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Monday Mouse Watch: Waiting on John

Jim Hill shares the latest scuttlebutt coming out of Walt Disney Imagineering. Where the guys at WDI figure that it will at least be another six months before John Lasseter can take a more hands-on approach toward creatively overseeing that part of the company

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It’s a bad news / good news kind of day. At least for Disney World fans.


The bad news is … The future doesn’t look all that rosy for two Tomorrowland attractions, “The Timekeeper” and “The Carousel of Progress.” Managers at the Magic Kingdom have reportedly told cast members at that theme park that the Circlevision 360 show will no longer be shown seasonally. In fact, “The Timekeeper” allegedly presented its very last performance sometime over the 2005 holiday season.



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As for COP … These same managers supposedly told staffers that they’re anticipating that Carousel will close for good sometime this Fall.


The good news is … The decision to close both of these Tomorrowland attractions was reportedly made prior to the Pixar acquisition deal. And given that John Lasseter is now WDI’s Principal Creative Advisor (Which means — in theory — that any plans that involve major changes at the theme parks will first have to be run by John) … Well, that may mean that “The Timekeeper” and/or the “Carousel of Progress” could possibly get a reprieve.


The big question now is … When exactly does this process begin? By that I mean: John sitting down with the creative staff at WDI and discussing what needs to be done at the theme parks. Deciding what new rides & shows now get built and which old attractions get closed.


From what I hear, the Imagineers are still obviously thrilled that Lasseter is now the “Go To” guy at WDI. But — at the same time — they’re being realistic.


As one Imagineering insider explained it to me yesterday:



“Animation has to be Lasseter’s top priority. He and Ed Catmull first have to review every single project that WDFA & DisneyToon currently has in production & in development. Making decisions about what projects now go forward and what projects can get shut down.


Once that’s done, they then have to meet with Dick Cook to discuss which animated films will be released when over the next five years. So that Dick can then make the necessary adjustments to the studio’s master schedule.


At the same time, John & Ed have to oversee the complete restructuring of WDFA. Deciding which middle managers & creative executives can now be let go, which former staffers then get invited back, what positions they now get offered. Hopefully, Don Hahn will be able to help them out with that.


And if these stories about Lasseter wanting to revive tradition animation at Disney turn out to be true … Well, that’s another huge complication. Would it be just a team from Disney that would then tackle this revival project? Or would John prefer to put a few of his own people on that production? And — if so — who then has to relocate from Emeryville to Burbank?


And let’s not forget that Lasseter has a movie of his own that he’ll have to start promoting soon. Given all the press that he’ll be expected to do for ‘Cars’ domestic & international release, it’ll probably be August before John’s finally free again.


So while we’re expecting to have a few meetings with Lasseter between now and then … Until the Pixar acquistion is actually completed and WDFA is all straightened out and ‘Cars’ is successfully launched, there’s just no way that John can have a lot of say about what’s really going on day-to-day at WDI.


So at least for the next six months, we’re stuck with our same old management team: Don (Goodman, president of Walt Disney Imagineering), Tom (Fitzgerald, executive vice president) and Marty (Sklar, vice chairman). Who are still plenty ticked off about what happened the last time that Lasseter was here. When John walked right past them and made a beeline for Tony (Baxter, senior VP of design).


Goodman was particularly p*ssed off because no one at that meeting would introduce him to Lasseter. Don actually had to walk up to John and say: ‘I’m the president of Imagineering.’ That was pretty funny to watch.”


Anyway … The way I hear it, Goodman, Fitzgerald & Sklar now realize that Lasseter is siding with the creatives. That — in his new role at WDI’s creative overseer — Lasseter will probably want people in Imagineering’s upper management that better reflect his own tastes. Who share John’s vision for what should be happen next with the Disney theme parks.


