Don't We Need More Ice Cream? - A F&G Trip Report - Where we get some ice cream 5/7

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  1. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

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    I so enjoyed the pictures of the Flower and Garden Festival. We used to go in May and were able to catch parts of the festival. Since my boss died and I had to change jobs, we now travel over the Thanksgiving holidays. Now we get to see the Christmas decorations instead.

    I love that you are traveling with your parents. Those are memories that will last a lifetime.
     
  2. jedijill

    jedijill Chiefs fan living in Bronco country

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    That buttermilk cake at the Arbor was tasty!

    Jill in CO
     
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  4. dizneeat

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    You got a lot of yummy food to share!

    I was LOL when you mentioned that Fran "escaped" and you didn't track her movements ..........:lmao:
     
  5. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Time travel is always rough on you.

    Ok, mom. That's great and all. Let's get a move on...

    I would have happily donated mine for the cause.

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    I sense some intriguing trip report chapters in the future! :rotfl:
     
  6. pooh'smate

    pooh'smate Stuck in the Middle

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    I know how Fran feels. I often bake up my own schemes when we go to visit my in-laws to have some alone time.
     
  7. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    She barely waited until I had it out if the pan! I think i was still cooking half of it when she stole her piece.

    Actually she was being a very cautious driver. To the point that she may have been backing up traffic. :lmao:

    Well the only things he shared all week pretty much was the stuff at the kiosks.

    Yeah it wouldn't surprise me, the scooter is electric powered. When I track her in the car, she goes directly from point to point, cause gas is expensive.

    Thanks! I know what you mean. For the past few years DCA has had a Lunar New Year Festival complete with kiosks and all kinds of Asian foods. I still have not made it out to one.

    That was Old Key West. But you have to get a one bedroom unit or larger. If they are like other DVC properties, the studios have just a standard bathtub/shower combo in their bathroom. Only the one bedroom and larger units have jacuzzi tubs. Hence why I don't stay in a studio if I can avoid it.

    :welcome:

    I suspect soon we will start seeing all sorts of new TRs and updates. They are all slowly coming back home.

    I didn't realize it at the time, she just said she was tired and needed to go back to the room a

    :welcome:

    I'm hoping to get an update in soon, before all the ladies from the Epic Girls Trip start their TRs, or update and I'm behind again!

    I really enjoy the topiaries. So much work goes into them and they are so creative! I'm not sure that I had ever been inside the Odyssey building before!
     
  8. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    Really!

    Ah! So what's your go-to non-alcoholic beverage of choice?

    wiggle wiggle...

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    popcorn::

    That's me. All judgey-judgey
     
  9. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    That's a bit more... late.

    Yumm!

    And yet.... No maple syrup.
    (That stuff you have there sure ain't!)

    Good idea. I never worry about it since it's an hour off, I hardly feel it.

    10 minutes? Was it doing a Broadway performance???

    Oh! I saw those, but didn't notice that.

    Yeah... I'll have a small story about that.

    Those all look good. I got...

    ...this one. And really liked it!

    Oh Lord... :love:
    Love that slushy!

    This was so good, according to Elle, that I had my own. She was right.

    Had that too. It was pretty good.

    I don't remember if I had this (If I did, there'll be a photo). It obviously didn't make that big an impression.

    I couldn't try the wine one. The machine wasn't working right. But the non-alcoholic one was amazing!

    :)

    Oh! I didn't know that. I never made it over there.

    Was she wringing her hands in glee?

    Sounds interesting...

    ... and now glad I didn't bother.

    :laughing: That's what Dads do. My dad is almost rabid about that.

    I get it. I'm with Fran... or rather... without her.
    Sometimes you just need some alone time.

    :laughing:

    "The GPS says she's at the top of Mako in SeaWorld."

    :hug: That happens...
     
  10. DnA2010

    DnA2010 Rope Drop!

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    He plays Star Wars X-Wing :)

    Good supply of wine there! Can't say I've ever tried diet dew- I'm guessing we have it here tho

    Classic- still always a fav of mine

    That looks yummy, I also like mine with some bread and egg and spices

    I had to think about what I meant to quote here, but I remember it was ice cream..is she a fan of Dairy Queen ice cream cake?

    Whipped butter?! yummm!

    Lovely pics, thanks!

    Looks yummy!

    cider ice cream- yum!
    I like the sound of that Widow Maker!

    Heaven, I'm in heaven! I really gotta try that marshmallow one!
     
  11. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I like that we are able to travel at different times of the year. My favorite is definitely Food & Wine, but I also like January. We had hoped to go in January next year, but financially it's just not in the cards. We hope to be able to keep our cruise next April on the schedule, so we've had to scale back our trips.

    We've actually done a bit of traveling with them. So far we have been to Las Vegas, went back to Cape Cod, WDW twice and Alaska on a cruise. Not to mention we see them for either Christmas or Thanksgiving every year, switching off the two every other year.

    It sure was! I could have done that one again.

    We did! It was quite yummy!

    Well, at home when she's out with the car, I generally track her location. And then I wait to see where she tells me that she's been, about 75% of the time she tells the truth. :rolleyes1

    Especially with an early morning. Then again, my parents had a direct flight and it didn't leave until 11AM.

    If I had a dollar for every time I wanted to say that.... :rolleyes1

    I bet you would have! :laughing:

    Actually it wasn't until the last night of the trip that I thought to track her movements, OK and the second to last night....or was it the third?

    I get it. I probably would have Hari Kari'd myself if we had to spend any length of time in her parents house. There were only a few times that we both were over there, mainly because Fran worked for her parents, and we didn't have a social relationship. I think we had two Thanksgivings over there and we couldn't get out fast enough!
     
  12. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I generally have three beverages throughout the day. One large cup of strong coffee in the morning, water throughout the day, and wine at night.

    And more civilised as well.

    No it's not, it was also about 7-8 years old. I finally tossed it this last trip.

    Yeah going to Denver was fine, even two hours isn't so bad, but three is a killer.

    She had her binoculars out, was trying to identify it. Then my Dad started to chime in...the whole week went a little like that. She dies that for hours at home in the mornings. Keeps track of how many of which species come into her yard and then reports it online.

    I guess it's from all those years of watching the Rose parade and listening to what kinds of flowers and such that they use for the floats. I check out all the materials that they use to make the various textures and such.

    :hyper: Looking forward to it!

    It's hard to go wrong with steak, unless you over cook it.

    I liked both, but liked the wine one better. ;)

    I would have eaten my own if we didn't have so many other things we wanted to try!

    Really there was only one thing I tried that I didn't like.

    Yeah, this was nice, but not "OMG I need to go back for this" nice.

    Bummer for you!

    You were't with Fran. First question, "Where is the merchandise?"

    No, she was being very secretive about it....

    Yeah, I now realize that I just don't like Fried Green Tomatoes.

    You should see my Dad when he is pouring champagne.

    But that's not what family is all about! :laughing:

    Somehow I don't think she could have got that far in an hour on her scooter.

    More than often, as you will see.....

    Ah, never heard of that. She plays Magic the Gathering, I put up with it.

    I think you do. I believe that we picked some up before our cruise from Vancouver.

    I may need to make some next week, or the following.

    My own meatballs are somewhat bland, but then again I like the meat to be the star as well as the sauce I put them in.

    I don't think she's every had it.

    Actually I was not happy that they bought us whipped butter. I would have preferred cubes.

    They do such a nice job on them.

    Yes it was....

    Did I say that in the description? I actually don't remember. :laughing:

    It was pretty good, a little bitter, but they all were tasty.

    You haven't had that one before? That one is the best!
     
  13. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    So I realized that I hadn't given you folks any IRL updates since returning from the trip. If you were following my last TR you might know that we finally got our residence of 17 years all cleaned out, remodeled and rented a couple weeks before the trip. It felt great to be 100% rented leaving on the trip!

    As we touched down back in Los Angeles on our flight home, I turned my phone off of airplane mode only to receive an email that one of our tenants was moving out, and would be completely moved in about four days. They cleaned the place moderately and turned in the keys 10 days later. Well it was nice having been fully rented for 21 days at least.

    As of now, the place has been painted, cleaned up, a few items like light fixtures and fans have been replaced and we are about to put the sign out front and list the property on various rental websites.

    And we have another tenant who will moving out at some point in the near future. They informed us that they are looking to buy a house. So that will be a fun one. They have been there over 5 years, so definite painting, new blinds…..at least the flooring in there is rated for 30 years.

    Good thing we don't have plans to go anywhere until October.

    If you're not following along on the bonus features posted on the previous TR, we do have one exciting thing happening at home. There's this little thing that opens up at Disneyland at the end of the month. And it appears that I'm going to get to go there a few times in the next month or so. Between Jenny and myself we have three reservations at SWGE, so at least I'll have that to keep me busy while I'm not traveling. Plus I have at least five different DIS friends coming in each month (two in August) and then one in each of the subsequent months (except October when I will be in Orlando).

    So cross your fingers on the rental situation that we get it rented quickly!



    Meanwhile back to the TR, while Fran was on her freedom quest, the rest of us had FP for Mission Space. So we headed over there.

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    We saw these folks along the way.

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    I wasn’t sure how my Dad would take it, and the night before we had discussed doing the Green Team and if he was OK with that we would go back using Mom's and Fran's bands on the Orange Team. So that's exactly what we did! The Green Team ride was OK, but you “soared around the world” so fast that you couldn’t really even figure out what you were flying over. I agree that they could have picked something a little more interesting for the upgrade.

    My mom walked to the ride, but sat on the scooter while me and my Dad rode Mission Space. When we finished the second time, we were just in time for our FP for Soarin, well we would be once we made our way across to The Land Pavilion.

    My Dad rode the scooter this time. I realized that I better start making better use of those new tennis shoes, cause I was going to be doing more walking than I anticipated.

    We arrived six minutes before our FPs opened. Pam had told me that your FP window was actually 5 mins before the actual time and 15 mins after, so we decided to test that. Right at 2:45 we walked up to the podium and lo and behold, it worked!

    After we soared we had a FP for LWTL at 3:50, but we really didn't want to wait that long, so we headed over to the ride and as we approached, the CM at the entrance told us to go ahead and use the FP line, probably because of the scooter.

    Then we got directed into a wider lane for scooters and wheelchairs and then we were pretty much placed on the next boat.

    I rarely can get pictures in the first part of LWTL, I was lucky to get these.

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    Pineapples!

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    Mangoes?

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    Chocolate!

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    Bananas

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    I always love the fish….

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    I’m definitely out on this one!

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    OK, what restaurant is serving this?

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    Love this Mickey topiary!

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    Mmmmm Basil……

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    Some big A** squash!

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    I love all the Mickeys in this ride!

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    I don’t know why this concept always fascinates me.

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    After that it was hot and we were tired so we made our way back to the room, my parents walked through the butterfly tent while I waited outside. The idea of swarming butterflies kind of freaks me out.

    I got this shot of the figment topiary while they were in there.

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    Around halfway back to the room, my Mom asked to ride the scooter. I tried for another shot of the Captain Hook and Peter Pan topiaries and the afternoon lighting was much better than the morning light.

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    Back in the room, Fran was asleep. Mom and I hit the jacuzzi out at the pool to soothe our tired legs. I'm not sure how long we were in there but it was around 5PM that we got out of the Jacuzzi and we sat by the pool drying off for another 10 minutes or so. I felt really gross between the cream on my arms to help heal my skin and the excess of sunscreen Fran put on me earlier, so I needed a full shower, and entered at 5:18. I know this because Fran asked me to wake her in 20 minutes so she could shower as well and it took me a full 20 minutes to get myself clean from all those lotions. We got her showered, dressed and then we all went to the Friendship boat dock as my Dad wanted to see if taking the boat involved any less walking. It didn't.

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  14. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    At the boat, they already had one wheelchair so they couldn't take two scooters. Fran opted to meet us at the drop off point while I rode the scooter on the boat with my parents. Then we headed to the restaurant and ended up being about 15 minutes early so we sat down to wait, but I took a picture of this topiary first.

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    I think we were seated sooner than our given wait time.

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    We had learned from the night before to order sparingly. Everyone ordered soup, me and Dad had French Onion

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    Mom and Fran had the Lobster Bisque.

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    They also gave us this yummy bread

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    Mom had escargot (but I didn’t get a picture of that) and a Salade aux Lardons et croutons. Fran and I took half the salad and most of the Lardons.

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    Then we split an Alsacienne tarte.

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    My Mom passed on dessert, but Dad got the Gateau au Chocolat

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    Fran got the Cygne au Chocolate

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    I got the Tart aux Pommes.

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    Everything was wonderful and we practically waddled out of there.

    We caught these topiaries in the dark.

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    Illuminations had just ended and everyone was streaming out of the park with us. My parents walked this time and we arrived home safely but Fran wanted Ice cream so she went to Ample Creamery.

