All-New Character Meal Announced For Trattoria al Forno

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NiblettCan you feel the love in the air? It’s not just because Valentine’s Day is quickly coming up. No….it’s because today Disney announced that an all-new character breakfast will be debuting this spring at Trattoria al Forno.This table service restaurant located at Disney’s BoardWalk will feature a great way to start your day with a fun meal that not only includes some of your favorite Disney Princesses, but also their Princes, as well! Characters will include Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled and Ariel and Eric from The Little Mermaid.Not much else is known about this new dining opportunity. Stay tuned to the blog for further information about this great breakfast option.last_img read more

Can WDW Quick Service Dining Be Romantic?

first_imgShare This!Just when I thought I had pondered every Disney question under the sun, I was asked something I had never heard before, “Can you suggest a budget-friendly, romantic meal at Disney World for a young couple (not table service)?” Essentially this guest was asking, “What’s the most romantic quick service restaurant?”Geyser Point at the Wilderness Lodge has a romantic viewThere are plenty of articles about romantic Disney table service restaurant (Victoria & Albert’s, and many others). Could there be such a thing as a romantic quick service?First, let’s consider what makes a restaurant romantic. Some factors that might be conducive to a romantic atmosphere include:Lighting: Harsh light looks good on no one. Romance is about soft shadows, so we’re looking for something with dim lighting, or perhaps candles.Ambient noise level: When you’re whispering sweet nothings, you want to be able to hear them. So, the overall decibel level needs to be low to moderate.Music: Music in the background could be fine, but you probably don’t want anything too frenetic or powerful.Personal space: With romance, you want to have at least the illusion personal space. No one needs to overhear your pet names for each other.Sight lines: You don’t want to be looking at anything that takes you out of the moment. Lovely outdoor scenery is perfect. A view of the bathroom door is not. Most things in between are neutral.Food: There are romance-friendly foods from many cuisines, but for an important romantic meal, you’ll want to avoid menus that are heavy on the garlic or other breath-killers.Alcohol: Of course, alcohol is never mandatory, but sometimes a glass of wine or a perfectly blended cocktail can warm up the mood.Are there any Walt Disney World Quick Service restaurants that meet at least some of those criteria? The champagne at Amorette’s ups the romance factorAccording to the Disney website, there are 196 quick service venues at WDW. Many of them are food trucks, stalls, or windows where there is no place to sit. Since romance involves lingering, let’s eliminate those right off the bat. Let’s remove the quick service places at the ESPN Sports Complex and at the Water Parks due to too much background screaming, as well as the food courts at the value resorts because you’re likely to be swarmed by a cheer team at any moment there. That still leaves well over 100 options for quick service.Being more surgical, let’s look at some options park by park.In the Magic Kingdom, contenders are:Be Our Guest, lunch: plus points for dim lighting, pleasant decor, French-ish menu, and availability of wine; minus points for noise level of excited children. Also the most romantic-sounding dish, Coq au Vin, will cost a not-so-budget-friendly $18.99 each. Ouch.Columbia Harbor House: plus points for the isolated and quiet second floor dining space, and the grilled salmon and lobster roll are relatively refined foods for a theme park; minus points for the lack of adult libations, and while the upstairs is dark and quiet, it’s not particularly pretty.Casey’s Corner: This is clearly a dark horse candidate. It’s nearly impossible to look dreamy eating a hot dog, but if you take your food to the nearby lawn, you can have a sort of picnic with a view of the castle. Sigh.Is it possible for a hot dog shop to be romantic?At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, contenders are:Docking Bay 7 in the soon-to-be-opened Galaxy’s Edge: I haven’t see the seating area yet, and it’s sure to be a zoo for many months, but having the ability to say, “I love you,” “I know,” to each other in Star Wars Land might just be the most romantic thing I can think of.Other than that the pickings are slim. No one is finding romance at the ABC Commissary.At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, contenders are:Satu’li Canteen: plus points because the food is good and there are beer and wine options, and the lighting is on the darker side. If you can manage to grab and outside table near dusk when it’s not too hot or crowded, the view of Pandora is amazing. On the minus side, it has literally never been not too hot or crowded in Pandora.Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes: plus points because there are outdoor tables that are often sparsely populated, the sangria is OK, and the mango pie is nice, shareable dessert. On the minus side, the food is only meh, and is it possible for a place with “Yeti” in the name to be romantic?Harambe Market and Flame Tree BBQ are both so-so choices. On the right day you might be able to find a quiet table near the water, but sausage and pulled pork are not typically thought of as romance foods.Tables behind Epcot’s Fish Shop have a lovely viewEpcot’s World Showcase is practically the epicenter of theme park quick serve romance. There are themed drinks and lovely views absolutely everywhere. Some contenders are:Katsura Grill: The outside tables have trees for shade and in the later afternoon, it’s rarely crowded.Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie: Ooh, la, la, perfect French food. But the seating there is horrible and loud. Take your cheese and baguette to a bench by the water, grab a glass of champagne from the walkway stand and problem solved.Tangierine Cafe: The food is tasty and, depending on what you order, it could be light. There are a few tables inside in the back that are dark and quiet.Yorkshire County Fish Shop: Like the hot dogs at Casey’s at the Magic Kingdom, the fish and chips served here aren’t exactly romance food, but the view of the World Showcase from the lakeside tables is perfection.La Cantina de San Angel: Again, great views of the lake and lots of tables for two nudge this into romance zone.While the value resort food courts are too loud and too bright for real romance, there are a few spots for romance at the moderate and deluxe resort quick service spots, as well as at Disney Springs.Hurricane Hanna’s, Yacht & Beach Club resort: On the plus side, great views of the lake and Stormalong Bay pool on the minus side, boring menu and not very private.Maji Pool Bar, Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village: On the plus side, nice pool view and very isolated. On the minus side, the menu is limited and you’re never going to there if you’re not staying there.Sassagoula Floatworks, Port Orleans French Quarter resort: Beignets are romantic. That’s all you need to know.Geyser Point Bar and Grill, Wilderness Lodge resort: This hybrid quick service restaurant and bar has comfortable seating, delightful views of the lake, and a fun cocktail menu. No much to say in the minus column except that since is also a bar, the servers tend to hover, asking if you want more drinks.Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs: This is primarily a bakery, so the meal menu is not large, but they do have savory crepes, champagne, and eclairs – really the perfect formula for romance. The setting is not particularly nice though, and if it’s busy it can get loud.Also keep in mind that many of the hotel lounges serve table service food at less than full table service prices. The lounges are often dark and quiet, sometimes with low-volume background music. These can be great choices for a romantic light meal, but if you’re trying to keep costs down remember that with any dining where there is service, you’ll have to budget for gratuities.Among the options here, my choices would be Geyser Point, Satu’li Canteen, Amorette’s, and, oddly Casey’s Corner. But of course romance is in the eye of the beholder and anything can be romantic if you’re in the right mood.What would your choices be for romantic quick service restaurants at WDW? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Mandela film sets to take on new life

