Monthly Archives: April 2013

No Passport Required!

I’ve always had an interest in world cultures.  I got my degree in International Business and French so I have a natural curiosity about how people in other countries live.  Maybe that’s one of the reasons Epcot is my very favorite of all the Disney parks.  The park is divided in a front and back half, more like a figure eight, with Future World in the front and the World Showcase in the back, made up of 11 different countries.  Walking through the World Showcase is like taking a whirlwind trip around the world, learning about the culture, meeting the people (all the Cast Members in the World Showcase countries are native to that country), and most importantly eating the food!!  With all the options (there are tons) I thought I’d share my ideal 3 course meal in Epcot.

Appetizer – Mexico

The Sopa Azteca at the San Angel Inn: this tortilla soup is served in a carafe along with a bowl full of avocado, cheese and tortilla strips. When you pour the piping hot soup over the ingredients they melt together into an unbelievably delicious sopa!

Main Entrée – Germany

The buffet dinner at the Biergarten Restaurant is one time when I wish I could put away a few platefuls of food in one sitting.  The schnitzel, mac and cheese, brats, German potato salad, sauerkraut, soft pretzels – there’s not a bad choice on this buffet!

Biergarten Buffet

Biergarten Buffet

Dessert – France

It’s not on the main walking path, which is probably why we missed going here until our most recent trip, but Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie is a hidden gem in the back of the France pavilion.  The crème brûlée is the perfect way to end the evening.  My husband and I made the mistake of thinking we’d share one – which ended with both of us stuffing our faces so we didn’t miss any.  How very French and sophisticated!

After dinner drink – Canada

If you’re going to dine at the expensive Canadian restaurant Le Cellier, you might as well go all out!  We ordered ice wine to finish off our fantastic steak dinners and it hit the spot!

Le Cellier Ice Wine

Le Cellier Ice Wine

This is just the tip of the iceberg – I can’t wait to discuss in more detail all the other delicious dining options in Epcot!

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Since this is my first post (yay!), I’ll give a little background on why I started this blog and the reason behind the name.  I went to Disneyworld exactly one time between the ages of 0-30 and that one time was just for a single day when I was 25 years old.  I didn’t see what the big deal was and I actually thought the premise of ‘the happiest place on earth’ was ridiculous (I know, the horror!)  I had zero desire to ever go back but my husband, who grew up in California going to Disneyland every year of his childhood, had a different opinion.  After we had our daughter, he had much more leverage to get a trip to Disneyworld!

So when my daughter was 3, I went to Disneyworld again – begrudgingly – and the rest, as they say, is history.  I’ve been back to Disney 10+ times and counting in the last 6 years and what I love most is being ‘in the bubble,’ as I like to call it.  Crossing the border onto the Disneyworld property is like entering an alternate universe of fairy dust and princesses, where all your dreams come true.  It’s funny now to see people’s expressions when I talk about my love of Disney – and often times asking ‘You’re going back AGAIN?’  Yes! Of course!  I understand their skepticism – that was me a few years back – but if I can change just a few people’s opinions then I’ll be happy.

Welcome to the bubble!

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