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. 

Oozefest 2016

OOOUUU. That Oozefest tho.

Alright, enough of that. Last year, I remember watching all the foodies have a blast at the now annual Oozefest put on by FoodBeast. Featuring restaurants that are already well known in the area of deliciousness, each one comes up with their own cheese filled/infused/topped/smothered creation for this event held in DTSA.

This year, it was my turn to live the dream. I arrived to the 4th Street Market area around 6pm and it was PACKED.

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The first thing I tried was Urbana‘s Choriqueso Dobladito Taco. It was a bite of heaven. I wont lie, the boyfriend and I went back and ended the night on this one. (Thank you Javier & Andrea of Urbana, it was great to see you again!) img_1938

Puesto‘s Pork Belly Goat Cheese Chorizo on Blue Corn Tortilla. (Pictured Left) There was literally grilled/burnt cheese wrapped around the pork belly, and made into a taco, topped with micro greens and a vinaigrette (but…perhaps just a citrus) type sauce. Phenomenal.

Queso Caliento Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Ghost Pepper Cheese from Elbows MNCThis mac was cheesy, spicy, topped with guacamole AND had a beef taquito sticking out of it. What more do you want in a bite? (pictured below).

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Honestly, after those I said, “I need to slow down.” But, the show must go on.

I had a slice of pizza with spaghetti on top (pictured below) and then I saw it. NACHO NATION. Serving up LA Pizza Nachos (also pictured below). Marinara, Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Jalapenos, Nacho Cheese, Ranch and Hot Cheetos. A thing of beauty and carbs, it was one of the longest lines there. So unique in taste, but once you start telling yourself “this doesn’t work” it starts to work in all the right ways. Heart eyes emoji for this one.

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If you’re wondering how I kept eating after this, I couldn’t tell you. I really impress myself sometimes. I continued with a Lobster Eggroll from Slapfish, and a Mozzarella stuffed and fried meatball from Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza, one of my favorite places in Newport Beach!

Writing this, I think I’m hungry all over again. If you have a chance to visit Oozefest next year, it’s a cheesy experience! No pun intended. If you did go –  What did you think? As for what I learned from Oozefest – Cheese makes me SO thirsty. Thank Goodness for Hubert’s Lemonade.