into your schedule ... at least that's how I look at it. Too many other delectables at Epcot to distract from Wolfie's if you're staying over that way on a trip. I really liked the wine and so did Jay - very refreshing!

    The only thing I know for sure is that we're going back to Kimonos for sushi now that it's not quite so weird and scary to me. :lmao:

    Oh, and we'll probably head back to Jiko.

    And I'm considering CRT for breakfast one morning because I've always wanted to eat in the castle and that seems like the best meal of the three they offer. Although I'm not sure I can swallow the pricetag ... :confused3

    Citricos is great, Kathy, you'll really enjoy it! And we really liked the dining room ... can't find a thing to criticize unless it was that sushi wasn't on the menu. :laughing:

    It was all quite tasty! I'm glad you enjoyed the review and keep reading for more fabulous ideas for December (if I do say so myself). :goodvibes

    Had I posted this on the blog I would have played the name game ... 'nuff said. :lmao:

    Now that we've also eaten at the sushi bar I think we'd have a hard time choosing between the two ... the dining room is more of a special ocassion place and the sushi bar is for the eating of vast quantities of fishes. YUM!

    I don't know how wild and crazy this group was but they were very friendly and we had a good time chatting with them until they ... departed. ;)

    You have been assimilated!

    :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :worship:

    It was pretty darn strong for a sissy drink. But you're still a riot! Your comment reminds of the time we were staying at Portofino Bay and he ordered a banana daiquiri at the pool bar.

    WHUT? :confused3

    I called him Fredo Corleone for the rest of the day. :lmao:

    Now you know why we had to order two appetizers.

    Sounds you like you had a bad pinot grigio but we all like different things. I just can't drink a lot of reds so if we order a bottle while dining we typically order white. We do drink a fair number of reds at home, but then I get away with just one glass and Jay doesn't have to finish the bottle in one sitting ... unless he really wants to. ;)

    My scampi was really good. And you're right that there was a bit too much sauce but there was also a lot of rice hiding there in the plate.

    Maybe they like to call it "line caught" so that we don't think the tuna came out of a can (except that might be dolphin) or so that we don't think they scooped it out of a net (how primitive). I'm with you on the description ... I think it's silly but it's also kind of funny. :laughing:

    I knew you'd like this one!

    The spoon and the ice cream were my favorite parts of this dessert.

    You and me and Jay and a handful of other people, right? ;)

    Thanks for reading! And I'm always happy to take one for the DIS-foodies, especially when it turns out this well. :thumbsup2

    Hi Lori - it's good to see you posting again! Thank you so much for the hugs and kind words. They're much appreciated. :hug:

    Hey there! Glad you found us ... be sure to go read the first part that I started in September (if you really want to subject yourself to it ... there are some good reviews there if I do say so myself).

    No celebrity allowed here ... just lots of good humor (I hope) and good food and good fun!

    Thanks for reading! :goodvibes
  13. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

    Aug 16, 2004

    D'OH! Somehow I missed your post when I was repsonding to the others. I must need to go to bed. :lmao:

    Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this latest update - I'm glad you enjoyed it. We were both really curious about the restaurant too, so it was nice to finally get there and try it for ourselves. Our meal was great ... I hope others who have been there recently have also had the same type of experience that we did.

    The mortician thing was a hoot ... I really did wonder if being seated next to them was an omen at first, but they were very nice and very friendly. :goodvibes

    I think it takes a special kind of person to be able to do that kind of work ... I know I couldn't do it.
  14. BriarRosie

    BriarRosie <font color=blue>Creator of Tag Fairy Haiku:<br>Cl

    Mar 7, 2002
    I knew you were evil. :worship:

    LOL! You know I couldn't resist mocking the sissy drink. I hope Jason enjoyed the mocking, too. And I think I had a banana colada by accident at the Portofino Bay quiet pool. Not by choice, either. I ordered a different colada and accepted the server's mistake as she brought it to me at the pool. But you know what a great poolside drink would be? Brace yourself.

    Banana Hammock. :banana:

    I thought of that off the top of my head and then Googled it. There is a real drink recipe of that title. :banana:

    Yes. And I often call that, "dinner".
  15. TheDISneyFamily

    TheDISneyFamily <marquee><font color=peach>°O° DIS Friendship Pixi

    Aug 5, 2007
    Well, I guess WPUpstairs will have to go back on the list... again. Maybe we'll actually make it there this time. :rolleyes: Thanks for having dinner there and reporting back to us. :thumbsup2 Only you would be seated next to undertakers... LOL! :lmao: The TR gods were smiling down on you with that one!

