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Old 03-04-2013, 04:24 AM   #556
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Along with other useful things too! I love looking at the pens and pencils every time we come across the section in any of the stores. I have the Disney Nerd Kooky pens from my Feb 2011 trip, so I knew I wouldn't get anything new.

Taking notes with a Disney pen is one way to help get through a boring afternoon faculty meeting.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:54 PM   #557
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Hey getting caught up on your report. I'm trying to jump back into the DIS full force.

You look gorgeous in your wedding pictures. You guys are such a cute couple and I look forward to reading your first experience to the World as a married couple.

I don't mind hearing your background story, in fact I enjoy it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I love your invitations and the centerpieces look amazing! Great reception favors. I wish I was more crafty with DIY stuff. I may just have to ask you for advice or hire you when ever my time comes.

Your vows are so sweet. The pictures from you wedding ceremony photo session are beautiful! You made me LOL when you said your "hand looked like a claw or something". Your reception looked like a lot of fun! I loved reading all your details of your wedding. I hope one day I get to share my details with you

Stores close early in my area too. I'm use to everything being open really late.

Yea I could imagine the anticipation of a delayed flight to Florida (Disney) would make me feel like I'll never get there. LOL about your tweet about the weather. I'm a fan of Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives too. I like your gate number, it's the year I was born

I eat ketchup on eggs too.

AH! Your first meal in Florida was Chick-fil-a, that's ALWAYS my first meal when I go back home. I'm excited that they'll be opening one up 20 minutes (on the freeway)from my house.

The Art of Animation Sign is one of my favorites. I told my dad I wanted something with it on it.

I'm the same way, I don't like when my arms touch the shower curtain either.

Love the tour of the AKL room. I remember seeing pictures of your green curry shrimp. oh goodness, did that look good. WELL I TH INK I remember, because I thought i saw a picture of the actual dish but maybe I'm dreaming.

S/N - seeing how long your hair was, made me want to stop and straighten my hair. I wish my hair was that long but it comes just below my shoulder blades when straight.

Those ribs and onion rings look DELISH and your description made my mouth water.

Thanks for posting the videos of Flights of Wonder, I've never seen the show before.

When we ride Dinosaur, my DBF always laughs at me because I look extremely terrified of the dino when they take your picture. That part ALWAYS gets me. LOL.

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal at Yak & Yeti more.

I'd be willing to try the beet and goat cheese salad at least once.

10 updates left after this one, I'm so tired but I need to go to bed because I have work in the morning.

Friday evening, I thought I could get all caught up tonight but that didn't happen :/ makes me sad

I didn't care for the weather changes in the ride Living with the Land either. Sorry to hear that you may be allergic to pineapple. My sister found out recently she was allergic to peanut butter and supposedly chocolate - she said she wouldn't mind giving up pb but not the chocolate.

It's been such a while since I rode figment.

Loved the tour of vision House.

Aww, Go the Distance has such a special meaning for you two. Now whenever I hear it, I'll think of you two.

There's so many things I would love to purchase to Disney up our home, but I can't because I'm the only one that loves it that much. I would definitely purchase Disney pens though cause those would be just for me. And with that I am all caught up, it only took me a week or so.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:35 AM   #558
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Hi Rachel
I have been enjoying your TR. I have read all of your reports and they are great. I dont comment that often - sorry!
Your wedding photos are beautiful!! I'm so happy for you and Howard. You have a really neat 'getting together' story! Hope married life ia all you thought it would be!
We hope to stay at AKL in November for our 15th anniversary!!
Looking forward to reading more!
That's okay about the commenting! I'm so glad that you still read when you can. I end up doing that a lot with TRs too because there are only so many hours in a day.

Married life is definitely what we wanted it to be. I absolutely love that we get to see each other each morning and each night after work. No more waiting until Saturday and Sunday only to see each other!

I would absolutely love to stay at AKL again for a future anniversary trip. So many wonderful memories of a quiet and peaceful resort with wonderful restaurants!

