Yet another Solo DDE Dining Report, pics of course! DONE 3/1 pg 11

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  1. marsh0013

    marsh0013 i want to drive the zamboni

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    So I'm back. I'm so sad, as this one was really a wonderful trip! I got to spend loads of time w/David at the Tune In, and my server Richard was at Prime Time as well! I had such a blast, and I will be detailing my food and drinks here! Let's see...what's to come...

    A - Dawa Bar & Victoria Falls --- page 1, post 2 (updated 11.20)
    D - Jiko --- page 1, post 12 (updated 11.20)
    A - Tune In Lounge --- page 1, post 12 (updated 11.20)
    L - Brown Derby --- page 2, post 23 (updated 11.22)
    A - Tune In Lounge --- page 2, post 23 (updated 11.22)
    S - Columbia Harbour House --- page 3, post 33 (updated 11.23)
    D - The Wave --- page 3, post 33 (updated 11.23)
    B - Kringla Bakery --- page 3, post 45 (updated 11.30)
    A - Les Vins des Chefs de France --- page 3, post 45 (updated 11.30)
    S - Tangeriene Cafe --- page 3, post 45 (updated 11.30)
    A - Rose & Crown Pub --- page 3, post 45 (updated 11.30)
    S - surprise!!! --- page 4, post 50 (updated 12.1)
    D - Tokyo Dining --- page 4, post 50 (updated 12.1)
    B - Main Street Bakery --- page 4, post 56 (updated 12.4)
    D - 50's Prime Time --- page 4, post 56 (updated 12.4)
    L - Rose and Crown --- page 5, post 75 (updated 12.22)
    A - Epcot drinkeries --- page 6, post 80 (updated 12.25)
    D - Tangeriene Cafe --- page 6, post 80 (updated 12.25)
    L - Columbia Harbour House --- page 6, post 85 (updated 12.25)
    A - Epcot drinkeries (yeah, again!) --- page 6, post 90 (updated 12.28)
    D - Crystal Palace --- page 7, post 92 (updated 12.28)
    B - Akershus --- page 7, post 100 (updated 1.7)
    A - Margarita Stand --- page 7, post 100 (updated 1.7)
    A - Tune In Lounge --- page 8, post 112 (updated 1.12)
    D - Flying Fish --- page 9, post 129 (updated 1.26)
    L - Sci Fi --- page 10, post 137 (updated 2.8)
    D - ESPN --- page 10, post 147 (updated 2.13)
    B - Boma --- page 11, post 153
    A - Tune In Lounge --- page 11, post 153

    (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, S=snack, A=alcohol!)

    and there will be lots of drink stops in between! you can be sure of that!

    I will update this first post with the page and post number of each review. I've already uploaded all my photos, so I will start the reviews soon!
     
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  3. marsh0013

    marsh0013 i want to drive the zamboni

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    Dawa Bar, "Snack", 11.11.08

    Well, it's quite fitting that this is my first "food" entry. And it's an alcoholic beverage. Just fits me well, now, doesn't it? :rotfl2:

    Anyway, so I got to Animal Kingdom and did a few rides before it was parade time. And of course, I watch the parade from Africa, because then you see it twice...the second time with pretty much no one around! Sweet. And it's right by the Dawa Bar, so for me, that's just a perfect location for parade-viewing.

    Anyway, so I went up to the bar, with the intention of buying the blue drink I've gotten there in the past...only it wasn't listed on the board. So I asked the bartender if they still had a blue drink, and he told me it was the Oasis - Bacardi Limon, Blue Curacao, and Sour Mix. Sounds good to me...bring it on!

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    Nice and lemony, and blue. I couldn't ask for more :thumbsup2


    Oh geez, and so I'm going through my pics, and well, next up is another drink! Before my first meal...I have 2 drink reviews, LOL!!!

    Victoria Falls, "Snack", 11.11.08

    So yup, after the parade, I made my way over to the AKL for my dinner ADR at Jiko, but I got there at 5 and Jiko didn't open till 5:30. So what was I to do? Hit the bar, of course! I knew I'd have a Mount Kilamarita at Jiko, so I decided to pick something from the standardized menu...The Magical Star Coctail - X Fusion Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, and a souvenir multi-colored glow cube...says so right here!
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    But alas, I *hate* coconut with a passion. So I asked them to sub Bacardi Rum instead, and that was no problem. Ooh, this thing was pretty! It was my first experience with the multi-colored glow cube, and it made an impression!
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    Yes, that's all the same drink, just different colors of the cube! So fun! And it was good, too. But hey, you really can't serve me much that I won't enjoy if alcohol is involved!

    Oh, and for the purpose of research, I also took photos of all the drinks in the standardized menu. Just so you guys could see!
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    Okay, so that's my first installment. Hope you enjoyed!

    up next: dinner @Jiko
     
  4. wdw1972

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    Very nice - looking forward to the rest!
     
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    Always love your reviews. Looking forward to more!!
     
  6. MickeyNicki

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    I'm in! I love your dining reports and I am so jealous that you get to go alone!
     
  7. jeminni

    jeminni It's 5 o'clock somewhere

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    I'm enjoying your dining reviews even if it's only alcohol so far. :thumbsup2


    Looking forward to more.:goodvibes
     
  8. Krissalee

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    I have loved all your previous reviews, and I am looking forward to more! Plus, I love the drinks - you are my kind of girl!
     
  9. EpcotBeauty

    EpcotBeauty <font color=darkorchid>I fly a starship across the

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    I can not wait!! Get going woman!;) :cool1:
     
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    I'm here!!!!!:wave:
     
  11. marsh0013

    marsh0013 i want to drive the zamboni

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    welcome, welcome, welcome everyone!!! thank you all for joining in my review! next installment coming up soon!
     
  12. ChelleinNC

    ChelleinNC Say "Hi" to Art the Greeter for me!

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    Looking forward to another report :goodvibes

    Those drinks looked pretty good ;)
     
  13. marsh0013

    marsh0013 i want to drive the zamboni

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    Jiko, Dinner, 11.11.08

    So I checked in to Jiko right as they opened at 5:30pm, and was asked if I would like to sit at the cooking place. Of course I agreed! I had heard such good things about it, and it was definitely the right choice. Here are a couple of pictures of the chefs preparing the appetizers.
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    Here are a couple of the place setting
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    Oh, and I know people often talk about what people wear to signatures, but I didn't really take notice of anyone around me. I, however, changed into a skirt that I brought with me, and had a plain shirt, and yes, flip flops. What can I say, I only bring my flips and crocs when I go to WDW. They are kinda nicer flips, but whatever.

    Aaaaanyway, so of course, I had to start with a drink. I had read about the Mount Kilamarita, and even though I normally only drink Margaritas from the stand in Mexico in Epcot, I figured I'd give it a shot. Well, I was glad I did! I really enjoyed the taste of it, the tequila actually tasted GOOD. Maybe I just need margaritas with good tequila...who knows. Also included in the picture is the water...with lemon on the side. I thought that was a really nice touch, the lemon on the side, as I hate lemon in my water and so hate when waiters assume I want it. Thumbs up.
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    So I had a dilemma while ordering. See, I really wanted to try the famous mac and cheese that comes with the Filet Mignon. But here's the problem - I do not eat red meat. So I asked my waiter if there was any way I could just get a side of the mac and cheese as an appetizer...and it wasn't a problem. Sweet. I was thrilled.
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    So for the mac and cheese itself, I dunno. Maybe it goes better with the filet and the sauce that accompanies it, but I didn't think it was anything special. It was fine, nothing wrong with it, but I guess I was expecting more.

    I was also brought out a couple different types of bread with a flavored butter. I apologize, but I didn't write it down, so I don't remember the flavors of any of them. I do remember that I liked one of the breads more than the other though...the one that tasted kind of like a rye bread to me.
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    For my main meal, I wasn't sure what to get. I know they used to have a grains entree on the menu, that came highly recommended, but it has been replaced by a stuffed pepper. I order the stuffed pepper quite often at the Prime Time, so I really didn't feel like trying this one. Then, I thought I might go for the shrimp dish, but I got frightened by the spicyness of it. So I went with the scallops. Portland Pier Scallops - with Sweet Corn and Pea Succotash, Rocket Pesto
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    I have no idea what the breaded thing in the middle was, and I never got a chance to ask. But the scallops were absolutely delicious and cooked perfectly. The best scallops I ever had were the ones at Flying Fish in May, and these were definitely up there.

    So I know I should know better than to try to rush a Signature Meal, but I was alone, and I really didn't feel like sticking around. Plus, I got the idea in my head that I *needed* to make it to MGM before they closed at 7pm, so I could stop in to the Tune In Lounge, hoping I could see David.

    So okay, seated at 5:30, I was actually done eating by 6:15. And I didn't feel rushed whatsoever. And I figured I'd have plenty of time to catch a bus and make it in plenty of time...well. I kept trying to get my waiter's attention, but it wasn't happening. I felt a bit ignored. Someone else was sent over to see if I wanted dessert, which I did not. And then my check was finally brought, sometime later. Well, I was finally out the front door of AKL at about 6:45pm. I gave up on the idea of the bus, and hopped in a cab as quick as I could! I told the cabbie I was trying to make it before they closed, and I don't know if he sped to help, but I *did* arrive at 6:55, and ran like the wind to the turnstiles.

    Seriously. Ran. In my skirt and flip flops! And I made it!


    Tune In Lounge, Alcohol, 11.11.08

    Yay! So I was parched when I walked through the door of the lounge, and to my contentment, I was greeted by David behind the bar!!! He was surprised to see me, since he thought I wasn't coming back until 2009. Yay! Happy reunion! And I ordered my usual, Grandma's Picnic Punch - Grandma concocted a wonderful drink for the family picnic with vodka, peach schnapps, creme de cassis, pink lemonade and pineapple juice. Good as usual! And I got another glowing cube.
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    Just so happens that since it was so late, they were closing up, so they had some pineapple to get rid of. Well, I have a thing for pineapple, so here's what I got...
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    LOL!!! :lmao: David rocks my socks!

    Oh and I know this is a food report, but well, this is kinda food related. Well, my favorite waiter, who I hadn't seen since August 2007 just happened to be picking up a drink to serve to one of his tables...and I yelled his name across the bar! He just smiled, dropped his head and laughed! Haha! So I got his schedule and moved some ADRs around so I could eat with him later in the week :thumbsup2

    And I will leave you with a lovely shot of me and David :goodvibes
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    (oh yeah, that's NOT the shirt I wore to Jiko...I had a long sleeved solid purple shirt over it. For the signature attire police ;))

    next up: lunch @Brown Derby
     
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    OMG, you are back! Can't wait to read more of your report. You rock :thumbsup2
     
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    subscribing!!! your reviews are so much fun to read :thumbsup2
     
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    I'm such a sucker for a blue drink and that one looks amazing :)

    Glad you enjoyed the Mount Kilamirta, I found it to be delicious! :thumbsup2
     
  17. Joshua_me

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    Ooo !

    I hadn't seen the multi-colored glow cube before. :woohoo:

    Sounds like your trip is off to a delightful start.....
     
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    Hurrah! I love your reports! You're off to a great start. And I'm so glad you got to see your favorite waiter... I know you've been looking for him on your past reports. That must be a good omen for the rest of the trip!
     
  19. thumperbelle3

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    I really enjoyed your last report and am looking forward to more of this one!

    Those cocktails look mighty good this Friday morning! I can't wait to get out of work so I can re-create one at home!:laughing:
     
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    Great report so far:thumbsup2 Can't wait to read more:banana:
    So far, so good, booze and Jiko, 2 of my favorite things:rotfl:
     
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    Great start! :goodvibes
     

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