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Lady and the Tramp – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Breadsticks, Donuts and Coffee, Rib-eye and Mushy Peas, and Wedding Cake

Quick links: Wedding Cake | DonutsRibeye and Mushy Peas | Spaghetti and Meatballs | Breadsticks | Verdict

Probably one of the most famous Disney food scenes out of all of the animated movies. The spaghetti kiss. We tried recreating the famous scene, but our dog wasn’t as willing as Lady. All-in-all, Lady and the Tramp had a good haul of food. And our greyhound loved the food too.

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Passed-up Wedding Cake (with fondant)

Toward the start of the movie, Tramp was looking for a good place to eat, before settling on Tony’s. One of the options is a cake shop.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We have made lots of cake throughout this blog, but never a wedding cake. So we made a delicious wedding cake, with fondant and everything

Wedding Cake and Fondant

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
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Ingredients:

Cake

1 package (18 ounce) betty crocker white cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3 whole eggs (even for white cakes)
1 cup water
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond emulsion (stronger than flavoring) (or 2 teaspoons almond extract)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Fondant

1 package (16 ounces) white mini marshmallows (use a good quality brand)
2 5 tablespoons water
2 pounds (about 8 cups) sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

Cake

  1. In a bowl, mix 1st 3 ingredients. (see notes below) Set aside.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in mixer bowl then add the dry.
  3. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until dry ingredients are incorporated; mix at medium 2 minutes.
  4. This makes 1 & 1/2 times the usual batter than a ‘straight’ cake mix. It will fill one of the following pans: 8″ sq; 12″ round; 9x13x2; OR one 10″ and 6″ round.
  5. Pour into pan(s) and bake as you usually do. I prefere to bake at 300 degrees F. for 20 minutes, then turn oven up to 325 degrees F. for an equal time OR until you can smell cake If it has pulled away from the edges of the pan it is *over done*. You should have a flat cake that won’t (usually) need leveling & is not sticky on the top when it cools.

Special NOTES:.

  1. There is NO oil, butter or margarine in this recipe.
  2. Use large eggs.
  3. If almond extract (not emulsion) is used, add 2 teaspoons or to taste.
  4. Can use ANY cake flavor.
  5. Flavorings can change depending on cake flavor you use. Try a combination of 1 part vanilla, 1/2 part butter flavoring and 1/4 part almond.
  6. It is important to mix the dry ingredients well especially if using a chocolate mix or you will have white spots in the finished cake. I use a wire whisk.

Fondant

  1. To make marshmallow fondant, place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving 30 seconds more; stir again. Continue until melted (about 2 1/2 minutes).
  2. Place 3/4 of the confectioners’ sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture. Flavoring can be added at this point if desired. Place solid vegetable shortening in easily accessed bowl so you can reach into it with fingers as you are working. Grease hands and counter GENEROUSLY; turn marshmallow mixture onto counter. Start kneading like you would dough. Continue kneading, adding additional confectioners’ sugar and re-greasing hands and counter so the fondant doesn’t stick. If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8 minutes.
  3. It’s best to allow Marshmallow Fondant to sit, double-wrapped, overnight. Prepare the fondant for storing by coating with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in resealable bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. Marshmallow Fondant will keep well in refrigerator for several weeks.
  4. When not working with fondant, make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in a bag to prevent it from drying out. When ready to use, knead fondant until smooth. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick.
  5. To color fondant: If you need to tint the entire batch of fondant, add a little icing color to the melted marshmallow mixture before adding confectioners’ sugar. For smaller amounts of tinted fondant, add icing color to portions of fondant as needed.

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Donuts and Coffee for your pooch

Disclaimer: DO NOT feed your dog donuts and coffee. Caffeine is toxic to dogs. But that didn’t stop Jim Dear. While having his morning coffee and donut, he decided to give Miss Lady some.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Even though it’s a bad breakfast for dogs, it’s a perfectly good breakfast for humans. We found a great donut recipe that fits the time period of the movie well.

Early 1900's Donuts

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sweet (aka whole) milk
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
lard or oil, for frying
extra flour
  1. One egg, one cup of sugar, two tablespoons of butter, beaten together till creamy.
  2. Add one cup of sweet milk, a pinch of salt, two teaspoons of baking powder stirred into two cups of flour*.
  3. Add one-half teaspoon of ginger and one-fourth teaspoon of nutmeg to the flour.
  4. Beat well, roll out about one-fourth of an inch thick.
  5. Cut out all the cakes before beginning to fry.
  6. Cook in deep fat that will fry a small walnut-sized ball of the dough in about sixty-five seconds.
  7. Do not let the fat get above that degree of heat.

