Culinary Demonstration – Concha y Torro – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Ruth Van Waerebeek Concha Y Torro Winery, Maipo, Chile October 8, 2012

Winemaker from Concha Y Torro, Pam Smith, and Ruth Van Waerebeek

Wine: Concha Y Torro Vineyards (Chile) Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

Concho Y Torro, Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

area of production: Casablanca Valley, Chile soil: benchland and

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All Things Sake! – Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic 2012

We’re back again! This is the third year for Chad’s Sake Class at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic and this year nora again attended both evenings (on Friday night she and nick attended and on Saturday night, nora sat with three of our guests for the Classic while nick and Calvin went

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Beer, Please! – Beverage Seminar at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic 2012

“Beer, Please!” is a seminar we had hoped to do in 2010 – the first year for the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic. However, it sold out very quickly in 2010 and we could not get tickets. That was lucky for us as we did the “All Things Sake” seminar and got to

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Tastings – Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic 2012

We attended the causeway at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic again this year, and each of the three years that the event has taken place… it’s grown. Unfortunately, the seating situation seems to have gotten worse and worse (i.e. it’s really difficult to get a table when attending with a group –

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Disney’s Backstage Safari Tour Review – 2012

We recently took the Backstage Safari tour at Animal Kingdom. We were joined by Asta and Mrs Asta, they’d never been to Animal Kingdom and this was their very first backstage tour. Disney World’s description of the tour…

The Backstage Safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park provides a 3-hour insider’s look at the

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Epcot DiveQuest – tours at Walt Disney World, a photo review

Our friends, Asta and Mrs Asta, came to visit recently and as it was her first time coming to Orlando to see us AND since she recently received her scuba certification – a surprise was planned – Epcot DiveQuest…

Have you ever visited The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion and wished you could dive

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Festival Center – Ghirardelli Chocolate Experience – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

This is new this year. It’s located in the Festival Center back in a small dark area (by the way, this is how you get to the Chase Lounge). They hand out free Ghirardelli chocolate squares (we’ve had the caramel, the peppermint bark, and the Intense Dark 86% cacao – which we didn’t like, nick

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Culinary Demonstration – White Jasmine – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Huma Siddiqui (and her son Samir) White Jasmine, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (actually they’re located in Madison, WI) October 9, 2012

Samir, Huma, and John (host) – and Sharon the assistant chef

 

John Ekin (host) did a very good job today talking about the different events during the Food & Wine Festival (the booths,

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Japan Booth – Spicy Hand Roll – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Spicy Hand Roll – large enough to share

 

SPICY HAND ROLL – Tuna and salmon with chili pepper, soy sauce & sesame oil topped with kazan volcano sauce.

The rice was stickier than sushi rice is typically. There was ample filling and the sauce on top tasted okay. Overall, the texture was

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Beverage Seminar – Thelema Mountain Vineyards – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Thelema Mountain Vineyards – Stellenbosch, South Africa Thomas Webb, Winemaker Chardonnay, Mountain Red, Cabernet Sauvignon October 8, 2012

Thelema Chardonnay, Mountain Red, and Cabernet Sauvignon

We had not tried Thelema Mountain Wines before, for some reason when we were making our choices for this year’s Food & Wine Festival – we sort of

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