31 July, 2012

Food & Wine Festival Booths Announced

For everyone, like me, that's completely looking forward to attacking the Food & Wine Festival booths during either the Tower of Terror 10-Miler weekend or the Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend, try not to drool on the screen and get your wallet ready! :)

Disney just posted the menus for each of the booths and it looks pretty awesome.  Yes, many of the options are similar to last years but there are a few newbies in the mix.  The beer options are also very similar, with a few newcomers.

You can get all of the information at the official Disney site, or at the Disney Food Blog!

Beer reviews by Patrick and I from the two beer booths from last year's festival were posted at Beers and Ears here and here.

But if you want to take a look, the info is below!  I'll put my commets in red if I have anything to say.  :)  I'll give you forewarning though, I don't like seafood at ALL so I won't be adding my two cents about those dishes.

Also, a quick tip that we do every year....  If you go to the Festival headquarters (held at the old Wonders of Life pavilion), pick up a free festival passport.  You can then go to each booth and get it stamped with a country stamp and check off what you had to eat.  We made a game out of it and made sure to hit each booth at least once!  Free and fun! :) (well...minus the cost of the food)

Culinary Offerings: Both items last year were some of my favorite out of all the options!  
  • Beef Empanada
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée
Beverage Selections: 
  • Terrazas Reserva Chardonnay
  • Terrazas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Terrazas Reserva Torrontes
  • Terrazas Reserva Malbec
Culinary Offerings: Can NEVER go wrong with the lamb chop.  And add potato crunchies?? YES!
  • Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze
  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
  • Lamington
Beverage Selections: 
  • Rosemount Estate Traminer Riesling
  • Rosemount Estate Chardonnay Semillon
  • Rosemount Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz
  • Rosemount Estate Shiraz Cabernet
Culinary Offerings: I was disappointed w/the waffle last year & the truffles were a box of chocolates. Eh.
  • Steamed Mussels in Hoegaarden Beer Broth and Baguette
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
  • Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles
Beverage Selections: 
  • Hoegaarden
  • Stella Artois
  • Leffe Blonde
  • Leffe Brune
  • Godiva Chocolate Liqueur Iced Coffee
Beverage Selections: Many of the same but I want to try the Grapefruit.  And the Sion was out of order every time we tried last year. 
  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest
  • Altenmünster Dunkel
  • Hövels
  • Schöfferhofer Weizen
  • Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
  • Berliner Kindl Dark
  • Sion Kölsch
Culinary Offerings:  OMG they added the filet.  I'll take 5 of each please! 
  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta and "Minus 8" Onion Jam
  • "Le Cellier" Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
Beverage Selections: 
  • Neige Première Apple Ice Wine
  • Neige Bubble
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah
  • Moosehead Beer
Culinary Offerings: Both were good last year too but not in my top 5! 
  • Ropa Vieja with Cilantro Rice
  • Jerk Spiced Chicken Drumstick with Mango Chutney
Beverage Selections: 
  • Bacardi® Frozen Dragon Berry Colada
  • Bacardi® Torched Cherry Frozen Cherry Limeade
Culinary Offerings:  Can you EVER go wrong with cheese?!!?
  • Cheese Fondue with Sourdough Bread
  • Trio of Artisan Cheeses: Beecher's Flagship Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Goat Brie and Rogue River Creamery Echo Mountain Blue Cheese
Beverage Selections: 
  • Sterling Vintner's Collection Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sterling Vintner's Collection Riesling
  • Sterling Vintner's Collection Pinot Noir
  • Sterling Vintner's Collection Meritage
Culinary Offerings:  Pot stickers were basic but everything was yummy!  Def want to try the tapioca pudding.
  • Mongolian Beef with Chinese Steamed Bun
  • Pork Pot Stickers
  • Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Pickled Vegetables
  • Mango Tapioca Pudding
Beverage Selections: 
  • Tsing Tao Beer
  • Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
  • Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Syrah
