Che Fartsmith's Is the (Starts with B) Trash! No, BEST! 2 weeks of Disney Dining! Update: 01/19

fallonkendra

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*Prepare yourself for the most exciting food review to ever grace the Disboards... :rotfl::rotfl2:

Flame Tree BBQ - January 2, 2018

We were feeling a little hungry, and decided we wanted a snack around 11:30am, so we headed over to Flame Tree BBQ. We didn’t want anything big, so we ordered some fries to split.


It was also really cold out, so Luke ordered a coffee and I got a hot chocolate.

Our fries tasted like fries, and our drinks were warm. It was everything we’d hoped for.

Cost: $7.57 after using my Tables in Wonderland card ($1.77 saved)
Tables in Wonderland Original Cost: $150
Break Even Point Before this Meal: $119.80
Savings this Meal: $1.77
Total until Breaking Even: $118.03

Predicted food budget: $2631.67
Estimated Cost of this meal: $0 (not planned)
Actual Cost: $7.57
Over/Under: Over by $7.57
Remaining: $2135.81
 

fallonkendra

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Nomad Lounge - Snacks - January 2, 2018

It was really cold, and really packed on this day, so we decided to take a break at Nomad Lounge. Of course, there were no tables inside, but we found a 2-top table outside against the railing. Luckily, the railing is quite high, so it provided some relief from the cold wind and it wasn’t too terrible sitting outside.


The drink menus are really nice here, designed to look like a travel journal. It has a really interesting drink menu, with lots of options you can’t find anywhere else. I actually took pictures of each page, so enjoy a million pictures of it:















Luke wanted alcohol, so he ordered the Snow Leopard Salvation: snow leopard vodka, belle de brillet pear liqueur, mint and lime juice topped with ginger beer $12.50


We both liked this, even though it was strong. Luke likes ginger beer more than I do, but I’d probably say vodka is my alcohol of choice.

I wanted something non-alcoholic, so I went for the Hibiscus Henna– watermelon, hibiscus and lime juice $5.75


This was really good! Not too sweet, filled with flavour and was a really fun, bright pink colour. Even Luke, who hates watermelon, gave this drink a thumbs-up.

We wanted to share something from their Small Plate Menu, so we ordered the House-Smoked Kobe-Style Brisket Poutine – steak fries, house-made mozzarella, pan sauce $12


This is a small serving (hence the name, ‘small-plates’), but was very good! I’m not typically one who likes steak fries, I prefer my fries shoestring style, but these were cooked well and were not soggy like some larger-cut fries tend to be. The smoked brisket was really tasty, as was the mozzarella. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the “pan sauce”, but it complimented everything very well! We did dump it over everything, they just bring it out separately so nothing gets soggy (and I forgot to take a picture once we had dumped the sauce on). Being Canadian, I like to think I know what a good poutine is – this is definitely not a traditional poutine, but it is something I wouldn’t hesitate to order again!

While we were sitting there nursing the rest of our drinks, I saw a server walk by with the churros from the dessert menu, and I decided that I needed them in my life – so we ordered Churros – served with vanilla crema and chili-strawberry $9







This came in the cutest little serving dish! It was basically the equivalent of two and a half churros purchased from elsewhere in the parks (which are typically $5/each) – so this was actually a good deal! They were warm, which is a must for a good churro in my books, and covered in a very generous layer of cinnamon. The sauces were very good as well – which surprised me since I normally think churros are delicious enough on their own. The chili-strawberry was the consistency of a runny strawberry jam, but then it did have a spicy chili kick at the end. The vanilla crema was a runny vanilla sauce, and definitely my favourite of the two options.

Total cost for our bill was $40.52 after using my Tables in Wonderland card, or $33.45 excluding the auto-gratuity.​

Tables in Wonderland original cost: $150
Break Even Point Before this meal: $118.03
Savings this Meal: $7.85
Total Until Breaking Even: $110.18

Predicted food budget: $2631.67 (does not include tip)
Estimated Cost of this meal: $115.55 (original plan was Tiffins)
Actual Cost: $7.57 (Flame Tree) + $33.45 (Nomad Lounge) = $41.02
Over/Under: Under by $74.53
Remaining: $2102.43
 

evre13

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You make Nomad’s Lounge look so tasty! We only have one day at Animal Kingdom on my April trip (there for the Star Wars races and to see Flower and Garden), but now I’m sad we don’t have time for Nomad’s. We do have dinner at Tiffin’s, which may help with that craving.

