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Old 12-07-2009, 08:24 AM   #196
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The Gurgling Suitcase

Back at OKW, I mentioned to DH that I really wanted to check out the OKW watering hole, the Gurgling Suitcase. So many people said such wonderful things about it, I wanted to see what was so great for myself. If you haven't been, it's a pretty small bar- just a couple of rooms. But it has to be Disney's warmest, friendliest, homiest bar! There was no one in there but Ken, the bartender, when we sat down. But the memories of great times past were evident- There are photo albums with YEARS worth of good times had by the families who own at OKW. Holiday parties, just hangin' out, all kind of pics of the great times that have taken place at this bar. I ordered a bloody mary- which was one of the best I had ever had, and Ken explained his secret- Mrs Dash! Ken filled us in on what it's like to be a bartender at GS. Families come at the same time every year, and they are a real community of people who look forward to the time spent at OKW with each other. They are a very dedicated bunch, he said. And a lot of fun. Anyway, while we were there, a man and his son stopped by for a beer- Ken, who is from NJ, introduced us to this man, who was also from NJ. His son sat outside. It seems this man and his family like OKW the most because it is so quiet and laid back- and that really helps their son, who is autistic. And this man was also on the board for COSAC, which is the support organization for autistic people here in NJ. Small world, being that we have an autistic son, too! So we had a nice chat, it was a lovely experience, stopping at the GS. A very warm and inviting place. Here's a few pics-





The maker of the yummy bloody mary, Ken-


We said our goodbyes and went back to get ready for our last dinner of the trip- Citricos! On the way out we passed-



See ya in a few!

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Great Update Ellen !!! So nice you met someone who totally understands autism!!!Ken's Bloody Mary's sound good I might try a "virgin " one !!!
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:33 PM   #198
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Love the updates! We got a lot a laughter out of that sausage when we got it too.
Funny and delicious! The perfect food!

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Love the update and all the food pictures! Yum!
We went out to dinner this weekend and I didn't take any photos at dinner, and it...actually felt STRANGE!!! Pods was like, "Don't ya wanna take pictures of my fish?"

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MMM yummy update! I can't believe they didn't give you enough of a taste at the wine tasting - if they're trying to sell it they shouldn't underwhelm everyone. Oh the SAILOR SUIT - I'll bet that's the job all the college boys want!
They were all like "What do you mean? Of course we love our sailor suits! Everyone wants one! They're the coolest!!" Well, that's what the squeeky sneaker boy said- the rest of them just rolled their eyes at him.

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Hi Ellen! I just found this...I only looked at the pics so far (page 1 and 2) and will come back to read later. Looks like fun was had! I must visit Vero!!! Hope all is well.
Hi! Vero is very relaxing- I'm hoping to go back after the cruise- I think it would be PERFECT for after DCL. I'll pm you about the movie- I pretty much can meet you whenever- I think it just came out. We could meet at Bridgewater, that's probably about 1/2 way, I think!

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Scrumptious update Ellen !!!!One of these years I will make it to F &W Fest!!!! My Feb plans are really shaping up!!! Check them out !!!
Hi Rosie! Yes, you must go to F&W- it's just so much fun!!

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ME TOO! You just can't help but touch it, it's giant!!





You're pictures in Mexico came out so fantastic! I think that might be my favorite place in all of WDW. The day we got back from our cruise, we spent one last day in Epcot and we were just so happy to be back, we spent probably 1/2 hour just sitting near that fountain, soaking it all in.


So what do you mean that Mexico City stand is permanent? What are they doin/selling there?


(AND, have you read my recent update to my TR? I didn't update on the actual trip, but your notice of the "lady with no clue" in my Test Track picture inspired me to write a song.....)
I LOVE that pic of you- you always take such facially animated photos, Nicki! The Mexico stand is a taqueria- it sells tacos now. I'll be by to sing your song, soon!! Too funny!
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Hey Ellen your Star pupil just posted 3 yes 3 pix in a row !!!:cool1 :
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OOOOOhhhhh, I am so hoping y'all loved Citricos as much as we did!
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More fine dining and look who it is!!

