Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Worlds of Fun Battle Creek BBQ Review & Pics...

Worlds of Fun Battle Creek BBQ Review

My husband begged me to go here on our vacation to Kansas City. He has fond memories of this place from his childhood. I will write a separate review for the theme park but today we are talking about food!

I don't know about you but anytime I go to a Theme Park other than Disney I prepare myself for really bad food. I was hoping since we were in BBQ country that this place would be spot on. 

Battle Creek BBQ is located across from where you get on the train. There is a large outdoor area with an outside bar but that is another review for another day with plenty of seating inside as well. 

The decor in this place is super homey AND they were playing "Good Times" in the restaurant which I love! I used to watch that show growing up. It was nicer inside than I anticipated!

The only flaw with this place is how slow the line moves because they only have one person working each station BUT everything is homemade for the most part so it is worth the wait! 

You pass this on the wall before you see the cashier. You order & pay first. Then you tell each station what you ordered. Not the best system. 

My husband ordered BBQ Nachos while I got the pork sandwich with a side of mac & cheese. I cannot begin to describe how amazing this BBQ was. This by far surpasses the BBQ at Flametree in Animal Kingdom. The hold up in the line was EVERYONE was ordering the BBQ Nachos. This consists of pulled pork, nacho cheese, pork & beans. My husband ate the WHOLE thing himself! My mac & cheese was homemade & not some frozen kind of mess! It was melt in your mouth goodness. They had regular BBQ sauce or spicy sauce that is homemade! I chose the regular sauce & it was sweet & very good. 

They also offered fresh cut jalapeƱos & my husband got some for his nachos.

Like I said the only negative here is the wait. We were here on a slower day & still waited from start to finish about 20-25 minutes in line. I couldn't imagine waiting in that line over the summer unless it was better staffed! 

This did not break the bank too bad. You expect Amusement Park food to be a little pricey. The girls who were working here were super friendly & doing the best they could with the line. If you find yourself at Worlds of Fun please try this place & you will not be disappointed! ;) 

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Walt's School Desk from Marceline, MO

Walt's School Desk from Marceline, MO

I had the honor of visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum in Marceline, MO. I learned a lot of new Disney trivia & I look forward to sharing with everyone in a new blog series!

One of the things I was most surprised by was that One Man's Dream in Disney's Hollywood Studios does NOT have the original school desk of Walt Disney! It is a replica. A few years ago they contacted WDW & asked for the desk back. They let them borrow it for the One Man's Dream exhibit but after many years of them having it they politely asked for it back. :) I loved this tour because I knew all the answers to the Tour Guides questions in my group. :) 

This makes me wonder if any of the other items in One Man's Dream are replicas or are they real???

They have a fake classroom upstairs of what Walt's Classroom would've looked like. They asked visitors to draw a Mickey Mouse on the chalkboard.

I'm a true artist right? ;) 

Please feel free to ask me any questions about my trip to Marceline & I might be able to write up a blog about it for you! 

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It / Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It  / Epcot’s International Food & Wine 

Written by: Christine Battista

Is it even possible to enjoy your visit to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival more that you already do? How about taking a class from a culinary professional or a Wine Sommelier in the Festival Center, Chef’s Showcase from 4PM-5:15PM daily? The classes are food demonstrations or beverage seminars that are held daily. Even the famous Chef Morimoto conducted a class at this year’s festival. These fun and informative classes are $49 and well worth every dollar. 

I attended a Wineology Class demonstrated by Roxanne Langer. It was labeled Wine FUNdamentals where we learned to combine wine with liquor and other ingredients to create a wine cocktail that will delight either the sweetest or hardest drinker.

As I approached the tables, I noticed that each seat had an empty space next to it to give you elbow room to work. That’s exactly what we did! Roxanne spoke a little about herself, and then went straight to work teaching us how to put together a “hero” or “villain” cocktail. We concocted four cocktails in all.

Hero Cocktail

1.5oz Fruity and sweet red wine
0.5 oz Simple sugar
1 Medium mint leaf
2 Raspberries
1. Pour red wine and simple sugar into shaker.
2. Muddle 1 medium mint leaf and two raspberries together and put into shaker.
3. Pour into glass.
4. Garnish with one mint leaf and two raspberries on a toothpick.
If you want to bring it to the DARK side!
0.5 oz Dark Rum
0.5 oz Bourbon

As a parting gift, we were each given a bag with all of the recipes and two Food and Wine Festival coasters.

The $49 dollar price tag was well worth the small mid-afternoon dinner and prize that we received. There were plenty of spaces available as I don’t think a lot of people know about this event.

Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
4PM Daily
$49 per person tax included.
Admission to Epcot is required.
Must be 21 to drink alcohol.
407-WDW-Fest for reservations.
Subject to change.
-Christine Battista
Disney and Universal Planner/Hi Ho Vacations

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