“Food” & Garden ’15 Re-Cap – EXTRA Credit!

Who said that there can’t be just one more day of “Food” & Garden?  Who?!  Hah!  No one has ever said that, I’d hope.

I got the chance to spend a few hours with Dennis Conroy of the WDW Main Street Podcast a few days back.  With his help, I tackled more Epcot delicacies!

What’d we have?  Well, how about a Vegetable Spring Roll from China’s Lotus House?

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A bit too ordinary for my taste, it was on the greasy side.  Of course, it’s fried in oil, so “grease” is its middle name, yes?

I swore I wouldn’t visit Italy’s Primavera Kitchen, but Dennis twisted both my arms.  There, I found myself sampling two of their dishes … against my will!

Actually, their Cheese Manicotti was much better than their 2014 effort.

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Good job, Italy.  You dialed it up a degree!  Unfortunately, it still was a bit too tasteless to break onto my Final list of 2015 “Food” & Garden recommendations.

I’d have to say the same about your Pinwheel of Mozzarella and Prosciutto.

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The mozzarella was clearly very fresh.  The olive oil was quite a nice touch.  In the end, however, I’m sure you could have delivered a much-more creative effort.

Folks, Japan’s Hanami outdoor kitchen really “brought the goods” this year!

If you caught it a few days back, you saw that I’m already a fan of their Osaka Salmon Sushi!  Their Frushi was outstanding too!

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Very refreshing!  For three straight years, this has annually been one of “Food” & Garden’s most popular items.  Now, I understand why!

I approached this year’s “party” being very skeptical of Japan’s Teriyaki Curry Bun.  In fact, pre-festival, I said, “… I’m almost tempted to give Japan’s ‘bun’ offering another try.  Almost.”

Why was I so leery?  “At 2014’s International Food & Wine Festival, Japan served a Teriyaki Chicken Steamed Bun.  We found its filling to be much sweeter than we’d like.”

Well, Hanami’s effort was “leaps and bounds” better than last Fall’s bun!

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The filling was hot and extremely tasty, and, in spite of my fears, there was no over-bearing sweetness.  It was a great tasting dish!

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