Happy Easter Everyone!

I know its been a long time since I’ve posted anything, but there’s just not that much going on at the moment. Our summer vacation is all booked up thanks to Vicki at MouseFan Travel. Hotels and ADRs are all sorted out, my convertible is booked for the two weeks my son and I have in Alabama before hitting WDW. Now we’re just waiting to hear about any dessert parties and such going on.

At WDW we areΒ  staying at Port Orleans Riverside this time as I loved the French Quarter trip before last. Being from Alabama I just love that real southern look of Port Orleans, makes me feel at home. And after having two weeks in Alabama, having a week at Riverside will be lovely! We’ve got tickets for La Nouba in DD which Mark has seen but Gage has never been to Cirque and I’ve not seen La Nouba so this will be a real treat. We’re planning on giving Earl of Sandwich a try that day as well. Have you eatten there? What did you think of it? So what all do we have ADRs for…

Finally going to have table service at Yak & Yetti! We love the counter service foods but have really been wanting to get inside to enjoy even more food and some lovely decor. I’m leaning towards the Crispy Honey Chicken or Stir-Fried Beef & Broccoli for my lunch and a Pork Egg Roll and for dessert, the Fried Wontons sound nice as well. πŸ™‚ We’ve also got Chef Mickey’s booked for dinner. Last year we had the character breakfast buffet and loved the service and atmosphere and the characters were all in matching chef outfits which was adorable. Really looking forward to this one! FINALLY got Beaches & Cream booked as well!! Ever since Lou’s Kitchen Sink Challenge during his 24hr vidcast we’ve been wanting to go and have a Kitchen Sink but just never got around to it. Now it’s booked!! I’ve not even looked at their menu, the KS is all I care about! I think the 3 of us will share a KS with a side of fries and that will be our lunch LOL. Another fave, 50s Prime Time is booked for a dinner and I’m looking forward to Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken again πŸ™‚ We’re finally gonna have a day at Blizzard Beach and have T-Rex booked for dinner that night. I know a lot of people say its tackey, etc. but I love tackey! Plus they have ‘prehistoric pizza’ so we know Gage will be sorted food wise! We’re taking Gage to Ohana’s for breakfast with Stitch as a late birthday treat/surprise and then that night its back to Gage’s favorite place, Whispering Canyon Cafe. Sure there’s nothing on the menu he’ll eat, they do him a PB&J or chicken nuggets specially for him, but he loves the whole “WE NEED KETCHUP!” thing and riding the stick horses. And finally, Le Cellier Steakhouse in EPCOT’s Cananada. Yes I know I mispelt that…for some reason I can’t SAY Canada, it always comes out Cananada, so…

As for Disneyland, we don’t really have anything booked. Things are gonna be so busy with the D23 Expo and we’re sure there will be group events and such so we’re trying to be as flexible as possible. We will be staying at the Grand Californian during the Expo with the other D23ers and then we’ll be at the Paradise Pier which has a rooftop pool.

I am SO looking forward to meeting a lot of friends I’ve made online at the Expo, especially all the WDW Radio peeps. Gage and I were listening to the latest episode of WDW Radio and he sang along with the little intro jingle and I told Gage that we’ll be meeting Lou when we’re at at the Expo and the look on his face was priceless! I’ve even got some ‘business’ cards to hand out to ppl I meet so we can keep in touch. They are very funky πŸ™‚

We are already planning next year’s vacation as well. We’re looking at doing the Disney Alaskan cruise on the Wonder, which is what we were on over Christmas last year, that leaves out of Seattle, I believe its a 7night cruise. It goes to a few ports in Cananada so I better learn to say it properly!Β  And then we’ll fly across to NYC for a few days there and then board the Disney Magic for the Bahamian Cruise.

And finally, we are thinking of doing the Disney Half Marathon in 2013 and Gage will do the kids marathon which is 400m. Obviously this is something I need to start training for NOW as its 13.1miles. Looking forward to it though! Be so cool to be running around WDW during closed hours, with Characters cheering you on, etc. πŸ™‚ Sounds wonderful!