Our last night in WDW, and we had an 8:30 ADR at Citricos. This would be our first time dining here, and I was excited to check it out! We arrived at GF and decided to Valet park (because of course we were running late), but it was a little different than the previous evening when the parking was free for V&A's. DUH. Stupid me, I forgot about free TIW parking. Oh well, that's a lesson learned, I guess! We checked in and sat at the bar while we waited for our table.



Well, hell-ooooo BIG FELLA!






We were called to our table in no time at all. It is lovely in there, but we were unfortunately not near any window for fireworks....what a SHOCK! Bread and butter were brought to the table very quickly-





I do like this trend of putting the coarse salt atop the sweet butter- it is so nice when you crunch down on the salt crystal and it floods your mouth with salty flavor. The bread was ok, but not nearly as good as V&A's as my DH pointed out. Umm, ok, Honey, if you'd like to eat there exclusively from now on, just say the word.... I was a little torn with what to order for apps, since there are so many opinions about what is best here, it seems everyone has their favorite- between the shrimp, the gateau of crab, and the arancini. Hmmm... well, our server informed us that the shrimp is no longer served with the pasta....so THAT helped!! We ordered the crab & arancini- (and, FWIW, I found that pasta the shrimp used to come with at home, and made it with Shrimp & lemon, tomatoes & feta-it was fabulous!)

Arancini Crispy Risotto-Italian Sausage, Quattro Formaggi & White truffle aioli-



A close up-



They were good, crispy and tasty. Pods had the Gateau of crab-Jumbo lump crab, orange fennel cream, and Tomato fennel slaw-





Yummmmmm...we thought that was delightful. The clear winner between the two, for us. A few pics while we waited for our main course-



Love sitting near an open air kitchen so I can watch the action- it is almost as good as seeing fireworks!



The lovely wine of the evening-



So I had short ribs. But, at the advice of the server, I believe I kind of combined two dishes- I had braised short ribs, served with polenta, but with the sweet vidalia onions, peppadew and banana peppers and veal glace. Or, then again, maybe I did have the filet, but substituted polenta for the potatoes. But I think it was the first thing. Because it looks like short ribs to me, and I don't usually order filet.



Sorry for the confusion- this is what happens when I go to Disney twice in a month and don't take notes, i guess!! I DO remember I enjoyed it, though- and that it was very rich and filling. Pods had the braised veal shank , carrot potato puree, roasted vegetables and toasted citrus gremolata (because how could we go to Citrico's and NOT eat it??????)-





Ohhhh...that was delicious and luscious!! So glad we had it, and would most definitely order it again!

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More fine dining and look who it is!! cont'd

We had to pass on dessert...which was sooooooooooo hard for me, because of all the food porn I've seen of their desserts, but really, we were stuffed. We decided to just sit and enjoy our wine. Our server took our pic-





And then I of course, took his-



It was a wonderful way to spend our final evening- a beautiful restaurant with great service and almost sexy food. We will most definitely be going back on our next trip.

So, we left Citricos, and Pods had to...powder his nose. I waited outside of V&A's for him. And gazed longingly through the glass doors (well, my nose wasn't pressed up onto the glass, but maybe it would have been if we had had an after dinner drink!). And guess who was staring at me from the other side? Well, the other side not for long, because in a FLASH my girlfriend DIANE was out that door and giving me the HUGEST HUGS!!! Can you believe it? She said "Oh, Mrs. Geissel, I'm so happy to see you!! I'm so sorry I missed saying good-bye to you last night! How was everything? How was your evening tonight?" She REMEMBERED MY NAME!!!!! WOW. If that isn't impressive, I don't know WHAT is- it's not like I'm there every day- it was our first visit! How wonderful is Diane??? And the fact that she literally came CHARGING out of V&A's doors to hug me several times....when she could have just stayed in her restaurant and waved...well, that all goes back to what I said the other day- she is just the ROCKSTAR of CM's, I adore her, if I could have stuffed her in my pocket and brought her home with me I would have. She is AWESOME and she helps set V&A's apart from all the 5 star restaurants there are everywhere else. Yay Diane!

When I took this, she said, "how should I pose?? Oh..I know! Very Victorian!"


Talk about ending the vacation on a high note!!!

