Adventures in Dining

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We’re on hiatus May 16, 2008

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Until we get the ‘Net connectivity issue resolved…..


Two Restaurants That Disappoint July 6, 2007

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In the past two days, I have had as many disappointing experiences.  The first was at Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant yesterday, July 5.  We’ve been to this restaurant, located under the Citrus Tower, several times, and have always been fine with the food there.  Yesterday, however, my dining companion noticed a small roach (approximately 1/2 inch long) running around the table.  After chasing it a bit, she managed to kill it.  That ended my enjoyment of the dinner, and I pushed away my plate.  I kept drinking, though, until I noticed that, crushed on the inside of my glass, was a small bug.  Not a roach, but still…  Ugh….  Needless to say, we won’t be eating here any time soon.

We went to CiCi’s Pizza on 192 today, and it had the typical cleanliness standards of every other restaurant we’ve ever been to on 192: lacking.  I’d heard some Disney employees mention that they ate here, so I figured it might be okay.  Wrong.  There were dried bits of food on our plates and trays, as well as lots of children running around, chewing with their mouths open, talking with bits of food coming out, and putting their hands over the stacks of “clean” glasses.  Yech…

We didn’t expect much from CiCi’s, but we’re disappointed in Santiago’s, which we had enjoyed.  We had a similar experience at the Mexican Restaurant Ay Jalisco in Clermont, when we noticed mouse droppings along the window sill there.  I don’t like roaches and mice frequenting the place at which we dine.  I wish that all restaurants here in Florida were required to post their sanitation scores, as they are in the rest of the civilized world.


About this blog and its authors June 9, 2007

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We recently began this blog and, as former vacationers to Walt Disney World and now current residents of Orlando, we wanted to include some of our more recent dining experiences at Disney restaurants.  Because of this, we have pasted in dining reviews that we wrote from August 2006 to the present, and so many of these reviews are out of order.

In an attempt to bring some sort of order to this blog, we have categorized the restaurants by location in the categories to the right side of the page as you view the blog.  If you are interested in our reviews of New York restaurants, simply click on this category to see the relevant reviews.  If you are interested in Disney, click on “Disney Restaurants.”  We are also going to be reviewing restaurants in various regions of Orlando, so you will see these areas indicated as categories.  We will not be grouping by cuisine, as we think that would confuse the issue.  Readers traveling to Orlando do not care about our review of a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan.

Further complicating this review page is the dining preference of myself and my husband.  For the record, I am consistently a pescatarian.  I will eat seafood and animal products like milk, eggs, cheese, etc.  However, I will not eat anything derived from animal meats, like chicken stock, gelatin, or a big, juicy filet.  My husband shares these exact dietary preferences with one exception: when we are on vacation, he will eat meat.  In order for the trip to be considered a vacation, we must be spending the night at a hotel.  Hence, you will read some reviews of Disney restaurants where we went out for dinner, then came back home.  In those cases, we are both pescatarians.  If we’re staying on Disney property for the weekend, though, all bets are off, as far as my husband is concerned.  Bring on the veal and foie gras!

We are happily child-free, so we review restaurants with our own demographic in mind. A good dining experience for us is one in which no infants or toddlers have a meltdown while in our vicinity.  Admittedly, this is sometimes difficult to find, living as we do in the land of the mouse.  Our current home base is about a 10-15 minute drive from the Disney parks, so for us to get out to other areas of Orlando can be a major endeavor.

We hope that this clarifies things a bit for our readers.


Hello world! June 7, 2007

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Thus begins the culinary adventures of two DINKs. Said adventures will be mostly focused in the Orlando region, but occasionally we will diversify during our travels.