Review: Disney’s Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater

Exterior neon sign at Disney's Sci-Fi Dine-in TheaterEditor’s Note: This post is featured on the Disney Blog Carnival #38. Read more great posts about all things Disney!

It’s been more than a decade since I’ve had a meal at the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Back during my awkward teen years, I reveled in the chance to watch old, science fiction and horror B-movies thanks to Comedy Central’s “MST 3000.” At the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater, movie buffs and science fiction geeks will enjoy the opportunity to see clips from vintage classics like “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman” or “The Giant Gila Monster.” Today’s teens will probably find the restaurant out-of-date, nerdy and totally not cool.

Since I don’t fit in that latter category and I still enjoy my science fiction every now and again (yes, I did go to a Star Trek convention in eighth grade), I still find this restaurant to be a fun draw even with its short reel of movie clips and vintage news stories, small tables and minimal menu.

Let’s take a look at what has changed in the more than 10 years since I’ve been back to Sci-Fi (and what hasn’t):

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Review: Tennessee’s Barbecue

Tennessee's Barbecue ExteriorI’m pleased to announce the winner of the latest edition of our “Write the Caption” challenge is Sheri Wagner with “We have to stop meating like this.” Sheri, please email me at christina.relacion@gmail.com so we can arrange how to get you your prize of freshly made baked goods.

Now, you can find that cute piggy and chicken duo from the photo at the Peabody location of Tennessee’s Barbecue located on Route 114.

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Raw Food Diet: Faux Salmon Pate

I’m always investigating new diets and trends in foods. Recently, I learned about the Raw Food Diet, or Living Food Diet, where you eat mostly uncooked, unprocessed and organic foods. In the Raw Food Diet, you don’t cook your foods higher than 115 degrees F because many foods lose their nutritional values and essential enzymes at higher temps.

There are several different off-shoots of the Raw Food Diets – Raw Veganism, Raw Vegetarianism and Raw Animal Food Diets.

There are many benefits to eating a raw food diets, according to experts like Alissa Cohen, author of “Living on Live Food.” She writes:

When food is cooked at over 112 degrees (this temperature can be felt as warm to the touch) we destroy all of its enzymes. This is a problem because we need enzymes for every function in our body. To walk, to talk, to breathe and to move; life itself depends on them. As we age, our bodies natural source of enzymes becomes depleted and we need to replenish this source through the foods we eat. If we do not do this and we continue to eat cooked foods, then we eventually begin to use up our body’s enzyme reserves. Cooking makes it harder for our bodies to break up and digest the foods that we eat. This food then begins to get stored in our bodies as toxins; which can lead to all kinds of diseases and illness.

While I’m not on the Raw Food Diet, I am intrigued by it and its purported health benefits. There even is a raw food restaurant in nearby Beverly, Mass., called Rawbert’s Organic Garden Cafe. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Menu items are made of quinoa, kale, flax, squash, and nuts. You can get pizzas, pastas, pies and more. I’m especially intrigued by their Nut Butter “Squash” Ravioli with beet ravioli shells, walnuts and cashew alfredo.

I don’t quite get all the science behind not cooking your foods to certain temperatures, but I really want to learn more about this interesting diet. So, I was really impressed when I found out one of my coworkers is on the Raw Vegan form of the diet. She was even planning on going to a raw food potluck but it was canceled so she had some leftovers of this Fake Salmon Pate made with nuts, red peppers, onions and olive oil.

Raw Salmon Pate

I didn’t really know what to expect. It looks exactly like a pate. (I won’t repeat what Brett said it looked like.) But, served with some whole grain crackers from Trader Joe’s, this faux pate was like a great, homemade hummus. It had lots of notes of the red peppers and it wasn’t gritty from the ground nuts. Even Brett thought that it tasted really good… and if you can fake the hubby out with something, that’s a true winner!

Here is a similar recipe that I found from Alissa Cohen’s cookbook in case you’d like to try it out yourself:

Mock Salmon Pate
from Alissa Cohen’s Book, Living on Live Foods

  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 large red sweet pepper
  • 1 large scallion
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Serving suggestions: This can be served on a plate as is, over a salad, rolled up in a green leaf, or spread on crackers.

Review: Kelly’s Roast Beef

Kelly's in MedfordSince 1951, Kelly’s Roast Beef has been slicing up tender pieces of beef and piling it high on soft buns from their original Revere Beach location to their five other suburban Boston locations. Each year, about 1 million roast beef sandwiches are sold and that’s why they say they’re the “Creator of the Original Roast Beef Sandwich.”

Of course you can get that famous roast beef sandwich, but they also serve up fish and chips, lobster rolls and even soups and salads.

A few weeks ago, we stopped at the Medford, Mass. location that is at Station Landing near the T’s Orange Line. Just after noon, the restaurant was packed with families, couples and individuals. A line snaked around the building for the drive-thru.

But, it was well worth it for that sandwich.

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