Monday, October 4, 2010

EPCOT Food and Wine 2010

Yesterday Scott surprised me with a trip to Food and Wine. Next to Christmas this is my favorite time of year. I love being able to try new types of foods, and when I'm not on antibiotics, different beers and wines.

There are 28 different stops you can make, we made 15. Trust me, I wish we could have done all 28 but there was just no way I could keep eating, I probably would have exploded.

Our first stop was Chile, both of us got the Shrimp Ceviche which is really yummy, but I prefer mine to be topped with popcorn, not corn nuts.

The other option in Chile was a Pastel de Chocolo (Beef and Corn Pie).

We skipped the Desserts and Champagne booth, but they offer Strawberry Angel Verrine, Pear Streusel Pudding Cake and a Dark Chocolate Sensation with a variety of champagnes. Next time we go I think I'm going to try the Pear Streusel Pudding Cake.

We also skipped Brazil, not because I'm still boycotting, which I am, but just because. They offer a Grilled Pork Skewere with Farofa and a Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime.

The next stop was Argentina. Scott got the Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree and I had the Cheese and Roasted Corn Empanada (soooooo good!)

Puerto Rico was next, but we skipped because we literally just ate in Argentina. They offer Asopao de Pollo (Chicken Soup with Rice) and a Medianoche Sandwich.

Next was Mexico, which turned out to be my favorite of the day. We each had a Taco de Chilorio, which was a shredded pork taco with red onion and avocado. So crazy delicious, you have no idea! They also offered a Tamal de Pollo, Esquites (Pan-Fried Corn and Spices) and a Churro.

Next stop was my motherland, Poland. Scott and I each got the Kielbasa (my Dad's is way better) and Potato Pierogies. The other option is Golabki (Pork Stuffed Cabbage) which I may try next time. My Mom made it all the time growing up and I hated it.

Next we went to China and waited in the longest line we waited in all day. I had the Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles and Scott had the Xinjuang Barbecue Chicken Stick. Both were really yummy. The other options were Pork Potstickers (we normally get these, so good!) and Caramel Ginger Ice Cream.

We skipped South Korea because Scott kept reminding me that Kimchi is rotten cabbage. They offer Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and a Kimchi sauce and a Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi.

Next was our favorite from last year, South Africa. This was also the exception to my "I don't care for beef, therefore don't eat it". I had two bites of the Seared Beef Tenderloin and remembered why I don't care for beef. The sweet potato puree was divine though! The other option is a Flavors of Africa plate that has salad, bread and spreads.

We skipped Singapore, but when we go back I want to try the Shrimp Cake with Singapore Noodle Salad. They also have a Coconut-Braised Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice.

They also have a big beer stop right here, I believe they're all German beers.

The next stop for us was Germany. We had the Spaetzle Gratin with Ham and Cheese (crazy delicious) and the Apfel (Apple) Strudel (again crazy delicious). The other offering was a Nurnberger Sausage in a Pretzel Roll.

Italy was our next stop. I'm always slightly bothered by this booth because it's stereotypcial Italian food. I wish they would feature more Northern Italian dishes. Anyway, we had the Polpettine Toscane which are meatballs in a red sauce. The girl behind us pronounced it Toe-scan and said "I like don't even know what that is, let's just get the ravioli" which helped cement the notion that Europeans hate us. The other offerings were Baked Cheese Ravioli and Cannolo Al Cioccolato.

There are two booths in America, one is more New England style and then the other is wherever else they decide to feature food from (last year it was New Orleans). In the New England area we had a Lobster Roll and Pecan Bread Pudding.

At the other America stop we shared the Bison Chili, holy hell it was delicious.

We skipped Japan this time, they offer a Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll, Tuna Sensation and Wafu Ribettes. I want to try the Tuna Sensation next time we go.

Next we stopped in Australia. We had the Grilled Lamb Chop with Roasted Potato Salad and a Red Wine Reduction. They also offer Seared Barramundi with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula and Lemon Oil as well as a Chocolate-Covered Butter Cake.

I made it my mission this year to try something in Morocco, we decided on the Beef in a Pita Pocket (my other exception to my beef rule). It was super yummy but I'm going to try the Falafel next time. They also have Baklava as a dessert.

Next up was Belgium, which is a new booth this year. We had the Steamed Mussels in a Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce. They were really yummy. The other option, and I'm not kidding, is a Freshly Baked Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream.

We skipped over Spain this time but they have a Taste of Spain plate that has Serrano Ham, Chorizo, Manchego, Olives and Tomato Bread, a Seared Albacore Tuna with Romesco Sauce (I am so trying this next time) and a Spanish Almond Cake.

Next up was France, Scott had the Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes. They also offer Escargots Persillade en Brioche and Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait.

We skipped Ireland because the line was crazy long. They offer a Lobster and Scallop Fisherman's Pie, Kerrygold Cheese Selection and Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailys Irish Cream Ganache. I'm definitely getting the Fisherman's Pie next time.

Our final stop was Canada for the Canandian Cheddar Cheese Soup, Scott says mine is better, but I don't agree. They also offer Maple-Glazed Salmon with Lentil Salad, and Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta (I want to try this next time).

We missed out on 4 other stops. The Charcuterie and Cheese station had Cheese Fondue with Croutons and Roasted Potatoes and a Nueske's Charcuterie Plate that had Applewood Smoked Beef, Duck and Ham. Greece had a Greek Salad with Pita Bread, Spanakopita, Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki and Baklava. New Zealand had a Seared Sea Scallop with Vegetable Slaw and Lemon Oil and a Lamb Slider with Tomato Chutney. Finally there was the 15 Beers for 15 Years booth.

As always the food was amazing and it was just great to have a night with my honey! We can't wait to go back and try the foods we missed!

1 comment:

The Lane Family said...

How fun!!!! I loved the pictures and the way you described things. It makes me want to come down to the EPCOT center just for this event..heck with the rest!!

Thanks for sharing!!

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