Full Review: The Polite Pig at Disney Springs

We live somewhat locally to the Walt Disney World resort area (well, locally enough that we can drive).  I believe I’ve said this before, but on our final day we like to visit Disney Springs to do any last minute shopping, grab lunch, go for a walk, and buy some Sprinkles Cupcakes to home (thus preserving some of our vacation for longer).  We were recently in Orlando for MegaCon, which will be featured in an upcoming post, and made our way over to Disney for a few days as well.  On our way out, we stopped at The Polite Pig for lunch, which is a “modern BBQ outpost with Florida cuisine and an array of libations on tap,” according to disneyworld.disney.go.com.

It is actually a quick service BBQ restaurant that has a full bar (indoor and outdoor), with indoor and outdoor seating.  You place your order at the counter, they give you a pager, you go find a seat and they bring you your food at the table.  While we were there they also came around with samples of blondies and oatmeal cookies which were pretty great, although not great enough to make us actually purchase one.

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Menu behind the counter at the Polite Pig – it was actually this hard to see in real-life, but there were paper menus available for the visually challenged
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Sauce bar at the Polite Pig

Because it was lunchtime, we decided to split a few things instead of ordering our own individual meals.  The menu isn’t too extensive, but has some great options on it.  We ordered the pork shoulder ($14), the mac and cheese ($6), and the hop salt pretzel ($10).  I found the menu to be pricy as the sides are à la carte, but since we were splitting all of this it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and trust me this was plenty of food.  We also didn’t have any alcoholic beverages on this trip (again, lunch, and we needed to drive home), which kept the cost down.

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Pork shoulder, pretzels, beer cheese fondue (top left), IPA mustard (hard to see in the middle).
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Better view of the beer cheese fondue and IPA mustard, plus some of the sauces from the sauce bar.  I’m not positive what these were, I found them un-remarkable.
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Better view of the mac and cheese and one of the pretzels.

The Polite Pig actually doesn’t get great reviews on Yelp, although I think most of it is due to the food cost issue.  We actually really enjoyed everything we had, particularly the pork shoulder.  The Polite Pig has a “BBQ sauce” bar (… actually, its just dispensers, like ketchup/mustard dispensers, and paper cups), which has a variety of options you can see on the menu, but we found that the pork shoulder really didn’t need any sauces to make it enjoyable, it was actually very flavorful on its own.  We did dip the pretzel in each one of the sauces, and while good, they were nothing to write home about.  The pretzel itself comes with beer cheese fondue (a HUGE AMOUNT OF IT) and IPA mustard, both of which were incredibly tasty – so much so that I usually couldn’t decide which to dip my pretzel into.  Finally, the mac and cheese was REALLY GOOD GUYS.  Sometimes mac and cheese can be kinda flavorless, but I really enjoyed it.

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A very tilted picture of the Polite Pig interior.
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Outdoor bar seating at the Polite Pig

Lets talk about seating.  There is indoor and outdoor seating, and its a pretty big place, we didn’t have to wait long to find a table.  They seemed right on top of cleaning off the tables as soon as one party was done, so even though we had a minute of “table-hovering,” we still sat down at a clean table.  There is also a lot of bar seating available, or I suppose you could get your food to-go and sit somewhere outside at Disney Springs.  The only thing I’ll mention about this is the day we were there was really hot (around 95 degrees), and while there were still people sitting in the “patio” area as it was partially shaded, I don’t think this would be the best place to sit in the middle of August, which would cut out some of the seating options.

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Taps at the bar
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Taps behind the counter where you order food

I’ll also say that while we didn’t partake, the bar options certainly looked intriguing.  I don’t really like bourbon, but there is a bourbon bar with options ranging from $9 to $99.  I suppose if I liked bourbon this would entertain me more.  There are also a variety of beers (I really like Florida Cracker from Cigar City, you should give it a try if you can find it in your area or if you happen to go somewhere that has it), and cocktails on tap.  Again, you can see all of these options on their menu.

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Polite Pig Merchandise!

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the The Polite Pig in Disney Springs?

