Don't We Need More Ice Cream? - A F&G Trip Report - The End, Mini Epic Girls Trips West Coast Version 11/9

franandaj

I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
Joined
Nov 15, 2009
So it was nearly another two weeks after my last update when the next meet up happened. Some of you may be familiar with the EPIC girls meet that happened in WDW last May. Most of the gals involved in that meet were still polishing up their TRs from said meet when a West Coast Epic Mini Meet began to take shape.

It started that @chunkymonkey was going to be passing through CA in the beginning of September. She wanted to know if @Lesley_Wake could hang out with us being that she's a local and all. Well then @Steppesister got word of this and then @Malia78, and pretty soon it was a EPIC mini meet!


Liesa and Kari arrived Saturday morning and went right to DL while Fran and I slaved to make the house as presentable as possible. Later that afternoon we picked them up off the floor at Trader Sam's (just kidding, but they had been awake since 2AM). We had dinner at Yuzu Shabu, photo recycled from a previous trip.





The following Sunday, Liesa and Kari left for the parks between 8-9AM via Uber or Lyft and who knows what they did, but you can read about that on Liesa's TR!


We all ended up meeting around 5PM and after a group shot, we headed upstairs for some refreshing libations!



There were some special drinks available in honor of the Haunted Mansion's 50th Anniversary.



I ended up going with the Blushing Bride which I believe had rum, some kind of cream liqueur and either cranberry or grenadine to mimick the blood. It was very good, a little sweet and not too strong, if I had the chance again, I would have ordered the one with the fog and tree branches pictured in Liesa's TR.



They also had these really cool HM bust mugs, but I had picked some up a couple weeks before when we visited for the HM actual 50th Anniversary.







Pretty soon we were taken to our table in the main dining room. I don't know why we didn't get another picture of our group! But at least I got the menu!



Our Amuse Bouche was almond and green grape gazpacho



Kari got the Chilled Shrimp, Cucumber Relish, Dill Creme Fraiche



Fran and I got the Artichoke Gratinee, Sorrel, Red Pepper Hollandaise. This was very tasty!



We were served some Brioche and butter



I believe that Kari and a few others had the Roasted Tomato Bisque en Croute, Summer Zucchini, Basil. The soup was not as creamy as most of them would have liked, but the presentation was interesting.



Fran and I both had the Heirloom Tomato Salad, Basil Pesto, Balsmic Crouton. This was very tasty as many of you know we like our tomatoes and cheese.



I think Liesa got this for her third course, White Cheddar Potato Ravioli, Fava Bean, Thyme. I had been considering getting this one as well. I had it a few weeks later, and I have to say that I made the right choice this night. It wasn’t bad, but the fish was much better!



Sauteed Saint Pierre, Tomato Concasse, Leek, Summer Truffle. This was very good! The fish was cooked just perfectly and had just the perfect amount of flavor in the sauce. Both Fran and I got this.



Intermezzo - pomegranate sorbet with a pomegranate and mint relish. Also excellent!



Then we came to the point where I am almost always regretting how much I ate of the previous courses. I was starting to get full. We decided to split the Lobster Thermidor.



And the Veal Oscar



Both were tasty, but I think in the long run, I’m going to stick with the Beef or Lamb options that they have. I liked them both but since I get so full when the main comes around it might be better from a leftover perspective to go with the steak option. Which is what Liesa did.



They were serving a special dessert Mansion Ice Box cake. It was only available in the dining room. It was raspberry based and pretty tasty!



After this we settled up our checks and waddled over to the hub to watch the MSEP. Check out Liesa's pictures, they came out way better than mine ever have!


Up next a whirlwind day of park hopping.
 

pkondz

. . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
Joined
Mar 9, 2007
Funny. Funny. Funny.
:rolleyes:
We're still in the 80s. Hoping we get down into the 70s later this week when I'm back at the parks.
70s. That's my temperature preference, too.
Well with my advanced age, I can't remember little nuances about the trip when I go to write it up any more. About four years ago I started taking notes, at first I used WordPad or Notes or something on the phone. Then I discovered Google Docs, and since then I just write about what happened in the document. Then when I add in the pictures, I can expand upon what I was thinking about when I get to that point at home on my computer (or more often than not on my phone :sad2:)
I am finding that taking notes is a necessity, not a luxury. I'm also finding that by the time I get around to actually writing about the trip... sometimes the notes... well...
"What does "That kid with the banana was hilarious!" mean?
I'm not as witty as you or Liesa
I beg to differ. Well... I can't speak for Liesa, but you're easily as witty (or more) as me.
I'm more of a "tell it like it was" person, with some sarcasm and cynicism thrown in for good measure.
Love the sarcasm. ;)
I always enjoy having my DIS friends visit!
I always enjoy visiting my DIS friends!
Especially the fun ones who come bearing exotic chocolate!
I'll bring you some of these!!!!
Image result for charleston chew
Oh. My. God. I don't think I've had that much pain at any point in my adult life that I can remember. Probably in my entire life. It was just a few minutes of improper posture that screwed me up for nearly 10 days. I don't handle pain well, and I was quite unhappy and unproductive in that time period.
Ya.....
I am overly familiar with this... and live in constant fear of it returning, especially at an inopportune time. Like when I'm travelling.
I won't live my life afraid of "the next one", but...

