Travel dates: April 16th 2010
Travel method: Car
Ages Represented in Group:Thirty-something to Fifty
Disney Resort Experience Represented in Group:All six of us are APs
Cast of characters:Myself, DH, Disneyfunfamily4, DFF4's BFF, My DF and her DH
Myself along with my DH, DF and her DH headed up to DLR for a special kid free afternoon/evening! We arrived late afternoon and after a few minor mishaps, we decided to check out DCA's Food and Wine Festival first. We sampled some great Italian wines and then headed towards the Festival Marketplace to check out this year's merchandise and grab a much needed bite. We had all skipped lunch, anticipating an earlier arrival, so we were starved. Keeping in mind that it was after 4pm and our Club 33 reservation was at 6:15 we kept it light. We sampled the Festival and the Artisan Cheese plates. They were a perfect snack to tide us over for a couple of hours. We headed over to DL with a plan to get over to NOS and stay in the general area so there would be no way that we would be late for our reservation. The park crowds seemed light for a Friday afternoon and the weather was beautiful. We picked up FP's for Indy that we anticipated using after dinner and then headed to BTMRR. The queue was short, only about 10 minutes, which was great! Since that took so little time, we decided to head over to HM, which was only a 5 minute wait! While we were on HM DFF4 contacted me to let me know they were in the park. We met up in front of POTC and since we still had over 45 minutes until our reservation, we decided to ride. Once we were off of POTC it was 6pm, 15 minutes until our reservation, so we stayed near the Club 33 entrance. I changed my shoes (I wore flip flops in and brought appropriate dinner shoes) and we had a little photos session. At 6:15 I pushed "THE BUTTON!" Unfortunately, someone else was coming out (we originally though they were turned away because of dress code) and almost hit me with the door. The door was opened and the CM met me there. I informed her of my name and our reservation time and she welcomed us in. DH was having trouble with our 'good camera' so I was fumbling through my bag looking for our little back up camera. We took several photos in the lobby before heading up the lift. All the while DH is still having trouble with our good camera. Once we were upstairs, we were quickly seated. Well, the hostess tried to get us to our table quickly, but we were all snapping photos along the way. Once we were seated, in very comfortable seats, I might add, we were introduced to Alistair, our server. He did a great job of answering all of our questions. He was attentive to our needs, but did NOT rush us at any point. We continued to snap away at our cameras even before our drinks were ordered.
Everyone in our party ordered a glass of wine. DF and I ordered Silverado Sauvignon Blanc, which is made by Walt Disney's daughter, Diane. The wine was light and crisp, and a little on the sweet side. DFF4 had the Fess Parker Chardonnay, bottled exclusively for Disney. She said that she enjoyed it very much. My DH had a glass of St. Francis merlot, he enjoyed it, but it wasn't as spicy as he prefers. DF's DH and DFF4's BFF both had a glass of Pinot Noir that they enjoyed.
For dinner we all chose an appetizer course. The diver scallop and shrimp cakes were favorites of everyone at the table. DF's DH ordered the vintner's menu so his appetizer course was a spinach salad that he very much enjoyed. There was a lot of sharing of appetizers and entrees among our party, everyone wanted to sample as much as possible! It was great.
For dinner, I ordered the Prime Braised Short Rib with sweet potato gratin. The short rib was delicious, so tender, moist and tasty! The sweet potato gratin, on the other hand, was just OK. I think the potatoes were a little undercooked and a bit lacking in flavor. I ate a few bites off of the top and bottom where the potatoes were cooked more thoroughly. DH had the filet of chatauebriand and it was excellent! It was cooked to a perfect medium rare, wonderfully seasoned and so very tender, just as chateaubriand should be. DF ordered the duck confit, and was gracious enough to share a bite with me. I thought it was very delicious. DH enjoyed it, but did admit that it was just a tad on the dry side. Her DH had a lake whitefish second course that he said was good, but not to die for. Followed by a main course of New York strip steak. He said it was cooked very well and much more tender than he expected it to be when he initially cut into it. DFF4's BFF ordered the John Dory. She shared a bite with me and I have to say, for a moment I was sorry that I didn't order it. It was lightly pan seared and seasoned with white pepper, which I love. DFF4 also ordered the John Dory, if I'm remembering everything correctly. It's not easy to remember what 6 people ate and drank!
I'll finish the report tonight!