first_img18 July 2012 The film sets created for the only official film based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom, will take on a new life once filming is completed, thanks to a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory aimed at perpetuating Mandela’s legacy. The partnership, announced on Tuesday, marks a continuation of the involvement of film producer Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment with the Mandela Day initiative that began with the company’s adoption of Durban-based NGO Streetwise. Topping the list of the Long Walk To Freedom production’s support of Mandela Day 2012 is the endowment of key sets created for the film to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Film sets to be live on in heritage centres Once filming is completed, these sets will be housed in the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu in the Eastern Cape and other associated heritage facilities. These realistic sets will allow the public to be transported through time and experience places that have great significance in Mandela’s history. Among these sets are the Courtroom of the Palace Of Justice, Madiba’s Robben Island Cell, the Robben Island Visitors’ Centre, and the interior of Madiba’s Orlando West, Soweto home over four decades. Also created are a range of outdoor sets which include the multi-level B Section of the Robben Island Prison and the prison courtyard, as well as a section of Orlando West in Soweto, including the iconic Vilakazi Street. ‘Historically significant places and objects’ The sets, designed by production designer Johnny Breedt, were built by a team of local artisans with intricate detail and authenticity. “The team working on Long Walk To Freedom have created historically significant places and objects, and we are delighted to share this with the public through the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Nelson Mandela Museum to ensure that our people can benefit from these creations in locations that are easily accessible,” Singh said in a statement on Tuesday. “We are pleased that in addition to the film, we can further contribute to the preservation of Madiba’s amazing history and legacy.” Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, said the gift would “ensure an added dimension to our public outreach once the repurposed and refurbished Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory opens in mid-2013”. The chairperson of the content committee of the Nelson Mandela Museum, Dr P Dyantyi, said the donation would “go a long way in ensuring that we comprehensively tell the story of President Mandela through visual artefacts. “In addition, it will bring three important sites into one space in Qunu, which is geographically the fourth space,” Dyantyi said. “What makes us more excited as the Nelson Mandela Museum is that Videovision shares the same values and vision that we hold dear – that the story of President Mandela is bigger than any individual and that it must be shared with the rest of the world using all technologies available to us.”Actors, crew get involved on Mandela Day The production, which filmed the release of Mandela at the Drakenstein (formerly Victor Verster) Prison, will also support the Mandela Day 2012 initiative of the prison, which has teamed up with the Department of Basic Education in the Western Cape to renovate schools which are in dire need of repairs. Singh and some actors from the film will participate in the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory container library project at the Aha Setjhaba School in Parys. Through the participation of Singh and his team, a new element will be introduced into the container library project, namely the inclusion of films that tell the history of South Africa. Singh also announced that the 500-strong creative and technical team behind the Long Walk To Freedom film had also committed themselves to supporting the Mandela Day initiative with individual activities for 67 minutes. This will form part of the Mandela Day Campaign with activities that go beyond Madiba’s birthday, with the aim of “making every day a Mandela Day”.Long Walk To Freedom Singh was awarded the coveted film rights to Mandela’s international best-selling autobiography 15 years ago. The film stars Idris Elba and Atandwe Kani (Mandela), Tony Kgoroge (Walter Sisulu), Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Zolani Mkiva (Raymond Mhlaba), Simo Magwaza (Andrew Mlangeni), Fana Mokoena (Govan Mbeki) and Thapelo Mokoena (Elias Motsoaledi), Naomie Harris, Lindiwe Matshikiza and Terry Pheto. The film started principle photography in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of May and is currently shooting in Cape Town, whereafter the production will move to Johannesburg, the Eastern Cape and then back to KwaZulu-Natal. SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

