Beware of the Bread Pudding! Dining Recon: Tambu Lounge!

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to Monday!  I know.  Yuck!  Well, let’s remedy the Monday morning blues and start the week off in our “happy place”, shall we?

A few days ago, I posted this on Facebook … “One of the best lounges on property.  Highly recommend!”

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I was referring to the Polynesian’s Tambu Lounge, of course.  It has always been one of our “must do” spots.

On this trip, we learned a few things, however.  For example, up until 3:30 PM, you can order from Kona Cafe’s menu!  Evidently, that started back in March.

Wanting to take advantage of this, Mrs. All in WDW and I split one of my personal “Top 5” Walt Disney World meals.  Yes, the Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken!  Delicious!

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We also learned that ‘Ohana opens its doors for dinner at 3:30 PM now!  Well, that was a surprise – to us, at least.  Had we realized it, we might have passed on the noodles!

Mrs. All in WDW and I made the best of it, however.  You see, Tambu has been, for some time, serving late-afternoon and evening Guests ‘Ohana’s phenomenal Bread Pudding.

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Can you believe we haven’t had any of this delectable, fantastic, tremendous, tasty, delicious dessert in years?!  It is as good as we remembered!  Drench it in Bananas-Caramel Sauce, folks!

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As I mentioned, Tambu Lounge has always been a family favorite.  Now that you can get the best of both Kona and ‘Ohana as you relax and recreate your afternoon and evenings away, it’s better than ever!

Like I said above, “One of the best lounges on property.  Highly recommend!”

Seeing the Light at Trader Sam’s!

Wow!  I have to tell you … when I posted my “recon” of Trader Sam’s a few month’s back, I thought my pictures were pretty good.

Leave it to my son to teach me a lesson!  Great lighting!  Phenomenal color!  Outstanding job!  Enjoy!

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Beverage Recon: Tambu Lounge PLUS Dining Recon: Kona Island!

Good morning, my friends!  I hope you’re having a great weekend!

When I compiled this post, it felt very appropriate to title the piece “Beverage Recon: Tambu Lounge plus Dining Recon: Kona Island”.  A long title, for sure, but, today, we’re going to see some of the best of both!

Situated on the 2nd Floor of the Great Ceremonial House of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, both of these establishments are huge fan favorites.  Oh, you know they are.

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Show of hands.  How many of you, out there, have enjoyed a Backscratcher at Tambu Lounge?  I thought so!  Do you know the recipe?  No?  OK.  Here it is!

  • 1/2 oz. Meyer’s Original Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
  • Passion Fruit Juice
  • Jack Daniel’s
  • Ice

You need to mix the rums in a glass with ice.  You fill most of the rest of the glass with passion fruit juice.  Leave some room at the very top.  Then, top the concoction with some Jack Daniel’s.

I’m not sure where you’ll find the actual backscratcher, but, hey!  The taste will be there!  Right?  Yum!

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Of course, that covered the beverage part of our afternoon … not to mention it provided me with a great backscratcher to take home!  Hmm.  Now, what about lunch?

Most of what you eat at Tambu (at lunchtime, at least), can be secured from the Polynesian’s Quick Service venue – Captain Cook’s.  I’ve published posts about that before – see?  Click the link.

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Another option is to visit the Kona Island sushi counter.  Oddly, you have to wait for a server to come over from Kona Cafe’ to wait on you, but they do prepare your sushi at the island.

On this afternoon, Mrs. All in WDW and I shared some sashimi and two rolls.  It’s served “take-out style”, but that doesn’t matter.  It’s still delicious!

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All in all, blending the best from both venues provided us with a great experience.  Tambu’s cocktail was very tasty and refreshing.  Kona’s sushi was outstanding!

If you’re looking to enjoy a fabulous Polynesian afternoon, we’d recommend this recipe of  Tambu plus Kona.  Of course, you have to be a fan of sushi, but, if you are, you can’t go wrong!

New Holiday Hours for Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto?

Credit Mrs. All in WDW for this “Flash Report”!

Rumor has it that, starting today, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto will be open from 2 PM to 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays for both November and December!

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Wow!  We hope this is true!  It would be great hours for the holidays, folks, and provide a much better chance to enjoy this unique experience!

It’s also a good thing, because she was told that staff expects to be packed, each and every day, from open to close!  Great report, my dear!

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TONS of Food Pics! Dining Recon: Lunch at Kona Cafe!

My friends, I absolutely love posts that write themselves … with food pictures!  After all, I can only babble on just so much, you know?

few months back, Mrs. All in WDW and I met a few friends for lunch … at Kona Cafe!  Located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Kona is an outstanding venue for any meal.

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For instance, remember our recent breakfast?  I published this delicious post back in early July.  Look at those pics!  Yum!

But, back to today’s point.  Lunch!  From “caterpillars” to volcanoes”, they have sushi!

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And, they offer a plethora of desserts!  Check out that Banana-Chocolate Creme Brulee!

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Of course, they offer, pretty much everything else in between.  Take a look!

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On this day, we shared a trio of tasty appetizers.  The Pot Stickers, for example were fantastic!

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You see, this is why I don’t buy China’s pot stickers at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Why taste them there, when you can get a much-better rendition at Kona?

Of course, the steamed buns at Food & Wine are usually phenomenal.  Then, again, so are these …

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Pillowy soft and full of flavor!  Kona’s Steamed Pork Buns are well worth trying!

Finally, who can pass on Sticky Wings?  Simply delicious!

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Naturally, that wasn’t the end of our lunch date.  Entrees followed quickly behind as one of our friends enjoyed a serving of Kona’s Big Island Tacos.  This is the Fish Taco.

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Our other lunch companion raved about the Kona Surf and Turf Burger Deluxe!

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Mrs. All in WDW took the healthy route and chose the cafe’s Grilled Steak Salad.

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And, leaving the best for last, I just had to have “my” Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken!  They are SO good!

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Sadly, after all of those appetizers and entrees, we couldn’t even dream about touching a dessert.  Next time, perhaps!

Fans, you’ll find a “ton” of culinary options at the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe, but, better yet, you’ll discover a very high level of quality.  I cannot recommend the Pan-Asian Noodles highly enough!

Friendly service, great food, and it won’t break your wallet.  What more could we ask for?  Bon appetit!