Friday, March 1, 2019

Disney's California Adventure Food & Wine Festival begins Today!

Location: Disney's California Adventure

The California Adventure Food & Wine Festival starts today (March 1st) and will run until April 23, 2019.  Guests of all ages are welcome to discover the beauty and celebrate the bounty of California with unforgettable cuisine, beverages, and entertainment in Disney's California Adventure Park. With experiences happening daily during the limited-time event,* guests will always find something tasty to try and fun to do as they explore the infamous Disney culinary festival.

The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival features tempting items for the whole family to enjoy, including unique food and beverage offerings at 14 different Festival Marketplaces. Each location’s menu is inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients. Guests will also discover locally brewed craft beers, wine and spirits from all across the region and can do so easily with the Sip and Savor Pass** to get the best value as they taste their way through the Festival Marketplaces at participating locations.

Here are a few yummy samples that will sure make your taste buds happy! 


Disney is known for their Instagram worthy food and Mickey Mouse shaped snacks, so I have no doubt these selections will be be extraordinarily delicious!  

California Artisan Cheese Selections

Petit Impossible Burger with Guac and Pepper Jack Cheese

Asian Style Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Beer Battered Cod with Steak Fries & Spiced Remoulade

Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls

Salt & Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings

Black Garlic Soy Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi

Teriyaki Chicken Musibi

Sweet Corn Nuggets with Bacon Lardons

Large Soft Pretzel with Beer Cheese Dipping Sauce

Beer Braised Pork Tacos with Picked Apple Slaw, Black Beans, and Queso

Buffalo Style Roasted Turkey Leg with Celery Slaw and Crumbled Blue Cheese

Ghost Pepper Mac & Cheese with Chili Cheese Corn Chip Dust

Grilled Asparagus Chicken Caesar Salad

Cauliflower Ceviche with Chili Corn Crumble and Tortilla Strips 

Ham and Vella Jack Cheese Pinwheel with Smoked Pistachios 


Is your mouth watering yet?  It wouldn't be a proper Disney foodie adventure without some sweet and savory snacks and desserts too!  Here is a sampling that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and give you the most satisfying sugar fix!!

Fresh California Berry Pie

  Berry Patch Strawberry Float

Meyer Lemon Blue Diamond Almond Macaron

Garlic Kissed Chocolate Crunch Cake

Creamy Oikos Yogurt Cheesecake

Black Forest Parfait


There's a great selection of  California inspired beverages for everyone.  Non-alcoholic and alcoholic options are available that will quench your thirst and wet your whistle in between rides or with your meals!  Make sure to check out some of these tasty options.   

Peach Tea

Watermelon Lemonade 

Yippee Mickey's Cotton Candy Soda (my kids favorite)!

California Mimosa Flight - Mixed Berry, Tropical, Hibiscus

Jalapeno Lime Margaritas

Tiki Cocktail

Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule

The California Adventure Food & Wine Festival has something to do for everyone in the family.  Live music, entertainment and special activities will also bring a “California vibe” to each day.  Here are a few of the exciting activities to participate in that require no reservations!   

Culinary Demonstrations

On the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, guests will discover culinary demonstrations by some of the most celebrated chefs in the industry, who will share their go-to recipes and insider tips for preparing sensational dishes. Family-friendly seminars on these days are presented by Chef Daniella Malfitano, who will demonstrate how preparing and sharing a meal can be a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Guests of all ages will get inspired or even discover a new interest during these presentations.

For more information on culinary demonstrations click here 

Junior Chef Experience

Another guest-favorite returning to the festival daily is the Junior Chef experience, with hands-on fun led by Chef Goofy, for children ages 3 to 11. Aspiring young chefs follow a recipe and mix a variety of ingredients to create magical treats that end with a tasty surprise. The Junior Chef experience is open for fun several times daily on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land.

For more information on the Junior Chef Experience click here!

Festival Marketplace Kiosks

There are over a dozen festival marketplace kiosks that offer tasting size menus to celebrate California cuisine!  Make you you stop by to try a few and let me know which one is your favorite!  Check out the Sip & Savor Pass! 

For more information on the Festival Marketplace click here!

Reservations Required

Guests looking for more palate-pleasing experiences will want to try the festival’s signature events, including new offerings such as the Dinner with Disney Chefs and Winemaker Receptions at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Favorite signature events are also back this year, including Sweet Sundays. 

Additional signature events at this year’s Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival include:

  • Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri at Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park (March 9)
  • MacMurray Ranch Vineyards Winemaker Reception with Kate MacMurray at Carthay Circle Restaurant (March 22)
  • Dinner with Disney Chefs at The Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria (March 28)
  • Silverado Vineyards Winemaker Reception with Jonathan Emmerich at Carthay Circle Restaurant (April 19)

Festival Merchandise

Commemorate the good times at this year’s festival with souvenirs, shirts, hats and gifts!  Find festival-design apparel, ornaments, drink-ware, water bottles and more at:

Studio Store
Festival Gifts, near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Festival Merchandise Carts
Seaside Souvenirs

 Baseball Cap

 Wine Tote

 Minnie Mouse Food Festival Mouse Ears

 Perfect Match Festival Sweater

Festival Tee

Festival Cutting Board

Signed Art
Meet the artist and watch the creation of their masterpieces. Limited edition and one-of-a-kind works of art will be available for purchase next to Festival Gifts near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

Festival Gift Cards
A convenient way to enjoy your visit is to pay using a Festival Gift Card, a unique Disney Gift Card that has a handy elastic wristband. Available at:

Elias & Co.
Trolley Treats
Off the Page
Laod Bhang’s Pin Traders Cart
Festival Merchandise Carts 

Family Pictures

While you're in the park don't forget to snap a few pictures of your family!  There are some cool photo spots and Instagram walls you don't want to miss and I'm sure there are many more I am not even showing here!