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Christmas on the Wonder and New Years in the Studios (P1)

Well after having two flights cancelled on us, we finally got off the ground and to Orlando after a few hours layover in Chicago. We checked into the Carribbean Beach Resort at 2am Tuesday…a good 26hr journey and without much sleep. Also managed to catch a lunar eclipse as we got settled into our room which was awesome as I’ve seen a solar eclipse but never a lunar.

Anyway, so we get into our room which was like 15ft from the areas bus stop…Sweeeeet! and it is awesome! We chose a Pirate themed room and it was just nifty!

The chest of drawers were chests and the fridge was a barrel…very well themed. We finally get settled and get off to sleep so we can face MK (Magic Kingdom) early in the morning.

Our first stop was to get to the ticket office and purchase our Annual Passes (for both DLR and WDW). I’ve not seen a smile on my husband’s face that big in a long time! You’d think he’d just won the lottery!

Mark and our Annual Passes

From there we entered Main Street USA, took lots of photos and headed to Its A Small World which is our 7yr old son’s (Gage) favorite ride. We met Peter Pan who was the first to sign Mark’s Vinylmation for this trip (he plans to do one for each trip) and Lady Trumane, Anastasia and Drusilla who signed my black ‘Villan’ Vinylmation.

Gage infront of Its A Small World

We stayed in Fantasyland doing Dumbo, Pooh Bear, Haunted Mansion, the River Boat…had a lovely lunch next to HM at the Columbia Harbour House (counter/quick service) which have GREAT chicken fingers and fish.

Then we headed into Tomorrowland where Gage joined in with Stitch, Chip & Dale at Stitch’s dance party before we hopped aboard the People Mover/TTA. We also bumped into Buzz Lightyear before heading over to watch the Once Upon A Christmas parade which had a preshow of a woman who’d lost her little girl and was running up and down the parade route looking for her, calling her name and asking if anyone had seen a little blonde girl in a pink shirt. As a parent with a small child it was heartbreaking and she did find her, she was fine…but you have to think…just HOW many little blonde girls at WDW are in pink shirts?!

For some reason this parade just didn’t do much for me. Could’ve been we were standing in a tight spot as it was packed and we waited too long to get a space and I was uncomfortable, but really it just seemed to drag on for me. I love parades but this one, I dunno, just didn’t sit right, felt a bit bland I guess. The Marching Soldiers/Nutcrackers were the BEST though!

Donald and Daisy in Once Upon A Christmas Parade

We then hopped aboard the Jungle Cruise and I SWEAR the REAL Santa was in line with us! Complete with a surfing Santa shirt!

REAL Santa!?!?

Of course either after or before the Jungle Cruise you HAVE to have……..say it with me folks…DOLE WHIP!!!

orange whip with pineapple juice

So once we left the park we got a boat to take us to the Poly and we had dinner at Ohana. While waiting for our table to be ready we saw Goofy and Pluto and had our photo taken with Minnie & Mickey. We were so tired our appetites were not up to par but we tried to enjoy the food as best we could.

The waitress brought around some lovely bread and then huge skewers of different meats that are cooked on these spitfires.

Needless to say we had no room to try and tackle this wonderul looking desert…next time! πŸ™‚

On Day 2 we tackle the Studios! After getting there two hours before rope drop…thinking that it opened at 8am and not 9am…we headed up to the front of the crowd and as soon as the rope hit the ground Mark went running (well walking fast right behind the CM in the lead holding ppl back) and was the first person at the Toy Story Mania Fast Pass machines while Gage and I got into the StandBy line. This is basically what you have to do if you want to ride this attraction twice and not wait for 3hrs in line. We were in the like second group out and had passes for within the hour. After this we always head across the way to meet Buzz and/or Woody. That morning it was just Buzz there but on another visit both of the boys were there.