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I love spaceship earth! But I refuse to ride it when there is a long wait... Because of my stubbornness I ended up not riding it on my last trip but I love the lady in the yellow tights! I always wanna get wacky tights for work when I get to that part!

Is AKL really that big that they need to shuttle people between Jambo and Kidani? I've never been Gotham resort so I have no frame of reference.

I wonder where you're going to dinner... Maybe fulton's? Or Raglan Road, maybe?
Spaceship Earth is one of the best rides, but like you said, long waits are just ridiculous! Even though it's a continuously loading ride, I still don't want to stand on a long line. It does feel really weird not to see all those fabulous outfits showcased on the ride though so it's still a must do for us.

I'm guessing it was an autocorrect that made your comment say Gotham resort? Haha, I'm thinking about Batman now.

It's not too bad of a walk, but if it was something we had to do often, we'd definitely a hop a shuttle if it was there as an option. The resorts are actually really close to each other. They both look at the same savanna, but the walking part has to go around the outside of the resorts at the front. Haha, don't know if that makes any sense! I didn't realize just how close they were until we were out and about in Jambo and looked out a window and saw exactly where Sanaa was! Too bad there's no walkway that goes THROUGH the savanna!

Yup, it's Raglan Road! We didn't have the greatest experience there, so that's why I wasn't as eager to write about the meal. It's finally written now though, and I'll post it after comments.

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I am up to your arrival and absolutely loved seeing the pictures of your wedding and reception. Your dress is beautiful and your photography did a wonderful job. I also love your cake - gorgeous!

I'll be back to read more about your first park visit. Fun pics on the plane and at MCO. I agree that MCO is so different from the airports I fly from (Philadelphia and Baltimore).
Thank you! I still can't believe that we went through all that stress of the wedding. My older brother is geting married in less than 2 weeks and my sister-in-law is getting married in less than a month! It's VERY different being on this side of the preparations! My heart totally goes out to my brother and his almost wife as they have been dealing with so much stress.

MCO was awesome! It just feels so much more cheerful. Plus, they have so many food options to choose from, which we appreciated. Definitely a better choice than our local airports!

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Love all of the updates! It was fun reading the last one about World of Disney...I'm sure you can guess why. My dad has those E-ticket magnets too!

And what was with all of those people near the gates at Epcot?! Those kids were older but I do remember the year we went in May there were quite a few school groups there. Must be nice to go on a field trip to a Disney park!
Thanks! I would love to work at World of Disney! I'd totally lose all my money though using that discount, haha. Would have purchased more than just those E-ticket magnets!

I definitely would love to do a field trip to a park! Even as a teacher, I would love to show them certain things and teach them certain things. But they looked like it was more of a fun trip, like the way we'd go to Six Flags at the end of the year without any educational reason.

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Hey Rachel, I haven't been around in quite awhile and had a TON of catching up to do!! First, I was sorry to hear about your health concerns, how scary it must have been for Howard Then to be in an accident so soon after I remember after rolling my vehicle a few years ago how hard it was to get back behind the wheel. In particular when we were test driving new cars (totalled the one I had been driving), there was something about the bend in the windshield wipers that freaked me out...reminded me too much of the bent up ones I stared at while waiting for the police to arrive at the accident scene

I got a kick out of your random picture moments My hands definitely have a mind of their own too. If I'm not overjesturing, I am fiddling with something. When I was teaching at "traditional" school (I teach for an online school now) I was constantly clicking pens or marker caps!!

I've kind of forgotten eveything about the actual Disney part of your TR I wanted to comment on but I'm enjoying it I hope you are thinking of doing a TR for your Christmas trip. We are going this year and although I know it's not the ideal time to go with the crowds and all, I can't wait since we always went at Christmas time when I was a kid and it's been probably over 25 years (long enough that I saw Captain EO during it's first run on my last childhood trip!)
This was definitely a crazy year for us and our first year of marriage. In fact, right now I'm on my 2nd day at home sick because I was dealing with crazy nausea and threw up a few times yesterday. I feel so bad that I have made our first year so wacky because of my health issues! Howard is beyond amazing though in taking care of me. This is where we really do see love in action.

