Nothing A Little Sangria Can't Fix! A Thanksgiving 2016 Dining Report update 3/21 MK eats

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  1. Lisa F

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    yeah see, your filet looks great. In reviewing my pictures you can see that it is still purple in the center of the sides on kiddo's even in the pictures. Also I don't think there is any butter on top either, maybe that is what they meant by plain? But have to review my pics to see for sure. I do agree that every place has a bad night and given just how many meals we had and how good most of them were (the next worst was "just ok" and the next after that was "pretty darn tasty" all the way up to "amazeballs" per the kid, which is pretty much his highest compliment) we did real well with that.. it is just a shame that our finale meal on the DxDDP that was also around $240 with tip was the horrible one!

    also if I had been able to get the 2nd glass of wine I wanted (let alone a third) I might have been more mellow. but the bathroom thing might have been a lot worse of an issue too :rotfl:
     
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  2. kastoney

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    Happy New Year to You!!!!!!!! No :car: here in VA but you know there was lots of this :drinking1:drinking1:drinking1:drinking1:drinking1

    :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: Key being the word "little" which is why we get along oh so well :P

    Nice touch indeed. I think we've eaten there for 3 or 4 straight trips and never got one of those. Of course maybe that is because we don't decide to eat there until 5 minutes before we show up :P We do have an actual ADR for next month so we'll see....

    Girl after my own heart :drinking1

    We're the opposite (at least out to dinner) we always have an ipad or phone in tow for Casey so she can last for a whole meal. I'm sure in a time in our not too distant future we're gonna try and take it away :upsidedow

    And how was your conversation with yourself????

    BLASPHEMY!!!! How does not one like salt on butter? Two of the worlds great substances melding into one. At least you got to eat double the salt!

    This looks oh so good. Especially love the sound of the oxtail reduction. About once a year I make gnocchi with an oxtail ragu and it is so rich and amazing!!!! Who knew a cow's tail could be so good?

    Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum,
    What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
    ....But they got, Diff'rent Strokes.
    It takes Diff'rent Strokes.
    It takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world. :-):-):-)

    Funny how what you feel about Narcoossee's is the exact same way I feel about Citricos. It's always good, but never wows me. I just looked at the last menu and I think what it is is a lot of their food is similar to what we make when we want to make a "fancy" meal at home. Short ribs, roast chicken, pork, risotto, its all pretty similar to a lot of what we do which is why it doesn't seem as special to me. We don't do a ton of seafood at home which is why I think Narcoossee's sings to me.

    Speaking of singing....AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! So good
     
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  4. Jenny Sanders

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    That's funny that you didn't enjoy Kona for breakfast. We ate there a few years back, because I was dying to try the Tonga Toast, and I was VERY disappointed in the entire breakfast...I was NOT impressed in the least.
     
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    I like your dining report
     
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  6. Saphire5742

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    The list for next time is getting loooong. Part of the reason next time has got to be two weeks. And there'll still be places I won't get to. The misfortunes of living far away - I don't get to go very often. Well, to be honest, I suppose I could go every year but there are too many other places in the world to see...

    Poor unfortunate souls.... :sad2:

    Did it work? Although we all know that's just an excuse. No judgment here. :drinking1:drinking1:drinking1:drinking1:drinking1:drinking1

    Used to LOVE those bars. Was my fave from the ice cream truck. Now I'm gonna have to add Narcoosee's to the list too. This might be the time to have an actual written list

    Curious child refusing dessert.

    But this did remind me of a story - When we were in Morocco my mom and I stopped by a cafe at the mall on a cold and rainy day for a nice cup of coffee (for her) and hot chocolate (for me) topped with whipped cream (YUM!) of course. The place kind of reminded me of Starbucks but better. Anyway we also ordered a slice of cheesecake to share. My mom took a picture to share with the fam right as I was reaching for some cheesecake. As such the resulting photo was less than flattering. Would've been nice had she warned me first. She claims she didn't have a chance as I was too fast. I still think it was on purpose.
     
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  7. Lisa F

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    Add me to the list of "meh on Kona" and "did not like the tonga toast"... It was a long time ago but I should have known better not being a sweets person. I had it on the list to try this time because I LOVE eggs benedict and was going to try the samoan but then we ended up doing room service instead. The food was just okay in room service. I actually preferred 'Ohana because they will mainline the POG juice if you want, lol.
     
