The pure joy that is iPad photography continues as we march toward Morocco.
After fiddling for a minute or two, it looks like we have the perfect shot. You can tell the pictures are higher quality than any camera because they’re so big on the screen.
The Moroccan waterfront remains behind walls and tarps as construction on Spice Road Table continues.
Slated to open later this year, it will be interesting to see if the view inside is desirable for IllumiNations viewing.
After becoming an expert in Moroccan alcohol consumption from a single 30-second Google search, I learned that alcohol is prevalent in Morocco, despite a ban by the Islamic faith.
The good news(?) is that you’d probably die of the diabeetus or brain freeze before you’d get drunk off oasis slushies.
In addition to the mostly blah Casa Beer, Left Coast Tangerine Wheat Ale is available. For the sake of authenticity, the Casa is your best bet as it’s the only thing actually from Morocco served here.
Restaurant Marrakesh is another example of a restaurant that serves similar items for lunch and dinner with lunch prices coming in $8 – $10 less than the dinner entrees.
A lunch special is also available. A full recent review of Marrakesh is available here.
Similar to Citricos unappetizing digital menu picture tablet thing, I’m not sure Marrakesh’s big book of food pictures is doing them any favors.
A completely unreadable version of the Tangierine Cafe menu. Larger if you like, but it’s the same as it has been for a while. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/tangierine.jpg.
If I was planning one quick service meal at Epcot, Tangierine Cafe would most likely be it. The food is fresh and flavorful and at least lives under the guise of being healthy. And portions are large for the price, even if you’re paying a couple more dollars than most other meals. Booking a less expensive table service lunch and planning a quick service dinner here makes a lot of sense.
In the back of Tangierine Cafe sits the dessert case with a variety of the labor-intensive baklava and other treats. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/baklava.jpg.
A few more drink options also available. Being less obvious in the back of Tangierine, there’s rarely anybody in line here.
Moving on to France, we find ourselves at Crepes de France.
Although I’ve probably passed the kiosk 100 or more times over the years, I’ve never stopped for a crepe. Until “today” that is.
A crepe is a thin pancake often made from wheat flour. I was not paying a ton of attention, but I could have sworn the person poured fresh batter on a griddle and fried the crepe up fresh. Twitter seemed to think they were pre-made and simply heated up on the griddle. Having sampled a crepe in real life France about 12 years ago, I’m basically an expert on these things. And i would stipulate that the crepes here have the texture of a wet paper bag and don’t taste much better.
For $3.99, I would characterize these as a very light snack – there is not a whole lot to them. The chocolate sauce didn’t add much sweetness to the crepe, despite looking pretty and plentiful on the plate. I’m not sure if people have had better experiences. Twitter also thought the ice cream here is better than just about anywhere else on property.
Les Vins de France, a nearby kiosk out on the promenade, continues serving wine and specialty drinks.
Monsieur Paul menu:
The reviews I consumed prior to dinner at Paul painted the restaurant as much less than outstanding, but I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. I’d return to Paul before Les Chefs for dinner, even taking slightly higher pricing into consideration.
France food is situated on the left side of the Pavilion with Boulangerie Patisserie in front of us, wine in the storefront on the right, ice cream on the left, and the entrance to Monsieur Paul kind of hidden across from the ice cream entrance. Around the corner to the left is Les Chefs with the two outdoor kiosks across the way and then Impressions de France around the corner on the right.
I feel like I’m one blood transfusion away from winning the Tour de France. Otherwise, some of the France merchandise is unique to the Pavilion as far as I know.
The refurbished Boulangerie reopened as Les Halles last December in a much larger space. I still think the setup is confusing as a single line branches out into two identical lines with multiple menus and ordering areas. But I’m not the smartest person in the world either. It’s easier to find your way around when it’s less crowded. As far as I know, Les Halles continues to open at 9am, though I would stipulate you’re insane to head back here before 10:30am. More pictures available here and a Croque Monsieur review here.
The menu is the same for the most part. The Pumpkin Soup is no longer on the menu. A Bleu Salad replaces the Lyonnaise. The Saucisse specialty is new. The Jambon Beurre is $1.25 more expensive. A croissant is 30 cents more expensive. Chocolate Croissant is 50 cents more expensive. The Eclair is 40 cents more expensive. Creme Brulee is 75 cents more expensive. Parfait Aux Fruits is $1.50 more expensive. Mousse – 25 cents more expensive. Cafe Liegeois replaces the Exotique. The Macaron is new. Limonade is no longer available.
