~We seldom report of having eaten too little~ w/ PICS! ~ UPDATE: New Thread Started!

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  1. TinkerBelle_325

    TinkerBelle_325 Magical Musing

    Aug 21, 2001
    ATTENTION...We seldom report of having eaten too little...has moved!

    My new thread can be located here - ~We seldom report of eating too little~ March Edition! Going Live in 3 weeks!

    I hope that all of you will join me for the coming editions of my reviews!

    Now there is an interesting thought (provided by Thomas Jefferson) and one that is very appropriate in this thread :thumbsup2 How often have you read a dining review where someone opens with "Oh my god we were simply STARVING our whole week at Walt Disney World!"? That being said...

    Welcome to my Disney Dining Report! This report will cover the following trips:
    May/June 2009
    July/Aug 2009
    September/Oct 2009
    March 2010
    Sept/Oct 2010
    Dec 2010/Jan 2011!!

    That's right! This report will cover my dining reviews for SIX trips! If you look in the Table of Contents you will see links to my Pre-trip posts and to each trip's dining review!

    September ADR Plan
    Favorite Food Pics: Vintage Food
    Favorite Food Pics: Sushi & Sashimi Tasting F&W 2006
    Favorite Food Pics: California Grill 1st Visit
    Favorite Food Pics: SUSHI!
    Favorite Food Pics: Oct 2008 Part 1
    UPDATE: September ADR Plan
    Exciting Update! Spontaneous May Trip!
    Frustrating Experience with new ADR system!
    Dreaming of Disney Food...
    Maybe I can entire lurkers with some pics!
    Favorite Food Pics: Aug 2008 Part 1
    Favorite Food Pics: Aug 2008 Part 2
    Time for Dessert!
    Favorite Food Pics: F&W Festival Booths 2006
    May & Sept ADR Update
    Favorite Food Pics: Oct 2008 Part 2
    Favorite Food Pics: Oct 2008 Part 3
    Favorite Food Pics: Oct 2008 Part 4
    Favorite Food Pics: Aug 2008 Part 3
    More Exciting News!! - July/Aug Trip!!
    July/Aug ADR Plan

    Update 1
    Ohana - May 31st 2009
    Kona Cafe - May 30th 2009 & Wolfgang Puck Express - June 1st 2009
    California Grill MENU
    California Grill - June 1st 2009
    Sunshine Seasons/Le Cellier/Chefs de France - Jun 2nd 2009

    Wolfgang Puck Express/Kona Cafe - July 31st 2009
    Liberty Tree Tavern/Chefs de France - Aug 1st 2009
    Flame Tree BBQ/Romano's Macaroni Grill (offsite) - Aug 2nd 2009
    Le Cellier/California Grill - Aug 3rd 2009
    California Pizza Kitchen (offsite)/Tokyo Dining - Aug 4th
    The Wave - Aug 5th 2009
    Jiko - Aug 6th 2009

    SEPT/OCT 2009
    Kona Cafe - September 24th
    F&W Festival Previews - September 24th
    Polynesian Club Level Offerings
    Liberty Tree Tavern/Kona Sushi Bar - September 25th
    Victoria & Albert's - Overview - September 27th
    Victoria & Albert's - Setting and Amuse Bouche - September 27th
    Victoria & Albert's - First Bread, Cold Appetizer, Fish Course - September 27th
    Victoria & Albert's - Second Bread, Warm Appetizer, Third Bread, Meat Course - September 27
    Victoria & Albert's - Pre-dessert Course - September 27
    Victoria & Albert's - Desserts & Celebes Coffee - September 27
    The Writer's Stop and Garden View Tea - September 28th
    California Grill
    Flying Fish
    Sunshine Seasons, F&W Booths & Kringla Bakery
    F&W Booths, Chefs de France

    MARCH 2010
    March 2010 Planning
    March 2010 ADRs/Jaclyn's Dining Review!
    Kobe, cake and....caviar?!?! More March Planning!

    I'm Tink, I'm 24 and I have done a few Dining Reports in the past, most notably this past August & October. I also seem to be somewhat famous for *this* picture


    At which most people go ::yes:: and then :scared1: when they discover this is NOT Yoshi's Deluxe Platter but our insane first experience with California Grill Sushi that set us back $100 LOL. It was soooo worth it but we've never ordered that much since. Typically we stick to 2 or 3 rolls now.