    She sent us this picture to help us decide what to have her order.

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    But then when she got to the counter, she sent us this even more in depth menu.

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    She bought a sampler, I don’t remember what all was in but the two brown ones are Coffee Toffee Coffee Ice Cream, Coffee Ice Cream with Housemade Espresso-Infused Chocolate-Covered Toffee Pieces. Going clockwise I think the next one was Peppermint Pattie Ice Cream, Cool Peppermint Ice Cream with flakes of Dark Chocolate and House-made Peppermint Patties. I believe those were my suggestions, the other three I have no idea!

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    plus two cups of ice cream. This is Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream

    The creamiest Vanilla Ice Cream made with Cream Cheese and gobs of House-made St. Louis-Style Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.

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    This one is Sally Sells Seashells Ice Cream

    Fresh and Fluffy Orange Marshmallow Ice Cream with House-made Salty Chocolate Seashells

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    I think she ate all of the last one that night, but the others lasted longer and some of the sampler may have been in the freezer when we checked out. I did sample the two that I picked before crawling into bed.
     
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  15. jedijill

    jedijill Chiefs fan living in Bronco country

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    You guys got a lot done and dinner looked yummy! Ample Hills is awesome! I had some of the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice cream and it was amazing!

    Jill in CO
     
  16. dizneeat

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    You packed a lot into that day!

    We have yet to try Ample Hill Creamery. The menu looks interesting. Well, we'll be at the BWVs for three nights ...... I might have to stop by there once or twice.
    ;)
     
  17. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    Huh!
    I'm learning stuff about you. :)

    Good!

    I get that... except I don't get that unless I travel off continent.

    Ohhhh...

    I can see how that would become a thing. :)

    Then it's really wrong.

    The festival struggle is real.

    Should've guessed that.

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    :laughing:

    Then it's more so.


    :rolleyes1

    :moped:
     
  18. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    I knew that, but... still...

    :sad2:

    Do you expect it to go quickly? Or not?

    Just wondering... is 5 years a long time for renters? Or average? Or... ?

    :faint: You'll be a busy girl!!

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    :laughing:

    Wow. That sounds... lame.

    Uh, oh...

    Ah! I knew the rule, but wasn't sure if it was correct. I was pretty confident about the 15, but not the 5. Elle and I stood around once or twice for a couple minutes waiting. I didn't want to risk the embarrassment of being denied entry and told to wait. Looks like I didn't have to worry.

    Possibly? Either way... nice.

    That's what I thought.

    Fish are fr....


    No. They're food.

    Me too! Hard pass.

    :laughing: mmmm! Fresh cotton!

    It wasn't like that at all. Actually, while there were a lot in there... there was a lot less than I thought there'd be.

    Well sure. Going all the way to SeaWorld and back...

    Good idea.

    mmmmm!

    Oh, man! This is a tough one! I'd be really torn. Maybe order both.

    That's French for "We're jealous of the Italians and their pizza".

    Drool worthy.

    Very pretty.

    Yeah, there's a couple there that had me questioning. Especially the Sally Sells Seashells.

    Good idea!

    How was that? Did you try it?
     
  19. Steppesister

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    I've had a mixed bag there. The first time I got a flatbread and it was terrible and the service gross. The 2nd time I got some sort of pasta I think and it was better. I think I'd go again if I was on the Boardwalk and was hungry, but for Italian, I'd go to Terralina at DTD now.

    This topiary has a bit of a story for me. Coming up later on my TR, but I think it's my fave from the Festival.

    I "suffered" from lack of veggies on this trip too. I really need to make an effort while at Disney to keep my greens/fiber intake up or my system rebels.

    WOOHOO!!!

    Or not... :(

    Sooooooooooooo excited for this!

    They are so hard to get!

    I didn't know you could do that there!! YUM!
     
  20. Magical_Suitcase

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    Awesome shoes! As a child I wore "hand-me-down" shoes and as a result, my feet suck. Shoes hurt. Finding comfortable shoes is my goal in life.

    Yum, I have never tried Freddies but maybe on our next Florida trip....

    I am really disappointed in the BCV renovations, reminds me of a cheap hotel we stayed at in Reno in the late 80s. I liked the old BCV decor.... But I do love the location...

    Now to finish reading your report. :goodvibes
     

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