Beaches Turks & Caicos

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Leslie and I just returned from a quick trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos where we attended a travel industry function.

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While we were there “working” of course there was some time to experience the property and enjoy ourselves!

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Beaches Turks & Caicos into four villages, the Italian Village, Key West Village, French Village and Caribbean Village

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There’s lots of great places to relax and enjoy one of the best beaches in the Caribbean!

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And when you’ve had enough relaxing there’s great water sports, catamarans, water bikes, parasailing, snorkeling…

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and some great scuba diving.

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And after all those activities, choose one of 21 restaurants like the sushi restaurant, Soy.

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And at Beaches, there’s something for everyone, including the kids, Sesame Street characters, x-box lounge and water park.

 

 

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Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder

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The Disney Wonder just went through an extensive dry dock in October of 2016. During her refurb, the restaurant formerly known as Parrot Cay has been replaced with Tiana’s Place, right out of the Disney movie, Princess and the Frog.

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Tiana’s place has a beautiful entry way with all new signage.

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Cajun Spiced Sea Bass on Shrimp Jambalaya with crisp Fennel Salad and Rémoulade

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Boudin Sausage Fritters – Minced Pork and Boudin Sausage, Breaded and Fried, served with a Bourbon Aioli

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Sautéed Gulf Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage, Grilled Green Onions and a Smoked Barbecue Sauce
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Each night Tiana introduces the “house band” the Crawfish Crooners who entertain with Dixieland Jazz

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Tiana really knows how to work a room, or her restaurant, visiting each table and posing for pictures

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Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016 Wrap Up

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Episode 432 – November 1, 2016

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Leslie and I take you through a wrap up of this years Epcot Food & Wine Festival. No the festival is NOT over, it’s still going until November 14, 2016. Travel with Rick just ended our 31 days of Epcot’s Food & Wine
festival coverage, 31 booths or marketplaces in 31 days, you can see them all here or on our youtube channel in a playlist we created for this years festival.

Leslie and I talk about some of the marketplaces, our guest hosts, foods we liked and we offer up a giveaway for a 2016 commemorative laynard from the festival.

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on November 1, 2016 – Hanson


Each day in October we had new videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about  the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

Click Here to enter to win a commemorative 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival lanyard

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Canada – Day 31 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 431 – October 31, 2016

Today we are at the Canada marketplace. This marketplace features a Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and a wild mushroom beef filet mignon. My good friend Rhino Ken joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located near the Canada pavilion in World Showcase.

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The Canada marketplace is located near the Canada pavilion in World Showcase

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The Canada marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce

Beverage

  • Moosehead Lager, New Brunswick
  • Meige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine,” Quebec
  • Fielding Estate Red Conception, Niagara Peninsula

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The recommended pairing of the Canada Marketplace is the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with the Fielding Estate Red Conception

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Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll

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“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce

Behind the Scenes Notes:

We don’t always film the marketplaces in order of appearance. This year we filmed Farm Fresh first because it was the only day Leslie could be there and is was day 10. The Canada marketplace was filmed in order though, it was the last booth, the last day we filmed, it was also the 10th booth we filmed that day, I did 5 in the morning with Marc and 5 in the afternoon / evening with Ken. It was getting late and a little dark by the time we got to Canada. The pictures of the food came dark, even the video was dark.  I actually went back to Canada one day later in the festival and ordered the steak, the soup and the wine just so I could get some better photos! That’s quality control on Travel with Rick!

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 31, 2016 – Hanson

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – Rhino Ken – @rhinowinegear – Visit Ken’s website – Rhino Wine Gear

Here’s our video of the Canada marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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Scotland – Day 30 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 430 – October 30, 2016

Today we are at the Scotland marketplace. This marketplace features a Fresh Potato Pancake and a Scottish Lamb Stew. My good friend Marc Bigbie joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions in World Showcase.

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The Scotland marketplace is located between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions in World Showcase

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The Scotland marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream
  • Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps & Tatties
  • The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats

Beverage

  • Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout
  • Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin

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The recommended pairing of the Scotland Marketplace is the Fresh Potato Pancake and the Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout

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Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps & Tatties

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Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 30, 2016 – Hanson

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – Marc Bigbie – @mb168

Here’s our video of the Scotland marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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Ireland – Day 29 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 429 – October 29, 2016

Today we are at the Ireland marketplace. This marketplace features a Seafood Fisherman’s Pie and Warm Chocolate Pudding . My good friend John Donahue joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located near the United Kingdom pavilion in World Showcase.