My boys Jack (left) and Collin (right) - Route 66 Cars Land

Collin - Mickey's Fun Wheel

Jack - Up Balloon Wall

Me - next to the Buzz Lightyear Wall 

 Jack - Buzz Lightyear Wall

All three of us - Husband took the pic! In front of Radiator Springs Racers

Additional Information

Many of the Disney California Food & Wine Festival events are included with admission to Disney California Adventure park. Special signature events, demonstrations and seminars will require a separate fee. Additional details and reservations for the select signature events and seminars can be made at Guests may also check for the latest information and schedules as they become available, at

In addition, the Disneyland Resort is offering special, limited-time ticket and hotel offers during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, making this an ideal time for guests to visit the park. Guests may find more information at

Let me know if you are planning to attend the California Adventure Food & Wine Festival or if you have attended in the past, what you thought of it!  We are planning a family visit to the park towards the end of March and will definitely stop by to sample these culinary dishes and delights first hand!  My kids are most excited about the "Yippee Mickey's Cotton Candy Soda" and the "Ghost Pepper Mac & Cheese" (hopefully it's not too hot!)  I want to try the "Beer Braised Pork Tacos" and the "Jalapeno Lime Margarita" because I love Mexican food, especially made in California! My husband is looking forward to trying the "Petit Impossible Burger" and "Myer Lemon Ginger Mule".  The good news is we can all sample each others selections!

Enjoy The Festival & See You in March!


Monday, February 25, 2019

Special Look at ‘The Lion King’ Debuts During the Oscars®

Last night, Oscar® viewers enjoyed an all-new look at director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, which opens in theaters on July 19, 2019.

Disney’s upcoming film journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. 

The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, BeyoncĂ© Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, and utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

This is going to be a big year for Disney movies with Frozen 2, Star Wars, and Lion King sure to be leading box office sales!  I'm certainly adding this classic to my list of summer must see movies to see with the family!  What are some films you're looking forward to in 2019?

Long Live The King!



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Target Introduces More Natural Beauty Products to Fall in Love With!

Beauty fans are jumping up and down in excitement over Target's latest additions to their natural beauty products line.  What do Instagram-worthy face masks, innovative bath products and bubbling cleaners have in common? They’re all new, natural beauty products now available in Target’s beauty aisles and on—at amazing Target prices!

I recently began using skincare products from Red Earth's Pink Coconut beauty line available at Target.  This collection is all natural made with coconut oil and pomegranate extract.  I like to use products that make me feel good about what I'm putting on my skin, body and hair.  Target's commitment to continuously bring in the latest natural beauty products that I can add to my daily beauty regimen, all at an incredible value, is something I'm really passionate and excited about. 

Red Earth Pink Coconut Face Mist, Nourishing Lotion, & Clay Cleansing Mask

After cleansing my face, I use the Pink Coconut Face Mist. This is a hydrating mist that instantly provides lasting moisture to the skin to help soothe skin. The coconut oil hydrates my skin and acts as an antibacterial shield to protect skin and prevent acne.  The pomegranate extract is a powerful antioxidant that promotes collagen production and helps fight free radicals to prevent signs of aging.  Finally, calendula flower extract has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties   The Pink Coconut Spray Mist is perfect to spray before applying skincare products to improve absorption, or throughout the day for a quick skin refresh!

I then follow up with the Pink Coconut Nourishing Lotion which is a light-weight, fast absorbing, non-greasy formula that provides instant relief and long-term hydration for my skin.  In addition to coconut oil and pomegranate extract, it contains jojoba oil which moisturizes the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe irritated skin and aloe, an anti-inflammatory ingredient that soothes irritated skin and prevents redness.  Most recently, I have been experiencing some small acne breakouts on my chin and around my nose and redness.  Since I started using Red Earth, I've noticed these inflammations diminish and my skin tone looks even on smooth.  

I always follow up with sunscreen for my daytime routine and I also love to treat myself once or twice a week with the Red Earth Pink Coconut Clay Cleansing Mask.  It's a detoxifying leave-on clay mask formulated to gently yet effectively remove everyday impurities without over-drying or irritation. The highly moisturizing formula helps clean pores and keeps my skin smooth and hydrated. 

Red Earth has a number of other great beauty products available at Target with fantastic prices up to $30 max!  I want to try the Pink Coconut Lip Scrub and the Green Rush Bubble Cleanser pictured below! 

Photo Credit: Red Earth

Photo Credit: Red Earth

You may remember last summer when Target added a ton of new products to their natural beauty assortment. Well, customers such as myself and many others just couldn’t get enough. So Target set out to expand that assortment again with even more brands I really love and I know you will too!  The best part? Many of the new brands are cruelty-free and never use unnecessary chemicals so you can look and feel your best. Adding natural products like these is just one way Target is working towards a strategy to eliminate certain chemicals from all of their beauty products by 2020!

So get ready to meet your new must-have products from Red Earth (their Pink Coconut and Green Rush collections are exclusive to Target!) Yuni, Tenoverten, Cocokind and Grace + Tonic, plus new items from natural beauty brands Native and Hello. 

You can shop all of the Red Earth beauty products I've been using and many others in the shop links below, in stores, and online at