Finishing up our seven thousand three hundred and nineteen point seven four two part series on Downtown Disney with the rest of the Marketplace and a little bit of this and that. The other parts are all over the website. I can’t find them either. On the plus side, I purchased an annual pass to DisneyQuest and the Water Parks, so we’ll be able to take a look at those soon. I also preordered the Canon 5D Mark III Kit that should hopefully improve the picture quality of my 650 pixel wide photos slightly. It should be here at the end of the month. If nothing else, maybe it will put me one step closer to the Disney Fantasy Payoff (Media Preview) Cruise. You can’t ignore the kid in the polyester polo if his lens has a red ring around it, right?
I got an amusing email yesterday from The Times UK:
Would love to use some of your Habit Heroes Images
is they any chance you can send over some Hi RES versions
this will be for tomorrow Edition of the Times that goes to press is a few Hours
I can get you a credit on the page
Ian W” email@example.com
The bizarre capitalization, spacing, and grammar are his. I suppose every email that a print newspaper sends doesn’t have to be “proper,” but I felt like this was a little ridiculous. I make mistakes too, but ordinarily I’ve been drinking. I guess it is the UK and it was around 2pm (their time) when they sent the email, so maybe they were drinking too. I don’t judge.
The answer was “No.”
I just wanted to say that research continues on beers that may or may not show up at the Food and Wine Festival this year. I know you guys hang on every wine review I write, so I’ve been tasting the Franzia varietals from the Walgreens next door at my convenience as well. Most of them taste like wine, but I’ll be back with full reviews of each. Notice a hint of cigar box. Some oak. Blackberries.
We’ll begin at Bongos Cuban Cafe Sandwich Window, which is attached to the larger Bongos restaurant. They have a new menu since we visited at the end of February.
Here it is:
It’s located to the left of the window itself where people in line are almost always standing. The type is so small that your face basically needs to be right on top of it even if you’re carrying your binoculars. Here are some better(?) pictures for your perusal:
The old menu:
The menu has expanded considerably and now includes many items that are prepared in the Bongos’ kitchen rather than kept under heat lamps within the confines of the Sandwich Window. Note that you can order a few of the most popular Bongos items as well, including the Ropa Vieja and Arroz con Pollo along with additional sandwiches and many more beverages. Draft Bud Light for $3.50 is also a steal anywhere on Disney property.
See that menu there? Yeah, me neither.
Service was friendly, but abysmally slow and inefficient. I think they’ve most likely taken on more than they can handle. A lot of the food is prepared elsewhere and then brought out by whoever is available. There were four people in front of me and I waited a good ten minutes until it was my turn to order. And the people in front of me were ordering simple items like Coronas and Empanadas.
Because of the price, I ordered the Fried Stuffed Potatoes ($2.75) and Fried Ham Croquettes ($1.75). The ball is the Papas Rellenas (Potatoes), which is basically fried/breaded mashed potatoes filled with ground beef and green olives. The longer thing is the Croquettes de Jamon, which is filled with some sort of creamy (kosher?) ham concoction. I read both on the menu as being plural and was expecting more than one of each. But looking back at the menu, it does say the word “each” underneath the price, so one is what you can expect. This was an interesting addition to the meal as I’m not familiar with Cuban cuisine. I don’t think I would order either again, but for a total cost of $4.50, I don’t regret the expenditure.
I ordered the Chicken Salad Sandwich. It’s been about two years since I’ve been here and I honestly had no idea what to order. I asked the woman working the register what she recommended and she described the steak sandwiches as being excellent. Then a chef-type person came through the doors from the back and they conferred for a moment. She then recommended the Chicken Salad Sandwich, which is probably about as Cuban as snow cones. But it isn’t my fault.
After ordering, I was told that the sandwich would be another five minutes, so I sat at a table and watched the window intently to see when I would be flagged down and notified my sandwich was ready. After seven or eight minutes I hadn’t been flagged down, so I stood up and stood closer to the window. The woman said it would be just another minute. Then someone else came out from the back and said, “Sandwich.” I made eye contact and because I was the only one that had ordered a sandwich in the last 15 minutes, collected my meal.
This was actually really, really, really good. And if it isn’t obvious, it’s a ton of food, especially because the fries are piled so high. The fries were served hot out of the fryer and were well salted. The sandwich was made with all fresh ingredients, including delicious Cuban Bread. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it. A great value at $9.00 and something you actually could share, as opposed to the Pulled Pork Sandwiches that are less shareable. I would venture to say this is a better value than the $6 sandwiches over at Earl of Sandwich because you get so many fries and the sandwich is similarly sized. It was too much for me to eat and I look like Lead Belly from Habit Heroes.
Popping into D-Street to make fun of Vinylmation.
These Vinylmation 8GB Flash Drives are new. I’m sorry I can’t say this without laughing, but they are $64.95 each. Haha.
This purple thing is supposed to be an owl. Seriously, I’m dying here. $64.95. You can get a 16GB (twice as big) for about $12 shipped these days. Meaning you’re paying about $60 for that purple body.
Or for only $24.95 you can get one that glows in the dark.
Paint Splatter Mickey is back. Either whoever bought it returned it or whoever splattered it decided they would take an hour to make another one to sell for another $1,200.00.
Rapunzel is very in these days.
These guys are only $450.00 each.
Some new (in most cases) merchandise at the World of Disney:
A lot of the new stuff says 1971 on it. Very vintage.
Grumpy has a huge spread:
Either Grumpy is very “in” or Disney would really like him to be.
Didn’t get quite as far on this this evening as I was expecting, but it will continue.