So, How IS Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Welcome to the Main Street Pub, folks!  Pull up a bar stool and join John and Doug as they cover all of the latest news from around Walt Disney World!

What’s up this week, you ask?  Hmm.  Well … Does Doug rant … again?  Did John enjoy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?  Order a cold beverage, sit back, relax, and enjoy another jam-packed show!

Episode 477 – Our Sunday News!

Dining Recon: Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill!

Howdy, folks!  How’s it goin’?  The topic of Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill came up during a recent episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast.  I believe it happened during my last appearance …

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

Yes, we were chatting about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Lots of great cuisine being offered this year, but one of the items – Hops and Barley’s New England Lobster Roll is a particularly beloved fan favorite.

Problem is … at $8 per serving, a lot of critics (myself included) have tapped this dish as nowhere near worth the price.  Oh, it is tasty, don’t get me wrong.  It’s also typically quite small.  Take a look …

2016’s “loaded?” Lobster Roll

In comparison, there are much better values to be found on WDW property.  For example, take a trip over to the Magic Kingdom.  Many fans rave about Columbia Harbour House’s Lobster Roll.

Myself?  Well, I prefer … you guessed it … the recipe served up by Hurricane Hanna’s.  Delivered on Parker House Bread with Citrus Mayonnaise and accompanied by French Fries or Apple Slaw, their Seafood Roll is a feast!

If you take a close look, it is presented as three attached rolls.  Three!  Plus, loaded with lobster, scallops, and more than half-a-dozen shrimp, it is utterly delicious!  Wow!

Do you want to know the best part?  $11.79!  What?!  Think about it this way … Hops & Barley’s version is all lobster.  However, even if it was loaded with this much seafood, wouldn’t it have to cost two to three times Hanna’s price?

For my money, folks, I’d pass on Food & Wine (never thought I’d say that!) and walk over to Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club.  Visit Hanna.  Pull up a stool at the bar, chat with their friendly bartenders, and grab a seafood feast!  You won’t be sorry that you did!

Is Disney Vacation Club a Good Purchase? You’ve Got the Questions? We’ve Got the Answers!

You’ve got the questions?  We’ve got the answers!  Pull up your stools with John and Doug as they spend an evening in the WDW Main Street Pub answering listener questions!

What are their favorite Walt Disney World memories?  Do they think that DVC is a good purchase?  There’s that and much, much more, folks!  So, step into the pub, order a cold beverage, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Episode 473 – Listener Questions!

Cruisin’ with the DVC?

Pull up your bar stools, folks!  The WDW Main Street Podcast presents another special guest!

Melissa joins John and Doug once again to discuss all of the exciting news coming from David’s Vacation Club Rentals!  What do they have going on these days?  Check it out at …

Episode 471 – Cruising With David’s Vacation Club Rentals!

In addition to all of that, the group covers a special Disney cruise!  Plus, Melissa was kind enough to give us a trip report!  Did she like STK Orlando at Disney Springs?  What was her opinion of Toy Story Land?

So, grab yourself a cold beverage, Pub-dwellers, sit back, relax, and enjoy another jam-packed episode!

The 2018 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Top 20!

The “party” is finally here, my friends!  Delicious entrees.  Refreshing beverages.  Yes, the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off today!

Of course, as I mentioned on our special Festival Preview episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, I’ll regrettably have to miss out on this year’s fun.  It makes me very sad.

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

That’s right, folks.  No food pics coming from me this year.  For those, check out the Disney Food Blog.  They do a great job of serving up Epcot’s delectable fare.

2017’s Roasted Irish Sausage!

In the meantime, after seven straight years of festival attendance, I’ve sampled a lot of Food & Wine’s best … and worst.  I can’t let this unfortunate year slip by without posting my personal recommendations.

So .. if I had been able to attend this year’s “bash”, what would I have tried?  Well, here it is … the 2018 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Top 20!

  1. Roasted Irish Sausage – Ireland
  2. Roasted Pork Wings – Flavors from Fire
  3. Spice-crusted Verlasso Salmon – Active Eats
  4. Seared Scallops – Coastal Eats
  5. New Brunswick Slider – Hops & Barley
  6. Lump Crab Cake – Coastal Eats
  7. Brazilian Seafood Stew – Brazil
  8. Lamb Meatball – New Zealand
  9. Xi’an Pancake with Beef – China
  10. Seafood Salad – Spain
  11. Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak – Flavors from Fire
  12. Spanish-style Paella – Spain
  13. Bloody Mary Seafood Cocktail – The Festival Center Wine Shop
  14. Kalua Pork Slider – Hawai’i
  15. Ropa Vieja Empanada – Islands of the Caribbean
  16. Beer-braised Beef – Belgium
  17. Short Rib Tostada – Mexico
  18. Beer-braised Beef – France
  19. Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop – Islands of the Caribbean
  20. Shrimp Quesadilla – Mexico

Honorable Mentions

  • Le Cellier Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  • Korma Chicken – India
  • Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil
  • Beef Brisket Poutine – Refreshment Port
  • Pasta Gratin – Germany

2017’s Seared Scallops from Active Eats!