Q’Kenan’s – not on WDW property

These dining experiences took place on June 3 and June 4, 2014

We had heard good things about Q’Kenan Latin Food (Venezuelan to be exact) – it’s located in the shopping center on Vineland near Premium Outlet Mall (the big one near Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church)… it isn’t far from WDW and sometimes you can find really good, authentic food in these strip mall places. Now, we’re kicking ourselves (a little bit) for not making it over here sooner.

There’s a bit of a problem though, we wanted to go there for breakfast because…

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
  • Nick loves breakfast, always has. After 30+ years, he’s got me where I love it too!

… but they don’t open for breakfast until 10:00 (that’s a bit late for us usually). The first week of June, I had a couple of early morning appointments and after they were over… It was time to eat!

The first visit, we split two breakfasts with coffee (decaf for me and regular for Nick)… There was a garlicky sour cream sort of sauce on the table, it was very tasty on everything.

Criolilito $6.99 - 2 eggs over easy, grated cheese, arepa, and salted sour cream

Criolilito $6.99 – 2 eggs over easy, grated cheese, arepa, and salted sour cream

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The Criollito was very good. The eggs were cooked just right and the grated cheese (queso rallado) wasn’t really salty or very creamy, it was a nice savory touch.

Andino $6.99 - black beans, grated cheese, scrambled eggs with onion and tomato

Andino $6.99 – black beans, grated cheese, scrambled eggs with onion and tomato

The Andino was even better, the eggs were nicely scrambled without being too dry and the black bean were amazingly tasty

The Andino was even better, the eggs were nicely scrambled without being too dry and the black bean were amazingly tasty

arepa - sort of like southern fried corn bread, very moist and dense and very yummy

arepa – sort of like southern fried corn bread, very moist and dense and very yummy

Nick's arepa and coffee (which was made to order and is very good)

Nick’s arepa and coffee (which was made to order and is very good)

we also had a side of fried bacon (deep fried) $2.50 - very good too!

we also had a side of fried bacon (deep fried) $2.50 – very good too!

On the second morning, we got the same thing (the same item for each of us, not a repeat of the day before!)… I again had decaf with hot milk this time and Nick had regular coffee with hot milk.

Pabellon Criollo with Egg $9.99 - shredded beef, black beans, white rice, fried sweet plantains

Pabellon Criollo with Egg $9.99 – shredded beef, black beans, white rice, fried sweet plantains

we also had a side of hot pepper sauce - yummy, especially when combined with that garlicky sour cream stuff

we also had a side of hot pepper sauce – yummy, especially when combined with that garlicky sour cream stuff

the eggs over easy were perfectly cooked

the eggs over easy were perfectly cooked and the shredded beef was very moist and flavorful

this was the first time that Nick had fried sweet plantains, he loved them! Saved them for "breakfast dessert"

this was the first time that Nick had fried sweet plantains, he loved them! Saved them for “breakfast dessert”

Both of these meals were fantastic. I’d go back over here in a heartbeat. We’d love to try the Arepas (sandwiches made with that “cornbread”) and the Cachapas (cheesy turnovers).

So, if you’re in the area, especially if you’re looking for something to eat other than McDonald’s or food-court-cr*p at the outlet mall… go on over to Q’Kenan!!

thoughts and plans for Food & Wine 2014

Planning for Food & Wine is always exciting and at the same time a bit daunting…

  • How many special events do we want to do?
  • How many special events fit into our schedule (we always seem to have lots of visitors during Food & Wine, and isn’t a given that they want to go to Epcot when we want to go to Epcot)?
  • What about culinary demonstrations (our past experiences are really touch and go with these)?
  • Or beverage seminars (we’ve pretty much taken these off of our to-do list, disappointments)?
  • Or mixology demonstrations (even more disappointing over the years)?
  • Which friends are going to be around that we want to do Food & Wine specific things with?

After Food & Wine ended last year, we tallied up what we’d done in recent years and what we really liked (here)…

And here are our plans…

First of all, our niece (DrJ) is coming to see us the first full week of Food & Wine! This is her first visit to Walt Disney World since we brought her down for her 21st birthday. Since that time, she’s graduated from University, went to Vet School, and become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Even though Nora has a minor in vet med, we’re both in awe that she cuts animals open and makes them better… we’re so proud, it’s like she’s our little girl. She wants to enjoy our company, going to Disney World, and getting some good food and drinks… with that in mind, we have 2 Food & Wine Events and 3 animal related events planned for her visit…

  • Italy Beer and Food Pairing
  • Mexico Tequila Lunch (you know that we LOVE this event)

Then at the end of Food & Wine, our friends Lisa and Andy are coming to town. We really enjoy doing special events with them. Andy takes photos of the food and makes notes just like we do, so Lisa just grins and bears it. Their comments and knowledge about wine are much appreciated. And Lisa’s wit and laser-like comments are a breath of fresh air. And, it doesn’t hurt that Andy says “eating and drinking are my favorite attractions at Disney World”!!

