My Belly Fits The World… What’s Your Specialty?

November 3, 2009

Today was the day I tested the extreme limits of my stomach… more specifically, my stomachs stretch-ability to fit abnormal amounts of food into it. Before exiting my apartment this morning, I had a one-on-one chat with my tummy informing it that it had to be on its best behaviour today when un-human-like portions of food would be sent over for acidic break-down. My belly seemed to obey these orders and for this, I am extremely grateful and proud. More so grateful that I was able to make it back to my apartment at the end of the day without getting sick from the over-consumption of delectable delicacies.

What on earth am I talking about? I hear you ask. Well, today, Countess ChiChi and myself headed to the 2009 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival to eat the world one last time before it comes to a sad and untimely ending on November 8.  Today was indeed a magical culinary adventure which involved myself, my mouth and my stomach… Oh, and how could I forget, the wonderful Countess ChiChi.

EPCOT Food & Wine Festival 2009

I’d reveal Countess ChiChi’s identity but I have been threatened by the Countess herself, that if, and I quote… “post that picture of me looking like a disheveled mess in that red Fez then it’s on like Donkey Kong. Not a threat that would hold up in a court of law, just saying ;)”.  As eager as you all are to have me reveal the Countess’ identity, I’d rather survive and continue blogging for you all. Apoligies go out to my thousands of adoring fans, I can undestand your disappointment with me right now.

Beef Empanada from Rio de Janeiro

First stop Argentina. Beaunos Aires to be precise. I ordered the Beef Empanada with Tomato Salsa. Under normal circumstances (ie. Back in Australia), I would never even consider sampling this sort of culinary treat, but having encountered the amazingness that is an Empanada at Bongo’s Cafe (Downtown Disney – Westside) previously, I knew that my tastebuds were in for a celebration. Tastebud party in my mouth, everyone’s invited! Mmmm delicious. At this moment, my stomach felt like it was at one of those coin-operated window strip shows; it was only just getting teased… I had yet to pay more for the deliciousness to continue.

Next up; Ni hao Zhong Guo… “Lynda, dude, what the hell, it’s like you’re speaking a completely different language!?!” It’s because I am, fool! Hello, China! Shanghai, if I recall correctly. Again, not extremely big on Chinese food and I’m not one to sample foods I am not familiar with, but when Countess ChiChi informed me that the Pork Pot Stickers at the Shanghai kiosk were similar to that of dim sims, I was all over those babies like a fat kid on cake.

Pork Pot Stickers from Shanghai

Pork Pot Stickers from Shanghai, China

Considering I am pretty much one of the fussiest people ever to grace the planet Earth, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed my Pork Pot Sticker. I’d never consumed one before so I really had nothing to compare these too, but they were delicious none the less. Note: The chop sticks were strategically placed there by Countess ChiChi to enhance the quality of the image. I used my fingers to eat. So lady like, I know.

Grilled Lamb Chop, Red Wine Sauce & Murray River Sea Salt from Melbourne

Now, I know I’ve blogged about this bloody lamp chop at least two times before, but I can’t help but spread the word on how amazing it is, seriously, do yourself a favour and head to the Melbourne, Australia kiosk! Lamb is rare here in the USA, so to be able to visit EPCOT and easily purchase something I love so dearly and have come to appreciate so much more now that it’s so hard for me to find is a nice privilege. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, the Grilled Lamb Chop with Red Wine Sauce and Murrary River Sea Salt goes down a treat and is absolutely delectable. It gets the two thumbs up from me, mate!

By this point, my belly was starting to feel quite the bit full, but it remembered that deal we made prior to departing for EPCOT. It was going to be true to its word. Good belly. With this being said, off we went to England to sample some English cuisine. Walking towards England I couldn’t help but dart my eyes toward the “Traditional Fish & Chips” sign hanging by the English Pub. I had been craving Aussie style fish and chips for some time now, and knew the Brits did fish and chips pretty similar to how we do it Downunder, so the Countess and I stopped and shared a serving of Traditional Fish and Chips.

Traditional Fish & Chips in England

Now, the fish was no Aussie flake, but it was rather tasty, the best I’ve sampled so far in the USA. The chips, well, the chips were AMAZING. They were actual thick cut chips, none of this french fries crap. Hot, salty, thick cut chips. Can you please pass me a napkin so I can mop up my drool. Thank you. Scrumptious and rather filling. My belly was feeling quite content at this point in time. You’d think by now that I’d maybe be full, well, yes, I was semi-full, but was I about to stop eating? Hell no! The world is my oyster. Om nom nom nom.

epcotWe made a quick stop by Mexico to pick up a Churro, which, let me tell you, is like sex on a stick. Absolutely scrumptious in every way possible. Crispy, sugary and cinnamony on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside; heaven. From Italy I picked myself up a Primavera. I’ve blogged about this slushy drink before, but to refresh your memory, it is an ice mix of strawberry, banana and peach. It is so full of flavour and extremely refreshing in the Florida heat. I gulped that baby down like it was going out of fashion! Ahhh, brain freeze!

Chocolate dipped strawberries from Goofy's Candy Company

It was time to give my poor, helpless belly a deserving yet short break. The Countess and I had successfully eaten our way around the world at EPCOT so we decided to depart and hit up Downtown Disney. ChiChi had never been to Downtown Disney before so I was excited to show her around and let her indulge in my 40% merchandise discount which she was quick to accept and take advantage of. After a short stint of shopping, we treated our taste buds to chocolate dipped strawberries from Goofy’s Candy Company and a wonderfully pleasant dinner at Portobello Restaurant at Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island.

I’m retiring my tummy for the day, it deserves it.

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Windsor Castle and London

July 24, 2008

Yesterday uncle took the day off work and we went to Windsor Castle. He put the top down on his Porsche and we drove there. That car is fucking awesome and man, can it go fast! We took the GPS so we wouldn’t get lost, but, we did haha. I told uncle that he shouldn’t have listened to the GPS lady and gone with his gut feeling, but he said he always listens to women… so I told him to change the GPS to a male voice lol.

Windsor Castle was amazing. The castle itself is gigantic and the grounds are also quite large. The interior though, is what amazed me most. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside which was a shame. The Queen was in but fortunately, we didn’t spot her lol.

I really enjoyed our time there. We each had an audio device which gave us a ton of information for each site that we approached; the welcome message by Prince Charles cracked me up lol. After the castle we walked around Windsor a bit and grabbed a bite to eat at Nandos mmmm.

We hopped back into the Porsche and uncle took me around the city of London. We went by Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, drove over the London Bridge, went by Harrods and a few other sites that I can’t recall the name of. We stopped by the University of Greenwich where uncle works to show me around a bit, then went to the pub across the road to have a drink as it was rather warm out; 30 degrees. I’m surprised it got so warm, my nose got a little sunburnt lol.

Later that evening we met up with aunty at a lovely Italian restaraunt for dinner. I had a wonderfully tasty steak and potatoes. We had a great laugh over dinner, I really enjoyed it.

Right now it is 9.30am on Thursday and I’m soon about to catch the train into the city to meet up with Mel and her cousin and look around a little, then we are headed to our hotel for the night…

Tomorrow is CONTIKI!!!! Wooo hoooo

xoxo


LONDON, BABY!

July 23, 2008

Just a quick update to let you all know I arrived safely in London earlier today!

It was a hell of a flight, I only slept 4 hours of the 36 hour duration, my eyes are bright red, but I am staying awake till normal night time so I get use to the sleeping pattern.

Despite the long flight, it was a great one, had the emergency lane seat for Melbourne to Auckland then had a spare seat next to me from Auckland to Hong Kong so I had a heap of space, I even ate some of the food! I think I watched at least 7 movies and 3 episodes of The Simpsons!

I haven’t seen much of London yet, but it looks simply gorgeous, especially the area I’m staying in at the moment, Blackheath, so cute.

Miss you already mum and dad… Squish Cookie for me

xoxo


TODAY IS THE DAY!

July 21, 2008

JULY 21 IS FINALLY HERE!!!

Woohooo! My flight leaves at 12pm, it is now 1:14am and although I’m extremely tired, I’m too excited to go to sleep!

It took FOREVER and I mean forever, just to get my suitcase to a decent weight. I think it’s sitting on 21.5kg at the moment although it is meant to be 20kg. I’ll probably get asked to remove some stuff at the airport. I already removed as much as possible, I’m seriously left with barely anything, and it looks so empty too. I wanted to cry at one point. I think my carry on bag is also over by 0.5kg. Ugh, I hope they don’t charge me!

Anywho, not sure how often I will have access to the Internet but I hope to keep this thing updated as much as possible!

I will miss you all so much… especially mum, dad and Cookie!

Love you xoxo