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Old 11-21-2006, 12:04 AM   #151
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Day 8: The Evening...Aren't you people full yet???

Back again to wrap up the day. As I mentioned earlier for some reason we ditched the dinner reservations at Blue Zoo...I think it had something to do with the dining plan and the building pressure to use those credits for meals rather than going to a restaurant that we would have to pay additional money out of pocket to dine at. I really regret canceling this reservation...so much so, in fact, that Jason and I decided that we're going to have to go back to WDW over our anniversary in May 2007 and give it a try...with cash, I might add!

So...having also ditched the parental unit Jason and I make for Epcot. It's time to eat around the world...again. I must preface this portion of the tale: since it was getting so dark we didn't take pictures of the food booths this evening. But we did come back the next afternoon for even more food and took several pictures of the booths then. Food only for this portion, sorry to disappoint you guys.

Tonight we start the gastronomic tour with my perennial favorite food booth - France. Ah, France...your surly demeanor is surpassed only by the tastiness of the treats we so willingly over-pay for.


What you see before you were three of the yummiest samples we tried all evening. In the background a Sparkling Pomegranate Kir...I've always been a big fan of Kir Royales, so I figured I couldn't go wrong with this and I was right! This could have tasted like fizzy cough syrup if they'd used too much of the Pomegranate liquor, but someone in France knows how to pour a drink and this was just right...a hint of sweetness but really very light and refreshing. So good that we ordered a bottle of Pama Pomegranate Liquor once we returned to the armpit of the Midwest to help us endure the desolate vacation-less months ahead of us.

The Food? Oh, yeah that was good, too.

That slightly over-cooked offering to the left is formally known as a Chausson au Fromage de' Chevre. American translation: Goh-t Cheeee-ez Tarrr-t.

Despite being a bit more brown than I would have preferred, this cheesy tartlet was excellent and flavorful without being overpowering. Didn't pair too well with the Kir but we managed to choke it down anyway.

And look at that little baby on the right...Creme Brulee au Chocolat. American translation: Chalk-let Krem Brew-lay.

What is there to say? This was better than we had any reason to expect...crispy, melted sugar topping...cool, rich creamy chocolate...squabbling over who got to eat the last spoonful chased with some of that Kir (which was just fabulous with this dessert!).

The only thing that could have spoiled the experience at France was an order of escargot; American translation: S-Car-Go.

Luckily, Jason decided to pass on the snails. I celebrated his decision with one of these:


That's right...those of you who remember Day 2 of this never-ending digestive saga will recall a frosty beverage of the Lemon Citron variety and a sacred vow to come back for its equally frosty but much more colorful cousin: The Grand Marnier Slushy.

This...this drink...this drink was good times indeed. If it hadn't been for the relentless pursuit of food I could have stayed right there at that booth pounding down these babies until Illuminations started.

Having tried both slushies I offer you now my humble post-alcoholc opinion. The Lemon Citron is definitely more of a daytime indulgence - it's lighter and less sweet, very much like frozen lemonade with just a hint of alcohol. The Grand Marnier is sweeter and denser - it's an evening indulgence, which makes sense really, since Grand Marnier is more of an after-dinner drink anyway. Both were very good, but I think the Grand Marnier was the more popular of the two drinks just based on the number of people we spotted wandering around Epcot with them during the week.

And talk about a conversation starter! There I was perched daintily on a bench slurping orange slush from a plastic cup and someone would plop down next to me, "Wow! What's that you're drinking? Where can I get one? France? Really? Thanks!"

This happened many times while I was waiting for Jason to come back to me with food. I'm happy that I could share the alcoholic squishee-love with so many people. And I hope Epcot never ever closes that booth.

Where else did we eat? Let me think....Oh, Turkey! Look at the size of this portion:


This is Circassian Chicken, Red Lentil Kofte, and Eggplant Salad and at $2.50 per portion one of the best bargains at the whole F&W Festival. I tried it and I didn't really like it, so Jason at the rest. He thought it was quite good.

