I spent the past week in Puerto Rico for work. On Thursday my flight landed at an awkward time. If I went straight home, it would be the end of the work day by the time I got home. Since the weather was nice, I decided to stop by Epcot and see if they were doing the preview again this year.
Lucky me! They were!
|The Most Wonderful Time of the Year <3|
Since I was by myself, I knew I wouldn't be trying too much. So I started by going left towards Mexico. Of course, since I just came from Puerto Rico, none of the Caribbean/Argentinean/Mexican food sounded exciting to me. I wound up passing a lot of them by, but checking out the menus and making mental notes for later.
My first stop was at Belgium. No, not for the waffle (though it did look delicious!) Instead I opted for the mussels. 2 years ago the mussels were in a wine/butter sauce and they were delicious. This year they're in a beer sauce, which I thought sounded intriguing.
|Mussels in Beer sauce - Belgium|
Now that I got that out of my system...the mussels were okay. The beer sauce was a bit of a let down, it just fell a little flat. I'd probably give it a 3. Not offensive, but I probably will skip it for the remainder of the festival.
One thing I noticed along my walk was the lack of tables. It seemed like there were a lot fewer compared to last year. I had a hard time finding places to eat...which concerns me since I was just 1 and it was a low-crowd day for the Festival. I wound up sharing my table at Belgium - which I expected anyway, but the family that was going for the same table at the same time seemed a little taken aback that they would need to share a table (I was the one who invited them to share since I hit the table first...there were plenty of chairs.)
My next stop was all the way around the World Showcase at Canada. I figured this would be my one chance to try Canada without waiting in line for a half hour! It was a little too hot for the cheese soup, so I opted for the filet. At $6.50, it's on the high end for the Festival.
They didn't have any filets ready to go, so I wound up standing for a bit. I took a picture of the sausages while I was waiting.
|Sausage - Canada|
|Filet with mushrooms and truffle butter sauce - Canada|
My next stop was just across the way at Greece. Here's where being just 1 person was a problem...I could have tried just about everything on the menu. I opted for the griddled cheese though. (Also - notice the dark clouds in the next picture, I knew I needed to be on my way soon!)
|Griddled cheese with honey and pistachios|
I made the mistake of throwing away my knife and forgetting to pick up another one. I could have used it. But the cheese was everything you would want it to be. It was ooey and gooey and delicious. The honey and pistachios were fantastic with it. I would probably give it a 4. I could have really used a knife...it was just a tad messy. Also, I can't give everything 5s. It would then devalue my 5. It's also a dish that if I don't get to have again for the rest of the festival, that would be okay. But if I was with someone who suggested it, you wouldn't need to twist my arm.
At this point since the clouds were getting darker, I knew I needed to leave. I was disappointed that I didn't see the Hawaii booth (I was expecting it to be around the American Pavilion) but I wasn't going to back track and get rained on. Then, like a beacon of light, there it was on my way out! As you enter the World Showcase down the middle, it's directly on your right, right next to the beer. I knew what I wanted when I got in line: the Tuna Poke.
|Tuna Poke - Hawaii|
I ate this as I was walking out...I could see the rain approaching. I had good timing. About 5 minutes out it started pouring.
So that's all for now. Look for more as the Festival continues!