I can die happy: Club 33
So thanks to a very generous reader of Babes in Disneyland, and this post, I was extended an invitation to Club 33! I cannot even tell you how excited I was when I got that message - oh man, I don't think I stopped smiling for a week! I tried to keep it quiet for as long as possible, just in case it didn't work out for some reason - but just knowing I had the offer, was pretty amazing. Club 33 was renovated earlier this year - and just reopened in July I believe, if you want to see some pictures of what it looked like before - this is a pretty good site.
There was a dress code - so even though it was blazing hot, we both wore pants and tried to look somewhat dressy, for Disneyland anyway - but I mostly ended up looking like a puddle of melted girl. I rang the infamous doorbell and after giving my information, was led in through the not-so-secret secret-door.
We were led into this courtyard, which was shady and cool, with fancy watermelon/cucumber water and tables to sit and wait at. This is the Court of Angels that used to be open to the public, a place where we've taken many a picture in the past - but now sadly it is a part of the Club. It fits right in - and is really a nice addition - but I miss having it be a part of the park that all can enjoy.
A hostess led us up the stairs assuring us that we should feel free to take all the pictures we wanted. I got nosy too and asked a bunch of questions. This is a harpischord that Walt bought for Lillion - Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney have played it!
Here is the dining room.
The view from our window.
Menu - no, it wasn't cheap, but it was worth it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
I thoroughly enjoyed watching park guests go about their day, from above ;)
Let's begin on the food, shall we: It was so darn fancy, we felt seriously out-classed and a bit nervous - I mean they had a special tool to scrape our bread crumbs off the table after we made a mess! we got new place settings between each course, and there were fancy service plate covers on the entrees!
|The Ruby... the best darned grapefruit juice I've ever had.|
|The best darned bread I've ever had. No really. Fluffy, warm brioche with herbed butter. To die for.|
|My Appetizer - Warm Blue Crab and Artichoke Gratin with Lemon Chervil Glacage|
|Todd's Appetizer - Grilled Quail with Figs and Summer Corn Velvet (he called in fancy people Thanksgiving)|
|My Salad - Watermelon Salad with Southern Orange Creme Fraiche & Petite Greens|
|Todd's Salad - Heirloom Tomato Salad with Crispy Burratta Cheese & Green Tomato Gazpacho|
|My Entree - Iron Seared Swordfish with Poached Oyster and Leek and Potato Stew. (Fish = out of this world, Oyster = ew gross)|
|Todd's Entree - Berkshire Pork Medallion Gratin with Southern Red Bean Ragu|
|My Dessert - Class "Opera Cake" Manjari Chocolate, Coffee Liquor, Almond Cake and Caramel Creme (which was amazing)|
|Todd's Dessert - Warm Monkey Bread with Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream and Candied Pecan Praline (the caramel sauce on that, was mind-blowing)|
It was truly an experience that we whole-heartedly enjoyed and will never forget! I can never thank the folks who wanted to extend the magic to us!
|Even the merchandise bags were super fancy!|