Well, I liked the Polite Pig. I thought it was a good option for lunch and we definitely got plenty of food, despite not ordering our own meals. We actually brought one of the pretzels home because it was too much (and BBQ is really heavy). I do think its pretty expensive given that you need to order the sides separately, but I would go back, possibly sit at the bar, and try some of the beers or cocktails.

And yeah, on a slightly unrelated note, if you can find Cigar City beers anywhere, definitely give them a try.

Full Review: Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, FL

And now for something completely different… Sort of.  Disney owns Star Wars so I suppose this counts.  This post is about Star Wars Celebration.

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Star Wars Celebration at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL

If you’ve read any more than one of my posts you might have figured out that I really love Star Wars.  So much, that we went to the mecca of Star Wars in Orlando in April of this year.  Held at the Orange County Convention Center (this year, some years its in California, some in Europe), Star Wars Celebration is a 4-day convention of, you guessed it, Star Wars.

Lets talk about what you can do at Star Wars Celebration.   There are so many options… Walk the floor, go shopping, go to panels and events, visit the tattoo area, visit artists alley, get celebrity autographs and pictures

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“The only fight: against the dark side. Through the ages, I’ve seen evil take many forms. The Sith. The Empire. Today, it is the First Order.”

There was so much going on that this would be an incredibly long blog post if I were to talk about everything.  One day we were on out feet for roughly 16 hours straight.  I’m going to touch on a few things that were particularly fun and have particularly interesting pictures to share.  Essentially, let this be a guide for if you’re ever at a Con and come across any of these things.

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“Utini!”

The R2-D2 Builders Club:

These guys and gals are so cool.  They build screen accurate, and not-so-screen accurate working R2-D2s and Mouse Droids.  They were all on display in their own room so you could see everyones creations.  They also host races, panels on droid building and droid building history, and are all around awesome.  While we didn’t make it to any of the panels this time around, we strolled through the Droid Builders Room with over 100 droids on display.  Really makes you want to try your hand at it (you know, if you didn’t live in a 2 bedroom apartment and had more room).

The 501st Legion of Stormtroopers:

The 501st Legion is an all-volunteer costuming organization that performs costumed charity and volunteer work.  The costumes are ridiculous.  At Celebration they had an area with some displays of costumes, helmets, photo-opportunity areas, and where a lot of the 501st hung out in costume.  It was so fun to see everyone in their costumes and to see the hard work everyone put in!

Panels:

We went to a bunch of panels.  Some better than others, but none of them disappointed.  While we couldn’t get into the larger panels, like the 40th Anniversary Panel (hosted by Warwick Davis, featuring Kathleen Kennedy), or The Last Jedi Panel (which had surprise guest Harrison Ford), we still went to as many as we could.  Well… We may have been able to get into those panels, but you had to wait overnight, sleeping on the conference center floor.   Warwick Davis (the guy who played Wicket the Ewok) was a fantastic and funny host.  The panels that particularly shined were Anthony Daniels:  40 Years with Theepio, where Warwick Davis and Anthony Daniels displayed a special type of chemistry.

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Warwick Davis and Anthony Daniels
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…Anthony Daniels as a C3PO Tape Dispenser

The Music of Rogue One:  Analysis with David Collins was one of the absolute coolest panels I have ever been to, David Collins completely broke down the score of Rogue One, talked about the themes of the score, its ties to John Williams original score – I learned so much.

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One section of seating for a panel

Finally, the Heroines of Star Wars Panel, which featured Carrie Beck, Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka), and Tiya Sircar (Sabine) who spoke about the importance of female role models in Star Wars.  The best part of this was the sudden and surprise appearance by Daisy Ridley!  You never know whats going to happen!

Actually, at Celebration 2012, we had a surprise George Lucas appearance at the Star Wars Detours Panel – awesome!  Except no Star Wars Detours…

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Daisy Ridley, Ashley Eckstein, Tiya Sircar, Dave Filloni, and Carrie Beck

Alright, that all being said, lets talk logistics.

