Anna June may not have been very adventurous on our journey to taste our way around the world, but I had a great time sampling the small plates from various regions at the Food and Wine Festival.
If I recall correctly, here are most of the dishes we tried:
China: Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun (me), Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles (Ben), Chicken potstickers (AJ)
Germany: Schinkennudeln Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese (me)
Mexico: Rib-eye Taco (me, with sampling by AJ)
Ireland: Cheese Selection (AJ, although we helped)
Greece: Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce (Ben), Spanakopita (me)
Puerto Rico: San Juan Breeze -Non-alcoholic lemonade (AJ and me)
Hawaii - Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine (Me.) - By the way, this was the only disappointing thing we tried. Ben pointed out before I ordered it that I have never liked fruit wine, but I couldn't be dissuaded.
We also had other snacks in the park. AJ and I had a Mickey Mouse ice cream bar. AJ had a pretty delicious fruit cup. Ben had fish and chips over in the England section, at a place that's part of the year-round attractions.
We did have fun looking at all the permanent buildings, some of which were exact replicas of famous foreign landmarks.
When we went back to the hotel and AJ was asleep, I went down to the dining room and got us some late-night dinner. We weren't inclined to travel super early on a completely empty stomach. Ben got a salad and I opted for the turkey sandwich, based off Thanksgiving dinner. "Oven-roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry
Mayonnaise, and Watercress on Texas Toast served cold with House-made
Chips, Pasta Salad, or Coleslaw" It was definitely the worst thing I ate the whole trip. Who wants cold mashed potatoes? On a sandwich? I should have read the menu more closely.
We enjoyed our trip "around the world". Ben and I have talked about going back one day just the two of us, but I don't know if that's realistic or not. Maybe we should just renew our passports and go to one of the real countries instead.
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