Recently I attended the Food Blog Forum at Disney World in Orlando. It was a conference for food bloggers and we got to go to Disney for 4 days - it was pretty awesome. While there - they TOTALLY spoiled us when it came to food.
Cozy Country Living. She is dealing with feet and feet of snow up in Buffalo - so she was super excited to be in Floriday. We had so much fun throughout the weekend - please check out her blog and her recipe for Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (um wow).
Trattoria al forno. This was a popular one at our table but not my favorite. It was fine - the beef was tender but the pasta was a little too al dente for my taste.
If you ever go to a tasting like this - pace yourself - we went four plates at a time and just took our time. Also - you're going to get full - so if you try a bite or two of something and don't love it - let it go. Save that belly space for the stuff you LOVE!
This was a Florida Strawberry-Orange Cake with Champagne Sorbet. Unfortunately we didn't love. it tasted like the desserts you get at a casino buffet. The cake and the gelatinous filling were all sort of a strange texture. It wasn't bad - it just wasn't really good either.
There's one more dish that I saved for last - brought to us by the host restaurant California Grill. Chef Piasecki brought us a Braised Pork Belly with goat cheese polenta and country applesauce. I have to fess up - this is my 2nd picture - because I ate two of them. I was so full - but we were right next to their station and they had pork belly left - just staring at me - calling to me..."Heather - we're right here - don't leave us!"
The fun part was I had a little menu on my table and was making notes throughout the lunch so I would remember when I was writing this post. Chef Piasecki stopped by our table and saw my notes - his pork belly had a silver shooting star doodled next to it - so he was happy. He then picked up my list and started to walk to the other stations - but then just smiled and gave it back. Whew!
This dish was completely amazing - I was so full but so happy with all that pork belly in my belly.
So that was my lunch - omg - it was a total food coma when we got back to the conference but it was worth it. :-)
And never ever forget - the 3 rules of a food tasting:
1. pace yourself
2. don't eat it if you don't love it
3. always get seconds of pork belly.