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Flying Fish Review

Today we review of one of the signature restaurants my husband and I ate at on our last adults’ only trip-The Flying Fish! I actually dined here for the first time ever last January. It was so good, I insisted we go back last week. Flying Fish is located on the Boardwalk, next to the Boardwalk Inn.
The theming inside continues on with the Boardwalk but in a bit more whimsical yet contemporary style. We requested to be towards the back in an effort to avoid children at a late dinner. The area we sat in felt like you were inside a Circus tent but in an understated way. We were celebrating our anniversary this trip and it was noted on our reservation. They had special menus printed that said Happy Anniversary! 
Our server was phenomenal. That is one of the highlights at dining at the signature restaurants at Disney-many have been there for years! Ellen has been with the company for 23 years. She is typically at California Grill but with it being under renovation she requested Flying Fish. She was informative; had great recommendations especially for the wine; and also knew how to pace our meal so we never felt rushed or like we were waiting for our next course.
The wine list was fantastic. What was really great about the wine list here is they allow you to order by the carafe. Often we like a glass(or two) of white and a glass(or two) of red. This was perfect for us as we could share the carafe which was basically like a half bottle.  
We started with two appetizers.
Signature Flying Fish Cafe Crisp Jonah Crab Cake – Served with Savory Vegetable, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and Ancho Chili Remoulade.
Yellowfin Tuna Tartar and Crispy Tempura Tuna Vegetable Sushi Roll – Hijiki and Wakame Seaweed, Yuzu Tobiko, and Wasabi Foam with a sweet and spicy sauce 
Hands down the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare was the best! I could have had another one of those. It was fresh and melted in your mouth. I love sushi and yellowfin is one of my favorites. Often spicy sauces overpower the fish but not in this case. It was perfectly balanced. 

The Jonah Crab Cake is one of their signature dishes. It was good but not exactly what I expected. I know the word crisp is in the name but being on the Boardwalk I expected it to be less crisp. 
Upon Ellen’s suggestion, we opted to split a salad and we went with their Caesar salad.  
Caesar Salad – Young Red and green romaine leaves, Roasted Garlic dressing, parmigiano Sonoma jack frico and pesto sourdough croutons. 
That was a great recommendation as even the half salad portion was quite large. The dressing was especially tasty on this dish.

Next up were our entrees. My husband went with one of their signatures
Signature Flying Fish Cafe Potato-wrapped Red Snapper – Leek Fondue with a veal glace, red wine and Cassis butter reduction
It was wrapped in potatoes that made it appear to be dense but it was actually light. The potatoes definitely added a depth of flavorfulness that was unique to this dish and unlike any other snapper he’s had. The portion was perfect in size.

I had their Thunder-Surf and Surf.  This is an option that changes frequently, usually every three to four days due to what fish is in season and available.  This particular evening my entrée had grilled cobia and shrimp. The shrimp were served with their heads on. I’ve had shrimp like this many times, but these were some of the best I have tasted.  They were seasoned with just enough spices. I didn’t really want to share any of this but I did. The cobia was similar to mahi mahi. It was good but the shrimp was so much better it really got overtaken by the shrimp. They should seriously consider a dish of just the shrimp alone. 

Between the two entrees, mine was the winner! At this restaurant, I would definitely always try the chef’s special like the Thunder or the Duo. It changes often and is a dish that the chef really can shine at something special.
Sometimes when you are celebrating at a Disney restaurant they will give you something complimentary for dessert. This evening we could have two glasses of champagne or a dessert.  Ellen warned us about the dessert-it was PB&J Crème Brulee. She said stick with the champagne. I am not a bubbly drinker so I didn’t listen. The PB&J Crème Brule is quite possibly the worst dessert I have ever tasted. I have a sweet tooth that just won’t quit. This was awful. When you think PB&J, you think GRAPE jelly. This had blueberry or blackberry jelly, something other than grape. It didn’t taste right. It looked pretty. The chocolates tasted great and the little dropper of chocolate went perfectly with the other dessert we ordered. We also ordered the Caramelized Banana Napoleon – Phyllo, banana mousse, creme caramel and exotic fruit coulis and bitter chocolate. The Banana Napolean definitely made up for the PB&J disaster. The banana mousse was very similar in taste to banana pudding. The layers stayed together as you cut into them.  We did take the chocolate dropper and add it to the bites for a perfect banana chocoloate combo.
Order the one on the left not the right!
Another fun one that I had before that we didn’t order this evening was the sampler.
Yes, these really are desserts!

