10 Cheap Places to Eat at During Your DCP that Are Not in the Parks.

10 Cheap Places to Eat at During Your DCP that Are Not in the Parks.

Good food and cheap prices? What's not to like?

During my time in the Disney College Program, there were moments where cooking my own meals just felt like the last thing I wanted to do that day. After a long work day, fast food can be really satisfying to giving you that moment of relaxation that you didn't have to cook that meal. Obviously by Program housing we had the basic fast food joints (Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-a, Mcdonald's, etc) but today I want to talk about some of the other fun places I checked out, that you can't really find everywhere. Now no need to fear future program cast members these are all actually going to be in a normal price range for a meal and they are all not that far from housing.

Warning: Constant eating of this really good fast food will lead to the DCP 15 (trust me I know).

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Being from California, I was introduced to whole slew of new fast food chains when I moved to Florida, that I had never heard of, so my apologies if any fellow Floridians are reading this and see some familiar names.

Cracker Barrel

Favorites: It makes me so sad that in California all we get are commercials for Cracker Barrel but we don't actually have one. During my road trip to and from the Disney College program I became pretty much obsessed with these places because they are so homey and have such nice food to put you in a coma. No matter what time of day I always seemed to order the french toast breakfast with fried apples on top (I have a problem and it wasn't helped when I had a nice waitress that put whipped cream on top of it all).

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): This one is a bit of the further out ones but it's an 18 min drive.

Freddy's Frozen Custard

Favorites: Freddy's Double Patty Melt combo with extra fry sauce (it is really salty but really good) and a chocolate brownie delight concrete for dessert.

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 4 min. drive

Steak 'n Shake

Favorites: All the burgers and shakes are really good that you kind of have to get something different every time.

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 10 min. drive

Moe's Southwest Grill

Favorites: It's basically a tex mex version of Chipotle, but I always went for a nice Carnitas burrito with their special queso. Plus one day out of the week (I think it's Thursday?) they give discounted meals to all theme park workers if they show their work ID.

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 10 min. drive

Tom + Chee

Favorites; I have no clue why, but for some reason throughout my whole Florida program I kept craving a grilled cheese and tomato soup even though it was about 100 degrees outside. Then during my last two weeks there, this beautiful place came along. I only got to eat there once but it was enough of a good food experience that I would definitley go there again. The two things I tried were the Grilled Mac + Chee and the Donut S'More sandwich (I know I'm surprised I didn't have a heart attack as well)

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 10 min. drive


Favorites: I always just went with a regular cheese and Italian sausage deep dish pizza. This one is a bit pricey but it is such a delicious deep dish pizza that you can do a pickup order for. Most of the time when I got this pizza I definitely had leftovers for the next day.

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 10 min. drive


Punjabi Tandoor

Favorites: Combo #4 with Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken Makhani and a Dr. Pepper (I don't know why but it seems to pair well with the spicy food)

Distance from housing: It is literally right across the street!

Black Sheep

Favorites: Yes, yet another grilled cheese place, but it's a grilled cheese bar, so you can make your own! They do have an actual menu though if you want to opt out of the make your own option. However, when I went I made my own and got a cheddar and goat cheese sandwich with bacon spread!

Distance from housing: 6 min walk

Umami Burger

Favorites: The truffle burger, which is just making my mouth water thinking about it!

Distance from housing: 5 min walk

The Original Pancake House

Favorites: First off, shout out to my roommate for telling me about this place because I think it's become a new place we have to go to now at least once forevery Disneyland vacation. Second, I have two favorites for this awesome breakfast spot. The amazing dutch baby and their chicken fried steak with potato pancakes on the side (with sour cream and apple sauce to dip the pancakes in).

Distance from housing: 6 min drive.

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10 Best Starbucks Drinks For Those Who Hate The Taste Of Coffee

I have a lot of people come up to me when I'm on the register and ask me if I can get them a drink that has caffeine in it but doesn't taste too coffee or espresso-y.

While I am a Starbucks barista, I am not a fan of coffee (well mainly just the caffeine part of coffee and other Starbucks drinks). As someone who struggles with chronic headaches and migraines, caffeine is a big no-no for me, but thanks to this, I have become an expert on what drinks have a ton of caffeine in them, no caffeine in them or just don't taste like coffee.

I have a lot of people come up to me when I'm on the register and ask me if I can get them a drink that has caffeine in it but doesn't taste too coffee or espresso-y. Here are my top 10 go to hot drinks for those of you who crave caffeine but hate the taste of it.

1. Raspberry White Chocolate Mocha

It's a little on the fruity side while still having a nice rich, sweet white mocha taste. This drink is perfect for people who want to try something new or are craving something fruity.

2. Peppermint White Mocha

It's safe to say that if you want something on the sweeter side that has some espresso shots in it, stick to drinks with white mocha.

3. Salted Caramel White Mocha

A nice, sweet taste with a little bit of caramel flavor which makes it a little on the nutty side.

4. Cinnamon Bun Mocha

For a grande or a tall, this drink is one pump of mocha, one pump of white mocha, one pump of vanilla and one pump of cinnamon dolce. It's typically pretty sweet, but if you want it sweeter, you can add another pump of white mocha.

5. Butterscotch Latte

It's a caramel and toffee nut latte -- perfectly sweet. Feel free to add a pump of white mocha to it if you want it to be richer.

6. White Chocolate Cinnamon Dirty Chai

It's a dirty chai latte (chai with one or two espresso shots) with two pumps of cinnamon dolce and two white mocha (this is for grande). Sweet and rich.

7. Raspberry Mocha

This is similar to the raspberry white mocha, but you use regular mocha instead. If you prefer more chocolate, this is the better one for you.

8. Zebra Mocha

A mix of white mocha and mocha. Add a pump or two of vanilla if you want to sweeten it. Simple and classic. This drink can also be referred to as a Black and White Mocha, a Tuexdo Mocha, etc.

9. Snickerdoodle Mocha

Very similar to the cinnamon bun mocha but with only white mocha. Use white mocha and cinnamon dolce syrup to make this yummy concoction.

10. S'mores Mocha

Just a regular mocha with chestnut praline syrup. It might not taste exactly like a campfire s'more, but it'll leave you wanting some more.

Hope these satisfy your cravings for caffeine and help you start off the semester strong (and awake)! If you want to check out other drinks, just check out the links below. Just be sure to remember that all stores are different and some stores carry different syrups. Use this handy guide for reference:

1. Find the drink you would like to try and note the recipe, not just the name.
2. The most important thing to remember when ordering a secret menu drink is that not all Baristas are familiar with the drink names. Order by recipe.
3. Depending on what drink you're ordering and what add-ins there are, be prepared for extra costs. Additions such as bananas will bring your total up, but remember that paying with a registered Starbucks card or with the Starbucks mobile app will earn you stars towards free rewards.

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