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Old 22 Dec 15, 12:02 PM  
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Food Report on a budget - Oct/Nov 2015 COMPLETE

This trip was a bit different for us. We split our stay up with different hotels and didn't have any Dining Plan. We set out with a budget to try and stay in control of our spending...

We budgeted $150 a day (£100 for travelling days). Mostly planning on eating on a budget with one or two more expensive meals thrown in.

Day 1 - 29th October 2015
Costa Coffee
Subway / Burger King
Chiquito


Day 2 - 30th October 2015
Premier Inn Breakfast
British Airways
Hotel Picnic


Day 3 - 31st October 2015
IHOP
Busch Gardens Snacks
McDonalds in Walmart
Maggianos


Day 4 - 1st November 2015
Perkins
Friendlys
Dominos


Day 5 - 2nd November 2015
Hollywood Studios - Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
Hollywood Studios - Starring Rolls Cafe
Pizza Hut @ Target
Krispy Kreme
Texas de Brazil


Day 6 - 3rd November 2015
Universal Snacks
Tony Romas


Day 7 - 4th November 2015
Premium Outlets Food Court
Epcot Snacks
Steak n Shake


Day 8 - 5th November 2015
Sunshine Seasons
Cape May Cafe


Day 9 - 6th November 2015
Beach Club Marketplace
Beach Club Resort Club Level Lounge
Boulangerie Patisserie


Day 10 - 7th November 2015
Cheesecake Factory
Dole Whip
Casey's Corner


Day 11 - 8th November 2015
Tusker House
Animal Kingdom Snacks
Beach Club


Day 12 - 9th November 2015
Boardwalk Bakery
TREX


Day 13 - 10th November 2015
Universal Snacks
Friendlys
Disney Snacks
Sweet Tomatoes


Day 14 - 11th November 2015
IHOP
Earl of Sandwich
Ghirardelli's


Day 15 - 12th November 2015
Earl of Sandwich
Magic Kingdom Snacks
Wilderness Lodge Snacks
Trails End Restaurant


Day 16 - 13th November 2015
Earl of Sandwich
Steak n Shake
Papa Johns
Chillis Two
British Airways Dinner


Day 17 - 14th November 2015
British Airways Breakfast
Lunch - Subway/Buritos
Dinner - Hotel picnic


Day 18 - 15th November 2015
Premier Inn Breakfast


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Day 1 - 29th October 2015
Budget - £100

Costa Coffee in airport
£5.95


Burger King & Subway in Crawley

Me
Rodeo Burger

Kev
Burger ?

Freddie & Tommy shared Footlong Subway

£7.50 Subway
£12.47 Burger King

Chiquito in Crawley. Really enjoyed this meal - was a good choice for all of us.
Me - Vampire Kiss Cocktail

Tommy - Kids Chicken Enchildas

Freddie - Kids burger

Me - Chicken & BBQ Pork Fajitas & Sweet Potato Fries



Kev - Philly Steak Wrap


Kids deserts were included
Freddie - Chocolate Brownie

Tommy - Churros

£45.50 (£50.00 inc tip)

We also bought some cold drinks from a corner shop to take back to hotel.

Day total £79.01 (£20.99 under our budget)
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Day 2 - 30th October 2015
Budget £50 & $75
Premier Inn Breakfast
£19.90 (kids eat free)


British Airways
Drinks & Pretzel Snack

There were no choices left so we all had sausage & mash (suited us all fine)




Afternoon Tea - Sandwich & Kitkat


Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport
Arriving at hotel tired and nothing within walking distance we grabbed some microwave snacks from shop downstairs as we had microwave in room. In hindsight we should have taken small drive to IHOP etc or grabbed something to eat while in airport...
Kev - Calzone

Me & Boys - Kraft Macaroni Cheese

Not great but did the job!
$17.18 inc some drinks

Day total £19.90 + $17.18 (£30.20 & $57.82 under our budget)
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Day 3 - 31st October 2015
Budget $150

IHOP
We all loved this meal. We loved it so much we went back to IHOP in Orlando later in the trip but the food & service in Tampa was better.

Me - Sirloin Tips


Kev - Split Decision

Freddie - Kids Banana & Nutella Crepes

Tommy - Create a Face

$38.44 ($45.00 inc tip)

Busch Gardens Snacks
Funnel Cake
$10.47


McDonalds
No photos but we grabbed some chicken nuggets & a small cheeseburger in Mcdonalds while in Walmart.
$7.75

Maggianos
Bread

Tommy - Kids Giant Meatball Spaghetti
Spaghetti with a giant meatball and marinara sauce

Freddie - Kids Lasagna
Pasta sheets layered with Ricotta cheese, crumbled meatballs, Italian sausage and marinara. Topped with Provolone cheese and choice of marinara or meat sauce.