I will fully admit, day one logistics were all around poor.  So poor that the company that was running the con, ReedPop, issued an apology.  We waited in a 2 hour, 2 mile long line outside in Florida in the sun to get into the building.  We assume this was because of security bringing everyone through one entrance, but by the time we got to the front they just waved us through metal detectors that didn’t even seem to be on.  Every single thing was a line.  There was a constant 2 hour line to get into the Official Celebration Store, lines for panels (even overnight lines), lines to get food… LINES EVERYWHERE.  While this is my main complaint, the convention was around 70,000 people, so I would have expected some lines, but would have preferred to not wait in the sun for 2 hours to get in the building.  The following days were better, while we still waited in line we were inside, and got on the floor much faster.

There were fast passes available to get into the Celebration Store, allowing you to skip the line, but you had to run over to the store as soon as you got in when the Con opened to get one.

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Panel backsplash

For the large and medium sized panels, a wristband system was in place.  As soon as you enter the building you can choose 2 wristbands, allowing you entry into a given panel.  Once you get your wristband, you’re guaranteed a seat.  If you want a great seat you still need to get there early and queue.  If you’re okay with a mediocre seat, you can show up 5 minutes before the panel starts because you cant bear another minute of waiting in line, and walk right in.  This was done in an effort to mitigate giant lines for every single panel at all times of the day.  We got into a lot of panels, but also learned very quickly not to be picky.  For instance, we really wanted to go to Mark Hamill’s panel or the Carrie Fisher Tribute panel, but the wristbands were gone pretty fast, so we planned second and third choices.  I cant comment on the overnight campout lines because we didn’t participate, however, the 40th Anniversary Panel and the Last Jedi Panel were streamed on the convention center floor (… with some technical issues and some sound issues, but still).

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Waiting for The Last Jedi Panel to start

While I would have loved to have attended the Last Jedi Panel, watching the trailer with thousands of other fans standing on the convention center floor, in my Rey cosplay, was a moment that is pretty special to me as a Star Wars fan.  The excitement was palpable.

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Still waiting for the trailer!

Finally, I highly recommend leaving the convention for lunch instead of waiting at the food stands in the convention center.  There are 5734957430 hotels and restaurants near by, all of which will be less crowded.

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Overall, I definitely recommend going to Star Wars Celebration if it comes back to Orlando.  But, you have to be willing to go with the flow.  No more panel wristbands?  Thats okay, you get to see surprise Daisy Ridley at a different panel.  Wait in a two hour line?  Look at the awesome costumes!  You’re going to have fun, regardless of the hiccups you may encounter.  Just enjoy it.

Full Review: The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Despite the remarkably silly name (seriously I feel awkward typing it), The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a amazingly fun time, really for all ages.  Hoop Dee Doo, which I will now shorten to “HDD” for the remainder of this blog post, is a 2 hour dinner show featuring the “Pioneer Hall Players” with rousing Wild West dancing, singing, and vaudeville comedy.  Thats what it says on the website.  Seriously though, it really is fun, and the food is great.

HDD is located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort in Pioneer Hall.  I’ve written about Fort Wilderness in my post about Crockett’s Tavern, and again I recommend taking the very pretty boat ride from Magic Kingdom over to Fort Wilderness, and getting there early to either get a drink at Crockett’s Tavern, or walk the grounds of Fort Wilderness.  If you go that route, the only thing I recommend is leaving early, because the boat can get backed up right before HDD begins.

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Seating options and pricing at HDD, as of 4.30.2017 from the Walt Disney World website

There are 3 seating times for HDD, 4:00pm, 6:15pm, and 8:30pm.  You’ll get the same show at each seating, and they are all priced the same.  There are tiers of pricing that are determined by where you are sitting.  You have a good view wherever you are, so its really up to you.  I will say that I actually prefer the balcony seating because there is only one row of tables up there, so there isn’t anyone in between you and the stage-action.  Also because I’m not very big on audience participation, and if you’re in the main floor category 1 seating area, you might get some of that.  I wont spoil it for you.