Remind me to tell you the story of the time I was in the hospital... nsf-DIS
Must be all that chocolate.... :rolleyes1
Caught that, didja? ;)
Silly Canadian. :laughing:
:laughing:
Interesting. Well there's something else we need to add to that list. So far I have pies from Polly's, Burgers and milkshakes at Dales, and now Space Mountain.
That's a pretty good list. :)
 

pkondz

. . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
Joined
Mar 9, 2007
Some of you may be familiar with the EPIC girls meet that happened in WDW last May.
::yes::
pretty soon it was a EPIC mini meet!
I really like this! Glad you guys had your own little epic meet. :)
Later that afternoon we picked them up off the floor at Trader Sam's
:laughing:
(just kidding, but they had been awake since 2AM).
Looong day!
We had dinner at Yuzu Shabu, photo recycled from a previous trip.
That looks really interesting. I've never done that.
you can read about that on Liesa's TR!
I did!
OMG.
I just noticed...
Liesa said something like decorum prevented her from doing a chunkydump… but it's Lesley! She's holding her up and stopping her!
I ended up going with the Blushing Bride which I believe had rum, some kind of cream liqueur and either cranberry or grenadine to mimick the blood.
I really like the description and the look, but... <sigh>… rum.
1. Those are much bigger than I thought! I wasn't interested before, but I was wrong!
2. Love the dress. :)
Our Amuse Bouche was almond and green grape gazpacho
Interesting combo. How was that?
Kari got the Chilled Shrimp, Cucumber Relish, Dill Creme Fraiche
I think I might've ordered the same.
The soup was not as creamy as most of them would have liked, but the presentation was interesting.
Yes it is... So much so that I'm considering trying to make it myself.
Fran and I both had the Heirloom Tomato Salad, Basil Pesto, Balsmic Crouton. This was very tasty as many of you know we like our tomatoes and cheese.
::yes::
Sauteed Saint Pierre, Tomato Concasse, Leek, Summer Truffle.
While it looks good... this description sounds amazing.
Intermezzo - pomegranate sorbet with a pomegranate and mint relish. Also excellent!
mmmmm… sorbet.
We decided to split the Lobster Thermidor.
Interesting...
I've only had lobster thermidor once. And it looked nothing like that.
And the Veal Oscar
Drool...
Check out Liesa's pictures, they came out way better than mine ever have!
I did! And they're really good!
 
  • DnA2010

    Rope Drop!
    Joined
    Oct 5, 2010
    I'm willing to try for that!
    I will tell her (I thought I quoted the whole thing, but apparently not- this was about getting all the songs on Guardians)
    Funny my earliest memories of DL were running away from this parade to ride the rides while everyone was on Main Street! :laughing:
    I think that will be us when CP is on!

    So coordinated! Love the mugs!
    I'm getting hungry reading this!

    We were served some Brioche and butter

    I truly love bread and butter :)
    This does look interesting

    White Cheddar Potato Ravioli, Fava Bean, Thyme. I had been considering getting this one as well. I had it a few weeks later, and I have to say that I made the right choice this night. It wasn’t bad, but the fish was much better!

    Those do look good, but I think I'd have had the fish
    😊
    This looks pretty perfect too!
     

    jedijill

    Chiefs fan living in Bronco country
    Joined
    Jan 17, 2005
    Caught back up again. Your lunch at the Club looked amazing!

    Jill in CO
     

    Captain_Oblivious

    DIS Dad #257
    Joined
    Nov 10, 2008
    Just catching up on your threads...

    Then we rode Soarin which was still over CA. So much better than the new one.
    I couldn't agree more!

    It started that @chunkymonkey was going to be passing through CA in the beginning of September. She wanted to know if @Lesley_Wake could hang out with us being that she's a local and all. Well then @Steppesister got word of this and then @Malia78, and pretty soon it was a EPIC mini meet!
    That is quite the epic meet. I'm sure it was a great time for everyone.
     

    Steppesister

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 27, 2013
    It started that @chunkymonkey was going to be passing through CA in the beginning of September. She wanted to know if @Lesley_Wake could hang out with us being that she's a local and all. Well then @Steppesister got word of this and then @Malia78, and pretty soon it was a EPIC mini meet!
    IT WAS EPIC!!

    I slaved to make the house as presentable as possible.
    Any hospitality offered by friends is always perfect. Stop worrying! Our accomodations were beyond awesome!!

    Later that afternoon we picked them up off the floor at Trader Sam's
    :lmao:

    Did I mention the power nap on the cushy chairs at the outdoor area?

    who knows what they did
    We were definitely up to no good! ;)

    Sauteed Saint Pierre, Tomato Concasse, Leek, Summer Truffle. This was very good! The fish was cooked just perfectly and had just the perfect amount of flavor in the sauce. Both Fran and I got this.
    That fish!!


    That fish was unbelievably good!

    Which is what Liesa did.
    I did, and yet...

    your cats loved them.

    :lmao:

    waddled over to the hub to watch the MSEP.
    better than staggered. I've done that too.

    Check out Liesa's pictures, they came out way better than mine ever have!
    Awww, thanks, Alison.

    OMG.
    I just noticed...
    Liesa said something like decorum prevented her from doing a chunkydump… but it's Lesley! She's holding her up and stopping her!
    Buahahahahahahahaha!


    :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:

    Hahaha! I think we were going for a Prom pose, but I like your version better! @Steppesister
    Too funny!!!
     

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