We were having such a good time... and then the husbands showed up!- Now it's time to say goodbye... Update 3/23/20 Pg 8, Post 143- COMPLETED!

TeresaNJ

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We were having such a good time on our girls only F&G trip, and then the husbands showed up!
Nacho regular nachos...Wednesday, April 3, Day 7, Part 2

I can truly say I've never had a bad meal at Yak & Yeti, and, in fact, they were all amazing, as far as I remember. We've been eating there for years, almost every trip. In fact, I didn't book it for my upcoming trip, and after looking through my photos for this installment, I'm definitely making sure we find time to fit it in.



We're smiling because we've all been here before, and we know what's coming up!


I'm thinking these were Mare & Vince's drinks, because my receipt says I got a Kiwi Coconut Rita and Harry got an iced tea. This drink with the kiwi garnish does not look familiar, and when I google it, the Kiwi Coconut Rita looks altogether different. I have had Rickshaw Rickie's in the past here, and loved it!


Oops, never mind. Just found a pic online of my drink, and that is definitely it. Yea, next time I'm definitely get the Rickshaw Rickie- Skyy vodka, Cointreau orange liqueur, muddled oranges and limes, Sprite. I don't even see the Kiwi Coconut Rita on the menu anymore anyway.


Got this pic from the net. The Rickshaw Rickie is on the right. Looks so much more refreshing, doesn't it! I'd like one right now!


So since we had a big dinner coming up, we went light on lunch. :blush: Yea, just kidding. We're here for the food! We did share, though! I think we were being pretty good since everything is listed as for two, and we were for four!

Lettuce Cups for Two- minced chicken breast, chopped vegetables, Saigon Hoisin sauce, crisp lettuce cups. I wouldn't necessarily get this again. There are way too many other really good items. If you're watching your waistline, this is a good choice, but I kind of equate this to getting a salad at WDW.


The piece de resistance! Ahi Tuna Nachos for Two- sushi grade ahi, Asian slaw, crispy fried wontons, wasabi aioli, sweet soy glaze. Oh my gosh! If you like sushi, and you like tuna, you will love this! We get it every single time we eat at Y&Y. The flavors are so amazing, the wontons crispy, the tuna cool and delicious, and I could put that wasabi aioli on everything I eat!


Sauteed Baby Bok Choy- I love greens of all kinds, and I love bok choy. I get this here a lot. It is always perfect!


Pork Pot Stickers- pan seared or steamed, soy lime dipping sauce. These are good, but you can get pretty good pot stickers just about anywhere. If you're trying to be choosy, don't get these, but if you love pot stickers, you'll be happy.


Pork Egg Rolls- chili plum dipping sauce. Again, these are good, but they're egg rolls. I don't know why we didn't get the wok fried green beans instead of things we can get any day of the week at home.


Asian Nachos- I don't even see these on the menu anymore. I can pretty much figure out why. These were just okay. I am really questioning our food choices here, lol! Other than the ahi tuna nachos & bok choy, I don't know what we were thinking!


I have absolutely no idea what this is. That's Vince's wrist in the pic, so he ordered it. Looks good though.


This must be Mary Ann's entree. A great choice! It looks beautiful, and was delicious! I don't see it on the menu, but it may have been a special. I love ahi tuna in any shape or form!


After lunch we knew we really needed to walk it off, so we spent some time touring Asia. These guys are hilarious to watch, and can they be noisy! I worked at WDW for a year, as a DVC sales associate, stationed at all those DVC booths throughout the parks and resorts. I worked at the DVC kiosk right next to the Royal Anandapur Tea Company quite often, and holy, when those chimps got screeching you couldn't even hear yourself think!






Don't you just love WDW's themeing so much? I think they outdid themselves with AK. Joe Rhode is a genious imagineer, in my opinion.


Next up was the FOTLK show. I never get tired of seeing this. My sister loves it, too.


My favorite flowers in all of WDW!


I love vacationing with my sister & Vince! They are so much fun, and Vince is like a big kid! We laugh & laugh, and that's why we all go to WDW, to have a good time, and forget every day responsibilities for a little bit. Vince can't come on our upcoming trip, and he's quite sad about it, but he's a middle school gym teacher, and can't take off when we're going.


I'm looking very peachy pink today!




We're taking a trip back in time!


And no day would be complete without this!


And Harry's usual...black coffee...yuck!


Up next, lobby naps & dinner!
 

TeresaNJ

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We were having such a good time on our girls only F&G trip, and then the husbands showed up!
Hey, howdy, hey...Wednesday, April 3, Day 7, Part 3

I'm determined to finish up this day today! Then I have to take a break, as my feet and legs are going numb, which is one of the reasons I need back surgery!

Can you tell where we are?


We took the Poly bus to hang out there for a bit before dinner, but our dinner isn't at the Polynesian!


This resort holds so many memories for me. It's the first Disney resort we ever stayed at, on our very first WDW trip, with my Uncle Leo, who I talked about it my first post. Now we have baby Leo to bring on WDW trips! I know Uncle Leo is smiling down on us! I have to say, I totally miss the waterfalls in the lobby.


Vince being Vince! He is the perfect middle school Phys Ed teacher!


Sleeping off all that food! :laughing:


While I was shopping, Mare was sleeping! I took this from the second floor. She's gonna kill me for posting it!


Nap time's over, and now we're monorailing to the Contemporary. Nope, we're not eating there, either! Any guesses?


Here we go! Definitely my favorite form of Disney transportation! I could do this all day!






