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Well it’s been a long haul, but we’re happy to report that starting in June we will begin to take clients out again. With new protocols in place and safety as our number one priority, we are all looking forward to it. Small groups is what we specialize in. So this will be right up our alley.Through all the down time, we still managed to get out and fish a lot on our own and with the family. So, we know where the fish are and look forward to sharing the excitement with you.And in saying that, here’s your latest fishing report:Kootenay Lake:The water is rising and the fish are biting. Kootenay Lake has been very consistent over the past couple of weeks. The water temperature is close to that prime 50 degree temps and the fish are becoming more and more aggressive.Most of our action has been on the surface, as the fish are now all looking up. We even saw a small black ant hatch that always gets them going. So, it should be even getting better each day.Bull Trout have been on and off. Some days our guys are hooking into half a dozen Bulls on the down riggers between 70 – 80 feet, as well as way more Rainbows on the surface.With the higher waters, we are seeing more debris on the surface. And, although it’s a bit tougher to navigate and keep the lures clean, its bringing more and more fish to the top. So, it’s a bit of a trade-off. I would recommend if you find a patch of clear water, then stick to it and work that portion of the lake for a while. You’ll find that its a lot less hassle and the rewards are worth it.Common days on the lake have seen 10- 15 pound Rainbows and a few Bull Trout mixed in.New regulations have been implemented for Kootenay Lake as well. Check out the on-line amendments and you will see, and increase in daily quota. This is to encourage predator harvest and hopefully help speed up the recovery of the Kokanee. Also, our friends from the BC Wildlife Federation have implemented an incentive program for people to get out and fish, so let’s go.Now’s the time to get out there and enjoy our great spring fishery.See you out there.Columbia River:The Mighty Columbia has been producing some beauty fish. The caddis flies are hatching and the fish are excited. We’ve had some amazing dry fly fishing and when the fish aren’t on the dries, we’ve managed to get them on the nymphs. Just gotta be prepared for anything. Some nice Rainbows between 16 – 20″, and even a few in the 24 -27″range have come in lately.This is prime time for the river.We’ve also managed to have a couple outings for Walleye and have managed to hook a few each time. Looking forward to the post spawn fishery as they will become more aggressive.Looking forward to lots more river fishing in the next month.Stay tuned.What are they biting on???Kootenay Lake Rainbows are hammering the bucktail flies on the surface. Our favourite colors have been the #10, 21, & 26 by Lux Flies. And when we had the minor black ant hatch, we were getting them on the #08 (black/gold). Another good option has been our favourite Gibbs Delta spoons. The croc in Hammered Brass/fire stripe has been working well and because of its weight, it has been avoiding most of the surface debris.We’ve also been targeting some Bull Trout during some tagging work with fisheries, and our favourite lures have been the 4″plugs from Epic Lures. The Lemon Lime, Black/Gold, and Shazam have been our top producers for the Bulls.And on the river its been great fly fishing and good spin casting. Dry fly fishing with the magic elk hair caddis has been epic at times and drifting with a prince nymph or stonefly nymph has worked during the slow time of day.Walleye fishing has been best with 1/2 oz jigs w/ gibbs curly tails, and also the bottom bouncer with a green bling blade or wedding band has produced well.Hope this helps with your next outing.Salmon Fishing 2020:Our contacts have informed us of some good fishing already on the west coast. And with some travel advisories being lifted and local travel commencing, we are excited to continue with our bookings for the coast.The predictions of our local run of chinook are looking good again this year. Lots of 4yr old fish expected, as well as a bunch of 5yr old fish. So, this could be the year of some big fish! If it’s anything like last year, we are in for a great season.Most of our guests who booked before the world stopped moving are still committed to coming. However, we do have a few dates that opened up. So, if you’re looking to get out for some Salmon and Halibut this summer, drop us a line and we can help arrange, or click here to check it out for yourself.We hope all this information helps with your next outing.Stay safe, Tight lines………………….Kerry ReedReel Adventures Sportfishingwww.reeladventuresfishing.com
