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Star Wars x Nerds Collaboration Has Us HYPED For ‘The Rise Of Skywalker’

With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiering near the end of the month, fans are hungry for the final installment of the Star Wars saga. For those wanting something to satiate their sweet tooth in the weeks to come, Nerds Candy has just revealed a new Star Wars collaboration has just hit stores.

The new flavors ask you to pick between the opposing spectrums of the Force manifesting in Light Side Raspberry or Dark Side Cherry. They come in Nerds Rope, Big Chewy Nerds, or Original Nerds.

Big Chewy Nerds boasts a chewy center that’s covered in a Nerds candy shell.

You can find the new Star Wars themed Nerds at mass market, grocery, and convenience stores nationwide.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hit theaters nationwide on Friday, December 20. It’s said to bring an end to the legendary Skywalker storyline in the main series, though we can probably expect more installments from the universe in the not-too-distant future.

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Disneyland Changed Star Wars Menu Because No One Knew WTF They Were Ordering

Photo by Elie Arouth/Foodbeast

Apparently, most people aren’t fluent in speaking nerd, so Disneyland decided to change a handful of their menu item names.

The new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land had an array of oddly named dishes that coincided with the fictional Batuu language.

While the names were fun to read, it could have taken you a minute or two to actually figure out what the dishes actually meant. Even Disney regulars here at the Foodbeast office admitted that the menu items were a little hard to decipher at first glance.

Our own Elie Ayrouth recalled his opening week experience and said that at the time, he couldn’t even order a Coke without the working cast members having an odd name for it. The language barrier got so bad that when Ayrouth was essentially asked if he had a season pass for a discount, he was completely befuddled and had to be saved by our nerdy video producer Costa Spyrou, who apparently spoke the odd Star Wars language a little too well.

Photo by Elie Arouth/Foodbeast

At least most of the menu names will no longer be that big of a problem, as according to the OC Register, Disneyland has decided to change the names of the “Fried Endorian Tip-Yip,” the “Smoked Kaadu Ribs,” the “Mustafarian Lava Roll,” the “Outpost Mix,” and the “Yobshrimp Noodle Salad.”

Instead, they will now be known as the “Endorian Fried Chicken Tip-Yip,” the “Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs,” the “Mustafarian Cinnamon Roll,” the “Outpost Popcorn Mix,” and the “Surabat Shrimp & Noodle Salad,” so that there is less confusion over what they are.

Photo by Elie Arouth/Foodbeast

If you were to go to Disney World’s version of the Star Wars land, they didn’t even bother with the cute names, at the start. Their menu items consisted of regular ass names, such as Fried Chicken, Beef Pot Roast, and Roasted Chicken Salad. Zero confusion.

Whether you’re fluent in Batuuan or English, you might remember all guests shared a common language when it came to reselling stolen park items on eBay. The restaurants at Galaxy’s Edge keep making headlines for less than ideal reasons, but as they did with the rampant theft problem, the menu name difficulty has been dealt with accordingly.

Hopefully when you visit the park, you won’t have as tough a time ordering food.

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Star Wars Cookware Featuring All Your Favorite Characters Is Dropping Soon

Le Creuset has been a household name in cookware for nearly one hundred years, crafting cast-iron French Ovens, roasters, and cocette-cooked meals for kings and commoners alike. Now, the company has partnered up with another prolific brand that has ingrained itself in humanity’s rich narrative, a brand that’s been around a long time ago… in a galaxy far, far away.

On November 1, Le Creuset will be launching an exclusive Star Wars line of cookware. If you’re a fan of the ample cinematic history behind the sensational space opera, you better mark your calendars.

