AP Trip 9 - Day 3 - Food & Wine!!

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AP Trip 9 - Day 3 - Food & Wine!!
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 10:28pm

I was so excited to go to this event, even though I didn't really know what to expect.  I had researched what was gluten-free, and that's mostly what we ate (other than a couple of choices the family made, especially what we knew the kids would eat).

We started our day at Epcot like normal - took in a few rides while waiting for F&W time.  We went to the F&W center, but didn't really do anything there.

Just after 11:00, we headed to the countries to eat our way around the world!  We didn't have a big plan - just try what we wanted to try.  But we were all sharing everything, so it was really just a couple of bites each.  And, seriously, for about $5 per item, at a couple of bites each, it didn't really go far.

These are the items we tried:

Australia - Shrimp with a peppery berry citrus glaze - The kids loved this and I only got one of them!
Argentina - Grilled beef skewer with sauce & puree - DH and I had this, but mostly DH at it all.  (Allison might have tried it.  Megan would not.)
Scandinavia - Swedish meatballs with lingonberries - We ALL hated this.  I think we finished it on pricipal only, but we may have thrown some away.
China - Chicken Satay with peanut sauce - The girls and I ate this.  It was fine, but it wasn't the Thai dish we're used to of the same name.
South Korea - Lettuce wrap with roast pork and kimchi - I tried one bite and gagged.  DH ate it all and enjoyed it.  It reminded me of cat food.  :(
South Africa - Seared beef with smashed sweet potatoes - DH ate all of this.
Germany - Pasta gratin with Ham/cheese, 2x Bratwurst in a pretzel roll, Apple strudel - This was to be the kids' "main meal", since I knew they'd eat sausage.  And mac-n-cheese.  And strudel.  Too bad it was all full of gluten (although I had a bite of the bratwurst).
Italy - DH really wanted to try all the dishes here.  (They all had gluten, so none for me.)  About this time, though, we decided maybe we should wait and make the rest of it "dinner".  Until we walked about another 200 feet and decided we were too hungry to wait for dinner.  But DH didn't want to back-track to Italy, so he missed out on all those dishes!   :(
Hops & Barley booth - Lobster claw - I was horribly disappointed in the size of this for $6!  It was only about 2 bites.  And I didn't even like it.  The kids did, though.
Florida - White corn arepa (?) with sweet corn salad - The arepa (whatever that is??) was really good.  The corn salad sounds like it would be yummy, but it was awful.  None of us could tolerate the taste of whatever seasoned it.
Singapore - Beef with Jasmine rice, Mahi Mahi with Jasmine rice - DH ate all the fish one.  I tried to eat the beef (I was hungry - hadn't really eaten much!), but it was SO spicy!  DH ended up finishing that, too!
New Zealand - Seared Sea Scallop with Red Curry Puree - This one was ALL MINE.  It wasn't huge, but it was wonderful - the best thing I ate all day.
Ireland - 2x chocolate lava cake (because they're gluten free - and 2 because they were bite-sized and I wanted more than one bite!) - good, but so small for $3 each!
Desserts - We did the trio - one of each - Yogurt something, lemon custard, and chocolate mousse - They were fine.  But tiny.
Hawaii - Kalua Pork Slider - DH ate this whole thing himself and enjoyed it.

Okay, so that probably reads like a lot of food, but seriously, most were a few bites at most.  Like the pork slider was on a biscuit-sized roll.  I certainly wasn't full.

DH kept track of all the receipts, and we spent just about $75 (I forgot the exact number, but it was really close) - FOR LUNCH!  Without any alcohol or any drinks at all!  So, not something I'd do every year, but I am really glad we had the experience this one time.

And, so sorry for having no pictures!  Between the booths being about every 25 feet, carrying food, carrying the passport book saying what food was at each booth, carrying forks (because we used the same ones all the way around the world!) and napkins, I just couldn't manage to get a camera out and take pictures.  You can find a lot online, I'm sure (I saw most before we went - although I assumed they were larger!).

