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Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by belledream, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. belledream

    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Glad to have you along for the ride again bee!

    Yup, we went over the menus! I'm going to post our initial list this week! :D Let's just say I have 32 snack credits to play with...but my list is a little longer than that. ;)
     
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  2. ScarletBegonias

    ScarletBegonias Well-Known Member

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    I got the mirror with the rose inside of it and some roses around the outside of the mirror. It's not colored in yet. When it is, i'll post a picture!!!
     
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  3. joshsprincess921

    joshsprincess921 Well-Known Member

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    The grilled octopus is SOOOO GOOOOOOD! You will not regret it.
     
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  4. belledream

    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Ooooh sounds lovely! Please do!

    Mmm...thanks for your vote! I'll pencil it in...in pen. :D
     
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  5. belledream

    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    35 Food & Wine booths this year – holy moly! Talk about gettin’ reacquainted. Been waiting (im)patiently for the menus to come out so we could dive headfirst into planning again, and it did not disappoint. We have 32 snack credits to play with, but our initial list has come out to a total of…45. Yeah, that’s probably going to be cut down a bit. A few of them are repeats faves, which, is how we try-not-to-roll…

    …But sometimes we can’t help it.

    Behold, the list…with pictures! (So many that this will be a 2-part installation.)

    Active Eats
    Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions
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    *SO GOOD*

    Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri
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    Probably would be a good idea to have a 'healthier' dish thrown in there.

    The Almond Orchard
    Banana Almond Sundae layered with Fresh Berries and topped with Dark Chocolate and Blueberry Almonds [​IMG]
    One of those things that looks pretty and premium, but we may just skip it for a traditional World Showcase dessert.

    Australia

    Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
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    J wants to repeat this. It was good, but I’m most focused on new things.


    Canada
    Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
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    But you can’t pass this one up. And it comes with a little pretzel bread! We didn’t get that last time.

    “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce
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    Basically a F&W staple and if you don't get it, were you really there?


    The Cheese Studio
    Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce

    Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam, Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning and Strawberry Macaroon with Boursin Pepper Cheese
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    Not sure I actually want to eat really creamy cheese on a 95 degree day, but we’ll see.

    China
    Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
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    The real stuff is delectable. Hoping that this one is somewhat up to par.

    Chocolate Studio
    Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust
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    This is the first thing that made me gasp when I saw it. I’m a sucker for raspberry/chocolate things and OMG I-MUST-HAVE-IT.
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    Literally drooling right now.

    Coastal Eats
    Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream
    Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
    Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce
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    Want pretty much everything on the menu, but especially the scallops. I rarely order scallops at restaurants for fear that it won’t be filling enough. But this day of gluttony will be my chance!

    Craft Beers
    Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce

    Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich

    (J's manly picks. We will probably be the only people at the Craft Beers booth not ordering beer.)

    Earth Eats
    Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese
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    This is beautiful. Will devour.

    Farm Fresh
    Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy

    Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts
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    Beets and I are having a moment and I’m not even sure why. I found them kinda at first, but they’re so pretty it’s actually grown on me.

    Flavors From Fire
    Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and America Grana Cheeses
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    Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam and Maple Butter Syrup

    Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Raspberry Dust

    Thus ends PART I...

    ...PART II coming right up!
     
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  6. belledream

    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Continuing on...

    France
    Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with Housemade Raspberry Jam

    Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
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    It’s been a while since I’ve had escargot, and this is really what F& W is about.

    Germany
    Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
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    Was going to grab this as a snack from Sommerfest, but we compared pictures, and this one looks superior.

    Greece
    Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita

    Hawaii
    Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

    Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad and Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream

    Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise
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    The first two are our perennial favorites at F&W, but the last one has us salivating. Having traveled to Hawaii this year, we were introduced to the obsession that is SPAM there. A definite must-try.

    Hops & Barley
    New England Lobster Roll

    Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast
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    We've gotten the Lobster Roll before so I could take it or leave it, but I will not leave without getting my hands on this one.

