So this is totally a foodie post! We went to Disneyland and sampled a bunch of different dishes at their Festival of Holidays celebration. They have several different stands in California Adventure park that have holiday dishes inspired by different countries. We purchased a pre paid ticket for $45 where we could choose 8 dishes to try. We were so impressed by the food! Everything we had was delicious! Even though it was super packed when we went, we had such a great time trying out all the yummy food and just walking around and seeing all of the Holiday decorations one last time, and Paradise Pier before they start the construction to turn it into Pixar Pier. We of course did not stop there with the treats haha we had to get our favorite Mickey pretzel and some ice cream! 🙂
The first thing we tried was from the Spicy Celebrations stand. We got the Nashville hot fried turkey and a beef tamale with red sauce. Both were good, but the tamale was SUPER spicy, a little too spicy for me, but still very yummy.
Next we had a beef short rib with smashed potatoes and gravy and topped with cranberry sauce from the Joy to the Sauce stand. We loved this one! The meat was tender and the flavors of the gravy and sauce were delicious.
Next we had chorizo queso fundido with tortilla chips from Chips, Breads, and Holiday Spreads. This was my second most favorite thing we ate! It was rich, creamy, and heavenly. Can you tell how happy I was?!
The next dish we had was macaroni and cheese with cornbread crumbles from the Holiday Duets stand. Simple and delicious, you can never go wrong with mac and cheese! I loved the crunchy topping and how creamy the cheese was.
The next thing we had was just okay. Definitely not our favorite. It was Chana Masala with grilled garlic naan from the Classic Crocks and Casseroles stand. It was just a little bland, and couldn’t compare to all the other amazing things we had.
The next dish was so yummy and one of Kohl’s favorites because it was tater tots lol! It was Reuben potato smash with Russian dressing and rye toast crumble from the Twist on Tradition stand. I don’t normally love Reuben sandwiches but these tots were crispy, salty, and delicious!
The last dish we had was definitely the grand finale and both of our #1 favorites (because we had to rank all of them 1-8 of course!) haha! It was braised pork belly adobo with garlic fried rice from the Blissfully Braised stand. We had to wait a while for this dish because they kept running out of it due to popularity! It was so worth the wait. The pork had an amazing flavor and was super tender, and the rice was just pure garlicy goodness!
Next we had to get a pretzel and dessert! The Mickey Mouse pretzel is always a favorite that we get almost every time we come haha and the ice cream in a dipped sprinkle cone Kohl got is also a favorite usual of ours. I decided to try something different for dessert this time. I got a hand dipped ice cream bar from Clarabelle’s in CA Adventure and it was so yummy! You get to pick your ice cream flavor, the type of chocolate to dip it in, and toppings. I got vanilla ice cream dipped in milk chocolate with all of the toppings! Yes, all of them haha you can choose one topping or get the kitchen sink and have them put all of them on. It was so good, I will definitely be getting this again!
We had such a fun time at the Festival of Holidays and we hope to go again next year! We are also excited to see Pixar Pier when it is finished; we took a picture of the pier to remember it. Some of our favorite memories of our relationship were made at Disneyland and California Adventure. We always have such a great time just being kids again for a few hours. See you again soon, Disney!