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Mouse Monthly Meets The D23 Expo

Mouse Monthly took part in the D23 Expo this past weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. At booth number 1217 in Hall B, we started showing the Disney community our original designs in collectible pins, tank tops and t-shirts, as well as our newest product, Head Holders (stands for displaying all your collectible antenna balls). What an incredible experience! Keep on reading!

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5 Reasons Disneyland Should Serve Poutine

Happy Canada Day From Mouse Monthly

This July 1st, I would like to bring up the most important topic on everyone’s mind as we celebrate Canada Day… when will they start serving poutine at Disneyland?

I have lived in Southern California for almost five years now, but there are still a few things that lure me back up to my native country of Canada. One of which is that magical, mythical meal of melty goodness…poutine! Keep on reading!

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Kālua-style Pork Sandwich from Tangaroa Terrace | Food Friday

Slow-roasted Kalua-style Pork Sandwich from Tangaroa Terrace.
Slow-roasted Kalua-style Pork Sandwich from Tangaroa Terrace.
Slow-roasted Kalua-style Pork Sandwich from Tangaroa Terrace.

Nestled in the heart of the Disneyland Hotel’s towers is a little piece of the tropics. Enjoy Hawaiian music and tiki torches at the Tangaroa Terrace while you dine on the delicious Kālua-style Pork Sandwich.

Food Facts

  • Dish: Slow-roasted Kālua-style Pork Sandwich
  • Location: Tangaroa Terrace, Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, California
  • Price: $10.99 USD
  • Cuisine: American
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Sit-down, Knife-and-Fork
  • Allergy Considerations: Milk, Eggs, Wheat
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Savory, fall-apart-in-your-mouth BBQ pork
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 2.7 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 4.3 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

The savory slow roasted pork is topped with a zesty tropical slaw.
The savory slow-roasted pork is topped barbecue sauce and a zesty tropical slaw.

The Kālua-style Pork Sandwich is served on a Hawaiian roll. The roll itself is not buttered with any spread, but the pork is topped with barbecue sauce with coleslaw on top. The meat is also marinated in sauce, so the sandwich is not dry.

The barbecue sauce is sweet and zesty without being too strong. The tropical slaw is fresh and crunchy, and adds to the texture of the sandwich. I also like how it cuts through the sweetness of the barbecue sauce, which becomes overpowering after a few bites.

The tropical slaw served on the Kālua-style Pork Sandwich is made up of jicama, celery, yellow bell peppers, and red bell peppers. The flavors seem to be in the same vein as the Zesty Slaw at Hungry Bear, but without the mango. There is a light vinaigrette dressing that doesn’t interfere with the tanginess of the barbecue sauce on the pork.

The side of tropical fruit has pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, and red grapes. The fruit is a good side for the sandwich, since I think that french fries or something heavier would have just been too big a plate.

Is It Easy To Eat?

The pork and slaw overflow from the warm roll. Hold on tight, with both hands if you please.
The pork and slaw overflow from the warm roll. Hold on tight, with both hands if you please.

The sandwich is very hot and soft on the bottom, like it was microwaved or steamed. Because of this I had to flip the sandwich over to keep it from falling apart. I ended up having to hold it together with my fingers and not set it down so that it didn’t fall into pieces.

I would not walk around with this sandwich for that reason. It was nice to have the safety of the plate to catch the falling pieces. You don’t have to knife and fork it, although you could. The pork is very tender, so much so that you could chew the sandwich with your tongue.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

A seasonal fruit cup comes with the Kalua-style Pork Sandwich.
A seasonal fruit cup comes with the Kalua-style Pork Sandwich.

My son Jack wasn’t thrilled with any part of this sandwich, but that was more to do with the mood that he was in. There were things on the plate that he could munch on, like the sweet Hawaiian bun or the tender pork, as well as the pieces of coleslaw and pieces of fruit. These are all things that could be broken down into bite size pieces for your little one, either to feed them directly or for them to feed themselves.

Be aware of the red grapes however, ours had seeds in them. That is usually not the case with what we’ve gotten at Disney before though, so maybe this was just a one-off.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

The tropical slaw makes the sandwich very moist.
The tropical slaw makes the sandwich very moist.

The pork sandwich is a decent size meal and can feed one person or two people to share who are not very hungry. The price is decent as well. Though priced at vacation levels, it’s slightly cheaper than the more American hamburgers they also offer at the Tangaroa Terrace, with a much deeper taste.

This sandwich hits the island theme of the terrace perfectly. Slow-roasted pork is certainly a staple in traditional Hawaiian cooking, where entire pigs are cooked in a covered pit for hours in preparation for a luau. Along with the tropical mix of fruit, I felt at home with this sandwich, nestled along some secluded beach looking out at crystal clear blue ocean.

