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A crisp September early evening in Epcot.

Spaceship Earth, Epcot

Labor Day weekend, dusk

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Wordless Wednesday February 20, 2013 – Epcot History


The theme for today’s Focused on the Magic Wordless Wednesday blog hop is “History.” So I thought I’d offer up a few items from Epcot that are now history…

Bistro de Paris closed

Buh-bye, Bistro, Bonjour Monsieur Paul

Segway tour in Epcot closed

So long Segway tour. Keep on Movin’ Forward.

No more food at Cava del Tequila

Hasta la vista, Manchego with guava paste from Cava del Tequila. And the rest of your menu brethren.

And finally, my darling little girl is no longer so little. She’s a beautiful tween who wouldn’t be caught dead hugging Snow White and will NOT go to the princess brunch at Akershus. But I still have the pictures, and the memories.

Snow White meet and greet

Sayonara age Six and Snow White. Hello boys and braces.

Enjoy this Wordless Wednesday? Check out the other awesome bloggers on the Focused on the Magic blog hop. Thanks for hosting, Deb!

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Epcot Food & Wine 2012 Recap #1 – Terra Booth


We had a fabulous time at Epcot Food & Wine Fest 2012, and I gained at least 10 pounds. So now, it’s time to recap the good, the bad, and the meh of what we ate on our trip around the World. Unlike this guy, we didn’t eat every single dish at every booth. But we ate way more than two women should eat in two days. Not to mention the drinking…it’s a miracle I remembered to take any pictures.

Terra Booth Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Terra Booth Epcot Food & Wine Festival

First up (moving clockwise, which of course is the correct way to move around the World Showcase), is the Terra booth. I’m sure none of you are wondering (as the woman in line next to me did), “Where’s Terra?” Because that’s just silly. But what it is, is the vegan food booth, introduced this year. And it’s about stinkin’ time they put in a vegan booth because otherwise there doesn’t seem to be a thing for vegans to eat at Food & Wine.

Menu at Terra Booth at Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2012

Menu at Terra Booth at Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2012

I’ve read some very mixed reviews about the food at Terra, but for me, it was probably #1 or #2 on my list of favorite booths at the festival. I’m still craving the Chili Colorado, and even tried to make my own this week. It just wasn’t the same.

So here’s the stuff of my dreams – the Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein(tm) Beefless Tips.

Vegan Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese from Terra

Vegan Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese

The beefless tips were very tender and had a great texture – I almost couldn’t tell they weren’t meat. And the sauce…smokey, spicy, complex, a little sweet…with the aroma of adobo and cumin. I need to figure out how to replicate this sauce. The cashew cheese was a tiny bit grainy, but added a nice creamy nuttiness. Can you tell I loved this? Oh gosh, and I didn’t even mention the house-made chips! They’re fresh house-made potato chips. What’s not to love?

Next up, the Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein(tm) Chick’n Breast.

Vegan Trick'n Chick'n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein(tm) Chick'n Breast

Vegan Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice

I liked this quite a bit. Not as much as the Chili Colorado, but the Chick’n was tender enough to cut with a fork and not dry as I’d feared, and the curry sauce had a very nice tomato/curry kick. In comparison to the Chili Colorado, it was more bright and tangy, rather than sweet and smokey. Still, quite good. If I were vegan (which I sort of am right now as I’m on a three-week cleanse after eating so darned much in Epcot) I’d be very happy with this for dinner.

The one item at this booth that we skipped was the Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit Sorbet and Coconut Foam. Every time we passed the booth we drooled over the Coconut Foam, but just didn’t have room for dessert at each stop. Hopefully this one will be around next year.

Did you try the food at Terra? What did you think? Judging from what I’ve read online, I seem to be in the minority in my love of the food here. Let me know in the comments!

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Wordless Wednesday – Luau at the Polynesian – 2 Mice


The Focused on the Magic (almost) Wordless Wednesday blog hop theme this week is ‘E’, so we’re hopping along with Eating and Entertainment!

Inspired by my Twitter friend @Kelmour’s question this week, “Any thoughts on the luau at the poly?”, I thought I’d answer for others as well.

The “Spirit of Aloha” dinner show at the Polynesian is the show that inspired me to designate 2 Mice as “Worth a visit for the theme or show, but maybe you should eat elsewhere.” If you’re looking for delicious food, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a fun show and great atmosphere, then head to the luau!! We had wonderful seats and really enjoyed the show. The drinks were just OK, but definitely better than the wilted salad and mediocre BBQ. We LOVED the pineapple coconut bread, and could have eaten that all night. The good news is that you can use your Disney Dining Plan for the show.

So rather than a bunch of food pics, I’ll show you the fun instead.

Big ol’ tiki getting his nose picked

Smaller tiki getting his nose picked

Band at the Spirit of Aloha show


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Wordless Wednesday – EPCOT Food and Wine Fest


Last night, we announced the first ever MouseChow.com EPCOT Food and Wine Festival package! I’m incredibly excited to be able to bring this to my MouseChow readers, friends, and Disney Food Lovers everywhere, so I had to include it in the Wordless Wednesday blog hop hosted by Deb at focusedonthemagic.com.

Make sure you read all about our super-fun package, packed full of awesome stuff you can’t find anywhere else. But in the meantime, here’s a very large beer from the Biergarten in the German Pavilion at EPCOT.

Beer from Biergarten in German Pavilion Epcot

Very Large Beer from German Pavilion, EPCOT

…because the name may be Food and Wine, but we know it’s oh so much more.
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Have you been to the Food and Wine festival? Did you have a good time? Want to go back? Send me an email and I’ll send you a quote! dawn@mousechow.com.

And share your experiences below! Happy hopping…