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Traditional Churro Stand Near Disneyland Is Serving Strawberry Funnel Cake Churros

Just outside of Disneyland, you can find the Don Churros Gomez stand cranking out a 50-year-old tradition on weekends. They’re likely the only churro shop in the country to sell churro grueso, a unique, bread-like churro found in Yahualica, Jalisco, Mexico. Don Churros, which originally started in the mountains of Yahualica, is now putting a creative spin on those churros worthy of their theme park neighbors.

Their new Strawberry Funnel Cake Churro is a way to celebrate summer that holds true to churros but brings in the flavors of funnel cake. It takes nearly half a spiralized rosca, or thread, of churros to make, and is coated con nieve style, with powdered sugar, a wild strawberry ice cream, and wild strawberry syrup drizzled on top. The wild strawberry is less sweet but more aromatic, lending a strong fruity flavor to the treat.

You can also order the Strawberry Funnel Cake Churro in churro grueso form, which acts more like an elongated ice cream sandwich with churro buns. The chewy yet crispy churro grueso adds an intriguing balance of textures to an already craveworthy combination.

The proverbial cherry on top with Don Churros Gomez, however, is the mesmerizing process they use to make their churros come to life. Cooking them by the massive spiral or rosca, which you can see in the below video or through their stand’s windows, is core to what makes this churro such a full-on sensory experience.

Don Churros will be selling these throughout the summer as their first-ever limited time offering, and if it goes well, may begin serving up other special edition churro desserts in the near future.

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The ‘Stinky Foodbeast’ Pizza Is Loaded With So Much Garlic, Your Tongue Will Burn

For all of you wondering when there was finally going to be an official “Foodbeast” item in a restaurant… that day is now here.

Foodbeast has teamed up with Anaheim-based chain The Pizza Press to create a custom Foodbeast pizza on their official menu. The Pizza Press is known for naming all of their signature pies after publications like the Times, Chronicle, etc.

Since Foodbeast is the “stinkiest food publication” out there, according to Foodbeast’s own Elie Ayrouth, the “Stinky Foodbeast” pizza takes that definition literally while making a pie that garlic lovers will salivate over and Dracula will run in fear from.

The “Stinky Foodbeast” is loaded with spicy tomato sauce, caramelized onions, chopped fresh garlic, and a handful of whole roasted garlic cloves. All of that is topped with a deluge of mozzarella cheese that’ll help disguise some of the garlic, giving you a flavor punch of surprise every now and then when you bite into a slice.

If you want your pie EXTRA Stinky, you can opt for whole garlic cloves as toppings on your pizza, as well.

You can get the “Stinky Foodbeast” pizza at the Pizza Press location in The Anaheim Hotel, located just across the street from Disneyland. There’s also a special “FOODBEAST Package” available, which includes:

  • One night stay at The Anaheim Hotel
  • One Stinky Foodbeast Pizza
  • One pizza of your choice
  • Two Root Beer Floats

You can purchase this entire package starting at $149 per night**. Special Bonus: Stay multiple nights and receive a $20 Food & Beverage credit per additional night booked beyond the first night, and the option to stay in one of The Anaheim Hotel’s Executive or Park View rooms.

If you’re curious as to what else the build-your-own chain has to offer, you can view the full episode of Foodbeast’s Going In that features the Pizza Press in the above video.

**Prices are subject to availability and blackouts at time of booking. Special promotion cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Discover Anaheim’s ‘Little Arabia,’ A Middle Eastern Food Paradise

We’re always searching for those hidden culinary gems, the secluded restaurant that’s seldom visited but produces some of the best food you can find.
While these individual restaurants are scattered all over the world, it’s hard to find an entire neighborhood that can be classified as a hidden gem.

Venture into Anaheim’s Little Arabia, and you’ll find just that. Located not too far from Disneyland, this neighborhood is home to some Middle Eastern food legends. They’ve all been on the block for 20 years or more, making this area THE destination for the local Middle Eastern community looking to get a taste of home.

Whether the food is from Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, or any other Middle Eastern country, there’s a plethora of culture, nostalgia, and flavor waiting to be discovered in Little Arabia.

This includes Sahara Falafel, known for having the best fried chickpea balls in Orange County. Served by the plate, pita, or on their own, Sahara has been a falafel destination for over 20 years. In that same time span, the owner, Mahmoud Salem, has still been working his night job at a local Marriott hotel, despite customers trickling in up until 2 a.m. Talk about being on that grind.

One of the other top specialists in Little Arabia is Forn Al Hara, which is heralded for its manaeesh. These flatbreads are light, airy, and doughy, and can be topped with everything from za’atar, a blend of herbs and sesame seeds, to cheese and ground beef. The bakery also makes other traditional goods like fatayer (stuffed spinach hand pies) and baklava. If you’re in the area for breakfast, manaeesh is the way to go.

