My brother and the family arrived in Orlando this evening. We went to the California grill for dinner. This drink is a Ray-Ray! It is pretty full of the awesome sauce.
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We had something of a mobile blogging technology fail yesterday, which prevented me from sending photos live from my phone. However, I was able to continue taking photos with my regular old camera, so I’ll share those now in one splendid post.
We did a bunch of rides and attractions at a leisurely pace after lunch, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (previously pictured), Mickey’s Philharmagic, Snow White, Winnie The Pooh and Peter Pan’s Flight. Here’s Peter, looking rather scary – I hate when they do that to his eyebrows. I much prefer him to look like a normal, friendly boy.
The flag in Magic Kingdom’s town square was at half-mast yesterday. I am wondering if this was for Steve Jobs, as a nod to his contribution to Pixar? As we passed through, they were preparing to have the flag ceremony, so we stopped. The Main Street Philharmonic played “America The Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner”. We heard the voices of two or three little kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and then more voices singing “God Bless America” as the flag was run the rest of the way up the pole and then run down again.
After the flag ceremony was over, we left the park and walked down the “Mickey brick” path to the Contemporary Resort. As we passed by the monorail entrance on the park side, one monorail was leaving as another was entering, and it looked like they were racing. NOTE: I believe the blue one just left and is going to the park, while the red one is just pulling in for a stop inside the Contemporary, before proceeding to the Ticket and Transportation Center.
We were taken up to the California Grill on the 14th floor pretty much right away. We sat at the bar for a while visiting with our favorite bartender, Ray from New Jersey. A drink he invented that we’ve been enjoying for years is now on the official menu – it’s called “the Ray-Ray” and I highly recommend it! So the adults had Ray-Rays and talked with him about salt water fishing and conservation and such matters, and the girls had virgin pina coladas. Very soon, our buzzer went off and we were called to our table.
I thought this was funny – along with the bread, our server Gary (from Hawaii!) gave us a little dish of Goldfish crackers, “the snack that smiles back”. I love Goldfish but lately I have been avoiding such things with a vengeance. Still, a few couldn’t hurt, right? I snuck some, and I am hoping that if no one sees, that means there are no calories 😉
I decided to choose the vegetarian options for dinner, selecting the apple salad and the hand-made pasta with mushrooms. Both options were fabulous. The kids ordered the bison and they let me taste it. I was surprised that it was not gamey, and pretty much tasted like cow beef only without the fat.
As dinner progressed, the Florida sky decided to rock a brilliant sunset. A half hour before this, I was wishing I hadn’t taken this particular seat because I needed sunglasses. Now, I was in heaven.
Nieceling is celebrating her 15th birthday. Where has the time gone? While the kids were in the ladies room, changing into their Halloween costumes, our waiter brought out some birthday cake. I had a bite of this too – the fudgey layers are divine. Order the chocolate cake if you can’t decide what you want for dessert – you can’t go wrong with it!
Now it’s time to say goodbye… while the rest of the family went off to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I took the monorail back to the TTC and came back to the hotel, where I fixed my phone issues (I hope!) and turned in early to prepare for logging some work time this morning. I’m checking out later on after I get my shower.
But I’ll be back for a few days in December.
See ya real soon!
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The appearance of this article in the Daily Disney made me smile.
So, I’m not the only one who can have a particular focus on Walt Disney World’s adult beverages, am I? 😉 I was especially delighted that a few of the beverages that were covered here are new to me – yay, another reason to go back!
Here are some of my favorites from various bars around The World:
Grey Goose L’Orange, Bitter-Sweet Asperol,
Grand Marnier, Muddled Sugary Orange, Bitter Spring Water
Liquor 43, Mt Gay Rum, Pineapple Juice, Sour Mix
THE MANGO GINGERITA
LOST ON THE SAFARI
Bacardi light rum, Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, fruit punch. Comes complete with stiff, environmentally friendly paper straw. Gratuity not included. No assembly required. 😉
What’s YOUR favorite adult beverage at Walt Disney World?
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If you’re at all talented in the kitchen, then you MUST try to replicate this dessert recipe.
The first time I ever dined at the California Grill at Walt Disney World I was attending a conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs with some colleagues from work. I was desperate to have dinner in this restaurant while the lights were dimmed, the music swelled and the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks soared outside. I was ecstatic when I managed to snag a reservation at the last minute.
The California Gill is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, so after the conference sessions were over for the day, we drove over to check the place out at our leisure. Finally it was time for dinner! I don’t remember what my entree was, but you know it was good because, hey, this is the Cali Grill we’re talking about. I do know that I ordered this chocolate lava cake dessert – and it arrived swimming in a sea of warm peanut butter sauce. I cut into it and it OOZED chocolate sauce – flowed just like lava, hence the name. Sopped up some of the peanut butter sauce and popped a piece in my mouth. Oh. My. GAWD!
of warm peanut butter sauce?
I made a few subsequent visits to the California Grill and always ordered the chocolate lava cake for dessert… until one night the server regretted to tell me that the California Grill had rotated it out of their menu in favor of some fresh, new dessert offerings. I was crushed and devastated. I’ve ocassionally tried ordering chocolate lava cake at other restaurants, but no one makes it the way the California Grill did, and no one thinks to set it into a warm, shallow pool of peanut butter sauce.
This is why I’m so thrilled to see it on the menu again for the Cali Grill’s anniversary! And now we have the recipe too – well, except for the peanut butter sauce. I’m going to have to extort that out of someone at the restaurant 😉
If you like to bake, then why not give it a whirl and let me know how it went! According to the receipe, you’ll need some 3.5″ ramekins. You can even come to my house to make it 😉 – I have an oven, and I’ll clean up!