Seriously, it seems like it’s been decades since I was last at Disney World. In reality, it’s only been about two months since my brief little work-cation allowed me to drop by Downtown Disney and Epcot.
I flew into Orlando early in the day so I had the remaining hours to myself (as I didn’t have any work duties until the next morning). So, after checking into my (non)-Disney hotel near the airport, I took a little nap since the hot, humid Florida weather was such a drastic difference for me.
I decided to spend the rest of my day going to the Premium Outlet Mall, as I had heard that Disney runs a retail store there. I wanted to check it out so I drove on over. While there were some great deals on T-shirts and gear for the little Mickey-philes, nothing overly piqued my interest. After, I drove down Hotel Plaza Boulevard, a winding, tree-lined avenue that flows directly into the Marketplace at Downtown Disney.
There have been tons of changes at Downtown Disney within recent years – especially to its dining options. Most of the times, we don’t make it anywhere else but Earl of Sandwich and Ghirardelli. As I was on a limited diet (no dairy products) at this time, I opted to try the eats at one of DD’s newest establishments that took over the spot that once was the McDonald’s. Let’s take look inside Fresh-A-Peel at Pollo Campero...
Today we welcome back my hubby Brett to give us his review of San Angel Inn inside the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.
Take it away, Brett!
One of the greatest places to visit at Epcot’s World Showcase is the Mexico pavilion. Compared to the other countries there is so much more to explore. You can take a ride on the Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros, buy goods in the marketplace and for the older folks in your party they can step off to the side and enjoy La Cava del Tequila where they can taste Mexican tequila and learn its history. One of the great treasures that we discovered on our last trip was the San Angel Inn.
The restaurant overlooks the inside pyramid and the boats that are taking the ride through the Fiesta Tour. A major plus is that we were able to get a reservation the day we dined, which as most people know can be a challenge at the restaurants at Disney World. One downfall is that anyone in your party that is hard of sight will have issues with the low lighting. I came in expecting the usual fare of tacos, burritos and enchiladas. What I came to find out is that Disney and their chefs know how to make Mexican food come to life!
This is one of our favorite recipes to bring to potlucks and parties (along with our homemade guacamole recipe.) We also really like having “Taco Night” at our house on occasion, where you make up a sort of taco or burrito fixin’ bar and have a free-for-all. It’s so easy, tastes good and is fun.
I really like this recipe because it just tastes fresh. Those jar salsas are OK when you’re in a pinch but there’s so much added sodium and other things that I can’t pronounce that I’d much rather make my own condiments if I can. This also is a really great recipe if you have a tomato plant and you’re running out of ideas to make with the fruit.
This recipe is really versatile, as well. You can add whatever you really like. If you don’t like jalapeno, don’t add it. You could make it more tropical by adding some mango or papaya to the mixture. It’s really whatever you want to make of it!
For my Wisconsin peeps! Jose’s Blue Sombrero has a new challenge for y’all. Order a tequila and tie the cherry stem into a knot with your tongue and then you’ll get the next three libations on the casa.
You have until Monday, April 25, to complete your mission. Think you can handle the pressure?
Everywhere you look this week it seems that someone is doing a recap of the past year. I’ve been doing this food blogging experiment for nearly six months. It has been more successful than I could have imagined – many thanks to all of my friends and family for passing along links and giving me a good word.
I wanted to say goodbye to 2010 by taking a look at the 10 most popular posts from the past year.
1. New La Fuente location opens today
The most popular blog of this year – many thanks to Google and a Milwaukee contingency that loves its Mexican food – was a link to the Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the opening of the new Tosa La Fuente.
3. Construction update: El Beso Mexican Restaurante
Another indication that Milwaukee loves its Mexican food. Who knew? I was in the Greenfield-area doing some book shopping and snapped a few photos for this third most popular post of the year.