August 16, 2017

10 Tips for Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

Hello friends! I can’t believe it’s almost that time in Walt Disney World once again, and even earlier than ever! We are just about two weeks away from the start of the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot! It’s one of my favourite times to visit Walt Disney World, so I thought I would share ten tips and things I’ve learned after attending the festival a few times! If you’re heading to Walt Disney World in November, check out my 10 Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as well! Okay, let’s get started!

The Food & Wine Festival runs from August 31st- November 13th, 2017.

Food & Wine Festival

1. get a passport

These handy little things list all of the dishes that are available at the festival, and list them by country (or booth). The idea behind it is you sample everything then stamp (a sticker that comes in the book) the country once you have completed it. it’s really nice to see everything in one place and get organized. The passports are free and are available at most if not all, booths. The passport will also list if a dish is vegetarian which I found really helpful!

2. know what you want to try

Lines can get long, and it can definitely get busy, so it’s nice to have an idea of what you want to try! Whether you put a star next to the item, or just make a mental note, it’s nice to know what is a priority!

3. if from Canada (or another country) take picture of actual passport

We learned this the hard way at our hotel when we went to go to Trader Sam’s, and even though Ethan, his brother and I are all over 21 by at least a few years, we needed to show our passport or a picture of it (not drivers licence) to get in. I don’t want to have to carry my passport around the parks, so I took a picture and used that when buying my margarita at F&W (yum!). Just make sure to delete the picture after your trip!Food & Wine Festival

4. avoid on weekends

If I lived in Florida, I would visit the Food & Wine Festival all the time! So you can imagine, weekends are busy at Epcot! I made sure that we hit Epcot before the weekend at first, and then only spend a few hours there on the Friday morning before we hopped to Hollywood Studios. You could definitely tell the difference in crowds between the Tuesday and Friday!

5. gift card or certain amount of cash

With so many things to try, the Food & Wine Festival samples can add up fast. In World Showcase you can purchase Disney gift cards that come with a wristband to 1) limit spending and 2) be easily accessible on your hand! I would purchase a gift card for a certain amount, and when that runs out I’d be done! But you would be surprised how quickly it can add up!

6. spend an afternoon or two, hopefully Monday-Thursday

I think one of the best ways to do Food & Wine is in small portions (just like the samples!;) ) Spending an afternoon during the week wandering World Showcase is a perfect way to spend a day at Disney in my opinion! I love spending time wander World Showcase any time of year, but something about Food & Wine holds a special place in my heart.

7. Booth open at 11am!

Booths get busy, so don’t forget that World Showcase opens at 11sm! Beat the lunch rush by heading to some booths early, and you won’t regret it!Food & wine

8. Other offerings

Eat to the Beat concert series, and seminars, and tastings! There is actually much more to the Food & Wine festival. From the Eat to the Beat concert series (where I’ve seen Boyz II Men), to seminars and tastings, there is tons to do! Seminars and tastings you can book in advance here, and there are dining packages available that provide reserved seating for the evening show. Also there’s the Remy’s Hide and Squeak Challenge that is back this year! For $8.99+tax you get a map and have to find the Remy statues around World Showcase! Once completed you get a special edition pin.

9. be smart in using snack credits!

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, the Food & Wine Festival can be a great use of snack credits! Just look for the dining plan symbol beside items on the menu. Try to use your credits for the most expensive items (like the lobster roll) to get the most out of it!

10. Booths everywhere!

The number of booths increases every year, and they are getting closer and closer to being through the entire park, not just World Showcase! Don’t forget the booths that are near the entrance to world Showcase, and actually in Future World!

Food & Wine

The items I sampled last year!

Since I’m not going to the Food & Wine Festival this year, I thought it would be nice to reminisce on what I tried last year and what I thought of it! You can see a list of the items available this year here.

The Chew Collective Booth

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce*

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mouse with Caramel Drizzle

Refreshment Port

Cronut* (available here year round)

Mexico

Taco de Camaron: Battered Shrimp Taco with purple cabbage and chipotle mayo

Hops & Barley

New England Lobster Roll*

Carrot Cake*

Morocco

Spicy Hummus Fries*- the highlight for me last year! Definitely give it a try!

*also available this year.

 

If you want to hear about the 10 tips instead of reading, check out the co-ordiating video below!

What are you looking forward to at the Food & Wine Festival this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey
August 9, 2017

Monthly Favourites- July 2017

Hello friends! I hope you are all well, and enjoying summer! I can’t believe how quickly it’s going by and I’m trying to soak up all of the sunshine! It’s monthly favourites time once again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of July with you! Some months it’s easier to think of favourites than others, and this month was so easy I filmed the video earlier than ever! I’m sharing my favourites in entertainment, home goods, and drinks instead of a recipe this month! Okay, let’s get started!

monthly favourites july 2017

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Entertainment

The Arkells- Morning Report- I’ve mentioned before that we now have Spotify premium, and we can play that through Ethan’s car when we are going on road trips which is awesome :). When he created our “travel” playlist, he added the Moana soundtrack for me, and The Arkells for him. So we’ve been listening to for a while and I’ve really been enjoying their newest album! My favourite song it “A Little Rain (a Song for Pete). To a funny story about why Ethan has been obsessed with a certain song on the album, check out the video below :).


