“Food” & Garden ’19 – Japanese-style Fried Chicken on Shredded Cabbage – Hanami (Japan)

Had this one on a whim … and as a result of the fact that Hanami had no line at the particular time I walked past.  Lines were off the charts for most of the day I visited, by the way.

As for the dish … well, maybe it was one of the reasons for the absence of a line.  Much too simple of a preparation, it was quite overdone.  Overall, it was a big disappointment.  Pass it by, folks.

“Food” & Garden ’19 – Pulled Pig Slider – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews (The American Adventure)

Sadly … dry and a bit disappointing.  When compared to 2018’s festival-winning version, The Smokehouse let me down.  In fact, I needed BBQ sauce in order to “choke” 2019’s version down.

On the favorable side, like last year, it was a healthy-sized portion.  Typically very good, I’d still recommend you try it … but only while hoping you get a better serving than I did.

“Food” & Garden ’19 – Shredded Beef Brisket – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews (The American Adventure)

Hmm.  Shredded beef brisket?  OK.  Looked more like chunks, to me.  Anyway, the brisket, itself, was good.  The preparation itself, however, was a little bit under-whelming.  Frankly, I think The Smokehouse’s other options are more worthy of your hard-earned cash.

 

“Food” & Garden ’19 – Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)

D-e-e-e-e-licious!  A much bigger portion of ham this year, Germany scored a hit with this simple, yet somewhat complex, dish.

If I were to go back and re-sample any of the items I had, this would be one of them.  I give it a very big recommend!

Festival of the Arts Report: Grab Your “Palette”! It’s Time to Paint … er, Eat!

Today, we welcome Evan Chaisson back to All in WDW, my friends!  A fan of both the site and the WDW Main Street Podcast, he unleashes his culinary expertise on Epcot’s (seemingly) never-ending food festival.  What’s up this today, Evan?

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The Painter’s Palate is a “must do” booth for anyone visiting the International Festival of the Arts.  Well, anyone who likes creative food with great flavor, that is!

For example, their Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs did not disappoint.  It was packed with flavor!

Another great item was their “Gallery Bites”.  A trio of hors d’oeuvres, it was bursting with deliciousness!  Check it out …

  • Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostino
  • Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon
  • Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aïoli

All of the above were “must have” morsels.  Great stuff!  Finally, we couldn’t leave without trying Palate’s “Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts”.  Think ‘cronuts’ covered with …

  • Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs
  • Whipped Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs
  • Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad

Wow!  Actually, you had me at cronut, Epcot.  More “must have” stuff from a “must do” booth.  Make this place your first stop, fans!