It's Christmastime at Disneyland so there's some decorations hanging up and there's a big Cone Christmas tree that I missed a picture of...darn it. There was a lot going on, hopefully I can get the Cozy Cone Christmas Tree at a later time.
My family came to the Cozy Cone to get a lemonade and pomegranate lemonade with vodka, oh yes, and some chili too. The Chili CONE Queso Cone is one of our favorites at the Cozy Cone Motel.
The Cozy Cone is one of my favorite places to stop for a snack, actually, just one cone specifically, Cone # 4 Cone Queso is my favorite because of the Chili Cone Carne in a bread cone that they serve. It's my brothers first time to California Adventure so naturally I had to bring him here. He shares my adoration for chili...
My mom and I both love the same kind of beer, Blue Moon. There is one place that I know that sells Blue Moon inside of California Adventure and that's Bayside Brews. It might be available elsewhere inside the park but I have not seen Blue Moon beer anywhere but Bayside Brews.
My mom and I ordered the same thing, one Blue Moon and one Pacifico for our husbands. My dad and husband both like Mexican beers so that's another reason Bayside Brews is so convenient for us.
The French market is located in New Orleans Square, right next to the Haunted Mansion ride, the patio overlooks the New Orleans train stop. They serve a mix of New Orleans southern comfort food, as well as some French favorites. There is a menu out in front for you to browse before you go in.
I took a look briefly at the menu outside and saw that they had macaroni and cheese, so we went ahead and ate here. The French Market serves sandwiches, soups, salads and has a variety of fancy desserts. It's also home of the New Orleans Mint Julep, a drink that locals love.
Inside there is a ridiculously long line that wraps around the Food Service area where you order soups, sandwiches and salads. What you can't see from the outside of this little place is that the line is really, really, really long inside. This had to be the absolute worst food service set up that I have seen so far. It was like I waiting in line for a ride the way it wrapped around the place and winded around things. Damn, I kept thinking, "are we there yet?"
When you enter the little door from the outside, you wait in line and until you have reached the trays, you then grab your trays, napkins, forks, spoons and knives. You drag your tray around until you have reached the food service area in the center where the MENU is located. You then have 20 seconds to decide what you want to eat because there is a long, long, long line behind you of angry, hungry people just like you were. Why not put the menu somewhere between the trays and the food service area BEFORE you get to the area to order?! That makes more sense, all of us are standing in this long line forever with no menu? Not cool.
It seriously took us 20 minutes from the time we entered the door until the time we reached the menu in the center of the service area. You order your food and they make it right there on the spot which is another reason for the really ridiculous line which is not family-friendly for people with kids and strollers. You order everything you want and desserts are at the end, pay for everything and exit out into the outdoor dining area. It took about 40+ minutes to get in and out of the line and sit down with our food, ugh. I should have waited the 30 minutes at Cafe Orleans, at least I would be sitting down in air-conditioning.
SPECIAL Halloween Sandwich!
They had a special sandwich for Halloween that I would have ordered but the knuckle-heads put this small sign and sample AFTER the menu, so I didn't know about it. It looked really good! I will have to try it before Halloween ends.
My husband ordered the corn chowder and I had the beef stew. My children ordered the macaroni and cheese and pasta with marinara sauce. We had to order quick so no one had time to think, there was an angry, hungry mob behind us.
The creamy corn chowder was also very delicious but the toppings were not that appetizing, we scraped the top part of it off. We didn't know they put that there or we have ordered it without, but at least you can see the whole thing.
The beef stew was delicious, I normally don't like peas and had I known, I probably would have ordered it without peas. The peas were only on top of it, really they weren't that bad, I ended up eating them anyway and the baby liked them because he could pick them up with his little fingers.
Both children liked their pasta, but Samantha wished she had got Macaroni and Cheese, she said it tasted better than her pasta with marinara sauce.
I would definitely eat here again, the food was great, they had a lot of things on the menu I wanted to try, I just had no time to decide what I wanted because of the long line behind me. There are some very appetizing sandwiches as well as salads on the menu here that I am eager to try next time.
We headed over to the French market, a little disappointed because we know that they don't have indoor seating while dining. We sat outside on their lovely patio which overlooks the New Orleans train station, but it was still very hot outside, so it was not as comfortable as I would have liked. If I had one suggestion, Disney needs more shaded areas with picnic seating OR more indoor dining space to accommodate people when it's hot outside.
Don Tomas is a snack place on the Paradise Pier that serves jumbo turkey legs, chimichangas and cold drinks. This is one of the only places serving chimichangas and turkey legs that I know of in California Adventure. I've eaten a lot of places, I will have to double check that food fact.
Courtney tucker salad back to the table were the rest of us were eating peanut butter and jelly. We all sat and enjoyed the band play. The moral of this blog post is to never eat a soggy salad on a hot day at California Adventure.
I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich with avocado salsa and my husband got the BBQ bacon cheeseburger.
Looking at all the Halloween treats in the
Samantha chose to get the purple Cheshire Cat cake pop. I actually knew already she would pick that. It's purple and a cat, she loves both those things!
Inside the cake pop is a yummy chocolate cake center (yes, I made her give me a bit). The cost of the cake pop was $4.99 and they took her annual pass discount.
Main Entrance to River Belle Terrace in Frontierland
We came to Disneyland on Labor Day, it was over a hundred degrees outside so I needed a place to stop and cool off while the others went on Pirates of the Caribbean. We were cutting through Adventureland when I saw a door to the River Belle Terrace. It was so hot that I decided I would stop there to cool off and feed the baby. Disneyland is not very breastfeeding friendly when it comes to cool, shady areas to sit. They do have a baby center but it is all the way up at the front of the park on Main Street.
The River Belle Terrace has two entrances, I came in the back entrance from Adventureland but the main entrance is Frontierland right in front of the Rivers of America. You can sit out on the patio and watch the boats go by or there is a gorgeous dining area inside. Given the heat, I was staying inside.
The whole place has a French Country / Victorian feel with pretty pastels and white iron. Naturally, I took a picture of the lighting fixture for all to see. I love Disneyland lighting fixtures, they all fit the theme of the place they are in.
The ceiling was a work of art, you can tell it was hand painted just by looking at the delicate edging.
Although the patio seating is lovely because you can watch the boats go by, the inside has a great view of the boats too. On hot days, I much prefer to be indoors, but I could see sitting outside if it was cooler. A lot of people have breakfast here, it's home of the Mickey Mouse shaped pancake. I would love to have breakfast, drink coffee and watch the boats and people go by one morning.
The River Belle Terrace serves sandwiches and salads for the most part. They have some interesting choices that I may come back and try another day. The prices are a little high for the size of the sandwiches and salads, I was looking around eye-balling everyone's dishes.
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