We Ate, We Drank, We Conquered - An Aug/Sep '16 Dining Report - Complete 3/11

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  1. samsteele

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    Sanaa is consistently great. That Bread Service alone is worth the stop. Glad you had another good experience!
     
  2. Topper

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    While they are similar, the cucumber sauce served with the bread service is an Indian "raita", not the Greek tzatziki.
     
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  4. Terra Nova guy

    Terra Nova guy DIS Dad #811 Newfoundland, Canada

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    Oh, hello, I'm just diving back into the DIS after all the holiday merriment. I hope you all had a good one.

    I'm not all that excited to go on the Frozen ride. I'm sure I will eventually, but I think I may feel the same. I've seen a couple of the on ride photos now and they look so cheap. They really couldn't have done some kind of backdrop? Even just some blue paint!? Anything is better than plain concrete stairs and a handrail.

    They look OK and probably something my DD9 would like. I've never really considered dining in Mexico due to my picky eaters, but that actually looks like something she'd eat.

    I love naan bread, paratha is OK. I don't think I ever had kucha. I'm not sure I would enjoy all of the dips, but it does look good.
     
  5. kastoney

    kastoney Disney foodie served with a side of sarcasm

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    Sounds like Casey and Chris could compare stuffed animal notes. I totally don't get the stuffed animal thing and hate the clutter they make so I'm generally a horrible mother who doesn't let Casey get them. So when orange bird magically landed in our room she was in heaven.

    :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: The jb package is all you!

    Yum, that soup sounds amazing. I had the best soup I've ever had at Jiko a few years back, so it sounds like all the AKL restaurants excel in all things soup. Fingers crossed the have some pea soup on the menu we can try next month. And maybe a mojito too :drinking1

    Awesome news on a solo trip. When are you going? Good news is you really can't go wrong between Sanna and Tiffins. We loved them both. And if you do Sanaa you can always just order the smaller bread service with just 3 dips.

    Hope you all love Sanaa as much as we did. We'll be doing it again next month. Since we are staying at AKL think its only best that we do all the restaurants :-)

    If you haven't tried Sanna, you really should. We've never been disappointed.

    I think Sanaa is a good gateway drug :-) You can try both familiar and unfamiliar flavors and see what you like. Then its all weirdness after that :-)

    Definitely give the chick peas a go. I like them more than the meat options :-) Plus I'd read online that they switched the menu up and you can't get two meat entrees anymore without an upcharge, so bring the chickpeas on.

    So happy to hear you are going to try Sanaa (provided it survives the overbooking). I think its a good place to start to try different flavors but do it with familiar proteins like chicken or fish. And of course the bread service is a great way to try so many different things in short order. You could totally just do that and a side or some soup and be more than full for lunch .

    Totally with ya sister! Since we are staying at AKL this trip I wouldn't be surprised if two bread services were in our future :-)

    Thanks for the note. They oddly didn't list it on the online menu so I called a greek rather than Indian audible.

    Our holiday was good thanks, hope you all up in the great white north had a good one too :-)

    Yeah, despite being locked into the Maelstrom space they had so many options for frozening up the ride. They definitely dialed this one in just to get it done "quickly." I wanted to skip it on our next trip but my brother is coming along and he's never done it.

    Yeah, they were pretty standard fair steak tacos so your crew could enjoy it. Their flavors are definitely on the mild side.

    Funny while they give us so many breads its all just naan to me. I couldn't even tell you which one was paratha or kucha. But i can tell you they were all amazing with yummy dips.
     
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  6. kastoney

    kastoney Disney foodie served with a side of sarcasm

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    Party on Our Spoons

    Before I get started I hope everyone had a Happy New Year!!!!! I rang it in with lots of tequila, gin, and in no surprise the first headache of the year :drinking1 We were more than happy to bid adieu to 2016 and with a disney trip just a month away 2017 is already shaping up to be better.

    Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled programming......

    We were up early-ish the next morning and monorailed it over to Casey's favorite: Magic Kingdom. We cruised through the backside of water, hung with a couple of pirates, and even kissed a monkey.
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    This was one of the best character interactions Casey had as the character attendant was fascinated with the autograph book I'd made her. I'd taken photos of her with each of the characters and made a book on Shutterfly so they could sign by their picture. Rafiki was so excited that he was in there, they must have taken about 5 minutes to scroll through the book.
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    After hanging with Fiki (as Casey used to call him) we flew through London (but there were oddly mermaids and pirates there #Confused), before heading over to Liberty Square, I mean France, to meet a book worm.
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    From there we canoed through the deep south where somehow Randy "Macho Man" Savage ended up with us.
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    Yes ladies and gentlemen I really have two children :P

    And after all of that it was finally time for my favorite ride....LUNCH!!!!!!!!! We were headed to the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen (man thats a long name) for our second time and after a successful first visit had high hopes.

    This time we were seated in the
    S.E.A. (Society of Explorers and Adventurers) Room, which is very cooly "hidden" behind a bookcase.
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    This was a nice change from the mess hall and added to the fun of the meal.