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  8. Niki Andiokno

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    I NEED that cheesecake. Great report.
     
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    Happy New Year! I am behind in updating my report too...need to get that done this week. That steak looks awesome--yum! I think Narcoossee's will be our signature next trip.
     
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    :rotfl::rotfl:

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    I'm drooling.....


    Uh, yum! I'm all for something that makes me forget my problems...

    Nice! Definitely on the list when the boys are a tad older.

    Looking forward to the review!
     
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    That always works for me! Especially if we go out and sit in the bar area and Nick is glued to the game.

    This looks amazing!
     
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    Happy new year Ariane! My evening was blissfully spent on the couch in my jammy pants and a tall glass of vodka and cranberry juice :love:

    Oops, that would be me..ToT scares the bagezzus out of me!

    :rotfl2::rotfl2:
    You crack me up

    I could totally rock that Mickey straw in my glass of moscato too ::yes::

    That looks Amazing!

    I haven't been fortunate enough to try Narcoossee's yet but we went to Citrico's on our last trip and thought it was fantastic. Looking forward to the day that almond encrusted cheesecake is sitting in front of me!

    What!! I'm kind of impressed and shocked all at the same time.
     
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    True, it could have been worse! But boy let me tell you, I really HATE those stupid electronics. I know it's just what they do now but I find it so annoying when there's a few kids at a table and they're ALL looking down at screens and not talking. It's old fashioned I know but, that's me!

    DO THE ADULTS ONLY TRIP! You will not regret it and you'll be amazed how different it is without your kids (whom you love dearly, of course :D)

    ::yes:: I'll bet there's a lot of us guilty of this; I do it too, and it really got to me one day this trip. Most of the time, like you said, it's self-inflicted and in no way is brought on by anything the boys say or do, just my constant worrying and wanting to please everyone. And then when I say "screw this, I want to do xyz", I end up feeling guilty :rolleyes: Much easier when it's just Steve and I so I'm really pushing for you and DH to go by yourselves. Try it, you'll like it lol!

    I'm hoping to get that review done in the next day or two and now I'm curious to hear about your experience. I totally wouldn't say it was bad, at all. But was it as good as last year? Would I do it again? You're going to have to lay awake tonight in anticipation of the answers :rotfl2:
    Sounds like a great night and I hope it's as enjoyable as ours was :goodvibes Are you planning to watch Wishes from there?

    Well I had some kind of blue drink at the restaurant followed by a bottle of Moscato at my friends house :drinking1 I should have been in sweatpants because after all the food I ate I needed something stretchy!

    Thank you! Going to look for this next time I'm at the liquor store :) I found one in an Italian restaurant here that I love and then found in the liquor store, it's called Moscato Castello del Poggio. I really wish I could find the one they serve at Il Mulino around here because it's the best, but so far no luck.

    Wow, that's cool if you can walk up and get the cheesecake to go! Now remember, I think Citricos wins over Narcoossee's, but not like, a runaway win. But many people prefer Narcoossee's so your best bet is trying both and comparing. And by the looks of your signature you have enough trips coming up to try both lol! The perks of moving closer :thumbsup2 And speaking of I can't believe you're going so many months but not the month we're going (May). We'll also probably end up going in August and that's not on your list, either :(
     
  14. ariane37

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    Yeah, yuck :crazy2: purple no good. But yeah they probably did leave the butter off if you requested it plain because I think it might be truffle butter? It wasn't plain old regular butter I know that, it was 1000x better than regular butter :cloud9: Oops, sorry lol, don't mean to brag more about our meal!

    The good thing there is that other than Narcoossee's your next "worst" meal was "just ok"! At least overall you enjoyed what you ate; not much I dislike more than hating a meal, mainly because then it's like calories I consumed for no reason :rotfl2:Plus I'll still have to eat something good to be satisfied!

    LOL! Now see when we were there not long before you, it was the mens that was being worked on. So they were letting women in the womens room and men had to wait until it was "all clear". Chris and I both used it before we left but it just happened to be free when we walked up; I went first and nobody else needed it before Chris went in.

