Let’s Eat!!!

 

Yes, it is that time of year again.  We are in the middle of summer and yet we are drawn to Epcot with the smells, the sights, and the food from the International Food and Wine Festival.  I know, I know you are thinking but wait isn’t that in the fall?  Of course it is and you might think I am crazy for thinking about it but……..  Food and Wine Menus have been released for 2017!!!!  WOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!! OHHHHHHH YEA!!!! You can get a look at all of them here.  Food and Wine Menus

There are many returning favorites to this years festival, such as the Le Cellier Beef Filet, The Lamb meatball over in New Zealand, the spicy hummus fries in Morocco, the lobster roll at Hops and Barley and of course the always awesome Kalua pork slider from Hawaii.  (man I am hungry now) So have no fear the hits are hits for a reason and should not be missed.

What I really want to look at are two new kiosks this year that have really peaked my interests.

First we have Flavors From Fire.  C’mon now the name itself it pretty awesome anything with fire is cool in my book, uhhhh or should I say “hot”, never mind.  Let’s look at the menu shall we.

  • Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring Bel Gioioso
  • Romano and American Grana Cheeses
  • Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam, and Maple Butter Syrup
  • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Raspberry Dust
  • Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
  • Ravenswood Zinfandel, Napa Valley
  • Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

Right off the bat both the piggy wings and the smoked corned beef, YES PLEASE!!!  Ohhhh and that sweet pancake with spicy chipotle chicken sausage, a little sweet, a little spicy and I can bet a lot of pure deliciousness!  Wash that down with a Smokin Blackwater Porter and happiness will ensue.

Also new this year is Coastal Eats.

  • Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream
  • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
  • Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce
  • Erath Pinot Gris, Oregon
  • Soter Planet Pinot Noir, Oregon

Full disclosure I am allergic to Crab and Shellfish so both the crab and shrimp would be a no no.  I ate crab and shrimp by the boat load as a kid so I am very jealous of anyone who can eat them.  I do think the combo of the crab cake with the Napa cabbage slaw would be amazing but I will bet you a years worth of dole whips that the avocado lemon grass cream puts it over the top!  What I could eat would be the scallops and I would eat plenty believe me!  I love pairing seafood with a nice wine so this booth would be a must do for us.

I could go on and on and booth by booth but I want to know what you think.  What are you looking forward to the most?  IS there one thing that jumps out at you?  Is there a must have for you?  Do you crave one of the yearly hits, or something new?  Let me know in the comments.

 

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What’s Brewing?? Joffrey’s News

As we hit the dog days of summer it is time to see what is brewing (and we hope its some refreshing iced coffee) with our friends over at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company.

NEW GIVE AWAY!!!!  

Have to act fast on this one.  This give away contest starts July 7 and Ends July 10

For the summer traveler win the best selling travel duo.  Brew one of Joffrey’s most popular coffees at home and take the artisan roasted goodness to go! You’ll love its rich flavor and smooth body.

All you have to do to win is visit our Twitter page.  The Mickey Dudes   Like and Retweet the Giveaway and then Follow Joffrey’s coffee on twitter and you are entered!

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EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!!!!

Are you the next Joffrey’s Flavor Originator? Joffrey’s wants YOU to create their next coffee flavor! 5 lucky fans will win a free year of Joffrey’s just for participating!

This is no joke, it really can be you.  You are going to have to stay tuned for all the great details in the upcoming weeks!!!  I’m so excited a new flavor that we get to help with.   This is going to be AWESOME!!!!

Finally…..

If there wasn’t enough exciting news already, how about this.

Happy hour just got happier! Now you can enjoy discounted spiked specialties at Tea Traders Café at Disney Springs.   Every day from 4 – 7 PM.

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Stay up to date on everything Joffrey’s by becoming a VIB.  A very Important Bean

Click on the link and sign up today,  15% off your first order.  VIB

Well that’s what brewing this month, time for me to refill my mug with some Tusker House.

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What’s Brewing??? Who wants 30% off ??

HURRY HURRY HURRY!!! Today (June 8) through June 11 receive 30% off your order of the worlds greatest coffee!  Use code SUMMERFUN when ordering.  Order Here: Joffrey’s Coffee

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Other news from Joffrey’s  Saturday June 10th is National Iced Tea Day.  If you are in Disney World head on down to Tea Traders in Disney Springs to try one of their many iced teas.  From traditional unsweetened iced tea to tropical mango or green blackberry jasmine iced tea there is something for everyone.

