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Unread 15 Nov 18, 01:00 PM  
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This morning we were up bright and early for Early Morning Magic. By 8.15, we had ridden Toy Story Mania three times in a row (this was a dream, we only gave up because our arms hurt), and Slinky Dog Dash three times. We had ridden Alien Swirling Saucers earlier in the trip and it had made me feel a bit sick so we were going to miss that. As we boarded SDD for the third time, I said to Nik we should do Swirling Saucers as we had so much extra time to kill. But, during the third ride of SDD I start feeling very, very motion sick, I was looking around for a sick bag as though there was going to be one I had to sit down after the ride, after a few minutes rest I was still feeling a bit shaky, we decided we were happy with what we had done, so we left!

I feel as though I need a bit of a disclaimer here, reflecting back we seem so frivolous - booking DxDP and not making the most of the credits, booking EMM and riding 4 rides, booking EMM at HS and leaving early, booking the Dessert Party and not eating any desserts... I am aware these things cost a lot, but I don't like to dwell on the price of things once the money has been spent, you can't get it back, so you just have to go with the flow and do what suits you in the moment.

This event also includes breakfast, but none of the items appealed to us so we werent really sad to be missing it. We will definitely do EMM again next year if its offered, and this time wed eat breakfast before riding anything, as I think an empty stomach contributed to my nausea. Disney Food Blog has some pictures of the offerings.

We went back to the resort, I slept away my dodgy tummy, then headed back out to Epcot, we still had some Food and Wine eating to do, and we decided that it would be best to cancel Le Cellier, it was a meal we really wanted to enjoy, and we wouldnt have enjoyed it worrying about being too full. Plus, we were eating at Flying Fish that night, where Nik would probably order a steak, and I thought it was a bit mean of me to expect him to eat two in a day (oh, the hardship).

There was no-where jumping out at me to replace Le Cellier, so we decided to go on an off-site adventure again, if we had any hope of using all our credits we wouldnt have done this, but we were fighting a losing battle.

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Millers Ale House

This was probably top of the list of off-site places I wanted to go to, I knew exactly what I wanted to eat before looking at the menu.

I had the Zingers Mountain Melt -Zingers, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, applewood-smoked bacon and scallions on a mountain of seasoned fries. The Zingers are chicken tenders dipped in your choice of sauce, I chose Garlic Parmesan.



I didnt love these, I enjoyed them, but I wouldnt order them again. As Ive said previously, I dont like my food touching, so it was probably never going to be my favourite thing. Nik really liked this though, and wished he had ordered it.

Nik had Chicken Fajitas.



Now, I dont really like chicken fajitas, but I [i]loved[i] these, this was my favourite dish of the holiday. I had one bite, and then we ended up sharing both dishes. Our awesome server even brought us some extra tortillas at no extra charge.

I didnt take a picture of the receipt, I was undecided about confessing this off-site jaunt to you , but the two meals, our drinks and tip came to $45. Madness!

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At Epcot, we tried an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte.



Hmm, I didnt like, or not like this, I thought it wasnt too dissimilar to the Toffee Nut Latte we love at Christmas time. Nik wasnt a fan.



We had Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle



This is delicious, so more-ish.



We had the Cheese Trio - Profiterole topped with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam, Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning, Strawberry Macaron with Boursin Pepper Cheese and the Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake - Served with Maple Bourbon Cream, Caramel and Pecan Crunch

I have just discovered I had no pictures of these items! This is a Disney Parks picture of the Trio



I wasnt too sure about the macaron or the profiterole, but I loved the pinwheel.

This is the cheesecake.



Another delicious item, soooo creamy, and I came so close not to having it!

I had another slush from Joffreys, this time the strawberry one.



This was nice, but the passionfruit one was nicer.

Our last Food and Wine item was Traditional Poutine - French Fries, Beef Gravy and Cheese Curds from Refreshment Port.



I really wanted to try the Beef Brisket Poutine, that is a special Food and Wine Festival Offering, but it isnt a snack credit, so we stuck with Traditional. Nik loved this, it was piping hot, and a massive portion for a snack.

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Flying Fish

I had originally planned for the five of us to eat at Yachtsman Steakhouse tonight, but when my mum told me Trish was a seafood fan I switched to Flying Fish. We havent eaten here since the refurb and we were excited to see how the restaurant looked. Pictures dont do it justice, it was beautiful inside, I loved the bubble light features, and the fish tail silverware.



The bread service here was lovely, so crusty.



I must have messed with the settings on my flash as the pictures here are really dark! I had Snow Crab Croquettes - Remolaude Micro Greens



These were beautifully presented, youll just have to trust me on that, and were delicious, a nice twist on a crab cake, I loved the crunchy exterior.

Mum, Nik and Trish all had Lobster Bisque -Sambuca Chive Oil



They all said this was delicious, although Nik will tell you it doesnt rate up there with the best of them. I thought it looked lovely.

