Share This!It’s the morning on your last day of your trip to Disneyland Resort. You still have several characters you need to meet so you can complete you Disney character checklist. The problem is you also need a place to stuff your face with ungodly amounts of unlimited food before you return to your soul crushing job the next day. This restaurant may be for you. Here’s my review of breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen in Disneyland Hotel.When you check in you will be required to pay upfront. Before the shock of $36 per adult and $21 per child can hit you, a cast member will inform you it is time to meet Goofy. He’s decked out in appropriate attire, as are the rest of the characters you will meet later (Minnie Mouse is the dessert chef, Chip & Dale are dressed as waiters, etc). Goofy thankfully doesn’t show any signs of stress and pressure of owning a busy and successful restaurant. He is as fun and playful as he would be if you met him in the parks. At some point in your meal you will be given the option of buying expensive picture packages of your meet and greet with Goofy. I noticed most people politely decline this offer, as did my group due to the $20+ charge.Before we get to the food lets talk about the characters you’ll meet while you dine at Goofy’s Kitchen. Here’s Minnie Mouse looking fabulous.Pluto dressed as a sous chef.Pluto saw that a friend of mine had a Mickey Mouse hamburger backpack. He promptly shoved the entire thing in his mouth.Chip & Dale in their waiter outfits.After you meet Goofy, a server will show you to your seat, and tell you can immediately start eating. The buffet offers typical breakfast items, such as bacon, sausage eggs, biscuits and gravy, ham, and eggs Benedict.There’s also a small selection of non-breakfast foods, such as fried rice, pasta, and a surprising amount of different pizzas.The legendary Mickey Waffles.Mickey Pancakes are available, if the waffles aren’t your thing.Here’s the peanut butter and jelly pizza. It’s arguably the most popular item at Goofy’s Kitchen. Most online reviews will mention it and cast members will hype it up. Kids go crazy for this stuff. If you’re a peanut butter fan then this is for you.The children’s section, which is where you’ll find the Mickey waffles and pancakes mentioned above, also has french toast, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, and everyone’s favorite breakfast item, hot dogs.The stand out item, in my opinion, is the custom made omelets. It’s quick and delicious, and there is a large amount of ingredients you can choose from. My egg white, jalapeno, spinach, and olive omelet. It was made perfectly, delicious and fluffy.A nice selection at the salad bar.I have no idea why anyone would pay $36 to eat cereal, but it’s there if you want it.And now the most important part of any breakfast, desserts! There is a staggering amount of desserts at Goofy’s Kitchen. All kinds of cakes, cookies, brownies, puddings, and more. A unique item I wanted to point out here was the oatmeal creme brulee, which I enjoyed. It looks like a standard creme brulee but then under the crust, and mixed in to the creme is oatmeal. I’ve never heard of that before.The best dessert by far was the Monkey Bread. Seriously it was unbelievable. Imagine the best part of a cinnamon roll, the middle, but then none of the rest of it. They’re warm, gooey, and I ate at least 20 of them. One of our readers told me that they like to add some soft serve ice cream (which is also available at Goofy’s Kitchen) on top of them. Give that person the Nobel prize. Why didn’t I think of that?So, how is the food? Overall it’s middle of the road. There are very few standout items (the omelet station, and peanut butter and jelly pizza), but on the flip side there’s hardly any items that are outright bad (I’d put the bland scrambled eggs, and the flimsy see-through bacon in this category). Most selections fall in the somewhere in the middle. I would say dessert lovers (of which I am) will really enjoy breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen thanks to the large variety, but how many dessert are you going to eat during breakfast? If you or someone in your party cares about characters, Goofy’s Kitchen will be beyond worth the asking price. Characters visit tables frequently, interacting with each person, and stopping for as many photos and autographs as everyone wants. You simply can not get this amount of interaction in the park without dedicating hours of your time to meeting characters. I like the idea of doing Goofy’s Kitchen (or any other character meal) early in your trip, meeting a bunch of characters during the meal, and then spending your in-park time to do as many rides as you can.Have you dined at Goofy’s Kitchen? Is it worth it? How’d you like the food? Let me know in the comments below.
