This past Sunday us girls went to see Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Downtown Disney. Our reservation was for 10:30am so we decided to have breakfast at the Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel. We love this quick-service restaurant… EVERYTHING on the menu is delicious. We promise.
We headed over to Downtown Disney 15 min before our reservation as we heard the lobby was just as incredible as the rest of the place. Wall to wall details! One wall was designed for the Beats by Dre and Disney collaboration. We were able to listen to the Pop-Up Disney! album using the Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. These headphones are GOOOOOD…a little TOO good. We couldn’t hear the cast members calling our reservation until someone came to get us…
Once they gathered all of us for the 10:30am reservation, they went over some guidelines and showed us up the staircase for some magic.
It’s so hard to choose which room is your favorite but for Mom, she really liked the Steamboat Willie inspired room. Something that we found really sweet was the fact that they put a bunch of hidden Minnies throughout each room. We tried our best to find all of them!
We were most excited to see the next room. We had to get a picture of Kenzie’s pandora charm of Sorcerer Mickey’s hat.
We found a hidden Minnie!
This next room was Kenzie’s favorite which is not surprising, it very much is a Kenzie vibe.
The last stop in our Mickey celebration! Such a fun way to spend our Sunday!
Today is the last day to enjoy all the deliciousness at the Food & Wine Festival in DCA. We bought the Sip and Savor Pass ($49 with AP discount) which we love doing for all of the food events that take place at DCA. We were able to mosey along to each vendor, try what we wanted and come back at a later date to try some more! We really enjoy trying all the different foods – we’ve posted some of our favorites below!
It was a bit chilly when we first went to try some food so we decided to stop and get the Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup from the Nuts About Cheese booth. The soup was served in a mini Boudin sourdough bowl so you could eat every last bite of this delicious dish.
Close by was the California Craft Brews booth where Cody got the Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Columbia Street, Amber Lager and Courtney got the Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls. I’ll say this now, us three siblings all have very different tastes in what we like and what we agree on. These egg rolls are something we will never agree on. I won’t name names but some thought it was amazing and others thought that that person was CRAZY.
Another glimpse into our disagreements of tastes… Kenzie was not sold on the Esquites Sweet Corn Nuggets but Courtney loved them so much she had them twice! Also, Cody loves Churros (not part of the Food & Wine Festival but worth noting).
Like I mentioned before, we love taking advantage of our Sip & Savor Pass. We went back to DCA on another weekend to eat more food!
These next few vendors had some of our favorite dishes from the festival.
- The Spice Roasted chicken on Pita with Avocado Hummus and Garlic Sauce
- Artichoke Toast with California Olive Tapenade
- Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musubi with Pineapple Relish
Some honorable mentions:
- Asian-Style Beef Barbacoa Taco with Pickled Ginger
- Chocolate Crunch Cake
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Churro
Posting this made us hungry…Until next year Food & Wine Festival!!
We did it! We finally ate at the Lamplight Lounge on Pixar Pier. When this place first opened this past summer, the queues were INSANE. We tried a couple of times to put our name down as walk-ins but our hunger would always get the best of us. We may be late to the party with this one but it was only a matter of time that we book a reservation (a month in advance) for dinner.
The drink menu is colossal. We ordered two rounds because there were so many options! We tried boozy & non-boozy drinks and spoiler alert- they were all good.
What we ordered: 2319, Mint to Be, Infinity Fizz, Celctic Cure, Six Tentacles
There is an upstairs and downstairs for dining. The upstairs menu offers drinks and shared bites while the downstairs menu offers drinks, big bites and desserts. We made a reservation for downstairs.
Cody ordered the cheddar burger and we like to tease him over how particular he is about how he eats his food. He doesn’t like his food touching and he always eats his sides first and then the main part of the dish, is anyone else like this?
SO many Disney bloggers/influencers were raving about these lobster nachos so of course, we wanted to try them. Honestly, we were left scratching our heads…we all took a bite and then didn’t touch them for the rest of our meal (lives). Our sweet waitress noticed the full plate of nachos pushed aside and decided to take it off of our bill. In good conscious, we CANNOT recommend the lobster nachos but we CAN recommend the ratatouille! It was sooooo good. I could’ve added a few more “o” in so but I think you get it…it was good.
We ended our meal with these babies. We give it and the sauces that go with it a 10/10!
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.
Lunar New Year
Char Siu Pork Bao
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!
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Happiest Place on Earth! This year, Disneyland did a scavenger hunt in search of Minnie’s secret Valentine’s Day cards that she’s hidden for Mickey and all of her friends. This was such a cute little activity to do in the parks…some were harder to find than others which let Kenzie’s competitive side really show but we had a lot of fun with it!
We celebrated our victory of finding all the Valentine’s Day cards with some Valentine’s Day desserts! A chocolate tamale and frozen strawberry horchata…YES PLEASE.
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’ll miss you Christmas!! Until next time…