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March 15, 2015

Lunch Demonstration at Raglan Road

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By AllEars Team Member: Linda Eckwerth

Recently, I was invited as a media guest to attend a lunch demonstration at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downtown Disney. The demonstration was hosted by Irish Master Chef Kevin Dundon and Amy Recicar from Coastal Wine & Spirits who assisted in pairing the wines with the dishes and gave us insights to each of the wines served.

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The luncheon kicked off Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival (March 13th – March 17th) and their 10 year anniversary celebration.

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The lunch consisted of four courses. Before each course was served, Chef Dundon showed us how to prepare the dish.

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The first course was Coquille St. Jacques - Scallops with Pomme puree and Mornay Gratin
This was paired with a Sterling Napa Sauvignon Blanc

The scallops were seared to perfection and had a simple seasoning of salt, pepper and butter. The Mornay Gratin and small dollops of potato were a wonderful compliment.

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The second course was Duet of Tomato Soup and Champagne Splashed Oyster
Paired with a Chandon Brut Champagne

The soup did not disappoint. It was a cream of tomato soup with one of the ingredients being gin. The oyster was fresh and light. Combining the two was almost like having oyster with a cocktail sauce. Chef Dundon told us their seafood is from Boston and the restaurant gets the last catch of the day to ensure freshness.

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The third course was Roast Rack of Spring Lamb - Served with Irish vegetable Consommé
This was paired with a B.V. Rutherford Cabernet

I am not a big fan of lamb. However, when it is prepared properly it can be delicious. This dish was outstanding! The lamb was very tender and the simple ingredients of potato, carrots, leeks and consommé were wonderful. The lamb Raglan Road serves is from Colorado. Chef Dundon said this is the closest flavor to Irish lamb.

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Last but not least was dessert. Pimms Knickerbocker Glory Topped with Vanilla Mousse and Cucumber and Melon foam.

There was so much going on with this dessert. It had a few different textures and several flavors that just melded together. The base was a gelatin with small melon balls. The mousse and foam were light and the small cookie added a nice crunch.

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If paying, this lunch would have been $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. In my opinion you would have definitely gotten your monies worth!

Not only did we get to dine on delicious food, listen to Chef Dundon’s stories but a big announcement was made regarding Raglan Road’s 10th Anniversary. A “Master Chef” Cooking Contest was announced.

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Five finalists will fly to Ireland, all expenses paid, where they will stay at Chef Dundon’s popular resort and cooking school, Dunbrody Country House Hotel and work with Dundon to perfect their cooking technique. Come October, each of the finalists will cook a dish chosen by Chef Dundon at a private 10th anniversary celebratory dinner at Raglan Road. For complete competition details visit Raglan Road’s Facebook page, or their web site www.raglanroad.com. The complete press release can be seen HERE.

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Special lunches and dinners are offered sporadically during the year. Raglan Road has their own website where you can obtain the latest news and information. There is also a newsletter to keep you in the know!

March 12, 2015

Review: Goofy's Cape May Breakfast Buffet - AllEarsNet TV Show #34

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Join Deb Wills and Deb Koma as they review Goofy's Character Breakfast at the Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club. They also do a general comparison to other Disney Resort Character Breakfasts!


"And we'll see YOU, real soon!"

February 28, 2015

Running with Mickey - AllEarsNet TV Show #33

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DIsneyland Correspondent Laura Gilbreath joins host Deb Wills to talk about runDisney races at Disney parks! Laura has run in races at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. She discusses the different races and offers tip to folks wanting to start running with Mickey!


"And we'll see YOU, real soon!"

February 26, 2015

A Taste of Raglan Road - NEW Offerings!

By AllEars Team Member: Linda Eckwerth

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant located in Downtown Disney, has recently updated its menu for lunch, dinner and the Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch.

On Thursday 2/19/2015 I had the opportunity to taste the new dishes and adult beverages. Chef Heberto Segura presented each of the new dishes and explained this is their menu update for Spring. He was also very proud to announce that Raglan Road will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary this October. Look for announcements on upcoming events.

