Day 14 – That’s A Wrap | Halloween in the Wilderness 2015

The rest of today’s part of the trip report is pretty much just food… Here we go!

When it comes to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you can use one snack credit where the symbol is displayed. You can also use one meal credit to purchase 3 snack items in one transaction.

Patagonia Booth

If like us, you wondered where/what Patagonia is, according to Wiki… Patagonia is a region encompassing the vast southernmost tip of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile, with the Andes Mountains as its dividing line.

We used 1 meal credit to buy our dishes from Patagonia.

Beef Empananda – $4.75

Beef Empananda - Patagonia Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

Grilled Beef Skewer – with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée – $5.50

Grilled Beef Skewer - Patagonia Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

Roasted Verlasso® Salmon – with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri – $5.50

Roasted Verlasso® Salmon - Patagonia Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

Next up was New Zealand, where we also paid using snack credits. If you’re wondering why were are paying some with a meal credit, and some with snacks, it would seem that not all booths got the memo about you being able to do that, so we just did the easiest thing, which was do what they wanted…

New Zealand Booth

Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs – $3.75

Steamed Green Lip Mussels - New Zealand Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney – $5.25

Lamb Meatball - New Zealand Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

Lamb Meatball - New Zealand Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Dumpling – $6.00

Seared Venison Loin - New Zealand Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

It looks like Australia was next, where we paid with 1 meal credit.

Australia Booth

Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas – $4.75

Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp - Australia Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies – $6.75

Grilled Lamb Chop - Australia Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

Lamington – Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut – $3.00

Lamington - Australia Booth - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

And finally, Steve bought the Florida Beer Flight which was $10.25 and paid out of pocket as alcohol isn’t on the Disney Dining Plan. This one is all from Steve as I just can’t do beer!

Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale – Lakeland, FL

Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale – Plant City, FL

Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin – Orlando, FL

Swamp Head Wild Night® Honey Cream Ale – Gainesville, FL

Florida Beer Flight - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2015

We waved goodbye to Epcot World Showcase (and Daisy Duck as she walked by) for this year, and to our first Food & Wine Festival which we really enjoyed! We made our way back to the dock to catch a Friendship Boat back to BoardWalk, where we saw the most amazing red sun setting… it was like nothing we’d ever seen before! I couldn’t get a full shot as we were on the boat, but I just about managed it!

Disney Red Sunset

Back at Wilderness Lodge, we found another towel critter! So cute! We took some time to chill out, and shower for our late evening reservation at Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club.

Towel Critter

We dined here in 2014, and enjoyed it so much we decided to come back again. As with all signature restaurants at Walt Disney World, we started with a basket of bread, which at Yachtsman’s is delicious, soft, warm onion rolls – they are amazing! The come with a pat of butter and a bulb of roasted garlic. Divine! We may have asked for another basket…!

Onion Rolls - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Onion Rolls - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Yachtsman Steakhouse

When it comes to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at a signature restaurant you are entitled to one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage per person (usually refillable) for two credits per person.

Appetizers…

Me: Charcuterie Board – Ibérico De Bellota / Chorizo / Pork Liverwurst Toast / Rabbit ($18)

Charcuterie Board - Yachtsman Steakhouse

My appetizer was quite the spectacle! Served on a wooden board, and with a card telling me what everything was. This is always very helpful when getting a charcuterie or cheese plate at Disney restaurants, because the servers sometimes forget to tell you – or they tell you, and don’t leave a card, then you forget! Since Steve and I are quite the foodie couple, we enjoy little bites like this, and reading about them, so here they all are:

Rabbit Sausage – This is a fresh sausage made out of a farce of rabbit, sweetbreads, and pistachio. It has notes of clove coriander and grains of paradise. It is accompanied by cherry-oxtail marmalade.

Ibérico de Bellota – The Ibérico pig, commonly known as “pata negra” (or “black hoof”), is the direct descendant of the wild boars who roamed long ago across the Mediterranean. They are bred on the Iberian Peninsula, in the Dehesa, a forest full of oak trees, herbs, and leguminous plants, the perfect habitat for the Ibérico pig. This acorn-fed free-range ham is purley fed on acorns from September to February; they are then aged for 4 years during the curing process.