Oh wow, I'm so glad you're okay after the accident where the vehicle rolled. I don't know how I'd feel about driving after that. God definitely helped me through this fear because I drove again just 3 days after this past accident. I thought I wouldn't be able to, and I spent a lot of that time in between crying to Howard wondering why I had to be in another accident when I already hate driving in the first place. But He was definitely with me throughout this craziness.

Haha, I guess I do that too! I click and unclick the Expo marker caps or I swing my lesson plans by holding on to the part that has the holes punched in. My kids know when I'm in a good mood because I do those things when I'm happy! I wish I could teach for an online school now instead. I could definitely handle that better than teaching in a traditional school with my health issues.

I will definitely do a TR for our Christmas trip AND for our April 2012 trip. I actually took notes for parts of those trips, so I'll be able to remember a lot more for those. I personally didn't enjoy going during Christmas, but a lot of that had to do with being exhausted with the school year to begin with and then going on a trip that would also require a lot of energy. Then I ended up getting sick for the last few days, so the memories of that trip are just not as good as every other trip we've gone on together. I know some people who LOVE the Christmas season though! I'm just not one of them. I like that we did go once though.

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I am just finding your TR now and probably going to spend a chunk of my day reading it, but wanted to subscribe and comment really quick before I get started (as I am one to get fully immersed into reading a TR, only to come up for air hours later and then forget to subscribe, accidentally close the tab and never get to read the ending)!

You looked so beautiful on your wedding day! And I love the photo of you guys sitting in front of the mounds of hors d'oevres. That is exactly where I would want to be as well. Live to eat, what a great motto!
Thanks for joining! I hope you enjoy the updates! They're definitely few and far between since I don't have as much time as a teacher to update. I really wish I could though!

I think eating the food at the wedding in the bridal suite was one of my favorite moments. I just wanted to relax and be with friends and not have the stress of being "on-stage" in front of everyone.

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Thank you for writing this wonderful report! Your wedding looked beautiful and I loved seeing all of your fun details. It's also wonderful that you got to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge - I LOVED that resort! I'm glad you finally got to ride the Disney buses - they may sometimes take a bit longer, but I think riding them really puts you in the mood for arriving at each theme park. I love the park-appropriate music that they play in each bus!

I'll have to try Sanaa sometime due to your glowing recommendation.

Finally, I love all of your video additions to your trip report! Howard's pictures are fantastic, but I love that the videos add a wonderful "live" aspect to the report!

I look forward to your next update!
Thanks for reading! AKL really was so wonderful! I wouldn't mind going back there in the far off future. Too bad it just costs so much without renting DVC points. The bus trips were super fun too! I really appreciated that the AKL ones were under tons of shade, so it was never hot while waiting. Staying at Pop during our Christmas trip showed me that I wouldn't be able to deal with that in the summer months!

I can't rave enough about Sanaa! I know that a few others have wanted to try it based on my recommendation too. I hope it lives up to the hype I've given it! It just really fits what Howard and I like ... adventurous but not TOO adventurous.

Glad you enjoy the videos too! I like reliving those aspects a lot because it can transport you back to the moments more than the pictures can sometimes. I hope to one day have an actual video camera to use since my digital camera gets hot when it's left on too long and it only has a 10 minute limit for videos.

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I know I *just* commented, but I have finished reading your wedding updates, so I felt it was justified to comment again.

First, I am sorry that you had to deal with all of the stresses from the wedding, BUT..in the end it seems like you were really having a great time and I hope that the fun times you had were worth the aggravations of planning and dealing with the details. I would have been annoyed w/ the people getting in the way of the photographers as well...I do understand people want their own pictures, and to a degree it can't be avoided with the waiting around for people to take their pictures, but stepping in front of the photographers is pretty bad.

Still..your photographers truly did an AMAZING job with your wedding. Just picture after picture that was gorgeously composed.

I think it's great that you did the tea ceremony, even though your in laws said it could be skipped. I bet it really meant a lot to them that you guys took the time to embrace their culture and history and I feel like it was probably taken as a really nice sign of respect.