Keep in mind these photos represent our tastings and not what the regular portion will look like.

Our first course of the day was an appetizer that appears on both the lunch and dinner menu.

Harry’s Beef Carpaccio - seared tenderloin of beef with watercress and romaine hearts, grape tomatoes, shaved parmesan and creamy anchovy vinaigrette. The beef is thinly sliced and while the vinaigrette went well with the beef, I did not care for the anchovy.

Harry’s Beef Carpaccio Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Next came a tasting of the three new items for brunch.

Ellis Isle Steak n Eggs - Grilled NY strip steak, breakfast roasties and battered poached eggs

Ellis Isle Steak n Eggs Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Pork Hashed Tagged - Braised pork belly, scallions and potato hash top with fried eggs

Pork Hashed Tagged Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes - Sliced smoked Salmon, served with potato pancakes, crème fraiche and caper dill vinaigrette

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All three dishes were delicious and had something unique to offer. The battering on the poached egg gave it a nice light crunch. How can you go wrong with the unbelievable flavor of pork belly and potato hash. The Smoked Salmon was my favorite. The potato cakes were light and the crème fraiche and vinaigrette added just the right accent of flavor to the salmon.

There are three new items for the dinner menu.

Cod Cornucopia - Pan Roasted Cod served with a warm mustard potato salad and a chorizo vinaigrette This was my favorite! The cod was light and flaky and melted in my mouth. Combine the light mustard and vinaigrette flavors and the dish became a cornucopia of flavors.

Cod Cornucopia Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant


Proud Pork - Grilled Pork Chop, colcannon potatoes, Cider port jus and applesauce
The pork was tender and juicy. While it had lots of flavor on its own, the cider port jus and applesauce added additional layers of flavor.

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Proud Pork Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

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Proud Pork Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant


Double Joint - (served tableside) - Cowboy cut bone in rib-eye steak, fat chips, roasted veggies and salad greens, sauce bearnaise. At 28 ounces, this is a lot of steak goodness!

Double Joint Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant


Sauve Smoothie - Seasonal fruit smoothie with honey yogurt and vanilla. This is a little something to open the palate and will be served during brunch.

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Champion Cheese - Chef’s featured farmhouse cheese with seasonal accoutrements.
The cheese platter will vary depending on the availability of cheeses.

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Champion Cheese Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant


There are also ten new specialty libations to choose from.

My two favorites were the Irish Honey Cup and Our Whiskey Sour.

The Irish Honey Cup contained Bushmills Irish honey, Pimms, fresh lemon sour, sprite, cucumber and fresh lemon.

Irish Honey Cup Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant


Our Whiskey Sour included Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, fresh lemon sour & egg whites. Served with classic trimmings.

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Our Whiskey Sour Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

I enjoyed both drinks for the whiskey flavor.

The new items certainly compliment the already popular menu. Don't worry, your "favorites" are probably still on the menu. I know mine are!

Complete Raglan Road Information including menus and photos!

Rate and Review Raglan Road (see what others have to say too!)

January 23, 2015

Epcot for 8 Year Olds? See Why!

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Deb Wills talks with 8 year old Carson Hamilton about his favorite park at Walt Disney World, Epcot! Hear what his favorite attractions in Epcot are and why any 8 year old will love the park!

Did you miss Carson's first video on AllEarsNet TV?

Deb Wills talks with 8 year old Carson Hamilton all about Walt Disney World. Carson talks about his first ride ever on the Tower of Terror, family fun at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and more!



"And we'll see YOU, real soon!"



January 3, 2015

AllEarsNet TV Shows in 2014

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Our 27 shows ran the gamut in topics from

** Reviews of special events like Harambe Nights, Epcot After Hours, Frozen Summer Fun, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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** Stepping Back in Time looking at the 40 Years of Hoop-Dee-Do, the history of the Wedway People Mover and looking back at the Year 2000.

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** Answering Viewer Questions - Deb Koma and I respond to our mail bag of questions!

