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Disney food compared to country food

To our international friends including Canada, how does the food offered in EPCOT WS compare to the food that is actually served locally for you?

Does the fish and chips in the UK pavilion taste almost the same as fish and chips served in UK?

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I've wondered this also!

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You know, I've actually never eaten at the Canadian Pavilion Puzzled

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They don't even do a good job making American food in the American pavilion. In fact, the American pavilion makes Canadian food in a way. The burgers are like hockey pucks.

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I wasn't even considering the American Pavilion. I ate there once a few years ago. I can get that kind of food anywhere.

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Le Cellier is very close to what we get at home - steaks, salmon, Caesar salad and the different kinds of poutine, which I have never tried, not even at home! I do love that it's the only place in WDW to get a Caesar to drink as well - similar to a Bloody Mary, but made with clamato (tomato and clam) juice and vodka and the glass should be rimmed with some celery salt and garnished with a piece of celery. It's a great drink! I only found out in September that you can't get clamato juice in the States. And I think the store at the pavilion sells ketchup potato chips - a must try! If they don't, they should. wink

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Great topic, Mandy!

Spook--It's stands to reason. I've never eaten at the American Pavilion. It's the same food we get all the time, so it's not interesting enough for me to pay table service prices for. I don't really like much "American" food in general and given my choice, I'll opt for Mexican, German, or Japanese over American almost all the time.

Jan--Do we really not sell Clamato juice anywhere in the U.S.? We sell clams, so it seems weird that would couldn't sell clam juice, but who knows. The USDA bans all kinds of random stuff because it's "unsafe" and I've never seen Clamato juice in our grocery store, but we live in a really small town with a very...um...un-diverse population. Our grocery stores here are VERY boring.

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It's the only place outside Canada where you can get Unibroues also.

Caesar salad originated in Mexico by an Italian chef. Steak and salmon could hardly be considered Canadian, you can get that anywhere. Canadian cuisine, like American cuisine is pretty much the cuisine of the people who settled there.

The food at the American pavilion is a joke. It should be barbeque and soul food and Maine lobsters, New England clam chowder, etc, etc. They may as well put a Mcdonalds in there.

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I know they used to sell Clamato juice here in the USA. But that may have been a long, long time ago. I have no idea whether it's still available here.

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Clamato is sold in the US. It is very popular in Mexico as well.

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The Colonel wrote:
Clamato is sold in the US. It is very popular in Mexico as well.

That's good to know. I was just going by what our waiter told us when we ate at Le Cellier. I have tried to order a Caesar in the U.S. before and the waiter looked at me like I had two heads, or he could have been thinking "why did this lady order a salad for a drink?" biggrin

And yes, our food is not distinctly Canadian (except for the poutine, which you can get outside Canada now), but the restaurant serves the same food we can get at home in our standard restaurants. wink

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The Colonel wrote:
Clamato is sold in the US. It is very popular in Mexico as well.

Is it readily available in the US or is it one of those "special" items that is hard to find? My understanding is the latter as I've never seen it in grocery stores when we've been on vacation in the US. Maybe things have changed.

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KenJ wrote:
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Clamato is sold in the US. It is very popular in Mexico as well.

Is it readily available in the US or is it one of those "special" items that is hard to find? My understanding is the latter as I've never seen it in grocery stores when we've been on vacation in the US. Maybe things have changed.

It is quite readily available in the states, especially at Wal Mart, Target and such. I've had many a Bloody Mary with Clamato juice, just asked for it, never new it had a different name.

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Not tried the fish and chips in the UK pavillion but that would be a challenge i would gratefully accept for my next trip awesome

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Well we tried the fish & chips from the Yorkshire takeaway at UK pavilion...Hello..Where's my fish... waiting ...Oh there it is, hiding under the chips ( fries ) ...If I got this back home in Scotland I'd get the owner arrested for falsifying a fish..We have many award winning fish & chips shops and here's a picture of a fish supper from a famous shop on the east coast of Scotland.

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Clamato is big in Mexican neighborhoods. They mix it with beer and other stuff to make a drink called Michelado (sp?).

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Colonel - correct you are and weren't too far off on the spelling either - "Michelada". They are good - I've had my share.

I have wondered if the "country" food was close enough to the original, but there always seems to be something missing in the taste here in the US. Not that it is bad, but just doesn't seem to be the same.