Corey May, CFI, LPC Promoted to Director, World Headquarters Business Continuity at Nike

first_imgCorey May, CFI, LPC was appointed director, world headquarters business continuity with Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike. May began his career at Nike in 2009 as a retail manager transitioning to a loss prevention business analyst in 2011, district loss prevention manager in 2013 and most recently as senior manager, global loss prevention operations. He was a non-commissioned officer for the US Navy and holds a bachelor of business degree from University of RedlandsCongratulations Corey! – Sponsor – Information provided by our partners at Loss Prevention Recruiters Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Are clouds the answer? What is the question?

first_imgIn a prior post I argued that a lot of the work happening in your data center could probably be done someplace else. One of the counter arguments to this approach is the potential loss of the competitive advantage achieved by owning your compute resource, especially where your competition can not or does not own a parallel resource. There may be some situations where this is true, but in most situations external resources (ex: Cloud Computing) can actually liberate a business from the capital constraints of building a private compute center. If compute capacity delivers a competitive advantage, external availability provides scale to the limits of what an organization use. Like any other resource, the trick is in using it effectively. Ability to take advantage of this resource will be a future differentiator for compute enabled companies. One of my favorite sound bites was an estimate in “information week” stating that a one-millisecond advantage in trading applications could be worth $100 million a year to a major brokerage firm. Taking advantage of the computing cloud starts to look a lot like the fabled utility computing architecture. Utility computing is real, but Gartner* still places it on decent into the “trough of disillusionment”. I agree, and broad availability of utility computing is still a few years out. That doesn’t mean IT managers should be waiting.Why does Intel care? Will processor type matter in this emerging utility era – in the era of hosting, SAAS, and clouds? My short answer is yes. I think Intel has the right products and roadmap to be “platform of choice” in the evolution to utility. My rationale for this position comes from the behaviors of companies doing leading work in these areas. It turns out that service providers want the very best value, where value is measured as a combination of performance, performance / watt, performance / $, platform efficiency, support for virtualization, management, and security. I.E. pretty much the same stuff that every data center manager should value. Intel has focused server platform evolution toward delivering platform leadership in, efficiency, virtualization and performance. Success in these three pillars ensures continued leadership in the data center. Beyond these pillars, Intel is also working with the software ecosystem to enable effective integration and optimization of the rest of the solution stack. The combination of technical leadership and a shared core architecture that spans mobile, desktop, and servers gives Intel a distinct advantage in utility computing.last_img read more

