Brazil is again clustered with Belgium on the walk to Morocco or France depending on which direction you’re walking. You’ll find some rare seating in between the Marketplaces as well.
Everything returns to Brazil with the exception of last year’s Cocada Coconut Candy.
Escondidinho de Carne: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca – $5
Despite that, we ordered one of each to see if anything had changed.
Spoiler – it didn’t really – or at least not for the better. This is the beefy version of Ireland’s very good Fisherman’s Pie, only nowhere near as good. The yucca on top tends to congeal into more of a puck-like situation and the beef underneath, while plentiful, is bland with just some onion and pepper notes. It’s a decent portion for the money, but I don’t think this is going to wow anybody.
Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato – $5.50
This is my third time ordering this dish. Each time it has arrived with the same description and a similar price, but all three experiences have been very different. This year’s was not particularly positive and with so little consistency, it’s hard to recommend highly.
The flavor was just bland, salty bacon and the pork belly had an off-putting, stringy texture. It is an interesting item and at $5.50, is a good amount of food for the money. I’m just not sure how your experience will go with mine being so wildly different.
Pão de Queijo: Brazilian cheese bread – $3.75
$3.75 buys you two of these surprisingly gluten-free biscuit-y looking cheese bread spheres. They actually arrive frozen and are then baked – if you visit Garden Grill after the Festival, you may find a handful in your bread basket as I did a couple of years ago. Anyway, these have a nice light, airy-ness to them with a mild cheese flavor. The texture is almost like they’re not cooked all the way through and is kind of gooey. They are not a personal favorite, but might be a good choice if you are avoiding gluten and love bread.
Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer – $3.75
Store price: 15 cents
Festival price: 63 cents/ounce
Xingu (pronounced shin-goo) is a 4.7% schwarzbier from Cervejaria Sul Brasileirain in Jacarei. It’s not as rare here in the states as you might expect and local Total Wine stores would sell you a six-pack for $10.49. Taste is a little sweet and caramel-y with a toasted malt finish. Mouthfeel is thin, but these dark beers are not as boozy as you might expect. Disney has since added this beer on tap at Nomad Lounge/Tiffins at Animal Kingdom, where it would be less expensive.
Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine – $6
I recommended Carnaval Moscato in 2013 at the $3 price point, but $6 is pretty nuts for a bottle that would run you $12 at the store. Particularly when said moscato is 7.5% ABV, which almost makes it not even worth swallowing. Avoid.
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça – $10.50
The caipirinha (ky-pee-REE-nyah) is Brazil’s national cocktail, made here with LeBlon Cachaca for $10.50. Cachaca is mostly unknown here in the U.S., but the pure sugar cane spirit is the most common hard liquor in Brazil. Anyway, this particular drink is served blended with the subtle sourness of the limes masking the taste of the liquor. It’s a refreshing cocktail that’s boozier than it tastes, unlike a lot of mixed drinks that we’re going to run into with hardly any alcohol content. Recommended, which isn’t necessarily saying much in this climate.