No. 64: Macaroon at Disneyland

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Dave Lieberman

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The best-kept secret at Disneyland has nothing to do with Walt lore, secret VIP tunnels, or Club 33. The best-kept secret at Disneyland is that their bakeries turn out the best macaroons in Orange County.

These are not macarons (one O)--not the French sandwich cookie. No, these are macaroons with two O's, the Passover treat that's essentially coconut mashed together until it coheres. Normally, they're about the size of a quarter and come in boxes in the kosher section of the supermarket; at Disneyland, they're as big as a woman's fist and come drizzled with chocolate. Chewy, slightly crunchy, sweet but not saccharine--I wish there were a way to order these by the dozen for parties.

For a while, they went missing, and I was heartbroken; they returned drizzled with white chocolate (blech!) as Matterhorn-type cookies, and now they're back to being their beautiful, dark chocolatey selves.

A limited supply is baked each day and they're reasonably priced for being in a theme park ($1.99 each), so they run out fast. If the Blue Ribbon Bakery at Main Street, U.S.A. has run out, use your park hopper ticket to run over to Baker's Field Bakery at Disney California Adventure. It's in the California Zephyr--you know, the long silver train near the entrance to the park.

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No. 65: The Sputnik at Rick's Atomic Cafe
No. 66: Corn Dog from Disney California Adventure's Corn Dog Palace
No. 67: Bacon Fried Rice at The Loft Hawaiian
No. 68: Charcuterie and Cheese at SideDoor
No. 69: Burger (With Duck Confit) at Watermarc
No. 70: Korokke Pan at Cream Pan
No. 71: Chorizo and Quail Egg on Toast at Sol del Sur
No. 72: Fried Brussels Sprouts at 320 Main
No. 73: G-Style Fries at G Burger
No. 74: Fried Cuttlefish at Benley
No. 75: Roti at Bangok Taste
No. 76: Wet Burrito at 301 Cafe
No. 77: Pork Curry at Miyabi-Tei
No. 78: Bánh Tieu at Bánh Mì So 1
No. 79: Any Sandwich at the Crosby
No. 80: Fish Pho at Pho Vinh Ky II
No. 81: Quesadilla Chilanga at Alebrije's Grill
No. 82: Lobster Roll at Lobsta Truck
No. 83: Nem Nuong Cuon at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
No. 84: Wild Boar Balinese Sausage at Valhalla Table
No. 85: Comida Corrida at Taquería La Raza
No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In
No. 87: Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli
No. 88: Chicago Dog at Chicago Harv's
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl

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Stephan | Frederic
Stephan | Frederic

Glad to see you underline well the difference between macaroons and macarons.

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