Haunted Mansion’s 50th Anniversary!

Processed with VSCO with e1 presetIt’s not news that Disneyland always delivers on themed celebrations ESPECIALLY when it comes to the food… but for Haunted Mansion’s 50th Anniversary they really outdid themselves. We’ve tried a lot of foods in the past but this particular celebration has to be our favorite one that we’ve seen tasted so far.

 

Let’s talk about souvenirs first. We originally were only going to get the popcorn bucket but then FOMO took over and we opted to complete the collection with the beignet holder and sipper cup. We’re crazy (we know) but these three hitchhiking ghosts make for the perfect Halloween decoration and we are very much our mother’s daughters when it comes to decorating the house for aaaallll the holidays. Now on to the food!

River Belle Terrace

  • Sliders Materialize– Spicy pork belly slider served on toasted brioche and topped with crisp cabbage slaw and pomegranate vinaigrette. Savory pork belly slider served on toasted brioche with black pepper bacon mayo, butter lettuce, cherry tomatoes and a crispy bacon “spike”
  • Hitchhiking Ghost Blue Velvet Cake– Blue velvet cake with blueberry puree, rice croquette brittle and vanilla-blueberry crisp

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The sliders were very tasty and packed with flavor but THAT CAKE…it is one of the most delicious things we’ve had in the parks. A bold statement but we stand by it. We went back again just for the cake and the cast member serving us said we weren’t the only ones there having cake for lunch. Breaks our hearts that this delicious treat is only here for a limited time.

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Churros

  • Bride Churro- Vanilla and sugar churro
  • Groom Churro- Dark chocolate and milk chocolate churr

Both churros were yummy but if we HAD to choose a side… we’d be team Bride!

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Mint Julep Bar / Royal Street Veranda

  • Blackberry Midnight Julep- blackberry, citrus and mint with lychee “moon”
  • Pickwick Ghost Punch- fruit and citrus juices with sherbert

These two are our top picks for drinks offered with this celebration. We’ve gone back maaaany times for these specialty drinks… we might have some separation anxiety when they finally depart from the parks…

Harbour Galley

  • 13th-Hour Brew- Iced coffee with vanilla cream
  • Ghost Mariner’s Seafood Boil- Cajun buttered shrimp with red potatoes, corn, andouille sausage

The brew was good but the real star of the drink was the vanilla cream. We tried mixing it to get some of that flavor in the rest of the drink but it didn’t really work so we continued to drink off the top (hence the cream moustache). The Seafood Boil was flavorful and spicy and it was fun to see it come in a boiling bag but we thought that for the price, there should have been a little more.

Rancho del Zocalo

  • The Long Forgotten Duelist Tacos- Two fry bread tacos with grilled fajita beef and braised butter chicken served with mexican rice and pickled vegetables

I don’t know why we haven’t spent more time eating at Rancho del Zocalo but it is quickly becoming one of our favorite places to go. These tacos were impossible to eat with your hands but the fry bread yuummm.

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Pooh Corner / Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Hitchhiking Ghost Rice Krispie- Rice Krispie covered with chocolate
  • Dead-Cadent Funnel Cake- Funnel cake with a brownie, white chocolate raspberry ice cream and chocolate pearls

There is nothing too complex about the first treat. It’s a chocolate-covered rice krispie treat. It’s cute AND it’s delicious. As for the Dead-Cadent Funnel Cake, it is a little more complex with its flavors and that’s why we love it. The brownie smothered with the white chocolate raspberry ice cream with whipped cream to top… we couldn’t think of a more perfectly dead-cadent sweet!

The French Market

  • The Wedding Cake- Buttercream frosting, cherries, cream cheese filling finished with a splatter of cherry sauce

How fun is this cake?!? and it tastes good too! Channeling our inner Mary Berry, this cake wins for great flavor and presentation.

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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Food Guide!