*NOTE: I don’t know if I messed up the recipe or what, but I had to add about double the flour asked for. The dough was too sticky to shape so I just added more flour until I could shape the donuts to fry, which I used 2 different sized lids to make the circle shape and the circle hole.

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Lady’s Rib-eye Steak and Mushy Peas

:Poor Lady didn’t get a chance to eat the juicy steak she envisioned.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

and instead got a face-full of mushy peas

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Even though Lady wasn’t a fan of the peas, our greyhound loved them.

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For the Rib-eye steak. I salted the meat beforehand, and then threw it on the grill until I got a medium-rare cook.  The mushy peas recipe is as follows.

Mushy Peas

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (10-ounce) package frozen green peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a shallow pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add frozen peas, and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Drain peas, and transfer to a blender or large food processor.
  4. Add cream, butter, salt and pepper to peas, and process until blended, but still thick with small pieces of peas.
  5. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve immediately.

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Tony’s Famous Kissing Spaghetti and Meatballs

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the famous spaghetti and meatballs. Its such a beautiful scene on a bella notte.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We tried to recreate the scene with our dog, but Roxie wasn’t so sure about sitting at the table. We did manage to get a semi-decent picture.

Tony's Famous Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
3 tablespoons grated onions
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons 1-1/2 dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 1/4 teaspoons 1-1/4 salt divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic divided
3/4 teaspoon pepper divided
6 slices day-old bread torn into pieces
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 pound ground beef
hot cooked spaghetti
additional parmesan cheese optional
  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, onion, sugar, oregano, bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, garlic and pepper. (NOTE: I’d also add some crushed red peppers)
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, soak bread in remaining water. Squeeze out excess moisture.
  5. NOTE: I’d skip on the soaked bread and add 2 cups of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup milk
  6. In a large bowl, combine the bread, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining salt, garlic and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  7. Shape into thirty-six 1-1/2-in. meatballs.
  8. Place meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan.
  9. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until no longer pink; drain.
  10. Transfer to spaghetti sauce.
  11. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  12. Discard bay leaf.
  13. Serve with spaghetti with additional Parmesan if desired.

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Tony’s Breadsticks

Accompanying the spaghetti is a bowl of breadsticks. Mary had made this recipe before, so we decided it would be good. However, when I made it, the bread turned out too sweet. I’m not sure why. So just a forewarning while making it, maybe add a little less sugar.

Tony's Bread Sticks

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1.5 cups Water
1 pkg. Yeast
1.5 Tbs Sugar
3 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Knead for 3 mins.
  3. Let raise for 10 mins
  4. Roll out on parchment paper to the size of a cookie sheet.
  5. Cut into 1.5 in strips
  6. Spread with butter
  7. add garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese on top
  8. Let rest for 10 mins
  9. Bake at 350F for 20 mins

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Will you call it a bella pasto (beautiful meal)?

Overall the recipes were good. I was a little tired and out of it when making the spaghetti and meatballs. I would have made the meatballs a bit spicier if I were on my game, and probably used bread crumbs as opposed to soggy bread. But they still turned out pretty good.

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The donuts and hot chocolate were a great pairing. Part of a balanced breakfast.

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And the cake was amazing. We got lots of compliments on that. I highly recommend it.

Verdict:

Wedding Cake – 10/10

Donuts – 8/10, Donuts dipped in hot chocolate 9/10

Rib-eye Steak – 9/10

Mushy Peas – 7/10

Spaghetti and Meatballs – 7/10

Breadsticks – 6/10

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Saludos Amigos/Three Caballeros – Peruvian bread, Argentinian Asado (Steak and Sausage), Mate, Lemonade, Bahian Cookies (Quindins and Cocadas), and Cachaça

Quick links: Bread | Asado | Mate | Cachaça | Lemonade | Cocada | Quindins | Verdict

Even being a huge Disney fanatic, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Saludos Amigos or Three Caballeros. Maybe I watched them when I was really small at my grandparent’s house, but I’m not sure. It seems pretty common that these two movies get overlooked, that’s why I’m combining them. Also, Saludos Amigos is almost a prequel to Three Caballeros. They are both part of a 6-movie package film series. So I’ll be combining the next couple movies too.
However, don’t let the obscurity of these two films throw you, the South American food in them was outstanding (minus the mate).

Peruvian Bread con el Pato Donald (Saludos Amigos)

As we watch Donald Duck start his South American journey, he sails in a straw boat across Lake Titicaca…until he gets thrown overboard and lands in the bread dough of an Peruvian lady in mid-knead.

(Credit: Disney)

I wasn’t quite sure what kinda of bread it was. I found this recipe for a bread from the Peruvian Andes, but it was a sweet bread and the picture didn’t look like any of the breads she had in the background. So I opted to go with regular white bread, but made in a Peruvian style, which means they use lard instead of butter or shortening.

