Friday, June 17, 2011

50's Prime Time Cafe

I want to share another recipe with you today. It's quick and simple and is perfect for the summer heat.  And like the last post, it's from Disney World.

When people tell me they are going to Disney, I always recommend that they go to 50's Prime Time Cafe - even if they don't go there to eat a meal (which is fun, whimsical and a throwback to the 50's) I still suggest they get a taste of one of my favorite milkshakes. 

If you like Peanut Butter and Jelly, this is a must-try!

50's Prime Time Cafe PB & J Milkshake

2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons grape jelly
2 cups vanilla ice cream
¼ cup milk
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and thick

*Add additional peanut butter or jelly to taste.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue

It has been a while since I've added a post, so I thought I would start writing about the place where I last posted from, Walt Disney World.   The Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue is a cheesy, but incredibly fun and funny dinner show at Disney's Fort Wilderness Camp Ground and takes place in Pioneer Hall.  It's been the perfect dining destination for customer dinners, employee dinners, prospect dinners, family outings, graduation presents and a great place to take friends and their families.  That's just what I did on my last visit to Walt Disney World.

Bill Reid is one of my best friends from my college days.  Bill is fun, funny, amazingly musically talented on the guitar, and truly one of the best friends a guy could ask for.  Bill has stuck with me through thick and thin and has seen me at my best and at my worst.  I remember on several of those "worst" days he would just say "Let's go get some lunch."  He knew it was time to get away from campus and get some good food in our belly's.   That may explain part of the "thick" and part of the "thin" he has seen me through...

Bill's family (Renee, Parker & Emma) and myself have had the opportunity a couple of times to be at Disney World at the same time for work, and when I found out in March that we would be there together in May, I immediately said "We have to go to the Hoop-de-doo Revue this time."  There are two reasons I love going to this show.  First of all, the food is incredibly good - and it's good 'ole southern comfort food.   When you walk in there is a vegetable filled tossed salad sitting on the table waiting for you.  The servers are quick to take your drink order, which is included in the price of the meal.  The food is all served family style so there are no hard choices in deciding what to order.  Upon sitting down, you will also find some of the best and sweetest tasting corn bread you will ever find.  No butter is needed, but it sure does taste great with butter too!

The courses are mixed in with musical interludes, "skits" and "sketches" from a zany group of country characters who are roaming the country putting on a country-time musical revue.  The entertainment is the second reason I love this dining experience. This is where the cheesy part comes in....these folks are silly, cheesy and ultimately highly entertaining as you sit and enjoy the crazy antics throughout the dining hall.  While all of this is going on, they are bringing steel pails of fried chicken, BBQ ribs, baked beans, potatoes, and other vegetables.  All of them are as tasty and as yummy as you can dream.  If I could learn to make ribs like they serve here, I could possibly stop eating out so much!

The entertainment is full of original music, improv lyrics, and old time favorites.  The laughter in this place is contagious.  Let me say the word "cheesy" again...but you will find it "beary funny" too!

Emma playing the washboard
The grand finale takes on a musical number involving all of the diners in Pioneer Hall, the servers and the Pioneer Hall Singers.  The servers share a moment in the spotlight at they bring out the Strawberry Shortcake.  The only problem with this Strawberry Shortcake is that I have always been way too stuffed to enjoy it by the time it arrives....but it is still oh-so-delicious!  The finale is fun, up beat and full of energy.  There is no way to leave this show without laughing a ton, being full from the extraordinary fixin's and wishing you had gotten tickets for the show the next night.

If you're going to be at Disney World, or even in the Orlando area, I highly recommend it.  My customers have loved it, my family has loved it, and I've gotten new accounts by taking prospects.  It's simply fun and yummy!  ...and in my book, that's a great combination!!  It was a great night out with Bill, Renee, Emma and Parker.  And I'm ready to do it again...