Eating Epcot! More Dishes to Devour! VOTE!

Thanks for your support, and votes, yesterday, my friends.  Clearly, the foodies amongst us are ready to dine!

You have passed 9 more culinary masterpieces into the next phase of voting. Namely …

  • 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

Today, let’s do it again!

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So, once again, 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 progress forward in our selection process!

Go ahead!  VOTE!

Back to the 3rd Annual Readers’ Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25! VOTING Continues!

Can you believe it, my friends?  Epcot’s annual food “frenzy” is just a little over a month away!  We wait for it all year, and it’s almost here!  Yahoo!

So.  Where were we?  Oh, yeah.  We were constructing your Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25, and we’re doing it “All in WDW style” … by way of polls!

To this point, you’ve retained 17 of Epcot’s 80+ culinary creations.  Desserts to “die” for.  Entrees to devour.  To remind you, they are:

  • 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

These dishes will return in a few weeks to “compete” further for a coveted spot in your Top 25.  For now, however, we need to get back to business!

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 progress forward in our selection process!

Bon appetit!

Hey! You’re Hot Stuff, Mickey!

Don’t you just love it when your neighborhood grocery store gets in on Disney’s action?  Well, an All in WDW “high five” goes out to Kroger.  That is, to our local Kroger, at least.  Check out this stash of treasure!

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From cups to plates and waffle makers to cookie jars, you name it, they got it!  So, what couldn’t I resist?  Can you believe that I’ve never owned a coffee warmer?

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Mrs. All in WDW would tell you that I’ve never poured a cup of coffee that I didn’t let go ice cold.  Well, this little gem hits the spot.  Not only does it keep my coffee warm, it keeps it steaming hot!

Hot.  Just like Mickey!  And, you know what else is “hot”?  This week’s episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast!  Hey!  I’m not just saying that because I’m the guest.

Yes, fans, Doug’s partner, Dennis Conroy, was off on assignment, and I “bought out” the bar for a solo engagement with the eminent Mr. Davis.  All in WDW on WDW Main Street?  Get it right here!

 

Ride a Disney Bus(?!) Down the Sassagoula River?

Huh?  What am I talking about, my friends?  A bus on the Sassagoula River?  Clearly, I’ve lost my mind!  Hey, I’m only taking a few seconds to point this tip out because, for us, it did come in handy during a thunderstorm.

Mrs. All in WDW and I can’t be the only Disney fans in the world who didn’t know this, but you can take a bus down the Sassagoula River!  Oh, yes, you can!

Actually, what I should say is that you can take a WDW bus to get to the Disney Springs resorts!  Want to hitch a many-wheeled ride to Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, and/or Port Orleans?  No problem!

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Frankly, we had no idea that Disney Transportation provided bus service to the aforementioned resorts, believing that the Sassagoula’s river cruise was the only “game” in town.

Lucky for us, while Downtown’s boats endured a safety shutdown due to thunder, we were still able to find our way “home”!  Don’t get caught in a Disney Springs storm, my friends.  Look for the queues marked 2A, 5A, or 5B!

Photo OVERLOAD! Dining Recon: The Boathouse

As you’re about to find out, when it comes to The Boathouse, there’s no such thing as too many pictures.  It’s a good thing, my friends, because I’ve got a “boatload” to show you!

Honestly, folks, I’m pretty much going to let my photography speak for itself.  I think my words will just get in the way!  From exterior to entryway …

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… and from welcoming Cast Members to waterside dining …

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… The Boathouse is an undeniable treasure!  The theme – the decor – is phenomenal!  How’d you like to be able to eat in a boat?!

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Boats, boats, and more boats, eh?  Hey, what about the food, you ask?  Well, the cuisine was great!  A bit pricey, maybe, but quite enjoyable.

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We walked in for a light lunch right after the restaurant opened.  Wanting to be near the water, we elected to stroll down the pier and sit “dock side”!

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Mrs. All in WDW selected the Andouille & Beer Steamed Mussels for $15.

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Fortunately, our son and his fiancee’ were able to join us for this experience!  She chose the Yellowfin Tuna Poke and said it was well worth its $18 price tag.

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Ever the adventurer, our son “jumped” on the $17 Coconut Frog Legs.  Hmm.  He said they were very good, but I don’t know if I will ever be brave enough to give them a chance.

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Finally, I couldn’t resist the Firecracker Shrimp!  At $19, I was the most expensive diner of the bunch.  Yikes!  They were delicious, however.  Plus, the portion was pretty substantial!

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Downtown Disney is undergoing a phenomenal transition as it becomes Disney Springs, and The Boathouse has been a great addition to an already impressive complement of restaurants.

My recommendation?  Get it on your list of ADRs and enjoy!  The theme and the food are well worth the price!