WHO YA GONNA CALL" 29 NIGHTS OF GHOSTBUSTERS, MONSTERS & MORE - A 2019 HHN/SFR/RPR TR

schumigirl

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Hey @schumigirl! I'm jumping into your report when I can. It's been a busy couple weeks at work and at home getting ready for back-to-school. Thanks for the shout out on your St. Augustine post. I hope we can meet up during this upcoming trip!
:welcome: Along to another ramble JaxDad.......I’m glad you made it!

Hope work slows down a little for you, yes it is a busy time getting kids back to school.

It looks like we plan to visit St Augustine the first Saturday of our trip which is the 7th I believe.........will confirm with you nearer the time for certain......but glad to have you along again.......:wave2:
 

cam757

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I do enjoy your detail restaurant reviews. Five days to go until we fly out. I have said every time we go that we are going to hit Teak and we never do, but I am going to seriously make the effort this trip. Also, would like to make it back to The Cheesecake Factory but I will be sure not to take pics of the mall :)
 

pas130

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We have a Cheesecake Factory by us and we love the cheesecake, but I’ll admit it’s been years since we sat in and ate there. I didn’t enjoy the food (years ago) but your review is amazing so I might have to give them a second chance instead of just doing take out desserts 👍🏻
 
  • schumigirl

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    I do enjoy your detail restaurant reviews. Five days to go until we fly out. I have said every time we go that we are going to hit Teak and we never do, but I am going to seriously make the effort this trip. Also, would like to make it back to The Cheesecake Factory but I will be sure not to take pics of the mall :)
    Wow!!! 5 days......you must be so excited...…..I`m sure you`ll have a wonderful trip!!!! Can`t wait to hear all about it......

    Teak is probably my favourite out of the two of them......but CF is lovely too......oh yes, don't get into trouble like us...…. :rotfl:
     

    schumigirl

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    We have a Cheesecake Factory by us and we love the cheesecake, but I’ll admit it’s been years since we sat in and ate there. I didn’t enjoy the food (years ago) but your review is amazing so I might have to give them a second chance instead of just doing take out desserts 👍🏻
    We do like the food in there. It`s not the best place around, but it`s always been good for us...….I`d definitely give it a try......and there`s always desserts if you don't like it.…..can`t go wrong there...... ::yes::
     

    bobbie68

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    Hi, I finally had time to catch up on your pre-trip report. How awesome a month stay sounds wonderful. I am thankful for your great reports on restaurants it really had helped this last trip.

    The train to the airport sounds great, that is nice that you will have the time to do that.

    I wish I could get over my fear of the scary stuff. Liv and I don't like it and I miss out on so much stuff that looks great. I have appreciated Cedar Point with their no boo necklaces so we could enjoy the parks and not be scared. I am hoping one day I can do it.

    Looking forward to reading along on your great adventure.
     

    schumigirl

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    Hi, I finally had time to catch up on your pre-trip report. How awesome a month stay sounds wonderful. I am thankful for your great reports on restaurants it really had helped this last trip.

    The train to the airport sounds great, that is nice that you will have the time to do that.

    I wish I could get over my fear of the scary stuff. Liv and I don't like it and I miss out on so much stuff that looks great. I have appreciated Cedar Point with their no boo necklaces so we could enjoy the parks and not be scared. I am hoping one day I can do it.

    Looking forward to reading along on your great adventure.

    :welcome: along bobbie…...

    Glad to see you here......yes, we`re looking forward to a whole month in Orlando......but won`t want to leave that's for sure!

    I`m glad you enjoyed some nice food options......we do like to try a couple of new places each trip if we can, but we have so many favourites it`s hard to cut them out. And yes, the train is a lovely way to get up to the airport.....

    HHN is our favourite time of year.....we love it and always enjoy our nights there, but it`s not for everyone......anyway, hope you enjoy this one too...….:wave2:
     
  • kbelle8995

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    I went to the Cheesecake Factory in Jacksonville in June. We ordered cheesecake and fried chicken sliders. The fried Chicken slider were appetizers but they were huge and delicious. Cheesecake was good too.:)
     

    schumigirl

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    Yes with 3 weeks to go we are really starting to amp up the excitement of it getting so close.

    Although we were only there in May, it seems like ages since we were in Orlando....how we ever coped with visiting once a year...…. :scared1: I have no clue...…..it certainly isn't any less special going more often.


    Food and restaurants are certainly a part of our trips that we enjoy as most of the places in Florida, we don't have anything like in the UK. So, we do like to take advantage.....as most of you already know of course.....lol...….

    Here are just a rundown of a few of our regular haunts...



