Menu Update: Spice Road Table!

On a recent stroll through World Showcase, I realized that Mrs. All in WDW and I haven’t been to Epcot’s Spice Road Table since 2014!  Wow.

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The only reason I bring that up is that our first visit there was utterly phenomenal!  Pop back to this “recon” to see why.

Since then, though, we’ve been quite disappointed by what Morocco has done to their menu.  To see my first “take” on that sentiment, click back to this post.

First, they’ve completely dropped their Sampler options.  That’s too bad.  A little taste of everything was an attractive thing.

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Second, they’ve made, what we thought was, their best plate unaffordable!  We really loved their beef and chicken Mix Grill Skewers.

Originally served for $12 (see picture above), it’s now part of Spice Road’s entree menu at the lofty price of $29.99.  Yikes!

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Sure, they’ve added rosemary roasted potatoes to the dish, but I’ve Googled pictures of the new entree.  The meat is served with the same portion size as the $12 version!

My friends, there are a lot of great places to eat in Epcot.  Just for comparison, check out any of these Rose & Crown alternatives …

  • Bangers and Mash – $19
  • Fish and Chips – $21
  • Grilled New York Strip Steak and Fried Fish – $33

Better value than two skewers at $29.99?  You decide.  We have.

Look, Spice Road Table remains a great place to enjoy Illuminations.  But, Rose & Crown is a fantastic spot as well.  For our part, we “vote” for the Rose.  You?

Get Your Frozen Margaritas, Folks! “Food Festival” Recon: Jardin de Fiestas!

The world of margarita lovers moaned in despair a few weeks ago when Disney revealed that the Mexico Pavilion’s Margarita Kiosk had served its last drink.

You crave Lime, Strawberry, Mango, and Fiesta Frozen Margaritas?  Gone.  So sad.  Sorry, folks.  Who says that the party has to end, however?

In fact, who says that Epcot’s “Food” & Garden party has to end?  My friends, Jardin de Fiestas, Mexico’s Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen lives on!

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Of course, their frozen margarita menu is much more limited than that of Mexico’s infamous, retired kiosk.  Jardin just serves Lime.  They do supply two interesting “Rocks” versions, though.

Actually, to me, the kitchen’s food offerings were of much more interest.  In 2016, with so much going on in our “real” lives, we only made it to Epcot’s Spring food festival once.

It was really exciting, therefore, to see an Outdoor Kitchen as we entered World Showcase!  Naturally, we tried both items!

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We found the Chilaquiles de Pollo to be “Just OK”.  Featuring seasoned chicken, but heavily laden with tomatillo sauce and queso fresco, the chips were quite soggy.

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On the other hand, their Pork Belly Taco was delicious!  It was a small portion for the price ($5.75), but it is Jardin’s dish to sample!  “Must Have”!

Folks, if you’re missing your frozen margaritas, stop by Jardin de Fiestas.

Sure, your choice is limited, but it will be cold and refreshing, nonetheless.  And, while you’re there, grab some pork belly.  It’ll hit the spot!

Have YOU Passed the Test? Experience the Test Track “Test”!

I recently read an article that claimed,”Automotive engineering is one of the most exciting professions you can choose”!  Hmm.

That may well be so, but, in my case, Chevrolet would beg to differ.  In fact, they suggested I keep my day job!  Bummer.

Why so harsh?  Well, my latest design?  It was under-whelming to say the least.  Oh its ‘Responsiveness’ was great.  Everything else?  Not so much.

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For those of you who haven’t had a chance to demonstrate your own engineering creativity, Test Track in Epcot’s Future World allows you to design your own vehicle.

Once complete, the “ride”, itself, will measure your automobile on four attributes: Power, Responsiveness, Efficiency, and Capability.

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My car?  It looks great!  Well, sure, that’s my opinion, but, in reality, I think it really “pops” on a commercial!  Yes, my friends, you can also “make” your own commercial!

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Have a great day, folks!  I’m going back for another try!  Uh, actually, no, I’m not.  Time to try another vocation, eh, Chevy?  Yeah, right.

Photo “Recon”: Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs!

It’s hard to believe that the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs is already two years old.  First announced back in November of 2013, it opened in June of 2014!  Time flies!

What is the Marketplace Co-Op, you ask?  Well, in Disney Parks Blog’s words, it is “a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops, and products.”

Several small open-format shops offer “a variety of unique, authentic, and original merchandise developed especially for Disney Parks.”  It’s quite an interesting concept!

If you haven’t seen the Co-Op yet, please take a brief walk through the “Photo Tour” below.  Hey!  Wander around a bit and ask yourself this question … what do you want to buy?!

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Join the Crew! Dining Recon: Crew’s Cup Lounge!

Mrs. All in WDW and I don’t visit the Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort often enough.  How about you?  Have you ever been there?

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It’s a bit of a small place, to be honest.  Seating can be hard to snag!  If you’re looking for a quick mid-day escape from the hot, Florida sun, however, it’s a great spot.

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One tip, though?  You might want to avoid it at dinner time.  The Cup gets quite busy when Guests are waiting for their tables at the attached Yachtsman Steakhouse!

Having said all that, do you want to know the thing I love the most about this great place?  Although the lounge sports its own little menu, you can order this …

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True, you have to wait until the tail end of the afternoon – I was able to order mine a little before 5 PM or so – but you can reach over to the Captain’s Grille’s menu for a serving of this masterpiece!

Yes, on many occasions, I have unabashedly named the Captain’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib as the very best meal on all of Walt Disney World property.  Accompanied by Corn Risotto, Pan Jus Reduction, and Corn Cream, it is that good.

My friends, if you stop into the Crew’s Cup Lounge, Yachtsman Steakhouse, or Captain’s Grille, you’ll be pleased.  You can’t go wrong with Yacht Club dining!

Whether you’re staying at the resort or not, give their culinary establishments a chance.  You will not be disappointed!