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Friday Feast: A Culinary Adventure at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival

It’s snowing here in CT (again!) and I am dreaming of flip flops and dole whips.  To make matters worse, my friend Amanda has been enjoying both of these things in Walt Disney World this week and I have jealously been stalking her Instagram feed to pretend like I’m there.  And then to top it off, the Epcot International Flower & Garden (F&G) Festival kicked off this week and this year they have a mini Food & Wine Festival to go along with it.

Breathtakingly Beautiful!

Breathtakingly Beautiful!

For this year’s F&G Festival, Disney has added 12 culinary marketplaces for visitors to enjoy around World Showcase Lagoon.  The marketplaces are meant to showcase the flavors of spring from around the world.  This is genius on Disney’s part.  The International Food & Wine Festival is extremely popular in fall and what better way to draw on that success than to do a mini-festival in the spring!  So let’s take a look at some of Amanda’s pics of the yummy food offerings this year and pretend like we’re there.  Sounds torturous fun right???

The Cottage is located in the UK Pavilion and the theme is Savories, Trifles and Tea…sign me up!  There are a variety of hot and iced teas available (fitting for the UK), as well as sparkling wine and lemonade.  The savory dishes include a Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream (whoa!), Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney, and Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil.  All of these sounds delicious.

1. Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream 2. Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney 3. Peach Iced Tea

Biscuit with Smoked Salmon, Baked Goat’s Brie, Peach Iced Tea from The Cottage

The trifles are served in little shot classes and are about 3 bites each.  They have 3 options Ginger and Tea, Chocolate and Berry.  Don’t worry if you can’t decide…you can get a trio plate 😉

Trio of Trifles from The Cottage

Trio of Trifles from The Cottage

Next up, we’re going to visit Taste of Marrakesh for a Spiced Lamb Kebob with Vegetable Couscous Salad.  Probably not my first choice to try, but it looks pretty good.  Also available here are Harissa & Lamb Confit Chicken Drumettes with Chermoula & Cucumber Salad, Baghrir, a Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds & Argan Oil, and various beers and wines from the region.

Lamb Kabobs

Lamb Kabobs from Morocco

Now my favorite booth would be The Smokehouse located in the American Adventure Courtyard.  How can you go wrong with barbecue and beer?!  Here we have a Pulled Pig Slider with Cole Slaw and Smoked Beef Brisket with Collard Greens and Jalapeño Corn Bread.  I’m seriously drooling.  For dessert, there is a Rocky Road Brownie Mousse!

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Pulled Pig, Brisket and Beer from The Smokehouse!

Did you catch that beer flight?  Here are 4-6 oz. pours of Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company, Red Ale from Orlando Brewing, and Blackwater Porter from Orlando Brewing Company.  I had an amazing beer flight at Food & Wine last year that was amazing…check it out here.

Moving back around to the front of World Showcase, it’s no surprise that Amanda would stop at Jardin de Fiestas in Mexico.  We have a shared love of Mexican food.  Say the word carnitas and I’m all over that, which is why these Tacos de Carnitas (Pork Tacos topped with Tamarindo salsa, served on a flour tortilla with Chicharrón) are right up my alley!  The Tostada is a Crab served with Chipotle Mayo and Valentina Salsa.  Pair this with the special Rosita Margarita and we’re set!

Tacos and Tostada from Jardins de Fiestas

Tacos and Tostada from Jardins de Fiestas

The Florida Fresh marketplace is very reminiscent of the Florida Local booth during Food & Wine, which had some of my favorite items.  How good does this Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes & Cilantro look?!?  Here you can also get a Watermelon Salad with pickled Red Onions, Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese & Balsamic Reduction and Angel Food Cake with macerated Florida Berries.  There is also Tomato Wine and Carrot Wine available, but that seems super strange even for me.

Shrimp and Grits at Florida Fresh

Shrimp and Grits at Florida Fresh

The last stop on our culinary adventure today is Pineapple Promenade.   You’ve heard about it, you’ve dreamt about it, you’ve wished for it to be true…now it is.  Here was have the Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum…O.M.G.!  I think I would give my left arm for this…ok maybe not that crazy…

Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum

Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum

You can also get a classic Dole® Whip here or a Pineapple Upside Down Cake here, but that would just be crazy.  I’m now about to look up flights so I can get down and try one of these.

There are other booths also around the lagoon: L’Orangerie in France, Hanami in Japan, Primavera Kitchen in Italy, Bauernmarkt in Germany, Lotus House in China, and Fruits by the Glass.  If you want full reviews of all of the marketplaces, check out this great review over on The Disney Food Blog.  Also make sure to check out the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for tips and strategies on this and all other dining experiences in Walt Disney World!

Well, now I’m both hungry and sad.  How about you?  What do you want to try at this year’s Flower & Garden Festival?

Big thanks to Amanda Tinney at Disney Every Day for giving me the rights to her awesome photos!

