Visiting Epcot Food and Wine | Big River Grille | Disney Food Report Day 3

Visiting Epcot Food and Wine | Big River Grille | Disney Food Report Day 3

Day 3 – Epcot Food and Wine, Big River Grille and Boardwalk Bakery

We had an early lunch at the Food and Wine festival. We has set a budget for 10 items each. That may seem a lot but we love this festival.

We started the day with a little bag of craisins that they hand out for free at the cranberry bog. We both really like these and actually had a few bags over the trip.

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Yeah free Craisins!

We then headed up to the chew lab,which is new to the festival this year, and both got our first dish.

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Lisa – Olive Oil-Poached Salmon with Fresh Corn, Bacon, and Pepper Jam

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Jamie – New York Strip with Parsnip Silk, Balsamic Glaze and Arugula Foam

These were great choices to start with – we both loved them and would have been very happy if we had been served them in a restaurant. Jamie said his steak was melt in the mouth.

Next up was the Canada booth. Again at this one we both had a dish each, I had the Cheese Soup and Jamie had the “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce.

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The soup was simply wonderful. Perfect balance of cheesey and salty. I can see why everyone raves about it now. Jamie enjoyed his second steak of the day but preferred the one at chew lab.

Over the bridge into France now to share the one item I had been dreading trying – Croissant aux escargots with garlic and parsley. I also ordered a La Passion Martini Slush: vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice to wash it down.

Actually we both had the same opinion – the snails added nothing to the dish. The croissant with the garlic and parsley was really nice but the snails inside tasted of nothing. The booze was really nice, very refreshing and just what I needed on a hot day.

Japan was the next stop where I spotted this little guy:

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Remy

There were meant to be loads of Remy’s hidden though out the festival but we only spotted this one.

At Japan we shared a dish we have had before – Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce.

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Volcano Sauce is a bit of a poor name as it only slightly hot but that doesn’t stop it from being a very tasty bit of sushi and just as good as we had remembered.

Jamie then stopped at Germany for this:

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Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll

He liked the bratwurst but found the roll really dry and the mustard horrible.

It was my turn to get something again and I chose South Korea.

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Korean Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi

I loved this dish. The short rib was perfectly cooked – soft but still was bite. The kimchi was really good too and the sharpness of it really complimented the rib.

Our tour round the World Showcase headed  to Mexico where we ordered a dish each.

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Lisa – Chilaquiles de pollo: Corn chips layered with seasoned chicken, queso fresco, sour cream and cilantro

I hate this. It tasted like eating soggy paper. There was so little chicken in it. Jamie ended up eating it.

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Jamie – Tacos de camarón: Battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise

He thought this was a really nice dish – you cant really go wrong with a shrimp taco.

My turn again and this time I chose Patagonia where I had the beef empanada.

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It was just okay, a bit dry for my tastes.

It was getting too hot and uncomfortable now so we decided one more item each and then back to the resort. Jamie really wanted to go to Hawaii to have the Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise that we had tasted on our honeymoon.

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It really doesnt look much in the picture but it really is an incredible dish. He said there was less pineapple chutney this time but it tasted just as good.  I have found the recipe over on Disney Food Blog (here if you fancy a look) and am going to try and recreate them at home to help with the Disney blues.

My last dish I felt had to be from Scotland as neither of us had stopped at the booth yet. I also hadnt had any dessert items so chose The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked cake with lemon cream and toasted oats. DSC00467.JPG

Really nice dessert, the whiskey wasnt too overpowering and all the flavours went really well together. Scotland has started well and we did go back another day to try the rest of the items the both had to offer.

When it came time for dinner we really didnt know where to go. We had underspent on our budget so far and wanted to spend it on a table service meal but none of the adrs available on my disney experience took our fancy or were signatures. I suggested we head down to the Boardwalk and try either ESPN or Big River Grille as neither take ADRS. We got the bus to Hollywood Studios and boat over to Swan and Dolphin and walked to Boardwalk. You get to BRG first if you come this way and when we arrived they could seat us immediately so we ended up here.

We were seated on a high table at the window inside. This restaurant is also a micro brewery so Jamie had a pint of one that had been brewed there – sorry I dont know what it was called. I had a pineapple mojito.

For main meals I had Hickory Bacon Burger with smoked cheddar cheese, bacon and Rocket Red Barbecue Sauce. They dont serve fries at this restaurant so mine came with chips (crisps). Jamie had Rocket Red Ribs  -A full slab of pork ribs, dry-rubbed and basted with Rocket Red Barbecue Sauce. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Both great meals but the start of the show was the garlic mashed potatoes. Luckily Jamie shared them with me as they were just perfect – creamy mash with the skin left on. I could have eaten them as my full main meal and will return to get them again.

We had eaten a lot of food today but we werent done. Before going home we popped into the Boardwalk Bakery to get a cupcake each. We took them back to the room and I ate mine before bed.

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Yummy but sooo sweet. The cream was real cream and not butter cream icing and the chocolate cupcake had a cookies and cream filling. Just the perfect sugar high before bed. Jamie was more sensible and saved his for morning.

So much food today – we both went to bed happy and full.

Tomorrow: Starbucks, Starring Rolls and Santa Goofy

Originally posted 2015-11-22 20:00:40.

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