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Old 10-30-2009, 10:18 AM   #2266
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I go to PFTS tomorrow night. If the food continues to be good (I hear the food has been very good this year) I'm not really that concerned about the wine for that particular event.

I will, however, not be doing another paid wine seminar, and will pay for food seminars only for presenters that interest me.
Catherine - just a little word from Jason and I and a hello - wanted to say the Asian PFTS is the BEST food we have ever had at a PFTS. We hope you have the same experience at the Halloween one and can't wait to hear about it.
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Catherine - just a little word from Jason and I and a hello - wanted to say the Asian PFTS is the BEST food we have ever had at a PFTS. We hope you have the same experience at the Halloween one and can't wait to hear about it.
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Amy said the same thing about the Asian PFTS. Looks like that one was a winner, although the theme may have kept some people away.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:20 AM   #2268
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DITCH UPDATE

They no longer have fish tostadas on the menu but have added beef flautas for those who like meat.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:26 AM   #2269
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They no longer have fish tostadas on the menu but have added beef flautas for those who like meat.
Hi TDC Nala!

Are they as good as the other stuff ?

When you say fish tostadas was that the crab ones or something else?
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:28 AM   #2270
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Hi TDC Nala!

Are they as good as the other stuff ?

When you say fish tostadas was that the crab ones or something else?
They still have the crab - they had some with Mahi Mahi or something. Those are gone. Haven't had the flautas yet. Hmm, lunch time.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:42 AM   #2271
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They still have the crab - they had some with Mahi Mahi or something. Those are gone. Haven't had the flautas yet. Hmm, lunch time.
(Thanks Catherine! You're a real trooper - always working for us posters!! _ looking forward to your review of the Party also!)

Rats - I showed dh the reviews - but hopefully the crab will still be there when we get there!

do see if they will share a recipe for the Blood Orange...
(altho I cant imagine how to make the foam?!)
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:23 PM   #2272
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We did the Moet & Chandon seminar. The third glass of champagne was their "top" champagne. I didn't like it. So not all of the seminars are being given the bottom choices.

And being in Foodservice sales, I know exactly how much some products cost Disney (and that's I'm sure without the Disney allowance...) It would shock and disgust you to know exactly how much they really do mark up some items. But people keep buying them, so they must be doing something right...
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:38 PM   #2273
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They still have the crab - they had some with Mahi Mahi or something. Those are gone. Haven't had the flautas yet. Hmm, lunch time.
Are you going to take one for the team?
Thanks for the updates. Have fun at PFTS tomorrow night. I hope it's as good as the Asian one that Amy raved about.

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We did the Moet & Chandon seminar. The third glass of champagne was their "top" champagne. I didn't like it. So not all of the seminars are being given the bottom choices.

And being in Foodservice sales, I know exactly how much some products cost Disney (and that's I'm sure without the Disney allowance...) It would shock and disgust you to know exactly how much they really do mark up some items. But people keep buying them, so they must be doing something right...
I was floored that the prices of the wines and spirits in the festival center were 80-100% more than what I can buy them for at Costco. I could understand a 25% markup. But those prices were insane.
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I was floored that the prices of the wines and spirits in the festival center were 80-100% more than what I can buy them for at Costco. I could understand a 25% markup. But those prices were insane.
You're so right. We usually purchase a few bottles, but we skipped it this year. Much better prices elsewhere.
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Miss Nala - have a wonderful time tomorrow night at the PFTS. We'll be thinking of you.

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Old 10-30-2009, 04:06 PM   #2276
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I am not a fan of the lobster and scallop pie although I do like cheesy mashed potatoes. But it came off as cheesy mashed potatoes with some flavorless bits in it.

I'll probably be over at the Ditch today so maybe I can ask them about that recipe.
You can ask for the book to list your email in and they will email you any recipe you want from Tequila bar.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:59 PM   #2277
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I was floored that the prices of the wines and spirits in the festival center were 80-100% more than what I can buy them for at Costco. I could understand a 25% markup. But those prices were insane.
Casa Larga, which is right around the corner, had their ice wine at the NY booth. They were selling the bottles at the Festival Center for $49.95. At the winery you can buy it for $45. So the mark up there isn't terrible, especially considering how difficult it is to get NY State wines out of state!

...granted that's one example, but I thought I'd put a feel good out there
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:38 PM   #2278
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I agree about the markup on the alcohol at the Welcome Center ... you have to be careful about what you choose to purchase. We did buy a bottle of the Remy Martin 1738 - I think it cost us about $45. I found it here at home for the exact same price.

The Macallan scotch, on the other hand, was about 100% more expensive than what we pay for it here at home. We actually had a laughing fit right there amongst the wine racks when we saw the price tag.
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Casa Larga, which is right around the corner, had their ice wine at the NY booth. They were selling the bottles at the Festival Center for $49.95. At the winery you can buy it for $45. So the mark up there isn't terrible, especially considering how difficult it is to get NY State wines out of state!

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I agree about the markup on the alcohol at the Welcome Center ... you have to be careful about what you choose to purchase. We did buy a bottle of the Remy Martin 1738 - I think it cost us about $45. I found it here at home for the exact same price.

The Macallan scotch, on the other hand, was about 100% more expensive than what we pay for it here at home. We actually had a laughing fit right there amongst the wine racks when we saw the price tag.
Well, I ended up buying a bottle of Hob Nob Pinot Noir at the France wine shop, for about $16 with tax. Turned out to be a decent bottle of wine for half the price of the La Crema marked up to more than twice that price.
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The hit at this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the Lobster & Scallops Fisherman's Pie. But because it is new, it wasn't included in the cookbook of festival dishes for sale at the park. But thanks to the generosity of executive chef Jens Dahlmann, I have the recipe on my site. It's fairly intricate -- nothing you throw together in an hour or two -- but for those who love a culinary challenge, the rewards should be satisfying. Here's a link to the recipe.

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