Turf Club, Polynesian Resort, and other Updates

 Laurie has the lastest news for us.  See what she found out…….

ALLERGY FRIENDLY DINING

The Turf Club has made changes to their menu which they try hard to keep allergy friendly. Barbecue ribs replaced the firecracker shrimp. They use a brown sugar, spice rub, and chipotle sauce on the ribs then finish with a side of CREAMY cole slaw. I had to check as I do not recall having creamy cole slaw in a decade due to eggs and soy. This dish was a melody of tangy, sweet, and spicy notes for one of the best appetizers on the market today. The seasonal salad was spinach, strawberries, onions, blue cheese, and greens with a strawberry vinaigrette which was something that is one of the best salads I have had this year. New this season is lemon curd with gingersnap cookie and blue berries for a lighter summer dessert. There is a a no sugar added lemon mousse with blueberries. ALL DESSERTS ARE GLUTEN FREE!!!!!! Upon requests guests may opt for ice cream. The pasta can be made gluten free and has gone from a cream based sauce to an Italian herb infused olive oil dressing. The two lamb chops have a new set up of fingerling potatoes and spinach in bacon, shallot, and mustard vinaigrette. AWESOME, the spinach still had its texture and flavor for something I enjoyed despite my disdain for spinach.

The walls are down at Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors is down and they are serving me soy free French fries. There are areas that need work still and signs warning about construction. i had an open face steak sandwich that left me staring. Just bread and I added ketchup. OH DEAR, this was supposed to be a tough piece of meat based on the fat and cut that I saw. Even the fatty edge was tender and flavorful. I think if not for the 2 hour round trip I would go eat there that steak every night. They take Tables in Wonderland discount card.

Free after hours in the park seems to be happening. Tusker House is taking reservations until and hour after Animal Kingdom. Epcot’s World Showcase has restaurants seating guests after the park closes. Citrico’s is offering a $155 for a 5 course wine dinner on July 24th, contact them at 407-824-3988 or Keith.Gimbel@Disney.com. Earl of Sandwich has an app that you can download and earn food with every visit and they have a dining club that gives a free sandwich on your birthday. Fulton’s Crab House, Wolfgang Puck Grand Café and Portobello have a preferred customer card that they jointly use that gives you seating without a reservation and a birthday treat. There are menu changes at various restaurants throughout WDW so check first if you really really really want an item. Chicken skewers at ‘Ohana may be gone and the risotto at Le Cellier is made with peas instead of mushrooms.

Planners remember in Winter the water parks take turn going down for refurbishment. Perfectly Princess Tea Party is on holiday at Cítrico’s from June 20 – August 29, 2014 then it returns to the Garden View Tea Room. It’s Tough to be a Bug will be down July 7 – August 11 at Animal Kingdom. Peoplemover/TTA will be down June 2 – August 4 in Magic Kingdom.

 

Captain Cook’s 2 is now open and NOT the same as it used to be. It is not the lost guests, smaller seating area, or pared down menu but the quality of the food that is being served. I received a pitiful piece of fish and gelatinous rice. I can eat almost any rice but this was inedible with dried out areas and wet gooey areas of the rice that had to be mass produced. My dirty rice pan that has been soaking for 2 days has better rice. The manager was doing orders by hand. She called my order out first then when I spoke up and only then did say to change gloves and cook it allergy style. Golden Corral has better white rice. Another issue was the clerk at the Kona Island Coffee Bar that did not know that cafe con panna is espresso topped with whipped cream.

Kona Cafe has a two page menu with a half page on the right side that lists sushi, craft beer, wine, and sake. It is nice to have everything right there on hand. The spinach salad is gone but they kept my favorite appetizer in WDW, the Maui Onion and White Bean Soup. Rainbow Poke that had Tuna, Salmon, Hamachi, Cucumber, Carrot, and Siracha drizzle with Eel Sauce is gone as is the spicy tuna roll sushi. They have added the Kona Combo Plate with California luau roll, salmon sashimi, and tuna poke. New is the Crab Rangoon roll that is crab salad rolled in nori, tempura fried, and served with eel sauce. Nigiri was just salmon, tuna and chef’s choice but now is salmon, tuna, hamachi, seared scallop, eel, and yuzu poached shrimp.

The grilled steak no longer has Teriyaki sauce and the set up has changed to molasses bacon butter, seasonal veggies, and roasted fingerling potatoes. Pork chops now come with spiced carrots and mashed potatoes. They changed the chicken to Taal Chicken with succotash and rice. Taal is the fruit of palm tree as well as a spice blend native to Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. I did not check desserts but will be back soon to check out the steak dinner.