    ::yes::::yes:: :rotfl:

    Hopefully you'll get one, if that Disney Magic works for you pixiedust: ;) Seriously though I'd assume with all the times you've been there you will, and you're right it probably is because they don't have enough time to locate a "welcome back" menu when you decide to show up whenever you want. Must hide them somewhere really really hard to find to need a lot of time to find one..................

    We did that for awhile, made sure they had something with them. And we don't NOT allow them to bring them to restaurants-can't really do that with Ricky anymore anyway-but I do try to draw their attention away from them once in awhile. But mainly I don't care as much if I have Steve to talk to or another couple. It's all about me, ya know?

    I am a bright, funny, entertaining person if I do say so myself :bitelip:

    That sounds GOOOOOOD. I think we'll be in the D.C area the next time you make that.

    You take the good you take the bad
    You take them both and there you have
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    the Facts of Life,
    Doesn't really fit the comment the way your awesome '80's one does, but since it followed your show on TV for a few seasons I had to do it!


    That's exactly why we went! A friend of mine kept talking up the Tonga Toast so I just had to try it; it wasn't terrible but I didn't think it was anything special. I can't even remember what Steve had but he wasn't impressed, and the kids' pancakes came out burned so nobody has the desire to return.

    :welcome: and thank you! Glad to have you along :)
     
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    I envy your travel, so much easier to do before I had the boys.........but going less often just makes your trips more special :goodvibes
    Love it!

    I looked for them in a couple grocery stores around here after I had the cheesecake there last year, but no luck. Wondering if maybe they don't make them any longer? But yes, you should start a list now!

    Yeah tonga toast wouldn't be my pick for someone who isn't a sweets lover, because that sucker is SWEET! Just another example of something the masses love that a select few don't :)

    Thank you! I dream about that cheesecake lol

    Hi there! It's hard to get back into posting after the holidays, as much as I love updating. I still need to put all my decorations away and can't even find the time to do that!
    Yes, if you haven't done Narcoossee's I say try it! Steve wants to go back to Citricos on our next trip which is fine with me, but there are a couple more signatures we haven't been to yet that I'd like to try, too.

    You and Chad are going to have to take like, 5 adults only trips by the time the boys are a tad older if you keep adding restaurants and plans to our child-free trips :rotfl2:

    That's how I feel on Sundays when my stepsons come over :rolleyes: I either have to go upstairs by myself or if I stay downstairs in the family room, I have to talk to myself-and quietly-if the game is on!

    I would love to spend NYE like that! Not that we were all fancy, just dinner at a Texas Roadhouse and then over to our friends for drinking/desserts/games, so very informal but I'd be fine in sweats with wine and cheese and a movie shut off at 11:58!

    Ooh, so I'd probably love to see your ride picture if you ever went on it! The first time I went to MGM after TOT opened I heard everyone screaming and thought, "no way. NEVER". Finally got up enough nerve to ride it 2 years later and on top of that I rode it myself while Steve stayed with the kids, and it was love at first drop :love:

    I'm glad I can provide entertainment!

    Love to hear people enjoy Citricos! It doesn't get as much love on the boards as other signatures but I honestly think it's partly b/c of the location (overshadowed by V&A's and even Narcoossee's being at the same resort) and the fact that it doesn't offer any "extras" like fireworks viewing.
     
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  16. Lisa F

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    Well the butter would have been ok, he had it on his CA Grill steak (and the waitress showed up right after it was delivered to cut it for him but I was already started in on that, lol, and asked if the butter was ok - my child is MORE than ok with butter. It is hard to keep his grimy little fingers out of my butter dish!) but it was the wine sauce that was the problem. I scraped it off before sending it back but it still carmelized/burned when they threw it back on the grill.

    Honestly if the waitress had been great, the bad food would not have been an issue (I never get upset if they fix it). If the food had been perfect the less than stellar waitress would not have even registered. And with the combo of both, being unable to empty my bladder after dinner sent me over the edge. After a few phone calls back and forth with Disney though they are more than making it right, so there is that. Feeling a lot less ruffled about it right now (although honestly I was fine just after telling the CM about it but he insisted that the experience was not up to disney standards and that they would have to do something for me about it). But I will do my own review in my own thread, lol. I'm about ready to do CA Grill next so afterglowing a bit with that memory, lol.
    actually when I tried it I really liked french toast and liked sweet things more than I do now. I found it kind of dry and tasteless on the inside and not ooey and gooey like I like with french toast and the bananas were underripe too. it was a loooong time ago but I'd much rather have benedict these days... although I LOVE the sweet potato pancakes at the wave and I know they have some kind of benedict on the buffet so it is on my short breakfast list for next time!
     