Conclusion

The Kālua-style Pork Sandwich is a filling and deliciously savory sandwich that will satisfy your taste buds. Slip away to this oasis at the Disneyland Hotel for a quick-service meal while the ambiance and music drift you away to Hawaii.

Have you tried the Kālua-style Pork Sandwich at the Tangaroa Terrace? Let me know what you think in the comments below and sign up for our free weekly newsletter so you won’t miss future Food Friday posts (or any of our other great content). See ya’ real soon!

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Ham & Cheese Quiche from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe | Food Friday

The savory and moist Ham and Cheese Quiche from Jolly Holiday Cafe in Disneyland.
The savory and moist Ham and Cheese Quiche from Jolly Holiday Cafe in Disneyland.
The savory and moist Ham and Cheese Quiche from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland.

The Ham & Cheese Quiche is a savory favorite that makes for a great lunch or a light dinner. Enjoy the quaint atmosphere of Main Street, USA while you dig in to this Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe treat!

Food Facts

  • Dish: Ham & Cheese Quiche
  • Location: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, Main Street USA, Disneyland, California
  • Price: $7.79 USD
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Sit-down, Knife-and-Fork
  • Allergy Considerations: Quiche: Milk, Eggs House Salad: Nuts, Milk, Cranberries
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Tasty quiche with an outstanding crust
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 3.3 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 5 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

The Ham and Cheese Quiche tastes exactly as its described. You bite in and your mouth fills with the salty, savory taste of ham. The eggs are moist and fluffy, and the cheese has that nice cheddar tang to it.

The pastry is absolutely delicious. Living up to their name, the Jolly Holiday Bakery does not disappoint. I’m not usually big on the pastry part of a quiche or pot pie, but in this case I think it’s the best part of the dish. It is light, flaky, and delightfully buttery.

Is It Easy To Eat?

In my opinion this is a fork and knife dish, but, if you have the skills, you might be able to walk while taking bites. I’d save yourself the effort and enjoy a nice sit down. We had the same wax paper problem here as with the Harbour Galley baked potatoes and Breakfast Burritos from Tomorrowland Terrace, so I recommend removing the paper and eating off the plate to save yourself from the chunks of paper that may end up in your forkfuls.

The Ham & Cheese Quiche does break down into nicely bite-able chunks, so it’s a quick easy meal. Along with the side salad, you can get by forking away, or picking up little pieces with your fingers, but keep some napkins handy.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

The house salad, a side dish option of the quiche, comes with pecans, cranberries, tomatoes, and goat cheese.
The house salad, a side dish option of the quiche, comes with pecans, cranberries, tomatoes, and goat cheese.

If you have your little one seated securely, the Ham & Cheese Quiche can be a very good option for mealtime. The ingredients are a hit, with the always popular egg and pastry crust. The cheese and ham are also usually well received so all-in-all we’ve got a winner.

Breaking the quiche down into bite-able chunks is easy to do with a fork and then you can spoon-feed or offer bits to your toddler, or let them feed themselves without too much mess. There will be more crumbling so keep that in mind, but in general this messiness quotient is controllable.

The appeal of the salad will depend on your little one’s tastes. If they like cranberries, there are some on the top, and the cherry tomatoes are actually quite sweet, if your kid goes for veggies.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

Like the Caprese on Focaccia Bread, the quiche perfectly fits the theme of both Main Street USA and the world of Mary Poppins around the Jolly Holiday. You can see the Banks family politely consuming this savory dish and making indifferent, disinterested conversation.

The value of this dish is great too. Compared to the Jolly Holiday Combo, another simple meal served at the same restaurant, the quiche is almost two dollars cheaper for almost the same amount of food! If you’re looking to fill up on warm, savory comfort food, this is the perfect entree.

Conclusion

The Ham & Cheese Quiche is a light, enjoyable meal, served in an ideal location to enjoy a pleasant moment of rest while you can still feel connected to the hum and buzz of the park.

Have you tried the Ham & Cheese Quiche at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe? Let me know what you think in the comments below and sign up for our free weekly newsletter so you won’t miss future Food Friday posts (or any of our other great content). See ya’ real soon!

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Caprese on Focaccia Bread from Jolly Holiday Cafe | Food Friday

Caprese on Focaccia Bread from Jolly Holiday Cafe at Disneyland.
Caprese on Focaccia Bread from Jolly Holiday Cafe at Disneyland.
Caprese on Focaccia Bread from Jolly Holiday Cafe at Disneyland.

Enjoy the humming activity of Main Street USA while you savor the fresh flavors and tasty pastries of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. On this Food Friday, we’ll take a closer look at their Caprese on Focaccia Bread, made up of sliced yellow tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and lettuce. The sandwich is seasoned with a creamy citrus aioli dressing, basil vinaigrette and balsamic glaze, and served with homemade potato chips.

