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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Top tips for WDW's Epcot Food & Wine Festival


So Sky and I went to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for the first time ever a few weeks back and it was so much fun! There are tons of different foods and drinks from all over the world for you to give a try! If you are an adventurous foodie like we are, you'll absolutely love this one.

If you haven't been or are planning on going before it ends (or even next year!) Here are some of our top tips.

Stay on property if at all possible


If you are planning on spending a good chunk of your trip essentially eating and drinking around the world, having set in stone transportation without having to drive is a great idea.

We personally didn't stay on property, but we did have to make sure at least one of us were sober enough to drive at the end of the night lol. So if you're with a group that all like to get their drink on, I suggest staying at a hotel that at least has a shuttle service to and from your hotel.

The other perks of staying on property (not including neighborhood hotels) is that you can use your magic band as your method of payment. One of the things that really sucked for us was that every time we purchased something we had to pull out the wallet with our credit card. Now if you are planning to drink alcohol, you'll likely need to do that anyway to show ID. But the worry and hassle of possible losing your card could be very much avoided with the use of the magic band.

Use a gift card


To kind of jump off my last point, if you can't stay on property, there is another option for payment. At the festival, many kiosks sell special gift cards that are on a bungee-style bracelet that you can load up and use with ease.
2019 Food & Wine Festival gift card (Disney Parks Blog)
If you aren't able to use your magic band, I'd highly recommend doing this. Unfortunately, we didn't realize it was available until later in the evening. But there are a lot of benefits to doing this.

In addition to easy access, you can also much more easily budget yourself. When you choose the amount you want to put on your card, you now know just how much you have to spend. This is handy, since buying a $5 snack here and a $4 drink there can really add up quickly.

Don't try to do it all in one day


This festival is LARGE. There are a LOT of booths and tons of food for you to try. There are also a LOT of people there doing the same things you are! So making your way around the entire World Showcase can take quite a while if you add in waiting in line and pulling over to eat every 15 minutes.

We went for two days and did the festival as well as rides and shows in Epcot. We were able to get all the way around, but even so, we still didn't get to try everything. We hit up the ones we knew we really wanted to try first and then went back to the others the next day.

Eat to the Beat—America Gardens Pavillion
There's also other things going on in the park, like the rides and shows that happen regularly. There's also the Eat to the Beat concert which is really cool and a nice break in the America Pavilion after eating yourself halfway around the world lol.

My suggestion is just to make sure you have somewhat of a plan. Figure out the things you really want/have to see and do and make those a priority. Then the other things will just fall into place!

Sharing is caring


Most of the items available for purchase are big enough to share, and some of them aren't really. However, my suggestion is that if you are trying something you're not sure you're going to like, just share it with the people you're with and then if you really love it, go back and grab one just for you!

What Sky and I did was if there was a booth that had multiple things we wanted to try, we'd each get one and then we'd share them.

It was more than enough food and a lot of times we wound up each preferring one or the other then eating most of it anyway lol.


Skip the tray


A lot of people will encourage you to either buy or bring a tray to the festival. With this method you would, I assume, grab a few things from a couple different booths, use your tray to hold them all, then find somewhere to plop.

Personally, I don't think you need a tray. Between the two of us, we were able to carry a few things. Plus I kinda feel like the longer you take to collect your food, the more likely it will get cold. PLUS if you DO have a tray then whenever you aren't using it you have to lug it around.

So I'd say if you're planning on doing any rides and don't have a non-rider or stroller in your group, it's not really worth it.

Bring a backpack


Again to jump off my last point, if you DO plan to have a tray, bring a backpack! There are also other things you may need to lug around like souvenir glasses or anything you can't resist at Mouse Gear.


I find having a small backpack with me always is really convenient.

Don't forget to take a breather!


Even though you may not feel like you're doing much other than getting buzzed and stuffing your face, it's still scorching in that Florida sun. So don't hesitate to give yourself a minute to go inside somewhere and cool off and have some water.

Dehydration is the real deal so you want to make sure you don't forgot to drink lots of water, especially if you're drinking alcohol or eating spicy or salty foods.

We enjoyed checking out the Epcot Experience which was indoors and had a few photo spots, so that was a fun little break!

There are plenty of stores and other attractions throughout the World Showcase that you can just pop into to cool off or just take a break from eating lol.

BONUS!


Here are some of our favorite bites and drinks from the festival! Descriptions for each are in the caption below! We liked most of what we tried, but these all stood out to me! We went back for seconds on two of them. I'll let you figure out which ones!




