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~Travel Bear: Food and Drink at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter~

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure is filled with a treasure trove of amazing eats for sure.  From the shelves of candy straight from the story to the savory food that makes you feel like you are in the UK.

Lets start with the candy. If you’re like me you had dreams of Honeydukes and all the amazing magical candy that Harry and his friends partook in on multiple occasions in the books and movies. The Wizarding World brought to life the magic of wizarding candy with the fairly accurate packaging that makes for great decorations and the many options there is something for everyone. You have your best selling chocolate frogs that come with the collectible card of a famous witch or wizard and a large solid chocolate frog. There are Fizzing Wizzbees that have a pop rock chocolate bee shaped candy, Acid Pops, Exploding Bonbons that are orange and pineapple flavored, Jelly Slugs, Bertie Botts  Every Flavor Beans and so much more. It is so much fun to walk around and look at everything.

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For breakfast my husband and I went to The Three Broomsticks, he got the American Breakfast which had: Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, Crisp Bacon, and Link Sausage, With Butter Croissant and I got the Continental Breakfast which came with: Assorted Fresh Fruit, Blueberry Scone and a Butter Croissant. Everything we got was very good and fueled us for the day. My husband got a coffee while I tried my first wizarding drink of Pumpkin Juice. I normally don’t like drinks with pumpkin but the Pumpkin Juice was very good and reminded me of a pumpkin pie cider. It was so sweet though and I wasn’t able to finish it all.

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It is seemingly a requirement when your at the Wizarding World to try the Butterbeer. There are three different ones to try: Chilled, Frozen and (sometimes during the year) hot. We got the chilled butterbeer which was sweet and tasted of butterscotch with a thick creamy foam on top that makes it a very enjoyable experience. Many people try to get every kind but after one I was sugared out for the rest of the day.

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For lunch we ate at The Leaky Cauldron and as my drink I got the odd Fishy Green Ale which was mint and cinnamon flavored drink with blueberry popping boba in the bottom. My husband tried the Dragon’s Scale Beer which was a nice pairing with the savory British style food we got.

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My husband got the Fish and Chips which was very tasty and I got the Toad in the Hole lunch plate that consisted of English sausages baked into a Yorkshire pudding with brown gravy and some roast vegetables. I really liked everything and would order it again for sure. There were several options from: Shepard’s Pie, Fisherman’s Pie, Banger’s and Mash and several other things that all looked tasty.

In the Wizarding World you have many options to dine in at or get treats to walk around with. There are: several types of beverages you can get, ice cream scoops,  soft serve, churros, pretzles, lots of English food, savory and sweet options galore. The next time we go we will try new things to really have a new experience every time we go.

Have you been to the Wizarding World? What was your favorite thing to grab for lunch? Which Butterbeer was your favorite? Did you have a favorite ice cream flavor? Let me know in the comments!

 

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~Travel Bear: Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium at Universal’s City Walk~

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So this past week I celebrated my 5 year wedding anniversary with my Husband by going to Orlando, Florida for a few days. We drove in from Northern Alabama and got to where we were staying (The Cabana Bay Resort) around dinner time. I had found this amazing place at Universal’s City Walk called the Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen that gave me Wonka Steam Punk feels and knew that would be our first stop on our Anniversary adventure.

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The factory look of the restaurant was so neat and the decor was Steam Punk inspired with lots of cools things to look at while you are being led to you table and as you sit. There were so many options for food, drinks and of course massive decadent desserts.

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I ordered the Vegetable Press which was a warm sandwich with roasted vegetables, portobello mushrooms, arugula pesto, gruyère and dill harvarti cheeses, on cranberry herb artisan bread. It was so good! Everything about my food was amazing and delicious. My Husband ordered the Vegetable Garganelli that had italian penne pasta, seasonal vegetables, garlic, and white wine. We could have shared either one of these dishes as they were fairly large and filling and so so good.

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As we sat eating and enjoying the atmosphere we watched some of the most glorious desserts going by, milkshakes with cupcakes and cookies out the top, chocolate everything and so much more. If you want to come here for just dessert there is an area you can do just that!

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Attached to the restaurant is a amazing gift shop/sweet shop. There was countless artisan chocolates, macarons, cakes and other sweet things in cases you can get to take back to your hotel or to enjoy right there. There are t-shirts, packaged candy and steam punk accessories to buy as well. It is lots of fun to really walk around and look at everything in detail.

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Going to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium was definitely the right way to start our adventure and we will for sure go here again.