This is why Don & Tom are allegedly already looking for other opportunities within the Walt Disney organization. But as for Marty …

Well, given that Mr. Sklar first said that he’d retire from WDI after Disney’s California Adventure opened in February of 2001, then said that he’d retire after Tokyo DisneySea opened in September of 2001, then said that he’d retire after the Walt Disney Studios theme park opened in March of 2002, then said that he’d step down after Disneyland’s official 50th anniversary in July of 2005, then after Hong Kong Disneyland opened in September of 2005 …


Well, you get the idea, right? That Marty would really rather not retire from Walt Disney Imagineering. That he still enjoys his role as WDI’s elder stateman. And that — if Sklar had his druthers — he’d probably prefer to go out the way that John Hench did. Still on Disney’s payroll at the age of 95, still having some sort of say about the various projects that Imagineering then has in the works.


The only problem is — given that Marty has done really well with the political gamesmanship portion of his job (I mean, how else do you think that this man has managed to hang at the Walt Disney Company for 50+ years? Through multiple Mouse House management teams, through good times & bad? Sklar’s got great survival skills. More to the point, Marty’s perfectly willing to throw someone else’s pet project under the bus if it will ultimately further his own career) — the man’s also acquired a large number of enemies over the years. People who would just as soon see Marty finally keep his promise and actually retire from Walt Disney Imagineering sometime very soon.


Besides, were you to ask anyone at WDI what Sklar is best known for these days, it wouldn’t be his creative input or his sense of Disney company history. But — rather — Marty’s amazing ability to nod off right in the middle of virtually every meeting that he attends.


I’m serious, people. No matter how grave the matter is that’s being discussed, no matter how heated the debate is and/or who’s doing all the shouting … Invariably, at some point in that meeting, Sklar’s eye will close and then he’ll start to doze.


Now the general rule of thumb at Imagineering is that — given that Marty can sometime be a bit crotchety when he’s awaken — that it’s always the person with the least seniority in the room that has to wake up Mr. Sklar.


Mind you, sometimes the Imagineers actually elect not to awake Marty. In fact, it was just one of these times that led to (perhaps) the greatest practical joke ever played at WDI.


Let me set the scene for you: It’s a warm conference room at Imagineering headquarters in Glendale, CA. Where a storyboard meeting is being held right after lunch. Just the sort of circumstance that will typically start Sklar snoozing.


So it’s just Marty and three other Imagineers in this room. And these other Imagineers … They’re pitching their hearts out. Trying to get WDI’s vice chairman to finally sign off on their boards for a proposed attraction. So that they can then move foward with this ride’s next phase of development.


But — as always — Marty starts to droop as this after-lunch meeting drags on. And the next thing these three Imagineers know, Sklar’s head is on his chest and he’s softly snoring.


Which isn’t really a surprise. Given that these guys have seen this happen dozens of times before. But the difference is that — this time — these Imagineers are prepared.


So — as Marty sleeps — they quietly slip out of the conference room, rush back to their offices at Imagineering and quickly change out of their clothes. The Imagineers then take these piles of clothes down to WDI’s prop shop and grab three skeletons. They then dress these skeletons in the exact same outfits that they were wearing in that conference room with Sklar.


This trio of Imagineers then quickly carry those dressed skeletons through the hallways at WDI until they get back to the conference room where Marty is still dozing. They then quietly open the door and sneak back into the room, carrying the skeletons. The guys from WDI then pose these skeletons in the approximate positions that they were standing and/or sitting in when Sklar initially nodded off. Once that’s done, these three then quietly slip out of the room again … and stand outside the conference room door, listening.


Five minutes go by. Then 10 minutes. Then 15 minutes. Finally — somewhere around the 20 minute mark — Marty must have finally woken up. For the Imagineers standing in the hallway heard loud laughter coming from inside of that conference room.


Thankfully, Sklar must have really appreciated that gag. For no one got fired and/or reprimanded for goofing on WDI’s vice chairman.


Of course, this happened a number of years ago. And — given that Bob Iger keeps talking about he’s bringing people like Lasseter & Catmull on board at the Walt Disney Company in order to make the corporation a lot more dynamic — one wonders how tolerant Disney’s new CEO is going to be of a 72-year-old who’s best known these days for his survival skills as well as his ability to nod off in staff meetings.


But — then again — if John can possibly be persuaded to give “The Timekeeper” and “The Carousel of Progress” a last minute reprieve, then who knows what he may do for Marty?


