2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Parisian Breakfast at Les Chefs de France

It’s time to head back to one of my most favorite spots in all of Epcot’s World Showcase — Les Chefs de France!

Even though I’m happy to dine at this bistro anytime of the year, today we’re bringing you a review of a brand new special event from the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — the Parisian Breakfast.

When this new event was announced for this year’s festival, I jumped at the chance to add it to my busy opening weekend schedule! It’s one of the lower-priced special events available, and I’m always looking for a value.

As a special bonus, the event took place before most of World Showcase was fully opened. I always love it when I can have any part of the park (mostly) all to myself. :-)

Atmosphere

The Parisian atmosphere of Les Chefs shines through at this new breakfast special event.

Seating and Setting the Table

After all, if  you look at the pic below, it even kind of feels like you’re in Paris, eh??

Beautiful Morning Sunlight

I was seated at a table looking out onto the World Showcase promenade. This event (along with most other special events at the festival these days) had assigned seating.

This is relatively new for festival events, so be prepared if you’re hoping to sit with a friend who booked separately from you!

Our Table with a View

Luckily, I got to sit with an awesome group of Disney food fans and we chatted the morning away! It was a great time!

Now, as beautiful as the morning surroundings are, I know you’re anxious to see [Read more…]

Review: Jambon Beurre Sandwich from Les Halles in Epcot’s France

OK, so when I was living in Switzerland, one of my go-to meals was a baguette with butter and ham from the local patisserie. It was just awesome in its simplicity and fresh ingredients. And cheap, to boot!

So I was excited to see the Jambon Buerre — which basically means ham and butter — baguette keep its spot at the new Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Les Halles Boulangerie et Patisserie in Epcot's France Pavilion

The pastries and bakery items available in the France Pavilion have been some of the most beloved food items of Disney fans for a loooooong time. Earlier this year, when the original (tiny!) Patisserie Boulangerie was replaced with an expanded space, reviews were mixed.

Most people were happy to see the addition of indoor seating and a more accessible space as well as an expanded menu. But others have decried the price increases and changes to beloved pastries.

Les Halles Ordering Area

We’ve sampled many of the offerings here in our previous review. Today, we’re stopping to see if the new counter service spot is still faithful to one of my favorite French on-the-go meals.

Jambon Beurre at Les Halles

Walk through the gift shop and past the small seating area to get to the heart of Les Halles. There, you’ll find a square room with cordoned lines in the middle. The food cases line three sides of the space, and a dozen or so cast members await the chance to help you make your selections.

Les Halles Ordering Area and Seating

Electronic menus on flatscreens above the cases show you what’s available. I love the menus here, and how everything is in French with the English translation off to the side. It’s a great way to brush up on your grammar while you wait!

Keep in mind that other boards list pastry specialties and drink options. This board lists only the savory, “meal-type” options.

Food Menu at Les Halles -- Click to Enlarge

The selections are [Read more…]