Festival of Holidays at Disneyland

If you know me, you’ll know that one of my favorite places of all time is Disneyland! img_2272

The food found at Disneyland is OK, but mostly great with notes of nostalgia from your childhood thrown in. If you know of the gems and where to get the most bang for your buck at the parks – you’ve got it made!

‘Tis the season for holiday themed treats! Of course Disneyland (California Adventure Park) comes through with not only a couple specialty items, but an entire festival with rows of kiosks offering not one, but up to 5 or more options each! Here’s what I was able to get through:

Winter Sliderland 

UM – I love sliders, they’re my jam. There were three options at this booth: The Roasted Turkey Slider, Kahlua Pork Slider & a Praline and Bourbon Whoopie Pie. img_2268

Naturally, I tried all three. But don’t worry – I shared with a friend. The Roasted Turkey slider was dressed with gravy and cranberry sauce while the Kahlua Pork slider featured pineapple jam and cider slaw. Both were pretty darn good, but the whoopie pie was what really blew us away. With nutty, sweet pralines and a strong bourbon taste, it was something I would definitely seek out again.

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Praline & Bourbon Whoopie Pie

Abuelita’s Kitchen

After a couple rides, I built up an appetite.

I stopped by Abeulita’s Kitchen for a Chicken Cilantro Tamale topped with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde.

There was more masa than chicken, however the tomatillo salsa had a great kick to it. Also garnished with pico de gallo and sour cream, it really hit the spot.

Good Fortune’s Feast 

At the next kiosk, my partner in crime wanted to try the Adobo Pork Bao.

 

Served with shaved red onion and crispy Garlic Chicharron, this was definitely one of the winners of the day. The fluffy bao bun was like a little snowball filled with juicy pork with the delicious scent of hoisin you could smell from a mile way. The chicharron was a crunchy and unexpected, but welcomed addition.

We ended the night at Treats for Santa with a Warm Bourbon Cider. Props to Disney for the strong drink ;]

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The Festival of Holidays will be going on until January 8th, 2017. 

Plead The Fifth

Ya’ll, let me tell you. There’s a new kid in town.

Growing up in Anaheim, I get pretty excited when I hear of a new place to checkout. Honestly, we keep it simple when it comes to my city. My neighborhood is about 20 minutes away from the hills so – the only thing in a 5 mile radius with bragging rights is Disneyland.

Okay, and now The Packing District. But, we’ll get to that another time.

Indeed, Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth” – but the new rooftop experience at The Fifth will make the 21+ crowd (parents!) very happy. Located just across the street on Harbor Blvd. and Disney Way is a new and improved hotel, The Grand Legacy at the Park. My boyfriend asked, “What park are they talking about?” I responded, “Disneyland Park!” Duh.

Cheers everyone! #funplace #ocrooftopbar #thefifth #thefifthoc #pleadthefifth #drinkandaview #calivacation

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Smooth, The Fifth. Real Smooth.

With beautiful views, spacious lounge areas and artisan cocktails, it really can’t be beat when it comes to the DL resort area. The Fifth also offers craft beer and shareable dishes that are incredibly tasty. My co-workers and I were lucky enough to try their Korean BBQ tacos, Stuffed Endive leaves, an assortment of dips with chips and short ribs with mashed potatoes. No complaints!

I previewedTheFifth some cocktails as well. My regular Gin & Tonic, just in case. The Strawberry Gin Bee (strawberry, gin, & sparkling wine) and the Sangria which was very refreshing and not too sweet.

Your experience at The Fifth isn’t complete without watching the Disneyland Fireworks. Promptly at 9:30pm, the fireworks start to go off and are accompanied by the current soundtrack that you would hear if you were standing in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. By far one of the best views you can get outside the park itself.

They’re still in their first month of opening and still updating their website, but you can check it out here.

If you’ve gotten this far and you’re wondering if you can bring the kids, the answer is yes. The Fifth has cornhole and other games to keep them occupied. Ending thoughts. If you want to feel bougie any day of the week at a reasonable price, visit The Fifth.