Friday, September 26, 2014

Favorite Food Friday: Norwegian pastries

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by Disney Day by Day!

I'm continuing my recap of my trip from September 2013.  You can find the earlier posts here and here and here and here and here and here!

I had a whole list of treats I wanted to try on this trip and I made a pretty good dent in the list when I went to Kringla.   The Veiled Maiden wasn't available and I haven't seen it on the menu since so I think I might have missed my chance to try it!

Above we have the Troll Horn (Cloudberry Jam with Whipped Cream in a Crispy Pastry Sugar-coated Shell) which I liked very much, as well as the Verdens Best (Rum Cake with Custard and Almond Meringue topping), which was harder to eat.  I liked the rum cake part but the cake plus the custard plus the hard meringue was tough to get all into one bite.  

Of course I had to try the Lefse! This is Potato Flatbread rolled with a Sweet Cinnamon Butter.   I think I would have liked more butter or some other filling.  It was a bit dense/dry.

I think the winner was the cake part of Verdens Beste but frankly, I will take a cupcake over these guys any day!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Disney Princesses and Villians Spring/Summer 2015 *Updated 1/28/15

Spring 2015 Fashion Weeks have been rolling by in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.  I've picked out some of my favorite gowns for some of my favorite princesses and villainesses.  (Check out my Spring/Summer 2014 selections here and my Fall/Winter 2014 selections here!) Let me know what you think!  I'll be updating them as the photos come out!


Izma (1)

Izma (2)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kill/Marry/Refurb Blog Hop - Disney Transportation!

I'm joining the magnificent Mouse on the Mind and hilarious This Happy Place Blog for the Kill/Refurb/Marry blog hop!  This week's theme is Disney transportation.  

Kill:  Disney buses.  There is nothing magical or special or fun about a bus no matter how many cute announcements they play.  Plus waiting for the buses also sucks.  "But V, if there are no buses, how will we get to DAK and DHS?"  AH!  See "Refurb" below.

Refurb: The Monorail.  1) They keep breaking. Fix that.  2) I know it's gauche because they were involved in fatal accidents but bring back the pink and purple monorails because those were my favorite colors.  Monorail color matters.  3) Extend the monorails to the other parks.  Boom.  Slam.  Lawyered.

Marry:  The Motor Launches.  I mean they are adorable looking for one.  They are special to the 7SL and Bae Lake (ahem) deluxe resorts for another.  The views from the launches are great and they are small so they feel extra special and exclusive. 

If you're smart, you will hop on to all the next stops. 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Favorite Food Friday: CHOCOLATTEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the debilitating Disney Day by Day!

"I got you all the candy."  Have sweeter words ever been uttered?  I submit that they have not.  "I got you all the candy."  The poetry.  The cadence.  It's the perfect phrase.  It puts "cellar door" to shame.  "I got you all the candy."

So my sister tells me she's taking a day trip to Disneyland and I ask her to buy and send me these special Disney chocolates if she happens to have the time.  These chocolates seem to be available in the parks on both coasts but I don't have plans to get to WDW for a while.  The next day, the most beautiful email ever sent arrived in my inbox.  She had gotten me ALL of the candy.

We'll start off with the mint flavored ones because mint is disgusting and you always want to end on a high note.  Mint ruins chocolate and none of your "but what about"s will change that.  Just accept it.  That being said, the mint here was not horribly oppressive.  It was more Thin Mint than Junior Mint.

As you can see, there is a soft outer chocolate shell and a softer, creamier chocolate-mint flavored filling.

Next up we have the raspberry/milk chocolate roses.  Fruit also ruins chocolate.  The only thing that ruins chocolate worse than fruit is mint.  So.  

However, the rose shapes are so pretty.  This is the only one that comes in a shape different than the Mickey squares seen above with the mint ones.  

Like the mint ones, there is a chocolate shell (not hard) and a chocolate creamy center.  Where the center had a hint of mint before, here there is a hint of raspberry.  

Finally the good stuff.  Caramel!  Caramel is an acceptable partner for chocolate.   

PS how cute is the packaging?

The outer chocolate was thicker on this one than with the others.  I assume that is because the caramel is the runny kind (you either get the runny kind or the thick kind in caramel filled chocolates.  Godiva also uses the runny kind in it's caramel-filled squares.  It is messy.).  

I don't approve of the messiness of the runny caramel and the flavor was mostly chocolate.  But you know, it's candy.  Chocolate.  No fruit.  No mint.  So acceptable.

Peanut butter!!!!  Perhaps the IDEAL partner for chocolate.  Chocolate's soulmate, if I may.  However, points deducted for the grossly heteronormative statement on this otherwise adorable packaging.  

The peanut butter was creamy and light.  We're not talking the grainy Reeses peanut butter here.  But the flavor stood up against the chocolate better than the caramel did. 

Okay fine, there is no more perfect partner for chocolate than more chocolate.  

However, I think I liked the peanut butter the best.  This was good, but it was just chocolate on chocolate.  No real contrast.  If these guys had been solid the whole way through I'm not sure I would have noticed a difference in the flavor profile.  Nevertheless: unadulterated chocolate.  So: success.

My sister is the greatest.

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