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Old 01-20-2007, 09:48 PM   #16
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Thanks for posting!!! Just booked my flights for Nov 2007 and haven't been in several years. California Grill has always been one of my favorites at WDW. I planned on asking if it was as good as I remember....based on your pictures it looks like I have my answer....
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:52 PM   #17
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:07 PM   #18
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Part #6 Entrees

Alaskan Black Cod on Portabello Mushroom & Duck Ravioli





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Old 01-20-2007, 10:10 PM   #19
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Part #7 Dessert

Chocolate Cake and peanut butter jelly ice cream






Butterscotch Brulee & Bananas


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Old 01-20-2007, 10:13 PM   #20
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Part #8 Post Prandial


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Old 01-20-2007, 10:21 PM   #21
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Part #Afterglow - Wishes from the California Grill Balcony

Wishes in January starts at 08:00 pm....





















...and, my favorite (of this trip)


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Old 01-20-2007, 10:28 PM   #22
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Part #10 - In case you missed the October Pictures

Quick look-back

The balcony at sundown:






A glass of house white.....






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Mickey Mouse (Shirley Temple) & special lighting effects (sundown)







Yellow Fin Tuna, 3 ways







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Old 01-20-2007, 10:33 PM   #23
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Part #11 = Part #10 Continued

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Old 01-20-2007, 10:39 PM   #24
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Part #12 - June Favorites

I have a call into the web host to see where my pictures went!! All of the others are present.....



























Click here to go to next set of pictures

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Old 01-20-2007, 10:44 PM   #25
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WOW!!! We are eating there for the first time next month! Great pics, thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:51 PM   #26
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You are so talented! Those pictures are amazing. I remember the beverage shot from October but never saw the others. These pics make me a bit sad we decided against CG this time around We all enjoyed it last time.
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Old 01-20-2007, 11:07 PM   #27
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Post Script - Wherein brief text attempts to confirm visual reality

The food at CG is like great wine - flavorful, subtle, complex, unique...

My thoughts on what we had this time:

They have a new chef since last October - Jens, from the Flying Fish. We followed his recommendations (lobster appetizer and cod / scallops). In response to my son's inquiry about the filet (what he usually orders), Jens hesitated, then politely noted that he preference for a beef dish at CA is the short ribs. In my (not quoting the chef) opinion, the filet IS outstanding, but it IS "just" a filet - that is, flavorful, but not terribly subtle, complex or unique.

With this guidance, we had the following:

Salad - contained pomegranate vinaigrette - and was - you got it - flavorful, subtle, complex, etc.

Appetizer - I was planning to order the duck foie gras, but it wasn't on the menu. My second choice is always the yellow fin tuna 3 ways - but Chef suggested trying the lobster - there was a LOT of lobster for an appetizer. My son had a customized sushi plate (as seen in picture) to his specifications (he likes the way they use tempura in place of seaweed). The next table was so impressed with it, they asked the waiter to order them the same thing.

Entree - The scallops were great. The only reason I didn't say "out of this world" is that I make pan-seared scallops about once a week from a good seafood supplier and scallop for scallop, mine are very close to these. However, I have not attempted the risotto or sauce you see on this dish - which was excellent. The Cod, WAS out of this world. The fish was phenomenal - tender, break-away, flavorful (not fishy). The portabella mushroom and duck ravioli - unbelievable - and the sauce - soy-like, but subtle.

Dessert - warm valhrona chocolate cake is on the menu everyday - they change the accompaying ice cream daily, but you can almost always ask for vanilla substitute. My dessert read like "bananas foster meets butterscotch brulee". It was excellent, but you need to like sweet and rich. The brulee was exceptional in texture - firmer and more melt-in-your-mouth than the texture of most brulees (which lean toward pudding, custard).

Summary - there are many excellent restaurants in Disney. For all around dining, the CG is my favorite.

Menu - they print new menus each day. I would say that 80-90% of the menu does not vary - so I am now wise to looking for "what is new / different" on the assumption that the atypical items represent (a) chef's creativity and / or (b) availability of ingredients that are not always available. In the case of this meal, the lobster appetizer and cod entree fit the bill.

Here is a picture of my son and the chef:

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Lovely piccies
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Old 01-21-2007, 06:54 AM   #29
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OMG! I have got to say, this is the BEST food thread I have ever seen. Your pictures are so beautiful. They so perfectly capture the beauty of the dishes. They look like professional food porn. Are you a pro photog?

Thank you for putting this together. It is gorgeous & mouth-watering. It's making me want to go back NOW. But alas, I still have a few months to go.
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:25 AM   #30
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You owe me a new keyboard. I have just drooled all over mine.

It all looks great! What is the drink with the cherry floating on top?
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