Review: Raglan Road

Raglan Road is one of the few holdovers from the Downtown Disney era. Back in those days, Raglan Road was one of the only decent restaurants at Downtown Disney. It was nothing like today, where there is a good restaurant around every corner. I hadn’t been to Raglan Road in a couple of years, so I was worried it would pale in comparison to the now competitive restaurant lineup of Disney Springs.

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Magic Kingdom Snack Roundup – Vol. 1

We’re back again today to sample some of the finest snacks Disney’s Magic Kingdom has to offer! Magic Kingdom has really upped their snack game this year, as this post will prove.

In no particular order, a mixture of old and new…

Cheshire Cat Tail

Item: Cheshire Cat Tail
Location: Cheshire Cafe (Fantasyland)
Price: $5.49

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Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party Review – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Event: Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party
Park: Magic Kingdom (During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which requires a separate ticket)
Venue: Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 9:30pm – 12:30am
Cost: $99 plus tax
Includes: All you can eat hot foods, antipasto, desserts. All you can drink beer and wine. Reserved Parade Viewing.

Kim and I attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this past Friday. I’ll have a post covering the event in the next day or two. I wanted to start out by covering the newest event-within-an-event, as I’m sure you’re all looking for information to decide whether or not to attend this event yourselves.

I was really nervous leading up to our event, as there was little to no information available. Luckily, Josh over at EasyWDW came thru with a detailed review right before we left for the Party. I was able to breath a sigh of relief, not only because I had an idea of what to expect, but because Josh gave it high marks. Would we agree with Josh? Read on to find out!

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2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Final Update

The weather is finally starting to improve, so of course that means Food & Wine is nearing its end. We made our final visits this past weekend. It was our only visit of the year with nice weather. I didn’t have a single sweat stain on my shirt when I got home, can you believe it?

Today would be a mix of new items and last chance favorites. The items we enjoyed enough previously to sample again were:

Banana Almond Soft-Serve Sundae
Teriyaki-Glazed SPAM Hash
Fritto Misto
Short Rib Tostada
Piggy Wings (were horribly dry this time)
Xi’an Pancake with Beef
New England Lobster Roll
Coconut Rice Pudding
Freshly Baked Carrot Cake
Spicy Roll (Tried again because first was a bust. This one was good!)

Other than the Piggy Wings, everything lived up to its previous glory. We also tried 7 items that we had not yet tried this year. First up, New Zealand!

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2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Mexican Tequila Lunch (10-19-18)

We return to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for our last special event of the year. I have wanted to attend the Mexican Tequila Lunch ever since I found out that was a thing. I love tequila, and have a decent selection on my bar at home.

The only reason it took this long to attend this event is that I don’t know anybody else that loves tequila. Kim totally hates it. So I decided that we would attend, and I would have to suffer and drink tequila for two!

The Mexican Tequila Lunch is held at La Hacienda de San Angel. The event was scheduled for 12:00 PM. And they really mean 12:00. They didn’t remove the rope blocking access to the restaurant until 12. We weren’t even allowed to sit on the benches outside. Promptly at 12, they removed the rope and escorted us inside. Once inside, you gave your name and were escorted to a table. Just like the French Family Traditions Lunch, you were assigned a table, but not a particular seat at the table.

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2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival – French Family Meal Traditions (10-7-18)

When my wife and I first began attending the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot, we didn’t even know that there were all sorts of premium experiences taking place. We were perfectly content going from booth to booth, sampling the best each country had to offer.

Then one day we stumbled across a food seminar taking place in the festival center. After that, the floodgates opened.

Kim (my wife) has always been an avid watcher of Food Network and the like. And I am an avid eater of good food. So attending some of these events was a no brainer. For a few years we attended pretty much any event that featured a celebrity chef. It wasn’t long before we added the Party for the Senses to our yearly itinerary.

Last year we attended our first regional meal. We started small, with the Parisian Breakfast. That was a hit, so this year we decided to forego the Party for the Senses and add a couple of proper regional meals.

I had always been intrigued by the Mexican Tequila Lunch, so that was the first I booked. Look for that review in a couple of weeks. After that, we had to choose between Italian and French meals. Since we eat much more Italian Food in our day to day lives, we went French.

