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REVIEW: Mickey Shepherd’s Pie, Navidad Punch with Mickey Jingle Bell Glow Cube, and More from Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace at Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays 2019

There’s nothing like Grandma’s cooking during the holidays, so let’s see if the Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace Booth at the 2019 Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure stacks up!

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Menu for Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace at Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays 2019

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Food:

  • Shepherd’s Upside-down Pie (Plant-Based) – $7.45
  • Curried Cauliflower & Chicken – With lemon tahini sauce and black garlic drizzle – $7.00

Beverages:

  • Crimson Pear Cocktail – $12.00
  • Modelo Negro, Dark Lager – $10.50
  • Navidad Punch (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.00 ($11.00 with Mickey Jingle Bell Glow Cube)

Photos of Menu Items from Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace at Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays 2019

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Shepherd’s Upside-down Pie (Plant-Based) – $7.45

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We liked the Mickey Shepherd’s Pie, with the exception of the mashed potatoes, which tasted like instant potatoes.

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We didn’t know this was plant based until we re-read the description, which is great as it had a tasty, meaty consistency. In fact, all three of us are shocked it was plant based meat. The flavor was lighter than a beefy flavor, I’d liken it to chicken pot pie over beef pot pie.

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If you can’t tell from how bright they are, the veggies are crisp and overall a nice choice.

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Honestly, we were kind of bummed about the instant potato taste, because otherwise, this was great. It’s also a great option for vegans, and it’s amazing they made such a good vegan puff pastry, too.

Curried Cauliflower & Chicken – With lemon tahini sauce and black garlic drizzle – $7.00

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We didn’t like this curry as much as we thought we would. The cauliflower was overcooked, and the chicken, while tender, was slightly gristly dark meat.

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The curry taste was mild and not too spicy. One taster thought the black garlic overpowered the curry and overwhelmed the whole dish.

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For $7, we would probably skip this.

Crimson Pear Cocktail – $12.00

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They’ve basically ruined a perfectly good Modelo Negro with this prickly pear purée.

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The garnish was more akin to passion fruit, with its slimy seeds and texture, but it wasn’t listed on the ingredients. You’ll be spitting out seeds for a while if you decide to eat it.

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There’s a tartness to the beer, with a strange bitter after taste. If you go in already liking prickly pear, you might enjoy this, but we wouldn’t get it again. If you’re looking for a refreshing Festival of Holidays drink, get the Pear Mule at Twist on Tradition.

Navidad Punch (Non-Alcoholic) – $11.00

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Everyone loved the Navidad Punch. It wasn’t overly sugary like most of the non-alcoholic Halloween Time drinks, and it tasted like a high-end cherry limeade. There’s a very subtle note of apple juice, but it isn’t tart at all. The weird lime green maraschino cherry freaked us out a bit, but was tastes as you would normally expect. Kids and adults alike would enjoy this beverage.

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Here’s a look at the Mickey Jingle Bell Glow Cube that comes with your drink. It matches perfectly with the Mickey Jingle Bell sipper that’ll be released tomorrow!

Disney promotes this booth as “traditional flavors shared from generation to generation.” So, did this booth compare to your grandma’s cooking? Drop us a comment below!