The set will be available at Lecreuset.com/Starwars as well as Le Creuset Singature Boutiques, Outlet Stores, and Willliams Sonoma locations beginning Nov. 1. The Le Creuset x Star Wars line will include a Han Solo Carbonite Roaster, Tatooine Round Dutch OvenDarth Vader Round Dutch Oven, R2-D2 Mini Cocotte, C-3P0 Mini Cocotte, BB-8 Mini Cocotte, Death Star Trivet, Millennium Falcon Trivet, and a Porg Pie Bird.

At the forefront, an incredibly exclusive pièce de résistance of the set is the Tatooine Round Dutch Oven an item in which only 13 exist in the world. Each will be hand-painted in Le Creuset’s French l’Atelier to reflect the aesthetic of the desert planet that embraces two suns.

Man, as cool as the Han Solo roaster is…  I need to cop this Tatooine Dutch Oven. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime work of art.

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There Is A Black Market Of Stolen Restaurant Props From Disneyland’s New Star Wars Land

If you weren’t one of the first to check out Disneyland’s new Star Wars-themed land, you’ll be unhappy to know that those who did go, have ruined it for everyone else.

There is a black market for Star Was Galaxy’s Edge items, as the Orange County Register recently brought to light. Guests have stolen pretty much any mundane prop they could get their hands on and put it up on reseller websites.

If you’re wondering why I said they’ve ruined it for everyone else, well, Disneyland stopped putting out a lot of the little detailed props that were being stolen and sold online.

Example No. 1 being metal sporks that were a part of the dishware at the Docking Bay 7 restaurant. The sporks, along with other silverware, were accessible for guests to eat their delicious Fried Endorian Tip-Yip or Felucian Garden Spread.

Little did they know that patrons were going to be swiping these bad boys and peddle them for over $150 and even up to $250 when added to a bundle.

Those nifty little sporks can no longer be found at Docking Bay 7, as Disneyland has stopped putting out the silverware for these thieves to profit from.

They’ve even stopped handing out menus at Docking Bay 7, since everyone is swiping them as well.

Spork being used at Oga’s Cantina/Constantine Spyrou

Oga’s Cantina has plenty of resale items of its own on the market, as people are taking the menus and reselling those also.

While you are allowed to take home those nifty drink mugs, for a $45 price tag, you can understand why one would want to get their money back from it.

The beer flight is also an item that sold out for the summer and is in high demand because of it. The flight kit sold for $75 retail, and is being resold on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and OfferUp for as much as $199.

The menus are monitored a little better here, as our own Constantine Spyrou said the restaurant only provides one menu per party, making it a little hard to sneak out with one.

You’d think the Stormtroopers guarding the land would catch someone running out with a 2-foot wooden beer flight, or let’s say an entire TIN SIGN, but no.

 

One of the Galaxy’s Edge items that seems to be popping up the most in searches is the drink coaster in Oga’s.

As of this writing, the coasters are still being put out for customers to use, and are probably the most disposable items in the restaurant.

Accessibility isn’t stopping people from putting them up for sale and trying to make a quick buck, though.

If you’re wondering if Disney even cares about these unauthorized souvenir flips, they absolutely do.

A similar problem arose back in December 2018, as Disneyland started cracking down on annual passholders who were reselling souvenirs by revoking their passes and banning them for a year, according to the OC Register.

The park-goers who got banned weren’t even selling stolen items, like some of the people above. They were instead flipping everyday souvenirs you can buy at the park. Of course, with it being proprietary Disney merch, they still see re-selling as a no-no.

With hundreds of Galaxy’s Edge souvenirs on eBay, you’ve gotta believe that Disneyland is going to start cracking the whip on those resellers, too.

Like Mobb Deep said, “Ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks,” and if all these Disneyland thieves are willing to do the crime, they can’t be surprised if Disneyland brings the hammer down on them.

Hopefully Disney does respond to these folks, and brings back some of the little park props it has currently removed. With less than a month of being open, the rest of us common folk deserve the same experience that the early bird visitors all had a chance to enjoy.