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** Show about our Favorites - Magic Kingdom and Epcot Counter Service, and the coasters of Disney World

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Frozen Summer Fun


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"And we'll see YOU, real soon!"


January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!
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December 30, 2014

Most Liked Instagram Photos of 2014

All Ears Prize Pack Winner: Denise Daley-Rix
Congrats Denise. Please leave your address in a comment below (it won't be published :)

AllEars.net has been part of the Instagram craze for almost 2 years now. It is always fascinating to us to see what photos you like the most!

Here are the top 5 MOST LIKED Instagram Photos of 2014

Number 5 is a familiar sight as you are heading toward the Magic Kingdom -- the Magic Kingdom Toll Plaza

Magic Kingdom Toll Plaza


Number 4 is one of our favorite photo spots outside the theme parks. Head over to the Contemporary Resort and check out this Mickey Mouse!

Mickey mouse Sculpture at the Contemporary

The Number 3 best-liked Instagram photo is a holiday favorite - the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian Resort!

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Number 2 caught everyone's attention earlier this year when the New Fantasyland was completed - The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

And by far the most-liked All Ears Instagram Photo of 2014 -- The Magic Kingdom Castle is Frozen!


Cinderella's Frozen Castle

What do you want to see photos of in 2015?! Leave your ideas in the comments section below.
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December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays Everyone!

On behalf of all the AllEars.net Team,

Deb Wills and Deb Koma wish all of you HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Our Awesome AllEars® Team:

Steve Barrett - Blogger

Erin Blackwell - Photo Blogger

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Gloria Konsler - Photo of the Week, AllEars® Mailbag

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November 10, 2014

Wandering Oaken Trading Post's New Location

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I almost hate to admit this, but I have not seen the movie "Frozen" yet. I know, I know -- Bad Disney Fan. For the record, I've bought the DVD, just haven't made the time to sit and watch. But, given the "Frozenification" of Walt Disney World these past few months, I FEEL as though I've seen it. Moreover, as I walk around the parks, at times I feel as though I'm living it!

Nowhere is this feeling more prevalent than in Disney's Hollywood Studios, which features a "Frozen" sing-along and other Frozen-inspired features.

I recently made a pass through the relocated Wandering Oaken Trading Post and Frozen Snowground and felt as if I had been transported to snowy Arendelle and was overwhelmed by all manner of things "Frozen."

To find the new location, walk to the park's Studio Catering Company and then follow the signs pointing you to what was the exit of the now-closed Backlot Tour, in the former AFI Showcase. There's a bit of theming there to let you know you're entering the somewhat rustic outpost.

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I really liked some of the details they've brought from the previous trading post, to fully convey the spirit of the film.

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If you have a "Frozen" fan who you'll be shopping for this upcoming holiday season, this is the place for you! Name a merchandise item and you'll find it here with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and/or Sven the reindeer decorating it. Just take a look at some of what you can find here:

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Plush Sven ($21.95)

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Olafs in Abundance! Plush ($17.95), Hat ($29.95), Talking Plush ($29.95)
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Walls and walls of dolls!

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Even Precious Moments Anna and Elsa!

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Note that many of these collectible-type items have a limit of five per customer.

Besides the cuddly toys, there's a wide variety of apparel and accessories, from jewelry to t-shirts (for boys and girls), pencil cases ($19.95), cell phone covers ($36.95), and of course the all-important Magic Wand ($9.39).

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To get a little more bang for your buck, note that there's currently a special offer: Buy $40 worth of merchandise and get this tote bag for $16.95:

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And Annual Passholders, don't forget about your discount!

Over in the Frozen Snowground, you can pick up some refreshments, and maybe even play in the expanded snow area. (The ice skating rink from the previous location didn't make the transition over to this spot.)

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And don't miss your PhotoPass photo op!

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All in all, this little area is well-themed and a nice side-trip while you're touring the park -- a great place to beat the heat and maybe pick up a souvenir or two for any of your family or friends who know how to "Let It Go!"

I'm sure I'll appreciate it even more once I see the film -- sometime soon, I promise!


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