We’re journeying to Epcot today, where — just a spark from me to you — you’re going to want to scroll all the way through the day’s What’s New. We’ve got Windbreakers (yes, the 80s are back… but make it Disney), miles (not exactly but almost) of construction fencing, and FOOD BOOTHS ARE GOIN’ UP! Let’s see if we can light your fancy, shall we?
Nǐ hǎo from China! Well, Epcot’s China of course. We recently heard about a dish on the Nine Dragons Restaurant menu, and you know that means we HAD to check it out. Even more intriguing is that the dish is referred to as “Numbingly Spicy.” Well, Nine Dragons, you had my interest, but now, you have my attention.
Nine Dragons Restaurant is China’s table service restaurant. We recently went for dinner, and had an unexpectedly delicious meal! Nine Dragons is also a good spot to try and grab a last minute reservation while wandering around Epcot.
Happy Saturday! We’re back with another DFB Video this weekend, and we’re taking you on a Food Tour of Epcot’s China Pavilion!
You may already be familiar with the China Pavilion’s Table Service Restaurant, Nine Dragons, or grabbed a bite at the Lotus Blossom Cafe quick service location (and if not, we’ll share more about those with you today). But you may not know about some hidden gems in this beautiful Pavilion, such as the Joy of Tea kiosk or a unique, tasty beverage by the name of Tipsy Ducks in Love unique to the China Pavilion. So take a tour with us around Epcot’s China to discover what you might like to try there on your next visit! [Read more…]
We’ve stopped by the Joy of Tea kiosk in Epcot’s China Pavilion several times…because it’s awesome.
Joy of Tea
So you may know by now that it’s packed with much more than tea, despite the name. I mean, sure, you can absolutely grab an iced or hot tea depending on the weather or just your personal preference. But it’s also got a decent snack selection for such a small place (I love the Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream), and an “appetizer sampler” of sorts with their Lucky Combo, which allows you to try all three hot snacks (BBQ Pork Buns, Curry Chicken Pockets, and Egg Rolls) along with a soft drink and some ice cream.
You’d think that would about cover it! But you’d be wrong ;). Because there is a whole slew of specialty drinks here including some adult beverages, which is what we’re trying out today.
You’ll spot the choices under “Alcoholic Beverages” (natch), and they include the Mango Gingerita, Canto Loopy, Peach Snap!, and Green Tea Plum Slush, in addition to beer and wine. (Oh, and don’t forget the Tipsy Ducks in Love.)
I went with the Green Tea Plum Slush with plum wine, since I know it’s a guest favorite at the park. I really enjoyed the Strawberry Oolong Tea Slush here many moons ago, so I had high hopes for this one. I mean, plum wine? Sure — sign me up! I love that stuff.
Unfortunately, those hopes were [Read more…]
Welcome back to Nine Dragons Restaurant in Epcot’s lovely China Pavilion! We’re visiting this Table Service restaurant for lunch.
Nine Dragons Restaurant
It’s been a while since we’ve visited Nine Dragons. While we truly enjoy the beauty of this spot (and will provide a few more glimpses for you today), the food has never really elevated it to a “Must Go” spot. In fact, for some it has been a “Must Skip!” So, it’s time for another visit to see how things are faring, and what — if anything — has changed.
You’ll spot Nine Dragons immediately upon approaching the China Pavilion from Norway. I find nearly everything to be eye-catching in the China Pavilion. The outdoor colors of Nine Dragons echo those in the Pavilion’s entrance gate and the replica of the Temple of Heaven.
But we’re more interested by what’s inside, so let’s have a look.
There is a definite change in the color palette upon entering the space. Dark and ornately carved woods are dominant in the décor, but the restaurant is peppered with fun and colorful lanterns that keep things from feeling too heavy or overwhelming.
The large windows also provide natural light along with some great views of World Showcase.
Even if you aren’t seated near a window, some of the glass in the walls serve to let in some of that light, while also separating dining areas.
While we’re on the subject of seating, I know many people have found this restaurant doesn’t offer much in the way of elbow room in regards to space between tables. We arrived at a rather off-time for lunch (2:00 pm), when much of the noon-time crowds had dispersed. So, feeling overcrowded was not my experience, but the potential for it is something you’ll want to consider when choosing a time.
So, what about the dragons? They’re incorporated into several spots around the restaurant! You’ll find artistic dragons throughout the restaurant, from the beautiful green-glass wall at the check-in…
… to the ceiling in the same area.
And they can be spotted in the dark wood entrance and exit of the dining area.
You’ll also want to check out the wall nearest to the kitchen in the central dining area. Because seating in Nine Dragons is divided up into separate sections, you may miss it, so be sure to take a stroll at some point during your visit.
This wall is where you’ll find… what else? Nine Dragons 🙂 .
All nine of these glass sculpture dragons are truly beautiful; but out of respect for your time, I’ll just give you a glimpse of my top three dragons!
Okay, top four… because they are pretty cool!
All right, enough with the dragon-spotting… It’s time to eat, so grab a cool place mat and join us!
My friend and I went with the Appetizer Trio for starters (meant to serve two).
This allowed us to try [Read more…]
There are few things that I enjoy more than strolling around World Showcase in Epcot. But in addition to taking in the sights and bites from the various pavilions representing each country, I adore poking into the shops to discover what new treasures have been added since my last visit.
Today, we’re meandering back through the China Pavilion to take a look into a shop that few even know exist: The House of Good Fortune.
I could use some good fortune, couldn’t you? Let’s see what we find!
Teas and Candies
One item that I love to hunt for in World Showcase is tea. I’m an avid tea drinker, and it’s always fun to wander around the countries in search of my favorite varieties, or something new to add to my collection.
The tea display offers many different types of tea, all packaged in different ways.
I love these little canisters! They’re pretty — and handy long after the tea you bought is gone.
There’s also a wonderful assortment of more traditional options. Being in here seriously reminds me of my days wandering the Pearl River Mart in New York City! 🙂
These boxes would last you a while — they’re more than a pound! They’re much bigger than [Read more…]
I’ve had a busy and rewarding day at the Walt Disney World “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” media event; and while you’ll be seeing in-depth blogs over the next few days about my adventures, I wanted to share with you as soon as possible a few of my favorite Disney photos from today.
So, come along with me on this mini-photo-trip-report!
My Disney Day in Photos
First, we got up early-early-early to head over to Epcot for our Akershus breakfast with the Princesses. I think this is just about the most true-to-“life” Snow White I’ve ever seen:
Then it was off to the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Media Event, but what do I see as I’m walking around World Showcase? Giant tin cans!! These were used throughout Epcot today as themeing for the Volunteer Events! This one indicated that a VERY cool Detroit radio station would be broadcasting live from Epcot today! (Shout out to Jake Edwards!)
Finally made it around the Showcase in time for the big World Record reveal and Media Event. This is the World’s Largest Sculpture Made of Canned Goods! Be sure to check out our breakdown of the foods used for each character!
And of course I needed to get Pluto’s picture in front of his canned-good likeness!
I was thrilled to see that Mickey’s fingers were made out of huge-mongo bags of [Read more…]