After all, given Sklar’s close association with Walt Disney (I.E. In the 1960s, Marty ghost-wrote many of Walt’s speeches. Literally putting his words in Walt’s mouth), Lasseter may ultimately agree to keep Sklar on. So that there’ll then literally be someone at WDI that can always tell John lwhat Walt would have said or done.


But what do you folks think, folks? Should John keep Marty on at WDI? Or is it finally time for Sklar to make good on that promise to retire?







Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Jens Dahlmann of LongHorn Steakhouse has lots of great tips when it comes to grilling

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Sure, for some folks, the Fourth of July is all about fireworks. But for the 75% of all Americans who own a grill or a smoker, the Fourth is our Nation’s No. 1 holiday when it comes to grilling. Which is why 3 out of 4 of those folks will spend some time outside today working over a fire.

But here’s the thing: Though 14 million Americans can cook a steak with confidence because they actually grill something every week, the rest of us – because we use our grill or smoker so infrequently … Well, let’s just say that we have no chops when it comes to dealing with chops (pork, veal or otherwise).

So what’s a backyard chef supposed to in a situation like this when there’s so much at steak … er … stake? Turn to someone who really knows their way around a grill for advice. People like Jens Dahlmann, the Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef for Darden Restaurant’s LongHorn Steakhouse brand.

Given that Jens’ father & grandfather were chefs, this is a guy who literally grew up in a kitchen. In his teens & twenties, Dahlmann worked in hotels & restaurants all over Switzerland & Germany. Once he was classically trained in the culinary arts, Jens then  jumped ship. Well, started working on cruise ships, I mean.

Anyway … While working on Cunard’s Sea Goddess, Dahlmann met Sirio Maccioni, the founder of Le Cirque 2000. Sirio was so impressed with Jens’ skills in the kitchen that he offered him the opportunity to become sous-chef at this New York landmark. After four years of working in Manhattan, Dahlmann then headed south to become executive chef at Palm Beach’s prestigious Café L’Europe.

Jens Dahlmann back during his Disney World days

And once Jens began wowing foodies in Florida, it wasn’t all that long ’til the Mouse came a-calling. Mickey wanted Dahlmann to shake things up in the kitchen over at WDW’s Flying Fish Café. And he did such a good job with that Disney’s Boardwalk eatery the next thing Jens knew, he was then being asked to work his magic with the menu at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill.

From there, Dahlmann had a relatively meteoric rise at the Mouse House. Once he became Epcot’s Food & Beverage general manager, it was only a matter of time before he wound up as the executive chef in charge of this theme park’s annual International Food & Wine Festival. Which – under Jens’ guidance – experienced some truly explosive growth.

“When I took on Food & Wine, that festival was only 35 days long and had gross revenues of just $5.5 million. When I left Disney in 2016, Food & Wine was now over 50 days long and that festival had gross revenues of $22 million,” Dahlmann admitted during a recent sit-down. “I honestly loved those 13 years I spent at Disney. When I was working there, I learned so much because I was really cooking for America.”

And it was exactly that sort of experience & expertise that Darden wanted to tap into when they lured Jens away from Mickey last year to become LongHorn Steakhouse’s new Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef. But today … Well, Dahlmann is offering tips to those of us who are thinking about cooking steak tips for the Fourth.

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“When you’re planning on grilling this holiday, if you’re looking for a successful result, the obvious place to start is with the quality of the meat you plan on cooking for your friends & family. If you want the best results here, don’t be cheap when you go shopping. Spend the money necessary for a fresh filet or a New York strip. Better yet a Ribeye, a nice thick one with good marbling. Because when you look at the marbling on a steak, that’s where all the flavor happens,” Jens explained. “That said, you always have to remember that — the higher you go with the quality of your meat — the less time you’re going to want that piece of meat to spend on the grill.”

And speaking of cooking … Before you even get started here, Jens suggests that you first take the time to check over all of your grilling equipment. Making sure that the grill itself is first scraped clean & then properly oiled before you then turn up the heat.