Food Facts

  • Dish: Caprese on Focaccia Bread
  • Location: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, Main Street USA, Disneyland, California
  • Price: $9.29 USD
  • Cuisine: Italian/American
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Sit-down
  • Allergy Considerations: Milk, Eggs, Wheat
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Great, fresh flavors, but really difficult to eat
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 2.2 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 2.3 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

Hold on tight to the Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich or you'll lose the insides.
Hold on tight to the Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich or you’ll lose the insides.

The inside of this sandwich is very tasty. There are generous portions of fresh mozzarella, all springy and savory. The slices of yellow tomato are juicy and the fresh basil is woodsy and complimentary. Having pesto in the aioli is a nice addition, as it really brings out the flavors of the cheese and tomatoes.

Delicious balsamic dressing and vinaigrette round out the palate, completing a great caprese salad inside two pieces of overly large, dry, crumbly focaccia. The bread is the only disappointing part and aside from trying to fit the whole sandwich into my mouth a couple of times, I had to give up on the bread completely and just enjoy the contents.

The chips don’t have a huge amount of flavor, but are crunchy and very potato-y, which is just how a chip should be. They aren’t too greasy or soft and they don’t have the ‘fryer-smell’ so typical of homemade chips.

Is It Easy To Eat?

The yellow tomato in the Caprese in Focaccia Bread sandwich is very slippery
The yellow tomato in the Caprese in Focaccia Bread sandwich is very slippery.

The Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich is huge! It’s too tall and not very mouth-size appropriate. At first I tried to cut it into pieces, but the bread just crumbled apart. I then tried squashing the bread so that it would fit into my mouth better, but it was too springy.

I’m not sure if this is how anyone else feels, but this is a recurring problem I have with focaccia. It’s not personal, it’s just too much bread for me. Focaccia looks really fancy, but it makes for a very messy sandwich.

Leftover slabs of thick focaccia on the Jolly Holiday Caprese sandwich
Leftover slabs of thick focaccia on the Jolly Holiday Caprese sandwich.

During my first bite, the mozzarella squeezed out and the creamy dressing dripped all over my hands. It was way easier just to deconstruct the sandwich and eat the middle bits.

Be careful with the wax paper when you ‘fork and knife’ the contents though, because is shreds just like with the baked potato at the Harbor Galley. It’s better just to take the paper off your plate before you get started.

Unlike the ‘wicker’ plastic bowls that you get with the baked potato, the Jolly Holiday has nice solid plates like the ones you get at the Plaza Inn. You can even ask for a plastic lid if you wanted to take your plate to-go.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

A juicy slice of ripe yellow tomato in the Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich.
A juicy slice of ripe yellow tomato in the Caprese on Focaccia Bread sandwich.

The sandwich as a whole is not appealing for a kid, mainly due to the size. However, I have given it a higher rating due to the contents. Once you tear it into bite size pieces, you’ve got bread that you can give your toddler to munch on, though you might need to cut off the parts that have dressing on them.

The inside of the sandwich has cheese, always a kid favorite, and for your more veggie friendly tots, the yellow tomato slices are mild and tasty. My son Jack really liked the chips. The simple salty potato flavor had him hooked and he happily chomped away with his new little teeth.

You can eat the chips on the go, but given the messiness quotient of this sandwich, and the effort that it requires to deconstruct it, I would recommend that you grab a table and secure your little one in a high chair before you get started. They could probably manage the pieces that you cut up for them on their own without too much of a disaster, but I wouldn’t recommend letting them go at it on their own.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

A moist, savory slab of mozzarella cheese in the Caprese in Focaccia Bread sandwich.
A moist, savory slab of mozzarella cheese in the Caprese in Focaccia Bread sandwich.

Let’s be honest: the Caprese on Focaccia Bread is overpriced. Some cheese and lettuce on bread with a slice of tomato isn’t worth $9.29. A simple assembly of pre-made ingredients is the only effort required to produce this item. Also, considering that the focaccia bread makes the sandwich as a whole inedible, the value of this dish lowers even further.

I kind of felt taken for a ride after eating this sandwich. If it were served as a generous caprese salad with a side piece of bread, things might be different. That would also be a cooler and more refreshing way to serve the dish on hot summer afternoons.

The sandwich ranks a little better on theme though, because it kind of reminds me of a Mary Poppins type of dish. Though she didn’t cook in the film, it feels like something the cook would have cut up and served as finger food on little trays to Jane and Michael in the nursery (which is another idea for Disney to ‘plus’ this offering).