  • Happy Lychee with Vodka  (so sweet!)
  • Sunny Guava with Coconut Rum
Beverage Selections: Again, nothing too different...and avoid the berry weiss!  
  • Widmer Rotator IPA: Spiced IPA, Portland, OR
  • Red Hook Pilsner, Portsmouth, NH
  • Blue Moon Seasonal, Golden, CO
  • Leinenkugel Berry Weiss, Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Florida Beer Company's Devil's Triangle, Florida
  • Abita Purple Haze, Lousianna
  • Full Sail IPA, Oregon
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Nevada
Culinary Offerings:  Lemon was my fave last year
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange Cake, Raspberries and Pomegranate
  • Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote
  • Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chili and Salted Caramel
Beverage Selections: 
  • Nesquick Frozen Chocolate Foam
  • Nesquick Frozen Strawberry Foam
  • Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial
  • Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial
  • Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial
  • Moët & Chandon Impérial
Beverage Selections: I'm not a huge Jim Beam fan but I liked what they had last year! 
  • Red Stag Lemonade by Jim Beam®
  • Red Stag Honey Tea Lemonade by Jim Beam®
Culinary Offerings: Can't wait to try the arepa!  
  • White Corn Arepa with Mangalitsa Pork Rilette and Zellwood Sweet Corn Salad
  • Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro
Beverage Selections: 
  • Florida Beer Company Florida Lager
  • Florida Beer Company Key West Southernmost Wheat
  • Florida Orange Grove Key Limen
  • Florida Orange Grove Hurricane Class 5, Florida White Sangria
Culinary Offerings: Wish the creme brulee was more chocolatey but it's yummy.  As was the coq au vin.
  • Escargots Persillade en Brioche
  • Coq au Vin sur Gratin de Macaroni
  • Créme Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait
Beverage Selections: 
  • Chardonnay, Bouchard Aîné & Fils
  • Merlot, Château de Mercade Bordeaux
  • Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
  • Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush
Culinary Offerings: Germany is always a winner fo rme :) As long as they don't run out of pretzel rolls!  
  • Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese)
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
  • Apple Strudel with Karamel-Vanilla Sauce
Beverage Selections: 
  • Selbach-Oster Estate Spätlese
  • JH Selbach Riesling Classic
  • JH Selbach Riesling QbA Red Label
  • Niersteiner Spiegelberg Dornfelder
  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Altenmünster Dunke
Culinary Offerings:  I loved EVERYTHING here last year, yay! 
  • Greek Salad with Pita Bread
  • Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey
  • Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
  • Spanakopita
  • Dannon® Oikos® Greek Yogurt Cups
Beverage Selections: 
  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
  • Domaine Skouras St. George
  • Sigalas Assytiko
  • Alpha Axia Syrah
Culinary Offerings: I remember the slider being just ok but it looks like they changed it a tad! 
  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips
Beverage Selections: 
  • Seven Tiki® Mai Tai
  • Heitz Cellar Chardonnay
  • Kona Brewing Company Big Wave Golden Ale
  • Kona Brewing Company Pipeline Porter SOOOO good! 
Culinary Offerings: I could have eaten 15 of the pumpkin mousse last year. Mmm! 
  • Linda Bean's® Lobster Claw Cuddler® Chilled with Herb Mayonnaise
  • Linda Bean's® Perfect Maine Lobster Roll®
  • Linda Bean's® Maine Home Style Clam Chowder
  • Pumpkin Mousse with Craisins and Orange Sauce
Beverage Selections: 
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager®
  • Samuel Adams® Seasonal
  • Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®
  • 17th Anniversary Festival Beer– Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock
  • Samuel Adams Light®
  • Samuel Adams® Cream Stout
  • Samuel Adams® Latitude 48 IPA
  • Angry Orchard Cider
Culinary Offerings: Cheese and lava cake, such a great combination :) 
  • Lobster and Seafood Fisherman's Pie
  • Kerrygold® Cheese Selection: Aged-Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Cashel Blue with Apple Chutney and Brown Bread
  • Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey's Ganache
Beverage Selections: 
  • Guinness
  • Bunratty Mead Honey Wine
  • Bunratty Potcheene Chilled Irish Coffee