The inaugural Touch Football Vinnie-Yard will kick off this Saturday, 24 November at Vikings Park in Canberra and is the third Touch Football-based charity event this month, following on from Adelaide’s Touch Wine and Melbourne’s Wine Rules. An estimated 16 teams will be participating in the round-robin knockout event, with wine tasting from great local wineries, plenty of food and entertainment for the kids making it a day the whole family can enjoy. The day will also feature a celebrity Touch Football match, with the likes of Minister Andrew Barr MLA, ACT Brumbies players, AIS Basketballers, local media personalities as well as some local Touch Football Australian representatives all joining together to support the cause. Local 104.7FM radio hosts, Scotty and Nige have been promoting the event heavily in the Canberra region and have been running a competition in recent weeks to put together a team which will be coached by former Wallabies great Stephen Larkham. All proceeds from the day will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s local services that assist those in need. St Vincent de Paul President, Frank Brassil is looking forward to the event. “We are happy to welcome fresh and innovative ideas such as Touch Football Vinnie-Yard to allow us to engage with the local community. We hope that the local community will be aware of the valuable contribution that they are making to Vinnies services, by participating,” Brassil said. For more information on the event, or how you can get involved please visit the event’s website at:www.vinnieyard.mytouchfooty.com Related LinksTouch Vinnie-Yard
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Closer? Chelsea and AC Milan agree ‘loan’ swap for Higuain and Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan expect Gonzalo Higuain to join Chelsea in the coming weeks, it has been revealed.Sportmdiaset says Alvaro Morata and Higuain are set for a sensational swap deal – with the Spanish flop all set to join AC Milan.Chelsea striker Morata has been linked with a January move away from Stamford Bridge, after failing to impress under Maurizio Sarri.It’s suggested AC Milan striker Higuain’s departure is ‘inevitable’ with the deal all but ‘agreed’.They claim Higuain will move on a sixth-month loan to Chelsea, which they could extend if he’s a success.Morata on the other hand will move on an 18-month loan to Milan, cutting out Higuain’s parent club Juventus completely.
Chelsea want Arsenal keeper Cech on coaching staffby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea plan to hand Petr Cech a coaching role at the club after the goalkeeper announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 36-year-old will retire once his contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season.According to The Times, Chelsea are desperate to bring a club legend back to Stamford Bridge.Cech won 13 major honours during a trophy-laden 12-year stint in west London.Announcing his intention to retire, Cech said: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of the season. “Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel I have achieved everything I set out to achieve. “I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – From cryptocurrencies, to artificial intelligence, to the rise of millennials, a top-secret document by Canada’s spy agency explores the so-called “mega trends” on its radar and details how they will transform the economy, society and security.The evolution of these trends — set to play out over the next five to 15 years — will unlock new opportunities and new threats, said the recently released document prepared for Michel Coulombe, who was director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service at the time.The draft discussion paper was created ahead of Coulombe’s participation at a November 2016 deputy ministers’ committee meeting on national security.In the briefing, CSIS officials shared their insights on cyber security and privacy, the economy’s evolution toward knowledge-based sectors, the arrival of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, the emergence of the millennial generation, encryption and the advance of quantum technologies.“Each of these trends bring promise and challenge,” said the paper, which was labelled “top secret.”“The rate and impact of technological advances and interactions are often misunderstood or underestimated. Organizations — faced with time, money and people constraints — will struggle to make effective planning and investment decisions.”It warned that significant and sustained leadership, innovation, partnerships and investments will be necessary to deal with the complexity and accelerated pace of these changes.A take-home message of the document is that policy-makers must figure out how much they really know about these disruptive technologies, their potential national-security risks and how to ensure Canada stays secure and prosperous.The briefing was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.A few areas highlighted on the CSIS list have already attracted some commitments from the federal government, while Ottawa insists others, such as the expected job-killing disruptions of technological change, remain a key focus as it prepares its spring budget.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said his upcoming budget will have core themes that include finding ways for science to help the economy over the long haul and preparing workers for the rapidly changing job market from advances like automation.A recent report by Morneau’s economic growth council recommended Ottawa introduce new measures to help Canadians acquire new skills to prepare for the labour-market impacts of new technologies.Among the group’s suggestions, it argued that Canada urgently needs another $15 billion in annual investments by 2030 for adult skills development to help workers adjust to the coming changes.The CSIS document also warned that, as the world’s knowledge-based sectors evolve, we should expect increasingly fierce competition as states, organizations and individuals target new expertise and intellectual property belonging to others. It called this information, which would mostly exist in electronic format, a “highly valuable commodity” that will need protection from cyber attacks.The federal government is planning to release a national IP strategy in the coming months. In last year’s budget, Ottawa said the strategy would promote the development of new ideas and technologies by helping ensure companies, academics and inventors reap benefits from their investments.The document also pointed to a group of major technologies that promise to bring profound change, such as AI, advanced robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology. At the same time, however, it cautioned these developments will likely lead to the creation of “new actors.”