Tag: Food & Wine Festival

A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music & More

A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music & More

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is taking place right now in Florida.  Hot Hubby and I have plans to attend later this year.  We love the creativity, tastes and smells of EPCOT during this event.  I have always loved to eat, but preparing it is another matter.

I have never been a great cook…make that good cook…better say tolerable cook.   So it is a good thing that Hot Hubby doesn’t like to eat.  It makes us the perfect pair.

I once had a discussion with a great cook, who said, “If you can read, you can cook.”  I disagree completely.  I own and have read multiple cookbooks.   I gather all of the ingredients, I measure everything carefully and I get to that dreaded phrase, “season to taste.”   If  I knew how this was supposed to taste, why would I need a cookbook?  It doesn’t tell you with what to season.  So I end up throwing in all of the spices I own, and it tastes awful.

I am a practical person and I hate recipes that call for part of something.  I once tried to make Orange chicken from a recipe that called for half a can of orange concentrateorange chicken.   But what am I supposed to do with the other half?  Not wanting to be wasteful, I just added the whole thing…..not a good idea.  My kids still talk about how awful that chicken was.

Maybe because I am such a horrible cook, it lets me appreciate when I eat something spectacular.  I love the creativity and presentation of the food at Disney.  It always inspires me to want to try harder when I get home.  I just have to make sure I have the fire department on speed dial for my next attempt.foodandwine image

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

I am so excited to be going to Disney World in Florida for 7 days in November.  But after the excitement, comes the planning.  I have already made my dining reservations, which you can do 180 days before your trip.

Next step, planning your Fast Pass selections, which you can do 60 days before your trip.  First, I have been researching and have determined which rides I want at each park and I wrote about that in a previous post.   Second, now I need to pick a day for each park, so I can choose the correct ride on the correct day.  It wouldn’t ruin my trip to just wing it, but this is my first trip with my new Bonus children (Hot Hubby’s children) and I am trying to look good….ha ha.

There are Four Parks.  During our visit , Epcot has the Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Marathon and the Very Merry Christmas Party is going on at Disney  World.  These are definitely something to notice and schedule around.  The Food & Wine Festival will be fun, but will make Epcot very crowded on the weekend.   Very Merry Christmas party closes Disney World early and requires a separate ticket, so we will avoid that area, except for the day we have tickets!

We are traveling with little ones, so we will plan to be at the park early, leave after lunch for nap time (not sure who will need this most the kids, or Hot Hubby).  Then return to the park for late afternoon fun.

Here is my plan:

Sunday – Animal Kingdom – 9 am – 7 pm  start small and build up

Monday – Hollywood Studios – 9 am – 8 pm

Tuesday – Magic Kingdom 9am – 9 pm Late start to see Fantasmic

Wednesday –  Epcot – Princess dinner reservations

Thursday – Magic Kingdom – Very Merry Christmas Party

Friday – Magic Kingdom

I probably need to put a day off in there, but what should I move?  I am too excited to think about a day at the pool instead of a day with MICKEY!  Maybe if I just put two late start days into the schedule, I won’t be totally exhausted by Saturday…..but if I am….i can sleep at home!

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