Friday, October 23, 2015

Review Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar!


You can hear my full detailed review of Jock's on Episode 68 of the Disney Dream Girls Podcast. Click HERE to Listen! 

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar is a new themed bar located in the Landing (previously Pleasure Island) section of Disney Springs.  I actually hesitate to call it a "bar" because Jock's is ooooh so much more.  Jock's is an ATTRACTION! For those of you who love what happens when Disney Imagineers, some of the best creative minds on the planet, are given the opportunity to do what they do best and create magic, THIS is the place for you.  It is the best themed, immersive environment, attraction that I've seen in a very long time and I am extremely happy to find this type of Imagineering again.  I'll post a few photos after the food review, but they don't do it justice. Every inch of the place is themed. Hidden details are everywhere. Just go...then go again...and again.  You will always find something new. Each time will be a new Adventure!

THE FOOD!!
If it's your first trip to Jock's, your server will be happy to tell you all about the story behind Jock's Hangar Bar.  It's rather detailed (awesome, isn't it?) and even each food and drink option has a story behind it.  It's all gathered in Jock's pilot log book from his global adventures.  You will find some very unique flavor inspirations from all over the world. It's not your typical bar menu, but everything I tried was hands-down delicious. 

THE MENU
SOCIETY FOR EXPLORERS AND ADVENTURERS
(look familiar?)

"Squid, Why'd It Have To Be Squid?" (14.99) Fried Calamari Flatbread with Harissa Spread

First, this is a fabulous looking dish. The fresh leafy greens topping piles of massive tentacles (and ONLY tentacles) showcase the fun theming of Jock's menu.  But then when you bite into the squid, heaven. They are light and crisp. Not a bit of chewy texture.  The BEST calamari I have ever had. The harissa sauce has a sweet roasted red pepper flavor with just enough kick to give a little lip tingle. 
And to showcase the TRUE massive size of these squid, here's a picture for perspective. It leads one to wonder if Jock had a run-in with a Kraken during his travels.

High marks on the yum + fun scale!


Tanis Tacos (9.49) A Lost City Specialty! Filled with Falafel, Shredded Lettuce, and Cucumber Tomato Salad
Three flaky, crispy, flour tortillas filled to the top with lettuce and perfectly diced little fresh cubes of cucumber and tomato, then each topped with a large, hearty falafel. The falafel are soft in the middle with a nice crisp crust. Enough food for a meal!

Air Pirate's Pretzels (8.99) A flight of Everything Pretzels with House-made Mustard and Beer-Cheese Fondue
The presentation of the pretzels alone is worth ordering it. Not only is it served in the lovely metal frame plane, but it also comes zooming through the air WITH airplane noises, courtesy of your server! I mentioned this is a fun place and well-themed, right?
Whereas the flatbread and tacos could easily be made a meal, the pretzels are more traditional bar fare. They have a mild flavor and work well with a cocktail or beer (or two). There are PLENTY for the table to share! They are topped with black and white sesame seeds as well as caraway.
Even after they cooled, they stayed soft and did not get tough, as you can see from the thumb print squish test.
The pretzels come with two dipping sauces. One is a spicy mustard with a lightly sweet flavor.  The other is beer-cheese fondue.  I'm not usually a fan of beer-cheese because it often tastes very salty and processed.  This is definitely more of the described fondue. It is a rich white sauce base with a slight hint of beer and a nice sharp cheddar flavor. 
How thick and rich is this cheese fondue you may ask?  This thick!
That pretzel isn't going anywhere. No drips from this cheese. It's silky and indulgent and worth every calorie. 

For those with gluten sensitivity, there are two items on the menu that cater to your needs, the Good Dates and the Brody's Brats. Also, if you look closely at the menu, there are several vegetarian options.  I was told that the Snack of Ra (breads with salads and dips) does include chicken.  However, it can be a vegetarian dish on request. While I was there, I saw the chef spend an extensive amount of time with a table.  Despite being a "bar," it is obvious that the same concern for Guests' special dietary needs are being addressed just as you see in all other Disney restaurants.

THE DRINKS!!
The servers at Jock's are very knowledgeable about the specialty drinks and can help you with any questions, but make sure you read the menu in the pilot's log book. It's very entertaining and Jock's worldly travels are well-documented in their descriptions (see photos below). We ordered one of the signature "Jocktails" and a specialty non-alcoholic drink as well.

The Cool-Headed Monkey (10.25, souvenir mug additional 15.00) Starr African Rum, Van Der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, Fresh Lime Juice, Watermelon, and Pineapple Juice



This Jocktail is a delicious rum punch with a strong pineapple flavor. It's almost too easy to drink! And again, for perspective to show how sizable this mug is, a picture...

Make sure to maintain a two-handed firm grip on your monkey at all times! (No seriously, I spilled mine before the first sip. You don't want to waste a drop!) If you become attached to the charming monkey face staring at you, you may purchase one to take home for $15. You will receive a new one that is wrapped up in a protective box and bagged up for your convenience.


I hear that there's a shipment of several designs of glasses themed to various cocktails that's currently drifting on a boat in the Dead Sea, or maybe it was held up in a sandstorm in the Sahara, or perhaps it was accidentally shipped to a small village in West Africa and the villagers liked them so much that they adopted them as a new form of currency? Don't quote me on any of the details, half way through the monkey head things got a little bit blurry. Nonetheless, in addition to the monkey, several other collectible souvenir glasses are ON THE WAY and will soon be available for purchase!

For those who would prefer cocktails of the non-alcoholic variety, you will find a nice selection. 