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The Top 10 Treats To Enjoy While Visiting Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The excitement around Disneyland’s new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, has been building as those with reservations have gotten a chance to visit. With the park opening up to the rest of the public on June 24th, it’s bound to be packed inside, so you’ll want to get the must-do events and must-try treats done early.

Foodbeast’s own Elie Ayrouth, Bobby Navarro, and Constantine Spyrou all got to visit Galaxy’s Edge recently, and have come back with some poignant insights on the food and drinks the new land has to offer. Below are 10 of the best items that they recommend sampling while waiting to go on the Millenium Falcon ride or for your lightsaber reservation.

Carbon Freeze

The Carbon Freeze is the drink on the back left of this photo, courtesy of Disneyland.

This bubbly non-alcoholic drink comes with a rotating swirl of popping boba that makes it visually enticing. The actual flavor is fruity with a strong note of apple, and is similar to the popping boba drink you can find at Lamplight Lounge in Pixar Pier. For those looking for non boozy options, though, this is the drink to get and show off on your Instagram feeds.

Fuzzy Tauntaun

The Fuzzy Tauntaun is the yellow drink on the far right of this photo, courtesy of Disneyland.

The Fuzzy Tauntaun is guaranteed to elicit the most “WTF” reactions from anyone who samples it. It’s served with a “buzz foam” on top that may contain an extract from the Buzz Button flower, which makes your lips and tongue go numb almost immediately upon contact. It’s not a sensation you’ll find in a typical cocktail, and is worth trying at least once.

Fried Endorian Tip-Yip

Disneyland is famous for the fried chicken, and this Jenga block of poultry is a worthy addition to their lineup. It’s actually a whole piece of breast meat, not a nugget, meaning that the inside is juicy, tender, and like a good piece of roast chicken. The Peruvian-inspired herb gravy it’s served with adds a nice, piquant touch you normally don’t get with fried chicken.

Ronto Wrap

As Foodbeast’s Bobby Navarro put it in Foodbeast’s The Katchup podcast, “There’s really no grab-and-go option in Galaxy’s Edge with a lot of heft.” This is the one item that accomplishes that, with a spiced kielbasa-like sausage, a peppercorn sauce, tangy slaw, and slices of roast pork on the inside. It’s perfect to nosh on while you’re waiting in line for any of the attractions or shops.

Outpost Mix

This is easily the most colorful item inside Galaxy’s Edge, so you’ll be seeing a lot of it on Instagram feeds. The vibrant fruity purple and spicy red glazes create a unique contrast of flavors and tastes. The Outpost Mix stand is also the first place in the park where you can snag the exclusive Coca-Cola drinks that the Star Wars land has to offer, so make sure to stop by here if you want first dibs on those.

Blue Milk

For those wondering if this contains dairy, it’s actually plant-based, and is more of a sweet, tropical treat than actual milk. There’s two variations, the Blue and Green Milk, and each varies slightly in flavor. Both are made with a rice and coconut milk base, so mostly anyone can enjoy these regardless of dietary preference. This is the one everyone’s been wanting to get, and it is pretty pricey per glass ($7), yet the clean and enjoyable flavors make it worth every sip. For those who have some extra cash, getting the blue and green milk swirled together is a legit move.

T-16 Skyhopper

My personal favorite drink at Oga’s Cantina, this one reminds you of a boozy milk tea. It’s a pretty easy drink to consume, and has a creamy consistency and taste that’s a stark contrast from the other drinks at the bar.

Smoked Kaadu Ribs

Fans of barbecue will enjoy this, as the ribs hold true to barbecue flavor, but each component is twisted in a way that adds new complexities to the dish. The ribs are topped with crispy breadcrumbs and have an Asian-inspired marinade, the coleslaw is entirely pickled to give it a texture and flavor akin to sauerkraut, and the blueberry cornbread muffin makes you wonder why pairing fruit with meat isn’t the norm these days.