Can’t wait to read more.
 
  • fallonkendra

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    Hey everyone - remember this report that I completely abandoned?! It's only been well over a year and a half - but I am still determined to finish it! Let's keep this party going -

    Saana - Supper - January 2, 2019

    Possibly my favourite meal from our 2017 trip was at Saana, so it was a no-brainer for us to return there. We did the same thing we did on the previous trip, and made a late reservation for after the park closed. (Technically I think Animal Kingdom was open until 9pm that night, but we left after the early show of Rivers of Light and headed over to AKL for our 8pm reservation).



    We arrived a little early to check in, around 7:40, but they were running behind and we were handed a pager. We found a bench to sit on, and then we waited. It was pretty much 8pm on the nose before we were called and led to a two-top table by a window. It would have been a fantastic spot to animal watch if it wasn’t already dark out…









    First up were drinks. I kept it simple with a Coke, but Luke ordered a Kande Coconut Cooler – a refreshing combination of Starr African rum, coconut, vanilla ice cream and orange juice, $10.





    We knew exactly what we wanted to eat, and wasted no time ordering their Indian Style Bread Service – Traditional Naan, Garlic Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kulcha and Paneer Paratha with Red Chile Sambal, Cucumber Raita, Coriander Chutney, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Garlic Pickle, Spicy Jalapeno-lime pickle, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Tamarind Chutney, $16. There is one type of bread I don’t care for, but I can never remember which one it is so we just order them all (Luke likes all of them). I do wish they offered a coconut naan though, that’s my absolute favourite whenever I go to an Indian restaurant.





    This was just as delicious as we remembered, and we really enjoyed taking our time trying out each bread with each dip – I even tried the super spicy ones. The hummus was much better than I remembered it being, but my favourite was probably the Tamarind Chutney – which isn’t a huge surprise, I eat that all the time with Vegetable Pakoras. Luke loves spicy, and his favourite was the Garlic Pickle.

    For our main meal, we decided to share the Potje Inspired. I don’t see it on the menu, but they allowed us to choose 3 items (2 meat, 1 veg) for an additional cost – I don’t know if this has been discontinued or if you just need to ask for it. We were charged $37 for this. We actually ordered the exact same three items as we had the year before, the butter chicken, the chickpea wat and the braised beef. I somehow forgot to take pictures of any of it, we were hungry and started digging in as soon as it was brought to our table haha. So, here is a picture of what it looked like in 2017 when we ate there…



    I love chickpeas but I typically eat them as Chana Masala (an Indian dish, Chickpea Wat is an Ethiopian dish) - but I love this dish! It's full of flavour without being overly spicy. The butter chicken is ok, I’ve had better (we live in a neighbourhood that is predominantly Indian, so there are some amazing restaurants around us with incredible butter chicken, vindaloo, tikka masala, etc). The braised beef is tender and delicious.

    This was another great meal at Saana, and it is one I’d have a difficult time skipping. Maybe on one trip we’ll book an earlier supper so we can see the animals!​

    Tables in Wonderland original cost: $150
    Break Even Point Before this meal:
    $110.18
    Savings this Meal:
    $12.60
    Total Until Breaking Even: $97.58

    Predicted food budget: $2631.67 (does not include tip)
    Estimated Cost of this meal: $98.52
    Actual Cost: $53.68
    Over/Under: Under by $44.84
    Remaining: $2048.75
     

    toomuchtv

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    I always think I want to go to have the bread service, but my husband and I neither one do spicy well, so I'm afraid the majority of the dips would be lost on us. Maybe someday...
     
  • amalone1013

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    Hi! That's okay, mine was also abandoned midway. Darn life getting in the way :) I want to get back to Sanaa, we had the same as you but didn't share and we should have when we last went. I feel like all we have around us are chain restaurants mostly which makes me sad :(
     

    fallonkendra

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    The bread service at Sanaa is amazing!!!!
    Agreed! Those dips are sooo good!

