Podcast Episode 96: Snacking Around The World

You know here at Dole Whipped we are serious about snacking, so on our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we decided to snack our way around the World Showcase at Epcot.  Listen in as we talk about all the food we tried and what we loved and what we didn’t.  We had such a great time snacking we wanted to share it with you so you could do your own Snack Around The World adventure!

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Snacking Around the World Showcase: Part III

And we’re back with the final installment of our Snacking Around the World series.  In case you need to catch up, Jamie, Tara, and I did a little research trip to Disney in January 2016 and decided to sample all the snacks that the World Showcase had to offer. If you would like to read part 1 that includes United Kingdom, France and Morocco click HERE and to see what Japan and Germany have to offer (and why not US and Italy) you need to read part 2 and can get there by clicking HERE.

Mexico, Chips & Salsa at La Cava del Tequila

For this stop, our main goal was to have a margarita, but we also decided to grab a snack too.   There’s no photo because, well, it’s chips and salsa.  It’s not that exciting!

Jamie: I’ve had better chips and salsa for sure. But these did hit the spot for pairing with our margaritas. C+

Shannon: Salsa is meh here. The chipotle smoky flavor was a bit overwhelming. Chips were nice and crispy. C-

Tara: Tara: Clearly these were not great because I had to think a minute to remember having them! Well, first we were having a fun drink too but they need a few more options of snacks in La Cava so I can try more fun drinks. The salsa was not good and the chips did not taste fresh. But they were good in a pinch and helped offset the very strong drinks!  C+

China, Egg rolls at Lotus Blossom Cafe


After the drinks and rather disappointing Mexico snack we were pretty hungry and we thought a nice fried snack might be just the thing.

Jamie: Surprisingly delicious for a quick service side! B+
Shannon: After having some margaritas at La Cava, these hot, fresh, creepy egg rolls hit the spot. A-
Tara: After a few margaritas these taste better than they do without the tequila. They were good but a bit soggy. I would eat them again though! B-
Norway, School Bread, Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe
After the egg rolls, we were a bit stuffed and decided to head back to our room.  We nearly forgot to grab a School Bread but we got one and took it to go.  We had it for breakfast the next morning.
Jamie: School bread is one of my favorites, so no surprise I’ll rate this one an A!
Shannon: Not my favorite. It was good but had a funky aftertaste that I wasn’t fond of. C+
Tara: YUMMY. I love me some school bread. This is popular and cultish for a reason. Try it! It is not what you think it is! A-


Drinking Around the World: Part I

Who said Disney World as an adult isn’t as fun? While us Disney fanatics know that Disney World can be magical at absolutely any age, we also know that sometimes adults just need to have a little bit of grown up fun. The drinking around the world showcase challenge is one way to do that! The goal is simple: have one drink at each of the showcase’s 11 countries. In Part I of this 3 part series we’ll discuss the best drinks in the first four countries of the world showcase. Please remember to drink responsibly, no one said the challenge needed to be completed in two hours, or even two days 🙂 Consider starting at 11am and finishing when the park closes, or completing the challenge over the course of your vacation. Share drinks with your friends and family, and know your limits!

If we’re starting our challenge in the most typical location our first drink will be in Mexico. The most popular drink in Mexico is the frozen margarita located at the aptly named Margarita Stand. This location offers 3 flavors of frozen margarita: lime, strawberry or mango, OR you can go all out and get a mix of all three flavors in one cup. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can head over to La Cava del Tequila for their uniquely flavored margaritas. With options like jalepeno, avocado, blood orange, pomegranate, passion fruit, cucumber, pineapple and many more, La Cava del Tequila is your opportunity to try something that you might not find at home. This location is also home to an extensive list of straight tequilas, so if you’re an aficionado this is place is an absolute must visit!

Avocado and Blood Orange Margaritas at La Cava del Tequila: Photo courtesy of Yelp user Annie N.

Avocado and Blood Orange Margaritas at La Cava del Tequila: Photo courtesy of Yelp user Annie N.

Unfortunately our next stop in the Norway pavilion is not nearly as exciting as Mexico. You’ll have two options for your drink in Norway at the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. For an authentic beverage from Norway you’ll have to go with a shot of Linie Aquavit Glacier. We have to warn you though, this drink is pretty much universally regarded as… gross. Sorry! If you’re not too worried about the authentic part you can grab yourself a First is the “Viking Coffee” which is just coffee flavored with Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream or a Carlsburg beer, both sold at the Kringla location. Not related to drinking but maybe if you’re interested in grabbing a little snack to soak up all that alcohol you can try the School Bread. It’s one of the world showcase’s most popular snacks.

Third on our list is China, and luckily we’re back to having lots of options for our drink of choice in this country. The two most popular choices are the Mango Gingerita with vodka and rum and the Green Tea Plum Slush, both located at the Joy of Tea kiosk. For something really special, though, you must try the Tipsy Ducks in Love also from the Joy of Tea. This drink is a combination of iced coffee and tea blended with bourbon whisky and chocolate. Topped with whipped cream. So yummy! This drink is incredibly popular, and has almost reached cult status within the adult Disney fan set. If you’re looking for something more simple you can also grab some chilled plum wine at either the Joy of Tea or the Lotus Blossom Cafe. Both of those locations also carry Tsing Tao beer.

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Art T.

Tipsy Ducks in Love : Photo courtesy of Yelp user Art T.

For this leg of our tour the final stop is Germany. Not at all surprisingly the drink of choice in Germany is going to be beer. Sadly this Dole Whippie has little to no knowledge of beer, but the two most common choices are Altenmunster Oktoberfest and Radeberger Pilsner (with the option for a souvenir mug!) located at several carts throughout this country. In Germany you will also find shots of Jagermeister or the apple Berentzen Apfel if beer isn’t your thing. If you’re hungry for another snack by now the bratwurst or hand twisted pretzel are both good choices.

Stay tuned for Part II of the series where we’ll discuss the best options in Italy, The American Adventure, Japan and Morocco.

New Disney Cruise Line Itineraries for 2016

Recently, Disney Cruise Line announced a new itinerary for 2016, the British Isles!  This is a 12 night sailing on the Disney Magic from Dover, England around the British Isles.

Photo Via Disney Parks Blog

Photo Via Disney Parks Blog

The ports of call are some pretty big highlights like Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; Liverpool, England; and Guernsey in the Channel.  If you have ever wanted to travel the UK  or Europe and want to check out more than a few places in a single go-this is the perfect vacation for you.

Disney will so be revisiting the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean as well at the Fjords of Norway, the Baltic Sea, and Iceland.

Of course there are the other standards like Alaska, Caribbean, and Bahamas.  The booking window opens March 26, 2015.  The best prices can be found at earliest booking so get your deposit down!

As always, if you are interested in any of these sailings contact us at DoleWhipped@gmail.com and we can provide an obligation free quote and our services are always free.

If you want to read more about cruising you can check out our Trip Reports section.  Jamie’s Greek Isles Cruise or Jillian’s Western Caribbean Cruise.