“If you’re working with a dirty grill, when you go to turn your meat, it may wind up sticking to the grill. Or maybe those spices that you’ve just so carefully coated your steak with will wind up sticking to the grill, rather than your meat,” Dahlmann continued. “Which is why it’s always worth it to spend a few minutes prior to firing up your grill properly cleaning & oiling it.”

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And speaking of heat … Again, before you officially get started grilling here, Jens says that it’s crucial to check your temperature gauges. Make sure that your char grill is set at 550 (so that it can then properly handle the thicker cuts of meat) and your flattop is set at 425 (so it can properly sear thinner pieces of meat).

Okay. Once you’ve bought the right cuts of quality meat, properly cleaned & oiled your grill, and then made sure that everything’s set at the right temperature (“If you can only stand to hold your hand directly over the grill for two or three seconds, that’s the right amount of heat,” Dahlmann said), it’s now time to season your steaks.

“Don’t be afraid to be bold here. You can’t be shy when it comes to seasoning your meat. You want to give it a nice coating. Largely because — if you’re using a char grill — a lot of that seasoning is just going to fall off anyway,” Jens stated. “It’s up to you to decide what sort of seasoning you want to use here. Even just some salt & pepper will enhance a steak’s flavor.”

Then – according to Dahlmann – comes the really tough part. Which is placing your meat on the grill and then fighting the urge to flip it too early or too often.

“The biggest mistake that a lot of amateur cooks make is that they flip the steak too many times. The real key to a well-cooked piece of meat is just let it be, “Jens insisted. “Of course, if you’re serving different cuts of meat at your Fourth of July feast, you always want to put your biggest thickest steak on the grill first. If you’re also cooking a New York Strip, you want to put that one on a few minutes later. But after that, just let the grill do its job and flip your meat a total of three or four times, once every three minutes or so.”

Of course, the last thing you want to do is overcook a quality piece of meat. Which is why Dahlmann suggests that – when it comes to grilling steaks – if you’re going to err, err on the side of undercooking.

“You can always put a piece of meat back on the grill if it’s slightly undercooked. When you over-cook something, all you can do then is start over with a brand-new piece of meat,” Jens said. “Just be sure that you’re using the correct cut of meat for the cooking result you’re aiming for. If someone wants a rare or medium rare steak, you should go with a thicker cut of steak. If one of your guests wants their steak cooked medium or well, it’s best to start with a thinner cut of meat.”

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As you can see, the folks at Longhorn take grilling steaks seriously. How seriously? Just last week at Darden Corporate Headquarters in Orlando, seven of these brand’s top grill masters (who – after weeks of regional competitions – had been culled from the 491 restaurants that make up this chain) competed for a $10,000 prize in the Company’s second annual Steak Master Series. And Dahlmann was one of the people who stood in Darden’s test kitchens, watching like a hawk as each of the contestants struggled to prepare six different dishes in just 20 minutes according to Longhorn Steakhouse’s exacting standards.

“I love that Darden does this. Recognizing the best of the best who work this restaurant,” Jens concluded. “We have a lot of people here who are incredibly knowledgeable & passionate when it comes to grilling.”

Speaking of which … If today’s story doesn’t include the exact piece of info that you need to properly grill that T-bone, just whip out your iPhone & text GRILL to 55702. Or – better yet – visit  ExpertGriller.com prior to firing up your grill or smoker later today. 

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers is a sincere if somewhat surreal way to spend a summer’s day in Vermont

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Some people travel halfway ‘around the planet so that they can then experience the excitement of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. If you’re more of a Slow Living enthusiast (as I am), then perhaps you should amble to Brattleboro, VT. Where – over the first weekend in June – you can then join a herd of cow enthusiasts at the annual Strolling of the Heifers.

Now in its 16th year, this three-day long event typically gets underway on Friday night in June with a combination block party / gallery walk. But then – come Saturday morning – Main Street in Brattleboro is lined with thousands of bovine fans.

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They’ve staked out primo viewing spots and set up camp chairs hours ahead of time. Just so these folks can then have a front row seat as this year’s crop of calves (which all come from local farms & 4-H clubs) are paraded through the streets.