Mum and I both had Sea Bass - Leek Fondue Cassis-Red Wine Reduction



The leek fondue and the red wine reduction are survivors from Flying Fishs delicious potato-wrapped red snapper dish, the sea bass has replaced the snapper, and is a great substitute. The fish was delicious and a substantial portion. The leek fondue compliments the fish perfectly, although the red wine reduction was a little strong for me, Mum enjoyed it.

Nik had Wagyu Filet Mignon -Asparagus Sweet Onion Risotto Potato Beurre Blanc



Nik enjoyed his steak but thought the risotto was a bit tasteless, and there wasnt much of it.

Trish had Hokkaido Scallops - Antebellum Grits Sweet Corn Peppadew Emulsion



I had swayed towards ordering this, it was a gorgeous looking dish and Trish loved it, Mum said she doesnt often say that about meals so I was very pleased. I tasted the scallops and they were delicious.

Granny wanted the Seafood Risotto -Garden Herbs Rock Shrimp Calamari Scallops But, without any of the seafood! The server arranged for her to the have risotto from the filet dish alongside the sea bass, I didnt take a picture as it wasnt a menu item.



I had Cocoa Breach - Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Warm Ganache



The presentation of us was a bit of a show, it reminded me of Bake Off, the server poured the ganache over the chocolate cake and it melted in front of me. That was the highlight of the dish, other than that it was just chocolate cake!

Nik had Blueberries, Limes and Sea Shells -Mascarpone Cream Blueberry-Lime Compote Hibiscus Meringue Rye Bourbon Caramel



He enjoyed this, I dont remember tasting it!

Mum and Trish both had Panna Carpa -Buttermilk Panna Cotta Strawberry-Lime Consomme Basil Sugar



They both raved about this.

Granny didnt have a dessert.

Dinner came to $422.78 and we used 10 TS credits. The original plan had been that we would use our Disney gift cards to cover the cost of this, but now we had a zillion credits left it made sense to use them for this. Trish said this was one of the best meals she had ever had, so my work was done. I was also thrilled to share the Crescent Lake area with them, as its one of my favourite areas on property.

CREDITS USED 98
TOTAL IN $$ 3,001.26
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Miller's is a great place to go offsite and really reasonable. Totally agree with you about the Zinger Mountain Melt. I don't think I even looked at the menu as I knew before what I was having. Didn't quite live up to the expectations!
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it's really nice to use some of those credits up treating people!

I've also had the zinger mountain melt and was underwhelmed by it. However, that could have been down to the fact it was our arrival night and I'd had a cocktail while waiting for the table (spoiler alert: I am a lightweight). By the time the food came I just wanted to faceplant in it and sleep.

I think I ate about 10% and the rest came home, DH tried to eat some for breakfast but a pile of fries, cheese and chicken was a bit too much even for him at 7am.

By the way... you don't need to justify your spend on extra Disney events! It's your holiday so its your choice how you do it. Plus you couldn't have anticipated feeling sick! Reading that was definitley giving me Kraken at Seaworld flashbacks... ugh 🤢
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Flying Fish looks lovely, and a good chance to use up some credits.
Shame you felt bad after SDD, was it anything about the ride itself, or just doing it so much in a short time?

Millers is one of our regular places to visit, on our last trip I think it was the most expensive offsite meal we had! Have you ever been to Chilis?
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The meal at Flying Fish looks divine, how lovely that you were able to treat your family, it just made it more special that way. Plus your Aunty said it was the best meal she had ever had, well one of them anyway.

Miller's is somewhere that I've seen in a lot of food reports and many dibbers rave about it, I would have ordered the mountain melt if we ever made it there, but now I've read your review. Hmm, it's one that we will get round to sometime!

I don't see that you need to explain how or why you spend your money your way...It's between you and Nik only. Honestly, Colette it's up to you, besides what's perhaps frivolous to one person is an essential to someone else! For example, I don't see the need to spend a lot of money on make up, until very recently I used to buy everything from Avon as it was cheap! So, I don't really get it when I see hauls from Sephora, but they certainly don't need to justify their spending, it's their choice and it's lovely to see people having fun and being happy and that part of it I do get.
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The Flying Fish looks amazing. We havent been there in ages but its on my list for the summer. Its been awhile but we liked it loads more than the Yachtsman.

Another offsite meal, they truly are good value compared to disney prices. I like Miller's, we will be back there. I ordered the zingers last time and I always like eating them at the start but get bored with it. I might check our the fajitas next time.

