It’s the Year of the Pig and we celebrated with all the Lunar New Year food at DCA. We decided to head to the park on a day that had a 50% chance of rain…which in hindsight wasn’t the best idea but that didn’t stop us from enjoying all the yummy food. Because of the bad weather, most of the performances were canceled so we weren’t able to see Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession… I guess there is always next year!?
We purchased the Sip & Savor Pass ($39.00 before AP discount-$36.00 after AP discount) so we could try an assortment of goodies from all the different vendors. We still had some left over on our pass so we went back for seconds of our favorite foods.
Vegetable Egg Roll and Chilled Sesame-Garlic Noodles
Longevity Noodle Co.
Kenzie LOVED the Vegetable Egg Roll and Chilled Sesame-Garlic Noodles from Longevity Noodle Co. Courtney’s favorite was the Mandarin Orange-Green Tea Tart from the Lucky 8 Lantern. Also, what should be noted but is not pictured, the Vietnamese Iced Coffee from the Lucky 8 Lantern… SO delicious.
Longevity Noodle Co. Food
There was just so much good food! We spent the rest of the day trying to walk off everything we ate, but we ate A LOT.
With Spring Dapper Day coming up this weekend, we decided to (finally) post our first Dapper Day experience at Disneyland! We had so much fun getting all dolled up and going into the park. We made a whole weekend out of it and booked a room at the Disneyland Hotel. Since the Dapper Day expo was taking place in the hotel they were offering discounts on rooms if you purchased your expo tickets ahead of time.
Once we checked in we went downstairs to check out the expo. We got there just in time to watch the San Andreas Sisters perform and we LOVED seeing everyone on the dance floor!
We then roamed around the exhibit hall to look at all the vendors and found a couple of shops that we really loved. Leo found a hat shop that had so many great options he couldn’t decide on what hat to get and ended up leaving empty-handed. The pressure was too much! Kenzie, on the other hand, walked away with an adorable Mickey fascinator by Hat & Mouse.
The next day we got up bright and early to have breakfast with Minnie & her friends at the Plaza Inn.
That moment when you see your favorite character…
After breakfast, we met Cody back at the expo to get our tintype photographs done. We saw this booth set up the day before and put our names down to get a portrait done. Jason Madsen, the photographer is great and if you’re ever in the Los Angeles area, he frequents the Melrose Trading Post so you can grab your tintype photo there too!
Voila! The final product!
We headed back into the park to walk around, grab a bite to eat and take some pics of our Dapper Day attire. Kenzie had an outfit change because she said “wearing a dress is hard work”.
We had so much fun on our first dapper day. Can’t wait to do it again soon!
We LOVE visiting the parks during the holiday season, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until we’ve been to Disneyland! Every year we watch the Christmas Fantasy Parade… we typically grab a snack (popcorn, pretzel, churro. What’s your vice?) and mosey on down Main Street to find a spot for viewing. There were a lot of new foods to try this season, so we did our best and tried as much as we could! Lots of peppermint and eggnog treats were consumed… You can see more of our Christmas at the parks below!
The gingerbread cookies in the parade are just as cute as the ones at Red Rose Tavern!
The look of love…and an eggnog mustache. We weren’t kidding when we said that we consumed a lot of eggnog treats. We tried the Holiday Frozen Eggnog from Red Rose Tavern, the Eggnog Latte Cheesecake from the Jolly Holiday Bakery and these Churro Bites with Eggnog Gelato from Hungry Bear.
Now on to one of our favorite treats from this past holiday season. We found out about these Churro Sundaes from the Golden Horseshoe during their last run for Halloween. We were sad that we didn’t have more time together SO when we found out that they were making a comeback for the holidays, we were first in line. We loved this one so much that we decided to recreate it at home! (you can see how we did that here)
The best part about this sundae is the caramel filling inside of the churros. A very sweet surprise…as expressed by Courtney below.
Cody loves going into the Penny Arcade to look at all the sweets. Also, can anyone actually eat a beignet without getting it all over the place?? We loved these Candy Cane Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar.
Kenzie is an avid affogato consumer, so when we found out that schmoozies was putting a holiday twist on their affogato she HAD to get it…even if it was cold and raining.
Some of our favorites from the Festival of Holidays this year.
Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
Blood Orange Ginger Mule
Turkey & Stuffing Tamale with Cranberry Relish
Braised Pork Belly Adobo
Jalapeño Latkes with Chipotle Crema (spicy)
Nashville Hot Fried Turkey with Dill Pickles (So friggin spicy)
We can’t get enough of all the holiday treats being served in the parks right now. One treat in particular is the churro sundae from the Golden Horseshoe…WE. ARE. OBSESSED! So obsessed that we needed to recreate it for a little holiday treat at home. Nothing can beat the Disneyland version but I think we got pretty darn close 😉
Mickey turned 90 earlier this month so we went into the parks to celebrate! For his birthday weekend only, the parks released Mickey-themed treats in celebration of the big 90. Us girls headed down to the park that Saturday morning to get a taste. We started with the celebration churro and it was DELICIOUS. Very messy but very much delicious. This churro had cookie butter drizzled on top of it so it wasn’t a hard sell.