Perhaps the most notable amongst the storied restaurants of Little Arabia is Zankou Chicken, which has gained national fame for its simple but delicious plates of chicken, pita, and legendary toum, a.k.a. white garlic sauce. First opened in Lebanon by an Armenian family, Zankou has since spread into a sizeable chain with locations throughout Southern California. This spot in Little Arabia, however, still has that timeless charm that keeps people coming back for more.

If your sweet tooth is calling, Little Arabia covers that as well with Victory Sweets, a bakery that specializes in tons of lavish Middle Eastern treats. They’re making all kinds of baklava from scratch – including the phyllo dough – and crank out one of the cheesiest, sweetest knafehs you’ll ever stuff into your mouth. Pro tip: stuffing the knafeh into a sesame bun adds a whole new level to this gooey dessert experience.

Little Arabia may be small, but the flavors, history, tradition, and culture that goes into this district make it a heavyweight in the world of underappreciated dining spots. If you find yourself near the Disneyland area, you’ll be rewarded if you take it upon yourself to venture into this lesser-known Anaheim destination.

You can view all of the restaurants and how they craft their masterpieces in the above episode of Foodbeast’s Chomping Grounds.

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Meet The Chef Who Has Fed Millions Of Children Free Pasta For Over A Decade

One of the country’s most renowned fine dining restaurants has to be the Anaheim White House. This opulent Italian steakhouse and its celebrity chef, Bruno Serato, has been recognized with James Beard awards and more for its delicious take on Italian fare with a slight French twist.

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Serato hasn’t had it easy over the past couple of years, however. In February 2017, the Anaheim White House suffered over $1 million in damages in an electrical fire, causing the restaurant to shutter for over a year as it rebuilt. It’s been reborn exactly the way it was before, though, and Serato has kept the menu and his mission consistent the entire time.

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That’s included his philanthropic work with Caterina’s Club, an organization named after Serato’s mother that provides over 4,000 meals a day across 29 different cities. Serato kept that work going even while his kitchen was being reconstructed, and to date has helped provide nearly 3 million pasta meals in need.

All of this happened while his organization trained over 100 children in the hospitality industry and helped close to 200 homeless families move into a safe home.

With the White House now back up and running, Serato hasn’t changed a single thing about day-to-day operations. The pasta dinners that will feed thousands are still prepared in the same kitchen space as his extravagant menu, showcasing his commitment to both high-quality food and giving back to the community that’s supported his rebuild.

You can learn the full account of Serato’s inspirational story and drool over some of his specialties, including an exquisite poached salmon with white chocolate mashed potatoes, in the above episode of Foodbeast’s Taste The Details.

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Crepes Get Turned Into ‘Pasta’ In This Delicious Take On Dessert

If you’re looking for a crash course on how to do dessert pasta, this restaurant’s take could serve as the entire curriculum.

At ChocoFruit in Anaheim, California, they serve up a Dessert Fettuccine that is the epitome of decadence. It utilizes sliced strips of sweet crepe as the “pasta,” and is coated with a triple layer of chocolate (white, milk, and dark) before being topped off with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sprinkles.

All of the ingredients combine together for a creamy sauce comparable to chocolate “alfredo,” with the ice cream adding to the smooth, luscious treat. The crepes “fettuccine” adds a unique texture that will make you talk about the dessert pasta long after you slurp up the last “noodle.”

ChocoFruit specializes in an assortment of dessert crepes, including one made with Lotus cookie butter that will entice fans of the legendary snack. The cookie butter and white chocolate intertwine in intricate designs that’ll make you want to snap photos of the treat for your Instagram feeds immediately.

ChocoFruit’s crepe selection bridges the unique and familiar for a fun dessert experience, whether you go for the cookie butter or order pasta for dessert.

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All Your Favorite Mexican Taco Meats Are Piled On These Pizzas

Tacos and pizzas deliciously unite in this restaurant’s lineup that features literally ALL of the meats.

At Mr. Taco Nice in Anaheim, California, you can find just about every meat on the menu piled on top of one of their Mexican Gourmet Pizzas. This includes camarones, or shrimp, which come in a plentiful abundance on top of the Al Gobernador. It’s adorned with heaping handfuls of cheese and several different toppings, including pico de gallo.

The other pizzas in Mr. Taco Nice’s lineup are just as droolworthy. The La Mexicana, featuring chorizo and carne asada, bridges together two of the most popular taco meats in a savory, spicy blend accentuated with radishes, onion, and lime.

