Drinking Around the World

I recently celebrated my 21st birthday by drinking around the world in Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase!¬†I had spent months planning and researching the best drinks in each country only to completely forget my notes in the hotel room. So, when entering each country we would explore to discover all of our options and choose which drink¬†sounded the best. What made this experience even better was that it was currently the International Flower and Garden Festival which is an annual celebration of spring that fills the park with more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, flowers everywhere you look, and 17 outdoor kitchens (which meant more drinks to choose from)!

We started off in Norway (we bypassed Mexico because we planned on ending our day there with dinner). While waiting in line to meet Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, we sipped on an ice coffee flavored with¬†Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream. It was tasty (probably one of Shelby’s favorites) but definitely didn’t make it to the top of my list.

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Viking Coffee from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Norway — 7/10

We made our way to China and this is when I actually bought my first drink with my ID РYAY! We visited an outdoor kitchen РLotus House Рfor our drinks here. I ordered the Kung Fu Punch (Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango, and Orange Juice) and we also got the M.S.G. (a cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry, and Ginger Ale). I ended up trading for the M.S.G. Рit was so good and very refreshing.

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M.S.G. from Lotus House, China — 9/10
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Kung Fu Punch from Lotus House, China — 6/10

Next stop was Germany and I knew we had to try the “famous” pink grapefruit beer. We were also very tempted to order the jumbo pretzel because it looked incredible, but we knew lunch was right around the corner in the next country. Anyway, this beer was perfect to cool us off since¬†the Florida sun was getting really warm.

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Schofferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen from Sommerfest, Germany — 8/10

Even after drinking our beers, we were so ready for lunch and made our way to Via Napoli for our reservation. We ordered a large pepperoni pizza and I don’t think Shelby and I could have been any happier (see photo below). I also ordered a Bellini (Prosecco Sparkling Wine with Peach Puree). It was really sweet, but definitely delicious. However, the pizza won my heart!

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Bellini from Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy — 8/10

Home sweet home – America was next on our trip around the World Showcase. There wasn’t much to offer that caught my eye, so I stuck with what I could remember from the research and got a hard root beer from Fife and Drum. It would have been much better if it would have been iced, but because it got warm pretty quick, I wasn’t such a big fan.

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Not Your Father’s Hard Root Beer from Fife and Drum, America — 5/10

Surprisingly, I think my favorite drink was from Japan! I originally thought I would have to find an appealing sake while stopping in this country, but the drink I got was so good that we each got one. And TBH I can’t really remember what this delicious drink was made of, but just get one!

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Rising Sun from the Garden House Sake Bar, Japan — 10/10

After Japan, our next stop was Morocco. Here we stood in like to meet Jasmine while still sipping on our yummy Japanese drinks. Afterwards, we found a little counter in Tangierine Cafe and ordered a strawberry daiquiri. I didn’t think I could go wrong with that, but it definitely wasn’t the kind of daiquiri I am used to. It wasn’t sweet by any means and it was unanimously decided to be the worst drink we tried all day. It also came in this white cup that didn’t allow for very good pictures.

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Strawberry Daiquiri from Tangierine Cafe, Japan — 4/10

After that drink, we had to recover and what better place to do so than France? I was really wanting to try the Ice Cream Martini from L’Artisan des Glaces, but I just knew I couldn’t fit that into my bloated stomach at this point. Instead, we all sipped on a Grand Marnier, Rum, Grey Goose Orange, and Orange Juice Slush that can only be described as an alcoholic orange creamsicle slush. This drink was popular among our group (and it seemed it was popular among other guests too).¬†It also came in this super cute, photogenic martini glass.

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Now, I have to be honest. At this point we were all extremely bloated, tired of the hot sun, and were not wanting the only thing that the UK had to offer – a.k.a. beer. So, instead, we skipped the alcohol and opted for a very refreshing (and free) iced water. After exploring around the UK (basically me looking for pins to add to my collection) we were wanting to catch another ride before our dinner reservation, so we also skipped Canada.

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Free iced water from any quick service restaurant — 10/10

We ended our day in Mexico at La Hacienda de San Angel looking out over the water that is the center of the World Showcase. The salsa was hot, the food was delicious, and the margarita was incredible!

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Strawberry Margarita from La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico — 10/10

So, I really didn’t get to complete my goal of “drinking around the world” but I had the best time trying to do so! After my experience, I do have some tips: SHARE DRINKS and eat smaller snacks throughout (and not as much pizza as you can) and maybe you will be able to compete the trip around the world!

xoxo,

Kali

Nashville Eats

One of my Christmas gifts from Ben (my fab boyfriend) was a 3 day trip for the two of us to Nashville, Tennessee! I have been wanting to visit the city for a while now and I was beyond excited to know that I would get to spend time exploring Nashville with him before my winter break ended.

Just like before any trip, I researched all about the food scene in the city. I couldn’t wait to try hot chicken and find the best ice cream shops. Sadly, we didn’t make it to all the places on my list but this is what we did get to:

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden¬†– Pharmacy Burger with Tots (although I didn’t have one the Creamsicle soda at the table next to me looked delicious)

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Known as Nashville’s “Wurst-Burger” Joint this place is fabulous! Don’t go to Nashville without grabbing a bite and a soda from the old-fashioned soda maker. I do suggest using the No Wait app to get a jump-start in line!

 

Five Points Pizza¬†– 14″ Woodstock Classic and Root Beer

This meal won the trip overall! Five stars for Five Points Pizza! That’s all there is to say.

Jeni’s¬†Ice Cream¬†Brambleberry Crisp¬†and Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean

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Holy delicious! I could go to each of the 3 Jeni’s locations in Nashville over and over again! There are scoop shops in Columbus, Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta, Charleston, Los Angeles, and St. Louis if you can’t make it to Nashville; you can even order online or join the Jeni’s Pint Club.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery РClassic Mac & Cheese

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Rock Bottom¬†wasn’t on my list but we happened upon it while exploring downtown while our stomachs were growling and we were trying to escape the rain. This mac & cheese was definitely worth the stop!

Hattie B’s¬†– Tender’s Plate (mild) with French Fries and Baked Beans

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No wonder Hattie B’s is famous for their hot chicken! I normally don’t like anything hot but the flavor in this chicken was super yummy! Not to mention crinkle fries.

Pied Piper Creamery РOreo Speedwagon and Strawberry Fields Forever

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This ice cream shop is cute from the outside, a little wacky on the inside, and the ice cream is so yummy! They have original house-made flavors with punny names. They have 12 permanent flavors (including the strawberry) and 12 other flavors. The Oreo Speedwagon was a coffee flavored ice cream with crushed Oreos Рit was good, but did not beat the Strawberry Fields Forever.

Five Daughter’s Bakery¬†– Chocolate Coffee Crunch and Vanilla Cream

This adorable bakery is owned by a couple with even more adorable daughters (yes, 5 of them). You can’t get these donuts anywhere other than Nashville, so you need to make the trip. I tasted the Chocolate Coffee Crunch and Vanilla Cream. The Vanilla Cream was very tasty but I can’t imagine any donut¬†better than the Chocolate Coffee Crunch made with homemade rice crispies.¬†I got the King Kong flavor for my dad – he said it was one of the best things he has ever tasted!

Desano РPepperoni Pizza

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This place is pretty unique! The Pizzaiolas (master pizza makers) create true Neapolitan pizzas right in front of the customers in wood-burning ovens! Oh, and it is delicious! (P.S. Try a cannoli for me.)

Let me know what your favorite restaurants are in Nashville, Tennessee and let me know if you try these out!

xoxo,

Kali