We had a case of wanderlust this week, and instead of getting out the passport and packing, we just hopped over to spend the day in Epcot. Our journey started with some time spent in Future World, followed by a trip around the World Showcase. And boy, did we find a lot new eats and buys for you on this “trip”!
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 have a fun treat for you at the China Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase!
Let’s face it: Disney World is hot. With the exception of a few weeks out of the year, you’re going to be craving a refreshing drink as a mid-day treat. And Epcot’s Joy of Tea has just the thing for you!
We’re big fans of this snack stop. For such a tiny booth, it has a pretty extensive menu! The egg rolls and curry chicken pockets are tasty little snacks that will hold you over until your next meal while you explore the World Showcase.
And, most importantly, they have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (including the fan favorite Tipsy Ducks in Love!).
Today, we’ll check out the Bubble Milk Tea!
We’ve stopped by the Joy of Tea kiosk in Epcot’s China Pavilion several times…because it’s awesome.
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…]
My husband and I recently spent a day at Epcot celebrating our anniversary. While there, we decided to taste a little something from each of the nations represented in the World Showcase. An “Eat Around the World” challenge, so to speak. It was a lot of fun, and we really enjoyed discussing which foods we liked best and which we liked the least. We followed a few simple rules for our self-assigned challenge.
Eat Around the World Rules
Rule One, choose one country-specific food item (no generic cookies or fries) to order from each nation and share it. (We had a slight breech of etiquette on this rule when we got to France, but more on that later.) Sharing meant that we could discuss what we thought of the item, and it kept us from eating too much.
Rule Two, go to counter service restaurants, kiosks, or food stands only. It just didn’t seem right to take up a reservation spot for just one item.
Rule Three, rate each food item on a scale of one to ten, with one being not quite so palate pleasing, and ten being the best thing to ever grace your taste buds.
Nachos in Mexico
Our digestive expedition started in Mexico at La Cantina de San Angel with an order of nachos. The nachos come with ground beef, beans, cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and sour cream. We ordered them with the tomatoes and jalapeños on the side -— my husband loves them, but I am not a fan.
I enjoyed the nachos, but we both found them to be a little heavy on the cheese (if food can be too heavy with ‘plastic cheese’) and not heavy enough on the meat and beans. They had just the right amount of spice, and the chips were crisp. The portion was perfect for a meal, but these nachos are a great shareable snack as well. My husband gave them a 4, and I gave them a 6.
Troll Horn in Norway
We moved on to Norway and stopped at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafé. There were several items on the counter that looked good, and I could not decide between the Troll Horn and the Viking Mousse. I asked the cast member behind the counter which of the two she recommended, and she suggested the Troll Horn, which is filled which cloudberry cream.
The cloudberry cream was smooth and sweet, but not too sweet, and the pastry was tender but a little bland. The sugar crystals sprinkled on top added a nice sweetness and crunch, but overall the Troll Horn was just meh (how do you like that technical culinary term?). We both gave it a 4 on our grading scale — not horrible, but we won’t be rushing back to Norway to get one during our next trip.
Egg Roll in China
After a ride on Maelstrom (RIP), we headed to China. We stopped at Joy of Tea to place an egg roll order. An order of egg rolls actually includes two nice-sized pork and veggie egg rolls, which was a pleasant surprise considering how very delicious they were. (My husband had already snagged his and started munching when I took the picture which is why there is only one pictured.)
The egg roll wrapper was both tender and crunchy, and the filling was flavorful with seasoned pork and crisp veggies. There were packets of soy sauce (and other condiments) which just added another layer of fabulous flavor. We both gave the egg rolls an 8.5; we would definitely get them again and feel that they would be an excellent use of a snack credit if you are on the Disney Dining Plan since they are easily shared.