  • Chef Cib’s Pasta Making Class, Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (not exactly part of Epcot Food & Wine Festival, put what the heck!)
  • Bootcamp “I’ll take Manhattans!”
  • Italian Food & Wine Pairing at Via Napoli
  • French Regional Lunch – Alsace
  • Sunday Morning with Alex Guarnicelli

In between all of that we plan to do a few things on our own, without any visitors (excepting we are hoping Walter will go with us to one culinary demonstration)…

  • Kevin Dundon’s Culinary Demonstation
  • Raglan Road Signature Dinner (we haven’t done a Signature Dinner in a while, but it’s Kevin Dundon!)
  • Tequila Lunch at La Hacienda (need to do this twice a year because it’s so d*mn*d good)
  • Andrew Zimmern Culinary Demonstration (we haven’t followed his bizarre foods stuff on tv, but we’ve seen some of his regional food shows and are really interested to see how he is live and in person)
  • Tokyo Dining Sake and Food Pairing (it’s a tradition for the two of us, plus we’re curious how things will go with only 1 hour 15 minutes for this event, we don’t think it’s enough time, but we’ll see!)
  • Emily Ellen Culinary Demonstration
  • Dining Through the Decades: A Tribute to Walt Disney (this is the only thing we plan to do in the World Showplace, not always a good venue for the two of us; I really want to do this and Nick is indulging my wish to do something really different)

Okay, so early on Friday morning, I grab both of our phones and start making reservations! Wish me luck!

Turkey Club Sandwich – Splitsville, Downtown Disney

This dining experience took place on May 29, 2014

On a recent visit to Splitsville, we weren’t in the mood for sushi or salads, but wanted something cool and flavorful… So we went with a Turkey Club Sandwich!

 

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Turkey club = turkey, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo

Plus, crinkle fries (lightly seasoned because that’s what they do at Splitsville).

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This was a satisfying sandwich – very different from a Club from Earl of Sandwich – this one is served on lightly grilled Texas Toast.

There’s nothing special or unusual about this – it’s a straight up Turkey Club Sandwich, I’ve been eating them since I was a kid and my Mom would take me to the Woolworth diner at the mall… Maybe we need to get a brownie ice cream sundae to see how it compares to theirs <grin>.

If you’re liking a simple turkey sandwich, this is it.

bluezoo with Beth & Kurt

This dining experience took place on Friday, May 30, 2014

I didn’t make a lot of notes, sometimes dinner with friends is just dinner with friends – even when the iPhone comes out to take photos… Chef Ryan wasn’t around on this evening, Chef Jimmy and Tony took good care of us.

Amuse with a

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Spice Road Table – Hummus and Olives v2

On this visit to Spice Road Table, we had big Nabil again. We weren’t seated by the window, but instead in one of the curved banquettes (sorry, the lighting isn’t as good for photos, and note: if you’re overheated, these aren’t very cool temperature-wise and there isn’t much air circulation).

I had a glass of

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Grilled Avocado – Splitsville, Downtown Disney

This experience took place on May 22, 2014

Okay, there have been some recent changes to the menu at Splitsville (I believe it was on May 19th). One of the new items is called the “grilled avocado” – one of the managers described it to us before it went on the menu and

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Il Mulino, a repeat visit

This dining experience took place on May 23, 2014

We returned to Il Mulino for dinner on a Friday night, thankfully, it wasn’t a Friday associated with a holiday or a Disney Running event… We had no trouble getting a table, but we discovered why we hadn’t heard back from Angela (GM), she’s moved on

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Fire Roll – Splitsville, Downtown Disney

This dining experience took place on May 18, 2014

More sushi! We were so pleased with the Fantasy Roll that we had a couple of days ago, that we wanted more! So, let’s try the Fire Roll.

However, we did deviate a little bit… We asked

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Spice Road Table – Mixed Grill

This experience took place on March 13, 2014

We’re at Spice Road Table again, this time we have Amine as our server and we decided to try the last thing on the menu that we haven’t tasted… The Mixed Grill.

I ordered a glass of the Bodegas Zerran (a red wine from Spain)

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Fantasy Roll – Splitsville, Downtown Disney

This dining experience took place on May 16, 2014

Today, we’re going to review our first sushi roll at Splitsville. Now, to be honest, we’ve been rather dubious about getting sushi at Splitsville – even though we’ve seen glowing reviews on other blogs. On this day, sushi just seemed to be the right

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