January 2014 Disney Trip: Part 2

Our plan for January 4th was to spend the whole day eating and drinking around World Showcase. Since we weren't planning to do Future World that day, we slept in a little bit and didn't get going until 10. We got to Epcot at about 10:30, so we killed a little time at Club Cool. They've switched out all the flavours except Beverly, which is a shame. None of the new flavours are as good as the old ones.

We headed over to Mexico for the opening and waited on the steps for a little while. The cast members did a little countdown in Spanish, which I had never seen before. I wonder if they do something for opening in Canada?

We raced in hoping to grab an elusive table at La Cava del Tequila but alas, it doesn't open until 12. We grabbed "breakfast" at La Hacienda de San Angel, nachos and margaritas. Delicious and nutritious.

After that we headed over to Norway. I grabbed some school bread from Kringla Bakeri and finished my margarita in line for Maelstrom.

You can see Christmas decorations were still up mostly everywhere, but the Holidays Around the World stopped December 31. Considering Christmas lasts until January 6 in a large portion of the world, I'm surprised they didn't continue it. The Osborne Lights were still running when we were there. An odd choice, I think. But no one asked me.

After Norway we stopped at The Joy of Tea in China. Ben got some egg rolls and I got a Tipsy Ducks in Love, which is the weirdest drink I've ever had. I couldn't decide if I liked it or not. Both Ben and Adam tried it and had the same reaction. It was just really, really weird.

After China we got to Germany! We stopped for a bit more sustenance in Germany. We all got beers, and Ben and I got some currywurst and a caramel apple cookie. I accidentally dropped a bit of curry in my beer and I can now tell you with total confidence that that is not something you should ever ever ever ever EVER do.

In Italy we got an Italian margarita and gelato. Ben intended to get pizza but didn't realise Via Napoli wasn't counter service. We would return, though. The Italian margarita is so deceptive. It just tastes like frozen lemonade. So delicious, though.

In the American pavilion we stopped for water so we didn't die. We live in America, we don't really need to stop for anything there. On to Japan, where we just browsed Mitsukoshi. We debated the sake bar but none of us actually like sake, so...best to save the money.

Ben and I love stopping at the Tangierine Cafe every time we're at Epcot. The first time we went, the gyro platter was $10 for the same amount of food $14 gets you now, but it's still a pretty great deal. And it's so delicious. We all got gyros and mint tea. There used to be a Mediterranean restaurant in our hometown where we'd always get a huge pot of mint tea to share, but they recently went out of business. Hopefully we'll figure out a more cost-effective way to get our mint tea fix than going to Orlando...

Next up was France, and I went into the new L'Artisan des Glaces to get an ice cream martini. That thing is HUGE. I got vanilla ice cream with rum poured over it, and it was so, so delicious, but I couldn't finish it. And at one point it stops being lightly-alcohol-flavoured ice cream and becomes straight rum with some melted ice cream in it. It was rough. But so, so good.

Ben started feeling unwell (I don't know why he keeps getting Disney egg rolls when he has such a terrible track record with them) and he headed back to the hotel. Adam and I hopped on a boat over to Hollywood Studios to catch the last night of the Osborne Lights.

After that we hopped right back on the boat back to Epcot and finished up our World Showcase circle with exceptional fish and chips and beer in the United Kingdom and a quick look around Canada. Next up: Animal Kingdom, Sanaa, and more Epcot! (I...might have a favourite.)


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