    I always think I want to go to have the bread service, but my husband and I neither one do spicy well, so I'm afraid the majority of the dips would be lost on us. Maybe someday...
    There's three or four dips that are extremely mild! So you could always just eat those ones?

    Have a lunch booked in a few weeks and I may only have the bread service!
    I know you posted this message months ago - so how was your meal at Saana a few months ago?!

    Hi! That's okay, mine was also abandoned midway. Darn life getting in the way :) I want to get back to Sanaa, we had the same as you but didn't share and we should have when we last went. I feel like all we have around us are chain restaurants mostly which makes me sad :(
    It's so much food! That bread service alone is more than enough to fill me up at a meal!
     

    fallonkendra

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    Trail's End - Breakfast - January 3, 2018

    This place was on Luke’s list, so we found room to fit in a trip to their breakfast buffet (while also having a bit of a sleep-in day). We called an Uber to take us from Old Key West over to Fort Wilderness – and upon entering Fort Wilderness the Uber driver managed to get incredibly lost. After driving around the campground for about ten minutes, we found ourselves back at the main entrance – so we just hopped out and caught an internal bus to take us back to the Pioneer Hall area where the restaurant is located. It would have been much faster if we had just hopped out and done that as soon as we arrived – live and learn I guess.

    We made it there for our 9:45am reservation and checked in. We only had to wait a few minutes before we were called and led to our table. Breakfast is a buffet, so after giving our waitress our drink orders (coffee for Luke, a Coke for me because #vacation), we headed up for our first tour of the buffet.

    I wasn’t very hungry, so my plate looked a little boring – a warm pecan cinnamon roll that was covered in a buttery-syrupy-type sauce, tater tots, breakfast hash(hash browns and beef I think), biscuit and sausage gravy, grapes, strawberries and watermelon, a single random piece of deli meat I guess? and a mini corn muffin.



    I was also clearly really lazy this morning, and didn’t take a single picture of the buffet or even the restaurant itself…

    My food was fine. It was mainly standard breakfast fare on the buffet – which is definitely not my thing. I don’t really like eggs, or bacon, and I’d be happy with something small like a cookie to hold me over until lunch. But, Luke loves breakfast, and since I loved him enough to marry him, I suffer through breakfast just for him.

    Luke’s first plate – deli meat, sausage, cheesy eggs, pulled pork, tater tots, bacon, smoked salmon and a hard boiled egg.



    Luke also hit up the “Create-your-own yogurt parfait”, and got a bowl of plain yogurt and topped it with chocolate chips, craisins, coconut and walnuts.



    Luke was very impressed by the size of the selection on the buffet here, and he really liked his food.

    I did go back up for a second plate – more tater tots and breakfast potatoes, a biscuit with gravy and another amazing corn muffin (if you’ve ever been to Hoop dee doo, this is the same cornbread!), and I also grabbed some more fruit. Very boring, but as you can see I like bread products and potatoes haha.



    Luke also went up to have a second plate, but I didn’t actually take a picture of it – I was really failing at blogging on this day….

    This place is actually one of the best values on property – at this point, it was only $22 per person for breakfast. I’m sure we will make the trip back over there again at some point on a future trip – maybe to try out their supper buffet…
    Tables in Wonderland original cost: $150
    Break Even Point Before this meal: $97.58
    Savings this Meal: $8.80
    Total Until Breaking Even: $88.78

    Predicted food budget: $2631.67 (does not include tip)
    Estimated Cost of this meal: $42.60
    Actual Cost: $37.49
    Over/Under: Under by $5.11
    Remaining: $2011.46


     
  • kastoney

    Disney foodie served with a side of sarcasm
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    Jul 18, 2010
    Hey there pregnant lady! Great to see you back here.

    I'm so in the no breakfast camp with you. Jason loves it so I usually given in and we have 1-2 breakfasts each trip but they are normally a waste on me. We've done trails end once though and it was good. So glad to see Luke was happy. The things we do for our men!
     

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