Trip #3 to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The drinking Chocolate was SO RICH! It needed Whipped Cream, though in fairness, I feel like a lot of things need whipped cream, or MORE whipped cream. It’s my Leslie Knope side. This is definitely shareable! I don’t know if anyone could chug a whole cup of this.

The Grilled Tuna was AMAZING!!! I wanted to eat like 4 plates of this! The tuna was so flavorful and tender and fresh and I will be getting it again. I especially loved the wasabi cream sauce. Yum! Get this at the Hawaii Booth!

Adam also tried the Spam Hash at the Hawaii booth. He ate it. He said it was fine. He wished that the potatoes had been crispier.

We revisited the Creme Brulee with raspberry preserves in France and Adam treated himself to something outside the festival and got some ice cream in the France pavilion.

All in all, it was definitely a great trip! And next time will be our 4th trip and we can get our free Passholder cutting board!

Our First Trip of the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

We visited the Epcot International Food and Wine festival on the opening day! It was pretty full! A lot of annual passholders were getting their limited edition festival magnets.

 We’re excited to get our free cutting board after our 4th visit! Stay tuned for that! We also grabbed a Festival Passport so we can keep track of all the tasty dishes we try! Go to the Festival Center (by Mission Space) to pick up your magnet or cutting board. They’ve also got a bunch of demonstrations and a few booths in there as well! Plus, air conditioning.

Here are the booths we checked out on our first visit!

My personal favorite was the creme brulee in France. The raspberries in the bottom. Wow.
We’re excited to go back and eat more of what Mickey is cooking up at the festival! Stay tuned for more tasty eats!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018: More Tasty Treats

Last week we went to the first day of the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! It was our very first time at this festival and it was a big success! We had tasty eats and treats and couldn’t wait to go back! Check out the video here!

Well, we didn’t wait long before going back! Last night, I had the day off and Adam got off work in time for dinner….So to Epcot we ventured!

We didn’t do a video but I did take pictures and careful notes of our dishes so I could bring you a blog post with juicy details about the delicious things we tried. Between our 2 trips, we have tried 9 dishes and every one of them was soooo good. #noregrets Let’s dive right in…

First up are the Piggy Wings from Flavors From Fire. On the menu it says these are “roasted pork wings with Korean BBQ sauce and sesame seeds.” Adam and I like to share our dishes. There was a good amount of meat on each of these 3 piggy wings. Sometimes you get wings or lamb chops this small that just don’t have meat on them. And the meat was pretty tender too. I did use a knife and fork to cut up the wings (they’re definitely finger foods, but I don’t like getting saucy fingers) and the meat came off the bone cleanly. The sauce had good flavor, though I wish it had been just a little sweeter. We both agreed that we wanted more sauce. Of course, that would have made it messier for the finger foods eaters, but that’s what napkins are for!

Next, we headed back to Belgium. I’ve been eying this booth since the menus were announced! A beef dish and 2 waffle dishes?! Um, Hello dream come true! Anyway, we ordered the Beer-braised Beef with smoked gouda mashed potatoes and the Belgian Waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream. The beef was good. It wasn’t as tender as some of the other beef we’ve had at the festival. But the gravy was tasty and the potatoes were creamy and the gouda taste came through nicely. Honestly, I’m not a huge gouda fan, so I didn’t eat as much of this dish as Adam did, but he enjoyed it. He said that the more he ate, the more he liked it.

On to the waffle. The waffle itself was great; crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They put a significant amount of whipped cream on it, which makes me (and Leslie Knope) happy! The chocolate ganache was rich. But I still think there should have been more of it. (that might be a theme for the trip…MORE SAUCE!) Overall, it was a pleasant dish, but I think next time I’ll try the Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote.

 We knew we wanted another chocolate dessert, but first I wanted a fruity palate cleanser. Enter the Quesito from Islands of the Caribbean. It’s a “puff pastry with sweetened cream cheese and Guava Sauce.” The Guava Sauce might have been my favorite part, and so of course, I wish there had been more. Overall, this is a very light and tasty dessert. It’s not too filling and not too sweet. And while I wanted more guava sauce, that wasn’t the biggest let down. There wasn’t much cream cheese in my pastry. Truthfully, that probably won’t stop me from trying it a second time. But if the next is as empty as this was, then I’ll know that they chefs are just being stingy with the cream cheese! BOO!

