It’s Time to Get Active, Food Fans!

By Evan Chaisson

Let’s head over to the last and final of the Next Eat booths, food fans.  Active Eats offers a wide variety of selections.  Want to eat?

For me, this ended up being the hardest boost to judge as both of us thought all three of their items were top-tier.

Take Active’s Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri , for example.  Hands-down, one of the top five dishes at Food & Wine ’17

Every single bite was packed with flavor.  The salmon was cooked perfectly.  The sauce was absolutely amazing.  Hey, I’m not a huge salmon lover, but this dish is out of this world!

Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions?  OK!

Wow!  This was my wife’s favorite dish at the booth.  The mac ’n’ cheese, itself, was well-prepared.  The bacon – who doesn’t like bacon? – was an excellent complement.  Peppers give this item a little kick of heat.  Great dish!

Finally, we sampled dessert – Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel.

My wife was initially reluctant to try this item.  It has avocado in the name, after all.  Well, she tried a bite, I had to go back to the booth for another one!

Strawberry is the perfect bottom for this delight as it adds just the right little bit of sweetness.  The white cake was very moist.  Perfect for a hot day, this dessert is refreshing and light.  Plus, its taste is fantastic!  Highly recommended!

Let’s Get Down to Earth!

By Evan Chaisson

Inspired by ABC’s daily show – The Chew – this booth’s Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce was the best entree at Earth Eats.

The ravioli, itself, was good.  The size of it is larger than your average ravioli.  The sauce was tasty and made the dish.

Save your money when it comes to Earth’s Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese, everyone.

The meat was very chewy and lacked flavor.  In my opinion, they could have chosen a better pairing to go with the beef, as well.

Having said that, I don’t think that would have helped this plate.  If you want to enjoy a better skewer of beef, head over to World Showcase’s Patagonia marketplace.

Finally, let’s get to, hands-down, the very best item at this booth.  Think Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle!

Look, I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but this delight had the perfect balance of peanut butter and white chocolate.  Every bite boasted a hint of caramel.  My wife and I definitely approved!

Overall, Earth Eats gets a C -.  I know.  Disappointing, eh?  You’d think that a booth inspired by a show of chefs could net a better performance!  Get the dessert!

Uh, What?  A Mini Mickey Sink?

Huh?  Did I miss a big announcement, folks?  A Mini Mickey Sink?  Check it out!  Amidst their regular menu, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop has something pretty sweet coming!

Will it be a bargain in comparison to our beloved Kitchen Sink?  We’ll have to wait and see, I guess!  Hey!  Do any of you have the scoop [pun very intended!] regarding this blockbuster?

What a Coastal Experience!

Good morning, folks!  The area of Epcot up near the Imagination Pavilion is dedicated to a number of Food & Wine booths in 2017 … making the festival much more than a World Showcase event.

Home to some really great dishes, over the next day or so, let’s see what Evan has to say about Next Eats – an area that offers three sensational marketplaces – Coastal Eats, Earth Eats, and Active Eats!

By Evan Chaisson

Let’s start with Coastal Eats!  Bob was right.  Their Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw is fantastic!

The crab cake was moist.  The cabbage had good flavor.  Its Avocado Lemongrass Cream gave it a nice, smooth finish.

Their Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette was a big disappointment for both of us.

This dish was way too fishy tasting, and it seemed to be loaded with grease.  We’d suggest that you pass!

Likewise, Coastal’s Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce will not disappoint.

It comes with three big seared scallops that are surrounded by a healthy portion of roasted corn.  This morsel didn’t last long … as my wife and I were both pushing for that third scallop!

Overall, Coastal Eats rates as an above average booth, everyone.  I would grade it as a solid B!

Hangin’ Out on Casey’s Corner!

By John Peters

Fans, I have a confession to make.  I was born and raised in Orlando, and I have been to the Magic Kingdom countless times.  Having said that, I had never before eaten a hot dog from Casey’s Corner!

Well, that was until my most recent trip, that is.  My wife and I had found a great spot for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade – by the way, it is now at 2 PM instead of 3 PM.  There’s your “tip for the day”!

While we waited for the festivities to begin, I got her a popcorn.  For me, I decided that a hot dog would taste great!

Casey’s serves hot dogs, fries, and sodas.  When you do something right, you don’t need to offer an extensive menu!

Foot-long price is on the left. 8″ dog’s price is on the right.

Their special that day was a hot dog topped with pineapple, red peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and sweet chili sauce.  I almost decided to order it, but, in the end, I went with their Macaroni & Cheese All-Beef Hot Dog.

Draped with macaroni and cheese and adorned by bacon, the dog was delicious!  In fact, for me, the mac-n-cheese had just the right creamy texture!

Casey’s Corner’s hot dogs all come with your choice of apple slices or French fries.  Each is available as either a standard 8″ dog or as a foot-long version.

Oh, and they do have a toppings bar that is utterly loaded with onions, sauerkraut, and jalapeños.  Good stuff!

I’ve finally made it to Casey’s, everyone, and I have to tell you … I will return very soon.

Come to think of it, though, I only have one little critique.  The only thing that would have made my experience even better?  Hah!  A beer, of course!