AIFF asks panel members to meet de Matos

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) Unfazed by the criticism of a member of the committee tasked to recommend a coach for the Indian U-17 team, All India Football Federation today asked all the members of the panel to meet Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos who has emerged as the “number one choice” for the job. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said all the members of the advisory committee constituted to recommend Indian teams head coach for the U-17 World Cup to be held in six cities from October 6-28 has been told to meet de Matos who is expected to be in India on February 28. “All the advisory committee members have now been told to meet Luis Norton (when he is here in India),” Das told PTI today. Indian football legends Baichung Bhutia and I M Vijayan, another former India international Abhishek Yadav (also Chief Operating Officer of the U-17 team) and AIFF Technical Director Savio Madiera were among the members of the special committee to shortlist the coach. Other members are Das and Kishore Taid, Head of Operations and Strategy of the AIFF. De Matos, a former Portugal international and ex-coach of Benfica reserve side as well of Guinea-Bissau national team, has been declared by the AIFF as its “number one choice” from among the shortlisted candidates and he is expected to meet Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas and AIFF President Praful Patel on February 28 to chalk out his contract details. A member of the committee constituted by the AIFF to recommend the U-17 team coach has alleged that the federation has “bypassed” the panel in naming de Matos as the “number one choice”. The AIFF, however, defended its decision with Das saying that he (de Matos) was best suited for the job. “We have never recommended any coach as number one choice. AIFF has bypassed the committee constituted by the president to select the coach of India U-17 team,” a member of the committee had said. “There were more than 70 applications and we had pruned it down to eight and then to three-four candidates. We were to have a final meeting to select the coach. But this final meeting never happened and the AIFF on its own has now named one coach (de Matos) as their number one choice without consulting the committee. This is not right,” he added. Defending the AIFFs decision, Das said, “Its an advisory committee, not a selection committee. We identified 7-8 candidates and we were asked to do skype interviews. The interviews were done by me, Kishore and Abhishek. After the interviews, we identified Luis Norton de Matos as the most suitable candidate to come for the interview in India with Secretary Sports and the AIFF President.” Das said de Matos will come for an interview around February 28 but no selection of the coach has been made yet. “The kind of profile this person (de Matos) has, he is the best choice for us. We talked to Portugal national coach Fernando Santos and asked him about de Matos. Santos said he (de Matos) is not a good coach but a very good coach. We asked the Portugal FA and they also recommended him (de Matos) very strongly. We went to FIFA and its technical side gave the recommendation.” PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Spending time barefoot may boost kids’ balancing, jumping skills