Culinary Offerings: I'm personally not a fan of chocolate cannoli's but the rest sounds awesome
  • Ravioli di Formaggio All'emiliana (Baked Cheese Ravioli, Creamy Beef Bolognese, Parmesan, Mozzarella)
  • Salsiccia e "Papacelli" Napoletani (Sweet Sausage, Red Pepper, Ciaibatta Bread)
  • Cannoli al Cioccolato (Chocolate-Covered Cannoli filled with Ricotta, Chocolate, Candied Fruit)
Beverage Selections: 
  • Moretti Beer
  • Prosecco Zardetto
  • Pinot Grigio Mezzacorona
  • Chianti Castello di Quercetto
  • Italian Margherita
Culinary Offerings: The Karaage sounds yummy! and Sukiyaki sounds good too
  • Spicy Hand Roll (Tuna & Salmon with Chili Pepper, Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil Topped with Kazan Volcano Sauce)
  • Karaage Hand Roll (Crispy Chicken Breast with Sushi Rice and Spicy Mayonnaise)
  • California Roll (Avocado, Cucumber, Crab, Mayonnaise, Smelt Roe Rolled in Sushi Rice and Seaweed)
  • Sukiyaki Beef Pan (Marinated Thinly Sliced Rib Eye with Sauteed Onions and Teriyaki Sauce Served in a Bun)
Beverage Selections: 
  • Kirin Ichiban Draft Beer
  • Sake-Kikusui Super Dry, Junmai
  • Sake-Bishounen Junmai Ginjo
  • Sake Strawberry Mist
Culinary Offerings: Def want to try the Filet taco and the custard! Flan-ish? 
  • Crispy Shrimp Taco with Chipotle Lime Mayo and Cabbage Served on a Flour Tortilla
  • Taco de Filete with Cascabel Pepper Sauce and Scallions Served on a Flour Tortilla
  • Natilla de Cajeta (Caramel Custard Served with Sauce)
Beverage Selections: 
  • Dos Equis Beer
  • L.A. Cetto Chardonnay
  • L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah
  • Lime Strawberry Margarita On the Rocks
  • Tequila Flight: Tequila Blanco, Reposado and Anejo
Culinary Offerings: Wasn't thrilled with this booth last year but I'll give it another go! 
  • Kefta Pocket (Ground Seasoned Beef in a Pita Pocket)
  • Merguez Sausage (Beef and Lamb Sausage with Grilled Peppers and Onions)
  • Baklava
Beverage Selections: 
  • Casa Beer
  • Amazigh Red
  • Sangria
  • Mimosa Royale
Culinary Offerings: Lamb meatball..mmmmm 
  • Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Salad
  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
Beverage Selections: 
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Grigio
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Kim Crawford Un-Oaked Chardonnay
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
Culinary Offerings:  I could live off pierogies... 
  • Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
  • Zapiekanki-Toasted Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bread with House Made Ketchup
Beverage Selections: 
  • Chandon Carneros Chardonnay
  • Tyskie
  • Belvedere® Frozen Lemon Apple "Tea"
Culinary Offerings:  The meatballs were the only thing I liked.  Rice pudding was ehhh last year
  • Taste of Scandinavia: Cured Salmon, Herring and Shrimp Salad
  • Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries
  • Rice Pudding with Driscoll's® Only The Finest Berries™
Beverage Selections: 
  • Iron Horse Fairytale Cuvee
  • Xanté
  • Xanté Sunshine
Culinary Offerings: I think they had the rendang last year?  It was spicy! But good! 
  • Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice
  • Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and "Singa" Sauce
Beverage Selections: 
  • Tiger Beer
  • Marqués de Cáceres Satinela
  • Singapore Sling
Culinary Offerings: The filet was AWESOME last year!  And I love paneer....
  • Seared Filet of Beef with Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Braai Sauce
  • Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket
Beverage Selections: 
  • Fairview Sauvignon Blanc
  • Fairview Pinotage
Culinary Offerings:  Not a huge kimchi fan but I remember liking this! 
  • Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
  • Mung Bean Pancake with Shrimp and Kimchi Sauce
Beverage Selections: 
  • Bohae Black Raspberry Wine-Bokbunjajoo
  • Chung Ha Soju Fruit Slushy
  • Chung Ha Soju
Culinary Offerings: Fake meat scares the bejeezus out of me but the cake sounds awesome
  • Trick'n Chick'n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein Chick'n Breast
  • Chili Colorado with House Made Chips & Cashew Cheese, featuring Gardein Beefless Tips
  • Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit Sorbet and Coconut Foam
Beverage Selections: 
  • Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc
  • Paul Dolan Pinot Nior
  • Silk® Berry Smoothie