Woo Hoo! We're here! I love, love, love Fort Wilderness! I'm super sad the Tri Circle D Ranch will be closed to guests for our upcoming trip, as it's being relocated to another area of the Fort, due to the new DVC resort being built. I make it a point to try to visit the Disney horses every trip, and spend time walking around the Fort. In fact, we'll be at WDW this trip over Halloween. Normally we'd go to MNSSHP, but the parties during our trip are priced at $135 per ticket, plus tax, and I just can't bring myself to spend that much. So we're going over to Fort Wilderness on Halloween, eating dinner at Trails End, then we'll go see all the amazing decorations that the campers spend so much time and effort on. It's really festive! A few years ago we got to see the Headless Horseman at FW, but they won't be doing that this year, again, due to the construction.




Isn't this view so serene? I love it.








I truly enjoy Trails End. The buffet is your basic comfort food spread, nothing fancy, but it's always fresh & satisfying. Judging from the few pics of my plates, I must have still been full from lunch! Can't wait for Halloween night to eat here again!






The sun setting over Bay Lake was gorgeous! Bay Lake is one of the reasons I love staying at Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge Villas. Our May 2020 trip will be at BR, and I'm ecstatic over it! It's been a few years since we've stayed there. When I'm not staying there, we try to find time to visit Wilderness Lodge, and get something to eat at Geyser Point, just so I can sit and watch the peacefulness of the lake.
























Ahh, we're home!


Another great day in the Disney books! Mary Ann looks happy, but tired, and Vince looks raring to go, as usual!

Up next, Mangia, Mangia!
 


Mich123

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Great update! I'm so sorry to hear you have to have back surgery, hopefully it will give you much needed relief.

Your solar system quilt is awesome, that is one very lucky little boy!

I highly recommend the fiesta margarita, it's delicious and refreshing on a hot day. I like the idea of the pooh version, too. I'm with you on the avocado margaritas...I think the taste is not as sharp as a regular margarita, and I like tart. I'm also not the biggest fan of the texture. I really wanted to like it!
 
  • TeresaNJ

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    Thanks, Michelle! I'm hoping the surgery is successful. My neurosurgeon tells me he has a 95% success rate with symptoms improving after the surgery. I love making quilts for the little guys! I'm in the midst of completing Grinch Christmas quilts for all of them. I'll def be trying that fiesta margarita! Glad I'm not alone in my thinking the avocado margarita is just okay. Sorry, @kastoney Kari! I know you love them! :flower3:
     

    ThreeBoyMama

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    Great updates, you guys look like you had so much fun! Sorry to hear about your back surgery--hope the recovery is quick. And seriously, that quilt is amazing!!! :)
     

    TeresaNJ

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    Great updates, you guys look like you had so much fun! Sorry to hear about your back surgery--hope the recovery is quick. And seriously, that quilt is amazing!!! :)
    Thank you so much, TBM! Yea, I'm not looking forward to this surgery at all, but if it helps with the numb/pins and needles feeling in my feet and legs, it will be worth it. I'll have to post pics of the Grinch quilts when they're finished!
     

    itsherhappyplace

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    Wow, loved your report! Your pics were great, your stories were awesome! We will also be in WDW in May with my parent and my brothers family, some of which have never been to Disney!!! Super excited about it!! Desperately counting the days... but these reports make me feel like I'm already there and I truly love them!! So thank you for sharing!!!!
     
  • TeresaNJ

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    We were having such a good time on our girls only F&G trip, and then the husbands showed up!
    Mangia, Mangia!...Thursday, April 4, Day 8, Part 1

    This morning breakfast was in the room, and Harry had his usual banana & oatmeal from the quick serve Sanaa breakfast, Vince ran down there to eat, but I don't know what he had, Mare only had coffee, and I had a string cheese & coffee. We were all looking forward to our lunch at Maria & Enzo's, as none of us had eaten there yet. Harry & I have had pizza in the past from Pizza Ponte right next door, and we love the pizza there. The slices are gigantic!

    Harry was going to be running the Star Wars Half Marathon in a few days, and he picked up his paperwork and bib that morning, and met us in Disney Springs.


    I love the whole redesign of Disney Springs. It's so pretty now. At first I was totally against it, as I don't like change, and I felt it was so huge and I didn't know where anything was, and had a hard time navigating the area, but now I love it. The only part I hate is the new bus drop off. It feels so far away from everything, and our bus stop always seems to be the furthest out.


    It's really hard to take good pictures of M&E's, as the dining room is cavernous, and my iphone camera just wasn't cutting it, so I grabbed this picture off the web. Photo courtesy of Disney Tourist Blog.




    To start, they bring out a nice crusty Italian bread, and olive oil for dipping. This bread was so hard to resist with a crunchy & chewy crust, and light and airy inside. So delicious dipped in the olive oil!


    Mary Ann's appetizer was so amazing! I can't find it on the current menu, but it looks like the Polpettine- maria's family recipe: braised meatballs, whipped ricotta, parmigiano-reggiano.


    Harry got the Arancini di Carne- fried rice stuffed with meat ragu, peas and mozzarella. He usually always gets arancini if it is available. I'm not a picky eater, but I just don't like this. He tries to get me to taste it every time, as if I'm going to change my mind, but I'm not. Stuffed rice balls aren't my thing!


    I went with the Cesare for my app, minus the croutons- Mixed romaine lettuces, olive croutons, parmesan cheese, classic cesare dressing. I really liked this, a lot. I love when the parmesan is shaved rather than grated, and there was a good amount on this salad. The dressing was also perfect, not too little, and not too much. It was just right!


    I'm pretty sure Mare ordered this. She loves wine! For beverages, I had a diet Coke, and Harry had an unsweetened ice tea, our usuals.


