Tags: California, Corn Dog Castle, Disney California Adventure, disneyland, travel, travel destination, Where to eat at Disneyland
I love having Disney California Adventure right across from Disneyland. We hop over to this fun park each time we visit for some of our favorite rides and food. Today I’ll be showing you one of our favorites….The Corn Dog Castle. Calories don’t count when you are at Disney right?! Lol!
How magical is Mickey’s Fun Wheel? It was a cloudy day when we went, but I love the reflection on the water
Here’s the Corn Dog Castle that you will find towards the back end of the park. Keep walking past Grizzly River Run, past Little Mermaid towards the right. Let your nose lead you to the greasy goodness, lol!
Unlike the Corn Dog Truck at Disneyland on Main Street, you have a few more choices to choose from such as the hot link corn dog and the cheddar cheese stick! Oh my!
Here is your counter.
Your corn diggity comes with either a bag of sliced apples or a bag of chips.
Here’s the original corn dog that can also be found in Disneyland at the Red Truck on Main Street.
The Hot-Link Corn Dog was my favorite. A little spicy….I will go back for this bad boy!
I did not know what to think of the cheddar cheese stick…..but for the sake of the review I just had to see what it was like. Now, I have to be honest….I am a bit of a cheese snob. I like good cheese, so if you can get over the fact that this is a deep fried piece of Velveeta then you will be fine. It’s kind of like a big grilled cheese sandwich on a stick. Not my favorite, but definitely interesting
The jumping jellyfish ride is right across from the Corn Dog Castle along with the Golden Zephyr ride.
So, have you had the Corn Dog Castle at California Adventure? Let’s hear about it! Did you love the cheese stick or not so much like me? The Hot-link Corn Dog or Original?
Have a great weekend friends!!
A couple weekends was one of the best weekends my family has had together…..ever. We celebrated my birthday and our anniversary at Disneyland and The Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim California. I snapped pictures of our time to share….let’s take a look
To start, the hotel is under some construction right now, so make sure you ask about that if you plan on staying soon.
When you pull up to the hotel you have the option to valet your car for $22.00 per day or self park for $15.00 a day.
We checked in on a Thursday evening and met with friendly staff that showed us to our room. As you walk out of your elevator you are greeted with this fun Disneyland banner on the carpet. Too fun!
Skipping down the hall anxious to see our room. Now, I will say I called one month in advance and most of the rooms were already booked. The only rooms available were the suites so…..since it was my birthday and anniversary we splurged
As you open your door to the suite, you have a bathroom, separate living room and bar area. Lots of space. We had a decent view…not fabulous. Next time, I will make sure we have a view of the park.
To the right of the living room was a separate bedroom and bathroom. The beds were fabulous, soft and fluffy just like you would imagine. My favorite part of the entire suite was the lighted Disneyland headboard. Not only did it light up, but when you turn the light on, the lamp plays “When You Wish Upon A Star.” It is magical without a doubt. The boys and I would come into the room just to play the sweet song and watch the headboard light up. Loved this
Every corner had Micky…..everywhere. Perfectly festive.
My sweet boys had these fancy chocolate covered strawberries and Sparkling Cider ready when we checked in. They were delicious. There is also a room service menu you can peek at HERE.
The next morning we walked out the back door checking out the pool and restaurants. Loved these Disney shaped bushes.
Here is the monorail water slide. It was quite chilly when we visited, so we didn’t swim, but it looked very fun for summer!
Here is a separate pool area. It was under construction during our stay, but it looked lovely from a distance.
Here is a shot of the vibrant blue hotel from the pool.
A couple shots of the water slide area. The water slides didn’t open until 11am, but kids were still swimming around them.
Plenty of places to sit and watch the kids
Some of the scenery around the hotel grounds. The boys loved the steam coming from the rocks.
One of the restaurants at the hotel, Tangaroa Terrace. It is a casual dining experience. We didn’t make it to this one, but will be trying it soon. Click HERE to see the menu. There’s also Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar you can see their menu HERE.
There is a Disney Fantasia shop to purchase plenty of Disney gifts for family and friends. It was like a smaller Disney Store.
For breakfast one morning we dined at Steakhouse 55. Next door is Goofy’s Kitchen (review coming soon) which is very busy. Keep in mind if you waited last minute getting reservations to Goofy’s Kitchen you can generally get seated right away at Steakhouse 55. Take a look at the menu.
Menu Date: March 2011
All That Jazz
Espresso – $2.99
Caffe Latte or Cappuccino – $4.19
Mocha – $4.29
Brewed Regular or Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream, Hot Tea – $2.99
Juices: Orange, Grapefruit, Cranberry, Apple or Tomato – Small $2.99, Large $4.99
Steakhouse 55 Struttin’ Selections
Buttermilk Stack – Steaming buttermilk pancakes piled high. Served with whipped butter and Warm Bananas Foster or Warm Berries. $11.00
French Toast – Thick-cut French toast dipped in eggs, cream with vanilla and powdered sugar served with Warm Bananas Foster or Warm Berries. $12.00
Eggs Benedict – Two fresh eggs, expertly poached atop Canadian bacon and an English muffin. With hollandaise sauce. $14.00
Two Times Four – Two slices of French toast, two fresh eggs, any style, plus two strips of bacon and two links of sausage. $12.00
Build-Your-Own-Omelette – Choice of three: cheese, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, ham, avocado, tomato, onion or roasted peppers. With toast or bagel. $12.00
American Breakfast – Two eggs, any style with ham, bacon or sausage. With toast or bagel. $12.00
New York Steak and Eggs – A juicy, 7-ounce certified Angus steak, with two farm-fresh eggs, any style. With toast or bagel. $17.00
Huevos Rancheros – Two fresh eggs, corn tortillas, cheese and black beans with fresh pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. $12.00
Sunrise Burrito – Scrambled fresh eggs, chorizo, potatoes and cheese in a flour tortilla with fresh pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream on the side. $12.00
Egg-White Omelette – Egg whites, with mushroom, tomato, onion and peppers. With toast or bagel. $11.00
Bakery Basket – Choice of three: Blueberry or Bran muffin, Croissant or Fruit Danish. $6.00
Granola – Rolled oats with sliced almonds, with choice of one: fruit, yogurt or small juice. $8.00
Seasonal Fruits with Yogurt – Fresh-fruit cocktail or a grapefruit half. $8.00
Kellogg’s Cereals – Froot Loops, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Special K or Corn Flakes, with choice of one: fruit, yogurt or small juice. $8.00
Oatmeal – Served with brown sugar and raisins, with sliced bananas or strawberries. $10.00
Smoked Salmon and Bagel – Dill cream cheese and traditional accompaniment. $12.00
Here is a fun seating area as you walk into the restaurant. My son was trying to dance like Michael Jackson and got embarrassed when I tried taking a picture
You’ll find a very nice dining area. I will say this is not really kid friendly, however there were other families with kids dining around us. This is more of a nice dinner atmosphere, but the breakfast was really good.