“These include state-run laboratories, corporate investors, (do it yourself) maker groups, terrorists and organized criminals that are competing to harness and leverage these technologies in pursuit of their interests,” it said.The paper underlined many broader risks associated with these technologies — from increased susceptibility to cyber attacks, to the facilitation of foreign weapons systems, to unemployment, to AI complications and the related liability issues.The document also examined blockchain technology, the distributed ledger underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The document said if done right, blockchain could become the “plumbing” for all transaction-based systems, including those for government services, heath records and real estate.Looking at the impact of demographic shifts, CSIS said millennials will be the architects of much of this social, political and technological disruption — which means organizations must be ready to adapt, hire and retain them.“The next anticipated cycle will be spurred by the millennial generation who, raised in a technically rich environment, have the potential to launch the next industrial revolution and create an economic boom rivalling — if not surpassing — the one created by the outgoing (baby) boomers.”Follow @Andy Blatchford on Twitter
In a landmark decision at the 14th Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention (COP-14) held in Geneva (April 29 to May 10, 2019), nearly 180 governments adopted amendments made to the convention. The modifications include plastic waste in a legally-binding framework, so as to make global trade in plastic scrap more transparent and better regulated, whilst also ensuring that its management is safer for human health and the environment. Pollution from plastics has become a huge global concern with an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic now found in the oceans, 80-90 per cent of which comes from land-based sources. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacy Global rise of plastic waste — a concern It is only after China — world’s biggest importer of plastic scrap in 2017 — enacted the ‘National Sword’ policy on January 1, 2018, that brought momentum to tackle plastic pollution across the world both, by developed and developing nations, began substantially. As a result of that change, Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam were quickly overwhelmed with the shipments of plastic and other toxic wastes, where the impacts are manifold and safeguards are minimum. Also Read – The future is here!As developing nations increase restrictions, plastic trash is getting piled-up in developed countries leading to detrimental effects on their environment and daily operations. Overview of the landmark convention Themed under ‘Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste’, COP-14 witnessed participation of around 1,400 delegates to empower the developing nations with the rights to forbid unrecyclable, polluting plastics and other hazardous wastes from affluent nations to enter their jurisdiction. Evidence-based findings published by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and the International Private Equity Network (IPEN) were also highlighted during the convention to flag the global hazards from trans-boundary movement of plastic waste. Close to 1 million people across the world signed a petition and urged the Basel Convention Parties to take decisions to manage plastic scrap substantially. Interventions steered by Norway to modify Annexes II, VIII and IX of the Basel Convention, also facilitated appetite among member nations to formulate and materialise global actions against plastic and other hazardous waste shipments. Major outcomes According to the mandates, important amendments in the Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Basel convention were unanimously adopted. These can be broadly inferred as: Plastic waste shipment, including mixtures, containing or contaminated with Annex I (healthcare wastes, scraps produced from surface treatment of metals and plastics etc,) constituents, to an extent that it exhibits characteristic(s) referred in Annex III (explosives, flammable liquids & solids etc,) has to be restricted; Contaminated and most mixes of plastic wastes will now require prior consent from receiving countries before they are actually exported; with the exceptions of plastic trash consisting of one non-halogenated polymer (Polyethylene [PE], Polypropylene [PP] and Polyethylene Terephthalate [PET]); one cured resin or condensation product (urea & phenol formaldehyde resins etc,) and one of the fluorinated polymer (perfluoroethylene/propylene (FEP), Perfluoro alkoxyl alkane etc,). This will come into effect from January 1, 2021; Solid or mixed plastic materials (B3010) listed in the Annex IX of the convention were exempted for trade until December 31, 2020, provided that they are recycled by the exporting country in an environmentally sound manner and almost free from contamination of any other kind of wastes. However, from January 1, 2021 onwards, this list (B3010) will be substituted by the new one (B3011), which exclusively constitute one non-halogenated polymer (PP, PE etc,); one cured resin or condensation product (epoxy resins etc,) and of the fluorinated polymer (FEP etc); Plastic producers are obligated