Wow! Now, We Have 400 Reasons to Celebrate!

What a milestone we celebrate today, folks!  With this post, the WDW Main Street Podcast celebrates its 400th episode!

Wow!  400?!  Are you kidding me?  Who can talk that much for that long?  Um, the answer to that question will reveal itself to you in just a few seconds.

Naturally, I didn’t personally participate in all 400 shows.  Not even close.  Neither has John Peters, for that matter.  Even our retired colleague – Dennis Conroy – came on board well after the podcast was born.

Who can talk that much for that long?  The show’s founder and host, of course.  Yes, it is Doug Davis who has that incredible “gift of gab”.

Doug and I at Laguna Bar!

Main Street was his brain-child.  He’s hosted or co-hosted every single episode.  In truth, it is Doug that deserves all the credit for this feat!  Congratulations, Doug!  What a phenomenal accomplishment!

My friends, join John and myself, as we congratulate Doug.  Attend our little party.  Step into the WDW Main Street Pub and listen to …

Episode #400 – 400 Reasons to Celebrate!

The 2017 WDW Fans’ Epcot International Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!

Welcome, my foodie friends!  Welcome to your 2017 WDW Fans’ Epcot International Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!

Canada’s famous Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon!

Yes.  Your month-long journey through dozens of entrées is finally complete.  What is the result?  You have developed an impressive menu of recommendations!  Behold …

  1. Kalua Pork Slider – Hawai’i
  2. “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  3. Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread – Farm Fresh
  4. Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon – Active Eats – NEW!
  5. Beer-braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes – Belgium
  6. Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese – Hops & Barley
  7. Seared Scallops – The Wine & Dine Studio
  8. Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce – Flavors from Fire – NEW!
  9. Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich – Craft Beers
  10. Cabernet Sauvignon Braised Beef – France
  11. Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil
  12. Seared Scallops – Coastal Eats – NEW!
  13. Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake – Thailand
  14. Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette – Coastal Eats – NEW!
  15. Rib Eye Taco – Mexico
  16. Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
  17. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup – Canada
  18. Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp – Australia
  19. New England Lobster Roll – Hops & Barley
  20. Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote – Belgium

Honorable Mentions

Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache – Belgium
Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread – Ireland
Korma Chicken with Warm Naan Bread – India
Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese – Germany
Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw – Coastal Eats – NEW!

My thoughts?  I do have a lot of experience with this Top 20 “stuff”, you know.  First, it is incredible how your votes led you to a perfect example of Food & Wine’s Rule #10!

Did you see the full list of “rules” we posted a few days ago?  Stop back, and check it out!  Rule #10 states, “Everyone’s tastes are different.  There are no wrong choices.  There are just different choices!”

Can you guess how many of your list made my Top 20?  Seven!  That’s right.  Over half of my menu differs from yours!  Again, different tastes – different choices!

2016’s FRIED Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds.  Will 2017’s ROASTED Pork Wings be as good?

Having said that, if our intent is to give fellow Guests a limited list of recommendations to follow as they tackle Food & Wine, then you guys did a phenomenal job.

In fact, personally, I could make it two-thirds down your Top 20 before I might think about saying, “Nah, I could pass on that.”  Great work, folks!

Once again, thank you for all of your support and votes throughout this process.  Plus, let me extend a special thanks to those who volunteered for the ‘ranking team’.  Fine job, all!

Flashback Photos of the Week: New England Lobster Roll – Crew’s Cup Lounge

Another mixed bag of nuts today, my friends.  There are podcasts.  There are polls.  There are lobster rolls!  Hah!  See what I did there?

Actually, there are podcasts.  First, catch Doug Davis and our resident Cast Member – John Peters – as they tackle another round of “First Thing You Think Of”!

What’s that, you ask?  Well, listen to find out.  In fact, play along!  Catch the action at …

Episode #386 – First Thing You Think Of!

