I recently went to Disney World to attend the Food Blog Forum conference. I don’t usually attend many conferences out of state because the travel can be quite costly. However, this one took place in Disney World, making it a perfect excuse for a mini vacation. Also, the line-up of speakers was incredible, with some of the best food bloggers in the industry there to teach and share their wealth of knowledge. (I’ll discuss the conference itself in a future post).

What was especially great about this conference was that I could pay for the family rate and bring my family along. So while I was busy at the conference, my family was able to play at Disney World.

I had one full day to play and of course, I was most interested in the food! I did quite a bit of research and we tried to hit up as many spots as possible at the four different parks.

Magic Kingdom

Gaston’s Tavern

Roasted Pork Shank

This epic-sized pork shank was about the size of a turkey leg. I love the crispy skin and the tender, well-seasoned meat. This was probably my favorite bite from our eating adventure.

LeFou’s Brew Sample 

One of the other signature items from this spot is a non-alcoholic brew, consisting of frozen apple juice and marshmallow topping. We didn’t feel up to drinking a full one, but the cafe was nice enough to give us a generous sample.

Aloha Isle

We’ve had dole whip in San Diego, but I’ve never actually had it at Disneyland or Disney World. It was extremely hot on this day, so we were really in the mood for something cold and refreshing. You have three different flavors of soft serve to choose from: vanilla, orange or pineapple. And you can get it by itself or in a float, where it’s combined with pineapple juice.

Pineapple Dole Whip

Let’s talk measuring cups. When you shop for measuring cups, there are ones meant for wet ingredients and ones meant for dry ingredients. You’ve probably heard the expression: Baking is a Science.

Many baking recipes require very precise measurements to achieve the chemical reactions needed to produce the correct results. Leave out certain ingredients, add the wrong amounts and your recipe will very likely fail or not turn out properly. This is why it’s important that you own both sets of measuring cups if you plan on baking. Otherwise, your ingredient measurements will likely be off.

Liquid vs. Dry

So why are different sets of measuring cups used?

Measuring dry ingredients

Let’s say your recipe calls for 1/2 cup of all purpose flour. To measure out 1/2 cup of flour, you choose your 1/2 dry measuring cup, fill it to the top with flour, and then level off the top, giving you exactly 1/2 cup.

Now, let’s say you only have a wet measuring cup. You can scoop your flour into your liquid measuring cup until it reaches the 1/2 cup mark. But you can’t level it off. The surface of the flour is uneven, with some parts higher than others. So you don’t really have 1/2 cup. Instead, you have around 1/2 cup.

My cousin and her fiancé recently moved to San Diego and we’ve been trying to take them to all the local favorites when we get together for a meal. Like Carnitas’ Snack Shack. I’ve posted on Carnitas’ Snack Shack quite a few times, so I’ll keep this post short and sweet and focus on the photos.

Fried Chicharróns

Fried pork rinds were paired with a chilled marinara-like sauce. While I enjoyed the crunch, I thought these could have used a bit more seasoning as they tasted quite plain. Also I think these would have paired better with a warm dipping sauce.

Snack Shack Pork Burger

The pork burger here is one of my favorite items. The pretzel bun is sandwiched with a thick, juicy and tender ground pork patty.