When boarding my cruises, I prefer to avoid the masses that tend to swarm to the buffets on board. For Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, that would be the Windjammer venue. While the ship can hold over 6,000 passengers, for the most part the crowds are minimal as the ship itself is huge, and people are always spread about doing different things during their days at sea. There are a few exceptions to this, and one is during boarding day. During this approximate five hour period, all 6,000+ people are doing virtually the same thing; boarding the ship and heading to lunch. With limited dining venues open during boarding, the majority take the easiest route which leads them to the buffet, and allows them to begin their week of included (seen as free to many) food by indulging on all-you-can-eat grab and go options.
There are many like myself, that prefer to avoid the masses, and enjoy a quieter, slower paced meal. In the past I have chosen Park Cafe, but on this trip I decided to try something new. I went with a for-fee dining venue, Giovanni’s Table, which was open for lunch during boarding at a reduced rate of $15 per person. As with all fee based restaurants, this would include all the appetizers and desserts I wanted, and my choice of entrée. I could still feast, but the small fee would keep the area a little quieter than others on the ship. Continue reading Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas: Giovanni’s Table
You can find previous reviews of City Cafe here:
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It’s time for another edition of City Cafe snacks, and this one is a feast. I picked up several treats from my favorite local bakery to bring home and eat. As this was a to-go order, I’ll get right down to business and show you my selections. After this run, I only have a few items from their case to try, other than the rotating cakes and pies that are constantly changing. Continue reading Comprehensive Review: City Cafe, Part 5
It’s time for a very short review of one of my favorite breakfast spots located in Disney World’s first ever resort hotel, The Polynesian. Kona Cafe is one of the few places that my wife and I try to patronize at least once during every visit to the parks. So far, we’ve only done breakfast there, but have plans to try a dinner sometime soon.
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I recently made another stop at City Cafe while running errands. My wife and I stopped here on the way home to pick up some desserts to sample. Previously, I started this comprehensive review by enjoying a lunch, then I came back for some desserts, and then back again for another meal. I didn’t stay long enough on this stop to get any new information on the restaurant, so this will simply be a quick review of some treats we brought home to enjoy.
Continue reading Comprehensive Review: City Cafe, Part 4
It was February, and the temperature outside was in the low 70s here in Georgia. I decided it would be a great time to take my first walk over to City Cafe for another sampling of food.
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Last time, we featured some food from the 2014 Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot resort. I started with about half of the kiosks before taking a break to wander around Epcot and let my food settle. You can read Part 1 here.
After two hours of enjoying other parts of the festival, it was time to get back to the food and see what the rest of Epcot’s World Showcase has to offer.
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It’s that time of year again. Disney’s Epcot has started their Flower & Garden Festival, and for the second year they have brought back the food kiosks. For 2014 they are calling them Outdoor Kitchens. It was almost two months later in the year that I last reported on these small meal samplers. This year I arrived as the festival opened, as opposed to last year when it was coming to an end during my trip. I once again managed to sample every item from these kiosks so I can report back with information on everything.
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For this brief second installment of the comprehensive City Cafe review, I will cover some treats I picked up after a late breakfast at Highland Bakery. You can read the first review here. City Cafe is open every day except Sunday. They have separate hours for the bakery and the restaurant, so check their hours before visiting. It’s all one room as shown before, the difference being whether the kitchen is open or not.
On this day they serve lunch between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm, and the bakery remains open until 4:00 pm. I arrived just thirty minutes before closing.
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Since moving to the Fayetteville, GA area, I’ve had a couple opportunities to sample some treats from City Cafe. This cafe features German cuisine, and also embodies a fantastic bakery case. This will be my first comprehensive review of a restaurant. The plan is to eventually try everything available from their menu and bakery case, along with providing as much information about the location, owners, food, and atmosphere that I can. This will be a several month venture, but an enjoyable one. In order to not overwhelm you, I will spread the many smaller articles out, and intermix them with other reviews.
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The small town of Locust Grove, GA has a little gem of a restaurant with a bit of history. Originally the town’s hardware store since 1906, in 2011 it was purchased and converted into a restaurant with Southern and New Orleans cuisine. Parking is easy to find, whether on the street in front of the restaurant, across the street in a dirt parking lot, or on the paralleling street that runs behind the building.
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