One mission I had, thanks to Lou Mongello, was to find the Writer’s Stop and have a Carrot Cake Cookie. This is a new FAVE hangout of mine now. Its just so quant and nice and comfy…almost like a coffee shop on campus. I could just sit there for ages relaxing. Anyway, this cookie was FAB!! Ok I could’ve shared it but being as neither Mark nor Gage like carrot cake I was happy to keep it all to myself but I found it a little too much due to the richness.

Since everyone gets a kick of photos of me eating....

We then headed to our usual M&G spot in the studios, inside the Art of Animation building (if you want to go straight to the characters go through the exit via the store) and there we met Lotso (yes he really does smell of strawberries; its like he’s eaten a LOAD of Strawberry Shortcake dolls!), Mr Incredible and Frozone and Mickey in his Fantasia outfit. We also went into One Man’s Dream which was loaded with like the history of Disney and Mickey. It was great. Even a mini diorama of “Granny’s Cabin” that Walt made himself.

Me and some original MMC stuff πŸ™‚

We made our way back to the main street for one of the last Block Party Bash parades. Last time we had Toy Story stop in front of us, this time it was Monsters, Inc. also this time Gage was brave enough to get up and dance with the CMs πŸ™‚

Gage dancing with a CM in the BPB parade

We continued on with all the usual attractions that we do, Great Movie Ride, Muppets 4D, Aerosmith, Tower of Terror. Eventually it was time for my favorite park show, Fantasmic! I just think its a greatΒ  show but I absolutely LOVE the music!! However, for some reason the snake didn’t move around chasing after Mickey…After that we went for dinner at one of our favorite places…50s Prime Time! Cousin Wendy served us and our cousins from Florida sat next to us. I had Aunt Liz’s Fried Chicken and OMG Aunt Liz makes some DELICIOUS fried chicken!! I also saw that they had Dan Aykroyd’s Chardonnay and I had a glass of that which went RIGHT to my head as always.

Aunt Liz's Fried Chicken

Now this fried chicken, you get HALF a chicken, I was not expecting that but I gobbled it down like no one’s business. It also comes with some lovely mashed potatoes and sweet corn. The meatloaf is also one of our favorites. We both had it last time but only Mark had it this time as I wanted some downhome fried chicken and that’s exactly what I got!

Dad's Traditional Meatloaf

The only complaint I have about the meatloaf is that you just don’t get enough, but I suppose if you asked for more they’d give you some more. But it is just lovely. Very tender and juicy.

 

Me and some of Danny's wine

The desert was also lovely. I had the cheesecake, Mark had the smores (not shmoes) and Gage had the kids ‘make your own sundae’. We were so stuffed though we couldn’t finish our deserts. Which is a shame but OMG that chicken was to DIE for…and well I guess it did. πŸ˜›

After dinner we headed over to see the Osbourne Family Lights. We could hear Phineas & Ferb talking and were like “Shit! Where are they?” thinking there was some sort of lighting show going on. But no, it was just an audio ofΒ  a ‘radio broadcast’ about the lights and such. It was good though, even Doof had a part. The lights were just amazing! Although at this point I was so sick and tired of hearing Christmas music but the dancing lights along with them were just…WOW!

On with Day 3!

We started the day off with breakfast at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort. I was so excited because they had grits and scrambled eggs and biscuits! True I did eat with my eyes too much and put way too much on my plate, but there ya go. Go without some of your fave foods for nearly 2yrs and you just want to bathe in it.

 

scrambled eggs, grits, biscuit and bacon MMMMMMMMM

This place I did finish, the 2nd one was a bit too much, hehe. We really enjoyed this and plan to have dinner there next time. Gage being the fussy eatter he is, does good with buffets and loves fixing his own plate.

During our meal we were visited by Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Donald. Mark was talking to Donald who was eyeing up his pin lanyard and when he noticed there were no Donald pins he got very angry. This is one duck who has an ego issue ineed. He put his hand in Mark’s face and demanded that he bow down to him. So Mark got on his knees and did the “I’m not worthy” bow, and that was good enough for Donald.