HDD, as I said, is a dinner show.  Its actually one of the longest running musical theater performances in the United States, which is kind of cool.  Its been running since 1974.  The show consists of 6 people with live musical accompaniment, who are a “traveling theater troupe” in the Wild West (get it, Pioneer Hall Players…?  Yeah.).  Since its a musical, there are plenty of songs, but also skits and jokes and some general funniness that will keep everyone in your family entertained.  At the end of the night, get ready to spin your checked napkin over your head and/or play a washboard with a spoon, because thats what you’re going to be doing, along with the rest of the audience.  You’ll have fun, really.  I know it sounds silly when you’re a 30 year old adult without any kids.  You should go anyway.

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The HDD players, image courtesy disneyworld.go.com

Okay, but it does bother me a little bit that people are spinning their dirty napkins over their head and rubbing used spoons on washboards, but that might just be me.  Its still fun.  I guess thats just part of the spirit of the evening.

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HDD Menu

Moving on.  Lets talk about the food.  THE AMAZING FOOD.  I’m not kidding, it really is great.  Its all you can eat and you will be very excited about it being all you can eat.  Its also all you can drink, with choices of non-alcoholic drinks, wine, beer (bud light or yuengling, nothing that entertaining), and sangria.  Unfortunately the last time we were at HDD I was horrendously ill with some kind of flu/cold/disease, so I was woefully unable to partake, but they’ll bring you a pitcher of the alcoholic drinks if you ask.  They’re all served in mason jars.  Cute.

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Beer at HDD

For food, you get this amazing selection of cornbread, salad, fried chicken, BBQ pork ribs, a seasonal veggie (its usually corn), mashed potatoes, beans, and strawberry shortcake.  We also got surprise mac-and-cheese last time, which was super exciting.  THE FRIED CHICKEN IS SO GOOD I DREAM ABOUT IT.  All of these are brought to your table in metal buckets that they will slam onto the table making an exceptionally loud noise that will scare the hell out of you if you’re not paying attention and are watching the show.  You can ask for seconds of anything you’d like.

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Corn, beans, etc.
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Corn, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, mashed potatoes
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Mac and cheese
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Mashed potatoes, corn, fried chicken, BBQ ribs

You probably shouldn’t fill up on cornbread or salad, but honestly they’re really REALLY good.

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Strawberry shortcake, DOESN’T IT LOOK GOOD?!

The real show-stopper (hah, get it, because its a dinner show?  …I’m so sorry…), is the strawberry shortcake.  Its great.  SO GREAT.  The only thing that I wish is that you have a little bit more time to eat it.  Its served at the end of the night, because obviously its dessert, and you eventually need to leave and stop eating.  I eat really slow so this is sometimes an issue with dinner show type settings.  Regardless of this criticism, its still awesome.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue?

I know, it has a silly name.  I know, you might feel stupid as a couple of adult 30 year olds going to a Disney dinner show.  And I know, all you can eat BBQ when there are some really awesome and creative restaurants at Disney combined with what is essentially shitty beer might sound less than tempting at first glance.

You should go anyway.  HDD is one of my favorite dinner experiences at Disney.  Its fun, even the silly singing is fun, the food is actually some of the better food I’ve had on property, and its just done right.

There is definitely a reason this is one of the longest running dinner theater shows in America.  When Disney does something for over 40 years, they definitely do it correctly.

Its also really fun if you go for any sort of life event, like a birthday or anniversary.  They will point it out, and its definitely a fun event to commemorate the occasion.

Full Review: Sprinkles Cupcakes at Disney Springs

Sprinkles Cupcakes is a California-based cupcake bakery chain that sells hands-down the best cupcake I have ever had in my life.  And there is one in Disney Springs.  And I’ve asked everyone I know to vote for a South Florida location.  Or possibly Boston, so we can have Sprinkles Cupcakes at our upcoming wedding.

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Look at all the cupcakes!

One can only hope.

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Sprinkles, if you’re listening, South Florida or Boston would be great.

Something about their frosting is ridiculous.  And the cake.  I think I’m drooling.