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Viewed from curbside, Strolling of the Heifers is kind of this weird melding of a sincere small town celebration and Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade. Meaning that – for every entry that actually acknowledged this year’s theme (i.e. “Dance to the Moosic”) — …

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… there was something completely random, like this parade’s synchronized shopping cart unit.

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And for every piece of authentic Americana (EX: That collection of antique John Deere tractors that came chugging through the city) …

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… there was something silly. Like – say – a woman dressed as a Holstein pushing a baby stroller through the streets. And riding in that stroller was a pig dressed in a tutu.

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And given that this event was being staged in the Green Mountain State & all … Well, does it really surprise you to learn that — among the groups that marched in this year’s Strolling of the Heifers – was a group of eco-friendly folks who, with their  chants of “We’re Number One !,” tried to persuade people along the parade route not to flush the toilet after they pee. Because – as it turns out – urine can be turned into fertilizer.

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And speaking of fertilizer … At the tail end of the parade, there was a group of dedicated volunteers who were dealing with what came out of the tail end of all those cows.

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This year’s Strolling of the Heifers concluded at the Brattleboro town common. Where event attendees could then get a closer look at some of the featured units in this year’s parade…

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… or perhaps even pet a few of the participants.

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But as for the 90+ calves who took part in the 2017 edition of Strolling of the Heifers, once they reached the town common, it was now time for a nosh or a nap.

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Elsewhere on the common, keeping with this year’s “Dance to the Moosic” theme, various musical groups performed in & around the gazebo throughout the afternoon.

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While just across the way – keeping with Brattleboro’s tradition of showcasing the various artisans who live & work in the local community – some pretty funky pieces were on display at the Slow Living Exposition.

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All in all, attending Strolling of the Heifers is a somewhat surreal but still very pleasant way to spend a summer’s day in Vermont. And that’s no bull.

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Well, that could be a bull. To be honest, what with the wig & all, it’s kind of hard to tell. 

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Sunday, June 4, 2017

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Looking to make an authentic Irish meal for Saint Patrick’s Day? If so, then chef Kevin Dundon says not to cook corned beef & cabbage

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Let’s at least start on a positive note: Celebrated chef, author & TV personality Kevin Dundon – the man that Tourism Ireland has repeatedly chosen as the Face of Irish Food – loves a lot of what happens in the United States on March 17th.

“I mean, look at what they do in Chicago on Saint Patrick’s Day. They toss all of this vegetable-based dye into the Chicago River and then paint it green for a day. That’s terrific,” Kevin said.

But then when it comes to what many Americans eat & drink on St. Paddy’s Day (i.e., a big plate of corned beef and cabbage. Which is then washed down with a mug of green beer) … Well, that’s where Dundon has to draw the line.

Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon displays a traditional Irish loin of bacon with Colcannon potatoes and a Dunbrody Kiss chocolate dessert. Photo by Tom Burton. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

“Green beer? No real Irishman would be caught dead drinking that stuff,” Kevin insists. “And as for eating corned beef & cabbage … That’s not actually authentic Irish fare either. Bacon and cabbage? Sure. But corned beef & cabbage was something that the Irish only began eating after they’d come to the States to escape the Famine. And even then these Irish-Americans only began serving corned beef & cabbage to their friends & family because they had to make do with the ingredients that were available to them at that time.”

And thus begins the strange tale of how corned beef & cabbage came to be associated with the North American celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. Because – according to Dundon – beef just wasn’t all that big a part of the Irish diet back in the 19th century.

To explain: Back in the Old Country, cattle – while they were obviously highly prized for the milk & cheese that they produced – were also beasts of burden. Meaning that they were often used for ploughing the fields or for hauling heavy loads. Which is why – back then — these animals were rarely slaughtered when they were still young & healthy. If anything, land owners liked to put a herd of cattle on display out in one of their pastures because that was then a sign to their neighbors that this farm was prosperous.

“Whereas pork … Well, everybody raised pigs back then. Which is why pork was a staple of the Irish diet rather than beef,” Dundon continued.

So if that’s what people actually ate back in the Old Country, how then did corned beef & cabbage come to be so strongly associated with Saint Patrick’s Day in the States.? That largely had to do with where the Irish wound up living after they arrived in the New World.

