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PostSubject: Sydney's dining reports   Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:05 pm

The diners on this trip are: myself, DH Ron, and DS's Taylor and Jared. We all like to eat, don't have fancy tastes, but like variety. We were on the regular Disney Dining Plan.

Day 1:

For our first morning we checked out the pool and just ate a quick breakfast in the room of donut holes, bananas, and milk we brought with us.
Lunch was at 12:20 at Tony's Town Square Restaurant at MK.

We've been two other times and it's become a family favorite. We were seated quickly in the indoor patio section. The weather was so perfect and they had the doors open so you could enjoy Main St.

Our server was great and friendly. The boys got root beer to drink, Ron had tea, and I got pomegranite lemonade- very refreshing!

Jared ordered the kid's spaghetti and meatballs:

Taylor had the spaghetti and they gave him the option of meatballs, sausage, or both- he chose both!

Ron got the chicken parmisiagna (we've gotten it before and liked it)

and I got the baken ziti

and then we split them! The ziti was a super choice- very cheesy and rich. We all really like the sauce on all their dishes. I don't know what it is, but it's so good.
For dessert Ron and Taylor both got the ice cream bomb

Jared got the ice cream sundae

and I tried the pumkin cheesecake- whichwas delicious!!

It was another wonderful meal and an enjoyable midday break at Tony's!
For dinner we were just winging it. We had headed back to the resort to change for MNSSHP and decided to give the Pepper Market a try.

We got a to go ticket and decided on nachos and chicken quesadillas, and got two Sprites and two different chocolate desserts with it.

As you can see the nachos are huge and come with all the toppings- even guacamole, which we love! The quesadillas are huge too, and thick with really tender chicken. The desserts were both good and very fresh. With all four of us splitting this, we barely finished. Definitely a good use of cs credits! Though it wasn't busy or noisy inside, we enjoyed dining outside on the water.
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PostSubject: Re: Sydney's dining reports   Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:26 pm

Day 2:
Fri. Oct. 15th we had breakfast planned at Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge before heading to Epcot for the day. When we found out our neighbors would be at WDW that day, we added them onto our ressies- literally a week before, but they had no problem accomodating us. We arrived ten minutes before our 9:00 time (slept in from MNSSHP the night before!) and greeted our friends and took a few pics. They had arrived an hour early to look around and get a tour. Then we checked in and were seated almost right away. They were able to put all 8 of us at one big round table, which was perfect. Jeffro was our server and he was great! He had that subtle humor but had us all cracking up. Now I didn't warn anyone in our party about the antics I've heard about at WCC. So when Ron ordered a Dr. Pepper to drink, everyone got a good laugh. The kids of course challenged him to finish it, which being the "big kid" he is, he had to do!

After Jeffro took our orders he had us all yell "Let's go Jeffro!" to motivate him to get them in. And then someone asked for ketchup adn everyone caught on to that. The table next to us had just left and there was a bottle on their table. So Ron told Jared to sneek over and grab it. Well, he got caught! One of the other servers saw him and made a big deal of it and made everyone bring us their ketchup right then, even though we didn't have our food yet! It was hilarious!

A party of 36- no joke, it was a family reunion- came in and it was funny to watch all the stuff they got messed with about. Jeffro made us yell "Come on chef, where's our food?" super loud, after he left the kids decided to bang on the table singing this to the tune of "We Will Rock You"- to which another server joked to us to keep our tribe quiet! When our food arrived we all chowed down! The four of us got the all you can eat skillet- yummy!Everything in it was delicious! I'm usually not into gravy at breakfast, but that stuff was great!

The two younger boys got the kids pancake breakfast. Our friends got the French toast- which she loved:

and the barbq eggs benedict:

that was wonderfully cooked and he said the brisket tasted like it had been smoked all day and was a surprisingly flavorful meal. We were all stuffed and said our goodbyes, and they headed off to MK while we stayed to look around. It was the perfect place for our group to share a meal and our friends thanked us for inviting them- they said they wouldn't have thought to try it and were glad they did. We agreed and I am sure we'll be back!

I love eating a variety of foods, and trying new things as well, and my family is usually up for the same things. We planned to use our snack credits this trip to "eat around the world" at the F&W Festival. Ron and I perused the menus before we left and wrote down the countries and things we'd like to try. We basically walked thorugh WS, exploring all the pavillions and stopping for a bite when we got to the different kiosks. When we were ready to head over to WS on our Epcot day, our first food stop was Argentina, where we tried the Roasted Corn and Cheese Empanada:

great crispiness to the pastry part, plus the filling was gooey and flavored well.
Next was Brazil, where we got the Grilled Pork Skewer with Farofa:

The coating gave it a nice texture and the pork was very moist still.
In Mexico we sampled the Tamal de Pollo (authentic and nice spicy green sauce):

and the Taco de Chilorio (this was one of my favs- super flavor combination, I could have had a few for a meal! The guacamole was just right.)

In Poland we got the Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream:

Good and filling flavor- but we knew this would be good already!
When we got to China we ordered the Xinjiang Barbecue Chicken Stick (sooo moist and perfectly flavored! It doesn't look like much, just tender well seasoned meat- but it was just right!)

and the Pork Pot Stickers (better than take-out, but not spectacular- still good though)

In South Korea the guys got the Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi:

They loved them, and I ate the cucumbers, which were flavored with the same sauce- divine! I could have ordered those by themselves.
Next came Italy, where we had to try the Baked Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Bolognese Sauce and Melted Mozzarella:

It was very rich and creamy, the sauce and filling were just enough.
I had to get a Falafel Pita Pocket in Morocco. You can't see in the picture since the cucumber is in the way, but the falafels are little fried chick pea patties, and there's a sauce too. We used to get them when I lived in Saudi Arabia as a kid, and these we exactly as I remember them! I was so pleased! That filled me up well!

The guys got Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes
from France- and were surprised how good it was! They all enjoyed the tender meat under the potatoes, and said the gravy was excellent.

The CM in one of the UK shops recommended the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache from Ireland, so we got two- and I didn't even get to take a picture! They're very small, but so rich- and one bite has so many separate but well joined flavors!
In Canada we each ordered a cup of the famous Cheddar Cheese Soup:

Jared ate it but decided he didn't like it much. Ron, Taylor, and I scarfed ours down though!

Last of all, we scooted back over to Mexico to grab a couple churros. Great as usual!

The whole F&W Festival was a great experience for us. It was everything I expected, and tastier too! We're not big drinkers, so the wine and beer part didn't come into play for us. But from what I could tell there's lots of options for that. I like how there were big boards out by each kiosk to read the menus with descriptions and prices before you got up to order. And the ordering and getting food was very efficient- a couple CM's to take orders and payments, then you took your ticket to the windows where you were given your order.

At some of the busier ones there were even CM's with handheld devices to take card payments walking through the lines. I think France had the longest line, but that was by like 6:00, and even then we didn't wait more than probably 5-7 minutes. Very fun experience- I'm so glad we finally go to try it!
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PostSubject: Re: Sydney's dining reports   Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:30 pm

Day 3:

It was MGM day, and we wanted to get there by opening, so we had a quick bf in the room of turnovers (surprisingly, the ones from Wal-Mart bakery are pretty good!), apples, and milk- and coffee for me!
Lunch was at 12:30 at Sc-Fi. We've been once before, and I'd been as a kid.

The boys hammed it up while waiting, then we got in right on time.

We were told that since we had a ressie, we were guaranteed a car to eat in- there's also tables in the back.

Our server Saad took very good care of us- starting off by bring Jared a Vanilla Coke, and the rest of us Cherry Cokes- love those fountain drinks!
Jared got the kids Macaroni & Cheese- and fries on the side(I know, not the healthiest thing, but we're on vacation!):

Ron ordered the Smoked Ribs with beans fries- you can also get a cucumber melon salad with this, which I would have tried.

Taylor chose the Angus Burger- it comes with mushrooms and onions, which he asked for on the side, and gave them to me- he's so sweet!

