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Spoodles 12/5

We checked in early for our ADR at Spoodles and were given a beeper. After about 15 minutes we were seated.

DH ordered a pitcher of Sangria for us:

This was really good! Spanish red wine, brandy & triple sec with fruit juice & slices of fruit. FYI, the Allears menu lists the pitcher as $18.75 as of Sep 08, the price 3 months later has jumped substantially to $25.00!!!

For our appetizer we had a goat cheese with marinara served with foccacia toast. We were so hungry, we dove in and had almost finished it before we remembered to take a picture.  So apologies for the half eaten food pic

This was really really good! The cheese was so creamy, and the marinara was wonderful and both on the foccacia toast was a delicious combination.

Our server; Bobby from Hell (Hell Michigan that is) brought out a basket of bread with an olive tapenade dipping oil:

I liked this because it had a really nice combination of olives, not just green olives (which are not my favorite).

For our entrees, DD & I both had the Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Linguine with preserved lemons, shaved garlic, Italian parsley & butter.

It’s amazing how we can have the same dish, at the same table, yet they came out different.  I probably should have switched plates with DD, because she loves pepper and mine had a whole lot of pepper. It was still good, but I could’ve done with less pepper.    The description said it was with preserved lemons, but there weren’t any in my dish.   All in all, this was very good and DD devoured hers. I’m probably just nitpicking because it was the end of the trip and we’d had so many good meals.

DS got the kids cheese pizza (he’s 11, what can I say-he likes pizza)

He liked the pizza and really liked the plate.  If anyone knows where I can get those Mickey shaped plates, let me know please!

DH ordered the Wood Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Gnocchi, Spinach, Mushrooms, Onions, and Red Wine Sauce:

He really enjoyed this and loved the Gnocchi. The pork was very tender and had a nice smoky/wood flavor.

We were all full and since we were heading back to Epcot for Extra Magic Hours we decided to skip dessert for now.

Spoodles used to be our 1st night tradition but they changed the menu and we had a so-so experience last time, so we hadn’t been there in a couple of years. This was a really good dinner and I’m really glad we decided to try it again.

3 adult entrees
1 kid meal
1 appetizer
2 lemonades
1 pitcher Sangria
Total after DDE/TiW discount with Tax & Tip: $104.88

“Jiko is yummy” and “Jiko is gooooood” were 2 of the comments this morning

After letting DH nap for a couple of hours, he was ready for our 9pm Advanced Dining Reservation at Jiko. We drove over to Animal Kingdom Lodge and checked in a few minutes early.   We waited over by the bar, looking at the drink menu and were a little disappointed.   They only have 3 “specialty” cocktails listed and they weren’t that special: there was an appletini, cosmo & margarita with African names.   Our table was ready so we skipped the before dinner cocktails.

We were seated across from The Cooking Place which was neat to watch. We started with an appy to share, the Taste of Africa: Trio of Dips with Assorted Breads and House-made Naan

The green one was lentils, spinach & cilantro. It was pretty good, with a clean taste. The cilantro really came through. The red one was kind of spicy, and I’m not sure what was in that one. DH liked it, I kept trying it not sure if I liked it or not.  The purpleish one was hummus with kalamata olives. This was really good and my favorite! 

Ordering our entrees was the hard part.  With all the wonderful reviews of the filet, we all wanted that  but we all wanted to try other things too. DH, DD & DS all got the Oak Fired Filet Mignon with Mac & Cheese.  DS got his with the wine sauce on the side (he says “thanks MickeyNicki” for letting him know that he could do that)

Filet with wine sauce on the side

Filet with Mac & Cheese

They all raved about this dish! DH said he could have cut it with a fork and that the wine sauce was to die for. DD wanted to lick it off the plate, lol.  DS loved it as well and inhaled the mac & cheese.  It wasn’t a cheddar, but a variety of white cheeses so I really didn’t think he would end up liking it but I was glad to be wrong.

To change things up a little, I ordered the Kenyan Coffee BBQ Braised Beef Short Rib:

Wow, this was really good! I was given a steak knife, but I’m not sure why.  I was able to pull the meat off with a fork and the rest just fell off the bone. It was a huge serving, and I’ll be having the rest of it for lunch today. 

When our meals were served we were also given a basket of breads with tandoori butter:

There were 2 types of bread in there: a cinnamon honey bread that was very good and a 2nd one that I didn’t try.  I was trying to save room for dessert. I’ll try it with my lunch today because when our server boxed up my leftovers, he asked if I would like bread with it and boxed up a fresh order of it.

Onto my favorite part of any meal; Dessert!
DH had the Pistachio Creme Brulee with chocolate layered bottom:

This was very good and very rich. Good pistachio taste and the chocolate on the bottom was yummy.

