Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Florida Vacation - Day 5 – December 12, 2007

Wednesday we went to Disney MGM. It is one of the smaller parks, so there is less walking. As a family we went to a live performance of Beauty and the Beast. It was really, really well done, although the aluminum benches we were sitting on were likely devised to extract information from terrorists. After that we split up, with me taking Hannah around. We got a cookie together, went to the Muppet 3D show and a couple of other things. After we got back together, I went through the movie ride, which was also well done. Lunch was at the Sci-Fi Dine-In restaurant, where you sit in models of old 50's cars and watch silly old movie clips from old Sci-Fi movies.

Wednesday night, Karen's Mom babysat for us and Karen and I went out for a special supper. We had reservations for Victoria and Albert's in the Grand Floridian Resort. It's a 5 star restaurant, and definitely the nicest place I've ever been in. Including the Amuse Bouche, there were 7 courses. We started with Oysters Rockefeller and a Root Vegetable Flan. The second course was Walnut Oil Seared Duck with Hearts of Palm, Huckleberry Vinaigrette and Forme D'Ambert Fondue. For the third course I tried something that I had heard about but never tried; Pan Roasted Foie Gras with Fuji Apples and Mostarda di Cremona. It was amazingly good. I think the fourth course was an Alaskan Sablefish with Petite French Lentiles, Winter Corn and Saffron Foam. For the main course I had Kansas City Angus Beef with Candied Yukon Gold Potatoes. Cuts of meat like this are not available at the local supermarket. The sixth course was a Pear-Almond Gelato. And for dessert? There were three chocolate items. On the left was a Peruvian Chocolate Ice Cream on a Puff Pastry with an edible 24 caret gold leaf. On the right was a Tanzanian Chocolate Pyramid. And in the center was a Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle with Godiva chocolate poured in the center. We were served by two waiters in tails, with live harp music coming from the corner.


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