“Lunch” at Epcot? You Bet! “Round 1” of Food & Wine Voting Concludes!

Great response yesterday, my friends!  Thanks for all your votes and support!  I can really tell that you’re excited for Food & Wine’s arrival!

One day of “Round 1” voting remains, my fellow Disney foodies.  By the end of today, you’ll have reduced a list of 68 entree-type offerings down to a collection of 40!  Good job!

The problem is … can we eat – or pay for – 40 samples of food?  Of course, not!  Next week, we’ll carve that 40 down to a much more manageable 20-item “menu”

Then, we’ll have your “recommendations”!  We’ll have your 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!

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All in WDW’s two-time Festival “champion” – New Zealand’s Lamb Meatball!

Today, I present TWO groups below.  You can vote for up to FIVE dishes in each group!  In other words, you can cast as many as TEN votes today!

Like yesterday, the Top 5 vote-getters in each group will move forward into “Round 2” of our selection process.  Which dishes will it be?

Have fun, folks!  Tell your friends!  VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!  By the way, if you need a description of the items before you make your choices, check out this link!

Food & Wine ’16 “Fun ‘n Games” Returns! Round 1 Continues! VOTE!

Food & Wine fans, rejoice!  The 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is less than three weeks away!  Let’s get the party started, Disney!

Wait a minute!  Hey, All in WDW fans!  Let’s get the party started … today!  Let’s dive back into the 4th Annual All in WDW Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!

If you were here last week, you know what we’re “up to”.  If not, well, here’s the job I have in mind for you … we’re constructing your Food & Wine Pre-Festival “menu”!

Hawaii’s delicious Kalua Pork Slider!

My friends, we’re halfway through the “1st Round” of 2016’s voting!  Across all of Epcot’s Food & Wine marketplaces, which dishes have already hit your “2nd Round” list?

To see last week’s voting, click these links …

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Day #2

Day #3

So far, you’ve voted to advance …

  • Beer-braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes – Belgium
  • Buttered Chicken – Africa
  • Brazilian Cheese Bread – Brazil
  • Fried Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce – Craft Beers
  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon – Farm Fresh
  • Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun – China
  • Cabernet Sauvignon-braised Short Ribs – France
  • Cheddar Cheese Soup – Canada
  • Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil
  • “Le Cellier” Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips – Africa
  • Sichuan Spicy Chicken – China
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote – Belgium
  • Chicken and Dumplings – Farm Fresh
  • Gruyère and Cognac Onion Soup – France
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache – Belgium
  • Mojo Pork with Black Beans – Islands of the Caribbean
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp – Australia
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles – China
  • Pimento Cheese Dip with Pretzel Crisps – Craft Beers

What dishes will you add to your “menu” today?  Only you know!

I present TWO groups below.  You can vote for up to FIVE dishes in each group!  In other words, you can cast as many as TEN votes today!

The Top 5 vote-getters in each group will move forward into Round 2 of our selection process.  Have fun, folks!  VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

By the way, if you need a description of the items before you make your choices, check out this link!

Dining Recon: Dinner at Trattoria al Forno

Good morning, folks!  A couple of weeks ago, I shared a visit to what Mrs. All in WDW and I think might be the very best breakfast on Walt Disney World property.

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Where’d we go?  We dined at Trattoria al Forno, of course.  Oh, we love The Wave … of American Flavors.  We’re also partial to Captain’s Grille.  Trattoria, though, was other-worldly!

Click here to see Trattoria al Forno’s phenomenal Frittata!

My friends, we enjoyed our breakfast experience so much that we just had to stop back for dinner.  It didn’t start out that way, however.

What do I mean?  Well, we had scheduled a dinner with two friends at neighboring, and newly re-opened, Flying Fish.  A closer look at the menu, though, convinced us otherwise.

First, do you all remember the Fish’s famous Potato-wrapped Red Snapper?  Notably missing from their new menu, I’m afraid.

Then, I checked out Flying Fish’s prices.  For example, $46.00 for scallops?  Hopefully, unlike this picture on Disney’s site, they serve more than three?  We decided to pass.

