Food & Wine, A First Timer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Katherine and Jason at Epcot

We've been dying to go to EPCOT's Food and Wine festival for years. Our birthday, which falls around Thanksgiving, is always within a few days of the festivals ending, so over the past few years, we have gone to Disney near our birthday and missed the amazing festival. Not this year! We went to one of the first weekends for the event during Dapper Day weekend. We are lucky - while we live about 3 hours from Orlando, my in-laws have a lovely home near Disney. Since this was a celebration trip (both of Jason getting a job and our 'unanniversary', a random, fun celebration of our anniversary we hold in September every year), we decided to get a hotel room and have me take a half day so we could do our Friday outing in EPCOT.

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Jason and I have become big beer drinkers over the years. What started as liking a few certain beers at a brewery in Hawaii opened us up to trying more things and expanding our palettes. While I hate some of them still (I can't do porters or stouts at all), I really love some. For instance - the Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale in this flight was my favorite of the night. They even had Kona on draft at the Hawaii stand - a beer from that special place in Hawaii I was talking about.

Craft Beer Station Epcot Food Wine 2014Castaway IPA

After our initial beers to get us started, we started to get hungry. That's when we started going 'around the world' to sample both the food and drink. I honestly believe this should be deemed the 'Food, Beer, and Wine' festival. Because it all pairs so amazingly.

Pulled Pork at Hawaii Stand

Pulled pork with pineapple chutney and spicy mayo paired with pineapple wine and Kona Brewing Golden Wave from Hawaii. Jason's fave from the night.

Steak and Mushrooms at Canada Pavillion

A yummy filet mignon with mushroom and truffle sauce and a Moosehead lager from Canada. (Not as good at the one inside, but for 7 bucks, I'll take it)

Brazilian Cheese Bread at EpcotBrazil Stand EpcotBrazilian Cheese Bread and Caprihina

My favorite stand of the night? By and far Brazil. These little cheese breads (pao de queijo) were the perfect drinking food, and the frozen caipirinha was delicious and surprisingly strong for a frozen drink at Disney. And not sweet - I don't do overly sweet frozen drinks, and this was exactly how a frozen cocktail should be. Plus, how AMAZING does this stand look, even on a fairly raining evening?

KAtherine at Brazil PavillionJason at Brazil Pavillion Brazil Pavillion DecorJason and Katherine at Canada

We're going back to the food and wine festival in early November, so look out for more photos from the event then!

Long Walks in Quiet Waters

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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One of our favorite daily activities is the dog walks. We don't own a backyard, nor do we really need to in order to exercise these two, because it's lovely weather and we have a lot of paths and areas to walk. We live across from a pretty large city park called Quiet Waters, which is free to enter on weekdays and cheap entry on weekdays, and we love to go and walk around the lake which has people on this water skiing track called Ski Rixen. There is nothing I love more than photos of my dogs pooped from good, long walks at a park. Teemo also played with his first coconut!

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Sweet Nectar & Oceans 234

Monday, October 13, 2014

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WEEKEND EATS


Oceans 234 is our favorite brunch place. It's got an awesome view of the ocean, isn't far from our house, and the food is delicious. Check out the Yelp review here.

Eggs and Potatoes

Lobster, Shrimp, and Crab Omelette

Oceans 234 MenuView from Oceans 234Oceans 234 Outdoor PatioPretzel Bread

Pretzel Bread and an amazing mimosa (that came with my omelette)

Fish and Chips

Fish-n-chips (Jason's fave)

I went to Sweet Nectar in Fort Lauderdale first with my friend Leah to escape a rainstorm. Jason and I finally came back to this yummy, tapas style restaurant to try a few things. The corn is a must have, as are the fries, but I wouldn't get the bacon again (it was good but too fatty for us personally). I loved the chicken, but Jason wasn't as much as a fan. You can check out my review here, but it hasn't been updated since we went this time.

Sweet NectarPillows at Sweet NectarKennebec Potato

Kennebec Potato with Parmesan Cream

Corn at Sweet Nectar

Sweet Corn with Cojita Cheese and Spices (My favorite - come for this!)

Giant Bacon Slice

Giant piece of house made bacon with apple puree on top

Chicken at Sweet Nectar

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Smores at Sweet Nectar

S'mores!

Katherine and Giant Rootbeer Float

A GIANT root beer float with cinnamon ice cream.

Making Smores at Sweet Nectar

8 Years Time

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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8 years ago, Jason and I met and fairly immediately started dating. We lived together almost immediately - I moved into an extra bed in his dorm room kind of de-facto and kept non-essential clothing (anything I didn't wear everyday) in my own room a floor up. We lived together for 5 years, until we got married and moved 1,000 miles apart.

