Unfortunately New Fantasyland was doing Cast Previews, so Geoff wasn't able to check it out. We hit all of our favorites, and around 1pm were heading over to Food & Wine to hit up the booths.Since it was a Monday, it wasn't crowded at all...woo!
We started off in Greece and had the griddled cheese:
|Griddled Cheese, Greece|
I actually enjoyed it better the first time I had it. The first time I gave it a 4, this time I think it needs a 3. It was still tasty, but last time it was really melty - and it was a larger portion. This just wasn't that exciting.
|Filet, Cheddar Cheese Soup - Canada|
|Sukiyaki Beef Pan, Japan|
This was one of our more interesting choices. It reminded me of the Japanese version of a cheesesteak - without the cheese obviously. I remember enjoying it, but not much else. Because of that, I'll give it a 3. A solid choice, but clearly nothing spectacular.
|Pumpkin Mousse, Hops & Barely|
I have a weakness for anything pumpkin and at this point wanted something a little sweet. Since this was all of $1.50, I decided to go ahead and get it. I'd give it a 4. Really good, but I wished there were more! It was everything I like about pumpkin desserts. I would definitely recommend it.
|Zapiekanki- Toasted Mushroom, Onion, and Cheese Bread|
with House Made Ketchup, Poland
|Seared Filet, Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Braai Sauce, South Africa|
At the South Africa booth we started with the beef option. I hated it. I would give it a 1, but Geoff liked it, so I suppose it'll get a 2. The braai sauce I just was not a fan of. It doesn't even compare to the filet at Canada.
|Spinach and Paneer Pocket, South Africa|
While Geoff ate the beef, I opted for the Spinach and Paneer pocket. Paneer is a type of cheese. This was a solid option, but it had a bit of a kick. I'm not sure I'd get it again, but I'm glad I tried it, so I'll give it a 3. It's also the most impressive picture I took while there....
|Mongolian Beef, China|
Next up was China. We decided to try the Mongolian Beef. This is actually one of my favorites from the Festival. It was surprisingly good, especially on the bun. I would give this a 5, definitely recommend trying it!
|Bailey's Lava Cake, Ireland|
Finally, we capped off the day of doing nothing but eating by having the Lava Cake. This is a good solid option for dessert. I just wish it was a little larger! I'd give it a 4.
|Stuffed & happy!|
After gorging ourselves, we headed back to the Swan to relax. We then headed over to Hollywood Studios to catch Fantasmic. Geoff had never seen it, and I think it had been close to a decade since I last saw it. It's not my favorite nighttime show in Disney World and I don't quite understand why people love it. I also think compared to World of Color, it really shows its age.
On our way back (we walked - it wasn't a bad walk) we decided to stop by the Boardwalk Bakery and grab breakfast for the morning (which I totally forgot to take a picture of) and a snack for the evening.