    Sorry for everything that you and the family have been through lately. :hug: Misery loves company, so here's another hug for you. :hug: You aren't alone.

    Take care,
  16. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

    Aug 16, 2004
    It's true ... :rotfl2:

    Jay thought your mockery was amusing, too, and he readily admitted that it was a sissy drink. But it was still good. :thumbsup2

    I'll pass that hammock drink along to Jay ... I don't do banana flavored drinks. :scared: The name is a hoot, though! :lmao:

    Hi Michelle!

    You and I seem to have the same problem with the dining room ... we always cancel! :laughing: I'm so glad we kept this reservation - it was definitely worth the money and the time.

    And you're right ... only Jay and I would be seated next to people who couldn't wait to introduce themselves and tell us their profession. Maybe they thought it would freak us out a bit. It made for a good little story. :thumbsup2

    Thanks for the hugs and good wishes ... very much appreciate them my friend. :hug:
  17. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

    Aug 16, 2004
    Tuesday, October 14th - Walt Disney World Life Lesson #11: When You are Running Late for an ADR Your Preferred Method of Transportation Will Always Let You Down.

    You know what they say: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

    Such sage advice was never more true than on this day, when my lovey and I devoted our entire Epcot touring plan to nothing less than World Showcase Alcoholic Domination or WSAD, also known as We Sure Are Drunk. I felt certain that if Jay and I were going to survive our drinking plan it would have to be done on a full, but not too full, pair of stomachs. Shortly before we left for WDW I noticed that the Grand Floridian Cafe had been on the receiving end of some pretty good reviews. When MickeyNicki gave them two enthusiastic thumbs up I bit the bullet and made a breakfast ADR, rationalizing that if for some reason the meal turned out badly we'd soon forget all about it in a haze of drunken blissfulness.

    While the weather gods graced us with a breezy, mild, and not remotely rainy day, the transportation gods were yukking it up at our expense; as smooth and easy as the bus system was on Monday it was excruciatingly painful on Tuesday, like passing a kidney stone. Our reservation was for 9:30AM ... we waited until 9AM for a Magic Kingdom bus to make an appearance while watching numerous MGM, Animal Kingdom, and Downtown Disney buses pull up, belch fumes in our faces, and then lumber off. We would have been willing to jump a bus to Epcot and then monorail it over to the Grand Floridian, but those buses were also mysteriously absent. By the time our chariot arrived it was 9:15 and I was growing fidgety and it didn't help matters that we got stuck in construction traffic on our way to Magic Kingdom. Upon finally completing the first leg of our journey we hoofed it over to the monorail station, sprinting up the ramp to catch a ride on the train that just happened to be waiting for us only to be told that it was out of service and another train wouldn't be along for at least twenty minutes.


    I would have laughed at the ludicrousness of it all but I was too busy not puking a lung on that nice family standing right next to us.


    I don't like to run. In fact, I hate to run. If I had to choose between running for my life or being devoured by a pack of hounds with bees in their mouths who, when they bark, shoot bees at me ... well, I guess I'm doing the dog'n'beehive jive because running is just painful.

    So, there we were ... stranded within plain view of our final destination. The only other option was to try to catch a lift on one of those cute little boats that randomly sail between the Magic Kingdom, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian. But waiting for a ride on these boats carries its own special risk since they seem to operate on a mysterious and capricious schedule known only to the hardy sea salts who captain them.

    Luckily we didn't have long to wait for a cute little boat and as my hubba gently reminded me ... we were on vacation and if we got somewhere not on time it wasn't the end of the world. And I adore boat rides on the Seven Seas Lagoon - they're so peaceful and picturesque and they come with plenty of fresh air so when the only other people on the boat have a small child with them who blatts loudly in its diaper the cool breeze will waft the smell of poo away before you can turn to your beloved and ask, "who farted?"

    The prow of our stinky little love boat

    Quick, take the picture before they release more poison gas...