And...hmm I feel like I had more to say, but can't think of it now. Congratulations on your marriage!
Double commenting is absolutely fine! I love reading them!

Yeah, our photographers were so patient even when we weren't! I'm so glad they were still able to get good shots despite everyone pushing in. I'm just super glad that it's over; I am not an in-the-spotlight kind of person unless it's performing for a play when all the lines are planned out and memorized already!

The tea ceremony was definitely for them. I still don't quite understand the purpose except that I know it's a form of respect. They literally take the smallest sip of the tea just for the ritual. It was just bad because it was like, uh, who are all you people? Haha, I've never met these relatives before!

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I found your trip report from some others that I read, so I'm just joining in!
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I could spend hours wandering around the World of Disney Store redecorating my house and replacing my wardrobe if someone let me. It's a good thing I know that the budget couldn't handle it!!
Absolutely! I agree with that! And now that they have come out with such cute clothes that are sometimes a bit more subtle Disney, we really could replace all of our clothes for all occasions!

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I think ending an Epcot day with Spaceship Earth is the best decision. We do it the same way!

And I cannot help but run a little bit when I see a Disney bus coming. I know people are getting off but it's this weird quirk I guess. Just don't want to miss the bus! Ha!

Magnets are totally useful! I always get one each trip. It's fun to see it on your fridge every day. Great updates!
It really is such a calm ride that you can enjoy before that walk back to the car.

Haha, we run to the buses when we have to commute in NYC so it's only normal that we'd have to run to catch it in WDW too! Of course, the majority of the WDW bus drivers are a LOT nicer than those in NYC.

We will definitely have to get more magnets. The few we have aren't enough to hold up the coupons and such that we have. Good reason to get more!

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Found your TR yesterday and spent the better part of the past 2 days reading it, thanks to your handy dandy links I am all caught up!

Your Wedding pics turned out really nice, your dress was beautiful!

Looks like your Disneymoon is going well so far, looking forward to reading more!
Yay! Glad you're here and it was easy to catch up! I'll hopefully have more updates up more often now that I've written the Raglan Road one that I was kind of puting off for a while. Haha, I feel bad about these long dry spells!

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Hey getting caught up on your report. I'm trying to jump back into the DIS full force.

You look gorgeous in your wedding pictures. You guys are such a cute couple and I look forward to reading your first experience to the World as a married couple.

It was definitely a fabulous trip being in the World all by ourselves!

I don't mind hearing your background story, in fact I enjoy it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I love your invitations and the centerpieces look amazing! Great reception favors. I wish I was more crafty with DIY stuff. I may just have to ask you for advice or hire you when ever my time comes.

I would love to do crafty stuff for a living! I just really loved being able to incorporate the things I enjoy doing into our wedding to make it more personal. Plus, it was good advertising for me, haha.

Your vows are so sweet. The pictures from you wedding ceremony photo session are beautiful! You made me LOL when you said your "hand looked like a claw or something". Your reception looked like a lot of fun! I loved reading all your details of your wedding. I hope one day I get to share my details with you

That's what makes the DIS community so great! These big milestones along with everyday adventures are so fun to share with each other!

Stores close early in my area too. I'm use to everything being open really late.

Yea I could imagine the anticipation of a delayed flight to Florida (Disney) would make me feel like I'll never get there. LOL about your tweet about the weather. I'm a fan of Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives too. I like your gate number, it's the year I was born

I still think it would've been cool to get to Disney early enough so that we could visit a park on our first day, but I'm glad with how it turned out!

I eat ketchup on eggs too.

It's funny how I used to not like eggs OR ketchup as a kid! They just work so well together!

AH! Your first meal in Florida was Chick-fil-a, that's ALWAYS my first meal when I go back home. I'm excited that they'll be opening one up 20 minutes (on the freeway)from my house.

Yum, I'd like to have one closer to my house!

The Art of Animation Sign is one of my favorites. I told my dad I wanted something with it on it.

It really is such a great sign! The font and the colors are so cheerful and bright!