Mark bowing down to Donald

The food was great and its always wonderful to be in the presence of the Fab Five. What we also loved was that they were all in chef outfits. We love to meet all the characters in different outfits, so much so that we’ll bypass Mickey if we’ve already had our photo with him in ‘that’ outfit on that trip.

After the meal we walked to the MK entrance rather than the monorail as it was a lovely day and the monorail had other stops to make before going to the MK terminal. We went right to ToonTown and let Gage ride Goofy’s Barnstormer as that is one of his fave rides and since it had no line we just walked right on. Then we caught up with Mark in Mickey’s Judging Tent and saw him and Minnie. As always Minnie gave Gage a kiss and Micky was not impressed and told Gage that he was watching him. Shame that they’re going to tear down ToonTown for the Fantasyland expansion. It is such a good area and wonderfully themed. We will miss it. But at least its said that the Barnstormer is staying put.

It was a quick morning in the MK as we had to get back to our resort for the Cruise Line bus to pick us up and take us to Canaveral to board the Disney wonder!

 

Only 2 Days Till Christmas

 

 

WoC & Food (also 6wks to go!!)

We have only six weeks until we step foot back into Disneyland Resort Paris!! Today we went shopping and got us each a pair of Geox sandles to wear also we got our son LOADS of new clothes from the Disney store to wear. SO glad they finally had some Phineas & Ferb clothes!! Yes, I was tempted to get myself a ‘talking’ Perry toy, but I resisted. Hope there will be better ones at the park!! πŸ™‚

Still need to book Cafe Mickey’s and pack but other than that we are good to go πŸ™‚ Can’t wait!! I’m looking forward to getting some more pins and riding Aerosmith & ToT. I just hope the weather is lovely and warm/hot everyday we are there.

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OMG…have you SEEN World of Color yet?!?!

I’m upset that it won’t be in WDW, at least not anytime soon from what I’ve heard. My favorite nighttime show has always been Fantasmic mainly due to the music…I LOVE the music!! But World of Color (WoC) is so beautiful and amazing!! Just the music and the lights and water…all of it, was just fantastic!! My ONLY complaint, yes there is a complaint here…is one I have quite often…WHY when a show uses a scene from Lion King it is ALWAYS the one where the stampead tramples Mufasa and Simba is there cuddling him as he dies?!?! I hate this scene from the movie, its nothing against the film, LK is one of my fave Disney films. But because it was released a year after my Mom had passed away with cancer (I was 16 when she died) and that scene just nails me in the heart as it makes me think of when she was taking her last breaths and I was holding her hand. So that is my only complaint on WoC is that THAT is the scene they chose to use from LK rather than a more happier scene like them singing Hakuna Matata! I did LOVE how they did the Toy Story sequence, starting on Andy’s bed with Buzz & Woody and then going into a laser fight between Buzz and Zurg…very cool!!

I also love the Picnic Meal Options..unlike at Fantasmic! where you can get popcorn, sweets and such, at WoC you can have like a proper little meal. There are even things that our son would eat (he’s VERY picky!!) like the Little All American (chicken – nuggets I assume) and the Lunchbox Classic (PB&J). We are hoping to go to Disneyland next year and are already planning out how many times we’re going to see it and where we will sit each time.
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Whiles I’m on the subject of FOOD!! Someone mail me a carrot cake cookie from the Writer’s Stop!! Thanks to Lou Mongello I’m really dying to have my first one!!

Ok seriously though…

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Details

β€œWhere on the planet can foodies sample the cuisine, culture and entertainment of more than two dozen countries during a 1.3-mile stroll around a picturesque 40-acre lagoon? Only at Walt Disney World Resort, where more than 25 international marketplaces around the World Showcase promenade at Epcot invite guests to taste tapas-sized portions and sip wines, beers and spirits from six continents.”

I loved being at the 2009 F&W Festival and just wish that last year they had these Passport things they’ve started this year so you have a booklet marking what you’ve eaten and from where.