    Our server, Kirsten was very good and very punny and regaled us with all sorts of Jungle Cruise humor. She even pointed out the 8th wonder of the world, the backside of the menu, which I'd somehow missed before.
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    To start with, Casey wanted her "smoosh berry" drink again, otherwise known as the Schweitzer Slush.
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    This is Frozen Apple Juice and Passion Fruit topped with Bursting Green Apple Boba Balls. It was apparently first concocted by the noted explorer and humanitarian, Dr. Albert Slush, who in addition to being an explorer must have had a sweet tooth cause this thing is seriously sweet. But the boba balls are fun so coupled with extreme sweetness this was of course right up my 5 year old's alley.

    Side note as I was looking up the description on the menu I got a glimpse of the beer and wine offerings they now have!!!! To know ones surprise I am totally psyched to be able to imbibe a little in MK - especially in Skippers - which is just prime for it. Still a little miffed its just beer and wine and not the fun mixed drinks its perfect for, but baby steps Disney, baby steps!

    We also got some of the Skippers Canteen bread.
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    This is their Ambasha Bread served with a honey-infused dipping sauce.. The "ambasha" bread just tastes like am-wheat-a to me, but its delicious dipped in the yummy honey sauce.

    As the appetizers were our favorite part of the meal last trip, we decided just to order a bunch of them to share. First up we have the two items we'd tried before, the Falls Family Falafel and the House Made Arepas.
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    The Falafel, which are a secret recipe of Chickpeas, Garlic, Onions, Lemon Juice, and Herbs served with White Bean Dip and Tomato-Cucumber Salad, once again did not disappoint. They are light and airy and probably some of the best we've ever had.

    The areaps - slow cooked beef, black beans, tostones and queso fresco - were awesome again too.
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    The beef has a slight bbq like flavor and was exceedingly moist and flavorful. The meat pairs perfectly with the delicious and light areaps and the sweet yuca. The beans were also quite good with just a hint of space.
    Last time they were quite salty, but I'm happy to report that wasn't the case this time. I'm sad to see these are no longer on the menu, but I'm looking forward to trying their new version which is pork and corn pancakes.

    In the new to us area, we also tried the Shiriki Noodle Salad.
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    This is Rice Noodles, Edamame Beans, Mushrooms, Green Mango, and Cucumber tossed with a Sweet Chili Sauce. And yes you read mushrooms. Despite my aversion to anything that starts with mush and ends with rooms, Jason wanted to try this. Thankfully the dreaded mushrooms was fairly large so I could pick them out. Once I got past that, the noodles were quite good. They were packed with tons of vegetables and thai like sweet, salty, and sour flavor. Would definitely order these again, sans mushrooms of course

    Our last appetizer seemed like destiny since we were in the "S.E.A" room, so we had to get the S.E.A. Shu Mai.
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    These are per the menu a Legendary blend of Pork, Shrimp, Edamame Beans, and Spices wrapped in Gyoza Skin then steamed. I assumed legendary would be an overstatement, but these were pretty darn good. The pork had great flavor and they had a nice crunch to them from the edamame. I'm a lover of dumplings so I'm not too hard to please, but these were a definite step above the typical Chinese restaurant varietal.

    Since we'd shared the appetizers we had thankfully left room for dessert. Our server had recommended the Kungaloosh, which is An African-inspired Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Bananas served with Cashew-Caramel Ice Cream topped with Coffee Dust.
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    Casey described this as a party on her spoon and I must say I have to agree. The chocolate cake was very dense, almost like a brownie, then had an unexpected caramel center. The caramelized bananas were amazing and while I'm not a huge ice cream fan, the cashew ice cream may have been the best I've ever had. I could have just eaten that alone and been happy. Jason even liked this more than the Ooey Gooey Cake at Liberty Tree. While I wouldn't go that far, the cashew ice cream on the ooey gooey cake would something to behold.

    In the rare case it wasn't exceedingly evident, Skippers was another hit. Service was not only friendly and punny, but our server even fashioned Casey a napkin shawl when she was cold.
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    The apps were all delicious, dessert parties on our spoons, and the promise of alcohol on my next trip has tipped Skippers to be my favorite MK restaurant. With our Tables in Wonderland card we saved $11.20 bringing our grand total up to $66.

    Up next, we ride a new wave....
     
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  7. Dis_Yoda

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    Your lunch at Skipper's looks so good! I knew you would be happy with beer and wine being served at MK restaurants now! I"m also happy with that change!
     
  8. TeeterTots

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    The noodle salad looks amazing! As a fellow anti-fungal friend....I too think I'd even pick them out to try it! That's a bummer the dumplings were just meh...they look great! No words for the dessert! I can't wait to try it!
     
  9. disnmooner2013

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    really good dining report. It's cool your daughter is not a picky eater.
     
  10. GoofySon'sMom

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    I am behind after not getting online for a couple of weeks! All caught up. I agree the Sopa Azteca at San Angel is awesome but our last experience there was awful so we haven't been back. Well, actually DS and his DGF went last January and loved it so it may be in my future again.

