We’re Half-Way There! And, Food & Wine is Only 25 Days Away!

Good morning, foodies!  Can you believe that we started our 2015 Food & Wine journey with 86 of Epcot’s entrees and desserts?  86!

Hey, if that’s not a testimony for building a Top 25, I don’t know what is.  After all, who can eat, and pay for, that much food?!

Australia's Grilled Lamb Chop! Yum!

Australia’s Grilled Lamb Chop! Yum!

Well, we did start with 86.  Now, after yesterday, we’re half-way there and have 43.  Take a look, my friends …

  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans – Brazil
  • Potato and Leek Waffle with Beer-braised Beef – Belgium
  • Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli – Sustainable Chew
  • Yuca Soufflé topped with Griddled Cheese – Dominican Republic
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding – Ireland
  • Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland
  • New England Lobster Roll – Hops & Barley
  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips – Africa
  • Cheese Fondue – Cheese Studio
  • Beef Empanada – Patagonia
  • Chocolate-covered Cannoli – Italy
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles – China
  • Chicken Marsala – Italy
  • Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet – France
  • Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
  • Dole Whip – Refreshment Port
  • Baklava – Morocco
  • Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie – Ireland
  • Roasted Pork – Dominican Republic
  • Pork Spareribs – Sustainable Chew
  • Florida Grass-fed Beef Slider – Hops & Barley
  • Battered Shrimp Taco – Mexico
  • Sauerkraut Pierogi with Pork Goulash – Poland
  • Gaoli Beef Slider – China
  • Buttered Chicken – Africa
  • Roasted Verlasso Salmon – Patagonia
  • Kālua Pork Slider – Hawaii
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp – Australia
  • Belgium Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache – Belgium
  • Seared Venison Loin – New Zealand
  • Loaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon – Farm Fresh
  • Korean Barbecue Short Rib – South Korea
  • Cheddar Cheese Soup – Canada
  • Chocolate Cherry Explosion – Desserts & Champagne
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  • Grilled Lamb Chop – Australia
  • Caramel Flan – Dominican Republic
  • Chicken Pot Stickers – China
  • New York Strip – Chew Labs
  • Dole Whip with Bacardí Coconut Rum – Refreshment Port
  • Lamb Meatball – New Zealand
  • Fresh-baked Carrot Cake – Hops & Barley
  • Potato Pierogi with Kielbasa – Poland

Wow!  So.  What’s your challenge now?  First, sharpen up your “knives”.  Then, start building up your appetites.  Why?

With only 25 days left ’til Opening Day, we’ll get back to business really soon.  You’ll start carving away once again, and 18 additional items will get discarded.

Then, 25 of the masterpieces listed above will make up your 2015 Food & Wine menu!  They’ll become the 3rd Annual Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25!

Cheers, everyone!  Have a great week!

More “Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25”? You Bet! VOTING Continues!

Good morning, folks!  Would you like to take on one more “first round” blast of Food & Wine voting today?  Yes?  You’re ready to eat?  Great!  Epcot’s almost ready to serve!

In our crusade to write the 3rd Annual Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25, we’ve left 18 of World Showcase’s best “on the table”, my friends.  Let’s cut that list down to the 8 remaining dishes that will move on in this year’s voting.

Who doesn't love a rum-soaked Dole Whip?

Let me ask you this, my friends. Who doesn’t love a rum-soaked Dole Whip?

So, here’s how it works … I present two groups below.  You can vote for up to FOUR dishes in each group!  In other words, please cast up to EIGHT votes today!  The Top 4 in each group will stay in “the hunt”!  Easy, right?  Get to it!  VOTE!

 

What a Monster CoronaRita!

Yes, my friends, today, we’re going to go back to one of our favorite spots.  Mrs. All in WDW and I have really become smitten with this place.  It’s Splitsville!

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In fact, we’ve already raved about the sushi.  Missed it?  Then, check out this post.  Or, how about this one?  Yeah, we do seem to love Mickey’s bowling alley.

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Of course, they offer much more than sushi.  For instance, their wings are some of the best in all of Walt Disney World!

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But, today’s post isn’t about Splitsville’s cuisine.  Their CoronaRita is an undeniable “monster”!  Look at the size of this thing!  All sorts of margarita “goodness” being drowned by a 7 oz. bottle of beer.  Yum!

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My friends, do you ever find yourself needing a refreshing beverage on a sweltering hot Downtown Disney (er, Disney Springs) day?  Stop in for a quick break at Splitsville!  You can’t go wrong!

Dining Recon: Fish and Chips Throwdown!

Fish and Chips.  “[A] hot dish of English origin, consisting of battered fish, commonly Atlantic cod or haddock, and chips.”  Thank you, Wikipedia!

I have been planning to write this post for quite some time now.  In fact, it took Mrs. All in WDW and I two “research trips” in order to acquire the photos we needed to whet your appetites!

Fish vs. fish.  Epcot vs. Magic Kingdom.  Yorkshire County Fish Shop vs. Columbia Harbour House.  Hmm.  Where, in WDW’s parks, should you go for a phenomenal plate of Fish and Chips?

Should it be the United Kingdom counter service window cleverly attached to Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room?

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Or, should you wander to the back of Mickey’s Magic Kingdom and pay a visit to its beloved and nautically-themed colonial restaurant?

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Truly, my friends, we think the pictures speak for themselves.

When in Walt Disney World, whilst dreaming of perfectly battered, piping hot, incredibly flaky, crisply fried fish, you must remember the word “English”.  To be more blunt, you have to pick Yorkshire!

Oh, yes.  Columbia Harbor House is a well-themed New England colonial venue, but the facts of the matter are that Yorkshire’s product is just better.  It’s hotter, crispier, and flakier.  It’s just plain delicious.

So, if you’re aching for some Walt Disney World Fish and Chips, go to “England”.  You won’t be sorry.  Oh, and here’s a tip … do you want a nice comfortable spot to sit and enjoy your meal?

Well, head into the Rose & Crown Pub and grab a table.  They’ll let you go back out to Yorkshire, grab that delicious lunch or dinner, and enjoy those battered “treasures” with an ice cold beer!

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Dole Whip Domination? Maybe!

Short and sweet today, my friends.  Like yesterday.  Like that Dole Whip you voted through to the next phase of our selection process.  Sweet!

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Between Saturday and Sunday, you afforded 17 more Epcot Food & Wine “masterpieces” a chance at earning a coveted place in your Pre-Festival Top 25.  They are:

  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans – Brazil
  • Potato and Leek Waffle with Beer-braised Beef – Belgium
  • Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli – Sustainable Chew
  • Yuca Soufflé topped with Griddled Cheese – Dominican Republic
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding – Ireland
  • Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland
  • New England Lobster Roll – Hops & Barley
  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips – Africa
  • Cheese Fondue – Cheese Studio
  • Beef Empanada – Patagonia
  • Chocolate-covered Cannoli – Italy
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles – China
  • Chicken Marsala – Italy
  • Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet – France
  • Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
  • Dole Whip – Refreshment Port
  • Baklava – Morocco

Thanks, again, for your participation and support this past weekend, everyone.  Almost 500 votes cast!  Hopefully you’re as excited for this year’s festival as us.  That vote total suggests you are!