DD & I both had to have the Tanzanian Chocolate Cheesecake with chocolate ganache, amarula sauce, and lavender ice cream:

First, presentation was beautiful! 2nd, it tasted even better than it looked.  Yummy Yummy Yummy! Rich Rich Rich! The cheesecake was fantastic, the lavendar ice cream was really good. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was good.  It tasted like a really good vanilla ice cream with lavendar.  The lavendar tastes just like it smells for lack of a better description. I don’t think I’d want a whole bowl of it, but a little bit on the side was really good.

DS ordered the servers recommendation which isn’t even on the menu. He got the Smores & More:

To make it even cooler, this is a “make your own” dessert. On the plate were graham crackers, a bowl of chocolate ganache, a bowl of fresh (real) peanut butter and of course a bowl of toasted melted marshmallows.  DS was thrilled with this dessert! I got a little bite and it was really good!

DH & I ordered a press pot of coffee to go with our desserts:

We were told that this is Jiko’s very own blend of coffee and it was delicious!

When our server brought out our check, he also brought these little biscotti out:

We were too full to eat them, but I did try one (just doing my job as a good reviewer ) These were good, a little lemony & I believe it was dried blueberries. If I wasn’t so full, these would have been great to finish the meal off with.

1 appetizer, 4 adult entrees, 2 sodas, 4 desserts & 1 press pot coffee. Total after DDE/TiW discount with tax & tip: $209.89

Well worth the money, an excellent dinner & dining experience!

Dinner at Olivia’s at Old Key West

The kids went on Kali River Rapids twice, first time they came thru pretty good.   The 2nd time, not so much.  They were pretty soaked, so as the sun went down they got colder and of course DH still wasn’t feeling well.  We decided to skip going to Flame Tree since all the seating is outdoors and go back to the villa to change.   We had hoped to try Olivia’s at some point and this seemed like a good time.

We walked in around 7:15pm (without an Advanced Dining Reservation) and were seated right away. It was probably 15-20 minutes before anyone came by our table.   The restaurant was busy, but not packed and there were quite a few servers working so I’m really not sure why the service was so slow.

We ordered our drinks and shortly after those came out our waitress Cari brought out Pina Colada bread:

Oooh, this was yummy! Pineapple & coconut inside and it smelled like a pina colada

Since he was sick, DH wanted soup and chose the Conch chowder.

Our waitress told him when he ordered that it was Manhattan style and that was fine with him. He loved this soup!   Full of chunks of conch & potatoes & veggies. Very flavorful & very good. He’s still raving about it this morning. 

DD went with the specials of the day. Loaded potato soup & the Members Meatloaf special with mashed potatoes, green beans & carrots.

I’m guessing the soup was pretty good, because it disappeared really fast.  The meatloaf was good, but she wasn’t happy with the cabernet mushrooms that were on it.   She really liked the mashed potatoes & veggies. She only ate about half her meal but it was a very large serving and the soup had filled her up pretty well too.

DS went with the kids cheeseburger meal:

He was happy it came on a Mickey plate.  I noticed that it was a whole wheat bun, but he didn’t seem to notice. He ate most of it, so it must have been pretty good and the french fries were really good. Hot and crispy outside and soft inside, perfectly salted. Yum! I’m glad he “made” me try one/

I figured we were in the Keys, so I went with the Carribean Barbeque Grouper, pan-seared with mango glaze, chimichurri, mashed sweet potatoes.

This was really good and looked pretty too.  Cari said it was marinated in the chimichurri sauce over night and then pan seared. I don’t know if it was from the sauce or when they cooked it, but I thought it almost had a salt crust that was really really good! I behaved myself and didn’t lick the plate clean, but there wasn’t anything left on it when I was done. 

Did I mention the bread was really good? It was so good that we asked for more and a second loaf of bread was brought out quickly! 

DH thought the soup was so good, that he got a 2nd bowl and enjoyed that as much as the first one!

We ordered 3 desserts “to go”.   DH got the Key Lime tart, I got the chocolate cake with raspberry sauce & DS got the cheesecake with berries.   DD still had her chocolate whiskey cake from LeCellier in the fridge.   I’ll post pics & reviews of dessert after everyone eats them.

Overall, this was a really good meal.   It’s not gourmet, has a very laid back Key West vibe (maybe that’s why the service was slow?)   I can definitely see us coming back here.

Total for 3 entrees, 3 soups (DHx2 & DD), 3 drinks (2 coffee, 1 soda, 1 water), 3 desserts after DDE/TiW discount plus tax & tip was $86.05.

After a slow morning around the villa we headed to Animal Kingdom with the hopes of staying for Evening Extra Magic Hours.

DH was feeling better with motrin & sudafed for awhile but when it started to wear off he wanted hot green tea.   Since the kids were on Kali River Rapids, we went to the Royal Anandapur Tea Company.   If you like tea or chai, hot or cold this is the place to go.   DH picked a special of the day, a Chinese green tea with peppermint.   They took a big scoop of the loose tea leaves and made a disposable tea bag that hangs inside the cup.   It was pretty neat the way they did that and it allows the tea to continue steeping. He was very happy with his tea, it warmed him up and made him feel better (for awhile anyways).

