05 November, 2012

Disneyland Eats: UVA Bar, Dole Whips, Starbucks & a Midnight Snack

Had started writing this during the storm and didn't get a chance to finish it!

I realized I never posted any reviews or pics of the rest of our Disneyland trip!  My friends and I always joke that we do these Disney races so that we can stuff our faces the remainder of the trip with all the yummy goodness that the parks and hotels have to offer, and Disneyland is no different.  I'll be posting a few of these of the highlights (which will be a lot!)

Overall, Disneyland wins, hands down, when it comes to food on either coast.  Not sure if it's because the locals demand better quality in Cali or if Florida just dumbs it down for the masses, but I really hope that Florida starts to take some ideas from Cali and ups the ante.  It looks like they're doing that with Be Our Guest but we'll have to wait and see how that pans out!

Uva Bar

When we first arrived, Pat and I have made it an annual tradition (all two years so far) apparently to stop for a drink and apps at Uva Bar in Downtown Disney.  Honestly?  It might be one of my favorite places on property.

Doing our Beers and Ears duty, we both ordered a beer sampler so we can taste most of their drafts.  The bartender messed up our order a bit and we ended up with a few dups but we didn't complain too much.

My sampler:  Bootlegger's UVA Pilsner, North Coast Blue Star Wheat, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, Green Flash Hop Head Red

My favorite out of all of them was hands down the Tangerine Wheat.  SO GOOD!  I think Pat's favorite was the Firestone.

Pat's Sampler:  North Coast Blue Star Wheat, Stone IPA, Green Flash Hop Head Red, Firestone Double Barrel

As for food?  I think I could easily live off of these corn arepas for the rest of my life if need be.  The pork was perfectly marinated and went amazing with the arepa, peppers, avocado, and mojo sauce.

Another surprising winner?  The shishito peppers!  I had no idea what to expect when we got them but the bartender said people rave about them and they're addicting like potato chips.  She wasn't kidding.  They weren't spicy really but had a great smokey flavor and the salt and garlic emulsion was a perfect compliment.  I just started salivating thinking about this meal.

The guac was also really good but paled in comparison to the other two options.

Corn Arepas - seared corn cakes topped with pull pork, mojo sauce, cilantro, shaved red onio

Guacamole - Chef's handmade recipe with avocados, lime, chile, Cotija cheese, served with crisp olive oil brushed flatbread

Shishito Peppers - Sea salt, lemon garlic emulsion

Dole Whips!

After our stomach's were full of all the yummy goodness, we attacked Disneyland and then got ready for a delicious meal at Steakhouse 55 (those photos and review to come in another post).  But of course we had to have one of many Dole Whips and Dole Whip Floats.  Did you guys know that if you order the very first dole whip float of the day, you get a pin?  :)  This pic was from a few days into our trip but they all looked the same and tasted fab... although I STILL think the ones in WDW are slightly different (and better).  :)

After dinner we headed to California Adventure and checked out Cars Land (Amazing!).

Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe

Oh, and I lost how many times on this trip that I begged asked to head to California Adventure so I can quickly run in to the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe to get my Starbucks fix!  We need this baby to open up in Florida ASAP.  They still need to work on the service since it took FOREVER to get any drink every time, but I put up with it.  They should come to NYC and see how these baristas can work through a line of 20 people in under 5 mins, no joke.  I didn't get to eat there but the food looked yummy!

Starbucks at Disney!  Woot!

Grand Californian Hotel

When we sleepily stumbled into our room at the Grand Californian, we were surprised with an awesome bed time snack, milk and cookies!

Milk and Cookies

The cookies were awesome.  They were a mix of everything... chocolate chips, cranberries, walnuts.  I saved one for the next morning and it was still amazing.  Mmmmmmmmmmm!  


  1. Thanks for sharing these reviews. I'm hoping to get to Disneyland next year with my sister (maybe for the half?!), and definitely appreciate having a few more places to eat in mind. Haven't been to DL since high school!

    1. Lisa, I'm starting to really fall in love with it over there! So different from Florida but the food is SO much more amazing. Definitely pick Dan's brain before you go for all his veggie favorites!

  2. LOVE that they give out a button for the first Dole Whip of the day...totally need one, that is officially my goal for my next DL trip.

    1. Danielle... haha and I have a feeling you'd be one of my only friends that would want a dole whip that early too. I think I ordered mine at 9:15 and the park opened at 9? We had to wait for the dole whip machine to get up and running!

  3. It's really bad that I'm reading these during lunch because I am DROOLING!! Thanks for the reviews!

    1. You're welcome! I just got really hungry rereading these!

  4. Does the Grand Californian hotel do this every night? Cookies?

    1. We only received them on our first night. I'm not sure if they do it on just a specific day of the week or on each room's first night there. I believe my friend also staying there received them on her first night too!