Food & Wine ’13 – Full Menus Hit the ‘Net!

Kudos to A.J. Wolfe and the Disney Food Blog.  They have ‘scooped’ the WDW blog-o-sphere, once again, in announcing the full menus for the 2013 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival.  Clearly, they have a network of insight that we can’t touch.  Congrats, DFB!

To see the “full layout”, visit them at ‘2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Booths, Menus, and Food Photos on DFB‘!

In the meantime, other than what was already included in the All in WDW Pre-Festival “Top 25”, here’s what catches my eye:

  • Australia:  Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies – Mrs. All in WDW’s favorite, it finished at #11 in my 2012 Top 25.
  • Mexico:  Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage – Sounds very close to 2012’s shrimp dish.  It hit #5 on last year’s list.
  • China:  Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun – #6 last year, this one was truly phenomenal!
  • Africa:  Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap – This is the first new item that catches my eye.  I can’t wait to research it … but it sure sounds promising!
  • Italy:  Ravioli de Formaggio All’emiliana – Returns for a repeat in 2013.  In 2012, it was our third-favorite plate.  Only Hawaii’s Kalua Pork Sliders and Le Cellier’s Filet achieved a loftier status.  Translated, it is a baked cheese ravioli in a creamy beef Bolognese sauce.  Or, you can just call it DELICIOUS!
  • New Zealand:  Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney – Another meal returning for a repeat, it finished at #10 for us in 2012.
  • Belgium:  Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef – How can anything with braised beef be anything other than fabulous?
  • Greece:  A “Taste of Greece”.  Or, if you prefer, some Grilled & Marinated Calamari, Hitipiti, Eggplant Dip, Olives, and Pita Bread – Sounds intriguing!
  • Also new to Greece:  Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce – How will this compare to the Chicken Souvlaki that was served in past years?

That’s my “rough cut”, for now, folks.  Now, the harder work starts.  After attending this past Saturday’s preview event, and seeing the final menus, it is time to compile the first draft of the 2013 All in WDW Pre-Festival Top 25!

Cheers!

Mongolian Beef

2012’s Mongolian Beef from the China kiosk!

Flash Report! – WDW Dolphin

The WDW Dolphin is getting a much-needed facelift. It IS looking a bit sun-bleached, and fresh paint is making an appearance!

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But, that’s not all. Todd English’s bluezoo is currently “down” for a short refurb. Lotta work goin’ on!

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What a Cast of Characters!

Good morning, all!  I hope you got to see at least a little bit of the Travel with Rick Live! show last night.  Aren’t they a bunch of really great people?!

Our apologies for the technical difficulties.  The Internet service has been spotty down here all week long, and last night it reached out to bite us in a big way.  Never fear … what we recorded last night will be cleaned up, edited, covered with a fistful of pixie dust, and published as a video podcast on YouTube in the very near future!  You’ll get another chance to see All in WDW’s video debut.

Outside of being on our very first Internet media production, it was a day of many other “firsts” for us yesterday.  For instance, Mrs. All in WDW and I went to …

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Flash Report! – We Won’t Get Mug(ged) in Disney?

I’m so confused. This might be the most back-n-forth event, or non-event, ever! Contrary to the Cast Member report I posted the other day, we’ve now heard a conflicting view.

We talked to another Cast Member, at a second resort, this morning. They suggested that Disney wasn’t going to roll out RFID mugs at that particular resort.

It has been reported elsewhere that this whole topic should remain in the “rumor category” until we can get the straight scoop from Disney … or until we see it in action. After experiencing these differing reports, we completely agree.

Stay tuned!

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2013 Food & Wine Marketplaces Revealed!

Tonight is THE night, my friends!

REMEMBER!  Join me via USTREAM as I participate in the Travel with Rick LIVE video-cast TONIGHT!!

Here’s the schedule:

7:00 – 7:30: Pre-Show
7:30 – 9:00: ”Travel with Rick” Begins

If we’re not right on schedule at 7:00, please be patient. We’ll be there sometime between then and 7:30, I’m sure.

And, what’s on tap for tonight?

Join a round-table of:

  • Rick Howard (President and Owner of Kingdom Magic Vacations and host of the Travel with Rick video podcast)
  • John and Sarah Donahue (WDW Parkhoppers and the Disney Parks Podcast)
  • Tony Caselnova (Disney by the Numb3rs and the Disney Parks Podcast)
  • Amanda Tinney (Disney Every Day)
  • “Rhino” Ken Zipeto (Rhino Wine Gear)
  • Ashley and Robin Reeve (A Cup of Disney and The Walt Disney World Dads)
  • Sarah McGovern Luka (Running at Disney)
  • Andrew Harris (Kingdom Magic Vacations)
  • Myself and Mrs. All in WDW!

We’ll be discussing this past Saturday’s preview event (attended by Rick, Tony, and myself) as well as what we’re all MOST looking forward to at this year’s festival.  Then, we’re going to divide up all 29 marketplaces among us and schedule Travel with Rick video-casts to cover each booth!  Oh, please, don’t give me haggis!

And, who will we find at Food & Wine this year?  Here they are:

  1. Terra
  2. Brazil – returning after a one-year absence
  3. Argentina
  4. Australia
  5. Mexico
  6. Singapore
  7. China
  8. South Korea – bring me that Kimchi Dog!
  9. Africa – notice it’s not “South Africa”?
  10. Cheese
  11. Brewer’s Collection
  12. Germany – step it up, Germany!
  13. Poland
  14. Italy
  15. Hops & Barley
  16. Florida Local
  17. Japan
  18. Morocco/Mediterranean – hmm, not just Morocco but Mediterranean too.  Interesting.
  19. New Zealand
  20. Belgium
  21. France
  22. Ireland – I had thought they were going to get replaced by Scotland, so this is a nice surprise
  23. Canada – I confirmed that their “Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta” will not return in 2013. Disappointing.
  24. Greece
  25. Refreshment Port – this will be the site of the Creamsicle Dole Whip!
  26. Desserts & Champagne
  27. Scotland
  28. Hawaii
  29. Craft Beers

And, if I’m not missing my guess, I think that will end up being the geographic order of booths as you enter World Showcase from Future World and move clockwise around the lagoon.

So, who’s missing?  Comparing to 2012’s line-up, the most notable “good-byes” go out to Scandinavia and the Caribbean Islands.

I have to tell you … I won’t miss the Taste of Scandinavia.  It finished 28th in my Top 25 last year.  Yes, I said 28th.  However, I will miss the Caribbean’s Ropa Vieja.

Watch the show tonight, folks!  It will be a blast.  Just come to this link at 7:00 PM!  Look for more reminders throughout the day!

Rick Howard at Food & Wine!

Rick Howard at Food & Wine!