Woods has played only seven competitive rounds of golf since returning to the game after almost 16 months out following his third back surgery, and uncertainty clouds his future due to his fitness struggles.The 41-year-old looked a shadow of his former self when he hacked his way to a torrid five-over 77 on the first day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, and he then withdrew before starting his second round due to back spasms which struck overnight.Woods pulled out of both the Genesis Open and this week’s Honda Classic, and he was even forced to cancel a scheduled press conference at Riviera last week on medical advice.Pat Perez aired some strong opinions on the 14-time major champion on his PGA Tour radio show earlier this week, claiming Woods “knows he can’t beat anybody”.In wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, McIlroy spoke of his own fitness struggles while also reflecting on his much-publicised round of golf with President Trump and giving his take on the current physical and mental plights”I never thought I would say this but I felt sorry for him,” McIlroy told Ewan Murray. “I just felt bad for the guy that his body won’t allow him to do what he wants to do. I can’t imagine anything so debilitating where you can’t even stand up to do a press conference.”Tiger was a child star, he was used to being out there winning golf tournaments since he was 10. I know that’s not what he values his life around but it must be hard to still want to do that but have it taken away because you can’t physically get to where you want to be. Obviously there is a physical battle there but there has to be a mental struggle as well.”I’m glad that he has other things in his life. He has his kids and is so committed to them. If he didn’t have that it would be so hard. He is still young, he has another half of his life to live. Golf is minuscule compared to watching your kids grow up. That’s where my priority would be now.”Playing tournament golf would be a bonus and awesome but life is more important than golf, which is what people have to remember when talking about Tiger Woods. Everyone sees him as a golfer, not a person. Tiger doesn’t owe anyone in the game. He has nothing to prove to anyone. I just hope he gets healthy and happy.”Meanwhile, McIlroy remains on course to make his return to action at the WGC-Mexico Championship next week following a patient rehabilitation from the rib injury that flared up in South Africa in January.The 27-year-old defied the pain of a stress fracture to finish tied at the top of the leaderboard before losing out to veteran Graeme Storm in a play-off, and his recovery has been a patient process as well as a period of frustration watching rivals Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson both winning on the PGA Tour.”I felt useless. I couldn’t even lift my suitcase,” said McIlroy, whose overriding priority is to avoid risking further injury ahead of the Masters in early April. “I could have probably pushed through to play the Honda Classic, but I wanted to take that extra week to make sure and, even if it comes to the point where I’m not 100 per cent comfortable, I’ll take another couple of weeks off. But I’m on target for Mexico.”It has been frustrating; you see Jordan Spieth win, Dustin Johnson win and it is never good to feel like you are falling behind. You feel like if you were out there, you might be able to do something about it.”My short game is as sharp as it has ever felt because that was all I could work on for a while. My golf should be sharp enough. The big concern is just making sure I can play four rounds in a row without doing any damage again.”I still have tournaments to get ready for Augusta, which is the biggest tournament of my year, and I’ve no problem saying that. It’s the one major I’m yet to win. As long as I’m good for that, I don’t care what it takes. That’s my main goal and it will continue as my main goal until I win it.”
