French Trivia Answered! Who Misses the Earffel Tower? [Poll]

Marvelous Monday, my friends!  Shake off those beginning-of-the-week blues and get after the week!

So … did you tackle yesterday’s trivia question?  No?  Here’s your chance to take a step back and test your Epcot IQ … click this link!

How tall is Disney’s version of France’s Eiffel Tower, you ask?  Why, it reaches 103 feet into the Florida sky!

The challenge turned out to be a little bit tougher than I expected.  Only 24% of you got it right!  Congrats to those of you who scored with the correct choice.

Of course, the Eiffel Tower inspired another piece of Walt Disney World, as well.  Even if it was by its name only.

Opened on May 1, 1989, the Earffel Tower was once a Hollywood Studios park icon.

Based on water towers commonly found in 20th century movie studios, Disney closed this structure on April 29, 2016.  It leads me to ask …

 

Epcot Trivia! Welcome to France!

Good morning, folks!  Are you ready to test your Disney knowledge?  Yes?  Then, let’s go!

Constructed from 1887–89 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower in Paris is the most-visited paid monument in the world.

It has become a global cultural icon of France, is one of the most recognizable structures in the world, and stands 1,063 feet tall.  Thank you, Wikipedia, for all the info!

Of course, as you all know, Epcot’s France Pavilion is centered around a smaller-scale replica of this Parisian monument.  How tall is Disney’s version?

​ Touring Epcot’s Japan Pavilion? Visit Kabuki Cafe!

Yo – ho – ho!  Happy Monday, folks!  Hey!  Let’s talk Epcot.  Have you ever stopped at Kabuki Cafe?

No?  Think shaved ices.  Think Kakigōri – Japanese shaved ice available in Rainbow, Strawberry, Melon, Cherry, or Tangerine.  Think snacks like Edamame or Sushi.

Or, how about alcoholic beverages such as a Tokyo Sunset or a Rising Sun?  Maybe this month’s Main Street “beer of the month” – Kirin Frozen Draft – is more your speed?

Huh?  Frozen?  Beer?  Wait a minute.  Isn’t that what you get when you leave a bottle or can in the freezer for way too long?  Uh, no.  Let our resident “beer-ologist” – John Peters – explain.  John?

“So, go ahead and take away my ‘Beer Geek’ card, everyone!  This frozen brew is not on anybody’s list of the best-tasting beers in WDW.

However, on a hot day – in the middle of the Florida summer – you’d be hard-pressed to find a colder or more refreshing brew!

It’s available from two locations inside the Japan Pavilion – Kabuki Cafe and the Garden House Sake Bar.  This pale lager is a decent beer!

What makes this Kirin special is the frozen beer “frosting” you can add on the top!  This frigid pillow acts as a bit of an insulator, if you will.

In fact, it keeps the beer cold even on the hottest of days!  All I have to say is that it’s not the best beer in WDW, but, in August, you’ll be glad it’s the coldest!  Cheers!”

“The World’s” Best Garlic Shrimp? It’s Spice Road Table!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I feel like it’s “Doug Davis Week” on the web site, my friends!

After yesterday’s nautical tribute to Skipper Doug’s Sassagoula River Cruise, we return, today, with one of his all-time favorite Disney dishes!  Where can it be found, you ask?

Spice Road Table.  Found on the edge of World Showcase Lagoon and across from Epcot’s Moroccan Pavilion, it’s an unheralded Table Service restaurant.

Oh, I’ve definitely been pretty critical of the place.  At first, Mrs. All in WDW and I really enjoyed their service and cuisine.

Their Mix Grill Skewers are (were?) phenomenal, for example.  It was the venues entry into the Disney Dining Plan and massive price inflation of those skewers that drove us away, however.

Undeterred, though, Doug continues, to this day, to coax us back for what he feels is their very best dish.  It is something that he always aims to have when he visits “The World” – Spicy Garlic Shrimp!

Sautéed shrimp with dried chilies and fried garlic, Doug swears by the absolute “delicious-ness” of this Mediterranean delight.  It is a $10.99 small plate, and he’d say it’s worth every penny.

Of course, the shrimp isn’t all he’d recommend.  Served, here, with a single Lamb Slider, we find another morsel on his “to-do” list – Hummus Fries!

