Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: Mexico and Germany Booths

We’re back with another 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth review today with pictures from two more favorite spots: Mexico and Germany!

Looking for your other favorites? Check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages!

Click on any booth or country name here for detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.

Mexico

This crowd favorite had some big menu changes in 2011 – and came out a winner! Many of the items from last year are back for 2012, and there are a couple of nice additions that I loved. Let’s take a look!

With the popularity of Mexico’s La Cava del Tequila, we’re seeing the first introduction of tequila shots at the Food and Wine Festival (score!).

And while the Tequila Flight, featuring Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo Tequilas is a bit pricey, it’s a great presentation and a fun way to compare different tequilas alongside terrific eats! This was a winner for me!

Tequila Flight: Tequila Blanco, Reposado and Anejo

I absolutely loved the ribeye taco last year, and this year’s Taco de Filete, featuring beef tenderloin and a medium-spicy Cascabel Pepper Sauce does not disappoint. The wilted scallion provides a nice punch of color and taste as well.

Taco de Filete with Cascabel Pepper Sauce and Scallions Served on a Flour Tortilla

The Crispy Shrimp Taco, back again from La Hacienda de San Angel restaurant, was a clear winner in 2011. It continues to [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 19th, 2012

Disney Food News

If you’re visiting Disney World on November 19th or later, don’t forget that reservations for the highly-anticipated Be Our Guest Restaurant open Monday morning, August 20th! Let us know if you’ll be one of the first guests to dine at this new restaurant!

Also in the news this week, Epcot’s Bistro de Paris is undergoing a transformation that will result in a new look AND a new menu. Lots of changes happening in Epcot’s France this Fall!

I’m craving one of the new margaritas from La Cava. Check out the tasty concoctions in the link below. Cheers!

Disney Food News

Time to review this week’s news!

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, Citricos Wine Dinners, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

A DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to Mouse on the Mind for a great review of our Food and Wine Festival Mini-Guide! We hope this book is helping lots of folks plan their Food and Wine Festival adventures! Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and get planning.

Here’s one of my favorite parts of the Mouse on the Mind review:

…if you’re not sure whether you need the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to plan your Food & Wine adventure: YOU DO.

Well, I think so, too! ;-) Please click through and read the full review here!

Download your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book here!

On to the Round-Up

MickeyFix tempts us with a Star Wars beverage gift set.

Running at Disney enjoys delicious eats at the Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Main Street Gazette cools down at KRNR – The Rock Station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Yesterland re-visits Compass Books and Cafe at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

WildernessLodgeSite.com gives an overview of the resort’s refillable mugs.

Daveland shares vintage photos from Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House at Disneyland.

All’s Fare Food Blog visits Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons.

Friday Happy Hour: New Margaritas at La Cava del Tequila in Epcot

As you know, La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion is one of my favorite pit stops on my way “around the World.”

And I was excited to see a few new margaritas on the menu when I made my last visit a few weeks ago!

A Frozen Coffee Margarita has been added for $13 (building on the popularity of their regular coffee margarita), and an Azuñia Organic Skinny Margarita is now on the menu at $14!

Skinny Margarita Close-Up

La Cava Skinny Margarita

I’ve become a bit of a connoisseur of skinny margaritas recently, since so many of them are popping up on menus around the country. (By the way, the reason they’re called “skinny” is because they’re supposed to have fewer calories than other standard margaritas — usually due to the lack of sugary margarita and sour mixes as fillers.)

Most are sharp and biting, and some are slightly metallic, but I haven’t really found one that I love. So I was interested to see what La Cava could do with [Read more…]

Guest Review: Tutto Gusto in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Let’s raise a glass to Lisa Davis for this fabulous review of Tutto Gusto’s wines, cheeses, and more! Tutto Gusto is a new wine bar serving small plates and meals in Epcot’s Italy pavilion.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion is the second venue of its kind in Epcot. Having experienced the joys of drinking and dining in Mexico’s La Cava del Tequila, my husband and I anxiously awaited the opening of Tutto Gusto.

We were finally able to visit in early June, one month after it officially opened.

Tutto Gusto Entrance

Tutto Gusto is much larger than La Cava del Tequila, but still retains a small/intimate atmosphere. The decor and lighting help to make you feel as if you just walked into the wine tasting room of a winery in Italy. (Editor’s Note: See a photo tour of Tutto Gusto here!)

You can sit at a table in the main area by the food case and wine display, or in a more intimate setting by the fireplace. There are several table sizes to accommodate different sized groups.

Fireplace Room at Gusto

Gusto Seating

On our visit, we were able to walk right in and be seated, which was a pleasant surprise considering the wait times we typically have at La Cava del Tequila. There were two greeters at the entry — whom we initially walked right by on our way in — to provide us seating options.

Since it was just the two of us, we chose a loveseat by the fireplace. On a side note, we believe we came at a great time, having arrived at 7 p.m. on a Friday, just after a severe late-afternoon thunderstorm that cleared the park.

The fireplace area is separated from the [Read more…]

Epcot Recipe: La Cava del Tequila’s Sangrita

One of our favorite hang-outs at Epcot is La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s exotic Mexico pavilion. Awesome margaritas, great atmosphere — who wouldn’t love this place?