I'm the same way, I don't like when my arms touch the shower curtain either.

That's one of the good reasons to get back home after a vacation. Haha, I don't have to worry about shower curtains!

Love the tour of the AKL room. I remember seeing pictures of your green curry shrimp. oh goodness, did that look good. WELL I TH INK I remember, because I thought i saw a picture of the actual dish but maybe I'm dreaming.

I am going to be raving about that dish for the rest of my life!

S/N - seeing how long your hair was, made me want to stop and straighten my hair. I wish my hair was that long but it comes just below my shoulder blades when straight.

I'm so ready to have long hair again. I miss being able to braid it or something when I'm too lazy to dry it out completely. I finally wore my hair down to work earlier in the week because it's finally starting to grow out.

Those ribs and onion rings look DELISH and your description made my mouth water.

Some of the BEST counter service!

Thanks for posting the videos of Flights of Wonder, I've never seen the show before.

Oh, you should definitely see it! I didn't think it'd be that great because I remember not enjoying animal shows that much as a kid from other parks, but Disney definitely knows how to put on a good show!

When we ride Dinosaur, my DBF always laughs at me because I look extremely terrified of the dino when they take your picture. That part ALWAYS gets me. LOL.

Haha, are you a screamer too? It just makes it more fun to get caught up in the moment!

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal at Yak & Yeti more.

When I see people write about it and post pictures, the stuff still looks good to me though, haha.

I'd be willing to try the beet and goat cheese salad at least once.

During our Christmas trip, they changed the salad a bit and sliced the beets into pieces instead. I liked them in the whole slices instead. I also had it at the end of the day when the salad was a bit wilted. Gotta go earlier when it's super fresh and delicious!

10 updates left after this one, I'm so tired but I need to go to bed because I have work in the morning.

Friday evening, I thought I could get all caught up tonight but that didn't happen :/ makes me sad

I didn't care for the weather changes in the ride Living with the Land either. Sorry to hear that you may be allergic to pineapple. My sister found out recently she was allergic to peanut butter and supposedly chocolate - she said she wouldn't mind giving up pb but not the chocolate.

Oh no! Bad allergies to both? I think it's crazy to develop allergies later in life especially to things we've been able to enjoy all along!

It's been such a while since I rode figment.

Loved the tour of vision House.

Aww, Go the Distance has such a special meaning for you two. Now whenever I hear it, I'll think of you two.

Yeah, sometimes I play it on my computer because I love it that much!

There's so many things I would love to purchase to Disney up our home, but I can't because I'm the only one that loves it that much. I would definitely purchase Disney pens though cause those would be just for me. And with that I am all caught up, it only took me a week or so.
Yay! I'm so glad you had some time to catch up on DIS! My comments are within yours.
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Raglan Road

(I finally switched over to Flickr since Photobucket was being annoying, so that's why the pictures have gone back to the "normal" size that I usually like using.)

Arriving at DTD early gave us a little bit of time to peek into the shops, but soon we wanted to make our way to our restaurant for the night: Raglan Road! There were a few things that I really wanted to try after reading so many reviews on DIS and examining the menu on AllEars.



It was a little crowded in that area with people that didn't necessarily look like they were on vacation. I guess if you're planning on doing late night shmoozing after work when you live in Florida, it'd make sense to head over to DTD. I wouldn't mind that. I can shmooze with the best of 'em at Wolfgang Puck Express or Earl of Sandwich! We got a pager to wait for our table and then decided to look around the gift shop. There really wasn't much to see because it was just a lot of Ireland stuff. Plus, they had many things imported from Ireland, so it was super expensive! These little sheep things were the only things I really liked.



They decorated the shop really nicely though, I have to say. I am always intrigued by books used as decorations because I am curious to know what titles they pick. I took a picture of this for some reason. I know of George Bernard Shaw by name, but I don't remember reading anything by him. Makes me wonder if I heard the name on Gilmore Girls or something.



I didn't take very long for us to be called to our seat. I wasn't quite sure what to make of the place. I loved the wood floors and paneling, but the loud atmosphere already seemed like a bit much and we hadn't even fully walked in yet.



