Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Revisiting Urban Farm Eats (Tilapia and Beet Salad)

On April 7, we went back to Urban Farm Eats to have two items again (we skipped the Eggplant Scallop for a redo, we eat eggplant and spaghetti squash on a regular basis but not tilapia or beets)… Our main goals were (1) we liked them the first time around and we were hungry and (2) would they be as good the second time?

Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Cream, Mizuna and Pistachios

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Time around, we asked Chef to put the goat cheese cream on TOP instead of underneath the beets and salad greens. Wow! What a difference, it made it much easier to get some of everything with each bite… But, I think I may have discovered WHY it isn’t usually served like this… the goat cheese cream very quickly turned a rather lovely shade of bright pink. This is a very good salad and if we saw it on the menu at a Disney World restaurant, we’re likely to order it.

We also ordered the Ghost pepper dusted tilapia with winter melon slaw and mint oil AGAIN. If you’re a regular reader, you know that we aren’t generally fans of tilapia, so this stuff must taste really good to get us to have it again!

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This tilapia was moist again, and juicy, and flavorful.

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We’re both a bit surprised at the quality and tastiness of the dishes at Urban Farm Eats (we’d heard through the ether that Chef Jens Dahlmann was particularly involved with Urban Farm Eats and the Smokehouse… it shows! the food at these two booths is the best of the Flower and Garden Festival [in our never to be humble opinion]).

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Urban Farm Eats Ghost Pepper Dusted Tilapia

We were rather hesitant to try this offering from Urban Farm Eats… Biggest reason, we typically don’t like tilapia (no taste or it tastes like mud).

However, we’d been very pleased with the pickled beet salad and the eggplant scallop, so we were a bit more willing to try the

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Ghost pepper dusted tilapia with winter melon slaw and mint oil …

This actually tasted good! It was moist with good flavor. We both liked the winter melon slaw and the Asian notes that it adds to this dish.

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If you put this in a flour tortilla (fish and slaw), you’d have something great in your hands.

The spiciness was akin to black pepper, it wasn’t too spicy for average taste buds (not at all spicy for Nora’s taste buds).

We were really impressed with the offerings from Urban Farm Eats… We’d gladly eat all three items again!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Urban Farm Eats Beet Salad

All of the savories at the Urban Farm Eats Outdoor Kitchen seem interesting to us… We start with the Beet Salad…

Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Cream, Mizuna and Pistachios

Beet Salad #urbaneats #epcot #flowerandgardenfest 22MAR2014 - 1Our concerns with this dish echo what some other Disney World Food Bloggers have said…

All of the goat cheese cream was at the bottom and was pretty inaccessible. Puzzling because the white creaminess would have bee visually pleasing on TOP of the salad and it would have provided a better opportunity for incorporating it in the dish.

Beet Salad #urbaneats #epcot #flowerandgardenfest 22MAR2014 - 3The pistachios were plentiful and provided some crunch.

Don’t be deceived by the beets though, they also provided quite a bit of crunch. I’ve been seeing recipes on the internet for beet salad that don’t use roasted or cooked beets, just cut up raw beets with some vinegar or other sour element dressing them before they’re added to the salad… maybe that’s what’s going on here.

Beet Salad #urbaneats #epcot #flowerandgardenfest 22MAR2014 - 2The colors really pop with this dish (not to beat a dead horse, I think that the white goat cheese cream would be better visually and taste-wize to be on top not underneath).

Overall, we liked this salad, the components are tasty on their own and really good all together. Again, it was a bit difficult to get everything all together.

 

 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Urban Farm Eats Eggplant Scallop

Okay, we’d heard that the eggplant was “slimy” and that the spaghetti squash was “flavorless” – so of course, we had to give it a try. First of all, we eat roasted eggplant a few times a week (in our frittata for breakfast); and secondly, we eat spaghetti squash once a week when Nick makes

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Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian – Swedish Massage

It’s a bit difficult to write about spa experiences. I can tell you how my particular massage or whatever went with the particular therapist I had… Until I go back a couple of times to the same therapist at a few different spas, I can’t really say whether they’re any good compared to anyone else.

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Buttercup Cottage Pork & Apple Sausage Roll

Now, I was a bit more keen to try this than Nick was… Partly because I loved the sausage rolls that Sandy bought for a picnic in the park in Gateshead England…

I don’t remember seeing any fantastic, orgasmic, OMG gotta have it blog posts from the first days of the Flower and Garden Festival…

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014 – Buttercup Cottage Lemon Scones

We were eager to have the lemon scones from the Buttercup Cottage – a couple of reasons, (1) the offerings from the Cottage last year were quite good and (2) the scent of these lemon scones accosted us every time we walked past, just begging our taste buds to enjoy them.

When I saw photos

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Shula’s Steakhouse, Dolphin Resort – Lamb Chops

This dining experience took place on March 14, 2014

Alert: This was a very nice dining experience. We enjoyed the service, the food was cooked properly, and most of the food was quite good. The main course, the lamb chops, had some issues with butchering NOT with taste; we aren’t likely to order

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2014 – The Smokehouse Beef Brisket and Pulled Pork

Smoked Beef Brisket and Pulled Pig Slider

We liked the Beef Brisket and the Pulled Pork quite a bit last year when they debuted at the Flower and Garden Festival; so much so that we’ve talked about them to each other and anyone else who’d listen.

Smoked Beef Brisket and Pulled Pig Slider

First off, let me point out that the

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2014 – The Smokehouse Beer Flight

The four beers in this flight proved to be better overall than the beer in the Florida Fresh flight.

They are presented left to right, top to bottom…

Magic Hat #9 (Magic Hat Brewing, South Burlington, VT) – we both thought that this “wasn’t bad” Maduro (Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL) – I particularly

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