[Top left: Hawaii—AULANI Sunrise (Vodka, DOLE® Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine); Top right: Islands of the Caribbean—Quesito (Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce); Bottom left: Brazil—PĂŁo de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread); Bottom right—Refreshment Outpost: No Worries Panna Cotta (Raspberry, Papaya, and Mango Panna Cotta with a Cookie Crumble Base topped with a Lion King White Chocolate.)]

And that concludes my tips for this one! Have you been to the Food and Wine Festival? If so, what are your tips?

XO, Briana

Friday, November 15, 2019

Instalove: Golden hour


Instagram may be a social media platform, but for me it serves for a ton of inspiration and also lists of clothes, accessories and beauty products I truly feel I need in my life.

When collecting photos for this post, I noticed I was gravitating toward photos that had somewhat of a golden tone to them, hence the name "Golden Hour."

So without further ado, please enjoy some of my latest Instagram favorites all brought together by their very golden, fall island vibes.


The perfect, cozy balcony! I wish my balcony was big enough to have this setup. It's perfect for cool nights, curling up with a book or sharing a glass of wine with your hunny!


I LIVE for this denim vest! I am a big fan of this company and I also happen to be a huge denim jacket fan. This just has an island girl vibe with the embroidered palm trees that I totally adore.


I have the strong urge to paint my nails in a rainbow of these colors! I love a bright, luxe nail polish that just screams summer. Even though it's obviously November. But I live in Florida so it's kinda always summer here. Which I like because that means I can wear neon and crazy bright nail polish without getting some crazy looks haha.


Give me ALL of the gold-dipped shark teeth! **DROOL** I love a good shark tooth necklace, but these are just at a whole other level.


Absolutely love this dress. Jealous of her tan. Love the natural look. I just dig the whole vibe of this photo, but I could really see myself wearing the HELL out of this tie-dyed dress!


Ooohhh plumerias. Be still my heart. This one makes me miss Hawaii big time. There's just something about walking down the street and just finding one of these and popping them in your hair. I wore one daily and wish I could do that in real life and not just on my honeymoon, haha. But how beautiful are these colors?!


These sunnies are RAD and probably way too cool and sophisticated for me to rock lol. But I'd be willing to try for sure. I just love the unique color and marbling. Those white ones would be sick with a tan!


This is just the essence of a bohemian, island dream. I love her outfit and the palm trees are just breathtaking.


And last but definitely not least, ANOTHER denim jacket. This one has a big 'ol sun embroidered on the back and I just love it!

What things have caught your eye on Instagram lately?

XO, Briana

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The importance of living in the moment


Being in the moment is something I strive to do always. I find that it is so important to truly connect with not only those around you, but also what is going on around you.

So often we're stuck in our phones or busy worrying about other responsibilities that we simply forget to enjoy what is happening right now.

What prompted me to think about this so much was our latest trip to Disney World. (We are now Annual Passholders, so that will be happening a lot more often!)

We splurged to go to the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (stay tuned for more info on that one!) and it was a great time! The best part was the parade and the Hocus Pocus Villains Spectacular—a show that happens on the stage in front of Cinderella's castle.

We were able to get pretty close to the stage since it was the second show of the evening and it was late at night, which was awesome. However, there was something that really aggravated me, and this wasn't the first time that day.

Normally, I would have had a fantastic view of the stage...if it weren't for the SEA OF CELL PHONES IN MY FACE.

Now I'm not exactly tall, but obviously taller than most children. Anyone under 6 ft. tall would have been blocked by people holding up cell phones as high as their arms would take them FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE SHOW.

I tried to get one or two photos of all the villains at the end of the show, but as you can see, there's still a camera in my shot lol.

Look, I don't have an issue if you want to take a couple photos. I get it. I even took some photos and a short video. But then that was it.

There is no reason to record the entire 20 minute show with your cell phone. You'll probably never watch it again, and no one else is going to either. So why not just enjoy the show with your own two eyes and a less tired arm?

I just don't get it. Disney is the perfect example of the kind of experience you really want to take in every minute of. Why waste time taping everything and miss out on all of the amazing moments you could be experiencing?

As much as it is nice to have pictures from which to remember those experiences, if you're so busy taking photos and filming the entire time you're there, you're only memories WILL be those photos and videos.

In this day and age with technology being so prevalent in our society and the upcoming generation having such an attachment to social media, I think it's really important that we all focus on living and breathing every moment in our lives.

One thing I always say is "everything in moderation." It's okay to take photos, it's okay to post to your Instagram story, but just do it a little bit. Don't let it take over your life. Because years down the line when you go to tell stories about your experiences, you'll want to be able to paint that picture through your memories and through words, not by just whipping out your phone and showing people your photo gallery. It's just not the same.

What do you think? Are many of us guilty of not living in the moment? What do you do to make sure you are present in your everyday life?

XO, Briana