I added them to my Shrimp Pasta:

I'm not a big fan of tomatoes, but they were hardly noticeable in this dish since the other flavors were so bold- delicious!
For dessert the guys all got the classic Hot Fudge Sundaes:

and I got the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake:

That was one super dessert! The warm peanut butter filling was a yummy compliment to the chocolate cake and ice cream- probably one of my favs this trip!
Classic American food with good service and a fun atmosphere- a great break from a busy park day!We always stop at Pizza Planet, but since we weren't super hungry at 5:30, we just got two pizza meals: a personal sized pepperoni pizza, Caesar salad, and drink. Good as usual, and pretty filling too.
After MGM, which closed at 7:00, we went back to the resort to swim and stuff. Afterwards we decided on a late "snack" and got another order of nachos and quesadillas, and got strawberry cakes this time- those were very fresh and tasty too. Another tummy filling day!
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PostSubject: Re: Sydney's dining reports   Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:33 pm

Day 4:
Today was AK day, so what better place to have bf than to try:

What a spectacular atmosphere! We were seated right away in a beautiful location kind of off to the side near the windows.

The dining area seems very suited to take groups of all sizes, with the seating arrangements that looked available.

Our server was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed- especially plenty of the tasty juice!
Everyone got a variety of things and liked them all. Taylor and I had omelets made- scrumptious!

All the food was very fresh, and I really enjoyed the bobotie and whatever casserole type dish was with the biscuits (can't remember what it was called)- the flavors in these were amazing! Unexpected, but in a good way. Plus the fruit salad was wonderful- like the one our priest makes and brings to potlucks sometimes.

After several plates each we were good and stuffed, and ready to be rolled out! I definitely see us making this a habit of starting our AK days here at Boma!
For lunch we chose the Yak & Yeti counter service. Taylor got the Sweet and Sour Chicken, which he enjoyed:

Ron and I got the Honey Chicken:

Both come with rice and veggies underneath and it's a lot of food! We all picked frozen lemonade for desert.
Jared got the chicken bites, which were essentially the honey chicken pieces, with carrot sticks and apple slices.

We ended up taking some of it with us and snacking on it during the rest of the day. It's a great deal on the ddp, and two people could share one meal.
Originally for dinner this day we had scheduled T-Rex at 8:00. But after seeing how we were using our ddp credits, we cancelled and decided to just get a cs dinner rather than pay oop. Surprisingly the kids didn't care, so I felt better. DTD was soooo crowded, we left early, and Ron suggested we just stop at another resort to eat. The first one we came to was POFQ, so we went in to see what we could find. This was a pleasant surprise- Sassagoula Floatworks has a great variety and some different choices. Jared got a kid's meal with some yummy ribs, corn, beans, and cornbread- and he loved them all!

I had to get a Muffaleta- I always get them in New Orleans, and this one was pretty flavorful (the homemade tasting chips were good too):

Ron got a cheesesteak sandwich:

and Taylor had some of each of ours- he liked them both too. We took the chocolate brownies back to the resort fridge, but when we eventually ate them, they was great! Very moist and chewy!
While we were eating, even though it was kind of later and not too busy, CM's still came around to check on us. We even had one passing out Mardi Gras beads, and one passing out Halloween candy to the kids!
I though it was neat that even though our plans changed, we still found a new and delicious place to eat!
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PostSubject: Re: Sydney's dining reports   Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:37 pm

Day 5:
On our second MK day, we were going to O'hana's for bf. We've been twice before and love the atmosphere, food, and fun with Stitch and friends! We parked at TTC and took the monorail to the Poly.

We checked in about 15 minutes early and were seated almost immediately. We got our favorite view of the waterfall!

Our "cousin" Denni took very good care of us, and we all loved the juice! (I think we went through like two of them!)

Ron and I love the pineapple bread, while the boys always eat the raisin bread. And I'm usually picky about bacon, but they brought plenty of perfectly crispy bacon for us! All the other offerings are yummy too!