Since DH wasn’t hungry but the kids & I were, we decided to go to Pizzafari for lunch. DD & DS both had the cheese pizza:

DS said it was pretty good and ate the whole thing (but says Planet Hollywoods was better) DD said it was better than Pizza Planet (which she despises) but not by much.

I decided to try the Hot Italian Style sandwich: Turkey, ham, Swiss and Provolone Cheese topped with Caesar salad and pesto marinated tomatoes.

This was a good sandwich.  It had the hot & cold thing going for it. Bread was toasted and warm, the ham & turkey were hot with the cheese melted on it then it was topped with the cold ceasar salad & tomatoes. It came with the option of carrot sticks or potato chips. I did ask the Cast Member how many people choose the carrots and she said “not many at all” 

All in all, it was a good lunch and they accept the DDE/TiW

Planet Hollywood

After a day of mostly lounging around the villa and pool time for crazy DS (it was 59 degrees ) we headed over to DTD.   First stop at the Happy Holidays set up at Marketplace:

Then a stop in the Christmas Shop so I could get a 2008 ornament.   I get a new ornament every time we come in December.   We walked slowly thru the Marketplace and a very sad/empty/depressing PI.    The only thing of interest was the drink stands (there are several).   Grey Goose Slushy was available and the other drink that caught my eye was the SoCo Hurricane. I love Hurricanes & I love Southern Comfort, so I’m thinking I’ll have to go back and try one. 

We walked up to Planet Hollywood without an Advanced Dining Reservation and were told to walk right in.   Had the required picture taken and then we were seated within minutes.   Our waitress for the evening was Amber, she was nice but not the brightest bulb if ya know what I mean.   I know Planet Hollywood gets a bad rap,   but we’ve eaten here several times now without a bad experience.    Experience is what told us to skip the appetizers so we would have room for dinner & dessert.

DH had his favorite, the LA Lasagna.   From allears: A California twist to a classic lasagna! Fresh pasta tubes filled with ricotta cheese and bolognese meat sauce fried to a golden brown and covered with garlic cream sauce and tomato basil sauce.
I can’t imagine anyone in LA eating this;  sounds like more of a Southern food.   We like our food rich & fried 

DH did share a little with me and it was really good! Crisp/crunchy outside and really rich inside. I like heavy rich foods, but I don’t think I could eat a whole order of it. DH really enjoyed it. 

After asking Amber’s opinion on a few choices, I went with the Crab Cakes, served with mashed potatoes & fresh vegetables.

The crab cakes were smaller than I expected, but they were full of crab meat with very little filler and the outside had a nice breading that was very crunchy.
Not half eaten, cut open to show all the crab meat.

Mashed potatoes were good, veggies were good. Broccoli was just right and the zuchini & squash were very good. I shared with DH and he was thrilled that they weren’t over seasoned, that you could actually taste the squash & zuchini. Crisp, not squishy, perfectly cooked.

DS is an 11 year old boy who really likes his pizza. He orders it at Planet Hollywood everytime and loves it.

Very cheesey and quite large.   He was a happy boy! 

DD wasn’t very hungry so she ordered the potato skin appy.

Not much to say about these, they were potato skins. They were good skins but nothing amazing.

We like dessert here, as a matter of fact DS had to ask our waitress before we ordered if his favorite dessert was still available.   I think we would have left if it wasn’t.

DS & DH shared the Banana Split Creme Brulee

It’s creme brulee on the bottom covered with a banana split!  They ate every last bite, so I’m pretty sure it was good! 

DD & I shared the Double Chocolate Brownie Sundae

Huge Ghiradelli chocolate brownie with chocolate icecream & vanilla icecream, chocolate sauce and more whipped cream than you can imagine topped with shaved chocolate & a cherry …. I love chocolate, I mean LOVE chocolate! So this is perfect for me!!!  DD & I finished this and enjoyed every single bite! 

Total for the meal after DDE/TiW discount was $88.52

It wasn’t a gourmet meal, but it really hit the spot and everyone was full & happy afterwards.

It was a bit chilly out after dinner, so we headed to the bus stop instead of stopping for a drink.   I’ll try to get back over there for that SoCo Hurricane later this week.

DD started started feeling blah again before bed and unfortunately I woke up with the upset tummy and DH woke up with the chills/fever/muscle aches.   I’m feeling better now, DH is getting there slowly and DD is hibernating in her room so who knows.   This is where I say Thank goodness for DVC!   I am so glad that we’re in a 2BR villa with lots of room to spread out (and 2 bathrooms )

Plan for today is to eventually head out to AK for the afternoon & evening EMH. I’m sure we’ll have Flame Tree BBQ at some point today and who knows what else.

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