The last morning at the resort. We spent it watching the Japanese station – listening to くるり belt it out:
They played Jubilee and Baby, I Love You – and I had to hit Y!Japan to get them as soon as I got home.
We walked the grounds a bit, getting last minute pictures…
To kill some time (and the last of our dining plan credits) we headed out to lunch.
Ending up at Wolfgang Puck’s.
Yup, like the Yachtsman, this was the one place we all wanted a second time before leaving.
Chris got the Artichoke and Five Cheese Dip
Thank you, Vanna
Now obligatory “Chris eating” shot
I had the crab cakes again of course. I don’t think we need another shot of those.
I had to get the salmon that Dad had the first time, with the awesome mashed potatoes:
Chris went with another pizza:
Mom got the Macadamia Nut Chicken again.
Dad decided to try swordfish, as that’s something he’s not had before. He thought it was really good.
Somehow Mom managed to knock over a glass of water – at the end of the meal when we were all food high. The napkins they give you are scotch guarded – so they don’t absorb anything… it was madness.
Finally it was time to check in to our new hotel. Best Western Lake Buena Vista – it’s considered a “Downtown Disney Hotel”. While not owned by Disney, it’s in the service loop for the park buses and a great alternative to staying onsite.
The hotel is a high rise – and you get a balcony with a table and chairs and large sliding door to enjoy the weather and the view:
Because I”m still loving the panoramic shots, here”s an idea of the sweep of my view:
Of course… leave it to me to find some questionable landscaping ideas:
Didn”t anyone ever consider the aerial view?? :rotfl:
The rooms have 2 queen beds standard, and is a good size:
Even with the other high rise, sunsets were dramatic as Florida can get it:
After unpacking and crashing for a few hours, we headed out to dinner. This was my birthday dinner pick and I went for Raglan Road in Downtown Disney:
An Irish Pub themed place – known for being very loud when entertainment is on. It”s not for everyone, but I was enthused for some Irish food.
I had the Colcannon soup, and Chris the scallop forest to start:
Mom had the mushroom soup:
Dad had mussels:
For our entrees –
Mom had the pork chop
Dad and Chris got the meat platter – with a Lamb chop, Guinness banger, sirloin steak, black pudding, chicken drumstick and bacon.
I locked on to the stew – oh…. I love irish stew and haven”t had a good bowl since hitting a pub in Ann Arbor and this was DELICIOUS
Dessert was a bread and butter pudding for Chris and Dad
I had some kind of raspberry meringue item – that wasn”t what I expected, but honestly I was too full anyway
Lastly Mom got another Creme Brulee dish (this time a tart)
And that was pretty much the start of our second week!