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      The K's July '09 Food Trippie

      Virgin Atlantic VS75
      Artist Point ~ Dinner
      Bob Evans ~ Breakfast
      Paradiso 37 ~ Lunch
      Jiko ~ Dinner
      Sanaa ~ Lunch
      Coral Reef ~ Lunch
      Applebee's ~ Dinner
      Grand Floridian Cafe ~ Lunch
      Cracker Barrel ~ Lunch
      Logan's Roadhouse ~ Dinner
      California Grill ~ Dinner
      Red Lobster ~ Dinner
      Raglan Road ~ Lunch
      Kona Cafe ~ Dinner
      Contempo Cafe ~ Lunch
      Le Cellier ~ Dinner
      Sweet Tomatoes ~ Lunch
      Captain Cooks ~ Breakfast and Lunch
      Pepper Market ~ Lunch
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      Virgin Atlantic VS 75 ( lunch )

      First up was our delightful meal in PE on the plane.....not!

      All pretty horrible apart from the champagne and chocs IMO, but here are pics anyway. Al ordered the surprise as we flew on my birthday. :D

      VA champers




      VA choccies




      VA kids meal ~ some kind of pasta and meat (?) Cal declared it 'puke'.




      VA adult meal ~ Beef of some sort, could sole your shoes with it.



      The hot bread I chose was olive bread, I HATE olives!

      Also served were a sandwich (ham and tomato chutney or cheese and coleslaw ~ I skipped both) and a vanilla ice cream which was probably the best thing offered. Glad I took some snacks.
      Alec




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      Artist Point

      Our next taste of real food :D was my birthday dinner at Artist Point. We arrived 10 minutes early and asked for a window table. My wish was granted!



      Al was driving but I started with a Margarita. :beer2:


      We noticed people stood on the balcony and wondered what was going on and our server reminded us the shuttle was about to launch. We popped our heads out just in time and saw it leave. Though it was a distance away, at least we can say we've seen it now! :D


      The server brought us some bread to start:



      We both decided on the portobello mushroom soup for starter. I'd been dreaming of this for months, it's soooooo good!



      Lois chose the kids plain pasta:




      Cal also chose the kids pasta but with cheese sauce:




      Al decided on the Wild Boar ~ very tasty apparently!



      I had the Buffalo Tenderloin ~ it was okay but despite it being medium as I asked for it was a bit tough. Not bad though!




      Side of sweet potatoes



      and garlic fries



      With a glass of wine, 2 Shirley Temples (with refills) and 3 x O'Douls, the bill was $170 with tip. Service was excellent!

      A lovely start to our vacation! :D
      Alec




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      Bob Evans ( breakfast )

      We'd booked breakfast at Flying Fish for our first morning as we thought we'd be up at half past stupid. We overslept though (must have been the champers, wine and margarita! ) so after showering, we decided to jump in the car and head towards the 192 from our home at Treehouse Villas.

      We ended up at Bob Evans, a place we'd been to once before but enjoyed. Here's what we had!

      Paula ~ Fruit and banana bread ~ $2.99 Very yummy and just enough for me, i'm not a big breakfast fan. Swilled down with a few coffee's.



      Al had Ham and Cheddar omelette ~ $7.49 ~ verdict was very nice!



      Callie's 'kids sunny scrambles' ~ $2.49 ~ all disappeared so must have been ok!



      Lois had the 'Farmer's Choice' which was any 2 eggs with potatoes and either bacon, sausage or ham ~ $7.99



      and french toast



      The bill came to $35 with orange juice, milks, coffee and tip. We all enjoyed it.
      Alec




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      Paradiso 37 ( lunch )

      We hadn't booked to go to Paradiso 37, but were in the area so decided to call in for lunch.

      The restaurant is quite nice inside, but doesn't seem very big. I believe they have an outdoor area with views of the river to DTD but it was way too hot to think about sitting outside. Gimme that air con! :D









      Food was pretty good overall. Not wow, but nothing bad either.

      We shared the potato cakes ~ $5.99 they were a bit bland.




      Al had the Street Cart Chillidogs ~ $9.99




      Callie's kids cheeseburger ~ $6.95



      Lois chose pulled pork sliders ~ $12.99




      I had the Mahi Mahi sliders ~ $12.99



      With 4 drinks and tip the total was $63.00. We couldn't use our DDE card or AP here for discount.
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      Jiko

      Next up is Jiko!
      This is one of my faves. I've had one bad meal here in all our visits but i'm glad we tried it again as it's been spot on ever since. Everyone agreed everything was delicious.