Jillian + Justin- I’ve been following Jillian Harris since she was on The Bachelor, and started following her on Instagram right before she had her son last year. So of course I wanted to watch the 4 episode series Jillian + Justin, which took a look at building their dream home, and going from a baby on the way, to having a baby, and moving into their home! I really enjoyed it, and even got Ethan to watch it with me!

Harry Potter- Since the first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago on June 26th, Ethan and I celebrated by watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on that day, and spent the rest of July finishing the rest of the movies! I grew up with Harry Potter, and remember seeing all the movies in the theatres! It will always hold a special place in my heart! I might even do a blog post about the trip to England I took a few years ago, which had to include a trip to the studios where the movies were filmed! I can’t promise good pictures, but it might be fun to share 🙂 And I’ve always wanted the Blu-ray collection, so I linked that below!

Spiderman: Homecoming- I went to see this movie with not really understanding why there was another Spiderman movie coming out, but I loved it! Tom Holland plays Spiderman perfectly, as an excited teenager who just wants to help people. My favourite part was when he does into “interrogation mode” :D. I’m definitely glad I went to see it on a whim!


The LadyGang Podcast– I’m seriously on a podcast kick lately! The Landgang is made up of Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek, and they talk with other celebrities each week! I’m listening to the current episodes and going back to the beginning when I have time, and it’s nice to have a bunch of episodes to listen to! Their conversations are not G rated, but they will definitely make you laugh! I would highly recommend checking it out.

Drinks

watermelon sparkling water– I’ve never really been into drinking sparkling water because I didn’t find it very refreshing, but that has definitely changed! I picked up a bottle of this Sparkling Watermelon Water from Loblaws, and have had probably 10 bottles since. It’s best cold in my opinion, but I’m loving it! In an attempt to drink less pop, I’m hoping by drinking it a lot I can trick my brain into reaching for that instead of pop.

 

Iced Cinnamon Almond Macchiato from Starbucks– This is definitely my go-to summer drink! I was a little nervous about trying something with almond milk because I haven’t really ever had it outside of a smoothie, but this drink is delicious! I had it once with milk (because it was made wrong) and I like the almond milk so much better! If you are nervous about it, get a tall (small) because it will be a little sweeter with only one shot of espresso. With caramel sauce and cinnamon, this drink is delicious! And pretty for Instagram too ;).

Home Goods

wax warmer- I’d been wanting one for a while since Ethan said he didn’t really like me burning candles in our room (which is a fairly small space so I understand), and I finally got one! I love it! Of course I had to get some wax melts to go with it which I mention next! To me the warmer is a bit of a safer option, and the wax melts are generally less expensive. But check out the co-ordinating video for a glimpse! I don’t think it’s currently available because the summer items are gone, but I got it from Party Lite!

wax melts from Walter & Rosie Candle Co.– I’ve talked about this company before in a monthly favourites and I wanted to mention them again! I got a bit of a haul from them recently and wanted to share a few of my favourites! The Land, and Thank the Phoenicians! Thank the Phoenicians is a dead winner for capuring the smell of Rome burning from Spaceship Earth! The Land is a melon based sent that is perfect for summer! I also picked up Animation,  The Flight, and Race You to the Castle. I also have another order arriving today from them… I’m a little obsessed!

If you’d like to hear more about my July monthly favourites, check out the video below:

Thank you so much for joining me today! I’d love to know what you have been enjoying lately in the comments below!

 

Kelsey
August 2, 2017

Disney Tag! Answering Some Disney Questions!

Hello friends, and happy Wednesday! A while ago one of my favourite YouTubers Diana from beingmommywithstyle did this Disney Tag with her husband, and I immediately thought it would be so much fun wanted to do it! I have been meaning to film this for a while, and finally got to it! I will have all of the questions listed below, but check out the video for my answers!

Disney tag

If you’ve never heard of Disney Tag before, it’s a bunch of Disney related questions that you answer on the spot. I made an effort to not think of what I would say before I filmed, so it made it more fun and spur of the moment. Okay, let the Disney Tag begin!

Questions:

A scene in any Disney movie you wish you could experience.

An unforgettable experience/moment you’ve had at the parks.

What non-Disney song(s) reminds you/brings back memories of Disney and/or the parks?

When was the first time you went to a Disney park?

If you could choose any Disney character to be your best friend, who would you choose?

Who are you favorite Disney princesses?

Name a scene/moment in any Disney movie that never fails to make you cry.

What is the first Disney movie you remember seeing?

What is your favorite Disney movie?

Who is your favorite Disney villain?

What is your least favorite Disney movie?

What is your favorite Disney song?

What Disney Character (s) has your personality or has your dream personality?

If you could change any scene in a Disney movie, what would it be and why?

If you had to get stuck on any ride in any Disney park for more than 30 minutes, what would you want it to be?

BONUS Questions!
– Favorite Theme Park
– Favorite WDW Ride
– Favorite Disney Dining OR If you could eat at any Disney restaurant in a park right now, where would it be? Bonus point if you know what you would order!

 

If Disney Tag sounds like something you might like to do, I’m tagging you! If you do it in post format, or a video, I’d love to see you answers! Don’t forget to tag me 🙂

Thank you so much for watching!

Kelsey