Conclusion

Once you take away the focaccia, the rest of the sandwich is refreshing and delightful. A cool, savory meal on a warm day, or a light, health-conscious choice to ease your conscious on an indulgent holiday. However…is a sandwich still a sandwich if there is no bread? You tell me! 🙂

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Breakfast Burrito from Tomorrowland Terrace | Food Friday

Mom-in-Chief Jamie enjoying one of her favorite meals at Disneyland, the Breakfast Burrito from Tomorrowland Terrace.
The Breakfast Burrito from the Tomorrowland Terrace is served with fresh fruit.
The Breakfast Burrito from the Tomorrowland Terrace is served with fresh fruit.

Start your day with a protein packed Breakfast Burrito from the Tomorrowland Terrace at Disneyland. This tasty, filling morning selection will satisfy your hunger and keep you fueled for your adventures around the park.

Food Facts

  • Dish: Breakfast Burrito
  • Location: Tomorrowland Terrace, Tomorrowland, Disneyland, California
  • Price: $7.49 USD
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Breakfast
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Cautiously mobile, Preferably Sit-down with Knife-and-Fork
  • Allergy Considerations: Eggs
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Savory and Filling
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 4 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 3.3 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

You can see the red tomatoes from the pico de gallo as well as the green tomatillo sauce.
You can see the red tomatoes from the pico de gallo as well as the green tomatillo sauce.

The Breakfast Burrito starts with a warm flour tortilla, filled with scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, black beans, queso fresco and chorizo sausage, along with pico de gallo and a green tomatillo salsa. Though my husband disagrees, I think all the ingredients blend together will into a tasty, flavor-packed, mobile breakfast.

People who love spicy food probably won’t find it so, but to me the chorizo sausage and tomatillo salsa have a bit of a kick to them. It doesn’t really hit you at first, but by the time you get to the bottom of the burrito you’ll be feeling it.

A fresh fruit cup is served with the burrito and has blueberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and pineapple.

Is It Easy To Eat?

The Breakfast Burrito comes in a healthy size and can be a mouthful. Grab some napkins because it can get messy.
The Breakfast Burrito comes in a healthy size and can be a mouthful. Grab some napkins because it can get messy.

At first, the Breakfast Burrito is very easy to walk around with and eat single-handed. It comes wrapped in wax paper for easy handling.

However, this burrito is pretty juicy. The wax paper helps keep the fluids in for a while, but eventually it will start to leak. Also, about halfway down the paper sticks to the tortilla, leaving you with messy, shredded paper, like with the Harbour Galley Barbecue Chicken and Slaw Baked Potato.

Be careful when removing the wax paper from the burrito, or you’ll dump all the ingredients into your lap. I decided to let them fall on the plate and eat the rest with a knife and fork.

If you are lucky enough to keep yours intact, it will still probably need two hands to keep the burrito together.

An unwrapped Breakfast Burrito on a plate. Make sure you grab a knife and fork from the condiment stand.
An unwrapped Breakfast Burrito on a plate. Make sure you grab a knife and fork from the condiment stand.

The way that this burrito is wrapped leaves a thick bundle when you get to the bottom as you can see in the image below. My husband doesn’t like this but I do for two different reasons. One, it helps to keep the stuffing and juices in the burrito and off of my lap. Two, it helps to tame the heat that has built up on my tongue from the chili spices.

The wad of leftover tortilla from the bottom of a Breakfast Burrito.
The wad of leftover tortilla from the bottom of a Breakfast Burrito.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

Mom-in-Chief Jamie enjoying one of her favorite meals at Disneyland, the Breakfast Burrito from Tomorrowland Terrace.
Mom-in-Chief Jamie enjoying one of her favorite meals at Disneyland, the Breakfast Burrito from Tomorrowland Terrace.

The Breakfast Burrito is one of my favorite breakfast dishes in the park. I love the way it tastes and how easy it can be to eat. The ingredients are healthy too and I feel good feeding this to my kid.

The burrito is bland enough and filling enough to feed to a child. In fact, half the time my son Jack won’t eat anything but scrambled eggs, so it’s easy enough to feed him little bits or put them on a plate. If your kid can eat and walk at the same time, you can carefully move towards the next ride while eating.

Kids will probably like the tortilla itself as well, so make good use of the excess at the bottom of the burrito and part it out to your kids.

Grandma-in-Chief Debbie enjoying the Breakfast Burrito in Disneyland.
Grandma-in-Chief Debbie enjoying the Breakfast Burrito in Disneyland.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

The Breakfast Burrito has scrambled eggs, potatoes, black beans, and chorizo sausage.
The Breakfast Burrito has scrambled eggs, potatoes, black beans, and chorizo sausage.

I’ll be real honest- the Breakfast Burrito doesn’t really thrill me. The portion is great but to me it’s bland. I think it needs some Tapatio.

And it just so happens that the Tomorrowland Terrace has partially prepared for people like me, stocking La Victoria hot sauce packets in the condiment stand. The sauce isn’t hot, but at least it adds some flavor to the burrito.

However, the burrito does pretty well on price, coming in a dollar cheaper than the Breakfast Platter with probably the same portion size. It’s way more of a deal than the ‘Build Your Own’ Yogurt Parfait, another $7.49 breakfast dish at the River Belle Terrace.

While you can add sauce to it and also not feel like you got ripped off, the place this dish falls short is Theme. Try as I might, I can’t figure any way that a Breakfast Burrito qualifies the food of tomorrow or at all relates to a futuristic view of humanity.

I suppose it could be re-themed as an astronaut space burrito, replicated or reconstituted from ships supplies. Or how about a futuristic of some sort, with a crazy colored tortilla? Let’s a dig a little deeper into the theme bucket next time.

Conclusion

The Breakfast Burrito is a great early morning dish at Disneyland. It will fill the hungriest guest and satisfy everyone’s palate, even if some people go reaching for the hot sauce.

Have you tried the burrito at the Tomorrowland Terrace? Let me know what you think in the comments below and sign up for our free weekly newsletter so you won’t miss future Food Friday posts (or any of our other great content). See ya’ real soon!

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Carnation Cafe Fruit Parfait at Disneyland | Food Friday

The Carnation Cafe fruit has lots of fresh berries.
The Carnation Cafe fruit has lots of fresh berries.
The Carnation Cafe fruit parfait has lots of fresh berries.

Sometimes you just want a nice, simple, cold breakfast while on vacation. Something that fills you up with energy for a day at Disneyland instead of leaving you lethargic and looking for the ‘nap ride.’ Today, we’ve got just such a dish for your dining pleasure- a Fruit Parfait from the Carnation Cafe at Disneyland.

Food Facts

  • Dish: Fruit Parfait
  • Location: Carnation Cafe, Main Street USA , Disneyland, California
  • Price: $5.99 USD
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Sit-down, Spoon required
  • Allergy Considerations: Milk
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Fresh, light, and flavorful
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 4 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 4 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

The fruit parfait has strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and bananas.
The fruit parfait has strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and bananas.

The Fruit Parfait from the Carnation Cafe is the perfect cold breakfast. It’s refreshingly satisfying.

Fresh and juicy blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and bananas all hide beneath a layer of chunky maple-flavored granola and on top of a generous helping of creamy vanilla yogurt.

The yogurt itself is sweet and compliments the tart, ripe berries. If you’re looking for a tangy, thick, Greek-style yogurt, this isn’t it. The parfait has a smooth yogurt, like a Yoplait cup.

The dish looks as good as it tastes, like something you’d see in a display window.

The fruit parfait from the Carnation Cafe is layered with fruit and granola.
The fruit parfait from the Carnation Cafe is layered with fruit and granola.

Is It Easy To Eat?

The granola yogurt and fruit mix together well in the fruit parfait
The granola yogurt and fruit mix well in the fruit parfait.

The Fruit Parfait isn’t bad for kid food, but you’ll definitely need a spoon to eat it. It can get messy as you dig through the granola and into the yogurt.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

Mom-in-Chief Jamie enjoys a bite of the Carnation Cafe fruit parfait.
Mom-in-Chief Jamie enjoys a bite of the Carnation Cafe fruit parfait.

As far as healthy food options goes, you can’t do better than the Fruit Parfait at Disneyland. It covers several of the main food groups in one tasty, relatively easy-to-eat dish.

Older children shouldn’t have any problem eating the parfait by themselves, but the parfait is a good choice for your toddlers as well. Be careful though, because they’ll stick their hands straight into the dish a come up with fistfuls of yogurt to smear all over the table, themselves, and you.

I recommend you pick the fruit out of the bowl and feed it to the kid or let them eat it directly. If the tart berries aren’t to your kid’s liking, the granola is a good alternative too. It comes with some good size chunks, which are easy to pick out and hand directly to you little one, if they have teeth. My son Jack had fun gnawing on a few of these for quite a while.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

Maple granola sits on top of the Carnation Cafe fruit parfait.
Maple flavored granola sits on top of the Carnation Cafe fruit parfait.

The Fruit Parfait is really a reasonable price for the amount a variety of items in the dish. If you order it for a little kid and they don’t eat it, the bowl isn’t so big that a couple of adults couldn’t polish it off and you’re not out a bunch of dough.

I have more of a sweet-sour palate, so the combination of fresh berries and sweet yogurt is a good fit for me.

This dish scored lower on the theme part of the scale than most dishes I’ve ranked, perhaps surprisingly so. While having yogurt in the morning is perfectly normal (some would say perfectly American) in this day in age, that wasn’t the case back around 1900, the time period of Main Street, USA.

