Sunday, September 28, 2014

Aloha! Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayo | Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Hawai'i

It's the most wonderful time of the year.  Well, if you are a food fan it certainly is!  In its nineteenth year, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival attracts connoisseurs, munchers and nibblers to the annual Walt Disney World Resort foodie pilgrimage.  Since this is the first year in many that I will not be grazing in person (sigh), I was excited to once again join in Deb's virtual tasting.  As I've gushed before, one of my favorite must-have festival tidbits comes from the Aloha State.  The Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise is a tropical taste sensation.  I think I'll make it!

Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise


Kālua Pork:
4 lb. boneless pork shoulder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Pineapple Chutney:
1 lb. diced pineapple
1 large sweet yellow onion, diced
1/2 small red bell pepper, diced
1 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. fresh ginger, finely grated
Coarse salt, to taste

Spicy Mayonnaise:
6 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. hot chili sauce
2 tsp. white vinegar
Coarse salt, to taste

I choose the store-bought brioche roll option.


Kālua Pork:
-  Cut pork into 2 pieces; season with salt and pepper to taste.
-  Place pork into slow cooker.  Cover.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
-  Remove meat and reserve drippings.
-  Shred meat with fork, adding drippings as needed to moisten.

Pineapple Chutney:
-  Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil.
-  Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until pineapple falls apart and most of the liquid has evaporated; about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Spicy Mayonnaise:
-  Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until fully combined.

-  Cut brioche rolls in half.
-  Place warm pulled pork on the bottom of the roll.
-  Arrange Dole® Pineapple chutney on top.
-  Drizzle spicy mayo over chutney.
-  Top with second half of brioche roll.

My 'Ohana went bananas over this tropical dish.  Until we can again visit Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (or travel to the Hawaiian Islands themselves) this sweet and savory delectable is perfect for a stay-at-home luau.  Mai e `ai!  (Come and eat!!)

Before you get your fill, be sure to visit our other International Marketplaces for your palate's culinary trip around the world:

A Virtual Trip to France- Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Frozen: The Songs {Review} {Giveaway}

For the first time in forever...  Walt Disney Records announces the release of  Frozen: The Songs, plus three additional titles. On Septemeber 30th, all ten of the most beloved songs from the Oscar-winning film, a vinyl edition and a Spanish language version Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada will be available for purchase.  The specially priced Songs CD also includes a fold-out poster and stickers.

Frozen: The Songs track list follows:

1. Frozen Heart
Performed by Cast
2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monnand and Katie Lopez
3. For the First Time in Forever
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
4. Love Is an Open Door
Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana
5. Let It Go
Performed by Idina Menzel
6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Performed by Jonathan Groff
7. In Summer
Performed by Josh Gad
8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
9. Fixer Upper
Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast
10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato Version)
 Performed by Demi Lovato

The Frozen soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 it is simply irresistible!  My 84-year-old mother, 23-year-old son, and nine-year-old granddaughter each loved this soundtrack.  I must have played it 20 times this weekend alone!  There is a reason FrozenThere is a reason Frozen is the highest grossing animated film of all time.  Though Demi Lovato's version of "Let It Go" is not my personal favorite, along with Idina Menzel's classic the song has a combined 87 million streams.  The album has sold over 6.2 million units worldwide, with multi-Platinum and Gold certifications in 18 territories.  This soundtrack will become a family staple for long car rides to Walt Disney World, quick jaunts to the local mall, and everything in-between.  How about winning your OWN copy?!

How about a flash-frozen GIVEAWAY?  Two winners will receive a Frozen: The Songs CD Giveaway begins September 29th and ends October 3rd at 11:59 p.m. EST.  **Readers need to claim their prizes immediately to be eligible.**  Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. who are over the age of 18.

