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Whhoooohoooo! The WiFi works like a charm.
Won't stay on long, Herself and The Boy are rolling their eyes at me! :eek:
Will try to drop in and update... take care! :wave:
28-10-2011, 07:47 PM
Here are some photos Tink asked me to post :)965196529653
28-10-2011, 07:50 PM
28-10-2011, 08:10 PM
So pretty!! Just looking at the pictures made me all relaxed..
..and now I'm sad. Maybe we should go when the baby turns 1.. :lol:
Lovely photos!! Enjoy!! :)
Thank you Keith! They turned out nicer than I could tell... hard to get a feel for perspective on a cell camera.
We browsed around the resort. Herself is trying to convince me to have an Adirondack Stone Massage... not sure I want to spend the money. :sorry:
We picked up a couple of DVDs in case we needed something to do in villa tonight.
We took the ferry over to DTD. It goes from SSR to PI. Walked to the Marketplace. Bought some bath stuff at Basin, had the free chocolate (well they did) from Ghirardelli (milk chocolate with pumpkin caramel filling today) and then poked around in a couple of shops. It's been raining lightly since we "landed" at PI so we've had the umbrellas up.
Not real sure what we're going to do for dinner as we've scratched the idea of EPCOT tonight. Maybe the Turf Room?
Heard from our friend Mike who is a CM over at BLT. He said the place is crawling with cops and told us to walk in from MK if we wanted to see him. We'll probably forego trying to connect with him tonight.
Once the rain stops and we head off to something other than DTD I'll try to send Keith more photos.
Take care now!!!
28-10-2011, 11:02 PM
It's like being there with you :)
The photos are really good from your cell, what happened to your camera :unsure:
So what does he think of the resort so far :)
I wonder what sort of convention it is if there are lots of cops around :unsure:
29-10-2011, 02:52 AM
Looks great so far Tink. Wonder what is up with all the cops. Have a ball.
It's the Florida Democratic Convention. Joe Biden is there.
Seth likes the resort well enough but in his words, "It's not Old Key West." :lol:
We went to the Turf Room for dinner this evening. Due to the rain, we had a change in plans so decided to go there. I wanted a quiet table service place... it wasn't. Quiet that is.
The menu is very limited. Herself had chicken, the boy had a cheeseburger and his Da and I had a Surf and Turf burger (a hamburger with lobster on it).
Can't say as we were too thrilled. Herself's was served floating in broth, and the potatoes were not completely cooked. I sent my fries and the boy's cheeseburger back as they were both cold. By the time my fries were brought out, and the boy's new cheeseburger we were full. :sigh: The server tried, but she really just didn't seem to be trained too well. Friendly by all means, but she just simply couldn't get things together.
The place has terrible acoustics. There was a screaming (not crying, screaming) child who had a piercing voice. We could not wait until they left! :sorry:
So, dinner was ho hum, and we won't plan on returning, but we survived. The rain had let up by the time dinner was over, but we were all tired so we returned to the villa and watched Tangled. I think Herself and the boy enjoyed it quite a bit! :D
We're playing tomorrow by ear. Supposed to rain in the morning. :sigh: We're hoping to be in EPCOT though by noon and hoping too that the rain will stop.
Talk with you all later! :wave:
29-10-2011, 12:03 PM
I love live reports! :D
Hope the weather improves for you! :)
DH had the lobster burger at the Grand Floridian Cafe and said it was the best burger he has ever had!
Thanks Lisaw! We'll try Grand Floridian Cafe if we ever want another surf and turf buger. Like I said, it wasn't bad, just not very good. :shrug:
I'm not hearing any rain "out there" this morning yet, so hopefully this day won't have to be rearranged due to the weather. :D
Oh, and of course I forgot all about taking photos until we were done with dinner. :sorry:
Wendy, I didn't bring the camera as I've no way to download the photos... it's easier to email or text the photos from my camera so they can be posted here. :yes:
29-10-2011, 12:57 PM
Dinner certainly does not sound like the most magical of evenings...at least your server was pleasant, I s'pose. Glad the boy and herself enjoyed Tangled ;-) sending pixie dust for better weather today (and more photos!)
I neglected to mention that we were walk ins for dinner. :yes: We waited maybe ten minutes for a table? That was nice. :yes:
29-10-2011, 01:07 PM
Hey! There's a bit of good news, eh!?
Well, the boy and his Da are off to the MK... we're going to meander on over to EPCOT and meet up with them later.
