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

PHOTO GALLERY: Wynwood Culinary Tour

For my birthday last month, I gathered a crew of my family and friends for a walking food tour through Miami’s art-centered Wynwood neighborhood with Miami Culinary Tours. We strolled through the colorful Wynwood Walls district, learning about the local artists and their eclectic street artworks. 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. Pretty much everyone agreed the ropa vieja empanadas from Wynwood Kitchen was our favorite bite of the day. All in all, everyone really enjoyed themselves — especially the live drag show entertainment at R House — and we hope to take the Little Havana tour sometime soon!

STOP #1: WYNWOOD KITCHEN

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Ropa vieja empanadas, tequenos, maduros and Wynwood Brewing’s La Rubia

 

STOP #2: GK BISTRONOMIE

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Mahi mahi ceviche (not pictured: hand-crafted Pisco Sours)

 

 

STOP #3: R HOUSE

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Yellowfin tuna tartare, short rib sliders and jalapeno margaritas

 

 

STOP #4: FIREMAN DEREK’S BAKE SHOP

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Key Lime Pie!

 

 

STOP #5: MADE IN ITALY GOURMET

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Cannoli with a chocolate drizzle