REVIEW: L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen – Epcot Intl. Festival of the Holidays 2018

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Celebrate some Jewish favorites at the L’Chaim! holiday kitchen. Featured between Morocco and France in the World Showcase, this is one of the many offerings at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – running from Nov. 18th through Dec. 30th.

Menu

Food Items:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream (Vegetarian) (Kid-Approved)
  • Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup
  • Black and White Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer (non-alcoholic)
  • Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail

Reviews

Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard – $4.75

With well-seasoned pastrami and a lovely mustard, this was one of the best sandwiches at the Festival. It came with a great pickle as well. This is highly recommended.

Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream (Vegetarian) – $4.25

While rather good, especially when mixed with the sour cream, this is dish best eaten as soon as you get it. If you wait too long, it turns into mashed potatoes. A bit of extra cream would have also been appreciated, as this doesn’t have quite enough on it.

Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup – $4.25

There is no plural here – it’s really matzo BALL soup, as only one comes per dish. While overall the dumpling and soup compliment each other well, I’m not sure soup is what you’ll be looking for in the Florida weather. But, if there happens to be an evening chill, this is a quick, though rather unimpressive, way to warm up.

Black and White Cookie (Vegetarian) – $2.00

Another cookie on the cookie stroll, this was the worst of the bunch. If you’re not seeking out the final cookie stroll prize, don’t get this.

Egg Cream (non-alcoholic) – $3.50

The classic milk, chocolate syrup and seltzer combo has the light milky taste you’d expect from this beverage. If you’ve never had one, know it’s not very sweet compared to many of the other drinks at the Festival. Set your sugar expectations in advance and you might enjoy it.

Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager – $4.50

This was one of the lighter beers that we tried at the Festival. It has a nice caramel bitterness and sort of a hoppy scent. It’s a good and smooth libation.

Blue Cosmo Cocktail – $9.25

This cocktail tasted like twenty packets of sugar dumped into a glass of Powerade. Skip it, for sure.

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Nathan Hartman

A sunshine state resident, Nathan is an avid Disney parks wonk as well as a university film professor.

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    • The problem is that all cooking for the kiosks has to be done in the shared kitchen for health codes — it’s not a kosher cooking space or storage area for products. It MAY actually be sourced from kosher butchers, etc, but it can’t be called kosher since it’s not prepped for kashrut.

  • Hubby and I ate here. I found the knish too thick and the outside very doughy. My husband said the pastrami was just “okay.”

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