A Glimpse of Food & Wine ’18?

What time of the year is it, folks?  Well, here are some hints … July 30, 2013.  July 24, 2014.  July 16, 2015.  July 11, 2016.  July 12, 2017.  Huh?  What?

My friends, those are the Food & Wine menu release dates for the past five years.  What’s the big deal, you ask?  July 15, 2018.  This year’s menus have to be very close!

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of some new things coming to this year’s party!  Bon appetit!

  • New Brunswick Slider.  Imagine Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream, Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll.  There’ll be pickled vegetables served on the side.  This little gem will be found at the Hops & Barley Marketplace!
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, and Pumpkin Seeds.  A vegetarian item, it will be served by the Wine & Dine Studio.
  • Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak.  Accompanied by a Smoked Corn Cake and Pickled Vegetable Slaw, Flavors from Fire will sell this delight!

Are you going to be able to attend this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?  Give us “a show of hands” in the poll below!

Want to Rent DVC? Here’s How!

Happy Saturday, my friends!  Have you ever thought about renting a room at a DVC resort?  Wouldn’t it be great to snag a few nights at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa?  Or, any of the other fine DVC resorts on WDW property?  Well, listen up, then!

Melissa Mullett joins John and Doug to discuss all of the great options you have for renting DVC with David’s Vacation Club Rentals.  Their Director of Operations, Melissa also gives us a trip report from her most recent stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort!  Hear it all at …

Episode 443 – David’s Vacation Club Rentals!

“Soar” to Great Heights … with ResortTV1!

Howdy, all!  Are you missing your slice of “magic” this morning?  Then, experience a breathtaking ride on one of Walt Disney World’s most-popular attractions – Soarin’!  Hop on board by clicking the picture below.

That’s right, my friends!  Join ResortTV1 on a “tour” around the world and, then, pop back to their YouTube site tonight to visit Orlando “live” and “in person”.  Their LIVE stream kicks off at 6 PM Eastern!

Pirates of the Caribbean’s New Auction Scene … What’s Your Opinion? [Poll]

Have you seen it?  The Pirates of the Caribbean’s new auction scene is now “on line”.  Courtesy of a post presented by WDWMagic.com, check the new scene out on YouTube at their link …

The new auction scene in Pirates of the Caribbean!

As reported by WDWMagic, “The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods.  In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.”

What are your thoughts, my friends?  Are you glad that Disney updated this scene?  Do you like the result that they have presented?  Would you like to have seen something else … something better?

Leave your comments on Facebook and on Twitter.  Plus, VOTE your mind in the poll below!  Its another mini-refurbishment from our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, folks.  Did they hit a ‘home run’?  Or, did they deliver a ‘dud’?

A Tale of Two Short Ribs … A Before and After Story!

OK.  I’ll admit it.  To call this a “before and after” episode is a bit misleading.  After all, the Yacht Club’s Ale & Compass Restaurant has only been open for six months or so.  To date, they’ve only served one version of short ribs.

No.  Those of you who know me will clearly understand where this piece is coming from … I had an obsession with the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy [Sweet Corn] Risotto.  Look at it!

Simply phenomenally delicious, my friends, for years, this was my absolute favorite meal on Disney property!  Of course, as the Compass replaced the Captain, so, also, did a new short rib replace my beloved, “hall-of-fame” caliber cabernet-braised delight.

What does the Ale & Compass have to offer, then?  Well, on our most-recent trip to “The World”, Mrs. All in WDW and I met some dear friends there for dinner.  Wanting to give Ale’s offering a chance, I ordered their Smoked Short Ribs.

Served with a Roasted Vegetable Mash and Barbecue Demi, I have to admit that they were good.  Were they cabernet-caliber?  No.  The Captain’s recipe was an A+.  This version was, at best, a B.

Having said that, the ribs were fork tender.  They tasted quite good.  Where the dish lost me, however, was with the “side”.  Laced with roasted Brussels sprouts within, the vegetable mash was acceptable but paled in comparison to the Captain’s luxurious risotto.

What’s my conclusion, you ask?  I said it a few weeks ago, I was very disappointed when Disney decided to close Captain’s Grille.  But, even I have to admit that WDW notched a ‘home run’ with the Ale & Compass refurbishment.

When it comes to their food, if you’re a fan of short ribs, I’d recommend you give Ale’s dish a try.  For myself, it had a tough act to follow.  In the days of the Captain, I would order nothing but the short rib.  At Ale, I’ll give some of their many other menu items a try.