    Mary Ann's entree was this creamy ravioli dish. It's no longer on the menu, as the most recent menu has the ravioli in a tomato sauce, which this definitely isn't. She loved this!


    For the life of me, I can't figure out what this is. Vince ordered this, and he also loved it. It doesn't quite match anything on the M&E lunch menu on All Ears. It looks similar to several things, so it's either fish or steak. I'll let you decide what you think. I remember the potatoes being amazing, tender on the inside, and crispy on the outside. So good!


    Harry's choice was the Prosciutto & Salame Panino- provolone, pickled vegetables, arugula, garlic aïoli on ciabatta bread. He thought this was just okay. Way too much bread to filling ratio, and the crispy fried wonton strips are kind of a weird accompianment.


    For my entree, I chose the Chicken Sausage Ragu- spiral shaped pasta, roasted chicken sausage, toasted garlic, parmesan cream sauce. I can't even begin to tell you how good this was! I loved the pasta! It was just the right bite, a little al dente, but not too much, and the sauce was amazing. It was really a heavy dish though, so a good one for sharing. Wish I was eating this right now.


    I'd rate Maria & Enzo's an 8 out of 10, and would definitely eat here again. We were all too full for dessert, so after lunch spent some time walking around Disney Springs, and window shopping. We stopped in Amorette's, but nothing caught our eye, so we moved along. If I wasn't so full, I would have went over to Vivoli Gelateria and gotten more of their ice cream! I dream about that ice cream.


    While looking at Vivoli Gelateria's menu on All Ears, I noticed they have Carciofi e Fontina- roasted artichokes and Fontina Valdostana cheese come together in this unique panino, combining south and north of Italy. The small panini (sandwiches) are sold for $4 for one; $7.50 for two; $9 for three. Oh my gosh, I love artichokes! I really want to try this. Going to make a note of it for our upcoming trip! Photo courtesy of All Ears dot Net. @kastoney Kari, I know you're an artichoke lover. Have you tried this?


    So while out window shopping, we went into one of the jewelry stores. It's the one right near the Vera Bradley store, but I don't remember the name. They sell bags also. I was looking at the rings, and fell in love with this one. Do you see the Mickeys on the sides? I think it was around $125, and with the AP discount, even less! I managed to walk away from it, but some day I'm getting it!


    The plan for the afternoon was to head back to Kidani and lounge by the pool, then Epcot for the evening for more Flower & Garden food. I happily snacked on a small bag of Lay's potato chips and a Mickey pretzel with cheese from the Maji Pool Bar! Lays chips and soft pretzels are like crack to me. I can never just say no!




    Up next, our last Illuminations ever! :sad:
     

    TeresaNJ

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    Wow, loved your report! Your pics were great, your stories were awesome! We will also be in WDW in May with my parent and my brothers family, some of which have never been to Disney!!! Super excited about it!! Desperately counting the days... but these reports make me feel like I'm already there and I truly love them!! So thank you for sharing!!!!
    Thank you so much! I'm glad you're enjoying them! I'm on a mission to finish this report before we leave for our next WDW in 22 days! How exciting that you're going with family members who have never been before! I love showing people why we love WDW so much, especially those who have the impression that it's just rides and an amusement park.
     

    TeresaNJ

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    We were having such a good time on our girls only F&G trip, and then the husbands showed up!
    The Lives of the Party Pooped!...Thursday, April 4, Day 8, Part 2

    After our wonderful lunch, and window shopping at Disney Springs, and then spending the late afternoon soaking up some rays at the Kidani pool, Mary Ann & Vince decided they wanted a relaxing evening in. Harry & I wanted to go try some more delicious F&G food items, and we wanted to see Illuminations, not realizing it would be the last time for us, so off to Epcot we went.











    Our first stop was at Trowel & Trellis, which was a new F&G booth for 2019. Harry had been dying to try the street corn. He's made this several times at home, and it's always been delicious. This was a good time to try it, as my sister is allergic to corn and all it's products, believe it or not, and we would feel bad eating this in front of her, as she loves corn. Do you have any idea how many things have corn and it's derivatives in it? Lots! I had seen pics of the chocolate pudding terrarium here and there, so I was very interested in trying it. Harry wasn't. He thought it looked very unappetizing. Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate and Baby Herbs. Yea, don't get this if they have it next year. It was weird. It wasn't very flavorful. I think those were chia seeds in it, but the description doesn't mention that. Def not my fave. I don't even like chocolate pudding, so I don't know why I was intrigued by this. $5 down the drain.




    This was more like it! Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread. Wait, where is the cotija cheese? I don't know. Doesn't street corn have cotija cheese on it? I don't see it on this corn. I definitely didn't taste it. Guess when it said garlic spread, that's what it meant. Even that wasn't very flavorful. We spent the next 30 minutes discreetly picking corn out of our teeth. :rotfl2: Prob should have skipped this one, too.


    For a minute I thought I was in Pandora!


    I was kind of bummed that they didn't have the Festival Center where they normally do, and instead moved it to the Odyssey building. Oh well. Progress. So there were several items here that we really wanted to try. First up was- Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil. Doesn't this sound amazing? It wasn't. It was cold. I understand the salad should be cold, but the fried green tomato part should not be cold. The flavors were fairly bland. I was disappointed.


    I was also super excited for this item- Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar and Focaccia Crostino. Yea, those crostino. They looked like they were the broken pieces of left over Italian bread that my mom saved to throw out to the birds. So dry, so bland, so tasteless. The two items that I couldn't wait for, and I was disappointed in both. This was not memorable. Everything just lacked flavor. Maybe because it was towards the end of the day? Hopefully if this booth comes back next year, we'll have better luck.