La Cava del Tequila Bar

Recently, Cava del Tequila (@cavadeltequila) tweeted their Sangrita Recipe when we mentioned that one of our readers had requested it. Thanks, Cava!! We figured others of you might want in on the secret, too!

This lovely drink is featured on the Tequila Flight — it’s the final shooter; the last beverage glass on the right.

Tequila flight

La Cava del Tequila Sangrita Recipe

(makes one gallon)
24 oz. Tomato Juice
6 Serrano Pepper (very fine chopped)
1/2 Red [Read more…]

Guest Review: Epcot Food and “More Than Just” Wine Festival

As we all gear up for the 2012 Food and Wine Festival, welcome Heather Jones with a fun exploration through last year’s events!

I was so excited to experience the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for the first time. But I was thinking that Disney might be doing the festival a disservice by calling it “Food and Wine,” because there are so many more drink choices than just wine.

Don’t get me wrong I love a nice chilled Chardonnay or a spicy Shiraz. But there’s also a huge variety of beer, cocktails, and sake to be had as well. I guess they can’t call it the “Food and Booze Festival.” That wouldn’t sound very Disney!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Signage

Beer Review

Let’s start with some beer, shall we? Our first stop was the brand new Hawaii booth for the Kalua Pork Slider and the Tuna Poke along with a Kona Longboard and a Pipeline beer.

Kalua Pork Slider

Tuna Poke

The Pipeline is dark and flavorful porter (I just love a dark beer!) and the Longboard is a tasty, light lager that paired well with the Poke.

Kona Long board and Pipeline Beer

Another favorite beer for me was the [Read more…]

Disney Glow Cube Drink Gallery — What’s Your Favorite?

So, if you’ve been to a Disney theme park or restaurant for a lunch or dinner meal, chances are you’ve seen a glowing drink or two. Or maybe you’ve even partaken in one yourself?

Glow Drink at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant

For those of you who perhaps haven’t had a glowing ice cube experience yet, here’s a little background. For several years now, Disney has used evolving versions of these re-usable glow cubes — plastic, ice-cube-shaped drink decorations — to jazz up many of their feature cocktails.

The glow cubes in Disney restaurants can be set at different colors using a button on the bottom (you used to have to whack them on the table to get them to turn on and off, but now it’s all a bit more civilized), and there are even settings where they cycle through different colors automatically.

The most famous might be the Blue Glow-tini, which even highlights the cube as part of its name. This sought-after concoction can be found at locations all over Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Mixed with Citrus Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice, and occasionally some Sweet and Sour, this fun drink can knock your socks off.

Disney's Blue Glow-Tini

So, mostly since we’ve never done it before, I thought it would be fun to do a little round-up of some of my other favorite glow-drinks that Disney features on their menus. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it IS a list of [Read more…]

Coffee Margarita Now Available at Cava del Tequila in Epcot

Fun news for coffee and margarita lovers!

We recently heard that Epcot’s La Cava del Tequila is now offering a mezcal coffee margarita (a full-size version of this one that we got the chance to taste two years ago)! Don’t worry…yours will be MUCH bigger. Ours was just a small shot-sized sample. ;-)

Coffee Margarita sample

This one is smooth and creamy — with a kick!

Don’t forget to head over to Margarita Mondays tomorrow if you’re in Epcot! :-)

News! La Cava del Tequila’s Margarita Mondays…and more

We’ve got some fun news from one of our favorite hang-outs — La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico! New promos for “Margarita Mondays,” a brand new margarita coming soon, and a chance to win a gift card! Read through for the details.

It’s not a trip to Epcot without a stop here to visit the outstanding mixologists, sample their creations, and munch on some chips and queso! (Oh, chips and queso…I love you.)

So let’s get right down to it and check out the latest funness happening at this cozy little watering hole…

Margarita Mondays!

If you’re at Epcot on an upcoming Monday, you must stop in to La Cava. The new Margarita Mondays promotion means you can order a featured margarita for only $10!

Mention the special, then show the server this offer (printed or on your mobile device) to redeem at the special price.

Margarita Mondays

Save these dates!
Feb. 27th – Blood Orange Margarita
Mar. 3rd (we think this is the 5th…) – Jalapeño Margarita
Mar. 12th – [Read more…]

Happy National Margarita Day!

It’s National Margarita Day around here, and I think that requires a little celebrating!!

You know I love my margaritas (and the Disney Food Blog is margarita-biased as a result, I fully admit), so I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of our favorite margarita moments! Here are three of my favorite ways we’ve covered Margaritas on the Disney Food Blog.

Disney Margarita Gallery

Yep — last year I created our official Disney Food Blog Disney Margarita Gallery in blog post form!

Twisted Margarita at Paradiso 37

This features lovelies like La Cava del Tequila‘s wide variety of delicious drinks, Paradiso 37‘s Twisted Margarita (layers of frozen margarita and sangria!), and Dawa Bar‘s African Margarita!

Avocado Margarita Recipe

One of my favorite margarita mentions is this great how-to by reader Ivis S.! She created an Avocado Margarita recipe approximating the [Read more…]