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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Noob

13 Nov

The Epcot Ball at the End of our Day of Eating

Yesterday I went to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for the first time ever and what can I say but “Nom, nom!” What a yummy day!

I would compare the set-up to a food truck bazaar, but with much more walking between “trucks.” Each country has their own stand set up with two to three small plates from that country. Plate prices fell mainly in the $3 to $5 range. The best advice I got before going was to think of it as tapas. Donnie and I decided to get one of everything and share, until we were full.

Here are pics from our first round of eating (yes, there were two rounds):

 

ARGENTINA: Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée (DELISH! This was both me and Donnie's favorite... we even went back for more before we left!)

CANADA: Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup (DELISH! My second favorite)

CANADA: Maple and Moosehead Beer-glazed Salmon with Barley Salad (GOOD)

CHINA: Xinjiang Barbecue Chicken Stick (top) and Pork Pot Stickers (bottom) (YUMMY - The sauce made the pot stickers and the chicken was delish)

GERMANY: Nürnberger Sausage in a Pretzel Roll (GOOD)

POLAND: Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream (DELISH)

Not pictured above because they were in separate carts in the general area of the country, but not on the country’s menu:

  • ITALY: Tiramisu (DELISH)
  • MEXICO: Frozen Mango Margarita (REFRESHING)

Later on in the day, Donnie got a second wind and started to eat more. The boy really is like a bottomless pit! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures. I was too busy laughing. But here’s what else we (mainly “he”) tried:

  • JAPAN: Tuna and Salmon Sensation (DELISH)
  • CARIBBEAN: Ropa Vieja with White Rice (EH)
  • BRAZIL: Brazil’s national dish – Feijoada (Black Bean and Pork Strew) (EH)
  • HOPS & BARLEY: Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Roll (DELISH)
  • SINGAPORE: Beef Rendang (Coconut-braised beef) with Jasmine Rice (EH)

On our way out, we stopped back at Argentina for some more grilled beef skewer.Really, it was that good.

I’m very glad that I ran 10 miles earlier in the day so I could eat my way around the world guilt-free, but towards the end of the day my legs were killing me. It was totally worth it… I had the best day with Donnie and our friends!

The Gang (left to right): Shirvan, Kavita, Me and Donnie

A Short Run and New Favorite Top

11 Nov

It’s been a busy week. After missing my Tuesday morning run, and sleeping through my Wednesday makeup run, I slept in Thursday morning as well. So when I came home from work last night, I was making no excuses. I had to run!

As soon as I walked in the door, the couch was sitting there looking at me, enticing me to join for just a little while. I ignored the taunts and went to throw on some running clothes.

Which brings me to the topic of my new favorite running top. I’ve been eyeing this scoop neck tank from Lululemon. I even tried it on and admired it’s perfect fit, but at $52.00 I couldn’t justify it as I was already buying a running skirt from them that was similarly priced. So I had a very grow- up, disciplined moment and put the top back.

A few weeks ago, my friend told me that Old Navy was having a sale on their active wear. I really didn’t have many expectations when I went, but Old Navy is almost across the street from me so it was at least worth a quick look. Imagine my surprise when I saw this look-alike compression tank top on sale for only $12.50. Again, I grabbed it to try on, but was sure it would have a weird fit or have a short torso or something. But when I tried it on, it fit well.

So last night was my first run wearing it. Here’s a lovely self portrait:

My new Old Navy tank

Don’t judge the fact that I have on eye makeup please, I went running directly after work. 🙂

So after my run, my prognosis is: I love it! The tank had a long torso, so even though it did ride up a little bit, it never rode up above my waistline. I even ran into a friend at the lake and she complimented it.

Which brings me back to my run. It’s been a while since I’ve run laps around Lake Eola so I headed over there in my car. I can run there, but I wanted to run with music and didn’t want to worry about cars. On my drive there I wondered why I didn’t just wake up in the morning… I wanted nothing more than to sit on my couch and veg out after my long day at work.

In the end, I only ran 2.35 miles (three laps around Lake Eola). My calves were so tight! All week I’ve been rolling my thighs and hips to avoid IT pain and totally neglected my calves. So I finally gave up and went home to stretch and roll my calves for a good hour.

I did snap this pic of the lake before leaving:

The new fountain in Lake Eola

The Lake Eola fountain was broke for what seemed to be forever, and running around the lake just wasn’t the same without it. I’m glad it’s back, and much more colorful!

Which do you prefer? Wake up early to work out or workout after work?

Cyclin’ to Truckin’

16 Oct

My marathon training had me scheduled to run 18 miles yesterday. But since I’m on a temporary hiatus from running while I recover from my tendonitis, I instead rode my stationary bike for an hour and a half this morning. As much as I love catching up on my Grey’s Anatomy (I roll the bike into our family room and watch TV while I ride), I am so ready to get back on the road with my running group.

A trip to Target and some other errands behind me later I found myself with my little sister at TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar held in the Fashion Square Mall parking lot, where two of my other friends also met up with us.

I was saving myself for The Batter Bowl Truck, but my sis convinced me to start with some empanadas from Black Bean Deli’s new truck, La Empanada.

At La Empanada, my sister and I each picked an empanada and split them. These were our choices:

The menu at La Empanada, Black Bean Deli's food truck

I chose the tomato-basil caprese and my sister went more traditional with the picadillo:

The tomato-basil caprese empanada (left) and the picadillo empanada (right)

Afterwards, my sister headed to the Pupusas truck and tried its signature dish, a pupusa.

Finally we headed over to The Batter Bowl:

The Batter Bowl Truck

After debating between the creme brulee and the chocolate peanut butter pie, I settled on the pie. It was rich, but light and I loved the creamy texture and the chocolate cookie crust at the bottom:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from The Batter Bowl

My friends had the “dessert-chos” which was ginger snap nachos with a light, creamy pumpkin dip. So yummy!

Dessert-chos from The Batter Bowl: Ginger snap "nachos" with pumpkin dip in a nacho container

What a delicious end to the weekend! Have you ever gone to one of the food truck bazaars? If so, which is your favorite truck?