30 July, 2012

Week in Training, 7/23 - 7/29

So since I have a lot of extra free time on my hands lately, I've pretty much been spending it at the gym!

Plus I found a whole page dedicated to Ryan Gosling CrossFit Memes... hilarious.

Monday, 7/23:  CrossFit

Warmup:  2 rounds
- Burgenor Warmup
- Junkyard Dogs & Over Unders

- 100 Overhead Squats 65/35, used 35#
- However, every time you put the bar down or rested it on your shoulders:  5 pullups & 10 burpees

I broke everything up into about 30-35 reps
Only had to do 10 pullups and 20 burpees!  Woohoo!  Used the blue band for pullups and it wasn't that horrible :)

Total Time:  8:58

After the WOD, one of the guys in class who is a crazy runner asked if I wanted to work on sprints.  Did 10 rounds of sprints up the driveway at the box, increasing speed each time.  Definitely need to do these more often!

What I felt like after the sprints....

Tuesday, 7/24:  CrossFit & 3.5 Mile Run

Holy hot outside!  So I somehow got this great idea to run to CrossFit today since it's only 3.5 miles-ish.  Class was at 9:15am so I headed out around 8:30am.  I definitely underestimated the heat and it def kicked my butt.  And the hills!  GAH!  Plus the stop lights.  I haven't run on major roads in years and I forgot how annoying the lights are.  I think I had to stop at each one.  Definitely had to walk at one point up a big hill b/c I was so hot but I made it to the box before class started!  I was a sweaty sweaty mess though and proceeded to get made fun of the entire class for dripping on the mats.  :)

Deadlifts, 45/25 - I used 25#
- 10 second holds at bottom
- 10 reps, 2 rounds
In between rounds the rest of the class ran 400m but I got excused due to my 3.5 right before.  Score!

AMRAP (as many rounds as possible), 20 mins
- 10 Pushups
- 20 Kettlebell Swings, 55/35 - I used #35
- 10 Pushups
- 2 Minute Rest

Total:  6 rounds

The first 10 pushups in each round weren't bad and I could do traditional pushups each time.   The 10 pushups right after the kettlebells though?  I could barely feel my arms so I had to drop down to girly pushups.  I guess 60 pushups and 60 girly ones aren't so bad!  :)

And instead of running home, the instructor offered me a ride home.  I'm not ashamed to say that I took him up on that offer.  The thought of going back out in that heat wasn't enticing.  :) But soon I will be running to and from the box!

Wednesday, 7/25:  CrossFit

Warmup: (2 rounds)
- 400m run
- 100 jumping jacks

WOD:  (5 rounds)
- 3 Deadlifts at 70% 1 Rep Max of Power Clean (65# for me!)
- 1 Hang Clean at same weight
- 50 Air Squats

Total:  9:04

Woah... Deadlifts and hang cleans weren't so bad at all!  It was the 5 sets of 50 air squats!  Felt great after though!

Cooldown:  800m run

Thursday, 7/26:  CrossFit

So if Fran wasn't bad enough last week, today we had to do "Narf", which is Fran in reverse!

- 9 Thrusters  - 65#
- 9 PullUps - Blue Band
- 15 Thrusters - 65#
- 15 PullUps - Green Band (easier... sad!)
- 21 Thrusters  - 65#
- 21 Pullups - Green Band

Woah, I'm not a fan of Narf!  I had to break down the thrusters big time.  Towards the end I could only do 2 at a time before dropping the weight.  I wanted to do at least 2 rounds with the blue band but my arms just wouldn't allow it.

But I did beat my Fran time!  But that's probably due to me doing more of the 'easy band' pullups.

Total Time:  12:13

After the WOD a few of the guys and I did sprints up the driveway of the box.  10 rounds.  I was exhausted and they were SO much harder than Monday's sprints!

Friday, 7/27:  CrossFit

I think my body was telling me it's time for a break! :) It just did NOT want to workout today.

-1000m row
- 100 Double Unders (or 300 regular jump rope)

WOD:  (7 Rounds, 25 min)
- 10 Floor Sweepers 95/65 - I had to drop it down to 55#
- 10 Box jumps 24/20 - Used 20"
- 10 Push Press 95/65 - Used 55#
- 10 Box Jumps 24/20

4 full rounds and 2 Floor Sweepers

It was tough, towards the end I felt like I was in slow motion!

Post WOD:  800m run

Saturday, 7/28:  Rest Day

Sunday, 7/29:  Rest Day