 

 

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Travel Bear: Korean Food

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On the first night I arrived in Korea I spotted a little street stall outside my hotel that had all sorts of fried foods and ttopokki. I grabbed a fish cake stick and a few fried vegetables, they were so good and I was so happy to finally be eating in South Korea!

 

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The morning after I arrived in South Korea I wanted to hit a Korean Bakery right away. My friend and I found a Paris de’ Baguette Bakery and grabbed a quick breakfast before we went to Lotte World. There were so many different pastries and sandwiches to choose from. I got a crab croquette, a bacon egg wrap and a more traditional red bean bun. I love the Korean Bakeries because you just walk in, grab a tray and tongs and just pick out whatever you want.

 

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I was looking forward to Korean BBQ so much I can not even convey! My favorite food is Samgyeopsal so my friends took me to a very famous BBQ joint in Myeongdong. We ordered Soju, Cass Beer (for Somek), Ogyeopsal (it is 5 layer pork belly instead on where Samgyeopsal is 3 layer) a few other meats, cold noodles and Kim Chi Jigae.

 

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The Kim Chi Jigae was so good! It was kind of sour and spicy and it just warmed you right up in the chilly rainy weather. My friends were surprised that I liked it. They worry that as a foreigner the spiciness level would be too much but it was perfect!

 

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I requested to try some cold noodles which I had seen in many videos and to me it seemed a little odd because in North America we really don’t have any dishes like that. It was very interesting and I think in the Summer heat it would be very refreshing.

 

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Fried chicken is VERY popular in Korea! My friends and I went to Hongdae to a fusion restaurant for a fried chicken alla panna dish that was so good. It was cheesy, bready and delicious!

 

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While we were in Hongdae I found a Honey Comb Ice Cream place and had to grab one, it was so tasty with fresh honey comb.

 

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I was so happy to come across the Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongdae, the building was so cute and everything was pink and Hello Kitty to the max. We ordered a Hello Kitty Chocolate Mousse, a Green Tea Latte, a Mocha Latte and a Iced Latte. It was all good but a little on the pricey side.

 

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We went to the movies while I was in Korea and at the concession stand they had fried squid! That seems weird to me but it was so good!

 

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I went to the oldest Korean Market in the Country called Gwangjang Market in Seoul and got the well known Miyak (drug) kimbab that is so good it is addictive hence the name and ttoppokki  which was so soft and spicy and sweet all at the same time!

 

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I also tried Soondae which is also known as Blood Sausage, this was one of the items in Korea that is very odd to North Americans. I was willing to try anything at least once but I was pleasantly surprised that it was pretty good. It is a sausage made with glass noodles and blood and a few other things, it doesn’t taste like you would think.

 

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I tried a chicken foot which was on the odder side of all the things I ate in Korea. Would I eat it again? Probably not.

 

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Fish cake soup which was warm and tasty! A perfect Fall/Winter dish.

 

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No matter where you go you will usually always have some form of Kim Chi and side dishes put in front of you.

 

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Went to the Dunkin Donuts and tried a chewy cappuccino donut, an egg tart and a creamed corn donut which was very odd, it tasted like a donut filled with a sweet butter and corn. There is corn in alot of things in Korea.

 

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I found a CocoCurry in Insadong and nearly squealed with joy. I got a Omurice Curry with chicken alfredo and oh my gosh it was so good and filling. I could have shared that dish with two other people, there was so much!

 

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I had to grab these little nut pastries while walking around Insadong, the man was so nice and gave me some of each to try. They were so yummy, it was a soft sweet bread with a nut paste and nut inside each, they were addicting!

 

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Went to a traditional Japanese Tea house in Insadong and tried some traditional Korean Tea Omija which was very sour and bitter but an interesting fruity taste, I also tried some Honey cakes that were very sweet and heavy and Hangwa which reminded me of a packing peanut almost ha ha they were good though and I could see them as a good snack.

 

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I had to try some more common fried chicken and oh boy, They can make some fantastic fried chicken in Korea, there were these tasty sweet chili sauces and seasoned salts to eat it with, along with refreshing radish pickles and Mango Lingo, a mango flavored beer that was surprisingly really really good.

 

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Stopped in at another Korean BBQ place in Insadong and got some Garlic Samgyeopsal and Pig Skin which was very chewy and odd. They gave me so many side dishes and soups and dipping trays, every bite could have a different flavor.

 

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Had to try a Korean style pizza at Dominos so my friend and I got abuck wheat crust shrimp pizza, it was very different than most of the pizzas we have in North America but it was tasty and I would def eat it again!

 

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We went to a cafe and I tried my first Sweet Potato latte, It was so good and filling! I need this in the U.S.! My friend got a cheese cake frozen yogurt that was divine! So good and sweet!

