It's my turn to write the blog this week! You know what that means??
That's right, it will show up on TUESDAY, not Monday.
I'm pretty sure this is what Melissa looks like every time it's my turn to submit a post.
I do my best, but this hat is my reality.
In keeping with the GREEN theme for March, today we're going to talk about
Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival!
If you've never been, this is an amazing time of year to go. Disney's horticulture department is outstanding, and their creations are beautiful!
I love the floating flower pots on the lake:
There's even a wonderful buttlerfly exhibit. You can walk through the tent and get up close and personal with the butterflies!
Of course, my favorite part is the food! So far this year, we have not made it around to all the different food booths, but we've loved everything we've tried so far!
In France, we sampled the GLUTEN FREE Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette (large chocolate macaron lollipop) and the Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi a la Parisienne (braised duck confit with Parisian gnocchi). I am not really a huge fan of the French booth at the Food and Wine Festival, but I really enjoyed both of these options!! The duck was perfectly cooked, and the sauce was amazing. The macaron was delicate and sweet.
At the Florida Fresh Outdoor Kitchen, we tried the Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish and the Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue. The shrimp was cooked well, and the spice was just right. I confess that even if we had not stopped anywhere else for food, we would have come just for the key lime tart. I remember having it last year, and it was my one MUST item at the festival!
I wasn't really that excited about trying Japan's Outdoor Kitchen, but after hearing so many people rave about the fruit sushi, we decided to give it a try. It was okay. Not my favorite, and not something I'll get again, but I did enjoy it.
As it was getting late, we only tried one more booth that day - The Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews.
While I love the international foods, I am always pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy the American booth!
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños - this one is a little spicy, but I love it! The cheddar fondue tempers the spice a little bit, and the beef is well flavored.
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle - Ryan loved this one. It was too much bread for me, but I did enjoy the house-made pickle!
Have you been to the Flower and Garden Festival? What's your favorite Outdoor Kitchen?