Epcot’s World Showcase offers guests the chance to try food sensations – and the occasional miss – from it’s host countries at a reasonable price and without the airfare overseas. For Laura & I, a visit to France at Epcot is a must for every visit, and unless the lines at the bakery are so long we can’t stand it, we always stop in for a tempting treat. Recently it was the strawberry tart and once again, we were not disappointed.
I’ve been to France and as the young person I was at the time, my palate was young, immature and not desiring much of a test. Having the chance to try over again at Walt Disney World has giving me some of the most delightful food, culinary, palate enriching joys of my adult life.
A visit to the bakery is a sure-fire way to keep going.
Located “around the back” of the main restaurant, you’ll come across a little street so much like one you’d find off the main drags in Paris, and a little side shop offering up a range of baked and tasty goods. Laura and I mainly split our treats – saving both money and calories – and do try to try something new – at least every so often.
Our recent favorite has been the Napoleon, but on this visit we decided to move on to something new – choosing the long-waiting tart.
Giant strawberries are lined in a circle and until we asked, didn’t know they sat on a mound of the same vanilla-tasting cream that comes in the Napoleon. Set on top of a tart – very cookie like – this tasty little friend is a find.
We each took our first strawberry to discover much delight. Fresh and not too sweet nor tart, the berries are at the heart of this dessert. Then, working our way under about four – two each – we hit cream and were enchanted. If you like the Napoleon, you’ll very likely enjoy this as well.
The cookie-tart-crust was something of a surprise. We’d both been expecting something more “pie crust like” and were delighted by the cookie result.
Epcot’s French bakery is a charming and delightful setting, an easy to enjoy treat, and if the crowds are getting you down, a way to take a break, enjoy something very good, and get off your feet for a bit. Can’t find seating on the street outside? Head into the building for over flow, or around to one of the benches or fountain sides, or a spot along a railing and people watch while partaking.
For those trying to expand their child – or loved one’s – palate, this French adventure is a great way to get things going.