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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: The First Time I Ate A Lobster

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The First Time I Ate A Lobster

Well here's a post that's been a long time in the making!

Welcome to the first in a series of posts revolving around our last trip to Walt Disney World and the food we savored while we were there.

This trip took place in September of 2009.  It was in honor of our 1st anniversary.  Our honeymoon was also spent at, you guessed it, WDW.

Before I show you a sample of our (thousands of) pictures, I want to share a story to illustrate just why we love it there so much:

We booked a room at the Polynesian, which was the same place we spent our honeymoon.  Only unlike a year prior, we couldn't afford to reeeeally go all out and spent the extra $100 a night for a special "lagoon view" room, which looks out over the Seven Seas Lagoon, the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary and Cinderella Castle.  Oh, well.

Upon our arrival, the lovely woman at the concierge desk explained that they had a room booked for us, but that another room was ready earlier than expected and we could go right up to that room immediately.  What a lucky break! She also remarked on the fact that we didn't have the same type of room as we did the year before, and we told her that we were well aware of that.  We were only too well aware!

We were shown to our room, but Rob was immediately disappointed.  A huge tree was right smack dab in front of our balcony, blocking all sunlight and giving us no view whatsoever.  Now as for me, I'm a pretty laid back person and I didn't want to rock the boat.  Rob on the other hand called the concierge desk and very sweetly and apologetically asked if the room which was originally supposed to be ours was still available and offered to wait for it, then explained our complaint.  He was put on hold...and waited...and waited.  I'm pacing around, thinking that they must hate us and were cursing us out down there.  But when she got back on the line, the lady downstairs told Rob to meet the bellhop in the hallway, he would have our bags at the door to our room.

We went to the hallway...and saw the bellhop waaaay down at the other end, on the other side of the building and across the hall.  We knew immediately what had happened but didn't want to overplay our hand so we took our time walking down the hall, even though we were shrieking inside - that side of the hallway had rooms that faced the lagoon, not the courtyard as we had booked.  When the door opened, we got the best present we could have received - not only had we been upgraded to a lagoon view for free, but we had been given the room we spent our honeymoon in!

How neat is that??

After freaking out for a while, we ran downstairs to thank the concierge staff profusely.  It's lovely and generous touches like that which made our vacation so special - it's why we love WDW in the first place!

Immediately we went to eat...and I got my favorite breakfast food in the world...Tonga Toast.

For those of you who don't know what Tonga Toast is...well, firstly, I'm sorry.  Secondly, Tonga Toast consists of a thick piece of sourdough bread which has a slit cut into it and is then stuffed with bananas.  This huge piece of heaven then gets dipped in egg batter, deep fried and rolled in cinnamon and sugar.  They serve it with a strawberry compote on the side which perfectly complements it and actually make it feel a bit more refreshing.  It is...pretty die for.

And, um, can we talk about the size of those sausages? Unreal.

Then we went to Magic Kingdom and I ran for It's a Small World! I love that ride!!! Seriously, I know it consists of dolls and poster board and glitter...but it enchants me every time.

Dinner that first night was @ Narcoossee's, in The Grand Floridian.

Narcoossee's is a seafood restaurant which sits right on the water of Seven Seas Lagoon.  It's a cute place, for sure, and they serve yummy food.  The mussels appetizer I started with...well, I mean, look at it! Plus a nice crostini for dipping the flavorful, rich broth.  It was heavenly!

Rob enjoyed a lobster bisque, the memory of which to this day invokes a glazed, faraway look in his eyes.

I decided from the get-go that I was going to try lobster for the first time when we had dinner there.  I mean, what the heck, right? I was so happy to see that they took the trouble to clean it for me - I had no point of referrence so I wasn't sure if I'd have to do it myself! Of course I studied up in advance, but no worries.

The lobster was delicious, and it came with a potato gratin which was so good I wanted to cry.  A really, really fine meal.

Sorry, Mr. Lobster.  You were delicious.

Sadly, we couldn't get a decent picture of the dessert without using flash.  It was getting dark at that point.  But let me tell you, for anyone considering a Disney vacation and considering dinner @ Narcoossee's - the almond-crusted cheesecake is THE BEST DESSERT on property.  Hands down, bar none.  Off the hook.  And we are not the only people who think so - we had done a little research of the restaurant in advance on the Disney message boards, and the verdict is virtually unanimous.

Our first dinner, as you can see, was a smashing success and set the stage for a wonderful vacation full of gluttony.  I love you, Disney Meal Plan.

Come to think of it, the view of The Grand Floridian from our balcony didn't hurt things, either... looks even closer in person...

Why am I waxing rhapsodic over Disney this many months after the fact? I'll tell you! It's all in honor of our upcoming return! Yes, folks, Rob and I will be spending our 2nd anniversary at the place where we've spent late September for the past two years.  Thank you, Lord.

