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What do you get when you combine Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” with Sleeping Beauty Castle?

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They say that a man's home is his castle. Well, tonight, my
castle is under siege. The wind field associated with Hurricane Sandy has
already made its way up to New Hampshire, sending wind gusts of 50 – 55 MPH
whistling through the trees. Which means that Nancy and I have already
experienced a number of brown-outs & power glitches over the course of the
day.

Which is why — with the hope that I'll actually be able to
post this piece on JHM before the power at our place finally officially cuts
out — let's get to that castle-related Why For question which Dale K. sent me
late last week:

Have you seen that "Crowning Achievements: Creating
Castles for Magic Kingdoms" show
which is now being presented at the
Disney Gallery at Disneyland Park? There's this concept painting for the castle
at Hong Kong Disneyland that Imagineer Karen Armitage painted which absolutely
fascinates me.


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The description of this painting says:

"Karen's concept for the Hong Kong Disneyland castle appears
to have numerous sources of inspiration, including the popular Disney
attraction "it's a small world," La Chateau de la Belle au Bois
Dormant at Disneyland Paris, and the classic animated film Sleeping Beauty."

But if you actually look closely at this concept painting,
you can clearly see that not only is Armitage's version of the Hong Kong
Disneyland castle covered with those two dimensional flats which you find on
the  exterior of Disneyland Park's
version of "it's a small world"


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… but there appear to be "small world" -style
boats floating through this castle. So what exactly was the original plan here?
Was the Hong Kong Disneyland castle supposed to have housed some sort of
"small world" -like ride?

Dear Dale K.

To answer your question … The Imagineers looked at a lot
of ideas while they were trying to get a handle on what to do with Hong Kong
Disneyland.  In a June 2007 interview
with the San Luis Obispo Tribune, Karen talked about the challenges that WDI
faced on that particular project. Which — given that this theme park  was designed in the wake of Disneyland Paris'
near financial meltdown …


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We were encouraged to continue to think outside the box but
make sure (that this theme park) did not cost money.

More to the point, almost since Walt first insisted that a
fairy tale castle be built at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. at the original
Disneyland Park, the Imagineers have struggled to come up with suitable
occupants for these structures. Which is why Snow White
Castle was basically an
empty shell from July 1955 to April 1957 until WED installed the Sleeping
Beauty Castle Walkthrough
attraction on the second floor of this building.

And — yes — I said "Snow White Castle." Back
when the Happiest Place on Earth was originally designed, Walt — as he was showing
people his plans for this theme park and/or walking visitors around the
Disneyland work site — would always refer to the iconic structure at the end
of Main Street, U.S.A. as Snow White Castle.


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Mind you, that's not what the blueprints said. If you look
close at the image above, you'll see that this iconic Disneyland structure was
just designated as "Castle." Not Snow White Castle or Sleeping Beauty
Castle. Just "Castle."

Anyway …  Whenever
Walt was telling someone like super-powerful Hollywood gossip columnist Louella
Parsons about Disneyland in 1953 & 1954, he'd always refer to the building
at the top of the Hub as Snow White Castle. It was only in the weeks leading up
to Disneyland's grand opening that Walt (for some reason) seemed to suddenly back
away from the idea of tying his Castle to one specific Disney Princess. Which
is why — during ABC's live broadcast of the opening of this theme park — that
knight rides up to the drawbridge and then proclaims:

"Open the Fantasyland Castle in the name of the
children of the world!"


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Now jump ahead to 1956. And Disney's animated version of "Sleeping
Beauty" has already been in production for five years at this point. More
to the point, the Company had already poured $3 million into this Technirama
widescreen production and it'll still be at least two years before
"Sleeping Beauty" could finally open in theaters. With the hope that a
little additional publicity might help build interest in this very expensive /
labor intensive animated feature, Walt decried that the Fantasyland Castle  would now be called Sleeping Beauty Castle and
that the second floor of this building would feature a walk-through hyping this
soon-to-be-released animated feature.

Mind you, given that Walt had the Snow White Grotto &
Wishing Well installed on the west side of  Sleeping Beauty in 1961 … Well, it's fairly
obvious that the Old Mousetro was of two minds when it came to which Disney
Princess was the real ruler of this castle.