    Okay, since our previous choices did not leave me satisfied at all, in no way, shape or form, I wanted one of my tried & true favorite items! A frank from Germany! Yes, I do love sauerkraut! This was so good. Perfect. Everything a frankfurter should be. Snappy bite, tender inside, tangy sauerkraut, a squirt of mustard, not too much, not too little. Crispy salty chips. Heaven! A very sweet retiree couple who were visiting WDW graciously shared their courtyard table by the fountain with us. We had great conversation, and left feeling like we made new friends.














    We made a pit stop in the UK for one of Harry's all time favorites, Fish & Chips! These were so so good. Oh my gosh, I wished I got my own. I wish I could have these for lunch today. Sorry for the bite! We were so excited that I forgot to take a pic first. My mouth is watering thinking about this.


    So we had a FP for Illuminations, and picked our spot to watch it from. We knew it was ending, but didn't know the end date at that time. Every time I think about the fact that I'll never see it in person again makes me want to cry. Goodbye, Illuminations. :sad:




    Good bye, Fountain of Nations. :sad::sad:




    Good Night Epcot! Up next, lunch with a man who's amazing, and colossal!
     
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    itsherhappyplace

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    We were having such a good time on our girls only F&G trip, and then the husbands showed up!
    The Lives of the Party Pooped!...Thursday, April 4, Day 8, Part 2

    After our wonderful lunch, and window shopping at Disney Springs, and then spending the late afternoon soaking up some rays at the Kidani pool, Mary Ann & Vince decided they wanted a relaxing evening in. Harry & I wanted to go try some more delicious F&G food items, and we wanted to see Illuminations, not realizing it would be the last time for us, so off to Epcot we went.











    Our first stop was at Trowel & Trellis, which was a new F&G booth for 2019. Harry had been dying to try the street corn. He's made this several times at home, and it's always been delicious. This was a good time to try it, as my sister is allergic to corn and all it's products, believe it or not, and we would feel bad eating this in front of her, as she loves corn. Do you have any idea how many things have corn and it's derivatives in it? Lots! I had seen pics of the chocolate pudding terrarium here and there, so I was very interested in trying it. Harry wasn't. He thought it looked very unappetizing. Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate and Baby Herbs. Yea, don't get this if they have it next year. It was weird. It wasn't very flavorful. I think those were chia seeds in it, but the description doesn't mention that. Def not my fave. I don't even like chocolate pudding, so I don't know why I was intrigued by this. $5 down the drain.




    This was more like it! Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread. Wait, where is the cotija cheese? I don't know. Doesn't street corn have cotija cheese on it? I don't see it on this corn. I definitely didn't taste it. Guess when it said garlic spread, that's what it meant. Even that wasn't very flavorful. We spent the next 30 minutes discreetly picking corn out of our teeth. :rotfl2: Prob should have skipped this one, too.


    For a minute I thought I was in Pandora!


    I was kind of bummed that they didn't have the Festival Center where they normally do, and instead moved it to the Odyssey building. Oh well. Progress. So there were several items here that we really wanted to try. First up was- Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil. Doesn't this sound amazing? It wasn't. It was cold. I understand the salad should be cold, but the fried green tomato part should not be cold. The flavors were fairly bland. I was disappointed.


    I was also super excited for this item- Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar and Focaccia Crostino. Yea, those crostino. They looked like they were the broken pieces of left over Italian bread that my mom saved to throw out to the birds. So dry, so bland, so tasteless. The two items that I couldn't wait for, and I was disappointed in both. This was not memorable. Everything just lacked flavor. Maybe because it was towards the end of the day? Hopefully if this booth comes back next year, we'll have better luck.








    Okay, since our previous choices did not leave me satisfied at all, in no way, shape or form, I wanted one of my tried & true favorite items! A frank from Germany! Yes, I do love sauerkraut! This was so good. Perfect. Everything a frankfurter should be. Snappy bite, tender inside, tangy sauerkraut, a squirt of mustard, not too much, not too little. Crispy salty chips. Heaven! A very sweet retiree couple who were visiting WDW graciously shared their courtyard table by the fountain with us. We had great conversation, and left feeling like we made new friends.














    We made a pit stop in the UK for one of Harry's all time favorites, Fish & Chips! These were so so good. Oh my gosh, I wished I got my own. I wish I could have these for lunch today. Sorry for the bite! We were so excited that I forgot to take a pic first. My mouth is watering thinking about this.


    So we had a FP for Illuminations, and picked our spot to watch it from. We knew it was ending, but didn't know the end date at that time. Every time I think about the fact that I'll never see it in person again makes me want to cry. Goodbye, Illuminations. :sad:




    Good bye, Fountain of Nations. :sad::sad:




    Good Night Epcot! Up next, lunch with a man who's amazing, and colossal!
    your food pics are great - its all making me hungry!!!!! HUNGRY FOR DISNEY!!!!!! :)
     
  • Hettie

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    Great updates, lots of fun meals. Our trip back in the spring (that I'm also trying to finish up my report for) was our last Illuminations and Fountain of Nations too. Still sad about Illuminations, but glad I got to watch it from Germany one last time. My fried green tomatoes were cold too and it was a shame, I think it would have been a much better dish if they had been hot. We spent a day at Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge back in the spring, it seems we like a lot of the same things. :) Fort Wilderness is just so peaceful in the middle of the day when everyone is at the parks, it feels like another planet.
     

    kastoney

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    I'm having the major back surgery tentatively scheduled for January 9th, after verifying it would be okay to wait until then.
    I know this was a hard decision but it sounds like the right one.

