Spice Road Table – Spicy Garlic Shrimp “more spicy please”

This experience took place on March 16, 2014

We’re still sitting outside at Spice Road Table with Nabil taking care of us. The mussels tagine “more spicy please” that Nabil helped us with on a previous visit were so good, we wanted to find out how the shrimp would be if they were spiced up!

We ordered two wines to go with the Spicy Garlic Shrimp:

  • Marques de Caceres Rose – of course it was served too cold (nearly all chilled wines are too cold when they arrive at your table, regardless of where you’re eating… it isn’t a Disney World thing), I thought the nose was very sour and Nick thought it was green and mineral, as it warmed he said that the nose was grassy like a Chardonnay; as it warmed, I came to like the flavors more, it has more “white” characteristics than “red”
  • Marques de Caceres Roja – I prefer the Guerrouane Rouge without food, the nose and taste of this was just okay without food; Nick thought this wine was more opaque and had more tannins; in the end, Nick preferred the Guerrouane Rouge too

Both of these went well with the spicy shrimp. Nick preferred the Roja and I preferred the Rose (especially with the garlic in the shrimp dish).

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You can see that there is a lot of garlic and chile on these shrimp

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The shrimp were not overcooked (yay!), again, they had a nice snap and were tender – there were some distinct lemony flavors in this dish

Spice Road Table does an excellent job with their shrimp – too often, shrimp are overcooked and the result is dry, chewy erasers (yuck). The outdoor seating has it’s pluses, but in general, it isn’t for us (too warm too much of the year and the bugs were very annoying).

Spice Road Table – Moroccan Lamb Sausage

This experience took place on March 16, 2014

For the first time, we were seated at the outside dining area at Spice Road Table. I’ll agree with those who say it’s a nice spot when the weather is nice (and yes, it’s usually quite nice in March) – there was a slight breeze from the ceiling fans and on this bright sunny day, the views across the World Showcase Lagoon were great. Note, when it’s warm or hot, it’s going to be quite toasty outside (this is Florida!). However, the seats out there are definitely NOT for having a nice relaxing sit down. In fact, the seats are so horrid that I think this may have been both the first and the only time that we sat outside. Our usual table is #13 (our dear departed aunt’s lucky number) in the indoor dining area.

Nabil (Big Nabil) was our server again (at this point, we’d been visiting Spice Road Table so often and they didn’t have a lot of guests, thus there was a little bit of competition to serve us). We hadn’t ordered the merguez sausage on it’s own and Nabil is very good at making sure we get extra spicy things – thus, we had moroccan lamb sausage with some extra spicy sauce.

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Moroccan Lamb Sausage comes with a light tomato salad with a balsamic dressing providing a sweet note to contrast with the savory sausage

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Nabil brought us an orange hot sauce and the harissa ketchup (this is served with the harissa chicken roll) – the harissa ketchup reminded me of eating fried hamburgers growing up and we agreed that it would be great on french fries

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we were pleasantly surprised that the sausage was not fatty at all! it was also spicier than we remembered from the sampler- Nick really liked this: 1 sausage, 2 spicy, and 3 lamb

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the portion was a good bit larger than on the sampler, nick even liked the cilantro in the tomato salad

The moroccan lamb sausage is paired with Guerrouane Rouge – so I had a glass. It smells like a cross between a cabernet and a pinot noir, without food it tasted quite rich and fruity with some soft tannins (not a lot). It paired quite well with the merguez sausage. At this point we figured out that we’ve tried all of the white wines on the menu and there are only three reds that we haven’t had: Condesa Deleganza (Spain), King of Hearts Red (Greece), and Angora Beyaz (Turkey) [note our blog posts about Spice Road Table aren't in perfect chronological order].

The mussels are a better value for the money, compared to the sausage. However, this dish might be a good way to introduce someone to lamb if they’ve never had it.


Eating fruit at the theme parks …

We’ve returned from our summer travels and as a result (of the weight that we gained!), it’s time for loads of walking plus fruit and healthy snacks while walking. Our thought was to walk around Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts, stopping when hungry for said fruit and healthy snacks.

