Puerto Rico – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014

By this point in the Food & Wine Festival, we went back through our passports and narrowed down our “want to eat” lists…

There were two things that stayed on our list at the Puerto Rico Marketplace: Conch Salad and Tostones (originally this was “Frituras: crispy fried potato balls and fried green plantains with mayo ketchup).

Ensalada de Carrucho - Caribbean Conch Salad with Onion, Tomato and Cilantro

Ensalada de Carrucho – Caribbean Conch Salad with Onion, Tomato and Cilantro

While we were waiting in line at the booth, some folks were checking the rankings of items at the booth as they were making up their minds. The conch salad had a 20% rating (that’s 20 out of 100 approval). Nick pointed out what some of the people in line were saying, and I replied, well, let’s get it anyway… our opinions don’t match most peoples (apparently, because we aren’t gaga about the marketplace booths during Food & Wine).

My bad, we should have skipped this dish.

conch salad

conch salad

This was just yucky. Too much dressing, too much onion, too much green pepper. This is heartburn in a paper cone – after three bites, we said “no” and Nick tossed it in the trash can.

Tostones - Fried Green Plantains with Mayo Ketchup

Tostones – Fried Green Plantains with Mayo Ketchup

These were another “no”… without the ketchup, these were very bland (there was some salt, but not much flavor otherwise). We each ate one tostone and threw the third one in the trash can. These were hard as rocks and dry dry dry, took a lot of jaw power to chew these. Definitely not worth the calories.

fried plantains

fried plantains

Neither of these items are do-agains for us. Even if we got them on a bad day, there are places nearby where we can consistently get good conch (Rusty Bellies) and fried plantains (Q’Kenan’s). So, no worries… Not getting anything else from the Puerto Rico Marketplace during this Food & Wine Festival.

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