We were led into the center room, and it looked amazing. Of course, Howard took a few pictures of the ceiling with all the stained glass. I like how it didn't look old or worn out. From this picture, it seems as if the paint is really well-kept. I know that's an odd thing to be commenting on, but it does bug me when places look too worn out even if it's meant to be part of the restaurant's atmosphere. When Guy Fieri visits these dives that have like, tables and walls that are carved with people's names and such, I get kind of skeeved. I think about all the germs living in those crevices, and I can't help but lose my appetite. This restaurant did not have this feel thankfully!



In another picture, you'll be able to see where we were sitting. We were part of that big circular booth that goes around the stage, but we were all the way at the end. We took a look at the menu to narrow down what we were going to have even though we had a general idea because we had discussed it when we were waiting for Captain EO.



It was still bright when we arrived, so it was perfect for pictures! I had to get one of my HUSBAND. It's been almost 10 months of being married, and I STILL haven't gotten tired of saying he's my husband! I know many people say we're just in the honeymoon phase, but I think this is going to last for quite some time! Yes, we really are very happy being together! I think because we were only able to see each other on the weekends for so many years that we can't help but get super excited to see each other every day!



Okay, here's a better idea as to where we were sitting. There were guys hanging out with drinks and leaning up against the other side of the booth where I was sitting. The constant movement was driving me nutso! I was like, getting motion sick just from sitting in a restaurant! At first I thought it was the people next to us, but their movements didn't line up with what I was feeling. I was getting so annoyed because it was making me feel so sick! Howard offered to change seats with me, but I thought that I'd be able to deal with it and that they'd leave after a while.



You can see that Howard was not very happy that these guys drinking were making his wife feel so gross.



A guy went up on stage to begin setting up, so I was eager for some sort of distraction in the form of music or dance!



VIDEO: Raglan Road Music

We placed our order with our server, and then we got the famous Irish soda bread with the dipping sauce. When Howard started dating me, he learned about the wonders of having bread at restaurants! He didn't really go out to eat often, so with me, he had bread from Carrabba's, Outback, and Cheesecake Factory. He also understands the lure of good Italian bread to dip into sauce.



Needless to say, we were eager to taste this!



Okay, I've had a lot of bread in my time, but this was not one of the options that I actually liked. I didn't enjoy the texture of the bread on its own. I've tried Irish soda bread in the past, but I didn't like it then either but was hoping that this was more genuine and something I'd really savor. The dipping sauce was also not something I enjoyed. It was too sweet for me, and it seemed not to go with the bread. That's just my opinion, of course, because I know a lot of people love this stuff! Howard did like it though. It just wasn't something for me. Don't worry though; we have amazingly good bread at another restaurant later during our trip.



At that point, the guys hanging behind my seat finally left, so I was really starting to settle down a bit.



Our appetizer arrived at this point. We ordered the Appetiser D'Lirrah for Two just so that we could try a bunch of their different appetizers. Of course, we had to have an entire photo shoot before we even started eating it yet.



I love how they put the sausages and scallops on the forks. Makes all the difference in presentation, I think.



I was looking forward to tasting everything! It made it even better that there were sauces and dips for everything because I am a dipper, of course.



The description on AllEars says that the appetizer includes our Dalkey Duo, Scallop Forest, Heaven on Earth, and Drunk Chicken Skewers ($27). As you can see, the drunk chicken skewers were not on the plate. Instead, we had wings instead, which we liked. We haven't had the chicken skewers, but in pictures, they look pretty boring and standard.



First up was the Dalkey Duo, which is Dalkey-battered cocktail sausages with a Dalkey mustard dipping sauce. They put some in a little dish on the plate too so it's actually a LOT for two people! I think this entire appetizer could be shared between a whole table of people unless you didn't want to order an entree as well. I really like sausage so having it battered and fried made it that much more decadent. IT's a good thing we both ordered ginger ales! There's no way that I can eat such bad-for-me food if I didn't have soda. It's like how you need to have soda when you eat pizza or fried chicken. But like I said before, it was a LOT, and after a while, there's only so much sausage one can eat. Plus, I had ordered an entree that also had sausage in it! Bit of overkill. Should have thought that through!