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Frosting cupcakes at Sprinkles

Sprinkles has a rotating menu of cupcake flavors depending on day of the week and season.  I recommend the flagship flavor, the quintessential, the one and only Sprinkles Cupcake.  And actually all of the other flavors too.  Just go and get cupcakes.  So far we have sampled, the Sprinkles Cupcake, the carrot cake cupcake, the salty caramel cupcake, the black and white cupcake, the peppermint chocolate cupcake (during Christmas), and the vanilla cupcake, and probably others.  I’m not even sure.  They’re all amazing.

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Sprinkles Cupcake

In order of amazingness, here are my rankings:

  1.  Sprinkles Cupcake
  2.  Carrot Cake Cupcake (this is the only time I have ever rated something with carrot cake second)
  3.  Salty Caramel Cupcake
  4.  Peppermint Chocolate Cupcake
  5.  Black and White Cupcake
  6.  Vanilla Cupcake

But really they’re all pretty much tied.  The cupcakes come in 2 sizes, large and these adorable mini cupcakes, so you can try 2 flavors.  Or three.  Or four.

 

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Mini Sprinkles Cupcake, look at how cute it is!

In addition to cupcakes, Sprinkles also sells cupcake sandwiches (a scoop of ice cream between two halves of a cupcake or two cookies), shakes and floats, sundaes, cookies, and ice cream.

And frosting shots.  Yes, that is just a cup of frosting for $1.50.

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Sprinkles Menu

We have gotten one of the cookies and some ice cream, and admittedly they were somewhat unmemorable next to the cupcakes.

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Salted caramel cupcake, vanilla cupcake, peanut butter cup ice cream

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Sprinkles Cupcakes at Disney Springs?

GO. TO. SPRINKLES.

What we like to do is arrive at Disney.  Go to Disney Springs.  Get some drinks and a snack at Hangar Bar.  Get two mini cupcakes at Sprinkles.  Then head to Epcot.

On the day we leave we get two cupcakes in a to-go box (which they will happily do, and give you an instruction sheet for how best to care for your cupcakes), and save them for dessert the next day when we’re sad we’re not at Disney.  Its awesome.

 

 

Drinkin’ Around Disney Resorts: Crockett’s Tavern at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness has 2 options for guests, a campground and cabins for rent.  This could be a very cost effective option for those of you who are looking to spend a little less on your lodging.

Its very easy to get to Fort Wilderness from Magic Kingdom, among other options, you can hop on a boat that will take you right there.

Fort Wilderness is a very cool resort to visit if you get the chance.  There are a ton of recreation options such as archery, pony, wagon, and carriage rides, boat rentals, fishing, canoe rentals, bike rentals, and the Wilderness Back Trail adventure which takes you through the resort on a segway.   And the resort is on about 750 acres of cypress and pine forest, so there is a ton of animal life to see.  We’ve seen a lot of deer!

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Sunset at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Its also pretty if you go there near sunset.

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Davy, Davy Crockett! … Oh wait thats from Hoop Dee Do.  

And, if you’re looking for some adult refreshments, Crockett’s Tavern is the place to be.  While there is a walkup window where you can get to-go beer and wine, there is also a small bar inside that serves some appetizers and the standard Disney drink menu.

When we were there they also had some specialty drinks made with Ole Smoky Moonshine – very fitting for the atmosphere.

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Strawberry Lemonade made with Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine.

We tried the Strawberry Lemonade made with Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine, Odwalla Lemonade, Wild Strawberry Monin, and Sprite.  It is very appropriately served in a mason jar.  I was a little afraid to try this because I’ve never had Ole Smoky Moonshine, but it just tasted like alcoholic strawberry lemonade.  I do recommend the drink though, it was pretty good.  I wish I had tried some of the other options!

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With a full bar and some snack options, Crockett’s Tavern is a nice spot to sit if you’re staying at Fort Wilderness, waiting to go to Trails End or Hoop Dee Do Musical Review, or just want to see the resort.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Crockett’s Tavern?