    I've been super busy the past month making him an adorable solar system themed quilt, hence my lack of Dining Report updates. I knew I had a good excuse!

    You made this???? That is amazing. I can't even sew a button on

    I'm sitting her starving trying to wait for lunch to eat. This was not the report I should have read :earboy2:

    According to my receipt, Vince had the Casa Dragones at $35, because the beer flight he had at The Smokehouse wasn't enough alcohol! :oops:
    $35!!! That must be some kinda dragon

    Rope droppers we're not, but we may try to hit up some extra extra magic hours on our upcoming trip in a few weeks, especially considering we're staying at Pop.
    Oh we are so in the same club. We actually tried EMH a few times on our August trip since it was so hot and we were very disappointed. I didn't realize a. not all rides are open but b. everyone else had the same idea as us and busses were packed and lines long. I think we do better avoiding parks on EMH days

    The piece de resistance! Ahi Tuna Nachos for Two- sushi grade ahi, Asian slaw, crispy fried wontons, wasabi aioli, sweet soy glaze. Oh my gosh! If you like sushi, and you like tuna, you will love this! We get it every single time we eat at Y&Y. The flavors are so amazing, the wontons crispy, the tuna cool and delicious, and I could put that wasabi aioli on everything I eat!
    You are so not helping my willpower to not eat breakfast. More importantly I want this for breakfast! One of the best things in all of WDW

    Mare was sleeping! I took this from the second floor. She's gonna kill me for posting it!
    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    Normally we'd go to MNSSHP, but the parties during our trip are priced at $135 per ticket, plus tax, and I just can't bring myself to spend that much.
    $135!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that is insane. Give me $35 tequila every day of the week but this is just ridiculous

    Mary Ann's appetizer was so amazing! I can't find it on the current menu, but it looks like the Polpettine- maria's family recipe: braised meatballs, whipped ricotta, parmigiano-reggiano.
    Not sure why but I suddenly want spaghetti and meatballs for dinner

    So there were several items here that we really wanted to try. First up was- Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil. Doesn't this sound amazing? It wasn't. It was cold. I understand the salad should be cold, but the fried green tomato part should not be cold. The flavors were fairly bland. I was disappointed.
    Yuck that does not sound good. I've found that the seafood items at any of the festivals generally aren't very good and usually avoid them. With the exception of Steve Shrimp of course 🍤
     

    ariane37

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    I have finally caught up! Interesting as my fried green tomato dish was also cold and I was greatly disappointed because I love me some fried green tomatoes and you don't find them on menus in NY!

    We did M&E once and loved it; now I seriously want to go back after your review! The bread was almost perfect and your dish looks right up my alley :thumbsup2

    BTW I love your quilts!
     

    TeresaNJ

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    your food pics are great - its all making me hungry!!!!! HUNGRY FOR DISNEY!!!!!! :)
    Thank you! I know, right! As I'm writing these reviews, and going back to see where I left off, I'm making myself hungry!

    Great updates, lots of fun meals. Our trip back in the spring (that I'm also trying to finish up my report for) was our last Illuminations and Fountain of Nations too. Still sad about Illuminations, but glad I got to watch it from Germany one last time. My fried green tomatoes were cold too and it was a shame, I think it would have been a much better dish if they had been hot. We spent a day at Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge back in the spring, it seems we like a lot of the same things. :) Fort Wilderness is just so peaceful in the middle of the day when everyone is at the parks, it feels like another planet.
    We're sisters from another mister!

    I know this was a hard decision but it sounds like the right one.

    Yea. I keep telling myself it's not so bad, that I can deal with it, but then this past Saturday we went to a street festival where I had to do some walking, and I'm like, yep, this is why I need the surgery.

    You made this???? That is amazing. I can't even sew a button on

    Thank you so much! My Aunt Carol, who was an amazing seamstress, made & designed wedding gowns, and ran the costuming department of some of the casinos in AC back in the day, taught me to sew when I was around 12. My mom can only sew a hem, and barely that, lol.

    I'm sitting her starving trying to wait for lunch to eat. This was not the report I should have read :earboy2:

    It's karma, baby! Now you know what your reports do to us!

    $35!!! That must be some kinda dragon

    Crazy, right? I don't think I could ever, ever drink $35 worth of something. I could buy several tuna nachos for that price!

    Oh we are so in the same club. We actually tried EMH a few times on our August trip since it was so hot and we were very disappointed. I didn't realize a. not all rides are open but b. everyone else had the same idea as us and busses were packed and lines long. I think we do better avoiding parks on EMH days

    Ugh. Now I'm rethinking this. We have a reservation for Oga's at 10:30am the day after we arrive, and before my sister flys in, so I thought maybe if we went super early we could get lots of stuff done, then go to Oga's, check it out, then boat to Epcot for some F&W. I'll have to give this more thought. It's not like I'm a Star Wars fan or anything. I knew pretty much nothing about it until recently, when I figured I should at least watch the original three movies so I know what I'm looking at. I have no desire to ride the Millenium Falcon, lol. We'll see.

    You are so not helping my willpower to not eat breakfast. More importantly I want this for breakfast! One of the best things in all of WDW.

    Stuff dreams are made of!


    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    I don't even think she knows I took this pic!


    $135!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that is insane. Give me $35 tequila every day of the week but this is just ridiculous

    I know. I'm really disappointed. This is the first time we'll be going during the MNSSHP season without going to the party.

    Not sure why but I suddenly want spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.