Peruvian Bread con el Pato Donald

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
2 packages (0.25 ounce) yeast active, dry
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
3 tablespoons lard softened
1 tablespoon salt
6 1/2 cups flour
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.
  2. Stir in lard, salt and two cups of the flour.
  3. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  5. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
  6. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  7. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  8. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into loaves.
  9. Place the loaves into two lightly greased 9×5 inch loaf pans.
  10. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  12. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
    Credit: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/traditional-white-bread/Hard crust, soft center

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Gaucho Goofy’s Asado (Saludos Amigos)

Oh man, this was delicious. One of the last short films featured one of my absolute favorite Disney characters, Goofy. The narrator picked cowboy Goofy up from Texas and dropped him in Argentina as El Gaucho Goofy! And what a rough-n-tumblin goucho he was.

Earlier in the film, they showed Argentinian bbq, or asado.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Doesn’t that look delicious?

Goucho Goofy shows the proper way to eat it. You take a mini-baguette, hold it so it’s sticking out of one side and hold the cut of meat in the same hand, but sticking out the other side.

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We didn’t have a parrilla (which is a grate of sorts and is the “proper” way to cook it.) But we used a nice charcoal grill. Man, did it turn out great. It is best to get sausages, sirloin, flank, or fillet. For more info about truly grilling in an Argentinian fashion, check out this article I found.

Goucho Goofy Asado

  • Servings: 2-6
  • Difficulty: Easy (if you know how to cook with charcoal)
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Ingredients:

Meat

6 Sausages
2 1/2 pounds sirloin steak
Kosher or course sea salt
2-4 Mini baguettes

Chimichurri (Sauce)

1 cup Chopped parsley
cloves Garlic minced
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Red chili pepper flakes
tablespoons Dried oregano
Small Onions minced
3/4 cup Olive or vegetable oil
3 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons Lemon juice

Meat

  1. Sprinkle Kosher or Sea Salt on the steaks so it lightly coats it. Set aside.
  2. Heat up charcoal and place on bottom of the grill (or parrilla).
  3. Place the meat on the grill/parrilla and let it cook until the meat is medium-rare (around 140ºF)

 Chimichurri

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender until finely chopped, but not pureed.
  2. Spoon on top of steak and enjoyIMG_20150307_173818

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Mate (Saludos Amigos/Three Caballeros)

I had never tried mate before, but I had heard about it. Some people love it, others hate it. So I was excited to try. Gaucho Goofy seemed to enjoy it as he sipped it with his horse, relaxin’ all cool against a fence post.

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Then in Three Caballeros, one of the shorts features a little boy and his flying donkey. They are shown enjoying mate as well.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

So I thought it would at least be somewhat tasty right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. You do need a gourd cup and a special straw called a bombilla to “enjoy” this. I found one on amazon that works well.

Mate

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
Mate
Gourd Cup
Bombilla (Special Straw)
Strong stomach
  1. Fill the gourd 3/4 up with the mate.
  2. Place one hand over the top of the cup and shake so the fine mate is brought to the top
  3. Place the cup on an 60º incline so the mate rests on one side
  4. Fill the cup halfway with hot, but not boiling water. Be careful not to get the top portion of the mate wet
  5. Wait 1-2 minutes
  6. Fill the rest of the cup up with hot (not boiling) water
  7. Place the bombilla in and drink!IMG_20150309_204746

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José’s Virgin Cachaça Lime Cocktail (Saludos Amigos)

The last section of the film features José Carioca, a Brazillian parrot. He’s also featured in Three Caballeros and even a ride at Epcot. He shows Donald the beauties of Brazil, and then they sit down at a cafe and enjoy some Cachaça.

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Cachaça is a Brazilian spirit made from sugar cane juice. So as we’re keeping this a family-friendly blog. We made a cachaça cocktail with actual sugar cane juice. I was able to find sugar cane juice at an Asian market next to my house, but I’m sure there are supermarkets around the carry it.

José's Virgin Cachaça Lime Cocktail

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
4 Lime wedges
1 1/2 tablespoons Sugar
1/3 cup Sugar cane juice
2/3 cup Vita-coco with mango and peach or with tangerine
Ice
  1. Fill tumbler with ice
  2. Squeeze the 4 lime wedges onto ice then drop the wedges into cup.
  3. Add sugar.
  4. Fill the glass 1/3 up with sugar cane juice and the rest with Vita-coco
  5. Stir gently.IMG_20150307_173637

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Out of the Arctic Lemonade (Three Caballeros)

Now onto the second movie. Three Caballeros. The first short in this film features a penguin that escapes his cold homeland to venture to warmer climates. He relaxes and drinks a lemony drink on a hammock.

