Raglan Road Pub – Soup & Salad Combo and Three Times A Boxty

This lunch experience took place on Thursday, March 20, 2014

We really like to stop at Raglan Road Pub for lunch, we haven’t done it in quite a while – and intend to fix that by stopping in more regularly. Frankly, we tend to prefer lunches or “nibble bits” (a.k.a. appetizers) over the mains at Raglan Road; so lunch is an ideal meal for us :)

We sat at the bar and Amy was the bartender on duty. I started with a 12-oz  Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA (strangely, I had tasted it for the first time the evening before) and nick ordered a pin of Carlsberg (for Harry :)). Amy told us that they offer the Hopsecutioner in a 12 ounce unless you ask for a pint because the ABV is so high (smart move).

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We started with the soup and salad combo (we split).

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The soup of the day was colcannon (colcannon is a traditional irish dish consisting of mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale).

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We both LOVE Raglan Road Pub soups – this one tasted of cream and butter and potatoes and cabbage (of course). The chefs straw was a bit bland and we didn’t eat them, preferring instead the brown irish soda bread (I’ve got to make this at some point when there’s someone else around to help us finish the whole loaf – it’s just so damned good and sweet and moist). Anyway, the soup was very tasty.

We return to Raglan Road for Lunch 20MAR2014 - 2The Caesar Salad was another hit. The lettuce was crispy and crunchy, the dressing wasn’t over applied (i.e. it wasn’t swimming in dressing), the cheese was flavorful, and most wonderful to us, there was a hint of anchovy without it being “too much”…

This soup and salad was “all just right” (okay, think about Goldilocks and the Three Bears when you say this to yourself).

So, for our “sanger” (sandwich to us Americans)… we ordered something new..

Three Times a Boxty – Sliced Gammon topped with Dubliner cheddar sandwiched between two pan seared boxty potato cakes with a fried egg on top.

We return to Raglan Road for Lunch 20MAR2014 - 6And, since we like our vegetables (okay, I admit, they’re mighty doggoned good at Raglan Road Pub, not the least of which is because of the butter!) – we also ordered a side of green beans.

We return to Raglan Road for Lunch 20MAR2014 - 5The vegetable sides at Raglan Road Pub tend to be the size that a vegetable serving ought to be (in other words, you don’t get three green beans or two spears of asparagus and call it a serving of vegetables). These were tender crisp, lightly salted, and very delicious… I’d love to have a bowl of them right now! In case you’re wondering, yes, we ate these with our fingers like they were french fries.

Back to the “sandwich”…

We return to Raglan Road for Lunch 20MAR2014 - 7The fried egg was perfect, when we sliced into it, the yolk was firmer than we expected which made splitting this much easier.

We return to Raglan Road for Lunch 20MAR2014 - 8See, not a lot of egg yolk runiness.

The gammon (ham) was hammer than we remembered the gammon being in Edinburgh. The slices were nice and thick and there was a generous portion.

The potato cake had greens in it (maybe kale?), the texture didn’t hold together well, making this a bit difficult to eat with a knife and fork (and you sure as heck couldn’t have picked it up and eaten it without getting it all down your arms and chest).

The Dubliner Cheese was griddled on top of the bottom potato cake, some of it slid off and got very brown and tasty (think Alton Brown GBD = golden brown delicious).

Although we liked all of the elements of this dish, I’m not sure we’d get it again. As I said, the potato cake was soft and squishy.

BTW a couple of pints of Guiness went very well with this lunch choice!

 

 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – The Smokehouse Turkey Rib

We recently stopped at The Smokehouse for a morning snack…

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Sheriff Woody keeping an eye on everyone 

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the smoker

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yes, they use real wood

Since we were both pretty hungry, we got two orders of the Smoked Turkey “Rib” and a Maduro (Cigar City Brewing).

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it was slightly busy, but not horribly so (well, it was right after 11:00)

When we walked up to the booth, Wanda greeted us with a “Howdy Y’all!”and then Wendy (who we’ve been seeing at the Florida Fresh booth lately), when she handed us the beer, said “I hear this tastes like coffee, so here’s your morning brew!” It was so nice to have Cast Members going out of their way to be engaged and friendly (unfortunately, you can no longer assume that’s what you’re going to get with CM interactions).

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Wanda was happy and cheerful

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Wendy is the thin cast member in the multi-flag-epcot-shirt and ball cap (she has a smile every time we see her)

The turkey ‘ribs’ were nicely rendered, had a dry crust that we both liked quite a bit (we prefer our chicken wings baked dry). These were very good. Nick even remarked that these may be the best of the three meat dishes here, not to say that they all aren’t good!