While I wouldn’t necessarily make a special trip specifically to go there, checking it out should you be staying at Fort Wilderness or visiting is definitely recommended.   And don’t be afraid to try a drink made with moonshine!

Full Review: La Cava del Tequila in the World Showcase at Epcot

This is really more of a snack/drink post, as that is what La Cava del Tequila sells.  Located in the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot, La Cava del Tequila is a must try.

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Pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot – There are entrances to the left and right.

Depending on your Epcot strategy, you can walk from the front gate of Epcot to the gigantic lake, and take either a right or left into the World Showcase.  If you take a left, you walk into the Mexico Pavilion.  If you take a right, you’ll hit the Canada Pavilion first.  While the Canada Pavilion does have a kiosk serving one of the best rated beers in the world according to Beer Advocate, La Fin du Monde by Unibroue, I recommend going left to Mexico and ending at Canada.  This is partially because the Canada Pavilion is otherwise boring, with the exception of the 360 video featuring Canada’s own Martin Short. If you’re into Martin Short, thats fun…?

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Martin Short is everywhere – O Canada!

Anyway.

Once you take the recommended left hand turn into the World Showcase, you’re greeted with the gigantic mesoamerican pyramid that is the main focus of the area.  The Mexico Pavilion actually has a huge amount of food and drink choices.  Outside the pyramid there is La Cantina de San Angel, a quick-service spot right on the water with tacos, nachos, etc.  We’ve gotten nachos from here before and while they are definitely gigantic, I didn’t think they were anything to write home about.  They were the type with liquid cheese, canned jalapeños, etc.  There is also a sit-down restaurant outside the pyramid, La Hacienda de San Angel, which we have always wanted to try but never have because we always end up at La Cava del Tequila.  Inside the pyramid, there is another sit-down restaurant, The San Angel Inn, that overlooks the Gran Fiesta Tour (or the Mexico boat ride as most people call it).  If you’re there during the Food and Wine Festival, that means you get to sit and eat your lunch or dinner while watching drunken adults get really overly excited on the boat ride.  They will probably wave.  Excitedly.

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Sign for La Cava del Tequila

The final food/drink option is La Cava del Tequila, located inside the pyramid on your right as you come in.  You’ll know you found it due to the giant line of people standing outside.  These people are waiting for drinks to go.  Skip all of them and walk up to the host or hostess and ask for a table.  If there are two of you, you’ll probably get in and sit faster than all those people waiting in line.  I’ve seen parties of 8 get seated in 20 minutes during the Food and Wine Festival when there was a line of at least 50 people reaching outside the pyramid.

 

La Cava del Tequila sells, obviously, a lot of different tequilas.  They also have margaritas. What most people don’t know is that they also serve some food options to go with your tequila-based beverage of choice.

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Behind the bar at Cava del Tequila

We have sampled two margaritas.  The Passion Fruit (tequila, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar, fresh lime juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks with a Tajín chili powder rim) and the Hibiscus (tequila, hibiscus juice, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, elderflower liquor and pomegranate liquor served on the rocks with a hibiscus salt rim).

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Hibiscus margarita at La Cava del Tequila – $14.75

I’m going to be honest.  I hate tequila.  I had a very bad and also incredibly stereotypical experience in college with a bottle of Jose Cuervo where two friends of mine and I drunkenly yelled “YOU’RE AWESOME” “NO, YOU’RE AWESOME-ER” for 20 minutes before all simultaneously puking from said tequila.  Regardless of this ridiculous memory,  I love the Hibiscus Margarita.  Mainly, because you cant taste the tequila, and the flavors work really well together between the bitterness of the tequila and the sweetness/tartness of the hibiscus and pomegranate.  The only thing that I prefer about the Passion Fruit Margarita is the chili powder rim.