    India
    Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse
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    Having gone through an Indian food kick, I’m actually a little sick of it at the moment, but this cake sure is enticing.

    Italy
    Crispy Calamari with Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

    Costoletta di Agnello alla Marchigiana: Braised T-Bone Lamp Chops and Potatoes with Vidalia Onions, Thyme, Bay Leaf and Lamb Jus

    Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit
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    We skipped Italy entirely last time around, but we’ll probably get one out of the three at least.

    Japan
    Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings

    Morocco
    Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce
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    Heard lots of praise about this…not preparing for disappointment! But eww...those cucumbers.

    Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce
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    Baklava is soo delicious. If we don’t stop by Tangierine Café for a QS meal, this will definitely suffice.

    New Zealand
    Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
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    I’m the shellfish fan in the fam. Another one of those items I don’t get often and would like to try here.

    Scotland
    Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps and Tatties
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    Looks unassuming enough…but what the heck are neeps and tatties?
    *Googles it*
    *Lets out bloodcurdling scream at picture of Haggis*
    Why is this still on my list again?

    Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream
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    FAVE ALERT!

    Spain
    Traditional Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken and Crispy Chorizo

    Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika

    Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, Olives and an Herb Vinaigrette [​IMG]
    Basically everything we love dumped into a cone.

    Wine and Dine
    Pulled Duck Confit with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction

    Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussel Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms
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    More scallops...now that I think about it, lots of seafood on this list.

    And there you have it. Our initial picks for the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival! Bring on the food, bring on the fun!
     
  7. SarahBella82

    SarahBella82 Well-Known Member

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    You are going to be eating so well!
     
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    Omigosh!! I shouldn't have read this when I forgot my afternoon snack today!! SOOOO hungry now!
     
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  9. *Flynnderella*

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    Oh my that food looks so good!!! If they have the Lobster & Popcorn Thai soup at Tiffins, get it!!! You will not regret! I must have posted a post similar to this on about 5 threads since I got back but seriously...it's amazing!
    Plans look great & I look forward to the rest
    :)
     
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  10. RedNoseMickey

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    Wow, a lot of that food looks so good! You are making me hungry.
     
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  11. belledream

    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Food is like 50% of the attraction for us whilst at WDW! You might be more likely to find us eating instead of being in line for FOP! :p

    Wahhaha sorry! :(

    The soup intrigued me too! I love soups but I'm leaning towards the octopus over it...because it photographs better. Shallow, dumb reasons haha! :confused:

    Seems like there is no good time to post. We just all need to pack up and go! :D
     
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  12. belledream

    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    It's really a 'just keep swimming' type of week...but Disney comes to save the day - as always!
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    Tomorrow is our one-month-to-go mark...and it's all taking a while to sink in...but we're going. And with that, here is my I'M EXCITED! roundup, this time with pictures that are actually mine, and authentically unprofessional.

    I'M EXCITED...

    To see Pandora. To see Rivers of Light. To get lost in the stories of the Tree of Life Awakening.
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    To ride the heck out of Tower of Terror.
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    To finally know what the Happily Ever After fireworks soundtrack sounds like. (And to see the fireworks themselves of course.)
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    To share Food & Wine dishes from the moment World Showcase opens, to the moment it closes.
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    To ride Crush 'n' Gusher tandem. Because it's better together.
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    To absorb this beautiful view, with some hyped-up food. Seriously, better be good.
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    To catch every sunset, no matter where in the World we are.
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    To do something else in Dinoland besides this. YES, DINOSAUR WILL BE OPEN THIS YEAR. I've missed you so much!!!
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    Breathing the morning air as we set off on another day's adventure together every day.
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    Forgive me for a minute, but I have to get this off my chest.