Yogurt wasn’t really popular in America until the late 1970’s and a dish like this probably would’ve been out-of-place around the turn of the 20th century for several reasons.

The electrification of cities around the country was still very much in its infancy and wouldn’t really be extended nationwide until the 1930’s. Also, the first refrigerator for domestic use wasn’t invented until 1913 and up to that time many people had real iceboxes in their kitchens. These iceboxes required actual blocks of ice to function, which melted rather quickly, so people wouldn’t have had the means to store cold yogurt at home for very long.

You can see a perfect example of a turn-of-the-century kitchen in the first scene of the Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom. Remember all the gas and hand-operated appliances?

I can’t exactly think of a better option for the Carnation Cafe than the Fruit Parfait and I’m ultimately glad they have it.

Conclusion

The Fruit Parfait at the Carnation Cafe is tasty little breakfast dish that’s good for the whole family (if you can keep you baby’s hands out of it).

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Zesty Slaw From Hungry Bear Restaurant | Food Friday

The Zesty Slaw from Hungry Bear Restaurant at Disneyland
The Zesty Slaw from Hungry Bear Restaurant at Disneyland
The Zesty Slaw from Hungry Bear Restaurant at Disneyland.

Sometimes, even at Disneyland, you have to search for a side dish that’s not deep-fried. Something more interesting than a plain old side salad would be good and the Zesty Slaw at the Hungry Bear Restaurant is the best!

Food Facts

  • Dish: Zesty Slaw
  • Location: Hungry Bear Restaurant, Critter Country, Disneyland, California
  • Price: Free (Comes with purchase of a meal)
  • Cuisine: American/Southern, Side dish
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Knife-and-Fork, Easy, Totally mobile
  • Allergy Considerations: None
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Crunchy, refreshing, and delicious
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 3.2 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 5 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

Served as a side dish, the Zesty Slaw from the Hungry Bear Restaurant is great with any meal.
Served as a side dish, the Zesty Slaw from the Hungry Bear Restaurant is great with any meal.

The flavors of this coleslaw are delicately balanced between the fresh vegetables and citrus vinaigrette dressing. It has cabbage, jicama, red bell peppers, onions, and mango. All are thinly sliced or diced and create a great, crunchy mouthful.

Normally, I would avoid a coleslaw that has a vinaigrette dressing or one that has fruit in it. Too many times this is just a disappointing combo that ends up leaving a too sweet or too sour taste in my mouth.

The Zesty Slaw has it just right though. This is really one of the best sides in the park and I’d even say in the whole Disneyland Resort.

Easy to Eat?

Unless you are seeking greasy hand moisturizer, I would stick with a fork to eat the Zesty Slaw.

It comes in a handy little plastic container with a lid, so you could take it to go. If you weren’t juggling anything else, and needed to rush off somewhere, I suppose walking and eating could work but I wouldn’t recommend it. Disneyland Park is an obstacle course of small children and strollers, so walking while maneuvering a fork into your mouth could get dangerous.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

Mom-in-Chief Jamie enjoying the Hungry Bear Zesty Slaw at Disneyland
Mom-in-Chief Jamie enjoying the Hungry Bear Zesty Slaw at Disneyland

I love this coleslaw. If you’ve read up to this point that’s really not a surprise, but I had to say it again. This was a pregnancy favorite for me, and has carried through so that when it’s my turn to choose where we will eat, my vote is for the Hungry Bear.

My son, Jack isn’t as keen. He is also a toddler though and vegetables are not his food of choice. Jack will occasionally munch on a piece of mango though and the way it comes in the slaw makes it easy to hand him chunks to eat (a.k.a. play with and smush on the table). A full fork full is just too much for him at this point.

The dressing is not too strong flavored, so I usually don’t have to remove it before giving it to my son, but this may be an option for your “bland fans,” depending on their age.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

Like most sides or the Chocolate Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake, you can’t beat free at Disneyland and the slaw is definitely a step up from plain potato chips.

It’s a great compliment to all the sandwiches served at the Hungry Bear, including my favorite, the Pioneer Chili Cheeseburger. The slaw is also part of the dressing for the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich, add a tangy touch to a true American original.

Coleslaw itself is not original to America, but like so many of our traditions was brought to our shores by colonists from Europe. And like all things foreign, we out a new twist on the dish and made it our own.

Now coleslaw brings memories of cookouts, camping trips, and general outdoor ruggedness, which make the Zesty Slaw the perfect side dish for Critter Country in general and the Hungry Bear Restaurant in particular. I think I’ll always order the slaw over plain old potato chips.

Conclusion

Skip the deep-fried side on this occasion and go for the refreshingly delicious Zesty Slaw at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Complimentary with any sandwich they serve, it’s an excellent change from another side of fries!