We hadn't planned on going back until a few days ago, when the conclusion was reached that we need this.  We really do.  So we're going and we can't wait! Narcoossee's...we'll be back!

No, really, it's already booked.

Stay tuned for my next post, filled with even more pictures!

PS! The $60 CSN giftcard giveaway ends Friday @ midnight! Jump in and take a chance - what do you have to lose? I know I could definitely use a giftcard to one of their 200 stores!!



Blogger Linda said...

How special that you got the same room! I am so happy for you, what a great place and staff! That food looks so good. I love lobster it is a really special treat. Can't wait for more photos and fun. Glad you are going again, some places are just magical!

May 5, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Blogger Tree said...

I LOVE Disney World, but haven't been since I was a child. Small World was always my favorite too. The tonga toast looks and sounds AWESOME! And I love me some lobster too. LOL That's great that you will be going back again!! What a nice way to spend your anniversary!

May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucky girl you! I have never had lobster or mussels OR been to WDW. But I will one day and I will for sure try that delicious looking almond crusted cheesecake. *drool*

May 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

Yay you!! Lucky girl! We've been dying to take the kids to Disney, but sadly it's not in our non-existent budget right now! Looks like you had a blast
xoxo Pattie

May 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Anonymous Melissa said...

Have you ever stopped by disboards? There is a whole plethora of information there about WDW foods with tons of yummy pictures!

We are kind of Disney fanatics and I was on the boards a lot at one point in my life. Anything you want to know about Disney you can find there.

I love The Boardwalk. I love being so close to the park and I really enjoyed the atmosphere there. How amazing was it that you got the same room!

You know, there is something about being at Disney for me that just transplants me to a different world where everyone is happy and everything tastes good. I love me some Disney fudge!

May 5, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

We're spoiled and kind of hoping for another free upgrade this year! haha

Pattie - we really didn't think we had the money either, but wound up getting a larger refund this year than we expected. If there's one thing living with my father-in-law has taught me, it's to just do what you want while you can. I'm glad he did while he could, because there's not much he can do now. He could actually, but he wouldn't remember it tomorrow or even later today. It's very sad.

Melissa - OMG Rob lives on the DisBoards. I've been a few times. I think that's where he heard about that cheesecake. I've never been to the Boardwalk but we're having dinner there this time and I'm really excited! I've seen it lit up at night and it's so neat.

That's the biggest thing for us - it's like everyone's happy, all the staff and characters are so attentive and pleasant - a whole other world away from reality. I'm so, so happy we can make it this year and that the family will pitch in to care for Dad while we're gone.

May 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Linda - it really IS magical. I wouldn't have believed it unless Rob had given an Oscar-worthy speech about why we should spend our honeymoon there (seriously, it was on par with Gregory Peck's closing argument in "To Kill a Mockingbird"). And I got bit HARD by the Disney Bug. There's just something about it that taps into our most basic, childlike feelings - the feelings that we really need to stay in touch with as we get older, I think.

May 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Blogger Gigi said...

We spent part of honeymoon (10 years ago) at WDW (sort of by accident) and we had some of the best meals of our marriage there. We ate at Victoria and Albert's at Grand Floridian which was amazing - we did a 7 course tasting. The Portobello Yacht Club at Downtown Disney was fab, as was the restaurant in the Contemporary...and I'll never be able to recreate Wolfgang Puck's butternut squash ravioli with sage browned butter...can you tell we still often talk about our Disney meals? :)

May 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Gigi - oh my lord, I want to go to Victoria and Albert's SOOOO BAD. You have no idea! And as for the California Grill @ The Contemporary - I'll be posting about THAT experience shortly! That will always be our favorite place to eat - no question that that's where we're going on our anniversary.

Glad to know we're not the only people who remember the food! :-)

May 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Blogger alicia said...

Total score on that room. And I'm thinking I want to take my next vacation with you. I don't think I've ever had any of those foods you mentioned. The tonga toast sounds devine though.

May 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Anonymous Theta Mom said...

How awesome was that???

May 5, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I've never been. I know, crazy, but I grew up in LA and we went to disneyland all the time and my parents wouldn't take me to wdw. I'm neglected. BUT i did eat lobster for the first time when I was 7, on cape cod, so there you go. I thought it tasted like the smell of the ocean???? I love your site. I'm your newest follower.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's for Dinner?

May 6, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Melissa - We're going to the Flying Fish and I can't wait!! Do you think it's wrong of me to care more about the food we're going to eat, 19 weeks in advance, than about almost anything else? Except the pool bar? Hmmm...

Alex - THANKS! I love your blog!

May 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM


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