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Instead, we re-booked our ADR for a return visit to Trattoria … and its very friendly staff!

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Trattoria’s dinner menu is quite expansive.  Choosing a dish was a challenge.  It all looks so good!  Fortunately, it tasted great as well!

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Mrs. All in WDW and one of our friends selected different preparations of Trattoria’s Grilled Tuna.  Here it is, as advertised, with House-made Cavatelli.

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And, if you don’t want pasta, ask for the dish with Seasonal Vegetables!  Mrs. All in WDW … ever healthy!

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Myself, well, you know I’m weak when it comes to short ribs.  The Braised Short Rib Bolognese enticed both myself and our other friend.  Simply delicious!

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Pleasantly, dinner was not the end.  We don’t usually indulge in dessert, my wife and I, but, this time, we couldn’t resist.

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The group shared the Cannoli Pizzelle

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… and an order of Zeppoli.  Fried dough?  We couldn’t resist!  What a clever presentation too!

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Dinner was fantastic, everyone!  To be truthful, for me, breakfast “wins” by a slight margin, but the bottom line is that both of our meals at Trattoria were great!

Folks, we highly recommend Trattoria al Forno!  For the price, it’s the best restaurant on the BoardWalk, as far as we’re concerned.  Give it a chance!

Reader “Dining Recon”: Yachtsman Steakhouse!

Good Monday, my friends!  Welcome to the beginning of another busy week!  Food & Wine voting will make its return in a few days!  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, All in WDW would like to thank one of our loyal readers for presenting us with this brief “tour” through one of Disney’s most-acclaimed restaurants – Yachtsman Steakhouse!

A first time visit for our friend, he described his experience as “Terrific.  Best meal on property … ever.  Best service, too.”

Their menu is quite diverse …

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Personally, one of the things that caught my eye was the restaurant’s bread service.  Seems pretty straightforward, eh?

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Well, you won’t be simply buttering this bread.  Check out the Roasted Garlic!  Yum!

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On this evening, though, the Yachtsman’s 12-oz Prime New York Strip Steak served with a Peppercorn-Brandy Sauce and accompanied by Potato Gratin was the star!

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The verdict?  The steak was “perfectly prepared and quite excellent”!

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Dinner was capped off with a Lime Semifreddo.  Meringue, guava, graham cracker toffee, and blackberry.  Mmmm.  Our friend “adored the dessert”!

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Mrs. All in WDW and I have been to the Yachtsman only once … several years ago.  To be truthful, our experience, then, was less than stellar.  For the prices, we expected much more.

Having seen this review, though, we’re adding the restaurant back to our target list.  It’s always good to give a place a second chance, after all!

Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!  One of your fellow readers gives it a double “thumbs up”.  If you haven’t given it a try, maybe you should.  We will!

Carve into Epcot’s Cuisine! VOTE for YOUR Food & Wine ’16 Favorites!

Phenomenal response to this week’s voting, my friends!  Thanks for your support!  Clearly, you’re excited for Food & Wine’s impending arrival.

And, how much longer do we have to wait, you ask?  27 very short days!  That’s right!  Less than four more weeks.  Yippee!  I can’t wait to taste the sensations!

 – Hey, gang!  Listen to me on the WDW Main Street Podcast.  We discuss Soarin’, Frozen Ever After, Flying Fish, Trattoria al Forno and this week’s Food & Wine polls! –

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Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon

So, folks, where do we find ourselves?  Well, we’ve granted 15 of Epcot’s delights entry into Round 2 of 2016’s voting.  To see yesterday’s “winners”, click here.

With the poll below, however, we’ll find ourselves only half-way through Round 1.  What that means is that we’ll come back next week to carve through Epcot’s remaining 34 entrees!

Your job, today, is to vote for up to FIVE dishes!  The Top 5 vote-getters will move on to Round 2!  Enjoy, everyone!  VOTE for your 5!

By the way, if you need a description of the items before you make your choices, check out this link!