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Figment went to Disney World for another year of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, as well as eating his way through the parks and resorts. He had a really good time (as always) and managed to sample lots of food.
Figment really enjoyed the Food & Wine festival. There were a lot of similar/same foods from last year, but a few new ones as well. He started at the Hops and Barley booth (because he loves lobster!). Clockwise (from the one o'clock position):
Lobster Roll - the lobster roll had lots of big pieces of lobster and only a light slather of mayo/spread on the toasted bread. It was very yummy! (It was also a great use of a snack credit.)
Clam Chowder - it had really good flavor and lots of pieces of clams.
Lobster Claw Cuddler - a nice big claw, but the meat was kind of over cooked (dried out).
Pumpkin Mousse with Craisins - not a big fan of pumpkin, but it was popular with those in Figment's group that liked pumpkin.
Next, it was on to Florida Local.
White Corn Arepa with Magalitsa Pork Rillette and Zellwood Sweet Corn Salad (right) - the corn salad had good flavor. The Rillette and Arepa was nice a crispy outside.
Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro - It was pretty spicy.
After that, it was time to go to Japan. Figment tried two of the rolls and the pan.
Spicy Hand Roll (left) - This was very hot! To spicy for Figment to enjoy.
Karaage Hand Roll - The chicken had good flavor. There was a bit of a spicy bite afterwards.
Sukiyaki Beef Pan - The beef had good flavor, but the sauce made the bread pretty soggy. Figment felt this would have tasted better if served over rice and not on a bread roll.
Then it was time to head over to Italy.
Ravioli di Formaggio all/Emiliana (left) - It was a cheese ravioli. The flavor was okay, but it was kind of oily.
Salsiccia e "papacelli" Napoletani (right) - Surprisingly sweet and kind of grainy. It also had a very strong bell pepper flavor.
Cannoli al Cioccolato (center) - Chocolate! Figment loves chocolate, so this was his favorite dish from Italy. It was very sweet and kind of hard to eat neatly, but it tasted great.
Figment continued his Food & Wine festivities the next day with France.
Coq au Vin sur Gratin de Macaroni - This dish had a pretty strong wine flavor, but it was really good!
Then it was on to New Zealand.
Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara - Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Salad (left) - The puree was sweet. The scallop had good flavor, but was slightly over cooked.
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney - The chutney was spicy, but the meatball had good flavor.
After that, it was time for Morocco. Figment tried all three entrees, and all of them were spicy, which reduced his ability to enjoy them.
Merguez Sausage (left) - Spicy!
Harissa (center) - Spicy!!
Kefta Pocket (right) - Spicy, but the beef had pretty good flavor.
Baklava - Very sweet, but pretty good.
After that, it was onto Singapore.
Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice (left) - Yikes! This was one of the spiciest dishes at the festival that Figment tried. He took one bite and that was it.
Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and "Singa" Sauce (right) - The sauce was slightly sweet, but had a good flavor.
Next up was Germany.
Schinken Nudel - This reminded Figment of mac and cheese and was kind of mushy. Sadly, it was not something he ate much of or would order again.
Apple Strudel with Karamel and Vanilla Sauce - Good flavor, very much the same from last year.
After that, it was time for South Africa.
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket (right) - This was really spicy. Figment really couldn't taste the spinach through the spiciness.
Seared Filet of Beef with Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Braai Sauce - Another spicy dish. The beef was tender and had pretty good flavor (when the sauce was scraped off).
Next time, more Food & Wine photos!
This was at Sleepy Hallow. It looks better than it was. My husband and I shared it.