While he was chowing on that plate o'food, I decided to be daring and purchase something at the Morocco booth:


This is Chicken Bastilla with some mint iced tea. It wasn't bad, but I really struggled with the taste of this sample. My brain and my tongue both had the same reaction: cinnamon...puff pastry...powdered sugar...chicken?? One of these things is not like the others - get the poultry out of the dessert, 'cause never the twain shall meet!

For the record, Jason also liked this just fine. The mint iced tea was very good and very refreshing - it would have been even better on a hot day.

Next stop...Japan. That's right, when you've already had a chicken-puff for dessert why not top it off with some raw fish and beer?


This is the Tokyo Sushi Roll with Crabmeat. We also had a sample of Kirin Ichiban beer, but it took a while for the beer sample to show up because the tap ran dry and someone had to run inside one of the restaurants to get ours. The sushi was sticky and chewy and sort of tasteless. Jason said that the sauces on the side were there to provide flavor, but I can't eat stuff like Wassabi, so I had to settle for washing the sushi down with the Kirin, which was actually pretty good.

From this point we wandered into the Japan-mart where they sell all kinds of great, sometimes tacky stuff including Speed Racer memorabilia! I loved that show when I was a kid, but it's even better watching it as an adult - hilarious, especially because it's not supposed to be funny. Already filled to the brim with alcoholic good cheer, we wandered to the area of the store that sells Japanese foodstuffs. And I bet you'll never guess what we found while we were there! That's right - a Sake bar!!

Well, when in Japan...


I don't recall the name of the Sake, which is too bad because it was really good. If it weren't for stupid people trying to blow up planes with hair gel and mouthwash we could have bought a bottle and carried it home with us and I could share the name with you and we'd all be happy. But it isn't to be. One nice thing - by sampling the Sake inside at the bar we got to keep the cute little cups as souveniers.

We decide to import ourselves to America-town...Let's give that Maine Lobster Roll a try, shall we?


I prefer to call this a Lobster-Dog since it was served on a mini hot-dog bun. This was basically lobster salad on a toasted bun. It was good, which is saying something because I'm not a big fan of lobster, but I'm not sure it was $6.50 worth of good - there wasn't that much lobster in this portion.

From here we decided to grab some cafe mocha and stake out a spot for Illuminations. The only thing I can really say about the mocha is that it was hot, and that was all that really mattered because it was getting chilly-willy out there. This was the first time we watched the show from Japan and it was a great viewing area. We always like to try new vantage points for Illuminations.

The food is done for the day. Tomorrow will bring the final food and wine festival booths for us as well as a drug-filled hazy dinner at the California Grill. I think those were fireworks I saw from the table, but I could be mistaken.

Thanks for reading!!
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:48 AM   #152
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Can I just say, are we sisters? You are totaly describing my mom! She wants all of us to go to WDW, but I dont think I can.... Not with her. I dont think she can have any fun though.. theres probably not to many casinos in WDW. I love your review, its giving me lots of ideas in case I ever get the nerve to plan a trip to WDW.
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I'm jealous! I wanted to try that lobster roll so bad, but never did. and, do you know what's in the Sparkling Pomegranate Kir? My hubby wanted to try that, but the France line was always so long.
I did enjoy my mint tea too though.

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Old 11-21-2006, 11:45 AM   #154
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To answer some questions...

Jen, my mother says she loves WDW but I'm not sure I believe her any longer. We've been numerous times over the years, but she never really gets into it. She always maintains that more than 5 days at WDW is too much... Jason and I were there for 10 days and we could've stayed for another 10 and it still wouldn't have been too much. Just different priorities...she'd never say that 10 days in Las Vegas was too much.

Staley...after reading your post I think your mom and my mom may acually be the same person!

Nynaeve... the pomegranate kir is made with champagne and a splash of pomegranate liquor. Just fill up a flute with champagne and add a dash of Pama and sit back and sip. Yum!

Sorry you weren't able to get to the booth in France - it was pretty popular, wasn't it? There were always people waiting in line for that creme brulee.
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I have been waiting for the end of the report to tell you what a great report it is, but since you have spaced it out nicely I thought I might as well chime in with some positive thoughts from a lurker.

Your descriptive ability is only matched by Mary Jo, a girl on my dormitory floor in college who could make a vegetarian drool over her description of Thanksgiving turkey.