Bratwurst in Germany
We moved on from China to Germany for a stop at Sommerfest. To be honest, I had my heart set on wrapping my lips around a Nudel Gratin for days, but I was starting to get full and knew that such a dish would be both rich and heavy. So, I passed on the Nudel Gratin (which I now regret — I really should have persevered) while my husband ordered a bratwurst. He loves a brat, and this one did not disappoint.
The bratwurst comes on a very large crusty bun topped with loads of sauerkraut. He said the sauerkraut was alright and the bratwurst itself was delicious, but he felt that there was just too much bread. The bun was quite large and had a pretty tough and crusty consistency. He still enjoyed it and gave it a score of 6.
Gelato in Italy
After a quick shopping break in Germany, we headed to Italy, which had me a little worried because there is no counter service restaurant. But as we were walking into Italy, I spotted Gelati — a nice little gelato stand, so I stopped for a cup of chocolate gelato.
It was smooth, thick, creamy, quite tasty, and reminded me of a cold version of hot chocolate. It would definitely hit the spot on a hot summer day in Florida. My husband had a taste or two of it, but he is not much of a chocolate fan and didn’t like it as much as regular ice cream. I, on the other hand, much prefer the thicker consistency of gelato to its thinner American counterpart and gave it a 7.
Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel in American Adventure
After Italy, it was time for a return to our homeland of America. Now during our last trip to Disney a few months ago, I fell in love with the [Read more…]
Ready for strawberry-ness all over the place? It’s time to dive into a tip from the DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks!
Restaurant dining is great in Disney World, but if you want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to eating on the go, you should make use of some of our Snack Pairing Ideas.
Need some help getting started? Let’s take a look at something pretty unique!
Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream and Waffles with Strawberry Jam
One of our favorite things to do when seeking out Snack Pairings is to combine flavors from different countries! But this works best if you can find flavors to match in neighboring pavilions, of course. 🙂
If you’re looking for something fruit-flavored but a little off the beaten path, head into the China Pavilion and try the Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream at the Joy of Tea kiosk (sometimes it’s found at Lotus Blossom Cafe as well).
The dense, creamy dessert is [Read more…]
I’ll bet you’ve all spent a day or two (or more!) strolling around Epcot’s World Showcase…walking right past the Joy of Tea in the China Pavilion.
After all, with all of China’s gorgeous themeing inside the gate, who would happen to look outside of it?
Many folks assume it serves… well, just tea.
But this fun grab-and-go stop actually offers so much more!
And here’s a DFB tip! You can try all of their snacks at once via the Lucky Combo.
The Lucky Combo is a terrific way to sample the eats at the J of T: the Curry Chicken Pocket, Chinese BBQ Pork Bun, and Egg Roll (if you order the snack portion of any of these, you get two of the item – for the Combo, you get one each).
The Lucky Combo also includes your choice of ice cream (Caramel Ginger or Strawberry Red Bean), AND a can of soda to quench your thirst!
The price? $9.98 for everything. Score! That’s less than the cost of one turkey leg!
I took my Combo over to the seating area at the Lotus Blossom Café.
Let’s go down the list, shall we?
Another awesome trip to Disney World this week!
The highlights included getting to see Mike Wozowski and Sully announce the upcoming 24-hour Disney Day on May 24th…from Spaceship Earth! You can check out my video of the whole #Disney24 Monsters University 24-hour day announcement here!
But we’ve got LOTS more news where that came from. Like new goodies at the Boardwalk Bakery and in Disneyland, wine dinners, and more.
Disney Food News
Let’s take a look at a few of the big news items this week…
- The Disney Magic Cruise Ship will soon offer updated dining options and a whole new after-hours entertainment district!
- Disney World’s Boardwalk Bakery has re-opened with three times the space for goodies! We’ll have a full review on the blog tomorrow, but check out this fun Boardwalk Bakery sneak peek!
- Check out the Mickey Coconut Pattie at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure!
- Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is presenting two wine dinners in May.
- Take a look at the chocolate-covered banana in the Magic Kingdom.