Carrot Cake - Port Orleans Riverside
Make your own Pasta (Fettucine Alfredo) - Port Orleans Riverside
Chocolate Cake - Port Orleans Riverside
Breakfast Pastries - Cinderalla's Royal Table
Stuffed French Toast - Cinderalla's Royal Table
Traditional Breakfast - Cinderalla's Royal Table
Pretzel dipped in caramel, pecans (?) and chocolate - Karamell Kuche
Lobster Roll - Hops and Barley - Food and wine festival
Godiva Drink - Belgium stand - Food and wine festival
Chicken Souvlaki - Greek stand - Food and wine festival
Chocolate Mousse with salted caramel and chilli - Dessert stand - Food and wine festival
Pepperoni Pizza - Individual - Via Napoli
Seafood Pasta - Via Napoli
Chocolate Gelato - Via Napoli
Lemon Sorbet - Via Napoli
Random plate of waffles, asparagus, strawberries and sticky cinnamon roll - Boma breakfast
Dark Salted Caramel - Karamell Kuche
Lettuce cups for two - Yak and Yeti
Malaysian Seafood Curry - Yak and Yeti
Honey Chicken - Yak and Yeti
Bread and Butter with Hawaiin Sea Salt - Narcoossee's
Lobster and Filet - Narcoossee's
Chicken with mash and baby seasonal vegetables - Narcoossee's
Mango and Banana Tart - Narcoossee's
Giant chocolate covered strawberry
Mickey Mouse brownie
Fultons Crab House
Peach Sangria ~ white wine, peach schnapps, pineapple juice with fresh peaches and blueberries
Southern Hurricane ~ white rum, Brinleys Shipwreck rum, tropical fruit juices and a 151 float
Crab Cake ~ Jumbo lump blue crab, roasted corn maque choux, fried green tomato, remoulade sauce
Crab Ceviche ~ Blistered tomatillo, sweet onion, heirloom tomatoes, cilantro, avocado
Portobello Mushroom Fries ~ Orange Blossom Pilsner battered, mustard sauce
Lobster and Shrimp Roll with fries ~ Maine lobster, rock shrimp, celery, red onion, mayonnaise, toasted New England roll
Shrimp Po-Boy ~ Lettuce, tomato, remoulade sauce, toasted hoagie bun
Milk Chocolate Créme Brulée ~ Milk Chocolate Custard, dusted with Sugar and Caramelized into a Crispy Candy Glaze, topped with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream
Continuing with Fall Festivities and Food with Figment...
On Figment's arrival night, he was lucky enough to get to go to Le Cellier - one of his favorite places! It's a little dark inside, so getting good photos without a flash is a little tough (he finally gave up at dessert and hoped he wasn't annoying to many folks).
Pretzel Bread - Figment really likes the pretzel bread sticks at Le Cellier. In fact, he usually asks for just those because there is no point in wasting the other bread!
Figment was on the Deluxe Dining plan for this part of the trip (his first split stay), so he started with a variety of appetizers.
Le Cellier Lobster Chopped Salad - always a big fan of lobster, this salad had nice big pieces!
Cedar Creek Clams - this was his favorite appetizer at LC. The clams had really good flavor and the pretzel bread was prefect for sopping up the juice. Despite having chorizo, it wasn't very spicy at all.
Seared Scallops - Figment is also a big fan of scallops. These were very tasty.
Then moving onto the entrees, Figment gave into his carnivorous side and tried three steaks!
Grilled Bone-In Rib-Eye - The steak was perfectly cooked and had excellent flavor. The potato wedges made for a nice presentation.
Grilled Bone-In Rib-Eye - this one had risotto instead of the potatoes. The presentation wasn't as pretty, but the risotto tasted better!
"Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon - this is Figment's favorite entree at LC. The Filet was cooked exactly as ordered and had good flavor. The risotto is Figment's favorite part! So yummy!
Then it was onto dessert.
Seasonal Sorbets - Figment will be honest - he was kind of skeptical about cucumber sorbet. However, after trying it, it was really good. It was nice and light, which a good contrast to the heavier meat entrees.
Trio of Chocolate - yum, chocolate! The Nanaimo was interesting (kind of dense), the chocolate sorbet was okay, and the chocolate cake was very chocolaty.
Apples - Um, interesting...Figment likes chocolate better.
The next day had Les Chefs de France for lunch and a visit with Chef Remy!
Soupe a l' oignon gratinee - no trip to Chefs would be complete with out onion soup. As always it was very yummy, but one of the two bowls had onions that were still kind of crunchy.
Assiette campagnarde - for variety, Figment decided to give the assortment of French pates and charcuteries a chance. Some were very good, others were less yummy. Figment liked most all of the meats, except the duck liver mousse. Surprisingly, the mousse had the strongest flavor, while the pate had a more mild (and better) flavor.
For entrees, everyone in Figment's group had the same thing!
Plat de Cote de boeuf au cabernet avec pates - the meat was fork tender. This is Figment's favorite entree at Les Chefs.
Then it was on to desserts.
Strawberry Cream with Sorbet - this was a very light and good dessert. The strawberry sorbet was yummy and the "cake" was more like a mousse with strawberry.
Profiteroles au chocolat - Figment's favorite dessert at Les Chefs. Chocolate, ice cream, and puffs!