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Well, my grandparents were originally born in China but moved to Taiwan, so my family eats a lot of Chinese food. From personal experience, the Chinese food they serve at Epcot wasn't exactly very tasty. It was definitely Americanized with a lot more salt and soy sauce. The orange chicken I had, well, to me, it was nothing more than a regular chicken nugget covered in the sauce. There was definitely a lot more batter and coating and not enough meat in my book. So all of those American chains of Chinese restaurants...yeah, I'm staying away from those.

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Yea. We were disappointed with the fish and chips at UK in EPCOT. I seriously think Captain D's is better. And cheaper.

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jw24 wrote:
Well, my grandparents were originally born in China but moved to Taiwan, so my family eats a lot of Chinese food. From personal experience, the Chinese food they serve at Epcot wasn't exactly very tasty. It was definitely Americanized with a lot more salt and soy sauce. The orange chicken I had, well, to me, it was nothing more than a regular chicken nugget covered in the sauce. There was definitely a lot more batter and coating and not enough meat in my book. So all of those American chains of Chinese restaurants...yeah, I'm staying away from those.

I actually quite liked the orange chicken. However, I've never actually had authentic Chinese food, just the Americanized stuff. I get the feeling I'm missing out Puzzled

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Spook wrote:

I actually quite liked the orange chicken. However, I've never actually had authentic Chinese food, just the Americanized stuff. I get the feeling I'm missing out Puzzled

Well, truth be told, I've been spoiled with really good Chinese food. I've been to Taiwan and China once in my lifetime. I do admit I enjoy eating some of the Chinese-American dishes like sesame chicken, beef and broccoli and sweet n sour pork (If done properly to my liking!) but I also enjoy eating native foods from Taiwan and China like scallion pancakes, spring rolls (Don't confuse them with egg rolls because spring rolls use a much thinner wrapper than the American counterparts!), youtiao (A Taiwanese equivalent of a churro but not sweet and greasy) and peking duck! And drinking bubble tea!

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jw24 wrote:
Spook wrote:

I actually quite liked the orange chicken. However, I've never actually had authentic Chinese food, just the Americanized stuff. I get the feeling I'm missing out Puzzled

Well, truth be told, I've been spoiled with really good Chinese food. I've been to Taiwan and China once in my lifetime. I do admit I enjoy eating some of the Chinese-American dishes like sesame chicken, beef and broccoli and sweet n sour pork (If done properly to my liking!) but I also enjoy eating native foods from Taiwan and China like scallion pancakes, spring rolls (Don't confuse them with egg rolls because spring rolls use a much thinner wrapper than the American counterparts!), youtiao (A Taiwanese equivalent of a churro but not sweet and greasy) and peking duck! And drinking bubble tea!

I've heard of bubble tea but what exactly is it?

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Bubble tea is a tea that has little fruity tapioca balls added to it. It's served with an extra large straw to suck them up through, and when you bite down on them they burst in your mouth. It's kinda fun.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Bubble tea is a tea that has little fruity tapioca balls added to it. It's served with an extra large straw to suck them up through, and when you bite down on them they burst in your mouth. It's kinda fun.

Oh neat. Is it a cold tea then?

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From what I understand, bubble tea can be drunk either cold or warm (I prefer mine cold.)

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oooh bubble tea sounds super fun!!

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I've only ever had it cold. mickey

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I've had bubble tea hot and cold but prefer it cold. The bubbles take on a much chewier texture when they're hot.

Back onto the original topic - I had fish and chips at Harry Potter World over at Universal and regretted it immediately, so stayed away from the fish and chips at Epcot. I might have to try them next time I'm over there.

The recent food and drink festival looked like they were serving up more authentic looking dishes and judging by the lines, probably tasted a lot better than the usual Epcot fare but I didn't get a chance to try.

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I've only eaten at Le Cellier once and didn't try the Poutine. I was in Montreal over the weekend and tried it there. Loved it.

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My husband and I have been to Italy several times and have had our share of pizza there. I have to say that the pizza at the restaurant in the Italy world showcase with the pizza ovens that look like faces (can't remember the name of it) tastes pretty authentic. The cast members there said the flour and canned tomatoes they use are from Italy. We loved it.

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That is Via Napoli.......they even import their own water to mix the dough with...
Wonderfully tasty