Flower & Garden

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, Bret and I spent Saturday at Epcot’s Flower and Garden festival.

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Flower and Garden is by far my favorite time to visit Epcot. In addition to the gorgeous flower displays, there are booths set up all over the World Showcase where you could sample delicious themed foods and beverages from each country. I was so excited to get my Passport stamped at each location:

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The sample sizes are small and inexpensive so you don’t have to feel guilty about trying lots of different options. Most plates are between $3.50-4.50, but the drinks… that’s where they get you!

First we visited the Buttercup Cottage in England. We sampled:

  • Freshley Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare 3.5
  • Field Greens with Plant City Strawberries, Toasted Almonds and Farmstead Stilton 4.5
  • Berry Tea Cocktail (Mixed Berry Tea with Florida Cane Vodka, Strawberry, Raspberry, and Acai Syrp) 7.5

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We didn’t love the Salmon Tartare, but to be fair, I don’t think we knew what we were ordering. It was a cold scoop of salmon – kind of like tuna salad – on top of a biscuit. The salad was fantastic, though, and the Berry Tea Cocktail? Worth every penny! It was sweet and refreshing.

Next we visited the Fleur de Lys in France and ordered the Macaron a la Fleur d’Oranger (Orange Blossom Macaron with White Chocolate Ganache). Macarons are delicious and I need to learn how to make them! This one was $5.00, which was a little more than I expected, but it was very good.

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I made Bret hold the macaroon all artistically so I could get a picture with the Eiffel tower in the background 🙂

We kept walking for a while, but our next stop was Italy where we visited the Primavera Kitchen. I had heard tale of the Caprese push pop. I saw Caprese on the menu, so we tried that. It was a delicious combination of Mozzarella, Roasted Peppers, and Olio Vede for 5.75. Even though it was a whopping $11.00, I had to try the White Peach Bellini which was Prosecco and white peach puree.

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We took a break to ride some rides and walk around a bit, but when we reached the Pineapple Promenade, it was time for a snack! Bret loves Pineapple Dole Whips — vanilla, orange, or pineapple soft serve ice cream with pineapple juice poured over it. I decided to try the Pineapple soft serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum poured over it. It was $6.50. The flavor was tasty, but Bret said the alcohol kind of ruined the sweet soft serve table and I’d have to agree. If you want ice cream, stick to the non-alcoholic version. If you want a tasty rum ice cream treat, though, this is a good choice!

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Next up, we visited a new stand called Urban Farm Eats. This was my favorite stop! We shared the eggplant, solanum melongena (I’m just copying these words off menu, haha). It was basically a piece of eggplant that was supposed to resemble the taste and texture of a scallop. It was pretty good although the portion was really small even for $3.75. The Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Cream, Mizuna and Pistachios?! For $3.50?! It was amazing. AMAZING. Both of these dishes were delicious, and we were both surprised at how much we loved the salad. I don’t know that I’ve ever had beets before, but if they are prepared this way, I love them. I want to recreate this at home.

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Since we were on a salad kick, we also ordered a Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, BW Farm baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction from the Florida Fresh station. For only $3.50, this was hands down my favorite thing I ate all day. I would order this again. I’d order three of them. Bret loved this salad, too.

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The Florida Fresh station just made me proud to be a Floridan. I loved the warm, sunshine-y palm tree theme.

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Later in the afternoon (I promise we didn’t spend the entire day eating. And keep in mind we were sharing all of these tiny portions!)… we visited Hanami in Japan. We had Frushi! Frushi is a combination of the words “fruit” and “sushi” and it’s full of Pineapple, strawberries, and melon rolled with coconut rice, severed with raspberry sauce, and sprinkled with toasted coconut. There was even whipped cream to dip on side! This one was $4.50, and, again, worth every penny.

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Our final stop was the Lotus House in China where we shared a Vegetable Spring Roll for $4.25 and a delicious cup of Popping Bubble Tea for $5.25. I’d only had bubble tea once in D.C. It’s really neat! There are little bursts of fruit that you can suck up the straw. The tea lasted us all the way over to the Magic Kingdom!

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SO where didn’t we eat? So many places! For starters, no surprise here, but America didn’t offer a single vegetarian or even seafood option. Even their cupcake had bacon on it! Obviously, I skipped this station, but I know some people who would have LOVED it.

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Even though, as you can see, we ate a LOT, there are a bunch of places we didn’t get to visit. We have to go back! Come visit me and I’ll take you to Epcot!

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