Big challenge GROZNY, Russia (AP): Normally, footballers feigning injury is nothing new. This time it is. For Tunisia players, their goalkeeper slumping to the ground and causing an extended break in play during World Cup warm-up games was a precious chance to drink water and eat food for the first time in more than 12 hours. Ramadan, the holy month that requires Muslims to fast and refrain from drinking or eating from sunrise to sunset, has posed serious challenges for some of the teams in their build-up to the World Cup in Russia. Tunisia had a plan. Twice in recent weeks, goalkeeper Mouez Hassen fell to the ground during games, apparently exaggerating an injury, to allow his teammates to make their way to the sidelines, where back room staff offered water bottles and passed out containers holding dates. Water and dates are the traditional Muslim way to break the fast during Ramadan. For the players, it also allowed them to get desperately-needed sustenance having not eaten or drunk the entire day of the game. Tunisia needed the break during the evening game because the day’s fast ended while they were playing. So, Hassen had to time his ‘injury’ just right – when he was certain the sun had gone down and the players were allowed to drink and eat again. On both occasions in the friendly games against Portugal and Turkey, sunset came early in the second half, leading Hassen to do his thing and the Tunisia players to seize the chance to refuel. Tunisia is not the only World Cup team affected by Ramadan. All five of Africa’s qualifiers – Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal and Nigeria – have Muslim players in addition to Saudi Arabia and Iran, who are also in the World Cup. Two of the highest profile players from Africa – Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal – are Muslims. Ramadan is “a very big challenge and it’s complicated,” Egypt team doctor Mohamed Abouelela told The Associated Press in an interview. And it’s not just warm-up games, but training and general preparations. “We have to change everything, sleeping patterns and the number of meals (players eat) since we will just have a six or seven-hour window during which we must have a good training (session) and at least two meals,” Abouelela said. Ramadan started in mid-May, meaning it affected teams for a month before the World Cup. It’s due to end Thursday evening, the same day the World Cup kicks off with Russia versus Saudi Arabia. Egypt and Morocco both play their first games on Friday. “We will have a very big problem of adaptation because we will be playing the first day after fasting (for a month),” said Abouelela.
Last week, controversial Pastor Nigel London, and others, orgainsed and led a march in the mining town of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to express their dissatisfaction with the work and progress made by the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) as far as promoting equality, human rights and non-discrimination against people based solely on their sexual orientations were concerned. Pastor London charged into SASOD, accusing it of attempting to brainwash Lindeners and promoting illegality, as the country’s laws currently prohibit buggery and same sex relations. He therefore equated homosexuality as anti-God and anti-scripture, referring to it as an abomination.London and his supporters did not stop there. They went further. He argued that SASOD’s work in the community was sending the wrong message to children and youths. According to him, the organisation’s work could place young Lindeners in severe danger, as homosexuals or LGBT people were sexual predators, paedophiles and somehow abnormal. From his rants and raves during the rally, it was clear that Pastor London was highly homophobic to the point where one newspaper quoted him as urging supporters of the march to “stand up for what is right” by riding the community of “homos”. The goodly Pastor said he wanted President David Granger and the Government to treat the march he organised as his response to their invitations for views on the decriminalisation of same sex intimacy and homosexuality. He even warned that the President, considering his recent statements, may be inclined to support “gay marriages” moving away from the scriptures.As this embattled “Shepard” led his “flock” in what he said was the religiously right direction, social media and the wider Region 10 community exploded with debate. While those in the belly of the march aggressively promoted violence against homosexuals openly and their imprisonment as a means of ridding the community of the growing “plague” that SASOD somehow ironically created over the past few weeks via its activism, others who stayed away and were no doubt more educated, enlightened and familiar with the subject matter, rejected the entire purpose of the march.While it is not clear what is