    We loved Sanaa but again, haven't been back in several trips. I am debating DH and I trying to get there in March. We only have three days so I am not sure if we will make it this time but definitely as some point this year.

    Love you Skippers Review. DH and I enjoyed it there, DS not so much. Thinking we will definitely be heading there in March. The Shiriki Noodle Salad looks amazing! (I do love mushrooms so I will take all of yours!)
     
  11. Lisa F

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    I'm not trying to be an indian food pedant but I think the one you like most is the taramind chutney not the coriander chutney. 99.9% sure that the coriander chutney is the green one and the taramind is the "bbq sauce" like one. I only know because it is one of my favorites. it was also, btw, awesome together with the yogurt. I would not want you to want red someday and end up with the green (the taramind, coriander and pickled onions is the standard trio with papadum, or indian crackers often served like chips and salsa at an indian restaurant). I love the taramind so much and often ask for extra to use with my meal. :)

    I will say that other reviews of the sosatie (which I have never in my life had) have made me want to try it. But I am a sucker for the creamy sauce so I went for the curries. But it does sound good, and interesting. I almost wonder if the entrees are smaller here knowing people are going to be stuffing themselves with bread!
     
  12. Lisa F

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    The arepas replacement was very good. I highly recommend. Just not as big so you might have to order 2. I wish I had!

    I love Casey's plate, it looks like she is dining at a delicious, exotic buffet. yum! This is the downside to traveling alone with the picky kid, I can't get as much of a variety.

    funny that ice cream is pretty much the only sweet I consistently love (unless it is mint blech). I didn't care for the dense brownie like cake but that's because I don't care for dense cakey brownie, not any fault of the dessert. I loved the ice cream with the banana. I am not sure I got to the caramel middle of the cake, I wish I'd known... although if I read this review I prob wouldn't have ordered it lol.

    I wonder if you can just get some cashew ice cream here. This place needs a homer simpson drooling smilie.

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  13. ariane37

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    I remember when Belle was meeting in Liberty Square, I thought it was weird but, whatevs, Disney. The background looks neat, was it a nice setup? I remember seeing a close-up of the autograph book you made Casey in another picture but I may not have commented: you lie because you ARE crafty! I always bought the boys' books so they each have 3 generic, boring Disney autograph books lol. Nothing out of the ordinary or special for my kids :P
    Some day I'll get back to Skippers. In May Steve only has one request, Citricos, and we want to do a lot of F&G snacking so I think I'm leaving the rest of the time open. Going Stone-style :dancer: But maybe if he's hungry enough when we walk by Skippers I can force him in.
     
  14. samsteele

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    Love Skippers Canteen & the S.E.A. Room. I've only been once but asked to be seated here & no problem at all. Love the atmosphere & decor in S.E.A. Not as loud & rowdy as the Mess Hall so a bit more relaxing & a great audio break from the craziness of MK. I missed out on the Kungaloosh (I had the Coconut Bar dessert) so must return for that beauty!
     
  15. Lisa F

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    I kept checking day-of availability and was surprised by how good it was. If I had a traveling companion who was super flexible we could have done alright just at day of ADRs. Some stuff NEVER showed up, like crystal palace (I did pick that one up same day in 2014) but there were tons of good choices like sanaa, boma, SC, tons of epcot restaurants (I even saw via napoli same day once, both japanese, both mexican, le cellier for lunch a few times, tons at garden grill, biergarten, even coral reef for lunch I think), signatures like citricos and flying fish (nothing for CA Grill), chef mickeys and 1900 park fare a few times, cape may for both breakfast and dinner, and of course tons at disney springs. Given that we had some free dining overlap I was surprised at how much was available.
     
  16. ThreeBoyMama

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    LOL, you weren't kidding when you said your meal there would look familiar! Nice menu choices ;) I want to go back and have that noodle salad again!
     
  17. ArielSRL

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    I could probably find a thing or two for me at Skippers but all my boys, DH included, would not. So, oh well. We'll just stick to the tried and true CP and BOG. Like I mentioned before though, I'm glad Disney does have a lot of variety and adventurous meals for those that do appreciate them. That dessert, minus the bananas, sounds incredible! Yum!
     
  18. momof3princes

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    Skippers looks great, and Sanaa too. Those are two that need to be on the list for the next trip. Just about a year away. My kids play too many sports and trying to fit a trip around the various seasons is tough work but I think we have it narrowed down!
     
  19. disneyAndi14

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    I love your reports, we are trying Skippers our next trip so glad to hear your thoughts. We are going to try the falafel for sure! Casey looks so cute with her napkin shawl and fancy drink lol.
     
  20. ThreeBoyMama

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    That's exactly what I was thinking! I am weirdly obsessed with chickpeas anyway, so this will be perfect :-)
     
  21. Anesthesia Fine

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    Nooooo, I didn't know the arepas was gone! The new one sounds delicious, though. I can't wait to get back and try Skipper again.
     

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