Epcot Food & Wine? It’s the WDW Magical Main Street Memories Podcast Top 25!

I want to thank Dennis Conroy of the WDW Magical Main Street Memories Podcast for doing “double duty” this week.

Not only did he participate in ranking your All in WDW Readers’ 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Top 25, he provided me with WDW Magical Main Street Memories Podcast’s own “official” Top 25!

Well, OK. I don’t know if his partner, Doug Davis, will agree that this is their show’s “official” list. Actually, I’m pretty sure he won’t agree. I’ve seen Doug’s list.

They do have one thing in common, though. It appears that neither can fathom trying the Australian Lamb Chop!

Grilled Lamb Chop

Grilled Lamb Chop

Anyway, add this “menu” to your pre-festival preparation, my friends! It’s another great rendition. Call it a foodie’s “hit list”. Thanks, Dennis!

  1. Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland
  2. Baked Lobster Alfredo – Hops & Barley
  3. Cheese Ravioli – Italy
  4. Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie – Ireland
  5. “Le Cellier” Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  6. Garlic Shrimp – Australia
  7. Braised Short Ribs – France
  8. Griddled Greek Cheese – Greece
  9. Kālua Pork Slider – Hawaii
  10. Black Pepper Shrimp – China
  11. Roast Bratwurst – Germany
  12. Cheddar Cheese Soup – Canada
  13. Florida Grass-fed Beef Slider – Hops & Barley
  14. Rib-Eye Taco – Mexico
  15. Kefta Pocket – Morocco
  16. Beef Empanada – Patagonia
  17. Kimchi Dog – South Korea
  18. Seared Mahi-Mahi – Singapore
  19. Chicken Gyro – Greece
  20. Mongolian Beef Steamed Bun – China
  21. CraB’less CraB Cake – Terra
  22. Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi – Poland
  23. Slow-braised Beef with Puerto Rican-grown Rice – Puerto Rico
  24. Steamed Green-lip Mussels – New Zealand
  25. Escargot Tart – France

The All in WDW Readers’ 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Top 25!

Let the feast begin!

You’ll have to bear with me for a short bit, my friends, as All in WDW becomes “All Food & Wine”!  After all, it’s 2014 Food & Wine “Week”, and it’s time to eat!

So, where do we start?  Well, we start with YOU, of course!

With spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon?  I can tell you right now ... Scotland is going to knock Brazil's 2013 effort (pictured) out of the park!  At #3, you agree!

By adding spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon, I can tell you right now … Scotland is going to knock Brazil’s 2013 scallop (pictured) out of the park!  Ranked at #3, you agree!

You voted.  A select few of you ranked them in order.  And, THIS is the BIG unveiling. Here is YOUR menu.

Are you going to Food & Wine?  Having a hard time choosing what dishes you want to try?  Let our readers be your guide!  They know what they’re talkin’ ’bout!  Just have a look!

Here is your All in WDW Readers’ 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Top 25!

  1. “Le Cellier” Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  2. Cheddar Cheese Soup – Canada
  3. Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland
  4. Rib-Eye Taco – Mexico
  5. Griddled Greek Cheese – Greece
  6. Kālua Pork Slider – Hawaii
  7. Cheese Ravioli – Italy
  8. Slow-braised Beef with Puerto Rican-grown Rice – Puerto Rico
  9. Braised Short Ribs – France
  10. Shrimp Taco – Mexico
  11. Seared Mahi-Mahi – Singapore
  12. Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil
  13. Belgium Waffle with Chocolate Ganache – Belgium
  14. Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
  15. Baked Lobster Alfredo – Hops & Barley
  16. Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips – Africa
  17. Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi – Poland
  18. Mongolian Beef Steamed Bun – China
  19. Garlic Shrimp – Australia
  20. Florida Grass-fed Beef Slider – Hops & Barley
  21. Grilled Lamb Chop – Australia
  22. Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie – Ireland
  23. Beef Empanada – Patagonia
  24. Spicy Hand Roll – Japan
  25. Teriyaki Chicken Steamed Bun – Japan

Honorable Mentions

  • Chicken Potstickers – China
  • Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon Hash – Farm Fresh

Welcome, Pineapple Lanai!

On our last trip to Walt Disney World, Mrs. All in WDW and I dropped by Disney’s Polynesian Resort to see “what’s up” with all the construction.

We took a lot of shots – including a “Dining Recon” breakfast visit to Capatain Cook’s – but this NEW quick service came as a big surprise.  No Dole Whip at Capatain Cook’s?  No problem!  Welcome, Pineapple Lanai!

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Well, it wasn’t open yet as it was breakfast time, after all.  Too bad, too.  I’d have some Dole Whip for breakfast.  Couldn’t you?  I mean, we’d drink pineapple juice with our bacon and eggs, wouldn’t we?

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An outdoor venue, there looks to be a fair amount of seating.

In Captain Cook’s, you used to be able to “dole” yourself out a healthy-sized portion of Disney’s iconic pineapple soft-serve.  Now, a friendly Cast Member will take care of it for you at this quick service window.

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Of course, all Captain Cook’s served was the soft-serve itself.  The Lanai sports a bit of an expanded offering.  Look!  A float!

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You want an infamous Dole Whip without buying an expensive park ticket into Disney’s Magic Kingdom?  Then, stop by the Poly!  There’s a ton of construction going on, but the Pineapple Lanai is ready and waiting!

It’s waiting to “soft-serve” you some delicious ice cream!

“Cruising” on the Crescent!

I was digging through my iMac’s files, and I came across some of my favorite pics of one of my favorite parts of Walt Disney World – Crescent Lake.  So, naturally, I wanted to share.

Whether you prefer Beach Club, Yacht Club, or BoardWalk … even if it’s the Swan or Dolphin that tickle your interest … Crescent Lake is one of the most beautiful areas on property.

Deluxe resorts, outstanding restaurants, phenomenal pools … stay there.  At the very least, drop by for a visit.  I promise.  You’ll fall in love with it!

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The BIG Answer – SSE Trivia Revealed!

Do you know just how hard it is to take a picture inside Spaceship Earth?  It’s awful!  Way too dark!  Otherwise, I would have a genuine shot of Spaceship Earth’s very first scene to present to you today!

SSE Cavemen

We’ll have to settle for the above cave drawings.  Oh, well.  Anyway, yesterday, I asked … in the ride’s first scene, how many men make up the hunting party that is dead set on “bagging” that mammoth?

Do you (did you) know?  It’s FOUR!  Yes, four very un-photogenic cavemen are teaming up to take down that humongous beast!

Looking back at the results, it was a bit of a split-decision, but you should give yourselves a “high five” nonetheless!  Way to go, my friends!  You pretty-much “bested” me once again.  That’s OK.  I’ll “get” you next time, I’ll bet!

Have a great day!