Next, Doug spent this past Sunday entertaining some very special guests at the Main Street Pub.

Jen and Scott from Happiest Vlogs On Earth join Doug to discuss all of the latest news from around Walt Disney World.  Listen to …

Episode #387 – Our Weekly News!

Did you vote in yesterday’s “Wild Card” poll?  No?  I have great news, then!  The poll is still open!  VOTE at …

The Top 20 is Set! The “Wild Card” Contenders are Here!

Finally, one of your favorite Food & Wine dishes is Hops & Barley’s New England Lobster Roll.  Me?  I’ve never been a fan.  Why?

2016’s “loaded?” Lobster Roll

Each time I’ve ordered it, I was left with an unsatisfied stomach – the serving size can be puny! – and an empty wallet!  One of the most expensive dishes at the festival, it was $7.75 in 2016.

Also on the pricey side, Crew’s Cup Lounge provides, what I think is, a much better version of the dish.

Served chilled and on a butter-toasted roll, it delivers a much-more generous portion than World Showcase.  Is it worth its $19 price tag?  Hmm.

Folks, my advice is this … pass by Food & Wine’s lobster roll.  Whether at Crew’s Cup or another restaurant on property, you’re likely to find a more-delicious roll at a much-better value.

Everyone, we’re closing in on Opening Day!  The ranking team is working feverishly to place your Top 20 in its proper order.

It, All in WDW’s Top 20 Food & Wine Festival Desserts, and my personal tasting menu will all be unveiled in very short order.  Stay tuned!

The Top 20 is Set! The “Wild Card” Contenders are Here! VOTE!

Hold on, folks!  We’re not done VOTING just yet.  That’s right.  Our Food & Wine “pre-party” isn’t quite over.

Hey!  I said it on Friday – “[w]e have three more days to go!”  Uh, that would be Friday, Saturday, and … today!

Yes.  With the closure of Saturday’s poll, we have finalized your pre-festival Top 20!  Why do we need to keep voting, then?  What comes next?

Well, first, the volunteers – and myself – will go to work this week.  By this coming weekend, we’ll have taken your chosen dishes and ranked them from 1 to 20!

Will the Chilled Scotch Egg offered by Craft Beers match the one (shown) served at Rose & Crown?

Having said that, there are a few items that have earned enough of your support to merit consideration for the distinction – “Honorable Mention”.  Call them “Wild Cards”, if you will!

Below, I present you with the ten highest vote-getters from Round #2 that did not make your final menu.

Your task today?  Vote for the five (5) additional items that you feel worthy of being sampled at this year’s festival.

Go ahead, my friends.  You’ve worked really hard.  The end is near.  You’re job is almost done.  Once last time … VOTE!

Make Your Selections! The Great Food & Wine “Battle” Continues!

Howdy, folks!  Welcome back to “All is Food & Wine”!  Huh?  What?  That has to be how some of you feel, I’m afraid.  Hey, it’s OK.  Even Mrs. All in WDW says that I can’t talk about Food & Wine ALL the time!

My opinion?  Uh … why can’t I?  I’m excited for this year’s party to launch.  Is that a sin?  August 31st, my friends!  That’s right!  It’s that close.  Opening day of the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is right around the corner!

If you missed yesterday’s poll, go back and VOTE here at …

2017’s Food & Wine Voting Finale Kicks Off!

As for our on-going endeavors, we have another nine-item “menu” to tackle.  You know the drill!  Select four (4) dishes from the group below.  The Top 4 finishers will make their way into your Top 20 Food & Wine recommendations!

Hawaii’s “award winning” Pork Slider

Oh!  By the way, we could still use a few more volunteers.  We’re going to need to rank the aforementioned dishes from 1 to 20, yes?

If you want to be a part of the ranking team, please send me an email at bob@allinwdw.com or reach out to me via Facebook or Twitter.  C’mon, everyone! You voted for Epcot’s delicacies.  Now, be a part of putting them in order!