I was super excited to have the Scallop Forest. The menu description says that they are George Bank scallops in a golden batter served with a citrus lime dipping sauce and sweet chili jam. This was definitely a scallop vacation because I had it two other times during this trip as well. This was probably the unhealthiest version though with that batter once again!



We're so used to have scallops in Chinese dishes that just aren't cooked properly. They are sometimes a bit chewy, but these weren't chewy at all. It was very easy to cut into them. They were really good that night, but if I had to rank the scallops throughout the trip, these were my least favorite.



In the back you can see the Heaven on Earth, which was baby back ribs in a Guinness and honey glaze. Howard liked those better than I did. It reminded me too much of the dip that came with the bread. I did like it more than the bread combo though. In the front, you can see what I think were the Nom Nom Wings. The menu description said that they were sweet 'n spicy wings tossed in a honey, chili flake, soy and ginger sauce. I liked these a lot more than the ribs, but they did have a kick to them! Again, it was a good thing that we had those ginger ales! I don't think there's any way to eat this appetizer with just water. I guess that's why they serve this at a pub where people typically order beer.



We didn't finish everything on our appetizer plate, but we just moved the few sausages we had left in that little dish off the big plate so that we'd have room for our entrees. Like I said before, I really should have thought twice about what I was ordering as my entree because I got sausage again.



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Old 03-14-2013, 07:44 AM   #560
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I ordered the Bangers and Booz, which was Guinness and onion bangers on mash, topped with caramelized onions and beef stew ($18). They really love that Guiness flavor, do they not? The stew part was pretty good with the mashed potatoes, but the flavors were still very strong. At that point, I was so full anyway so I couldn't really enjoy this. The music was loud and the shaking of the booth had already made me feel off. I have to say that Raglan Road was just not the restaurant for me at least not during dinner time.



I'm sure that if I had a chance to have this during a more quieter time, I would have given this a better review. I should have ordered my other choice, which was the Pie in the Sky.



The hubs ordered Mighty Mixed Grill, which incuded a lamb chop, Guinness banger, sirloin steak, black pudding, chicken drumstick and bacon ($28).



The meats were on top of mashed potatoes, from what I remember and can see. The mashed potatoes were very thick. I know he liked some things better than others. I know for sure that he didn't end up liking the black pudding. If I was feeling better, I would have tried some too, but I didn't want to feel any worse than I already did by trying something new. This dish was not a homerun for him.



Throughout dinner, the band played and the dancers came out. I did my best to let the entertainment distract me, but both things also created an even louder atmosphere. Plus, there were some songs that the crowds knew VERY well, and they all joined in with the singing! Clearly, this was a crowd that has been to Raglan Road rather often! The word that comes to mind to describe this time of night is raucous!



The step dancers did their thing, which I thought I'd be able to enjoy more, but alas, it just added to the noise. Plus, their dancing was actually really short. It was fun to see how they would do their dance then get off stage and hang out with people they knew!



VIDEO: Raglan Road Dancing I

I liked the shade of blue that the dancers wore.



VIDEO: Raglan Road Dancing II

Here you can see more of the restaurant, specifically the bar area.



Despite the noise, the dancers and the band were VERY skilled. I wonder what it must be like to do that as a career. It looks so simple when they do it because they are so talented, so it's like, "Hold that thought; I need to go dance for a few minutes" and then they return to continue their conversation! I know that people say that happens on Broadway! Actors and actresses will be on the phone off stage and then be like, "Hold up, that's my cue." That thought entertains me!



Okay okay, great place ... I was done.



It was definitely way too much for me. The loud music and dancing and the crazy crowds and the movement of the booth along with the fried food and strong flavors just did me in. I wanted to get out of there. Our server was away for a litle bit of time, and I needed to pack my food. But I was starting to get a little anxious, so I actually left Howard in the restaurant to pack my meal and pay the bill, and I Headed outside to get some fresh air.



