Episode 50: Disney Food History Minisode with Guest Host, Lee Redd

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
This week, Lee is joining Winter for a minisode about Winter's favorite Disney Park foods, which include the Turkey Legs, Dole Whips, and the churros. We throw in a bonus too, the Grapefruit Cake, that sounds delightful!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • Lee is joining Winter on this minisode, since we had scheduling issues. We were out of town in Orlando for Blogher conference that Winter and Sharon spoke at. Lee really liked the seafood pasta Pescatore, the dish Winter got at Harry's Old Place in Winter Haven, Florida. Winter loved the barbecue that we found at Big John's Rockin' BBQ in Kissimmee, Florida. By the way, according to Big John, it's more of a Texas style BBQ (check out our episode on BBQ and Smoking that Lee and Ike did a couple weeks ago).
  • Our first Disney food are the turkey legs. Did you know that 1.6 million turkey legs are eaten every year in all the parks?! That's a lot of turkey legs! There has been a rumor that they aren't turkey legs, but emu legs, because of how large they are. It's just a rumor--these turkey legs come from male turkeys--the toms--and are generally larger. By the way, you can get a a vegetarian Rice Krispie treat "turkey leg"!
  • The pineapple Dole Whip is found at the Enchanted Tiki Room showed up in 1986 through a marketing and licensing contract. You have to purchase a specific commercial soft serve machine to whip in more air--yum! 
  • Winter LOVES churros and the ones at Disney are no exception. Disney was planning on a new area called Videopolis and Jim Lowman was in charge of figuring out new foods to serve there. Jim discovered churros at a different event and that the J&J Snack Co were the ones making it. He partnered with them, but wanted it to be 12 inches, not 6 inches. Is this where all other churros came from?! Cool!
  • Bonus: The Grapefruit Cake was created at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, because gossip columnist Louella Parsons was on the grapefruit diet and told the owner, Robert Cobb, he needed to get "healthier" desserts on the menu. Cobb told the chef to make a cake with grapefruit in it.
  • Have you heard of the secret menus at Disney? Have you had anything from those menus? Let us know at hungrysquared@gmail.com.

Run Time: 29 minutes

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