REVIEW: Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen – Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2018

We continue our holiday kitchen booth reviews with the Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen from the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. The Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen is located just to the west of the Mexico pavilion, near the bridge.

Enchilada de Pollo Con Mole – $6.35

The Enchilada de Pollo Con Mole contains a chipotle chicken in a corn tortilla. It’s topped off with mole negro and garnished with shredded oaxaca cheese and sesame seeds.

As is tradition with the Mexico pavilion booth offering from the various Epcot festivals, we see the return of a corn tortilla based dish. The flavoring of the tortilla has notes of traditional corn tortilla taste, but it borders on being too chewy. A heavy layer of mole negro sits on top and some chicken can be found inside. In our notes we did have that the meat was tender and well cooked. Expect a bit of a kick at the end of each bite, but nothing extreme.

Normally we end up not liking many of the offerings from the permanent Mexico booth installation, but this was a decent dish. Between this and the Tamal de Camaron, I’d have to say that this dish was better.

Tamal de Camaron – $6.65

Next up is the Tamal de Camaron. This is a corn tamale stuffed with Guajillo-marinated Shrimp and topped with Mole Rojo and Shredded Cotija cheese.

A corn tamale is the base for this dish and like the Enchilada de Pollo Con Mole above, you’ll be treated to a traditional taste. The mole rojo on top is less heavy than the mole negro we had above, and it comes with less spice. It’s probably a more bland dish because of the lack of spice, and the shrimp ended up being a bit less interesting than the chipotle chicken from the enchilada.

If you’re not a fan of chicken, at least this offers a shrimp alternative. That said, I would stick to the enchilada above or just go straight for the arroz con leche below.

Arroz Con Leche – $4.25

A traditional rice pudding with cranberries. We enjoyed the similar offering from the Food and Wine Festival earlier this year, and cranberries add a “holiday” feel to the dish. Fans of rice pudding will be happy to know that this is a creamy treat does have notes of “leche” and an overall balance to the dish.

The arroz con leche is not only a wonderfully tasting dish, but also a good value for an Epcot festival at $4.25. I know that we’ve gone two for two on rice pudding desserts on our reviews so far, but have no fear…the yule logs are coming. For those who might be experiencing yule log fatigue by the end of our reviews, this is a nice alternative dessert.

Noche Buena Margarita – $12.00

Pictured on the right below and dressed with a candy cane is the Noche Buena Margarita. It is comprised of Libelula Joven Tequila, Cranberry and Lime Juices, and Agave Nectar topped with lime foam and sprinkles.

By the time we had found a decent photo spot for the drinks and food, the lime foam with sprinkles had melted into the drink, but rest assured that they were present at one point. As far as flavor is concerned, the noche buena margarita was much more fruity and refreshing than the la posada margarita below.

The drink wasn’t overly sweet, which was nice given the fruity flavors present. The libelula joven tequila is strong enough to do the trick and this makes for a nice 85+ degree “holiday” drink for the festival.

La Posada Margarita – $11.00

The other specialty margarita at Las Posadas is La Posada Margarita. It has cazadores blanco tequila, horchata-cinnamon liqueur, and agua de horchata topped with cinnamon.

With so many margarita options in the Mexico pavilion as a whole, please don’t waste your money on this drink. It’s bland and watered down. The only way that you’ll get a flavor to come through at all is if you slyly work some of the cinnamon dusting on top of it into three or four sips before running out. We’ll keep an eye out to see if this drink improves throughout the festival, but as of right now, it’s a waste of money.

Cerveza Mexicana Artesanal – $5.00

Our tour of the drink menu at Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen concludes with the Cerveza Mexicana Artesanal. It’s actually a robust allende mexican craft with a floater (or sinker) of kahlua liqueur. It’s an interesting drink with a darker taste that we can recommend for the $5 tendered.

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