Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you’re thirsty! We’ve got a cocktail for you straight from Food & Wine Festival: the Bacardi Torched Cherry Frozen Cherry Limeade!
The cocktail is simple: Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum, Grenadine, frozen Margarita Mix and ice. Oh yeah, I totally reused my awesome cup for this!
This recipe is from the 2007 Food & Wine Festival recipe book “Tastefully Inspired.” While the recipe from the Ireland kiosk is technically called “Chilled Potato Leek Soup,” I’m not crazy about chilled soups, and I’m dangerously close to the very end of “soup season” here in Central Florida. This is my last hurrah to enjoy it before the humidity starts creeping up on the near-90 degree days we’re already having.
The recipe is simple, and the amount of time tending to the dish while it’s on the stove is relatively light. I’ll mention a few tips and tweaks along the way (there really weren’t many at all!). Below are all the ingredients you need to make the soup. Chopped chives are used for garnish, which I skipped, and instead topped with a bit of crumbled bacon which I had on hand. Otherwise, this is an easy and filling vegetarian soup that, despite the use of heavy cream, feels light.
I love Spanakopita. I enjoy it during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival at the Greece kiosk, and I recently visited a place near Downtown Orlando, Mediterranean Blue, that serves up a HUGE and delicious piece of the savory pie. It’s a dish I’ve never attempted at home, so while flipping through cookbooks of Food & Wine Festivals past (this recipe is from 2009), Greece’s recipe for Spanakopita definitely stood out.
Here’s what the Spanakopita looked like at the 2012 Festival:
I went out and bought the ingredients to make the dish, and gathered what I had on hand. I’ll have some notes at the bottom of the post with things I tweaked beforehand and would change on my next batch. Yes, I will be making it again!
I’m not going to go through each and every cooking step, but merely point out some before and afters for reference.
One of France’s items at Food & Wine Festival got a bit of an update this year. Since I’ve enjoyed the Parisian Cosmo Slush, a combination of Ciroc Vodka, Grand Marnier and Cranberry Juice, I knew I would love the Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka in place of the Ciroc.
The $9.75 price tag is a bit, but considering the quality of alcohol used, it’s not unexpected. There was also a generous amount of alcohol in the batch I enjoyed, too. They cherry flavor was also noticeable, which made me happy, and overall the beverage was nicely tart.
Previous years versions came served in a martini glass, which also seems to have been the case earlier in the festival. Mine came in a cup, instead. I’m not complaining, because I’m fairly certain there was more beverage for my buck this way!
Since I didn’t get to try this drink until the final weekend of the festival, I’ll have to break out my blender to mix it up at home! What did you think of the Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush? How do you think it compared to the version with Ciroc from last year?
While we enjoyed this year’s Taco de Filete this year at Food & Wine Festival, I had to revisit some favorites from last year before the end of it. Those items were the Crispy Shrimp Taco and the Lime Strawberry Margarita on the Rocks to see if they remained awesome.
The taco was once again vibrant in presentation. There were several more shrimp tucked under the shredded red cabbage as well.