Mustafarian Lava Roll

While you can only get this loaded cinnamon roll for breakfast, it’s size, vibrancy, and flavor make it one to get for both the ‘gram and your morning trek. While there’s not many new sweets in the Star Wars land, this one hits it out of the park.

Ithorian Garden Loaf

We all agreed that this is the number one item to get in the park. The plant-based Garden Loaf is made with Impossible Meat, and the new 2.0 formula holds up, as the texture and flavor is 100% akin to that of meat. Combined with the mushroom sauce and creamy mashed potatoes, you’ll be hard pressed to find a difference between this and the real deal.

To view the full takes the Foodbeast crew has to offer on the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, peep the YouTube video and Katchup podcast at the top of this article.

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EVERY New Food And Beverage Coming To Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

On May 31st, the much-hyped Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open up at Disneyland. It promises to be an immersive world, from the interactive experiences scattered throughout the new park section to the several new foods that you can enjoy whilst waiting for the new ride. And in true Disneyland fashion, their team went all out when making the food, with dishes for all kinds of foodies available en masse.

We’ve been getting feedback on some of the culinary creations already thanks to folks that have been able to start previewing the park. This master guide to all of the food and beverages draws on that feedback, but will also contain our own thoughts on each item as we peruse the new Star Wars land.

As a result, this guide isn’t just telling you every single edible experience that the highly anticipated land has to offer. It also leaves you with an idea of which ones are absolutely worth checking out.

Oga’s Cantina

Cocktails

These are just a few of the alcoholic beverages Oga’s will have to offer, and the lineup will change based on the time of day. Not only is Oga’s the first Disneyland restaurant to ever serve alcohol, it’s also the first to have it available in the morning as well.

Above are a few of the afternoon/evening cocktails available: The Outer Rim (acai and tequila with a fruit puree on top), the Bespin Fizz (rum and yuzu with a cloud swirl), the Yub Nub (rum and passionfruit), and the Fuzzy Tauntaun, a drink that literally has people buzzing. Something about the foam makes your mouth and tongue go tingly apparently, and nobody has exactly figured out why that is just yet.

As for the rest of the drinks, you can find their descriptions below:

Morning Cocktails:

  • Spiran Caf – Peru Alto Mayo Organic Joffrey’s Coffee, orange marmalade, rum, vanilla whipped cream, and citrus zest
  • Bloody Rancor – vodka, chile liqueur, spicy Bloody Mary mix, and rancor bone

Afternoon/Evening Cocktails:

  • Jedi Mind Trick – grapefruit and rose vodka, falernum, blue curaçao, white grape juice, lime juice, and grapefruit bitters
  • T-16 Skyhopper – vodka, melon liqueur, kiwi, and half & half
  • Dagobah Slug Slinger – reposado tequila, blue curaçao, citrus juices, ginger, herbs, and bitters
  • Jet Juice – bourbon, chile liqueur, açaí liqueur, white grape juice, and lemon juice

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

While most people will go to Oga’s for the alcoholic beverages, there are just as many creative non-boozy options as well. Above are a few examples, including the Carbon Freeze, a drink filled with popping boba that bounce around due to the fizz inside. There’s also Oga’s Obsession, a cotton candy lemonade with blueberry popping pearls, and the Cliff Dweller, made with grenadine, hibiscus, and ginger ale. Blue Milk will also be available all day long as well, served with a bantha-themed sugar cookie.

Other beverages at Oga’s that don’t have a spiked kick are as follows:

Morning Specialties:

  • Black Spire Brew – Cold Brew Joffrey’s Coffee, honey, falernum, passion fruit, and citrus
  • Moogan Tea – Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, chocolate milk, vanilla, and cinnamon
  • Tarine Tea – Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, peach, huckleberry, and mint

Afternoon and Evening Specialties:

  • Hyperdrive (Punch It!) – Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry purée, and Sprite
  • Jabba Juice – Simply Orange with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, and blueberry popping pearl
  • Blurrgfire – lemonade, pomegranate juice, and habanero-lime

Ronto Roasters

Rising Moon Oats

Ronto Roasters is designed as the barbecue stop inside of Galaxy’s Edge, but it is shaping up to have a pretty intriguing morning menu as well. For those craving something a little lighter, these Rising Moon Oats, inspired by overnight oats and topped with unique produce like starfruit, should do the trick.