London’s real motivation for holding such a march at this time, many other things however are very clear.Every Guyanese has the right, protected by law, to peaceful protest as means of freely expressing themselves. I fully support those who choose this route and salute them for attempting to impact public policy and influence legislators to keep the current status quo because they feel it will somehow assist in the maintenance of righteous in Linden and the very ‘high’ levels of mortality there. No one should attempt to personally attack these heterosexuals, as Guyana is still a democratic State even though its well on its way to autocracy under the new political configuration and convenient coalition.What is strongly objectionable, however, is the rhetoric of Pastor London and those who spearheaded the march or movement at Linden. After reviewing their speeches and assessing their postures during the event, it is clear that they are incapable of understanding the internationally accepted definition of human rights. Also, they seem to be having immense difficulty in understanding the characteristics of the category of people that are more likely to be child sex offenders and paedophiles. The goodly Pastor should take a trip to the Social Protection Ministry and the other relevant agencies to inform himself on the subject matter before seeking to inform others. Pastor London did his flock a major disservice in this respect and has created more confusion which SASOD must clear up. In his haste to find out reasons apart from the scriptures to justify his intolerance and hate, he sought solace in alternative facts and dishonesty.Equally objectionable was London’s description of the lifestyle led by people in the LGBT community, giving the impression that he somehow was an insider. All he did however was to repeat the manufactured controversies surrounding LGBT people. For the record, aside from those persons who are sex workers and other extreme personalities, most people in the LGBT lead normal lives, pay their taxes, contribute to the wellbeing of their country and are tolerant of others. Because they are a minority and most times suffer immense rejection and abuse because of the provocateurs of violence like Pastor London, some have moved undergone out fear, while others like SASOD are standing proudly to point out the systemic injustices and discrimination in this country’s legal framework that punishes LGBT doubly.Pastor London must recognise that Guyana is a secular state. And his religion has no monopoly or God-given right to decide solely how, and what standards all Guyanese should aspire to, or live by. We all have a say and we must continue to demonstrate tolerance even though we may disagree with people’s choices and lifestyles. If Pastor London’s religious ministry as the amusingly named ‘Come as Are’ Church is effective then he would have no reason to rail against SASOD with his march and subliminally hateful rhetoric. But the reality is, as SASOD and other governments educate young people they are less likely to support those barbaric and archaic laws. Too many families in Linden and Guyana comprise LGBT people for them to support any measure that would have them further victimised, unjustly jailed for their sexual orientation; whether chosen, learnt or not. Churches in Guyana and other religions will not win souls or LGBT people over (if that’s still their aim) by the machinations and flamboyance displayed by Pastor London. Demonstrating love and preaching the doctrine peacefully and honestly, without hate and judgement, may have a chilling effect on those who are not sure about their sexuality.Also, Pastor London should lead a delegation to the Government and make his presentations there in a professional and orderly manner if this matter is so dear to him. The last thing Linden or Guyana needs are extreme personalities who would see Pastor London march as a call to action and an excuse to kill or unleash violence against LGBT people, as we saw in the Orlando shooting in the US and the dastard killing of three LGBT people in separate incidents right here.Linden has bigger problems than the work of SASOD or the lifestyles of LGBT people. Why doesn’t Pastor London pray for jobs for the people there or hold a pro-jobs rally? Even starting an organisation to restore morals and values would be good.Lastly, I don’t believe Pastor London was trying to remain relevant or increase the popularity of his church when he hosted that march. I also don’t believe that he has a soft spot for SASOD or Joel Simpson because of some insecurity he still harbours. I do believe that Guyana is big enough for all people to reside side by side regardless of our colour, political choices, RELIGION and SEXUAL ORIENTATION. I believe if there cannot be full acceptance then there must be tolerance or the end result will be war and violence.
TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Gareth Bale has won four Champions Leagues with Real, but is surplus to requirements at the club three-way race Tottenham legend Clive Allen has issued a heartfelt plea for Gareth Bale amid the uncertainly over his future at Real Madrid – ‘Come back to Spurs!’The Welshman’s glittering six-year spell in Spain looks set to end this summer following his falling out with manager Zinedine Zidane.Despite winning 13 major trophies for Los Blancos, including four Champions League titles, Bale has been told he has no future at the Bernabeu and Zidane has confirmed the club are ‘working on’ the forward’s exit. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The 30-year-old has been linked with a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League, where he could earn over £1million-a-week in tax-free wages, but a stunning return to Tottenham has also been mooted.And Allen – who was involved in the deal to bring Bale to White Hart Lane from Southampton in 2007 – has sent a message to the forward, to resist the money on offer in the Far East and come home to Spurs. REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Getty targets 2 LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The former Tottenham striker and coach, who slammed Real Madrid for their treatment of the star, told talkSPORT 2 on Tuesday: “I think it has all been handled pretty horrifically.“So much has been made public about the fall out with Zidane. I think Real Madrid have handled in very poorly.“I don’t think he should be going to China.“I think there are so many possible suitors in European football and even Premier League football – I’d love to see him come back to the Premier League. Bale was idolised at Tottenham -where he scored 55 goals in 203 appearances before joining Real Madrid for £85m in 2013 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Getty moving on LATEST “I sat down with him and his family when he came to Spurs many years ago, and I said Spurs was the platform for him to go on and do anything he wanted, to fulfil his dreams. He bought into that and he came to Spurs.“I’d say the exact same thing today. This is not the same club he joined those years aback, Tottenham Hotspur are up among the top teams in European football.“Come back to Tottenham, Gareth.“That’s my message to him, absolutely.”Listen back to Tottenham legend Clive Allen on talkSPORT 2 in full above
“The SPFL Competitions Working Group, which includes representation from all four leagues, were also consulted during the process. Systems used across other national associations, including the FA, were considered as part of the process, and influenced the recommended approach. These recommendations were approved by the Scottish FA board and all member clubs received details of all the changes in writing at the start of the season.“We are always open to making the system more transparent with written reasons for Fast Track proceedings now published on the Scottish FA website alongside details of all Notices of Complaint and Claims lodged and dealt with under the Judicial Panel Protocol.“The clubs, players and managers are represented in the ongoing review of the Judicial Panel Protocol and we will welcome any input this season through our usual processes.“In addition, our Referee Operations Department will continue to offer the opportunity to clubs to be refreshed on the current coaching guidance given to referees and any modifications to the Laws of the Game in the future.” The Scottish FA has defended changes made to its disciplinary system and says alterations were made after consultation with people across the game, including players and managers.The Judicial Panel Protocol was updated during the close season, with significant changes to the process for both appealing red cards and how sending off offences missed by a match referee are handled. The application of the new rules have seen the governing body widely criticised but they say stakeholders from across the game agreed to the changes and that every club was made aware of them before the new season.Several high-profile decisions have brought the system under close scrutiny with top flight managers expressing their unhappiness at bot the outcomes and the process.Aberdeen saw an appeal over Mikey Devlin’s sending off fail and branded the Scottish FA’s explanation as “unacceptable”, while Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke said his club’s appeal over Gary Dicker’s red card was pre-judged. Clarke also expressed unhappiness at the club having no representation at the disciplinary hearing, a change from the process in previous years.Those incidents, along with a decision not to charge Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor retrospectively for a kick at Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer, have prompted figures within the game to say that the system is flawed.I a statement issued on Friday, a Scottish FA spokesperson explained the changes, highlighted the input from outside Hampden when the alterations were considered, and said that they would welcome further input.The spokesperson said: “The overall changes introduced this summer were the subject of discussion and input from two separate working groups comprising representatives from across Scottish football, including clubs, managers and players who met on numerous occasions to discuss and agree to these changes to the Protocol.
Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Collier, Brian K Miller, John R Bond:$705 Booking #:102155 View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 8:40 am Booking Date:09-12-2019 – 2:01 am Booking Date:03-12-2019 – 3:05 pm View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:35-33-10-1 Rearrest-Adult/Warrant Booking #:102163 View Profile >>> Qaysum Alanazi, Ahmed R Breeden, Michelle B View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 4:30 pm View Profile >>> View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Wilson, Dakota S Charges:34-47-2 Direct Contempt Charges:35-44.1-3-1(a) Resisting Law Enforcement Booking Date:09-12-2019 – 2:01 am View Profile >>> Release Date:09-11-2019 – 12:38 pm Bond:No Bond Bond:No Bond Charges:1 Serve Time Circut Court Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 11:22 am Booking #:102162 Bond:No Bond Booking #:102158 Booking #:102156 Charges:0 Serve Time Superior Court Charges:35-33-10-1 Rearrest-Adult/Warrant Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 7:42 pm Bond:No Bond Booking #:102157 Release Date:09-11-2019 – 2:53 pm Miller, John R View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 11:40 pm Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 4:46 pm Charges:9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Bond:$1505 Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Booking Date:09-04-2019 – 7:23 pm Booking Date:09-12-2019 – 1:38 am Charges:3 Out of County Hold Bond:$1005 Booking Date:09-08-2019 – 3:50 am Release Date:09-11-2019 – 10:23 am Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth34-47-2 Direct Contempt Piper, Caren Crane, Steven Booking #:102160 Bond:No Bond Charges:35-44-3-6 Failure to Appear Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Booking #:100920 Charges:35-42-4-1 Rape35-42-4-3 Child Molesting Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 9:08 am Bond:No Bond Release Date:09-11-2019 – 9:23 pm Collier, Brian K Bond:No Bond Booking #:102161 View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking #:102163 Booking #:102154 Bond:No Bond Canada, Anthony W Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 3:10 pm Charges:9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Release Date:09-11-2019 – 2:53 pm Trowbridge, Amy L Charges:9-30-5-1(b) BAC .15% or greater9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox Release Date:09-12-2019 – 1:38 am Bond:$705 Booking #:102157 Booking #:102107 View Profile >>> Williams, Emery M Booking Date:09-11-2019 – 3:10 pm Booking #:102159 Booking #:102140 Stepp, Philip L Charges:35-44.1-3-1(b1) Resist LE w/dw w/veh w/risk9-21-8-52 (A1) Reckless Driving-High Speed Girton, Paul Release Date:09-12-2019 – 1:38 am Bond:$1505 Bond:No Bond Baltista Tenorio, Christian
Share This!Last week, we took a look at every new item at the 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but it’s always hard to resist trying our longtime festival favorites again first thing. This week, we’ll take a look at 15 family-friendly festival favorites (yes, even kids will like many of these options!) to see if they’re just as good as we remember. I took a stroll at dinnertime one evening just after festival opening to try a few dishes I recommended in my preview post, plus a few more that always seem to be the most popular dishes of the festival. I’ve included a quick summary at the bottom of this post, with my take on whether each of these dishes is a skip/maybe try/must-do, as well.The DishesHawai’i: Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise ($4.25)The pulled pork here can sometimes be a little dry, but on my visit, it was perfectly succulent, very savory, with a little punch of sweet from the pineapple chutney. The spicy mayo isn’t really very spicy, but it does help keep the whole slider together. You’ll only get about five bites out of the sandwich this year, with a lot of bread in there, but it’s just as solid a pick as in previous years.Patagonia: Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree ($5.75)I’ve always found this to be a solid pick, as most everyone loves food on a stick, and while it sounds kind of scary with the boniato puree and the chimichurri, these are flavors that many are familiar with and happy to sample. The beef on this year’s skewer was tender and nicely grilled without being dried out, with the starchy puree (think: mashed potatoes) helping round out the bite and give a bit more richness to the whole plate. The chimichurri is packed with garlic, cilantro, parsley, and a little bit of a peppery kick – you’ll want it slathered over every bite, it’s that good. Chefs at the Patagonia booth were even offering a side of the chimichurri for guests ordering the beef empanada, as well!Canada: Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup Served with a Pretzel Roll ($4.75)This dish is so famous at the Food and Wine Festival that no modifiers are necessary – it’s just “The Soup”. This year’s portion has, once again, shrunk slightly, but it now comes with a pretzel roll (which will look familiar if you’ve ordered the bratwurst from the Germany booth in the past). The soup was a tad too salty for me, though still deliciously creamy and packed with a slight smokiness