Your pictures are great! This thread makes me hungry. And sad that I am not at WDW. But mostly hungry.

(And I laugh when I read the title, as well as your Simpson's referenced one. LOL)

Now I am sorry it might end soon.

Great job!
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This is Chicken Bastilla with some mint iced tea. It wasn't bad, but I really struggled with the taste of this sample. My brain and my tongue both had the same reaction: cinnamon...puff pastry...powdered sugar...chicken?? One of these things is not like the others - get the poultry out of the dessert, 'cause never the twain shall meet!
OMG! Flash back to my Seasame Street days!!!!!!


Loooooove your review! I feel like I got to experience the F&W festival with you without ingesting all those calories! I was getting hungry and then FULL just reading about your meals!

How did you drink all those alcoholic beverages so quickly? Tell the truth. Was every other stop the restrom?!! Lol!
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Old 11-22-2006, 09:30 AM   #157
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OMG! Flash back to my Seasame Street days!!!!!!


Loooooove your review! I feel like I got to experience the F&W festival with you without ingesting all those calories! I was getting hungry and then FULL just reading about your meals!

How did you drink all those alcoholic beverages so quickly? Tell the truth. Was every other stop the restrom?!! Lol!

I wondered if anyone other than me was going to pick up on the Sesame Street reference.

Thanks for reading...and as far as the alcohol and bathroom breaks are concerned...I never really thought about this until you asked the question! Since Jay and I shared everything (well, except for that Grand Marnier slushy) it helped minimize the liquid impact, you know what I mean?

Calories...yeah, lots of 'em. That's where sharing and walking all over the place really helps - I didn't gain any weight at all. Of course it also helps that I rarely finish anything I order but still, we had a lot of food and I'm glad my metabolism kicked into hyper-drive while we were there.
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I have been waiting for the end of the report to tell you what a great report it is, but since you have spaced it out nicely I thought I might as well chime in with some positive thoughts from a lurker.

Your descriptive ability is only matched by Mary Jo, a girl on my dormitory floor in college who could make a vegetarian drool over her description of Thanksgiving turkey.

Your pictures are great! This thread makes me hungry. And sad that I am not at WDW. But mostly hungry.

(And I laugh when I read the title, as well as your Simpson's referenced one. LOL)

Now I am sorry it might end soon.

Great job!
This thread makes me hungry and sad, too.

thanks for reading - some day I plan on writing a trip report about all the things that happened in between our feeding frenzies.

Happy Turkey Day, everybody!!
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Oh, the creme brulee! *drool*

Oh, yeah...I wish I was eating it right now.
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Day 9: Are You People Still Eating???

Welcome back devoted food-porn junkies! Did you miss me? You can lie about it...I'm OK with that as long as the answer is yes.

Today is Thursday, October 26 and thanks to a behind-the-scenes-tour at the Magic Kingdom that started at 7:30AM we ate a hasty breakfast in the room about 6AM...



Well, I had to share...Plankton took the tour, too, and I didn't want him to get the hunger-grouchies. Those of you who watch Spongebob on a regular basis know what can happen when Plankton gets cranky.

This was the last of our chocolate eclairs...so light and creamy...some day I will buy something new and different at the Boulangerie Patisserie...some day.

BTW, our tour was The Magic Behind the Steam Trains at the Magic Kingdom. This was for Jon, who is a steam train geek if there ever was one. Jason and I went along to keep him company, and it was a really interesting tour, but ugh, the time....check out this picture before we go back to the more satisfying topic of food.


Yep...that blurry clock reads 7:00...AM...in the morning...and it was pitch black and still pretty chilly. The next early-morning tour I book is going to be at a spa with a sauna and a heated massage table.

So, by the time we made it back to the Beach Club it was almost 11:30AM and the bellies were demanding food. My mom decided that she and Jon didn't want to eat around the world (Jon actually wanted to do just that but he wouldn't say anything) so Jason and I left for Epcot and lunch from many countries.

What?!?!?

No, we had not already sampled everything at the Food and Wine Festival.

Sheesh. You guys seem to think all we did on this trip was eat.