to cover the costs of plastic waste management and clean-up associated with it Further, new partnerships on plastic waste were also initiated among different stakeholders to mobilise interests and expertise, and facilitate the implementation of the rules in a robust manner. The pragmatic shift In light of the above, the resolution so adopted will not only initiate the identification of domestic recycling infrastructures and their markets, but will also facilitate re-assessment of the products and packaging that were previously assumed to be recycled. “This is a significant step towards stopping the use of developing countries as a dumping ground for the world’s plastic waste, especially those coming from the developed countries. Devising prior approval from an importing country (which are routinely ignored at ports) in the bylaws, will make the global trade system (both in plastic wastes & other hazardous chemicals) more regularised and transparent,” says Swati Singh Sambyal, programme manager at New Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment. (The author is Research Associate, Municipal Solid Waste, CSE. Views expressed are strictly personal)
With four matches left to play this season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team finds itself in the middle of the log-jam that is the Big Ten standings. After a loss Friday to Illinois (3-1) and a victory over Wisconsin Sunday (3-2), the Buckeyes are once again .500 on the Big Ten season with a conference record of 8-8. “It’s the last mile of the marathon,” senior outside hitter Anna Szerszen said. “You’ve got to push.” The push the Buckeyes are hoping to make would land them in the NCAA Tournament. “Every match is important because you are trying to sell yourself to the NCAA selection committee,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “Right now, we are trying to build a resume.” The grueling Big Ten schedule the Buckeyes have braved should help their cause. Eight Big Ten teams received votes in the Nov. 8 AVCA Division 1 Coaches Poll, with Penn State leading the charge at No. 8. Illinois followed at No. 9, Michigan at No. 16, Minnesota at No. 22 and Northwestern at No. 24. OSU, Purdue and Indiana also received votes. Eight Big Ten teams also find themselves among the top 33 in Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the most of any conference in the country. “It was a really important win, especially in terms of Big Ten standings,” sophomore outside hitter Emily Danks said. “Every win puts us closer to making the NCAA Tournament.” With Penn State, Northwestern and Minnesota looming on the horizon, the Buckeyes’ room for error is dwindling. “We have to make sure that when we have the opportunity to make a play, we are doing it,” Carlston said. With a strong finish against three ranked teams, the Buckeyes, who are 20-9 overall this season, should have a good case to make for a bid to the NCAA Tournament. “We just need to finish strong. We can’t coast,” Danks said. “Every game is a big game so (we have to) take everything seriously, put everything we’ve got into every game.” The Big Ten championship might be out of reach for the Buckeyes, but they know late-season wins will give them momentum heading into the tournament. “That’s what differentiates champions,” Szerszen said. “How good can you be at the end of the season?”
After earning three wins on the road and improving to a 9-4 overall, the No. 8 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will return to St. John Arena Friday for the first of two home games. The Buckeyes defeated Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Friday in four sets in OSU’s first conference match of the season. OSU is ranked first in the conference with No. 7-ranked Lewis (8-3, 2-1 MIVA) in second. IPFW ranks third. “I want to say we’re used to it,” senior outside hitter Anthony Hock said. “People say a lot of things in their interviews about how they’re going to beat us and we just keep saying ‘no.’” Ranking in the bottom half of the conference is Ball State (7-4, 1-2 MIVA). The squad from Muncie, Ind. will step onto the Buckeyes’ home court at 7 p.m. Friday. “Ball State is a unique team,” said junior outside hitter Nick Gibson. “They are great at getting the ball over the net. Very scrappy, which can be frustrating at times.” The Buckeyes will host the Carthage College Red Men (7-1) from Kenosha, Wis., at 3 p.m. Sunday. But coach Pete Hanson said he and his team are focused solely on Friday’s task. “Ball State is a league game,” Hanson said. “You have to be good on your home court, and we’ve done well against them in the past. Every year, every new match is an opportunity to play well.” Last weekend, the Buckeyes traveled to State College, Penn., to participate in the two-day Penn State Invitational. Gibson tallied a match-high 14 kills on Feb. 4 against the Mount Olive Trojans. OSU swept the Trojans without any help from the top three offensive players, including senior opposite Shawn Sangrey, senior outside hitter Mik Berzins and junior middle blocker Grayson Overman, who have a combined 391 kills on the season. “With a team like Mount Olive, it’s a good chance to work on different lineups,” Gibson said. “Everyone’s fighting for spots. It’s that kind of year.” Hanson and his coaching staff made the decision to exclude starters from the match. “We wanted to rest Sangrey. He’s a guy we’re going to need later on in the season,” Hanson said. “We need other guys to get some experience too.” The trio contributed greatly the night before in a four-set match against the Cal-Baptist Lancers. Sangrey led the team with 23 kills, another match-high. Hock said the difference between playing at home and on the road is that other school’s gymnasiums are much smaller than St. John Arena. “The fans are a lot closer and not afraid to get in our face,” Hock said. As the Buckeyes return to Columbus for the MIVA home opener, their focus is on continuing to reduce service errors. “Our offense is starting to find a good rhythm,” Hanson said. “Anytime you start to build chemistry, you allow the guys to play more freely.”