Frozen: The Songs, Frozen: The Songs Vinyl Soundtrack, Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada and the Frozen Score digital album will be available on September 30, 2014.   The Songs album and vinyl are now available for pre-order at  

Frozen: The Songs:

Frozen: The Songs Vinyl:

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Thriller

Join the countDOWN to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler .  On Saturday, October 4th, 2014 thrill seekers will run through the fifth dimension under the cover of darkness.  Beginning at 10 p.m., runners will follow this supernatural course from Disney's Hollywood Studios, towards Disney's Animal Kingdom, through Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and then enter Disney's Hollywood Studios for the chilling race finale.

runDisney 2013
I have had the honor to both volunteer and run for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Celebratory Charity, Autism Speaks.  If you spot hordes of colorful jigsaw singlets on the course (or riding The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror during the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash) you'll know why.
The haunting commences as you cross the starting line; many of the Disney Characters found during Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run are lurking in the 10 miles of shadows.  Spooky details hang in the trees, in the woods, and even above you...

Watch the web!
After spending many miles on Osceola Parkway, ESPN Wide World of Sports is not only a welcome sight, but your joints will appreciate the segue to sand, grass, and track surfaces.  (This year, runDisney promises a "series of four gentle slopes dotting the course" will "elevate the fun."  I'm intrigued!!)

The true entertainment begins when you enter Disney's Hollywood Studios.

My posse wanted to call "ACTION" as we entered Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show and we saw our mugs on the giant screen.  What a perfect way to bring out the Hollywood ham in every runner!

After a sprint down the oh-so-familiar New York Street, it's time for the star of the show.  Running past The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the stroke of midnight is ghoulish indeed.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Halloween, nighttime race trio is a metaphysical mix.  It is certainly not your typical runDisney experience, and not for the faint of heart.  (Especially if the temperature and humidity are as sinister as they have been the past two years.)  This race is 10 miles of guilty pleasure- if you dare!

A description of all other Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend events can be found at the Virtual runDisney Blog Hop HERE.  Thank you again to all 15 writers and a special shout out to co-host Julie @runwalkfastpass!

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory

Happy Trails~ Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run

A runDisney 5K is always a happy, feel-good event, but Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run stands apart from the usual.  In addition to the expected "haunted" 3.1 miles, the grass, dirt/sand/gravel path and track running surfaces can present unexpected but enjoyable challenges.  Personally, once a runDisney trail run was announced I couldn't sign up quickly enough.  My joints just love these forgiving surfaces (Top PT Tips for Trail Running), and with some basic planning yours will too!

On Saturday, October 4th, 2014 the fun begins at 5:30 a.m., as busses transport racers from the Host Resorts to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  All participants must be in their corrals by 7:15 a.m. to prepare for the 7:30 a.m. race start.

Leave plenty of time for photo ops with characters and friends alike!
Watch the sunrise as you enter the corrals.
Dew-coated grass greets the happy haunted runners as the 5K begins, so ghouls and goblins should take care as they make their stride.

Watch your step!
Take advantage of the distinctive "villainous" Disney Character entertainment on this course; Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox, Big Bad Wolf, Captain Hook, a haunted pirate ship and the Haunted Mansion Grave Diggers to name a few.

Notice the hazard cones and muddy conditions.
Keep your head up for terrain changes, occasional narrow paths and spooky sounds emanating from the woods.

5K Finisher Medallion
Useful Tips:
-   Stay alert on the course, as mud turns to marsh and then to sand quickly.  It would be wise to step aside and come to a full stop before snapping your race photos.
-   Be watchful for ruts, stones and other surface abnormalities on the natural path; there's nothing magical about a turned ankle!
-   The sides of the paths are generally less worn and may offer more traction.
-   If you own trail shoes, you will appreciate them on this course.
-   There are two water stops during Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run (mile 1.5 and mile 2.25).
-   Perhaps this is not the 5K for runDisney newcomers; the added variables might distract from the fabulous runDisney fun factor.
-   Be aware that the entire course route traverses ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  There is no time spent running through a Disney Park during this race.

A description of all other Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend events can be found at the Virtual runDisney Blog Hop HERE.  Thank you again to all 15 writers and a special shout out to co-host Julie @runwalkfastpass!

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory