Throwback Thursday: 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Favorites

It’s here! Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival begins today! I love the different festivals at Epcot for various reasons, but Food & Wine will always be a favorite. The park offers food and drink tastings, speciality paring classes, cooking classes and meet and greets with famous Chefs, concerts, and so much more during the festival!

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So…why do I love this festival so much? Have you seen the concert line-up? The Eat To The Beat Concert series offers something for everyone and their taste of music. But, y’all lets be honest….HANSON is a fan favorite that comes to the Festival annually and my inner 13 year old LOVES it! Helihubby not so much.

Since it starts today we figured sharing some of our favorite finds of 2017 would be a fun way to celebrate Throwback Thursday and the kick-off of the 2018 festival! Join us as we eat and drink around the world!

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Epcot is one of three Walt Disney World Parks that guests can walk around the park with an adult beverage in hand. {This might be the main reason it’s the favorite park for us Newly Newlyweds.} Grab a cocktail and make your way eating and drinking around the world, exploring different countries, their rides and little hidden gems! During the Food and Wine Festival, Epcot adds additional countries and speciality spots throughout the park for guests to have even more dining options. What a great opportunity for people to taste samplings of dishes that may night otherwise have a chance to try!

Take a look at our favorite eats and drinks from the 2017 Festival!

Spain– Traditional Spanish Paella served with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken and Chorizo img_1857.jpeg

France– La Passion Martini Slush a mix of vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry and Passion Fruit juiceIMG_1927.JPG

The Chocolate Studio– Gluten Free Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with warm whiskey-caramel and a glass of Justin Cabernet SauvignonIMG_3582.JPG

Earth Eats!– Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and FetaIMG_3581.JPG

Hops & BarleyHanson Brothers Beer Company Hop Jam Festive Ale and New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled RollIMG_3599.JPG

Greece– Spanakopita: Greek Spinach Pie {This was super tasty!} IMG_3580.JPG

Morocco– Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce {This was my FAVORITE snack of the 2017 Festival and YES they have it again in 2018!} IMG_3598.JPG

Ahhh! Are you hungry now? We are and can not wait to arrive back at Epcot next week! Are you heading to the Festival?

What are you most looking forward to trying this year? It’s not on our Whole30 plan (which we are trying to stick to since we are running the Food & Wine 10k in November) but we will be trying the Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream from Belgium, Le Cellier’s Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce from Canada and Florida Beer Company Passport Triple Chocolate Milk Stout from Cape Canaveral, FL from Craft Drafts. YUMMM!

Let the countdown to our return to the Happiest (and tastiest) Place On Earth begin!

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See You Real Soon!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly, but mostly Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts! {and Go Stros!}

 

Tuesday Travels: Doing Disney {Tasting Around The World}

Hey there Musketeers!

Are you dreaming of Disney on this Travel Tuesday? We just returned from a quick weekend trip. I too, am wishing we were walking our way around Epcot. Sipping on seasonal cocktails and enjoying the fantastic March weather during the Flower and Garden Festival!

Come on! Take the stroll around Epcot with us! It’s not just for kids- adults can love Disney too!

We arrived at Epcot via boat from the Swan & Dolphin Hotel. Did you know you can do that? We went through the back entrace by the International Gateway. It was there we made a quick right to cross the bridge into France, where our day Tasting Around The World began!RenderedImage.jpeg

Our first stop was at Les Vins des Chefs de France for a little cocktail! We cheersed to our Day of Disney with a glass of Champagne and Adam had a French Beer similar to a Blue Moon. IMG_8012.jpeg

Also in France is Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, where we had a yummy French Duo-  a White and Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake. SO good y’all! It just melted in your mouth. The Mousse was so creamy- clearly this was not a Whole30 Day! IMG_8020.jpeg

Did you know you could travel 1,200 miles in just three minutes? You can! At Epcot anyway! From France we made our way to Morocco where Adam had his second beverage, a Casa Beer, an original Lager from the host country.  IMG_8045.jpeg

After Morocco we made our way to Japan where Adam and I shared a Sapporno Beer from Kabuki CafeIMG_8061.jpegIMG_8059.jpeg