    By the time we actually reached the restaurant, which is housed on the lobby level of the Grand Floridian, we were easily thirty minutes late for our ADR and I had visions of being turned away or being faced with a ridiculous wait. But it was just the opposite - the cafe was not busy at all and we were seated immediately. Our table was in the back of the restaurant so we were surrounded by a wall of windows that looked directly out on to the hotel's lawn and walkways. The decor was light and airy - I felt like we were dining in a cozy, comfortable summerhouse.


    In honor of the drunk-fest we'd planned it seemed more than reasonable to start the morning off with a little hair of the dog along with the usual WDW swill that passes for coffee. And no, for those of you who may be wondering, drinking swill at the Grand Floridian does not make it any less swilly.

    For my first alcoholic beverage of the day I chose poorly and ordered the Key West, described as a frozen blend of pureed strawberries and orange juice laced with rum.

    Too much ice not enough booze

    In the hands of a better bartender this could have been a good drink but we'll never know for sure because it would have taken a solar flare to melt that iceberg in my glass. It tasted like a watery strawberry snow-cone with none of the added benefit of red dye #5 sugar-syrup to turn my tongue a shocking shade of scarlet.

    Jay, as he often does in these instances, chose wisely and ordered the Florida Sunshine , described as Peach Schnapps, Chambord, Vodka, and a splash of orange and cranberry juices.

    I covet your drink ... is that so wrong?

    There was no doubt about it ... this drink was the choice of champions and it was perfectly blended - not too sweet and not too tart. And considering how much alcohol it contained, it was a smooth, easy drink - not at all harsh or overpowering.

    Had the weather been as hot and humid on this day as it had been on the previous days of our visit I might have ordered something different for breakfast, but I loves me some french toast and I'm a firm proponent of eating bread with my alcohol to help soak it all up. The Cafe offers Maple French Toast which the menu described as challah bread dipped in maple and vanilla flavored batter served with a choice of bacon or sausage.

    French toast & pig

    Butter & syrup

    Wow! This was ever-so-good! The bread was firm but slightly custardy and had a lovely, light vanilla flavor. They didn't skimp on the bacon, either; there was a lot of pig on my plate for me to share with the hubba. And may I just publicly offer up thanks for the generous pitcher of maple syrup they provided for my bread drowning and bacon dipping pleasure?

    Jason surprised me a bit with his choice - I was sure he was going to order the lobster eggs benedict but he opted for the Cafe Breakfast Skillet instead. This item is described as biscuits topped with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, peppers, onions and melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.

    Breakfast mish-mash

    I find that revolting ... I do not like all my foods jumbled up together in one serving dish like that, especially at breakfast. However, for those of you who do enjoy what I like to refer to as mish-mash, Jay says this was truly a delight to eat.

    Final verdict?

    MickeyNicki and her thumbs were right!!!

    The Grand Floridian Cafe is a hidden gem - we had a peaceful, leisurely meal with attentive service and very good food. Jay and I both liked that their menu provided some nice variations on standard breakfast fare and they offset their swill with some good alcoholic morning beverage offerings ... just do yourself a favor and avoid the drink with the Antarctic ice shelf.
  18. ocdisney08

    ocdisney08 Mouseketeer

    Jul 25, 2008
    Awesome Reviews! Keep them coming! :)
  19. Tink rules

    Tink rules <font color=teal>The kids in my family sometimes t

    Dec 30, 2006
    Very good Bendy!!! The GF Cafe is one of my faves... of course that's because I'm usually draggin my butt out of bed and sauntering over in that direction... and I'm with Jay... mushy food is good... how do you think my hips got this way??? :rolleyes1

    I'm going to try the Lobster Eggs Benny when I'm there next... I've just got this thing for hollydaise and lobster... :lovestruc
  20. aceys_h0ney

    aceys_h0ney DIS Veteran

    Nov 26, 2008
    Great review.

    That thing Jay got reminds me of that weird bowl from KFC. You know the one where they grab the leftovers of everything in the kitchen and throw it in a bowl, top it with cheese and call it good. Glad he liked it though. I would give an arm for some french toast right about now.
  21. 2xcited2sleep

    2xcited2sleep DIS Veteran

    Jan 5, 2008
    Ahhh... the breakfast of champions. ;) Your drinks sure look yummy. Sorry yours wasn't better. I trust you made up for it later in the day. Speaking of which, I can't wait to hear more about your quest for alcohol domination. WSAD! :rotfl:

    GF Cafe looks really pretty. I think that is going on my list! ::yes::

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