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UPDATE! 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Fleur de Lys

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Over the weekend, Matt and I took a lap around World Showcase and made a stop at the Fleur de Lys kiosk. I decided to try the Macaron a la Fleur d’ Oranger. The macaron had a strong orange blossom flavor, and the white chocolate ganache was quite sweet. My first bite was probably the best, though, as eating almost the entire thing on my own was a bit too much sweetness for me.

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I thought Matt would enjoy this, but he didn’t like it at all, equating its flavor and texture to what he would imagine decorative hand soaps to be. Yes, the orange blossom flavor does indeed retain that floral note some may find off putting. For me, it was on the cusp of being too strong, but I think the actual orange essence prevailed. I won’t be spending $5 on another, though.

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2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Fleur de Lys

France is one of the popular kiosks during the Food & Wine Festival in the fall, but during Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, there were only one or two guests in front of us at Fleur de Lys. In the middle of the afternoon. On opening weekend. At least we were able to get our dishes quickly and didn’t have to stake out a table! From the official website:

“Indulge your senses in extravagance at this tasty milieu influenced by the “flower of the lily.” Once a royal emblem used by the French monarchy, the symbol now serves as inspiration for this decadent stop where you can refine your palate with some of the France Pavilion’s most magnificent culinary masterpieces!”

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The menu features two savory dishes and a Macaron a la Fleur d’ Oranger for a sweet selection. While 75 cents less expensive than a macaron from the nearby Boulangerie Patisserie, I didn’t feel the need to spend $5 on one. Instead, Matt and I stuck to the savory dishes.

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Savory dishes served up at the kiosks in France during the festivals are far from attractive, but man, are they delicious!  (Cases in point: Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Ecargot Persillade en Brioche – everything is brown!)

The Confit de Canard with Pommes de Terre Sarladaise (Pulled Duck Confit with Garlic and Parsley Potatoes) was our favorite of the two dishes.

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Boulangerie Patisserie’s Bugnes Lyonnaise and Roule Lard & Fromage

On a recent trip to Epcot, I stopped by Boulangerie Patisserie in France to see if anything caught my eye to bring home. It’s usually not a difficult thing to do, after all. ;) I was thinking about getting a macarons but while looking at the menus, something in particular caught my eye.

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One of the menus featured a “Mardi Gras Special” of Bugnes Lyonnaise. I knew I couldn’t pass the item up, so I placed an order to go.

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I was asked if I wanted a small or a large, which I found odd since there was no designation for sizes on the menu, so I asked for a small. I was then presented with a small lemonade after I paid along with a roule that I ordered. After some confusion, and mentioning the “Mardi Gras Special on the sign,” I received my order (only one size) of the Bugnes Lyonnaisee.

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2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: France

France, much like Canada, is another Epcot International Food & Wine Festival hot spot. Often developing long lines, be sure to hit this kiosk early if you want to sample the dishes without much wait. That’s exactly what we did, as it just doesn’t feel like F&W unless we get the escargot! Of course, the Boeuf Bourguignon also caught Matt’s eye, as does any beef stew.

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The Boeuf Bourguignon (Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes) portion we received was a hearty one (this was served on the first official day of the festival, too). While stew-like dishes are typically not my thing, I thought this was well-executed and had a good flavor. Matt thoroughly enjoyed the dish.

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Boulangerie Patisserie’s Mousse au Chocolat

Matt has been on a little bit of a sweet kick lately, which is great because I can sample dessert items for review here on the blog and not have to worry about eating it all myself! ;) We were recently walking toward France at Epcot, and Matt decided he wanted to stop by Boulangerie Patisserie for something sweet. We got in line and waited as he looked at all the options, but finally decided on the Mousse au Chocolat.

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The chocolate mousse is topped with tiny bits of dark chocolate and the crunchy, spherical sprinkles that have become a popular dessert topping at WDW the past year or so.

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