I ordered the eggs benedict, which was great. The boys wished they would have ordered it for themselves. They loved it….so did I!
The boys ordered the Micky Pancakes. What kid doesn’t like pancakes in the shape of a mouse? They gobbled these up no problem. I like that it came with a side of yogurt and fruit. Here is the menu for kids.
For Kids Ages 3 through 9
Each meal includes a side of Seasonal Fruit and Yogurt plus one of these beverage choices:
Minute Maid Juice, Low-Fat Milk, Low-Fat Chocolate Milk, Dasani Water
Kellogg’s Cereals – Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies or Special K $6.99
“Mickey” Shaped Pancake. $6.99
Jr. Scramble – Scrambled Eggs with Breakfast Potatoes $6.99
My husband ordered the French Toast with a Banana’s Foster Sauce. This was heavenly. Overall, Steakhouse 55 was a great place for breakfast with no wait during a Holiday weekend. Love that!
The Disneyland Hotel
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
Goofy’s Kitchen review coming next!
Hope you enjoyed our review of the hotel. Have you been? Tell us your experience.
Tags: California, Corn Dog Stand, Disney Eats, disneyland, Main Street, review, travel, Vacation, Where to eat at Disneyland
One might think….what is the big deal about a corn dog anyway? Well, if you haven’t tried the Disneyland Corn Dog then you might want to make it your mission in life to eat one someday
As you walk down Main Street you will see fabulous flowers, charming shops and then…..
The bright red Corn Dog Truck or Little Red Wagon.
If you ask a handful of people their favorite thing to eat at Disneyland, chances are, many of them will say the deep fried, greasy, perfectly crispy corn dogs from this fun bright red corn dog truck.
You’ll find this Corn Dog Truck located right at the end of Main Street if you are walking from the entrance of the park. You walk right up to the window to order. There are a few tables located right behind the truck or we like to go into the Plaza Inn and eat at their outside tables.
Here it is….the corn dog that gets RAVE reviews. Especially by my boys. It is golden brown, crispy on the outside and hot diggety dog on the inside. Your dog will come with either a bag of chips or apple slices on the side.
Here is the short menu:
Hand-Dipped Corn Dog – With sliced apples or a small bag of chips. $5.99
Coca-Cola, diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange – Regular $2.79, Large $3.29
Bottled Water - $2.79
Large bag of chips – $2.79
Yah, these boys go kinda nuts for the Disney Corn Dog
This about sums it up
Have a magical day!
Do you have stories about these corn dogs? Do you love them as much as we do? Let’s hear it!!
Have you been to Disneyland during the month of October? If not, you must. It is so fun and festive. I caught these photos a few weeks ago and just love them. These Disney character pumpkins greet you as you come into the park
Here’s another glimpse of the front of Disneyland. Fun!
These decorations line the lights of Main Street as well as the entrance area.
Today, I will be reviewing the Plaza Inn Restaurant right off of Main Street before heading into Fantasy Land. It has a fancy pink entrance that makes you so excited to go inside.
Here is the menu below:
Plaza Inn Specialty Chicken – Three pieces of chicken, fried to a golden brown, seasoned with distinctive herbs and spices. Served with mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuit and mixture of vegetables. $13.49
Pot Roast – Slow-roasted, served with vegetables, buttermilk biscuit, mashed potatoes and gravy. $14.49
Penne Pasta – Topped with Parmesan cheese, served with Italian bread and one of these flavorful sauces: Marinara, Bolognese, Chicken Pesto Alfredo Sauce – $12.49
Cobb Salad – Fresh tossed mixed greens, with chicken, bacon, egg, tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing $10.49
House Salad – Mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes and choice of dressing $3.99
Chicken – Choice of a baked or fried chicken leg, with mashed potatoes, green beans, seasonal fruit, and choice of small Low-Fat milk, small Low-Fat chocolate milk, juice or small bottled water. $6.99
Penne Pasta – Topped with Marinara or Bolognese sauce. Served with fresh seasonal fruit, Italian bread, and choice of small Low-Fat milk, small Low-Fat chocolate milk, juice or small bottled water. $6.49
Coke, diet Coke, Sprite, Root Beer, Fanta Orange, Light Lemonade, Iced Tea, PowerAde – Regular $2.79, Large $3.29
Hot Cocoa $2.79
Chocolate Milk $2.79
Hot Tea $2.79
Coffee – Regular or Decaf $2.79
Apple Juice $1.79
Low-fat Milk $1.79
Assorted Desserts Available $4.99
Chocolate Cake $4.99
Whole Fruit – $1.79
Here’s another look of the front of the restaurant.
There is inside dining and a large seating area outside. You can also have birthday parties in the outside area. Looked like the kids were having a blast
As you walk through the entrance you will see a number of areas to choose from. You have a pasta area, chicken area, beef area and of course a dessert area.