You can also find this breakfast dish at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.

Ronto Morning Wrap

Ronto Roasters will become known for their signature sausage, but it’s also getting a breakfast version as well. These breakfast wraps come pretty standard, with eggs, cheese, and the Ronto sausage.

Ronto Wrap, Nuna Turkey Jerky, and Meiloorun Juice

The Ronto Wrap is the stand’s signature item, with the flavor resembling that of pork or sausage. It comes dressed in slaw and can be eaten with two other items at Ronto Roasters. There’s the Nuna Turkey Jerky, available in both sweet and spicy flavors, as well as Meiloorun Juice, which Star Wars: Rebels fanatics may recognize as the coveted fruit of the planet Lothal.

Milk Stand

Blue and Green Milk

We’ve all been wanting to try Blue Milk out for real since it first appeared in Star Wars: A New Hope. Apparently, they were light years ahead of us and drinking plant-based milk, because the Blue and Green Milk here are made from a frozen blend of rice and coconut milks. Reports have this being sold at $8 a glass, so be prepared to cough up some serious dough to try the most coveted Star Wars drink out there.

Kat Saka’s Kettle

Outpost Mix

Outpost Mix seems to be Disneyland’s take on Chicago Mix, a blend of caramel and cheddar popcorn. We don’t know what the flavors are in this blend yet, but they’re supposed to be “sweet and spicy,” a tried and true flavor combo we’re eager to sample.

Star Wars Coca-Cola Beverages

Disneyland has already released sneak peeks of these bottles in the past, but know that if you want one, you need to go to Kat Saka’s Kettle to get it. They’ll only be sold in limited quantities per person for now.

Docking Bay 7 Food And Cargo

Braised Shaak Roast

This dinner option takes a traditional pot roast dinner and gives it a modern, pasta-laden twist. Instead of mashed potatoes and carrots, this pot roast comes on cavatelli pasta with kale and mushrooms.

Bright Suns Morning Platter

Disneyland hasn’t released much info on the Star Wars breakfasts yet, but this platter appears to be a mix of potato hash, a mini Mustafar Lava Roll, a fluffy egg bite similar to the sous vide ones Starbucks sells, and sausage.

Bright Suns Youngling Platter

While the kids breakfast menu is often very simple in theme parks, there’s a unique twist here in that Disneyland opted for purple potatoes for an added hit of intriguing color.

Endorian Tip-Yip

Fried chicken at Disneyland is a cult favorite, and this fried Endorian Tip-Yip is the third such offering you can find throughout the resort. This particular chicken is shaped like a long rectangle and comes with mashed potatoes and a green herb gravy.

Felucian Garden Spread

Disneyland has been upping their plant-based game, and this lunch spread is a testament to that. Plant-based kefta are piled on top of herby hummus and a tomato-cucumber relish, all of which comes with pita to pick up and chow down with.

Ithorian Garden Loaf

Based on reviews from folks that have gotten to preview the park already, this is THE dinner dish to try out of them all. The feedback on this plant-based meatloaf — served traditional-style with vegetables, mushroom sauce, and mashed potatoes — has been astounding.

Smoked Kaadu Ribs

Sticky pork rib lovers will want to check this dish out, which comes with some creative twists like a blueberry corn muffin and a pickled purple cabbage slaw.

Mustafarian Lava Roll

While the name might suggest otherwise, this is actually a sweet pastry you can get for breakfast, as the “Mustafarian Lava Roll” is a cinnamon roll topped with chocolate cookie crumbs and a lava sauce.