Manchester City’s Bernando Silva has urged the UEFA to introduce VAR into the Champions League for next season after their controversial defeat to LiverpoolAfter Gabriel Jesus had put the Premier League leaders into an early lead at the Etihad Stadium, Leroy Sane than had a goal disallowed due to an offside ruling by the match officials.Video replays later showed that the ball had in fact made contact with Liverpool’s James Milner, before Sane, and so therefore the goal was incorrectly disallowed with City coach Pep Guardiola having to be sent to the stand, while protesting the decision.Had the goal been allowed it would have put the aggregate score at 3-2 in Liverpool’s favour and would have setted up an exciting second-half. Yet, after the break, both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scored to put the tie out of City’s reach with an aggregate scoreline of 5-1.‘Thank you all for the support and amazing atmosphere tonight! We gave everything we could so no regrets,’ Silva posted on Instagram.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…‘Next year we’ll be back to try again! Congratulations to @liverpoolfc and good luck on the semi finals. Now let’s go win the premier league and end the season with a title. ‘Ps: @championsleague could you guys start using the VAR next season? It might be useful ??.’
Approved the waiver of import customs duty on furniture and appliances which qualify under the list of approved items in the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) (No.3) Order which were imported by a number of applicants to replace items damaged by the hurricanes and which were paid for before but not received by the deadline of 31 December 2017 as stipulated in the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) (No.3) Order; Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Received an up-date from the Hon. Premier on measures to repair and restore facilities at Grand Turk airport following damage as a result of the September hurricanes; Received an up-date from the Hon. Premier on the forthcoming National Honours and Awards ceremony in Grand Turk in Grand Turk on 20 January. Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication on discussions with Digicel and FLOW on plans to restore IT and telephone connectivity on Grand Turk and other islands in TCI which continue to suffer severe communications disruption following the September hurricanes; Received an up-date from the Hon. Premier on action taken following the fire at the control tower at Grand Turk airport on 14 January; Received an up-date from the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming on problems of banking and ambulance services on North and Middle Caicos. The Hon. Minister further requested an up-date on the situation regarding vector control on North and Middle Caicos and the temporary clinic on North Caicos; Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services on the re-opening of schools in TCI following the September hurricanes and on plans to re-open those that remain closed or are still in need of repair, including support from the private sector; Received an up-date from the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming on problems encountered by a visiting overseas film crew; Discussed the issue of access to the beach at Taylor Bay; Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve, subject to amendments being made, the draft Liquor Licensing (Amendment) Bill 2018 for forwarding to the House of Assembly for Approval; Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve amendments to the Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise Development Ordinance 2015 subject to compliance monitoring of approved concessions being conducted by Invest TCI and summary reports being prepared for Cabinet; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 19, 2018 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales. All Ministers were present except the Hon. Deputy Premier.At this meeting Cabinet:Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board to award a contract in line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012 as follows –TR17/30 Supply of fencing materials for the TCI Ports Authority; Received feedback from His Excellency the Governor on a meeting which he chaired on 16 January involving the Department for Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and other agencies involved in TCI’s disaster management response. The meeting discussed hurricane preparedness priorities to be addressed ahead of the 2018 hurricane season as well as a revised TCIG command response structure and implementation timescales to ensure that TCI is fully prepared for this year’s hurricane season. His Excellency the Governor undertook to forward to Hon. Ministers a list of priority hurricane preparedness issues drawn up at his request by DDME for urgent consideration;