Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: La Cantina de San Angel

For those of you who aren't aware, I loooove Mexican food (also, I'm still alive! sorry for taking so long between posts!).  So naturally, I had to try the (then relatively) new Cantina de San Angel on my birthday back in January.  Full disclaimer: I had never been to the old Cantina, though I had been to the San Angel Inn.

We were on the dining plan, so James and I both were able to order one entree, one non-alcoholic beverage, and one dessert each.  We both ordered the Tacos de Carne and a soda, but James ordered the lemon Paleta for dessert.  I had the churros con cajeta, of course.  Claro que si.  (Okay, I'll try not to get all Espanol on you guys.)  We ate lunch around 11:30, and it wasn't too busy.  There was only one family in front of us on line, and soon we were ordered and scanned through and waiting for our food. 

I grabbed a table, while James waited for our food.  In a few minutes, we were reunited, and I went to get some utensils and salsa.  For those who haven't been, La Cantina has salsa dispensers like most restaurants have ketchup dispensers.  There were two types, and I took a little cup of both back to the table.  The Tacos de Carne weren't quite what I expected, but they were quite good!  I think I was expecting Chipotle or Taco Bell style steak chunks, but this was more of a shredded beef.  Plus the tortillas it came on were soft and delicious!  Add the pico de gallo and some of the salsa we got from the dispenser, and it was delicioso! 

Now as I said, James and I got different desserts, and I think we had different satisfaction levels.  James isn't big into churros, so he got the lemon paleta.  It was basically a lemon popsicle from Mexico, and he didn't think it was anything special.  I, on the other hand, loved my churros!  They came with cajeta, which is caramel sauce.  I love churros period, but add more sugary goodness, and I was in heaven!

Overall, I really liked La Cantina, and I would love to return.  But as far as I saw, all the seating was outdoors.  This was not a problem in January, but it may be one in August.  This is a favorable maybe for our upcoming trip!

Have you been to La Cantina since it was refurbished?  What did you think?  What did you order?  Let me know your thoughts on this restaurant in a comment, on Twitter (@amandaenchanted), or on Facebook! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

All Star Music vs. Pop Century: Help Us Decide!

I feel like I need to preface this blog post with a very important fact:  I love All Star Music.  Love it.  LOVE it.  I've stayed there four times, and I even chose it over Port Orleans French Quarter.  So ponder that before you read on and give your opinion.

I love All Star Music, and everyone else loves Pop.  It has made me want to try Pop, so I tried to book Pop way back when there was a room only discount that had just come out.  Pop wasn't available, so we booked All Star Music.  Maybe that was a sign not to stay at Pop.  Anyway, fast forward a few weeks, and annual pass discounts are available for our August trip.  I am now reconsidering switching to Pop, if we do get annual passes.

Before you tell me which resort you think James and I should stay at, here's a list of things that worry me about Pop:

1. Buses.  Please don't tell me that the All Stars share buses.  We were on a shared bus maybe 10% of the time.  I'm concerned about the bus service at Pop because the resort is much bigger than All Star Music.  Which means more people.  Which means more crowded buses and longer lines.  The line for Pop always seems longer than the line for All Star Music.

2. Sound proofing.  Pop supposedly has the worst sound proofing of all the resorts.  All Star Music is very well soundproofed.  I'm nervous about being woken up by noisy kids in the middle of the night.

3. Unofficial Guide ratings.  The fact that I take every word written in the Unofficial Guide as un-debatable fact is one of the reasons I signed up to be a affiliate (see banner in sidebar).  That said, 100% of All Star Music visitors said they would return to that resort, but only 93% of the Pop Century visitors said the same.  If you don't think 7% seems like a lot, multiply that by the total number of people that stay at Pop every year.  (Also note that 80% of All Star Music visitors would recommend the resort to a friend, but only 70% of Pop Century visitors said the same.)

4. Fellow All Star Music lovers.  Pop lovers swear that I will like it, but many fellow All Star lovers say that they didn't like Pop as much as Music.  Some even said they couldn't wait to get back to Music.  Some cite the things I listed above, plus things like the scenery: Pop is all plastic, while the All Stars have a lot of trees and landscaping.

So that's that.  On one hand, I want to try something new.  On the other hand, All Star Music signifies Disney for me, and I kind of want to go there forever (until I can afford a deluxe).  So what's your opinion on the great debate?  Should I stay at All Star Music or Pop Century?  Let me know your thoughts in a comment, on Twitter (@amandaenchanted), or on Facebook!