A CM was coming around with Mickey waffles too.
Jared joined the parade!

During our meal all the characters came around to visit. They were spaced out nice, and spent time with us and all the tables around us. (A CM even came by before we left to make sure we'd seen all of them.) The lighting is always funny in here, and I got a better shot, but I couldn't resist sharing Jared hugging his favorite "cute and fluffy" guy!

Lilo was next!

We love Aloha Mickey!

And finally I had to get in the pic with my favorite puppy Pluto!

Another fun and filling meal! Even though the boys are getting bigger, we'll probably still come back for the food- plus an excuse to visit the resort!
Lunch at MK was at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. As in past trips, we ordered two of the chicken/rib combo meals, with mashed potatoes, green beans, and chocolate cake- with Halloween sprinkles!

Yummy tender and flavorful meat on this! The boys ate the green beans and Ron and I ate the potatoes. This can easily be shared, and it's a great use of cs credits. Plus, you can't beat the entertainment!

Later in the day we had to have our float fixes- the boys get root beer and Ron and I get pineapple Dole Whip floats! We sat and ate for a bit

then finished them while strolling/driving towards the train station on Main St.

The Main St. Electrical Parade was scheduled for 8:00, so we got to Pecos Bill's around 7:00 to grab dinner and a good viewing spot. The new do-it-yourself ordering kiosks are wonderful! It asks how you're paying, and since we were on the ddp, it asked what we'd like to order based on that. Super easy and efficient! All of us got burgers, adn added our favorite stuff- love that toppings bar- plus cheese for the fries!

We got chocolate cakes with this too, and ended up taking them back to the resort. This is definitely a splurge, pig-out meal, but oh so worth it! The weather was perfect to sit outside and grab a spot to watch the parade. But there's lots of seating inside too. We'll continue to eat here every trip!
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PostSubject: Re: Sydney's dining reports   Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:40 pm

Day 6:
Our last day at WDW we packed up the car then headed to the Pepper Market for breakfast. Jared got the kids Mickey waffles with grapers and milk. The three of us got the french toast platter- three pieces of toast and a ton of perfectly crisp bacon, and a strawberry on top!

Ron and I couldn't even finish our- but it was delicious. We got it to go so we could eat outside again.

It was a nice ending to our CSR stay.
For our last meal at WDW we headed to LeCellier for our 1:15 lunch adr. We were seated in New Brunswick

and promptly greeted by our server Barry. Ron and I agreed that was probably the best service we've ever received at any restaurant- period! Barry was perfect- friendly, professional, attentive, knowledgeable, and just made our dining experience pleasureable.
Jared decided on the kids steak and fries, and got an appetizer too- he picked the cheddar cheese soup and said the three of us could have it. When he went to order, he didn't even mention this, but Barry brought out a larger serving so we could all share, and gave me a recipe card for it too! We used the soup to dunk the breadsticks in. The sourdough and herb ones are good, but all of us favor the pretzel bread.
Jared loved his steak:

Ron and Taylor both chose the NY Strip, but Taylor got mashed and Ron got scalloped potatoes with it.

Now I do not like scalloped potatoes, but after Ron insisted I try them because they were the best he's ever had, I had to agree- they were awesome!
I picked the Mushroom Filet Mignon- and it was better than I remember! I literally was cutting it with a fork! SO tender and the sauces complimeted the meat and risotto exquisitely.

We were all too stuffed for dessert, but Barry suggested we could get them to go, and let us know which ones could be done to go. Jared obviously couln't get the kid's sundae, so he got a fruit cup- it included fresh cantaloupe, grapes, and pineapple in at least an 8oz. cup. We got three chocolate mooses too.

Since we were headed right out we were able to pack them to keep them cold and we ate them the next night after dinner.
We had a wonderful experience at LeCellier, and I'm glad we were able to enjoy it once again. That one last indulgence was just what we needed to end our fantastic trip!
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PostSubject: Re: Sydney's dining reports   Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:12 pm

MMMMMM...food porn........
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PostSubject: Re: Sydney's dining reports   Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:46 pm

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