We killed it guys.
I’d like to thank my Nike Dri-Fit pants, for keeping me comfy; my converse, for keeping moving; and my husband, for making sure we were victorious.
He is the wind beneath my wings.
So settle in my bibbles, this is going to be a long post. But first, I invite you to discover the cranberry…
To the main event…
The first thing I put into my body at the Epcot Food & Wine Fest was:
Just your basic morning Abita Purple Haze.
It was at this booth they gave us our Passports…you get a stamp for each destination you visit…
A challenge has never been more accepted.
Stop two: Greece.
This was the best thing we had all day. The rest of the day was mostly chasing that high. I mean, there were other greats, but this was our absolute favorite. Next time we will get 7 of them.
What. The. Freak.
It’s a delicious, melty cheese party in your mouth with a guest appearance by sweet honey and beautiful pistachios.
Let’s carry on, wayward son…To Canada.
We got the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup…
And…the Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine.
The soup was pretty good…it was kind of hyped up though…it was really just your basic cheese soup. It did follow right behind the food of the Gods though, so maybe it never had a chance.
Ice Wine: Sweet…apple-y…fine, I guess.
Next we went to Ireland. Where we ate more cheese!
The cheese sampler was provided by Kerrygold and consisted of: Irish Aged Cheddar (Sean’s favorite), Dubliner (an old friend of mine), and Cashel Blue (my favorite) with Apple Chutney (yum!) and Brown Bread (meh).
Did I mention the Bunratty Potcheen Irish Coffee? It was delicious (and pretty strong).
After that, we ducked into some of the UK shops and I found this:
I would have purchase it, but I didn’t want to carry it around all day.
Next we went to France and I upset my husband by eating snails. But first, we deviated from the plan and got the beverage we ALWAYS get when we are in Epcot-France…
That is a Grey Goose Citron Slushy…and it will change your life.
What you see above is Escargot Persillade en Brioche (Garlic Parsley Snails) and Coq au Vin sur Gratin de Macaroni (Red Wine Braised Chicken, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Macaroni Gratin).
Honestly, I liked the snails more than the chicken. They were so buttery and garlicky! And not chewy…I thought they would be chewy…
The chicken was pretty good too, though…and of course I liked the macaroni…of course.
It should be noted that I was finishing my drinks faster than Sean…this is notable because he is usually a much faster drinker than I am…I dunno what was going on, but I made him take this pic of me to commemorate the occasion.
Why in God’s name am I pointing my toes?
Coming up: Belgium
It should (nay, must) be said that the Belgian beer selection was pretty disappointing…Hoegaarden, Stella, and Leffe are all InBev (which owns Anheuser-Busch) products. It would have been great to at least see some Chimay…but I guess I’m not surprised…
So we didn’t get beer in Belgium…instead we got a tasty waffle!
That was a very delicious, very fluffy waffle.
Gluten 4 lyfe…
We needed a bit of respite…so we got a glass of wine in New Zealand (not real New Zealand) and respited (not a real verb) in the grass.
I still needed a break from putting solid things in my mouth, so I had a Mimosa Royale from Morocco.
I really have no idea what makes it “Royale”…I saw them put an extra shot of something in it…dunno what.
Next we went to Singapore. There we ate Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice.
Sean ate most of that one. It was pretty spicy, but very flavorful. I could have used a little less spice, because I am a piece of milquetoast, but it was good.
Before I take you to Japan, we need to discuss something important.
I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.
So that happened…
And then we went to Japan and ate what Sean described as “a Japanese Philly Cheesesteak”…it’s really called “Sukiyaki Beef Pan”.
The meat and sauce were very good…but they could have done something more with the bread…it was basically just a cold hotdog bun.
Then we come to my biggest regret.
I should have gotten the White Corn Arepa with Mangalista Pork Rillette and Zellwood Sweet Corn Salad…but I did not.
I got the Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro.
The flavor was there…but the texture…
This is one of those classic Claire moments where I order something I KNOW I do not like. I know I don’t like shrimp cooked in acid. I need the heat to change the texture from slimy to not slimy (?)…this is just like the time I ordered an Egg Nog Latte (I HATE egg nog)…ugh.
But then something wonderful happened…
This was a very good lobster roll. It was called “Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster Roll”… I don’t know who that bitch is…but damn. What a lobster roll.
Then we went to the Fife & Drum (one of the non-country destinations, like Cheese) where the only option was alcohol.
Fiiiiine. If we haaaave to.
This is known as the Red Stag Frozen Honey Tea Lemonade by Jim Bean. It reminded me of this situation.
Then we ventured to Italy. Where I broke out my Italiano and impressed all the ragazzi.