    We're hitting up Enzo's Hideaway on this next trip for the first time, the night before the race. We've been wanting to go there, and I figured Harry could carb up before the half marathon! Then if he wants to go back to the room earlyish to rest, me & my sister can shop around Disney Springs for awhile.

    Yuck that does not sound good. I've found that the seafood items at any of the festivals generally aren't very good and usually avoid them. With the exception of Steve Shrimp of course 🍤

    Seriously! Who wants cold fried green tomatoes? It was so not great. Haha, Steve's Shrimp! What's funnier is I knew exactly what you were talking about. Steve & his shrimp are DISboards famous! Right @ariane37 !
    :magnify:
     

    TeresaNJ

    Full time stay at home crafter!
    Joined
    Sep 13, 1999
    I have finally caught up! Interesting as my fried green tomato dish was also cold and I was greatly disappointed because I love me some fried green tomatoes and you don't find them on menus in NY!

    We did M&E once and loved it; now I seriously want to go back after your review! The bread was almost perfect and your dish looks right up my alley :thumbsup2

    BTW I love your quilts!
    Well now I'm thinking maybe the fried green tomato item was supposed to be cold, since three of us experienced the same thing. :confused3 As I was telling Kari, we're trying out Enzo's Hideaway for the first time this upcoming trip. Have you been there yet? I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks so much on the quilt compliment!
     

    TeresaNJ

    Full time stay at home crafter!
    Joined
    Sep 13, 1999
    We were having such a good time on our girls only F&G trip, and then the husbands showed up!
    Not "So Out of This World" Lunch...Friday, April 5, Day 9, Part 1

    As you can see, it was a pretty cloudy morning at Hollywood Studios, and don't the wrapped gondolos hanging off of those gigantic steel poles with all the wires and pulleys and gears make SUCH a pretty backdrop for a photo? I mean, these beautiful scenes are now all over the WDW resort! Yes, I'm being sarcastic. It seems like the majority of Disney fans are extremely excited about the new gondola system, but I can safely say I'm not one of them. They just look like giant eyesores to me. I will admit that now that the wrappers are off, it does look a little more scenic, with all the Disney themed wrapped gondolas, but still. I was extremely hesitant about stepping foot on one of these, and it's not because of a fear of heights. It's because the thought of being trapped in one of those, 60 feet up, swaying in the wind, with a potential lightning storm occurring while waiting to be rescued, and possibly being trapped with someone with a severe anxiety type condition, or a screaming baby, or rambunctious toddlers totally freaks me out! I can tolerate a 5 or 10 minute delay, but three hours? No, nope, and H double L no!


    Toy Story Land is the cutest, isn't it? I really love it at night when it's all lit up, with those big Christmas lights crisscrossing up above. I grew up in the city, in south Philadelphia, and a few blocks either way lived both sets of my grandparents. My dad's parents lived on a tiny one way street that one car could barely drive down. The neighbors would string Christmas lights from one set of upstairs bedroom windows to the neighbor's windows directly across the street. I loved it! I would never consider moving back to a city again, I'm a country girl through and through, and have lived in southern NJ in a pretty small rural town since I was 9 years old, but when I think of Christmas memories, that's what comes to mind. Silver Bells is my favorite Christmas song. Silver Bells, Silver Bells, It's Christmas time in the city....


    We're going on Slinky Dog Dash, and it's Mary Ann's first time! She is NOT a fan of roller coasters, but I convinced her this one wasn't bad. Vince opted not to ride.


    She was anxiously excited, and contemplating backing out!


    But, she did it! And loved it. And has requested to go on it again on our trip in a few weeks! Of course, her eyes are closed though! Maybe next time she'll keep them open.


    Harry was a champ, and rode with strangers. I have no idea what he's doing here. Shushing someone? I am usually the one shushing him. The man can talk! No wonder he's a successful saleman!


    Yay, lunchtime!!! I always come back to the Sci-Fi, and it definitely isn't because of the food, because it's never that great. It's okay, it's satisfactory, it's never been bad, but usually when I describe something that way, it's a one and done. Why do we keep wanting to eat here? It must be the nostalgia, the funness (that's not a real word, but I think it fits here) of it all, and the awesome shakes, and I have to say, the onion rings are always on point! Shakes & onion rings, who needs anything else, right?


    We had a cute little convertible with a great view of the screen. I spent my late teen years going to the drive in almost every weekend, with my then high school sweetheart, and now ex-husband. Tells you how old I am!


    Mare & Vince hitched along in the back seat!


    We always get a shake here, and we always get vanilla, and we always split it. So so good! I actually just booked a reservation for here on our upcoming trip, the evening my sister flies home. Magical Express is picking her up at 5:30pm on Monday, November 4th. We're spending the day in Epcot, and I didn't want her to have to leave the park and wait for the bus by herself, so I said we'd go back with her, but then I was trying to figure out what Harry and I could do that evening. I saw a Sci Fi reservation available at 7:30, so I grabbed it. I'm hoping HS will be decorated for Christmas at that point, and I think it will be, since Jingle Bell Jingle Bam will be starting a few days after that. HS is my least favorite park, but I love it's Christmas decorations the best! Again, it must be that growing up in the city thing. All the decorations are very nostalgic and 50s looking if you haven't seen them before. I'll post an example from our trip in December 2017.







    Okay, back to the milkshake. It was very very yummy, as usual.


    This is what we chose for our appetizer. It wasn't the best. The cheese was kind of on the cold and clumpy side. I've had better queso out of a jar and heated in the microwave. I think I'm spoiled because the absolutely best cheese fondue I've had has been from Frontera Cocina, and Harry agrees. We still talk about our meal there. We haven't gone back because the last few trips we've been with either the kids and grandkids, or my sister, and no point in going to that type of restaurant when she is allergic to corn. This is the description of the queso from Frontera Cocina: Queso Fundido- queso Chihuahua melted with roasted poblanos, and caramelized onions- warm corn tortillas (contains dairy); add Gunthrop Farms chorizo. So so so good!