We passed through the American Adventure (we can have a Bud Lite anytime y’all) to Italy for another glass of Bubbly! IMG_8064.jpeg

Next, we headed to Biergarten Restaurant in Germany where Adam took in the, ehh, local fashion culture and even found himself an Epcot souvenir! IMG_8070.jpeg

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China was next on our list, before we headed to Norway for a Beer with Olaf! IMG_8086.jpegIMG_8316.jpeg

I think a Margarita is calling my name! Is it for you too? Mexico was next where we had Cucumber Lime Margaritas.  A mix of Tequila Avión Blanco, Fresh Cucumber, Orange Liqueur, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar. Whew y’all! These little babies were strong! Stronger than we expected for sure! We washed down Beef Empanadas filled with Barbacoa Beef, topped with Chipotle Sauce, Crema Mexicana and Queso Fresco and served with a side of Corn Esquites with our Margaritas from Choza de MargaritaIMG_8108.jpeg

We finished our snack in Mexico and  headed North to Canada for a little beer eh! IMG_8140.jpeg

We crossed the pond for a Half & Half at the Rose & Crown Pub in England for our final beverage on our World Tour of Epcot. IMG_8152.jpeg

Well just like that we traveled thousands of miles and tasted ten new toddies in a few short hours! What’s your favorite country to visit while at Epcot? Do you have a favorite cocktail or meal you have to get while visiting? We’d love to hear about it!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be back in Orlando making our way through Epcot and the World Showcase? Who knows…with just a little Pixie Dust anything can happen! Maybe HeliHubby and I will make our return sooner than planned!

 

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed Disney moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

Throwback Thursday: Not even newlyweds take on New York

Are we just dating? Are we “together”? Did Adam or I know each other’s middle names, favorite colors or board games as a child? All questions we might not of known the answers to when we took our first BIG trip together.

As Adam and I prepare to take-off on our next adventure to the BIG APPLE I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than a Throwback Thursday post about our first trip together.

We began dating in 2012… do you know our story? We were set up on a blind date by a coworker of Adam’s and the Mother of the family I was nannying for at the time. Long story short-ish….Adrienne spent months trying to set us up. We finally gave in and I, yes you read that correctly, I (Holly) got the nerve to call him on fall football Saturday afternoon. {After a TCU victory of course!}

We spent a couple of weeks texting regularly, chatting daily and agreed to not look each other up on Social Media or send photos of one another.  If/when we decided to meet it would truly be a “blind date.” We tackled all the touchy subjects before our first date. Yes…kids, religion, politics…we covered it all.

Two weeks after our first date was Christmas and my birthday…poor Adam.

As a {one time only} joint gift he surprised me with a trip to NYC and so comes our Throwback Thursday post!

We flew into LGA on a brisk January 4th afternoon.

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As this was Adam’s first time to the Big Apple I played the part of tour guide. Our hotel was just a few blocks from Times Square. Shortly after landing and settling into out hotel we put on our walking shoes and started acting like tourists! We saw the lights of Times Square, the Toys R Us, Hershey and Lego Store. Strolled by Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Ice Rink and Christmas Tree, where we took our first photo together after Adam got conned into buying a FDNY Beanie from a street vendor. {That’s a story for another post.}

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That night Adam took me to see The Newsies on Broadway…it was fantastic! His first Broadway show was a success! {Little did he know how much I love the theater and how many times he would be going to the Fox Theatre from there on out.} If you get a chance to see it live, do it! If not, watch the movie!

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Our second day in the city was spent roaming around like locals. Trying hole-in-the-wall restaurants, getting off the train on random spots, and doing a little shopping.

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That night we grabbed some Starbucks and went on a Horse-and-Carriage ride through Central Park. Not to get all mushy, but it was oh-so romantic.

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Our final day in the city was spent strolling through Central Park where I snapped one of my favorite photos of us. Until today, Adam didn’t know this photo existed. New York may not be known as “The City of Love,” but it will always be that to me. A magical city where my heart made room for Adam and a true love began to develop…oh lordy! Who am I being all sappy?

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We can hardly wait for our next BIG CITY adventure! Are you a native New Yorker or just love to visit? We’d love to know your favorite, non-touristy spots as we get ready to embark on our trip.