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Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake From The Plaza Inn | Food Friday

The Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake from the Plaza Inn has six layers, ranging from chocolate cake, to chocolate and cappuccino mousse.
The Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake from the Plaza Inn at Disneyland is the perfect dessert.
The Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake from the Plaza Inn at Disneyland is the perfect dessert.

Searching for a way to satisfy your inner chocoholic? Look no further, because we have found the multi-layered Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake at the Plaza Inn! Laid out for your viewing pleasure as you peruse the salad bar, or while standing in the checkout line, a slice of this decadent six layer cake will surely catch your eye.

Food Facts

  • Dish: Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake
  • Location: Plaza Inn, Disneyland, California
  • Price:  $5.19 USD
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Sit-down/Knife-and-Fork
  • Allergy Considerations: Probably milk and eggs
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Delicious fudge icing, moist cake, yummy crunch base
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 3.5 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 4 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

It tastes like…chocolate. A whole six layers of chocolate!

Starting from top to bottom: a thick, rich, fudge-like icing covers the top (which I would happily peel off and eat all by itself), followed by a layer of milk chocolate mousse, which is also tasty. Then a layer of moist, dark chocolate cake. Yum!

Next is a layer which tasted like a cappuccino mousse. This was not my favorite on its own, but combined with the other layers of chocolate adds a nice complexity to the taste. Then there is another layer of chocolate cake, followed by the milk chocolate mousse.

The bottom layer is a dark chocolate cake that has a puffed rice crunch to it. It’s very tasty and pleasant to munch on.

The outside bottom half of the icing is coated in dark chocolate shavings and the top of the slice is decorated with a candied cherry. Not a maraschino cherry, but the kind you find in fruit cake, which is the only thing about this dessert that I didn’t like.

Is It Easy To Eat?

This is a desert that requires a fork or spoon to eat. No knife is needed though. The cake is easy to spoon through, bite by bite. It’s served on one of the Plaza Inn plates, so it’s definitely not ‘on-the-go’ food.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

The Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake from the Plaza Inn has six layers, ranging from chocolate cake, to chocolate and cappuccino mousse.
The Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake from the Plaza Inn has six layers, ranging from chocolate cake, to chocolate and cappuccino mousse.

As this is a utensil-required dish, you could try offering your little chocolate lover some on the end of a spoon. If you’re going for that cute picture with cake all over your kid’s face, this would be an ideal dish!

The Sweet Dreams cake will probably have more appeal for mom and dad than for the little ones. I side with the dark chocolate lovers of the world, so this cake is right up my alley. I haven’t met too many kids who favor the bitter sweetness of dark chocolate over the creamy sugariness of milk chocolate, but this will depend on your child’s taste.

If you can keep your child from getting their hands in it, this is a relatively mess free treat. It’s too crumbly to pick up with your fingers, so I would feed it to them on a fork or spoon, or if they have mastered using their own utensils put a bit aside for them to attack.

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

As with the Mickey Mouse Chocolate Cake Pop, I’ll state for the record that I’m not a chocolate lover. However, I do like to find a bargain when I feed my family, and the Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake helps me do just that. Each slice of cake is a generous portion, enough to satisfy several adults, especially after they’ve gorged themselves on the Plaza Inn Fried Chicken.

As far as theme goes, while you might think chocolate cake is a fairly simple dessert for Disney to add to the menu, there is a degree of cultural significance to the selection.

You may remember that Main Street, USA in general and the Plaza Inn in particular are themed to 1901, or the very end of the Victorian Era. It just so happens that the layer cake was, if not invented during that time, certainly emerging into worldwide prominence. Queen Victoria herself enjoyed layer cakes and had several named after her.

So Disney Imagineers and chefs may have added another layer of magical theming (pun intended) to the Plaza Inn and that makes me happy, even if I don’t care for the cake itself.

Conclusion

The Sweet Dreams Chocolate Cake is a tasty, dark chocolate delight. The different mousse layers along with the crunchy rice base keep it from being too overwhelmingly rich, and the fudge icing wraps it up with just the right amount of sweetness. A delicious finish to a magical meal at the Plaza Inn!

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Mickey-shaped Beignets from New Orleans Square | Food Friday

Mickey-shaped Beignets covered in powdered sugar.
Mickey-shaped Beignets covered in powdered sugar.
Mickey-shaped Beignets covered in powdered sugar.

The Mickey-shaped Beignets (proper pronunciation is ben-yays, but we affectionately call them beg-nets) are a wonderful treat, any time of the year. I think that we have gotten them almost every time we’ve been to Disneyland, either gobbling them up while we walk around the park or sitting down to eat them leisurely while watching the Royal Street Bachelors play a set.