Next time...California Grill, Raglan Road, and more!
Rolls, Brioche and Butter with roasted garlic
Yachtsman Mai Tai & Tennessee Honey
Garden Salad ~ Boston lettuce, watermelon, house ricotta, pistachios, and roasted peach dressing
Beef Pot Stickers ~ Yuzu-soy glaze, Shiitake, Hijiki, Lotus root, Daikon radish
16 oz. Boneless Rib Eye ~ Sweet onion jam, bone marrow, Brioche, Red wine butter
Special order mini anniversary cake
Inside as good as out
They had a couple of different smoothies on the buffet
Yogurt, fresh fruit, granola
From the Quick Service. It was very good, the same as Via Napoli in Epcot.
S'mores - 50's Prime Time Cafe
Continuing with Fall Festivities and Food with Figment...
On his last day of Deluxe Dining, Figment had lunch at Tutto Italia. This was his first time to Tutto since it re-opened.
Bread Service - the meal started out with a nice bread service, which included a few olives.
Calamari Fritti - Figment really likes calamari and this was very good.
Prosciutto de Parma - Prosciutto is one of Figment's favorite things to eat so he had high hopes this dish was as good as the previous Prosciutto de Parma appetizer. The Prosciutto was very good. The "gnocco fritto" were basically fried triangles of dough...very light and airy, but not much to them.
For entrees, Figment tried the risotto and a pasta dish.
Lasagna alla Bolognese - Very rich, but very good.
Risotto al Frutti de Mare - a yummy seafood risotto.
Then it was on to dessert!
Raspberry Sorbet - a nice a light dessert as the heavy entrees. Slightly tart, but good.
Torta di Nocciole "Cortemilia" - it was interesting...Figment was sure if he liked it or not. It was sweet, but had a kind of odd consistency/texture.
Mocha Tiramisu - Figment knows he liked this dessert. Tiramisu...yum!
Figment had dinner that night at Le Cellier, but those pictures were already posted.
The next morning Figment headed over to Boma for breakfast. Boma is Figment's favorite breakfast spot...there are so many yummy things to choose from!
(Clockwise: Sausage, asparagus, cornbread hash, bobotie, muffin)
(Clockwise: Caramel sticky bun, muffin, asparagus, ham, bobotie, sausage)
Figment still isn't sure if he really likes quinoa, but he ate two bowls (again this trip), so he's becoming more sure that he likes it.
After a day at Animal Kingdom, it was time to head over to Downtown Disney for dinner at Portobello. Figment had never been to Portobello before, but he had gone to the F&W demo with Tony Mantuano the previous year and really enjoyed the black linguine with shrimp dish that he demonstrated.
Calamari - the calamari and sauce were both very good.
Mozzarella Stuffed Rice Balls - this was their version of arancini. They were more like mini-torpedos than balls. Unlike the ones at VN, these weren't meant to be "popped" into Figment's mouth; these needed to be cut. They had good flavor, but Figment liked the ones at VN better.
Then it was onto the entrees. One was really good, one was not good. Figment will start with the good.
Linguine with Clams - this dish had lots of flavors and lots of clams (and lots of sauce, luckily).
Black Linguine with Florida Rock Shrimp - this was the dish that was demonstrated at F&W, but the dish served at the resturant didn't taste anything like the one at F&W. If it weren't for the fact the tomatoes and asparagus were also on the plate, Figment would have though they forgot to put the sauce on the pasta. The dish was very bland; it needed something (like garlic, some white wine, and a few more spices). Figment ended up using the left over sauce form the linguine with clams to give this dish some flavor.
So,while Portobello was one of Figment's new places for this trip, sadly it's not on the list of places to return to. I think if Figment lived near to WDW, eventually he'd go back to Portobello for a second time, but when he only has a limited number of dinners he is less likely to give something a second try if it wasn't very good the first time.
Next time on Fall Festivities and Food with Figment...Yak & Yeti, Katusra Grill, the Brown Derby and much more!
Holy coincidences, Batman! Figment recently helped me with my food pictures, too!
He really loved the coffee press pot at the Kona Cafe.
Here are some food pics from our recent trip. November 15-23 2012.
Steak and Chicken
Green Tea dessert
Lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant
Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin style)
Lemon Meringue Cupcake
Chocolate Cream Puff
Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake
I believe I also have a picture of the Croque Monsieur sandwich. I will look for it tonight. I have more to post and will try to do it later this evening or tomorrow.
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