Food & Wine – Quick Bites #9

August 27, 2010

As we leave Spain, we make our way South of the Border (no, not the tourist trap on I-95…) to Mexico City…

Now there were three locations around the promenade that I didn’t have very high hopes for: Italy, China and Mexico. My thinking being that these were the “ethnic” foods that most Americans, even from the smallest Podunk town in the Middle of Nowhere, had some familiarity with, and thus, Disney might try to hit something safe and generic (as most of what passes for Mexican and Chinese food in the U.S. is) for those not brave enough to try something like Indian or Thai food. Damn that was a long run-on sentence…

Well as we’ve seen, Italy was pretty “safe” while China was at least a bit more adventurous, even if I didn’t think all the flavors hit the mark… so I approached Mexico with at least a little trepidation…

The savory dishes were Corn Tortilla filled with Shredded Pork and Purple Onions; Corn Tortilla with Chipotle Chicken and Quesadilla con Chorizo. Good names, but basically the first two are fancy pseudonyms for tacos… again I had low expectations…

Corn Tortilla filled with Shredded Pork and Purple Onions (left), and Quesadilla con Chorizo (right) and of course, Cerveza

I was so wrong! The flavors of all the dishes were full and complex – this “quick-service” style food was some of the better Mexican food I’d ever had… certainly the best I’d ever had at the World. If the new eatery in Mexico (scheduled to open this September) is nearly as good as any of this was, it will be a big, big hit….

Okay, so my photo of the Corn Tortilla with Chipotle Chicken was pretty blurry (maybe from the cerveza?) so I'll distract you with another picture of some attractive young ladies checking out a Hidden Mickey

Dessert was a Mousse de Pina Colada y Coco, and even though it had the name of an adult beverage hidden in it’s way too long description, I didn’t try it… sorry… get over it…


Next after Mexico was the Mouse Catch, which featured a selection of cheeses: Dorothea (Dutch), Piave (Italian) and Mahon (Spanish). It was  a plate with cheese and a pack of crackers… it was really good cheese, but it was pieces of cheese… good thing I like cheese…

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese... and vino...

Okay, we’re going to take a little siesta before we head to South America and the home stretch of the World Showcase kiosks…

See you soon to finish our tour of the 2009 Food & Wine Festival… again, I promise… soon…

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