“When the Irish first arrived in America following the Great Famine, a lot of them wound up living in the inner city right alongside the Germans & the Jews, who were also recent immigrants to the States. And while that farm-fresh pork that the Irish loved wasn’t readily available, there was brisket. Which the Irish could then cure by first covering this piece of meat with corn kernel-sized pieces of rock salt – that’s how it came to be called corned beef. Because of the sizes of the pieces of rock salt that were used in the curing process – and then placing all that in a pot of water with other spices to soak for a few days.”

And as for the cabbage portion of corned beef & cabbage … Well, according to Kevin, in addition to buying their meat from the kosher delis in their neighborhood, the Irish would also frequent the stores that the German community shopped in. Where – thanks to their love of sauerkraut (i.e., pickled cabbage) – there was always a ready supply of cabbage to be had.

“So when you get right down to it, it was the American melting pot that led to corned beef & cabbage being found in the Irish-American cooking pot,” Dundon continued. “Since they couldn’t find or didn’t have easy access to the exact same ingredients that they had back in Ireland, Irish-Americans made do with what they could find in the immediate vicinity. And what they made was admittedly tasty. But it’s not actually authentic Irish fare.”

Mind you, what Kevin serves at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs (which – FYI – Orlando Magazine voted as the area’s best restaurant back in 2014) is nothing if not authentic. Dundon and his team at this acclaimed gastropub pride themselves on making traditional Irish fare and then contemporized it.

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“Take – for example – what we serve here instead of corned beef & cabbage. Again, because it was pork – rather than beef – that was the true staple of the Irish diet back then, what we offer instead is a loin of bacon that has been glazed with Irish Mist. That then comes with colcannon potatoes. Which is this traditional Irish dish that’s made up of mashed potato that have had some cabbage & bacon mixed through it,” Kevin enthused. “This heavenly ham – that’s what we actually call this traditional Irish dish at Raglan Road, Kevin’s Heavenly Ham – also includes some savory cabbage with a parsley cream sauce as well as a raisin cider jus. It’s simple food. But because of the basic ingredients – and that’s the real secret of Irish cuisine. That our ingredients are so strong – the flavors just pop off the plate.”

Which brings us to the real challenge that Dundon and the Raglan Road team face every day. Making sure that they actually have all of the ingredients necessary to make this traditional-yet-contemporized Irish fare to those folks who frequent this Walt Disney World favorite.

“Take – for example – the fish we serve here. We only used cold water fish. Salmon, mussels and haddock that have been hauled out of the Atlantic, the ocean that America and Ireland share,” Kevin stated. “Not that there’s anything wrong with warm water fish. It’s just that … Well, it doesn’t have the same structure. It’s a softer fish, which doesn’t really fit the parameters of Irish cuisine. And if you’re going to serve authentic food, you have to be this dedicated when it comes to sourcing your ingredients.

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And if you’re thinking of perhaps trying to serve an authentic Irish meal this year, rather than once again serving corned beef & cabbage at your Saint Patrick’s Day Feast … Well, back in September of last year, Mitchell Beazley published “The Raglan Road Cookbook: Inside America’s Favorite Irish Pub.” This 296-page hardcover not only includes the recipe for Kevin’s Heavenly Ham but also it tells the tale of how this now-world-renown restaurant wound up being built in Orlando.

On the other hand, if you happen to have to the luck of the Irish and are actually down at The Walt Disney World Resort right now, it’s worth noting that Raglan Road is right in the middle of its Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This four day-long event – which includes Irish bands and professional dancers – stretches through Sunday night. And in addition to all that authentic Irish fare that Dundon and his team are cooking up, you also sample the fine selection of beers & cocktails that this establishment’s four distinct antique bars (each of which are more than 130 years old and were imported directly from Ireland) will be serving. Just – As ucht Dé (That’s “For God’s Sake” in Gaelic) – don’t make the mistake of asking the bartender there for a mug of green beer.

“Why would anyone willingly drink something like that?,” Dundon laughed. “I mean, just imagine what their washroom will look like the morning after.”

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Friday, March 17, 2017

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