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We are not privy to see inside the glass. But we do see a lemon slice on the side of the glass when a tortoise brings him another drink.

Now, I could have just assumed it was water with a lemon slice in it, but what’s the fun in that? Lets make lemonade. And who would make lemonade better than Paula Dean?

Out of the Arctic Lemonade

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 cup hot water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 gallon cold water
1 lemon sliced
1 sprig mint for garnish
  1. In a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water
  2. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add lemon juice and cold water to render 1 gallon.
  4. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Pour lemonade over glasses of ice, squeeze slice of lemon on top of each, and garnish with a sprig of mint.Credit: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/lemonade-recipe.html?oc=linkback

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Bahian treats That’ll Make you Dance (Three Caballeros)

Onto Baia! I really want to visit Brazil and Baia would be a really cool place to go. The Three Caballeros are just chilling, when a Brazillian “cookie lady” comes and teases them with cookies (how rude).

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Then, Donald goes crazy. He is probably one of the most lustful characters in the Disney universe. He goes after almost every female he comes across…no matter the species.

Anyway, they start singing a song in Portuguese. A crowd gathers and they all join in. Donald gets jealous when the “orange man” comes and tries to steal the “cookie lady” away from him.

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Throughout the song in that scene I was trying to figure out what they were saying, because I happen to speak Portuguese. I still couldn’t understand what they were saying in the chorus, though. I searched for the lyrics and turns out that they were saying “Quindins de Yaya.” I didn’t know what Quindins were.

So I looked them up. Turns out that they are a Brazilian treat and of course I had to make them. However, her plate of cookies was diverse, so I looked up other Brazilian treats to make, too. That’s when I found Cocadas, which are basically coconut bars.


Quindins de Yaya

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
5 whole eggs
15 egg yolk
2 cups sugar
1 cup coconut grated
1/4 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons corn syrup
sugar for dusting the pans
  1. In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the 15 yolks.
  2. Sift the eggs through a wire strainer
  3. Add the other ingredients, mix well.
  4. Place dough in greased pans and sprinkle with sugar (use spring-form pan for best results). We used a cupcake tin
  5. Sprinkle more sugar on top for crispy top.
  6. Bake in water bath in the oven at 180 ° C for 35 minutes (A water bath consists of putting the baking pan in a larger pan that is filled with hot water)
  7. Let cool and unmold.
  8. Serve chilled.

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Cocadas

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
400 grams fresh grated coconut thick
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
oil enough to grease pan
  1. Butter a large baking sheet with oil
  2. Set aside
  3. Place the water the sugar in a saucepan over high heat
  4. Let the syrup cook until it falls in strings
  5. Pour the coconut into the pan with the sauce and stir
  6. Add the condensed milk and continue stirring until it begins to come away from the pan base
  7. Remove the coconut candy from heat and place the spoonfuls on greased baking sheet
  8. Wait until they harden slightly and remove the coconut sweets from the pan with a spatulaIMG_20150221_202619

Will it Make you Dance the Samba?

The bread was delicious. It had a hard crispy crust and a soft inside. It went really well with strawberry jam.

Hard crust, soft center

The asado has probably been my favorite Disney food so far. It was sooooooo good. I wish I made more so I could have just gotten super fat eating it. Gaucho Goofy knows how to eat. The steak was tender and well seasoned, the sausages were crisp on the outside, and the chimichurri sauce complimented everything superbly. I was really surprised about how well that sauce went with everything.

The spread

And after that tasty meal, I had to drink mate. Oh man, that was HORRIBLE. I think I even liked the clover blossoms from Bambi better. I don’t know how people drink that stuff.

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While I didn’t try true cachaça, this sugar cane mocktail was amazing. It was tart but sweet. The sugar cane juice wasn’t very good alone, but together, it turned out really well.

The juices

I could always go for a nice cool glass of lemonade. The mint really added to the taste. My wife thought it needed more sugar, but I thought it was perfect.

All I need now is a hammock and a turtle waiter.

The cocadas were really sugary. I don’t know if I didn’t refine the sugar enough or something. You could taste the sugar grits. Despite that, they were really good. Even my wife, who doesn’t like coconut, liked them

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Now my favorite treat, the quindins. I didn’t know what to expect. Even though our batch came out really gooey, it was super delicious. I recommend maybe cooking it longer or something. I highly recommend these treats.

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Verdict:

Peruvian Bread con el Pato Donald – 7.5/10

Gaucho Goofy’s Asado – 11/10

Mate – 1/10

José’s Cachaça Lime Cocktail – 8.5/10

Out of the Arctic Lemonade – 8/10

Cocadas – 7.5/10

Quindins de Yaya – 8.5/10 (would have been a 10/10 if they weren’t so gooey)