I say go for the Tea Breeze:  Freshly brewed iced tea with Frozen Lemonade topped with Grey Goose Vodka.

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Yea that hits the spot on a hot Florida afternoon.

Check out Tea Traders here:  Tea Traders

Lastly keep on the look out for Disney Character Latte Art!!!! Its a little ways off but I thought I would tantalize your pallet and your creative imagination with that one.

So that’s what’s brewing with our friends over at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company!

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What’s Brewing?

Lets take a look at what’s brewing in the world of Joffrey’s, the greatest coffee and tea company on the planet.

**HUGE Semi Annual sale coming June 1-4.  Look for the e-blast if you are a VIB.  That’s a very important bean.  Come to think of it, if you are not a VIB why not??  Get all the latest Joffrey’s news and information by signing up here V.I.B.  You will recieve 15% off your first order

 

**New seasonal specialty drinks will be offered at our Kiosks coming end May including:

 ARNOLD PALMER COOLER: Refreshing iced black tea mixed with equal amount of citrusy lemon iced slush.

ICED COCONUT LATTE:  delicious espresso mixed with coconut syrup and cold milk served over ice.

ICED RASPBERRY MOCHA LATTE:  rich espresso blended with dark chocolate sauce and raspberry syrup mixed with cold milk over ice.

(ALL DRINKS ARE AVAILABLE WITH ALCOHOL)   Yes Please!!!! 😉

 

**Finally Joffrey’s is working on a new signature restaurant blend….  I have a guess on what it is, do you????   We will make sure to keep you posted on when it will be available.

 

That’s what Joffrey’s has brewing this month.

If you want to order some of their amazing coffee and teas or just take a look at their website for some great info click here: Joffrey’s

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Heavy Metal Mouse

There I was, thumbing through Facebook on my smart phone, and came across something quite peculiar: Heavy Metal Disney music.  I scoffed at first and ignored it.  I then saw it again pop-up on a reputable site for everything “nerd”.  I decided to give it a shot, I clicked on it and was able to listen to a heavy metal version of Beauty and the Beast.  I pressed play and was immediately taken aback.  This is actually quite good, almost great.  The article also stated that the album was released in 2016 and was only available in Japan (I was deflated).  Then I thought, “iTunes.”  And there it was.  I purchased the album and must say, it is very good.

The Album: Metal Disney

1. Introduction (Intros at the beginning of movies)
  2. Mickey Mouse Club March Mickey Mouse Club
  3. I See the Light -Tangled
  4. A Whole New World- Aladdin
  5. It’s a Small World
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Under the Sea -The Little Mermaid
  8. Go the Distance- Hercules
  9. Can You Feel the Love Tonight -The Lion King
  10. Disney Song Medley
  11. When You Wish Upon a Star -Pinocchio
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The Band: D- Metal All Stars

Vocals- Michael Vescera (Obsession)

Guitars-John Bruno (Obsession)

Bass- Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot, White Snake, Dio etc)

Drums- BJ Zampa (Dokken)

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From the band’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/Dmetalstars/about/?ref=page_internal
Now At first, I was a little skeptical of the song list.  I am not a huge fan of ballads and about half of the album is what I consider Disney ballads.  You know, the songs that get you right in the feels.  But I was pleasantly surprised of how the band arranged them.  They still get you right in the feels, but is kicking you in the tail end at the same time with gut busting drums and face melting solos.

Now the band members were prevalent in the 80’s during the reign of glam and hair metal (Poison, Motley Crue).  The influence can be heard, especially with the vocals.  However, they implemented a very thrashy (Metallica) sound which is my favorite genre.  If I were to describe the sound to a person with some metal knowledge, I would say they sound like an 80’s East Coast Thrash Metal band (Anthrax, Overkill).

My favorite song on the album is probably The Disney Medley.   It contains 5 classic songs that every Disney fan will know, and can sing along to it.  This is probably the most thrashy of the list which is probably why I like it so much.  I was actually very surprised by the band’s version of It’s a Small World. I though it was going to be 4 minutes of nothing but “it’s a Small World after all,” but it was not. They filled most of the song with some very entertaining guitar solos and breakdowns.

As the writing of this post, the physical album is not available in the United States, but it can be purchased from Japan for a pretty penny.  But you can download it from Apple iTunes for about $10.

So if you’re a fan of heavy metal, and a fan of Disney music, get this album.  It is very entertaining and you will not be disappointed.

And of course, as you are head banging away to Metal Disney, grab you a mug of Joffrey’s Coffee or Tea.  But wait between songs, wouldn’t want you to spill any during the banging of the head.