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Queso blanco from La Cava del Tequila.  Comes with chips, queso, and 2 cups of salsa.  $9.00

You should also definitely get the queso blanco (warm white nacho cheese with pico de gallo sauce and tortilla chips).  You’re going to be super tempted to get the trio (tortilla chips served with salsa, queso, and guacamole).  But, know that the queso blanco actually comes with salsa as well.  The only thing you’re going to miss is the guacamole, and you probably wont miss it that much.  This is seriously a GIANT AMOUNT of chips, salsa, and queso.  Guys, this is the perfect compliment to that margarita you’re drinking. Its amazing.  Just trust me.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on La Cava del Tequila in the World Showcase at Epcot?

Go.  Seriously.  Just go.  Sit inside, skip the line of people waiting for margaritas to go.  You’ll have a much better time and its a nice break from the sun and the people.  I will say its usually full of adults and couples, I’m assuming that kids are not a fan of sitting in what is essentially a tequila cave watching their parents drink a margarita.  So, if you are an adult or couple, DEFINITELY go.

Full Review: D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs

On the final day of our trip we like to head to Disney Springs, go for a walk, do any last minute shopping, and have lunch before we head home.  With all the new shopping and restaurants at Disney Springs to try, its been a great new last day tradition.

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D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs

We tried D-Luxe Burger on our most recent trip, doesn’t it look quaint?  D-Luxe Burger is quick service, you order at a cashier and they give you a pager and you pick up your food, in a bag, around the corner and take it to your table (there is plenty of seating).

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As you walk in to D-Luxe Burger

D-Luxe Burger sells, obviously, burgers and fries, and they do it really well considering its their namesake.  I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised by both the quality and quantity of food we got.  It was a bit pricey for burgers and fries, but the food was really great overall.

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Barbecue Classic Burger at D-Luxe Burger

We got 2 burgers and a large order of fries.  Pictured above is the Barbecue Classic Burger (Signature Blend topped with a Fried Onion Ring, Smoked Gouda, Bacon, Barbecue Sauce, and Lettuce, $11.99), and below is the Cluck Burger (Ground Chicken Patty, Garlic Herb Sauce, Avocado, Lettuce, and Tomato, $10.99).

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Cluck Burger at D-Luxe Burger
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Close-up of Cluck Burger at D-Luxe Burger

One of my favorite parts about D-Luxe Burger are the dipping sauces you can try.  Yes, you can get them all, or just a couple, whatever you’d like!  It was fun to try them all and dip the fries into them.  Sauce options include three mustard and honey, garlic ranch, curry ketchup, chipotle mayo, horseradish, and buffalo blue cheese.  There is also your standard mustard and ketchup available.

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From the top left:  three mustard and honey, garlic ranch, horseradish, chipotle mayo, regular ketchup, yellow mustard.
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Large order of fries at D-Luxe Burger

The fries (above) really stood out.  They’re hand cut, hot and salty and perfect.  The only thing that bothered me is that the large is… pretty small.  While we definitely had enough food the cost/size ratio was a bit off.

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Beverage station at D-Luxe Burger

D-Luxe Burger has a really great looking selection of Gelato Shakes and Floats. We did not partake as there was already way too much food, and we got fountain drinks instead, but I’d really love to try one of them at some point. Some of them sound really interesting, like the Smoked Bourbon Gelato Shake, or the Vanilla Porter Gelato Shake, or the Godiva Chocolate and Strawberry Malt Gelato Shake.

I have to say, I also really love the decor of D-Luxe Burger.  Its designed to look like an “old Florida” farmhouse, and its just really cute.  There is ample seating, even outdoor seating, and its really quite nice and comfortable.  They also give you plenty of napkins to go with your gigantic, messy, burger, as you can see above.

The only thing you might need to watch out for is that D-Luxe Burger does not have its own bathroom.  You have to leave the restaurant to go outside to the public Disney Springs bathrooms.  Its not a big deal, but I did wander around for a few minutes before I figured it out.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs?

I really recommend it if you’re looking for burgers and fries.  You might want to split a burger, large fry, and gelato shake with someone (if you can possibly agree what to get) as we did get a ton of food.  Definitely, DEFINITELY get the dipping sauces.  Experiment with adding them to your burger, fries, and different combinations.  Its great!