      I started with a 'Mount Kilimanta' cocktail. Not a clue what was in it, but it was good! :drunk: ` $9.25



      Along came the yummy bread and curry butter



      I wanted to try something different, but just couldn't resist what I had last time.....the ostrich app ~ $13.00



      Al and Lois shared the chicken apple flatbread ~ $10.00



      For main course, Cal had the kids filet ~ $13.00



      Al had the pork fillet ~ $29.00



      Lois had the signature Filet Mignon with mac cheese ~ $39.00



      I had the short ribs....TDF! ~ $37.00



      I was absolutley ready to pop but the server brought me a complimentary birthday desert!



      Al chose the no sugar pear dessert ~ $8.00



      Chocolate 'fun-do' for Lois ~ $7.00



      and Ice cream for Cal which we don't have a pic of for some reason. Must have been just a plain one ~ $4.00

      I also ordered a glass of chardonnay. I let the server choose for me after telling him I didn't want anything too oaked. He chose well.......but when I checked the bill it was $16.00 a glass :eek: I want 2 bottles for that at home.

      A wonderful meal though in a wonderful setting. If you haven't been there yet, give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
      Alec




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      Sanaa ( Lunch )

      Here comes our review of the new kid on the block! We booked lunch at Sanaa and used our DDE card to valet for free. The lobby at Kidani Village is pretty small compared to Animal Kingdom Lodge resort at Walt Disney World, but very pretty.

      Sanaa is down the stairs and we were greeted by several CM's doing not very much. It was midweek though and I guess everyone else was hitting the parks.



      The restaurant is really well themed IMO, very colourful! We were lucky enough to be shown to a window table with a view of the savannah.













      Let's get to the food!

      Al had the samosas. They were a touch to spicy for me, but he enjoyed them! $7.99



      I chose the lamb kefta. It didn't look like I expected and I hate meatballs but these were delicious. The sauce was sweet and not too spicy. $8.99



      The kids menu was pretty good, a bit different to the usual and they chose tomato soup with cheese toast. Kids meals were $7.50 for 3 courses



      For my main course, I had the Angus Burger. This was sooooo good! It was sat on a naan bread with lots of crispy salad and raita dressing. $10.99




      Al had the choice of two slow cooked curries and chose beef rib and green thai shrimp ~ $18.99




      Cal had the kids chicken




      Lois had the kids burger



      kids ice cream sundae



      Kids choc cake



      We shared the sample desert, just cos we wanted to see what it looked like. $6.99



      It was a lovely relaxed lunch and we enjoyed everything. Service was good and we had a great view. We wandered out the back for a look at the animals up close before taking a peek at the pool and decided we'd definitely like to stay here some time.
      Alec




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      Coral Reef ( lunch )

      On to Coral Reef!

      We hadn't made an ADR, but got to Epcot not having had any breakfast and decided to ask where we could get a lunch ressie as we had no dinner plans. We had our pick of anywhere except Le Cellier (had an ADR (Advance Dining Reservations) for there later in the trip anyway) so we chose Coral Reef as we hadn't been for a while. We got a great table on the lower tier opposite the tanks.

      Kids lobster soup ~ $1.75




      Shrimp and Lobster Cake ~ $11.49



      Scallops ~ yum! $10.99




      Beef Short Rib ~ $24.99




      Mahi Mahi ~ also yum! ~ $20.99



      Kids chicken



      Kids pizza



      It was all nice and service was very good. We all love the theming in here. The bill was $90.00
      Alec




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      Applebee's ( lunch )

      Another offsite place we decided to try for the first time was Applebee's. We've passed it many times and wondered what kind of food they served so Al ran in and got a menu while we waited in the car. A quick glance and we all agreed we could find something we fancied so in we went. It was pretty busy but we were seated straight away close to the bar. The kids loved watching the cocktails being made!


      The server came and took our order for a few starters to share:

      Mozzarella Sticks ~ $6.79



      Onion rings ~ $5.29



      They were pretty good and more than enough for the 4 of us!

      3 of us chose sliders at $7.49

      I had the cheeseburger sliders




      Lois had the pulled pork sliders




      Al had southern chicken sliders ~ apologies for his starting before i'd took the pic!



      Cal had kids sliders at $4.99, same as mine but 2 sliders rather than 3.

      We all really enjoyed it and thought the prices were great, we'll definitely go back. With drinks and tip, the total was $50!
      Alec




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