After the churro, we walked around the park, took some photos…tried working up our appetite and then stopped by the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor to get the Mickey & Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sundae. This Sundae was like a melting pot of all your favorite birthday goodies; cupcakes, brownies, whipped cream and scoops of birthday cake ice cream. We could not and did not finish this sundae, we were in desperate need of extra help.
On Sunday we got up bright and early so we could get our Birthday pins before they ran out (which they did…around noon) and quickly found a spot for Mickey’s Birthday Cavalcade down Main Street. It was cute to see all the characters come out for Mickey’s Birthday. We loved seeing those characters that we don’t usually get to see in the parks, some of them we haven’t seen since we were kids *cough cough Jiminy Cricket*. The cavalcade stopped right in front of us and we all got to sing “Happy Birthday” to Mickey and Minnie.
After the cavalcade, we were on the hunt for the Mickey Mouse Sipper! We headed over to DCA to try our luck and were able to snag one without having to wait in the long lines over at Disneyland.
Oh My Disney has released a docu-series called Disney People which gives you an inside look at the lives of 6 different people who all share one thing in common, their love for Disney.
One of the episodes is about the real life UP house and we NEEDED to see more. Just look at these photos! Clint and Lynnette Hamblin live in the house with their two kids. You can keep up to date on more of their adventures by visiting their blog here!
The Halloween season has officially come to an end but don’t mourn for too long… Christmas time is just around the corner (Nov 9)! Part of the fun during the “seasons” at Disneyland is seeing the parks all decked out and tasting all the goodies. We’ve listed some of our favorites from this spooky Halloween season below. Let us know which were your favorites!
Graveyard and Mummy Donut
Mummy Rice Krispy
Dia de los Muertos Candy Apple
Pumpkin Spice Frosted Pretzels (Not Pictured)
Cauldron Popcorn Bucket
We had to get to the park at rope drop to get our hands on these delicious donuts. Others were rushing to the rides, we were rushing to the food…priorities!
We had to put this amazing popcorn bucket on here because 1. Disneyland popcorn is the best 2. This is one of our favorite souvenirs.
Frozen Abuelita Horchata
Sugar Skull Pot de Creme
We were split on the Frozen Abuelita Horchata… Mom and Kenzie loved it, Cody and Courtney not so much. But something we all can agree on is the Sugar Skull Pot de Creme…DELICIOUS
We were late to the party on this one. This was so so yummy and we wish we would’ve tried it sooner… we look at it as a blessing in disguise, probably better we only tried it in it’s last run, could’ve been a dangerous addiction.
Bat Wing Sundae
Spider Silk Macaron
Spicy Pepper Jack “Dog”
Sugar Skull Cake
Spicy! Spicy! Spicy! Granted, we knew what we were getting ourselves into but in doing so, it took us some time to recover. Let’s just say we did NOT ride the Incredicoaster after eating this. Delicious BUT SPICY.
It’s all about balance right?? There are some veggies on Cody’s plate…
THIS CAKE. Cream cheese frosting with a Churro flavored mousse filling? Yes. We devoured it. And Yes. We thought about getting another piece.
Hope you enjoyed the Halloween season in the parks as much as we did!
Here’s the thing…we love a good dessert but what we love even more than that is a good Disney dessert! ma-ka-rohn is a bakery based in Florida that creates out of the box flavored macarons and ships them straight to your doorstep. We received the delicious Nightmare Before Christmas variety pack (we have already devoured half of them as I write this post)…whoops! The delicious flavors that came in our pack are below. Unfortunately, they are all sold out of this limited edition variety pack but you can customize your own with all of the unique flavors they offer.
The best part about Halloween is PUMPKIN SPICE! Okay- that’s just Kenzie’s personal opinion but is she wrong?? I don’t think so. As we approached October, we started to deck our halls in orange and black and thought it would be festive to make some cookies for the occasion. We looked online for pumpkin spice recipes and found The Mommy Mouse Clubhouse’s recipe on Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies. It was our first time making these cookies and I think we found our new Halloween tradition!… All Abooooaardd!
Refrigerate the dough for at least two hours. While the dough is in the fridge you can start prepping the icing or if you’d rather use store bought icing like we did, then you can watch a little Halloween movie instead while the dough is setting!
For the icing, we originally used this recipe on the pumpkin-shaped cookies but found that the flavor of the icing took away from the flavor of the cookie so we went with some good old fashion Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting for the skeleton-shaped cookies.
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, salt, and baking powder to the mixture. *Note: Next time we would add a little more pumpkin spice so we can REALLY get a stronger flavor* Stir in the flour just until mixed. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the dough until 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes. Let them rest on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.