If you can’t decide which protein to pack on top, the Mexican Meat Lovers has you covered. Chorizo, pollo, carne asada, carnitas, and al pastor are all loaded onto this pizza feast.

The fusion of tacos and pizza is fully embodied in Mr. Taco Nice’s mouthwatering masterpieces. It’s located pretty close to Disneyland, so if you’re looking for some tasty and unique creations after a trip to the park, consider a stop by this taco pizza emporium.

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This Modernized Mongolian BBQ Buffet Allows You To Grill Almost ANYTHING

The massive Anaheim GardenWalk is home to so many cool shops and restaurants it’s hard to keep track – including the legendary House of Blues. But, we’re here today to talk about the joint right across the way from this epic music hall, FiRE + iCE.

While you may have eaten Mongolian BBQ before, forget what you know, because this place is any ordinary spot’s hipper, more interesting cousin for one big reason – everything at FiRE + iCE is truly customizable.

You want tacos? They got you. Pizza? Every Friday! A juicy burger with all the fixins – you bet. Your standard stir fry? They have that, too, with every sauce under the sun to spice it up a bit.

In true FOODBEAST fashion, we had to make the most of this DIY (dream-it-yourself) scenario by coming up with some wild creations. The best part is that the chefs are down to make whatever your heart desires, so they were amped about preparing our wacky creations.

To test the waters, we assembled a classic stir fry, but opted for mango habanero sauce for an extra kick. From there we amped up REAL fast with Fajita pasta – just your standard fajita fixings atop a bed of fresh penne and garnished with loads of shredded cheddar, cilantro and fried tortilla strips.

This went well so we hit it right in the gut with a double decker Pulled Pork Burger. We loved every second of it.

For the pièce de résistance, we had our chef take the beloved chicken alfredo pasta and put it in taco form, creating the most epic hybrid we’ve tasted in a minute.

When they say you can make it all at FiRE + iCE, they really aren’t joking. Make sure to check this spot out for nourishment after a long day out at Disneyland! Your stomach will thank you.

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This Anaheim Market Is A Mexican Food Wonderland

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Growing up in a city that’s 78 percent Latino, I spent a pretty good amount of time in Mexican-style markets that sold fresh tortillas, Mexican candy, and ingredients specific to Mexican cuisine. When my boss told me there’s a new, giant Gonzalez Northgate Market in Anaheim, my first thought was, ‘This dude’s probably never been inside a marketa, and is all worked up over nothing.’

I was originally skeptical, but from the very first steps I took inside the Anaheim store, I knew it was different. This Northgate Market is a Mexican supermarket on steroids.

As soon as we walked in, there was a little hut that sold street-style corn, like you’d find while perusing the streets of Los Angeles. They literally had the boiled elotes on deck, topped them with butter, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, and salsa.

I was immediately impressed, thinking to myself that I no longer had to chase down the elotero down the street, as he books it on his mobile cart.

After that, every station in the supermarket felt like my childhood, and I could tell they didn’t just throw up a new grocery for the hell of it. There really was a lot of attention to detail.

It’s not unusual for a grocery stores to make fresh bread, but I was really impressed by the handmade churros, as I was able to grab them straight out out of the fryer, while they sprinkled them cinnamon and sugar, and joined it with fresh caramel.

It’s the little things, like such freshly made treats, that really made a good first impression.

As I walked around the store, and browsed around the different meat and seafood departments, nothing made me happier than seeing that they had free sample stations. These weren’t your typical microwaved chicken nugget samples you get at Costco. I had the choice between three different cooked taco meats that the booth had ready, and with a little tortilla supporting it, I was basically able to sample a handful of mini tacos. Then as I walked a little down, there was yet another free sample booth where I tried some of their ceviche and aguachiles.

I can’t think of any damn place whose sample game was that legit.

One of my rules of thumb for great taco spots is fresh handmade tortillas. I’m going to have to apply that to grocery stores now, and Northgate passes that test with a tortilleria on the far back corner. There were a couple of dudes back there, just cranking out tortillas as they came through a belt like that one I Love Lucy episode.

The whole store really does have a Disneyland feel. Well, a Disneyland of Mexican food, and the last thing that I really loved was the Whole Foods-like hot bar. You won’t exactly find health-friendly soups like at Whole Foods, but if you’re into pozole, albondigas, and other Mexican-inspired soups, this is a soupy dream come true. Not to mention you can just roll up and grab pre-made tamales.

It’s safe to say I was impressed by the store, when I was so ready to write it off. If you want to go through a pretty legit Mexican market feel that has pretty much everything, Northgate in Anaheim did a pretty damn good job of providing that experience with its newest super duper market. Northgate said there are similar, new markets like this one in La Habra, and Norwalk, California. If this is the future of supermarkets, count me in.