You walk right up to the counter to the type of food you are in the mood for and the server plates everything up and hands you your plate that you put onto your tray.
The inside dining is very nice. Soft decorative booths and fancy gold studded pink velvet chairs.
The boys and I chose a seat by the window so I could snap some photos of our food. Here is the Pot Roast served with vegetables (green beans), mashed potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit. I have to be honest, when I am at Disneyland this is not the kind of food I am in the mood for, so it wouldn’t be my first choice. But it if you are in the mood for a hearty dinner, The Plaza Inn is your place!
One of my boys ordered the Fried Chicken Leg that comes with mashed potatoes, vegetables, apples and a drink. He said the chicken was awesome My other son ordered the penne pasta that you can choose alfredo or red sauce. It comes with a bread stick, apples and a drink. He liked his as well.
You know we had to order dessert right?! Well, the chocolate cake was very nice. Layers of chocolate mouse, cake and a crunchy layer at the bottom Yum! We’ll order this one again.
Have you been to Plaza Inn? Tell us about your experience. I’d love to hear what you loved and maybe not so loved!
Tags: California, disneyland, French Market Restaurant, review, travel
Let the Disneyland restaurant reviews continue Today I will be reviewing the very charming French Market Restaurant in the middle of New Orleans Square, close to Pirates of the Caribbean, the train stop, and The Haunted Mansion. This is one of the nicer restaurants in the park with quite a large seating area outside.
I love the feel of New Orleans Square, it full of festivites. Whether a band is playing, princesses singing, or the sea of people passing by, it’s a great place to be.
Let’s take a look at the menu below….
Menu Date: 9/2011
Plantation Citrus Chicken
A French Market specialty! Succulently Roasted Chicken Breast, seasoned with Citrus and Cajun spices. With “Market” Smashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Cheddar Corn Bread – $12.99
Roast Beef Royale
Slow-roasted generously sliced, and served with Cognac Peppercorn Jus with “Market” Smashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Cheddar Corn Bread – $13.49
Seafood & Chicken Jambalaya
A Savory Medley of Creole Rice, Zucchini, Carrots, Bell Peppers, Okra, and Tomato. Then, it’s given a N’awlins “kick” with regional herbed and spiced Shrimp, Crawfish, Andouille Sausage and Cajun Chicken. With Seasonal Vegetables and Cheddar Corn Bread – $12.49
Herb & Garlic Salmon Creole
A Savory Medley of Creole Rice, Zucchini, Carrots, Bell Peppers, Okra, and Tomato. Then, it’s given a N’awlins “kick” with regional herbed and spiced Shrimp, Crawfish, Andouille Sausage and Cajun Chicken. With Seasonal Vegetables and Cheddar Corn Bread – $13.99
Four-Cheese Pasta & Vegetable Gratin
A creamy blend of Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Provolone and Asiago surrounding tender pasta and smooth, subtle bites of Shiitake Mushroom and Cauliflower Florets topped with Seasonal Breadcrumbs. Oven-baked to a golden finish. With Seasonal Vegetables and Cheddar Corn Bread – $12.49
Dixieland Cajun Chicken Salad
Cajun Breast of Chicken, Roasted Corn, Peppers, Onion, Black-Eyed Peas, Avocado, and Tomato – atop a crisp bed of Romaine, Arugula and Frisee Lettuce. With a zesty “Louisiana” vinaigrette and Cheddar Corn Bread – $11.99
Chowder & Salad Duet
Our signature Clam Chowder, piping hot in a Boudin Sourdough Bread Boule, with our Garden Salad – $11.49
Garden Salad – $3.99
Disney’s MUNCH, Inc.
Citrus Chicken Breast with rice – $6.99
Macaroni and Cheese – $6.49
Ages 3 and under
Yummy Cheesy Macaroni
with smooth apple sauce on the side and small low-fat milk – $3.99
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid Lemonade, Ice Tea – $2.79/$3.29
New Orleans Mint Julep – $2.99
Minute Maid Apple or Orange Juice – $1.59
Coffee – $2.79
Hot Tea – $2.79
Hot Cocoa – $2.79
Chocolate Milk – $2.69
Milk – $1.59
Bottled Water – $2.79
As you walk through the front door, you will grab your own tray and silverware then head down the line where the servers will dish up the food you’d like to order.
How smart to put those tempting desserts right by the register. I’m surprised my boys didn’t stick their fingers right in the chocolate cake
Here’s a glimpse of the desserts.
I was awfully tempted by this one
Once you purchase your food, you walk right out to this open outside seating with a live band. Very relaxing and inviting.
Here’s a shot of the band. Love the colorful outfits!
The boys ordered the Mac and Cheese, both ate the entire plate along with their fruit and veggies
My husband and I shared the next three entrees. This one is the Dixieland Cajun Chicken Salad. Loved all of the colorful vegetables and the tangy dressing. I would order this again.
Here’s the Four Cheese Pasta and Vegetable Gratin. I was a little concerned that it appeared to be sitting under the warmer too long, but it actually had great flavor. It comes with a nice chunk of sweet cornbread and steamed vegetables.
There’s a closer look at the vegetables.
Here you have the Plantation Citrus Chicken with Smashed Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables and Cornbread. The big piece of roasted chicken was nice and tender with great flavor. The potatoes were good too.
Sweet cornbread. Mmmmm, more like a little cake
Here was another view from our table, lots of fun going on.
Here’s a shot from outside the restaurant, also where you exit when leaving
Before you leave, you absolutely must walk up to the Mint Julep Bar inside the restaurant (same sitting area) and get a few goodies. I almost passed it up and am glad I didn’t!!
This is their signature drink they call the Mint Julep. It’s non-alcoholic of course. My boys and husband LOVED it. It’s sweet, sparkly and mildly minty with a cherry on top.