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The beer was dark, rich, with coffee or chocolate notes. It went very well with the turkey ‘rib’.

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Do Agains from The Smokehouse
* Turkey ‘Rib’
* Beef Brisket
* Maduro
* Rib Shack Red (from 2013)

Why not have the pulled pork on our do-again-list? Because we’re such pulled pork snobs! We like our pulled pork smoked and plain, not bathed in BBQ sauce :)

UPDATE:

On April 12, we went back to The Smokehouse for another go at the Turkey Rib(s). No photos… our stop was mainly to grab some protein before heading to Spice Road Table. This time, they weren’t very good… the fat wasn’t rendered out very much and the result was fatty and slimy = UGH! Not Good!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Revisiting Urban Farm Eats (Tilapia and Beet Salad)

On April 7, we went back to Urban Farm Eats to have two items again (we skipped the Eggplant Scallop for a redo, we eat eggplant and spaghetti squash on a regular basis but not tilapia or beets)… Our main goals were (1) we liked them the first time around and we were hungry and (2) would they be as good the second time?

Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Cream, Mizuna and Pistachios

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Time around, we asked Chef to put the goat cheese cream on TOP instead of underneath the beets and salad greens. Wow! What a difference, it made it much easier to get some of everything with each bite… But, I think I may have discovered WHY it isn’t usually served like this… the goat cheese cream very quickly turned a rather lovely shade of bright pink. This is a very good salad and if we saw it on the menu at a Disney World restaurant, we’re likely to order it.

We also ordered the Ghost pepper dusted tilapia with winter melon slaw and mint oil AGAIN. If you’re a regular reader, you know that we aren’t generally fans of tilapia, so this stuff must taste really good to get us to have it again!

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This tilapia was moist again, and juicy, and flavorful.

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We’re both a bit surprised at the quality and tastiness of the dishes at Urban Farm Eats (we’d heard through the ether that Chef Jens Dahlmann was particularly involved with Urban Farm Eats and the Smokehouse… it shows! the food at these two booths is the best of the Flower and Garden Festival [in our never to be humble opinion]).

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Urban Farm Eats Ghost Pepper Dusted Tilapia

We were rather hesitant to try this offering from Urban Farm Eats… Biggest reason, we typically don’t like tilapia (no taste or it tastes like mud).

However, we’d been very pleased with the pickled beet salad and the eggplant scallop, so we were a bit more willing to try the

Ghost pepper dusted tilapia

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Urban Farm Eats Beet Salad

All of the savories at the Urban Farm Eats Outdoor Kitchen seem interesting to us… We start with the Beet Salad…

Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Cream, Mizuna and Pistachios

Our concerns with this dish echo what some other Disney World Food Bloggers have said…

All of the goat cheese cream was at the

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Urban Farm Eats Eggplant Scallop

Okay, we’d heard that the eggplant was “slimy” and that the spaghetti squash was “flavorless” – so of course, we had to give it a try. First of all, we eat roasted eggplant a few times a week (in our frittata for breakfast); and secondly, we eat spaghetti squash once a week when Nick makes

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Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian – Swedish Massage

It’s a bit difficult to write about spa experiences. I can tell you how my particular massage or whatever went with the particular therapist I had… Until I go back a couple of times to the same therapist at a few different spas, I can’t really say whether they’re any good compared to anyone else.

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Buttercup Cottage Pork & Apple Sausage Roll

Now, I was a bit more keen to try this than Nick was… Partly because I loved the sausage rolls that Sandy bought for a picnic in the park in Gateshead England…

I don’t remember seeing any fantastic, orgasmic, OMG gotta have it blog posts from the first days of the Flower and Garden Festival…

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Buttercup Cottage Lemon Scones

We were eager to have the lemon scones from the Buttercup Cottage – a couple of reasons, (1) the offerings from the Cottage last year were quite good and (2) the scent of these lemon scones accosted us every time we walked past, just begging our taste buds to enjoy them.

When I saw photos

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Shula’s Steakhouse, Dolphin Resort – Lamb Chops

This dining experience took place on March 14, 2014

Alert: This was a very nice dining experience. We enjoyed the service, the food was cooked properly, and most of the food was quite good. The main course, the lamb chops, had some issues with butchering NOT with taste; we aren’t likely to order

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