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    Following along! All the nut talk cracked me up.
     
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    Hi everyone! Hope the start of the year has been a good one for you all. I'm trying to get around to making some plans for our May trip but I can't seem to find any time! The only restaurant he's requested to eat at is Citricos and we really don't need an ADR, it's easy enough to make one day of unless I just jinxed myself. I'm also considering doing the Wave breakfast, another ADR that can probably wait until day of or day before or at least a few weeks before our trip. I haven't thought about anywhere else; I know we'll snack a much as possible at the F&G booths because back in 2015 we didn't sample as much as I'd have liked. I'm also considering booking another tour :scratchin That's it! Onwards and around the Land now!


    GARDEN GRILL BREAKFAST

    We were up early the next morning to finally hit a park um, early. When I was planning our ADR's and asked the boys where they wanted to eat, Chris's main request was doing Garden Grill breakfast again (along with Narcoossee's). We did it last November shortly after they started serving breakfast and had a great experience food-wise if not character-wise, and I believe the food is the main reason Chris wanted to go back. I made our reservation for 8:00 with the idea that once we were done, we'd scoot down to catch Soarin' before the masses hit.
    I posted this over on my TR but I think empty WS deserves to be posted here, too!

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    This was shortly before 8, as in like, 7:59. We didn't arrive at the Land until just shy of 8:10 which was a result of not leaving our room as early as I'd wanted, which was the result of somebody not wanting to wake up. Once we got there we still had a few minutes wait and weren't actually at our table until about 8:20, which started me sweating. I knew they'd let everyone in before 9 so my hope was that all the characters would come around quick! I'd heard that early ADR's saw the characters multiple times. We didn't necessarily need that, just one time with each of them would be nice pluto: Last year our reservation was at the tail end of breakfast seatings, 10:15 and they end breakfast at 10:30. Unfortunately Mickey and Pluto left the building without coming over to say hi. Nobody was heartbroken, but I could sense some disappointment in Chris and I'd been looking forward to Mickey in his cute farmer outfit. Our server did give us a golden FP for the character spot, but I really didn't want a repeat this year. Another reason for making an earlier reservation!
    We were seated on the bottom as opposed to the top last time, which was cool. Unfortunately I was on edge during the whole meal so I didn't enjoy passing all the Living With The Land scenery, but that's my fault. Everything started off right when Mickey approached our table within seconds of us sitting down. Except he walked right by us :tiptoe: LOL I was like, "AGAIN???" Chris looked at me and rolled his eyes. Luckily though, Mickey was alerted that royalty was in the building and quickly returned to us:

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    Whew! One down, three to go! We also got our beverages quick, apple juice for Chris and another diet soda for me. I know I'll get blasted for drinking a soda by "someone" here, but I didn't want to go through an inquisition by my 11 year old again :rolleyes1

    Next came fresh fruit and their somewhat famous HUGE warm cinnamon bun:

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    I think it's a cruel joke bringing these out together. Yes, it's a very nice and healthy idea to eat some fruit at breakfast, but when you bring me a frosted cinnamon bun at the same time, which do you think I'm going to pick??? I did eat a couple pieces of fruit just to say I ate healthy that day and then we dug in to the bun. This was devoured last year and I expected a good chunk of it to go between the two of us, but unfortunately it wasn't as good. It was pretty dry and overcooked around the edges. Disappointment! Chris only had a small piece. I ate a little more, but I just kept cutting the softer middle sections out and leaving the edges there. Oh, well. The rest of the meal was great last year too and we had that to look forward to!
    While waiting we caught Chip who kissed my hand when I stood up. The chipmunks are always fun!

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    Now we only had 2 more characters to go, it was looking good! Dale waltzed by as our food was being brought out, but I didn't think anything of it since Mickey had done the same thing. He'd be back......
    Here's the family-style platter of food they bring you:

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    Mickey waffles, sausage, bacon, potato barrels, scrambled eggs hidden underneath the waffles, ketchup and a nutella syrup for the waffles.

