FULL Menus Are Here Already! Welcome to the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Folks!

In Disney’s own words … “Let Them Eat Art”!  That’s right, my friends.  On the heels of announcing tons of Holiday Kitchen goodies, Epcot has just released full menus for January’s Festival of the Arts!  Take a look!

The Deconstructed Dish

  • Atypical BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam and Soft Poached Egg
  • Irregular Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil

2017’s Crispy Pork Belly and Soft Poached Egg!

Cuisine Classique

  • Red Wine Braised Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic
  • Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Saint-Honore Tart: Caramel Cream Tart with Caramel Glaze topped with Cream Puffs

The Artist’s Table

  • Roasted Pork Roulade with Butternut Squash Purée, Marble Potatoes and Baby Carrots with a Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (GF)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

2017’s Scallop and Parmesan Crisp!

The Painter’s Palate

  • Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts:  Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V), Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad
  • Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres – Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Stone-ground Mustard
  • Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)
  • White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette

Pop Eats!

  • Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate (V)
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)

Decadent Delights

  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Salted Caramel and Maple Meringue with Coconut
  • Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar, Flavored Merengue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce
  • S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Masterpiece Kitchen

  • Charcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats, Nueske’s Smoked Beef and Cheese
  • Smoked Salmon Tartare, Caviar, Crisp Lavash and Traditional Accompaniments
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (V)
  • Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Sauce and Gold Leaf from our Master Pastry Chef

Takumi Table – Japan Pavilion

  • Chirashi Sushi and Haupia Pearl: Salmon, Tuna and Yuzu Miso with Coconut Tapioca Pudding
  • Taiyaki: Stuffed Japanese Pastry with Sesame Cream and Raspberry Sauce

El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)

  • Mixiote de Cordero: Wrapped Slow Braised Lamb marinated in Tres Chiles Paste and Spices
  • Tacos de Puerco: Two Corn Tortillas with Slow-roasted Pork Shoulder marinated in Ancho Paste, served with Sweet Plantain Purée and garnished with Pea Tendrils
  • Atole de Fresa and Mexican Concha Bread: Warm Strawberry Drink served with Mexican Concha Bread

Refreshment Outpost

  • Chilled Shrimp, Quinoa, Layered Vegetables, Spiced Yogurt and Red Pepper Coulis

2017’s Chilled Shrimp and Quinoa!

Refreshment Port

  • Croissant Doughnut filled with Pastry Cream and topped with Colored Pearls

The Painted Panda – China

  • Coconut Panda Rice Cake
  • Crispy Fried Shrimp in a Wonton Chip Lotus Flower
  • Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling, garnished with Toasted Coconut

L’Art du Cuisine Francaise – France

  • Rillettes du Mans, Cornichons, Carré du Boulanger: House-made Pork Rillettes, Cornichons and House-made Bread
  • Saumon en Croute Façon Paul Bocuse: Salmon in a Puff Pastry Crust, Paul Bocuse-style, with Spinach and Beurre Blanc Sauce
  • Le Coucher de Soleil: Sunset Mango and Raspberry Cake

Mosaic Canteen – Morocco

  • Hummus Trifle: Layered Hummus topped with Spiced Beef, Pine Nuts and Dry Cherries, served with Pita Chips
  • Mediterranean Flat Bread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese
  • Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough coated with Honey, Rosewater and Sesame Seeds

L’Arte di Mangiare – Italy

  • Involtini di Salmone al Basilico, Piso Venere, Salsa Romesco: Basil-scented Salmon Roulade, Purple Rice and Romesco Sauce
  • Sformato di Melanzane e Pomodori, Mozzarella Fior di Latte: Tomato and Eggplant Terrine, Fior di Latte Mozzarella
  • Crema Fitta, Pesche e Rucola Pesto, Ciliege di Amarasca: Cream Fritters, Peach and Arugula Pesto and Amarena Cherries

Will the food festivals ever end?  I hope not!  These art festival-exclusive “food studios” will be open daily from January 12th to February 19th (2018, of course).  We can’t wait!  Can you?

