Valentine's Day is coming soon, so Mickey and Minnie Mouse are celebrating at Disneyland.
The park has put up Valentine's decorations all over Main Street USA, which already has been celebrating Disneyland's "Get Your Ears On - A Mickey and Minnie Celebration." That makes the world's most famous cartoon couple the focus this year, leading up to the sold-out Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts' Nite after-hours, hard-ticket party on February 7.
Yet let's not forget that Mickey and Minnie fest. I showed you last week some of the entertainment and food from the special event, but today I was hungry to try more.
But what? Hmmm, what would Mickey do? He's a mouse; he'd go for something cheesy, right?
That led me to Award Wieners, the home of "A Cheesy Celebration" — a cheddar sausage topped with macaroni and cheese, cheese curds, salsa verde, ground-up cheese puffs, and jalapenos, served with Award Wieners' "filmstrip fries" for $9.99.
Looks amazing, right? I have just one question — how in the world do I fit this into my mouth? Served atop a substantial New England-style griddled bun, this concoction defied all my attempts at gracious consumption. I know that Disney (and other theme parks) design their food as much for Instagram as for customer's taste buds these days, but my attempt to eat this thing probably was better suited to some YouTube prank video. (Sorry to deny you that, BTW.)
How'd it taste? The sausage stars here, with a great snap and sharp flavor. The salsa verde probably added some zing to the otherwise bland mac and cheese, and the jalapenos provided a welcome kick. (Just rearrange them from their "Mickey head" shape to get one in each bite.) But the cheese curds are just taking up space, the Cheeto dust is MIA, and there's far too much bread for the sausage provided.
For dessert, I tried the 'Get Your Ears On' Funnel Cake Fries, topped with cream cheese and chocolate sauces, whipped cream, Oreos, and sprinkles, for $7.99.
Another Insta-ready Disney dessert. If only it tasted as good as it looked.
New rule for Robert: Don't put toppings on a funnel cake. If you want to put some whipped cream or fruit on the side to drag the funnel cake through on its way to your mouth, feel free. But slapping wet toppings onto the funnel cake only robs its of its signature crispiness, rendering a soggy mess. They also cause a funnel cake to lose its heat even more quickly, and no one wants a cold funnel cake.
One more: Funnel fries aren't nearly as good as funnel cake, since their uniform shape eliminates all those craggy, crunchy bits that make funnel cakes so delicious.
Fussy design might make for handsome food photos on social media, but simplicity often yields a tastier result. Give me the simplicity of a well-fried funnel cake or a freshly baked cookie, over Mickey's head in whipped cream, please. For special events such as this, bring me special flavors, but I'd just as soon skip the pile of fixins that provide more volume than taste.
I won't have to wait long for another chance, though. Lunar New Year starts this Friday at Disney California Adventure, with a new menu of limited-time specials.
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