The highlight of the entire dinner for me were these warm, perfectly soft Micky Mouse Beignets! You order them right from the Mint Julep bar and they’ll hand them to you in a white paper sack. Give them a good shake and eat! I snagged a plate from the restaurant to take photos of them. I’ve had beignets and these were REALLY good
Let’s just say, my family of 4 ate these in about 30 seconds, Lol
Yah, maybe 29 seconds.
Here’s the view as we were walking out, great place to sit down and enjoy a nice scenic dinner.
Hope you enjoyed a glimpse inside the French Market Restaurant.
What have you tried that you loved or maybe not so loved? Let’s hear it!
Tags: antique mall, bakery, Blue Frog, cafe, California, Orange, travel
This week while my family was visiting from Arizona, we went to a very charming shopping area in Old Towne Orange Historic District, CA. It’s only about 15-20 minutes from Newport Beach on the freeway. While we were browsing through antique shops, I quickly saw this sweet little cafe and bakery called Blue Frog. We decided to do brunch….and a few desserts.
There are a few seats outside as you can see in the photo and inside there are seats around the counter. You can also find a handful of tables upstairs. You walk right up to the counter to order and pay, then the server brings your food to your table. At the counter you will find desserts galore. Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes and more. I was tempted to try one of everything!
Take a peek!
I ordered the Froggie Breakfast Burrito that had eggs, bacon and cheese inside a perfectly soft flour tortilla with a cup of mild salsa. You can choose between potatoes or fruit for your side. The potatoes were nicely seasoned, thin and great with the burrito.
The biscuits and gravy were great. Flavorful peppery bacon gravy over top 2 soft buttery biscuits. Next time I would order an extra side of gravy since we ran out towards the end Potatoes or fruit are your side choices here as well.
Well, since we finished brunch around noon, it was perfectly appropriate to order desserts right? First up is this adorable little chocolate cake. I had very high hopes for it because it looked so darn good. Let’s see what it looks like inside
Oh yah, super moist cake and ganache layered in between the cakes. This little cake lived up to my expectations. Will order it again!
Lovely little layers of cinnamon-y carrot cake with little golden raisins throughout. It was soft and layered with a light cream cheese frosting. Very good!
Oh baby, this giant eclair was the bomb….no, seriously. A nice layer of chocolate on top of a nice flaky crust, with a perfect vanilla custard on the inside. We loved picking at this one.
Blue Frog Bakery
136 S Glassell St
Orange, CA 92866
Closed on Mondays
Tags: California, disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Dole Whip, review, Tiki Juice Bar, travel
Disneyland’s Tiki Juice Bar….or just “The Dole Whip Place” as we call it, is one of those special treats in the park that you will wait in a mile long line with a smile on your face because you know it will be worth it! Crazy I know.
The Tiki Juice Bar is located right inside of Adventureland next to the Tiki Room, which is where you can watch a fun musical show that the little ones LOVE. My 6 and 9 year old are a bit over it, but the little ones get a kick out of the singing and dancing birds
What you’ll find is this outside little hut that serves 2 lines. The most obvious line is usually the really long one that trickles down towards the Jungle Cruise. If you walk into the Tiki Room area, you will find a sneaky 2nd line that is generally much shorter…..so go to that line.
You’ll find just a few items available, but all fresh and pineapple-y delicious
Here’s my cute husband FINALLY up to the front of the (2nd) line around the back by the Tiki Room. This trip was mid September about 3:15pm. We were in line for about 35 minutes, just to give you an idea.
Up first is the ever so popular Dole Whip Float. Not only do you get the pineapple soft serve on top, but you get pineapple juice on the bottom. A very popular choice. This one does not disappoint.
Here is the Pineapple Dole Whip Soft Serve. You can see they give you a big serving. This soft serve is hard to explain, it’s so light and almost airy with a soft pineapple flavor. People wait in line all day to have this baby!
Call me boring, but this is what I order…..the straight up Dole Pineapple Juice. It is so refreshing and ice cold. I am a fan, but my family thought I was crazy, lol.
We made it out of line just in time to watch Mickey’s Souondsational Parade. I don’t care how old I am, I still LOVE these darn parades! So fun and festive.
The entire parade, I kept telling my husband, ooooo I want that girl’s outfit for Halloween!
Then I saw her dress and quickly changed my mind to this one
Then of course to this beautiful princess one. Lol!
The little girls sitting around us were so cute to watch when the princesses passed by.
I seriously love Belle’s dress. Gorgeous.
These guys definitely got into character
The Merry Poppins Chimney Sweepers!
Hope you’ve enjoyed our review to the Dole Juice Bar and a peek at Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.
So, what is your favorite Dole treat and how long have you’ve waited in line for it? Lol!
Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland is easily one of my favorite places to eat in the park. It is nestled in Critter Country as you walk past Splash Mountain, right before the Winnie The Pooh Ride. I love the beautiful green trees surrounding the restaurant and the view of Rivers of America as you eat. Feels as if you are right in the middle of the wilderness You can eat for roughly under $15.00 per adult.
As you walk through the entry over the bridge you will see a number of cashiers waiting to take your order. Once you place your order, you wait right at the kitchen for your order.
Here is half of the menu posted on the front of the kitchen.
….and here are some more choices
My first pick is the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich. I have ordered this a number of times and each time I like it more and more. There is a juicy slaw over top the fried green tomatoes inside a soft whole wheat bun. You’ll never miss the meat from this vegetarian sammy:)
You can choose between onion rings, sweet potato fries and slaw as your sides. For the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich we chose the onion rings. They are great. Real onions inside, crispy and delicious.
We also sampled the Crispy Chicken Sandwich with slaw as it’s side. The crispy chicken sandwich is just ok, however my husband discovered if you put the slaw on top of the chicken, it makes the sandwich much better.
Here’s a nice look at the slaw. Mango, onion, peppers, cabbage. It’s nice and refreshing.
