Bar Next To Tuskers
The Royal Anandapur Tea Company - This is a GEM of a place if you like real tea vs. Lipton. They have wonderful loose blends that they make into tea bags right there. They also have coffee drinks as well. If you like tea PLEASE check this out! It is on the way to Everest on the right hand side. It also has lovely seating areas. I would hate this to go away because people don't come.
When we were there, most people seemed to be ignorant about the different types of tea. I have had the following on various visits:
Silver Needle - One of China's best white teas. Brews at a pale yellow/reddish liquor and has a delicately sweet flavor.
Keteada - grown at a high elevation in Central Africa, this wonderful bold black tea is sure to please the palate.
China Green Jasmine - Classic scented green tea from Fouzou Province with jasmine flowers.
UPDATE 2010: Roobios Vanilla - This yummy tea with a smooth vanilla taste is perfect for a cold day. I had wanted to taste their Dragon and Chai teas but they were out. This one was recommended by the cast member and is lovely.
When we were there, most people just asked the CMs for "tea" or "hot tea" and were given most probably their mild house blend. When we asked for "Silver Needle" or "China Jasmine", first they just stared and then broke out into smiles figuring out that we were asking for SPECIFIC teas and were overjoyed.
I can't sing the praises of this enough. Also if you are one of these people from Starbucks - "I want a low fat, soy, double shot, dolce vente latte with hazelnut" - go home. I know - harsh - but true. I had this lady in front of me that was like this: "I want a grande capp with chocolate syrup". The guy stared at her like she was from Mars and said "You want a Mocha?" which is what she asked for and she says "do you have chocolate syrup that I can put in AFTER" and he tells her "no" and I just want to hit her in the head with a lemur and feed her to the Yeti because I get that way when confronted with pretentious coffee bar freaks. Don't be one of these people. Have the wonderful teas. Enough said. GO HERE!
Yak & Yeti (Yak Attack) - UPDATE 2010
This is soooo yummmy. It is a mango daiquiri with extra rum and a berry swirl. Go into the bar and get one. You can get them at the "adult beverage counter" around the corner from the counter service food outside the restaurant but these are better. I know, I tried both.
THE BAR @ THE POLY:
Lapu Lapu - UPDATE 2010 - If you want a hard hitting drink that comes in a pineapple, this is your drink. After a day at the "dry" Magic Kingdom, getting your ankles sythed off by strollers, you need a drink, you deserve a drink. This pineapple is for you!
EPCOT/FUTURE WORLD - Fountain View Cafe
UPDATE 2010: This eatery has now changed to all ice cream and I have not been able to find this beauty anywhere. I still cry a little at night.
UPDATE 2010: Margaritas & Tequilla in "The Ditch" - Mexico has opened a new tequilla bar. A person on the DIS board coined the moniker "The Ditch" and I like it so I am using it. I told all the cast members I could find about it. It seems you walk into the ditch, find yourself trapped and then can't crawl out. They have TONS of tequillas. There are a variety of prices and even flights to try. I would recommend just sipping and not using "Training Wheels" (salt & lime). Margaritas are also available singly or in flights with such yummy flavors such as Prickly Pear, Blood Orange, Avocado & Cucumber. These do NOT come out of a slushie machine and are well worth the money. The cast members told me this bar evolved out of the 2009 Food & Wine Festival. They were the most popular drink book 4 timers over so Disney smartly took advantage of that popularity.
EPCOT - CHINA
Lotus Blossom Cafe - yes, yes, I know - Friends do not let friends eat at the Lotus Blossom Cafe. I didn't. I drank. I had an iced plum tea. It was really nice. Fruity, refreshing, slightly sweet but not overpowering. $2.67 with tax.
Lefse Bread $1.99. Think a very thin flour tortilla spread with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and then rolled tightly. Nice pocket food for easy transportation. Not too sweet but a nice treat. Great for kids, not too messy, not full of processed crap.
Rice Cream - $2.29 - I LOVE THIS STUFF! cold white rice that is mixed with sweetened cream then topped with strawberries in strawberry sauce. I mix it all up so all the sweet creamy rice gets some of the strawberry and it is just heaven! The best sweet yummy in Epcot! Is it THAT good? You bet your sweet donkey it is!.
EPCOT - ITALY
UPDATE 2010: Someone was reading my mind and the cut the price to around $3. I was unable to see the size since it was raining and the cart was closed but I will venture to say it is the same size only a reduced price.
EPCOT - GERMANY
Eiswein - this is a tiny taste (2 oz.) of German Ice Wine. It is very sweet but with a very clear edge. They give you a little 70% cocoa fine chocolate to eat with it. They should since this wine shot costs you $12.01 with tax. Remember that is TWO OUNCES. Regular wine glasses are 6-8 oz. I splurged. Was it worth $12 for that taste. Not really but it didn't suck either. Now I am waiting to break open my Canadian icewine.
Sake, mmmmmm hot sake. Now this is a good buzz. Just don't pair it with Kaki Gori as the flavors don't mix. Kaki Gori is a Japanese snow cone. YUMMY. So very refreshing. Just no sake with it. Have the sake later. It can be confusing because they are sold out of the same cart and if you get the sake first and start pounding sake’s you can be in a lot of trouble. I mean Cast Members pulling your donkey out of the lake trouble as you try to swim home.
I know people are all about the bakery here but I think the bakery in Norway WAAAYYY surpasses this one. I find these offerings way too sweet for my taste. I had the chocolate mousse here once and it was a bit dry and kinda nasty.
UPDATE 2010: I did find the level of their pastries has gone up. Their croissants (plain, chocolate and almond are all VERY good. I also tried a long pastry filled with almond paste which was lovely. As where their cream puffs. I was still scared by my previous bad mousse experience and since I'm not that much into chocolate, I didn't miss it. OK, I was so carried away by this chocolate croissant that I forgot to get a picture until it was half gone.
EPCOT - ENGLAND
Rose and Crown Pub - Guinness. That wonderful chewy breakfast beer, loaded with lots of good for you grains with a hint of malty chocolate flavor set me back $7.46 without tip. Our barkeep also poured a shamrock into the foam on top for good luck. ALSO, you can take your booze TO GO! Just like the French Quarter! ROCK ON! Just no flashing!
The Tea Caddy - Part of my quest for "weird candy" aka "candy we don't have here in 'Merica" (1) Toffo, little bits of toffee. They are kind of like a Rolo without the chocolate only not as sweet. (2) Curly Wurl - mmmm, a twisty flat plait of caramel covered in Cadbury chocolate - yummy (3) Lion Bar - I have no idea. I haven't eaten it yet but the shop girl said it was really good and there are rice krispies in there so you can't go wrong. Each of these were $2.25 each. Shipping from England is pricey.
I really wanted to try the ice wine but after the dinner from hell, my hopes of this faded as fast as Illumination fireworks. The beaver tails are gone so all that is left to me is maple fudge which was again, too sweet. What is a Beaver Tail? Ahhhh, it is a paddle shaped plate of fried dough. It is at least 8" long and about 6" wide and was shaped ... like a beaver tail. It use to be fried fresh then topped with all kinds of things... powdered sugar, chocolate, strawberries & whipped cream, nutella, spiced apples. They were lovely. Then they had them pre-made and the cast members would run them through a little "easy bake oven" set-up. They were not as good They were kinda chewy and then they went away. Look for them in a midwest county faire near you.