    The waffles were as good as always and I don't know what they do to those tater tots, but just like last Nov. they were crispy and for some reason better than any I've had anywhere else! I didn't eat the sausage but Chris was happy with it. The bacon is a favorite of both of ours but unfortunately most of it was on the under cooked side. I let Chris have the piece or two that were crispy and turned my attention to the eggs.
    Eggs at Disney can go either way. Sometimes they're really good, not too dry or wet and other times they're tasteless. Last year GG was perfect. We all loved the eggs as they had a good taste and weren't dry at all. This time around we weren't so lucky, because they were pretty tasteless.
    Since Chris wasn't liking the eggs he asked where his biscuits were! Last year we were given biscuits and sausage gravy as well as ham. I stopped our server and asked about the biscuits-Steve loved the ham last year but neither of us were interested in it now-and sadly we were told they no longer serve the biscuits or ham). Oh, well, Chris was happy enough with the waffles and tater tots. I asked him if he wanted me to get more bacon and request it well done but he said no. An FYI if you haven't been to GG yet, it's AYCTE so you can request more of anything you want.
    Meanwhile we were still missing 2 characters and time was flying by. Whitney @Whit64130 and I were texting because she was at Epcot for RD, so I knew when they were holding folks by Innovations and then when they let them run free in the park. My idea of getting to Soarin' before all the people was going out the window.
    Dale went by us a few more times but Pluto was nowhere to be found. Chris was insisting he didn't care about seeing the characters and we could go, but I felt bad; I wanted to at least meet Pluto since we missed him the year before. In the meantime I asked our server for the check; he was a nice guy but this took forever. Whitney was on and off Soarin', ahhhhhh!! Finally we were all set with the check, and just when we thought all dogs were lost, one ran over and hung with Chris for a minute:

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    Dale even walked by AGAIN while Pluto was meeting with us! I called out to him but he ignored me :sad2: At this point Chris said let's just go, I want to ride Soarin'. I felt ok doing that since we met 3 out of 4 including the 2 we didn't meet last year, but I was pretty disappointed in the experience this time between the food not being as good and all 4 characters not coming to us again. Once I can see; mistakes are made. But again? I realize I could have said something like we did last year but it's a bit much that we have to say something twice. I'm glad most people don't have this issue but since we pretty much are done with character meals I'm sure we won't be back for breakfast. Don't cancel your reservation if you have one, though! I'm looking at you Renee @ArielSRL , I think the boys will enjoy it as long as they actually meet the characters lol!


    We did manage to get on 'Soarin, luckily there was only a 10 minute wait when we got down there right about 9. LOVED new 'Soarin! But only one ride because when we got off the wait was up to 40 and we chose not to ride again. We also got to meet up with Whitney again, after meeting her the day before in HS!

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    This was really the only meal of the trip we weren't satisfied with so that's a good thing, since it was far from terrible. There's one other meal that didn't blow me away but again wasn't bad. After hanging with Whitney a bit we spent some time in FW before going over to WS. Boy, that walk really makes you work up an appetite!


    UP NEXT: MEXICO EATS AND FINALLY, DISNEY SPRINGS!
     
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    :welcome: Thanks for joining! I'm glad you liked my "commentary" lol, I hope I can continue to entertain you!
     
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    Ok, I won't cancel, but you have me a little skeptical now. Actually, I'm not looking as forward to the food as I am the character interactions. I mean, I'm sure the food will be fine...regular breakfast fare, but I'm not expecting anything as good as Crystal Palace, with all the buffet choices. None of us are cinnamon bun fans so that's not gonna do us any good. And I'm a huge biscuits and gravy lover so there goes that. But bacon, eggs, Mickey waffle should be good. And the boys will have fun with Farmer Mickey and his friends!

    Skeptical of New Soarin' too...not from your report but several others...so we'll see how it goes.

    On another note, I'm sure you have talked with your sister and know we are about to shut down in Georgia...lol. How does your sister handle it now? I'm wondering if her perspective is one - different than it used to be when she was a Notherner (lol) and two - if its different than someone like me, who has only lived in the South?
     
  21. dnllmz

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    That stinks that Garden Grill wasn't as great as expected. That's on our list to try in November. I'll keep my expectations low.
     

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