A Sampling of Foods at Disneyland & California Adventure

We went to Disneyland and California Adventure for a few days earlier this month. It is safe to say I ate my way through both parks! California Adventure is definitely more of a food lover’s paradise in my opinion. Here are a few things I enjoyed in both parks:

The Carnation Cafe is on Main Street USA in Disneyland. It’s a fun place to get a tasty breakfast before a nice, long day in the parks. Sometimes Chef Oscar walks around and chats with the guests. We made reservations so there was no waiting around (especially since we have two 8-year olds and a 4-month old). My new favorite thing here is the cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate!

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My breakfast this time around at Carnation Cafe: Country Fried Steak & Eggs with Potatoes. I may have already gotten into my potatoes before I remembered to take a pic. 😉

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Another of our favorite places to eat in Disneyland is Blue Bayou (the restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride). We also made reservations here, as this is sometimes a difficult restaurant to get into (especially with the summer crowds). It feels nice to go here on a hot day because it is dark and relaxing (and cool) inside. I always start of with a Mint Julep here. So good!

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We ate lunch at the Blue Bayou this time. I ordered the Jambalaya. They warned me that it was spicy, but it wasn’t really that spicy (and I can’t really handle things that are too spicy). I would order this again!

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I treated myself to a Minnie Marshmallow Pop at the Candy Palace in Disneyland. I’m pretty sure anything you pick up at the Candy Palace is going to be delicious!

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My goal on this trip was to try the Mickey beignets. I found them at the Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland. I ordered the 3 pack of Mickey Beignets and a hot chocolate for breakfast one day. They come in a giant, white bag filled with powdered sugar and were so good! I wished I had ordered the 6 pack! I will definitely be getting these again!

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One of the places we loooooove at California Adventure is the Cozy Cone Motel. We usually stop there a couple of times per trip to get some “cone food”. They have ice cream cones, “popcone”, chili cone queso, etc. The lines are usually relatively short (with the exception being the ice cream cone line in the summer) and it’s an easy place to get food quickly. This time I went for the pretzel bites with cheese (in a cone, of course). Nothing special, but quick and it did the job.

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Later on in the trip, I tried the Bacon Mac n Cheese Cone at the Cozy Cone Motel. This is ridiculous, but so good! It is literally mac n cheese in a bread cone, topped with bacon.

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Another of my favorite pit stops in California Adventure is Ghirardelli. It happened to be right next to the Baby Center (which came in really handy with our 4-month old). They have delicious shakes and ice cream sundaes here. However I kept going in for the frozen and iced decaf coffee drinks (obviously you can get them caffeinated as well). My favorites on this trip were the frozen decaf cappuccino and the iced decaf mocha (pictured below).

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We took the whole family to the Wine Country Trattoria in California Adventure. We made reservations the same day (a few hours before). We sat outside and were able to see the parade go right by as well! I had been here before so I knew it was good. I ordered the Shrimp Scampi this time (which has a white wine sauce, parsley, garlic, chili flakes and lemon) and chose the fettuccine noodles. This was so good and I devoured it in no time!

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Last, but not least, we went to Carthay Circle in California Adventure for our date night. This is our all time favorite place to eat in the Disneyland Resort. We made reservations well in advance as we knew this is where we wanted to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary! We started off with the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits (stuffed with white cheddar, bacon, jalapeño and served with apricot honey butter). Yummmmmmm! My husband was a big fan of the apricot honey butter.

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I ordered the Sustainable Fish of the Day at Carthay Circle. This was halibut with avocado relish and tree ripe peach-almond gazpacho. This was truly remarkable and definitely my favorite meal from the entire trip!