And good news ladies – the mimosa is officially a menu item so you no longer have to order orange juice, champagne, and ask if they have a bigger cup.
Heading into the wine store, this is the current wine walk. We popped into Italy’s Enoteca and Germany’s Weinkeller previously where you can also pick up your checklist. Pricing is not much of a value compared to how much you’d pay for the four-ounce pours at each stop. And if you opt for the four-ounce single pours, you have more choices.
Wine flights are available in addition to wine by the glass:
It’s cheaper per ounce to buy 2 four-ounce glasses of wine as opposed to the 3 two-ounce sampler ($1.41 per ounce versus $1.57 ounce). Disney makes a big deal about Moet being available during Food and Wine, but it’s actually available all year here, in addition to Veuve and Feuillatte.
And the ubiquitous Kronenbourg.
Wine available by the bottle:
As I’ve mentioned before, wine pricing isn’t usually priced absurdly, like a lot of other items Disney offers. We’ll actually run into a bottle of Moet Imperial at Saratoga Springs priced at $42.95, which is less than most stores.
And a variety of French food. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/francestuff1.jpg.
Back outside on the promenade near the bridge over to the UK, you’ll see this cart advertising caricatures and silhouettes.
A silhouette is one of the most inexpensive, unique souvenirs available. You’ll see similar carts in Downtown Disney near Earl of Sandwich and in Magic Kingdom in Liberty Square across from Sleepy Hollow Inn and on Main Street near the Crystal Arts store.
Heading toward the UK, we first see Yorkshire County Fish. The main seating area is off to the right.
Additional seating is available to the left of the restaurant.
I like Yorkshire a lot, despite the limited menu. I just wish they’d load you up on the chips instead of just giving you a few underneath the fish.
“The Hat Lady” act no longer occurs inside the pub. The same woman plays music and guests can make requests and sing along. With fewer hats.
The smart money is on the English Bulldog and one of the Pub Blends. Boddington’s is one beer I don’t like. It’s been my experience that it has an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. I tried a Golden Fox, which is Boddington’s and Bass, and didn’t care much for that either.
Rose & Crown lunch:
I haven’t had much luck with Rose & Crown recently – not sure if others have had better luck.
Rose & Crown is often slammed, particularly in the evenings. Luckily, most people get their drinks to go and vacate the bar shortly thereafter and the bartenders are aware of which faces are new. So it’s rare that you’ll feel ignored or your Ed Hardy shirt isn’t slick enough for the bartender to serve you. But if you’re looking for a beer available here at the beer kiosk or at Yorkshire, it’s usually easier to walk up and grab a drink there instead. And you don’t have to worry about an additional tip.
Just before arriving at the Off Kilter stage in Canada, you’ll see another Espresso cart.
The menu should look familiar. There’s virtually never anybody in line here, making it a good stop for a Joffrey’s coffee or snack. The Frozen Cappuccinos are a great way to cool down with a jolt of caffeine and sugar.
We took a look at Canada a couple of weeks ago half way down this post, along with a nice review or Le Cellier, so I won’t rehash that again. This is the menu at the beer cart that sits to the left of the walkway down to Le Cellier.
Continuing back toward Future World, you’ll see Refreshment Port on your left. Menu:
Reviews of the Fried Shrimp and Frozen Bacardi Mojito are here. Unfortunately, those Spicy Chicken Cheddar Cheese Poppers still aren’t available.
And our last stop around World Showcase or the first stop on your right as you head toward Canada – the generic Promenade Refreshments. It serves as a food.booze booth for Food/Wine (dessert and champagne) and Flower/Garden (Dole Whips in 2012).
You can always pick the kids up a hot dog if they’re not keen on shawarma.
That’s what’s happening in the World Showcase these days. Or what’s not happening as the case may be. Several other updates coming up – a visit to Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside to check out their new lobbies and menus, lunch and flatbreads/drinks at The Wave, dinner at House of Blues, dinner at Turf Club and a walk around Saratoga Springs Resort, a Future World update and dinner at Nine Dragons, my ideal morning at Hollywood Studios in practice, and another trip out to Magic Kingdom.