from the bacon inside. The pretzel roll was a little stale, but a better delivery system for the soup than a spoon, so I went with it. With the smaller portion, this was overall a bit disappointing – it’s probably still going to be a super-popular option for most festival-goers, but I’d skip unless you are seriously craving it.Canada: “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce ($7.75)At $7.75, this is one of the most expensive food buys of the festival, and to be honest, my portion was not worth that price this year. Even during a fairly busy dinnertime visit, with fresh steaks being cooked and served every few minutes, I got a slightly tough and unevenly cooked steak (very well done on one end, medium on the other). The mushrooms and truffle sauce were as decadent as ever, earthy and savory without being too salty. This is another “skip” for me (an unpopular opinion, to be sure), but even for kids and picky eaters, there are better options for a better value out there.France: Boeuf Bourgignon – Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet Sauvignon with Mashed Potatoes ($6.25)Yes, this dish has a wine-base in it, so families wary of serving this to little ones should take note, but these short ribs and mashed potatoes blow most other beef dishes away at the festival this year. A deep and rich sauce coat two fairly large pieces of short ribs, tender but not totally mushy, atop super-buttery, just plain good mashed potatoes. I’ve found this dish to be inconsistent in past years, but this was well worth the cost and will fit most palates. As one of the busier booths at the festival, you’ll want to aim for this booth early or late in the day, and be sure to check if both ordering lines are in use before committing to a long wait.Brazil: Pao de Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread ($3.75)One of the hidden-gem snacks at the festival, in my opinion, these cheesy bread rolls are also a very popular item because they are both vegetarian and gluten-free. Don’t let that scare you away – the dense roll gives way to a savory, stringy cheese interior that kids will absolutely love. At two rolls to an order, this is an easy dish to share and at a decent price (for Food & Wine), to boot.Belgium: Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream ($3.75)Though this is usually one of the slower lines to wade through during most times of day, the dessert waffles here are always worth the wait. The chocolate ganache waffle is also great, but for something a bit lighter, I checked out the berry compote-topped version this year. The buttery waffle was crisp on the outside, tender and fluffy inside, with a strawberry/blueberry/raspberry-rich sauce on top. I still find this to be a reasonably large and very tasty portion for dessert compared to many options.Hops & Barley: Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing ($3.75)Another popular dessert option, the carrot cake here is one of the simpler dishes you can find at Food & Wine, but usually pretty well-done. Soft and full of spices, this cake tends to be pretty sweet (and with the warm cream cheese icing, even sweeter), and my sample was no exception. I’d recommend this dish as a good choice towards the end of the festival once cooler weather sets in, but if you’re in the mood for carrot cake, it’ll definitely hit the spot.Poland: Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream ($5.50)Though the pierogi here are nothing that you can’t find at your local grocery store, and you only get one per order with a few pieces of sausage, the caramelized onions offer a sweet contrast to the rest of the dish that really make this a must-do-once-per-festival dish for me. The potato pierogi is fairly bland in flavor, so even the youngest of kids will like it, but those with more sophisticated palates can also enjoy a complete and fairly complex bite from this dish.Germany: Schinkennudeln – Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese ($3.75)Another great “value” for the festival, this heavier dish will satisfy most everyone’s mac & cheese craving with every rich bite. My portion was huge (I’d expect a slightly smaller piece, typically), and though there weren’t a ton of pieces of ham inside, I did find a few, along with lots of sautéed onion and melted cheese. The pasta still had some texture left to it, even after being baked, which is always nice to see. It can be a little greasy, but for such a decadent dish, it’s to be expected.China: Chicken Potstickers ($4.00)These are pretty much what you’ll find at your local Chinese takeout restaurant, but it’s hard to pass up a good dumpling. You’ll get two to an order here, definitely not a great value, but the sweet and tangy duck sauce served alongside the dumplings elevates them enough that I definitely like to get these once a festival, especially if I’m visiting with picky eaters.China: Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk ($6.75)Bonus: Another non-alcoholic specialty drink many can enjoy (aside from the Frozen Pumpkin delight I sampled last week)! Downside? It’s definitely a little pricy, and not too different than most bubble teas you’ve probably tried. Kids will love the texture of the tapioca-based boba at