Overall, we both really enjoyed Flying Fish. We will definitely return for a date night in the future. It is a place I would take my children but I would go earlier in the evening to be respectful of the other patrons who are enjoying an adult meal later in the evening.

Mama Monday : Adults Only Trips!

Mamas, today I am taking you to Disney without the kids! There are so many different kinds of trips you can do with adults’ only. Before we ever had kids, we vacationed at Disney, just the two of us. I’ve gone on a girls’ weekend to Disney.  We went on one of our babymoons to Disney. And this past month, we left the kids at home for an adults’ only get away. 
The first few trips we went to Disney as a couple we didn’t have kids yet. We enjoyed all of the evening extra magic hours, slept in, never made rope drop because we didn’t mind waiting in line, and ate and drank around the world! We enjoyed the Disney nightlife that evolves over time. We had late dinners and leisurely time by the pool and even napped. There were even days we didn’t have dining reservations if you can even imagine that!  On one of the girls’ only trips I went on, we went to the Princess Storybook dinner and dressed up! It was so much fun to be princesses too!
There was one trip that was a total escape from reality. Disney is the perfect place for that. We had a miscarriage in October 2008. Shortly after that I just wanted to go to my happy place-Walt Disney World. I was a little worried about it being hard seeing so many kids and especially babies. But it just made me happy and hopeful. It was a very last minute trip and just for a few days. It was just after Thanksgiving and the parks were decorated for Christmas. It was truly magical in every aspect. In everyone’s life there is a time for a reality break; a break to just be in a place that is full of dreams, hope, and a fairytale ending. That place is Disney.  It must have been the trip we’ve taken the least amount of pictures but there’s a few that I just really love of us.  Of course Disney couldn’t make everything better or heal all of our hurt, but it did give us some happiness in a very hard time of our lives.
Walt Disney World 2008

The next trip that was so special for us was our babymoon. I swore I would never, ever go to Disney while pregnant. Funny thing about parenthood-you do things you swore you wouldn’t do. I ended up going to Disney World while pregnant with our oldest son and Disneyland while pregnant with our youngest! You go a little slower and eat a lot more while pregnant. I may have had a Dole Whip every day. You can’t ride all the thrill rides. But you get to do all the rides your baby will get to do when you bring him/her back for their first trip. That was really cool on our first babymoon. For our second babymoon, the coolest part was just being able to spend time as a family of three before we became a family of four. (but obviously the second one wasn’t adults’ only)
My oldest loves this picture of him in my belly with Tigger!

On our very first adult getaway after kids, we opted for Vegas. We thought we would miss our son way too much if we chose Disney so we went somewhere we wouldn’t be doing things we would miss him at. This was before we had ever taken him to Disney. The entire time we wished we had chosen Disney instead. This past month we took a trip to celebrate our upcoming sixth wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday and we chose Disney. Well, I chose it and surprised him with it. Now that we’ve taken the kids many times to Disney, we were really able to appreciate just how different of a trip it is without kids compared to with kids. On this trip we also didn’t make rope drop. We have not ridden thrill rides together since before our first babymoon so we focused on those. It was so much fun getting to ride Tower of Terror and actually hold my husband’s hand! We had pool time that didn’t involve chasing any children or swim diapers. I read. BY THE POOL. My husband napped by the pool. It’s the little things! We were gone for three nights and we chose to dine at three signature restaurants-Monsieur Paul, Flying Fish, and Brown Derby. And we did extra magic hours in the evening at Epcot and Hollywood Studios. We slept in without any monitors going in the background.  We didn’t have a stroller or a diaper bag and a few times in the parks we didn’t even take a backpack in. Traveling in the airport went faster, there were fewer bathroom breaks in general, and we ate lunch when we got hungry instead of on a schedule. One day we slept till 10, got to the parks around 12, had a late lunch at 3, had pool time at 6, and then a late dinner at 9. With young kids, that kind of line up just doesn’t happen. The best part was, other than dinner, none of that was planned in advance. We just went along as we wanted.
We took the time to literally smell the flowers at the Flower & Garden Festival.
My anniversary surprise from my husband! Delish!

I will always love Disney with my kids and seeing their faces light up. But I think it is very important for mamas and papas to get to be wives and husbands and significant others too. Our kids had a fabulous time with their caregivers while we were away. And we were given a shopping list too! They knew exactly where we were and yes we were told “Mama, I want to go to Disney with you guys.” But overall they loved we had fun and we loved the time apart to recharge. Every parent needs a break and there’s no better place than Disney to take that break. 

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