One of my boys ordered the Kids Chicken Breast Nuggets and Apples. The chicken is great, however I would recommend this for kids 5 years and under since this is the portion size
My other kiddo wanted a cheeseburger. This is the Classic Cheeseburger. Comes with lettuce and tomato. He took off the veggies and enjoyed the burger. I tried a bite and it was a decent burger.
We chose the sweet potato fries with the burger. They are crispy, nicely salted and a perfect addition to any burger or sandwich.
This gives you a sense of the nice atmosphere are around the tables. It’s open, light and relaxing with the beautiful scenery.
Here was the view from our tables in the back. How beautiful are the Rivers of America?
For the sake of the review (haha) we tried the desserts First up is the little lattice cherry pie. You could also choose a peach pie as well.
I must say, it was a good little pie. Flaky crust and cherry pie filling inside. They even warm it up for you
The highlight of our meal was this sparkly bumblebee topped Lemon Cupcake. Soft cake with a sweet lemon filling. Trust me on this, you’ve got to try this one
Here’s a glimpse of the lemon filling inside. The four of us agreed that we are not much of lemon dessert fans, but this one changed our thoughts for sure. Looking forward to ordering it again
We caught The Mark Twain Riverboat floating by. Gorgeous views here at Hungry Bear. Hope you enjoy!
Be sure to tell us all what you’ve ordered at Hungry Bear Restaurant that you’ve loved and maybe not so loved.
Tags: California, Carnation Cafe, disneyland, travel, Vacation
If you are like my family, half of the fun of Disneyland is trying out all of the restaurants at the park. There are so many to choose from and it’s my goal to share each and every one with you! If you are wondering “Where should I eat at Disneyland, CA?” …..then I can help:)
Today I am sharing our breakfast and lunch dining experience at Carnation Cafe located smack dab in the middle of Main Street. This is a great place for breakfast or lunch if you are a people watcher because you know how Main Street is…..always hopping with activity You can’t miss the festive red and white striped umbrellas covering each table.
The view from inside the restaurant. It’s an outside dining experience where you sit under cute red and white striped umbrellas and sit on red cushioned cafe style chairs. I appreciated the crayons the servers brought the kids to keep them busy before their food arrived. Click HERE to see the entire Breakfast Menu.
For breakfast, the boys ordered the oh so fun Mickey Waffles with a side of fruit. They were crispy on the outside and soft inside. Great choice for the kids for sure.
I ordered the Croissant Eggs Benedict that comes with breakfast potatoes and fruit. I would definitely order this again. In fact, the boys ate half of mine, they loved it too
My husband ordered the very famous Cinnamon Roll French Toast. It comes with cream cheese frosting (oh my gosh!), fruit and bacon. This is a very “sweet” meal. I LOVED it, but would be more inclined to order it for a late breakfast or even dessert. It was really good.
This is more like it…..lathered with cream cheese frosting
It was a chilly cloudy day when we went for breakfast, so we shared a mug of hot chocolate. It was slurped in about 30 seconds. Great hot chocolate.
Here’s the lunch menu posted outside. You’ll find lunch favorites such as sandwiches, soups, pot pies, meatloaf and salads at Carnation Cafe along with a handful of tempting desserts.
Here’s a peek of the lunch menu you get handed when you sit down. Choices, choices Click HERE to see the entire lunch menu.
Here you have the Smoked Turkey Sandwich on Pretzel Bread with a side of Loaded Baked Potato Soup. The soup was the star of the show here. It was thick and full of my favorite baked potato toppings. I would definitely order this soup again. The sandwich was good, but I kept going back for the soup.
A closer look of that fabulous Loaded Baked Potato Soup. This is a must order.
Here’s the Cafe’ Steak Melt that came recommended by our server. It was really good. I loved the cheddar roll and dipping the sandwich into a side of A-1 Sauce. We chose a side of potato salad which was creamy and nicely seasoned.
Here is the Croissant Chicken Club Sandwich with a side salad. The sandwich was probably my favorite sandwich that we ordered. The croissant was buttery soft, the chicken breast was nice and moist and you can’t go wrong with cheddar and bacon. I would recommend ordering this one.
Kids menu with lots of kids favorites…mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly which you can design into your own perfect sandwich and of course a hot dog.
Our youngest ordered the mac and cheese and a side of fruit. He had it eaten in minutes. Thumbs up from him
Our oldest ordered the hot diggity dog with a side of fruit and carrots. I’ve seen better hot dogs in my days, but my son didn’t seem to mind it at all slathered with ketchup
You know we are all about the desserts. Lots to choose from. Wishing we would have ordered one of everything to try them all.
We went with this very small dessert…..The Matterhorn Sundae, Lol! Four scoops of ice cream, caramel, strawberry sauce, hot fudge, whipped cream, Micky sprinkles and a cherry. Yikes!
Word to the wise…eat quickly, this baby melts fast.
Ready, set, go!
See what I mean about the melting, Lol!
This is hard work
Well, between the 4 of us, we did some damage on this sucker. I give the Matterhorn Sundae a perfect 10 for presentation and fun.
Have a magical….and Delicious day!
Be sure to share your experience of Carnation Cafe and tell us your thoughts on things you’ve ordered, loved and not so loved
Tags: California, disneyland, Pooh Corner Bakery, travel, Vacation
If you’ve followed Picky Palate you might know we are a bit of Disney fanatics. I am so excited to start featuring each and every place to eat or snack at Disneyland. If you have ever wondered “What should I eat at Disneyland,” then I am your gal
First up, is my most favorite spot in all of Disneyland….Pooh Corner Bakery.
Pooh Corner is located in the far corner of Critter Country right behind Splash Mountain and the Winnie The Pooh Ride.
My boys run straight to the first candy section, lots of treats to choose from.
Another favorite spot for my boys are the Goofy Sour Straws
Cute festive Disney cupcakes.
Delicious cookies that Wonderland Bakery supplies.
Irresistible chocolate goodies to choose from.
One of my favorite things in the shop is the giant window where you can watch the Disney workers prepare the goodies for the glass case.
I have yet to try these adorable apples, but I have always wanted to. So cute.
My little stinkers
Maybe a little too much sugar? Lol!
Without fail, the two things I purchase at the bakery are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich and the White Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookie Love!
Big and beautiful
Ok, I am ready to go back so I can get another one of these bad boys
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich may look simple, but wait until you try it. Delicious with a capital D! I even re-created my own recipe for this Disney favorite you can see right HERE
I recently tried this Milk Chocolate Smore’s Sandwich and it was incredible. I still prefer the Peanut butter one above, but this would be a close second
Hope you’ve enjoyed my feature of Pooh Corner. If you’ve been to Pooh Corner, please let us all know what you’ve tried, loved or not so loved!!
Tags: La Paz Mexico, Mexico, travel, Vacation
A little over a month ago, I had no idea La Paz Mexico existed. I put a rush on my passport and now have such fond memories of this beautiful part of the country and am thrilled to share with you the highlights of my weekend. A group of food and travel bloggers were whisked off to the Costa Baja Resort and Spa for a fun filled weekend.
The travel was intense, but the memories that were made were worth it. My one regret is not bringing my big camera. I was unsure whether or not to bring it and wished I would have. My point and shoot did pretty good, but you’ll see some borrowed pics from my good friend Amanda who was smarter than I For the record, I felt completely safe in Mexico the entire time of our trip.
Scroll down and I’ll show you everything
Photo via Amanda
The group arrived Thursday August 25th to the resort. This is a photo of the lobby. It was open and airy with beautiful views of the pool, beach and marina.
Photo via Amanda
When we checked in, we headed off to our rooms. Amanda snapped this gorgeous photo. It was nice with a view of the pool, giant glass door shower, flat screen tv and comfy bed.
Here is the pool area. Nice and inviting.
Friday morning we had breafast right down the beach from our resort, this is The Beach Club. We LOVED spending time here. It was just gorgeous as you can tell in the photos.
Another shot of the pool at The Beach Club. This infinity pool was so pretty. This is definitely a place I would like to hang with my family all day.
Right across from the restaurant where we had breakfast were these fun little cabanas. You can rent these for no extra charge. How inviting does this look?!
Here is the front view of The Beach Club Restaurant. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had a little of everything during our trip….and it was all delicious.
Another view of The Beach Club. We had the whole place to ourselves for breakfast.
No kidding, the best fresh squeezed orange juice I’ve ever had. Wish I had a glass right now
Friday morning after breakfast we met in the marina to get ready for our snorkeling adventure to Isla Espiritu Santo. This was by far the highlight of my trip.
Just sailing off, passing beautiful boats and yachts.
Getting our sunscreen on and enjoying zipping through the water in our party boat.
I am still in awe of how crystal blue the waters were. It’s hard to believe it until you see it for yourself. Stunning.
Couldn’t help but snap a photo of the fish swimming all around our boat. I have never seen water this clear.
This was the area where the sea lions hung out. They chose a great home
Photo via Amanda
Here we are getting ready to snorkel. The water was perfect. Lots of little fish all around us. The sealions were on the rocky area behind us.
Lori and I. I am ready to go snorkeling again. My boys would love this.
Photo via Amanda
On our way back , we found a group of dolphins that enjoyed racing the boat and jumping over our waves. Adorable! Love this photo Amanda captured. We were all in awe!
Photo via Amanda
There they go. It was a fun game for them to jump through our waves. Little cutie pies!
Photo via Amanda
Saturday morning we headed to Todos Santos to the Hotel California. Very bright and full of personality.
Here is the lobby of Hotel California. Loved the colors.
Walking to the back of the hotel. Great seating areas.
Nice sparkling pool area.
Photo Via Amanda
It was time for lunch! We had a Mexican feast, all delicious.
photos via Amanda
We started with chips, guacamole and salsa along with some fish tacos. Delish!
photos via Amanda
We also had chicken verde enchiladas and a chocolate truffle cake for dessert.
Photo via Amanda
Bloggers I spent the weekend with:
A big thanks to the Mexico Tourism Board for having us and to the PR folks who worked so hard to show us a good time. Had a great time in LA Paz. Will treasure the memories forever!
Disclosure: This was an all expense paid trip via Mexico Tourism, thoughts and remarks are my own.
Tags: Commander's Palace, dining, Louisiana, New Orleans, travel
One of the highlights of my time in New Orleans was going to Commander’s Palace for Brunch Sunday morning. It’s hard to explain the ambiance of the restaurant, it’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before, or at least that I have ever seen. A long line of waiters lined the halls and greeted us as we walked through the door and balloons were centerpieces at every table. You also get a live band that plays at your own table. The food was…..unforgettable. Scroll down, you’ll see what I mean.
Here are those waiters that greeted us at the door and the balloons at each table. So fun and festive. It was also a treat to see some of the local women in their fancy Sunday hats as well. So different from what I am used to.
Alright onto the food we enjoyed at Commander’s. We started with a single fried Oyster with Caviar and the Brandy Milk Punch (minus the Brandy) Both were a dream, especially that milk. It tasted like melted vanilla ice cream, yum!
Marla had that gorgeous salad and I ordered trio of soups that included a turtle soup. That was another first for me
Amanda ordered this shrimp that was probably the best shrimp I have tasted. Want it again!
Photo via Marla Meridith
Bread Pudding Souffle With Whiskey Sauce
Recipe by Commander’s Palace, New Orleans
Butter, for greasing pan and ramekins
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 medium eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups New Orleans French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (see *Cook’s Note)
1/3 cup raisins
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
9 medium egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
*Cook’s Note: New Orleans French bread is very light and tender. If another bread is used that is too dense, it will soak up all the custard and the recipe won’t work.
