All posts tagged: Ireland

Droolius’ Top 25 Food & Most Memorable Meals in 2015

Keeping up with my yearly tradition, this is my Top 25 list of food and most memorable meals in 2015. The year flew by and switching from freelance work to being in the office definitely was a change for me and limited my time for culinary travel. I was still able to travel a little, visiting Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Miami, along with my first trip to Ireland. My trip to the Philippines was a short one for a family emergency. Regardless, I made the best of each travel opportunity and my favorite meals are listed below. Note: Photos are in the order of when the food was eaten, not by rank.   (click image to enlarge) • Chicken & Waffle Plate with sweet potato waffles, miso butter, maple syrup, and 2 pieces of fried chicken (safe & spicy heat) + side of Kimchi Coleslaw at Bad Bird, Hole in the Wall, Century Mall in Makati, Philippines. It’s great to see new restaurants and food concepts open up in the Philippines. One of the places …

4th Annual ‘Great Irish Hooley’ features Top Bands, Dancers and Craft Beers at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant Sept. 4-7

This Labor Day weekend is the 4th annual “Great Irish Hooley” featuring the best of Irish entertainment with headliner Screaming Orphans who will take over the Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. The celebration runs from Sept. 4-7 to celebrate the half-way mark to St. Patrick’s Day and will commemorate the iconic pub’s 10th year at Downtown Disney with the high-voltage energy of seven top Irish bands, authentic step dancing, and first-rate contemporary Irish cuisine by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon.    click to enlarge Delightful small bites and a Shandy made with Raglan Road IPA & lemonade to start the kickoff for the ‘Great Irish Hooley’ celebration I attended on Friday, September 4, 2015.   click to enlarge In addition to its featured menu of beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails, Raglan Road will spotlight four limited-edition craft beers brewed just for the Hooley by Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company.   click to enlarge A citrusy Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, a McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA, Raglan Road Saison, and McGargles Jims CO2 Stout. The craft beers that we tasted were …

Raglan Road Trip To Ireland – Photo Highlights

The Raglan Road Trip to Ireland was an amazing experience with many great moments to share. Our group of travelers consisted of five Raglan Road Master Chef Cooking Contest winners, plus members of the media to capture moments of the trip. All of us were going along for this adventure of food, culture, and fun. This trip was hosted by Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant as part of their 10 year anniversary celebration and we were treated to Irish hospitality by Chef Kevin Dundon and team. From Orlando to Dublin, we made our way down to County Wexford for a few days stay at the Dunbrody Country House Hotel. We learned about local food, visited farms, and improve our skills in the kitchen. Lots of photos and stories to share from Ireland and these are only the highlights of the trip for now.   (click image to enlarge) Our adventure started with a flight from Orlando, FL to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus. Friendly staff, comfortable seats, lots of green inside the play. I …

The Road to Ireland with Raglan Road Master Chef Cooking Contest Winners

Raglan Road is going BIG for their 10th anniversary celebration and recently held a ‘Master Chef’ Cooking Video Contest for a chance to win a trip to Ireland. Video submissions were posted on Youtube and after judging, five winners were selected and recently announced. They will be flying to Ireland this week where they will get to cook with the restaurant’s celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon. Chef Kevin is based in Ireland and makes trips to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Orlando, FL a few times a year. On this trip, he gets to show contest winners his part of the world.   (click image to enlarge) The five-day trip is packed with sites, food, and a cooking session at Chef Kevin’s famous cooking school. The winners will fly into Dublin to experience sites including Guinness Storehouse, Ballyminane Mills, Danescastle Fruit Farm, Hook Head Lighthouse, Loftus Hall (on the Hook Peninsula, Wexford is the most haunted house on Ireland), a commercial fishing boat tour as seen in Chef Kevin’s ‘Back to Basics’ TV show …

2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Intro & Droolius’ Top 10 Food of 2011

The food event that many have been waiting for all year in Orlando, FL is finally here. The 17th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is starting this weekend and is going on from September 28 – November 12, 2012. It’s a culinary celebration with food, wines, beers, and more from around the globe. The festival features marketplaces from various countries and regional parts of the U.S. that serve up small dishes that you can order and even pair with the recommended wines and beers. Some people just eat, while others just drink, and a lot of attendees do both. Either way, it’s a fun festival to experience and this year will be the longest it will be running, a record of 46 days in total.   (click image to enlarge) General Disney Park Admission gets you into Epcot and access to the International Marketplace of food and beverages. Also included are Authentic Taste seminars, HGTV seminars, special book signings, Eat to the Beat Concerts, and all attractions and park entertainment. The popular Eat …

Epcot Food & Wine Festival – 2011 Intro & Droolius’ Top 10 Food of 2010

The 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival is just around the corner. In four weeks the the 16th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival “Passport to a World of Flavors” will begin on September 30th and go until November 13th. It is a highly anticipated event every year, for locals and tourists alike. I always look forward to this event and it is a great time to eat and taste flavors from around the world. Visitors can attend culinary seminars, signature dinners, wine & food pairings, the International Marketplace of food and beverages, and more. Photo from 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival (click image to enlarge) General Disney Park Admission gets you into Epcot and access to the International Marketplace of food and beverages. Countries from around the world are represented in kiosks around Epcot’s World Showcase and each one sells appetizer sized portions ranging from $3-$7. Beverages including wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks are available to sample and vary in price. Its a way to discover International cuisine all in one day. …

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2010 – Droolius Highlights

The year has quickly come to a close and 2010 has been a great one. Before we end the year we want to share some of our experiences at the 15th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I was able to go twice this year with friends and definitely enjoyed the food. Wine and beer was not so much of a focus, maybe I will leave that for 2011 Epcot Food & Wine festival because we will be back! For now here’s the highlights from this year’s festival of some food, drinks, and a “Eat to the Beat” concert with Boyz II Men. (click image to enlarge) 15th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Check out a previous blog post with details about this annual event, an introduction to the 2010 Food & Wine Festival (click image to enlarge) 24 countries represented in kiosks around Epcot’s World Showcase and each one sells appetizer portion sized food samples, beer, wine, and beverages representing their country. (click image to enlarge) “Celebrating 15 Years of Delicious …

Food & Wine festival – A continuation of 2009 Food, Wine & Beer

This is the continuation of the 2009 Epcot International Food & Wine festival coverage. Pictured here are more of the festival’s food along with wine and beer images. There’s so much to eat and drink that even going on 2 different days last year was a challenge to taste everything, but we attempted to and took many food photos in the process. The previous blog post 2010 Intro & Droolius’ Top 10 Food of 2009 featured just our Top 10 food picks, while this post serves as a mini guide to more food with the beer and wine photos. The festival has many types of food, wine, and beer being offered each year and while some countries and food remain consistent, changes are made in the line up on which countries they have kiosks for. This year for 2010, the Food & Wine festival adds Belgium, South Korea & a station for Charcuterie and Cheese to the line up, while India, Austria, New Orleans & Thailand did not make it back. Some of these countries …

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