Day is still grey, and rainy but forecast to clear by noonish. Good news is that it's cool and breezy. :yes:
Look for more photos later today. Thank you Keith for your help with this!!!
29-10-2011, 03:12 PM
Dinner doesn't sound very good last night :( Today will be much better though :) :hug2:
:doh: I forgot about getting the photos from the camera to the Mac :lol:
Hope you all have a good day at Epcot, and that the rain holds off :hug2:
29-10-2011, 05:32 PM
I'll make you a deal, you send me photos of your yummy food, I'll show you pictures of our SNOWSTORM!
29-10-2011, 10:57 PM
some more photos from Tink's visit :D
This is the bird houses in EPCOT. We thought it was pretty funny that WDW had the "apartments" numbered. Do you suppose the birds know their addresses? 966796669665966496689669967096719672
30-10-2011, 08:14 AM
Mmmm the pork slider looks yummy :)
I love how you have the plates arranged in a hidden Mickey ;-). Hope the weather held for you!
The second shot is of the Paddock Pool and Spa area at SSR. It's just one of the pool areas. :yes:
The beer is the first libation of the day, Purple Haze! :D
The three plates and wine are from Portugal, calamari salad with fennel, chicken linguica with peppers, onions and olives, and a lovely little custard tart. :D The wine was a fonseca. All were very nice! The calamari was tender and the vegetables with it were mandolin thin. The olive oil used on it was a bit heavy though. I'm a fan of Sicilian olive oil and far prefer that over Spanish. It didn't ruin the dish by any means. The sausage was spicy and the combination of spice with olive was yummy. The tart was warm and not too sweet, delicious.
The Festival signs were thrown in for atmosphere. :D The "barcode" download is FABULOUS by the way! It allows you to have a map of the booths, with menus, food descriptions and prices! If you have a device capable of using the barcode reader, DO IT! :yes:
The pork slider from Hawaii was wonderful. Flavorful, a touch of spicy (in the mayo) tender pork and a hint of fruit with the pineapple. Those are worth having again! :yes:
The last two shots are of the Paddock Pool and Spa snack bar. There is a nice selection of food and drink items there (making it more of a true counter service instead of just a snack bar).
30-10-2011, 09:11 AM
Hahaha!! Nicely done (with loads of discriptors!)
Now you've managed to make me hungry for sossidges at 5 am!! I'm not even out of the bed yet!!
Those little chicken linguicas were nice!!!
Also, we had dinner at Paradiso on PI. It was a pleasant surprise. I was exhausted and didn't really feel like I wanted to return to EPCOT (the original plan) so we headed to Raglan Road. It was busy with a 45 minute wait and the Boy was hungry (he'd been swimming all afternoon) so we tried Paradiso.
YUMMY! The service was very nice with a knowledgeable server who took true interest in our dining experience. The music was fun, with a live DJ and not stupid loud. I had a combination dinner that featured skirt steak, chorizo, and chicken flautas with black beans and rice, Herself had a burger with fries, and the Boy had "double dogs" (hot dog, with bite sized corn dogs and fries). He also had one of my flautas. All was hot, fresh and nicely prepared. We'll return.
The best part though? EXCELLENT margaritas (to vie with the Cava in Mexico :yes:) and they do tequila flights. We tried one (an organic tequila) for dessert. :D
An enjoyable evening overall.
We are leaving today, of course but plan on going back to EPCOT for lunch before we head home.
30-10-2011, 09:25 AM
Oooh!! Paradiso sounds promising! Can you explain a bit where it's located? It's not ringing a bell for some reason, but certainly sounds worth a visit!
So glad your day/dining went better yesterday than the day before! Cheers for another lovely day today before heading back!
It's on Pleasure Island (if you are headed to the West Side, it will be on your right). It's on the hill area. Can't honestly remember which shops used to be where it now is. It's before you get to the old Adventurer's Club. At the foot of the restaurant (there is outdoor seating) there is the dock to the ferry that takes you to and from SSR...
Oh and it's proper name is Paradiso 37.
30-10-2011, 09:44 AM
I will definitely be on the lookout for it!
30-10-2011, 10:18 AM
Thank you :hug2: for sharing.
