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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:27 pm

If you follow either Smisty or myself on Twitter or facebook, then you already know how excited we were for this next one....

The Great American Pie Festival
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Ah, Celebration, the town Walt Disney didn't build.
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There was an exotic car show in town at the same time, but that's not really our bag.
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It's the pie-nal countdown!
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There is nothing that isn't funny about this sign.
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From the website: "The American Pie Council® (APC) is the only organization dedicated to preserving America's pie heritage and promoting America's love affair with pies."
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Simply awesome.
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We decided to start with some real food. Er...sort of.
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Yes, this is a cheeseburger with brisket on top. And yes, it was amazing.
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The "world's largest pinball machine."
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I'm on a pie-way to hell!
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I'm so happy I could pie!
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Yes, they're about to open up the best thing here: the Never Ending Pie Buffet.
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Must...not...be...distracted.
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The buffet consisted of six or seven different companies offering 4-6 of their best and/or most interesting types of pie.
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Honestly, I'm not sure how many different types of pie there were altogether, as many companies had overlapping offerings. Still, there was plenty of variety.
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Wait...shellfish?
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White Chocolate Cherry Dream ended up being my personal favorite.
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Publix grocery was also there, offering pie, ice cream, and swag!
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And Village Inn gave out little binocular thingies (in addition to pie, of course).
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It's 92 degrees out and there's almost no shade. Who wants coffee?
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The topping bar looked interesting, but turned messy pretty quickly. We passed.
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The California Raisin Marketing Board brought some pretty interesting pies. The one pictured turned out to be Misty's favorite, and she doesn't even like raisins.
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S'cuse me while I kiss this pie!
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Smisty is not unimpressed.
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Sometimes I just can't resist pie-eling it on.
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Heading back for round two, we find it's...picked up a little.
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Isn't Key Lime pie supposed to be green-ish? Oh well, it was really good!
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And this week's 'Misty is going to kill me photo' is....
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Moving away from the pie buffet we find plenty of other pie-related activities.
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A dream come true, for me. Check one off the list.
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Cooking demonstration? Check. Me misreading the sign as "demon station"? Check.
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Okay, so we paid $2.00 for a bottle of water at the food truck, it's free in the buffet area, and here it's...I don't even know.
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Spin the wheel for a free prize! Also, there was a drawing for the grill.
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Which Misty won.
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Bounce house!
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And, for some reason, a parrot.
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"Piecasso" pie-pan decorating. I approve of this pun.
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And last, but certainly not least, bored children waiting to do something fun.
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At last The Pie Judge arrives and it's time for the pie eating contest!
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Good job, kids! We're not laughing at you, honest.
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It was hot, it was crowded, and we had to carry this damned grill all the way to our car--but we had loads of fun!

And about 17 slices of pie, between us.

I want to pie like an eagle, to the C...! (Celebration, that is.)

Pie pie now.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby SharkTums » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:32 pm

It's 92 degrees out and there's almost no shade. Who wants coffee?


Old people that's who! Seriously, old people could be on the surface of the sun and they'd still want bad hot coffee!

Awesome report! I don't like pie, but this is always an event I watch on the food network and would love to check out. Did you see any of the contest reveals or anything like that?

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby paiging_jen » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:41 pm

^So true about the old people and coffee. I was going to post the exact same thing. It always blows my mind seeing them drink coffee when it's blazing hot outside.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby samisthabomb » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:48 pm

I can feel the diarrhea already. It's the kind that's worth it, though.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby speedmetal » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:50 pm

I'm not a fan of pie either. I told Erik I would give it a try and after 17 slices I'm still not a fan but I had fun.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby PriestofSyrinx » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:56 pm

I like this TR more than i like pie, and im a man who enjoys his pie!

Seriously, yall have found what really makes america tick... Tacky, wacky, and zany overindulgences!

BTW there is an indirect Rush refference in the TR... see if anyone can find it...
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:44 pm

^ Nice! Yeah, I was singing it every time I saw one of those signs.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BeemerBoy » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:06 am

Isn't Key Lime pie supposed to be green-ish? Oh well, it was really good!

I don't claim to know much about pies, but I do know that the best Key Lime pie is brownish in color. The green is usually the cheap stuff.

A few points about the report:
-Loved it.
- It was nice to see a bit of Celebration again. The place is somewhat creepy in a "Truman Show" sense, yet fascinating at the same time. And I do love the golf course there as well.
- The second pic was obviously my favorite.
- My wife would probably be in the coffee line.
- Congrats on the grill.
- Did you play the pinball machine?
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Brandy524 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:26 am

Jealous that you went to a festival that actually had, in abundance, the food item of its namesake. Looks like a lot of fun!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Joe Cool » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:13 am

Pie is in. Cupcakes are out.
DUCKS FLY TOGETHER!!!!!!




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