PHOTO GALLERY: EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

My girl Shaina and I go way back — we’ve been friends for about 17 years — and every so often we plan a fun girls’ weekend together. This year we ate and drank our way around the world at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. Everything was fantastic — from the weather and cocktails to the friendly people and live bands we encountered. Here are a few of our favorite festival bites.

 

My Top 5 Bites at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (described in 3 words)!

 

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#5 — Braised Beef “Stroganoff”: Silky. Meaty. Noodles.
at The Cheese Studio

 

 

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#4 — Schinkennudeln: Cheesy. Ham. Pasta.
in Germany

 

 

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#3 — Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings: Tender. Tangy. Spicy.
in Japan

 

 

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#2 — New England Lobster Roll: Fresh. Buttery. Succulent.
at Hops & Barley

 

 

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#1 — Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon: Truffle. Butter. Sauce.
in Canada

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PHOTO GALLERY: SOBEWFF Southern Kitchen Brunch

The past two years we’ve enjoyed the all-day gluttony of the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village. But this year we decided to switch things up and opted to spend Sunday morning with country queen Trisha Yearwood at the Loews Miami Beach hotel. We not only filled up on delish southern eats and bourbon Bloody Marys, but we also got to watch the Grammy Award-winning singer perform a few songs! Here are our favorite bites of the day.

 

My Top 5 Bites at the Southern Kitchen Brunch
(described in 3 words)!

 

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#5 — Pulled Barbecue with Zucchini Fritter:
Smoky. Moist. Spicy.
from Trisha Yearwood, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

 
 

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#4 — Signature Honeybee Doughnut:
Sweet. Flaky. Decadence.
from Karen Muirhead, Honeybee Doughnuts

 
 

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#3 — Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Maple Biscuit and Sawmill Gravy:
Crispy. Tender. Substantial.
from Chef Art Smith, Blue Door Farm Kitchen

 
 

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#2 — Key West Pink Shrimp and Grits:
Meaty. Creamy. Fresh.
from Jeffrey McInnis and Janine Booth, Root & Bone

 
 

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#1 — Fried Shrimp Gumbo and Carolina Gold Rice:
Rich. Deep. Roux.
from Mike Lata, FIG

Eating Our Way Through 2016: The Third Annual Envy Awards

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From the edible adventures across the country to the countless homemade meals cooked up in the Order Envy kitchen, 2016 proved to be one heck of a delicious year! We kicked off the year with some clean eating and 21 Day Fix recipes, then moved through the summer traveling to the Bahamas and Boston, before settling into fall with slow-cooked favorites and topping it all off with a trip out to the Pacific Northwest. We even marked my birthday in the foodiest way possible, with a culinary crawl through Wynwood — and shared new recipes like BBQ Pork Ribs, Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls, and Baked Ziti, to boot.

We are stoked for all the edible adventures to come in this New Year, but first let’s take a look back at some of our favorite bites of 2016.

 

 

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Outstanding “Eating Our Way Through” Travel Experience
and the Envy goes toTHE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

“My Top 5 Bites in the Pacific Northwest: Copper Creek Dip from Copper Creek Inn, Dungeness Crab Cocktail from Shuckers Oyster Bar, Oysters Cabarian from Blueacre Seafood, House Smoked Salmon Toast from Red Hills Market, and Dungeness Crab & Iberico Ham Benedict from The Georgian Restaurant.”

 
 

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Most Memorable Miami Spice Experience
and the Envy goes toQUALITY MEATS

“Sister to the NYC chophouse, this rendition offers an upscale yet cozy interior that stands out among the super posh restos lining South Beach’s Collins Ave. strip.”

 
 

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Phenomenal Reason to Spend an Entire Day Eating and Drinking
and the Envy goes toSOBEWFF GRAND TASTING VILLAGE

 
 

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Super Special Family Recipe Prepared in the Order Envy Kitchen
and the Envy goes toMAMON BABINEAUX’S SHRIMP CREOLE

“It has been passed down from Mamon Babineaux (my late great-grandmother) to her daughter, Harriet Shea (my grandmother) to her son, Steve Shea (my late father), who sent it to me many years ago while I was in college.”

 
 

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Extraordinary Way to Celebrate Your Birthday as a Foodie
and the Envy goes toWYNWOOD CULINARY TOUR

“Our informative guide led us to an assortment of five local eateries in the area, where we ate everything from empanadas and fresh ceviche to key lime pie and cannoli.”

 
 

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Marvelous Excuse for a #FoodPorn Throwback
and the Envy goes toOUR ITALIAN HONEYMOON

“We spent 10 amazing days eating our way through Rome, Amalfi, Florence and Venice. …You may even notice that one of these photos serves as Order Envy’s lead image!”

 
 

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Amazing Homemade Meal Perfect for Delivering Comfort
and the Envy goes toSPEEDY BAKED ZITI

“Whether they were recovering from surgery or nursing a newborn, this easy recipe offers a bit of comfort (and carbs!) for those who may not have the time or energy to cook up a meal.”

 
 

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Exceptional Strategy to Amp up Game Day
and the Envy goes toGRIDIRON GREATS: FOOTBALL TAILGATING GRUB

“But win or lose, we’ve enjoyed some seriously good game day grub, and here I’ve shared some of my favorites from our tailgating parties.”

 
 

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Distinguished Dessert That Will Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth
and the Envy goes toAMARETTO CANNOLI AT MIKE’S PASTRY

“Nutty. Sweet. Perfection.”

 
 

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Remarkably Authentic Dining Experience
and the Envy goes toSANDALS PRIVATE CANDLELIGHT DINNER ON THE BEACH

“It was the perfect way to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary.”

 
 

CHECK OUT THE 2015 ENVY AWARD WINNERS HERE.

AND THE INAUGURAL 2014 WINNERS HERE.