2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 7

Coming up soon I will have a post detailing the Sunday Brunch event featuring Morimoto that was held today. In the meantime, here are the festival items we tried later in the day.

Once again, I will not be fully reviewing any dishes that I’ve reviewed previously. I’ll just list them up front, with some very brief notes. The repeats from today were:

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Almond Orchard (Instead of the awesome almond thins they were served with previously, they were served with bland stale table crackers.)
Fritto Misto – Italy (Still an awesome, large portion of fried deliciousness.)
Xi’an Beef Pancake – China (This one was loaded with beef, and even better than before. It may be in my top 5 now.)
Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake – Cheese Studio (This one was room temperature, which knocks it down a peg.)

And now, the 4 new items we tried today! First up, Almond Orchard!

Almond Orchard Booth

Almond Orchard Menu

Continue reading “2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 7”

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 6

After the Toy Story Land Annual Passholder Play Time event that we attended on 9-18-18, which you can read about here, we did some Food & Wine snacking. What a shock, I know!

I’ve decided not to bore you any more by doing full reviews for items that I’ve already reviewed previously. I’ll just mention here that in addition to the items in this post, we also repeated the following dishes (anything notable will be in parenthesis):

Ropa Vieja Empanada – Islands of the Caribbean (Just as good as before.)
Coconut Rice Pudding – Mexico (Rice was softer this time.)
Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake – Cheese Studio (It was served colder this time, and as a result was even better than before!)
Frozen Mimosa – Shimmering Sips (Still can’t taste the alcohol, but it’s delicious anyway.)

So from here on out this will just be the new stuff!

First up, Islands of the Caribbean!

Caribbean Booth

Caribbean Menu

Continue reading “2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 6”

Toy Story Land Passholder Play Time – 9-18-18

We were lucky enough to be able to register back in July for the Toy Story Land Passholder Play Time event at Hollywood Studios. All the event promised was 1 ride each on Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.

At the time of registration, we weren’t even sure we would attend the event, but secured spots just in case. If the reviews were bad in the days leading up to the event, we would pass on waking up early enough to get to Hollywood Studios at 6:45am

However, the reviews were anything but bad. They were wonderful! You basically had unfettered access to a near empty Toy Story Land for almost 2 hours. How could we pass that up?

We arrived at Hollywood Studios at approximately 6:30am. It was still dark outside.

Continue reading “Toy Story Land Passholder Play Time – 9-18-18”

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 5 (Just a snack, really)

This post will pick up after our Sunday Brunch with Tiffani Thiessen on 9/16/18. You can read all about that here.

We weren’t quite full at the event’s conclusion, so we hit up a few Food & Wine booths to finish the job.

Stop #1 – Hawai’i

Hawai'i Booth

Hawai'i Menu

Continue reading “2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 5 (Just a snack, really)”

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 28 – Day 1 (9-15-18)

For some strange reason we haven’t been to Halloween Horror Nights since 2001. I think the crowds scared us, I don’t know. But several months ago I decided I really wanted to go this year.

Not only that, but I wanted to do it right. Multi-Day passes with Express. Not a cheap proposition, but I didn’t want to go once and miss a bunch of stuff. Kim was a good sport and went along with it.

As the event drew closer, and announcements for the various scare zones and haunted houses were made, I realized I picked a good year for our triumphant return. Poltergeist is Kim’s favorite horror movie, and in my top 10. Trick ‘r Treat is also in my top 10, and Sam is my all-time favorite horror icon. I’m also a big Michael Myers fan. And both of us are fans of Stranger Things. So 4 of the 5 IP houses were big draws for us.

And that’s just the houses. As soon as I heard there was going to be a Killer Klowns from Outer Space scare zone, it was official. We were attending Halloween Horror Nights 28!

All that was left was purchasing tickets. I ended up going with the Frequent Fear Plus pass. The price was $122.99 per ticket. A very reasonable price for a ticket that is good for every single Sunday-Friday, plus the first and last Saturdays. A total of 30 potential nights for $122.99. But the ticket price isn’t where they get you. They get you with the Express Pass. Adding Express brought each ticket price from $122.99 to $419.99! I almost skipped Express, but everything I’ve heard says wait times are a nightmare without it. So I bit the bullet and bought Express.

We decided to take advantage of the first Saturday of the event, as it was one of the two Saturdays our ticket was good. So Saturday afternoon we set out for Universal!

We arrived in the parking lot at approximately 2:45pm. We wanted to walk around a bit before the actual event started… get the lay of the land. We approached the gates just before 3pm.

Hello Universal!

Continue reading “Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 28 – Day 1 (9-15-18)”

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Sunday Brunch with the Chef… featuring Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski!!!)

Welcome to our first special event at the the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Today has been circled on our calendar for a while. We usually attend a few of the paid events every year, and 2018 would be no exception. However, those events usually involve boring (not really) old chefs like Morimoto or Robert Irvine. Not today, no siree Bob! Today we would be attending an event featuring none other than Kelly Kapowski! Growing up, Saved by the Bell was one of my very favorite shows. I was very invested in Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski’s relationship. I was devastated when she broke Zack’s heart and hooked up with Jeff. How could she!?!?!?

Anyway, today’s event was the third in the “Sunday Brunch with the Chef” series. The first event was held two weeks earlier, featuring Jamie Deen. The second was one week earlier, and had featured Richard Blais. I had considered attending that one, but there were two guests that interested me more, and these events aren’t cheap! The details for this event are below.

Sunday Brunch with the Chef
Park: Epcot
Venue: World ShowPlace
Time: 11:30am
Cost: $129 plus tax
Includes: Wine toast, brunch, meet & greet.

In the days leading up to the event, I read on a forum that the seating was preassigned, and as such there was no reason to arrive especially early for this event. That ended up not being true, much to our detriment. We strolled up at about 11:10, only to find out that seating was assigned as you arrive, and lots of people had arrived before us. So we ended up a pretty bad table, too far away to get any useful photos during the event. Had I known, I would have arrived at about 10:30 to make sure we got a good table. Grrrr! Pictured below are our tickets, with “Flavor” being our assigned table.

Tickets to Tiffani Thiessen Brunch

Continue reading “2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Sunday Brunch with the Chef… featuring Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski!!!)”

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 4

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is calling, and the wife and I are more than happy to answer. Let day 4 commence!

Today would be a quicker, less food intensive visit than is typical for us. But there is a very good reason. We would be attending Halloween Horror Nights over at Universal later this evening! So we went to Epcot for a light-ish lunch.

We begin the day in Hawai’i.

Hawai'i Booth

Hawai'i Menu

Continue reading “2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 4”

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 3

After two very filling days with the wife at the 2018 Epcot Internation Food & Wine Festival, I was flying solo on day 3. I had time in my work schedule to pop in for lunch, so that’s what I did!

Shimmering Sips Booth

Shimmering Sips Menu

Continue reading “2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 3”

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 2 – Part 2

We are continuing our second day at the 2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Our next stop would be France.

France Booth

France Menu

Continue reading “2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 2 – Part 2”

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 2 – Part 1

After a very successful first day at the Festival, we returned on 9/2 to have another go at it. This time, we started in Future World and then made a counter-clockwise lap around the World Showcase. Our first booth of the day was Coastal Eats.

Coastal Eats Booth

Coastal Eats Menu

Continue reading “2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 2 – Part 1”