Carnation Café: Breakfast

While at Disneyland, my friend made us a reservation to visit Carnation Café because she ad heard so many good things. We arrived right on time for out 8:45 AM reservation and we were seated immediately.

Once seated, we were handed menus and we ordered our drinks. Annie and I decided we would try the signature Mickey Waffle while Alec opted for the Class Eggs Benedict (which was surprisingly less expensive). Annie also ordered the apple topping for an extra dollar.

When the food came out, I was stoked. The waffle looked awesome (and I must admit, I was super jealous I didn’t order the apple topping for myself [second photo]). The waffle went fast and the eggs benedict even faster. The waffle itself was quite good and Alec’s eggs benedict was very good. No problems were had when devouring this meal.

For dishes in the $10-$12 range, the pricing is actually pretty reasonable and on par with any nice breakfast joint you’d find in a major city. Overall, I wouldn’t mind coming back to Carnation Café and getting another waffle with some awesome topping, especially with the reasonable prices and a need to get in a good meal before running around the parks all day!

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Tsum Tsum Subscription: The Princess and the Frog (December 2017)

My favorite time of the month has come! Tsum tsum time! This month’s box was, unfortunately, a bit disappointing to me. The Princess and the Frog trio came with Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, and Prince Naveen (as a frog, obviously).

Of these three, I am most excited about Princess Tiana just because it is a wonderfully detailed and well made tsum. The choice to put Mama Odie in this trio was questionable to me, however, as I did not see her as a main character. I think this third slot would’ve been better filled with Lottie or The Shadow Man (which after a little digging I’ve found a tsum exists for him so I’ll be keeping an eye out … ), or even Louis (though he may resemble the croc from Peter Pan too much as a tsum).

I also am not sure about the choice to make Naveen a frog, as a frog in tsum tsum form looks a little questionable. It’s more of a green blob with a face and a little butterfly (?) tie.

I do wonder if this would have been better as a micro set of six characters, but I understand the new micro princess castle would make Tiana a repeat and I imagine that that’s why Disney decided on three minis.

I guess when I was thinking of December, I imagined this box would have more of a holiday theme or maybe winter theme (ie. Frozen, Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Christmas, Mulan [Mountain Fight], or maybe even Brother Bear). Or to keep with the holidays, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which I find to be a fairly well known classic (unlike Runaway Brain).

I find my problem to be that I was putting too much hype into the December month as the last month of the year (plus with wind that the sub box may end in January, it’s now or never to wow us), but I still do enjoy having Princess and the Frog tsums, so I can’t complain about that. Plus I found the red box (as pictured) that fits them and the card pretty well for display purposes!

All in all, I am never quite happy with getting a mini trio over something as cool as what we got last month (Wreck-It Ralph), but I love the Princess and the Frog (I actually made Alec watch it not that long ago), so I’m happy to have these to add to my collection. And in the future, I’m hoping more characters are released from this movie (such as human Naveen and a frog Tiana, as well as Lottie and Louis). Fingers crossed new tsums continue to be released!

Disney Treasures: Snowflake Mountain (December 2017)

Woo! I love the months that I get both a Disney Treasures box and a tsum tsum sub box! The best part is Disney Treasures is shipped at the beginning while the tsum tsum box come later, meaning double to excitement and not all at one time!

In comparison to last month’s box, the size of the box as a whole is smaller (hinting that a larger pop is probably not hidden within). However, It was still full of cute Disney items and fun little winter things to enjoy.

First when opening the box, I was greeted with a patch and pin (just like last month). Delving deeper, there’s the map and then the top of the contents of the box.

Looking further, I was super excited about the tin box containing winter Belle. I mean, with a name like Belle, I can’t be displeased with a Beauty and the Beast item!

The next item to capture my attention was the cute skating Bambi pop. I not sure what I’ll do with it, but it’s adorable nonetheless. When I cam across the Nightmare Before Christmas socks, I was almost as excited as the Belle tin. I definitely know what my feet will be wearing on Christmas morning.

The Mickey and Minnie thermos is adorable as well, though a tad bit plain and doesn’t quite scream great quality. However, I think my mom will love it so we’ll be gifting this item. Last up in the box was an Olaf cookie cutter, which I’m pretty happy about because my family loves making sugar cookies around Christmas and now we’ve got another character to add to the mix!

All in all, I am quite pleased with this box. It is nice to know that with each box purchase, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth in Disney merchandise. I have to admit, I think I liked October’s box a bit more, but I’m still by no means disappointed by December’s box. That being said, I’m excited to see what February bring! Maybe Valentine’s?

