Inside San Angel Inn at Epcot's World Showcase
Cuisine - Mexican, Disney World

Review: Disney’s San Angel Inn

Inside San Angel Inn at Epcot's World ShowcaseToday we welcome back my hubby Brett to give us his review of San Angel Inn inside the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.

Take it away, Brett!

One of the greatest places to visit at Epcot’s World Showcase is the Mexico pavilion. Compared to the other countries there is so much more to explore. You can take a ride on the Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros, buy goods in the marketplace and for the older folks in your party they can step off to the side and enjoy La Cava del Tequila where they can taste Mexican tequila and learn its history. One of the great treasures that we discovered on our last trip was the San Angel Inn.

The restaurant overlooks the inside pyramid and the boats that are taking the ride through the Fiesta Tour. A major plus is that we were able to get a reservation the day we dined, which as most people know can be a challenge at the restaurants at Disney World. One downfall is that anyone in your party that is hard of sight will have issues with the low lighting. I came in expecting the usual fare of tacos, burritos and enchiladas. What I came to find out is that Disney and their chefs know how to make Mexican food come to life!

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Cuisine - Mexican, Recipes

Recipe: Fresh Homemade Salsa

This is one of our favorite recipes to bring to potlucks and parties (along with our homemade guacamole recipe.) We also really like having “Taco Night” at our house on occasion, where you make up a sort of taco or burrito fixin’ bar and have a free-for-all. It’s so easy, tastes good and is fun.

I really like this recipe because it just tastes fresh. Those jar salsas are OK when you’re in a pinch but there’s so much added sodium and other things that I can’t pronounce that I’d much rather make my own condiments if I can. This also is a really great recipe if you have a tomato plant and you’re running out of ideas to make with the fruit.

This recipe is really versatile, as well. You can add whatever you really like. If you don’t like jalapeno, don’t add it. You could make it more tropical by adding some mango or papaya to the mixture. It’s really whatever you want to make of it!

I hope you enjoy!

Homemade Salsa

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Cuisine - Italian, Cuisine - Mexican, Recipes

Recipe: Spaghetti tacos

A few months ago I posted about the new phenomenon of spaghetti tacos that started because of the Nickelodeon show “iCarly.”

I decided to test out this recipe and update it for adult tastes. Here is my recipe:


  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles (I used whole wheat angel hair pasta but feel free to use your favorite)
  • 1 jar of your favorite tomato/pasta sauce
  • 8 soft taco-size tortillas
  • Margarine or butter
  • Garlic bread seasoning
  • Basil (for garnish)
  • Fresh mozzarella balls (for garnish)
  • Parmesan cheese (for garnish)

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Cuisine - Mexican, Places - Milwaukee

Construction update: El Beso Mexican Restaurante

Updated 11/3/10: Greenfield NOW reports on opening of El Beso for February 2011.

We were out ‘n about yesterday near Southridge so I took some shots of the progress of El Beso, the new Mexican restaurant that has taken over the spot once filled by Champps in Greenfield.

There isn’t a whole lot of obvious changes on the outside, but ladders, construction equipment and particle board are in plain view. Still no official website has been made live for El Beso, which means “The Kiss,” and is owned by the same group that owns El Fuego on Milwaukee’s southside.

El Beso construction photoLots of construction materials are taking up space in the parking areas around the building.

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New phenomenon? Spaghetti tacos

Spaghetti tacosUpdate 12/29/10: Read about my recipe for spaghetti tacos.

There was a really interesting article I saw pop up in my Facebook feed this morning from The New York Times about a trend among tweens – spaghetti tacos.

Thanks to the Nickelodeon show “iCarly” starring Miranda Cosgrove, kids are requesting the bizarre combination of spaghetti and tacos for dinner and birthday parties. Or, is it not really that bizarre?

When you think about it, how strange is it to put spaghetti into a tortilla or a hard, corn shell? We put rice – another carb-heavy starch into them all the time. Why not noodles?

In the article, they compare this phenomenon to the “Festivus” episode on “Seinfeld:”

Perhaps the nearest pop-culture equivalent — that is, a sitcom artifact that thrives in the real world — is Festivus, an alternative to Christmas introduced on a 1997 “Seinfeld” episode, Mr. Thompson said. Festivus now has a number of real adherents.

A simple Google search for “spaghetti taco recipe” returns nearly 300,000 hits. Who knew? I wish my peanut butter, Oreo and chocolate chip-stuffed French toast had that much of a following.

I’m slightly tempted to want to try the “iCarly” recipe but add a little flair for the adult palette. Maybe some spicy Italian sausage, a lot of garlic, some fresh mozzarella and a bit of basil for garnish (instead of a taco’s cilantro). For the tortillas, baste them similar to a garlic bread with a spread and bake them for a few minutes until golden and stuff with fresh pasta. I think this definitely has some possibilities.