That said, let's remember that Cinderella Castle at WDW's
Magic Kingdom was also somewhat schizophrenic 
when it opened back in October of 1971. Given that the building itself
was named after Cinderella while King Stefan's Banquet Hall, the elegant
restaurant upstairs, was named after Sleeping Beauty's father. It wasn't 'til
1997 that the Imagineers finally got around to correcting this continuity error
by renamed King Stefan's Banquet Hall Cinderella's Royal Table.


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Which brings us back to the Imagineers' continuing issues
when it comes to the interior space in the castles at Disney's theme parks. But
no matter what they tried, be it the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour at Tokyo
Disneyland Park …


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… or La Tanière du Dragon underneath Le Château de la
Belle au Bois Dormant …


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… never quite worked the way the Wizards of WED had hoped.
And by that I mean: These three walk-thru attractions and this sit-down
restaurant never had all that great an hourly capacity because they were
crammed into such tight spaces that — because of all the stairs involved —
these facilities weren't all that ADA compliant.

Which is why — when the Imagineers were trying to stretch
Hong Kong Disneyland's construction budget as far as they possibly could in the
late 1990s & couldn't figure out how to afford both Sleeping Beauty Castle
AND "it's a small world" — someone remembered those Swan Boats which
used to cruise through that canal which circled the Hub at WDW's Magic Kingdom.


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Mind you, the Imagineers had once planned on installing some
show scenes along the banks of that canal (in much the same way that Walt transformed
Disneyland's "Canal Boats of the World" ride into the "Storybook
Land Canal Boats
" ride in 1956 by adding miniature recreations of the
settings from Cinderella, Pinocchio and Peter Pan to the sides of the river
bank) as part of the Magic Kingdom's Phase One. But given the serious cost
over-runs that the Company incurred during the initial construction of the Walt
Disney World Resort (once projected to cost just $100 million, by October of
1971, the Company had already spent  $400
million on WDW's construction), that proposed Swan Boats upgrade quickly fell
by the wayside.

Which isn't to say that the Imagineers ever forgot about this
concept. Karen Armitage and her crew wondered: What might happen if they
borrowed a page from Reese's you-got-peanut-butter-on-my-chocolate formula and then
crammed "it's a small world" into Hong Kong Disneyland's castle?


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As you can see by the size of the "Once Upon a
Time" show building at the very top of this Disneyland Asia site plan
(which Imagineer Don Carson designed back in October of 1997), this version of
Hong Kong Disneyland castle could have easily contained a float-through
attraction the size of "it's a small world."

But in the end, it was Michael Eisner who supposedly put the
kibosh on building this revisionist version of a Disney theme park castle. The
way I hear it, Michael was worried that if Hong Kong Disneyland featured a
castle that was basically constructed out of two dimensional flats a la the
exterior of Disneyland Park's "it's a small world" … Well, that might
then send the message to the people of Hong Kong that HKDL had been built on
the cheap. Which really wasn't the message that Eisner was looking to send the
Chinese people.

Which is why Hong Kong Disneyland basically wound with a
clone of the Snow White Castle / Fantasyland Castle / Sleeping Beauty Castle
that the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim got. But that said … Well, you
know how the Imagineers never really like to give up on what they think is a
good idea?


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So have you taken a good close look at the concept art for Shanghai Disneyland?

Here. This is an image capture of a cut-away version of that
theme park's Fantastic Fairytale Castle (or — if you'd prefer — the other
name that the Imagineers have been using for Shanghai Disneyland's central
structure, Storybook Castle). Pay particularly close attention to that blue
section in the bottom right hand portion of this image. Do you see those two
boat-like ride vehicles?


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So while you may have missed out on your chance to
experience "it's a small world" inside of Hong Kong Disneyland
castle, Dale K., if you can just hang in there 'til 2016, you may yet get a
chance to see what it's like to float through a Fantasyland icon. Where — according to the official description of the finale of this Shanghai Disneyland attraction — " … in a secret chamber beneath the castle, fountains of light (will) leap in dance in shimmering pools, surrounding (your) boat with magic, music and color."


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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.

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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.

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“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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