Art Smiths Homecoming – Disney Springs

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We’ve been, well I’ve been wanting to eat at this restaurant for awhile. Having grown up in the south, and having a mom who I consider one of the best southern cooks whose table I’ve ever had the joy of sitting dining at, I knew this restaurant had to be visited.

One of the newer locations in the renovated Disney Springs, it’s located in the Town Center Section of Disney Springs, roughly behind STK Steakhouse.

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Bee Haven Bay Fried Green Tomatoes
Shaved ham, remoulade sauce, and dressed local greens

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Shrimp & Grits
Pan-seared shrimp with Tasso ham gravy and served over creamy Bradley’s grits

I was not planning on ordering the Shrimp & Grits, I had my heart set on the famous fried chicken or maybe fried catfish, c’mon, I told you I grew up on southern food. Our server Andy said this was hands down, the best thing on the menu, I was glad he did, besides Leslie got the chicken  😉

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Art’s Famous Fried Chicken
Buttermilk-brined for 24 hours then perfectly fried and garnished with our house-made hot sauce served with creamy mashed potatoes, cheddar drop biscuits, and love

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KC Greens: Braised Kale and Collards

I love collard greens, so we had to try a side of these  🙂  Andy warned us they had a pinch of sugar in them and we on the sweeter side, I didn’t mind, they were great!

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Hamilton County Chocolate Pecan Pie with Candied Pecans

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There are many nods around the restaurant to the down home “moonshining” days of the south.

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We enjoyed some adult libations during our trip, like the Moonshine Mash, Watermelon-infused moonshine, fresh watermelon, lime juice and simple syrup and the Basil Smash, Woodford Reserve Bourbon, sour mix, simple syrup and smashed basil leaves

 

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STK Steakhouse Disney Springs

stkI’ve really been looking forward to dining at STK in Disney Springs. I love a great steak and this steakhouse does not disappoint!

Located in the Landing area of the all new Disney Springs, STK offers an ultra-modern steakhouse experience—featuring an innovative menu, in-house DJ and a stunning outdoor patio.

 

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Loin Strip 10 oz Blue Butter Sauce

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Filet Medallion 6 oz. with Blue Butter Sauce. They offer a variety of other sauces, their signature STK sauce, STK Bold, Au Poivre, Chimichurri, Béarnaise, Horseradish & Red Wine

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Two sides that we tried, Brussels Sprouts and Bacon and Ma& Cheese, both were great and shareable

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The pull apart bread with their signature blue butter topping and chive oil is amazing!

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The Florida Grouper with black mussels, chorizo, aged sherry vinegar

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Caramelito Bar, cocoa nib marshmallow, chocolate bavarian

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Karisma Resorts

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600-img_5445HI!  I’m Laura Schiely, Director for Kingdom Magic Vacations and Must Love Travel.  Recently, I took a trip with some of our Travel Planners to Karisma resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico.  I loved the location and the beautiful resorts and thought you would like to get a little taste of what Karisma has to offer!  If you are thinking about an All- Inclusive trip to Mexico don’t miss the Karisma ad below and give us a call!

Having a passion for travel is a good thing!  Especially traveling to locations that offer so much for couples and families.  My name is Laura, Director of Operations for Must Love Travel Group.  In October our team had the opportunity to travel together to Riviera Maya, Mexico and experience Karisma’s Gourmet Inclusive resorts.  We stayed the beautiful Generations Family resort.  This resort is so unique; complete as an all suite, all butler and all gourmet resort.  One of our favorite features was that each suite has an infinity pool balcony and a beautiful view of the ocean.

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Karisma has  resorts for just couples and more resorts for families.  As we visited each resort it was a pleasure to experience the friendly service of the staff.  You didn’t have to be in a butler suite to receive the personal touch! 

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The Azul Sensatori was another of our favorite family resorts.  It is a perfect family location complete with the Nickelodeon Experience.  Kids are greeted with their own smoothie and cool towel while parents sip on a glass of champagne.  The Nick Concierge is there to ensure that you don’t miss any Nickelodeon fun!  The Azulitos Playhouse is perfect!  They have themed activities, special character appearances and are staffed with trained professionals.  

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To end our trip we visited El Dorado Maroma; a romantic getaway just for couples.  There is a lot going on at this resort, but of course our favorite was the Over the Water Palafitos.  These exclusive rooms, spa and dining location is the ultimate in romantic experiences.  Each Palafito has direct access to the ocean, private infinity pool, jacuzzi for 2, glass bottom floor and an oversized deck to enjoy the beautiful ocean views.  We found it to be not only private, but very quiet, relaxing and extra special!  

 

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There is so much more to share, so if you want to know more about the family vacations, couples only, wedding or honeymoons at the many Karisma Resorts, you can contact one of our Gourmet Inclusive Consultants to learn more!  

**Special thanks to Alyssa Maisano, one of our Travel Planners for taking these pictures to share with you.

 

 

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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

A few weeks ago, Leslie and I attended the opening ceremony for the newest resort at Universal Orlando, Loews Sapphire Falls.

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The Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is surrounded by lush grounds and cascading waterfalls.

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From the ruins of the stone turret in the lobby to the inviting island charm of the 1,000 guest rooms and suites, guests will be surrounded by a vivid and textured haven that is old-world and chic while still modern and timeless. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers an island escape in the heart of an unforgettable adventure.

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The pool area at Loews Sapphire Falls is beautiful and relaxing.

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Strongwater Tavern offers a great drink menu featuring an  incredible list of Rums, a ceviche bar and tapas style dining.