Chicken Rillettes – A confit of smoked chicken leg, preserved in duck fat. Rich and creamy in texture with a true smoke essence.

Pork Liverwurst Toast – House-made German-style pork liverwurst. We make the pâté with pork livers, smoked bacon, and fatback. It is accented by notes of coriander, cardamom, and ginger. Served over rye bread and garnished with arugula, pickled onions, and parmesan.

Spanish-Style Chorizo – This smoked chorizo, made rustic with larger cuts of Kurobuta pork shoulder, is reminiscent of the types of charcuterie found in the countryside of Spain. this sausage is heavily spiced with pimentón, garlic, and cumin. It is paired with grain mustard.

Served with our House-made bread & butter pickles.

Charcuterie Board - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Him: Pork Belly and Clams – Serrano Pepper /  Lotus Root / Ginger / Black Bean Garlic Sauce ($19)

Pork Belly and Clams - Yachtsman Steakhouse

The Boy: Four-Cheese Ravioli – Marinated Artichokes / Beef Bolognese / Pistachio Pesto ($16)

Four-Cheese Ravioli - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Entrées…

Me & Him: 32oz Porterhouse for Two – 21 Day Dry-Aged / Trio of Steakhouse Sides / Beef Fat Potatoes / Garlic Butter ($119)

Steve and I shared this last year, and since we are at a steakhouse, it made sense to have it again! I’m not actually a fan of the sides – they just don’t taste right in my mouth for some reason, so I ordered a side of macaroni cheese (which we paid for out of pocket) to go with it instead. After the mac ‘n’ cheese at Jiko a few days ago, I was on a quest to find the best one at Walt Disney World! I told the server about this, and he said that theirs was the best! (*whispers* It isn’t!)

32oz Porterhouse for Two - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Beef Fat Potatoes - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Trio of Steakhouse Sides - Yachtsman Steakhouse

The Boy: 12oz Prime New York Strip Steak – Potato Gratin / Peppercorn-Brandy Sauce ($49)

Liam substituted the potato gratin for fries, as you can see in the photo below. He asked for the sauce on the side, so that I could pinch it – I love peppercorn sauce on steak!

12oz Prime New York Strip Steak - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Extras…

Truffle Macaroni & Cheese – Orecchiette Pasta / Reypenaer ($12)

Truffle Macaroni & Cheese - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Desserts…

Me: Chocolate-Peanut Cake – Pretzels / Salted Caramel Gelato ($12)

Chocolate-Peanut Cake - Yachtsman Steakhouse

Him: Heirloom Apple Tart – Cranberry Sour Cream Ice Cream / Almond Crunch ($12)

Heirloom Apple Tart - Yachtsman Steakhouse

The Boy: The Yachtsman Sundae – Trio of Gelato / Amarena Cherries ($10)

The Yachtsman Sundae - Yachtsman Steakhouse


Yachtsman Steakhouse

Bill Total: $282.84 (6 Credits) {Tip: $50}
DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $3,024.72 | Credits: 91/126 | Tips: $435.68


After a very good meal, we made our way back home to Wilderness Lodge – sitting in the lobby as always for a while, before heading up to our room. The final three days our trip included Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom. I hope to get these written up before we go on holiday back to Walt Disney World this year (just a few days now – eek!) but if I don’t, I promise they will be the first thing I do when we are back home!


Read about the day before:
Day 13 – Not Downtown Disney:
Whispering Canyon Cafe (TS Breakfast) | Shopping at Disney Springs | Wolfgang Puck Express (CS Lunch) | Boma – Flavors of Africa (TSB Dinner)

Read about the day after:
Day 15 – What’s This?:
Roaring Fork (CS Breakfast) | Disney Hollywood Studios | The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights | Hollywood Brown Derby (Signature Dining)

Read ALL the days!


Halloween In The Wilderness 2015:
Trip Report Index | Pre-Trip Planning Report | Highs, Not So Highs, and Lows
All the photos from this day can be found here | Florida 2015 photo collection on Flickr here