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Archive for May, 2007

Olive Garden: Win a Trip to Italy!

Now – May 27, 2007 visit Olive Garden’s Win a Trip to Italy page (https://www.olivegardensweeps.com/ ) for your chance to win a 8-day guided trip for two to Rome, Florence, and Olive Garden’s Culinary Institute of Tuscany.

P.S. 100 Runner-Ups will receive $100 Gift Cards to Olive Garden!

P.S.S. Olive Garden has cooking videos of their chefs making Chicken Crostina, Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto, Tuscan Garlic Chicken, & Chianti Braised Short Ribs right on their website. Yummy!

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Food Network’s Ultimate BBQ Sweepstakes

Food Network’s Ultimate BBQ Sweepstakes

Do you dream about a new kitchen?  A stainless steel fridge, hand-painted tiles, an entire line of top-end cookware?  How does $65,000 of kitchen renovations sound?

You can enter  Food Network’s Ultimate BBQ Sweepstakes once a day from now until June 7, 2007 for your chance to win.  On the entry page you can also sign up to receive various e-mail newsletters and other special offers (from Food Network’s sister sites of HGTV, DIY Network, and Fine Living Network.

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

September 28, 2007 – November 11, 2007

Foodies delight! Disney’s Epcot® Food & Wine Festival will greet the sunburned and over-beached with bite-sized morsels, a variety of beverages from fruity to bubbly, and a seemingly never stopping series of education/entertaining concerts, lectures, and classes come the fall. The festival features foods native to various countries around the globe. Foodies can “Eat to the Beat!” to the music of classics such as The Village People (10/26 – 10/27), The Beach Boys (10/02 – 10/03), and David Cassidy (0/14 – 10/16).

Destinations in the showcase offer international treats for beginning epicureans. The World Showcase consists of: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The Great American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, The United Kingdom, and Canada, but other countries will be represented in various displays and kiosks around the lake central to Disney’s Epcot®.

All of the main destinations in World Showcase, but Norway and Morocco, I feel are represented in many cities local restaurants or markets and on a past visit to Orlando, Florida’s Disney World’s Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (now isn’t that a mouthful?), I decided to sample some delectable something from each of these two less gastronomically represented countries.

For Norway, I opted to indulge my sweet-tooth and tried a Firklover bar – creamy Norwegian milk chocolate with chopped hazelnuts made by Freia in a light blue wrapper – an unusual color in American food packaging. For Morocco, I fell in love with the Bastilla – a Moroccan phyllo pastry enveloped mixture of poultry, almonds, cinnamon, confectioner’s sugar, and spices served with a slice of orange and sprinkled with extra cinnamon and sugar. It’s a dessert and a dinner in one!  And offered at the Restaurant Marrakesh.

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

With the upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (HP7 – $17.99 Hardcover at Amazon.com) just around the corner (July 21, 2007) – I find myself reminiscing over the series. 7 books, 7 years of life, love, and magic. Besides ridiculous cravings for robes, wands, and preppy uniforms – I have found that I rather want a bag of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Muggles can get them through Jelly Belly but should be forewarned of the special flavors: Pickle, Black Pepper, Booger, Dirt, Earthworm, Earwax, Sausage, Rotten Egg, Soap, and Vomit.

The movie based on the 5th book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is out soon (July 13, 2007).

Ratatouille: Rat-a-too-ee

Disney + PIXAR = INCREDIBLE MOVIES (like, The Incredibles & Finding Nemo) – on June 29th their newish movie Ratatouille (Rat-a-too-ee) (on IMDB) will be out in theatres. You can view a 9-minute preview trailer on their website. It kinda reminds me of Freak The Mighty – except with a rat and a hapless youth, and set in Paris.

BBC – Science & Nature – The Truth About Food

Do aphrodisiacs really work?

Does portion size affect how much we eat?

Do women eat less on a date with a man they fancy?

and other questions, answered by BBC’s Science & Nature – The Truth About Food – a series of 5 minute videos on a variety of topics dealing with food.  I fancy the British accent and ecclectic topics – check out their website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/humanbody/truthaboutfood/flashapp/nonflash.shtml

Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown

Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown Contest ends May 25, 2007 – View Their Page Here

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