Make the bread pudding: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs until smooth, and then work in the heavy cream. Add the vanilla, stir to combine, and then the bread cubes. Let stand so that bread soaks up custard.
Place the raisins in the greased pan. Top with the bread mixture, which prevents the raisins from burning. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until the pudding has a golden brown color and is firm to the touch. If a toothpick inserted in the pudding comes out clean, it is done. The mixture should be moist, not runny or dry. Cool to room temperature.
Make the whiskey sauce: Place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Whisk cornstarch and water together, and add to cream while whisking. Bring to a boil. Whisk and let for a few seconds, taking care not to burn the mixture on the bottom. Remove from heat. Stir in the sugar and the bourbon. Taste to make sure the sauce has a thick consistency, a sufficiently sweet taste, and a good bourbon flavor. Cool to room temperature.
Make the meringue: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter 6 (6-ounce) ramekins and set aside. Make certain that the bowl and whisk are completely clean. The egg whites should be completely free of yolk, and they will better if they are at room temperature. This dish needs a good, stiff meringue. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), whip egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Add the sugar gradually, and continue whipping until shiny and thick. Test with a clean spoon. If the whites stand up stiff, like shaving cream when you pull out the spoon, the meringue is ready. Do not over-whip, or the whites will break down and the souffle will not work.
In a large bowl, break half of the bread pudding into pieces using your hands or a spoon. Gently fold in 1/4 of the meringue, being careful not to lose the air in the whites. Add a portion of this base to each of the ramekins. Place the remaining bread pudding in the bowl, break into pieces, and carefully fold in the rest of the meringue. Top off the souffles with this lighter mixture. Smooth and shape tops with a spoon into a dome over the ramekin rim.
Bake immediately for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately. Using a spoon, at the table, poke a hole in the top of each souffle, and pour the room temperature whiskey sauce inside the souffle.
Have a great day, I’ll be dreaming of Commander’s Palace
Tags: Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Cafe Du Monde, Homemade Pralines, Louisiana, New Orleans, New Orleans School of Cooking, The Camellia Grill, travel
Photo via Marla Meridith
What a great weekend I had in New Orleans last week. I was fortunate to spend 4 days with a group of bloggers and the LA Seafood Board. We ate our way through the best restaurants and met with seafood fisherman to get a hands on look at how much love and work goes into their jobs. A real eye opening experience, I have so much respect for all of them.
Let me take you through a peek at the adventures we went on day 1.
We were so lucky to stay at The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, right in the middle of the French Quarter.
Photo via Marla Meridith
We had a lovely gift bag of sweets from Sucre’ Bakery Boutique and a giant arrangement of Zatarains products waiting in our rooms. How gorgeous is this?
Last Thursday evening we dined at the Bistro at Maison De Ville. The food was delicious, I tried my first set of frog legs. So cliche, but yes tasted like chicken
I am not sure what I will do without Camillia’s Grill. Amanda and I enjoyed their charming diner 3 times in 4 days. No kidding, they had the best breakfast Western Omelet I have ever had. See photos below. We spotted their secret ingredient. Finely chopped ham and peppers sauteed in LOTS of butter before the eggs get poured over. Worth every single calorie.
After breakfast on Friday, we headed to the Louisiana Seafood Festival, lots to see and even more to eat. I got a kick out of the gator offerings. You don’t see this in Orange County Matt and Adam tried the gator sausage and everyone raved about it, guess Mr. Gator is mighty tasty.
We also had front row seats to chef demo’s at the festival. Talented local Chef’s prepared beautiful seafood dishes and shared. How good does that shrimp and coconut look that Chef John Folse is holding?
Photo Via Matt Amaranderiz
Ahhh, the ever so famous Cafe Du Monde. Before I went to New Orleans, EVERYONE said you must get beignets from Cafe Du Monde. I don’t drink coffee, but I hear their coffee is a must order as well. It’s a small outside coffee shop with powdered sugar all over the floor. You can see why by the looks of those beignets. Very charming indeed and how can you go wrong with a fried piece of goodness covered in powdered sugar?
On the left is Ann the cooking instructor who was the cutest sweetest grandma you’ll ever meet. On the right is Dan serving up the grub. We could come up and help ourselves….and even have seconds
Photo via Amanda
Maggy and I snapping some serious photos, lol!
Photo via Amanda
Recipe by The New Orleans School of Cooking
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup milk
6 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Combine all ingredients and bring to a “softball stage” (238-240 degrees F), stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
2. Stir until mixture thickens (again stirring constantly), becomes creamy and cloudy, and pecans stay suspended in mixture. Spoon out on buttered waxed paper, aluminum foil or parchment paper. When using waxed paper, be sure to buffer with newspaper underneath, as hot wax will transfer to whatever is beneath.
Note: To roast pecans, bake them on a sheet pan at 275 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until slightly browned and fragrant.
Options: Praline sauce (add 1/2 cup corn syrup to mixture). Chocolate covered praline candy. Flavored pralines (chocolate, coffee, brandy, etc.)
Makes 1-50 pralines depending on size
Stay tuned for more New Orleans Adventures and more recipes!
To see the full list of bloggers who I was with click HERE
I was so excited to bring one of these little Oreo Stuffed Cookie Jars to Amanda last week during out trip to Atlanta for the BlogHer Food Conference. I wrapped it nicely in my suitcase and when I opened my suitcase my little jar was broken!! I was devastated, but luckily we had plenty of treats over the weekend that made up for it
It’s basically the same recipe as my Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies just layered nicely in little jars.
Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Jars
2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 oz bag chocolate chips
1 bag Oreo Cookies, I used the double stuff
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars until well combined. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
2. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined. Using a cookie scoop a large scoop of dough into the bottom of each mason jar. Layer with Oreo cookies, then cookie dough, repeating until you’ve reached the top of the jar, leaving 1 inch free. Bake cookies 15 to 17 minutes or until cookies are baked to your liking. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Serve with a tall glass of milk, enjoy!