 

 

 

Dole Whip Vs Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar

In honor of a new podcast that we will record this week called Face-Off, we are going to look at the ultimate face-off: The Dole Whip Versus the Mickeys Premium Ice cream Bar.

First the Dole Whip

What actually is a Dole Whip?  It’s a cup of pure heaven thats what it is.  It’s light and refreshing with a taste of sweet golden pineapple.  You can add a little pineapple juice to it for a float and you have a picture of perfection.   The Dole Whip is classic Disney and can be found at the Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom and over at the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian.  This epic treat will cost you around 5 dollars, let me repeat that….This epic treat will cost you around 5 dollars.  Yup… that’s it 5 dollars to pure happiness.  Oh by the way this treat is only about 90 calories.  So if you are watching those pesky things this is the way to go.  If you add the juice add about another 130 calories.    Either way, on those hot summer days in Walt Disney World there may be nothing better to beat the heat than a Dole Whip!

 

Now onto the Premium Mickey Ice Cream Bar

I will admit this is a quintessential Disney snack.  It’s shaped just like Mickeys head and it is…… OVER RATED!!!!!  Yeah, I said it; this snack is the same chocolate covered ice cream bar you can get at any grocery store whenever you want.  Big deal…that it’s in the shape of Mickey.  I am sure I can hand you a few things in the shape of a Mickey and you wouldn’t like it.  Just because it’s in the shape of Mickey does not change the taste of it.  This is not a magic Mickey made of the greatest chocolate that the world has ever tasted.  It’s a simple ice cream bar, which you eat the ears off.  Think about it, you eat off Mickey’s ears!!!  That’s just pure evil right there.  Its 330 calories and will cost you $ 4.25.  I can get a whole box of the same things at the store for less than that, they just won’t be in the shape of Mickey.  Waste of Money!

 

I think it’s pretty easy to see who won this face off.  THE DOLE WHIP!!!!  I completely understand that everyone has an opinion and that you could completely disagree with me and that is great.  That’s the idea of a face 

A face-off.  Who would win?  Why do you like or dislike a certain item, resort, attraction, or park?  Which one would you choose over the other and why?  Only time will tell when we have other face-offs.  Listen up in the upcoming weeks for the Face-Off episode.  Until then, listen to our past episodes here:  The Mickey Dudes Podcast

The True Winner is You!  No no no its not, it is really only the Dole Whip people!

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This is how I Dole!

We may not agree on this face-off, but I am sure we can agree on the following…

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Who is DVC Resale Market?

Who has the largest selection of DVC resale listings and is the #1 DVC reseller in the world?  Who has 90% of their listing sell within 30 days with no upfront fees? Who has 95 years of combined Disney Vacation Club experience and have been selling DVC since 1993? Who has over 360 million dollars in sales of DVC?   The answer is the same for all the questions.  It is …………..

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The Mickey Dudes would like to thank and welcome our newest sponsor DVC Resale Market.  So who is DVC Resale Market?

Nick Cotton and Kevin Macquarrie were top performing Disney Vacation Club Sales Guides for many years for the Disney Company and both have a passion for Disney and Disney Vacation Club.  Ultimately, they wanted to bring the world class service they learned working for the Disney Company to service Disney Vacation Club Members and potential new Members in the DVC resale industry.

Prior to Nick and Kevin creating the DVC Resale Market, there was not a DVC resale company in existence that had any previous DVC Guides that had been formally trained by Disney on Disney Vacation Club.  Now, at the DVC Resale Market, members can have professionally trained sales guides sell their DVC Memberships.  In addition, members looking to add-on or potential new members looking to join can enjoy the savings of buying resale and still get world class service from previous Disney Vacation Club Guides.

Now, in DVC Resale Market’s 3rd year, it has became the leader in the DVC resale industry, and includes 9 former DVC Sales Guides and a former DVC Quality Assurance Manager.  Combined, the team speaks four different languages, has sold over 360 million dollars of Disney Vacation Club and has over 95 years of combined direct DVC experience.  Whether you are buying or selling, the DVC Resale Market wants to put their knowledge and world class service to work for you.

If you are in the market for buying DVC, or have questions about DVC then look no further than DVC Resale Market.   Nick, Kevin and the whole team will do their very best to get you exactly what you need and answer any questions that you might have.

Take a look at their website for some great information, their latest listings or just some FAQs.  Dvc Resale Market

We would like to thank DVC Resale Market for being part of our team.  Now its your turn, let them be a part of your team when buying DVC.  We could not recommend them highly enough.

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