first_imgBerlin, Jul 11 (PTI) Children and adolescents who spend most of their time barefoot tend to develop motor skills differently and are better at jumping and balancing, scientists say. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, is the first study to assess the relevance of growing up shod vs barefoot on jumping, balancing and sprinting motor performance during different stages of childhood and adolescence. The study shows that habitually barefoot children are noticeably better at jumping and balancing compared to habitually shod children, particularly from 6-10 years of age. While these beneficial barefoot effects diminished in older adolescents, the research nevertheless highlights the importance of barefoot exercise for motor development as children grow and mature.”Walking barefoot is widely thought to be more natural, and the use of footwear has long been discussed as an influencing factor on foot health and movement pattern development,” said Astrid Zech, a professor at University of Jena in Germany.”A few studies report that barefoot situations change biomechanics in children and adults during running and jumping – but only limited knowledge exists for the clinical relevance of this finding,” said Zech. “We wanted to investigate, for the first time, whether changes in foot biomechanics due to barefoot activities are actually relevant for the development of basic motor skills during childhood and adolescence,” she said.Researchers assessed three motor skills – balance, standing long jump and a-20 metre sprint – in 810 children and adolescents from 22 schools across rural Western Cape South Africa and urban areas of northern Germany.advertisement The two groups were selected to represent different footwear lifestyles: children from South Africa are habitually barefoot, while children from Germany wear shoes most of the time.The habitually barefoot participants scored significantly higher in the balance and jumping tests compared to the habitually shod participants. This difference was observed in both test conditions (barefoot and shod) and across all age groups (6-10, 11-14 and 15-18 years), but particularly evident in 6-10 year-old children. The habitually barefoot children also performed better when barefoot than when shod.”Most of the primary school children in our study (South Africa) go to school and perform sport and leisure activities barefoot,” said Ranel Venter from Stellenbosch University, who led the South African research team. “Our finding that these children performed better in balancing and jumping supports the hypothesis that the development of basic motor skills during childhood and adolescence at least partly depends on regular barefoot activities,” said Venter.Overall, the researchers’ work emphasises the benefits of barefoot physical activities for motor development.”Physical education classes, exercise and sport programs, and reactional activities that aim to improve basic motor skills could benefit from including barefoot activities,” said Zech. “Parents could also encourage regular barefoot time at home,” she said. PTI MHN MHNMHNlast_img read more

Rudolph, Gundy Point to Brady, Manning When Talking About Success

first_imgPeyton Manning was not a very good thrower of the football, and towards the end of his career, he was flat out bad. Hospitalized ducks were offended by some of Manning’s throws throughout his career, and yet he remained one of the best in the business for nearly 20 years. Why? Because he was better prepared, more accurate and three steps ahead of his competition.Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has taken a page out of Manning’s metaphorical playbook, said Mike Gundy after Rudolph threw for 497 yards on 32 passes against Pittsburgh. While Rudolph doesn’t have the strongest arm in college football, he always knows where the ball is going and why it’s going there.That’s how you have a 51:7 TD to INT ratio over the last 23 games.“He prides himself on being the Peyton Manning, Tom Brady of college football,” said Gundy last Saturday. “That’s what he prides himself on, and he backs it up. Most people that are that committed that have some skill are going to be successful. His leadership and ability to be humble has been awesome.”“He’s a workaholic,” Gundy added this week. “The guy’s crazy. Over his footwork, his release, his study, the game plan. I meet with him on the night before games, usually Friday nights and he goes over the game plan. He knows it front and back. He understands down and distance. He understands hash marks. He understands blitz. He understands everything like a coach.”He’s got physical tools to boot. Rudolph has clearly improved his accuracy, and his arm strength has always been a plus. He possesses all the tools you could want a college senior to possess.“And he’s totally committed to being a student of the game,” said Gundy. “He wants to play this game for 20 more years and when you’re that committed to something in life, it’s extremely difficult to not have success.”Rudolph agreed with his head ball coach, noting that preparation for Saturdays is vital to whatever success he finds in his final year in Stillwater.“Peyton Manning has said so many times, ‘If you put the work in, you put the time in during the week, there’s no such thing as pressure,’” said Rudolph on Tuesday. “You do everything you can and go react to the defense. That’s the way I approach it. You control what you can control, and you’ll put yourself in a good spot.”There has been and will be much debate over the next year over whether Rudolph can be successful as a NFL quarterback. There are so many variables that go into that that it’s not even worth predicting.What I know is that he’s given himself a chance, and he’s turned himself into one of the all-time greats in Oklahoma State history by trying to become like the all-time greats of the sport. Is Mason Rudolph ever going to have the success Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have had in the NFL? The odds are heavily against it, but it won’t be for lack of preparedness.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more