Yes! Food & Wine is only a week away!

Yay!  I am so excited!  Food & Wine is only one short week away!

Huh?  What’re you talkin’ about, Bob?  The 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival doesn’t “take the stage” until September 19th!

Oh, so, OK.  The 2014 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival starts one week from today!  But, why should we care?  What’s the Disney “tie in”?

Well, Rick Howard and John Donahue of Kingdom Magic Vacations are coming to The ATL!  That’s right!  That’s what my excitement is all about.

You remember Rick and John, don’t you?  At last Fall’s Food & Wine, Mrs. All in WDW and I got the opportunity to guest host their video podcasts on Epcot’s Australian, Brazilian, and Singaporean festival marketplaces.

Griddled Lobster Tail

Well, next week, we’ll take them on a weekend tour through Atlanta’s Food & Wine as well as to several of our favorite ATL hang-outs!  Stay tuned to us late next week in order to follow along with all the fun and frivolity!

In the meantime, you can follow them this weekend as they tackle another city’s Food & Wine.  They’re taking on “The Big Easy”.  They’re in New Orleans!  Follow them on Twitter at @RickKMV, @TravelwithRick, and @johncdonahue!

Oh, and, by the way, did you catch the report that A.J. Wolfe and the Disney Food Blog published last week?  It spread the first real news we’ve seen about the 2014 edition of Epcot’s marquee event.  Check out DFB for the full text, but I’m intrigued that she reports that there will be a Patagonian kiosk.  Patagonia?

Patagonia is a region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile.  Does this mean that Argentina’s booth disappears from the “party”?  I hope not. I just acquired a taste for their Grilled Beef Skewer.

At any rate, A.J. mentions that Patagonia might serve us a roasted salmon.  OK, I love salmon, but, like I said, will we still get our beef skewer?  She also tosses out the possibility of an arugula chimichurri.  Hey!  The skewers come with chimichurri!  Maybe there’s hope?

Apparently, the Brazil booth will return in 2014.  It will come with a Tilapia dish that includes a coconut lime sauce with steamed rice.  Sounds good.  It also sounds a bit like Singapore’s 2012-13 tilapia creation.  That was good.  I’ll bet Brazil’s will be as well.

This leaves me to wonder, however.  Will Brazil bring back their Crispy Pork Belly?  Uh, they’d better.  If not, Mrs. All in WDW will be pretty disappointed.

Evidently, the Florida (Local?) booth is being replaced this year!  In 2013, their Grass-Fed Beef Slider was dry as dust.  Their Shrimp Ceviche was “Just OK”.  In 2012, their White Corn Arepa was bland and greasy.  Maybe a change was due.

A.J. reports that, at the “Farm Fresh” marketplace, we’ll “… be treated to a new ‘Bacon and Eggs’ dish featuring applewood-smoked, pepper-coated bacon, sweet corn, potatoes, Hollandaise, and pickled jalapeños.”  Hmm.  Breakfast at Food & Wine?  OK. I’m intrigued.

Let me end with this … my BIG prediction.  Here goes … I’m going to predict that the Scandinavian marketplace will make its triumphant return in 2014.  It was excluded from the festival’s 2013 line-up.  It comes back this year!

Oh, who am I kidding?  That wasn’t that big of a stretch, was it?  After all, the Disney-verse is pretty Frozen-obsessed, isn’t it?  Let’s put it this way, if I’m wrong, credit me with one very bad guess.  If I’m right, you heard it here first!

Singapore Is Still SO Misunderstood!

When it comes to Singapore’s highlight dish – their Seared Mahi-Mahi – I believe this island country IS misunderstood.

#3: Seared Mahi-Mahi (Singapore)

#3: Seared Mahi-Mahi (Singapore)

As for their Lemongrass Chicken Curry … well, I think you need to watch our appearance on Rick Howard’s Travel with Rick video podcast reviewing Singapore and read my Final Top 25 review of this culinary offering.  Did it pass muster?

Next year, we need to see Butter Chicken, Singapore.

Next year, we need to see Butter Chicken, Singapore.

But FIRST, check out my preview of Singapore’s marketplace on Kingdom Magic Vacations’ Blog.  What did I expect from this kiosk?  What pre-festival grade did I give them?

Friends, have you been to Food & Wine?  If so, please leave a comment and tell me how you GRADED this much-maligned kiosk.  I would love to know what you thought of their 2013 effort.

Food & Wine ’13 Scouting Report: Australia

Just how much does Mrs. All in WDW love those lamb chop “lollipops”?

If you missed it yesterday, Rick Howard, President of Kingdom Magic Vacations and host of the Travel with Rick video-cast, invited us to join him on his quest to cover each and every Food & Wine ’13 marketplace in the month of October.  That found us smack dab in the middle of Australia!

Before we got there, however, I took a shot at an advanced review of the Aussies’ 2013 effort.  What grade did I give them?  Read my “Food & Wine ’13 Scouting Report: Australia” to find out.  Then, watch the show.  Did they do as well as I expected?

See you tomorrow for … SINGAPORE!

Menu: Australia

Click on the pic to see the full menu!

Food & Wine ’13 Scouting Report: Brazil

Hey, everybody!  Did you get a chance to watch yesterday’s show?  What did you think?  We’re dying to know!

If you missed it, Rick Howard, President of Kingdom Magic Vacations and host of the Travel with Rick video-cast, is spending the whole month of October covering each and every Food & Wine ’13 marketplace.  Yesterday, was Brazil … featuring Mrs. All in WDW, and myself!

Our thanks to Rick Howard and his Director of Marketing, John Donahue, for giving us such an incredible opportunity.  See us, again, in a few days as we cross the Pacific Ocean and land in Australia!

In the meantime, yesterday’s show wasn’t our first “visit” to Brazil.  Before the crispy pork belly and seared scallops even hit a plate, I was already busy trying to sort out just how well this marketplace would fare in its return to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

You’ve seen the show (hopefully!).  Now, jump over to Kingdom Magic Vacations’ Blog in order to catch my Food & Wine ’13 Scouting Report: Brazil!  Did Brazil meet or exceed my expectations?  Or, did they fall short?  Read the “preview”.  Watch the show.  Only then will you know!

Menu: Brazil

Click on the pic to see the full menu!

Food & Wine ’13 Scouting Report: Argentina

Good morning, folks!  I’m going to make it short and sweet today …

If you’re a fan of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, then you’re well-aware of the popularity of Argentina’s Beef Empanada and Grilled Beef Skewer.  If you don’t follow the “festival of all festivals” closely, however, then take it from me … they are perennial favorites.

Anyway, to read my “take” on 2013’s edition of this popular South American marketplace, slip over to Kingdom Magic Vacations’ Blog.  Yes, my friends.  Catch “Scouting Report: Argentina”!

Beef Skewer