    ORLANDO ALE HOUSE


    This place is hard to beat, and we have lost count of the amount of times we have eaten here...both for lunch and dinner.

    It does get busy during the day, especially on the weekends, and the evenings are lively to say the least. We really like the atmosphere in here and although there are some families go here, it`s mainly adults, which is nice at times. But, it is family friendly......

    Sitting on Kirkman close to the Doubletree Suites it`s so handy for us to either drive or get an ODC from outside the hotels.....


    They have a lovely menu, with a huge choice of food for everyone you could think of......every meal we`ve had from here has been excellent. Prices are incredibly low for the standard and service you receive...….









    Again, being rather dull we always seem to get the same appetiser…...the Potstickers are delicious...….they have pork inside and are much better fried than steamed......we tried the steamed once, and it was like eating sponge! It comes with a sweet chilli sauce and there are enough you can share.














    Tom always loves when I say let`s go to the Ale House.....and the many options he has are always fabulous, but he does love the ribs.....incredibly tender and the sauce is delicious......








    I am a little fussy when it comes to steak, but this cheap and cheerful Filet has always been lovely......for $20 I have always had a steak that's been perfectly cooked and tasty enough....asking for medium rare here has always meant exactly that. Don`t ask for much really...














    Their pitchers are fabulous and we do enjoy the sangria...….the last pitcher was a little too sweet for us, but usually it`s just perfect......won`t stop us ordering another one. They do a good line in drinks and have some pretty decent wines on their menu which did surprise me.....the one beside Tom a few images up is one we order in the Palm.....and the price difference is amazing of course......lol......

    Every night they have a special and one of those is a Prime Rib. This does run out on occasion and I think the night Tom had it, about 10 minutes later they told the couple beside us it was finished. It was tasty and again, well cooked.















    Tom enjoys the chicken and shrimp cobb salad although he now asks for it with no blue cheese as he doesn't like it...…neither do I......but the salad itself is incredibly filling and very tasty too.

    The big red is a buster of a sandwich...…...fried chicken breast in a spicy sauce topped with cheese..….I did get a side of the honey lime siracha as it still wasn't spicy enough for me...….but it is delicious.

    They have a fabulous zinger salad and a variety of sauces to go with the zingers.....from very mild to very, very hot...….I like the two before the hottest one.....they`re quite spicy enough for me.









    And again with the filet, with a side of boom boom shrimp...…..








    It really is a fabulous place to visit anytime of the day......you wouldn't be disappointed!!!! And one we plan to visit a couple of times this upcoming trip.






    NYPD PIZZA



    There are two of these close to Universal. One in the Metro West area and the other on Universal Blvd...….

    Universal Blvd is a much better choice. It has more life about it and an overall better atmosphere than the Metro West one. It is situated in a strip mall on the same area as a large and very nice Publix, you cant really miss it from the road if you were looking for it.


    It is a busy little place, and is filled with emergency service workers.....and some hospital folks too. Always good to see them as it`s usually a sign of very good food.








    It does regular and make your own pizza and they are beautiful......thin and crispy base that doesn't just crunch...…which is how we like it.....

    We`ve only had one appetiser, which was the boneless wings, but they were decent....and nice and spicy!!!!








    My go to pizza is a bbq base, with chicken, pineapple and jalapenos......can`t get a better choice for me...I have this one at home too where available....although I sometimes end up making my own….Tom is quite traditional and likes the regular tomato base and it`s usually a meat feast for him.....



















    They do some fabulous salads and sandwiches too. Tom has enjoyed the mozzarella roll and the chicken parmesan sub below......and I have to say the fries are quite nice too!!!!










    BETH`S BURGERS


    In the same area is the very wonderful Beth`s Burger Bar...….








    Proof once again that one girl can beat Five Guys is her tagline...….I have to admit that patty style burgers aren't my burger of choice...probably one of the reasons I didn't like Steak and Shake.....but these are very nice and they have load of topping choices to opt from......you really are spoilt for choice in here...….









    Everything is cooked to order, you order at the counter and they bring it over to you......it`s always full of locals and very popular. And somewhere we have never gone on an evening, but I think it`ll be very busy.








    The buns are those sweet ones we love......O`Charleys used to have them too and it`s one of the few places I actually eat the bun. Sorry you can`t really see the patties here, too much lettuce. But, very tasty......








    We can thoroughly recommend this place for a cheap and very tasty lunch or dinner.....their menu is nice and they do have a full bar too.





    HOT N JUICY CRAWFISH



    This was a real find for us last few years...….we had seen it and never thought to try it. But, we are so glad we did.





















    If you don't like ripping the heads and tails off of shrimp and any other seafood, this place isn't for you....but we love it.