Stay tuned for trip details!

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds not experts!

Tuesday Travels: West Coast Wanders {Part 3}

Friday (continuation): 

{Just joining us? Check our West Coast Adventures on our Tuesday Travels and Throw Back Thursday posts- we started our trip in Napa.}

Adam and I finished up in Napa and headed South to San Francisco. We made sure to plan our way to the city with  a stop at the Muir Woods to take a glimpse at the gigantic Red Woods.  (Thanks to all our friends that suggested this stop.)

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The park was mesmerizing. I felt like I was in the middle of the Twilight Saga. Not as romantic with the crowds and local runners zooming by us, but just as majestic! If you have time while you are visiting the area, the Muir Woods are a must see! {If you don’t have time…make time. Trust us!}

From the Muir Woods we continued our drive toward San Francisco making a detour at the Muir Beach Overlook.

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Wow! Talk about beautiful views. We just happened to have taken a wrong turn that took us to the overlook. Even on a foggy day the views were stunning. Drive a little out of your way- seeing the views from the cliffs is so worth it y’all!

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After a few wrong turns (are you seeing a pattern here?) and trips over the Golden Gate Bridge we finally made it to The Argonaut Hotel, another Kimpton property. (We came across Kimpton properties during a recent trip to Savannah, GA and fell in love!) Just like our previous Kimpton stay, The Argonaut was not a disappointment!

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The hotel is nestled inside the historic century-old Haslett Building smack in the middle of Fisherman’s Wharf. There was a nautical theme throughout the hotel. Original exposed brick and timbers gave our room a bit of character.

Kimpton Hotels really know how to take care of their guests! We were welcomed with all sorts of Birthday Treats for Adam’s 30th Celebration. Fresh flowers, personalized notes,  a bottle of wine, a fruit and cheese tray and more were waiting for us upon our arrival in our upgraded suite! It was fantastic! We really can not wait for our next trip to a Kimpton Hotel! (Wish they had a Nashville location- hint hint!)

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Once we settled into our room Adam and I were ready to explore the Wharf! First stop, The Blue Mermaid Chowder House for some of their famous Crab & Corn Chowder in a Bread Bowl….OH-MY-GOSH y’all…it was so delicious! If I could only have some now! After supper we did a little window shopping and headed back to the hotel.

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(Insider Tip: If you don’t know this already, San Fran is FREEZING in June. This was something we had heard, but did not realize the severity of it until we got there. Needless to say we did not pack the right clothes! Our first night in the city was cut short- we were two freezing cold southerns!)

Saturday: 

Unlike most of our trips full of “touristy” things we felt more like locals! (Someone even asked us for directions-ha!) We started at the Ferry Building Marketplace‘s Saturday Farmers Market. Rows and rows of fresh produce, flowers, seafood- it was unbelievable. We found a local company who specializes in flavored salts- stay tuned for new recipes using it! Wish we could have brought home more of what the market had to offer.

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We tasted Italian Donuts stuffed with Nutella and shared a breakfast sandwich from the Golden Gate Meat Company-oh so good! You can’t go wrong with Nutella!

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We walked the streets of China Town-peeked into the different stores, stopped by one of the local restaurants for a taste of, well who knows what we actually ate, but it was tasty! We found the Original Fortune Cookie Factory and of course had to have a taste! (The factory created the Fortune Cookie in 1962. They have very strict rules about photos- so we grabbed one outside.)

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Adam knows how much I love Social Media and took me by the Twitter Home Office….yes…true story! I tweeted from Twitter y’all! I was probably overly excited about this, oh well! Are you following me @Hollywoodhollyc?

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We drove around the city by the “Full House” House and the House from “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Around the curves of Lombard Street and took in the delicious, hints of chocolate from Ghirardelli Chocolate. Yummm!

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We finished the night with supper at Cioppino’s– an Italian Restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf. We spilt a Margarita Pizza and a few Blue Moons- delicious! We finished the night at The Buena Vista Cafe for an Irish Coffee. The Buena Vista is the home of the Irish Coffee- make time to stop by for one…of three!

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Such a great first night in San Francisco! Stay tuned for details from our final day on the West Coast! We can’t wait to start planning a trip back! If you have favorite spots, be sure to share them with us!

Hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Friday Favorites: Ferrero Rocher Pie

Oh my! This Pie is Heavenly.

I wish I could take credit for coming up with it, but I can’t. One of my most dearest friends, Kristy, recently made it for her husband’s 30th Birthday….and it was love at first bite. Thank you Kristy {and Pinterest} for this most delicious recipe and this weeks Friday Favorties!

Ferrero Pie

Ferrero Rocher Pie
Serves 8

Ingredients: 

Ingrediants

Crust

  • 28 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed – I used chocolate Oreos
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
{I used a store bought pre-made Oreo Cookie Pie Crust}

Pie Filling

  • 3/4 cup hazelnut chocolate spread – I used Nutella
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar (Or Powder Sugar)
  • 3 ounces 60% cacao dark chocolate, chopped very fine
  • 10 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, coarsely chopped

Final Touches

  • 6 ounces Cool Whip
  • 4 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, coarsely chopped

Method

  1. To begin, prepare your cookies and chocolate.  Using a food processor, crush the cookies into a fine crumble.  Set aside. (Remember if you use a store bought crust you can skip this and step 3&4).
  2. Using a small pairing knife, gently run the knife along the dark chocolate bar, creating small shavings.  {I used a microplane– made it SO much easier and quicker} This is a bit time consuming but completely worth it.  Large chunks will not work in this filling.  Set chocolate aside.  Do the same with the Ferrero Rocher chocolates and set aside.
  3. Melt butter and combine with cookie until all the crumbs are saturated.
  4. Using a 9-inch pie plate, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pie plate, covering the entire surface and forming the crust.  Make sure the cookie mixture is evenly distributed.  Place in the freezer.  mixing
  5. With an electric hand or standing mixer, combine the cream cheese, shaved dark chocolate, sugar, and hazelnut chocolate spread.  In three to five minutes, the mixture should become light and fluffy.  Then, on a low setting, combine Cool Whip and 10 chopped Ferrero Rocher chocolates.  Combine well.
  6. Remove the crust from the freezer.  Using a spatula, spread the filling mixture over the crust, covering completely and smoothly. Return to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the filling to firm.
  7. Once the filling has grown semi-firm, remove from freezer.  Cover the filling with Cool Whip.  Then, sprinkle with remaining four Ferrero Rocher chocolate pieces.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Photo Credits: flourandfancy.com
Photo Credits: flourandfancy.com

Seriously y’all it is the best no bake pie. A Nutella lovers dream. Delicious! It was so good we forgot to take more photos!

Hope y’all are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

Hot! Hot! Oh we got it!

Hot Chocolate!

It’s been a been a while since our last post, with the holiday excitement, winter colds and a lack of creative inspiration on my part….our blog has become…..blogless.

We finally have most of our WEDDING photos in from Tulle & Grace and plan to post them and Honeymoon updates soon! Stay tuned for posts from all the Holiday excitement too!

We’ve had lots of requests from our previous post just what our “Adult Hot Chocolate” was. Last Christmas we became obsessed with William-Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate. While we were decorating our artificial tree Adam created a rather tasty concoction.

We just add a little of this and that…and typically have a heavy hand.

We used our Oval Le Creuset Pot to mix up our Hot Chocolate.

  1. About 4 Cups of Milk

  2. 1/2 package of William-Sonoma Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate Mix (to taste)

  3. A few shots of Godiva Liqueur

  4. A heavy pour of your favorite Vodka (to taste)

Heat the milk on medium-high until bubbles form on the outside edges. Slowly whisk in the Peppermint Bark, once dissolved, remove from heat. Add alcohol- to you liking. Pour in a cute Christmas mug and top with Whip Cream.

Whip Cream Topping:

  1. 1/2 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream

  2. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

  3. 2 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (to taste)

Beat the heavy cream until it begins to firm. Add in Vanilla and Powered Sugar. Beat until firm peaks begin to form. Add additional Powered Sugar to taste.

Dollop over Hot Chocolate, sprinkle Peppermint Bark on-top and Enjoy!
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Enjoy your Newly or Nearly Newlywed moments. Remember we’re newlyweds, not experts.