French Family Meal Traditions
Park: Epcot
Venue: Monsieur Paul
Date: October 7, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Cost: $95 plus tax
Includes: Five course Meal with wine pairings

This event is held at the more upscale of Epcot’s two French restaurants, Monsieur Paul. Monsieur Paul is in the same building as Chefs de France, but on the second floor. The entrance is on the backside of the building, to the left of the entrance for L’Artisan des Glaces.

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Review: Chicken Guy

First things first. I am not a fan of Guy Fieri or Planet Hollywood. So when I heard this place was opening, I didn’t have high hopes. But then a funny thing happened. The first batch of reviews were pretty good! So we made our way to Disney Springs to try out Chicken Guy.

If you’re main reason for visiting Disney Springs is to go to Chicken Guy, you definitely want to park in the Orange Garage. The escalator on the east side of the garage will deposit you very close to Planet Hollywood, where Chicken Guy is located.

The exterior of Chicken Guy is pretty unassuming. But what do you expect for a chicken tender joint?

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Best Items of the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

At this point I’ve tried 65 different items from this year’s Food & Wine Festival, so I feel it’s time to rank the year’s best and worst dishes. There are still a handful of items that I’m still planning on trying for the first time. But most of these items are things I’ve been waiting for cooler weather before trying… and who knows if the weather will ever get cooler. I really don’t want to wait until November to publish these lists, as then they will be of no use to anybody.

I’ve decided to list 12 items in the best category. I’ve settled on this number because I feel that is how many items separated themselves in terms of their tastiness.

Make sure to read our list of the Worst Items of the Festival.

We’ll start at #12 (the 12th best):

The Best

#12 – Seared Scallops (Wine & Dine Studio)

Seared Scallops

This was by far the best of the two scallop preparations at this year’s festival. The scallops were large and perfectly cooked, and the puree and wild mushrooms were excellent accompaniments.

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Worst Items of the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

At this point I’ve tried 65 different items from this year’s Food & Wine Festival, so I feel it’s time to rank the year’s best and worst dishes. There are still a handful of items that I’m still planning on trying for the first time. But most of these items are things I’ve been waiting for cooler weather before trying… and who knows if the weather will ever get cooler. I really don’t want to wait until November to publish these lists, as then they will be of no use to anybody.

I’ve decided to list 9 items in the worst category. I’ve settled on this number because I feel that is how many items separated themselves in terms of their offensiveness.

I’ll try to point out any instances where I feel like the item is objectively good, and just not meant for my palate.

Let’s start with the Worst, starting at #8 (8th worst).

The Worst

#9 – Guinness Baileys Shake (Ireland)

Guinness Baileys Shake

This is one of those items that a huge Guinness fan would probably enjoy. To me it carries over the worst aspects of Guinness, without any of the good. I don’t taste the Guinness at all when it goes down, but I still get the unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

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2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Sunday Brunch with the Chef… featuring Masaharu Morimoto! (9-23-18)

Yesterday we attended our second Sunday Brunch with the Chef event of the year. You can read about our first brunch with Tiffani Thiessen here. This time the featured chef would be original Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto! We’ve seen him one time before, at his Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! event in 2016. It was one of the best chef events we’ve seen, and we’ve seen some good ones! So we were very excited to see him again.

Sunday Brunch with the Chef
Park: Epcot
Venue: World ShowPlace
Date: September 23, 2018
Time: 11:30am
Cost: $129 plus tax
Includes: Wine toast, brunch, meet & greet.

The set up was pretty much identical to the Thiessen brunch. We checked in outside of the World Showplace. They began checking people in right around 11am, at which point you are assigned a table. They opened the doors at 11:15. Today we were sitting at the Experience table. This was a much better location than we had for Thiessen, though I was still disappointed we didn’t get the front row. Our table would have one other major drawback as well… a couple brought a baby that screamed throughout pretty much the entire event. Why would you bring a baby to an event like this? At some point the dad took the baby to the back of the room, but everybody could still hear him loud and clear throughout the entire event. Not cool.

Just like last week, we had a signed photo, menu, and question card waiting for us at our place setting.

Morimoto Swag

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