Food & Wine – Quick Bites #10 (the End)

September 5, 2010

As we rouse ourselves from our siesta, still trying to digest some cheese, we trudge on along to our next stop in Argentina.

Buenos Aires featured two beef dishes, not surprising considering the apparent Argentinean national obsession with consuming cow.

First on the menu was a Beef Empanada with Tomato Salsa. A half-moon of pastry with a tangy and tasty beef filling, this was good and easy to eat out of hand… It looked to be one of the most popular items at the festival as it seemed you saw almost every guest in the area with one in their hand…

The popularity of this item is certainly a big reason we now see empanadas served at the Refreshment Port in the World Showcase.

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri and Boniato Puree

Second on the list (but first into my mouth…) was Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri and Boniato Puree. Flavorful meat topped with chimichurri (the sauce of fresh herbs, onions, garlic, oil, vinegar, etc that is very popular in Latin countries) and served atop what’s basically a different version of mashed potatoes (boniato being a slightly sweet tuber). This was damn good… meaty, herby and starchy all at once.
As long as you liked red meat, you loved Buenos Aires… oh yeah, there was wine… nice red wine…

Now we go north a bit to Brazil, Rio de Janiero to be specific. And we find two savory items here as well… neither with cow…

The “Other White Meat” is featured in a Pork Skewer with Farofa (a toasted, seasoned manioc flour mixture here used as a breading for the pork). The skewer was good, not great… the farofa gave an interesting flavor and texture though.

Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime (left) and Pork Skewer with Farofa (right)

The other dish was seafood, and it was a winner: Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime. Two nice-sized shrimp with a creamy coconut-milk based sauce that had great flavor… I had this dish more than once if that tells you anything… we need to try the recipe for this one soon.

And yeah, there was some Passion Fruit Mousse thing… don’t think there was any booze in it, so I passed…

Next, and last, along our long tour is appropriately the Desserts & Champagne kiosk.

As I’ve said many times, I’m much more of a “savory guy” than a “sweets guy”, but I did force myself to try a couple of the available desserts, and yes, twist my damn arm to sip on some bubbly…

The Australian Bundt Cake was a typical “yellow cake” with rum, raisins and almonds. Nothing special, and actually the slice I had was a bit dry… an excuse to wash it down with some Moet & Chandon…

Australian Bundt Cake and Champagne - do those raisins almost make a Mickey?

Next was Strawberry Shortcake – and it was strawberry shortcake… actually pretty good, but again nothing terribly unusual or special other than the Mickey-shaped sprinkles.

Strawberry Shortcake - I know I see Mickeys here!

Lastly was the Grand Marnier Parfait with Orange Coulis… didn’t try it, even though there was an alcohol in the name… there were four types of champagne to be had, who needed one more thing to sorta drink? Wait, that’s just crazy-talk!

This booth is  popular stop for many people beginning their tours of the foodstuffs – a glass of champagne does make a nice celebratory start to the Best Time of the Year!

But then again so does a Stella, or a margarita, or…

Sadly we’ve come to the end of our tour of the World Showcase kiosks from the 2009 Food & Wine Festival…it’s been a long trip around the World… we had a lot of good food, and some really great food, and most importantly a ton of fun, sometimes solo, but mostly shared with wonderful friends! And just as we finish this, we’re on the cusp of a great new adventure, the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

See you there!

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