Anyhow - I feel pretty lucky that I've had someone to go through college, my first job, my first long-distance move, and many things in between with. In a little mini-celebration of our 8 years together, and the kick off of this new stage for now our blog, we thought we'd do a 'favorite memories' post.

Autumn in Orlando

Friday, October 3, 2014

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Pumpkinhead Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom

While these photos were taken nearly a month ago when we went to Disney for Labor Day, it was still during the unofficial 'start of fall'. The Magic Kingdom was already full of pumpkins and adorable fall decor - funny since the temperatures were over 100 degrees. It's so beautiful to see the fall decor but it definitely has a real disconnect since now that it's October, little has changed here in Florida. Anyhow, Labor Day is a wonderful time to visit Disney - it's surprising uncrowded (the last weekend in September, a random non-holiday, was more crowded), beautiful with the fall decor, and during my personal favorite holiday.

So you all know about the new Fantasyland, right? I'm a big fan of Be Our Guest (not that I've been able to get in since our first visit), and I was SO excited to ride the new Seven Dwarves Mine Train. We stood in the line (only an hour this day) and I gotta say, I liked the line more than the ride. See the photos below of all the line details. There was a cool, interactive water/music deal with animal heads, and barrels of gems that you spun to project images on the ceiling. The ride itself was a bit too short for me, but it's definitely a good ride still.

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I also Disney Bounded as Stitch! Jason hasn't gotten into Disneybounding yet. It was hard enough to get him into his Dapper Day attire (that will be a future Disney post!), but I love basing my outfits off of my favorite Disney characters. See a few shots below of the blues on blue with a red accent to represent his collar. (PS. Aren't Boston Terriers the 'if Stitch were actually a dog this would be what he would be')

Katherine at Tomorrowland
Wandering Around At Disney
Also - DOLE WHIP! Seriously, amazing stuff. We found out a secret - there are two sides to the line. And the weird part? The right side, in the shade, is actually shorter. Plus, instead of a normal Dole float, another Florida passholder in front of us keyed us into a delicious mix - pineapple Dole whip with Sprite float!

Dole Whip at Disney

Much Adoo About Something

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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I feel like this has been a long time coming.

Very obviously, this blog has been experiencing a change, just as my life has. Just as our life has.

Back in 2011, I moved to Pennsylvania, apart from my husband and basset hound, Raynor. I named my blog after my faithful corgi companion and my love for crafted drinks. I'll be honest, it wasn't a name made to last. I think I always knew that, especially with how incredibly long of a name we chose. But it stuck, as it felt relevant for 3 years. It fit the period of transitioning that both myself and my family was going through. It doesn't fit that anymore.

Alas, welcome! Welcome to a new page in our lives. Welcome, to Much Adoo.


Much Adoo is a play off of our last name, McAdoo. It's short, it's easy. It's also representative of what this blog is becoming. The biggest change? I'm moving away from pure outfit posts. I'm moving a way from a focus on me. This will be focused on us - our little family of four. Not that I will ever stop wearing fun dresses - you'll still see plenty of that - just on the canvas of our traveling and trips to Disney. Plus, more photos from the restaurants we eat at, the beer we drink at, and the things we do. This decision came from my husband, Jason, who you'll be hearing more from, nabbing a job with a lot more travel. We are hoping to share out marriage with you, and each other, as Jason travels and we spend some of our weekdays apart.

This is a big move, a big decision, but one I've been planning for months. Please, bookmark our new blog url, much-adoo.com  This URL will currently redirect to www.ofcorgisandcocktails.com while we figure some things out and give you all some time to bookmark and adjust.

We hope you enjoy and as excited as we are about this new chapter in our lives and for this blog!

Looking Back: Food

Friday, September 26, 2014

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I feel like one of the most important parts of my relationship and life is food. I mean, food keeps me alive, but it's also amazing and delicious. Here are some of my all time favorites from over the years.


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Kush Frita Burger
Frita Burger, KUSH, Wynwood, Florida

Shrimp and Pear Salad
Shrimp and Pear Salad, Oceans 234, Deerfield Beach, Florida

#sugarshock hanging downtown with @guywithpi #lancaster #donut #food #sprinkles
Donut, Fractured Prune, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Macarons from Rice and Noodles
Macaraons, Rice and Noodles, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Geno's Steaks
Cheesesteak, Geno's Steaks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tom + Chee :: BBQ Chip Grilled Cheese

Pennsylvania Country Side
Pretzel, Immergut Pretzels, Intercourse, Pennsylvania

Hungry Andy's
Pit Beef Sandwich, Hungry Andy's, Baltimore, Maryland