Dinner at ‘Ohana

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It’s been several years since Matt and I visited ‘Ohana. Our last visit was in January 2011, a few months prior to the start of this blog, to celebrate Matt’s birthday. He got a craving for the dinner a few months ago, and managed to snag an early dinner reservation for the two of us. As you probably saw yesterday, we stopped in for some pre-dinner cocktails at the Tambu Lounge before we made our way in. Normally you are taken by a counter (behind the cast member to the left below) where the ‘Ohana Pineapple-Coconut Bread is being served. Since I was trying to cash out at Tambu, it started getting hectic at ‘Ohana’s entrance, so Cousin Debbie (the Cast Member serving us), took us to our table “the back way” past Tambu’s bar (and the Tiki butt).

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From our table (we requested a window seat at check-in, which was noted but not guaranteed), you can see the chef’s cooking the meat over the fire to the left and seating in the middle and to the right. I joked that we very slowly eat until the fireworks started.

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At the start of the meal, the skies were overcast. As our meal progressed, the storms started rolling in.

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I love the way Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain look against a dark sky.

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A look at the table settings:

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Matt realized partway through our meal that we were never served the ‘Ohana Pineapple-Coconut Bread, so we requested a loaf.

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The bread is good. It’s a little sweet from the pineapple, but I didn’t get much coconut flavor. We both would have enjoyed it more if it was served with butter, as it needs a little something more than just itself. I actually ended up dipping it into some of the Honey-Coriander sauce from the tray the wings were served on.

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Our first course was the Mixed Greens Salad with a Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Dressing. Matt’s favorite part of this was the fried wonton strips on top (they were good). The salad had shredded carrot, sliced red pepper, edamame, one huge mushroom, and some red onion. I enjoyed the salad, and they brought out more than enough for the two of us. We managed to eat most of the “good stuff” though.

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Drinks at Tambu Lounge

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Matt and I recently enjoyed an evening at the Polynesian Village Resort. We had an early dinner reservation at ‘Ohana, and parked the truck at around 3:55. We took a quick peek at Trader Sam’s, but at 4:02, they were at capacity and the wait would be 30-45 minutes. Since that really wouldn’t give us time to enjoy the atmosphere before our reservation, we made our way upstairs to our old friend, the Tambu Lounge.

Of course, we each had to start our evening with a classic Backscratcher. This drink features Bacardi Superior Rum, Myer’s Original Dark Rum, and Passion Fruit Juice topped with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a Bamboo Backscratcher. As per our usual, we asked them to “hold the actual backscratcher.” Despite the juice in this drink, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet when mixed will. Sometimes when we order this drink, it packs a good hit of alcohol, but this was seemed a little weaker then I’ve had in the past. Of course, when drinks are mixed by hand, this can happen. It was still delicious.

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Garden Grill to Serve Breakfast and Lunch Starting November 8

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Garden Grill, the restaurant overlooking the Living with the Land attraction in The Land Pavilion at Epcot, will start serving breakfast and lunch starting November 8, according to the Disney Parks Blog. Reservations can be made starting today, and dinner service will remain as well.

The Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Breakfast Harvest Feast will offer all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style, breakfast favorites including biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles, and their signature item, Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake.

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At lunch, favorites from the dinner menu will be served including “Living with the Land” Harvest-inspired Farmer’s Salad (which utilizes greens from the Living with the Land), char-grilled sliced filet of beef, roasted all-natural sliced turkey breast, freshly-harvested vegetables, and scrumptious side dishes.

Reservations can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or calling 407-WDW-DINE.

20th Anniversary Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

We’re just a little over a little under two months out from the start of the 20th Anniversary of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and the Disney Parks Blog has released some images of merchandise that we’ll be seeing this year.

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There are three “art programs” for the designs this year. The World Showcase program features icons from the 11 pavilions. The Disney character program will feature Mickey, as well as Chef Figment (he’ll also be available as a cute plush!). Finally is the  “Brews Around the World” program, which has been featured in previous years.

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Dinner at The Turf Club Bar and Grill

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Last week, Matt and I headed to The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Saratoga Springs for a mid-week dinner. His mom was in town for work, so we met up with her for the meal. Originally, I was not going to take photos as I didn’t want to be rude (if it was just Matt and me, I’d have just been rude ;) ). Therefore, I do not have photos of the rolls (which were “Disney standard,” butter pats sprinkled with pink Hawaiian salt, or menu. However, when the entrees came out, Matt suggested I take photos, so I obliged.

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For his dinner, Matt ordered the Prime Rib, which came with Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini, and Cherry-Peppercorn Sauce. Her requested the rarest piece available. I tried a bite and the piece I had was pretty good and tender, but he noted that much of the fat wasn’t very well-rendered, and that some of the thinner portions of the meat were dry. He also wish it was served with jus instead of the Cherry-Peppercorn Sauce, which he didn’t use. I tasted it and thought it was good in its own right. He enjoyed the Mashed Potatoes, and, naturally, didn’t touch the Broccolini, which ended up with my leftovers for lunch.

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Joffrey’s Sanaa Blend & Epcot Food & Wine Offerings

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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company is releasing for purchase their new Sanaa dark roast on August 10th. It’s currently served at Sanaa, located at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village. The roast uses straight origin Kenya AA and East Africa beans. The coffee will be available in ground, whole bean or French Roast.

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Mouse Bites for July 24, 2015

tortuga-tavern-beef-rice-bowl-2Tortuga Tavern’s Beef Rice Bowl

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you’ve been having a great week and have a great weekend in store. This week, we visited Magic Kingdom and had lunch at Tortuga Tavern. Over in Epcot, we had lunch at Sunshine Seasons. We also had a guest post from Ashley, featuring her top choices for Cheap Eats at Epcot.

2014-food-wine-china-beijing-roasted-duck-steamed-bun-hoisin-sauceChina’s Beijing Roasted Duck Bun

On the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival news front, the Festival’s Premium Events begin booking July 30th. Tables in Wonderland members, annual passholders, DVC members, and Golden Oak residents can begin pre-booking July 24th. The Festival Menus are available, as is the information on the Seminars & Demos.

mr-kamals-samosasMr. Kamal’s Samosas in Animal Kingdom
(Not new, but referenced in the article ;) )

At WDW, new dishes can be found at Animal Kingdom. Raglan Road will be hosting the ‘Great Irish Hooley’ during Labor Day Weekend. Wine Pairings are returning to Martha’s Vineyard at the Beach Club. Over in Disneyland,  Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar will present The Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau.

Our friends have been up to some adventures as well!

Adam and Andrew of Disney Hipster Blog share their review of Carnation Cafe in Disneyland.

les-halles-boulangerie-patisserie-pissaladiereBoulangerie Patisserie’s Pissaladiere

Josh of Easy WDW has a photo update from Epcot, where he visits Boulangerie Patisserie and shares photos of Ratatouille merchandise in the France pavilion

contempo-cafe-strawberry-lemonade-cupcake-2A non-gluten-free cupcake from Contempo Cafe

Alexis of Gluten Free in Orlando has been busy at WDW! She visits Akershus for dinner, Sanaa for lunch, and Contempo Cafe to try their gluten-free cupcakes.

sanaa-slow-cooked-selectionSanaa’s Slow-Cooked Selections

Sarah of Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW also pays a visit to Sanaa.

Thank your for visiting and we’ll keep you posted on any Disney food news that comes our way over the weekend. Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!