We continue from Las Posadas in Mexico.
Feast of the Three Kings, or as I like to call it, Small Meal of the One Blogger, moves over to the Mexico side of World Showcase and is the first Holiday Kitchen that you’ll run into if you start your expedition on that side. Its location also makes it convenient for those starting on the Canada side, but as we’ll see shortly, I don’t think anything on the menu beckons going out of your way, even if it’s just by a few steps.
With the exception of the Coquito, all items are new to this year’s Festival of the Holidays at Epcot.
One moment while I apply for another credit card, though this is “only” $31.25-worth for six items, compared to the $40+ we saw for just five items in Mexico.
Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives — $5
This is not exactly what we were expecting from “Puerto Rican Lasagna,” which uses plantains in place of noodles. While “sweet” is in the title, the amount of sugar involved was surprising and it seemed to overwhelm any nuance from the spices in the beef. I’m guessing that the vinegar in the olives was meant to cut some of that sweetness, but there weren’t enough of them to do any good. For five dollars, the portion isn’t bad and on cooler evenings, the hot temperature of the dish will be welcome as the cheese does a nice job of keeping everything underneath insulated. Hopefully this is a dish that improves over the course of the Festival as there is a lot of promise here. As it stands:
Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce — $5.75
This dish certainly looks the part with the bright red tomato sauce sitting on top of three plump shrimp that’s then topped with the crushed avocado aji. Unfortunately, this is an incredibly bland offering with virtually flavorless ingredients on top of the arepa, which also doesn’t add any flavor. I’m hoping that what you’re served tastes better.
Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco — $4.50
These are just as bland as they look – basically two soft, puffy pillows of corn topped with cheese that should have added a lot more flavor than it did. It was almost unbelievably bland. If you’re after an Arepa, I’d go with the Shrimp version for $1.25 more – at least that dish has a little something going on.
Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds – $4.25
Feast’s best-tasting item is anything but as the serving is hilariously small – maybe three total bites if you go about things as daintily as I do. The rice pudding is appropriately creamy with a milky flavor that’s offset by the spice in the cinnamon and the deliciously-toasty, crunchy pumpkin seeds on top. I still wouldn’t order one unless you see these going out much fuller than what we received.
Green and White Sugar Cookie – $2
Another of the $2 Cookie Stroll options, this is another chocolate chip cookie with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and festive sprinkles on top. There’s nothing particularly compelling about it, but you might add it to an order if you’re feeling chocolaty.
M.I.A. Beer Company Trey Reyes Mango Golden — $4.50
This is a sweet, tropical beer that would taste best on a warmer afternoon. I doubt that you’d be able to find it outside of the Festival, which may make it worth a try.
Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater — $9.75
This is a coconut-based cocktail with cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, condensed milk, and, in this case, Bacardi Rum. For almost-ten-bucks, the portion is awfully small – these cups hold about four ounces total, leaving little room for the rum or anything else for that matter. But the cinnamon and clove give it a very holiday-y flavor that was creamy and easy to drink. I preferred it when it was served with Oak & Palm Spiced Rum a couple of years ago.
Overall, the offerings at Feast of the Three Kings take a step back this year, in my estimation.
This was last year’s Beef Tamale – stuffed with flavorful beef with a ton going on.
The Roasted Pork was good too.
I’d take a look at the desserts to see if the portion has improved at all before committing. The Pastelón may also be worth a look if you’d like to try something a little different.