Teddy's Tea (3.79) Green Tea with Mint and Tangerine
It's light and refreshing and pairs well with the light spice of the food.

Additional available beverages.



DECOR!! 
Inside Jock's you will find a variety of seating options. There are low tables, high tables, and a bar with stools.  Outside, you will find a large patio that overlooks the water and a large open-air boat that hovers off the side of the deck. We sat in the boat (The Reggie, yes, there's a story!) and enjoyed the gorgeous view and comfortable breeze. As I stated earlier, the entire place is heavily themed.  If you have encountered the Giggle Gang clowns in the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, you will see a news clip about them in the newspaper hanging on the wall at the entrance.  As far as the other details go, well, you'll have to take a trip to Jock's and go on your own adventure!  ENJOY!



 


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*Jock's is handicapped accessible. Some areas are tight, but accessible seating is available.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Carnival Corner Treats at Food & Wine Classic!


Follow me on Twitter @DisDreamGirls via Meerkat on Saturday October 31, 2015 for LIVE video coverage of the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic!



Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Oct. 21, 2015 – Expanding on the expansive list of delectable culinary offerings, wines from around the world and celebrity chef appearances, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will add an all-new fair-themed food area, Carnival Corner, to its lineup for the event’s sixth year at the Epcot Resort Area hotel. The festival’s newest section will serve specialty carnival fare from themed food trucks.

The area will offer the nostalgic childhood-inspired comfort foods, corn dogs and funnel cakes. For a twist on the traditional and for the first time at the event, guests can enjoy nitro kettle corn, a special kettle corn recipe served smoking with liquid nitrogen.

Guests looking to revisit their younger days with an adult twist can enjoy prosecco, served in a variety of exciting colors and flavors.

Access to Carnival Corner will be included in the standard admission to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are available as part of a hotel package or individually.  For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or www.ImaginationsVacationsbyKatherine.com.

About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The hotel can be reached at 800-227-1500 FREE, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hotel Room Rates Go Back to the Future!

Westgate Resorts celebrates movie history by turning back time
with Back to 1985 offer
Properties nationwide rewind prices to 1985 in honor of famous flick
 
Orlando, Fla. – Movie buffs take note: with Oct. 21, 2015 marking a significant day in movie and pop culture history, Westgate Resorts is taking guests back in time 30 years with room rates from that famous year, 1985. On Oct. 21, in celebration of time traveling Deloreans, power laces and plutonium, the Back to 1985 offer will give guests the chance to book stays for the price of rooms in 1985 at any of its 23 properties nationwide.
 
Special offers include rates as low as $29 at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, $64 at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla. and $91 at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa in Park City, Utah, for travel dates through Feb. 29, 2016. Other properties include Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort (Gatlinburg, Tenn.), Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort (Mesa, Ariz.), Westgate Branson Woods Resort (Branson, Mo.) and Westgate River Ranch (River Ranch, Fla.).
 
For more information, or to book, visit www.westgate1985.com or call (800) 404-6410 FREE, but guests should act quickly – prices will revert back to the future on Oct. 22.
 
About Westgate Resorts
Founded in 1980 by David A. Siegel, Westgate Resorts is one of the largest resort developers in the United States. Westgate features 28 themed destination resorts with over 13,000 luxury villas in premier locations throughout the United States such as Orlando, Florida; Park City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; Miami, Florida; Branson, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; and Tunica, Mississippi. Most Westgate Resorts locations feature a variety of unique restaurant, retail and spa concepts, including Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, Westgate Smokehouse Grill, Edge Steakhouse, Westgate Marketplace & Deli, and Serenity Spa by Westgate. For more information about Westgate Resorts, visit www.westgateresorts.com or Contact The Princess Papers Blog sponsor, Katherine at www.ImaginationsVacationsbyKatherine.com at Happily Ever After Travel.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Epcot Food & Wine 2015 Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of my photo review of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival food and beverages.  You can find part 1 HERE along with a link to the Disney Dream Girls Podcast where we discuss those items and have the great "escargot debate."  As always, please visit the website of my wonderful, former Disney Cast Member, sponsor, Imaginations Vacations by Katherine at Happily Ever After Travel to get your free quote on a Disney vacation, cruise, and so much more by clicking HERE. Her service is free!!!  Let her know the Princess sent you!

 This year, the ABC show, The Chew, is featured in two new booths located in Future World. Also added to Future World for 2015 are the Wine Studio and Cheese Studio.

The Food!
Chew Lab
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel FESTIVAL FAVORITE!
Olive Oil-Poached Salmon with Fresh Corn, Bacon, and Pepper Jam


Sustainable Chew
 Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce
Pork Spareribs with Red Wine, Fennel, and Cheesy Mascarpone Grits


Cheese Studio
Trio of Artisan Cheeses:
Karst Cave-aged Cheese with Honey Paired with Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc
La Bonne Vie Goat Cheese with Craisin Bread Paired with Still River Winery Apple Ice Wine
Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese with Berry-Port Compote Paired with Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvigon
Cheese Fondue with Sourdough Bread


Scotland
 Innis & Gunn® Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer FESTIVAL FAVORITE!
 The Tipsy Laird Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats FESTIVAL FAVORITE!
Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herb Sour Cream



Patagonia
 Roasted Verlasso Salmon, Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri FESTIVAL FAVORITE!
 Beef Empanada


 Canada
 Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Minus 8 Onion Jam FESTIVAL FAIL!
I've had this many times but this year it was so spicy that it was inedible.

China
 Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles