Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Favorites

This weekend marks the start of the 16th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. For those who haven't been, let me just say you are SO missing out!
In addition to all of the offerings that you can find at World Showcase, the booths and kiosks all around the lagoon during this time of year can make for a very happy tummy! I've been going to the Food and Wine Festival since 2002 and have enjoyed it more each time.The picture of the Cities in Wonderland theme is from the 2008 Festival.
I have compiled a list of my Top 5 All-Around Favorites throughout these years.

<---5. Pistachio Baklava from Morocco. The dessert I indulge in during the Festival and this version trumps every other one I've eaten. The pistachios add so much flavor to this honeyed, sweet, flaky dessert. Morocco has baklava on the menu this year, but not sure if it's this variety.

4.Goat Cheese and Leak Quiche from France. No longer on the menu for this year's Festival and I miss it! Let's face it: the French know how to cook. This portion was sized generously and you could have this with a glass of wine and a creme brulee and be satisfied. Bring it back, please!
3. Pork Pot Stickers in China. So good, I spilled all of the vinegary sauce down the front of my shirt one year (I have pictures to prove it!) I love these steamed dumplings! Again, they are big enough to make a meal from or share with a friend.

<---2. Kerrygold Cheese Selection with Bunratty Mead from Ireland. This is my snack of choice while sitting down and watching the band in Great Britain. The cheese plate includes Aged Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Ivernia cheeses along with apple chutney, brown bread and creamy Irish butter. With a glass of Bunratty Honey Mead, you have a snack to make you scream HUZZAH!!

<---1. Escargots Persillade en Brioche from France. I eat this EVERY day I am at the Festival. The little french bread cushions they place the escargots on soak up all the garlicky, buttery goodness. I feel my cholesterol rising just writing about it, but this is cuisine at its finest!

Honorable Mentions:
<---Lamb Slider with Tomato Chutney in New Zealand. Very yummy and a must if you love lamb.
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki from Greece. Tasty and hearty!
Kilebasa and Potato Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Golabki from Poland. Comfort food done right!

Have you gone to the Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World? What are some of your favorite foods?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Winning Comes Down to Who Wants It More

Sundays in the Fall are wholly dedicated to New England Patriots football for me (Or Saturday night or Monday night, depending on when the game is played that week) I'm not one of those fans who will cry into my coffee on Monday morning if they lose. The loss in Super Bowl 42 after an undefeated season will never compare to any other loss they could have. We as fans have experienced the worst that could happen. Other losses just roll off our backs.
Yesterday's loss in Buffalo was laughable. They came out fighting and slowly, it seemed, stopped having a fire in their bellies. I'm ready for OchoCinco to get the boot as I feel his foibles contributed to the loss. The bottom line: the Bills suited up and showed up to play. They wanted that win more than anything. More so than the Patriots.
I've always said that Football and Life are pretty much the same thing. You have a goal: reach the End Zone. Along the way you're going to meet obstacles. You need to strategize and get past them. It's the team (or the writer...the businessperson etc...) who resolves to go over, around, through the obstacles. Find a way or make your own way in order to win.
How bad do you want to win? What lofty goals are on your list that have fallen by the wayside?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First or Third?

I came across a story that I wrote in first person and because it had been in the dark recesses of the drawer for so long, I didn't remember writing most of what was on the pages. I liked it. It was certainly rough and needed a good polish but I enjoyed reading it.
I have a 'memoir' of sorts that was of course was written from my point of view, but this piece of fiction is the only one that I have written in the first.
My questions today touch upon what we enjoy as readers and what we enjoy as writers.

Do you prefer books written in the first or third person?
Do you enjoy writing in the first or third person?

To answer my own questions:

Most of the books I read are in the third person, so when I do come across a first person POV it is fresh and exciting to me. Annette Blair's Vintage Magic Mysteries come to mind as an example.

As for my writing, I think I need to experiment some more with first person.

Happy, day, folks, and see you next week!