Category Archives: Dining

Lunch at Splitsville

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Over the weekend, I stopped by Splitsville at Disney Springs for a quick lunch and to watch some football. I placed an order for an item I had very much enjoyed in the past: The Alberto. It’s one of the items from their sushi menu and is described as “no rice, just lean protein and veggies. Spicy tuna and avocado rolled in thinly sliced cucumber and served with lemon ponzu sauce.” This is what arrived. We’ll get to a comparison photo from the first time I had it momentarily.

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Breakfast at Rainforest Cafe

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This past weekend, I made an early trip to Animal Kingdom and stopped by Rainforest Cafe to try their breakfast. I started with a Jungle Fever – Spicy Bloody Mary Mix (I’m guessing Finest Call brand) and vodka blended with “secret seasonings.” It’s topped with their “famous Kettle Chips,” which I believe are Cape Cod chips.

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The drink was okay with some doctoring – Tabasco, salt, pepper. The glass was rimmed with celery salt, which I used my straw to scrape and stir in. It was one of those “you know what you’re walking into” situations in terms of the cocktail.

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Lunch at The BOATHOUSE

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Over the weekend, Matt and I grabbed lunch with my mom and aunt over at The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs. And with that sentence, I’m now just going to call it The Boathouse. Originally, I wasn’t planning on doing a post and just enjoy the meal, but Matt said a few snaps wouldn’t hurt, so that’s what these pictures are – quick snaps. And not even of everything. Matt and I like trying calamari when we see it on menus, and they do a good job here. I didn’t really care for the sauce, but Matt liked it. There wasn’t really any heat to the calamari itself, but I liked the added fried green onions and Serrano chilies. It’s also pricey for an appetizer at $18 (though everything is pricey here being considered “Signature Dining”), but I felt it was a large portion with plenty to share. Alone it could be a meal, but two shared appetizers for variety would certainly work.

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For his entree, Matt ordered the Steak Sandwich. It’s currently (as of this post) not listed on the Disney menu website, but it is on The Boathouse’s official website. I’m going to think that the official website will/is updated more frequently than Disney’s, so I recommend checking both when making your plans. Anyway, the Steak Sandwich features Arugula, Grilled Beefsteak, Tomato, BOATHOUSE Steak Sauce on Toasted Ciabatta and is served with Fries. Matt had already dug in at this point – there is a second half to this sandwich. You can see some of the steak that fell out. 🙂

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Lunch at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

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On a recent visit to Magic Kingdom, I met up with a couple of friends who skipped breakfast in their excitement to get to the park. After a quick ride on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, they were ready for and early lunch.  Since we were in Tomorrowland, we made our way over to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

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After placing our order and receiving our food, we grabbed front row seats to be inundated with punny songs and jokes by Sonny Eclipse. One of my friends ordered the Barbecued Pork Sandwich, which comes with a choice of Apple Slices, Green Beans, or French Fries. This sandwich is fairly standard menu fare around property, and usually the top choice when pitted against a burger or nuggets for Matt. In fact, he ordered this last year, and I opted for the Green Beans with my lunch that day (which I’ll note were a bit overcooked for my liking, but still a nice choice if you’re French-fried out).

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Reservations Open for Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch

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Reservations are now open for Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch, which will begin service at the Grand Floridian Resort on November 22, according to the Disney Parks Blog. The Sunday morning brunch service will begin with a choice of Champagne, Mimosa, or signature Bloody Mary for adults or a smoothie for kids. The shared pastry basket will feature house-made chocolate and traditional croissants, muffins, Danish, and pecan sticky buns paired with Vermont cultured butter and seasonal jam.

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Breakfast at Everything POP

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Many of you probably know that I’m a savory breakfast person. And while a Breakfast/Bounty Platter sometimes fits the bill, you know I’m always on the lookout for some of the more unique items offered on property. While scouting menus on the WDW website, I decided I would make my way over to Everything Pop at the Pop Century Resort to try their Chicken Fried Chicken with Sausage Gravy. In addition to the generous piece of chicken (it filled nearly half the plate) were two big scoops of scrambled eggs.

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Two Dining Experiences Coming to Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

With Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land heading to Hollywood Studios in the coming years, we must say goodbye to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. For it’s final year, two dining experiences are being added for guests, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

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Starting September 16, guests will be able to book the Merry & Bright Dessert Party (running Nov. 6-Dec. 30) and the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception (from Jan. 1- 3), which will overlook the Spectacle of Dancing Lights. During the dessert party, guests will enjoy holiday-themed desserts. The dinner reception will feature a selection of small bites including beef, shrimp and turkey, plus wine, beer and specialty beverages. Check DisneyWorld.com (site coming soon as of this post) for full details and to reserve your spot.