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The 'Did you save enough room for dessert?' food report

Index

For those who are actually here for the food and want to avoid the repartee (waffle ) I have completed an index.

Pre Travel Day dinner at Mercure Hotel LHR
Travel Day breakfast at LHR dinner in NYC
Brooklyn pizza, dinner at Katz Deli, cocktails in the hotel lounge
Grand Central Terminus lunch, Junior's dinner
Bagels, pretzels and hotdogs at Central Park, dinner at Rosie O'Grady's
Breakfast at Ellen's Stardust Diner in NYC, dinner at Perkins in Orlando
Lunch at Seaworld, dinner at Longhorn's
Discovery Cove breakfast and lunch, drinks and pizza in the hotel lounge
Lunch from Bumblebee Taco Truck at US, The Big Pink, dinner at Bubba Gumps
Lunch at Cowfish, dinner at Cici's
Florean Fortescues for lunch, Margaritaville for dinner
Volcano Bay flatbread and drinks, Kobe Steakhouse for dinner
Lunch at Fire Eaters IOA, dinner at Chili's
Aquatica BBQ and beer for lunch, back to Longhorn's for dinner
IHOP breakfast, dinner at Hard Rock Cafe
Lunch at Denny's
Final thoughts, highs, lows and statistics

For those who are wanting the long version, have a spare half an hour and have made a cup of tea please read on...

Intros

There are 4 of us on this trip. Me (Abby), DH (David) and our children DS Max (12) and DD Kate (10). We have been fortunate to travel to many other places in Europe (Malta, Athens, Rhodes, Majorca, Gran Canaria, Bruges, Prague, Turkey) but we discovered WDW in July 2014 and we (read I ) caught the bug. There's no turning back is there? Id never even heard of the Dibb before our first trip and it was only in the planning stages for our return last year that I discovered this wonderful website. Oh, I have learned a lot from all you fantastic people and I wanted to try and give something back. I love reading trippies and there are lots that are brilliant. If you want perfect photos of food then youre looking in the wrong place Im afraid as all the photos were taken on my phone and several are very blurry (thats when I didnt forget to take the photo).

On our pre travel journey to the airport hotel I floated the idea of doing a trippie with my DH. It went something like this
Me You know the Dibb?
Him Err that forum youre always on?(yep got it in one)
Me Well, Id really like to do a food report
Him What does that mean?
Me I have to take photos of all the food we eat on the holiday and then post them on the website, its really useful reading other reports about restaurants and where to go and stuff
Him Who on earth will want to see the food were going to eat?
Me Youd be surprised the food reports are really popular
Him You know you will look utterly ridiculous taking photos in restaurants and it will be embarrassing
Me .pause.
Him Ok then if you want to
So, hooray, hed agreed.

Each and every photo that I took was accompanied with his mutterings about how weird or silly or mental I looked, or urging me to hurry as he was hungry and the food was getting cold. Eventually I won the kids over and they were desperate to take my phone and take the photos of their food, or maybe they just didnt like how slow I was at taking the photo!

Credits and Thanks

I need to also give some special thank yous firstly to the two dibbers who goaded me into writing this Gopherlass and Collybird. Ok, they may have just mentioned it in passing and I couldnt resist

And secondly to all those dibbers who came before me with the most awesome reports. If, dear reader, you were looking for informative and funny reports and stumbled upon this trippie by accident then this is your opportunity to duck out now gracefully, go on go and find the reports of much better dibbers:
Gopherlass (of course she is top of the list, she already knows she has the best reports in town)
Wileycoyote amazing Triple Eats Report was inspirational in the planning stages of our holiday. Definitely dangerous reading for me and Im already subscribed to the upcoming 5 states report which will not do my bank balance any favours
Dixonsontour all of theirs are brilliant, used for inspiration for our trippie was the $100 a day, although we did not spend less than $100 a day, ever!
MissFortune oh I do love it when there are cocktails in a trippie
Moosha not a food trippie but amazingly helpful NYC trippie which I read several times and made copious notes from. Thank you indeed.
If any of those dibbers mentioned above spot any similarity in the itineraries, restaurants and food within this trippie please remember ...imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Where did we eat?

Now that my Oscars speech has finally finished, and if anyone is still with me and not off in a better trippie, I imagine you are wondering where we ate and what you lovely people can look forward to in this report?

NYC
Street Vendors hotdogs and bagels, Front Street Pizza in Dumbo, Katz Delicatessan, Amorino, Starbucks, Grand Central Station Food Court, Juniors, Rosie OGrady, Ellens Stardust Diner, plus drinks at the hotel lounge

Orlando
Perkins, IHOP, Longhorns, Bubba Gumps, Bumblebee Man Taco Truck, Cowfish, Cicis, Margaritaville, Kobe Steakhouse, Chilis, Hard Rock Caf, Dennys, plus several snacks around the parks and of course drinks at the hotel lounge

Potential names of the report

There were several near misses.

I could have named this report any of the following

The 'hurry up take the photo quickly youre really embarrassing' food report
or
The 'no I dont want the bill as were halfway through our entrees' food report
or
The 'is there a chocolate dessert that he hasnt tried?' food report
or
The 'our eyes bigger than our bellies' food report

In the end I went for The 'did you save room for a dessert?' food report as we heard it so many times that we should have started a sweep stake betting on how long it would take for our server to ask us this question after our main course plates had been cleared. The quick answer is we didnt have to wait very long at all really, certainly not enough time for our stomachs to have made room, but of course that didnt stop us ordering a pudding, oh no we do definitely have over ordering issues.

