On my recent trip to
Walt Disney World, I decided to have dinner 'around the world' at Epcot.
And what does any good dinner start with . . . dessert!
started at the France Pavilion at the L'Artisan des Glaces. This is a
fairly new ice cream shop and is worth the stop. They have 16 flavours
of ice cream or gelato and they are all made in house. I found the cast
members to be really friendly and when I asked for my Cafe Glacé with
only a little whipped cream they tried to talk me into having lots.
Nope, a little was good for me. This is an iced coffee drink with a
scoop of ice cream in it, I chose Caramel Fleur de Sel (Salted Caramel)
and loved it. There are not a lot of tables in this area but people have
a tendency to eat and run so getting a table was pretty easy. I did end
up sharing it with a nice family since I was on my own. One of the cool
things about traveling alone is how many people I get to talk to. Ice
cream as an appetizer works for me!
I meandered around the showcase for awhile until I found the Florida
Fresh booth. I had done my research before I went on the trip and knew
which of the kiosks would have food that was safe for me to eat,
allergies are a pain. My choice at Florida Fresh was Shrimp and Grits.
Creamy, perfectly cooked grits, with a bit of spiced oil on top,
andouille sausage bits, sweet corn and cillantro. And of course on top, 3
wonderfully spiced shrimp. This was a marvellous choice. I ate slowly
to savour every bite.
After some more wandering, I ended up at the Mexico pavilion and their
kiosk Jardin de Fiestas to try their Tacos al Pastor. Another great
choice! This was a pork taco with achiote and pineapple. The serving was
a bit small but so very tasty. I would have liked more pineapple
pieces, they were lightly roasted and a slightly sticky sweet
counterpoint to the spicy pork. There was no place to sit so I ended up
finding a place in the shade to drop my daypack so I could eat with my
And finally for dessert, I stopped at the Pineapple Promenade and
had a Pineapple Soft Serve. Everyone said it was just Dole Whip but I
didn't find it as sweet as the Dole Whip from the Magic Kingdom or maybe
it was because I had just had 2 spicy entrees, it didn't seem as sweet.
I did appreciate that it wasn't a huge serving, starting with ice cream
and ending with soft serve . . . enough sweet for me!
And to prove that I did something at Epcot that day, other than
eating, here is a photo of the panda topiary at the China pavilion!