The Refreshment Outpost gets into the spirit of the holidays with some number of Festival Offerings this year.
I don’t mourn a whole lot. There was the paralyzing disappointment of the 2021 Washington Football season. And the crushing disappointment of the inaugural Seattle Kraken hockey season. And the devastating disappointment of the Seattle Mariners baseball season.
And the Seattle Sonics basketball season. Typhoon Lagoon is still closed, which limits the places where I can (legally) show off my body. Space Jam 2 probably could have been better. There’s my life. But I will forever miss the Warm Caramel Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Vanilla Soft-Serve that the Refreshment Post recently served. Like last year. You will be forever in my heart. I mean some of this is probably still in my body somewhere. At least until we meet again. When somebody finally takes you out of your shipping container, probably with little regard to modern sanitary techniques. It will be fine I’m sure.
Here’s what we’ve got this year:
We have a Coconut-Pineapple Cake with Dole Whip Pineapple that sounds an awful lot like the Pineapple Upside Down Cake that was once (2021) served at Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom.
Where it looked like this. The trick to photography these days is to hold the food item up in front of something random that only diminishes the quality and focus of whatever failed creation we’re really supposed to be discussing.
Just put it anywhere. Then for no reason at all, you can take an eight second video clip of the inanimate object. Then give the rights to your moving picture to the Chinese when you upload it to what is definitely not a cesspool in TikTok.
Here’s the Outpost’s full menu back over at Epcot while we’re here.
The Outpost is usually a good stop for a free cup of ice water (ask for a large) as there’s rarely a line. It’s possible that I don’t know what constitutes a plurality anymore, but it looks like we have just the one SPECIAL FESTIVAL OFFERINGS [sic] (their caps) this year. The offerings can’t even really spill directly over to the other side with Bud Light headlining the boozy menu.
Coconut-Pineapple Cake with DOLE Whip – $5
This was one of my favorite desserts at the Festival. It’s a large portion, even if I haven’t accurately captured that size in the picture. I need to hunt down my banana for scale, but the rosemary that I planted in my herb garden thanks to the cranberry margarita from the Las Posadas kiosk back in Mexico has really taken off. It’s basically raining rosemary in my apartment right now. Most of my belongings are now covered in a couple inches of fragrant herb. At least that includes covering up my Morimoto Asia business card, so I won’t be able to find that place to eat. So it’s not all bad. Speaking of restaurants that you don’t want to eat at, I’m desperately trying to make as much rosemary cream sauce for Tony’s Town Square as possible. They’ll water it down with a couple of hoses out back to about 25% consistency before using it to top yesterday’s spaghetti. Sounds like March’s Chef’s Special to me. Yes, I know it’s December. Yes, you should be scared.
Back to the topic at hand, the Pineapple Cake is light and airy with the fork basically running through it like butter. Or I’ve really gotten that strong microwaving so many Hot Pockets at home. But I think the fluffiness of the cake is more likely to be the culprit. The Cake still packs a considerable, natural pineapple punch in every bite. Considering you could probably mail a tray of this stuff to Hawaii for a single 1-ounce stamp, it’s an impressive array. Your standard, refreshing, sweet, and maybe just a little artificial Pineapple Dole Whip is swirled on top. We thought the tropical vibe of the coconut shavings elevated the experience even more, adding a little crunch and a little bit of a nutty quality. The Cake is also $1.50 less than the smaller version from Magic Kingdom when it’s offered. It may return back there for $35 after the Festival concludes. I’d take advantage of this one while you can.
Bavaria is up next and then we will try to sprint through Italy, hoping to break the sight and sound barriers, only to end up in…the America Pavilion.