Eating and Drinking Around the World

For those that know me, you know that I LOVE Disney. It really is the most magical place on earth. Last month my husband and I finally had a wedding on our one year anniversary. Since we had already paid for a flight to the states and Orlando is only 6 hours from Charleston, I asked the hubs if we could go to Disney for a few days before flying back. We did three days this time (I usually just take 2) and we went to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.

I have Disney trips down to an art. Fast passes, where to go first in the park, which rides will be busiest so you need to go to them first, etc. Epcot, however, I realized I had been doing it all wrong.

For those that haven’t been, in Epcot they have the World Showcase. There are 11 different countries within the showcase and you can walk around eating, drinking, and enjoying the atmosphere of that country.

Anyhoo, I realized I had been going about it all wrong. Stopping somewhere and having a big lunch, then because of it not able to have a drink in every country because I’m so full. Plus, if you eat a big meal in one country, you miss out on all the other delicious food in other countries. But this time I had a plan! Get one drink and one small, quick food item in each country. My husband and I shared food and drinks. I know myself, I couldn’t handle 11 full sized drinks on my own. I wanted to save some dignity and walk myself out of the park because #goals.

I know that there are other lists out there on what to get, but I decided to take it upon myself to create a list and share! Should you take a trip to Epcot sometime, here are the food and drink items I found worth eating and drinking! Enjoy!

*Pro Tip: Share your food and drinks with a friend. This way you won’t get too full or too drunk, and trust me, your wallet will thank you!

What to eat and drink in the World Showcase:

  1. Mexico- Rose margarita and chilaquiles. I found both of these at the little outdoor place right inside Mexico, Jardin de Fiestas. Both were delicious, but I really liked the rose margarita! Strong and a good way to start!FullSizeRender (33)
  2. Norway- Aass beer and Lefse bread. Here you can learn about Norse Gods and visit Ana and Elsa if you don’t mind waiting an hour. The lefse bread was really good! It was thin bread rolled with butter and cinnamon sugar. My husband also took it upon himself to get mead as well. If you have never heard of mead, or haven’t tried it, it’s a honey wine. The mead they had was good and worth the try if you are feeling up for something new!FullSizeRender (32)
  3.  China- Canta Loopy, veggie roll, and curry chicken pocket. In China we ended up trying two foods. We got the veggie rolls at Lotus House, then I went over to Joy of Tea for our drink and found the curry chicken pocket. They looked so good I had to try them, and I don’t regret it! The Canta Loopy is vodka and cantaloupe juice on ice. Just enough sweetness and refreshing out in the sun.FullSizeRender (21)
  4. Germany- Hefeweizen and potato pancakes. Germany is one of my favorite places to go when at the showcase. I miss everything about living there, to include the food! I love the buffet and music at the Biergarten restaurant, but you won’t be able to eat or drink anymore after leaving there. So instead, opted for my favorite beer and the potato pancakes.FullSizeRender (31)
  5. Italy- Bellini and gelato. We didn’t spend too much time here since we live in Italy, but for the purpose of this post we did stop for food and a drink 🙂FullSizeRender (30)
  6. USA- Yuengling and turkey leg or pretzel. We skipped on the food in Liberty Square, but we stopped for the beer!FullSizeRender (36)
  7. Japan- Violet sake and garlic teriyaki udon. The violet sake was delicious! I don’t really like sake, but this beverage was definitely worth getting! It was sake, purple pear and lime juice on ice.FullSizeRender (28)
  8. Morocco- Habibi daiquiri and fried cauliflower. I love going to Morocco, it’s just so pretty! I always recommend getting henna while there as well!FullSizeRender (27)
  9. France- Orange slush and strawberry crepe. The slush is a mix of Grand Marnier, rum, Grey Goose, and orange juice. With it being so hot out, that orange slush was a nice cool down! There is of course champagne that you can get, but we opted for something a little icier. There are also different crepes that you can get, to include sugar and chocolate. If you’re feeling a serious sweet tooth, you can get ice cream added to it.FullSizeRender (26)
  10. UK- Pear cider and pear cider-brined shredded corned beef. These paired well together, since obviously the corned beef was soaked in it. The cider is a nice break from beer and was refreshing.FullSizeRender (24)
  11. Canada– Ottawa Apple and maple popcorn. Ottawa apple had Crown Royal Maple Whiskey, apple infusion, and cranberry juice. Popcorn is really the only option for quick food in Canada. They do have a restaurant you can eat at, but we were only going for the quick food options. However, the popcorn was still good and worth the try! Paired with the Ottawa apple (again it’s nice to try drinks other than beer), it was a good end to the day! You can even take it over to the stage and eat and drink while listening to music. They always have good live music performed on their stage.FullSizeRender (25)

Happy drinking and eating around the world!