You can buy the fries, alone, as a $8.99 small plate or, of course, sample them with Spice’s sliders.  Buy a plate of three of those for $24.99.

In closing, I’ll say this … Doug has never steered Mrs. All in WDW and I wrong.  That being the case, I guess we’ll have to give Spice Road Table another chance.  Shrimp and fries?  Here we come!

Note: my thanks to avid WDW Main Street listener and All in WDW reader – Judith – for pictures of the shrimp, lamb, and fries!

Welcome to the “Official” All in WDW 2017 “Food” & Garden Top 10!

Without delay, my friends, here is my final verdict.  I’ve attended Flower & Garden’s first two opening days.  What did I like?  Here’s the scoop!

10 – Crabless Cake – Urban Farm Eats

The odd taste of this “cake” saved the American Adventure’s smokehouse from itself.

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The so-called Crispy Vegetable Slaw was not crispy but was uninspiring.  The remoulade was bland.

9 – Pulled Pig Slider – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

What an incredible disappointment.  Seriously, folks.  This might be the poorest presentation of a returning dish I’ve ever seen.

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Look, for a festival item, I don’t need the full sandwich that they’ve offered in the past.  It has always been called a slider, after all.

Having said that, the entire dish (stale bread, dry pork, tasteless slaw) was awful.

8 – Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef – Jardin de Fiestas

“Filled” is a very generous description when it comes to this item’s beefy-stuffing.

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Then, I didn’t think about this until after I published the “Flash Report”, but this recipe was supposed to include Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds.  Is it just me?  I don’t see either.

7 – Baked Chicken with Crawfish – Fleur de Lys

It wasn’t a bad dish, but it wasn’t great either.

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The crawfish was nice, I’ll say that much. Otherwise, it was pretty unremarkable.

6 – Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer – La Isla Fresca

Other than the tails, we failed to mention one of the other critiques we have of this offering.

It was pretty hard getting the shrimp off of the sugar cane skewer.  So, why is that a problem?

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Well, you see that lovely-colored sauce?  I almost splattered it on Mrs. All in WDW’s white top while tugging shrimp off the “stick”.

My friends, that would have been the end of my All in WDW “career”.

5 – Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad – The Berry Basket

I took one bite.  I thought it was OK.  Mrs. All in WDW didn’t agree.

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The lamb was chewy.  She hated the Blackberry Gastrique.  Still beat five other dishes, though!

4 – Seared Scallops – Northern Bloom

Looking past my frustration with Northern Bloom’s disorganized service, these scallops were well-prepared.

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Plus, did I mention this earlier?  There were TWO!  Much more generous than in the past, Disney!  Thanks!

3 – Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits – Florida Fresh

Still a great dish, it just fell to stouter competition.  Nothing more complicated than that.

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I watched the chef prepare this dish from flat-top to presentation.  I’ve told Mrs. All in WDW that I’m going to try to make it at home.

2 – Meatball Parmigiana – Primavera Kitchen

Chuckle, if you’d like, but there were two dishes that left me with a “I’ve got to have that again” feeling.

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Italy scored with the first of them.  I’ll say it again.  Great comeback from your years-ago ravioli “disaster”, Italy!  Utterly delicious!

Might just be me, but I loved, loved, loved it!

1 – Smoked Pork Ribs – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

Well, this came as a shock to me, but I can’t deny the fact that both Mrs. All in WDW and I instantly wanted a second serving.

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It may be a, more or less, mundane item – as you can find good ribs in a lot of places – but this dish’s “fall off the bone” goodness can’t be denied.  It WINS the festival!

There, you have it, everyone.  If you’re going to get a chance to visit “Food” & Garden, then, please, enjoy!  In the meantime, here’s the entire list … in order!

  1. Smoked Pork Ribs – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
  2. Meatball Parmigiana – Primavera Kitchen
  3. Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits – Florida Fresh
  4. Seared Scallops – Northern Bloom
  5. Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad – The Berry Basket
  6. Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer – La Isla Fresca
  7. Baked Chicken with Crawfish – Fleur de Lys
  8. Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef – Jardin de Fiestas
  9. Pulled Pig Slider – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
  10. Crabless Cake – Urban Farm Eats