Kingdom Magic Vacations

Call Toll-Free
866-972-6244

Tag Archives: caption

Food & Wine 2013 Scouting Report: Australia – Guest Blog Post

What does this land “Down Under” have in store for us in 2013?  Kingdom Magic Vacations‘ own Rick Howard had the answer to that question way back in 2012.

Food & Wine 2013 Scouting Report: Australia - Guest Blog Post

Rewind your clock and take a listen to last year’s Australia-focused episode of the Travel with Rick video-cast.  When referring to that marketplace’s Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies, Rick described them as “nibble-to-the-bone good”.  If that’s not a glowing endorsement, then I don’t know food or wine.

Check out the  Australia video from Travel with Rick at last year’s Food and Wine Festival:

Food & Wine 2013 Scouting Report: Australia - Lamb Chop

The Lamb Chop from last year’s Australia Marketplace

As I go about preparing my plan for “attacking” Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, I reach out to a number of resources, but I’ve told Rick that his video-cast, in past years, has played the biggest role in the construction of my “menus”.  Now that I have the honor of being included in Kingdom Magic Vacations’ and Travel with Rick’s efforts to bring Food & Wine to you before it even arrives, it’s a whole new (and VERY fun) ballgame for me.

But, back to Australia.  I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of lamb.  In spite of that, I did sample Australia’s lamb chop last year.  Rick’s right.  It IS outstanding.  And, it’s back for an encore in 2013.  Way to go, Australia!

One of the things that pleases me most about Australia’s offering this year is that they’ve kicked their shrimp up a notch.  For the past few years, we’ve seen a simple “Shrimp-on-the-Barbie”.  However, in 2013, we get a Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle (a lemon herb native to Australia), and Rapini (broccoli rabe).  An outstanding improvement, in my opinion!

Food & Wine 2013 Scouting Report: Australia - Garlic Shrimp

Way to “step it up”, Australia!

Australia’s upcoming menu is rounded out by Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s Berries and Vanilla Custard) and several choices of wine:

  • Rosemount Estate Merlot
  • Rosemount Estate Pinot Grigio
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay
  • Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz
Food & Wine 2013 Scouting Report: Australia - Pavlova

Is this what we have to look forward to?

With the Pavlova, we should expect a crisp crust with a soft, light inside.  It seems to be a step up from the coconut-covered Lamington of the past few years.  However, it is the newly “jacked up” shrimp and the lamb chop’s repeat engagement that highlights Australia’s offering this festival season.

My Pre-Festival Grade?  I’m really optimistic.  Sight unseen and samples un-tasted, I’m going to give the Aussies an “A”!


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

 

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar – Guest Blog Post

If you’ve followed me at allinwdw.com for any measure of time, you know that my entire family loves Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  Frankly, from our view, for the price, it is one of the best places to stay at Walt Disney World Resort.  It is clean, NOT crowded (as much as you might fear it is – given that it is a conference resort), and the people working there are top-notch.  Well, we also love their lake-side watering hole – Laguna Bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

This way to paradise!

One of the things I tell people is that I fell in love with Walt Disney World many years ago because of the Cast Members.  As a young family, with one 2nd grader in tow, we were taking our very-first BIG vacation.  The staff at Coronado Springs made us feel like we were the only guests visiting Walt Disney World, and they made us want to be a PART of the magic.  What more can you ask for when you’re handing Mickey your hard-earned dollars?  Well, the bartenders at Laguna are prime examples of great service.

The Laguna Bar sits directly behind El Centro – the Southwestern U.S./Mexican-themed resort’s main (central) building.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

Only a few steps away from El Centro.

It is a small establishment, but, for us, it packs a large “punch” in the form of hours of enjoyment.  It’s our vacation, after all, and what does one do on vacation but relax?  Oh, we love the theme parks, don’t get us wrong, but sometimes we just want to sit around and chill.  Laguna Bar is an ideal spot.  A cold beverage of any variety, enjoyed by Lago Dorado (the man-made lake at the heart of the resort) takes us to a very happy place.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

A comfortable, little resting place.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

The stools encircle the bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

Welcome to Laguna!

Dining Recon: Laguna bar

Ample seating.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

A beautiful view.

Food options at Laguna Bar are a bit limited, but Coronado’s Quick Service food court – Pepper Market – is just a short stroll away.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

If you’d like to stick around and keep your seat, however, Laguna sports a new menu.  With cuisine supplied by Cafe Rix, they have expanded their options to include nine salad and sandwich items as well as four “kids” meals and two desserts.  The former menu offered choices from amongst only two salads, three sandwiches, and two recipes of individual pizzas.  A big improvement!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

We had the Cobb Salad and the All Beef Jumbo Hot Dog.  The salad was fresh and very filling.  Accompanied by your choice of chips, the “dog” was a hearty little meal!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

You’ll love their signature cocktails. The Cancun Colada is especially tasty!

Whether you are buying a beverage or looking for a place to enjoy “take-out” from either Pepper Market or Cafe Rix, there’s plenty of seating.  For us, though, we enjoy a spot at the bar.  It is there that we can enjoy the company of Laguna’s outstanding staff of bartenders.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

No, Paola! We can’t drink that whole bottle!

If you’re looking for a surprisingly quiet, clean, moderately priced place to call home when you reach Walt Disney World, we would highly recommend Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  If you’re looking for a place to sit back, relax, and chill in the presence of friendly Cast Members and a beautiful view, then visit Laguna Bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

The crowd gathers!

The Three Caballeros request your presence!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

We are proud members of:

  • IATAN
  • ASTA
  • CLIA
MENU