    My DIS-inspirations are MickeyNicki & oybolshoi. :goodvibes Their reports are fun, filled with pictures and great commentary :wave2:

    Now for a little bit of background on me. In August of this past year I left my thankless job at Best Buy (which I call Best Cry for their *terrible* treatment of employees) in order to career search. That's right, not job hunt but career search. I'm a University Grad and its about time I started my career.

    Well, there was no point in looking before my August 2008 trip. Can you imagine that "Oh thank you for hiring me but now I'll be leaving for 2 weeks!" I'm pretty sure I'd get this :wave2: but minus the sweet little smile.

    After I returned from my glorious 2 weeks in the "sun" *cough*TropicalStormFay*cough* I started looking, but not too seriously as I was going to be returning to the House of Mouse just 6 weeks later.

    On my October 2008 trip I also attended Unleash the Power Within, a fantastic event hosted by Anthony Robbins! VERY long story short, I walked across 12 feet of 1500-2000 degree hot coals :scared: (if you guys want to know more I'll gladly add the story :goodvibes )

    Once I accomplished that I went home figuring I could do ANYTHING!

    In fact, the very next day I got a call to my cell phone offering me a job interview at a HUGE law firm in Toronto. The position? A WRITER!!

    OMG! This is really and truly my dream position. I interviewed and made it all the way to the Final round only to be told they went with a candidate with more experience. I was SO dejected!

    I forced myself to career hunted for November.......and December.....and well...I got NADDA.

    I swore to myself on New Years Eve that 2009 would be my year....and in the 2nd week of January....

    pixiedust: THE LAWFIRM CALLED! The first candidate hadn't worked out and they wanted to meet with me again!

    Lo & behold....you are looking at a WRITER, really, truly & professionally :cheer2:

    Now I know I've gotten WAY :offtopic: but the is a purpose to this story. Now that I will be writing for a living, and often it may not be what I WANT to write, I've started this report SO early so that I can write about what I love....Disney & Food! :hyper:

    I've prattled on long enough about myself :rolleyes: so if anyone is still with me I'll go into...

    We were fortunate enough to receive one of the elusive 40% off PIN codes :woohoo: so that was more than enough incentive for us to book our 2009 trip.

    Sept 24th - 29th we are booked at the Polynesian in Garden View Concierge and Coronado Springs for 4 nights, Sept 29th - Oct 3rd. Along the way I will also meet up with Belle_373 and her DBF!


    :tinker: Tink (Me): I'm 23 (will be 24 by the time the trip rolls around) It will be my 34th trip to WDW and my 3rd stay at the Poly, which is now my favorite resort. I'll be meeting up with one of the best friends r/l, Belle_373 and her DBF for lunch on Sept 25th.
    Favorite Park: Epcot
    Favorite Rides:
    MK = Haunted Mansion & Splash Mountain
    EP = Soarin
    DHS = Tower of Terror & Toy Story Mania
    AK = Expedition Everest & Kilimanjaro Safaris
    Favorite Restaurants:
    TS = California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe & Tokyo Dining
    CS = Flame Tree BBQ & Wolfgang Puck Express
    Favorite Snack: Make Your Own from Goofy's & Dole Whip

    ::MinnieMo DMom: Age withheld at penalty of death :lmao: It will be her 35th trip to WDW. She is punctual and easy going at the same time (She had to learn to be with my DDad and I who are both well....stubborn and perpetually late)
    Favorite Park: Epcot
    Favorite Rides: Soarin & Impressions de France
    Favorite Restaurants: California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe, Tokyo Dining
    Favorite Snack: Popcorn

    :eeyore: DDad: Age withheld as well. It will be his 35th trip to WDW. He is as much a Disney freak as me but hides it better. His favorite part of the trip is the food and spending time at World Showcase. As mentioned above...He is stubborn and perpetually late (like me).
    Favorite Park: Epcot
    Favorite Rides: Pirates of the Caribbean, Soarin
    Favorite Restaurants: California Grill, Jiko, Kona Cafe, Tokyo Dining
    Favorite Snack: Dole Whip


    princess: Jaclyn (Belle_373): She is 23 and one of my best friends r/l :upsidedow We met in 1st year university and we ended up meeting unexpectedly at WDW in 2005! We were both vacationing and ran into each other at Innoventions! From that point on we became each others DIS-support. Anyone that frequently goes to WDW is used to the "You're going there AGAIN?" so we share our obsession and ignore DIS-haters :cool2: UPDATE: Jaclyn got engaged at WDW in Sept 2009 :lovestruc and I get to be her Maid of Honour at her 2011 Disney Fairytale Wedding!! :woohoo:

    pirate: Chris (Belle's DF): He is 26 and also one of my r/l friends. Obviously we know each other through Jaclyn.

  2. pipermae

    pipermae Mouseketeer

    Mar 29, 2008
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  4. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    I'm in too! We'll be at the Coronado September 20 - 29! :goodvibes
  5. msce2

    msce2 DIS Veteran

    Dec 30, 2008
    Can't wait to hear more! And CONGRATS! on the new job!!!! For some reason it didn't load the top part of your post, so I missed it the first go round.
  6. TigerKat

    TigerKat DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
    Count me in!:goodvibes
  7. RysMomma

    RysMomma Mouseketeer

    Jan 10, 2009
    I'm in! And congrats on the job too!
  8. TinkerBelle_325

    TinkerBelle_325 Magical Musing

    Aug 21, 2001
    Aww thanks for the congrats everyone :)

    ADR Plans coming up soon!
  9. TinkerBelle_325

    TinkerBelle_325 Magical Musing

    Aug 21, 2001
    September ADR Plan​

    First off, we're staying Polynesian Club Level! :thumbsup2

    We'll definitely be taking advantage of it for breakfast, though I might sneak off to Captain Cook's for a Mickey Waffle or Tonga Toast one morning.

    It will also be great for water, pop & snacks.

    While we wont be utilizing the evening offerings as entire meals, we do intend to stop by around 5pm each evening. So I thought I'd list what the offerings should be each night.

    Thursday (Sept 24th)
    Asian "finger food": Make your own Vietnamese style lettuce and crepe
    Featuring: shrimp and pork, rice noodles and assorted vegetables & sauces Asian inspired nachos and chili cheese sauce.

    Friday (Sept 25th)
    'Ohana Night: Marinated grilled skewers of beef and turkey with dipping sauces (Chimichurri, Asian style Harissa, and peanut)
    Maui onion potatoes Au Gratin

    Saturday (Sept 26th)
    Kona Cafe Night: Kona Salad with fresh fruit, Maytag Blue Cheese, Smoked Almonds, mixed greens and a Citrus Vinaigrette
    Garlic sticky wings
    Duck potstickers with dipping sauces (sweet chili and Chinese mustard)

    Sunday (Sept 27th)
    Hawaiian night: Make your own mini pork sandwiches also Asian cole slaw and vegetable spring rolls with dipping sauces (mustard, sweet and sour and soy sauce)

    Monday (Sept 28th)
    Sushi Night: California Rolls and Cucumber Avacado Rolls.
    Make your own Asian noodle bowl

    Now to the REAL Dining Plans

    Thursday Sept 24th
    BREAKFAST - Toronto International Airport
    LUNCH - Captain Cooks or Wolfgang Puck Express
    DINNER - Ohana or Kona Cafe

    Friday Sept 25th
    BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
    LUNCH - Liberty Tree Tavern
    DINNER - California Grill

    Saturday Sept 26th
    BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
    LUNCH - 50s Primetime Cafe
    DINNER - Le Cellier or Other WS or BC/YC/BW? Suggestions?

    Sunday Sept 27th
    BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
    LUNCH - Chefs de France
    DINNER - Kona Cafe

    Monday Sept 28th
    BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
    LUNCH - Captain Cooks
    DINNER - Victoria & Alberts!