Foodie PassportsLast year when we were there, we were clever enough to take photos of each countries menu that we ate in and got a snapshot of us eating each dish. We mostly shared one portion of whatever it was unless we wanted a different item than the other or, a couple of times, if one of us didn’t fancy anything on that menu but the other did, etc. Does that make sense? Hope so!

For whatever reason last year we did not get to enjoy the 2009 Eat to the Beat concerts and I really hate that we’re not there again this year as one of my favorite artists, Taylor Hicks, will be performing at the 2010 Eat to the Beat series.

There’s not really much you can say about the F&W Festivals, it really is something you have to go and experience for yourself. But my advice, if you’ve never been before, is to not eat any breakfast or have a light one and let the festival be your lunch/dinner. Drink water in between kiosks to cleanse your palate as it were and savour every bite. Just imagine eating at least one dish from each station, and there is over 25 of them, and take your time. Read the ingredients and really think about what you want to get, don’t always just get something because you know you like it, try something new. So many things I had last year I’d never had before and I was so glad I’d eaten them then. Sure two or three dishes let me down either I didn’t like the taste or it was too weak, etc. but at least I tried it. Ok so I drew the line at mushroom soup, I mean a girl has to have a limit! But I did try my husband’s salmon and I don’t like it but because I think it had a maple glaze I agreed to give it ago…but I still didn’t like it and the photo shows as much LMAO.

Ok I think I’ve run my mouth enough today πŸ™‚ I just want to send out a very special THANK YOU for those that keep me going inbetween my park visits and keep me loaded with information to feed my brain so that I can pass it on to others who are planning visits but aren’t as mouse-minded as I’ve become…So thanks for ALL the hard work you do Lou @ WDW Radio, Jonathan & Bryan @ AATM, John & Tom @ The Disney Pincast, Adam, Juz & Craig @ DisneyBrit …there are so many more but I’m always listening to these guys’ podcasts so had to give them a shout out…Be sure to check out the links I have to my fave Disney sites. Thanks for all you do!!

 

Just some ramblings…

Ok so today I just want to throw my thoughts and opinion out there about some things I’ve read via other Disney news sites. Please feel free to leave a comment on your views as well.

(sources: http://thedailydisney.com, http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/, http://disneypincast.com/)

So the ToT will be getting some new special effects, an “eerie glow upon approach”, new things in the queue, inside and out and even a special drop which is said to be ‘the one sequence used during the (summer nightastic) event day and night’. I love this idea I just wish I were there to see it! Even though one of my WORST fears is falling, I do love ToT. I’ve always said I wanted to ride it at least once because I love Twighlight Zone and wanted to see what it was and all the goodies inside. I didn’t think I’d love the ride because it’s a free fall (ok its pushed down but still) and I hate those…I will NEVER ride an outdoor, sitting in a chair with your feet dangling 100s of feet above concrete FreeFall…but with ToT you’re inside a big car with a floor and like 5rows of other people with a lap seat belt…very different. The ToT building will look awesome with an eerie glow around it at night time and I hope it will be something they will keep there for a better atmosphere.

I am loving what I’ve seen of the Star Wars Weekends at WDW. I’ve never been to one personally but I would like to one day. The new R2-MK is AWESOME!!! I’ll have to get me a pin of him πŸ˜‰ The dance offs are always hillarious and get better year after year. I like Star Tours, my son does as well except for the ice cave part, so I’m sad to see it close but am happy and am looking forward to the Star Tours version 2.0 or whatever they will be calling it. When is it due to open? 2012 I think?? Please correct me if I am wrong. My husband says we wont’ be going back to WDW till 2013 so it’ll definately be reopened by then and our son will be 10yrs old…WOW! Ok I have to stop thinking of how old he’ll be when this or that happens cuz he’s growing up TOO fast for me as it is. heh.