If you hadnt already guessed this report will contain many ramblings and personal indulgences, I will jump off at a tangent several times, get sidetracked talking about irrelevant things and you will think these are the mutterings of a mad woman at least at some point, so, with that in mind feel free to skip out the wordy nonsense and go straight to the photos if you want.

Commencing the actual food part of the food trippie shortly, which is pre travel day and dinner at the Mercure Hotel near Heathrow.

I really should figure out how to upload photos onto the Dibb. It cant be that hard, can it?

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Saturday 22nd July 2017 Pre Travel Day Dinner at the Mercure Hotel near Heathrow

I had a slight headache when I woke up at 5.30am, largely due to the consumption of a couple of Manhattans the night before. There were always going to be cocktails in this trippie, we had to get in the mood for NYC, sorry about the lack of photo.

We didnt really have much to do and we were killing time waiting really. We packed our hand luggage bags. Dave made some rather tasty breakfast burritos for lunch and made 4 spares which he put in the freezer for our return home. I think this will have to become a holiday tradition.

We arrived at the Mercure Hotel at Heathrow at 4.30pm. We were checked in all fine and went up to our room, number 149, only to find that the key card wouldn't work. The door definitely wasnt opening. :angry: So we went back down to the check in desk and the receptionist realised shed written the wrong number on the card, it was supposed to be room 148 and not 149. Oh well, no harm done. She was very apologetic and gave us 2 cards for a free drink in the bar for our inconvenience. We decided it was well worth the inconvenience and headed back up to our real room. As we passed
room 149 we gave a silent apology to the occupants and hoped they hadn't thought someone was trying to break in earlier.

We had some limited supplies with us. Some cans of Gin & Tonic and what was left over from a bottle of red wine - it would have gone off if we left it at home. It wasnt long before 2 cans had disappeared.

Hurrah I have a photo of G&T



Shrek the third was on the TV and we sort of watched the end of it. I dragged one of the armchairs into the bathroom. Now, this is not me being mental (ok it is slightly ), but I struggle to sleep before a Floriday and I didn't fancy sitting on the cold bathroom floor reading in the middle of the night...hence the chair in the bathroom...unfortunately it did get quite a bit of use.

We decided to go the bar and use our vouchers as pre dinner drinks. I had white wine, Dave had red and bought another with dinner. The kids both had tiny bottles of coke. I said they had to make them last as they werent getting additional cokes as I wanted them to be able to sleep later and not be wide awake from the caffeine. In no way is the G&T in the room responsible for the blurry drinks photo!



I will say it upfront, I would NOT eat here again. We are lazy people, we should have wandered down the road and found a nice pub. Please if you stay at the Mercure dont eat in the restaurant, the food was only ok and for what it was I think it was quite expensive (it was like Whetherspoons but double the price ). We also had to wait a loooonnnnng time for the food, over 45 minutes between them taking the order and bringing the food to the table. I'm sure this was their tactic to make us order another drink, but we had supplies in the room and besides I already knew I wouldn't sleep and I couldn't have been more excited about Floriday being just around the corner.

Both the boys went for fish and chips with mushy peas, 12.95. I ate Maxs peas as he doesnt like them and they were tasty. He managed to eat all the fish in spite of Dave saying he would help out if needed. It was just ok, not brilliant.



I had chicken tikka skewers with rice, naan bread and onion salad, 14.95. This was tasty, but very spicy, I like spice but even my lips were starting to tingle.



Kate had lasagne with garlic bread, 14.50. It was not a very large portion of lasagne and even though she is not the biggest eater she did manage to finish it. She is rather partial to a lasagne though and she said it was rather tasty.



Looking around the restaurant there were a few single diners and, bizarrely, a couple sat in their thermals and winter coats. It wasnt that cold.

I have tried to take photos of all the bills when they arrived as I know I find these really helpful when I read food reports...



67 for four dinners and one glass of wine, no pudding today, although DS was NOT impressed and yes he did have a little strop We consoled him with thoughts of all the ice cream and cakes to come.

We went back to the room and Dave drank a last glass (plastic cup) of red wine while I drank another can of G&T (out of a plastic cup, definitely not out of the can, I'm not common you know ).

I was about halfway through the cup of G&T when I got an alert on my phone from American Airlines saying there may be delays with our flight due to inclement weather and the flight coming over from USA leaving late and not arriving in LHR on time . Didnt they know I have a hard enough time sleeping without this added worry? We set the alarm for 5.15am, like wed need it, I knew now that a sleepless night was inevitable and that chair in the bathroom would get a lot of use.

Coming soon, travel day! Breakfast in the airport, may contain a cocktail - who am I kidding? of course it does, a complete lack of plane food photos and our first meal in NYC.
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"I dragged one of the armchairs into the bathroom. Now, this is not me being mental (ok it is slightly ), but I struggle to sleep "

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"I dragged one of the armchairs into the bathroom. Now, this is not me being mental (ok it is slightly ), but I struggle to sleep "

This made me cry laughing!... Sorry.

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It was not the best of nights in terms of sleep. I did, however, do a rather large amount of reading, intermittent pacing (which is is very difficult to do in a small hotel bathroom) and manic checking of the AA app to see if there were any updates on the aforementioned potential delays.

What do you mean? Some people just put photos of food in a food report? Now that is weird
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