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Orlando Magical Dining

by Meghann on September 14, 2008

During the month of September Orlando does a Magical Dining experience. It’s this cool thing where you can go to all these fancy restaurants in Orlando, select a 3 course meal from a specified menu and only pay $29. I mentioned this idea to my Dad and he spread the word to a couple of my uncles and set up a dinner date for Saturday night at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. Emeril’s Tchoup Chop is located in the Royal Pacific at Universal Studios. I have actually been dying for an opportunity to try this place so I was very excited it was where we all agreed on.

I didn’t want to arrive at the restaurant starving, so before we left my apartment I had one and a half grahm crackers with applesauce on top as a snack. If you put the combo in the microwave for 20 secs it taste just like the little apple pies you get from fast food places!

Before dinner, while waiting for our table, I sipped on a Pomegranate Mojito.

I’m usually not a big sweet drink drinker, but this was the special of the night. My uncle ordered it and after I stole a sip of his, I knew it was what I had to have. The bartender told me all the ingrediants, like 5 times, but I forget most of what she said. I do know there were mint leaves, promegante juice and tequila, and aren’t those the most important ingrediants anyways?

For the Magical dining experience we were given a special menu to order from.

It was a smaller selection then the regular menu but still had some good choices. We were also told the portions would be smaller then normal, with 3 courses that was fine with me. J

I have plans to do an 8 mile run nice and early tomorrow so I decided to switch to non alcoholic beverages for the rest of the night.

I ordered a soda water with an orange slice that I squeezed in with the drink. I love ordering soda water with fruit to give it a touch of flavor. If you get a lime slice, you will swear it’s a gin and tonic.

While waiting on our orders to arrive I snacked on a couple of shrimp chips, dipped in a yummy peanut sauce.

For my starter I ordered the Julienne Applewood Smoked Duck and Romaine Lettuce. It was tossed in a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. It was defiantly small, but had plenty of flavor. My aunt and uncle ordered the pork dumplings that looked really good. I actually wish I would have ordered those instead. Oh well.

For my main dish I got the Macadamia Nut Crusted Demi Atlantic Salmon, it was served with a really yummy ginger soy sauce, wasabi mashed potatoes and asparagus. Again, small portion but oh so good. I licked my plate clean.

For dessert I got an old favorite. Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It was served with ginger ice cream and a strawberry,

This cake was the highlight of the evening. I could have ate another one of these easily.

With my dessert I had some lavender mint tea.

It was very good tea. It reminded me of the tea they serve when you’re waiting to get your hair done at the Aveda Institute.

Overall the meal was very good. It was small portions, but I see that as a good thing. I left feeling satisfied, not overstuffed. We were all making plans to try another restaurant on the list before the month is over.

After dinner we walked around CItywalk and stopped at Maragaritaville. I ordered a Palm Air Ale, but had a couple of sips and realized I did not want it at all. I felt so wasteful just leaving a full beer on the table, but no one else wanted it either.

Tomorrow I’m waking up nice and early for an easy 8 mile run with Caitlin(SeeBrideRun) I hope I will be able to keep up with her! Wish me luck!

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