Basically, I just said “Vorrie ravioli, per favore.”
The ragazzo then grossly overestimated my Italian skills and things almost got out of control. But it was fine. I nailed it.
And we got this.
Sean was more impressed than I was. I thought it was bland. But, at least it was cheesy…
Then we moved on to Poland.
Oh my friends.
Not only was there kielbasa…it was a Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream…only all of my favorite things. The kielbasa was the star though…which surprised me.
Also from Poland: Belvedere Frozen Lemon Apple “Tea”…it was really your basic alcoholic frozen lemonade. Serviceable…but I detected no apple.
Our next destination was another “non-country”…Brewer’s Collection. And here’s where I did something I’m not super proud of…but I DON’T REGRET IT ONE BIT.
I got the Schoffefhofer Grapefruit.
And it was DELICIOUS. Perfect for a day that forced me to try and hide from the sun behind some guy’s hat.
So, why am I not super proud of this refreshing beverage?
Look at that sad little ABV…just look at it.
Now, Germany…we had been told we MUST get the Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll.
So we did.
Sean liked the sausage alone (he would), but I LOVED the pretzel roll! It was chewy and wonderful. I also like the brat. And the mustard. On a scale from 1-10, I give this an “orange”.
Coming up next…Destination: Cheese!
These pieces of heaven were, from left to right: Beecher’s Flagship Reserve Cheddar (with a bit of honey!), Rogue River Creamery Echo Mountain Blue, and La Bonne Vie Goat Brie (which Sean LOVED).
I loved them all so hard.
Then we were hot as all get out, so we went and sat inside the Chinese building for a while.
After cooling down (and a pep talk from my husband) we decided to see what China had to offer…besides air conditioning.
They had this…wonderful creation…
It’s Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun…but I prefer to call if “Mongolian Beef in a Food Pillow”…because that’s what it was. A FOOD PILLOW. I want to sleep on it and eat it at the same time.
Then we went to SOUTH KOREA…I was pretty pleased with their offerings too. To eat we purchased the Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw. To drink, we sampled Jinro Chamisul Sonju…it was basically a shot of sweet potato vodka (I think I have the right root).
Then we sauntered over to South Africa.
We were in a vegetarian mood, I guess, so we purchased a little pocket of joy known as the Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket.
I liked it.
Then we had to contend with Scandinavia…ugh. I was warned against the Swedish Meatballs…and I was not going to try the Taste of Scandinavia (cured salmon, herring and shrimp salad)…so we got the Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee.
I was expecting something pretty whimsical, based on the name…but I thought it tasted like cheap champagne…not that that’s a bad thing…
I was getting pretty full (again), and I didn’t really want a taco…so we opted for a beverage in Mexico as well.
Our imbibement of choice: Lime Strawberry Margarita.
Sidebar: At this point, I looked down to find a LARGE amount of chocolate on my arm. I still have no idea how it got there…one of the many mysteries of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
We were winding down, and I hadn’t had many sweet things yet…so in Australia, I got the Lamington, a chocolate and coconut covered yellow cake.
I loved it…Sean said it had too much coconut.
Next was Argentina, and we LOVE Argentinian wine! I got the Malbec and Sean got the Cab (both were by Terrazas Reserva).
They were pretty good, but it’s hard to enjoy red wine when it’s hot out. Sooo…eh.
The next booth was the Carribean. One of their beverages was the Bacardi Frozen Dragon Berry Colada.
There is nothing I hate more than Bacardi’s Dragon Berry Rum. A friend brought it to my graduation party…it’s just SO BAD.
Like no one bothered to taste it before selling it to people.
We did not purchase the Bacardi Frozen Dragon Berry Colada. We got this instead:
The Jerk Spiced Chicken Drumstick with Mango Chutney was okay…but not amazing…but at least it was free of Dragon Berry Rum.
Next…we had to go to Destination: Terra…which had a lot of fake meat dishes…
I got the Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit Sorbet and Coconut Foam…not the Trick’n Chick’n.
We only had two destinations left bibbles…Hawaii, and Desserts and Champagne.
I got the Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips.
My favorite part was the seaweed salad. The tuna was alright, but I’ve had better.
We did not get champagne…it was $13, and we had to drive home.
Instead we each got the Dark Chocolate mouse with Chili and Salted Caramel.
They were not joking about the Chili…it was THERE.
Then we went and got our passport completion stamp…which was pretty anticlimactic…the guy didn’t even look through to make sure we had all the stamps.
But that’s ok.
We still felt like (tired) champions
So that was super fun
Best thing my husband said all day: ” I don’t know anyone else I could have done that with.”