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I could go on and on, but decided to just post a few of my favorites from this trip. I can’t wait to go back and try some more Disney food (and some more Mickey Beignets). 😉

Cabbage Roll Soup

My mom was over helping me out with the kids a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to make something for dinner that she would like, so  I tried out this recipe for Cabbage Roll Soup from Cooking Classy. I also try to test out different recipes that I know my husband wouldn’t like (he’s a super picky eater) when he is out of town for business (which he was). :)

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This is a hearty and flavorful soup. I really enjoyed it. The only thing I changed about the recipe was that I used a couple of tablespoons of dried parsley instead of 1/3 cup of fresh parsley. I had fresh parsley. It’s just that by the time the soup was almost ready I was REALLY tired and didn’t want to chop it. Babies tend to wear people out. 😉

Recipe: Cabbage Roll Soup from Cooking Classy

Loved by: My mom and I were the only ones who ate it and we both really liked it. And there ended up being a ton of leftovers, which worked out for me since I didn’t have to make lunches or dinners for the next couple of days.

Hated by: No one.

Recommended: Yes! This is a really tasty soup and it is pretty easy to make! I plan on making this recipe again.

Cinnamon Muffins

I wanted to bake something sweet last week and had all of the ingredients for these Cinnamon Muffins from Taste and Tell, so I gave them a try. I mean, who doesn’t love cinnamon?? These were delicious straight out of the oven, but if you wanted to eat one after that I found them to be a little dry. The simple solution for that was popping them into the microwave for about 15 seconds. I also managed to make this entire recipe into 12 muffins. This recipe makes 15-18 muffins. I’m partial to recipes that fit into one muffin tin, so my muffins were a bit bigger and I also left them in the oven for a bit longer than the recommended 13-15 minutes.

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This little guy (7 weeks old here) isn’t quite ready to taste muffins yet, but it made for a cute pic! 😉

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Recipe: Cinnamon Muffins from Taste and Tell

Loved by: Everyone! The second our teenager saw these in the kitchen, she said “well those look amazing”! And when I put these on the table for our second graders to eat for breakfast the next day they squealed with delight!

Hated by: No one!

Recommended: Yes! These are really easy to make and you most likely already have the ingredients on hand! They also taste great! This would be a good recipe to have kids help out on!

One Pot Chicken and Peas Fettuccine Alfredo

I needed something easy to make for dinner last night since it is getting harder and harder for me to stand up for any length of time (thanks to being 8 months pregnant). I had all of the ingredients to make the One Pot Chicken and Peas Fettuccine Alfredo from jo cooks, so I gave that recipe a try. I decided to use 12 ounces of fettuccine noodles (instead of 8 ounces) since I was making dinner for our family of 5. I also added a bit more of the heavy whipping cream as well since I had added more noodles. This dish was really simple to make and delicious. Some of the “one pot” pasta dishes that I’ve tried out are really easy to make, but don’t taste that great. This one was tasty!

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Recipe: One Pot Chicken and Peas Fettuccine Alfredo from jo cooks

Loved by: Everyone. I was actually pretty surprised by this. I thought this would just be another “blah” pasta dish, but it turned out really well and all 5 of us gobbled it right up!

Hated by: No one!

Recommended: Yes! This is really easy to make and was definitely a hit in our household! There weren’t even any leftovers!

Texas French Toast Bake

I wanted to make something easy, yet delicious for Christmas morning. So I tried out the Texas French Toast Bake recipe from Chew Out Loud. This recipe does not disappoint! We will definitely be having this again. I had a pregnancy brain moment and didn’t fully read the recipe before hand (which says to prepare the night before and chill overnight in the fridge). I made it all on Christmas morning, but it still turned out great! I will try the recommended way next time. This would be an amazing recipe for a breakfast-for-dinner night as well.

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Recipe: Texas French Toast Bake from Chew Out Loud

Loved by: Everyone who ate it (which is everyone besides our teenager, who claims she doesn’t like breakfast). My husband can’t wait until I make this again!

Hated by: No one.

Recommended: Yes! This is so easy to make (especially if you read the directions ahead of time and make it the night before) and tastes so good! I wish I was eating some right now!

Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodles

My sister came over this week to make some Christmas cookies with me. She wanted to make some Rolo stuffed cookies since Rolos are our step-dad’s favorite candies. I chose the Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodle Recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff. I never use shortening and bought some specifically for this recipe. Let’s just say I washed the measuring cup I used for the shortening in the dishwasher and it still came out with shortening in it. I can only imagine what that does to your body! But oh well, it’s Christmas! 😉

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The only thing wrong with this recipe is that it doesn’t tell you what to do with the 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Luckily I figured that you were supposed to roll the ball of dough (after you put the Rolo in it) around in the sugar and cinnamon mixture before placing them on the baking sheet. My sister was worried that the dough was too dry, but that’s just how this recipe is (she doesn’t bake much). 😉 These turned out great!

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Recipe: Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodle recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Loved by: Everyone!

Hated by: No one!

Recommended: Yes. These cookies aren’t too difficult to make and taste great! Perfect for those who LOVE Rolos!

Easy Beer Cheese Dip

I tried making a beer cheese dip for the first time last night! I made it as a little snack to eat while my sister and I made Christmas cookies. I used the Easy Beer Cheese Dip recipe from Cook the Story. It turned out great! I served it with raw broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and pretzels. For the beer, I used a local ale…the Redhook ESB Original Ale. This is the perfect appetizer to make if you have people coming over. Or if you just want to whip up a quick snack for yourself! 😉

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Recipe: Easy Beer Cheese Dip from Cook the Story

Loved by: My sister & I (we were the only ones who ate it).

Hated by: No one.

Recommended: Yes! This is so easy to make and tastes delicious! I will definitely be making this dip again!

1000 Foods – Paprika

I haven’t been on many 1000 Foods adventures lately. Mostly because I’m pregnant and the baby doesn’t seem to want me to try new things (he MUST be half my-picky-eater-husband)! However I figured I could safely knock Paprika off the list! I bought some Hungarian Paprika, which has much fancier packaging than plain Paprika!

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Obviously I’ve used plain Paprika in plenty of recipes over the years, but I wanted to do something special to knock this off the 1000 Foods list. So earlier this week I made the Hungarian Goulash Soup recipe from Epicurious. This has 3 Tablespoons of Hungarian Paprika in it! The only change I made to this recipe is that I used 1 can of diced tomatoes instead of 2 tomatoes. I wasn’t sure how this would turn out with putting 3.5 cups of the soup into the blender and then adding it back in to the rest of the soup, but it turned out great! That step basically makes the soup thicker. This is a very flavorful soup and made the whole house smell delicious!

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For those following along in the 1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die book, Paprika (Hungarian) is on pages 395-396.

7.95% done (with the list)

Easy Banana Bread Muffins

It has been really rainy and dreary here lately so yesterday seemed like a good day to do some baking. I tried out the recipe for Easy Banana Bread Muffins from The Frugal Girls. Like the name of this recipe states, these are easy to make! I halved the recipe because I didn’t feel like we really needed 36 muffins at one time. Everyone thought these are tasty (especially the kids). They had them for breakfast this morning as well.

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Recipe: Easy Banana Bread Muffins from The Frugal Girls

Loved by: Everyone!

Hated by: No one! Although I have to admit, I didn’t eat one. I am weird and don’t even like banana bread.

Recommended: Yes. These muffins were a hit and the recipe is easy enough to half if you don’t feel like you need 36 muffins!

Applesauce Puffs

All of our kids love applesauce and desserts, so this week I decided to try out this Applesauce Puffs recipe from Heather on the Moritz Fine Designs website. These “puffs” are delicious! I don’t normally like things like this, but I even ate two of them! The kids devoured these for desserts and breakfasts and are already requesting that I make more this weekend. This recipe is really easy to make and we already had all of the ingredients on hand. I mean, how could you go wrong with something that is dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon and sugar?! 😉

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Recipe: Applesauce Puffs from Heather on the Moritz Fine Designs website

Loved by: Everyone loved these, especially the kids!

Hated by: No one.

Recommended: Yes! This is a really simple recipe and the puffs taste amazing! I will definitely be making these again soon.

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