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: Eating Our Way Through Asheville

 

My Top 5 Bites in Asheville (described in 3 words)!

This year on Fourth of July weekend we traded Florida beaches for Blue Ridge scenery in Asheville, North Carolina. We couldn’t get enough of the cool mountain temps, southern barbecue and farm-to-table eats.

 

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#5 — Hummingbird Cake: Sweet. Moist. Sugar.
at Early Girl Eatery in Downtown Asheville

 

 

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#4 — Smoked Trout Spread: Spicy. Creamy. Addictive.
at Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen in Omni Grove Park Inn

 

 

 

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#3 — BBQ Sandwich: Meaty. Vinegary. Authentic.
at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, NC

 

 

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#2 — Cheerwine Float: Sweet. Cold. American.
at Cook Out in Lincolnton, NC

 

 

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#1 — Shoo Mercy Omelet: Southern. Cheesy. Stuffed.
at Tupelo Honey Café in South Asheville

PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Nashville

 

My Top 5 Bites in Nashville (described in 3 words)!

Our long weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, packed in live music, historic plantations, wine tastings, craft breweries, honky-tonks, museums and plenty of good Southern cooking. Here are our favorites from Music City.

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#5 — Pimento Cheese & Green Tomato Eggrolls with Dixie Duck Sauce:
Crispy. Tangy. Quirky.

at The Harding House at Belle Meade Plantation

 
 

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#4 — Charcuterie Plate with Cheddar Biscuits: Handcrafted. Fresh. Massive.
at Husk Nashville

 
 

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#3 — Broken Spoke “Pot Roast”: Tender. Meaty. Comforting.
at ACME Feed & Seed

 
 

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#2 — Small Dark Plate with Pimento Mac ‘n Cheese & Southern Greens:
Fiery. Creamy. Southern.

at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

 
 

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#1 — Banana Pudding: Sweet. Simple. Perfection.
at Arnold’s Country Kitchen