 

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My friends family took us out to a Galbi restaurant in Gwangju and there was so much meat and it was marinated perfectly. It was an amazing meal and I got to learn about a few different kinds of Kimchi like Mul Kimchi which means water kimchi so it was like pickle juice in a way but not as vinegary.

 

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My friend made us a Korean Breakfast consisting of rolled omelet, miso soup, rice and kimchi sides.

 

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In Yeosu (a city by the sea) we went on there cable cars and got some fried squid around the attraction and my 4 friends and I were in Heaven, it was the best fried squid we had ever had and it was in an odd place.

 

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We dropped by at a Fish market and picked out a few fish that they took upstairs and prepared for us right away. The  market ladies also threw in some fresh raw scallops and sea squirts. The Sea squirt (the orange thing in the middle) was the only nasty thing I had in Korea, would not eat again but glad I tried it at least. The fresh Sashimi and all the side dishes were so good, it was a once in a life time meal that I got to share with many wonderful friends.

 

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We also had a fish stew that was spicy, fishy, and so so good. It was a nice finishing course to the feast we had.

 

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I bought us all a cake at a cafe to share to celebrate a wonderful day in Yeosu with wonderful people.

 

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We had another homemade Korean breakfast made by my friend. We had Kimchi jigae, cheese sausages and red bean rice. A perfect start to the day!

 

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I had to try the Bulgogi Burger while I was in Korea and it was odd. It was like a normal burger with just the patty and a bulgogi sauce all over it and onions.

 

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Tasty seasoned meat and grilled Kimchi in Daejeon! It was soo good and all you could eat too.

 

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My friend in Daejeon took me to a cute little popular restaurant where we got Bibimbap, Jajang Myeon and Fried Pork Cutlet. Everything was tasty and the little place had a fin simple mod feel to it.

 

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On the last day with my friend in Daejeon we went to a Japanese place and I got a Don Katsu bowl that was amazing but so filling!

 

I ate so much amazing food in Korea, there were several more things besides all of these that I was just too busy eating to take pictures! Everywhere you go in Korea are endless Street Food stalls, BBQ places and unique and fun restaurants.

What is your favorite Korean Foods? Have you eaten any of the things I took pictures of here? Let me know in the Comments!

Heading to Korea ~Day 1~

This was my first day of adventure heading to South Korea! I went from Birmingham, AL to Dallas,TX then to Narita, Japan and finally to Seoul, South Korea. It was such a long day and I went through 4 airports and was on a plane for a total  of around 21 hours.

I flew with American Airlines and Japan Airlines and let me tell you, Japan Airlines is fantastic, the hostesses were so caring and attentive to make sure the flight was as comfortable as it could be. The food was good and man did they keep on feeding you.

It was so great to see my friend in South Korea, we hadn’t seen each other in over 7 years! The moment I entered South Korea I fell in love with the Country.

Stay tuned for many more videos about my adventures, tips and tricks and much more!

~First Impressions: Pan de Peace~

A mini ‘sode anime series about a girl who is obsessed with you got it “Pan” otherwise known as bread. The episodes last a mere 3 mins and at this point there are 11 episodes.
Cute and funny with themes of friendship. There are some weird little tid bits throughout to make a fun veiw. This little anime will make you drool over all the delicious looking breads though, so dont watch on an empty stomach.

Have you checked this out? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments!

~Trying Mexican Candy pt.2~

Oh man the candy we consumed were not at all good. Our tummys were upset for a few hours after trying all these >_<

~TravelBear~ The Absinthe Room

On my recent trip to Memphis TN I had the pleasure of visiting “The Absinthe Room” on Beale Street where I got to try three different brands of Absinthe and enjoy the neat atmosphere.

It was really cool getting to watch the process of serving Absinthe and see the color change from the beginning to the end. I am not a fan of licorice but I found this drink growing on me as I sipped my first glass of it.

Have you ever tried Absinthe? What did you think of it? Where did you have it? Let me know about it in the comments!

~Snack Time Heaven~

Two of these items are the best things ive eaten, so good!

Let’s Try: Meiji Biscuits!

Recently I found a few different flavors of Meiji Biscuits I have never had before! If you ever see them check them out!

~Trying Umaibo~

My daughter and I have been wanting to try the ageless popular Japanese snack called Umaibo which translates as “delicious stick”. There are many different flavors and what they basically are is cylindrical corn puffs seasoned. Here we try each one and find out what we think of them.  Spoiler alert: some of them are NOT good =_=.