    Tuesday Sept 29th

    BREAKFAST - CL Lounge
    LUNCH - Food & Wine Festival Booths
    DINNER - Food & Wine Festival Booths or Kona / Ohana

    Wednesday Sept 30th
    BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
    LUNCH - Flame Tree BBQ
    DINNER - Jiko

    Thursday Oct 1st
    BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
    LUNCH - Food & Wine Festival Booths
    DINNER - California Grill

    Friday Oct 2nd
    BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
    LUNCH - Kona Cafe
    DINNER - Tokyo Dining

    Saturday Oct 3rd
    BREAKFAST - Pepper Market
    LUNCH - Orlando Airport

    As you can see it is still *really* rough! I dont have to get any ADRs to the Itinerary Planning Office until June so this will likely change several more times.
  10. H20DogsNDisney

    H20DogsNDisney DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2008
    can't wait to read more!
  11. natalielongstaff

    natalielongstaff <font color=deeppink>I need a cup of tea and a big

    Apr 7, 2004
    This is going to be good :thumbsup2
  12. TigerKat

    TigerKat DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
    I would suggest Flying Fish, we LOVE it!
  13. accountingbabe08

    accountingbabe08 DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2008
    I will have to try FLying Fish based on a fellow La. person recommending it. Thanks
  14. DjdBrit

    DjdBrit DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2007
    I can't wait to read these:)
  15. MickeyNicki

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

    Sep 22, 2005
    I cannot wait for your reviews!! I have been trying to get into Poly CL for our trip next month but it is booked so I will live through you!

    Try FF, you will love it! TigerKat got me hooked on it! :thumbsup2
  16. TinkerBelle_325

    TinkerBelle_325 Magical Musing

    Aug 21, 2001
    Favorite Food Pics: Vintage Food

    Considering that you guys won't be getting NEW reviews for 237 days I thought I'd post some of my favorite food pics :) I started taking food pictures way back in 2005



    Artist Point May 2005
    Cedar Plank Salmon with Celery Root Puree

    Happiest Celebration on Earth Chocolate Torte with Blood Orange Sauce

    Amuse Bouche - Seared Scallop on Mashed Potatoes topped with Crispy Shallots

    Rose & Crown May 2005
    Sadly Missed - Guinness Stew!

    Chefs de France May 2005
    Smoked Salmon Crepe Appetizer

    Happiest Celebration on Earth Macaroon with Orange Sorbet and Caramel Sauce

    Alfredo's May 2005 (I *so* miss this restaurant, but I haven't tried Tutto yet)
    Caesar Salad

    Crusty Bread with Olive Oil & Parmesan Cheese

    Heirloom Tomatoes & Buffalo Mozzarella

    Trio of Pasta - From Top: Fettuccine Alfredo, Gnocchi Bolognese & Penne with Marinara (this was SO good!)

    Osso Bucco
  17. TinkerBelle_325

    TinkerBelle_325 Magical Musing

    Aug 21, 2001
    I've been meaning to try Flying Fish! I've heard that they have a great counter to sit at as this will be one of my solo nights. Thanks :thumbsup2

    I can't express how excited I am to be staying CL! After getting the 40% off code I discovered that GV wasn't available so I booked LV originally. That came to $1520 for the 5 nights. Then on a whim I looked up what GVCL would cost and discovered it was $1670 TOTAL! A difference of $150?? How could I pass that up??

    I promise I'll take TONS & TONS of pictures :goodvibes
  18. TinkerBelle_325

    TinkerBelle_325 Magical Musing

    Aug 21, 2001
    Favorite Food Pics: Sushi & Sashimi Tasting F&W 2006​

    Food & Wine Festival 2006

    Sushi, Sashimi & Sake @ Mitsukoshi

    View from our table

    Place Setting

    1st Course - Sashimi
    Tuna Tataki (lightly seared, served cold with soy and wasabi)

    Close up

    VERY cool sake presentation


    2nd Course - Nigiri
    Left to Right: Japanese Yam topped with plum compote
    Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish & Asparagus with Mayonnaise

    Wide Shot

    3rd Course - Maki
    Left to Right: Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll, Pineapple Roll

    Wide Shot
  19. luckytobeme88

    luckytobeme88 DIS Veteran

    Jul 26, 2007
    Wow, love your food pics from your previous trips, but will be looking forward to your next trip.:hourglass
  20. TigerKat

    TigerKat DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
    We sat at the counter once and loved it, here's a link to my review, pg. 10 & 11:

  21. D&R love Disney

    D&R love Disney DIS Veteran

    Feb 12, 2003
    Looking forward to your report and pictures!
    Another vote for Flying Fish!

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