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FOOD & WINE – California Style

Hello my brunch lovers! This weekend I was able to check out the amazingness that is the Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure.

FOODandWINE Header As many of you know the Food and Wine Festival happens each year at Epcot and started in 1995. The California version ran from 2006-2010 until the major renovations happened in the park. So after 6 years the Food & Wine Festival returned to California!

FOOD & WINE COLLAGE

There are 8 booths are set up in California Adventure that offer a culinary tour of California – each named appropriately like “The Vineyard”, “LA Style” and  “By the Bay”.

We ended up getting something from every booth and split a lot of items. Overall, I would say that the California edition is more expensive than it’s Florida counter part.

My favorites were the White Cheddar Ale and Bacon Soup, the Golden Thai Curry Vegetables and the Wagyu Beef with Polenta (all featured above). Of course, the wine was excellent but this is California we are talking about.

FOOD & WINE Barel

If you are an annual passholder you should be sure to go to the special area at Blue Sky Cellar for your special button, recipe card and phone charging stations!

I would advise against the AP tasting card offered for $45 as you actually will probably spend less on the food. The wine will have you spending more… They seemed to be running out of many items while I was there but be sure and ask even if they announce they are out. We got a few items they said were sold out just by asking.

Overall I would recommend checking this out if you live in the area or will be at Disneyland for vacation! It is fun, delicious and is looking to be very successful!

What would you want to try at Food & Wine?

STAR WARS HALF – Fueling for Your Race

Hey Brunch Eaters! Are you headed to a magical place called Disneyland to run the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon?
Me too!

Original Photo: runDisney

So let’s talk about my favorite part of runDisney – eating Disney!
Fueling yourself for your race is crucial, and frankly quite fun here in “the Land”.
Advanced Dining Reservations may still be available and now Disneyland guest can also book online. In general, people are more relaxed about their Disneyland vacation than that to the World – so give reservations a shot. Here are some of my recommendations:

Wine Country Trattoria – Located in Disney’s California Adventure, this restaurant features classic italian food and a impressive wine list. If you need a little adult juice to calm your nerves before the race be sure to stop by and grab a glass. Can’t get in for food? Don’t worry – you have two ways to drink wine. The Alfresco lounge on the second level offers wine flights, wine by the glass, and a selection of appetizers and downstairs you can order a glass at the walk up counter.

Napels – Located in Downtown Disney, Napels offers your pasta fix outside the park. Plus you can take in some of the more low key fun of Downtown Disney that is often overlooked. Listen to the local artist, build yourself a Stormtrooper at the Lego Store, and relax a bit before your big race day!

Buca di Beppo – As most people will be staying off site, Bucca di Beppo is a great alternative and often has easy availability. You also have the option for carry out. Bucca is great for large groups of runners and families as it is famous for its gigantic portions. If you have a senstitive stomach and are nervous about trying new food, chances are you have had Bucca at some point and know how it will sit with you. Here is the Anaheim locations site.

A quick note on carb loading. Jeff Galloway recommends you eat your main carb load meal 24 hours before your race, or for lunch the day before. Read about it from someone smarter than me here.

AFTER THE RACE…
Did you just run 13.1 miles? Did you just run 19.3 miles? Did you just watch someone run some amount miles? Well pat yourself on the back – you deserve some brunch! And if you are running with my crew – you also deserve a drink. Obviously – Bad Wolf Brunch enjoys herself some brunch!
Disclaimer: don’t be dumb, drink some water first!

Now where were we, brunch with drinks at Disney! Now first thing to know is there is no alcohol inside Disneyland… Unless you are at Club 33 – and well you can’t sit with us.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – I love me so soulful southern brunch complete with a spicy bloody mary – and Ralph’s delivers! Located in Downtown Disney you can find a WIDE variety of alcohol and some delicious comfort food. Reservations suggested.

Goofy’s Kitchen – Did your 7 year old wake up at 5am to see mommy run for 3 seconds – well take that kid to Goofy’s Kitchen for some PB&J pizza and a hug from your favorite Disney characters. Don’t worry they serve adult food as well – and… a small collection of cocktails. I would recommend Goofy’s Kitchen if you are coming here with your kids – or a bunch of kids at heart.

Roscoes Chicken & Waffles – Do yourself a favor and check out a SoCal staple that is new to the Anaheim area. Roscoes is an institution that started in Long Beach in 1975 and a favorite with 7 locations in Southern California. Be sure to get the Obama special! The Anaheim location is located on Harbor. See the drool worthy menu here.

Via Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles Site
Do you have any secret recommendations? Let me know!!