Our first day started okay “fruit wise” – we were able to get fruit prepared/packaged by Disney World at Animal Kingdom. I will say that it isn’t cheap, but it was quality and tasty and fresh. Later, we went to Fort Wilderness to walk some more (did you know that it’s nigh near impossible to get in 10 miles at Animal Kingdom without going dotty from boredom or deciding to beat up a poor tourist for stupidity?)… We were hoping to find some hard boiled eggs – good sources of protein – we thought they’d be easy to find based on past experience at moderate resorts… None to be found. We ended up getting a pack of smoked turkey and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Our second day, we parked at Epcot and walked over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios; we weren’t hopeful of finding hard boiled eggs at Hollywood Studios but we thought we could get some fresh fruit pretty easily at Anaheim Produce (based on past experience)… We remembered (bad memories apparently) that they opened around 10:00. Nope. We ended up getting fruit cups at Fairfax Fare. We were expecting the Disney World fruit cups that we remember fondly… Wrong, these are prepackaged fruit cups. They aren’t that fresh (at least ours weren’t). We wouldn’t have whinged about paying the asking price ($3.79 I think) if the fruit had been quality and fresh.

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fruit from Fairfax Fare

this was tolerable, but not really what we've come to expect from Disney World

this was tolerable, but not really what we’ve come to expect from Disney World

each of our fruit cups contained some fruit that was "past it"

each of our fruit cups contained some fruit that was “past it”

Again, our “beef” isn’t with the price. It’s that Disney World has done nice fresh fruit in the past (in the theme parks and in the resorts) and in the present (Animal Kingdom). Not only was this disappointing stuff at Fairfax Fare, it’s what they were offering at Anaheim Produce (when they finally opened after 11:00). Imagine my disgust when I realized a day later that the fruit cup at Liberty Inn (Epcot) was the same prepackaged stuff.

If Disney World can manage to prepare fresh fruit in a timely and healthy manner for the animals at Animal Kingdom and elsewhere at Disney World, why can’t they do the same for human animals across Disney World? Sigh, guess it’s just another sign of cost cutting or cost containment. As my nephew used to say when he was learning to talk “yucko barfo” (translation “I don’t like this and don’t want to eat it”).

Spice Road Table – Mussels Tagine “more spicy please”

This experience took place on March 15, 2014

Nabil (Big Nabil) was our server on this occasion. We had already had some olives & hummus and were still hungry… so it’s time to get the mussels again. Nabil knew that we like things spicy and so he suggested that we get them “more

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Spice Road Table – Spicy Garlic Shrimp v2

This experience took place on March 13, 2014

We kept a sip or two of the Bodegas Zerran from our earlier sampling of the Mixed Grill. Abdou (Food & Beverage Manager for the Morocco Pavilion) had stopped by and talked to us some about the various wines they’re offering at Spice

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Two Salads – Splitsville, Downtown Disney

This dining experience took place on June 8, 2014

We often walk to Downtown Disney, and let me tell you this year… May and June have been hotter than usual and stopping at Splitsville at the outside bar for a cold beer and a cool bite to eat has been very attractive!

So, on this

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We have reservations for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014!

We were able to get all of the reservations that we wanted, except two…

Dining Through the Decades: A Tribute to Walt Disney – we wanted reserved seating (the only way that doing events in the World Showplace is enjoyable for us), all sold out by the time I got to speak to a live

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Pepperoni Pizza – Splitsville, Downtown Disney

This dining experience took place on June 5, 2014

We stop in at Splitsville regularly and we’ve often seen and smelled the pepperoni pizzas. They’ve always smelled amazing, like pizzas used to smell when we were kids. So, today we were having a small “ignore the diet” moment and we ordered a pepperoni

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Q’Kenan’s – not on WDW property

These dining experiences took place on June 3 and June 4, 2014

We had heard good things about Q’Kenan Latin Food (Venezuelan to be exact) – it’s located in the shopping center on Vineland near Premium Outlet Mall (the big one near Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church)… it isn’t far from

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thoughts and plans for Food & Wine 2014

Planning for Food & Wine is always exciting and at the same time a bit daunting…

How many special events do we want to do? How many special events fit into our schedule (we always seem to have lots of visitors during Food & Wine, and isn’t a given that they want to go to

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