You may or may not know that I love collecting Disney Trading Pins…Ok I’m not an AVID collector like some people are. I don’t have ‘sets’ ok I have ONE set which is the Muppets with the Mickey ears on. I buy ones that I like, whether its because its a ride I love or a fave character or just because its nice looking. I get ones for events I was at such as a couple MNSSHP 2009 pins as well as like the park and year I was there and sometimes the resort (my husband suggested doing this as its a nice way to remember where we were and when). I love the flip-flop pins because I love flip-flops hehe. American themed pins are also a fave because I am proud to be an American (NOT getting into politics here but although our goverment is not perfect I feel you can still be proud of your country and the people, the citizens, that make it what it is). A new line is coming out this year by Julie Young and I love them and can not wait to get my hands on some! They are new Mickey Mouse icon pins using wood, buttons and other ‘homespun’ themed items (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/05/im-just-making-this-up/) I think these are brilliant!! I’m getting more into pins and now listen to the Disney PinCast podcast. It’s neat to hear of new pins and see them on my iPhone…before if I saw it in the park thats how I knew of it and that was it. So although I still won’t be one of these great traders with folders full of pins, I am more clued into what is coming out so I can know what I’d like to get without just happening upon it in the parks.

FOOD!! Sure a lot of people think that Disney parks is all ride and characters and sure I was one of those ‘poor unfortunate souls’ until last year when we were BLESSED with a dinning plan AND were able to attend the Food & Wine Festival in Epcot. I love the dinning plan…I know there are different ones and different offers, etc. We had some sort of special deal for UK residents going to WDW last year and that enabled us to eat several 3course meals in some lovely sit down restaurants that we’d never normally think of going to due to price, time, etc. I love Le Cellier in canada @ Epcot for one!! Thanks to listening to podcasts we knew where we wanted to eat…we did have some counter service meals and LOVED Yak & Yeti but its nice to know that you CAN have a sit down meal and enjoy it and not miss out on the parks. When we go to DLRP in July we’ll be having one meal at Walt’s on Main Street and that is a new one for us so I’m looking forward to that. If you’re at WDW during Food & Wine festival this year by all means GO!!! Don’t eat breakfast and just GO and eat everywhere you can. Drink water to cleanse your mouth and not add flavor so you can fully enjoy each dish you try. I LOVED participating in F&W last year trying all that lovely food that I may normally not order at a restaurant.

Well thats it this time…I could waffle on all day but I’m running out of things to talk about with out just completely rambling hehe, I’ll do that next time πŸ™‚

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2009

Ok I know its been over a few months now…but I was lucky enough to have participated in this great event for the first time last year and lately there has been SO much FOOD talk on the podcasts, I wanted to share my thoughts on the experience. I think this was our last day at WDW, we didn’t do any rides (we did those during our first day at Epcot this trip) we just walked around and ate. We hired a stroller for our son who, although was a bit too big, was happy as he could just relax and enjoy the ride for a change as it’d been a long week for him. This was our first time at F&W and we’d heard so much about it from the podcasts we listen to, we were very excited…although reading and looking back at it and others’ accounts, videos, etc. I don’t think we got the full experience and hope to do it again better another year.

Firstly I’ll cover the wine part as its quick and easy…I’m not really a wine drinker so I didn’t drink my way around the world, just ate…however, we had an ADR at Le Cellier in Canada (not the same day we ate our way around the world) and when I was ordering my tender, mouth-watering steak…I saw that they had some of Dan Aykroyd’s wine on the menu. I’m a BIG fan of Dan’s and so HAD to try it (made my husband take my photo of me holding the bottle and everything!). It was LOVELY! I highly recommend it to everyone. Whilst walking past Mexico I also had to stop at my fave margeritta stand for a triple flavored rita…other than that it was water all the way (and an occassional soda).