First lunch - France. You may be saying to yourselves, didn't you already stop here last night? And I would answer yes, we did. But France is so good it's always worth a second visit. Here is a picture of me fumbling for some kind of acceptable currency to pay for my snackable.


And here is said snackable:


This is the picture-perfect goat cheese tart...slightly browned and just warm enough that the cheese has melted into one gooey glob of goaty goodness. And to aid in the digestive process...Kronenbourg 1664 Beer. The only time I ever get to have the Krone is at Epcot. A Krone for a Crohn!!!
Sorry, sometimes you just have to crack a joke about Crohns disease, even if the joke is a bad one. Anyway, I know some people don't like this beer, but I do. It's not too dark and chewy, like the beers that Jason prefers, but it's not like drinking Bud Light, either. I think it has a good strong flavor without being too overpowering and I'd be drinking one right now if they sold it here in Missouri. But they don't, and this makes me very sad.

Second lunch - Spain. I can't help it, but everytime I see SPAIN, I drop the "S" and end up with PAIN, which is what I would be in if I actually ate anything from this food booth.


But I am married to a man with a cast iron digestive system (it matches the table), and he ordered the Papas con Chorizo.


This dish was mushy potatoes with ground up chorizo sausage, hamburger, and lots of spice. Jason thought it was very good...I did not like the way it smelled...too hot and meaty. My nose is super-sensitive, and really strong food odors can put me off eating for hours - luckily this was a small sample and it only turned my stomach a little instead of resulting in a reversal of fortune that would have really upset the French.

Third lunch - India. I look very focused, don't I? That's because Jason dared me to order something here and I was struggling to pick food that wouldn't ruin the rest of the day. The booth is cute, isn't it?


After consulting my stomach and small and large intestines, my brain decided on soup. This is the Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Naan Bread.


**Sigh** Those of you who don't know me well, and now that I think about it, that's probably all of you...well, anyway - I've come a long way in the 12 years that I've known my husband; I eat things today that would have had me retching in horror just a few years ago. I have learned that there is more to life than tuna fish and maccaroni and cheese! But despite my gastronomic progress, I am still, in the end, a picky eater. And I did not like this soup. I think it was the curry, which seemed very strong to me, and the thickness of the soup itself. I just didn't care for it. The bread was tasty, though.

And now, an interlude....

Here are a few pictures of some of the booths we sampled the night before but didn't photograph due to laziness and poor lighting. We learned a long time ago that drinking and nighttime photography really don't mix.

Turkey:


Morocco:


Japan:



We now return you to the food...we remember it fondly.

Fourth lunch - Italy. We ordered Pizza alla Salsiccia, Zeppole Fritte al Cioccolato, and a glass of Pinot Grigio.


So what is this, really? It's a big hunk of deep dish sausage pizza - very soft and chewy and actually quite good - just the right amounts of sauce and cheese. That puffy thing on the other plate is basically a chocolate cream puff - mmmm, mmmm, good! No false advertising in Italy...pastry dough and powdered sugar mean that there is no meat hidden inside this taste treat! The wine was also very good, especially with the cream puff.

You'll notice that from this point on Jay and I stopped taking pictures of the food booths. I don't know why...guess we just got lazy (again).

Fifth lunch - Australia. Time for some Shrimp on the Barbie, and a Beef Skewer with Green Bean Salad.


I've just gotta come out and say it: Australia let us down. In years past this was always a popular stop and it could always be counted on for some tasty samples. Maybe we caught them on a bad day, but this was really not up to our level of expectation. The shrimp were OK, but they were tasteless and chewy (Barbie obviously left the shrimp on the grill too long). The beef was too chewy and it was dried out (Barbie should just let Ken take over the grilling duties). As for the veggies...I didn't eat them.

Can I just say that I miss the grilled tenderloin with pepper-berry sauce they had two years ago? And I miss the bread they used to serve with the more-than-two grilled shrimp. And why does every dessert from down under have macadamia nuts in it? Really, why ruin a perfectly good calorie-laden dessert by adding nuts? It's a puzzlement.

Sixth Lunch - Scandinavia. Feeling somewhat frisky after our Australian disappointment, we ordered Grilled Salmon Salad and some Ligonberry Mousse.