Downstairs, I had a few more pics to take of the bazillion dollar floor-







Then it was back to OKW for some packing up...in the morning, we would be attempting to golf again, this time at Osprey Ridge. I wonder how it will go .....

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I'm not sure which one Pods is going to pick up - the GGS or the bottle! That is a great looking bottle. Whenever I see one in the liquor store I immediately want to buy Grey Goose.



I'm sorry, but this is too funny. Denny had the history channel on last night and they were showing phallic pictures that the Egyptians wrote on papyrus. I am noticing the similarities. Apparently, this was a common Egyptian past time. hmmmm....wonder why they don't have THOSE pictures in Spaceship Earth?

More great updates Ellen. You are really getting to sample a good assortment of the F & W cuisine. I love your pictures!!!!! Yum Yum!
Hey ME! Can you explain what those pics actually ARE on SE's walls to me?? I feel like I am the only one who doesn't "see" it.

Glad you like the food porn. EVery vacation is the same- I start out feeling a little shy about it, by the end of the trip I'm taking multiple pics at different angles of butter! I do love looking at it though, when I'm trying to figure out where to eat on vacation (or what to eat on DCL!)....

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Great Update Ellen !!! So nice you met someone who totally understands autism!!!Ken's Bloody Mary's sound good I might try a "virgin " one !!!
I bet that would be delicious! I'm going to serve them to my book club next month- Bloody Marys and some hors d' ouvres followed by "New Moon" at the movies that we've all read.

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Well, we sure did!! What did you have?
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Wow, the Citrico's dinner looks fabulous! And that is sooo impressive about Diane! Makes you feel really special!
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We had the gateau of crab and the veal shank. Best meal of the trip!!!!

All I can say is WOW, super impressed with Diane!!!!!!
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Ellen you and Pods are such adventourous eaters !!! You will then be proud toknow I plan to try the Tangerine Cafe in Feb !! Never had Morroccan food before !! Now German,Italian, chinese oh yea and Mexican too!!
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Hey ME! Can you explain what those pics actually ARE on SE's walls to me?? I feel like I am the only one who doesn't "see" it.


Ellen -

This picture was taken in spaceship earth across from the cavemen. You don't see a thing when you take the pic - just a blank wall. But when you use your flash (which is breaking the rules - tisk tisk), this is what you get.

I love your latest updates. And it looks like you had another great meal at Citricos, which is another place I really want to try. Your food por pics are really the best. I think that's your specialty. How cool that Diane came running out of V&A's to say hello to you.

I can't believe you trip is coming to a close. But, then again, you have another trip to write about!!!!!!
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Wow, the Citrico's dinner looks fabulous! And that is sooo impressive about Diane! Makes you feel really special!
Yes, it certainly did make me feel special!!

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All I can say is WOW, super impressed with Diane!!!!!!
Of course you did! We all HAVE to eat the crab & shank- why do they even HAVE a menu, anyway??? They should just clarify- "DIS or non-DIS?" They can just haul out the crab-n-shank to DISsers- for the rest just tell 'em how it is..."This is Citricos, and tonight you'll be having crab-n-shank...!"

And Diane!!! Yes, I am UBER-super impressed with HER!

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Rosie- Tangerine Cafe is yummy! I hope you enjoy it!!

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Ellen -

This picture was taken in spaceship earth across from the cavemen. You don't see a thing when you take the pic - just a blank wall. But when you use your flash (which is breaking the rules - tisk tisk), this is what you get.

I love your latest updates. And it looks like you had another great meal at Citricos, which is another place I really want to try. Your food por pics are really the best. I think that's your specialty. How cool that Diane came running out of V&A's to say hello to you.

I can't believe you trip is coming to a close. But, then again, you have another trip to write about!!!!!!
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for explaining that to me!! I just thought I didn't get it- and when I looked for it in SE and didn't see anything, i thought I just missed it! I feel so much better now!!

That's funny you like my food porn- I always like everyone else's more- maybe it's like cooking- it always tastes better when someone else cooks it/ it always looks better when some other camera takes a picture of it!
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Oy!! Alan made me try Narcoosee's and now you are going to make me try Citrico's. That veal looks amazing! I can't afford to keep reading trip reports.
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Yum! Another place we have to try. How cool that you saw Diane again - and that she remembered your name!
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