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If you’ve been keeping up with our Instagram, you already know how we feel about Galaxy’s Edge… spoiler alert: we LOVE it. While visiting the planet of Batuu, we got to taste a little (maybe a lot) of what the galaxy had to offer so we put together a list of all the food we tried while at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

DOCKING BAY 7

There was a lot to like at Docking Bay 7. We’ve eaten here for breakfast and lunch but haven’t had a chance to try the dinner menu yet so I guess we’ll just HAVE to go back! The breakfast here was delicious, the Bright Suns Morning consists of a three-cheese egg bite, pork sausage, purple potato hash and a mini mustafarian lava roll. The pork sausage gets a 10/10 from us, it was SO yummy. We enjoyed 2 out of 4 of our lunch plates. The Felucian Garden Spread and the Roasted Endorian Tip Yip Salad were in our favor, the Smoked Kaadu Ribs and Yobshrimp Noodle Salad were not. The ribs were difficult to eat and it was hard to see if there were bones in the meat (there were) and the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad left Cody hungry for churros. I know Cody’s always hungry for churros but he said the meal wasn’t great and we trust him. Our overall favorites; Moof Juice, Roasted Endorian Tip Yip Salad, Felucian Garden Spread, Bright Suns Morning, Batuu-Bon.

Breakfast:

  • Rising Moons Overnight Oats- $6.99
  • Bright Suns Morning- $10.99
  • Mustafarian Lava Roll $5.99
  • Moof Juice- $5.49
  • Phattro- $5.49

Lunch:

  • Felucian Garden Spread- $12.99
  • Yobshrimp Noodle Salad- $15.99
  • Smoked Kaadu Ribs- $16.99
  • Roasted Endorian Tip Yip Salad- $13.99

Dessert:

  • Batuu-Bon- $6.99
  • Oi-oi puff- $6.49

Breakfast at Docking Bay 7

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RONTO ROASTERS

When you have siblings, you’re expected to have some disagreements, we certainly do (Blue Milk vs. Green Milk) but something we can all agree on is that the Ronto Wrap and the Tatooine Sunset are the best things we tried in Galaxy’s Edge! The Moof Juice from Docking Bay 7 wasn’t far behind but there is just something about the Tatooine Sunset… it’s refreshing yet sweet and very delicious. The Ronto Wrap was filled with roasted pork, cole slaw and grilled pork sausage, what’s not to like??

  • Ronto Wrap- $12.99
  • Nuna Turkey Jerky (Sweet)- $7.49
  • Tatooine Sunset- $5.49

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MILK STAND

Like I mentioned before, we are not in agreeance about the milks from the Milk Stand. Courtney liked the Green Milk while Cody and I preferred the Blue Milk. Something we all preferred to these milks was the Blue Bantha drink from Oga’s Cantina… but more on that later! Despite this being a milk stand, there isn’t actually any dairy in these drinks. They are both plant-based using coconut and rice milk which we think gives it that sweet taste. These were fun to try but I don’t think we’ll be having a craving for them any time soon.

  • Blue Milk- $7.99
  • Green Milk- $7.99

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OGA’S CANTINA

We were lucky enough to be able to visit the cantina twice and while we thoroughly enjoyed the decor, music and drinks, it was very crowded and we felt rushed each time. Once you get into the cantina, there is a 45 min time LIMIT and a 2 drink MAXIMUM. As you can see, we tried a lot over our two visits. Our favorite drinks were the Outer Rim, Blue Bantha and the Cliff Dweller. Bonus is the Cliff Dweller comes in an adorable Porg mug and the Blue Bantha has a cookie on top!

There are two options for food during lunch and dinner. We loved Oga’s Obsession (Jello with popping pearls) but we couldn’t get on board with the Batuu Bits. While they looked the part, we thought it was a weird combination. Chocolate and fish in the same bite? No thank you!

Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cliff Dweller- $32.00
  • Blue Bantha- $13.00
  • Hyperdrive (Punch It!)- $6.00

Alcoholic:

  • Fuzzy Tauntaun- $15.00
  • Dagobah Slug Slinger- $15.00
  • Jet Juice- $14.00
  • The Outer Rim- $16.00
  • Yub Nub- $42.00
  • Jedi Mind Trick- $14.00
  • Toniray, Goldschmidt Vineyards, Sonoma- $13.00

Snacks:

  • Oga’s Obsession- $7.50
  • Batuu Bits- $8.00

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That’s about it for our food guide! ‘Til the Spires!

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Food & Wine Festival 2019

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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!

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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).

 

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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

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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!!

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Lamplight Lounge

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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?

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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.

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We ended our meal with these babies. We give it and the sauces that go with it a 10/10!

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Mickey’s 90th Birthday!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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