Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Palo Review Part III - Disney Magic NYC Weekend Cruise June 2012

Do I even need to tell you which dessert I ordered?  OBVIOUSLY I had to go with Palo's famous chocolate souffle!!  It comes perfectly puffed with high quality vanilla bean ice cream and thick chocolate and vanilla sauces

First you break the puff, then you pour the thick, rich chocolate sauce in to try it with just the chocolate sauce.

After you come down from heaven, you add in the vanilla sauce for another try.  You die a little in perfect happiness with each bite.  

Once that's done, you eat the vanilla ice cream drizzled in whatever sauces remain, and then you use a spoon to finish out the sauces straight up.  If you don't do this, you have failed as a diner.  

We were also celebrating my dad's birthday so he got this fun little surprise:

All in all, Palo was a GREAT dinner and the only meal on our cruise that surpassed the "just barely edible" level.  And surpassed it, it did!  I am so glad we got to try it.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Palo Review Part II - - Disney Magic NYC Weekend Cruise June 2012

 For my appetizer I ordered the lobster ravioli in a creamy sauce.  It felt . . . under cooked (see how the seafood inside is the pasta is still grey?).  But I deferred to the expertise of the Palo kitchen and trusted that it was supposed to be this way and ate it anyway.

For the entree I of COURSE ordered the filet.  You have the option of a blue cheese topping or a red wine sauce.  Obviously I had to have both.  I'm not super into steak but it was YUM.

It came with garlicky sauteed spinach and a mash underneath.  Almost as yummy as the steak itself!
But what I REALLY came to Palo for was the dessert . . . .

Friday, January 18, 2013

Palo Review Part I - Disney Magic NYC Weekend Cruise June 2012

Ah Palo!  At last, I KNEW I was in for a decent meal on this ship.  I had insisted we make special reservations for this place.  We got dressed up and walked in to this Italian inspired restaurant. 

Once seated, our lovely waiter Andrea (male) stopped by to talk to us about our dinner.  He brought out some delicious bread fresh from the oven.  Then he wheeled out this lovely cart and started preparing our antipasti plate.

Here is the finished antipasti plate: clockwise from bottom front we have:
Roasted red peppers, an AMAZING Parmigiano Reggiano cheese drizzled in a balsamic vinegar reduction, selection of olives, artichokes, paper-thin slices of cured meat, paper-thin slices of prosciutto, and a tapenade in the middle. 

It was all DELICIOUS.  And then we had our appetizers and entrees to look forward to!

Palo entrance.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lumieres Review - Disney Magic - Weekend NYC Cruise June 2012

Continuing on in our quest for decent food on the Disney Magic, we decided to have lunch at Lumieres (it wasn't on our dining rotation due to the short trip).  The decor was nice if a little dated.  Love the rose chandeliers!

I ordered a turkey sandwich and it was . . . ugly.  SOAKED in thousand island dressing, the soggy bread didn't help the overly smoky flavor of the turkey.  It was actually depressing.  So depressing and ugly I didn't even want to take a photo of it.  

But I had something to look forward to:  hot chocolate pudding for dessert!  Topped with vanilla creme and marshmallows (they look like crunchy sugar pieces but they were actually soft and yummy), I was looking forward to a rich, chocolaty end to my otherwise disappointing meal.

And it was rich and chocolaty on the inside too.  It wasn't SO AMAZING that it saved the nasty sandwich, but based on the Magic's track record so far it could have been much worse.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Word&@$# Cove Cafe Breakfast Treats

Welcome to another Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by the defiant Deb!

I will say the baked goods available at Cove Cafe by the adult pool were better than any of the food at the major restaurants on the Magic.  They were just about Starbucks-quality I would say.  These are the breakfast offerings.  Then they switch over to afternoon tea type snacks later in the day.

Focused on the Magic
Now hop on to the next stop!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Destination Disney Quote #17

Linking up with the hilarious Heidi!  The quote for this week is:

"Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner."

Mickey Mouse, coming to you from Manhattan right now (by way of a lamp in our concierge level room at the Yachts Club):

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Just Some Notes, Rules, Integrity, Honesty

Happy New Year!!  To start the new year off right, I just wanted to share some notes about me and my blog for those who are just joining us (and those who have been with me for a while and just don't know).  I have taken the Integrity Pledge and aim to honor it at all times.

First, I am not affiliated with Walt Disney World or the Walt Disney Company.  I am a single, childless adult who loves Walt Disney World and who enjoys expressing this love by writing about it and showing my pictures.  I hope you enjoy my posts; they are my, and only my, opinions; they are my personal impressions of my trips and other (mostly) Disney-related things.  

Second, as of the date of this post, I have never received any compensation from advertisers or had a sponsored post.   I have never received any free samples, services, or similar from any company or organization (including anything Disney or Disney-related) for the purposes of this blog.  If I ever did anything like that, I would definitely say so in the post.   Because I have never received any kind of "perk" (so far), I can express my complete honest opinion - even when I'm feeling Maleficent-y.  Again, if I did receive such a perk, I would note it in the post.