the bottom of the drink, plus the fun, huge straw you get to try it all with. It’s sweet, to be sure, but a solid option if you are in the mood for a dessert but sampling so many dishes has stolen your appetite.Mexico: Taco de Camarón: Battered Shrimp served over a Flour Tortilla with Crispy Purple Cabbage and Chipotle Mayonnaise ($5.75)A slightly-changed presentation this year, with purple cabbage instead of pickled onions, this shrimp taco always seems to be incredibly popular with kids and adults alike. I liked this version a bit better than I have before, with the cabbage giving the whole thing a little more crunch, but it’s definitely not a large portion for the price. I’d stick to the amazing barbacoa enchilada at this booth instead, but if the taco is one of your returning festival favorites, this year’s version won’t disappoint.New Zealand: Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney ($5.25)There’s definitely a reason this dish has been around the festival for so many years – it is just a quality dish from start to finish. From the giant, herbaceous and savory meatball, to the smoky, sweet, slightly spicy and rich tomato sauce, and the fun bread bowl holding the meatball, this is a tough dish to beat on my list of favorites. This year’s version is a spitting image from last year’s, which should make it a must-try on your list of returning dishes.Farm Fresh: Loaded Mac’n’Cheese with Neuske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar, Peppers, and Green Onions ($4.50)A fast favorite after last year’s festival, this elevated version of a classic features flavors that most families will find agreeable. I really enjoy the bacon and green onions here, but my sample was a little heavy on the red peppers (an already strong flavor) and had incredibly mushy pasta. Even though it’s prettier and more toppings-heavy than Germany’s similar schinkennudeln, I much preferred the baked version’s texture and portion size over this dish’s.The RankingsAfter all these thoughts, how would I prioritize these dishes?Classics That Are Still Must-DosKalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (Hawai’i)Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree (Patagonia)Boeuf Bourgignon – Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet Sauvignon with Mashed Potatoes (France)Pao de Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread (Brazil)Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (Belgium)Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney (New Zealand)Maybe After You Sample A Few New Dishes… (Still Good, But You Might Love Others More)Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing (Hops & Barley)Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream (Poland)Schinkennudeln – Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese (Germany)Chicken Potstickers (China)Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (China)Taco de Camarón: Battered Shrimp served over a Flour Tortilla with Crispy Purple Cabbage and Chipotle Mayonnaise (Mexico)Skip This Year (Unless It’s Your Absolute Favorite, Must-Have Dish Ever)Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup Served with a Pretzel Roll (Canada)“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce (Canada)Loaded Mac’n’Cheese with Neuske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar, Peppers, and Green Onions (Farm Fresh)
Stay tuned for more details about the NBA Experience here on the blog. Share This!For those of you with an NBA fan in your family, you are going to want to mark down August 12. That’s the debut date of the brand new NBA Experience at Disney Springs. This all-new destination has been a collaboration in the making with the NBA and it is slated to make Guests feel like what it’s like being a basketball superstar. Inside the NBA Experience, Guests will be invited to “Take Your Shot” courtesy of one of 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors.When entering the NBA Experience, Guests will feel as if they’re walking through the players’ tunnel at an arena. Those who have purchased tickets to the NBA Experience will be able to participate in every activity, with the ability to return to stations to improve performances or learn even more about the game, players and teams they love.Activities for the experience will include:A slam dunk challenge, where Guests can change the height of a standard 10-foot hoop to as low as seven feet to perform their own superstar moves – captured by burst photography.An activity that tests shooting skills with spots on a court that light up as guests move from one location to another attempting to sink as many shots as possible in 15 seconds.A way for guests to see how they stack up to some of the world’s best basketball players by measuring their vertical leap, wingspan, shooting and dribbling.Personalization for various activities with guests’ names and associating the activity with their favorite teams.Real-time technology to aggregate statistics of NBA and WNBA games and players for continuous updates, while leaderboards will track top NBA Experience performers throughout each day.A retail store featuring NBA-themed merchandise.Take a better look at what Guests can experience with this video: