Hubby and I were fortunate enough to eat at Epcot’s Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. What a treat! We immediately had a new favorite restaurant. While we did have ADRs for lunch, we still had to wait for about 20 minutes for a table. Once we entered the front doors, we sat in the waiting area. The hosts and hostesses were keeping us entertained by asking Canada trivia questions. If you got it right, you “won” a Mickey sticker. It was fun, educational and helped pass the time. I earned several stickers just because nobody else was willing to answer. I guess they were all too old and “mature” for such childish games! More stickers for me!! 🙂
For starters we got a basket of breads. The pretzel bread was a-maz-ing! I was hoping we could get additional loaves to last the week! But, I had heard great things about the meal, so I restrained from filling up on the bread. This was also the restaurant where I discovered my love for the pomegranate lemonade at WDW! Being pregnant on this trip I couldn’t indulge in the “adult beverages,” but the pomegranate lemonade was delicious. Hubby on the other hand fell in love with the Moose Head Pale Ale beer. We learned that Le Cellier is the only place in the USA that carries this beer on tap. You can find it in bottles, but nowhere else on tap!
For dinner we both ordered the “Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon.” The menu says it’s a 8 oz. Canadian AAA Beef Tenderloin with wild mushroom risotto, white truffle butter sauce and Micro Chervil. It sat on a bed of mashed potatoes. This was the most tender, well cooked steak I’d ever had. It literally melted in my mouth. I don’t even like mushrooms, but this was outstanding. I don’t think I would ever order anything else off this menu! Hubby also ordered a side of the baked macaroni and cheese. Since I don’t eat cheese, I didn’t try it, but he said it was good- just not as good as the steak!
When I made our reservations I made a note that we were celebrating our anniversary. We were pleasantly surprised when the waiter came out with our desserts that included a white chocolate rectangle that said “Happy Anniversary.” I ordered the chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and hubby ordered the Maple Créme Brulée. Apparently the créme brulée is also a “must have” on the menu- along with the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, Pretzel Bread, and Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon.
Our youth group from church is in Orlando this week doing mission work. We’ll end our week at Walt Disney World touring the World Showcase at Epcot and learning a bit of “missions & outreach” information about each country. This is what we’ll be learning:
of country The
United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing
parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith
in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the
earth’s surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK’s strength
seriously depleted in two world wars and the Irish Republic’s withdrawal from
the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK
rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five
permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO and
the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The UK is
also an active member of the EU, although it chose to remain outside the
Economic and Monetary Union. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for
Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999. The latter
was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process, but
devolution was fully completed in March 2010.
in 2011 63,047,162
age 0-14 in 2010
expectancy (females and males, years) 82.3/77.8
mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 4.5
Unemployment in 2011 8.1% of labor force
rates The UK has
one of the highest levels of homelessness in Europe with more than 4 people per
1,000 estimated to be homeless
Source: Homeless Pages, 2004.
The average life expectancy of a Homeless Person in the UK is 42 years,
compared to the national average of 74 for men and 79 for women. This is lower
than the life expectancy of Ethiopia or the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Source: “Still Dying for a Home” – Crisis, 1996.
In the UK there are 10,459 rough sleepers and 98,750 households in temporary
Source: Department for Communities and Local Government, 2005
Homelessness costs London £38.9 million a year in lost economic development and
costs to its justice and health-care communities, and a much higher toll in
Source: University of Western Ontario, 2003
The estimated cost for one homeless person in the UK to be provided
accommodation and other support services is £15,000 per year
Source: Homeless Link UK, 2008
Statistics indicate that 63% of homeless women in the UK have experienced
domestic violence and 40% have been sexually abused
Source: Homeless Link, 2007
Below Poverty Line
living with HIV/ AIDS 85,000
Religion Christian (Anglican, Roman
Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%,
unspecified or none 23.1%
of country A land
of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing
dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and
technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor
to the south across the World’s longest unfortified border. Canada faces the
political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in
health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well
as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec.
Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its
commitment to the environment.
in 2011- 34,300,083
age 0-14 in 2010
expectancy (females and males, years) 83.6/79.2
mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 4.6
Unemployment 2011 7.5%
Canada’s homeless population costs Canadian Tax Payers CAD$6 billion a year
Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2008.
Women and Children are the fastest growing group of those who are homeless in
Source: Women’s Housing Advocacy Group, 2003
There are 6,100 homeless people in Ontario
There are 3,365 homeless people in Quebec
There are 200,000 Homeless people in Canada.
Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2008
Below Poverty Line 9.4%
living with HIV/ AIDS 68,000
Religion Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant
23.3% (United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other
Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16%