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!}

 

Throwback Thursday: Charleston Overnight

Vacations come and go. As fun as it is to go, see and do, it is always nice to come home and sleep in your own bed. Now, we throwback. Reminisce on our travels, sort through pictures and start planning our next get-a-way.

July was a full month of traveling for your favorite Newly Newlyweds. Together we conquered Myrtle Beach, Orlando, New York and a quick overnight stay in Charleston, South Carolina. One of our favorite cities y’all!

While we were only there for a night, Adam and I made sure to make the most of our time. Charleston is less than a 5 hour drive from Atlanta and got there just in time for HAPPY HOUR!

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Watch out Charleston, here WE come! 

We checked into our hotel, the beautiful Belmond Charleston Place. It is stunning y’all! Right off of Market Street – within walking distance to all of our favorite spots! {Not to mention it is attached to a shopping mall…poor Adam.}

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Belmond Place 

After checking into the hotel we were off to hit HAPPY HOUR! First Stop? Amen Street Fish & Rawbar.  This was a favorite spot of ours from our last trip to Charleston and they have a fantastic HAPPY HOUR Menu!

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Fresh Oysters at Amen Street’s Happy Hour

From Amen Street we popped over to High Cotton Charleston– a new spot for us. They have a great bar/lounge area with live music. They don’t have a Happy Hour Menu. We stopped in for a cocktail and their Truffle Popcorn- OMG y’all….I could eat it everyday!

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Cocktails at High Cotton Charleston

From Cocktails and Popcorn at High Cotton we moved to Poogan’s Smokehouse. New to the Charleston Food Scene and for those of you that love their sister restaurant, Poogan’s Porch, you’re sure to love this spot too!

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Southern Sangria at Poogan’s Smokehouse

We shared their “Southern Sangria” and snacked on their Pimiento Cheese Fritters with Tomato Jam…oh y’all. They are a MUST when you visit..melt in your mouth, ooey goodness. Craving them now! 

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 Pimento Cheese Fritters at Poogan’s Smokehouse- so delicious!  

Next on our list to see was 5 Church Street. We are not quite sure on the story of the restaurant, but being that Charleston is known as the “City of Churches” we would not be surprised if this newer spot was once a church.

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Photo Credits 5 Church Street

The ambiance was unlike any other, however the service and variety offered was subpar. We sipped on an {overpriced} cocktail and hopped to our final spot of the night.

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Farmhouse Lemonade and Rosemary Gin Fizz

The Watch sits on the top of The Restoration Hotel in Charleston. It has some of the best views of the city and the BEST service we experienced during our stay.

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Hugo’s Punch at The Watch

We had one last cocktail, shared their  Lobster Mac & Cheese and Hushpuppies with house pimento cheese & pepper jelly. Oh y’all. Heaven on a plate. The Mac & Cheese had just the right amount of gooey cheese, pasta and fresh lobster pieces. We will definitely be back!

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Are you stuffed? We are just thinking about our night in Charleston and can’t wait to plan our next visit! Throwbacks are so much fun thinking about how much enjoyed out short time in Charleston! We packed our bags, hopped in the car and drove onto Myrtle Beach where we met up with our friends David and Ann Marie. Stay tuned to our Tuesday Travels and see what we got into there!

Do you have a favorite spot in Charleston or Myrtle Beach? Share them with us! We’d love to give them a try on our next visit!

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

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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

Throwback Thursday: Our “Charleston Dining List”

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We have had an overwhelming response of E-Mails and Messages from our last post, Tuesday Travels: Quaint Charleston. Everyone has been asking what exactly our “Charleston Dining List” consisted of.

So….here you go! If you are planning a trip to Charleston here is what we had on our list. Some were recommendations from our friends and family, others from blogs I follow, and through research of Mr. Googler himself, Adam.

Charleston:

Breakfast:

Caviar and Bananas: (also great for a Sandwich on-the-go. Thanks Sous Style for the recommendation!)

{Our hotel, The Elliott House Inn, offered Breakfast the others days.}

Lunch:

Husk: The BEST lunch we had during our trip. They are on the “Farm to Table” trend and their menu changes daily. Their Supper service books 6-8 weeks out. We got lucky with Lunch reservations- highly recommend getting a reservation otherwise you will be waiting hours! Definitely worth the wait!

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Fleets Landing: Our friend, Laurie, shared this gem with us! It is the only restaurant in Charleston directly over the water.  Their stuffed hushpuppies are to-die-for y’all. We also had oysters- they were good, but not as good as other restaurants we went to.

Happy Hour:

Amen Street (Fish&Raw Bar): Some of the BEST oysters in both size and taste we had ever had. They had fantastic prices on oysters, cocktails and other small apps. They shuck the Oysters right at the bar- so fun to watch! (Make sure to sit at the Bar- they don’t advertise the Happy Hour and it is only at the bar between 4-7pm weekdays)

The Social: We just got cocktails, but they were great! Hand-crafted toddies are the best!

Supper:

Pearlz: By far our FAVORITE spot we found on our trip. Everything was delicious. Their oysters were great- and the cheapest (for the size) we found in downtown Charleston. They serve their oysters with a red/white vinegar -onion sauce- so tasty! We loved it so much we tried to go back for their Happy Hour, but it was a 1.5 hour wait! (Also 4-7pm weekdays)

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Mellow Mushroom: Most of y’all have probably either heard of or been to a Mellow Mushroom, but it is our favorite pizza spot. Now, don’t get me wrong, pizza was not on our “List,” but with me getting sick we loved the idea of delivery- and this Mellow delivers! Yay! If you have not been- you’ve got to try their homemade pretzels and beer cheese sauce- yum-o!

Since I got sick, our trip was cut rather short. These are places still on our “Charleston Dining List,” let us know if you try any of them!

{We’ve heard it is best to get reservations for the most of the places listed below.}
  • Poogan’s Porch (Brunch/Lunch/Supper)
  • Hominy Grill (Breakfast/Brunch)
  • Sewee Resturant (Lunch/Supper) *in Mt. Pleasant
  • The Ordinary (Lunch/Supper)
  • High Cotton (Supper)
  • 82 Queen (Supper/Happy Hour)
  • Magnolias

The only place we went to that we would not recommend would be Carmella’s. It is a super cute Dessert Bar, but the service is horrible. We went in early in the evening- maybe 10 other people in the entire restaurant. We sat at the bar and waited…and waited…and waited for over 10 minutes and never received service- AT the bar! So, we walked out and others followed us!

Please be sure to share with us your favorite spots in Charleston-or if you try any of the spots on our list. We will definitely be making a trip back in the near future!

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!