If anyone else has done this and tried other drinks or food, I’d love to hear it! Could always use ideas for next time!

Things I’ve Learned Since Moving to Italy

I’ve been horrible about posting the last few months, buuut moving to a new country will do that to you. A lot has happened and after nearly 4 months, I think I’m starting to feel like I’m home.

I’ve lived overseas before, but that was a different country, and well, about 14 years ago. So, things are different here. Some people complain about the differences, I however, welcome them! Except the tile floors. My feet are freezing and a black dog shedding on white tile……… I feel like I spend half of my life now just vacuuming. I bought slippers and fuzzy socks, so I at least fixed one problem. My oven is also T-I-N-Y… tiny. It doesn’t fit a standard cookie sheet, but no worries! I just bought a smaller one. Like I said, things are just different. So, in this post I’m going to share:

A Few Things I’ve Learned Since Living in Italy

  1. Italians have their own time schedule. Things are slower here. Not in a bad way, just no one is in a rush. Sooo…. if an Italian says one time, just maybe tack on an extra 30 minutes to it.
  2. Riposo is never missed. Riposo is translated to “rest” and Italians never miss their rest time. You can be certain that businesses will close for 2 to 3 hours Monday through Friday. This took some getting used to because you have to factor this in when planning to go run errands. I, however, have come to appreciate this part of the day. It goes back to Italians aren’t in a rush. So, go sit down and have un mezzo litro di vino or un cono gelato (my personal favorite is pistacchio or yogurt), and wait for things to open back up. Nessun problema!
  3. IMG_7255Recycling is next level. In America, I had one recycling can and everything went in it. Here, I have 5. Secco (non recyclable dry waste), vetro (glass), carta (paper), umido organico (basically biodegradable, foods), and plastica e lattine (plastic and cans). My biodegradable food has to be thrown away in a biodegradable bag and just gets thrown in this big bin behind our house where it will be nice food for some bugs. I will say, I appreciate the way they take recycling seriously. When you go shopping on the economy, they won’t give you a plastic bag unless you pay for it. It’s a good way to get people to bring their own and help cut down on plastic waste. America could take a tip from Europeans in that regard.
  4. Wine is cheap and delicious!  I can’t express this enough! You may pay for bottled water here, but I’m fine with that when the cost of half a liter of wine is the price of one glass in the states. The wine is just also, better. There is a winery 10 minutes from my house and I go purchase 5 liters for less than 11 euros. If you love wine thFullSizeRender (10)e way I do, this is a place for you! It’s also acceptable to drink wine at any time of the day, so #noshame here when I’m drinking it at lunch at 11:30- 12:00.
  5. So. Many. Bikers. I’ll give it to them though, they make me feel bad when I see them pedaling up a hill. Every age does it too. When you see someone that is old enough to be your grandparent biking up the hill you’re driving, you’ll feel a new sense of awful about yourself.
  6. They have festivals for everything. This is no joke. There is a festival for everything. Pumpkins, mushrooms, you name it, but again I love it. Food, music, getting out of the house for a bit.
  7. You haven’t had pasta or pizza like this. And I mean it. Forget the big tourist cities, I’ve eaten there, and here in my small town, and they’re different. When you get away from those areas and off the beaten path or more local, I’m telling you, it’s magical. I love food, pizza has always been a love of mine, and they are doing it right here.IMG_7480
  8. Espresso. Italians love a good espresso. I’m more of a cappuccino girl myself, but I can appreciate the espresso. But lets be real, cappuccino is basically espresso with a little steamed milk foam and it’s delicious. Forget Starbucks (except PSL, I’m sorry I do miss that in the fall, yes I’m one of those), you want real coffee? Come to Italia!
  9. Potato chips are better here.  You may laugh at this last one, but seriously. There is just something about them! If you happen to come to Italy and you stumble across a Conad (a grocery chain), walk in and look for San Carlo potato chips. They are sooo much better than Lays. They are thicker and less greasy. I’m telling you, you won’t regret it.