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- Mar 1, 2015
that all looks amazing - your photos are fantastic! so glad you enjoyed it!!!Food and Wine Tequila Lunch
Okay guys, let me just tell you, that I was hands down super impressed by this lunch and I would totally do it again! I went into it with low expectations, as I am not a big Mexican food person, although my husband is, and I was uncertain how I felt about tequila, since it sometimes tastes like cigarettes to me. I booked it because I wanted to learn about tequila, it fit into our schedule, and I wanted to do a special Food and Wine event. Oh. My. Word. The food was SO damn good. And let me tell you, it was not the tequila talking that made me feel that way!
We started off with a classic margarita, which was REALLY good and smooth.
That little shot glass was vodka, which we drank to clear our palette. We learned how to properly test tequila, which involved taking a deep breath, then taking a small sip of the tequila, swishing around in your mouth and then swallowing it. This keeps it from giving a burning feeling. We also smelled the items on the platter when we tasted certain tequilas. This was so we could pick up on flavor profiles of each tequila as we tasted them.
Our host was oh-so-easy on the eyes! I snuck one picture, which does not do him justice. From online reports I had read, I was expecting Hilda, a female host, so I was surprised to see a gentleman. This was Humberto Soto, who is a tequila master. If you look closely, you can see that he is wearing a tequila horn around his neck. He was very informative.
I am not a big seafood person, but it is something I have been working on developing. This Swordfish Ceviche was my husband and my favorite dish.
Look how beautiful and fresh this looks!
This next dish, Huarache de Hongos, was also great. It had crispy prosciutto, micro gtreens, red masa, oyster mushrooms, and truffle oil. It all went together so perfectly. The bottom of the masa was cripsed and the top was warm and soft.
Oh how I love roasted brussel sprouts. This was the Filete con Salsa de Tres Chiles. Beef tenderloin, creamy red rice, and garlic roasted brussel sprouts. Tender, flavorful and delicious.
For dessert, chocolate cheesecake with creme brulee and berries. Very rich and very delicious.
This meal was amazing. Every dish spoke to me and was so damn good! I know this might sound crazy to some, but it ranks up there with my Victoria and Albert’s meal. *hears jaws drop* For real. I have never eaten at this restaurant before La Hacienda de San Angel, so I have to know… is the regular day-to-day food at all like this special event? I was so pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. This is a total recommendation, especially at $85 per person.
Thank you for reading! I realized that my tequila lunch photos turned out so awesome because I was seated right next to the window and had a lot of beautiful natural light that daythat all looks amazing - your photos are fantastic! so glad you enjoyed it!!!
I love your comment! It made me laugh. And it made me feel that my trip report isn't talking to myself Very interesting idea about the pectin. I had all of those fruits in those drinks, and you are correct, I don't typically have juice. I don't have a good photograph of the necklace. I am not sure of the stone/crystal she used, but it captures the light and sparkles and looks grey, blue, greenish. it is so pretty. This picture does not do it justice and was taken in a dark room.Usually lurk but do comment on a few of my ' dis-friend's' reports.
I love to read about V&A but sounds like this wasn't their best effort. Now here's where I have a serious question....why, after you mentioned the
beautiful necklace crafted by and borrowed from your MIL, did you NOT show us a picture of it? I'm dying to see it sounds like the kind of stuff I love.
(can you tell I don't get out much)
I wonder too, if possibly one of the non-alcoholic drinks you had triggered some kind of reaction?? Sometimes certain fruit drinks with pectin do that to me....migraines, dizziness...
pomegranate, raspberry and cranberry are the worst for me. Maybe since they were some you weren't used to, they caused some issues?
Anyway I loved your report and I'll wait until your DD graduates, to read another V&A report from you....by then I'll be so old I won't know what you're eating or where and will probably forget how to use a computer(I'm already old so I'm sure your daughter will take that into consideration and graduate in a couple of years?).
I definitely think you should keep it on your wish list and just hit it up when your budget allows. It definitely puts a dent in the budget that is for sure!!! I almost felt badly commenting on the service, because it wasn't "bad," but I can just say I enjoyed our servers and our meal better in January. I felt like the servers were more attentive the first time I was there and had a different vibe. They were also probably 30+ years younger....The last update also made me feel a bit better about needing to cancel my V&A's res this year. It's been on the wishlist for a long time, but I just couldn't make the budget stretch enough to fit it in this time around. But you're not the first person I've seen commenting that the service has worsened incrementally recently, so perhaps it's best for me to wait and revisit V&A's in the future.
Thanks for such a great review of Circles of Flavor! We are signed up for that in May and I had began to rethink my devision, but this got me enthusiastic about it again!Circle of Flavors Harambe Nights
Hands down, this was AWESOME and is one of my most favorite things I have ever done at Disney. We had such an amazing time, when I saw it opened up for our Christmas trip, I went ahead and booked it for the entire family, price tag be damned. Even my husband loved it, and he is hard to please. I honestly expect Disney to cut back on this event, but there was SO MUCH food and options, that made the price a great deal in my opinion. I didn't even try everything because there simply was not enough room, even with taking just a bite or two of each dish. We ended up befriending a woman and her mother and frequently sat together at the different stations, even exchanging FB information.