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The Ireland marketplace is located near the United Kingdom pavilion in World Showcase

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The Ireland marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
  • Irish Cheese Selection Plate: Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Irish Porter
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

Beverage

  • Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
  • Benratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Twinnings Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka
  • Twinnings Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake (non-alcoholic)

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The recommended pairing of the Ireland Marketplace is the Seafood Fisherman’s Pie and the Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

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Seafood Fisherman’s Pie

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 29, 2016 – Living Colour

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – John Donahue – @wdwparkhoppers – Visit John’s website – WDWParkHoppers.com

Here’s our video of the Ireland marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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France – Day 28 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 428 – October 28, 2016

Today we are at the France marketplace. This marketplace features an Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley and a Beef Bourguignon. My good friend Amanda Tinney joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located in the France pavilion in World Showcase.

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The France marketplace is located in the France pavilion in World Showcase

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The France marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Soupe a l’oignon au Gruyere et Cognac: Gruyere and Cognac Onion Soup
  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Boeuf Bourguignon: Cabernet Sauvignon-braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes
  • Creme Brulee Caramel Chocolat: Caramel and Chocolate Creme Brulee topped with Caramelized Sugar

Beverage

  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager
  • Chardonnay, Bourgogne Blanc, Mommessin, La Cle Saint-Pierre
  • Merlot & Cabernet Blend, Bordeaux, Chateau les Graves de Barrau
  • St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop: Strawbery Puree with French Caribbean Rhum Clement
  • La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice

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The recommended pairing of the France Marketplace is the Boeuf Bourguignon and the Merlot & Cabernet Blend

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Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley

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Boeuf Bourguignon: Cabernet Sauvignon-braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 28, 2016 – Living Colour

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – Amamda Tinney @amandatinney – Visit Amanda’s website – WheresAmanda.com

Here’s our video of the France marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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Brazil – Day 27 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 427 – October 27, 2016

Today we are at the Brazil marketplace. This marketplace features a Escondidinho de Carne, Crispy Pork Belly and Brazilian Cheese Bread. My good friend Marc Bigbie joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located between the Morocco and France pavilions in World Showcase.
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The Brazil marketplace is located between the Morocco and France pavilions in World Showcase

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The Brazil marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Escondidinho de Carne: – “Little Hidden One”: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato
  • Pao de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread

Beverage

  • Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
  • Carnaval Moscoto Sprkling White Wine, Serra Gaucha
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaca

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The recommended pairing of the Brazil Marketplace is the Crispy Pork Belly and the Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer

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Escondidinho de Carne: – “Little Hidden One”: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca

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Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato

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Pao de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 27, 2016 – Billy Ocean

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – Marc Bigbie – @mb168

Here’s our video of the Brazil marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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Belgium – Day 26 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 426 – October 26, 2016

Today we are at the Belgium marketplace. This marketplace features a Beer-Braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes and Belgium Waffles with Warm Chocolate Ganache or Berry Compote and Whipped Cream. My good friend John Donahue joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located near the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase.

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The Belgium marketplace is located near the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase

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The Belgium marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Beer-Braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potates
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

Beverage

  • Goegaarden Witbier
  • Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
  • Stella Artois Hard Cidre

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The recommended pairing of the Belgium Marketplace is the Beer-Braised Beef and the Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale

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Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

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Beer-Braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potates

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 26, 2016 – Billy Ocean

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – John Donahue – @wdwparkhoppers – Visit John’s website – WDWParkHoppers.com

Here’s our video of the Belgium marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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Morocco – Day 25 of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival 2016

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Episode 425 – October 25, 2016

Today we are at the Morocco marketplace. This marketplace features a Kefta Pocket and Spicy Hummus Fries. My good friend Tony Caselnova from Disney by the Numbers joins me to tell you about the food and beverages from this marketplace located near the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase.

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The Morocco marketplace is located near the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase

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The Morocco marketplace is offering:

Food

  • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket
  • Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatzki Sauce
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

Beverage

  • Casa Pale Lager
  • Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane White Wine
  • Moroccan Sangria
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur

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The recommended pairing of the Morocco Marketplace is the Kefta Pocket and the Moroccan Sangria

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Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket

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Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatzki Sauce

Playing at Eat to the Beat Concert Series on October 25, 2016 – Chaka Khan

Travel with Rick’s guest host for this marketplace – Tony Caselnova – @DBTN – Visit Tony’s website – DisneybytheNumbers.com

Here’s our video of the Morocco marketplace:

Each day in October we’ll be bringing you videos from the marketplaces around World Showcase at Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival! We are visiting every marketplace and I have friends stopping by to tell you about the wonderful offerings from these marketplaces around the world, don’t miss a day!

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