Oven Roasted Tip-Yip

If you’re looking for a healthier chicken option than fried, this Roasted Tip-Yip Salad is your best bet. It comes with roasted seasonal veggies like cauliflower, and is served with an intriguing green curry ranch sauce.

Yobshrimp Noodle Salad

Since Galaxy’s Edge is opening in the summer, there needs to be at least one chilled dining option, right? Enter the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, a chilled mix of shrimp, veggies, and glass noodles that will help keep things cool.

Oven-Roasted Burra Fish

This roasted vegetable salad is very similar to the Roasted Tip-Yip salad, but instead of chicken, you can opt for Dijon-crusted fish and pumpkin seeds to top it off instead. It still comes with the green curry ranch that is sure to get people talking.

Moof Juice and Phatto

These are just a couple of the drinks you can get at Docking Bay 7, with a Batuubucha Tea (aka kombucha) also available. The Moof Juice is a blend of orange, chipotle, pineapple, and fruit punch, while the Phattro is more like a desert pear Arnold Palmer.

Oi-oi Puff and Batuu-Bon

Disneyland stepped up their artsy game when it came to these two desserts. The intricately plated treats look similar, but have quite different ingredients inside. The Oi-oi Puff is a raspberry cream puff with passion fruit mousse, and the Batuu-Bon consists of chocolate cake, white chocolate mousse, and a coffee custard.

All photos courtesy of Disneyland.

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A Sneak Peek At Disneyland’s New Coke Bottles For Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

When the new Star Wars-themed land, “Galaxy’s Edge,” debuts for Disneyland Park, May 31, there will obviously be some new eats and drinks to be had.

As we await its opening, we finally got a sneak peek at the first announced consumable item, as Coca-Cola will team up with Disneyland to release custom-shaped Star Wars drink bottles.

There will be four bottles in total, three being little soda orbs, and the fourth being a pretty standard Dasani bottle.

The orbs look like Thermal Detonators, and will be the vessels for Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite.

“When we first approached Coca-Cola and shared the idea of bringing their products into the Star Wars galaxy in a new and unique way, they immediately saw the opportunity to give our guests the refreshing drinks they love in a way that maintained the authenticity of the story,” said Scott Trowbridge, portfolio creative executive and studio leader, Walt Disney Imagineering.

You’ll also notice the strange writing on the label which is written in Aurebesh text, one of the most commonly used alphabets in the Star Wars universe.

The funky shaped Coke bottles will also be available at Walt Disney World in Orlando when its Galaxy’s Edge land opens  later this summer, August 29.

While more food and drink products will likely start being announced before Galaxy’s Edge opens, this is the first you can expect, and we’ll keep you updated as more foods become available.

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Denny’s Just Created A Star Wars Themed Menu For The Han Solo Movie

Whether you like the idea of a Han Solo prequel or not, we’re still getting one. With the latest trailer release, our concerns of Solo: A Star Wars story were alleviated a bit (thanks to the stellar cast) as we draw closer to the May 25 release date.

Ahead of the premiere, Denny’s created an entire breakfast menu based on the upcoming Star Wars film.

The new menu features items like the Co-Reactor Pancakes (pancakes topped with strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and Crystal Crunch Rocks), the Blaster Fire Burger (a burger featuring chipotle gouda cheese, bacon, and spicy Ghost Pepper sauce), the Two moons Skillet (two sunny side up eggs on a bed of savory potatoes), and the Crystal Crunch Milkshake (a milkshake served with popping crystals).

Denny’s is also offering exclusive Solo: A Star Wars Story trading cards during this promotional period and net proceeds from the sale will go towards No Kid Hungry — helping the fight against childhood hunger.

The new Star Wars menu is available now through June 26, about a month after the film hits theaters. May need to set a day aside and go in on all these breakfast items, possibly May 4th (AKA Star Wars Day).