Enjoy Lunch (or Dinner!) at the Via Napoli Pizza Window!

Always a great topic to start off any day, let’s talk about pizza!  Yes, folks, let’s chat about Via Napoli Pizzeria e Ristorante!

Never been to Via Napoli?  Believe it or not, neither had I!  It was actually Evan Chaisson’s recent post – right here on All in WDW – that brought it up to the top of my list.

Therefore, let’s start with him.  Evan covered his fantastic dinner a few weeks back.  Catch it here at … Dining Recon: Via Napoli!

Yum!  Personally, pizza is one of my very favorite foods.  Little peek behind the curtain, there!  Anyway, the day I stopped by Italy, I didn’t have time for a full sit-down experience.

Never fear, the pizza window was near!  Check it out!

To find Via Napoli, enter the Italy Pavilion, of course!

Via Napoli is directly in the back of the pavilion.

The pizza window is on the left side of the building.

For lunch, I started with Napoli’s pizza “special”.  A thick-crust Pizza Bianca covered with pomodoro (tomato sauce), prosciutto, arugula, and freshly-made mozzarella, I wondered if they gave me a double portion!

Initially, I had intended on going “boring”.  My goal had been to buy a simple slice of pepperoni pizza.  In the end, I wish I had.  I found the bianca to be too much “bread” and too little sauce.  The prosciutto and mozzarella were good, though.

When it came down to it, in reality, I had come for the meatballs!  I knew that I wanted to sample the window’s Polpette E Mozzarella Parmigiana!

Almost identical to a dish served by Italy at 2017’s “Food” & Garden Festival, Napoli’s version was equally outstanding!  Hand-made beef and veal meatballs.  Tomato sauce.  Mozzarella.  Parmigiano.  Fantastic!

My friends, my first taste of this iconic Epcot table service restaurant was a mixed bag, that’s for sure.  In the end, though, if those meatballs had been part of Food & Wine, they might have won the festival!

My recommendations?  Stay simple with your pizza order but get those meatballs!  Whether you dine inside or out, however, you’re bound to have a great Italian meal!  Buon appetito!

Have the Monday Blues? I’ve Got the Cure! Take a Solid Dose of Epcot, Folks!

Well, do you have the Monday blues, my friends?  I surely do.  What’s the best cure?  Why, watch some of your best WDW videos, of course!

If you don’t have any handy, then please let me lend a helping hand.  Today, we’ve got Food & Wine-inspired JAMMitors, fountains, World Showcase Lagoon, and Serveur Amusant.  Enjoy!

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A Celebratory “Media Explosion” of Epcot! Happy 35th Birthday, Old Friend!

Home to our favorite WDW attractions – such as their annual International Food & Wine Festival, World Showcase, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, and Spaceship Earth – it goes without saying that Epcot is our favorite park.

So, what do you do when a beloved “friend” has a birthday?  You throw them a big celebration, of course!  And, the best way that I can think to do that is to share our Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

Initially imagined as a utopian city of the future, it was planned by Walt Disney to be a recreation of a perfect place – a “paradise”.  My friends?  Please enjoy this multitude of photos and videos of what we feel is, indeed, that paradise!

The dessert that Mrs. All in WDW declares is WORTH the calories – the Apple Caramel Crunch formerly served by Sunshine Seasons!

The inaugural member of All in WDW’s “Hall of Fame”, Maelstrom was memorialized with that honor in 2015. It was a family favorite!

Rose & Crown’s Bangers and Mash is one of the most economical and delicious dishes on Disney property!

One of our very favorite things to do — enjoy a pint or two in the Rose & Crown Pub … accompanied by a serving of Yorkshire County Fish Shop’s fantastically crispy Fish and Chips!

No, Goofy! Don’t do it!

