WDW Weekend Eats: The Harem Edition, Part 1

July 4, 2010

As there is another full weekend of Eating and Drinking around the World coming up soon, it’s time to try and get you caught up on some recent (or at least relatively recent) weekend eats… so let’s go back about six weeks…

As it was going to be a long and strenuous trip to get to the World, I needed some sustenance for the journey, so a pre-trip visit to Five Guys was in order… yes, that would get me through the long (about an hour) drive…

Diet be damned...

Mistress Sandra had decreed that another trip to the Wave restaurant was to be in order, so Friday evening found us at the Contemporary.

We began by stopping at the Outer Rim for a pre-dinner cocktail.

Agave Nectar Margarita and a Sparkling Wine

We shortly made our way downstairs to the Wave.

After we were seated we were soon greeted by our server and she noted several new appetizers that were actually on the bar menu.

She said the flatbreads had been especially popular, so we chose the Beef Tenderloin Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Aged Balsamic to start our meal… and of course adult beverages were ordered as well…

Beef Tenderloin Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Aged Balsamic

The flatbread arrived quickly and we dove right in… we both agreed that the balsamic somewhat overwhelmed the other flavors and should have been used much more judiciously. As our server came to deliver bread and butter she asked how we liked the appetizer. We told her that we thought the balsamic was a bit overdone, and she graciously offered to make us another one with the vinegar on the side, but we told her that wasn’t necessary (it’s not like we didn’t eat the whole thing anyway…).

She took our entree orders and shortly we were presented with our main course. The Mistress ordered the Grilled Pork Tenderloin, while I selected the Chili-rubbed Flat Iron Steak.

The steak was cooked to order and came with potatoes and a salad alongside. It was a very successful dish and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it again.

Chili-rubbed Flat Iron Steak

The pork came with a sauce flavored with sassafras. Our server had suggested to have the sauce on the side as she thought it was quite sweet – her suggestion proved to be a good one, not because the sauce was overly sweet, but was just plain bitter and odd-tasting… (Mistress Sandra later referred to it as “Horrid and Nightmarish”). I had eaten the pork tenderloin here before but it was done with a different sauce, and when I mentioned this to the server she noted that this version had only been on the menu for a couple of weeks. Other than the sauce, the pork dish was good – tender and juicy. We suggested that the chef might re-think the choice of sauce with this dish… and at least one on-line listing of the Wave’s menu shows that as of 6/10 our suggestion may have been taken…

Grilled Pork Tenderloin (with “Horrid and Nightmarish” sauce)

Perhaps my favorite thing about the Wave (and this may surprise both of my dedicated readers, as I usually note that I’m not a huge eater of sweets) is their dessert menu. The offerings are creative, varied and all tasty. There are several main types of desserts (such as “Creamy Indulgence” or “Crispy and Crunchy”) with three items in each category. You can select one of the categories, or mix and match your own three choices from among all the items, which is what we did…

Vanilla Bean Créme Brulée, Lemon-basil Sorbet & Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis

We chose the Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis (deliciously creamy with a thin crispy top), Vanilla Bean Créme Brulée (a no sugar added choice, and you wouldn’t have known it), and something that I order on every visit, the Lemon-basil Sorbet (bright and refreshing, the basil really adds a different flavor twist to dessert). The really nice thing about the desserts here is that you get a nice variety, and the portions are very reasonable – enough to get a good taste of each choice, but no so much that you’re bloated afterwards…

Other than a couple of sauce mis-steps (one minor, one major), we enjoyed our meal at the Wave. The food is fresh and reasonably priced and the service has been consistently good. Our server on this occasion was knowledgeable about the menu, made good suggestions, was there when needed, but not overly fawning or obtrusive.

We said farewell to the Wave and made our way to the palatial surroundings of Scopa Towers (aka the Pop Century resort) to await the further gustatory pleasures to come the rest of the weekend.

Saturday started early with a cinnamon-roll-as-big-as-your-head and coffee at the resort and we soon made our way to meet up with friends at the Studios.

When we arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios we met up with Miss Bonnie and Momma Ginny, and now the Harem was complete – before I’m accused of being a Sexist Pig, please note that these lovely ladies decreed themselves as my Harem for the weekend… I did suggest that some I Dream of Jeannie like garb was perhaps in order for the day, but that option was quickly dismissed by the ladies… oh well…

This weekend was the one where the Great Mongello had insanely decided to broadcast live for 24 hours over the Interwebs, and many of the faithful followers gathered to praise him. The homage was to take place at the Studio Catering Company, one of the quick service restaurants in the Studios, so we decided to lunch there.

Studio Catering fairly recently revamped their menu adding a grilled veggie sandwich (same as the Backlot Express also in the Studios) and Buffalo Chicken Sandwich among other items. I tried the Pressed Tuscan Deli sandwich, which was good, but nothing spectacular.

Pressed Tuscan Deli Sandwich

As we had dinner reservations in Morocco , the Harem and I eventually decided we needed to end our current adoration of the Mongello and begin to make our way towards Epcot. As we would need fortification for the long journey ahead of us, I suggested a stop at the Tune in Lounge.

Tune in Lounge

We paid a visit to my favorite blonde Czech bartender, who happens to make one mean margarita…

Thusly fortified, we took the walk to Epcot and wandered a bit before our evening meal.

There is much more to recount from this weekend, so we’ll pause here and pick back up  in Part 2. I think there’s time for a beverage…

3 Responses to “WDW Weekend Eats: The Harem Edition, Part 1”

  1. Emma Says:

    looks like a great weekend so far – I love all your photos! making me hungry though.. 🙂


  2. […] August 17, 2010 When we last left off on the First Harem Weekend at the World, we had just fortified ourselves for our long walk from the Studios to Epcot with wonderful margaritas made by my Favorite Blonde Czech Bartender Alena… (if for some strange reason, you missed Part 1, you can find it here). […]


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