Friday Feast: Exploring the Epcot Food & Wine Festival on Travel With Rick

It’s no secret that Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival is my favorite time of the year!  Throw a foodie into the middle of 26 international food kiosks and you’ve got one happy camper.  Make that happen in Walt Disney World and you have heaven on earth 🙂

So imagine my excitement when my good friend Rick Howard from Kingdom Magic Vacations and Travel With Rick asked me to be a guest on his show and sample some of this great food.  How could I turn that down?!?  Here are 5 of the episodes I was fortunate enough to be a part of.  I hope you enjoy!



Brewer’s Collection


South Korea – my favorite!!

Now if that doesn’t get you wanting to visit the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, I don’t know what will!  Rick picked some great booths for me to try, but my favorite will always be South Korea.  That roast pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw is just to die for!

There are still just over 2 weeks left of the Food & Wine Festival, so hopefully you can make it down there to check out all the delicious things happening this year!  If you’re looking for healthy options at the festival, check out part 1 and part 2 of my healthy picks this year.  And if culinary demonstrations are your thing, you can find that at the Festival as well.  I recently saw Cat Cora & Kevin Dundon give wonderful demonstrations, which were both tasty and a ton of fun!

Oh and don’t forget to pick up your DFB Mini-Guide to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!  Since this is an e-book, I was able to keep it on my phone and use it as a reference when I was at the Festival a few weeks ago.  So handy!!  It’s also great to help plan your visit so you don’t waste time reading menus or trying to find a booth you really want to try.

I’ll be back to the Food & Wine Festival this year during Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, so let me know if you’re around.  I’d love to grab a lettuce wrap with ya! 😉

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: October 14, 2012

Whoa, RAD Reads & my Weekly Review have been on an unplanned hiatus for 2 weeks.  Send me to Walt Disney World and my schedule gets thrown all out of whack.  I was busy doing this:

Playing Checkers with B in the Future!

And this:

Having beer samplers with my girls Leslie & Amanda at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival!

I fell WAY behind on my blog reading while I was away, but I think I’m now caught up for the most part.  I don’t know about you, but I always fall into a post WDW funk after I get back from a trip.  Keeping up with all the great Disney bloggers out there helps fill that void, which has been so true this past week.    

So what a whirlwind, these past few weeks have been!  Hopefully you’ve read my recaps on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend so far.  I’ve covered the race, the expo and post-race snacks.  I’ve also talked about it on WDW for Grownups this week!  I’ll have a spectators view from the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run coming up soon, so stay tuned for that.  runDisney race season has officially began so I’ve been super busy over here at RAD.  But I love bringing you all of this information and I hope you’re enjoying it as well.  The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is now less than a month away and I will be back in WDW bringing you full coverage of that event…can’t wait!

I also want to take a moment to say how thankful I am to have met so many of you while I was down in WDW for the Tower of Terror race.  All of you Disney runners are so inspiring to me and I was so honored to be able to chat with you even for just a few minutes.  Big hugs to Kim who absolutely made my day when I ran into her on the boat from Epcot to the Boardwalk…good luck on your upcoming marathon!

Ok enough gushing…now on to some RAD Reads for the week!

Running & Fitness Posts
We Run Disney has some great tips for running safely among cars, trucks and dogs…oh my!  

Meals & Moves gives a great recap of Tough Mudder.  This event still looks insane to me, but maybe one day I will take the plunge!

Peace, Love & Oats finished the Chicago Marathon last weekend.  Congrats on completing your first marathon…very inspiring!

Running Toward the Prize has a confession this week…Megan wrote a book!  It’s the Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World!  I can’t wait to check this one out.

Disney Posts
Big news out of WDW this week is the soft opening of New Fantasyland.  Here are some great posts covering the event:

DaMouse once again delivers stunning photographs, this time of the New Fantasyland!  Make sure to click through to the multiple parts covering the event.

Sparkly Ever After also shares some great photos and details from New Fantasyland’s First Day!

Disney Food Blog gives us an update on all of the food in New Fantasyland!!  OMG I can’t wait to eat one of those pork shanks!

Ok…now let’s move on to other fun Disney info:

Disney Every Day visits the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and attended a Modern Mixology seminar before hanging out with some celebrity chefs…fun!

Imagineering Disney takes an awesome trip back to the 90s through the covers of Disney Adventures magazine.  My favorite has to be Joey Lawrence…or maybe M.C. Hammer.  Tough decision!

Mouse on the Mind offers some helpful tips when bringing a Disney skeptic to the World.  We all know these people, let’s help bring them to the “mouse-side” as Melissa says 🙂

Team Studios Central conquered the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and got some special medals along the way!

Travel with Rick has been putting out daily videos from Epcot’s 2012 Food & Wine Festival.  These are a great way to visit the festival from home or plan your upcoming trip.  Today Rick takes us to Japan with a very special guest…ME!