 And finally, the crown jewel of this trip… the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle from The Chocolate Studio. I’m not even sure how to describe this. The chocolate is flash frozen with Liquid Nitrogen (think of the science that brings you sub-zero ice cream or Dippin’ Dots). The outside is solid while the inside is so creamy. SO CREAMY. It’s kind of like an ice cream truffle. It was light and delicious and while we shared it, I felt like I could eat 4 of these all on my own. (Full Disclosure: I hadn’t eaten much all day…so I could have had a slightly skewed experiences based on my dramatic feeling of starvation)

I would definitely recommend all of these dishes (and the ones we ate on day one)! So far there isn’t a dud in the batch! It’s unlikely that we’ll try ALL of the dishes, but we’ve still got plenty more we want to try… and several we’ll be re-visiting.

Stay tuned for more Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2018 updates!

An Afternoon in Epcot

Epcot is one of our favorite places. And we’re not just talking in terms of Disney Parks. I mean Epcot is one of our favorite places ANYWHERE! We love World Showcase and all of the cultural and eatery offerings. We love how educational so much of Epcot is. And we love that it has a more chill environment than, say, Magic Kingdom. 
We spent the afternoon in the park and went to SOME of our favorite places. Really we only visited a small handful. We love so many things in this park. Watch the video to see what we love!

Featured locations include:
Test Track
Three Caballeros
Living with the Land
Via Napoli
Journey Into Imagination

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: 2018 Edition

We were lucky enough to be able to visit Disney World during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this year. This is an annual festival involving beautiful floral displays, topiaries, food booths and MORE! The dates for the 2018 festival are February 28th-May 28th! So if you’re in the area, you still have time to hit this year’s event!

Epcot’s very own Figment in all his Topiary glory!

This was our first year attending the festival! We had read a lot about the festival and were excited to see what all of the excitement was about. And we were not disappointed! The topiaries and other displays are nothing short of breath-taking (quite literally if you have severe allergies- plan ahead with some allergy medication)!

Walking around the World Showcase, you’ll see many more topiaries! A special topiary is featured at each country. In Italy, you can find Lady and the Tramp. In Norway, there are some trolls. The Outpost between China and German has several Lion King topiaries. Germany has Snow White and her Seven Dwarves! 
There’s no shortage of beauty to be seen at the Flower and Garden Festival! If you’re planning a trip around this time, just know that you will want more than one day in Epcot in order to fully enjoy this festival. We spent a week at Disney World during the festival and we probably stopped in to see (and eat) things in Epcot at least 4 days.

Epcot doesn’t just stop with the beautiful flowers! If you’ve been to any other festival at Epcot, you know that it isn’t an Epcot festival without FOOD BOOTHS! 
This year, there were 15 booths, plus the Joffrey’s carts had some specialty items as well. Disney provides booklets so you can track your adventures through the Festival. They are pocket sized and have stickers to mark each booth or garden visited. The booklets also included menus for each of the food booths!
We tried multiple items, but not all of them. Most of them were winners in our books, but a couple fell short of what we had hoped.
 The Warm Cheese Strudel at the booth in German was something I didn’t eat until the end of our trip. And I found myself really wishing I had tried it earlier so I would know to eat it more than once. The booths open at 11:00 am so I called this a late breakfast, but I’d eat it for every meal, if I could.
 This was the Beef Tenderloin Tips from the Canada booth. This is another one I would have eaten multiple times. But there were so many dishes we wanted to try. The meat was tender and tasty and the potatoes were creamy. I wish we had gotten more than 1 carrot, but over all, this was a big winner!
 The Sugar Cane Shrimp skewer with Steamed rice and coconut lime sauce was also exceptionally tasty. I believe this had 4 shrimp on the skewer which sat on a healthy sized bed of rice. The plating was fun with the sugar can skewer and the dish was yummy!
 It’s hard to go wrong with Cheesecake, but some people manage to do it. HOWEVER, this was not one of those times! This dish was found at the Honey Bee-stro not far from the Canada pavilion. It is made with local wildflower honey and seriously was so delicious and creamy. It was another one we wish we had tried earlier so we could eat it multiple times during this trip.
This was our one food fail for the trip. This Lamp Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique from The Berry Basket booth was not great. There was very little meat on the lamb chop and the salad was REALLY bitter! The flavors didn’t balance out and we felt like we had cold Quinoa in our teeth for the rest of the day. 

For our first Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, we’re calling this a win! We can’t wait to see what they do next year! The food was great and the topiaries were so fun. We’re already HUGE fans of Epcot, but this was just the cherry on top for us! 

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