A couple of comments here. First of all, I'd like to commend those two parents who were in line ahead of us who wouldn't let their children taste any of the four (yes, four) frozen margaritas they were drinking. Not only did they enforce the unspoken hard-core alcoholic "no sharing" rule, but they purchased a beverage for each hand, taking two-fisted drinking to a whole new level. I could only stare in slack-jawed admiration.

Secondly, and this is not a complaint, but that salmon doesn't look like it's been grilled at all. It looks like cole slaw with salmon, if such a thing actually exists. And it's sitting on a super-sized triscut. Or maybe that's hardtack...I'm not exactly sure. Either way, this was actually very very good. I'm not a fan of salmon, but this was a very light flavor which was a relief because some salmons are just too fishy for my taste. And the cracker was a nice touch - soft and gooshie foods always pair well with hard and crunchie.

Thirdly, dessert: I did not and still do not know what a ligonberry is. Before stopping here and using our last two snack credits I'd never even heard of a ligonberry. Have you ever heard of a ligonberry? What type of US berry is it related to: Strawberry; Raspberry; Gooseberry; Twinberry; Dave Barry???

After much discussion Jason and I have decided that it is similar in taste to a raspberry with some undertones of cherry (which, while not a berry should be considered a cousin just because it rhymes). This was a really tasty dessert - light the way a mousse is supposed to be with a nice sweet / tart contrast. Two thumbs up for the ligonberry, whatever the heck it is.

From here we decided to check out those margaritas we kept seeing on our travels around the world showcase.


This booth, to the best of my knowledge, is a permanent fixture in the Mexican area of the world showcase. Somehow, in all our past visits, Jason and I never saw this place. I can guarantee you that oversight has been corrected and will not be a problem on future visits.

The stand offers four, I mean five different frozen margaritas for $7.75: Strawberry, Kiwi, Mango, Lime, or Fiesta (a combination of all four). You will be given your choice of salt, sugar, or neither for the rim of your cup. And then you will be very happy giving yourself an alcoholic brain-freeze at 2PM on a very sunny Thursday afternoon.

Here is a picture of me imitating my mother with the very yummy Fiesta Margarita (rimmed in sugar!).


Don't let this picture fool you - I was actually very happy. But I did a pretty good job of imitating the Grimace, if I do say so myself.

Here is a picture of Jason trying to taste the frozen goodness of the Fiesta margarita.


We parked ourselves on a bench just past the bridge near the Aztec temple and shared the frozen-fiesta love while watching these funny looking birds wander around Cantina de San Angel. We thought the ducks were aggressive, but they've got nothing on these babies!


If anyone happens to know what this bird is called, would you mind letting me know? Right now Jason and I are just calling it the Big Whitey Bird.

Seventh Lunch - Greece.


The last Food & Wine sample of the trip - Wahhhhhhhhh!!!! It's Spanakopita!


Don't misunderstand - I'm not upset about the food sample, I just don't want to go home. I didn't try this, so let me see what Jason has to say about it; hold on for just a second.....

Jason said, "it was flaky, yet crisp; the inside was a cheesy-spinachy mixture that coated my teeth with Greecie goodness."

Having spanakopita is something of a F&W tradition for us, I mean for Jason. Ever since our first F&W Festival three years ago when we were literally mowed down by a very hairy, very burly man who kept shouting to his companions, "THEY HAVE SPANAKOPITA!!!!!" We always look for Greece and find comfort in the continuity of its spanakopita samples.

And thus ends our tasty travels around Epcot. We set a new record for us: 23 visits out of a possible 25 food booths (the 26th was just selling beer and since we got to taste most of that for free, it doesn't really count). The only two booths we did not sample were Thailand and Germany. We did have some pretzels in Germany one afternoon, though, for what that's worth.

Stay tuned...California Grill is coming soon!!
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Old 11-25-2006, 12:27 AM   #162
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I don't know if Corgano's S/A friends are still following this thread, but if you are I just wanted to say thanks for sending us a copy of that cookbook! What an incredible collection of recipes you guys put together - there are so many yummies that I don't know where to start.

And, I'm not sure who submitted the recipe for the PB&J sandwich, but that was great!

Thanks again for sharing with us - we really appreciate your time and generosity!

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