After that, we ran into a bit of a snafu.  We split up.  (Cue the wop-wop music.)  Allison wanted one ride, Megan another, so I took Allison on Spaceship Earth and DH took Megan to Nemo, I think.  We assumed we'd meet on the game side of Spaceship Earth.  Well, we waited, played games, waited.  Went to a store, waited.  Called DH (no answer).  Waited.  Etc.  Allison wanted to do something, but I said we had to wait, because they wouldn't be able to find us if DH's phone battery was dead.  (Which it had better be, after all this waiting!)  We went to the Seas in case they were still there and waited for the Crush show to get out (just in case they were in there). Then I finally got in touch and we miscommunicated and Allison and I ended up waiting, waiting some more!  It was brutal.  While Allison and I sat, doing nothing, he and Megan played the piggy bank game and did some other stuff.  SO FRUSTRATING!!!  Anyway, we met up and left the park.

We headed to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner.  I think it was what the girls and I wanted, and we knew where one was close by.  Our one photo from the day was there...

I always get crab when we have seafood, and the girls usually eat some of mine.  Well, they got their own this time.  Bad idea.  It's so hard to crack, so DH ended up helping them a lot, once he finished eating.  It was good, though!  :)

It was a good trip.  I'm glad we made it to F&W, even if it wasn't quite as satisfying as I had hoped.  It was still a great experience and the kids did well and tried way more dishes than I expected.

Two days until our final annual pass trip (they expire on Sunday).  I'm so looking forward to it!!!!

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Thu, 12-06-2012 - 8:19am

Had to LOL about the S.Korean food!  Doesn't sound appetizing at all! I think we had the same feelings about F&W, glad we did it, but no hurry to go back.  How were the crowds during the day?  At night it was so packed!

Thank you for sharing your trip!  I hope you guys have a great weekend coming up.  It seems like Disney is really making it special (did you see the flying dragon in MK last night?)


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Thu, 12-06-2012 - 10:29am

So happy you are going back soon.

I've seen pics on disboards from F&W and the portions do look tiny.   For $75?  Wow.

We are Joe's Crabshack fans here.  :)    In most of our vacation pics my Dh is wearing a tie dye shirt from Joe's Crabshack - he has several and always packs them.

It sounds like a nice trip.  

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Sun, 12-09-2012 - 12:12pm

I can't believe your passes are expiring already :( It seems like you've gotten a lot of use out of them though, and can't wait to hear about your final adventure! Are you going to renew them, or take a break??

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Mon, 12-10-2012 - 1:27pm
Melissa, the crowds weren't bad at all! Only a couple of the booths had much in the way of lines at all. I did see a video of the flying dragon - I'd have loved to have been there for that - how cool!

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Mon, 12-10-2012 - 1:30pm

Deb, I love Joe's, too. I'd never eaten there until we moved to FL. My DH isn't a big fan, but he puts up with it every now and again. Mmmmm....crab!

Jaime, we aren't going to renew our passes. We just moved to FL a year ago, and I feel like whenever we have free time that we "should" go to Disney to use our passes. But we want to see lots of other places in FL, too. So, we're not planning to renew. At least right now. Maybe we'll change our mind in Spring or Summer. :)

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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 9:17am

Glad you got to do F&W.  I agree on how pricey it is and how small the portions are.  Meredith and I spent $50+ the first evening, and that was with 1 glass of wine (which was NOT good in France).   I still plan to do a trip report Smile

I'd love to hear what other things you do in FL.  When I was little (before we adopted my brother when I was 8), my mother and I travelled with my dad a lot.  He had GA and FL as his areas, so we saw quite a bit of the area.  I remember some, but it would be great to hear what's still there :)

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Mon, 03-11-2013 - 10:22pm
I really love food and wine. If I ever finish my trip report you will see. also i am so jealous that you had an AP...

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