Sunday, February 26, 2017

try the grey stuff- it's delicious [the red rose taverne]

I knew it was coming, but I had no idea that our latest trip to Disneyland was going to perfectly align with the opening of The Red Rose Taverne.  Not only did we get to try the grey stuff, we were able to eat many of the menu items during the soft opening before things got CRAZY!  We also were there to see the nightly transformations of the Village Haus into The Red Rose Taverne.  Apparently, as of right now it is a 'limited time only' experience, but I'm not sure I believe it.  It would be lovely to keep this gem around for some time, because, Pinocchio, you already have a ride.  And really, it's Belle!

As a child who lived during an amazing time in Disney animation - Beauty and the Beast is, and has always been, a pretty big deal for me.  Getting to experience the excitement over the new movie with my daughter and the magic of Disneyland has been just too much for me to try to articulate.  So here are a few images of The Red Rose Taverne, and of course, the grey stuff! Mostly, the grey stuff.

we got to try it twice, once during the soft opening, before they were selling out!!!

here's the Village Haus before its transformation
and after...
one half is decorated for Belle with her friends Mrs. Potts and Luminere, the other half for Gaston.

she only likes the outside part of this treat, which means it is perfect for sharing!
she likes stealing the little candies first

treats we tried:

Enchanted Cauli-Flower Sandwich 

Grilled Cauliflower Steak, Spicy Lime Aïoli, Tempura-battered Green Beans, Lettuce, and Tomato on a Toasted Roll, served with Pommes Frites or sliced Apples
*AMAZING - must try, even if you aren't a vegetarian.  My meat loving husband loved it too, however, we highly suggest you ask for extra aioli on the side - you won't regret it!

Chicken Sandwich à la Lumière 

Grilled Chicken Breast, Apple Slaw, Onion-Bacon Jam, and fried Cherry Peppers on a Toasted Roll, served with Pommes Frites or sliced Apples
*YES! But ask for an extra side of the slaw - they were a little stingy with it, but didn't charge for the extra.  Just ask at the counter - no button on their cash registers ;)

Chef's Chopped Salad 

Cabbage, Romaine,  Iceberg Lettuce, Smoked Bacon, Apples, Hard-cooked Eggs, Blue Cheese crumbles, and Apple Vinaigrette, topped with Garlic Croutons
*a nice light option - good if you have eaten too much in the park already!  I tried it during the soft opening right after I had devoured a very large breadstick at Maurice's Treats Cart, so it worked for that moment.  

Grey Stuff Gâteau 

White Chocolate Mousse and Red Velvet Cake with a Raspberry Center
*OUTSTANDING - Will get it every time we can - and I'm more of a frozen dessert kind of girl.  It was fun having a dessert option our whole family enjoyed sharing together.

Gaston's Famous Brew 

Apple-Mango Punch topped with Passion Fruit Foam
*not our favorite, but it looked like a beer, which was fun for the theme - just a little too sweet for our liking.

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