    I have been questioning so many things lately, including going to Disney this year. Life has thrown us some curveballs. It has told me it doesn't care about how much I believe in my dream...some things just don't work out. It's been hard for me to accept that. There have been many breakdowns, and a big part of me (bigger than I would like to admit) wants to shut it all down, keep to myself, and not let us have any of this and just focus on what needs to be done moving forward. But then I think about J. He works so hard day in and day out at his job (actual job...and supporting me emotionally) and he's so excited about the big things like Pandora, and all the little things (today's text reads "I always like seeing the Disney quick service cups. I dunno it's just super familiar"). On top of that, he's looking towards the future with the attitude that I need to absorb from him. I just do.

    I don't want to go into this trip feeling the need to be 'healed' from my pain...or dreading coming home because of what might await us in the real world. It's just another chapter of Our Adventure Book. Let's make it a good one.

    If you got this far, thanks for hearing me out. As I once said, my brother calls this forum my 'Disney Support Group'...but I understand this may be more than you bargained for. :)
     
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  13. RedNoseMickey

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    Disney Support Group, I like it plus it is true. I am sorry real life is tough right now for you. Feel free to share when you want, I am happy to be part of the support group.
     
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    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks for your support! I'm a planner (as evident from how I do Disney). So I'm going to try to take things day-by-day, and make today a good day. There will be bad days, and that's ok too. I just really needed to write this out yesterday for myself. I think it helped. :)

    In exactly a month, we will be eating lunch at Flame Tree BBQ! :D
     
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    You made me think so much of my daughter and her upcoming dreams and expectations as shes starting her senior year and wanting a profession that not many make it in and my fears if they don't happen for her. She, like you, would be crushed if they don't happen and the mother in me knows that her dreams may be hard to come by and that scares me. So I hope all the best for you and that it all works out and if your dream doesn't come true then I pray you can find something that will make you happy. I'm wishing you a great trip, many magical moments.....and tasty food! :hungry:
     
  16. belledream

    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Things worth having don't always come easy...so we'll just have to work a little harder and be a little stronger. I know it will happen for us, and when it does, it will all be worth it. Best wishes to your daughter in her endeavors! :)
     
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    The mac and cheese is on the top of my list too!
     
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    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    We had it two years ago - worth the repeat! One of our favorites of the festival! :hungry:
     
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    belledream Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    A little more magic came in the mail over the weekend...
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    I didn't know which characters to expect on our luggage tags, and I am definitely one to appreciate the matchy-matchy! This year, the theme of our names are our pet names for each other...Sweetie (me) and Hunny (him). Yes, I grew up thinking honey was spelled Hunny. Thanks Winnie the Pooh!

    Another thing of note...as perusing menus on Disney's site is something I do on a daily basis, I was looking up Chefs de France and admiring the many dishes that I would like to get, but when I googled "Assiette de Sorbets du Jour", I actually gasped and dropped our Tokyo Dining reservation (AGAIN) right then and there.
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    Daily assortment of fresh Sorbets with a Madeleine

    It was just so beautiful I couldn't pass on the idea of missing it even though sorbet in general to me is not particularly noteworthy.
    Combining this with a menu item I have always admired, Canard aux cerises (Duck Breast with Cherries), I prepared myself to convince J that this would be a worthy replacement for Tokyo Dining. He didn't need any persuasion, however.

    He was sold at the Grilled flat iron steak and them fries.
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    He was also drawn to the Swan cream puff (which I am totally supporting), so we're pretty thrilled about this change. We've only been to Chefs once before, and it was GREAT. I forgot my camera that day and I ended up only snapping a few pictures of food, and not the restaurant itself, so it will be like a new experience in that regard! I also just couldn't see myself getting as exciting over Green Tea Cheesecake as much as I could on these French desserts. They're just works for art.

    That's the only change to report for now! I've been keeping an eye on menu changes, especially at Tiffins and Brown Derby, and so far, it's only been for the better. I've already busted out the suitcases...I'm ready to get this show on the road! Tomorrow...we cross into...the teen-countdown-zone. Muahaha!
     
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  20. maelstrom98

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    I am SO excited for your trip report. They are always my favorite ones to read!

    Side note: Canard aux cerises is one of my favorite entrees I've ever had on property :)
     
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