- Don’t miss the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake while it’s at Captain Cook’s in Disney’s Polynesian Resort!
- There are fun Worms & Dirt treats at Walt Disney World for Earth Week!
And there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board.
Michelle B. shared her first visit to Club 33 in Disneyland — “We had such an amazing time!! The dessert buffet (and all the other food) was fantastic! The s’mores dessert and Mickey macaroons were my favorite!”
Happy Anniversary, Michelle!
Katie S. sent in this gem from Joy of Tea. “It is a mango green tea slush from the Joy of Tea booth in the China pavilion at Epcot. It has a tangy sweet flavor but it is not very overpowering. It is super refreshing and perfect for hot Florida days. It is a must get every time I set foot in Epcot!”
Thanks for sharing!
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On to the Round-Up
tempts us with Be Our Guest Dessert Plates now available!
Kevin Kidney features his new mugs, designed for the Tiki Room Anniversary!
Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups visits character meals at Walt Disney World!
Gorillas Don’t Blog finds vintage Disney bottle caps!
AllEars shares a new Hidden Mickey at Karamell-Küche in Epcot — courtesy of Steve Barrett!
Daily News Los Angeles dines at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure!
Running at Disney highlights Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation Resort.
Main Street Gazette sips an African Starr Mojito at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa.
Um…what an AWESOME WEEK!
Cars Land and Buena Vista Street became a reality in Disney California Adventure over in Disneyland Resort, Heather — our intrepid columnist and resident Awesome Spice — risked life and limb to get hundreds of photos and try dozens of menu items for some rad reviews (and there are more to come, my darlings; SO many more to come!), I got the chance to interview Chef Marianne Hunnel about the big doin’s happening at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival (more on that tomorrow!), and…my big brother got married!!
I should totally buy a lottery ticket…
While I’m off doing that, why don’t you read up on the latest:
Disney Food News
Disney foodiness this week…!
- Bazillion-picture photo tours, food pics, and back stories for Clarabelle’s Ice Cream, Cozy Cone Motel, Flo’s V-8 Cafe, and Ghirardelli at Disney California Adventure!
- New treats at the Main Street Confectionery!
- Tipsy Ducks in Love drink, now being served in Epcot’s China pavilion at the Joy of Tea. Includes Jim Beam and chocolate!
- So Tasty! Vinylmation series are now on sale!
We’ve got more food news (including Father’s Day dining at Orlando’s Downtown Disney and the D23 Sip & Scream Event…plus LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!
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In honor of great dads (including my very own “AJ’s Dad,” who’s friggin’ awesome), we’re finally having a sale on our 2012 edition of the Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book. (I know — it’s been forever, right? Sorry about that.)
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SO, snap up the book and DON’T MISS ANYTHING for your next Disney World trip! Especially not the sweet money-saving tips!
On to the Round-Up
Eating (and Drinking) Around the World
visits the new Sundowner Celebration at the Animal Kingdom.
Main Street Gazette noshes on the Chilled Summer Roll at the Animal Kingdom.
Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups stops by the pool bars at the Grand Floridian resort.
A Wedding Cake Blog shares an awesome Star Wars inspired Groom’s Cake!
AllEars.Net spots a “hidden Mickey” at Epcot’s Teppan Edo!
Disney by Mark dines at Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada pavilion.
Running at Disney visits the new Tutto Gusto wine bar in Epcot!
Disneyland had an awesome feature of the Head Chef over at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland a while back! I’ll be reviewing a couple of items here in the next week or two!
Not too long ago, a kiosk called Joy of Tea popped up in Epcot across from the beautiful China pavilion. I knew the little red pagoda sold several different kinds of tea, but I had no idea of the extent of the fun and interesting menu!
While wandering around Epcot earlier this month my stomach started growling while I was walking toward China — perfect timing! I had no idea of the food offerings at Joy of Tea — or the [Read more…]