Speaking of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, make sure to get your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the Festival to plan your visit so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing things the festival has to offer!

Weekly Review
I don’t know about you, but for me, getting back into an exercise routine after a vacation is SO DAMN HARD!  I hadn’t been to CrossFit for almost 2 weeks and I have to admit that I was really nervous to return.  Would I forget how to do everything?  Have I lost my stamina from a week of overindulgence?  I’m happy to report that all of that apprehension was for naught and I kicked ass this week.  3 days in a row of CrossFit followed by a 10-mile run this weekend…HOLLA!  (Did I really just say that?!)  Oh and let’s not forget about my 5K walk today for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!  More to come on that….

So here you have my full of my week in training and I’m pretty proud of it. To see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour  – Single leg dead lifts, hang power cleans, push presses, tabata pushups
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Lots of amrap (2/3 mile running)
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Power cleans & 1.25 miles running
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 10 mile run

I still can’t say enough good things about CrossFit.  It has not only increased my endurance and strength overall, but it has made me more confident about what I can accomplish.  I know I’ve said this before, but I NEVER in my wildest dreams imagined I would lift a barbell…let alone clean a 73 pound barbell!  Who am I?!?!  Yes, putting in those miles is essential to race training, but I have experienced first hand the benefits that cross training has, so don’t forget about that in your race training.

Quick tidbit from today’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in New Haven: AWESOME!  It was amazing to see so many survivors and supporters out there.  About 3,000 people attended the event and over $88,000 was raised!  I’m so happy that B and I got to Make Strides for my Mom today!!  I’ll have a full report tomorrow, but here are a few photos for now.

Ok now on to some fun giveaway news!

This week I held a giveaway for ENERGYbits and I want to thank you all for participating!  And now, the big winner is:

Matt N.  

Matt, I hope you enjoy your bits and I hope you come back and let us know what you thought of the product!  If you’re interested in trying ENERGYbits for yourself you, use the promo code BLOG when you checkout to receive a 10% discount.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

There’s another giveaway going on this week that you might not be aware of…Carrie’s Getaways is giving away a Disney prize pack that includes a vinylmation keychain, Disney pins and lanyards!  You have until Friday to enter this awesome giveaway.  Here’s how:

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Well that’s about it!  I hope you have a fun week…make it a great one!

Friday Feast: The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

I can’t believe the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is only 2 weeks away!!  As sad as I am to see the summer go, I look forward to this event every year.  This will be my 4th year attending the festival and I enjoy it more each year.  I have learned over this time that to get the most out of your visit to the festival, you need to plan.  There 29 Marketplace Booths and an overwhelming number of special events, culinary demonstrations and wine tasting….where do you begin??

Last year I got the DFB  Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book and it was a life saver!  The book features a full, daily schedule of events for each day of the 46-day festival.  This level of detail, organized by day, can’t be found anywhere else online or in print.  It is the perfect tool to help plan what events you want to book, and it’s a great feature to use on your mobile device when you’re at the Festival.

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book features all the info you need to know before you attend the Food and Wine Festival this year, from what’s NEW, to touring strategies and a brand new FAQ section. Included in this edition are several bonus items like:

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • Eleven themed World Showcase booth crawls (these are so fun!!)
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for One Day visits, Budget-Conscious visits, visits with kids, and more
  • A chapter dedicated to all “New for 2012″ events, menu items, booths, and more
  • Full food, wine, beer, winery, and chef indexes, including dates and locations of where you can find your favorites
  • And more!

One of my favorite features is the information on all of the Marketplace Booths.  Each World Showcase booth has its own page, complete with photos of the booths AND food as well as a full menu.  This gets me so excited for what is to come and makes it easy to plan out which ones I want to visit.  The photos are also great if you are not familiar with a particular dish or ingredient.  Here’s what you’ll find at the Hawaii booth:

Another great feature are the special event listings.  Between the large events, like Party for the Senses, and the smaller culinary demonstrations, there is A LOT to keep track of.  The Guide has a full daily schedule of events complete with times.  Looking to see Air Supply at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, but don’t know what time and date they are performing?  Look no further!

This year, there is a brand new FAQ section answering broad and not-so-broad questions like “Are the booths open in the rain?”, “Are the booths open during Extra Magic Hours?”, and “Is there a way to pay one price for an all-you-can-eat option?”  If you have a question, the DFB Mini-Guide is sure to have the answer!

So, what’s better than having this awesome e-book downloaded to your phone as you walk around the Festival or on your laptop as you’re planning your trip??  Getting it at a discount!!  As we countdown to opening day of the Festival, you can receive $3 off your purchase of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book by using the discount code COUNTDOWN.

All books come with with a 100% money-back guarantee on all of our guides, you have nothing to lose!  But trust me you won’t want to give it back.  Find out more about the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book here!

Don’t forget to check out my picks for the top for Healthy Items at the the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Here’s Part 1 & Part 2…let me know what you think!