Me - Chicken Marsala
Mushrooms & Marsala Sauce with Spaghetti Aglio Olio


Kev - This was a feature dish and can't see it on menu now.


This meal was delicious. I adored my meal and Kev loved his too. The kids were slightly more fussy but did a good job. The kids meals were certainly big enough for them both.
We had a $10 off voucher
$65.00 (inc tip and voucher taken off)

Day total $128.22 ($21.78 under our budget)
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Day 4 - 1st November 2015
Budget $150

Perkins

Tommy - Rainbow Pancakes
Two buttermilk pancakes topped with rainbow sprinkles, whipped topping and powdered sugar. Served with two bacon strips.

Freddie - Cinnamon Roll French Toast Platter*
A fresh baked cinnamon roll, sliced and dipped in our egg batter, then grilled to sweet perfection.

Kev - Spinach & Mushroom Scramble
Egg Beaters® scrambled with slow-roasted tomatoes, onion, fresh spinach and mushrooms. With two chicken apple sausage links, fresh fruit and dry whole wheat toast.

Me - Pancakes with Apple ?

This was nowhere near as good as IHOP. I probably chose the wrong thing though so wouldn't completely rule out returning !
$40.00 (inc tip)

Friendlys
Tommy - Kid's Grilled Cheese

Freddie - Kids Cheeseburger Sliders

Me - FRIENDLY'S DELUXE CHICKEN SANDWICH
Tender, breaded chicken breast on a Brioche roll with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Kev - PEPPER JACK BURGER†
This burst of Cajun spices will have you celebrating! A blackened Friendly’s Big Beef burger, topped with melted Pepper Jack cheese, sauteed onions, fresh lettuce, tomato and Cajun mayo on a soft Brioche roll.

Ice Creams



$51.00 (inc tip)

Dominos
We were stuck for choices after MNSSHP so grabbed a dominos pizza. This was expensive for what it was but nice

$16.50

We also bought a couple of drinks in Magic Kingdom & some milk & crisps from the hotel shop.

Day total $121.98 ($28.02 under our budget)
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Day 5 - 2nd November 2015
Budget $150

We had breakfast in the room today and didn't really have lunch as such - just shared snacks throughout the day

Hollywood Studios

Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
$23.95
Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese - with crispy onions

Jumbo Turkey Leg


Starring Rolls Cafe
$17.43
Ham Sandwich - with chips or fresh fruit


Pizza Hut @ Target
$7.75
Small Cheese & Tomato Pizza and Garlic Breadsticks with Marinara Dipping Sauce



Krispy Kreme
8x Donuts (only took photo of 6 as others were the same)
$8.06


Texas de Brazil

No food photos as didn't seem appropriate to take them in there ! This meal was expensive and I am in two minds if it was worth it or not. The food was certainly delicious and the salad buffet particularly was very good. There is really a limit though to how much meat you can eat and although all was very nice not sure it was as nice as the price...
$166.61 (we did have a voucher off the total too so would have been more)

Day total $223.80 ($73.80 over our budget)
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Day 6 - 3rd November 2015

We had breakfast in our room and again didn't really do lunch - just a few snacks (and some crisps etc we took with us) then had an early dinner.

Universal Studios

Lard Lad Donuts
The Big Pink - Giant donut with sweet, creamy frosting and sprinkles
$5.32
This was really nice. More cake like than donut and I thought really good value since we split it between the 4 of us



Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
Flavours: Apple Crumble, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salted Caramel Blondie & Chocolate
$23.39
These were really good and big portions.





Tony Romas
Appetisers to share
Onion Loaf - Giant hand-cut Spanish onions, breaded, deep fried and served with TR’s Original BBQ sauce

Steak & Wild Mushroom Flatbread - Crisp flatbread topped with grilled, all natural beef tenderloin, melted Havarti cheese, crumbled bleu cheese, wild mushrooms, red peppers, chives and creamy horseradish sauce

Baked Potato Soup - Topped with grated Cheddar cheese, bacon and chives

Tommy & Freddie- Marinara Pasta - Linguine pasta tossed in marinara sauce and topped with shaved Asiago cheese.

Me - The Original Baby Back Ribs - Tender, lean pork loin meat, basted with TR’s Original™ BBQ sauce or your choice of one of our other delicious sauces

Kev - New York Strip (I think)
A heartier, leaner cut of beef with its own distinctive taste. Seasoned to perfection with Tony’s special seasoning.


This was a great meal enjoyed by us all.

We had a voucher so total came to ($70.64 inc tip)

Day total $99.35 ($50.65 under our budget)
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