Blue Bayou: Lunch

Alec and I made a trip out to Disneyland over the weekend to visit a good friend. We had done some research and decided on Blue Bayou as the table service location of choice after reading some glowing recommendations.

We managed to get a 1:40 PM reservation for Monday (December 4) only two days in advance. I had to check the Disneyland iPhone app a few times throughout Saturday, but sure enough a reservation opened up and I grabbed it.

We arrived a few minutes late for our reservations (the Pirates ride was a little backed up and offloading took a bit longer than expected), but the concierge had no problems. We requested a table near the water, which is why I believe our wait was closer to 30 minutes after arriving.

I must say, the wait to be placed by the water was definitely worth it. Throughout our dining experience, we waved at Pirates of the Caribbean riders and just had a blast. It was fun looking at the different parts of the entry to the attraction and just be engulfed in the setting of New Orleans. It was definitely a ‘true Disney’ experience where you just forget about the world outside of Disneyland.

The entrees are set up as a two course menu. You can ask for salad with a choice of ranch or vinaigrette or a cup of gumbo as your first course followed by the entrée. My friend, Annie, and I both opted for the bone-in rib eye with salads while Alec chose the bolognaise with gumbo.

I must also note, throughout your experience your server and anyone clearing plates will ask if you would like bread (or more bread). Not gonna lie, we said yes every time and the three of us went through three baskets of bread. The bread is completely free and delicious (maybe even more so because it’s free) and is flavored with a little rosemary. Each basket is essentially a mini loaf with three to four portions that can be easily pulled from the loaf. You get two kinds of butter, plain and smoked. We tried the smoked butter and agreed it tasted a little like bacon, but all of us preferred just going with the plain butter.

bread

The salad was very good, but different than expected. I must admit, I didn’t read the fine print and I don’t like gorgonzola cheese much, so I ended up picking out some of the larger chunks while eating. However, I didn’t have any issues polishing the salad off and before I knew it, the gumbo in front of Alec was wiped clean.

When the main entrees came out, I was stoked. The rib eye came with a cup of mac and cheese with gouda and seasonal vegetables, which were green beans, small zucchini, and cherry tomato. I ordered my steak medium rare and received a steak that was closer to medium, so if you like your steaks bloody, I’d suggest noting this to the server. Again, I had no troubles eating through the steak and thought it was quite good, just a bit more cooked through than I had anticipated.

My seasonal vegetables were great, but the mac and cheese left me with something to be desired. The green beans had a little crunch, which I love, and the remaining veggies were seasoned well. The mac and cheese was good, but not great. There was more breading than cheese, so I found it to be a little dry. As you can probably guess by now, I still had no issues finishing my meal.

Alec enjoyed his bolognaise and the shrimp I tried from his meal was good. Alec said he enjoyed the entrée, but he could’ve settled for a big bowl of gumbo over the bolognaise because he liked it so well. He also received a little dish of bread with sauce (last picture), which he did not finish and I was too full to try (very helpful, I know).

Overall, I understand what the hype is about for Blue Bayou. You really can’t beat the atmosphere and fun of watching ride-goers go by while listening to bayou sounds. If you’re planning a trip out to Disneyland, I’d definitely say this is worth your time just for the experience.

Tsum Tsum Subscription: Wreck-It Ralph (November 2017)

When I opened the box for this month’s subscription, I’m not going to lie, I was very pleasantly surprised. After the sort of ‘dud’ month with Runaway Brain, I was wary of what this month’s box would be. But Alec and I both agree, this is probably the biggest ‘bang for your buck’ item we’ve gotten from this subscription.

Not only did we get a very well made mini Wreck-It Ralph and a micro Fix-It Felix (peep Felix’s tiny little nametag), we got the whole arcade cabinet to boot! It’s hard to even put a price on something like the arcade cabinet, because it isn’t something I’ve seen Disney put on their website yet, but I’d probably value this as a $30-$35 item base price if Disney were to list it.

From a little digging on eBay, I’ve seen bids as high as $40 on eBay and list prices in the $60 to $80 range, which doesn’t surprise me because this is such a unique item and Wreck-It Ralph is an awesome movie with not enough merchandise.

I know that Vanellope does not fit into the Fix-It Felix game, but I still would have loved to have had her incorporated somewhere – I am hoping that a Wreck-it Ralph line of tsum tsum may be in the pipeline!

All in all, my faith in the Disney Tsum Tsum Subscription has been renewed and I can’t wait to see what Disney has in store for December (meanwhile, I am patiently awaiting the delivery of my Disney Treasures box)!