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Loews Sapphire Falls is conveniently located and connected to City Walk by boat or walking path. In City Walk there is great entertainment and dining like the new Toothsome Chocolate Factory.

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We had a great time at the opening party! This island man kept pushing the fish tacos on Leslie!

Congratulations to the Loews Sapphire Falls resort, we can’t wait to come back!

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Beaches Turks & Caicos

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Leslie and I just returned from a quick trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos where we attended a travel industry function.

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While we were there “working” of course there was some time to experience the property and enjoy ourselves!

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Beaches Turks & Caicos into four villages, the Italian Village, Key West Village, French Village and Caribbean Village

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There’s lots of great places to relax and enjoy one of the best beaches in the Caribbean!

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And when you’ve had enough relaxing there’s great water sports, catamarans, water bikes, parasailing, snorkeling…

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and some great scuba diving.

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And after all those activities, choose one of 21 restaurants like the sushi restaurant, Soy.

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And at Beaches, there’s something for everyone, including the kids, Sesame Street characters, x-box lounge and water park.

 

 

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Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder

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The Disney Wonder just went through an extensive dry dock in October of 2016. During her refurb, the restaurant formerly known as Parrot Cay has been replaced with Tiana’s Place, right out of the Disney movie, Princess and the Frog.

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Tiana’s place has a beautiful entry way with all new signage.

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Cajun Spiced Sea Bass on Shrimp Jambalaya with crisp Fennel Salad and Rémoulade

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Boudin Sausage Fritters – Minced Pork and Boudin Sausage, Breaded and Fried, served with a Bourbon Aioli

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Sautéed Gulf Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage, Grilled Green Onions and a Smoked Barbecue Sauce
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Each night Tiana introduces the “house band” the Crawfish Crooners who entertain with Dixieland Jazz

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Tiana really knows how to work a room, or her restaurant, visiting each table and posing for pictures

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Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016 Wrap Up

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Episode 432 – November 1, 2016

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Leslie and I take you through a wrap up of this years Epcot Food & Wine Festival. No the festival is NOT over, it’s still going until November 14, 2016. Travel with Rick just ended our 31 days of Epcot’s Food & Wine
festival coverage, 31 booths or marketplaces in 31 days, you can see them all here or on our youtube channel in a playlist we created for this years festival.

Leslie and I talk about some of the marketplaces, our guest hosts, foods we liked and we offer up a giveaway for a 2016 commemorative laynard from the festival.

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on November 1, 2016 – Hanson


Each day in October we had new videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about  the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

Click Here to enter to win a commemorative 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival lanyard

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Canada – Day 31 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 431 – October 31, 2016

Today we are at the Canada marketplace. This marketplace features a Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and a wild mushroom beef filet mignon. My good friend Rhino Ken joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located near the Canada pavilion in World Showcase.

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The Canada marketplace is located near the Canada pavilion in World Showcase

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The Canada marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce

Beverage

  • Moosehead Lager, New Brunswick
  • Meige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine,” Quebec
  • Fielding Estate Red Conception, Niagara Peninsula

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The recommended pairing of the Canada Marketplace is the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with the Fielding Estate Red Conception

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Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll

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“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce

Behind the Scenes Notes:

We don’t always film the marketplaces in order of appearance. This year we filmed Farm Fresh first because it was the only day Leslie could be there and is was day 10. The Canada marketplace was filmed in order though, it was the last booth, the last day we filmed, it was also the 10th booth we filmed that day, I did 5 in the morning with Marc and 5 in the afternoon / evening with Ken. It was getting late and a little dark by the time we got to Canada. The pictures of the food came dark, even the video was dark.  I actually went back to Canada one day later in the festival and ordered the steak, the soup and the wine just so I could get some better photos! That’s quality control on Travel with Rick!

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 31, 2016 – Hanson

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – Rhino Ken – @rhinowinegear – Visit Ken’s website – Rhino Wine Gear

Here’s our video of the Canada marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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Scotland – Day 30 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 430 – October 30, 2016

Today we are at the Scotland marketplace. This marketplace features a Fresh Potato Pancake and a Scottish Lamb Stew. My good friend Marc Bigbie joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions in World Showcase.

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The Scotland marketplace is located between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions in World Showcase

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The Scotland marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream
  • Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps & Tatties
  • The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats

Beverage

  • Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout
  • Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin

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The recommended pairing of the Scotland Marketplace is the Fresh Potato Pancake and the Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout

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Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps & Tatties

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Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 30, 2016 – Hanson

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – Marc Bigbie – @mb168

Here’s our video of the Scotland marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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Ireland – Day 29 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 429 – October 29, 2016

Today we are at the Ireland marketplace. This marketplace features a Seafood Fisherman’s Pie and Warm Chocolate Pudding . My good friend John Donahue joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located near the United Kingdom pavilion in World Showcase.

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The Ireland marketplace is located near the United Kingdom pavilion in World Showcase

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The Ireland marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
  • Irish Cheese Selection Plate: Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Irish Porter
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

Beverage

  • Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
  • Benratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Twinnings Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka
  • Twinnings Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake (non-alcoholic)

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The recommended pairing of the Ireland Marketplace is the Seafood Fisherman’s Pie and the Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

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Seafood Fisherman’s Pie

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 29, 2016 – Living Colour

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – John Donahue – @wdwparkhoppers – Visit John’s website – WDWParkHoppers.com

Here’s our video of the Ireland marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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