Eating Around the World: Part 1

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26Epcot is awesome. We have that more often than not, we end up heading to Epcot on the first day of our trip and we always have an amazing time.

One of the best parts of Epcot is World Showcase. World Showcase consists of eleven pavilions that represent countries from around the world. The countries represented with a full pavilion are:

  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

27There is also a small alcove that represents Africa. It is not a full pavilion but is located between China and Germany. Africa was originally slated as being an entire pavilion that was set to open in 1983 but after years of negotiation and several issues that arose, it never came to fruition. For the purposes of this blog, because this is not an official pavilion, we will not be including the African Outpost in our culinary journey through the World Showcase.

21Something that the World Showcase is known for, is the food. Each countries pavilion highlights food from that country. For this blog, we are going to pick one of our favorite food items from each country and together we are going to eat our way around the world. For this blog, we are highlighting quick service options.

Are you ready for culinary journey across the globe? Good! Let’s get started! In this post we are going to highlight the first half of World Showcase starting in Mexico and ending in Italy. Be on the lookout for part two as we cover the United States to Canada.

First of all, when you are entering the World Showcase from the front of the park, (you could also enter from International Gateway between France and the United Kingdom) you can go left into Mexico or you can go right towards Canada.

Mexico!

28We are going to go left and start with Mexico. In Mexico, you have a few choices for food. We are headed to Choza de Margarita, a quick service stand located just as you enter the Mexico pavilion.

Choza de Margarita has some fantastic guacamole so that is going to be our first selection. The guacamole here is priced at $8.95 and is topped with pumpkin seeds that give it a great, unique crunch and is served alongside fried flour chicharrones that are light and airy. What a great start to the day.

Norway!

29The next stop will take us to Norway. Norway has always been one of my favorite pavilions. I loved Maelstrom and the trolls in the gift shop and even though Anna and Elsa have taken over, I love that there are still remnants of what was in this timeless pavilion.

In Norway, we will have to make a stop at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. One of my favorite snacks is located in this little bakery but because it is one of treats that people either seem to love or hate we’re going to give two options at this location.

30My number one option here at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is the school bread. This is a unique offering and the thing that people often get surprised about is the cardamom. Cardamom is a smoky herb that gives off hints of lemon, mint and spice. The unique flavor is not used often in American cuisine but if you give this little treat a fighting, open minded chance, I think you may be surprised.

The bread is not too sweet and is similar to a large dinner roll with the cardamom baked into the dough. The bread is then filled with a vanilla pastry cream and rolled in sweetened coconut. Like I said, this is a unique flavor. It is definitely high on our list but would love to hear what you think of it as well! The school bread is available for $3.99.

If that isn’t something you want to try, I am going to recommend the sweet pretzel with almonds. This is a large soft pretzel baked with raisins, then glazed with icing and topped with slivered almonds. This is available for $5.99

China!

31Next stop is China! We sure are making good progress on our journey! In China we are stopping at Joy of Tea, the kiosk located along the walkway outside the China pavilion. At Joy of Tea, you can get snacks, ice cream and alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and we are going to get the Curry Chicken Pocket. This is a sesame seed dough enrobing a mixture of chicken and curry spices. This is a great deal at $4.50.

Germany!

32Hallo Aus Deutschland! The fourth stop on our trip around the world is Germany. In Germany you might be surprised by my selection. A lot of people would lean towards the giant soft pretzel. If you have never seen this, it is massive, at least twice the size of your head. But, we aren’t getting a pretzel, we are going to the Karamell Kuche and we are going to get the caramel butter bar.

33This little beauty packs a big punch of flavor. This treat has so much butter in it. You think there is no such think as too much butter? The caramel butter bar is walking that fine line but in our opinion, it is on the right side of the line. For $3.99 this is definitely one of our favorites.

Italy!

34Ciao! We have ventured into Italy! I will always recommend going to Via Napoli for your Italian dining experience but if you are just looking for a snack, we are going to head to the Gelati Stand. This is something that often gets overlooked in this area but the gelato cookie sandwich is delicious. You can select from several different flavors of delicious gelato and they will sandwich it between two fairly large chocolate chip cookie sandwiches.

35These are priced at $6.75 and are a great price for the size of the snack. This is a great selection for one of those hot summer days in Disney and the flavors of gelato available rotate in and out depending on what’s available.

We’ve made it! We are halfway around the world. Stay tuned for part two because we have some great stuff coming at you in the second half of World Showcase. You sure don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.

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