ON TO THE FOOD!! As I’m using my photos to refresh my memory, I will talk about Greece first as that is the first photo in my album hehe. We had the chicken souvlaki with tzatziki…mostly due to a comedians googlewhack of hydroid souvlaki (Dave Gorman’s GoogleWhack) and it was LOVELY!! This was easily my favorite dish of the day. I’d love to be able to make this at home, it’d be a great summer lunch/snack.
Chicken Souvlaki in Greece

Next we moved on to Montreal Canada, sadly maple syrup in a cup was not on menu. However, looking back at the menu in my photo I wish I’d tried the Maple Sugar Candy…c’est la vie. My husband had the Maple Glazed Salmon with Lentil salad which he loved. I tried a bite but not being a seafood person it did nothing for me, but at least I gave it a try.
Mark happy with the Maple Glazed Salmon from Canada
Tara's not so sure...

From there we went to Paris, France and while our son had his photo taken with Marie my husband went and ordered us a serving of Parmentier de Boeuf Braise au cabernet (braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes). Now…we were expecting a few mini ribs and a dollup of mashed potatoes…what we GOT was a ‘pie’ of mash (for lack of a better description) with shreds of braised beef inside. Oh my God…This was SO yummy!! Easily my 2nd fave of the day. The mash was perfect and the beef was succulent and tasty and the presentation was a pleasent surprise.
Braised ribs in mash at Paris

Moving on to Marrakesh Morocco…we had the Kefta Pocket, I wish I’d also had some of the baklava as I love a good baklava. The Kefta Pocket is some ground seasoned beef in a pita bread pocket and it was quite nice. Reminded me of a soft shell taco, but nice flavor and very enjoyable.
kefta pocket in Morocco

On to Italy which made our son happy…he’s just 6 and isn’t much for trying new foods but luckily Italy had his favorite food…PIZZA. So that was his little partake in this whole event hehe but he really enjoyed it and ate it happily while I had my Cannelloni. I love things like lasagna, cannelloni (especially with spinach) although this one was just cheeses and tomato but it was still very enjoyable. A bit too much cheese for me, I don’t care for it when its too runny, but it was nice.
Gage and his pizza in Italy

While we were enjoying our Italiana…my husband popped over to Austria for their Mushroom Soup with Chive Dumplings. Again, another dish I’m not a fan of but I did try it. I just don’t like mushrooms but he loves them…will just eat them raw (BLEH). He really enjoyed it and could’ve had another helping hehe.
Mushroom Soup from Austria

On to Munich, Germany…not much here for the family but I could not pass up a German apple strudel with vanilla sauce. It was lovely, nice and warm and refreshing. It was a welcoming sweet dish amungst all of the savory and meaty things we were having.
German Apple Strudel

Melbourne Australia didn’t have much to our liking but my husband loves lamb and so had their grilled lamb chop with red wine sauce and really enjoyed it. It was well presented and did look tasty, I’m just not one for lamb.
Australian Grilled Lamb

In Cape Town South Africa we had to try the seared beef tenderloin with sweet potato puree and mango barbeque sauce. This was quite nice as well. Very juicy and tender, the sweet potato was a tad too soft for me. I know it said puree and not mash but it was lacking texture and was nearly like a very thick soup to me. (sadly we don’t have a photo of this for some reason).

Almost to the end at Shanghai, China and we fancied the Pork Pot Stickers. I was really let down with this dish…out of all the things we’d tried that were fabulous, this one was quite bland in my opinion. It was like some sweet and sour pork in a soft won ton. It was nice don’t get me wrong, just a lack of flavor. Pork Pot Stickers in China

Krakow Poland offered us braised pork shank with cabbage and fresh herbs…once again a bit of a let down. No real flavor, easy on the pallett and nice to eat but I just wasn’t going “oh wow” like I was with other foods I’d tried that day, which is a shame as I love pork. It was very bland to me.
braised pork shank with cabbage

Well, thanks for reading about my family eating around the world at the 2009 Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. We’d really love to do this again and would love to hear of your favorite dishes. Looking back at the menus in my photo albums I see deserts I wish I’d tried but even though we only bought one serving to share between the two of us…at the end of the day it was a lot of food and this counted as our lunch and dinner. Next time I plan to look harder at the menus and try more deserts and drinks. πŸ™‚