Food Facts

  • Dish: Mickey-shaped Beignets
  • Location: Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, Disneyland, California
  • Price: $4.19 for 3, $6.19 for 6
  • Cuisine: American/Southern, Snack food
  • Seasonality:  Year-round
  • Ease of Eating: Cautiously mobile
  • Allergy Considerations: Eggs
  • Jamie’s Opinion: Simple, sugar-coated, delicious treat
  • Mom-in-Chief Scale: 3.2 out of 5
  • Envaluator Scale: 4.3 out of 5

What’s It Taste Like?

Here's my family enjoying hot Mickey-shaped Beignets at the French Market on a recent trip to Disneyland.
Here’s my family enjoying hot Mickey-shaped Beignets at the French Market on a recent trip to Disneyland.

Warm, sweet, slightly crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. Doughy, happy, Mickey-shaped goodness!

Orders are in three or six and the beignets are about the size of a coaster. The dough is shaped to look like a classic Mickey and deep-fried.

Once the beignets are cooked, they drop them into a white paper bag and pour a cup of powdered sugar on top.

I recommend giving the bag a hearty shake. Even though this creates a cloud of icing sugar dust, it gives the beignets a better coating.

Is It Easy To Eat?

The service at the Mint Julep Bar isn’t very quick and each batch seems made-to-order. Therefore the beignets are hot, so watch your mouth!

Each little doughnut is about three to four bites big, so they’re not too hard to get into your mouth. Let the beignets cool just a bit to take the burn off, but then dig in while they’re still warm and soft. We’ve waited too long to eat them in the past and when they’re cold some of the magical, tasty goodness wears off.

Quick tip: Don’t inhale while you’re biting into the beignet, otherwise you’re inviting a powdered sugar induced coughing fit.

Beware of hitchhiking sugar! I tend to favor darker clothes, so after eating the Mickey-shaped beignets I always end up with a sheen of powder marks on my shirt and pants. Hold the beignet out from your body and lean forward to try to bite it without repercussion.

Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion

Mickey-shaped Beignets from the French Market are served in a white paper bag. Roll up the top of the bag and shake for maximum sugar coverage on your fried treats.
Mickey-shaped Beignets from the French Market are served in a white paper bag. Roll up the top of the bag and shake for maximum sugar coverage on your fried treats.

As I said above, this is a messy snack, but the plain batter of the beignets, with the added powdered sugar make this a big hit with my son. He’s into the bland stage where he only wants plain, starchy foods like spaghetti and hash browns, but of course like any other kid he digs on the sugar.

For this reason I don’t just hand a whole beignet to my toddler and let him go at it. Also, I think all that sugar is too much for his little body to take (or for me to have to deal with when he comes down from a massive sugar high!). I like to tear off little pieces for him to munch on, with most of the powder dusted off. It’s a sweet little treat that keeps him happy and we are at the Happiest Place on Earth after all!

In moderation, this is a fun snack for kids to enjoy. Plus, mommy gets to eat the rest and lick the powdered sugar off her fingers!

Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion

A greasy bag of Mickey-shaped beignets from the French Market at Disneyland.
A greasy bag of Mickey-shaped beignets from the French Market at Disneyland.

One major logistical challenge with the Mickey-shaped Beignets involves the bag. Being freshly fried, the grease from the doughnuts soaks into the paper and can make a real mess. On one trip, we placed the hot bag on the shade liner of our stroller and it left a big stain on the fabric. Either hold the bag or try putting them in a different container, like the storage method we discussed for the Cinnamon Crisps.

A 3-pack of Mickey-shaped Beignets runs $4.19 and a 6-pack at $6.19. At Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, the world beignet authority, you can get three for just over $2. These great little treats are definitely priced at an inflated, vacation level. Compared to other similar snacks in the resort, the beignets stand up pretty well. A 6-pack could satisfy 3-4 adults, whereas a churro feeds only 1 and costs more than half the amount.

Other than the cost difference, the comparison to restaurants in New Orleans is spot on. After you finally get your nondescript paper bag of hot, doughy, sugary wonderful-ness, take a stroll down the streets and alleys of NOS and bask in the Southern glow.

Like a hot bowl of jambalaya or a savory Monte Cristo sandwich, the beignet adds the perfect accent to the New Orleans Square theme.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I urge you to brave the sometimes painful lineup and try the Mickey-shaped Beignets. They are one of our favorite things to eat at the Disneyland Resort and, because of the messiness quotient, it usually encourages us to slow down and sit for a moment.

The ambiance of New Orleans Square, along with the Royal Street Bachelors playing all contributes to the enjoyment of this ‘snack break’. Relax under the shade of the awnings, make a mess with the powdered sugar, and dig-in to the classic New Orleans treat with that magical Disney flair.

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