I ended up having to sit outside on a bench for a little bit until Howard came out. By then, the feelings of anxiety and thus nausea kind of dissipated. It was just a crowded area that just did not work for me. We slowly walked away from the one restaurant we would probably never visit again. It wasn't that it was horrible, but it just did not fit our tastes. We don't like super quiet restaurants and we clearly do not like super loud ones either! Take us back to Sanaa!
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I really love this photo of you taking a photo!

Sorry Raglan Road was a disappointment for you. The atmosphere of a restaurant really can change the experience! Besides the dancing, I don't know if I'd ever really have the desire to eat there either, and your description sounds like it's not a place we would really enjoy. That would drive me CRAZY if someone kept bumping into my seat like that!! And like you, I am big on BREAD, so if the bread is not good, it sets a bad tone for the meal for me.
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Wow - sounds like Raglan Road was crazy that night. I have only eaten there once and we were not in the main dining room. My DH and I have an ADR there for June and I'm looking forward to eating in the main room. I guess once I have a couple beers the loudness won't bother me as much.

Your appetizer looks amazing and I enjoyed all your pictures - especially the ones of the ceiling!
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Sorry you both didn't enjoy Raglan Road. At least you can say you've tried it!

I've always wondered how loud it is in there. Most people don't comment on that. I'm with you, I don't like it to be loud when I eat.
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First of all- LOVE the Gilmore Girls.

Second of all- Sorry you didn't enjoy Raglan Road. I have been there a few times now and I have to say I much prefer it for a late lunch after spending the morning shopping than a dinner. It is never full. You can appreciate the beauty of the room much more with the natural light. And it is MUCH MUCH MUCH quieter. Dinner is definitely an upbeat loud time. More of a "Grab a few pints with friends' type atmosphere in my opinion. Lunch is more tame. Though there isn't any dancing or live music. You might want to give it a second chance- just a thought! I understand if you don't though! At least you tried it!
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Ooh, how's Flickr? I really want to switch over from photobucket, too.

I know what you mean, I like places I eat at to look clean and well-kept. That's one of the reasons I'm not a big fan of Cracker Barrel, hahah. Those always seem really dusty to me... I'm weird. ANYWAYS.

Oh darn, I'm sorry your meal wasn't all that. I totally get it though... super loud places like that make me really uncomfortable as well. I could NEVER go to a club. Ick! Hahaha. Your appetizer looks really yummy, at least! I want to try this place someday... but probably at lunch! EARLY lunch.
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DD and I had a similar experience at Raglan Road. Our server was absolutely horrible - one of the worst I've had anywhere. The food was just meh and it was loud and crowded. It didn't make me anxious to go back! If I did I'd probably try it at lunchtime.
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Haha, Gotham! Danananananana- Batman! I totally meant Animal Kingdom I think!

Sad about Raglan Road not bring great. I wanna try it sometime but I never get to DTD to eat anywhere but quick service...

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So I'm catching up, so this comment goes back to the Living with the Land post.

It is funny, how compelling it is to photograph that ride, even if it's just plants. And the fish. And the alligators. I had alligator once, it was terrible. I'm not sure if it was just cooked badly or what, but it was gross. Or maybe it was crocodile. Either way...

I also find Dr. Nigel in the moon quite creepy. It just looks so weird! But the butterfly optical illusion is cool.

And Captain EO IS mind blowing! I agree, way better than Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. I think I went on that once or twice when I was a kid and vowed to never go on it again. I don't remember why.

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Ahh, I'm sorry you didn't like Raglan Road! I can definitely see how it's not for everyone-- it has a very specific atmosphere. The food does look delicious from the photos, though! We're going in August-- I can't wait to try the battered mini sausages. There's a place in the Bronx where my dad lives that does battered sausages-- they're a heart attack on a plate, but so yummy!!
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Oh, bummer on Raglan Road. I am just like you with the noise, movement, etc. I couldn't do it for long either. I like to be able to hear myself think. Well, now you can say you tried it and don't have to go back if you don't choose to. Onto better things!
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