You dont need to justify how you holiday. I love Florida because there are so many different ways to do it, whats right for one family might not be right for another. I truly do get fed up feeling I have to justify or apologise for my holiday choices to those who are constantly renovating or buying fancy cars who then question how we spend our money. Life is too short. As long as you can afford it and you are doing what you want its nobody elses business.
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Oo liking the look of that Zingers mountain melt, my kind of dish! 😄 never tried Flying Fish for dinner, but both the wagyu fillet and scallops would be strong contenders for me. Lovely that they could offer that risotto dish for your Nan too 👌
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Miller's is a great place to go offsite and really reasonable. Totally agree with you about the Zinger Mountain Melt. I don't think I even looked at the menu as I knew before what I was having. Didn't quite live up to the expectations!
We'll definitely be back to Miller's! I'd have the Zingers on their own again but I wouldn't bother with the melt.

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Originally Posted by SquishTheWhale View Post
it's really nice to use some of those credits up treating people!

I've also had the zinger mountain melt and was underwhelmed by it. However, that could have been down to the fact it was our arrival night and I'd had a cocktail while waiting for the table (spoiler alert: I am a lightweight). By the time the food came I just wanted to faceplant in it and sleep.

I think I ate about 10% and the rest came home, DH tried to eat some for breakfast but a pile of fries, cheese and chicken was a bit too much even for him at 7am.

By the way... you don't need to justify your spend on extra Disney events! It's your holiday so its your choice how you do it. Plus you couldn't have anticipated feeling sick! Reading that was definitley giving me Kraken at Seaworld flashbacks... ugh 🤢
It was definitely nice to treat them, and I do like to show off how good free dining is.

I don't think I could stomach leftover fries, cheese and chicken for breakfast either Next time I'll get the zingers on their own.

It's not so much that I feel I have to justify the extras, it's the fact that we don't use them to their full value that I'm scared makes me look wasteful

I feel sick just looking at Kraken, how embarrassing I was defeated by Slinky Dog haha.

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Originally Posted by Eccle View Post
Flying Fish looks lovely, and a good chance to use up some credits.
Shame you felt bad after SDD, was it anything about the ride itself, or just doing it so much in a short time?

Millers is one of our regular places to visit, on our last trip I think it was the most expensive offsite meal we had! Have you ever been to Chilis?
Definitely just too much spinning in a short time, the bit where Slinky goes over the bumps nearly pushed me over the edge. I've mainly outgrown my motion sickness but sometimes it comes back to haunt me.

We have been to Chillis and we LOVED it. It was such amazing value, I had a combo and I couldn't believe how much food I had, and the fried cheese curds were to die for. We'll definitely be back again, good to know Miller's was on the more expensive side because I thought it was a bargain!

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The meal at Flying Fish looks divine, how lovely that you were able to treat your family, it just made it more special that way. Plus your Aunty said it was the best meal she had ever had, well one of them anyway.

Miller's is somewhere that I've seen in a lot of food reports and many dibbers rave about it, I would have ordered the mountain melt if we ever made it there, but now I've read your review. Hmm, it's one that we will get round to sometime!

I don't see that you need to explain how or why you spend your money your way...It's between you and Nik only. Honestly, Colette it's up to you, besides what's perhaps frivolous to one person is an essential to someone else! For example, I don't see the need to spend a lot of money on make up, until very recently I used to buy everything from Avon as it was cheap! So, I don't really get it when I see hauls from Sephora, but they certainly don't need to justify their spending, it's their choice and it's lovely to see people having fun and being happy and that part of it I do get.
Maybe you could all share a Mountain Melt as a starter? I think it was just too much for one person, I'm a bit of a picker and get bored fast.

Ah you are too kind to try and put my mind at ease, I just feel as though we seem to have spent a lot of extra money and not really got the best value out of it. I am quite tightfisted in real life so I am probably projecting my own opinion onto others

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The Flying Fish looks amazing. We havent been there in ages but its on my list for the summer. Its been awhile but we liked it loads more than the Yachtsman.

Another offsite meal, they truly are good value compared to disney prices. I like Miller's, we will be back there. I ordered the zingers last time and I always like eating them at the start but get bored with it. I might check our the fajitas next time.

You dont need to justify how you holiday. I love Florida because there are so many different ways to do it, whats right for one family might not be right for another. I truly do get fed up feeling I have to justify or apologise for my holiday choices to those who are constantly renovating or buying fancy cars who then question how we spend our money. Life is too short. As long as you can afford it and you are doing what you want its nobody elses business.
I think Flying Fish is a bit of a dark horse, I thought about lots of other places before I settled on there, and I am so happy I did.

Thank you for your kind words, I was just paranoid We live quite frugally throughout the year, and our holiday is our only blowout - hence why I was so frustrated that the plan went so awry.

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Originally Posted by GezzasGem View Post
Oo liking the look of that Zingers mountain melt, my kind of dish! 😄 never tried Flying Fish for dinner, but both the wagyu fillet and scallops would be strong contenders for me. Lovely that they could offer that risotto dish for your Nan too 👌
There was so much choice at Miller's, I was dead set on the Zinger Mountain Melt but I only discovered that you can choose different sauces on it when I got there, my mind was blown!

The server was lovely in Flying Fish, very tolerant

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