Eating Our Way Through Epcot – Day #2!

My friends, it has been a crowded couple of days.  Showing the festival’s popularity, Food & Wine’s fans have come out in full force!

It has also been quite hot and humid … which reminds me of one of All in WDW’s “Rules for Taking on Food & Wine”.  Hydrate!  Drink lots of water.  It is hot – especially when you’re standing in long lines!

What was on the “menu” for Day #2?  Here’s the rundown …

New Zealand’s Lamb Meatball stated its case to become All in WDW’s “three-peat” champion.  Did it bring its “A” game?

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Somewhat lacking its traditional “zing”, the meatball’s chutney held a bit of sweetness that I’ve never sensed before.  Will that hurt?  Or, will it help?

I certainly expected much more from China’s Sichuan Spicy Chicken.

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Unfortunately, it was pretty tasteless and uninspiring.  And, if it was to be “spicy”, where was the spice?  Poor effort, China.

I’m glad I tried Japan’s Garlic Shrimp.  The thing that bothers me about shrimp at Epcot’s festivals is the tails.

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Clearly, Japan has been reading my posts.  No tails on the shrimp.  Yay!  The problem?  Not much flavor.  Punch it up a bit, Japan!

Identical to the beef that Belgium has served over a waffle the past few years, their 2016 Beer-braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes was fantastic!

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The potatoes were very good. The beef was tender and tasty. It’s a good item, folks.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but Africa’s Buttered Chicken wasn’t as good as it was in its “rookie” year – last year.

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Honestly, for Buttered Chicken, it lacked that pizzazz that I’m used to finding at one of my favorite Disney restaurants – Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa.

Here’s another item that could contend to win the prize for most-generous portion size.  There’s a lot of brisket in Hops & Barley’s Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese!

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Folks, this brisket was outstanding!  A definite “must do”!  One tip?  Take the Texas toast and fold some of the brisket into it like a sandwich.  Very good!

Two years ago, Brazil served us a plate of Crispy Pork Belly pulled from under a heat lamp. It was mediocre, at best.

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Last year, the dish they provided was freshly assembled. It nearly “won” the Festival.  This year, we were back to the heat lamps.  Need I say more?

The only dessert we’ve tried was Scotland’s Whiskey-soaked Cake.  Whiskey.  Cake.  How could we not have a sample?

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It was a fitting end to a long “foodie” day, to be honest.  Delicious!  Of course, we didn’t get “drunk” on this whiskey-laden morsel.  We did, however, come to the realization that Scotland knows its cake!

Stay tuned later today, folks!  More food pics coming your way!  Let Day #3 begin!

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