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Culinary no-no #190

Culinary no-no's

For many years, cuisine offerings at Walt Disney World were incredibly average at best.

The parks had the usual mundane hot dogs, hamburgers, and they were certainly nothing to write home about.

Hotel and park restaurants provided the same ham, turkey, and roast beef dinners that brought back memories of high school cafeterias.

That all changed during the 1980’s when visitors to the Mouse House demanded higher quality and variety. Today, Walt Disney World features some of the finest restaurants in all of Florida.

No more settling for a corn dog and popcorn.

One of those award-winning, multi-star restaurants is located here.....

Check out the very top of the Contemporary Resort. It houses........


The California Grill is busy and popular.



And why not!

The food is phenomenal.

One of their signature dishes is the pork tenderloin and polenta.

California Grill Pork and Polenta

Great desserts....

Apple Cobbler


Superb service. 

Whether dinner is over or not, you can stay at your table or head outside.........


To have the best view of the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom.



Online comments about the California Grill:

"This has to be the best food in disney. Do not miss this one if it is the only place you choose to dine!"

"For many, California Grill is the pinnacle of fine dining in Walt Disney World."

"My jaw dropped at the gorgeous views of the Magic Kingdom."

"The waiters are great, and the food selections are excellent. They even let you relax, turn down the lights, and play the coordinating soundtrack while the fireworks are on."


With so many gold stars and superlatives, what’s the rub?

Can you believe it?

More online comments:

“too busy, too noisy, too frantic, view or not.”

“CG was crazy loud and busy last time we were there.”

The California Grill is too loud.

I do not agree.

It is mega-popular, it’s in Disney, and it attracts parents with kids, and birthday/anniversary/wedding parties galore. It’s a happenin’ place with a constant buzz.


That doesn’t make the magnificent food taste any different.

Or does it?

New research published in the journal Food Quality and Preference examined the effect of loud background noise on the taste buds, or, as the publication puts it, “the effects of auditory background noise on the perception of gustatory food properties (sugar level, salt level), food crunchiness and food liking.” reports that “
researchers” rounded up four dozen college kids because, as we all know, some 20-something who can’t spell cuisine is a perfect sample for determining if noise can impair good taste.

The 48 college whiz kids were given headphones that played loud white noise, soft white noise, or nothing. Then the kids who, no doubt, were sick of Ramen noodles, gladly chewed away at Pringles and cookies.

Chomp, chomp, chomp.

Our young research assistants whose latest meals probably consisted of pizza, burgers, tacos, spaghetti out of a can, and pop-tarts rated the chips as less salty when they listened to loud white noise or liberal public radio (OK, I threw that last part in). When they listened to loud white noise, they rated the cookies as less sweet.

The highly-priced researchers after listening to their oh-so-young assistants could only come up with one conclusion: loud background noise makes food taste less salty and sweet, in other words, bland.

Restaurant owners, demand complete silence on the part of diners and they’ll be glad you did according to this study.

nd by the way, where can I go to get paid to do “research” like this?

There’s more. A second round of “research” found that loud background noise makes crunchy food taste even crunchier.

Well!!  Now I’m convinced.

Seems this “research” could be used to prop up the airlines to defend their swill, that it’s not that bad, it’s those doggone noisy engines.

Yeh, sure.

Please, pass the pork tenderloin and polenta and did you say something? You did?  I guess I didn’t hear it. Oh well. I’m not sorry.Gosh, this pork looks delicious.

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