I am just going to touch on some of the highlights and let the photos mostly speak for themselves. I will say that there were so many photos that I did not take, because I was in the element and enjoying myself. More drink and food carts, icies, virtual reality, character meets, etc. When the event ended, we were on such a happy high.
I could have drank these POG mimosas alllll night long. I had several and then they ran out and they were not at any of the next stops. They even let us take our drinks on the train to the next stop.
There was live music that made it so much fun. At the first station, the musician saw my birthday pin and serenaded me. Being an introvert who pushes herself to be extroverted, I felt awkward, but having some alcohol made it feel less awkward as the night wore on and as he continued to bring me up. LOL
Lots of unique dishes and plenty of different kinds of alcohol. I don’t like beer, but I had an African Beer Shandy that I thought was nice and refreshing.
This is the only picture I have ever posted of me here. Shhhhh. This marks that I became part of the tribe.
I have videos of the live music, but I am not sure if I can get them posted here. This part was my favorite part. The music was so fun and as it turned dark, the lights came on and amongst the food and drinks the ambiance was so fun.
I am a weird kind of introvert, who will totally chat up strangers. I chatted up a woman in the dessert line who rave about these mango Popsicles, so of course I had to get one too!
We are taking the kids in March, since they have not done it. We had hoped to do it in December, but one of my kids started running a fever so Disney was cool and let us swap it day if the event. I hope y'all have fun!Thanks for such a great review of Circles of Flavor! We are signed up for that in May and I had began to rethink my devision, but this got me enthusiastic about it again!
I hate to see this being called "Milk" as it is not real dairy milk but a nut juice. I've heard so many people complain that it tastes off when they are thinking that it's cow milk just colored blue. Really giving milk a bad rap. Enjoying your dinning report!
Next up, Galaxy’s Edge! We got up at the crack of down to make the Extra Early Magic Hours. We went to the bus stop at Poly and waited. And waited. And when we saw another family give up, who had been there before us, we decided to order an Uber (or it may have been a Lyft, my husband did it). I think it is kind of annoying that you pay extra to be a Deluxe Resort and they cannot get the bus there.
While in Galaxy's Edge, we got a Rontu Roasters Wrap. I would get this again. The sausage had a nice snap to it and had a bit of a spicy kick to it. I don’t think my younger kids would enjoy it due to the spice. The pita bread was soft and fresh. The extra meat did not add anything for me, but extra protein is always good. The sauce, despite having peppercorn in its name, was not very peppery. It could have used more sauce than what was provided. The slaw was not overwhelming. This was 12.99, probably because all the meat. It did not come with a side, which I think is stingy. I would pad another dollar or so for a side to make it feel like a meal.
My husband picked out a drink for us to share, which meant he drank it faster than me and had most of it. Sometimes, I hate sharing with my husband because he eats/drinks faster than me and takes bigger bites. He doesn't pay attention to how much I have had. So I went for one last sip after my last bite, and it was all gone. Harumph. I cannot find my receipts right now, so I am assuming this was the Tatooine Sunset, which is Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, Odwalla Lemonade with Melon and Blueberry. If it was this, I don’t recall it tasting very much like lemonade or even tea, but more like a light gatorade. It was 5.49. It was fine, but overpriced like most Disney drinks. It got the job done, but I would not seek it out.
Not a food, but my husband built a droid. When we brought it home, our 2 year old was scared to death of it and would jump up on the furniture to avoid it. Ha ha.
We wrapped up things in the land before our scheduled reservation for Oga’s, so we walked up and asked if they could take us well over an hour early. No problem! The atmosphere is fun to look at, but internally, I felt rushed, having to stand the entire time at the bar, knowing we had a timeframe. Now, no one told us we had a timeframe, I just knew from everything I read on the internet, plus people come and kind of crowd your space.
Cîroc Peach Vodka, Bols Peach Schnapps, Simply® Orange with Tangerine, Pure Cane Sugar, and "Buzz Button Tingling" Foam
The foam was interesting and not long lasting. I did ask for a straw so I did not ingest it all at once.
Malibu Pineapple Rum, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Citrus Juices, and Passion Fruit
This was very sour, which was unexpected. We did not enjoy it, but drank it anyway. I liked the seeds in it, they were sour too. My drink was too sour. I think it was grapefruit.
Blue Milk served chilled with Bantha-inspired Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookie (contains tree nuts: coconut)
This is what my husband wanted, as he was not in the mood to drink at 9 AM. The blue milk had a taste to it that I could not put my finger on… something from my childhood. I loved the cookie! But they don’t give you napkins and the cookie is large and crumbles when you try to break it.
Verdict: I know this is going to be appalling to some, but this was a once and done for us. It was SO overpriced that it was ridiculous to pay that much for 3 drinks and have to stand feeling rushed. We did not enjoy the flavor of our drinks enough to want to pay those prices. I would rather return to Trader Sams. I had made reservations for our Christmas trip, but will be canceling it. We both agreed that it would not be enjoyable with our little ones (making them stand the whole time and trying to wrangle a 2 year old in those surroundings is completely unappealing). Glad we tried it though!
That was the exact description on the Disney menu. I agree their wording might be confusing, but I knew going in, from reviews, it was not cow milk.I hate to see this being called "Milk" as it is not real dairy milk but a nut juice. I've heard so many people complain that it tastes off when they are thinking that it's cow milk just colored blue. Really giving milk a bad rap. Enjoying your dinning report!