Disney Flower & Garden (and food!) – Friday

Doug and I enjoyed the Food & Wine festival at Epcot so much that when they added food to the Flower & Garden festival, I was able to talk him into going for a weekend. Much as I love cheering my friends, it was nice to go to Disney with no races and no real agenda. Other than to eat a lot.

We had a super-early flight out on Friday morning, we checked into our hotel, and then headed out to Epcot to start the eating!

We first hit France – the only thing we didn’t try there (food-wise) was the pate, as I’m not a big fan of liver. I try to be open-minded with food now (since I was an enormously picky eater for a lot of my life) and I think I missed out on a lot. But even so, we were meh on pate and there was a lot of food to choose from, so in France we just sampled the “Tarte a la ratatouille ey fromage de chevre (zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions and tomato tart with goat cheese)” and the “Verrine charlotte au peches (carmelized peaches with rosemary and light vanilla cream).” Both were really good.

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The flowers in France were lovely with sort of a parterre design and Beauty and the Beast topiaries.
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Chip!
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There were lots of different garden spots set up with different kinds of gardens on display. This one was really pretty and had ideas you could do in your backyard.

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Cement block garden!
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On to Morocco – we were pretty disappointed with this offering, which was: Spiced Lamb Kebab with Vegetable Couscous Salad,
Harissa and Lemon Confit Chicken Drumettes with Chermoula and Cucumber Salad, and
Baghrir (Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds and Argan Oil)

The dessert was good (as was the couscous, but it was also very like the counter service couscous) – but the lamb was fatty and the chicken was just… chicken. Pretty flavorless.

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Lots O’ Huggin from Toy Story! We missed that Woody was right near him, but we did catch him later.
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Over in Italy was Lady and the Tramp:
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Snow White and all seven dwarves:
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Japan:
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China had an awesome dragon topiary that breathed “smoke”:
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Panda topiaries:
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Next up on the food front, Florida fresh, which was one of our favs. Watermelon Salad with pickled Red Onions, BW Farm Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Reduction, Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro, Angel Food Cake with macerated Florida Berries. Yum.

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Troll topiary in Norway. Of course we went on Maelstrom:
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They had a great Monsters U display with monster topiaries:
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Next up, Dole Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Rum is a great addition to Dole Whip!

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Over in England, Captain Hook:
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And the crocodile:
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We didn’t notice Peter Pan til the next day. He was up on the roof!

Winnie the Pooh:
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And the other Pooh characters:
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More food:
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And one of my personal favorites, the UK. Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream, Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney, Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil

The biscuit with salmon tartare was my favorite thing at the food festival, which is funny since I don’t like salmon all that much and I don’t really like raw fish. But the biscuit was just the right of crispy and salty (vaguely like pretzel bread) and the tartare was really light and refreshing and not at all fishy, and it was just fantastic. The brie and chutney was good, and we almost didn’t get the tomatoes and mozzerella since we can have that anywhere, but they did a really nice job with it and it was delicious.

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After dinner we caught what appeared to be and ELO cover band, but turned out to be actual former members of ELO (no Jeff Lynne though). They were good and it was fun to listen to them. They played every night we were there.

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We were exhausted so we went back to the room and crashed – and that was day 1!

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