Taste Beers from around the World at Disneyland's CA Adventures

If you're headed to Disneyland's California Adventures this month, be sure to enjoy some of the events at Disney's California Food and Wine Festival. I didn't make it to the numerous wine seminars (only $1 for seminar and tastings) or free celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, but I did stop by the Festival Beer Walk. You can taste four different wines or beers for $10. The only "beer tasting" I had ever done was sitting at Gordon Biersch with a friendly bartender. At the beer walk, I learned about how hops give beer a distinct flavor. Typically, the only beers I drink are citrus-flavored Corona type beers, but my taste buds were awakened to a whole new world of beer flavors and textures.

One of my favorite beers from the tasting was Karl Strauss' Red Trolley Ale. The beer is brewed with caramelized malts to give it a toffee flavor. It was originally crafted as a holiday beer, but is available year-round due to its popularity. I think this beer would pair great with a chocolatey/coffee dessert, like Tiramisu.

There really is nothing like enjoying a cold beer after the Tower of Terror and right before Soarin' Over California..

Strawberry Tart

I just bought a pound of strawberries from my local grocer for 79 cents!  I've always loved strawberry season.  As a little girl, my family would go to a friend's strawberry field and pick crates of fresh strawberries.  My mother and sister would stay in the car, so it was just my dad and I out in the field--getting dirty and having a good time!  After we ate as many fresh strawberries as we could, my parents would make jars of strawberry preserves. Several months ago, I came across a beautiful strawberry tart that I wanted to make.  I patiently waited for strawberries to be in season, and finally got around to making it just yesterday.

 I'm always a little wary about fruit tarts because their taste rarely matches their aesthetics.  I altered the recipe and used my grandmother's famous "strawberry delight" crust instead of a regular pie crust.  But, this was fairly simple to make, and even easier if you buy a pre-made pie crust.  (The recipe is at the bottom of the post.)

I pretty much never make it to Louisiana during strawberry season these days.  But I did this year.  I'm so glad I did, because I got to enjoy some Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager.  I found some at the Fresh Market which is walking distance from my house.  This beer was so delicious!  I'm not really a beer girl, but it was very light and crisp, with a slightly sweet taste and the aroma of strawberries throughout.  The beer is made with Louisiana strawberries that were picked at their ripest, so it's seasonal and only a very limited supply is made.



Strawberry Tart
Author: Vallery
  • 1 fully baked pie crust
  • 1 cup cream cheese or mascarpone cheese, cold
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20 fresh strawberries, hulled
  1. Mix cream cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract with the whip attachment of a stand mixer, or a hand mixer on medium, until firm peaks form (about 2 minutes).  Pour into the fully baked pie crust.  Arrange the strawberries on to the tart. Refrigerate.
  2. Serve cold.