A Collection of Awesome Stuff

Two of my favorite people sent me some very cool things recently, and I wanted to share them with you on this “freeform Saturday” post.

First of all, a beautiful food pic from James Chapman. This is Le Cellier‘s sausage and corn polenta appetizer, which is out of this world delicious. It’s just too pretty not to give it the spotlight. Thanks for Mickey-fying the plates, James — how did you know that Le Cellier’s butter balls are my favorite part of the meal?

Le Cellier Sausage and Corn Polenta Appetizer

Le Cellier Sausage and Corn Polenta Appetizer

And secondly, I wanted to share with you some “random observations” from Jeff Kocan‘s recent trip. They’re too witty not to print as-is:

Just random observations that I meant to bring up:

– I had complained about the chips and salsa at the San Angel Inn in the comments a while back — in December, we were served Tostitos chips and a little plastic container of Tostitos salsa – but everything was back to homemade when we ate there (twice!) two weeks ago. That makes me happy.

– Also, the Cochinita Pibil on the lunch menu is my new favorite dish there. There’s a taco version on the dinner menu as an appetizer, but the lunch version is the real deal — a big plate of shredded pork, pickled onions, and fried plantains, served with fresh tortillas. If you haven’t, by all means do.

– The Butterfinger cupcake seriously is the grossest thing I’ve ever eaten. Okay, maybe not, but it was so dense — the thing has to weigh three pounds — that two of us couldn’t get halfway through it. Too much.

– Speaking of too much, we split a No Way Jose at Beaches and Cream and were kind of disappointed. The ice cream there had a weirdly low-fat texture, like it’s a little too icy or something. We had another sundae at the Downtown Disney Ghirardelli shop that was superior in every way. They may have the secret best ice cream on property.

– We had a pizza delivered to our room at Port Orleans for the *Lost*premiere. I wish our *pizza* had gotten lost. Heyooo!

– It’s never too cold or too rainy for Dole Whips.

Have a great Saturday, all! Thanks to James and Jeff for the emails.


  1. says

    Totally love how he made a mickey out of the plates! Gasp, someone eats one of the bread other than the pretzel bread? ;) LOL, I kid, my dad ate one of the others this trip, but I save ALL my room for the pretzel bread, which I will now crave until Sept.

  2. says

    Heather — Personally, I am an equal-opportunity bread eater. I love them all for their special qualities, but I do love the pretzel bread the best… There’s gotta be a recipe somewhere — have you ever tried one?

  3. Thomas says

    I have to say that I will eat any pizza shaped object but I refused to eat the one delivery pizza we got at Port Orleans FQ. It was beyond awful, easily the worst thing on property.

  4. says

    Thanks so much for displaying it on your Blog AJ…it’s always a treat to have you write a blurb about these food photos! :) It’s a lot of fun to take the photos at the table, even though I get a lot of stares from people as I set up the tripod an darrange everything “just so” on the table…lol.

  5. says

    James — I always appreciate your artwork! Believe me, I know all about the stares, but I haven’t yet used the tripod… hmm… :-)

  6. says

    Per the bread discussion: While I do enjoy the pretzel bread, I much prefer the sourdough.

    Per pizza delivery: It has been my experience that the smaller pizzas are far better than the bigger version. Something gets lost in the translation… :0)

  7. says

    my opinion on why the multigrain bread is in the picture instead of the pretzel bread; by the time the picture was taken, it was all that was left! having worked at le cellier, i can tell you that the multigrain is by far the most commonly left-behind of the three bread sticks.

    and when i worked there, we always called the little butter balls “Epcot balls” due to their similarity to Spaceship Earth! :)

  8. says

    Ha! Tim, that’s awesome! I love that you called them Epcot balls — makes perfect sense ;-) Also, I’ll eat all the bread I’m given (!!), but I can understand why some folks leave the multi-grain behind; don’t want to be TOO healthy at Disney…

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