    Sci Fi's Shrimp & Crab Fondue- a blend of shrimp, crab, and cheeses with roasted red peppers, fresh dill, and corn tortilla chips.


    I decided on the Drive In BBQ Burger- Our Signature Blend of Beef, BBQ Spice, Brioche Bun, House-made BBQ Sauce, Bacon, and Cheddar served with Crispy-fried Jalapeño and Onion Straws. This was pretty good. Nothing to rave about, but nothing to complain about either, and how bad can it be with bacon on it!


    Harry got the Southern Burger- Our Signature Blend of Beef on a Brioche Roll, topped with a Fried Green Tomato, House-made Pimento Cheese, Bacon, and Lettuce. What we both discovered on this trip is that neither of us likes pimento cheese. I was surprised. I love cheese, all kinds of cheese, so I thought I'd love this, and we didn't. Duly noted. Do not order anything ever again with pimento cheese on it! It really doesn't look very appetizing, does it? Kind of congealed looking. Looks like scrambled eggs. That's a darn tiny fried green tomato on it, too.


    Now that lunch was over, we walked around a little bit, and posed for some pics.


    The skies were clearing up nicely.








    Oooo, what's that tall & scary looking building in the background? Could it be one of my favorite WDW rides of all time? Yes! Were we going on it? No! My sister is scared to death of riding TOT. I think she's been on it once, back in the day. At least she says she's been on it. I beg to differ. Maybe in her nightmares she's ridden it, but I've been on pretty much every WDW trip my sister has been on, and she has not ridden this. I try to convince her to do it, but she's a big scaredy pants.


    I think this time upcoming trip she's going to ride it though! Believe it or not, she's absolutely so excited and hell bent on riding the gondolas. I do not want to ride the gondolas. Especially after the incident that happened a few weeks ago. I suppose since we're staying at Pop Century we should ride the gondolas to HS & Epcot. It makes the most sense, but I don't want to. My fear of being trapped, you know? So Mary Ann said if I ride the gondola, I can then pick out any ride I want, and she'll go on it. I said fine. I'll go on the gondola if you go on Tower of Tower. She said "I knew you'd say that"! Of course I would! So then she says I have to go first. I'm like uh uh. Do I look like I was born yesterday? Stay tuned to my next report to see what happens!


    This is the reason we headed in this direction! I'm sure you're shocked!


    It was a really nice afternoon break. It's such a pretty area, and relatively quiet back there. Like a tucked away little courtyard, with beautiful foliage, and screams of terror heard faintly in the background


    Did I tell you I love bougainvillae?


    Up next: Carb overload!
     
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    itsherhappyplace

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
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    We were having such a good time on our girls only F&G trip, and then the husbands showed up!
    Not "So Out of This World" Lunch...Friday, April 5, Day 9, Part 1

    As you can see, it was a pretty cloudy morning at Hollywood Studios, and don't the wrapped gondolos hanging off of those gigantic steel poles with all the wires and pulleys and gears make SUCH a pretty backdrop for a photo? I mean, these beautiful scenes are now all over the WDW resort! Yes, I'm being sarcastic. It seems like the majority of Disney fans are extremely excited about the new gondola system, but I can safely say I'm not one of them. They just look like giant eyesores to me. I will admit that now that the wrappers are off, it does look a little more scenic, with all the Disney themed wrapped gondolas, but still. I was extremely hesitant about stepping foot on one of these, and it's not because of a fear of heights. It's because the thought of being trapped in one of those, 60 feet up, swaying in the wind, with a potential lightning storm occurring while waiting to be rescued, and possibly being trapped with someone with a severe anxiety type condition, or a screaming baby, or rambunctious toddlers totally freaks me out! I can tolerate a 5 or 10 minute delay, but three hours? No, nope, and H double L no!


    Toy Story Land is the cutest, isn't it? I really love it at night when it's all lit up, with those big Christmas lights crisscrossing up above. I grew up in the city, in south Philadelphia, and a few blocks either way lived both sets of my grandparents. My dad's parents lived on a tiny one way street that one car could barely drive down. The neighbors would string Christmas lights from one set of upstairs bedroom windows to the neighbor's windows directly across the street. I loved it! I would never consider moving back to a city again, I'm a country girl through and through, and have lived in southern NJ in a pretty small rural town since I was 9 years old, but when I think of Christmas memories, that's what comes to mind. Silver Bells is my favorite Christmas song. Silver Bells, Silver Bells, It's Christmas time in the city....


    We're going on Slinky Dog Dash, and it's Mary Ann's first time! She is NOT a fan of roller coasters, but I convinced her this one wasn't bad. Vince opted not to ride.


    She was anxiously excited, and contemplating backing out!


    But, she did it! And loved it. And has requested to go on it again on our trip in a few weeks! Of course, her eyes are closed though! Maybe next time she'll keep them open.


    Harry was a champ, and rode with strangers. I have no idea what he's doing here. Shushing someone? I am usually the one shushing him. The man can talk! No wonder he's a successful saleman!


    Yay, lunchtime!!! I always come back to the Sci-Fi, and it definitely isn't because of the food, because it's never that great. It's okay, it's satisfactory, it's never been bad, but usually when I describe something that way, it's a one and done. Why do we keep wanting to eat here? It must be the nostalgia, the funness (that's not a real word, but I think it fits here) of it all, and the awesome shakes, and I have to say, the onion rings are always on point! Shakes & onion rings, who needs anything else, right?


