A Glimpse of Food & Wine ’18?

What time of the year is it, folks?  Well, here are some hints … July 30, 2013.  July 24, 2014.  July 16, 2015.  July 11, 2016.  July 12, 2017.  Huh?  What?

My friends, those are the Food & Wine menu release dates for the past five years.  What’s the big deal, you ask?  July 15, 2018.  This year’s menus have to be very close!

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of some new things coming to this year’s party!  Bon appetit!

  • New Brunswick Slider.  Imagine Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream, Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll.  There’ll be pickled vegetables served on the side.  This little gem will be found at the Hops & Barley Marketplace!
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, and Pumpkin Seeds.  A vegetarian item, it will be served by the Wine & Dine Studio.
  • Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak.  Accompanied by a Smoked Corn Cake and Pickled Vegetable Slaw, Flavors from Fire will sell this delight!

Are you going to be able to attend this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?  Give us “a show of hands” in the poll below!

A Tale of Two Short Ribs … A Before and After Story!

OK.  I’ll admit it.  To call this a “before and after” episode is a bit misleading.  After all, the Yacht Club’s Ale & Compass Restaurant has only been open for six months or so.  To date, they’ve only served one version of short ribs.

No.  Those of you who know me will clearly understand where this piece is coming from … I had an obsession with the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy [Sweet Corn] Risotto.  Look at it!

Simply phenomenally delicious, my friends, for years, this was my absolute favorite meal on Disney property!  Of course, as the Compass replaced the Captain, so, also, did a new short rib replace my beloved, “hall-of-fame” caliber cabernet-braised delight.

What does the Ale & Compass have to offer, then?  Well, on our most-recent trip to “The World”, Mrs. All in WDW and I met some dear friends there for dinner.  Wanting to give Ale’s offering a chance, I ordered their Smoked Short Ribs.

Served with a Roasted Vegetable Mash and Barbecue Demi, I have to admit that they were good.  Were they cabernet-caliber?  No.  The Captain’s recipe was an A+.  This version was, at best, a B.

Having said that, the ribs were fork tender.  They tasted quite good.  Where the dish lost me, however, was with the “side”.  Laced with roasted Brussels sprouts within, the vegetable mash was acceptable but paled in comparison to the Captain’s luxurious risotto.

What’s my conclusion, you ask?  I said it a few weeks ago, I was very disappointed when Disney decided to close Captain’s Grille.  But, even I have to admit that WDW notched a ‘home run’ with the Ale & Compass refurbishment.

When it comes to their food, if you’re a fan of short ribs, I’d recommend you give Ale’s dish a try.  For myself, it had a tough act to follow.  In the days of the Captain, I would order nothing but the short rib.  At Ale, I’ll give some of their many other menu items a try.

SeaWorld Rules, Epcot Drools?! Huh? Our Weekly Disney News!

Howdy, folks!  Stop by the WDW Main Street Pub for your weekly dose of all the latest news from around Walt Disney World.  That’s right!  Pull up a bar stool and join John and Doug for an exciting news tour through Walt Disney World!

Does John like SeaWorld more than he does Epcot?  Huh?  Does Doug have another rant in him?  Odds are good that he does.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the WDW Mainstreet Podcastthe place where rants were born!  Find it at …

Episode 442 – Our Sunday News!

Our Weekly Disney News!

What’s going on in Walt Disney World, folks?  To hear it all, catch the WDW Main Street Podcastthe place where rants were born!  

What are Doug and John excited about this week?  Hah!  From Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to Toy Story Land.  From new World Showcase entertainment to holiday party pricing details.  There’s tons to discuss!  Does any of it deserve a rant?!  They  cover it all at …

Episode 440 – Our Sunday News!

Dining Recon: Ale & Compass Lounge

Hello, my friends!  Did you miss me?  I hope you did!  Well, OK.  Hopefully, you missed me at least a little bit.  Anyway, I’m back!  For how long?  Who knows.  “Real life” has me very busy!

It took me a couple of weeks to figure out how to respond to Disney’s decision to start charging their defenseless Guests for the privilege of parking at all of their highfalutin’ (that was for you, Judith) resorts.  Here’s my opinion … book a Marriott.  At least you’ll earn points.

Hey!  Check out Doug Davis and John Peters as they rant about Disney’s nefarious parking lot “cash-grab”.  Catch it on the WDW Main Street Podcast –the place where rants were born!

Episode 438 – Parking Rant!

Now, let’s let’s talk about something fun … FOOD!  On our most-recent visit to “Mickey’s World”, Mrs. All in WDW and I made it a point to drop by the Yacht Club’s brand-new Ale & Compass Lounge.  Uh, a couple of times, actually!

Mrs. All in WDW considered these expensive and ordinary, but I loved them.  True, at $12, Ale’s Parker House Rolls and Spreads were a bit costly.  With Bacon Jam, Pub Cheese,and Smoked Trout Spread, however, they were pretty darn good!

We’ve found a place, in Nashville, that serves a phenomenal Nashville Hot Cauliflower.  This lounge’s version – a Roasted Buffalo-style Cauliflower – is reasonably-priced ($9) but not as good.  Maybe we’re spoiled by Nashville’s recipe, but Ale’s cauliflower was a bit too al dente for us.

Of all that, though, this one was the $18 pièce de résistance … one of their Hearth Oven “Pies”!  Check this baby out, folks!  Adorned with caramelized leeks, chorizo, and an egg, this pie was phenomenal!  We had it twice!  In fact, it’s one of our favorite dishes on property … now that we’ve experienced it!

It’s true that I was very disappointed when Disney decided to close the Yacht Club’s Captain’s Grille.  But, even I have to admit that WDW notched a ‘home run’ with this refurbishment.  When it comes to this lounge, we’ll definitely be back … for that “pizza”!