The slider looks very nice - is the pork as tasty as Yellowdog though :) the chicken linguica looks delicious as well, hopefully they will still be there next year :D
Has my little man eaten anything sweet and delicious for me yet :whistle: :D
We've looked at Paradiso 37 before, but it has always been very busy, so we've ended up at Cookes of Dublin :lol: Maybe we will have to wait next time, Chris will have the the burger that's for sure :lol: he's very predictable :lol:
I think Paradiso is opposite where the Harley Davidson store was and there is a watch store opposite it, you can't miss is Becca.
Your boys didn't go with us Wendy! They were at MK, and when they met up with us in the afternoon (so his Da could go to work) we were all tired and came back to SSR. I relaxed and Herself took the Boy to the pool.
We'll head back today for lunch so he can have his escargot (those buttery bread things, as he calls them) and whatever else takes his fancy.
No, the pork couldn't hold a candle to Yellow Dog, but it was nice enough. They are quite popular, those sliders. We saw folks with two and three on their plates. :yes:
Today is gloriously sunny and isn't expected to get over 75 degrees. PERFECT for the park!
We're packing up now, and will be headed out shortly.
May send more photos, too!
The wind was blowing with good gusts so taking photos became more than a challenge...
We had some lovely bites today:
Argentina has a delicious steak with chimichurri sauce. The boy declared the boniato puree as good a mashed potatoes.
Brazil's black bean and pork (sausage) dish is nice. Has the feel of comfort food on a cold night.
We really enjoyed the sausage and pretzel bread at Germany. The sausage was tender and not in those snappy casings. The pretzel bread was tender with just enough salt sprinkled on top. :yes:
The kefta pocket sandwich at Morocco was yummy if a little heavy on the cumin (for me).
The Escargot were a real disappointment this time. :( They were dried out and the bread was as dark as it gets without being burnt black. Crunchy and all the lovely garlic butter sauce was absorbed into (and heated out of) the bread. :(
The lamb slider was nice. :yes: I'm not a fan of the cold tomato chutney, but the boy and Herself like it quite well. :yes:
We had more of the pork sliders from Hawaii. They are YUMMY!!!!!
Oh, and the empanada was quite nice too. The beef is nicely spiced with just a hint of cinnamon.
We never did taste any desserts! LOL.
We may stop back next weekend for a bite more here and there. :yes:
We were well pleased this year. Efforts have clearly been made to keep temperatures at pleasant levels (hot is hot, and cold is cold - NICE ) and to keep the lines moving. :yes:
We didn't try anything at Italy (we make that at home) Poland (same old, same old and we make that at home too) Ireland (nothing new, so we'll have some next time if we want) China (nothing new) Japan (we wanted to, just ran out of belly space :redface: ) USA (make it at home...) Norway (Scandinavia... we can get bags of Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam at IKEA :lol: ) Canada (can't get past the smell of the nasty fish :sorry: ) or Mexico.
30-10-2011, 08:56 PM
So pretty!! Just looking at the pictures made me all relaxed..
..and now I'm sad. Maybe we should go when the baby turns 1.. :lol:
I think you should go whenever you can, who care if the baby doesn't remember, you will!!!!
30-10-2011, 09:05 PM
Loved the mini trip report and pictures! I hope you do the same at Christmas, it's been my dream to see it all decorated!!! Glad you all had fun!
I'll do my best, Sister Tinkfan! That might make a nice thread, eh? WDW decorations? :yes:
30-10-2011, 11:09 PM
Canada (can't get past the smell of the nasty fish :sorry: ) or Mexico.
We didn't pay much attention to the Festival, honestly. Maybe when the kids are older and Dh and I can take some time for ourselves to enjoy, but boy howdy did we notice the stink coming from Canada!! I totally know what you are talking about :unsure:
Isn't it awful?! I cannot believe anyone eats from that booth. It's salmon, but jaysus it smells like dead carp. :sick:
They used to have really nice things at Canada's booth; pork torteire, and maple fudge... now that icky fish and sour tasting cheese soup. Bluck.
Seth enjoyed his time there today. We had picked up a FWF passport yesterday so that was his "job" today, to get it stamped where we stopped. Gave him something to do. Also, we shared everything (but the beer and wine of course!) with him and asked him about the tastes. He's developing the ability to identify basic tastes so this plays into that whole, "I want to be a chef" thing...
Most kids there looked bored out of their minds though, to be honest. :sorry:
31-10-2011, 03:50 PM
Thanks Tink for the mini trippie....wow..I just finished my lunch at work and man, I am hungry again! :tongue:
That pork thing sounds fantastic~!
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