“Food” & Garden’s Beijing-style Candied Strawberries are always one of Mrs. All in WDW’s favorites!

New Zealand’s Lamb Meatball was the 2014 and ’15 All in WDW Food & Wine Festival Champion!

China’s Mongolian Beef was the 2013 All in WDW Food & Wine Festival Champion!

Hawai’i’s Kalua Pork Slider was the 2011, ’12, and ’16 All in WDW Food & Wine Festival Champion!

Hops & Barley’s Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese IS the 2017 All in WDW Food & Wine Festival Champion!

The Best Thing About World Showcase is … Beer?! [Poll]

By John Peters

Hey, folks!  You bet beer is!  Seriously, our podcast crew had a great time sitting around the Main Street Pub and ranking World Showcase’s pavilions!

If you missed it, catch that show at:  Episode #371 – Ranking World Showcase’s Pavilions!

Then, we had an even better time watching you vote to determine which were your favorite spots!

Catch the re-cap of that poll at:  World Showcase Pavilions … What DO We do with the “Bottom of the Barrel”?

Today, however, I’d like to look at one of the MANY reasons I love World Showcase so much … BEER!

Catch Episode #373 – Drinking Around World Showcase!

Oh, there is no doubt in my mind that the best place to find quality beer at Walt Disney World is in Epcot’s World Showcase.  With that in mind, in order from last to first, let’s tour through my “Hit List”.

11. Tsingtao – China – Very light.  Not too flavorful.

10. Kronenbourg 1664 – France – Well, the French DO make great wine.

9. Casa Beer – Morocco – Another extremely light beer.  Not bad on a hot day!

8. Modelo Especial – Mexico – This beer, I enjoy.  Again, it is another solid, refreshing choice on a hot afternoon.

7. Birra Moretti La Rossa – Italy – France could learn something from Italy!  The Italians are known more for their wine than their beer, but this is a great beer!  A Doppelbock, it has a slight sweet taste with some nice caramel notes.  Very nice!

6. Einstök – Norway – Actually, this beer is from Iceland.  Getting past that, it’s another great choice!  Nice and light, with a somewhat complex flavor profile, and some nice citrus notes, it is a fantastic brew!

5. Frozen Kirin – Japan – Take a look back … I’ve written about this one before.  Yep!  Take away my “Beer Geek” card, folks!  By itself, Kirin is not all that good of a beer.  Put a slushy top on it?  I’m sold!  Coldest beer in Epcot!

Love that slushy topping!

4. Golden Monkey – American Adventure – Lots of complex flavors in this one.  I’ve tasted bananas, bubblegum, and cotton candy flavors.  It’s pretty sweet and that hides the high alcoholic content.  At 9.5% ABV, this is a great beer that you might be best limiting to one!

3. Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Grapefruit – Germany – Some of you will disagree with me on this choice.  Grapefruit is blended with a Hefeweizen beer to deliver this refreshment.  Honestly, most people either love this or hate it.  Personally, I love it!  You had best like grapefruit juice, fans!

Does “grapefruit beer” complement great German food? You bet, it does!

2. Innis & Gunn – United Kingdom – An absolute delight, friends!  This beer is fantastic!  After brewing, it’s cured in empty whisky barrels.  That gives it its unique taste.

1. La Fin Du Monde – Canada – To those who know me, there’s no surprise here!  This is my absolute favorite beer in all of Walt Disney World!  La Fin is an extremely well-balanced Tripel.  It boasts a nice, subtle fruity taste and delivers a unique yeasty finish.  This one is another “hidden punch” beer, though.  Complex flavors hide its high ABV (9%).  Just be careful, folks!

Well, there!  You have my list of beers from around the showcase.  Have you tried them?  Do you agree with my thoughts?  I’d love to hear your comments – either, here, on this post or on social media!

Oh, by the way, please respond to the poll below.  Which three (3) of these would you choose?  VOTE, everyone!  The more the merrier!  Thanks for reading, and … cheers!