Here are some photos from my trip to Atlanta
photo via Amanda
Atlanta was great. Here is the view from our room. It was quite stunning. There is nothing better than a conference full of food bloggers. We did not waste any time, shortly after we arrived it was time to get ready for our first party. The ever so talented Susan from She’s Becoming Doughmesstic hosted a lovely party at the Hard Rock Cafe. She is superwoman if you ask me, really was a perfect night to chit chat with friends, eat some good food and talk with brands. I regret not taking many photos this trip, so I’ve borrowed my friends
photo via Sandy
Here we are just leaving the party with some great women
Photo via Leslie
Friday morning was the first session of the conference. Here is where I found the beautiful Leslie of Hungry Housewife, love her! We both had on the exact same colors, and outfits from Target
Photo via Amy
Here is my sweet friend Amy from Mom Advice. She is one of the sweetest most genuine women I have met. I wish we were in the same town!
Photo via Amanda
Friday afternoon, Amanda and I skipped out of the 2nd half of the conference and went to some fun eats in Atlanta. First was Taqueria del Sol, which had some of the best tacos I have ever had. Next was Star Provisions, the treats you see in the above photo. Their bakery was gorgeous and that Homemade S’mores Bar was incredible. I must re-create it!
Photo via Lori
Here we are Friday night getting ready for the “Pork Crawl” an event put on by the National Pork Board and Jaden of Steamy Kitchen. Talk about a night of over eating! We were treated to 3 beautiful restaurants where the chefs created 3 course meals all with pork. It was unforgettable and I still need to work off all of that food!
photo via Amanda
Lunch Saturday afternoon was a real treat. All of these women are so incredible. I feel so lucky to have spent the afternoon with all of them!
Angie and I What a treat to see her over the weekend.
Photo via Aimee from Simple Bites
Saturday night was literally a dream dinner at Empire State South. If I ever make it back to Atlanta, this will be one of the first places I visit again!! Left: Alice, Sandy, Amanda, Carrie, Me, Tara, Aimee, Lori and Shaina
Photos via Aimee from Simple Bites
Some of the delicious food we ordered family style at Empire State South
Photos via Aimee from Simple Bites
Food Fun and Friends, doesn’t get much better than that!
Have a great new week! See you soon with a new recipe!!
Tags: blog event, NYC
Photo via Amanda
What a great time I had in NYC last week despite the wicked cold! No kidding, this was the first time in my entire 34 years of age that I have ever witnessed falling snow. It was quite the experience for me, it’s beautiful! I prefer enjoying it from a warm hotel room, but what the heck, I was only in NY for a couple of days, so I didn’t let it slow me down….much
I love this photo above that Amanda snapped of us Left: Me, Susan from She’s Becoming Doughmesstic, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod and Lori from Recipe Girl. We really were just cruising through the streets of NY hunting for the best bakeries around.
Fist up was this adorable little bakery called Bouchon Bakery. I wasn’t expecting much since it was just inside a mall but boy did it prove me wrong. The vanilla macaron photographed a few photos down was probably one of the best things I have ever eaten, hands down!
Here’s the homemade Oreo Cookie, it was just so so if I am being honest.
A nice big Bouchon chocolate chip cookie. Doesn’t touch Levain’s cookies, but this one was good.
Photo via Amanda
Here is the ever so fabulous Vanilla Macaron from Bouchon that I will never forget. It was soft and cake like, almost like a cream filled cupcake which is probably why I fell in love with it so much
The inside goodness of the vanilla macaron, drooling just thinking about it.
This is what we had left….how embarrassing. We devoured these treats.
Photo via Amanda
Photo via Amanda
Here’s another shot with the same gals swapped with Susan on the right Susan happened to be in NY the same time we were there, how fun is that?
Photo via Amanda
Amanda and I….we were due for an updated photo together
We walked through this snowy weather to find our sweet shops. Are we nuts?!
Couldn’t pass up stopping in Magnolia Bakery. Such pretty cupcakes that happen to be mighty tasty too.
Magnolia employee hard at work
This was quite fun, we wanted to capture the yellow taxi in the background of the photo. Luckily they passed by every couple seconds.
The berry crumble and chocolate peanut butter pop were incredible. Actually the red velvet cheesecake and vanilla cupcake were great too.
Photo via Amanda
We popped in Alice’s Tea Cup for a few minutes. Cute little shop.
Ahhhh, finally back to Levain Bakery. This tiny little shop produces some crazy good treats. Go find them next time you are in NYC!
Deciding what to order
Photo via Amanda
I think Lori said it best on twitter about this photo….this is what happens when a bunch of food bloggers get together Let the photo shoot begin.
Photo via Amanda
We got to meet up with Maggie from Three Many Cooks for lunch at Patsy’s Pizza. This was such a great day. Patsy’s has a killer salad. I just remembered how much I loved it. Left: Susan, Lori, Amanda, Me, Maria and Maggie
After lunch we strolled on over to Momofuku’s for some unusual desserts such as crack pie, birthday cake truffles, compost cookies and cereal milk ice cream. They were all…..really interesting. I’ll leave it at that. My favorite was probably the birthday cake truffles.
Photo via Amanda
We kind of took over the upstairs library for our hang out/dessert eating session.
Photo via Amanda
Photo via Amanda
Walked back to our hotel through Time Square. I don’t ever get tired of this gorgeous city. The lights are unbelievable.
Photo via Amanda
After our cupcake adventures we had a fun pampering night with the folks from I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter who provided us with the trip. We then had a PJ party in Amanda’s room.
Stay tuned for day 2 where we spend the morning at Butter Restaurant, met Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and saw Kim Cattrall during more adventures with ICBINB.