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!

Graduating on May the 4th!

In case you haven’t caught on yet, we are


And as luck would have it, we got to graduate on May 4th! May 4th is a MAJOR nerd holiday! It’s Star Wars Day! You know…May the fourth be with you…get it? And we are so excited to celebrate hard core.

 Here we are in our AMAZING graduation attire! BB-8 All the way!
Here we are being more traditional graduates.
And this is our AMAZING voice teacher Kirstin Chavez. We just love her!

Not only did we look super awesome as graduates, but we also had a fun family party and honored the day the way only the coolest people do.

 All parties should include cupcakes, especially ones with Lightsabers sticking out of them!
 Who doesn’t love a Death Star watermelon?

 We absolutely bought a new Han Solo just so we could put him in carbonite jello!

 Wookie Cookie snickerdoodles
And of course a proper May the Fourth Celebration wouldn’t be complete without a Lightsaber Duel!

It was definitely a successful day! From graduation to our Star Wars graduation/birthday party, a good time was had by all. And the best part is…now we can look forward to our move to Disney World and of course, next year the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!!! 

Let’s Talk about FREE Dining at Disney World

If you’ve never been to Disney World or planned a trip there, you might not know that Disney World has Dining Plans. You can purchase dining plans for the duration of your trip and this pays for your dining in advance. Depending on the different Dining Plan purchased, you can eat at any of the Park or Resort eateries and they will use your dining credits rather than asking for money. All you would have to pay is tip.

Snack Credit: Mickey Cake Pop

During special times of the year, Disney offers the Dining Plan for FREE with a room reservation. Who doesn’t love FREE? Let’s break down the different dining plans so we can all make informed decisions!
New for 2018, you can get an alcoholic beverage (if you’re over 21) or a non-alcoholic specialty drink with each meal!

Disney Quick Service Dining Plan Includes (per person per night) Cost per person per night approx $53

  • 1 refillable resort mug
  • 2 snack credits
  • 2 Quick Service credits (entree and beverage)
Disney Dining Plan(per person per night) Cost per person per night approx $76
  • 1 refillable resort mug
  • 2 snack credits
  • 1 Quick Service credit (entree and beverage)
  • 1 Table Service credit (entree and beverage)

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan (per person per night) Cost per person per night approx $116

  • 1 refillable resort mug
  • 2 snack credits
  • 3 meal credits (can be used at Quick Service or Table Service)
Things to think about: You don’t have to use a credit everyday. You could use 3 Quick Service one day and 2 Table Services another days. You have as many credits as the number of nights you are booked at a resort. Mix and match however you need to!
Disney just announced their FREE DINING promotion TODAY! You can look and book here. The dates for the 2018 promotion are: 
  • August 20th-September 29th
  • November 24th-27th
  • December 7th-23rd
You get a FREE Quick Service Dining Plan if you book at least 4 nights at any of the following hotels (Value and Moderate level resorts):

  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation- Family Suites only
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
You get a FREE Disney Dining Plan if you book at least 4 nights at any of the following hotels (Deluxe and Villa level resorts):
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa 
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Village- Kidani Village and Jambo House
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
Of course, you can always upgrade to a higher tiered Dining Plan, if you want. 
There are a lot of things about the dining plan and the free promotion that can be a little confusing. If you have any questions at all, PLEASE leave a comment! We’ve used this promotion many times! And in the coming weeks, we will post about how to get the most bang for you buck (even a free buck) out of your Disney Dining Plan!

TIP: 3 snack credit items= 1 Quick Service Credit
I use this at the patisserie in the France Pavillion

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