    Food comes steamed in a bag.....yep, a clear plastic bag......no plates in here.....

    You choose your seafood and then the flavour and spice level you`d like......Tom has medium and I always get hot......they are perfect for both of us.....


    This one is 1lb of shrimp and Tom had the snow crab on this visit.....he has tried the crawfish but now sticks to the shrimp too. It`s hard to beat....they are plump and tasty beyond belief.








    Everything you don't eat gets chucked in the bucket on the table......they also have a large roll of paper to wipe your hands and also plastic gloves if you want them...….you really do look good with your plastic bib and ripping a shrimp to pieces...…..glad we don't take pictures of that!!!!









    We did order a side of the Cajun fries which were spicier than we thought.....but very fresh and as fries should be.










     

    schumigirl

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    I went to the Cheesecake Factory in Jacksonville in June. We ordered cheesecake and fried chicken sliders. The fried Chicken slider were appetizers but they were huge and delicious. Cheesecake was good too.:)
    Oh I`ve seen the sliders......I think Kyle may have got them many years ago....yes, huge......

    I`d love to be able to eat a full slice of cheesecake from there. It is so delicious.... :thumbsup2
     

    Pumpkin1172

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    this is me reading your trip report and seeing all your foodie pictures!!!!! I'm sooo hungry right now as I was running errands over my lunch and didn't have time to pick something up. My snack stash is empty except for one lonely granola bar that I will be scarfing down right away!!!!
     
  • keishashadow

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    I love food pictures, I’m weird too! :lmao:

    I really enjoy all your dining reviews, you have tried many places over the years and I would love to try some of these, especially the ones around the beach towns! Some day I will be living down there so I will be able to try these and thanks to you, I will feel like I have been!!
    Ummm starting to think those who throw shade on food pics are the real weirdos

    The written word is helpful in a review but a picture trumps all

    Carole & Tom surely aren’t fixed in any theme park bubble. Going to surmise she has encouraged more than a few others, via these TRs, to also spread their wings. A very good thing indeed!
     

    DisneyLifePapioNe

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    38 days to go for us!!!!!!!!!

    We have a relaxing stay planned for UO and that’s just the first part of our trip, we our spending a fair amount of time at Disney as well!!!!!

    We are making the drive down on this trip, we have some other adventures planned also, we will have 3 weeks off and much needed time off as busy as we have been.....

    I’m still here as always absorbing your excitement as well and reading and seeing another of your wonderful reports!!!

    :wave2:!!!


    Oh! Uhhh is it weird looking at your food pics or weird that I get hungry looking at them..!?!!?!

    :rotfl2:
     

    schumigirl

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    this is me reading your trip report and seeing all your foodie pictures!!!!! I'm sooo hungry right now as I was running errands over my lunch and didn't have time to pick something up. My snack stash is empty except for one lonely granola bar that I will be scarfing down right away!!!!
    lol......a granola bar is not and should never be considered a snack!!!!! Although in an emergency…...well.....anything works...….::yes::
     

    schumigirl

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    Ummm starting to think those who throw shade on food pics are the real weirdos

    The written word is helpful in a review but a picture trumps all

    Carole & Tom surely aren’t fixed in any theme park bubble. Going to surmise she has encouraged more than a few others, via these TRs, to also spread their wings. A very good thing indeed!
    Yes, I agree......who doesn't like a food pic..... :thumbsup2

    Thank you....yes, we love going all over and not staying within one area for food......we`ve had so many lovely meals outside the bubble for sure.....
     

    schumigirl

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    Yay for 3 weeks until you two head over!!
    We are positively ready to go right now!!!! Especially since it`s already starting to cool down here……..trees are starting to change into autumnal colours….so yes, that Florida weather is extra appealing right now!!!
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    38 days to go for us!!!!!!!!!

    We have a relaxing stay planned for UO and that’s just the first part of our trip, we our spending a fair amount of time at Disney as well!!!!!

    We are making the drive down on this trip, we have some other adventures planned also, we will have 3 weeks off and much needed time off as busy as we have been.....

    I’m still here as always absorbing your excitement as well and reading and seeing another of your wonderful reports!!!

    :wave2:!!!


    Oh! Uhhh is it weird looking at your food pics or weird that I get hungry looking at them..!?!!?!

    :rotfl2:
    lol.....I always get hungry whenever I look at them...….so definitely not weird.....I think most folks are the same...….

    38 days will fly past!!! It seems long at times, then all of a sudden it`s here...….and you`re leaving…….3 weeks will be lovely.....and Thank you......I`m so glad you are enjoying reading along, always glad to see you comment :wave2:
     

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