    We had a cute little convertible with a great view of the screen. I spent my late teen years going to the drive in almost every weekend, with my then high school sweetheart, and now ex-husband. Tells you how old I am!


    Mare & Vince hitched along in the back seat!


    We always get a shake here, and we always get vanilla, and we always split it. So so good! I actually just booked a reservation for here on our upcoming trip, the evening my sister flies home. Magical Express is picking her up at 5:30pm on Monday, November 4th. We're spending the day in Epcot, and I didn't want her to have to leave the park and wait for the bus by herself, so I said we'd go back with her, but then I was trying to figure out what Harry and I could do that evening. I saw a Sci Fi reservation available at 7:30, so I grabbed it. I'm hoping HS will be decorated for Christmas at that point, and I think it will be, since Jingle Bell Jingle Bam will be starting a few days after that. HS is my least favorite park, but I love it's Christmas decorations the best! Again, it must be that growing up in the city thing. All the decorations are very nostalgic and 50s looking if you haven't seen them before. I'll post an example from our trip in December 2017.







    Okay, back to the milkshake. It was very very yummy, as usual.


    This is what we chose for our appetizer. It wasn't the best. The cheese was kind of on the cold and clumpy side. I've had better queso out of a jar and heated in the microwave. I think I'm spoiled because the absolutely best cheese fondue I've had has been from Frontera Cocina, and Harry agrees. We still talk about our meal there. We haven't gone back because the last few trips we've been with either the kids and grandkids, or my sister, and no point in going to that type of restaurant when she is allergic to corn. This is the description of the queso from Frontera Cocina: Queso Fundido- queso Chihuahua melted with roasted poblanos, and caramelized onions- warm corn tortillas (contains dairy); add Gunthrop Farms chorizo. So so so good!

    Sci Fi's Shrimp & Crab Fondue- a blend of shrimp, crab, and cheeses with roasted red peppers, fresh dill, and corn tortilla chips.


    I decided on the Drive In BBQ Burger- Our Signature Blend of Beef, BBQ Spice, Brioche Bun, House-made BBQ Sauce, Bacon, and Cheddar served with Crispy-fried Jalapeño and Onion Straws. This was pretty good. Nothing to rave about, but nothing to complain about either, and how bad can it be with bacon on it!


    Harry got the Southern Burger- Our Signature Blend of Beef on a Brioche Roll, topped with a Fried Green Tomato, House-made Pimento Cheese, Bacon, and Lettuce. What we both discovered on this trip is that neither of us likes pimento cheese. I was surprised. I love cheese, all kinds of cheese, so I thought I'd love this, and we didn't. Duly noted. Do not order anything ever again with pimento cheese on it! It really doesn't look very appetizing, does it? Kind of congealed looking. Looks like scrambled eggs. That's a darn tiny fried green tomato on it, too.


    Now that lunch was over, we walked around a little bit, and posed for some pics.


    The skies were clearing up nicely.








    Oooo, what's that tall & scary looking building in the background? Could it be one of my favorite WDW rides of all time? Yes! Were we going on it? No! My sister is scared to death of riding TOT. I think she's been on it once, back in the day. At least she says she's been on it. I beg to differ. Maybe in her nightmares she's ridden it, but I've been on pretty much every WDW trip my sister has been on, and she has not ridden this. I try to convince her to do it, but she's a big scaredy pants.


    I think this time upcoming trip she's going to ride it though! Believe it or not, she's absolutely so excited and hell bent on riding the gondolas. I do not want to ride the gondolas. Especially after the incident that happened a few weeks ago. I suppose since we're staying at Pop Century we should ride the gondolas to HS & Epcot. It makes the most sense, but I don't want to. My fear of being trapped, you know? So Mary Ann said if I ride the gondola, I can then pick out any ride I want, and she'll go on it. I said fine. I'll go on the gondola if you go on Tower of Tower. She said "I knew you'd say that"! Of course I would! So then she says I have to go first. I'm like uh uh. Do I look like I was born yesterday? Stay tuned to my next report to see what happens!


    This is the reason we headed in this direction! I'm sure you're shocked!


    It was a really nice afternoon break. It's such a pretty area, and relatively quiet back there. Like a tucked away little courtyard, with beautiful foliage, and screams of terror heard faintly in the background


    Did I tell you I love bougainvillae?


    Up next: Carb overload!
    i'm just loving your reports. and when you started on the fear of being stuck on the gondola I thought well holy heck that could have been her a few weeks ago!!! could you imagine????? SO glad it wasn't though. and then I had to giggle about your dislike of pimento cheese. just yesterday i was reading a review on the DFB about the southern burger at D Luxe and i was thinking how I really needed to try that burger BECAUSE of the pimento cheese!! LOL!!!!!! seriously though, it seems to be the latest craze nowadays, when we were in Destin in August we noticed a lot of restaurants having some sort of item whether it was an appetizer pimento cheese dip and bagel chips, or pimento spread on a burger. so we went to a burger place and I bravely got a burger smothered in pimento cheese and i LOVED it!!! :D but to each his own, right???? LOL!!!
     

    kastoney

    Disney foodie served with a side of sarcasm
    Joined
    Jul 18, 2010
    We so share the same feelings on MGM and SciFi. Neither are my favorite but we keep going back. Jason and Casey are the SciFi fans but its hard for me to say no to an onion ring. And MGM I swear I could do a trip without it, except at Christmas. All the gaudy over the top Xmas decorations is everything!
     





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