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Disney Beer Review: Kona Brewing Company’s Castaway IPA

This week’s entry into the Hyperion Papers beer review series is courtesy of The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival booth’s very own Kona Brewing Co. in the form of their Castaway India Pale Ale. But first, a little bit about the brewery itself. Continue reading

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Disney Beer Review: Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

Editor’s note: As we prepare for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, we’re sampling some of the beverages that will be offered at this year’s festival at home.  Our main focus will be on the beers more commonly found in the western United States, as they may not be as familiar to the Walt Disney World fans on the East Coast.

Shiner as the brewery is colloquially known actually is produced by the Spoetzl Brewery out of Shiner, TX. Their Shiner Bock is pretty much the official beer of Texas. It’s as ubiquitous as any beer is with pretty much any region in the country. This year, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival has included their Wild Hare Pale Ale in the offerings at the the Craft Beers kiosk.
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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – Scandinavia

When we read the official announcement about the 2013 Food & Wine Festival menus, we did a double take.  There were some surprising returns and additions to the Festival, but one Festival Marketplace booth was missing that we thought was a glaring omission.  The Scandinavia marketplace will no longer be stationed just outside of the Norway pavilion, which makes Norway the only World Showcase pavilion whose cuisine will not be represented at the Festival at all.

Scandinavia Festival Marketplace Booth

Scandinavia Festival Marketplace Booth

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – France

The France marketplace booth is another that will see some changes for Epcot’s 2013 International Food & Wine Festival.  My favorite for the last two years, the coq au vin, may be off the menu.  A new boeuf bourguignon dish has been announced as its replacement.  I’ll always have the memories (and the pictures).

France Festival Marketplace Booth

France Festival Marketplace Booth

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Landscape of Flavors

On our last visit to Walt Disney World, we carved out an afternoon to take a look around Disney’s new Art of Animation Resort.  The sister resort to Pop Century is Walt Disney World’s newest value resort featuring three wings of family suites and a fourth wing of single rooms.  While we didn’t stay there on this visit, we may do so one day just to have access to the largest pool on Disney property, and for a good reason to stop at their quick service food court, Landscape of Flavors.

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – South Korea

I was a little bummed when I saw the changes coming to the South Korea booth for 2013’s Food & Wine Festival, so I knew that my next look back at 2012 had to be at that booth, and possibly the best item at last year’s festival.  We’ll miss you, Lettuce Wrap.

South Korea Festival Marketplace Booth

South Korea Festival Marketplace Booth

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Olivia’s Café

When Danny and I lived in New Jersey, we had a very rigid first-day tradition for our Walt Disney World vacations. We would take the earliest flight we could out of whichever Metro-NYC airport was offering the best price and earliest arrival time. We would hightail it to the Magic Kingdom for the afternoon, then take an evening dinner at one of the signature restaurants on the monorail loop. Now that we live in Montana, our first day entails a lot more travel time and more chance for delays, so parks aren’t really part of the arrival-day equation anymore. That, paired with the $10 per person credit card hold for signature restaurant reservations, means that we now look for something much more casual and flexible for our arrival night dinner.

On our last Walt Disney World vacation, our first meal of the trip was dinner at Olivia’s Café. We were so pleasantly surprised by this unassuming spot at the Old Key West resort that we booked it again for the first dinner of our upcoming visit. Located in the Hospitality House at Old Key West, Olivia’s is a cozy café with a casual feel, adorned with beachy decor, postcards and photos of actual Disney Vacation Club members.

 

Olivia's Dining Room

Olivia’s Dining Room

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – Mexico

Continuing with our Food & Wine pregame/look back, today we’ll revisit another of our favorite Festival Marketplace booths: Mexico!

Mexico Festival Marketplace Booth

Mexico Festival Marketplace Booth

Mexico has a tried and true menu that has been pretty steady for the past few years, making gentle adjustments that have perfected what they do well.

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – Japan

I didn’t cover the Food & Wine Festival last year because we visited at the tail end of it. By the time we got home from our wonderful 10-night vacation, there was only one day left of the Festival. But now that we’re starting to see details emerge for the 2013 Festival, my excitement is renewed, and I’m enjoying looking back to last year’s visit as I look forward to this year’s.

Japan Festival Marketplace Booth

Japan Festival Marketplace Booth

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The Hollywood Brown Derby

To be completely forthcoming, we are not fans of the dining offerings in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Having dined at all the sit-down, a la carte restaurants the park currently has to offer, we think that only one merits repeat visits: the Hollywood Brown Derby.  Additionally, we’ve found ourselves spending less and less time in the Studios on recent trips.  Although the park has one of the richest atmospheres, it’s very much lacking in attractions.  As such, we rarely ever spend more than a few hours there and never seem to want to stick around for a meal.  However, we’ve been looking for a reason to go back to the Brown Derby ever since they started offering the Citizens of Hollywood martini flight in 2011.  We decided we would schedule ourselves for a light lunch last November so that we could enjoy the martinis and some of the Brown Derby’s other signature offerings.

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The exterior of the Hollywood Brown Derby

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