“The Happiest Place on Earth” : Part 1

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Hello everyone & happy Friday,

Whether or not you’re a fan of Disney world, land, movies, toys… you’ve probably heard the phrase “the happiest place on earth“. In case you haven’t, it’s the tagline used for Disney parks all around the world; and I wholeheartedly agree with it. 😄 Eventually, I’d like to visit all the parks but right now Disney World, Florida is most accessible to me.

Last weekend, in celebration of my birthday and all things food and drink, my friends and I drove down to Orlando for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.

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Epcot is the perfect spot for Disney to host this event as it has an entire showcase dedicated to countries of the world. I’ll admit, the showcase looks more impressive during the festival because they represent a lot more countries.

We walked around the entire showcase, stopping to eat, drink, explore and watch shows on display. We split up a lot based on interest and used our phones to communicate locations, so everyone wasn’t huddled at each kiosk at the same time. We did huddle in the middle of the street over a decadent funnel cake; but more on that in the next part.

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Ryan + Jess


First stop for food was Greece, where I learned that “gyro” is pronounced “hiro” and not “jairo”. Don’t say I never taught you guys anything. 😄

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France for Crepes and Ice cream. The crepes were light, sweet, and topped with delicious vanilla ice cream. It was really difficult not to go back for more because I was trying to save space for future eats.

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The crepe, or what was left of it…

At their little stand, they had an interesting croissant aux escargot. This one might not be for everyone but my friends and I relished it.

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I had my eyes on Brazil for the crispy pork belly, but the line at the kiosk was so long that I skipped it all together. I shouldn’t have.

Next stop was Morocco where we spent quite a bit of time admiring the pavilion.

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Msuur & I made a quick stop to give Goofy hugs

I might have missed the food kiosk in Morocco either because it was too hot, or it was too hot.

However, we found an air-conditioned restaurant to eat in, but perhaps we were only there for the cool air. Okay maybe not only the air because the food was yummy.

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Chicken Bastilla

The chicken bastilla had an interesting savory + sweet taste that I’m not quite sure I liked. But something kept me going till I finished it. I would recommend the seafood bastilla if you don’t like that mix of savory and sweet.

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Seafood Bastilla
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Yes, we took a baby to Disney World and she was such a trooper!

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I leave you with visions of Morocco, at least Disney’s vision.

Epcot International Food and Wine festival will be on through November 14th, so if you can, head over there with an empty stomach and an open mind and enjoy yourself!

If you’ve been to the festival or have any questions, please leave me a comment!

Part 2 will be up next Friday.As always, thanks for reading!Photos shot on Iphone6S+ and Samsung Galaxy Edge

same footprints, different sands.


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